Xiaomi announces new Android smart TV with 4K display

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Xiaomi has officially announced a new television, the MI TV 2,  after releasing its first smart TV last fall. This one proves to be a bit bigger (49 inches), and a really nice new feature — a 4K display — for only CN¥3,999  (equivalent to $640).

Android is built into the TV (MIUI TV skin) and side loading for other TV apps is simple. The 4K panel has 3D capabilities with a 6.2mm aluminum bezel. The processor is a quad-core MediaTek MStar 6A918 chip (clocked at 1.45 GHz), 2GB RAM, 8GB internal storage and a microSD slot that can support up to 64GB. 


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Google Maps receives update in UK, now offers data on all trains, buses, trams and ferries

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Public transportation in the UK just got a whole lot easier thanks to Google Maps’ latest update.

In an impressive move, the app now can access all times and routes for every train, bus, tram and ferry in the region — almost 17,000 different routes.

Google Maps’ project manager, David Tattersall, said, “You’ll now know when the next trip is departing, how many stops and how far your walk is between each station. You can also pick your preferred method of travel and whether you’d rather walk less or make fewer transfers, so you can compare and choose the best option for you.”

Source: Pocket Link

Possible Nexus tablet from Google spotted online

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Although it appears Google has shutdown access to a Chromium issue tracker report that should not have been publicly available, they did not get to it before a screen shot was grabbed. The information that was discovered seems to indicate Google is getting closer to releasing a new Nexus tablet and it may come with a new version of the Android operating system, possibly Android 4.5.

The issue tracker entry shows a device codenamed “Flounder” which is consistent with previous Nexus family devices that were named after fish for internal purposes. Previous reports suggest Google may be working with HTC on an 8- or 9-inch tablet to succeed last year’s Nexus 7. The entry also shows the device running a development build of the Android operating system that was made on May 6, 2014. A version of the operating system that was built so recently could just indicate Google is working on another update to the 4.4 line.

source: Google
via: BGR

Sony introduces their latest open source project ‘EvolutionUI’

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One of Sony’s development research employees recently unveiled their latest project dubbed as EvolutionUI. It’s essentially a phone UI that gets “better” in time the more you use it. In essence, think of it like a video game as you receive “achievements” of sorts. I’m not exactly too keen on the idea, and by the looks of the comments in the video, many share my sentiments. Nonetheless, it is something new and worth a look at. Check out the video below after the break and let me know what you think of it. Even if you may not like it, do you see any upside to it? My guess is it may fare well towards users that are just starting to use a smartphone.


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Jealous that your HTC One M8 isn’t the Harman Kardon edition? As always, XDA has your back

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With Sprint releasing the Harman Kardon edition of their HTC One M8, it left a slight bad taste to current HTC M8 users that have already bought the device. Although in due time, I figured there would be a dev(s) out there that would be able to port the software of the HK edition into regular HTC M8′s. As always, that didn’t take too long as a dev from the trusty XDA site by the name of baadnewz has done just that. If your phone is rooted and has a custom recovery, you can turn your M8 into the HK edition with a few steps. Users that have tried it are already reporting a much improved audio experience while listening to music through their headphones.

Sadly, the only part of the HK edition that wasn’t able to be ported was the support for FLAC files, although that shouldn’t be too much of a problem considering most 3rd party music players on the Play Store offer that support. Check out the XDA thread if you wish to give this a shot!

source: XDA
via: Cult of Droid

AllCast app will soon be able to stream to devices from Google Music app

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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.


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LastPass updated, adds biometric security on Galaxy S5

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The Galaxy S5′s fingerprint scanner isn’t only useful for its users to unlock the device — many app developers have taken advantage of the technology as well, the latest being LastPass.

The popular password storage system has added biometric security in its latest update for the Galaxy S5, leveraging the device’s fingerprint scanning abilities.

Now, users can swipe their finger on the screen for a faster and more secure way to log into accounts (instead of using the master password each time).

The update is available through LastPass’ Premium Service and is available for download now. Hit the break for the Play Store download link.


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Google to launch $100K developers’ challenge for Project Ara

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As Google continues their march toward release of the modular Project Ara smartphone, one of the things they will need to make the device successful are apps, especially those that are unique to the modular platform. At the second day of their Project Ara developers’ conference, they have announced a developers’ challenge that will launch in May and run through September with a $100,000 prize.
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Google, NASA test Project Tango equipped SPHERES in Zero G

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Although just recently surfacing publicly, Google has been working on their Project Tango smartphones for a while now. Not all of that research and development on the 3D world sensing phone was confined to the Google campus though. Turns out Google has been working with the NASA Ames Research Center to integrate the Project Tango technology onto a robotic platform called SPHERES. The SPHERES platform is intended to be a zero-gravity autonomous unit.
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Microsoft releases Xbox One Smartglass app into Google Play Store

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Xbox Smartglass hit mobile phones just a few years ago to provide a second-screen experience while users played their Xboxes, and Microsoft recognized it was time to move along in its natural progression.

The Xbox One Smartglass Beta app has hit the Play Store, and it allows users to send feedback to the developers and preview new features.

Hit the break for screenshots of the app as well as a link to the app in the Play Store.


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