Super-developer Koushik Dutta is back with another awesome update to his AllCast application.
According to a Google+ post on his page, in the app’s next version, root users will be able to cast to any device that AllCast supports, through Google Music. The Fire TV is on such device.
The Google Music app will be able to see all of the user’s casting devices, which can be selected and streamed to from there.
Dutta said that the update is “coming soon.” Hit the break for his demonstration video.
Acer has announced their latest entry into the smartphone market and their first entry into the wearables/fitness track market with the Liquid Jade smartphone and the Liquid Leap smart band. The Liquid Jade is one of the most rounded smartphones you’ll ever see, with no sharp edges and Gorilla Glass that curves into the edges of the phone. It’s definitely a unique look for the phone.
Unfortunately, Acer wasn’t straightforward about the specs of the Jade, so all we can really guess is that it’s a larger phone, probably around 5 inches. No word on camera, processor, memory, etc. Acer typically tries to hit the budget markets, so I wouldn’t expect anything to compete with the HTC One and Galaxy S 5.
Samsung has announced they’ll be entering the mobile audio market with a new lineup of audio equipment called Level. The Level series includes the Level Over, Level On, and Level In, named for being over-ear, on-ear, or in-ear headphones, respectively. There’s a Level Box which looks like a standard Bluetooth speaker similar to what you’d see from a company like Jawbone or Sony. All four of these products are specifically optimized for use with mobile devices, like smartphones and tablets.
The Level Over is Samsung’s high-end offering, giving you a pair of over-ear Bluetooth headphones with touch controls, a 50mm driver, and its own app available on the Play Store and Samsung’s app store for managing and tuning different equalizer presets. They’re noise cancelling, too. The Level On are similar to the Level Over, with a slightly smaller driver and no Bluetooth, but there’s no indication on if the dedicated app will work for these, too.
Acer sees an opportunity in the growing wearable technology market and wants to jump in. The company announced back in January that it was planning on releasing a product in the coming months, and now we have a bit of an idea of what to expect from the manufacturer.
According to members of the Chinese media, the company will be releasing a smartband (not a smartwatch) in mid-2014. Unsurprisingly, the device will pair up with a smartphone or tablet. But the important bit of information here is that Acer will reportedly be looking to partner with fitness centers and hospitals for launch.
This could be something a bit different from what we’re used to seeing, so keep your eyes peeled. More to come.
Source: China Post
Sony created a one-of-a-kind device with their QX10 and QX100. The attachable camera lenses could be stuck on a smartphone to offer picture quality better than what a built-in smartphone camera could offer. The devices were cool, but they obviously haven’t caught on to the mainstream just yet. However, that’s not going to stop Oppo from jumping head first into that market to give Sony a bit of competition.
While cloud storage providers continue to battle for market share and a profitable business model, some people are turning to personal cloud devices. These devices typically connect to a home network and function like cloud storage services via user provided hardware as opposed to a corporate server farm. At CES 2014 we saw a new entrant in this market, LyveHome, a from Seagate Technology spin-off Live Minds, Inc. being headed up by former Apple executive Tim Bucher. The LyveHome web site is now accepting pre-orders for the $300 device.
Only a few days after their one-day public sale of Google Glass, Google has now opened the Glass store for public orders of the Explorer Edition without an invite being necessary. Like the one day sale, Glass is available in a choice of five colors, including the Cotton color that appeared to sell out during the one-day event. In addition, buyers can still get a lightweight titanium frame or a set of shades thrown for free with their order. The other thing that has not changed is the price which remains at $1500.
If you missed the one day sale and have not been able to get an invite and you are ready to place your order to join the Explorer program, just hit the source link below. You may note though that Google has not released any word as to whether this is an official move on their part to open the program up to the public or if it is some glitch in their system. So you may not want to hesitate.
OnePlus didn’t show off their StyleSwap back covers during yesterday’s big announcement, but we have a few really nice shots of the bamboo and wooden versions. Just like the Moto G, these covers easily swap out to give your phone a completely different look. They will offer wood, bamboo, denim, and Kevlar.
We have no idea how much OnePlus will be asking for these covers, but expect them to be under $25, which is what Motorola gets for their custom wooden back covers for the Moto X.
Hit the break for two more pics.
Amazon Prime members who use the Prime Instant Video service may be glad to know that HBO programming is heading their way. In a move just announced by the two companies, Amazon will be the exclusive online-only home for select HBO programs like The Sopranos, Six Feet Under, and The Wire amongst other as well as mini-series like Band of Brothers and John Adams. Over the course of the agreement, new programs like Girls, The Newsroom and Veep will be made available about three years after airing on HBO. Prime members can expect to see the new content show up starting May 21st.
As part of the agreement, Amazon has agreed to make the HBO GO streaming service available on Amazon’s Fire TV. Some work apparently still needs to be done, so don’t expect a launch until later this year. Using HBO GO, users will be able to stream over 1,700 titles from HBO to their Fire TV devices.
You can check out the full press release after the break.
HTC’s Dot View case is very unique, very cool case for the HTC One (M8). The only drawback, of course, is that the case only works with HTC apps, so it won’t show notifications for third-party apps like, say, Twitter. Shen Ye, popular for working with HTC devices, has fixed that.
Earlier today, he uploaded a photo of the Dot View case showing a Twitter notification, which looks surprisingly good for something not officially supported from HTC. He said that “Sense already hooks into social networking APIs, it shouldn’t be hard to get DotView to show these notifications.” Guess he was right.