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It's beginning to look like Nintendo's "NX" console could be quite interesting -- or not, depending on your perspective. It's being reported that the Mario maker is planning to go the Android route for its upcoming console, which would allow developers the freedom to publish their titles for it, as well as other Android-based devices. Hearing this should invoke immediate images of the OUYA console, which has largely been deemed a failure. But, there are some major differences between a startup company and an established player like Nintendo. For starters, Nintendo makes great hardware. Not just... Read more...
It seems as though you can never take too many selfies, and if Facebook is any indication, the trend is sure to live on for years to come. While most selfies these days are taken with relatively low resolution front-facing cameras on iPhones and their ilk (the iPhone 6/iPhone 6 Plus feature a 1.2MP front camera), many manufactures are catering to the selfie crowd with higher quality front cameras. ASUS is the latest to step into the fray with its new ZenFone Selfie, and as its name implies, this smartphone will capture every wrinkle in your grinning mug. The ZenFone Selfie features not one, but... Read more...
In mid-March, we first brought you news that Microsoft and Xiaomi were looking to get Mi 4 smartphone owners the opportunity to leave Android behind and test out the Windows 10 operating system for smartphones (now known as Windows 10 Mobile). “This partnership will allow Xiaomi and Microsoft to get direct user feedback and continue to improve the experience for China,” said Microsoft at the time. “Microsoft is thrilled to see Xiaomi embracing Windows 10 and offering this great value to their customers. We’re excited to see the feedback we receive from this audience.” It looks a though Microsoft... Read more...
Taking good advantage of the ongoing Google I/O conference, NVIDIA has just released what's undoubtedly one of the world's fastest Android devices: SHIELD. This peculiarly-named device might take over the name of the original portable SHIELD hand-held, but it's a much different device. SHIELD is a set-top device that NVIDIA aims to be better than all of the others. And we'd hope so, because the $199 price tag for the regular model will demand that this is a premium product, at least compared to simple media streamers. Yes, "regular model", because there's also a Pro model, which tacks on an extra... Read more...
Android M is definitely the biggest takeaway from the first day of Google I/O, but Google also had another trick up its sleeve in the form of a revamped Photos app. The new Photos app makes it easier for you organize your images and videos, tag people, and even search through your impossibly large library using simple text. It also performs automatic backing up of your images and provides easy to use editing and sharing tools. “You can now take any set of photos and videos, or any album, and simply create a link to share hundreds of photos at once,” explains Anil Sabharwal, Head of Google Photos.... Read more...
Android M, known internally as Macadamia Nut Cookie, is on the horizon. Google I/O kicked off this afternoon and the first topic of discussion was of course Google’s next generation mobile operating system. For those that were hoping for a huge UI overhaul or a ton of gee-whiz features, this is not the Android release for you. Instead, Android M is more of a maintenance released focused mainly on squashing bugs and improving stability/performance across the board. Even though Android M is about making Android a more stable platform, there are six new areas that have been improved upon for this... Read more...
Expect to see a lot more of Microsoft Office, even if you prefer Android devices. Microsoft announced today that has struck deals with 20 OEMs to put Microsoft Office and Skype on Android tablets. That’s in addition to Dell, Samsung, eight other OEMs and Pegatron, which Microsoft partnered with earlier this year to put its Office apps on Android phones. “These 31 will offer Android tablets pre-installed with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, One Drive and Skype in the near future,” Microsoft Corporate Vice President Nick Parker said in a statement. “They will be available on a new LG tablet, and... Read more...
Over the past few days, we’ve been hearing quite a bit about what Google has in store for 2015. Over the Memorial Day holiday weekend alone, we’ve learned that Android M has the internal designation “Macadamia Nut Cookie,” and that the operating system will bring native fingerprint authentication along with guaranteed OS updates for two years (Nexus devices only). Today, Android Police is giving us some insight on the hardware side of things. The first bit of news may be disappointing for tablet fans (but not surprising given the current state of the tablet market) — there will reportedly not be... Read more...
With Google's I/O conference set to kick off later this week, the anticipation surrounding its upcoming OS, Android M, is growing fast. While we just learned that M internally stands for Macadamia Nut Cookie, we have doubts this OS release will crumble. Whereas Lollipop represented a major overhaul of the OS, Android M will refine what's there, and then toss in some cool new features (at least, we hope). As we discovered earlier this month, it seems like Android M could have a big business focus. Perhaps that business focus ties into the bit of information leaked late last week, claiming that Android... Read more...
First and foremost, Memorial Day is a U.S. federal holiday in which Americans pay tribute to all who have fallen while serving in the country's armed forces, a day of solemn remembrance and reflection. Curiously, Memorial Day is also a day of celebratory ingestion, involving burgers, barbecue, beer, baked beans...and this year, all thanks to Google, Macadamia Nut Cookies.  On Saturday we learned that the successor to Android Lollipop has been saddled with the internal code name "Macadamia Nut Cookie" (or MNC, for those looking to save on syllables). The name, which is already being... Read more...
At this point, the resetting of a mobile phone to a from-the-factory state is something we have all done, perhaps simply to get a fresh start with a device that has become sluggish and over-burdened with years of downloaded flotsam. But more likely, we do it for the purpose of selling the phone or passing it along to a friend or family member. We rely on such a reset to completely wipe the phone of any trace of our having used it, all settings and sensitive data. The results of a study performed in the UK by University of Cambridge researchers entitled Security Analysis of Android... Read more...
Facebook Messenger users no longer need to keep fingers primed to tap out "Do I know you?". The social media giant's chat service is maturing rapidly and is now offering publicly shared information at the top of message threads — place of residence, job title, etc. — that will allow users to screen incoming messages from non-Friend users. Messenger's new feature — Facebook's Vice President of Messaging, David Marcus, calls it "enhanced caller ID for messaging." — will also display information for Facebook Friends with whom you have not previously chatted with via the service. Thus users can avoid... Read more...
One of the hottest segments in technology is the so-called Internet of Things (IoT), sort of an umbrella term to describe the wealth of Internet-connected gadgets. It's an emerging category that's growing ferociously as manufacturers build smart functionality into everyday devices, like coffee makers and even light bulbs. Companies big and small are scrambling to be pioneers in the IoT market, and that includes Google, which wants to be a major force in the new world.To be that force, Google is reportedly working on an IoT platform called Brillo. It's said that Brillo could run on low-powered devices... Read more...
If you thought that there couldn't possibly be more unbelievable stories to stem from Edward Snowden's leaks, you're sorely mistaken. Today, we learn of a truly appalling effort that the NSA and its partners worked together on to intercept Android users' connections to install malware and soak up information. The NSA's partners in crime are part of a group called 'Five Eyes', and in addition to the US, included countries are Canada, the UK, New Zealand, and Australia. Given other revelations that have trickled out in the past, this list shouldn't come as much of a surprise. The UK's GCHQ, which... Read more...
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