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Google is exploring robotics as yet another one of its ambitious “moonshot” projects. Pictured above is a bot from Boston Dynamics, which Google acquired late in 2013. Driverless cars and AR contact lenses are just the start!
“Robots will become omnipresent in our lives in a good way,” said Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt at the Oasis: The Montgomery Summit in Sta. Monica, CA. Discussing robotics and artificial intelligence, Schmidt said that automation will “replace a lot of the repetitive behavior in our lives.” He added that this is by virtue of machines starting to gain inroads in artificial intelligence.
Here’s where Google has been focusing its so-called “moonshot” efforts lately, which include projects involving driverless cars and augmented reality glasses and contact lenses. More recently, Google has also acquired several robotics-oriented firms like Boston Dynamics, as well as connected-device makers like Nest. “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,” said Schmidt.
While primarily a search and advertising company, Google is, of course, known for Android, which is the dominant mobile platform today. The company is venturing out into projects that involve automation and the Internet of Things. This could mean that the Android we know today might soon turn into a platform that runs on things or automated devices that do all sorts of real-world tasks.
Even the platform’s namesake, Android, itself, is derived from robotics. Given its influence in the mobile industry, it’s only reasonable for Google to venture into such technologies for the physical realm, too.
“Android OS and smartphones were about staying close to the consumer and capturing/leveraging data first hand,” said Forrester Research’s Anthony Mullen to Tech Republic. “The robotics play is the same—control and influence in the last mile where data is gleaned from the physical world and activities are informed by intelligence in the cloud.”
Robotics have mainly been confined to structured environments in the past, however. These include assembly lines, tightly-controlled military exercises and highly-specialized tasks that usually involve only one output. In the future, though, robotics efforts might be geared toward more real-world applications. Take Google’s driverless cars, for example — Google has started doing tests since 2012. With improved logic and artificial intelligence, it’s only a matter of time until such vehicles to be a mainstay on public roads worldwide.
While it’s not likely that Android will necessarily run robots in the future, the technologies being developed are most probably going to make an appearance in artificial intelligence — these include big data, location tracking, context awareness, speech recognition, and more. We may still be a long way from humanoid robots and mechanical pets. But things like driverless cars, houses that keep track of our whereabouts to adjust temperature, and kitchen appliances that call for delivery once supplies are low are within closer reach.
Smartphones and tablets are already omnipresent in our lives today, whereas these were just a novelty a decade back. Will this be the same trend for robotics in the foreseeable future?
In celebration of its second birthday, Google’s Play service is offering a completely free digital version of the classic Tom Hanks movie, “Big.” On top of it being free, it’s even the HD version. If you’ve never seen the movie, or if you just need something to watch, there’s really no reason not to grab this one.
Who’s planning on streaming this one to their Chromecast this weekend? Hit the break for download links.
Come comment on this article: Google giving away HD version of “Big” as part of second birthday specials
A new company called BLOCKS is looking to jump into the increasingly competitive smartwatch market to compete with offerings from Sony, Samsung, and eventually Google and Apple. Taking a cue from Google’s own Project Ara, BLOCKS wants to differentiate their smartwatch by making it completely modular and customizable.
The smartwatch is still in the prototype phase, but if everything goes well you’ll be able to change nearly everything about the device, from screen size to color to what apps come preinstalled. There’s also a plan for third parties to design modules specific to whatever needs they may have, which sounds like a fantastic selling point.
Unfortunately, we won’t see the BLOCKS smartwatch anytime soon, as the earliest they plan to have it released is mid-2015. Modular mobile devices are still pretty new, so there’s a ton of R&D that still needs to go into it, but we’re excited to see where this goes either way.
source: Techno Buffalo
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According to Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt, Google is “pretty sure” that your data is safe. Schmidt said this today at a panel discussion at South by Southwest Initiative.
Google upgraded the encryption process that they use to keep users information secure, and Google was apparently in the process of upgrading their system and encryption when the Edward Snowden revelations were first released. When that news broke, Google says that they expedited the process of upgrading.
Schmidt also said that Google was attacked by the Chinese in 2010, and by the NSA in 2013, but that he was “pretty sure” that the information held by Google is safe right now. According to Schmidt, Google is working hard to keep users information secure, but that once something is published on the Internet, it never really goes away.
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Like all of the current writers and editors for Android Police, I’m American. Which means that my understanding of cricket is something along the lines of, “like baseball, but more British.” That gives me the vague impression that during the seventh inning stretch everyone stops to sing God Save The Queen and heads to the concession stand for tea. If you know more about the noble sport of cricket than I do, you’ll be pleased to hear that Google just added support for scores and schedules to Google Now.
All joking aside, we know this is a big deal for sports fans in India, Australia, South Africa, Pakistan, and several other countries.
- NCAA College Basketball And Football Are Finally Starting To Appear In Google Now, Still No Manual Team Selection [Update]
- Google Now Update: NCAA Basketball Teams Can Be Manually Added To Sports Card
- BBC Sport Mobile App Launched For Android, Just In Time For Six Nations And The End Of The Premier League Season
- PSA: Removing Or Adding Sports Teams Or Stocks In Google Now Currently Causes It To Crash Endlessly
Google Now Adds Support For Cricket Sports Cards, Americans Still Baffled By Cricket was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Security can sometimes sound like a boring topic to your average Joe Schmo, but it’s actually very important. You simply don’t want to give people the means to sneak into your accounts and access all your sensitive data if you can’t help it.
Sometimes you can’t help it, with even the biggest corporations sometimes letting sneaky, malicious people gain access to customer accounts right under their noses. (We’re looking at you, Target and Evernote.)
Your Twitter account? Yelp? Maybe not as important, but your e-mail stores a ton of sensitive info. In Android land that usually means your Gmail / Google account, and if you haven’t already, you should further protect your account by enabling 2-step verification.
First, though, it’s important to know what 2-step verification is, and how it can ensure no one but you can get into your account.
What is 2-step verification?
Imagine a system where no one can login to your account unless they have your actual phone in their physical possession — that’s exactly what 2-step verification in Gmail equips you with. It’s an extra layer of security that makes it a lot more difficult for people to do their dirty bidding.
Think of it like a safe that not only needs the access code, but also requires the safe owner’s iris to be scanned before giving you access. Now apply that to your Gmail account with 2-step verification — even if the perpetrators had your exact username and password, they wouldn’t be able to fully access your account until they verify their authenticity using your phone.
Even that isn’t 100% foolproof, though — just like you could probably find your way into a safe by physically breaking its lock, nothing’s keeping people from stealing your phone. But the chances of someone having both your account information and your phone in their possession are slim, and we imagine most “hackers” wouldn’t go through the trouble of trying to track down someone’s phone to get into their account (unless you happen to be some high-ranking government official with highly valued information).
How 2-step verification works in Gmail
The name of the feature is actually a bit self-explanatory — it requires two different login steps before you can gain full access to your account. To illustrate that concept, here is the simple login process in list form:
- Sign into your account like normal using your username and password.
- A one-use code will be sent to your phone via text message, voice call or a mobile app. Get the code and enter it into the login form.
And that’s literally it. Of course, it’d be inconvenient for people to do this every single time they wanted to login, so Google allows you to set trusted devices up so you can login using just a username and password after logging in with 2-step for the first time. It wouldn’t be wise to trust a library computer, natch, but you might set your home computer up as one of the devices that don’t require 2-step logins.
How to setup 2-step verification in Gmail
You’re likely salivating at the prospect of getting your account equipped with 2-step verification by now, so we’re going to hop right into it. It’s actually very simple to get going, so be sure to read each step carefully, and fully, before heading off to try it yourself.
First, make sure you’re signed into your Gmail or Google account. From there, click this link, and press the Start Setup Button:
Next, Google will ask you for your phone number. If you’ve previously set your phone number up with your account, they’ll auto-populate this field for you. If not, simply enter it in the “Phone Number” field (taking care to select your proper country and using full area codes). Then, decide whether you want your code via voice call or SMS. Finally, press the “send code” button:
From here, you should be getting a phone call or a text message with a six digit verification number, depending on which option you chose. Make a note of that number, and enter it into the page you see below. (If you didn’t receive your code, you may need to request another one using the link at the bottom of the page.) Once you’re sure the code is correct, press the “Verify” button:
If you’re doing this on your personal computer, this is where you’ll want to set it to be a trusted computer. Simply check the box that says “trust this computer,” and hit next. If you aren’t at your personal computer you can leave this box unchecked until you get to it. The next time you successfully sign in Google will ask if you want to set it as a trusted computer:
Finally, Google will ask you to confirm everything one last time. If you’re confident that you followed everything correctly simply hit the “Confirm” button.
At this point Google will inform you that you will be signed out of all the Google accounts and services you have connected on all of your different devices. This is to make sure you are only signing back in with devices you authorize, so anyone who might have still been signed into your account at this point will be swiftly, promptly, rightly and thoroughly kicked out of every corner of your Google account:
And you’re done! From now on, Google will ask you to verify your authenticity using a code sent to your mobile phone each time you sign in on an untrusted computer, and you can rest easy knowing only you will have everything you need to sign in (so long as you maintain possession of your mobile phone).
If, for whatever reason, you need to login to your account from an untrusted computer and you can’t use your phone, or you are traveling and can’t get a proper signal, Google has provided you with a couple of different backup plans.
If you have an extra line available to you, Google strongly suggests setting it up as a backup phone. That way, you can still have your code delivered to you on another trusted phone in the event that your primary phone is lost. Setting up your backup phone will take you through the same exact process of setting up your primary phone, so be sure to follow the instructions above if you want to take care of that.
Google also allows you to print or download backup codes, so you can have them handy in the event that you can’t generate a fresh code on the spot. It’s a good idea to generate a few different codes and keep them hidden someplace safe or someplace that’s convenient for you to access them, and only use them as a last resort. You can generate more at any time by heading into your account settings.
Other ways to keep your account safe
2-step verification is a powerful tool in and of itself, but you should always take care to practice basic account security measures. Some of these may sound obvious to a lot of you, but you’d be surprised to learn how many people completely disregard these (sometimes unwritten) rules:
- Don’t make your password obvious. Using “password” as your password isn’t a good idea, for instance. Stay away from using your children or spouse’s name, pet names, school mascots and slogans, birthdays, and any other personally sentiment words and names that someone can easily guess.
- Mix your password up with both uppercase and lowercase letters, and sprinkle some numbers and — if supported — special characters throughout.
- Use a password that’s at least 8 characters long.
- Never show or tell your password to anyone else.
- Never use your password on a site that isn’t Google’s. To be safe, you can check the URL of the site you’re currently on by looking at the address bar of your browser, and check the site’s security certificate by looking for a lock icon.
- Change your password as often as possible. For some, this could be as much as once per week, while others may be more comfortable doing it once per month. Either way, you shouldn’t go too long without changing it.
Using these tips will go a very long way in making sure your account stays secure. Whether your account is for signing up for online promotions or used to communicate in a corporate setting, you’ll want to take every measure you can to make sure unwanted eyes are kept out. We urge you to take heed to these tips if you aren’t already, and go on with your life without worrying about undesirable cyber foes.
Any other tips?
Have we missed something? Have an extra tip you want to share? We want to hear it, and so does everyone else! Be sure to drop any other hints or thoughts into the comments section below, and let us know if you have any questions about anything discussed in the guide above!
It’s one of our favorite movies from the (late) 80′s and if you hurry on over to the Google Play Store, you can find the Tom Hanks classic Big being offered for free in Movies & TV. Once purchased (it’ll ring up for $0.00), the movie will be added to your permanent Movies & TV library, allowing you go back and stream the movie whenever the heck you like. We told you guys about a similar offer not too long ago in which Google offered up Elf (SD) completely free of charge, so we’re happy Google is at it again.
Download link provided below and best of all, the offer extends to the UK as well. Cheers!
Purchase on Google Play: Big
This week the guys are back from MWC to talk mobile news. Apple makes iOS in the car official with “CarPlay,” Microsoft’s Siri-competitor leaks on video and makes it onto The Tonight Show, and Samsung steals The Oscars. Also, LG made a really weird commercial and a 8-year-old is making apps. All of that, and more, in episode 35 of the Mobile Roar Podcast! Thanks for listening!
- Apple’s CarPlay announced: cars the next frontier for mobile?
- Microsoft Cortana leaks on video, plus new features for Siri and Google Now
- Samsung at the Oscars
- Facebook Messenger for Windows Phone launches
- OnePlus using Snapdragon 800 processor
- Google favors Hangouts on iOS over Android counterpart
- HTC M8 teasers, phone leaked a million times (kid who got his parents fired)
- Samsung Gear Glass virtual keyboard patent application
- Navigation apps are ruled legal
- Edgar: Samsung Chromebook 2 / Weird LG ad
- Kevin: True Detective season finale/Mercedes CarPlay implementation
- Joe: 8 year old makes WP app/MetroTwit shutting down
- Chris: Oppo Find 7 50MP camera/Android 4.4.2 bug
- Edgar: Solid Explorer/Mirror for android
- Kevin: Bridge Constructor/Horizon
- Joe: CloudSix
- Chris: Google URL Shortener
- Joe Fedewa (@tallshmo) - WinSource.com
- Chris Chavez (@GamerCore) - Phandroid.com
- Kevin Krause (@youdontknowkev) - iSource.com
- Edgar Cervantes (@Tech_Sasquatch) - Phandroid.com
We all know that malware exists for Android devices and that sometimes apps that contain these threats often slip by the tight scrutiny of Google and are available at the Google Play store. Avast, one of the leaders in virus protection, announced that it has discovered a new threat to the Android platform that robs you blind.
Cámara Visión Nocturna is an app available at the Google Play store that allows an Android device that allows users to do night vision recordings. The problem is that it also does a lot of other things such as looking at a users address book, scraping phone numbers, then it automatically signs up for a paid messaging service.
Avast’s Filip Chytry said in a blog post that “We’ve already blogged about plenty of threats that sneak onto your device from trusted sources, but here we have a really fresh one, one that is still undetected by other security vendors. An Application called Cámara Visión Nocturna (package name: com.loriapps.nightcamera.apk), which is still available in the Google Play Store as I am writing this post, is something you definitely don’t want to have on your Android device.”
Cámara Visión Nocturna asks for unrelated permissions for a night vision app. Its request for “GET_ACCOUNTS” or WRITE_SMS” is a bit suspicious which is why Avast decided to look into the app further. The company said that based on its investigation “The app tries to parse phone numbers from applications such as Whatsapp or ChatOn in order to subscribe them to a premium messaging service.” Once it has the needed phone numbers it then sends the data to a remote server which then registers the number to a premium SMS list. Users who had their devices infected are billed €2 ($2.80) automatically, racking up charges until the total reached €36 ($50).
Avast warns that “Experts normally recommend users download apps strictly from the Google Play store, as the apps sold there go through security inspections as opposed to non official stores. Despite this, users should not trust all apps sold in the Google Play store.”
Just to be sure it’s best to have security software program installed on an Android device to catch these threats that have slipped past the official stores.
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Quick: what do a magical novelty fortune-telling arcade machine and a device-focused online media store have in common? That’s right: absolutely nothing. Which is exactly what we came up with when we asked ourselves why Google would give away the 1988 comedy Big staring Tom Hanks. Honestly, we’re drawing a huge blank here.
Ready your oversized keyboards—we’re giving away “Big” for free. http://t.co/ioaackxUBW
— Google Play (@GooglePlay) March 7, 2014
But hey, we’re not complaining.
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Google Gives Away The Tom Hanks Movie ‘Big’ On Google Play… For Some Reason was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
We all like free. Free music, free games, free apps, free movies and almost anything else free. We also like good discounts and good deals. While we can’t always have things for free or for super dirt cheap, there are still some things to be said about bolstering your movie collection for a decent price. In case you are unaware, Google is currently celebrating the Play Stores 2nd birthday branding change. While it isn’t bringing in $0.02 purchases or a extremely discounted apps or games, it still has a fair share of offerings that are worth a look.
Earlier we share that Tom Hanks classic movie Big was free and was the HD version no less. That sparked a look at the birthday page and look around at some of the other areas that Google links into special deals. On the official 2nd birthday page there is a variety of things to look at, but if you head into each section you will get lists of things on special. In the movie tab there are 785 movies for under $10 to own, not rent.
Don’t be fooled by the price tag listed on the movie listing page though, that is still the rental price. You will need to click on each movie to find out the pricing deal. For instance, The Croods is $8.99, Hotel Transylvania is $7.99 and Turbo is $8.99. There are some older great in there like Friday for $6.99, Full Metal Jacket for $6.99 and the Never Ending Story for $6.99.
Head into the Birthday Deals Movie Promo page and take a look around.
iOS users had a bit of a head start in receiving access to the new Pebble app store. Thankfully, the Android crowd won’t have to wait for this feature any longer, since what’s known as Pebble 2.0 is, at long last, available on Google’s platform. Sure, it took weeks and weeks of testing, but Pebble promises it was all for the best and expects its smartwatch owners to be delighted by the changes. Aside from the long-awaited appstore, this Pebble for Android update also features a completely redesigned interface (pretty similar to the one found on iOS), a new locker for apps and notification improvements. You’ve waited long enough, though — so go on, grab the update and deck out your Pebble some more.
Via: Droid Life
Source: Google Play
You can now have a Nest delivered same-day with Google Shopping Express (if you live in San Francisco)
If you live in the right area you can have your $249 thermostat delivered in a matter of hours.
Just a handful of weeks after Google’s acquisition of Nest was made official, Google Shopping Express will now deliver the home automation products right to your door the same day you order them. That is, if you live in San Francisco or San Jose. If you’ll recall, Google Shopping Express is the search giant’s local delivery service that lets you order a very specific set of items and have them delivered free of charge — at least for now — the same day if you live in a specific area.
Now the service is really useful for things like household goods and grocery items, but Google has also branched out to offer things like the Nexus 5 and now Nest products as well. You can pick up a Nest Thermostat for a cool $249 or a Nest Protect smoke alarm (or three, if you can afford it) for $129, and depending on when you order you’ll have a nice person knocking on your door with a Shopping Express bag in no time at all.
Google Shopping Express is free at the moment, and you’ll be agreeing to a six-month “free trial” in order to get the free shipping, but if you want to give it a try and live in the right place, this could be a fun way to do so if you’ve been eyeing a Nest. It sure as heck beats putting on pants and driving to the store.
Arriving just in time for the weekend, Royal Revolt 2 has arrived in the Play Store. This Android release comes just after the iOS release, which flaregames had available in the App Store as of last week. A week of wait certainly isn’t much to complain about, however there was mention of the Android release arriving to celebrate Google Play’s second birthday.
To begin with, Royal Revolt 2, similar to the original, is available for free. There are some in-app purchases available, which we are expecting to fall in as the original Royal Revolt did — basically, they are there, but not always necessary. Touching back on the second birthday aspect and those moving forward with a download can expect a special birthday theme that includes cake landscapes and Android Knights.
While some may have been playing the original, and waiting for this release, there are likely some that have never head of Royal Revolt. For that group, this release is touted as having awesome 3D graphics, a multiplayer strategy and the ability for players to design their battleground. In simple form, Royal Revolt 2 players will be defending and fighting.
“Defend your castle and build a deadly maze for your enemies. Explore and conquer the kingdoms of your friends and foes in this brilliant sequel. Overthrow the royals on your way to the top, but be aware of your own enemies, your Highness – there’s a royal revolt going on!!!”
Otherwise, Royal Revolt 2 uses what are described as being “simple touch controls.” That is to say players will be able to do things such as flicking a finger across the screen to build a castle and defenses. Again, Royal Revolt 2 is available for free and can be found in the Google Play Store.
Do we need yet another online music service? Samsung certainly thinks so, as it’s just introduced its very own internet radio service called, weirdly enough, Milk Music. So named for its supposed “fresh” take on music (Get it? Because milk is fresh? Yeah, we’re not sure about that either), it’s free to download from Google Play starting today. In fact, you can start streaming tunes immediately as soon as you launch it, no sign-up required. Best of all, the service is completely ad-free (for now at least — we’ll explain more about this later). The caveat, of course, is that it’s exclusive to Samsung phones. Milk Music is a completely separate entity from Samsung’s existing Music Hub subscription service, as the former is focused more as a free radio service that you can use without having to set up an account.
Source: Milk Music (Google Play)
For a limited time, fans of Tom Hanks and classic movies can pick up Big for completely free on Google Play. Google doesn’t exactly mention why Big is free, it’s not an anniversary of the flick or anything, but we’ll take it.
In Big, Tom Hanks is a kid who wishes to be a grown up. His wish comes true one night, and if you could only imagine, he gets into a whole bunch of awkward fun when he lands a job at a toy company. And wouldn’t you know, he even gets a crush on one of his co-workers.
We love it when Google spoils us with free gifts, especially after snubbing us with their 2nd birthday deals on Google Play. Those were terribad.
We’ve all grown accustomed to Google’s Chrome browser here at DL, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t any decent competitors out there. One of the more major options is Opera, a fairly underdog browser with a pretty hardcore following. Today, we have an update to the app that brings it up to version 20 and features WebRTC support, a base Chromium update to version 33, and design improvements.
The main push of the update is WebRTC, which brings the mobile browser one step closer to desktop class implementations. This allows users to start video chats with other people using WebRTC compatible browsers (appear.in is the recommended service for those of you who want to try the feature out). This is actually pretty great news — you can now use your camera and microphone right in your web browser to chat in real time with other users. Good on you, Opera.
There are also a couple enhancements to the overall design, including customizability in the navigation bars, but there’s nothing too major.
- A fresh look for the Speed Dial reflects a flat design.
- Users of Opera for Android can now choose how to set up the browser navigation bars to suit their mobile phone or tablet.
- The Chromium core got a kick up to version 33, and multiple bugs in text-wrap and text selection are squashed.
- Improvements to search sees the combined search and address bar upgraded, allowing easier search by maintaining the words you search for in the bar.
Opera 20 is available now on Google Play for free — all you Chrome users should try it out and give us your thoughts.
According to Taiwanese reports, Google isn’t very open to the idea of its partners launching tablets or notebooks which dual boot Android and Windows side by side. It is said that the company has made its opposition known to ASUS which announced such a hybrid at the CES in January. This also explains why Samsung’s Ativ Q tablet from last year was ditched without even reaching the markets. At the moment, only Intel’s x86 chips support dual booting devices, so there are certain hardware limitations for the manufacturers as well.
It is said that the folks at Mountain View don’t want Android sales to boost Microsoft’s market share, which is exactly what would happen if the manufacturers were to launch hybrids in the future. This report from Digitimes however, doesn’t explain how this could affect dual booting smartphones which are believed to be in the making for quite some time now. Let’s hope Google goes easy on its restrictions as the market would benefit greatly from a device which has the functionality of Windows and the versatility of Android.
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Google sure does like to randomly do things for no apparent reason in the Play Store. Today is no exception. For a limited time Google is making the classic Tom Hanks flick, Big, free to anyone who wants to pick it up. What is even better is that it is the HD version of the movie.
Being a product of the 80′s myself, I remember this movie fondly. I was only 6 when it was released, but I do distinctively remember the scene where Tom Hanks dances on the piano keyboard that was on the floor. It made me want to learn the piano and have one of those on my bedroom floor. The story of a kid wishing to be an adult, taking on the real world and figuring out that it isn’t really all that great to do whatever you want is a great tale indeed. The sure don’t make movies like they used to.
If you remember the movie then you should grab it, if you have never seen it, you should grab it. Heck, if you have a gmail account you should get it just because it is there and free.
Via Droid Life
Users of the Nexus 5 might have been experiencing a severe dip in battery life ever since the Android 4.4.2 update was rolled out. This issue has been voiced in the forums on several occasions and Google has finally come up with a word speaking about this issue.
It is claimed that the process known as mm-qcamera-daemon which is pertaining to the camera keeps running at all times even when not in use. Apps like Skype in particular are reportedly using this process in the background, thus draining battery rapidly. Google has now promised to fix this issue soon in the form of an update, although it hasn’t mentioned when it will be rolled out.
As an alternate fix, it is suggested that users can either try uninstalling Skype or just simply restart their Nexus 5. This seems like a terrible inconvenience for one of Google’s premier flagship phones and we hope an update is on its way soon. For now, this issue appears to be limited to the Nexus 5, so a minor patch should fix it.
Via: Phone Arena
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Google Glass can do many things. Give you weather details, read your messages, notifications, take pictures or videos and a whole lot more. But thanks to third party developers, it is also capable of running certain apps which Google wouldn’t find the time to launch. The Sentiment Analysis app by Emotient is one such application, which can apparently read the user’s facial expressions as well as emotions and intimate the Glass user. That’s all it does for the time being, with more options possibly available in the near future.
The app basically records the person’s image and matches it with its existing database of images to suggest the mood, which includes joy, anger, frustration, sadness, surprise and a whole lot more. Of course each face is unique to the person, so it might have those issues to tackle, but the fact that such an application is available right now opens up endless possibilities for the future. The company addresses potential security issues as well. “We don’t store images. We basically take the data and aggregate it with other information we’ve taken from other individuals,” said Ken Denman, the CEO of Emotient.
Source: Fast Company
Via: PC Mag
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Customers of T-Mobile in the Netherlands should be able to start charging Google Play purchases to their phone bills, in addition to more traditional payment methods. Google has updated its support pages to reflect the change.
Competing mobile carrier Hi in the Netherlands got carrier billing last year. At the time, Dutch news sources were reporting that T-Mobile would be getting carrier billing soon, as it already had deals in place in many other EU nations.
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T-Mobile In Netherlands Gets Google Play Carrier Billing was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Google has delivered an update to Play Music for Android, adding the ability to create a radio station based on user-created playlists. The release is the latest in a line of incremental updates following a move to Play Music v. 5.4 back in February.
Playlist-based radio stations, like those based on a single song or artist, offer automated music streams based around the listening preferences of the user. With an entire playlist as a basis, that automation should become a bit more granular given the greater selection of user-defined songs to seed Play Music’s radio-generating algorithm.
The latest version of Google Play Music is tagged with version number 5.4.1413N and follows close on the heels of the recent v5.4.1409N release. That update also added radio-related functionality, including the ability to pin stations for offline playback, as well as a number of small UI tweaks and fixes.
Find the latest version of Google Play Music in the Play Music Store. The app itself is free, but to unlock the service’s full potential Google offers its All Access subscription for $9.99 per month.
Download: Google Play Music
Google has rolled out the latest update for Play Music. This update doesn’t have a long and involved changelog, however users will be getting one key new feature — the ability to start radio stations based on personal playlists. For this, you’ll notice the app goes from 5.4.1409N to 5.4.1413N.
To get going, just tap the three-dot icon on a playlist and looks for the “Start Radio” option. Bottom line here, one new addition and a slight bump in the version number. If you already have Google Play Music installed, fire up the Play Store on your device and visit the ‘My apps’ section to grab the update. Otherwise, Google Play Music can be found using this Play Store link.
While it is always nicer to see app update landing with a seemingly endless changelog, we can appreciate the regular updates Google seems to be pushing for Play Music. Looking back to the previous update, that one added the ability to pin radio stations for offline use. A feature likely welcomed by those with limited data plans, and also by those who regularly commute through areas with spotty cellular coverage.
And then back in December we saw the update that added the ability to store your music on an SD card. Again, a welcomed feature. We look forward to seeing what Google has coming for Play Music in the future, and if we could suggest, (despite this not being a mobile specific feature request), we would love to see some Sonos integration. Specifics for those earlier updates can be found in the Story Timeline sitting below.
- Google Play Music update adds “I’m Feeling Lucky Radio” option
- Google Glass Play Music support and Glass Earbuds confirmed
- Google Play Music now formally available for Google Glass owners
- Play Music updated to bring more sharing options, SD card storage
- Google Play Music update brings direct device management and offline radio
There is no dearth of games available today for mobile devices, on Android or iOS. But there are still some gaping holes in the mobile gaming that keep it from reaching its full potential equivalent to that of PCs or consoles. That is a hole that a new company by the name of Unspoken Tales wants to fill by bringing what it considers hardcore, story-driven games to tablets.
The roster of this fledgling company nothing to pan. Its founder and CEO, Patrick Mork has a resume that spans Glu Mobile, GetJar, and finally Google, where he worked as Google Play Marketing Chief. Alessandro Tento is the former VP of Art Development and the founder of Activision’s Shanghai studio. Co-founders Danielle Deibler and Scott Foe also held high titles in the game industry. With those credentials behind their back, Unspoken Tales seems to be in a position to bring something interesting to the table.
That something interesting comes in the form of depth, something that the company’s members feel is missing from the mobile gaming world. You have chart toppers, definitely, but these range from the casual to the addictive to the absurd. There is, however, a noticeable lack of story-driven games, the type of games that would draw hardcore gamers away from their custom-built computers or newly-purchased consoles. While the details of its first game are still shrouded in secrecy, Unspoken Tales has thrown in phrases like “fantastical universe”, “unique characters”, “good vs. evil”, just the words more avid gamers definitely want to hear.
Unspoken Tales will definitely be facing an uphill struggle. Mobile devices do not lend themselves easily to more immersive and more involved gaming. Not only does the itinerant nature of the device require a more casual approach, it also lacks the usual input controls that make the type of games that Unspoken Tales are envisioning easier to play. Virtual d-pads just don’t cut it. Hopefully, the team has enough industry experience, connections, and vision to make those dreams a reality.
Google Glass owners see the world through augmented reality, but what if they could also see another person’s reality? This is somewhat Emotient’s Google Glass app aims to do as it tries to guess what another person is feeling.
Sentiment Analysis, as the app is called, isn’t psychic. There is science behind this app, but one that is still waiting to be perfected. The app basically analyzes the facial expression, the subtle movements, the eye twitches, and tries to extrapolate the person’s emotional state. Of course, it is not an accurate process and relies on the other person being unaware of being observed and studied.
And that might actually be where the problem starts, at least for Google Glass users. Glass Explorers, as early adopters are still currently called, are meeting increasing rejection of the wearable device being worn in public, or very actually private, places. Just recently, two bars in San Francisco have subtly and indirectly banned the use of Google Glass inside the premises after patrons expressed their worries to the management.
That said, Emotient isn’t really intending Sentiment Analysis to be used to help you in your next date. It envisions the app being used by companies trying to rate their customer’s satisfaction or annoyance. Emotient claims that the app does not store faces on file, though the final judge of that will probably be Google, who has expressed disapproval of facial recognition Glassware from spreading.
- Google Glass Explorer do’s and don’ts detailed
- Woman claims she was assaulted, robbed at bar for wearing Google Glass
- Google reportedly lobbying against proposed ban on Glass while driving
- Google Glass gets Communities sharing, and promise of Kit Kat update
- Two bars in San Francisco ban Google Glass without actually naming it
Yesterday we filled you in on Google Play Music’s latest update, which added support for offline listening of radio stations after “pinning” them while you have service. The navigability of the interface was also improved.
Today, Google followed up with the update with yet another update. This improvement allows users to listen to radio stations based on user-created playlists. It’s a nice feature which will serve as a way for users to discover new music based on their current interests.
Hit the break for the link to the app in the Play Store.
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The engine powering speech output for Android has seen an update. The service, which provides vocal feedback for a variety of apps and services, now has less robotic voices, should you want them. The higher quality voices have a pretty hefty file size, but if you use txt-to-speech much, they might be worth it.
Coming in at around 244MB (compared to the standard 6.8MB size), The “high quality” voices do have a substantial effect on your internal memory. For most modern devices, this is not something we’d encourage downloading en masse. If you were download just a few, you’d have taken up 1GB of memory. Again, these are for heavy users, or maybe people creeped out by robotic voice-overs.
If you want the higher quality English voices, get into your settings menu, then scroll down to Language & Input. From there, you’ll see Text-to-speech output under the speech heading. Once you’re in that menu, select the menu button to the right of Google Text-to-speech Engine, and select Install Voice Data. A menu of voice options are present, with English (US and UK) having the high quality options.
Portuguese and Spanish (U.S.) have been added as well, though English is the only choice for high quality audio. To see the difference once you’ve installed a voice, press the back button a few times until you’re in the Text-to-speech main menu and select Listen to an example. That will play a sample of whatever voice you have selected to use. It’s not a massive change, but does make Maps a bit more appealing to use for Navigation.
A small update was released to Google Play Music yesterday (the changelog just posted today), adding a brand-new feature to the service’s radio function. You can now start radio stations based on playlists, as opposed to artists or songs. This will certainly be a welcome feature if you’ve already got a library of playlists set up, though if you don’t utilize them there’s probably not much of a reason to start.
- Google Play Music Update 5.2.1233L Rolling Out Now, Brings I’m Feeling Lucky Radio To Android [APK Download]
- Google Begins Staged Rollout Of Play Music v5.2 – Say Hello To Genre Radio, New Download Queue [APK Download]
- Rdio Brings Free Personalized Radio To Mobile App
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Google Play Music 5.4.1413N Update Now Lets You Start Radio Stations From Playlists [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.