Mar 07, 2014 - 10:42 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 - 10:19 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 - 10:00 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 - 9:30 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.
Mar 07, 2014 - 9:14 AM - by dgstorm
Motorola is going to milk the Moto Maker customization concept to its fullest with the Moto X, and we applaud them for it, especially with their new idea. They just added college logos and colors to the options for customizing your own personal Moto X. They are even taking it a step further and offering a "college discount" to anyone who can show they are in college currently by sharing a valid .edu address. The regular price for the off-contract Moto X is $399, but with the college discount it drops by $60 bucks to $339. Not bad!
Here's a quote with all the details,
Moto Maker lets you express yourself and your style through your phone. Now, you can express your school spirit too! Just in time for the tournament, we’re introducing the College Collection, a range of college-inspired Moto X customization options that allow you to showcase your favorite school colors. We took a look at college colors across the board and added nine new back colors and three new accents to our Moto Maker palette so you can create the ultimate fan phone.
Starting today you can visit our College Collection design gallery and select from pre-configured school color combinations and clear cases1 with school logos and team names for up to 40 schools and counting. Don’t see your favorite team? Mix and match with the new color palette to create your perfect combination.
A custom Moto X from the College Collection is now available starting at the everyday price of $399 off-contract or $49 with a new two year contract. Currently in college? We’d like to sweeten the deal with a student discount2. Register at motorola.com/college with a valid .edu address and you can get an off-contract Moto X for the discounted price of $339.
The College Collection is just one of the many ways to get customization inspiration for your Moto X. Visit the new design gallery curated by our Moto Maker team and designers for more ideas and create yours today!
There are a few apps on the Play Store that will allow you to control your MAC from your Android. There are plenty of reasons you would want to be able to control your Mac with a smaller Android device. If you are giving a presentation you may have your Mac connected to a projector and need a remote to control it while across the room. With mac.remote you are able to control iTunes, Spotify, Rdio, MPlayerX, VLC, Keynote, and iPhoto. You will be able to Play, Pause, display current track info, go to previous, go to next, rewind and fastforward. The media keys in .remote will control the mac media keys including long press. You will also be able to shutdown, suspend, and adjust brightness and volume. For more information on this app head to the link below.
Some of you may know the drama that is the DO Launcher. It's developer set out to create a perfect port of the HTC's Sense 5 and Blinkfeed. Sense 5 and Blinkfeed had been pretty much impossible to properly port correctly thanks to the way that HTC packaged their framework. Developer "Doga.ozkaraca" did a good enough job of porting Sense 5 and Blinkfeed that HTC and Google quickly took notice. Pretty quickly the DO Launcher dev was receiving emails from HTC asking him to remove his launcher from the play store. After the letter Google physically removed the app from the Play Store and banned it based by DMCA!
Doga decided to go a different route with the re-release of the DO-Launcher to avoid the crack down of the DMCA. The launcher has been redesigned from the ground up. It still packs plenty of features like Do-Feed (an RSS Reader on The Homescreen), launcher animations, weather on the homescreen, fully customizable, custom themes, dock customizations, custom RSS feeds, various different themes, and more. Head to the link below to download.
Via Play Store
Mar 06, 2014 - 4:11 PM - by dgstorm
It looks like T-Mobile will have a happy launch with the Samsung Galaxy S5. They already have 300,000 pe-registrations lined up for the new flagship from Sammy. Because T-Mo is the smallest of the big carriers, these are impressive numbers. Of course, there is the little fact that registering for the device signs you up to win an SGS5. This is probably inflating those numbers quite a bit.
Regardless, it looks like there might be more interest out there in the regular consumer world for this phone than originally thought. With the supposedly phenomenal battery life, it shouldn't be too surprising if this phone turns out to be a big hit. Sound off if you are thinking of picking up this device.
Mar 06, 2014 - 11:03 AM - by dgstorm
It looks like Samsung has another card up its sleeve to play in the "wearable" sector. According to a recent filing, Samsung has a device called the "S-Circle" coming, and it was described as an activity tracker. Here's a quote with more of the details,
Hmmm... they already won best device of MWC with their Gear Fit. Do you think they could have something even cheaper coming soon? Let's hear your speculation...
The FCC paperwork confirms the device's model number (EI-AN900A) and description as an "activity tracker," as well as its inclusion of Bluetooth Low-Energy, and all of this points to it being a member of the same family as the S Band (shown above) and Heart Rate Monitor Band that launched with the Galaxy S4 last year.
Mar 06, 2014 - 10:55 AM - by dgstorm
If you were waiting anxiously for Verizon LTE versions of the LG G Pad 8.3 and/or the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2, then your wait is over. Both devices just went up for sale on Verizon's web-store. You can nab the LTE LG G Pad 8.3 for either $99.99 on a two-year contract or $299.99 without a contract. For the the LTE Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 you will need to shell out $749.99 on a two-year contract or $849.99 without a contract.
There are certainly cheaper ways to find the LG G Pad 8.3, but if you want the Verizon LTE version, then this is worth looking at. This device is a good mid-range priced product with a great deal of value for your dollar.
The Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 on the other hand is pretty much the perfect example of "high-end." It has some extremely advanced features which we have detailed below:
- 12.2-Inch 2560x1600 res display
- Built-in S-Pen stylus and a Wacom digitizer
- Snapdragon 800 processor & 3GB of RAM
- 32GB of storage plus a MicroSD card slot
- 8MP rear camera
- 9000mAh battery
- Samsung's new standard USB 3.0 port
- Android 4.4 KitKat
This is truly the top-of-the-line tablet for those who can afford it, especially with the LTE radio version. Hit up the source link below to get yours.
Mar 06, 2014 - 10:33 AM - by dgstorm
The appeals court fight between Samsung and Apple is well underway now. It looks like both sides have scored a victory and a loss in the new appeals trial which is still ongoing. First, Apple convinced Judge Lucy Koh to award more in damages than had been previously determined. She awarded Apple $929.8 million in damages from Samsung. It's still a bit less than the original $1.1 Billion from before, but is considerably more than the $450 Million it had dropped to. This was a stinging loss for Samsung (in the context of the courtroom).
Samsung isn't empty-handed in this particular fight though. Apple also argued that the monetary damages alone ”are not an adequate remedy,” and sought to have over twenty older Samsung devices banned in the United States. Judge Koh rejected this argument.
There's still another court-room fight between the two juggernauts. Apple and Samsung will face off in Koh's court again later this month. Apple is trying to get damages and a banning for some newer devices, including the Galaxy SIII. Industry speculation expects that fight to end with similar results. We will let you know the final outcome (assuming this saga ever reaches a conclusion).
Mar 06, 2014 - 10:19 AM - by dgstorm
Fans of the dystopian cyber-punk style Deus Ex games have a reason to be happy. The Android game Deus Ex: The Fall, is on sale right now. It normally retails for $3.99 in the Google Play Store, but will be on sale for $.99 until March 10th. The game is set in the year 2027 and you play a bio-mechanically augmented ex-SAS mercenary who must uncover a global conspiracy.
As is typical for the series, the game is an FPS (first person shooter), but is also a story-driven action-RPG. You can play the game in the style you choose, including stealth, "run and gun" or something in between.
We have word that it's a little more expensive in some areas of the world at $1.39.
Source: Google Play Store
Mar 06, 2014 - 9:42 AM - by dgstorm
The first finalized ability to mirror Android to your TV through the Google Chromecast is now available, thanks to Koushik Dutta. There is a catch though... you have to have a rooted Nexus 5 to do it right now. Koush recently updated his mirroring beta, but it is obviously still in its early phase of development. The main reason the Nexus 5 is currently necessary is because it's supposedly the only phone which includes a hardware vp8 encoder. Here's a quote with a few more details,
For all of our Nexus 5 users with Chromecasts who decide to try this out... let us know how it goes!
So far, the Mirror app lets you create a video recording of your Android device, mirror your Android screen to an Apple TV, and mirror your Android screen to Chromecast and Chrome (Nexus 5 only). To try the Mirror beta out for yourself you’ll need a rooted Android 4.4.2 phone, you can follow the rest of Koush’s instructions in the source link below.
At some point in the future root won’t be necessary, and Mirror will be wrapped up for a proper Play Store release, but we’re not sure exactly when that will be yet.
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