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Mar

Fly Worm Fly – Like Flappy Bird? You’ll love this [Review]


Overview Like the legendary original that came before it, Fly Worm Fly is simple, yet difficult, tap-to-live flying game, available on the Play Store. The game combines good graphics, decent sound,

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7
Mar

Xiaomi Redmi Note 3: the REAL 2016 flagship killer? (Review)


Has Xiaomi figured out budget phones? Xiaomi is not a brand on the lips of every American, but its presence in the States is growing. World-wide, it’s grown from 1% of global

7
Mar

Verizon ordered to pay $1.35 million for use of ‘Supercookies’ in mobile traffic


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Verizon Wireless has been ordered to pay $1.35 million for its use of “Supercookies” in mobile traffic, following an investigation by the FCC. As a result, Verizon will have to make some changes to the way it delivers advertising to customers. The process will now require Verizon to get opt-in or opt-out consent from each customer before it is able to target ads at them.

From the FCC’s ruling:

To settle this matter, Verizon Wireless will pay a fine of $1,350,000 and implement a compliance plan that requires it to obtain customer opt-in consent prior to sharing a customer’s UIDH with a third party to deliver targeted advertising. With respect to sharing UIDH internally within Verizon Communications Inc. and its subsidiaries, it must obtain either opt-in or opt-out consent from its customers. Verizon Wireless will also generate customer UIDH using methods that comply with reasonable and accepted security standards.

Verizon will also be forced to adopt a three year compliance plan, but details of that were not released.

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7
Mar

Marshmallow update is rolling out to global Sony Xperia Z5 devices


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Owners of the global version of the Sony Xperia Z5, along with the Xperia Z5 Premium and Xperia Z5 Compact, should be on the lookout for an update. The company is rolling out a new version of its software that will upgrade them to Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

The unofficial Xperia Blog states:

Last week we saw the update land on Japanese NTT docomo Xperia Z5 devices, but today the update has started for the global variants. At the time of writing, firmware build 32.1.A.1.163 is currently live across all variants of the Xperia Z5, but we are also starting to see the firmware seed for the Xperia Z5 Premium and Xperia Z5 Compact.

The update also reportedly includes the February security updates from Google. If you own one of these phones, be aware it may take a few days for the Marshmallow update to reach your device.

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7
Mar

Samsung Galaxy S7 heads to Boost Mobile on March 11 and Virgin Mobile March 18


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Sprint has announced that the Galaxy S7 will arrive on its pre-paid subsidiaries, Boost and Virgin Mobile starting as early as March 11. The phone will arrive on Boost on March 11, and one week later, March 18, for Virgin Mobile. To entice customers to make the switch, Boost Mobile is offering up to 50% off your current bill when switching from T-Mobile, AT&T or Verizon, and Virgin Mobile recently added unlimited music streaming that doesn’t eat your data up.

Sprint notes that it will carry the Black Onyx variant at both carriers, and the phone will retail for $649.99 plus taxes.

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7
Mar

Facebook Messenger is getting a Material Design refresh


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Facebook has announced an update to its Messenger app for Android, bringing a Material Design refresh to its interface. The design is an evolution of the previous look, keeping tabs for conversations, groups, people, and settings at the top, while sprucing up the bottom of the app.

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Messenger development lead David Marcus offered a bit more insight on the redesign in a post on Facebook:

If you’re using Messenger on Android, you’ve been wanting a brand new material design for a bit. Any major redesign of an essential app used by hundreds of millions of people around the world is painstakenly hard, and that’s why we took every precaution to ensure you’d truly enjoy this evolution.

The new design for Facebook Messenger will start rolling out soon. In the meantime, you can grab the app from the Google Play Store.

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7
Mar

BMW Vision Next 100: The ultimate driving machine of the future


To commemorate its 100 years of existence, BMW has shown off its glimpse of the future of driving in the Vision Next 100 car.

While BMW has created a prototype of the car it’s not something we expect to do much driving, nor to hit the roads anytime soon. Rather this is a showcase of everything that is coming in the future of vehicles.

That includes the ability to jump between manual and self-driving as well as featuring a smart learning AI called Companion.

The car should also feature a moving dashboard for analogue communication to compliment the entire windscreen heads-up display. This very exciting future is explained below and a gallery showing concept and real world images is above.

BMW Vision Next 100: Ultimate Driver

What BMW calls the Ultimate Driver is essentially about making the car tailored to the individual, for the perfect drive. This gives rise to two modes of driving.

The first is Boost mode which is like traditional cars, where the driver is in control of the wheel, or in this case a Batmobile like dual handled control wheel. In this state the car’s brain, called Companion, learns about the driver and offers intelligent assistance to suit.

The other driving system is called Ease Mode. This is essentially the car’s autonomous self-driving state. In this mode the controls shrink back into the car as it takes over.

The entire seating position and car controls will move to suit the mode of the car. For example in Ease mode the doors and seat merge while headrests slide away allowing the passengers to move about into comfier positions. Externally the lights and car grille will display which mode the car is driving in.

BMW Vision Next 100: Alive Geometry

The idea behind Alive Geometry is to fuse analogue and digital. By using 800 moving triangular shapes the dashboard seemingly comes alive to communicate messages in three dimensions. So far so concept-like.

Clarifying this mystical tech further BMW says: “The triangles work in much the same way as a flock of birds in controlled flight, their coordinated movements acting as signals that are easily comprehensible to those inside the car.”

On top of that the entire windscreen will act as a display so in car screens will no longer be needed. That will work in conjunction with the dashboard’s 4D printed triangular analogue means of communication. More on that below.

BMW Vision Next 100: How it will work

A combination of the Alive Geometry and the Ultimate Driver modes will create the ideal driving experience.

So if you’re in Boost mode the Alive Geometry will move in a way to highlight the ideal driving line or possible turning points, for example. The idea being to create the best driving experience.

When in Ease mode, by comparison, the Alive Geometry will be far subtler as the driver no longer needs to pay as much attention. It would be used more as a means to alert the driver and passengers to braking and cornering maneuvers so they’re ready for them and remain comfortable.

BMW Vision Next 100: Build

From the outside the Vision Next 100 is super aerodynamic with a low drag coefficient of 0.18 despite a height of 1.37 metres.

The car packs external sensors which automatically open the wing doors when the driver approaches. The steering wheel pushes flush with the dashboard to make entry easier then, once seated, the door closes and wheel pulls into the driving position.

Materials includes carbon fibre for the shell and recycled or renewable fabrics for the inside. This will mean the beginning of the end for traditional, less sustainable, materials like leather and wood.

As for the drive system nothing was mentioned. We imagine it would be hydrogen or electric battery powered, or perhaps even powered over the air from long range energy transmission. This is still an area so in flux BMW likely didn’t want to commit to one type of drive system, for now.

READ: BMW Vision Next 100 pictures gallery

7
Mar

Sky Q Fluid Viewing has a flaw, but here’s the fix


When Sky Q was announced in 2015, the standout feature for the new TV service was that you would be able to start watching your favourite TV show or movie in one room, then pause, before resuming in another room with zero hassle. 

Sky is so confident in the new feature that brings a Netflix-like viewing approach to your TV, it has pinned its entire marketing campaign on it. You might, therefore, be surprised to find out that you can’t actually pause live TV and resume watching it on another Sky Q device in your home. Yes, Fluid Viewing doesn’t work with live TV.

Currently, Fluid Viewing only works with recorded or on demand content. If you are planning on heading to bed to finish that TV show on a Sky Q Mini box elsewhere you can’t just pause live TV and then hope that you can pick it up where you left off. It doesn’t work. 

That’s the bad news. The good news is that Pocket-lint has discovered a work around.

The trick is that you’ll need to record it first so the system knows what’s going on. That way you can continue watching it where you left off in another room. Thankfully with the new Sky Q system that’s really easy.

All you have to do is press the red Record button twice – pressing only once will automatically series link it and you might not need that – on your Sky Q Remote.

Doing so saves the recording to your Sky Q box, and in turn allows the other boxes or iPads to see the recording. It means that by the time you’ve gone upstairs, the Sky Mini box or your iPad will have registered the show to let you carry on where you left off.

7
Mar

Acaia’s Bluetooth scale tracks your morning coffee ritual


I’ll admit it: I’m a coffee snob. I wasn’t even that invested until I became friends with two roasters. Fast forward a few years and I have equipment in my kitchen for six different brewing methods. Yes, it’s a bit much. However, that still didn’t stop me from being enticed by the Acaia Pearl Bluetooth-equipped scale, which aims to make the daily ritual as consistent and accurate as possible. Do you really need a $129 gadget to help you make better coffee, though? Or will a cheap kitchen scale and timer do the job just fine? After a few weeks with the priciest “Pearl Black” model, which sells for $150, I’m not ready to give up my budget gear just yet.

Acaia’s coffee scale is a rather minimal plastic affair. The device is a 6.25-inch square that sits just an inch tall. There are only two markings on the top side: touch controls for power and tare, with a USB jack around back to recharge the gadget as needed. I’ve been using the black model for over a month, and I’ve yet to plug it in after the initial charging session. Indeed, Acaia claims the scale will last between 20 and 30 hours before you’ll have to do so. Considering it usually takes between five and 10 minutes (depending on the method) to brew my morning cup, it’s no surprise I’ve yet to reach for the power cord.

Besides a USB cable, the only other included accessory is a rubber pad, which sits on top of the unit to provide a nonslip surface for your brewing vessel. It also offers a layer of heat protection between the scale and your Chemex or coffee cup. When you power on the device, you’ll see a numeric display for weight. With another press of the power button, the scale toggles between weighing mode and a timer/weighing mode. As the names suggest, the former will only display the weight, while the latter also displays a timer. To start or stop the timer, just give the power button another tap. While you have to flip between the two modes on the scale itself, you have the option of starting and stopping the timer from within the companion app.

Launch the application and you’ll be greeted with an activity feed from other Acaia users. It’s a bit weird to be following people I don’t know, but at the same time, it’s interesting to see what other folks are brewing. The application allows you to log details about a particular brewing session, including method, grind, ratio of beans to water, water temperature, brew time and more. When it comes to nailing that water-to-grounds ratio, there’s a converter tool to lend a hand. Select your desired ratio and input the amount of water or coffee you plan to use. The app handles the math for the other measurement. You can also use the software to monitor your “bean stash,” as Acaia calls it. Here you can enter details about the coffees you buy and rate them. It’s one way to keep track of which varieties you like, if you’re obsessive about that sort of thing.

Honestly, I found myself using those features sparingly. The one part of the app I frequently returned to was the remote scale tool. Basically, it provides a timer and weight figure on your phone, in case you need to walk away during the brewing process. I found it very useful when using a large Chemex to keep an eye on my status. The bigger brewing vessel partially blocks the display when it’s centered on the scale, so being able to rely on my phone allowed me to keep my pours precise.

You can also swipe through several preprogrammed brew methods on the remote scale screen. This gives you some visual feedback as to how much coffee has been brewed. For example, you can give it a quick glance and see that at the current weight, the Chemex is half full.

After several weeks of using the Acaia scale to make coffee every morning, I’m convinced the gadget doesn’t offer much benefit over my usual cheap kitchen scale and timer. Sure, it has a sleek, compact design and the companion app offers some cool features, but I really only used the scale and timer. There’s a slightly cheaper version of the Pearl that’ll save you $20, but for the extra money the black model adds a higher-contrast display. For folks who are into obsessively tracking their brewing process and drinking habits, I can see where the Acaia devices and app might be appealing. Personally, I couldn’t get past the fact that my usual scale and timer cost less than half what the black Pearl does — and they still make a stellar cup of coffee.

7
Mar

Microsoft cancels ‘Fable Legends’ and closes Lionhead


Fable Legends has officially been canned and developer Lionhead Studios will be shut down, Microsoft announced in a blog post this morning. Fable Legends was poised to be a free, multiplayer-focused, fantasy-action game — and a fairly dramatic departure from previous installments in the series. Microsoft announced Fable Legends in 2013 and it was supposed to launch in late 2015, though in December it was delayed into 2016.

Lionhead is based in the United Kingdom and it’s responsible for franchises such as Black & White and (of course) Fable. Famed game designer Peter Molyneux founded Lionhead in 1997 and led it for more than a decade, even once Microsoft acquired the studio in 2006. Molyneux left in 2012 after finishing Fable: The Journey.

Microsoft is additionally closing down Denmark studio Press Play, which created the adorable puzzle adventure games Max & the Magic Marker and Max: The Curse of the Brotherhood. Microsoft acquired Press Play in 2012. Its next game, Project Knoxville, has been canceled.

“I speak for all of Xbox when I say that despite this news, we remain committed to the development communities in the UK and Europe, and Xbox will continue to support new IP and originality in the games we offer on our platforms,” Microsoft Studios Europe General Manager Hanno Lemke says.

Source: Microsoft

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