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Oct

ICYMI: Halloween Spooktacular and some tech news too


ICYMI: Halloween Spooktacular and Some Tech News Too

Today on In Case You Missed It: Chinese state-run media announced the country will begin building the world’s largest super-collider, with an ETA of 2020. Realm Pictures just pulled off another live action shooter game, this time with an alien version and we are all tempted to get Chatroulette accounts. And Tokyo’s auto show just wrapped this week and beside the totally Jetsons cars, we were struck by the cool factor of many of the cars’ head and tail lights, which are made of lasers.

31
Oct

Who’s Down for a new app from Google?


Google continues to garner impressive press coverage for moon shot type projects like their Project Loon or self-driving cars or even their recent forays into artificial intelligence. Their latest app to hit the Play Store may not quite live up to that hype, but Google hopes they are continuing efforts to help people solve problems. The problem in this case seems to be finding someone to hangout with and the Who’s Down app hopes to help with that.

According to Google’s description, Who’s Down will help you  “always know who is free to hand out, so you never miss out on the fun.” The app lets you hit a slider button to set your status to being “down” to hangout for whatever or you can pose a request for a specific activity. Ostensibly using location services, the app will show you friends nearby who may be ready to hangout. Of course, the app includes a chat function so all the details can be worked out once the participating parties are identified.

For now, Google is limiting use of Who’s Down to an invite-only system accessed through the app. It is not clear how one gets selected once you submit a request for an invite.

If you want to check out Who’s Down and maybe get in on the action as an early adopter, hit the Play Store link below to grab it.

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Play Store Download Link

Come comment on this article: Who’s Down for a new app from Google?

31
Oct

Who’s Down for a new app from Google?


Google continues to garner impressive press coverage for moon shot type projects like their Project Loon or self-driving cars or even their recent forays into artificial intelligence. Their latest app to hit the Play Store may not quite live up to that hype, but Google hopes they are continuing efforts to help people solve problems. The problem in this case seems to be finding someone to hangout with and the Who’s Down app hopes to help with that.

According to Google’s description, Who’s Down will help you  “always know who is free to hand out, so you never miss out on the fun.” The app lets you hit a slider button to set your status to being “down” to hangout for whatever or you can pose a request for a specific activity. Ostensibly using location services, the app will show you friends nearby who may be ready to hangout. Of course, the app includes a chat function so all the details can be worked out once the participating parties are identified.

For now, Google is limiting use of Who’s Down to an invite-only system accessed through the app. It is not clear how one gets selected once you submit a request for an invite.

If you want to check out Who’s Down and maybe get in on the action as an early adopter, hit the Play Store link below to grab it.

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whos_down_app_screen_02
whos_down_app_screen_03
whos_down_app_screen_04
whos_down_app_screen_05

Play Store Download Link

Come comment on this article: Who’s Down for a new app from Google?

31
Oct

Nissan unleashes its autonomous car prototype in Japan


Nissan has begun testing its Leaf-based autonomous car prototype, not on private property, but on Japanese inner city roads and highways. To be exact, the automaker wants to put its “Piloted Drive” mode (part of its Intelligent Driving System) to the test, which can take control of the car in certain conditions. The mode’s first version, which Nissan wants to add to production models by the end of 2016, enables a car to drive autonomously in heavy traffic on the highway. The company hopes to roll out the ability to change lanes by 2018, as well as the power to navigate city roads and intersections without human input by 2020.

Via: Motor Trend

Source: Nissan

31
Oct

Medicine-covered nanoparticles could help stroke victims


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Doctors have been working for years on using tiny nanoparticles covered in clot busting drugs to clear blocked vessels in stroke victims. The only problem is that when a vessel is completely blocked, a lack of blood flow in the affected area is a problem. Strokes can be treated by inserting a stent into the clot, then opening it to pull the clot out but it can cause damage to the artery or dislodge pieces of the clot that get stuck elsewhere. Scientists at Harvard and UMass have struck on a method for using a stent to burrow a small hole through the clot, then releasing the nanoparticles into it. The increased pressure in the channel activates the drugs, which attach to the clot, break it up and continue to work on busting it up even as parts break off — check after the break for a quick video showing the process in action.

Source: Harvard Wyss Institute

31
Oct

BlackBerry Priv gets first unboxing courtesy of Carphone Warehouse


It’s hard to believe this day has finally arrived: once a far-flung pipe dream, then a realistic rumor, and now an undeniable unboxing, BlackBerry has finally made an Android phone. The Priv, originally referred to as the Venice, is set to ship on November 6th for customers in the USA. On the other side of the pond however, UK retalier Carphone Warehouse has received a release unit and unboxed it for all to behold:

The segment begins with a quick look at the box, with the lovely lady featured in the video pointing out the packaging contains the words “Privilege” and “Privacy”. While offering an idea of how BlackBerry ultimately chose to name the phone, it is her British pronunciation of the latter word that may give some North American viewers an “a-ha” kind of revelation.

Inside the box are standard tools-of-the-trade, including the device itself, a SIM ejector tool, manuals, headphones, and a USB cable.

The video also demonstrates several unique BlackBerry features. Carried over from BB10, BlackBerry Hub is retained and can be accessed by holding down the Home button and swiping to the right. Hub is a one-stop go-to for all notifications. The Priv’s virtural keyboard allows you to “flick” word predictions into the text field by swiping up from a key,

The physical keyboard borrows from the Passport, meaning that not only is it a traditional typing device, but also allows includes trackpad functionality for navigation.

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BlackBerry Calendar is demonstrated, as well as BlackBerry Search, the latter of which allows you to search both the phone and the internet and can be activated by swiping up and left from the Home button.

The video ends with a quick look at DTEK by BlackBerry, a unique app that places proper priority on privacy and allows users to fine-tune and beef-up the Priv’s security.

Wrap up

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The BlackBerry Priv is set to go on sale in roughly a week’s time, however the entry requirement is not for the cash-conscious: the phone is $749 unlocked. Depending on the success – of lack thereof – this may end up being the company’s swan song to the hardware market.

What do you think? Has the unboxing video made you more motivated for a potential purchase? Is the hardware just what you’ve always wanted, or does it cost too much to be considered? Leave us your comments below.

31
Oct

BlackBerry Priv gets first unboxing courtesy of Carphone Warehouse


It’s hard to believe this day has finally arrived: once a far-flung pipe dream, then a realistic rumor, and now an undeniable unboxing, BlackBerry has finally made an Android phone. The Priv, originally referred to as the Venice, is set to ship on November 6th for customers in the USA. On the other side of the pond however, UK retalier Carphone Warehouse has received a release unit and unboxed it for all to behold:

The segment begins with a quick look at the box, with the lovely lady featured in the video pointing out the packaging contains the words “Privilege” and “Privacy”. While offering an idea of how BlackBerry ultimately chose to name the phone, it is her British pronunciation of the latter word that may give some North American viewers an “a-ha” kind of revelation.

Inside the box are standard tools-of-the-trade, including the device itself, a SIM ejector tool, manuals, headphones, and a USB cable.

The video also demonstrates several unique BlackBerry features. Carried over from BB10, BlackBerry Hub is retained and can be accessed by holding down the Home button and swiping to the right. Hub is a one-stop go-to for all notifications. The Priv’s virtural keyboard allows you to “flick” word predictions into the text field by swiping up from a key,

The physical keyboard borrows from the Passport, meaning that not only is it a traditional typing device, but also allows includes trackpad functionality for navigation.

blackberry-priv-hands-on-3

BlackBerry Calendar is demonstrated, as well as BlackBerry Search, the latter of which allows you to search both the phone and the internet and can be activated by swiping up and left from the Home button.

The video ends with a quick look at DTEK by BlackBerry, a unique app that places proper priority on privacy and allows users to fine-tune and beef-up the Priv’s security.

Wrap up

blackberry-priv-hands-on-1

The BlackBerry Priv is set to go on sale in roughly a week’s time, however the entry requirement is not for the cash-conscious: the phone is $749 unlocked. Depending on the success – of lack thereof – this may end up being the company’s swan song to the hardware market.

What do you think? Has the unboxing video made you more motivated for a potential purchase? Is the hardware just what you’ve always wanted, or does it cost too much to be considered? Leave us your comments below.

31
Oct

​Uber shuts down in three German cities amid driver shortage


Berlin's Taxis As German Court Considers Uber Technologies Inc. Ban

Surprise: Uber has having trouble in Germany, again. No, the company isn’t facing another nationwide ban, but the trouble does seem to stem from a previous court decision — apparently Uber is just having a hard time finding drivers. “For many prospective Uber drivers, the process of registering an independent rental car enterprise has proved as too costly and time consuming,” the company told Reuters, referring to a German court ruling that requires Uber drivers to hold a valid taxi license. The company is pulling out of Hamburg, Frankfurt and Dusseldorf as a result, leaving Berlin and Munich as the country’s only cities with Uber service. The company says it plans to “intensify the dialogue” with law makers, and hopes to be able to restore wider service to the country in the near future.

[Image credit: Bloomberg via Getty Images]

Source: Reuters

31
Oct

Dontnod CEO Oskar Guilbert says they are considering version of Life is Strange on Android



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Life is Strange is an episodic game that just wrapped up the final game in its first season to generally good reviews. Similar to Telltale Games, Life is Strange, developed by Dontnod Entertainment, is much more about the narrative and relationships between characters along the way – this is made all the more intriguing as the protagonist, Maxine Caulfield, is able to rewind time and relive events different ways with different consequences. Life is Strange is currently only available on PC and consoles, but in an interview on French business channel, BFM Business, Dontnod CEO Oskar Guilbert suggested that they are thinking of releasing a version of Life is Strange on Android and iOS.

The interview also revealed that Dontnod and publisher Square Enix are very happy with the sales of Life is Strange with over a million copies of the game sold for a game made for between 5 and 6 million Euros. And for those who have already played the game and love the soundtrack, Guilbert also mentioned that a physical CD soundtrack is going to be released – though it might be bundled with the game.


What do you think about a version of Life is Strange on Android? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: Reddit via Pocketgamer

The post Dontnod CEO Oskar Guilbert says they are considering version of Life is Strange on Android appeared first on AndroidSPIN.

31
Oct

Dontnod CEO Oskar Guilbert says they are considering version of Life is Strange on Android



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Life is Strange is an episodic game that just wrapped up the final game in its first season to generally good reviews. Similar to Telltale Games, Life is Strange, developed by Dontnod Entertainment, is much more about the narrative and relationships between characters along the way – this is made all the more intriguing as the protagonist, Maxine Caulfield, is able to rewind time and relive events different ways with different consequences. Life is Strange is currently only available on PC and consoles, but in an interview on French business channel, BFM Business, Dontnod CEO Oskar Guilbert suggested that they are thinking of releasing a version of Life is Strange on Android and iOS.

The interview also revealed that Dontnod and publisher Square Enix are very happy with the sales of Life is Strange with over a million copies of the game sold for a game made for between 5 and 6 million Euros. And for those who have already played the game and love the soundtrack, Guilbert also mentioned that a physical CD soundtrack is going to be released – though it might be bundled with the game.


What do you think about a version of Life is Strange on Android? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: Reddit via Pocketgamer

The post Dontnod CEO Oskar Guilbert says they are considering version of Life is Strange on Android appeared first on AndroidSPIN.

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