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Aug

Recommended Reading: Pro soccer players train with video games


How Soccer Players
Are Getting Smarter
On the Field With
Brain-Training Video Games

Tom Taylor,
Sports Illustrated

Athletes are employing all kinds of tech during training to gain a competitive edge while tracking progress. Sports Illustrated tells the story of European soccer clubs that are using a brain-training video game to help with cognitive skills and tactics. The smaller clubs don’t have a bank account similar to the likes of Manchester City or Real Madrid, but IntelliGym offers another way to improve on the pitch.

Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?
Jean M. Twenge, The Atlantic

The Atlantic tackles the question that’s often posed: Is it a bad idea to give teenagers smartphones?

With ‘Logan Lucky,’ Soderbergh Hopes to Change Film’s Business Model
Brooks Barnes, The New York Times

Director Steven Soderbergh is changing the playbook for how his next film is marketed and it could have a lasting impact.

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5
Aug

Tesla lowers the Model X’s price now that it’s more profitable


Tesla might have ditched the Model X’s relatively affordable 60D trim, but that doesn’t mean it’s insensitive to your price concerns. Elon Musk’s outfit has lopped $3,000 off the price of the base 75D model, bringing the entry point down to ‘just’ $79,500 before tax credits — right around where it was when the electric SUV launched nearly two years ago. As for why? Simple economics, Tesla says in a statement. When the Model X 75D launched, it had a low profit margin –“efficiencies” have let Tesla reduce the price without taking a hit to its bottom line.

The move probably won’t lead to a giant surge in sales for a luxury machine like the Model X, but it could help keep the existing sales momentum going at a time when Model 3 sales are still too new to represent a significant factor. If you can afford the Model X but found the premium over a Model S a little too hard to swallow, you might be tempted to take a second look. The gap between the 75D variants of both EVs is down to $5,000, which might be justifiable if you have kids and cargo to haul.

Via: Reuters

Source: Tesla

5
Aug

Turn Chrome OS into a powerhouse with the best Chromebook apps


Chromebooks have won a well-deserved reputation as affordable, lightweight laptops designed around streaming and collaboration. This makes them popular among budget-conscious individuals, even if it’s the apps and extensions that can really make Chrome OS worthwhile. The best Chromebook apps further the operating system’s functionality, allowing you to quickly save content for offline viewing and diagram the small intricacies that make up photosynthesis, among a slew of other actions. So why not amp up your laptop with a few of our favorites? Check them out below.

If you’re looking to outfit your new machine with even more apps, we’ve written a comprehensive guide on how to install Android apps on a Chromebook.

VLC for Chrome

Many of us love VLC, but did you know there is a version readily available for Chromebook users? The free media player can handle a variety of media formats — including MP4, AVI, FLAC, MOV, and AAC, among others — and offers multi-track audio, subtitles, auto rotation, support for 360-degree videos, and a number of other features that can greatly improve the quality of your viewing experience. Keep in mind, however, that Chromebooks aren’t designed to hold many movies, so don’t store those files on your internal hard drive if you can help it. After all, you’ll need space for some of these other apps!

Download now from: 

Chrome Web Store

Evernote/Evernote Web Clipper

Evernote is a versatile note-taking and content-saving app — if you know how to use it properly. The service allows you to save and share notes, lets you type up quick lists, allows you to save webpages or attach related images, and provides organization/search capabilities so you won’t lose what you were working on. Evernote also features excellent syncing capabilities, too, meaning you can easily save information when working on another device. If you don’t need a dedicated note taker, we suggest using the Evernote Web Clipper, which will allow you to save webpage information for future reference.

Download now from: 

Amazon Chrome Web Store

Office Online

Microsoft provides Office Online for those who want the basic Office suite — Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and Sway — in a simplified, web-based format. All your files will still be in the Office format, and you’ll be able to access all the familiar features you’ve grown accustomed to over the years. It won’t take up any room on your laptop, either, which a boon to Chromebook users already watching their storage space. This handy extension makes using the suite faster and more organic, rendering it ideal for students or workers who need to manage or create Windows-friendly when they aren’t on a Windows machine.

Download now from: 

Chrome Web Store

Polarr Photo Editor

If you frequently work or play with photos, you need a lightweight but capable photo-editing app. Thankfully, Polarr is happy to help. This robust editor includes both “basic” capabilities like face detection and skin-tone editing, as well as more advanced tools for adjusting gradients, editing spots, and managing layers. It also supports RAW formatting for exports (you probably don’t want to save a RAW file on your Chromebook). The list goes on, and Polarr incorporates additional tools with most updates, so check out the editor and see if it has what you’re looking for.

Download now from: 

Amazon Chrome Web Store

Enjoy Music Player

The Chrome Web Store has a ton of music players, but Enjoy stands out as one of the best, particularly when it comes to organizing and playing music both on a hard drive and in the cloud. Enjoy allows you to save music to either your computer or to Google Drive, and play it at will. The software’s minimalist layout includes a variety of categorization options, too, as well as an equalizer and mini mode. It’s rare to find a player so well tuned to the Google aesthetic and Chromebook use in particular.

Download now from: 

Chrome Web Store

Inbox by Gmail

You’re probably already well-acquainted with Gmail, but if you use it frequently for work-related purposes, you should probably install Inbox by Gmail. This app adds a bunch of organizational features to Gmail, including the ability to bundle messages together that all need similar responses, review highlights of messages without opening them, “snooze” emails that you want to put off for a while, and more. It’s one of the best Chromebook apps for a busy Gmail inbox, though if you use email clients other than Gmail, you may want to opt for Newton Mail instead.

Download now from: 

Chrome Web Store

Kami

Kami is a notation and markup tool that allows you to collaborate on a number of documents, notably PDFs and images. If you’re receiving PDFs or other docs from sources outside Google Drive and still need a way to mark and discuss them, Kami is your best bet. If your markup and collaboration needs are school-related, then you’ll be happy to know Kami also works with Google Classroom.

Download now from: 

Amazon Chrome Web Store

Save to Google Drive

If you have a Chromebook, you’ll often be using Google Drive to save documents and other forms of content. This extension is particularly powerful in that regard, because it allows you to save web content and screenshots instantly to Drive. You can save an entire webpage, or right-click to save specific hyperlinks or media — there are also options for customizing how the save feature functions. This is one of the best Chromebook apps for those who use Google Drive when researching or brainstorming.

Download now from: 

Chrome Web Store

SimpleUndoClose

Don’t let the weird name fool you, this app is simple but invaluable if you use a Chromebook. It adds a toolbar button that, when clicked, shows you all your recently-closed tabs and allows you to reopen any of them at will. It saves the day when you need to consult a recent website you’ve forgotten the name of, when you’ve accidentally closed a browser tab, and when Chrome crashes and you need to bring back your work. The settings menu allows you to customize how closed sites are shown and managed, too, so you can find the ideal layout for your work habits.

Download now from: 

Chrome Web Store

Paperpile

Ideal for the student or researcher, Paperpile allows you to save article references, PDFs, and published papers to Google Drive and auto-cite them in Google Docs. The app currently integrates with publishing platforms such as Google Scholar, PubMed, and ArXiv, among others. It basically takes the grunt work out of research papers, allowing you to get back to the content you’re writing ASAP.

Download now from: 

Chrome Web Store

5
Aug

How to share books on a Kindle with family and friends


One of the best things about Amazon‘s iconic ebook reader is its ever-growing library. At last count, the Kindle Store boasted more than 6 million books, magazines, and newspapers. But you needn’t keep them all to yourself — Amazon makes it easy to share books on a Kindle with friends, family, and your closest acquaintances. It’s like the digital equivalent of lending out a hardcover, minus the coffee stains and musty binding. If there’s a con to Kindle’s book-sharing tools, however, it’s that they can be a little tricky to get the hang of. To help clear up some of the confusion, we’ve put together a guide outlining how to share books on a Kindle with other people.

If you’re looking to capitalize on your bookworm tendencies, we’ve also rounded up the best free Kindle books and the best websites for downloading free audiobooks.

How to share a Kindle book with family

If you’ve got a family of avid readers, good news: Amazon makes it pretty easy to share books with every member of your family. Family Library lets up to two adults and four children share all or some of their Kindle books, apps, and audiobooks with one another. Members can read the same book at the same time without interrupting one another’s progress, too, regardless of whether they’re using a Kindle Paperwhite, Kindle Oasis, or an outdated Kindle Fire. Plus, they can borrow books for as long as they’d like.

Sharing titles can be a bit of a process, though. Before you can begin sharing Kindle books with family, you need to grant other family members access to your Family Library. Here’s how to do it:

  • Head to the Manage Your Content and Devices section of your Amazon account.
  • Under the Settings tab, in the Households and Family Library section, click the Invite an Adult/Invite a Child button.
  • Have the other adult/child enter their Amazon email and password (if they have one), or create a new account.
  • Click Yes to allow both your account and the other adult’s/child’s account to share payment methods.
  • Choose which books you’d like to share with the other adult/child, and have the other adult/child choose which books they’d like to share with you.
  • Click Finish.

Now that you’ve added adults and kids to your Family Library and shared your previous purchases, you’re ready to begin lending new Kindle books. Here’s how:

  • Head to the Manage Your Content and Devices section of your Amazon account.
  • Select the Show Family Library link from the Your Content tab.
  • Select the book(s) you’d like to share with a family member, and then click Add to Library.
  • Choose a family member, and then click OK.

How to download a Kindle book from Family Library

Once you’ve received a book from another family member, it’s pretty easy to get it on the device of your choice. Here’s what you need to do:

  • Head to the Manage Your Content and Devices section of your Amazon account.
  • Choose the books you’d like to send to your device or app, and click Deliver.
  • Select where the books should be sent from the pop-up menu, and then click Deliver once more.

Things to know before lending or borrowing a Kindle book

Sharing a Kindle book with someone who’s not a part of Family Library is a little different. Here’s what you need to know before you share a Kindle book with a friend:

  • You can only lend a Kindle book to another reader for up to 14 days. Whether it’s The Road Not Taken or Dante’s Inferno, your buddies get a two-week window to finish whatever you send them.
  • A Kindle book can only be loaned one time. Once you lend a title once, there’s no sharing it again — it’s locked to your library.
  • During this two-week period, you won’t be able to read the book that you loaned unless your friend returns it early.
  • The borrower doesn’t need to own a Fire tablet or Kindle ebook reader to open the book, but they’ll have to download the Kindle app.
  • Not all Kindle books can be loaned. Some publishers impose restrictions on lending; if you don’t see an option to loan a Kindle book, it can’t be shared.

How to share a Kindle book from the product detail page

One of the easiest ways to share a Kindle book is by heading to its product page in the Kindle Store. Here’s what you need to do to get there:

  • Navigate to the Kindle Store on your computer, and type in the name of the title you’d like to loan.
  • Click on the book you’d like to loan from the resulting list.
  • Click Loan this book on the product page. Once done, you’ll be sent to the Loan this book page, where you can enter the recipient’s email address and an optional message.
  • Click Send now.

How to share a Kindle book from the Manage Your Content and Devices page

There’s a way to share books on a Kindle from your library that doesn’t involve heading to the Kindle Store. Here’s what you have to do:

  • Log into your Amazon account as you would normally, and head to the Manage Your Content and Devices page.
  • Click the Actions button next to the book or magazine title you want to loan, and select Loan this title.
  • Enter the recipient’s email address and an optional message.
  • Click Send now.

How to request a Kindle book from a friend

If you don’t have a library card and new books aren’t in the budget, you can request a Kindle title from a friend. When the book is on loan, you’ll receive an email notification directing you to download it to your Fire tablet, Kindle ebook reader, or the Kindle app.

Here’s how to download it:

  • Open the email message with the subject line, “A Loaned Book for You.”
  • Click the Get your loaned book now button. This will open a link in your web browser.
  • Sign into your Amazon account as you would normally.
  • If you have a Fire tablet, Kindle ebook reader, or the Kindle app, select the device you’d like the book to be delivered to, and then click Accept loaned book.
  • If you don’t have a Fire tablet, Kindle e-reader, or the Kindle app, click Accept loaned book and follow the on-screen instructions to download the Kindle app.

How to return a loaned Kindle book

If you’re on the receiving end of a book loan, you don’t have to worry about turning it in on time — it’ll expire automatically when the 14-day lending period is up. However, if you finish it early, it’s easy to return the tome. Here’s how:

  • Log into your Amazon as you would normally, and head to the Manage Your Content and Devices page.
  • Click the Actions button next to the borrowed book, and select Delete from the resulting list of options.
  • Click Yes to confirm your return.




5
Aug

Lenovo is abandoning its Vibe Pure UI software in favor of stock Android


Why it matters to you

Future Lenovo phones may be more familiar looking — and updated more regularly, the company promises.

Lenovo’s in-house smartphone software is going the way of the dodo. On Friday, the company confirmed that it’s halting developing of Vibe Pure UI, a custom experience that shipped on Lenovo phones running Google’s Android OS, such as the Lenovo K6 Power the company sold in India. Instead, it’ll adopt something closer to the stock version.

“What we have done in [the] last 11 months is we looked at what we had in terms of software perspective,” Anuj Sharma, Lenovo’s head of product marketing, told Gadgets 360 in an interview. “We have been close to the consumers and we saw what they were asking for. There was a certain trend and now we have decided to cut the Vibe Pure UI from our phones, [so] you will now get the stock Android which customers have been asking for.”

The motivation behind Vibe Pure UI was to reduce bloatware, the unwanted apps that carriers, manufacturers, and software developers preload on smartphones. But it wasn’t entirely successful, according to Sharma. “[In] China […] Android isn’t a very popular choice when you compare it to custom skins, [but] this is something for which Lenovo pushed really hard,” he said. “For the Indian market, the preference was with the stock Android experience.”

Lenovo isn’t completely abandoning its customizations, but the company’s future software will look a lot closer to the version that ships on Motorola phones like the Moto Z2 Force and Google’s Pixel-branded devices. With the exception of Dolby Atmos, Dolby’s audio-enhancing software tech, and TheaterMax, a wide-angle mode that stretches video apps to fill the entire screen, forthcoming handsets like Lenovo’s K8 Note and K6 Power will feature minimal design tweaks.

As an added benefit, stock Lenovo phones will get updated “more efficiently” to new versions of Android, Sharma said. The Lenovo K8 Note will be the first phone to ship with Android 7.1.1 Nougat. And Lenovo’s “K series” will receive an updated to Android O — the newest version — later this year, with timelines varying slightly on chip manufacturer support, internal development, and testing requirements. “It […] makes it easier to support for an extended period of time,” he said.

“There’s no more Vibe UI going forward and we are moving to complete stock Android for all out future Lenovo phones,” Sharma said. “It was a lengthy process to get done [as] Lenovo had to align all markets where it sold Android devices. This is a huge transition for our business perspective.”




5
Aug

Disney Emoji Blitz perfectly captures Android’s emoji problem


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Emoji are really, really complicated, and they don’t need to be.

Emoji are supposed to be easy, cute, and even fun. They’re whimsical ways to communicate with your friends, allowing you to create and converse in sometimes-cryptic pictographic codes. Emoji can say a million things, and while they should translate across platforms and people easily, the truth is, they don’t, especially on Android. This is doubly true for custom emoji keyboards on Android, which are all either massive disappointments or straight-up lies.

No keyboard is this more true for than Disney Emoji Blitz, but it doesn’t have to be like this.

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Disney Emoji Blitz is two apps in one: it’s a mildly-addictive Disney character-themed match-three game, and it’s a custom emoji keyboard where you can use all the emoji you unlock in the game to communicate with your friends. It’s a great way to incentivize players to level up and complete missions, and the emoji are adorable to see and share, if you can stand the lengthy process of sharing an emoji through it:

You enable Disney Emoji Blitz as a keyboard in your Language and Input settings. This means that Disney can collect and track what you type, just like any other keyboard. It should also be mentioned there is no way to type words of any kind while in the Disney emoji keyboard, the only characters on its keyboard are the emoji you’ve unlocked.
You switch to the Disney Emoji Blitz keyboard while typing in an app and the emoji keyboard appears.

You tap the (up to 3) emoji you want to send.

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You tap the share button and select the tiny icon of the app you want to share it to. Yes, even if you’re already typing in the app you want to send it in.
You switch to another keyboard to finish typing the post or message you want accompanying your emoji.

Your emoji are shared to your chosen app as a small, low-res bitmap image.

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If you’re on a fewlucky phones, when sending a single emoji through Disney Emoji Blitz the image is automatically sent to the app you’re typing in, but this experience is the exception rather than the norm, and it only occurs when sending a single emoji. If you want to send two or three, you have to tap the first emoji twice — once for the automatic sending to the app, and once to compose the three-emoji image.

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While Disney Emoji Blitz’s implementation is downright terrible, it’s pretty much par for the course for custom emoji packs. Most emoji “keyboards” on Android are just sticker packs, and are lambasted as such in their reviews. Honestly, a sticker pack might be better than Disney Emoji Blitz’s current implementation because at least you’d have a full-screen interface to draft with instead of the thinnest keyboard I’ve ever seen outside Minuum.

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Last fall, I got my hopes up that this situation could be fixed with Android N, which brought with it Image Keyboard Support. This allowed keyboards like GBoard to begin including GIFs and custom emoji in their keyboards that could be sent as images directly from the keyboard, and it is awesome when it works.

Image Keyboard Support is required both at the keyboard level, to send the image, and at the app level, to receive the image data from the keyboard. Most messaging and social media apps have added Image Keyboard Support so that they can offer their users a richer experience. The problem is a lot of emoji apps haven’t. Maybe they thought it was limited to Android 7.1 or higher, even though Image Keyboard support was added to Android’s v13 Support Library, allowing it to be used on devices all the way back to Android 3.2 Honeycomb. Maybe they just wanted to keep things consistent. But in doing so, they’re keeping their emoji app consistently bad.

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Most emoji “keyboards” on Android are just bad sticker packs.

I’ve played Disney Emoji Blitz for over a year now, having jumped onto the app about a week or two after it first came out. I’ve completed every single challenge event since the game’s inception; I’ve unlocked every Silver Box emoji, Villain emoji, and Rainbow emoji to date (including Yen Sid at Level 100), and over 90% of the Gold Box emoji. I’ve unlocked over a thousand emoji for the keyboard… and it’s almost impossible to use them.

The character emoji are relatively easy to navigate, if a little simplistic, but the item emoji — which vastly outnumber the character emoji and can give immeasurable nostalgia and pleasure — are all lumped into one big, endlessly scrolling, horribly sorted page. There’s no way to search for specific emoji and once you find the emoji you want to use, you’re stuck with a clunky, low-resolution sharing method that takes far more effort than simply using the system emoji or searching for a Disney Gif. The GIF will be higher resolution and animated, anyway.

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Disney Emoji Blitz could be an amazing emoji keyboard, but that has to start with it being a legitimate keyboard. It needs the ability to type normal text along with all the emoji it’s packing, and the ability to type letters would also give rise to an important emoji feature most popular keyboards have: emoji predictions/search. If I want Disney’s trident emoji, I should be able to type Trident, select the emoji, and send it to the world.

Using an emoji keyboard should be magical, not monstrous, and Disney, like most custom emoji keyboard on Android, needs to do better.

5
Aug

Google adds Home speakers to its software preview program


Google is giving you a way to get updates for its Home speaker before other people do. All you have to do is volunteer to be part of its Preview Program, which was originally launched for Chromecast in 2016. If you sign up for the initiative, your device will be one of the first to receive the latest features — it’s not for beta testing, so you don’t have to worry about installing software that’s not ready for public release and encountering bugs all the time. Still, Google is asking participants to send in their feedback about any issues or their experience as a whole whenever possible.

To sign up for the Preview Program, fire up the Google Home app on your phone and go to Devices to find your Home speaker. Tap the hamburger menu on the upper right corner of the device you want to enroll, click Settings then Preview Program. After that, you’ll just have to choose to get email notifications to get pinged whenever you can download an update, and you’re good. If the option isn’t available for you, it’s possible that all the slots are currently taken. Try another time in case Google opens up more.

Via: 9to5google, Android Police

Source: Google

5
Aug

The Morning After: Weekend Edition


Hey, good morning! You look fabulous.

Welcome to the weekend. We have a new most-played YouTube champ and an important PSA for Game of Thrones fans.

Curious.Prosecutors claim ‘MalwareTech’ security researcher admitted writing Kronos code

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On Friday security researcher and WannaCry hero Marcus Hutchins appeared in a federal courthouse in Las Vegas. The hacker was arrested by the FBI while trying to fly back home to the UK after Def Con, as they accuse him of creating the Kronos banking malware and participating in its sale. Prosecutors also tried to use Hutchins’ tweets as a reason why he should not receive bail; however, the judge deemed that he is not a flight risk. His lawyer expects to arrange bail on Monday, while some friends are setting up a crowdfunding campaign to pay for his defense.

Beware, this way there be spoilers.The next episode of ‘Game of Thrones’ leaked

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If you can’t wait through today and tomorrow to watch in HD, the next episode of HBO’s Game of Thrones is floating around online. Interestingly, this apparently may not be related to the hack and threatened leak from earlier in the week, but it’s out there all the same — now fans have to choose whether to hunt down a copy or to just try and avoid spoilers for a few more hours.

Probably easier to get than the SNES Classic.Meet the Supa RetroN HD

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Sure, with Nintendo’s SNES Classic you’ll get access to a few games, but this clone system from Hyperkin will let you plug in the old cartridges and play in 720p. Said to be coming “soon,” it doesn’t have a price or a release date, but it should be cheaper and simpler than the company’s multi-system RetroN 5.

No strings attached.Bloomberg: The next Apple Watch might not need an iPhone for data

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Since we don’t have a new iPhone rumor for the day, clearly it’s time to talk Apple Watch. A report from Bloomberg suggests that Apple’s wearable will offer a built-in LTE connection for the next version, while Daring Fireball says that it’s getting a new form factor. While it’s not yet clear what Apple plans to let people do with these mobile data connections, it’s likely that users will be able to send messages and make phone and FaceTime Audio calls without being tethered to an iPhone.

You deserve better.Back to School 2017: Home theater

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From media streamers to speakers to a handful of small- to medium-sized TVs, you have options if you want to upgrade from watching Netflix off your 13-inch laptop.

But wait, there’s more…

  • Turn your smartphone into a Game Boy with Hyperkin’s Smartboy
  • Move over Wiz Khalifa, ‘Despacito’ is now the most popular YouTube video ever
  • The exquisite art and subculture of Def Con’s (unofficial) badges
  • Bad Password: Pros weigh in on phishing the White House
  • All Apple had to do to sell iPads was make them cheaper
  • Researchers create instant hydrogen from water and aluminum

The Morning After is a new daily newsletter from Engadget designed to help you fight off FOMO. Who knows what you’ll miss if you don’t subscribe.

5
Aug

The Google Home Preview Program will give you first crack at updates


Google Home joins the Chromecast on its Preview Program update channel.

According to the Google Home help pages, the Preview Program is an update channel for the Chromecast and Google Home that gives you early access to device firmware updates. The Chromecast has been on this channel since September 2016, but the addition of Google Home is a new development.

Google also stresses that this isn’t beta software and should be the close to any final releases.

This is not “beta” software. Our intention is that Preview Program updates will be of the same quality as production version updates. You’re simply getting earlier access to new features before they’re released broadly.

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We’ve not spotted anyone out in the wild with access just yet, but Google tells us how the opt-in process works.

  • From your phone or tablet, open the Google Home app Chromecast cast icon.
  • In the upper right corner of the home screen, tap Devices to see your available Chromecast and Google Home devices.
  • Scroll to find the device card for the device you’d like to enroll in the Preview Program.
  • In the top right corner of the device card, tap the device card menu.
  • Tap Settings > Preview Program. If you don’t see Preview Program, we aren’t accepting new members at this time. Please continue to check back as opportunities become available.
  • Choose whether to receive email notifications by moving the slider to the right or left. Note: We recommend allowing email notifications so you’ll know when new updates are pushed to your device.
  • If you opt-in to email notifications, you’ll be asked to sign into your Google account if you haven’t already.
  • Review the contents of that page, and tap Join Program.
  • Review the contents of the page, then tap OK, GOT IT.

There’s no telling what new features are in store for Google Home, and sometimes getting an update first isn’t a great experience. Is anyone out there going to give this one a try?

5
Aug

Respawn CEO: Despite sales stumble, expect more ‘Titanfall’


Titanfall 2 has sustained its playerbase and momentum with free DLC every month since its release, but there’s no question that the game was a hit that didn’t make the impact it should’ve. In an interview, Respawn’s CEO chalked it up to an inconvenient release window, but the long chat revealed the company’s plans to expand the franchise, though he wouldn’t say anything concrete. Luckily, the franchise’s mobile game, Titanfall: Assault, just got a wide release date of August 10th.

In an interview with Gamespot, Respawn CEO Vince Zampella commented on Titanfall 2’s successful (but lower-than-expected) sales, suggesting that the crowded holiday launch window and “aggressive pricing” were factors. “The game was successful, it sold well, but it didn’t quite sell as well as it should have,” Zampella said. It doesn’t help that the game competed with the critically and commercially successful Battlefield 1.

Zampella stated that Respawn probably won’t do any more big content packs for Titanfall 2 like last week’s Frontier Defense because, in his words, “We want to work on new stuff.” Whether that means a third Titanfall shooter or other games in the universe, he didn’t say. Ideally, it won’t go the way of the studio’s planned Titanfall card game, which shuttered in January.

But the franchise’s next game, the mobile RTS Titanfall: Assault, is coming. It was soft-launched in May and get a global release next week on Android,with iOS to follow later in the year.

Via: Games Industry Biz

Source: Respawn, Gamespot

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