Sony may be laying off almost half of its Swedish workforce, but that doesn’t appear to be impacting the Japanese company’s plans to provide timely firmware updates to its Xperia Z series of smartphones. The Xperia Z1 handset began receiving its share of the Android 5.0.2 Lollipop goodness a few days ago, and now Sony has announced that it plans to begin rolling out Android 5.1 from July onwards.
Amazon launched its Fire HD Kids Edition tablet in the U.S. last year September, and now the global retailer has decided to finally launch the kid-friendly 6-inch tablet in the UK. Amazon has bundled a protective case, two-year ‘Worry-Free’ guarantee and 1 year’s subscription to its Fire for Kids Unlimited service with the tablet.
ASUS has announced a handful of new tablet covers for their ZenPad 8.0, including a crazy 5.1 surround sound speaker system integrated into a case. The case contains 6 speakers for that full surround sound experience, and can run for up to 6 hours on a single charge.
It’s definitely a unique case, but for someone that watches tons of movies on their tablets it’s a fantastic idea.
Earlier today, NVIDIA took to its website and published the system requirements for its GRID game streaming service. The platform calls for a broadband connection with a speed of 5-10 Mbps for 720p streaming and 30-50 Mbps for 1080p.
One of the projects Google has been working on long term is Project Tango, a technology designed to replicate the way we sense the three dimensional world on a computer device. Google has been using a tablet to pack in sensors and cameras that feed the Project Tango software. The end result is an ability to create a digital map of the world on three dimensions.
Google’s Project Tango is an interesting concept, but it hasn’t been widely commercially available up until this point. The development kit for the tablet started out with a pricey $1,000 price tag before Google cut it down to just $512 in April of this year. While that made the kit much more affordable, you still needed an invite to actually buy the tablet.
Today, that last requirement has been dropped, so anyone who wants a Project Tango development kit can pick one up for $512. It’s obviously not a tablet that the average consumer has any business buying, but if you’re a developer that’s interested in 3D motion and depth sensing, it’s nice to be able to buy one of these without having to jump through hoops.
The Roboto font first appeared with the release of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich way back when in October 2011, becoming the stock font for Google’s apps. Since then, we’ve seen the Roboto font become the stock typeface for Chrome OS, and now Google’s signature font has become open source.
It’s the day before Google I/O 2015 begins, and the Play Store app is the recipient of a minor update, bumping it to version 5.6.6. There are some layout changes as well as some groundwork laid for the rumoured Kids Accounts that is rumoured to be announced in the next day or two.
Twitter’s live-streaming video app, Periscope, has been exclusively available on iOS since its release earlier this year, but that is about to change. The app that celebrities, sports stars and content pirates love is about to hit the Google Play Store.
So, you are trying to use an account online, and because you’ve forgotten your password, you are asked to answer a security question in order to recover your account. This time, you are being asked to enter the name of your first pets name. Is it Fluffy, Muffy or Tuffy? And is it your very first pet or the first pet you remember growing up with as a child? It can all be very confusing, and worse still, apparently not very secure at all. These random questions often have all too familiar answers, and according to Google’s research, are straightforward enough to be correctly guessed in less than 10 attempts.