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Oct

ASUS’ new FaceDesigner app lets you create custom watch faces for your ZenWatch


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If you’re the owner of a first or second-generation ASUS ZenWatch, there’s a new application in the Google Play Store that may be worth your while. ASUS has just released an app called ZenWatch FaceDesigner, which will give you the ability to create custom faces for your ZenWatch.

Once you download the FaceDesigner app, creating a new watch face is pretty easy. You can choose between five different watch face styles. Once you make your selection, you’ll be able to customize your background image and color, tick, icon, text color, date information, weather information, and even missed call info. You can also choose an image to set as your watch’s background.

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The stock watch faces that come on the ZenWatch and ZenWatch 2 aren’t necessarily the greatest, so the added benefit of customizing watch faces is sure to make ZenWatch users happy. Oh, and it should be noted that the app is only compatible with the ASUS ZenWatch and ZenWatch 2.

If you’d like to jump on the Android Wear bandwagon, the ZenWatch 2 is a great place to start. It’s available now in the Google Store for just $149.99, which is an absolute steal for a brand new Android Wear device.

Download ZenWatch FaceDesigner from Google Play

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5
Oct

No Marshmallow for Moto X 2014 (AT&T and Verizon)


Owners of Motorola’s second generation Moto X under the AT&T or Verizon brand will not be receiving further updates, including Google’s new Android 6.0 update. This news comes from Motorola’s official statement on which phones will be receiving Marshmallow.

While the Pure Edition of the Moto X will be receiving the update, anyone who bought the phone through the said carriers will be left out. This will disappoint many Moto X users who bought the phone for the reason of timely updates and long support. Here is the full list of Motorola devices receiving Android 6.0:

  • 2015 Moto X Pure Edition (3rd gen)
  • 2015 Moto X Style
  • 2015 Moto X Play
  • 2015 Moto G (3rd gen)
  • 2014 Moto X Pure Edition (2nd gen)
  • 2014 Moto G (2nd gen US & Europe)
  • 2014 Moto Maxx
  • 2014 Droid Turbo
  • Nexus 6 (carrier and unlocked)

To clarify that carrier branded Moto X 2nd gen will not receive the update, Matt from Motorola stated on Motorola forums that “The carrier version — AT&T and Verizon — will not get the upgrade.”

Whether this is because the now-owned Lenovo company is shifting resources away from software updates, it’s clear that Motorola is focusing on selling unlocked smartphones to customers rather than through carriers, specifically with the new Moto X Pure Edition they are strongly pushing for $499 in the US.

 

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5
Oct

Apple Now Selling ‘Made for Apple Watch’ Lugs for Third-Party Bands


Apple has begun selling official Apple Watch lugs through authorized distributor Avnet that may only be used in third-party bands that adhere to the company’s Band Design Guidelines for Apple Watch. Apple-designed stainless steel lugs are each marked with “Made for Apple Watch” laser etching to verify their authenticity.

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The stainless steel lugs are available in 38mm and 42mm sizes and are compatible with all Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport and Apple Watch Edition models. However, at the time of publication, Space Gray, Space Black, Yellow Gold and Rose Gold lugs are not listed for sale.

Apple has published Apple Watch Lug Assembly Guidelines that provide accessory makers with step-by-step instructions and a list of required tools for assembly, including a Pentalobe 1.1 screwdriver bit and clamping device. The document also outlines proper screw installation for the lugs.

Avnet is selling Apple Watch lugs in sets of 25 or 200 in both 38mm and 42mm, with prices ranging between $278.75 and $1,866.00 per package and between $9.18 and $11.33 per individual set. The distributor is also selling the Pentalobe 1.1 screwdriver bit required for lug assembly for $12.65. All prices are listed in U.S. dollars.

Apple Watch Lugs – 38mm (25 sets)

  • Price Per Unit: $11.15 USD
  • Package Price: $278.75 USD

    Apple Watch Lugs – 38mm (200 sets)

  • Price Per Unit: $9.18 USD
  • Package Price: $1,836.00 USD

    Apple Watch Lugs – 42mm (25 sets)

  • Price Per Unit: $11.33 USD
  • Package Price: $283.25 USD

    Apple Watch Lugs – 42mm (200 sets)

  • Price Per Unit: $9.33 USD
  • Package Price: $1,866.00 USD

    Avnet currently estimates a shipping lead time of 2 weeks for all lug sets and pentalobe screwdriver bits. Opening a commercial account with Avnet is required to complete the ordering process. Avnet’s customer service team will contact customers within 24-48 business hours to complete the ordering process.


  • 5
    Oct

    OnePlus starts selling its USB Type-C cable for just $5.49


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    OnePlus announced earlier this year that it would be selling its USB Type-C cable as a standalone product, but we haven’t seen it mentioned since. As of today, OnePlus has begun selling the cable at its online store in 100cm and 150cm variants.

    The cable will set you back $5.49 or $6.99, respectively. The cable is actually quite impressive. The end that plugs into the OnePlus 2 is the USB-C end, and on the other end is USB-A, which plugs into the wall outlet or your computer. The neat thing about the USB-A end is that OnePlus managed to make it reversible as well.

    And for now, it’s quite nice that OnePlus has it designed where one end is USB-C and the other USB-A. The cable that ships with Google’s Nexus 5X is simply USB-C to USB-C, which can be quite frustrating considering that USB-C isn’t very popular in wall outlets or computers just yet.

    At least OnePlus’ cable is nowhere near as expensive as the OnePlus 2’s leather case. Anyone plan on picking up this cable from OnePlus?

    source: OnePlus

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    5
    Oct

    Adobe launches Illustrator Draw and Capture CC apps for Android



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    Adobe has a penchant for replacing old apps with new ones, often playing around with key features here and there. The software company today launched a new app called Capture CC and the Android versions of Illustrator Draw app.

    Capture CC will be replacing three old Adobe apps, Color CC, Brush CC, and Shape CC, which were launched earlier this year. The new app is capable of sketching vectors, exporting them through Creative Cloud account and creating new brushes for Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.

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    You can also generate color themes for your pictures. So, pretty much everything that the retiring apps were doing. The obvious good news is, you no longer have to download three separate apps for that.

    Now, let’s focus on the Illustrator Draw app. It lets you create scalable vector illustrations or free-hand drawings with smooth strokes, which can be zoomed up to 64x for finer details. Through the app, you can easily send a native file to Illustrator CC or a PNG to Photoshop CC. Once connected to a desktop, the app automatically chooses and opens the correct platform for your file, where you can continue your project.

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    5
    Oct

    Could the LG G2 get Android 6.0?


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    An interesting piece of information showed up yesterday, indicating that it won’t be long before the LG G3 and G4 get the upgrade to Android 6.0. And according to recently leaked benchmarks, the LG G2 could be seeing Android Marshmallow very soon as well.

    The phone was caught on Geekbench running Android 6.0. It certainly wouldn’t be surprising if the device received the update. After all, with the Snapdragon 800 chipset, 2.2GHz quad-core processor, and 2GB of RAM, the handset can more than handle the latest Android has to offer.

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    LG hasn’t made any official statements regarding their devices getting Android 6.0, so it wouldn’t be wise to get your hopes up just yet. Either way, the LG G2, G3, and G4 can most definitely handle the Android Marshmallow, so it’d be quite a disappointment if LG were to shy away from offering it on the G2 and G3.

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    via: Phone Arena

    Come comment on this article: Could the LG G2 get Android 6.0?

    5
    Oct

    Android Marshmallow begins rolling out to Nexus devices today


    As expected, Nexus owners are in for a treat this week as Google’s latest OS revisions begins rolling out to select devices. According to a post on the Official Android Blog, the Nexus 5, 6, 7 (the 2013 model), 9 and Player are all in line to receive the over-the-air software update starting today. The newly released Nexus 5x and 6P handsets, of course, come with Marshmallow already installed.

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    Source: Android Blog

    5
    Oct

    Sensor-equipped plant pods take the guesswork out of indoor gardening


    Have you been thinking about trying your hand at gardening, but lack the green thumb to keep those plants alive? There’s a new Kickstarter project that may be able to lend a hand. Plug & Plant is a wall-mounted system of pods that not only neatly organizes the indoor plants, but each one is equipped with Bluetooth room, humidity and light sensors. That tech gathers data from the environment and offers tips for optimum plant growth. A Smart Water Tank also uses the collected info to vary the watering regimen as needed for up to 30 days. Details are beamed to a companion app that displays the stats for each senor independently as well as analyzes the data and providing suggestions for care. Slideshow-325484

    The Plug & Plant is also a modular setup with panels that house expandable pods to make a larger display of foliage. If you’re concerned about dirt, the system doesn’t use any. Instead, it employs biodegradable biofoam that allows the plants’ roots to spread in a similar manner that regular ol’ soil provides. There’s 30 different plants to choose from, ranging from lettuces and herbs to peppers and tomatoes. To snag your kit, the beginner package will set you back $49 while you’ll want to fork over $189 if you’re looking for one that includes that handy watering system. Plug & Plant is scheduled to ship next May.

    Source: Kickstarter

    5
    Oct

    Thousands of images from NASA’s Apollo missions make it to Flickr


    Over the past few months, NASA’s been showing us a ton of stunning images of Pluto. And if you thought that was captivating, wait until you see what else has made it onto the web. On Friday, Project Apollo Archive took to Flickr to publish more than 8,400 high-resolution images from NASA’s missions to the Moon. The image repository compiles photographs taken by Apollo astronauts during their trips, such as the emblematic Apollo 11 and the final Moon mission, Apollo 17. “Around 2004, Johnson Space Center began re-scanning the original Apollo Hasseelblad camera film magazines, and Eric Jones and I began obtaining TIFF (uncompressed, high-resolution) versions of these new scans on DVD,” Kipp Teague, who heads up the project, said to The Planetary Society. “These images were processed for inclusion on our websites, including adjusting color and brightness levels, and reducing the images in size to about 1,000 dpi (dots per inch) for the high-resolution versions.”Slideshow-325472

    Not surprisingly, they’re breath-taking. Best of all, you can download most of them, in case you’re in need of a new wallpaper for your homescreen.

    [Image credits: Project Apollo Archive]

    Via: SlashGear

    Source: Project Apollo Archive (Flickr), The Planetary Society

    5
    Oct

    You’ll soon watch 4K live sports with HDR… in Canada


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    You might think that Japan, South Korea or the US would be the most enthusiastic about 4K live sports, but nope: right now, that distinction goes to Canada. The country’s largest cable firm, Rogers, has unveiled a 4K strategy that reportedly includes the “world’s largest” support for 4K live sports with high dynamic range (HDR) color. Every 2016 home game for the Toronto Blue Jays (which Rogers owns) will air in 4K with HDR, while more than 20 “marquee” NHL games will also display in 4K. If you’re not fond of baseball or hockey, you’ll be glad to know that 4K shows from Netflix and Shomi will be part of the mix. While this content won’t start arriving until next year (starting with a Canadiens/Maple Leafs hockey match in January), it’s at least on the cards.

    And no, Rogers isn’t forgetting about online streaming. It’s answering Bell’s gigabit internet offering with one of its own — an unlimited, $150 CAD ($115 US) Ignite Gigabit tier will start rolling out this year in the greater Toronto area, with all Rogers customers eligible by the end of 2016. The cable giant has even struck a Comcast-style peering deal with Netflix (for better or for worse) to keep your extra-sharp Daredevil stream running smoothly. There’s no guarantee that Rogers will remain on the vanguard of 4K for very long, but this will at least give Canadian viewers something to crow about for a while.

    [Image credit: Mitchell Layton/Getty Images]

    Source: Rogers, CNW

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