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Oct

CLUE Bingo is a new multiplayer puzzle game


CLUE_Bingo_newapp_icon_101815CLUE Bingo is a new multiplayer game where users must solve the mystery of who committed the crime by exploring rooms and solving puzzles.

CLUE Bingo launched in the Play Store just this week and has already surpassed 50,000 installs. Users must investigate and solve the mystery of who-did-it. Players can earn reward points to unlock new levels and places to search. The app also brings multiplayer support so you can play along with friends and earn bonus coins and more. This is like the second generation Bingo, which takes the ordinary game of Bingo and adds functionality where players have to gain clues to fill out there Bingo card. One can earn these by completing short interactive puzzles within the game.

The app is free to download but includes in-app purchases to gain coins which can be used in the game.

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18
Oct

Android Authority this week – October 18, 2015


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Android fans, this week we learned more details about the upcoming Nexus 6P and 5X; the BlackBerry Priv starred in several hands-on ahead of its official unveiling; OnePlus X specs and images leaked out; details surfaced about the HTC One A9 and Motorola’s Droid Maxx 2; and OEMs revealed more about their Marshmallow plans.

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Hungry for Marshmallow? We’ve put together a Marshmallow updates roundup, a one stop shop for all information regarding Android 6 releases, OEM update plans, and custom ROMs based on Marshmallow. We will be updating it frequently, so you know where to come to keep up with the Marshmallow rollout.

The camera will always be a key aspect of the smartphone experience. We all agree on that, but when it comes to which phone has the best camera, the Android community is divided. We’re trying to bring a little objectivity into the mix with our blind camera shootout between the Xperia Z5, LG G4, Galaxy Note 5, and iPhone 6S. Vote here and come back for the results tomorrow.

Last week, it was a Nexus 5X. This week, we’re giving away a Nexus 6P. Get your sweepstakes ticket here and good luck!

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18
Oct

Inhabitat’s Week in Green: ‘Iron Man’ prosthetics and a creepy Airbnb


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Each week our friends at Inhabitat recap the week’s most interesting green developments and clean tech news for us — it’s the Week in Green.

Want to see the state of the art in solar-powered architecture? Check out eight of the world’s most efficient sun-powered homes built by students for the 2015 Solar Decathlon. In other solar news, Panasonic just shattered a world record by building the most efficient photovoltaic panel on the planet. A Dutch firm recently announced plans to build the largest wind farm in Africa near a remote Kenyan lake. And Washington, DC, unveiled the world’s largest waste-to-energy system, which will generate electricity from the city’s raw sewage.

The self-driving cars are coming — and Tesla has a leg up on the competition. This past week, the electric automaker launched a software update that allows the Model S to drive, park and brake without relying on a human driver. Tesla’s battery Gigafactory also hit the headlines as two journalists trespassed on the facility grounds — and then injured employees with their car while attempting to escape. Electric bikes make a lot of sense for city cyclists, and the VANMOOF Electrified is one of the best. It comes with built-in lights, a dashboard display and integrated GPS tracking — and we’re giving one away in our Green Halloween Costume Contest. We also showcased an awesome underwater jetpack that allows you to glide through the sea like a dolphin, and we were shocked to learn that villages in Laos are making boats out of repurposed bombs from the Vietnam War.

Are we alone in the universe? This past week scientists discovered some unexpected activity around a faraway star — and some believe that it could signify a megastructure built by an alien civilization. Back here on Earth, 3D printers are revolutionizing the way we make things. A new building printer can crank out an entire two-story home in a single day. Meanwhile, Disney announced a new partnership to produce 3D-printed bionic Iron Man arms for kids in need of prosthetics, and Adidas launched a new “Futurecraft” running shoe made with 3D-printed materials. And since Halloween is on the way, we showcased the creepiest Airbnb we’ve ever seen: a dank subterranean room in the catacombs of Paris filled with 6 million skeletons.

18
Oct

Meet the American astronaut who has spent the most time in space


Astronauts already have such amazing jobs, but Scott Kelly’s in particular is probably a smidge more envy-inducing. The current commander of the International Space Station is spending his 383rd day aboard the ISS at the moment, surpassing fellow NASA astronaut Mike Fincke’s record of 382 cumulative days outside our atmosphere. That’s not all, though: since he’s part of a year-long mission — astronauts typically spend six months in low-Earth orbit at most per expedition — he’s bound to break another record. On October 29th, he’ll be celebrating his 216th consecutive day aboard the station. That’s a day longer than the record set by Michael López-Alegría, who’s known for having the longest spaceflight of any American since his expedition in 2006 to 2007.

Among the scientific experiments Scott is conducting up there, one uses his own body as a subject. See, Scott has an identical twin named Mark, who also used to be astronaut. NASA’s Human Research Program is currently monitoring their health to determine the changes a human body undergoes during long periods in outer space. They’re providing the human research project with cheek swabs, saliva, blood and fecal samples, which are then analyzed by scientists. Scott is slated to come back home on March 3, 2016 after spending a total of 522 days outside Earth, doing science and taking glorious photos of our planet from afar.

Source: NASA

18
Oct

Cablevision and Viacom settle their lawsuits over channel bundling


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And just like that, Cablevision’s feud with Viacom over channel bundling is over. The two TV giants have settled their antitrust lawsuits with promises that they’re making “mutually beneficial business arrangements.” Neither side is saying what those arrangements are, however, and it’s not clear whether or not Cablevision is getting a better deal than what it had in 2012. This ruckus started because Cablevision didn’t like being forced to carry niche Viacom channels to get the big channels it wanted — this whole exercise would be pointless if the company didn’t get either a discount or more control. With that said, it wouldn’t be shocking if Cablevision’s soon-to-be owner, Altice, pushed for a hasty compromise to prevent the lawsuits (and the resulting government scrutiny) from interfering with its big purchase.

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Source: BusinessWire

18
Oct

Nexus 6P International Giveaway!


Welcome to the Sunday Giveaway, the place where we giveaway a new Android phone or tablet each and every Sunday.

A big congratulations to last week’s winner of the Nexus 5X giveaway: Perver K. (Turkey).

This week we are giving away the hotly anticipated Nexus 6P.

Launching later this month on the Google Store and retailers from around the world, the Nexus 6P is the pinnacle of the Android experience. The stock Marshmallow software shines on the powerful hardware of the Nexus 6, and the sleek metallic construction ensures the device looks as good as it feels. The fingerprint scanner and high quality camera round off a great user experience. For more details, read our hands-on impressions post, competitors comparison, and comparison with the Nexus 6.

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18
Oct

WSJ: IBM gives Chinese officials (limited) access to its source code


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IBM has reportedly started holding demonstrations to show off an unspecified product’s source code to people outside the company — particularly to officials from China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, according to The Wall Street Journal. The Asian superpower has been asking tech companies for access to their programs’ codes, which are typically closely guarded secrets, for quite some time. Apparently, it wants to make sure the US hasn’t installed backdoors on American-made software as a way to spy on its citizens.

But why has IBM decided to comply with the country’s demands while many other tech corporations (with President Obama’s blessing) continue to refuse? Chinese media has been reporting that it’s because Big Blue needs the government’s support to expand in the market, though that’s yet to be confirmed. An IBM spokesman clarified to Forbes that the company’s far from being the first to give in, claiming that Microsoft also allows Chinese officials to poke into its software. In addition, it was reported earlier this year that Apple gave China permission to look into what makes iOS tick.

To be clear, the company hasn’t given officials a copy of their source code or allowed them to examine it for an extended period of time. Instead, these demos are held inside a secure room with no internet or any other connection to the outside — IBM doesn’t want its technology stolen, after all. Further, officials can only test and examine the source code for limited periods, suggesting that this is really more of a symbolic gesture. This new demo program has also been launched in other countries besides China, though the report didn’t mention what those nations are.

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Via: The Verge

Source: The Wall Street Journal

18
Oct

Apple will fix your MacBook’s worn-out display coating


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The Retina display on your MacBook or MacBook Pro is supposed to look gorgeous. However, some owners have encountered just the opposite — the screen’s anti-reflective coating is wearing out quickly due to pressure or stains, leaving them with an unsightly laptop (and in some cases, a repair bill). Relief is in sight, though. MacRumors understands that Apple has quietly launched a program that will replace the screens on Retina-equipped MacBook and MacBook Pro models for free until either October 16th, 2016 or three years from when you bought your system, whichever is longer. You’ll get compensation if you’ve already had to pay for a fix. Apple reportedly won’t advertise this program like it does in other cases, but that’s fine as long as it keeps your premium computer looking pristine.

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Source: MacRumors

18
Oct

All drones in the USA may soon need to be registered


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No longer do the skies only belong to the usual flying vehicles like airplanes and helicopters. The average citizen can now take off the ground thanks to the proliferation of affordable drones, of which many can be controlled with basic smartphones. But the spread of these new toys didn’t come without its negative effects. The situation has gotten serious enough that the USA government now feels the need to have all commercial drones registered with the Department of Transportation.

At least that is what a new report from NBC News claims. The company’s sources have it in good faith that the federal government is soon to announce a new plan requiring registration of any new drone purchased in the USA. The new law is rumored to be announced come Monday, while it won’t go into effect until Christmas time.

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Why go through all this? Is it about privacy? Surely, we don’t want weirdos stalking our families, but that is not really the main reason why the government is going through this hassle. It seems this is mostly about safety. Airspace safety, to be more specific.

One too many close calls between airplanes and drones have occurred, something the federal government is getting worried about. NBC News mentions a specific event in which a drone and a commercial passenger airplane with 159 people on board flew about 100 feet away from each other. Safe distance is said to be at about 1000 feet, at the closest.

You don’t need to fly that high up to find trouble, though. It has also been reported that firefighters in California have encountered issues with drones trying to capture aerial shots of wild fires. These are an issue for emergency response helicopters and airplanes.

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Overall, the government seems to be looking to enforce rules on irresponsible use of drones. Right now it’s very hard to stop drone owners from doing whatever they please. And even if they manage to retrieve a drone, it’s very hard to find out who the owner/operator is! Considering these can also be used for illegal activities (such as crossing drugs over borders), I wouldn’t say it’s a bad idea.

None of us like going to the DMV to register our usual vehicles, though, so this will surely become an annoyance to some. It’s another thing to worry about! But the process will likely be simpler… right?

What do you guys think of this? Is it better for the government to keep tabs of all drones? Are you against this idea? Hit the comments and share your own thoughts on this!

 

18
Oct

Microsoft’s 1TB Surface Book will cost you a hefty $3,199


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Microsoft talked about the Surface Book having up to a 1TB solid-state drive when it announced the laptop/tablet hybrid, but you couldn’t actually buy it on launch — 512GB was as good as it got. Well, that extra-capacious model is now available for pre-order… and to no one’s surprise, it won’t come cheap. This ultimate configuration (which also includes a Core i7, 16GB of RAM and dedicated graphics) will cost you an eye-watering $3,199, which makes the $2,699 512GB model suddenly seem like a bargain. Not that there’s a rush to buy the 1TB version right away. This and most other Surface Book models won’t ship for another 7 to 8 weeks thanks to brisk demand, so you might as well think it over before you drain your bank account.

Via: Windows Central

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