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Dec

How to Get the Most Out of Sharing on Apple TV 4


The newest version of Apple’s set-top box has a lot of features that were not available in previous models, and while some things are fairly easy to figure out, other features are somewhat hidden and harder to find.

One great feature Apple has included with its fourth-generation Apple TV is a new App Store and the ability to have multiple accounts connected to the set-top box. Some sharing features connect automatically, but others take more work. We’ve got a guide for setting up various account and device sharing options so you can access the most content in the easiest way possible on the new Apple TV.

Home Sharing

With Home Sharing enabled, you can access movies, music, TV shows, audiobooks, and more from any device that has the feature turned on. If you haven’t already turned on Home Sharing from your various Mac, PC, and iOS devices, here’s how.

Home Sharing iTunes

PC or Mac

  1. On Mac, open iTunes and select File from the Menu Bar in the upper left corner of the screen. On PC, press the Alt key to access the menu bar and select File from the list.
  2. Click Home Sharing and choose “Turn on Home Sharing.” Enter your Apple ID and password, and then click Turn on Home Sharing.

Home Sharing iOSiOS

  1. Open the Settings app and select Videos or Music.
  2. Tap Home Sharing.
  3. Enter your Apple ID and password and tap Sign In.

Apple TV 4

  1. Open the Settings app and click Accounts.
  2. Select Home Sharing.
  3. Enter your Apple ID and password and click Sign In.

To access content from your computers and iOS devices, open the Computers app on Apple TV. Content from all shared devices is accessible from the menu.

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4
Dec

Navigating Chernobyl in VR is tricky business


A yellow Ferris wheel looms over an abandoned amusement park. A rusty red frame alludes to a carousel that was once on the ground. Decaying bumper cars stand motionless behind fading fences. Sights that evoke a sense of child-like exhilaration have become tragic symbols of the Chernobyl disaster, the largest nuclear accident in history. The decomposing rides and crumbling buildings of Pripyat, the nearest city that was evacuated and turned into a ghost town within days of the explosion at the nuclear power plant, have been documented in hundreds of touristy photographs and amateur video tours. Now a virtual reality documentary wants to bring viewers up, close and personal for an immersive experience of the radioactive region in Northern Ukraine.

4
Dec

Twitter trademark filling lays claim to the word ‘subtweet’


It appears the practice of subtweeting has become so popular that Twitter wants to trademark the term. In a recent application, the 140-character social network filed for a trademark on the word “subtweet” (both as one word and two separate words) following Jack Dorsey’s return to the CEO chair. The application was posted for opposition on November 19th, giving any other companies or individuals time to dispute Twitter’s claim. If granted, the trademark will give the company the ability to approve (or deny) any commercial use of the word. Of course, Twitter will have to make use of it commercially to keep its grip, which is interesting because no one affiliated with social stream seems to have coined the term.

[Image credit: Bloomberg via Getty Images]

Via: The Verge, Alex Weprin (Twitter)

Source: Twitter Trademark Application

4
Dec

Porsche green lights its all-electric Mission E concept


You might have to wait a few years to get behind the wheel of one, but the first all-electric Porsche is happening. The automaker announced that its Mission E, a concept first revealed at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, will go into production. Porsche says that it’ll invest 700 million euros (around $762 million) at its main site in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen to help with the project. Among the renovations are a new paint shop and assembly facility alongside an expansion of the engine shop to build the electric motors and a larger body shop. In total, the company expects Mission E production to create 1,000 new jobs.

Via: SlashGear

Source: Porsche

4
Dec

Chrome beta for Android can beam presentations to Chromecast


Whether it be on the desktop or mobile, Chrome’s beta browser is a handy way to preview features before they hit the mainstream crowd. In the most recent release for Android, there’s now the ability for sites to send presentations to Chromecast devices — something developers can implement using Google’s corresponding API and SDK.

Source: Google

4
Dec

10 Android phones you should consider for Sprint (December 2015)


Are you in the market for a new smartphone? Is Sprint the service provider you’re considering? You’re in luck!  We’re here to help you pick out that next handset. If you’re an existing smartphone owner, picking out an upgrade won’t be too much of a challenge. But, for others, particularly first-time buyers, the idea of buying an Android might make them nervous.

Which is the newest phone? What is the best phone? Which is the one that’s going to give me exactly what I need? We’re here to help you dig mine through the muck and pull out a few gems.

We’ve put together a list of the top 10 Android smartphones you should consider for Sprint this December. Here, in no particular order, are ten Android handsets that you should consider for Sprint if you’re currently contemplating a new device.

LG G Flex 2

Introduced early in the year, this phone was among the first to boast a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor. It’s powerful enough to contend with most Androids and features a 13-megapixel rear camera with laser focus and optical image stabilization. What it also offers, is a self-healing protective coating, which means your keys and general wear won’t ruin the finish. Also, the phone is curved in multiple ways and allows for one of the most comfortable experiences around.

LG G Flex 2 at Sprint

LG G Flex 2 at Amazon

LG G Stylo

LG Stylo

LG Stylo

A low-cost alternative to the Samsung Galaxy Note line, the LG G Stylo gives users plenty of screen space and a stylus for which to write. Running a still-recent version of Android (5.1 Lollipop), this one comes with 8GB internal storage and 1GB RAM. The quad-core processor isn’t gonna set any benchmarks but the total package is affordable and worth the money. First-time buyers looking for a big screen should consider the 5.7-incher.

LG Stylo at Sprint

HTC One E8

Although the HTC One E8 is powered by an older version of Android (5.0 Lollipop), it’s a powerful experience that’s enough for most average users. Don’t let the plastic body fool you; there’s a fair amount of hardware under the hood. Specs include a 2.3GHz quad-core processor, 2GB RAM, and 16GB storage. Toss in a microSD card for up to 128GB extra storage and satisfy your media needs.

HTC One E8 at Sprint

HTC One E8 at Amazon

LG Tribute 2

You might ask why we have a phone with these specs listed as a recommended buy. The answer is simple: the price is more than fair considering the package. We like what LG has been doing these last few years and this is a great starting point for smartphone newbies. The 4.5-inch screen, is among the smallest you’ll find in today’s smartphones but it feels really good in most hands.

LG Tribute 2 at Sprint

Samsung Galaxy Note 5

Galaxy-Note5_right-with-spen_Silver-TitaniumThe fifth generation of Samsung’s plus-sized smartphone experience boasts a gorgeous metal and glass design. The S Pen digital stylus is smarter than ever and works without even powering on the display. Up from previous models, storage options are now 32GB and 64GB. The battery, which comes in at a commendable 3000mAh capacity, allows for fast charging, wireless charging, and even fast wireless charging.

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 at Sprint

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 at Amazon

Google Nexus 6

Running an untouched version of Android Lollipop, the Nexus 6 is among the first to receive an update to the 6.0 Marshmallow build. The 6-inch screen might be a little bigger than you’re familiar with but the reviews and feedback have been solid. Internal storage is tapped at 32GB with no microSD expansion card slot but it should be enough for those who live in the cloud.

Google Nexus 6 at Sprint

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+

An almost identical sibling to the aforementioned Galaxy Note 5, this one trades out the stylus for the dual curved display. If you don’t need to jot down notes or mark up documents, consider grabbing the more sexy counterpart.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ at Sprint

Samsung Galaxy S6

Announced in the spring, it’s hard to beat the annual Samsung flagship smartphone. The 5.1-inch Quad HD screen is a stunner and feels oh-so-right in our hands and the premium design includes glass and metal. It’s the first Galaxy S model we’ve wanted to coddle and protect in a long time. It doesn’t hurt that it runs Android 5.0 Lollipop (with an expected 6.0 update), comes with at least 32GB storage, and has 3GB RAM to boost performance.

Samsung Galaxy S6 at Sprint

Samsung Galaxy S6 at Amazon

LG G4

lg_g4_black_leatherLG continues to impress with a steady stream of flagship models that demand attention. We long ago fell in love with the rear button layout and this year’s version has one of the best camera experiences we’ve ever seen on a smartphone. The specs are top-notch and the screen is a real looker.

LG G4 at Sprint

LG G4 at Amazon

HTC One A9

As the only HTC model on this list, we’re big fans of the new design cues and direction. It’s not necessarily a powerful smartphone, but it’s more than enough for first time buyers with plenty left over. It’s the first non-Nexus handset to run Android 6.0 Marshmallow and enjoys features such as Doze, Android Pay, and Android on Tap. For the first time in a few years we are excited about HTC again and can’t recommend this phone enough for its target demographic. The 5-inch screen feels terrific in hand and the fingerprint scanner is highly responsive. Check out our review of the HTC One A9.

HTC One A9 at Sprint

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4
Dec

[Deal] Save over 30% off the Innori Virtual Reality Headset


Virtual Reality (VR) is becoming more and more popular in today’s day and age. Google has taken on VR head on with the release of Google Cardboard, and OnePlus even did their OnePlus 2 reveal in a Virtual Reality fashion. Well, if you’ve if you heard about VR and want to get in on the action, you’ll want to jump on this deal.

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The Innori Virtual Reality Headset allows for a complete, immersive VR experience. With 360 degrees of viewing range, and 100% field of view, the Homido gives you one of the best experiences on the market today.

  • Adjustable straps maximize comfort & optimize viewing experience
  • High-quality lens technology keeps images pure & distortion-free
  • Viewing angles range up to 98-degrees in either direction
  • Adjustable features allow you to easily adjust distance & size of images

Pop your smartphone into this headpiece and say hello to your new reality. You’ve never played video games or watched content like this before, but finally the future is here. It’s immersive, exhilarating, and most importantly, crazy easy to use. Once your phone is inside, you strap the device onto your head and adjust the proximity. Then sit back, relax, and jump in head first.

VR is going to be all the craze, and is building in popularity, so you’ll want to jump on this deal before it goes away. Right now, you can head over to the AndroidGuys Deals page and grab the Innori Virtual Reality Headset for only $33.99. Normally priced at $50, you’ll be saving over 30% by jumping on this deal today.

Drop us a line below and let us know what you think about this great deal, and whether you signed up for it or not. You can find this, and many other great tech bargains through our Deals page. Backed by StackCommerce, there are daily promos, giveaways, freebies, and much more!

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4
Dec

Oliba turns stuffed animals into storytellers


Oliba

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could buy any stuffed animal for your child and have it talk to them or tell them stories? Even better would be if it couldn’t get lost outside or in your house. Well, with Oliba, that is all possible.

Oliba is a Bluetooth 4.0 connected device that attaches to any stuffed animal. Once connected, the device syncs with your phone to tell you things like where the toys are. This means you can be at a park and not have to worry about your child leaving a toy behind. It will alert you if you are ever over 100ft away from a toy and shows you exactly where it is in the world. Also, if you ever lose Oliba in your house, simply use the app to find it again and it will start playing hooting noises.

The main thing about Oliba is how it interacts with your child. It can share stories, let off a gentle glow, and you can even record your own stories and have it play them. If your child wants to listen to a story without you there, all they have to do is hold down Oliba for two seconds and the current story will start playing. It doesn’t just have to be stories either, you can also load on lullabies and change these lullabies or stories whenever you wish.

Oliba works with iOS and Android, and is currently available to order on Indiegogo. It cost between $35 and $49 with, currently, 12 days left. For that price, you will receive an Oliba, micro USB cable, and the Oliba app.

Source:  Indiegogo

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4
Dec

Samsung to pay Apple half a billion, but case not over yet


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In a new joint filing with the courts submitted by Samsung and Apple, Samsung has agreed to pay over half a billion dollars to Apple pursuant to the judgment against them in a patent dispute between the two companies. This “sort of” settlement comes nearly five years after Apple’s original complaint and several years after Apple succeeded at the trial court level. Thus far, Samsung had not paid a single penny on the original award that was over $1 billion, but now they have agreed to make a payment of $548 million, the current amount owed after a series of appeals and adjustments. Despite agreeing to this payment, Samsung thinks they are retaining the right to possibly get some of this money back at some time in the future, a point that Apple disagrees with.

According to the case management document submitted to the court, Samsung reserves

“all rights to obtain reimbursement from Apple and/or payment by Apple of all amounts required to be paid as taxes. […] Samsung further reserves all rights to reclaim or obtain reimbursement of any judgment amounts paid by Samsung to any entity in the event the partial judgment is reversed, modified, vacated or set aside on appeal or otherwise, including as a result of any proceedings before the USPTO addressing the patents at issue or as a result of any petition for writ of certiorari filed with the Supreme Court.”

Samsung was recently denied a petition seeking an en banc hearing with the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals on whether Apple could get payments for patents that have subsequently been ruled invalid by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Samsung seems to think the ‘915 pinch-to-zoom patent, ruled invalid by the USPTO, should no longer be considered for damages. Signs point to Samsung seeking additional relief with the U.S. Supreme Court over some of the design patents that were part of the original lawsuit as well.

Apple disputes the possibility that Samsung could legally claw back some of the monies owed even if the patents that served as the basis for damages are ultimately ruled invalid and indicate this position in the case management filing. According to the filing, Samsung will complete payment to Apple no later than December 14th if they receive an invoice from Apple before the weekend starts in Korea.

source: U.S. District Court
via: FOSS Patents

 

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4
Dec

Amazon Fire review: Its little price gets you decently far


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Amazon is a firm in believer in its Fire tablets. So much so that this time around, Amazon priced the Fire at a meager $49, making it very attractive for those on a budget. At $49, you don’t expect much, but it’s by far the best value tablet on the market. You’re not going to find anything better than this for $49.

That’s the most important thing to keep in mind about the Fire. It’s the best tablet for the price Amazon is asking. That doesn’t mean the specifications are as good as the specs found in a Nexus 7 (2013) or the more Nexus 9. But, that’s not what Amazon is trying to get at. The online retailer has made tablets accessible to everybody at this price point, and while they’re not necessarily the best Android tablet out there, the value you get is extraordinary for $49.

Design

The design of Amazon’s new Fire is what we’ve come to expect over the years. There’s not a whole lot of changes. On the front, you still have the front-facing VGA camera up top. Around the back, you get the standard Amazon logo near the center of the tablet. FCC branding is near the bottom with the speaker grill placed to the left of that. Finally, there’s a 2-megapixel rear camera at the top left of the tablet.

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It’s not an ugly tablet and it’s not a nice looking tablet. However, it has some characteristics that are outright annoying, such as the charging port at the top of the device. Oddly, the power button, the volume rocker, and the 3.5mm audio jack are all at the top as well. It certainly makes it awkward to hold if you’re charging the tablet and watching a movie simultaneously.

Aside from the awkward button placement and chunky design, the Fire is easy and comfortable to grip. You’re going to experience little to no slip when reading books or watching media for an extended of time, which is a big plus.

Hardware

The Amazon Fire features a 7-inch 1024×600 IPS LCD display, a quad-core 1.3GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot for an additional 128GB, a 2MP rear camera, a VGA front camera, and an unknown non-removable battery.

Performance

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The media package in the Fire leaves you wanting more. Equipped with a 7-inch display and a meager resolution of 1024 x 600, various types of media content just doesn’t look great on the Fire. Don’t get me wrong, the display looks nice, but you’re not going to be watching movies and video in the highest quality.

In some cases, text on webpages look blurry as well, and increasing the brightness only seems to make it worse. What else would you expect from a $50 tablet, though? It’s obvious Amazon had to make some serious cost cuts in order to bring this device to the market.

As far as performance goes, the Fire is impressive. Amazon’s tablet is very speedy and responsive. In my time with the tablet, I experienced little to no lag, though there was some stutter at certain points when navigating or loading an app.

Sound is also awful. It’s not crisp and clean many would expect when playing a song. In fact, playing music or video, the speakers sounded muffled and almost produces a level of static.

Amazon has truly made an excellent low-end tablet. For $49, this is the best you’re going to get. But keep in mind, the best actually isn’t very good when compared to tablets higher up the food chain.

Battery

The battery in the Fire does just fine for this tablet. It’s a non-removable battery rated for up to 7 hours of use. I was able to average five or six hours of video playback on the tablet before it would finally die. However, if you don’t watch video regularly, the Fire will actually last you days on end.

For example, I’ve looked at email, browsed various websites, checked up on Facebook fairly regularly, and this tablet has lasted about three days before getting low on juice. There are even Power Saving features built-in, which’ll only increase the amount of battery life you’ll get out of the Fire. Obviously your miles will vary, but for $49, it’s impressive.

Camera

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As far as the camera goes, you’re not looking at anything special. All you get is a meager 2-megapixel rear performer and a VGA front camera. Both produces grainy and overall low quality photos. And that’s not a bad thing whatsoever. After all, are you truly buying a tablet for the camera? Probably not.

There’s enough here to make video conferences and video calls workable, and that’s all the Fire really needs to do. Despite that, I’ve provided some photo samples below.

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As you can see, they’re most definitely not the best photos you’ll ever see on a mobile device, but again, does that truly matter with the Fire?

Software

With Fire OS 5.0, there’s been some significant improvements to Amazon’s Fire tablets. The user interface is much cleaner, things are generally quicker when navigating through menus, playing video, and so on. While Amazon may have made some great enhancements to Fire OS, it still lacks much of what makes Android great: Google Play Services.

If you’re not familiar with Amazon’s Fire tablets, they’re completely cut off from the Play Store any other related services like YouTube and Gmail. You can access these services through the Web, but most certainly not a dedicated application. Besides that, you’re pretty much stuck with what Amazon decides to give you in the Appstore. Granted, the Appstore has seen a lot of significant improvements content-wise. In fact, it has “apps” like Gmail and YouTube, but not in the sense that you might think.

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These so-called apps advertised on Amazon’s Appstore aren’t worth writing home about, as they’re essentially just bookmarks to accessing Gmail and YouTube on the web. It’s very disappointing, which makes the Fire tablet lose much of its value, at least for me.

But there are also a lot of benefits to this type of ecosystem. All of Amazon’s services work extremely well. Getting books, TV shows, movies, and music on the Fire tablet is all a seamless process and enjoyable process.

With that in mind, what it all boils down to is whether you can live without Google’s services on your tablet. And if so, you’re in for one of the best Amazon Android experiences you can get your hands on. Amazon has made it clear: this is not a Google tablet, but an Amazon tablet.

And you know what? Amazon makes it work very well.

Closing

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Amazon has truly shown us that tablets don’t have to be expensive. There honestly isn’t too many noticeable differences from the Fire tablet, and say, the Nexus 9. Despite the lower specifications, the Fire hardly lags in playing more demanding games. It’s able to handle almost anything you throw at it. And the only two real cons here is that it has a much lower quality display and it’s missing Google’s services. But then again, for $49, is that really something to complain about?

Amazon has put together an amazing 7-inch tablet for just $49. Not only that, but in getting rid of Google’s services, they’ve tried to provide ways to replace those services and even give users access to them in roundabout ways. Amazon is trying to take care of its customers with this $49 tablet, and they’re doing that well.

So, should you get the Fire? I’d say yes. It’s only $49, making it a very low-risk purchase. Jump in and see what the Fire is all about. You might end up actually liking it.

[Amazon]

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