Chromecast coming to Japan beginning tomorrow

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If you live in Japan, we have some good news for you!

Google’s Chromecast, the highly successful HDMI dongle, will be available in the country starting tomorrow, May 28. It’ll cost ¥4,200 and availability will come from the Play Store as well as Amazon and others.

More and more apps for the Chromecast have been popping up in the Play Store since Google opened up the SDK for the device, so it’s more valuable and less-limited than ever.

Source: Google Japan

LG’s G Watch could feature cellular connectivity

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Compared to what we’ve seen from the upcoming Moto 360 smartwatch, most other wearable devices have looked pretty underwhelming, namely the LG G Watch, which is going to be made out of plastic, and as previous rumors suggest, won’t have top-line specs.

But new information suggests we could be in for quite a surprise with the G Watch. Hit the break for more.


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Buy an HTC One (M8) through AT&T and get $50 off a Fitbit Flex or Fitbit One

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If you’re thinking about picking up a new HTC One (M8), now’s a good time to do it. AT&T is offering $50 off either a Fitbit One or a Fitbit Flex when customers purchase a new HTC One, cutting half of the price off of both fitness trackers. As a side note, AT&T points out that their version of the HTC One (M8) is the only model in the US to come preloaded with the Fitbit application.

If you remember from HTC’s M8 reveal, the Fitbit integrates very well with the HTC One, showing your progress and achievements in BlinkFeed, which is a nice touch. The One is obviously not the only device that works with Fitbit devices, but it’s definitely an attractive option, especially with this deal.

source: AT&T

Google’s Project Tango on its way to an upcoming tablet

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Google’s Project Tango has shown a lot of promise in its abilities to handle advanced vision capabilities , and it appears that Tango will be appearing on an upcoming tablet this year.

Google is planning to produce roughly 4,000 prototype Project Tango tablets to distribute to developers next month. The tablets will feature a 7-inch screen, two back cameras, infrared depth sensors and advanced software that can capture precise 3D images of objects.


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Motorola plays down rumored $249 price for Moto 360 on Google+, could still hold true

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While we had originally heard that the Moto 360 would cost €249 (around $340 USD), it’s looking more and more that the number associated with the euros (249) is actually how much the smartwatch will cost in USD. Straight from Motorola’s watch-face design competition’s rules, we saw yesterday that the “average retail value” for the phone will be $249. 

However, Motorola spoke up today after Moto 360 fan Michal Tajchert commented on the rumored price on Google+.


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LG unveils new QuickCircle case prior to the G3′s announcement

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Hello there, QuickCircle case. Before announcing the G3 on Tuesday, LG has lifted the curtain on arguably its most important accessory. The QuickCircle case, known as QuickWindow with the G2, has a circular cutout that previews and allows interaction with content. Features listed include checking the time, carrying out phone calls, texting, snapping photos, choosing music to listen to, and displaying health information. All of this without ever opening the QuickCircle case’s front.

LG touts the ‘grip-ability’ that this case offers along with its Smart Lighting capability. Smart Lighting seems to be an answer for call and text notifications from within the circle. The QuickCircle case will be available in Metallic Black, Silk White, Shine Gold, Aqua Mint, Indian Pink. Another great addition? Compatibility with the Qi wireless charging standard. When the LG G3 launches next month, the company will have an SDK open to developers to tailor to the QuickCircle case.

Hit the break for a video demo and the full press release.

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IFTTT announces a new FitBit channel

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IFTTT, which just recently made its Android debut, has announced a brand new FitBit channel for use in recipes. The new channel will allow you to perform actions based on the information that your FitBit tracker sends to your device. You can set up a recipe to post a Facebook status update when you hit your daily step goal, or upload your sleep logs to a spreadsheet in Google Drive, among other things. It’s definitely a cool addition to an already very powerful app.

Any FitBit users that are currently using IFTTT?

source: IFTTT Blog

Nest permanently eliminates wave to silence as part of recall

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Last month Nest Labs halted sales of their Nest Protect Smoke + CO alarms after testing indicated it may be possible the units could inadvertently be silenced via the “Nest Wave” feature. The Nest Wave feature was a way for users to wave their arm near the unit to temporarily silence the alarm rather than having to physically touch the unit. Nest’s testing indicated it was possible the units could misinterpret movements as attempts to silence the unit. The company, after working with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, has decided to proceed with a “recall” of all units.

The recall does not require consumers to return their units. Instead, a “software remedy” is being issued to turn off the Next Wave feature. This is the same solution Nest issued when first announcing the problem. Consumers with Nest Protect devices can verify they have received the update via their “Nest Sense” account and making sure the Next Wave option is grayed out.

Consumers can get more information on how to connect to a network and make sure the feature is disabled by visiting http://support.nest.com/article/Nest-Protect-Safety.

source: San Jose Mercury News

Google employee encourages Android Wear app developers to reach out for support

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Louis Gray, head of Google Developers Live, has made a post on his Google+ page directed toward developers of Android Wear.

Here’s what he had to say:

Developers, have you created an app you would like to get in the hands of the first wave of Android Wear users? If you have, we’d like to see what you’ve built.

Early participants can gain direct design and product feedback from our team, and possibly, higher visibility from exposure at I/O, our collections and in the Google Play store. Send us an email with a link to your APK and, optionally, open source code to wear-apps@android.com.


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