What comes to mind when you think of the HTC One (M8)? Certainly the high quality build and BoomSound, but the camera is right up there as well. Ever since the HTC One (M7), HTC has put a heavy emphasis on their UltraPixel camera, Zoes, and Video Highlights. The HTC One (M8) brings another additional feature: the Duo Camera.
Sense 6 also brings a new Camera app along with a few changes to the Gallery. The Camera app now features a slew of manual settings for the more advanced users, and the Gallery is more flexible. In this video, I will walk you through the Camera app and all its settings as well as show you how to get the most out of the Gallery.
If you want to dive deeper into the different effects, I will be uploading more videos soon. Hit the break to learn more about the different Camera and Gallery options.
Google is working on trademarking the word “Glass” for it’s wearable computer but the U.S. trademark office isn’t to keen on the idea at the moment. Google was successful in trademarking “Google Glass,” but the company, that happened to file an application for “Glass” last year, is struggling to get the trademark office on board. A letter from a trademark examiner last fall raised two concerns regarding the trademark.
The first concern was that the trademark is too similar to other pending or existing computer software trades with the word glass in it. This could potentially create a risk of consumer confusion. The second concern suggested that “Glass” — even with its futuristic font — is “merely” descriptive. The reason that this is an issue is that the federal law doesn’t protect generic terms.
Last year HTC launched two flagship devices; the HTC One, and the HTC Butterfly. Since HTC typically launches at least two flagship phones per year, if not more, it would make sense to see a follow-up to 2013’s HTC Butterfly, and if the latest AnTuTu benchmark is any indication, we’ll definitely see one later this year. Read more
Google is updating the Play Store with a new option called “People.” This section will give you recommendations based on what your Google+ friends are using. This includes apps, books, music, movies, etc. The higher they rate them, the more likely you will see them.
The good news is that it’s not in your face. You will only see these recommendations if you open the section. You find it by tapping on the hamburger menu at the top left, which reveals the main slide-out menu. Just choose “People” under “My Wishlist.”
What is strange is that this new option appears in the current version of the Play Store app (version 4.6.17), but it’s being rolled out slowly. I have checked at least 5 or 6 devices, and neither of them have it yet. So if you don’t have it yet, be patient because there is no APK download that I know that will force it.
Verizon finally started pre-orders for the Galaxy S 5. If you’re buying on contract, you will pay $249 and you will get a $50 mail-in-rebate, which is a Visa Debit card. The other plus to buying on contract is they are running a Buy One Get One free deal, which means your total cost for two phones is $199. What’s also interesting is that if you want an HTC One (M8) or a Samsung ATIV SE for your free phone, they give you that option as well.
For those of you buying off contract, your price is $599, and of course, there is no BOGO deal with that option.
Verizon is only offering the 16GB version, which will only yield about 9GB of usable storage. The good news is that you can increase your storage (up to an aditional 128GB) with the microSD slot. You will have your choice of Black or White.
Amazon has updated their tablet-specific app with a few useful new features. Users will now be able to access Amazon’s Fresh grocery delivery service through the app, which is awesome if you live in an area where that’s supported. Unfortunately, a vast majority of users won’t be affected by that addition, but Amazon has added enough other new features to make the update worthwhile.
You’ll now be able to pin items in search results to the bottom of the app, done by dragging and dropping an item in the search view, which makes comparison shopping extremely easy. Think something similar to YouTube’s pinned video functionality. There’s also a new pop-up filter in the search results, which makes narrowing down items much easier than it was before. Read more
Nest, the company recently acquired by Google for their home automation hardware – thermostats and alarms – announced the discovery of a problem with their Nest Protect: Smoke + CO Alarm product. The alarm unit has a feature called Wave that lets users wave a hand in front of the unit to silence the alarm should it go off. Not a bad feature when the alternative may involve climbing up on a chair or something to push a reset button or even pull a battery. During internal testing, the Nest team discovered the units could incorrectly interpret certain actions in a specific set of circumstances as a wave and silence the alarm even though the user may not have intended to do so. Nest’s CEO, Tony Fadell, indicated they had received no reports of this occurring with units in the hands of customers, only in their own lab testing.
In response to this discovery, Nest is pushing out an update to units already deployed to turn off the Wave feature. They have also taken the step of halting sales of the Nest Protect alarms to ensure the malfunctioning units don’t end up in the hands of consumers before a fix can be issued. The Nest team is already working on a solution and will send an update out to existing units once they are satisfied it addresses the issue. Hit the source link below to read the full statement issued by Tony Fadell.
Cyanogen Inc., the company formed to oversee the continued development of CyanogenMod, announced new branding today. While they promise the character of Cid will continue to be used, especially in reference to the community of CyanogenMod supporters, a new logo was revealed in the announcement. Cyanogen says the new logo is meant to invoke the idea of “tools and building” as the project is intended to help users create a smartphone experience that is unique to them. Read more
As Google prepares for a developers conference later this month for their modular smartphone project, known as Project Ara, they took some time to share a peek behind the scenes of some of the ongoing work. The video that was released focuses on a few areas of development, like the electro-permanent magnet system that has been designed to hold the modules in place. They also showed a little bit about how they will be utilizing 3D printing to produce parts with different colors and textures. Read more