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The video above is a demonstration of a very exciting Concept for the Chromecast. This is an alarm clock that will help you wake up on the right side of the bed. Not only will this wake you up, it also throws super important information to get your day going onto your TV's screen! Google Now Cards that are included are Local weather, Local Traffic, Your Stocks, and Your Appointments. There is even a snooze button so you can get those 5 more minutes that you just have to have. This is very much a concept, and is not yet readily available. Hopefully the developer will have this ready for the Play Store soon!
While we have never seen an unlocked bootloader on the Note 3 we have still been able to customize this device thanks to SafeStrap. While we have not seen any AOSP roms like Cyanogen Mod we have still seen some pretty well themed and customized roms. The Baja Rom has been one of the most popular for the Note 3 next to Beans Build, and it has recently been updated! This rom is based on Beans MJE build base, it is deodexed, Android version is 4.3, it includes init.d and build.prop tweaks for improved performance, it is fully debloated for extra space and snappiness. Custom features include Nexus 5 ringtones, HTC one ringtones, Nexus 5 wallpapers, HTC one wallpapers, Increased Hacked TW launcher speed, infinite scroll enabled and more!
New features in Build 9 include new skins and themes, custom Baja settings via quick toggle pulldown, debut of Baja Skins, on the fly battery bar, ripple effect added for lockscreen, new galaxy 5 wallpaper is default, and more! You will need to be sure that you are running SafeStrap and are rooted, you will need to flash the MJE Tar via Odin or certain functions like wifi, gps, and bluetooth wont work. Once the tar is flashed you can just reroot with Kingo root. Install the rom via Safestrap! Head to the source link for more info!
The Note 3 has been here for a while, and the Note 4 will be here in the fall. If you are still rocking the Note 2 then you may be feeling a bit left out since Samsung likes to add new features that are exclusive to the updated devices. In other words if you want the new features you won't find them in the Touchwiz updates for the Note 2. Instead you would have to go out and purchase the Note 3. If your phone is fully working it seems pretty wasteful to go out and drop another $700 just for a few added features. If you plan on sticking with the Note 2 for a while longer you don't have to miss out on the Note 3 features. There are plenty of Roms out there for the Note 2 that include all the new features. Developer "Lacousiere18" has released one of the more popular roms for the Note 2 to date. His rom was released in December and has already grabbed over 300,000 views over at XDA.
This Rom is based on the VZW MJ9 Official Base. Some features include stock tethering enabled (wifi, usb, and bluetooth), Note 3 White theme, All Note 3 apps, Note 3 Software features, Choice Xposed Framework modules included, the rom is fully debloated, and includes on the fly rom control for ultimate customization. You will need to be sure to flash the MJ9 OTA firmware release before flashing this Rom. Beans had released an Odin flashable version to make this easy. Everything seems to be working perfectly on this rom and it is daily driver worthy. Head to the link below to download.
Mar 07, 2014 - 4:34 PM - by dgstorm
Here's an extra smokin' hot deal on one of the best deals in Android tablets. Newegg has the 16GB 2013 Edition of the Nexus 7 for only $193.99, plus you also get a $50 mail-in Visa Gift Card rebate. This brings the total price to a ridiculous $143.99! That's not all, the 32GB version is also on a similar sale. You can get it for just $244.99 and get the same $50 mail-in gift card, making this a good deal at just $194.99.
Even if you don't like mail-in rebates (and who does), these deals are solid. To claim the $50 card, you will need to print out a rebate form, remove the universal product code from box, and then send it and a copy of the receipt using snail-mail. The sale will be available between now and March 12th. As a sidenote, these are refurbished models, in case that matters to you.
Here's a couple of source links below to nab yours:
Newegg - 16GB Google Nexus 7 2013 Edition
Newegg - 32GB Google Nexus 7 2013 Edition
Mar 07, 2014 - 11:42 AM - by dgstorm
Google's Chairman Eric Schmidt had some intriguing things to share regarding Google's future plans. He foresees that robots will become a beneficial "omnipresent" source of improvement in our lives. It's no secret that Google has been buying up robotics companies lately to help make that dream a reality. It sounds like the folks at Google must have grown up watching the Jetsons and want to make that cartoon happen.
Schmidt also shared that Google is working to improve AI (Artificial Intelligence) and build robots which will take away the repetitive tasks from us. He had several interesting things to share during the Oasis: The Montgomery Summit conference in Santa Monica, California yesterday. Here are some quotes with some of his thoughts,
He also shared his thoughts when asked about other companies and industries. For example, when questioned about Apple's supposed reduced rate of innovation, he responded very diplomatically with, "[Apple is a] well-run company and I’m sure whatever issues they’re facing, they’ll solve.”
[Google is experimenting with automation designed to] “replace a lot of the repetitive behavior in our lives.”
“We’re experimenting with what automation will lead to. Robots will become omnipresent in our lives in a good way.”
“The biggest thing will be artificial intelligence. Technology is evolving from asking a question to making a relevant recommendation. It will figure out things you care about and make recommendations. That’s possible with today’s technology.”
Schmidt also called on regulators to spur more competition in broadband Internet service. He indicated,
“In plenty of U.S. cities, there’s not a competitive market for broadband Internet. Regulators need to look at what’s preventing a second competitor from entering that space.”
What do you think? Will Google's "omnipresent" robots usher in a new age of progress like in the movie "Bicentennial Man", or turn into demonic overlords as seen in "The Terminator" franchise?
Mar 07, 2014 - 11:19 AM - by dgstorm
Here's an interesting tidbit for any of our members who use SmartGlass with their Android tablet and Xbox One. The SmartGlass app for Android just got an update which finally includes push notifications. This should make it much easier to get nagged by your best friend to help them out in Titanfall after it launches on March 11th. Microsoft also added a few more tweaks and features with this new update.
Here's a breakdown:
- Push notifications
- You can unsnap a snapped app without having to use the remote feature
- The friends list is improved and automatically shows your favorites at the top (this is similar to the full app on the Xbox One which came with the March update)
- The activity feed has a more refined look now
- You can now access all your own GameDVR clips - Microsoft included a new menu option so you don't have to jump into your profile view
Here's a link to the Google Play Store to grab the free download: Google Play Store - Microsoft Smartglass App
Mar 07, 2014 - 11:00 AM - by dgstorm
Here's a welcome surprise from out of left field. HP is back in the Android tablet game with a potentially worthy competitor. They just announced the HP 8, and the name corresponds to the display size of the device. What's really surprising is the affordable price of the HP 8. At only $170, this is easily the least expensive 8-inch tablet on the market. Of course, with that price you don't expect that the specs will be anything spectacular to write home about and you would be right. Here's the scoop:
- 7.85-Inch (1,024 x 768) display
- Android 4.2.2
- A quad-core ARM chip made by the Chinese company Allwinner
- 1GB of RAM
- 16GB of expandable storage
- Stereo speakers
- 3,800mAh battery
These internals aren't too bad, and it could make for an inexpensive device for the kids. What do you guys think? Can HP compete in the Android tablet market?
Mar 07, 2014 - 10:30 AM - by dgstorm
The above image is simply a concept render found randomly on the web.
There are more rumors floating around the internet suggesting that LG will again get the contract with Google to build the next Nexus phone. We shared a similar tidbit just a few days ago, here. If this turns out to be true, it will be the first time that Google has kept the same manufacturer for a Nexus phone for more than two times in a row. This doesn't really mean much in the grand scheme of things, as there is no real way to predict what Google will decide. So far, LG has done a good job for Google, so they may stick with what is working.
It would obviously be nice to see Google go with someone else this time (like maybe Motorola finally?), but it seems unlikely. There's still no solid evidence of what the next Nexus smartphone will be. There have been hints at a Nexus 6, but the model number corresponds with the size of the display, so that would mean a 6-inch phablet style phone. It's possible Google might venture into that market with a secondary/new device, but we hardly think it would be the only Nexus phone. It's still possible the next Nexus will be another Nexus 5, but will be simply called the 2014 Edition, (like they did with the latest Nexus 7 from last year).
Regardless, we were curious to see what you guys desire in the next Nexus smartphone... specifically: "Which manufacturer would you like to see build the next Nexus smartphone?" Here's a poll to provide your opinion.
1. LG is fine with me again.
2. Sony would be something fresh.
3. HTC makes gorgeous devices, let's see what they can do.
4. Samsung deserves another crack at a Nexus smartphone.
5. I would be really excited to see what Motorola can do with the Nexus line.
6. Other... someone we might have missed.
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