Polaroid iM1836 Android-powered camera finally available exclusively through Walmart and Amazon

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Polaroid announced their iM1836 Android-powered camera back at CES 2013 in January, and starting now it’s available at Walmart or on Amazon.com. The device features an interchangeable lens, which is a nice addition that keeps it ahead of the Galaxy Camera. Pricing isn’t bad either at $299.99.

You can hit the break for the full press release.

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CyanogenMod About To Release Community and Pro Editions For a Better User Experience. Also Adds New Features

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As usual, the boys over at CyanogenMod are keeping busy working on making your Android experience the best it can be. Recall at the Big Android BBQ 2013 event, the team announced that they’ll be offering their popular custom ROM’s in a couple of different flavors. The team was pretty bent on arguing the fact that it’s not the carriers who should be dictating software based decisions to OEM’s but that it should be left to the user to do so. As a result, the team revealed that their new versions will cater respectively to both the beginner and the advanced user who’s looking to liven their devices up a bit.

The team tossed out some pretty hefty stats claiming that there are 8.2 million active CyanogenMod users out there and there are 38 million downloads for over 100 different devices. In addition, the popular custom ROM maker says there are over 3,000 different contributors assisting with development.  So, what’s the difference between the two versions?  Hit the break to compare the “Community” and the “Pro” versions and feel free to let us know what you think in the comments below.  » Read the rest

Koush develops video recording utility to record device’s screen

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Video Recording Android

By now, taking a screenshot on an Android device is almost second-nature. Simply press the down volume button + power button simultaneously. However, taking a video of the device’s screen presents a trickier problem.

CM developer Koushik Dutta is currently working on a solution that will allow users to do so on their Android devices, by pressing the up volume button + power button simultaneously. Audio and touch indicators are added in for extra utility.

The new feature can present many helpful additions, including allowing developers to demo their app’s features, and also for users to report bugs/errors, or record instructional content.

The feature should be on CM 10.2 soon. Check out Koush’s video after the break.

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New Google patent reveals the possibility of Android having pressure sensitivity

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In what could just be a meaningless move by the company, Google has obtained an interestingly bizarre patent for Android. It involves pressure sensitivity on a phone’s body. The actions presented in the patent are squeezing, splaying, and shearing. As you can tell by the names, they would all initiate some sort of function. Squeezing is simply applying pressure to the phone. But splaying and shearing are a little more interesting.

Shearing is when you go up on one side of the device but up on the other and vice versa. Splaying is when you spread your fingers outward to the edges of the screen. The functions highlighted in the patent are to launch apps like e-mail, music, web browsing, and phone. Hit the break for a gallery of two other images from the patent.
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Oculus Rift dev kit to be available soon, consumer model expected to run Android

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The revolutionary Oculus Rift virtual gaming system should be making waves when it’s released— it markets itself as the one true virtual-gaming  headset that immerses the user in the experience.

Oculus’ CTO, John Carmack, (the lead programmer on many pioneering video games including Doom, Wolfenstein 3D, etc.) said, ”The way I believe it’s going to play out is you will eventually have a head-mounted display that probably runs Android, as a standalone system, that has a system-on-a-chip that’s basically like what you have in mobile phones.”

While the company plans to release their consumer version at some point next year, a new dev kit will be available soon. We’re looking to see how this new project pans out— it looks like it’ll definitely be something to keep an eye on. Check out a video after the break.

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Samsung Galaxy S5 could feature eye-scanning technology

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Eye Scanning

We started seeing facial recognition in devices a few years back. It was a cool idea, but the technology wasn’t really ready yet. This year, fingerprint scanning technology has become more prevalent. Smart-watches are now becoming more mainstream, with Google expected to unveil their own smart-watch relatively soon.

Our society is slowly becoming more and more like the fictitious worlds depicted in many science fiction novels, shows and movies from the past— would it surprise you if I told you that Samsung is working on eye-scanning technology, and it could be featured in the Galaxy S5?

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Android 4.4 KitKat website has JavaScript file with code for countdown clock

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Countdown Code

The official Android 4.4 KitKat and Nexus 5 announcements will most likely come hand in hand, and it won’t be long before they’re outed to the public. While we don’t know for sure when it will happen, (although October 28th has been pointed to quite a few times) we do know that Google will have a countdown timer on the KitKat website to let us know when all the magic is going to happen.

The KitKat website references a JavaScript file named kitkat.min.js— in that file, you can find code for a countdown timer. The code doesn’t have any specific date in it yet, but we’re sure Google will add it in when the time is right to get the countdown started.

Be patient, friends. The chocolaty goodness will come soon enough.

Via: PhoneArena
Source: KitKat Site Code / KitKat Site

Android-exclusive Easter egg discovered on Google Chrome app

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New Easter egg alert! It’s pretty useless, but fun nonetheless…and addictive.

Open Google Chrome on your Android device, and press the tab button. If you have multiple tabs open, close all of them but one. Slide your finger up from the bottom edge of of the page five times. Tap it again, and you’ll get a “flip” animation.

How people discover these Easter eggs, we’ll never know— but we always love messing around with them when they’re outed. Try it out for yourself! If you can’t get it to work, hit the break to see it in action.

Update: Sorry guys!! Yes, this has been around for a long time. We completely forgot about it, but hopefully we helped out those of you that never heard about it.

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Disney Research creates touchscreen capable of communicating textures

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If you have been worried that the continual gains in computing horsepower in smartphones was reaching the point of uselessness, you can breathe easier as Disney Research has discovered a new technology for touchscreens that will surely chew up computing cycles. The team in Pittsburgh has created a way to communicate tactile information creating a sensory illusion of 3D objects or textures when a user is touching a screen. » Read the rest