To help address a criticism of HTC that surfaced a few years ago regarding lack of Android updates for their devices, HTC implemented their HTC Advantage program. HTC Advantage is the company’s commitment to provide devices with updates to the Android operating system for at least two years after their release. With Android Marshmallow getting ready to be officially released, HTC will once again be tested against this standard they set for themselves. A new leak lists the devices that supposedly will receive an update to Android Marshmallow.
The devices include smartphones that are part of HTC’s One M9 line, One M8 line, Desire line and their Butterfly devices according to Twitter user @LlabTooFeR. The full list of devices slated to get Marshmallow and HTC’s Sense 7 interface includes:
- HTC Desire EYE
- HTC Desire 816
- HTC Desire 820
- HTC Desire 826
- HTC One M8
- HTC One M8s
- HTC One M8 EYE
- HTC One E8
- HTC One M9
- HTC One M9+
- HTC One ME
- HTC One E9
- HTC E9+
- HTC Butterfly 2
- HTC Butterfly 3
After posting this list, @LlabTooFeR quickly noted the list is preliminary and some of the devices listed may not get Marshmallow. In particular, any device which is low on internal storage like the HTC Desire 816 may find themselves getting skipped over.
Although HTC has committed to providing operating system updates, they have still struggled to meet their deadlines for providing them to users. In the case of these devices, no schedule or target dates have been leaked.
source: @LlabTooFeR (Twitter)
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Today on In Case You Missed It: The world’s biggest 3D printer was just unveiled in Italy and it’s a hefty 40 feet tall and 20 feet in diameter, earning its name, “Big Delta.” Its intended purpose is to build mud huts for emergency housing. A device called the Tempescope can be synced with an app in your home and actual rain or show condensation for fog, depending on the day’s weather forecast. And a drummer who lost his right arm is back in the game, fiercer than before, with help from a robotics professor.
From the cutting room floor: This mini-tool made for molecules (for real) is certainly interesting but we just couldn’t figure out how to do the story with such a brief video.
Make sure to beef up on what the White House is saying about broadband being a core utility, for the arguments about smartphones with older relatives that are sure to come over the holidays. And because it was a huge moment: Watch the Pope give his speech to Congress, urging people to avoid religious fundamentalism and work together for common goals. It really was quite lovely.
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John Carmack on Developing the Netflix App for Oculus
by John Carmack
Netflix Tech Blog
During this week’s Oculus Connect 2 keynote, the virtual reality company announced that the upcoming Gear VR would include support for Netflix. What does is take to bring a streaming service inside the headset? Well, Oculus CTO John Carmack detailed the process on the Netflix Tech Blog.
Pandora’s CEO Explains Why ‘Free’ Music Is Worth So Much: Op-Ed
Pandora CEO Brian McAndrews penned an op-ed at Billboard on the cost of “free” music, the role of discovery and the future of the subscription vs. ad-supported model.
If You Love that Font So Much, Why Don’t You Date It?
Which font would you date? Personally, I’d like to take Sentinel out for a drink.
The Scientific Art of the Perfect Meal
Food bloggers are breaking down recipes with the kind of scientific experimentation typically reserved for a lab. It’s fun to both read about and try at home.
The Ubisoft Division Where Accountants and HR Managers Make Games
This piece details the work of Patrick Plourde as the head of Ubisoft’s Fun House project in Montreal where anyone can pitch a game idea.
[Image credit: Oculus]
The Federal Trade Commision(FTC) has begun a preliminary investigation into Google using Android to push its own apps like Search and Maps.
The search giant has been under investigation in Europe for antitrust violations for a while and the FTC has voted several times in the past not to pursue charges against Google. But there’s now an investigation brewing within the country’s antitrust watchdog.
Complaintants actually went to the Department of Justice(DoJ) first and the DoJ recently asked the FTC for clearance to begin their investigation by making contact with complaintants.
The DoJ and FTC have since worked out an agreement for the FTC, instead of the DoJ, to investigate the claims. The issue stem from the “home screen dominance” of Google’s Android App placement and Android app bundle requirements. The complaint is still in the fact finding stage, the FTC has still yet to contact Google, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that charges will move forward.
Google distributes Android for free to companies like Samsung and LG but if they want to have any Google Apps installed on their phones or tablets, they must take a bundle of a certain set of Android apps which includes money makers like Google Search and the Google Play store. Complaintants are unhappy with this because it gives Google a distinct advantage on the world’s most popular mobile operating system.
Google has offered no public comment comment regarding this matter and Justin Cole, an FTC spokesperson, was quoted as saying, “investigations are nonpublic, and we do not comment on an investigation or the existence of an investigation.”
Google has faced the harsh hand of the government before, but escaped charges. In 2013, Microsoft and Yelp brought complaints to the FTC that Google unfairly gave an advantage to its own products, but Google escaped scrutiny after the FTC voted unanimously not to bring charges.
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YouTube might be launching its long-awaited subscription service as soon as the end of October, according to Recode. Google’s video website already sent out emails to content owners, asking them to agree to the terms for a “new ads-free version of YouTube” by October 22nd. Just like earlier reports revealed, if providers refuse to get on board, their catalogues will “no longer be available for public display or monetization in the United States.” The service won’t just flush out ads from videos, though: Recode says the company’s $10-a-month offering also comes bundled with Music Key, the website’s music streaming product that features offline access, background playback and more.
If you recall, YouTube announced Music Key’s pricing when its beta version launched, and it was supposed to cost $10 per month on its own. So it’s unclear how the company will make money from the twofer, especially since it reportedly had trouble locking down deals for its ads-free model earlier this year. Note that YT only gave providers until October 22nd to agree to its new terms and didn’t actually confirm if the service is going live the same day — you might have to wait a bit longer before you can throw money at the website.
Here are some of the pertinent parts of the email YouTube sent Peter Kafka at Recode:
To give fans more choice we will be launching a new ads-free version of YouTube, available to fans for a monthly fee. This service will create a new source of revenue over time that supplements your advertising revenue…
That’s why we’re asking you to update your agreement to reflect the updated terms for the ads-free service.
To accept, simply log into YouTube.com as “username” from a desktop or laptop and follow the prompts by October 22nd.
If you haven’t signed by that date, your videos will no longer be available for public display or monetization in the United States.
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If you needed more confirmation that we’re going to be seeing a new LG Nexus at next week’s Google event, you’re in luck. The LG Nexus 5X, or what would strongly appear to be, has now passed through the FCC. It’s probably not a coincidence this happened late on a Friday when a smaller amount of eyes would be around to check out the documents and the resulting media coverage.
You can blame our leak culture if you already know all about the Nexus 5X, but the new FCC documents seem to confirm a few of the details we already knew. In the filing, we see that the LG H790 and H791, the two versions of the new Nexus, are CDMA/GSM/LTE phones that sport Bluetooth 4.2, WiFI a/b/g/n/ac dual band, and NFC. The devices have 5.2″ screens with bodies measuring 146.9 x 72.5mm.
The H791, for some reason, is listed with a 4.4″ screen with a 146.1 x 72.2mm body. Rather than this being a second smaller Nexus device from LG, it’s more likely that this is just an error. Much like the 2013 LG Nexus 5 that came in two models (D820 and D821), one for the US and one global model, we expect this to be the same case.
We’re also getting a look at the impressive list of bands that the Nexus 5X will support.
3G: Band 2/4/5
LTE (H790): FD-LTE: Band 2(1900MHz)/4(1700MHz)/5(850MHz)/7(2600MHz)/12(700MHz)/13 (700MHz)/17 (700MHz)/25 (1900MHz)/26 (850MHz), TD-LTE: Band 41(2500MHz)
LTE (H791): TD-LTE: Band 2(1900MHz)/4(1700MHz)/5(850MHz)/7(2600MHz)/17 (700MHz)/26 (850MHz), FDD-LTE: Band 41(2500MHz)
We’re looking forward to the big Android event on September 29th where Google will take the wraps off of two new Nexus phones and hopefully have some surprises up their sleeves. We’ll be in attendance and will bring you the latest details as they become available.
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The standout new feature of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus is 3D Touch, which Apple is billing as an evolution of Multi-Touch. The new feature allows the display to sense how much pressure is being applied, opening up new ways for users to interact with their phones. We went hands-on with the 6s Plus and explored what the feature is capable of.
3D Touch can be used both in and out of apps. Outside of apps, on the Home Screen, a user can press down on an app’s icon to quickly interact with the app. This feature is called Quick Actions. For instance, pressing on the Phone app allows you to quickly call a recent contact. Or, pressing down on the Camera icon allows you to quickly take a selfie.
Inside of apps, 3D Touch allows users to “Peek” and “Pop” into their content. For instance, within the Messages app a user can press down on a contact’s message thread to see their latest message and then press down harder to Pop into the thread to reply. Finally, 3D Touch can be used to turn the keyboard into a trackpad.
Apple notes that creating 3D Touch was “unbelievably hard”, and that the company had to work with Corning to create a new pliable iPhone cover glass. When the glass is pressed, the 96 sensors embedded in the backlight display to measure microscopic changes between it and the glass. The measurements are combined with the touch sensor to sync finger motion with images on the screen.
On first impression, users are enjoying 3D Touch. MacRumors forum member jsmith189 said he thinks it could become an integral part of navigating an iPhone.
I really enjoy the 3D Touch – while there aren’t too many apps that use it right now, I can definitely see it becoming part of my everyday ‘without thinking about it’ navigation.
Other users, like forum member Boardiesboi, note that the feature does take getting used to and that he adjusted the sensitivity on the feature so that it responds to lighter touches.
Users who prefer to use screen protectors on their devices shouldn’t hesitate to purchase one for the iPhone 6s or 6s Plus, as Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller confirmed in an email to 3D Techtronics that screen protectors would work with the new display technology as long as they comply with Apple’s design guidelines.
While 3D Touch is mostly compatible with Apple apps so far, third party companies are likely to embrace the new functionality in their apps in the near future. Today, Twitter updated its app to take advantage of the feature, allowing users to quickly access search or compose new tweets from the home screen.
There are a couple of things everyone is wondering about the Priv. Number one, how do you actually pronounce it, and number two, how well does it work? Luckily, John Chen, CEO of BlackBerry, explains both, sorta.
We can finally put the name guessing aside, “Priv” is pronounced like “give”, only with a “P”. We got number one out of the way and now to cover number two, how well does it work?
Chen went on BNN to show the world how the brand new BlackBerry Priv works. The same phone that he has been leading his team in creating, and making sure it becomes a huge hit. However, by the video on BNN, it looks more like he has no clue how to use it. Not only does the video make it look like he has never seen the device before, he also seems to be totally new to Android.
All he had to do was show up to BNN, use the phone in any normal way, and impress consumers enough to buy it. Somehow, screws it up. Definitely check out the video, it’s pretty funny. He didn’t open one app properly or show the actual keyboard in use. However, even with the mistakes, the phone still looks like it could be a success. Dual curve screen, high-end specs, actual keyboard that doubles as a trackpad, it has all the parts to be a win for BlackBerry. We will just have to imagine everything works great since Chen showed us nothing.
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If you have a PlayStation TV collecting dust in a cabinet somewhere, this might make it useful again. A user called “mr.gas” from the Hackinformer forum has detailed how you can tweak the device to play games that it’s currently not compatible with. The best thing about the procedure is it’s actually doable, even if you’re not that adept at hacking hardware. You only need to send PS TV a message from your email app with the writer.eml file attached (a download link can be found on the source’s website) and renamed as #0 without an extension.
The message’s subject should be the path you want the file to go to. After that, you can also overwrite Vita TV’s game launcher file and allow titles not in Sony’s whitelist, such as Uncharted Golden Abyss, to run. According to the commenters on Hackinformer, they got a number of games and apps (though not all) running, including Netflix. Just follow the full instructions to give it a shot and try playing games that didn’t work in the past.