Away from the television? Here’s how you can watch Super Bowl XLIX

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This year’s Super Bowl will be televised by NBC and the broadcaster has about eleven hours of coverage planned on the day of the game. On NBC at 1:00pm EST, the broadcast network will air Super Bowl XLIX PregameĀ with kickoff at 6:30pm EST. Then, NBCSN will carry a lengthier NBCSN Sunday Sports Report once the game completes and the Lombardi Trophy is raised. Now, all of this is aired on television and more than 100 million people will tune-in; however, some either cannot be in front of the television or prefer other means of viewing.

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Samsung Gear VR is to blame for the Galaxy Note 4 not having Android 5.0 Lollipop

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Owners of the Galaxy Note 4 are probably wondering where the Android 5.0 Lollipop update is. The device is the newest to be released by Samsung and the software launched right around the same time as the Galaxy Note 4. Apparently, Oculus is to blame. More specifically, the company behind Samsung’s Gear VR is busy adjusting the kernel specifically for the headset. This is because the Gear VR and Galaxy Note 4 are dependent upon one another (for now). The Gear VR was developed by Oculus and the company has to make the adjustments rather than Samsung itself.

At this time, there is no word as to when the update can be expected. The safe bet is likely late February into early March.

Source: @Faryaab

Google releases Project Tango from ATAP

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Google recently moved their Google Glass project from the Google[x] lab to a new home with the Nest team. Now they are graduating another project from its development home. Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects group, or ATAP, has announced that they are “transitioning” Project Tango out of their group, although it is unclear where Project Tango is going to end up within the Google organization.
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HTC to miss Android Lollipop update for flagship devices

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This weekend was supposed to be the deadline for HTC to update the HTC One (M8) and HTC One (M7) with Android Lollipop. However, Mo Versi with HTC has issued a statement via the HTC web site to let owners of carrier versions of those devices know the update is not going to happen. Versi indicates HTC decided to opt for ensuring the “rollout is right” even if it means missing the target date of 90 days after Google released the code.
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Google Earth Pro features are now free for everyone

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The annual subscription fee of $399 for Google Earth Pro is gone. This morning, Google announced the the subscription to access Google Earth Pro features would be folded and activated for all users. The uses for Google Earth Pro vary from planning an office building to taking a trip into the mountains. So, yes, Google Earth Pro is pretty capable. It can also record high definition video around the globe and take precise radius and area measurements.

The following must be done to use Google Earth Pro for free:

  1. Complete this form.
  2. Wait for Google to email the free license key to you.
  3. Download Google Earth Pro.
  4. Enter the license key.

Source: Google Lat Long

Dead Zebra debuts Skeledroid and Hoops Fanatic figurines

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Late Friday, Dead Zebra began to announce the figurines that would compose Android Mini Collectible Series 05. New figurines have been unveiled since then. Skeledroid, which is seen above, was introduced yesterday. Scott Tolleson crafted this figurine with a hand-painted custom design. The Skeledroid figurine looks like a beautiful piece of work.

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Factory images of Android 5.0.2 available for Nexus 7 (2012) GSM and Nexus 7 (2013) LTE

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Owners of the Nexus 7 (2012) GSM and Nexus 7 (2013) LTE can get their hands on Android 5.0.2 immediately. Google has posted the factory images for the latest version of Android for those two tablets. Prior to the update, the software on the tablets was Android 4.4.4 (KTU84P). This version goes by LRX22G. The update arrived on other devices in mid-December and includes general fixes and minor changes.

Click here for directions on how to manually install the Android 5.0.2 update.

Source: Google Developers

Google Now to start showing updates and notifications from 40 apps

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Google Now is quite limited as far as notifications are concerned. While it can manage sports scores, weather, stocks, flight timings etc, it had no third party app support. That changes today with Google officially bringing support for 40 new applications such as Pandora, Trip Advisor, Zillow, eBay, Shazam, Ford, Instacart, Airbnb and a whole lot more.


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Three Sony Xperia model numbers appear online, one likely belongs to the Xperia Z4

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Things are not great at Sony. The company has been reevaluating its divisions and just announced it would cut jobs from the mobile division. Despite all of this, the company must continue doing business. And, since the mobile division remains in Sony’s hands, the Xperia Z4 is coming. Three model numbers belonging to Sony Xperia handsets have appeared on the Indonesian Postel Regulatory site and one of them seems to be the flagship phone.


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