Google Easter Egg or hoax? There’s an Android pissing on the Apple logo in Google Maps

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Google has been know for some pretty clever Easter Eggs, but if what I am about to tell you is yet another one, Google may have crossed the line. If you open Google Maps and go to an area near Rawalpindi, Pakistan (link below), you will find our lovable bugdroid pissing on the Apple logo.

Would Google do this? I highly doubt it as it’s probably some manipulation using Map Maker. Whomever it is, has to be happy with themselves because they definitely made some noise this morning. Speaking of noise…….Is that Larry Page’s phone ringing? “Hello Larry, this is Tim Cook……” You can finish the rest.

source: Google Maps
via: Team Android

NVIDIA will offer the SHIELD TV with 500 GB of storage

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NVIDIA made a huge splash when they announced the SHIELD TV, which is an Android TV set-top box on serious steroids. Priced at $199, NVIDIA is clearly going after other consoles like the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. However with only 16 GB of storage, that won’t satisfy the hardcore gamer.

Sure, you can attached a USB drive to it, but built-in storage is just plain cleaner. It looks like NVIDIA has realized this need because they are now showing a 500 GB version on their site, which is priced at $299. That’s $100 more than the basic 16 GB version.

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Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition for the Galaxy S6 to be available online May 8, pre-orders start April 24

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The latest version of the Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition will be compatible with both the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge. Samsung announced it briefly at their Unpacked event in March, and they have followed up with availability details for the U.S.

Pre-orders will start tomorrow, April 24 at BestBuy.com, with the ability to purchase one at either BestBuy.com or Samsung.com starting Friday, May 8. BestBuy stores will also carry the device starting on Friday, May 15. They will also offer demonstrations so you can try it before you buy it. It’s not clear how many Bed Buy stores will actually carry it, but the press release does say that it will expand into hundreds of stores over the summer.

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Microsoft Office preview now available for Lollipop users and tablets powered by Intel/x86 chips

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Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint became available in Google Play for Android tablets in January, but they weren’t compatible with Android 5.0+ Lollipop, nor any tablet that sported an Intel/x86 chip.

Microsoft announced yesterday via a Yammer post that a preview has been released that take care of both of these issues. These apps are beta, so you have to jump through a couple of very simple hoops in order to try them out.

You must first join the Microsoft Office for Android Tablets Preview community on Google+. Once you do that, you need to become a tester for each app (Word, Excel, Powerpoint) that you’re interested in trying. The links are below…..

Now you will have to ability to download the preview apps from Google Play. The below links might not be available to you for at least 10 minutes and as much as 2 hours. Google Play has to replicate the permissions.

Also be sure to provide feedback in the Google+ community. The faster everyone reports bugs, the faster Microsoft can fix them, which means the faster it exits the preview stage and will be available to everyone.

You will need a qualifying Office 365 subscription in order to get the most out of these apps. You can still use them without a subscription, but you will only be able to make core edits for free, assuming your tablet is between 7-inches and 10.1-inches. If you want extra features like the ability to track changes or insert page breaks in Word, you need to go with a subscription. Subscriptions start at $6.99 per month or $69.99 per year.If your tablet is greater than 10.1-inches, you will need an Office 365 subscription regardless.

 

 

Themes can be designed with no prior software development experience using Samsung’s Theme Editor

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Theming your phone is nothing new, but companies like HTC and Samsung are making it easier than ever with their new Theming apps. After spending time with both the One M9 and the Galaxy S6, it’s clear that HTC has an early lead since it’s so easy to create your own themes on the phone itself.

Samsung, on the other hand, is pushing for developers to create themes. However, it appears that you really don’t need any prior development experience to create themes for the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge.

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Republic Wireless will pay you for your unused cellular data

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I don’t know about you, but it seems like one of the U.S. carriers is offering a new promotion every day. It’s impossible to keep up with all of them, and I guess you have to thank T-Mobile for starting this trend.

Republic Wireless dropped a doozy yesterday by announcing they will pay customers for their unused cellular data. Most carriers sell data per month in 1 GB increments or 500 MB for entry level programs, but nobody uses exactly the data they purchased. There is always some left on the table at the end of the month.

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Humble Bundle teams up with Tin Man Games for latest mobile bundle

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Gamers listen up because Humble Bundle has a new mobile bundle that might be one of their best ever. They teamed up with Tin Man games for a chance at not only an amazing deal on 10 games, but a chance to grab some merchandise as well.

This bundle works like any other bundle in that you can pay what you want and receive a few games. Those games include An Assassin in Orlandes, Siege of the Necromancer, Slaves of Rema, and Judge Dredd: Countdown Sector 106. But you know there’s always more right? Just pay more than the average price ($6.19 at the time of this post), and receive 4 more games: Sultans of Rema, Fighting Fantasy: Caverns of the Snow Witch, Curse of the Assassin, and Trial of the Clone.

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