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YouTube for Google TV reappears in Play Store, features improved stability

Posted by wicked March - 21 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off


YouTube update Google TV

The Play Store from Google TV had eliminated the YouTube app from its offerings last month, which seemed like a complete head-scratcher at the time.

As it turns out, Google wanted to spend some time working on fixing bugs in the app— the process was finally completed today.

Along with the return of the YouTube app comes improved stability and customizable closed captions.

Source: Android Police

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Big update for Google Play Services rolling out

Posted by wicked March - 18 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off


With support for Google Play Games being extended to the iOS platform, developers will need tools to enable this throughout their games. That will be coming forthwith as Google prepares to rollout a new SDK for developers in conjunction with the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. Laying the groundwork for that, Google has started rolling out an update to Google Play Services that includes new APIs.

For gaming, Google is introducing the ability to send and receive game gifts in-game. These can be game items or some other benefit. For those more focused on productivity tools, Google is adding some new tools to the Google Drive API including the ability to “pin” files for offline use, App Folders which are not visible to a user to be used by apps when they need to create files, and improved Change Notifications so that Drive does not have to be queried on a constant basis.

Google has included a new Address API in the package to help make it easier for users to fill in forms with address information. This could be especially useful for times when a user wants to use an address that is not based on location data provided by Location services.

Finally, Google has incorporated a couple existing tools as “first class citizens” in Google Play services. Google Analytics gives developers the ability to discover all kinds of detailed statistics about their users and how their apps are getting used. The Google Tag Manager lets developers enable the ability to change characteristics of an app on-the-fly without having to push out a full update.

The update to Google Play Services, which takes it up to version 4.3, is currently in the process of rolling out worldwide.

source: Android Developers Blog

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MedicAR for Google Glass uses augmented reality to teach future surgeons

Posted by wicked March - 14 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

glass medical

Applications for Google Glass, otherwise known as “Glassware,” are becoming more and more innovative each day.

MedicAR, developed by Droiders, is only one of the latest apps for Google Glass that will surely make a difference in the lives of many.

Although not the most realistic simulation application, MedicAR uses augmented reality to assist students studying to become surgeons. The app will guide users through specific procedures and show them where to cut, which tools to use, different steps to take, and how to clean it all up after the “operation.”

Hit the break to see the app in action in a video.

Droiders Presents New Surgical Application Pairing Google Glass™ and Augmented Reality

SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Droiders, an official Google Glass applications development start-up, today launched MedicAR, a new application which combines augmented reality and Google Glass™ to improve the simulation and teaching of certain procedures in surgery and patient care. The MedicAR application also represents a potential new aid to improve safety issues in surgical interventions, especially for common procedures among junior surgeons and even for uncommon ones among experts.

During a recent demonstration, Dr. Homero Rivas, assistant professor of surgery (digestive surgery) and director of innovative surgery at Stanford University, connected the wearable device from Google to Droiders’ MedicAR application, and using an anatomical human model, performed an open reduction and internal fixation of a left complex clavicular fracture. The demonstration took place in the Goodman Simulation Center at Stanford. A video of the demonstration can be viewed here:

The MedicAR application requires a target to be temporarily tattooed on the patient’s skin. The surgeon and his assistant then direct their Glass to the target, which reveals the augmented reality on their screen, showing all aspects of a given surgery. Afterwards, procedures are clearly displayed step by step. For example, it could start by displaying the skin incision, the use of retractors to provide adequate exposure of the area, the core surgical treatment and finally the closure of the incision.

“The project we are revealing today was the next logical step in our collaborative efforts with Dr. Rivas. We teamed up last summer to perform a transatlantic live-streamed operation through Glass, a first in telemedicine at the time, using our own streaming solution. Shortly after, we were among the very first Glass developers to introduce augmented reality into its Glassware” explained Julián Beltrán, founder of Droiders.

Droiders’ MedicAR application for Glass uses Qualcomm® Vuforia™, a software platform that enables apps to see and connect digital experiences to physical products.

The app can be downloaded directly from Droiders’ web site:

Source: Android Police

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Pebble App Challenge launches, will provide $5,000 to top developer

Posted by wicked March - 10 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

Pebble App Challenge

Pebble’s standalone app store has officially launched, and the company is doing a lot to help developers begin producing useful apps for the up and coming smartwatch platform.

In fact, Pebble is starting its own “Pebble App Challenge,” which will award $5,000 to the first place app developer, and a Pebble Steel for each of the top 16 finalists.

The contest will accept submissions from today, March 10, until 5 p.m. PST on March 23. The public, developers and Pebble owners will be able to vote for their favorite apps between March 24 and March 27, with the top 16 moving onto the final rounds.

In April, Pebble users only will be able to vote for a different “app matchup” each day until one app, the winner, is left.

If you think you could do well in the competition, think about signing up at the link below.

Source: Pebble

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Chromecast to expand to new markets within the month

Posted by wicked March - 10 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off


At Sundar Pichai’s keynote at the SXSW (South by Southwest) conference, he mentioned that Chromecast would be hitting “many more countries” in the coming weeks.

These countries include the UK and Australia, which had been rumored since last month. Because the device’s SDK was released in February, you can expect the capabilities of the dongle to expand in the next few months as well.

He didn’t talk about sales figures, but mentioned that the numbers are in the millions, and is continuing to grow rapidly.

During the keynote Pichai also mentioned that an Android SDK for wearables would be coming in the next two weeks as well.

Source: The Next Web

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If you’ve downloaded and flashed Paranoid Androids latest KitKat 4.x builds, you’ve quickly noticed that their famous features (such as Halo) have not been included into the builds, but instead met with a more “vanilla” Android ROM. Turns out the team is in the midst of re-inventing themselves when it comes to their custom ROM’s. While the ROM will still offer plenty of features, they plan on making it a more unified “Google” experience. They are also re-writing the code for all of their features and plan on doing much less “kanging,” or borrowing other features, from other ROM’s.

Any PA ROm users out there disappointed with this news? Let us know! For a full and more detailed explanation coming straight from the team, check out the source link right below!

source: PA Google+

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Here’s another glimpse of what Project Tango can do

Posted by wicked February - 21 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

Project Tango

Google has unveiled Project Tango, a 3D sensing smartphone, which can make computer vision and perceptual computing solutions like software that maps and creates 3D reconstructions of indoor spaces.

Matterport, the company behind Project Tango’s software (and now working with Google), will be present at Mobile World Congress next week, so we’ll be hearing a lot from them in the next few days.

The software is brilliant, and as you’ll see in the video, pretty accurate as well as it maps an actual room using a Project Tango prototype. There is certainly some room (no pun intended) to grow for this project, but it’s an enormous start. The possibilities are nearly limitless for this type of software, so it’ll be exciting to see how Google and Matterport move ahead here.

Hit the break for the video.

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Source: TechCrunch

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Chromecast now available from Amazon for $30

Posted by wicked February - 18 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off


If you’ve been thinking about grabbing a Chromecast in the past few days, now may be the time to do it. The device is currently available on Amazon for $30. There doesn’t appear to be any side-deals on this one, like there have been in the past, which include Google Play Credit, rebates, etc.

With Chromecast’s SDK now available to the public, the device is as valuable as it’ll ever be, until of course the next model comes out. If you’re down to dongle, head on over to Amazon and grab one.

Source: Amazon

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Verizon’s Nexus 7 LTE update Binaries and Factory Image released

Posted by wicked February - 16 - 2014 - Sunday Comments Off


Earlier this week, the Nexus 7 LTE received an update that allows “full compatibility with Verizon’s 4G LTE network” . Google has now released a factory image and three binary files for it labeled as Android 4.4.2 build KVT49L .

The software image contains a new edition of the baseband radio, while the binary files bring more complete compatibility with various hardware components such as Audio and Sensors from Asus, NFC from  Broadcom and Graphics, Camera and other components by Qualcomm. The factory image lets you restore your Nexus 7 LTE back to the latest stock Android firmware. The factory image and binaries are most useful to developers who want to create a custom ROM for the Nexus 7.

If you own a Nexus 7 LTE, it’s not a bad idea to grab the latest available software in case you’ll need it in the future.

Source: Google Developers (Factory Image, Binaries)

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Last week, Google announced the release of the Google Cast SDK, but developers weren’t allowed to release their Chromecast compatible apps until Google Play Services 4.2 was completely rolled out. If you remember, released an updated version of Dayframe with Chromecast compatibility, but had to pull it later in the day since Google didn’t want new apps to be released just yet. For whatever reason, they allowed AllCast to stay in the Play Store.

Google just announced that the rollout is complete, thus the Google Play Services 4.2 SDK is now available. This new version of Google Play Services includes Google Cast APIs as well as updated Google Drive APIs. and more. This means that apps like Dayframe, and hopefully a slew of others, can now be released with Chromecast compatibility. Let the floodgates open.

source: +Android Developers More info: Google Play Services 4.2

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