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Mar 17, 2015 - 2:53 PM - by dgstorm
The folks at Amazon's game studio just released the above trailer for their new horror survival game called Lost Within. The game looks creepy as it is set in a haunted asylum. While this particular terror troupe has been done before, Amazon's game plans to distinguish itself by allowing you to actually fight with and kill your ghoulish enemies by piecing together makeshift weapons from stuff you find.
That feature has also been done before, but is not something you typically see in the survival horror genre. According to the description, you progress through the game by uncovering the deep dark secrets of the broken abode as you run and fight to survive its hellish denizens. The game is expected this summer and will be available for all of the various Amazon devices (Kindle Fire tablets, Fire TV, Fire Phone, etc) as well as iPad and iPhone.
Mar 17, 2015 - 12:04 PM - by dgstorm
This isn't exactly Android news, but it is still interesting and relevant to many of you.
Internet Explorer (IE) is the most used web browser on the planet, but that isn't because it is popular. It's only because it comes pre-installed on any Windows based machine sold. Most savvy users will quickly switch to an alternative browser like Firefox or Chrome. There is a reason for this: IE has grown to become bloated, slow and lacks many of the features and functions of the other options in the market.
It looks like even Microsoft has realized this as they just announced their plans to dump IE in favor of their new Project Spartan browser which they are building into Windows 10. To be clear, Internet Explorer will still come included in Windows 10, but that will simply be for legacy users. Microsoft will no longer support it and plans to move forward to replace it completely with Project Spartan.
This shows that Microsoft has a tremendous amount of faith in their new Project Spartan browser, and bodes well for the future. The only detail left out is what the final retail name of the browser will be. Here's a quote with more of the details from Microsoft marketing boss Chris Capossela while speaking at Microsoft Convergence yesterday,
Might we suggest keeping it simple? How about sticking with "Spartan"?
“We’re now researching what the new brand, or the new name, for our browser should be in Windows 10. We’ll continue to have Internet Explorer, but we’ll also have a new browser called Project Spartan, which is codenamed Project Spartan. We have to name the thing.”
Mar 16, 2015 - 1:26 PM - by dgstorm
It looks like a bug slipped past the engineers at Google when they released the Android 5.1. The bug is ironic because it is one of the main reasons's the Android 5.1 update was created to begin with. It's a new memory leak. According to the report, Google is not only aware of the issue, they have supposedly already fixed it internally, but have yet to send out the fix. Google listed it as a “Future Release”, which likely means it will show up as an Android 5.1.1 or something similar.
We will keep you posted if we find out more. In the mean-time, feel free to let us know if you have experienced the memory leak issues that other folks have reported.
Source: Issue 159738 - android - Memory leak still present on android 5.1 - Android Open Source Project - Issue Tracker - Google Project Hosting
Mar 13, 2015 - 10:32 AM - by dgstorm
Here's some very slick news in the field of digital assistants (aka budding AI overlords). Microsoft announced they are planning to offer a stand alone Cortana app and will make it available for both Android and iOS. On top of that, Microsoft is working toward taking Cortana to the next level by improving her functions with their artificial intelligence research project called "Einstein."
The reason they call the project "Einstein" is because of the way Cortana is meant to work more proactively using your relative position and what time it is. Here's a quote with a few more details,
Here at HQ we have to applaud Microsoft for this move. By becoming platform agnostic, they are making themselves useful and available everywhere, which will build brand recognition and loyalty. It's actually quite brilliant.
The key to Cortana's success will be knowing where a user is, what time it is, and what they are trying to do. Albert Einstein's work on the relationship between space and time gave rise to Microsoft's secret project name, said Horvitz.
"Einstein was brilliant about space and time," he said. "It’s using brilliance about space and time generally in our agents."
According to the report, the Cortana app for Android and iOS should be available in the fall of this year when Microsoft launches Windows 10 officially.
Mar 12, 2015 - 11:13 AM - by dgstorm
RIP Nexus 5. You shall be missed. Google announced that they are no longer selling the LG-made Google Nexus 5 on the Google Play Store. It's a shame they decided to focus only on the Nexus 6. While that is an outstanding device, its size is a bit unwieldy for some users.
For many of us, the 5-inch display on the Nexus 5 is absolutely perfect. The fact that LG did a magnificent job of nearly eliminating the bezels on the phone is an under-appreciated engineering feat. Furthermore, it's always important to remember that the Nexus 5 is a pure Android experience, which is basically icing on the cake for a device with specs that are still powerful today.
The Nexus 5 also happens to be a beautiful device, even by today's standards. From the front, it looks like it was carved out of a block of glossy obsidian, and from the back, its soft rubberized backing is elegant and easy to hold. It's a shame Google couldn't find a way to offer both devices to round out the Nexus line with multiple sized offerings.
Source: Google Play Store
Mar 12, 2015 - 10:38 AM - by dgstorm
Look at this! There's a new Motorola Droid Turbo at Big Red. This one comes in a Sapphire Blue Ballistic Nylon shell. The new aesthetics are the only thing different about this edition of the popular Droid. The rest of the specs are the usual: top-notch battery life, 32GB storage, powerful Snapdragon 805 processor and solid 20MP camera. You can get it for $199 on-contract, $599 without a contract or $24.99 per month on Edge.
Don't forget to check out our dedicated section on the Droid Turbo here: Motorola Droid Turbo | Android Forum at DroidForums.net
Here's the link to check out this offer: Verizon Wireless
Mar 11, 2015 - 10:15 AM - by dgstorm
According to the latest news directly from Sprint, their version of the Google/Motorola Nexus 6 will be getting updated to Android 5.1 today. The update, version LMY47D, includes the following changes:
- Android 5.1
- Factory Reset Protection
- Enhancements to sending MMS messages in the UK
- Fixed duplicate SMS messages being sent
On top of these changes, you can expect the Android 5.1 update to improve performance. I twill also come with improved toggles for WiFi and Bluetooth, support for dual-SIM devices, more security for devices that have been lost or stolen and support for VoLTE / HD Voice calling.
For further discussion, please visit our dedicated Nexus 6 section here: Nexus 6 Android Forum at DroidForums.net
Mar 10, 2015 - 3:55 PM - by wicked
Android Wear's next update is going to be a pretty big one according to The Verge. According to them, Google is going to enable WiFi support, Gesture Controls and even faster and easier access to contacts. Looking at the WiFi Support, what this means is that you’ll still be able to get Google Now cards when your smartwatch is not connected to Bluetooth.
Another feature that’s coming is Gesture Control. It appears that users will be able to flick their wrist and be able to scroll through all their notifications without actually touching the device. Android Wear's UI will also get a few tweaks which will make it easier to access applications and contacts on your smartwatch.
Source: The Verge
Mar 10, 2015 - 3:52 PM - by wicked
You could win a $25k shopping spree on Amazon and all you have to do is download and install any app from the Amazon app store to your Android phone.
After installing a free or paid app from the Amazon app store, you'll have to fill out a short form, submit it and you're officially entered. The contest ends on 4/15/2015 and only one submission per person is allowed. Amazon will hold a drawing on or around April 27th. There will be one winner who gets gift cards from Amazon totaling $25,00!
Mar 10, 2015 - 3:51 PM - by wicked
Former Google Inc. executive Michelle Lee is to head the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, a position that has been vacant for more than two years. President Obama was responsible for choosing Michelle Lee to head the patent office, having been recently approved by the Senate and was also confirmed on Monday.
Lee was head of patents and patent strategy from 2003 to 2012 at Google. She has been the acting director of the U.S. Patent Office since January of 2014. Lee officially joined the agency in 2012 as the first director of the Silicon Valley patent office headquarters.
Robert Stoll, a 29-year veteran of the agency and its commissioner of patents from 2009 to 2011, said Lee's main task will be to improve the quality of patents granted by the agency.
"Assuring better quality patents will help blunt the patent troll problem," said Stoll.
Mar 09, 2015 - 3:50 PM - by dgstorm
In an effort to preemptively attack Apple's press event for the Apple Watch, earlier this morning Google shared a new teaser for their Android Wear line of smartwatches. We have included it above. As usual, it uses Google's new Android catch-phrase, "be together. not the same."
It's short on meatiness and on time, clocking in at only 17 seconds, and including nothing but some dancing people. We aren't sure it really did much to over-shadow Apple's event, but it was probably a necessary marketing move.
Mar 09, 2015 - 11:03 AM - by dgstorm
The above snapshot is supposedly a Verizon rep confirming that the Big Red version of the Motorola Google Nexus 6 will be launching on March 12th and will hit retail shelves on the 19th. The exchange took place between a customer with a burning desire to use their Verizon upgrade on the Nexus 6, and a Verizon Rep named Beth M in a chat.
Obviously, there's no confirmation that this is legit at all, but the intel does match up with previous rumors, so it seems pretty solid. Sound off and let us know if the timing of this will be just right for your contract renewal, or if it's simply too little, too late for VZW on this device.
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