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Google hosting event on September 15, probably to launch Android One

Posted by wicked September - 2 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

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The launch of Android One is looming. On September 15, Google could finally be launching its approach to bring low-cost devices to emerging markets. Invites for an event being held in India have been sent out and it is expected that Android One is launched on the aforementioned date. This lines up perfectly with a previous report that Android One’s launch was coming at some point in September.

Source: NDTV

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HTC Nexus tablet’s keyboard folio details emerge

Posted by wicked September - 2 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

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At the end of August, we found out that Google and would be taking its next Nexus tablet very seriously by offering a variety of accessories upon launch. The image above is a render of the tablet’s keyboard folio. The initial pairing process for the keyboard with the tablet will be done through a built-in near field communication (NFC) chip. From there, a Bluetooth 4.0 connection will takeover. The keyboard itself will not directly connect to the tablet. Instead, HTC is giving it a 450mAh battery with the charging port being on the hinge of the case. A small indicator life will display the status of the keyboard.

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The dimensions for the entire case are 228x320x5mm with the individual chiclets being 3mm in height. Along with a standard QWERTY keyboard setup, Android-specific keys will be included. The 4:3 aspect ratio of the tablet’s display is good for productivity, but the keyboard may wind up being a little tight for some users. The design, though, will definitely allow for excellent portability. The tablet will sit atop the keyboard when covered by the cover flap.

Source: Android Police

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Google unveils ‘Project Wing’, a drone-based delivery system

Posted by wicked August - 29 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

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Amazon already unveiled their future drone-based delivery system a few months ago, but you didn’t think Google didn’t have something similar planned did you? It’s seems to be the perfect application for Google X Labs, and it is.

They just unveiled “Project Wing” which is exactly that. Apparently they have already conducted 30 test flights in mid August as part of the first phase. The video below shows successful deliveries to farmers in Australia.

Google’s drone design during this phase consists of a hybrid plane and a helicopter called a tail sitter. It takes off vertically, then flies around after rotating to a horizontal position. When it’s ready for delivery, it hovers and winches packages down to the ground. An “egg” detects when the package has hit the ground, then releases the delivery, and goes back up into the body of the drone.

Of course, this system isn’t completely reliable just yet, but Google feels they are well on the way to making this happen. Check out the video below and let us know what you think.

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source: The Atlantic

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Google to Add Campus in Seoul

Posted by wicked August - 28 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

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Google has announced plans to add a new Campus in Seoul for entrepreneurs to learn, connect, and build companies to change the world. At the new campus, entrepreneurs gain access to mentorship and training from the local startup community, other entrepreneurs, and Google teams. Google is opening new programs in its Seoul campus: Campus for Moms, CampusEDU, and Office Hours are a few. On top of all of this, Entrepreneurs will have access to exchange programs to other Campus locations. 

Campus Seoul is Google’s first in Asia and will join the network of London, Tel Aviv, Warsaw, and Sao Paulo. The network is growing rapidly globally and is raising money throughout the year for ingenious startups and entrepreneurs through programs like Startup Grind and Startup Nations. For more information, visit https://www.googleforentrepreneurs.com/campuses/.

Source: Google Asia Pacific Blog

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Google could launch two Nexus smartphones this year

Posted by wicked August - 27 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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It just might be the last year of the Nexus, and if it is, it could go out with a bang. We already know about the Nexus X, but is it going to be a 5.2-inch model or a 5.9-inch model?

It’s expected that the Nexus X will in fact be 5.9-inches, but we also know that Motorola is testing two Moto S devices, a 5.2-incher and a 5.9-incher. It’s unclear whether Motorola will release both devices, but a source close to the supply chain is saying that Google is readying the unused device. So If Motorola releases the 5.9-inch version under the Moto S name, Google would then take the 5.2-incher and make it a second Nexus device.

I’m not really sure why it matters what Motorola does here. If Google wanted to release both the 5.2 and 5.9, I don’t see why it makes a difference whether Motorola releases it under the Moto S name or not. More importantly, what would Google call it? They already used the Nexus S name a few years ago.

I guess we will have to wait and see. Google has never released two Nexus smartphones in the same year so this would be a big change. I think it makes sense to offer two sizes though since 5.9-inches won’t be attractive to a lot of people. What do you guys think?

source: Phone Arena

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Google updates Chrome for Windows with a 64-bit version and support for high-dpi displays

Posted by wicked August - 27 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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Until now users of the Windows version of Google Chrome have had to perform registry hacks or other convoluted methods to get the popular browser to support their high resolution displays. A bizarre oversight seeing as its been two years since they brought support to Apple’s high-dpi Retina displays. Thankfully Google have released version 37 of Chrome for Windows bringing support for high-dpi displays, and official (and stable) 64-bit support. If that wasn’t enough they also included support for Microsoft’s DirectWrite technology which smooths out fonts and should make the overall browsing experience less taxing on the eyes.

Google also notes that the update brings speed and security improvements to 64-bit users and invites users to download the update at the Google Chrome download page. If you plan to try the 64-bit version don’t forget to opt in before downloading. Hit the source for the full list of changes and let us know in the comments what you think of the update.

Source: Chromium Blog

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Google updates News and Weather app to look like Google Now

Posted by wicked August - 27 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

In keeping up with the transformation of its basic apps into their “Material” design language, Google has now updated the look of its News and Weather app. The panel and card-type design now makes the app, which is built-in for some devices, look like Google Now. It also seems to be more competitive now with other news apps like Flipboard, News360 and even Google’s own Google Play Newsstand.

The News and Weather app comes pre-installed into the newer Android devices, particularly those that have Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean, Kitkat and Honeycomb (okay now we’re craving for sweets). The panels now look more like your cards on Google Now and you will be able to add certain news sites on different categories to keep updated on your favourite sites without going to each of them everyday. You just swipe through the headlines and articles that you want (or not want) to read.

You can also add columns for topics that you want to keep updated on, like the latest social media news or all the Star Wars updates and rumours that you could possibly need. And if the news you want is location-based, you can also add specific places that you want to keep track of. The app also has a widget that you can easily add to your home screen for easier access to your News and Weather. There are also different languages to customize your news and of course, shareability is an important feature in any news app, and so it is very present here.

If News and Weather isn’t built-in your smartphone or tablet already, you can also download it for free from the Google Play Store. However, it is incompatible with several devices, including some Samsung ones, so better check first before getting all excited about having the app. In case it doesn’t work on your device, we’ve written about our recommended news apps for Android devices, so you might want to check them out too.

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Nexus 9 confirmed to sport a 64-bit Tegra K1

Posted by wicked August - 27 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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Screenshots of the upcoming Nexus 9 has leaked online revealing that it is going to be pretty darn powerful. According to one of the screenshots, it will back a 64-bit Tegra K1. This could very well be the first tablet to sport the SoC. The Shield Tablet features the Tegra K1, but it’s only the 32-bit version.

NVIDIA unveiled the 64-bit version a couple of weeks ago. This chip sports the same 192-core Keplar architecture-based GPU in the 32-bit version, but it’s paired with NVIDIA’s own 64-bit, dual core “Project Denver” CPU. It also supports up to 8 GB of RAM.

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The big question, other than when this tablet will get released, has to be how much this bad boy is going to cost?

source: TKTechNews

 

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Android News, Rumours, and Updates 2014-08-27 06:19:03

Posted by wicked August - 27 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

cyanogenmod-figureAnyone up for a riddle? What do you get when you combine Nextbit, a new company founded by two former Google execs and other tech industry rockstars, and Cyanogen, the creators of arguably one of the most well-loved custom ROMs available today? It’s a trick question, because as of right now, nobody knows. Nextbit is making itself out to be the creator of, “…groundbreaking technology that will take [mobile] to the next level,” and if their team serves as any indicator of the kinds of ideas running the company, it may just be right. Tom Moss and Mike Chan are the heads of the young start-up; they are former members of the original Android team at Google, and they have been earnestly assembling a team of engineers and designers from Google, Amazon, Apple, Dropbox, and most recently HTC.  HTC’s Former senior VP of Design Scott Croyle has recently joined the Nextbit team at the same position.

So where does Cyanogen fit into all of this? A post was made on Google+ asking for intrepid users to fill out a survey to test something “really cool.” Unfortunately, no more information is given once the link has been followed, besides a requirement of owning a Nexus 5 or 7 and being willing to wipe it completely. There is also a section on the survey asking if you have any other devices you’re interested in using for the “project.”

So head on over to the link posted below and enter in to take part in history! I’ve already entered and I’m more than willing to sacrifice my Nexus 7 and Galaxy Nexus’ storage for whatever this “really cool” something may be.

Source: Nextbit Press

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Via: Engadget

 

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YouTube can now import videos from Google+

Posted by wicked August - 27 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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Taking an existing video from your Google+ profile and uploading it to YouTube cannot get any easier. YouTube now has a button in its sidebar on the Upload page that is for importing videos from Google+. Users can upload one video or even multiple videos simultaneously.

So when backing up videos to Google+ from an Android device, you can then quickly transfer them over to YouTube to make them public.

Source: YouTube
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