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Jun 12, 2014 - 10:45 AM - by dgstorm
Insider sources have supposedly shared secret details about Google's future plans for Android. According to this latest intel, Android will eventually evolve into something called Quantum Paper. This concept is basically a unified interface for all of their apps and services across all computing platforms. This includes their apps and services on Android, iOS, Windows Phone and any other platform.
The primary goal will make the user experience the same across any platform. The pic above shows off what is supposedly Gmail with the Quantum Paper concept. Here's a quote with a few more details,
Intriguing. What do you guys think of this very Googley idea?
Quantum Paper is about more than just Google apps. The new design language will be available to developers, and Google will encourage them to integrate the new elements into their own apps. Simply put, Google is trying to unify applications across the internet. It’s a bold venture, but right up Google’s alley. Quantum Paper will start showing up in Google apps first. You can already see some elements in the most recent version of Google+ for Android.
Jun 11, 2014 - 11:54 AM - by dgstorm
Several pics are leaked of the Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini. It looks pretty much as you would expect it to look... it is a smaller version of the Galaxy S5 flagship. Of course, it has lower end specs. In fact, one could hardly call this an S5 Mini. The specs are a bit middling:
- 4.5-inch 720p Super AMOLED display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3
- 1.4GHz Exynos 3 Quad processor
- 450GHz quad-core Mali-400 MP4 GPU
- 1.5GB of RAM
- 16GB of storage
- 8-megapixel camera
- 2.1-megapixel front-facing camera
- LTE, Wi-Fi 801.11n, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, IR, NFC, GPS
- Fingerprint scanner
- Heart rate sensor
- Android 4.4.2 KitKat with TouchWiz
- IP67 certification
Overall, we can't say these specs are bad. In fact, if the phone comes in an affordable price, this is a fairly good bargain for some folks. We will let you know those details when we have them. In the mean-time, check out the source link below for more pics.
Jun 10, 2014 - 11:04 AM - by dgstorm
If you are a fan of the flavor/style elements of the Angry Birds series, then you might perk up at the above teaser video and this news. Previously we shared teasers regarding Rovio's next game in the Angry Birds universe. This time around the game takes the same characters and world, but the gameplay changes completely. Instead of a physics based action-puzzler, Angry Birds EPIC is a turn based RPG.
Of course, the game still revolves around the feud between the birds and the pigs, but this time it happens in a medieval fantasy world complete with swords and sorcery. For fans of this gaming genre and the Angry Birds theme, this is a welcome and refreshing change up for the series. It looks like game will be hitting Android and iOS devices on June 12th.
Source: Angry Birds EPIC
Jun 10, 2014 - 10:38 AM - by dgstorm
It looks like PayPal might have some stiff competition in the electronic payment market very soon. According to the latest rumint, Amazon is developing a new payments strategy that is poised to compete directly with PayPal. According to the report, Amazon is planning to introduce a new subscription-based payment system.
Just like PayPal, Amazon will collect a small fee for each transaction, but they plan to allow users to pay bills through this subscription system using their stored credit card information on Amazon's servers. Amazon basically wants to become the middleman, by offering the ability to pay bills and process transactions for both small and large companies.
Here's a quote with a few more details,
Supposedly, Amazon plans to announce this new service as soon as next Monday. We will keep an eye out for anything official.
Amazon has been testing its payment service with a few startups, including mobile phone firm Ting. The main focus for the effort is subscription-based payment systems, though it could technically be applied to anything else. Like PayPal, Amazon collects a fee for each transaction.
In order for the payment system to get up and running, Amazon needs to partner with companies that will accept such transactions. It's not clear how many firms have so far signed on to the service.
Regardless, services like PayPal and Amazon's deliver some added security in an increasingly insecure world. By providing PayPal and Amazon payment buttons, otherwise unknown merchants can provide some security to customers who wouldn't want to share their credit cards with unknown firms.
Thanks to our tipsters who sent this one in!
Jun 09, 2014 - 11:26 AM - by dgstorm
The above title and picture do not do this sale justice. SanDisk must be having a big inventory blowout, because their sale on Amazon is crazy. It's for today only, (ends at midnight on June 9th, 2014), and includes a huge variety of all of their devices. Discounts range from 25% off to 79% off on microSD cards, USB Flash drives, and even SSD Internal Desktop Drives.
The Amazon ad claims up to 60% off, but they are really underselling some of these deals. Be sure to hit up the source link below to check out these stellar deals.
Jun 09, 2014 - 11:02 AM - by dgstorm
If you are into medieval fantasy games, then Gameloft's latest offering my entice you. It's called Rival Knights, and it's basically a knight jousting simulator game. It just showed up for iOS and Android, and is currently free. Of course, that means it comes with the dreaded "in-app" purchases, so keep that in mind. For the most part, you can get some casual enjoyment out of the game without spending any of your hard earned cash.
On top of excellent graphics, the game also features motion-capture animations and ragdoll physics. It even includes multiplayer so you can joust with your friends. Here's a description of the game from the company,
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***A TALE OF STRENGTH AND STEEL***
Live the fantasy: Be a knight & joust your way to victory! Compete with thousands of other players in games of glory & adventure! This is the most intuitive, action-packed & visually stunning knight combat game on touch screens!
JOUST LIKE A KNIGHT!
√ Experience the thrill of fast-paced & highly addictive jousting for free
√ Sharpen your war skills with precision timing & aim
√ Battle ruthless foes & rival clans across 5 leagues to seize their castles & thrones
√ Embark on an adventure across the kingdom, become a champion & etch your name into history!
√ Motion-capture animations for knights & horses immerse you in battle like never before in a free game
√ Enjoy stunning, lifelike 3D graphics and dynamic camera angles
√ Compete in a breathtaking environment with changing weather conditions & time of day
√ Send rivals flying with real-time ragdoll physics & slow-motion effects
ARM YOURSELF FOR VICTORY
√ Unlock over 120 mounts, lances, armors, helms & more
√ Upgrade them at the Blacksmith to gain an edge over opponents
√ Use temporary boosts wisely to triumph in your adventure
√ Customize your crest to strike fear into your rivals
THROW DOWN THE GAUNTLET!
√ Challenge other players in asynchronous multiplayer games
√ Enter weekly PvP multiplayer tournaments for glory…
√ …and win King-sized rewards!
Will you ride to victory, or fall in battle?
These are troubled times for you & your people. Your kingdom is in debt, the king slain in war, no one has claimed the Champions' Thrones, & enemy clans are massing at the kingdom's borders.
Embark on an epic quest & get ready to battle your way through intense solo and multiplayer challenges in this free new jousting game. Journey from castle to castle in search of adventure & action.
Claim the Champions' Thrones with your friends. Become a legend of jousting, grab the tournament chest & save your kingdom from the hands of the awful Lord Cunnings.
Forget about fantasy MMO games, castle games & war games. If you are looking for a true fantasy adventure, this free game is for you. It features massive multiplayer online (MMO) tournaments, clans, epic knight battles, all set in a breathtaking medieval fantasy kingdom, for free.
Jun 09, 2014 - 10:48 AM - by dgstorm
The picture we have chosen above is rather appropriate. While the LG G3 is definitely not lying down when it comes to the features and specifications race, there is one way in which the phone is taking a nap, but that actually helps it beat its competitors. Apparently, the phone uses its energy so efficiently it is actually beating all of the big competitors at the moment in battery life tests, and this is despite the monster specs, like the 2K QHD display.
In fact, it beat the next closest competitor, the Samsung Galaxy S5, by 30 mins in PhoneArena's "real world-like" battery usage tests. Here's a quote from PhoneArena describing these results further,
On top of the long lasting battery, there is another optimization that LG has made to the G3. According to their testing, it also charges faster than many of its competitors. It's amazing to see just how far LG has been pushing their technological evolution in recent months/years. They are obviously very serious about gaining ground against Samsung and Apple.
You read that right -- despite the numerous arguments (and concerns) that the G3's super pixel-dense, 1440 x 2560 (QHD) resolution display caused, it would seem that LG was quite serious when it said that the optimizations it has implemented in both the screen and battery would ensure an industry-leading endurance.
For example, the LTPS panel dynamically tweaks variables such as frame rate when viewing static images, in order to arrive at a lower power draw in the longer term. As far as the user-replaceable, 3000 mAh juicer is concerned, LG claims to have replaced a lot of metal on the inside with graphite, and to have also implemented further, unspecified battery optimizations.
Jun 06, 2014 - 9:57 AM - by dgstorm
According to industry intel, Amazon may be poised to launch their 3D Android-based smartphone as soon as June 18th. This rumor has a solid basis to back it up as well. Amazon themselves just released a teaser trailer in which users are introduced to the device. We don't get to see what they are looking at, but their surprised and impressed reactions suggest we might just be surprised by how cool Amazon's concept really turns out to be. In fact, the folks in the video even suggest that the features aren't just for show, but might actually be extra useful as well.
Luckily, further insider info suggests this new "wow" tech comes form Omron's Okao Vision face-sensing system. Here's a quote describing it,
It certainly appears that Amazon might be the Dark Horse of 2014 if they can really pull off something impressive and useful. We are definitely intrigued and will be watching out for any further hints of the June 18th release date.
The Amazon team reportedly customized the Japanese company's creation so that it can be used to show 3D effects on an ordinary LCD screen without special glasses. Instead of relying on accessories, the software depends on four front cameras embedded on the device's corners to track the user's face, as well as on the phone's accelerometer and gyroscope. For instance, if you tilt your face to one side, the interface shows you a hidden panel you wouldn't see if you look at the screen from another angle.
Besides being able to track faces, Okao Vision (or "Face Vision" in Japanese) can also recognize facial features and determine the user's gender and ethnicity, though we've yet to find out whether Amazon has also integrated those features.~ Engadget
Jun 06, 2014 - 9:46 AM - by dgstorm
Google's Project Tango might be a bit of a mystery to many of us in techland. Knowing that the concept is meant to give smartphones and tablets the ability to map their surroundings in 3D doesn't necessarily explain the benefit. A company called Mantis Vision has partnered with Google to use Mantis Vision's unique MV4D core platform. This software technology will help Project Tango realize its ultimate vision of a seamless 3D augmented reality right in our mobile devices. Even this relatively intriguing explanation doesn't actually do the concept justice though.
Luckily, Google's new partner on the project has created a video which perfectly illustrates the concept and just how amazing it will be. Once you get a glimpse of the direction they are planning to take this idea, you might just think this could be the next "killer app" to disrupt the mobile industry. It will be absolutely breathtaking if they can pull off what is shown in the video above. And best of all, this technology is being developed for use in other apps and software as well.
Here's Mantis Vision's press release regarding their partnership with Tango,
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Mantis Vision’s MV4D Tapped as Core 3D Tech Behind Google’s Project Tango Tablets
TEL AVIV, ISRAEL–(Marketwired - June 05, 2014) - Mantis Vision, a developer of some of the world’s most advanced 3D enabling technologies, today confirmed that its MV4D technology platform will serve as the core 3D engine behind Google’s Project Tango. Mantis Vision provides the 3D sensing platform, consisting of flash projector hardware components and Mantis Vision’s core MV4D technology which includes structured light-based depth sensing algorithms.
Google’s new seven-inch tablet is the first mobile device released that will access the MV4D platform to easily capture, enrich and deliver quality 3D data at scale allowing Google developers to quickly build consumer and professional applications on top of the MV4D platform.
“3D represents a major paradigm shift for mobile. We haven’t seen a change this significant since the introduction of the camera-phone. MV4D allows developers to deliver 3D-enabled mobile devices and capabilities to the world,” said Amihai Loven, CEO, Mantis Vision. “This partnership with Google offers Mantis Vision the flexibility to expand quickly and strategically. It will fuel adoption and engagement directly with consumer audiences worldwide. Together, we are bringing 3D to the masses.”
MV4D is Mantis Vision’s highly-scalable 3D capture and processing platform that allows developers to integrate Mantis’ technology into new and existing applications with ease, to drive user-generated 3D content creation throughout the mobile ecosystem. MV4D’s combination of field-proven 3D imaging hardware and software and a soon-to-be released software development kit (SDK) will ultimately serve as the backbone of 3D-enabled mobile and tablet devices.
“We are excited about working with partners, such as Mantis Vision, as we push forward the hardware and software technologies for 3D sensing and motion tracking on mobile devices,” said Johnny Lee, Technical Product Lead at Google.
Since its inception, Mantis Vision has been dedicated
Jun 05, 2014 - 2:17 PM - by dgstorm
The Xbox One SmartGlass app from Microsoft just had its cool factor ratcheted up several notches. You can basically use your Android or iOS device to control your TV through your Xbox One now. It includes a great many cool features. Here's a quote with the breakdown,
[quote]"Xbox One SmartGlass is the perfect companion app for your Xbox One, both in your living room and on the go. Connect and control your Xbox One. Stay connected with the games and gamers you like. Add a new dimension to your console entertainment with the mobile device you already own.
In the living room:
It's great to see companies creating cross-platform software. It's a diverse technological world out there. We don't all want/use/like the same things. It makes more sense for a company to appeal to as broad an audience as possible.
- Navigate your Xbox One console using your device’s keyboard and touch
- Control your media and set top box with the SmartGlass remote control
- Browse the web on your TV using your mobile device
- Enhance what you are watching or playing with SmartGlass companions
- Increase performance with faster connections and reliability
- In the living room and on the go:
- Search, browse, and pin content to play on your Xbox One console
- Track achievements, get game help, message friends, and watch game DVR clips
Note: This app requires an Xbox membership to sign in. Available for most Android 4.0+ smartphones, with WVGA screen resolution or higher, plus 7"" and 10"" Tablets "
Here are a couple of links to grab this free app for whichever platform you prefer:
Google Play Store
Jun 05, 2014 - 2:05 PM - by dgstorm
The next step in the proposed merger between T-Mobile and Sprint has commenced, bringing it ever closer to reality. The two companies have actually ironed out some details now. Sprint plans to pay T-Mobile $40 per share, in a 50% stock & 50% cash split deal later this summer. This would amount to a $32 Billion total cash price for the company, although Germany’s Deutsche Telekom AG, would still retain a 15% to 20% stake in the new company.
On top of this, the merger will also...
Continue Reading @: Sprint and T-Mobile Inch Closer to $32 Billion Merger
Jun 05, 2014 - 11:10 AM - by dgstorm
Google Glass is one of those polarizing products. Some folks like it, while some hate it. We are a bit skeptical it will gain much market traction right now, although some version of the concept will probably eventually go mainstream. Of course, Google is trying their best to help propel Google Glass toward that eventuality, and their latest attempt adds some new designer frames to entice the public.
While the aesthetic of these designer frames is a big improvement, these designs also carry an even more premium price tag. Getting a new set of Google Glass with these frames is even more expensive than the OG $1,500 price of Google Glass. Here's a quote with a few more details,
What do you guys think? Is the Google Glass concept too far ahead of its time? Is this an idea that would make more sense a few years down the road, or is it something we should push forward now?
Thanks to a partnership with Diane Von Furstenberg, Google Glass will soon be available in stylish frames and lenses. There are five new frames and eight new shades available. The collection will be available through Net-A-Porter and the Google Glass store starting on June 23.
This is the first designer mashup with Google Glass. Through a partnership with Italian optical wear giant, Luxottica, Ray-Ban and Oakley-branded frames are also on tap. Google Glass Aviators, anyone?
The Google Glass hardware used in these frames is unchanged. It’s the same hardware, albeit color-matched with the designer frames, currently available for $1,500. The Diane Von Furstenberg label doesn’t come cheap. The DVF-branded shades will cost $1,620.
Be sure to check the thread below more designer frame pics.
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