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Sep

Keep your galleries clean with Duplicate Photos Fixer (App Review)


Although Cloud Storage is leading the way in backing up all of our photos and such, keeping our device memory low is still important. So in addition to backing everything up to the cloud, you also want to make sure that you don’t have any unnecessary or redundant files on your device.

Setup

Today’s app hopes to help you with that predicament. Duplicate Photos Fixer is the app that aims to keep your device storage low, and your gallery cleaned up. There are really no settings to tinker with in regards to Duplicate Photos Fixer, but when you first start the app, there is a panel that pops up and asks you which storage location you would like the app to scan. You can select a specific folder, your SD card, or the entire device.

Usage

Once you’ve selected where you would like the app to scan, Duplicate Photos Fixer will scan those folders, and show you the duplicates that were found. At the bottom of the Duplicates page, you will see how many duplicates were found, how many photos have been marked, the size of the marked photos, and a trash can button. Being able to see how much storage is being taken up by these duplicates, is a great asset to have to help control the storage.

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Once you’ve had your folders scanned, and you have selected which photos you no longer want on your device, hit the trash can button. Hitting this will bring up a Confirm Delete dialogue box, that ensures that you don’t delete anything by accident. If you’re 100% sure you want to delete the duplicates, hit “OK” and your available storage increases bit by bit.

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Earlier, it was mentioned that there weren’t many settings to tinker with. However, the main setting to change around is the severity of how hard Duplicate Photos Fixer looks for similar images. This is helpful if you have a lot of images that are similar, but different at the same time, and you don’t want the app to recognize the wrong images as being duplicates.

Is it for me?

All in all, Duplicate Photos Fixer is a free and easy way to keep those extra images out of your gallery. In addition to that, you will also be able to free up some space just to make sure that you never get close to filling your device up with useless files.

What We Like

  • Simple Interface
  • Adjustable Matching Levels
  • Helps save space on your device

And not so much…

  • No complaints here. Duplicate Photos Fixer works as advertised

Duplicate Photos Fixer is short, sweet, and to the point. There are really no qualms about what this app does, and there’s not much more that you need for it to do. Duplicate Photos Fixer is a great solution to save yourself some storage, or just to clean out your Gallery from those extra photos/wallpapers that have been downloaded by mistake. Head over to the Google Play Store and pick up this app for free via the link down below.

Download: Duplicate Photos Fixer

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14
Sep

Verizon Moto X (1st Gen.) is finally receiving Android 5.1 Lollipop


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Believe it or not, owners of the Motorola Moto X (2013) on Verizon Wireless have been stuck on Android 4.4.4 KitKat for all this time. That’s finally changing, as Big Red is now officially beginning to roll out Android 5.1 Lollipop to the first-generation Moto X. Coming in at a hefty 712MB in size, the new update will bring the device’s software version up to 222.21.39.

Not only will Moto X owners finally be able to experience the wonders of Google’s Material Design user interface tweaks, new interruption controls, enhanced volume controls and factory reset protection, this update also includes a patch for the Stagefright exploit.

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If you have yet to receive your update, you can check manually by heading to Settings>About device>Software update. Have you gotten the update yet? If so, feel free to let us know how you like it in the comment section below! You can find a more detailed description of the 5.1 update by following this link.

14
Sep

LG to hold a press event on October 1st, likely to show off its next flagship


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Today LG sent out invites for a special press event, to be held on October 1st in New York City. While the subject of the event isn’t unveiled, it seems likely we could be looking at LG’s latest flagship.

Earlier this year, LG first teased about its “super premium” flagship. More recently, we’ve seen the device leaked in a few images, and have had at least a few other rumors that help paint a picture of what to expect.

One thing we aren’t as clear on is the name. At one point it was rumored to be the LG G Note and some even said it might be another member of the G Pro series, but most recently rumors have pointed towards name “LG V10”, which is backed up by its appearance in leaked images. It is certainly possibly that LG is moving away from the G branding with this device, though we can’t say for sure what its final name will be. For now though, the LG V10 naming scheme makes as much sense as anything else.

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So what does the invite tell us about the V10, or whatever else LG plans to announce? Not much. There is a movie theme to the invite, suggesting that we are looking at some sort of special video-related functionality. For everything else, we’ll have to turn to the rumor mill.

According to Evan Blass (aka evleaks), the LG V10 supposedly offers a few unique features including a secondary ‘ticker’ display for texts and other information, similar to the ill-fated Samsung Continuum but located above the display not below it. Other rumored specs include a Snapdragon 808 CPU, a 5.7-inch QHD display, 3GB RAM, 64GB storage, a 16MP rear cam, 5MP front cam, and a removable rear with microSD and the ability to switch out the battery.

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In many ways, this sounds a lot like the LG G4 with a few extra gimmicks thrown in. In remains unseen whether or not that is enough to sway people to the device. What do you think, intrigued to see what LG brings with its latest phone?

14
Sep

Google names auto industry exec to head up self-driving car project


Google has announced another new move in their slow march to bringing driver-less cars to the general public. Following news about a recent visit by Google X’s Sarah Hunter to the California Public Utilities Commission to update them on the project, Google has appointed John Krafcik as the CEO of the self-driving car project.

Krafcik will be moving to Google from his position as president of TrueCar, an online auto sales company. Krafcik has a background as a mechanical engineer and has worked in the past with both Ford and Hyundai.

A statement from Google notes:

“We’re feeling good about our progress, so now we’re investing in building out a team that can help us bring this technology to its full potential. John’s combination of technical expertise and auto-industry experience will be particularly valuable as we collaborate with many different partners to achieve our goal.”

Krafcik is scheduled to start with Google later this month. Chris Urmson, who was leading the project, will take over the lead role on the technical development side.

Google has not announced plans yet to spin off the project into its own company, but that seems like an imminent move as the concept continues to gain momentum.

source: CNET
image via: Reuters

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14
Sep

[TA Deals] Pick up the BK Sport wireless earbuds for… $19!


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Wires make many things difficult, but they really make being active tough. Between limiting mobility and getting tangled, wires are just no good! The BK Sport wireless earbuds featured on Talk Android Deals eliminates the hassle caused by wires. The wired connection between your device and ears goes away at a slim price courtesy of our online store.

The BK Sport wireless earbuds offer wireless streaming, on-device controls, noise reduction, and a snug fit.

Here’s how battery life stands:

  • Talk: 5 hours
  • Music: 4.5 hours
  • Standby: 150 hours

Once your BK Sport wireless earbuds needs to be charged, you connect the included USB charging cable. It should take around two hours to charge from 0% to 100%.

Now usually you’d have to spend $50 on the BK Sport wireless earbuds. Talk Android Deals, though, has slashed that price by 60% to $19. And that includes free shipping, the USB charging cable, two pairs of extra ear tips, and a protective pouch to store the BK Sport wireless earbuds.

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14
Sep

Job Listing Lends Further Credence to Apple’s Acquisition of Faceshift


Earlier this month, we reported that Apple likely acquired Swiss real-time motion capture firm Faceshift, based on the company’s corporate directors stepping down in August and being replaced by Martin Frey, a mergers and acquisitions attorney at Baker & McKenzie. Apple has frequently used Baker & McKenzie’s services around the world, including management of some of Apple’s Swiss trademarks.

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Lending further credence to the rumor, Apple has posted a job listing for a PhD-level Software Engineering position within its Camera and Media Algorithms Group. The listing provides a generic location of Apple’s Swiss corporate headquarters at Löwenstrasse 29 in Zurich, Switzerland, but the highly technical skills and experience required for the job suggest it may be located at nearby Faceshift.

This engineer will work to create cutting-edge imaging algorithms for both mobile and desktop photographic applications. The ideal candidate will have experience with advanced imaging techniques such as multi-scale, wavelet, or gradient-domain processing. In addition, experience with processing video for computational information is desired including experience with image registration methods. Also, experience working with multi-spectral imaging systems is desired. 5+ years algorithmic development for general image processing, computational photography, color and image quality. Strong understanding of digital imaging/camera pipelines. Strong computational and imaging for information experience. Excellent coding skills in C, C++, and MATLAB Ability to optimize/debug imaging algorithms. Familiarity with common development and debugging tools, ideally for both mobile and desktop applications. Strong verbal and written communication skills in English. Ability to manage multiple tasks and self-prioritize. PhD in image processing or computational photography field required.

Faceshift launched in 2011 out of the Computer Graphics and Geometry Laboratory at EPFL in Lausanne, also known as the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, and a source working in a similar field told MacRumors that Apple may be working with Switzerland’s other technical university ETH Zurich on image segmentation and characterization at a secretive location in Zurich.

Nevertheless, the acquisition still cannot be proved beyond circumstantial evidence.

  • Faceshift has largely shut down its website that formerly advertised its upcoming consumer effort and a partnership for integration with Intel’s RealSense 3D camera systems
  • Faceshift has removed nearly all mentions of its previous Faceshift Studio software from its website and has gone silent on Twitter and Facebook
  • Multiple employees at Faceshift have updated their LinkedIn profiles with “Currently Looking For New Opportunities” or “Considering New Opportunities”

    Faceshift has demoed its motion capture technology several times in the past few years, including at GDC 2015.


    There are numerous ways in which Apple could use Faceshift’s technologies, should this acquisition rumor prove true, ranging from real-time avatars for FaceTime video chats to biometrics for unlocking devices or authorizing payments via facial recognition. Apple’s past acquisition of 3D body sensing firm PrimeSense and Swedish facial recognition firm Polar Rose make it clear the company is interested in the space.


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    Sep

    Dainese’s airbag jacket doesn’t rely on a motorcycle to activate


    Airbag jackets for motorcyclists typically rely on the bike to activate the safety features, which, in some cases, could be a bit tricky. Dainese remedied the issue by packing all of the requisite tech inside the jacket itself on its D-air Misano 1000. The collection of sensors, GPS and other electronics that are housed in the back protector “monitor the dynamics of the rider’s body 800 times a second” and deploy the airbag when they detect impact or tumbling. As you might expect, there’s an on/off switch to activate the system when you’re in the saddle and an LED status like keeps your informed of its status. Looking to snag one? The D-air Misano 1000 will arrive in November for €1,499 (around $1,700).

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    Via:
    Gizmag, Gizmodo

    Source:
    Dainese

    Tags: airbagjacket, d-airmisano1000, dainese, jacket, motorcycle, safety, transportation

    14
    Sep

    HiddenHUB speaker scans the room to produce the best sound


    It takes a unique set of features and an interesting design for a portable speaker to turn heads these days and Hidden’s newest offering is definitely intriguing. The company’s HiddenRadio series was its latest release, providing pop-up pills of 360-degree sound and capacitive touch controls. This time, it’s taking to Kickstarter to launch the HiddenHUB, a more well-endowed offering that goes beyond the basics, with adaptive acoustic sound, smart features and a sleek futuristic design. If you’re intrigued, you can head over to its crowdfunding page today and take advantage of a limited early bird deal of $339, which is a hefty savings over its proposed $599 retail price. That’s certainly not cheap, but it does sound like an interesting piece of kit, especially when it can do double duty as a glowing blue wall sconce.

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    The Hub can share sound with nearby Bluetooth speakers or a network of other Hubs scattered throughout the home for multi-room audio. These units can use your existing WiFi network to communicate, or if you’re off-the-grid, it can set up its own 5GHz network to tie them all together. Mobile devices and computers can connect wirelessly through Bluetooth, WiFi or Airplay, and we’re told it will support DLNA. When you’re nearby, volume and track selection can be controlled by using the touch sensitive “smart dial” on the top edge of the speaker itself. A single tap will start/stop the music, while a double tap will skip to the next track. Volume can be controlled by swiping clockwise/counterclockwise around the Hub’s edge. There’s also an AutoPlay feature that’s supposed to sense when a user leaves home, turn itself off, and resume where it left off when you return.

    One of the more unique features on the HiddenHUB is its adaptive sound technology. This uses an accelerometer to detect whether its on a table or mounted vertically on a wall, along with infrared sensors to scan the area so it can optimize the audio output according to its environment. We haven’t seen any specs regarding its audio capabilities yet, but with its clean circular design and glowing blue underside, it’s definitely an interesting addition to the growing world of intelligent speakers.

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    Via:
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    Source:
    Hidden

    Tags: audio, bluetooth, hidden, hidden hub, hidden radio, hub, portable audio, radio, radio2, speaker

    14
    Sep

    World’s first all-electric propulsion satellite begins operations


    Boeing has announced that the first satellite using fully-electric propulsion has begun operating. Dubbed the ABS-3A, this 4,300-pound telecommunications satellite will provide C- and Ku-band service to South America, the Middle East and Africa. Unlike, well most every other satellite in orbit, the ABS-3A doesn’t rely on tanks of inert gas for propulsion and orbit maintenance. Instead it relies on the Xenon Ion Propulsion System (XIPS) which employs a magnetic field to push ions around and generate thrust. The satellite is expected to use just 11 pounds of Xenon annually over the course of its 15 year operational life span — that’s a tenth the amount of propellent that a conventional satellite would require.

    Boeing launched the satellite aboard a Falcon 9 rocket in March and handed off control of ABS-3A to its new owner, Asia Broadcast Satellite, at the end of August — a month earlier than originally planned. Boeing plans to launch a second such satellite, ABS-2A, early next year.

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    Source:
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    Tags: abs, Africa, Asia Broadcast Satellite, Boeing, electric, Falcon 9, Ku band, Middle East, plasma, propulsion, South America, xenon, XIPS

    14
    Sep

    HTC A9 (Aero) to debut with Android 6.0 Marshmallow, report says


    HTC doesn’t yet consider themselves down for the count, there’s more fight left in the company.  And with this persistence, we’ve heard about a new “Hero” device coming in the Fall – aka the HTC A9 (Aero).  Unfortunately, leakers haven’t been able to scoop up more than a couple tidbits about the device at a time.  But as the release nears, the saving grace smartphone should soon come into focus.

    The latest details come from LlabTooFeR, the twitter account of a ROM developer.  It is claimed that the HTC A9 will be up with the times and launch with Google’s latest version of Android, Marshmallow.

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    Up to date software is always a great thing to hear.  HTC’s Sense UI version will still be at 7 (debuted with the One M9), but it wouldn’t be crazy to expect some software updates/additions.

    Past leaks have suggested beastly specs for the HTC A9, with power from a deca-core MediaTek Helio X20 processor.  But as HTC often supports Qualcomm, I don’t think it’d be too far-fetched to expect a Snapdragon 820 in some markets, such as the U.S.  Also, the A9 is expected to pack a whopping 4GB of RAM.

    Are you looking forward to hearing more about this significant release for HTC?

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