The Amazon smartphone is one of those on-again, off-again devices when it comes to information about its mere existence. Last month the device was supposedly coming to market for free and then that rumor was shot down only a couple days later. We are now learning the device has surfaced again in a manner consistent with the previously reported Alphabet Projects, although the names of the projects have been changed. The top model, said to include a 3D user interface, has apparently changed from being “Project B” to now being named “Smith.” In addition to this top-tier model, Amazon is supposedly working on a cheaper smartphone as well. Read more
If Google Now functions as the ears of your smartphone, waiting for your next command, tech startup Flutter hopes their gesture control app will serve as the eyes for both mobile devices and computers. Google seems to think it is a good idea as they have acquired the company according to a letter on the Flutter web site. The ability to use gestures to control a computer device is obviously not new. The most recent example is the implementation of gesture controls for the Moto X, but even that was preceded by implementations like the Xbox Kinect hardware. One thing that may make Flutter a bit unique is the use of the webcam built-in to a device, meaning no extra hardware is needed. Read more
According to the latest statistics about what computers are being used in schools around the country, Google’s Chromebooks account for about 22% of all computers in the classroom. Considering this is an area where Microsoft was previously extremely dominant, that 22% is a pretty significant chunk of the market. In perspective, that accounts for a little over 5000 K-12 schools total.
Microsoft and Google (and even Apple, to an extent) try to compete in schools to help turn students into customers later on in life. Google has become increasingly aggressive in tackling this market recently, especially considering how cheaply Chromebooks are available and Google’s free office suite that competes with MS Office. Microsoft still claimed 58% of the educational market, but they’re on a downward trend from previous years, and Google knows that they need to stay competitive to keep gaining ground in that market. In decade, it’s very possible that Chromebooks will be the norm in school systems.
source: Business Insider
Last week we told you that Humble Mobile Bundle returned with its second edition. Now the team over at Humble Bumble has updated their “premium” priced games with three additional titles. Just as it was before, you can pay any amount you’d like to gain access to four of them while at the time of this writing, but a donation of $4.56 will garner you three additional games: Karateka Classic, QWOP, and God of Blades. The charities being helped this time around are Child’s Play Charity and the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Hit the break for the full list of games.
As an Android user, it’s always fun to poke fun at iPhone users. Apparently, the recently released iOS 7 is causing users to get motion sickness due to the new home screen animations that were added. Jimmy Kimmel offered a solution during his late night show that might just work. Check out the video after the break, and let us know what you think – could Jimmy Kimmel have found a cure?
In another example of how the user experience should be on the forefront of importance in terms of buying a phone and that specs are a thing of the past; it has come to light that Samsung is not the only one to pad their britches in terms of Benchmark scores. For those that don’t know, Samsung was again, caught boosting benchmarks of their latest flagship device the Galaxy Note 3, much like that of the Galaxy S 4. There’s been back and forth to the relevance of such scores as all companies on one level or another do this. For those that want to put their money where their mouths are in such an argument can now do so with evidence to back it up. The folks at AnandTech put together a report showcasing all the OEMs that do and don’t do this.
While there has been plenty of information and images of the rumored Nexus 5 trickling out, a successor to last year’s Nexus 10 hasn’t received the same treatment. A few weeks ago, Twitter’s favorite leaker @evleaks confirmed legitimacy when it showed up on a system file in the United Kingdom. So leave it to him to shed some more light on the refreshed device. Earlier today he tweeted out an image (above) that defines clearly who will be manufacturing the device. Also, he said that we are “getting closer…” which he probably means to an announcement. ASUS will be teaming up with Google yet again to create this year’s edition of the Nexus 10.
Google is moving away from Samsung manufacturing the 10-inch tablet. The Korean manufacturer has been releasing a huge amount of tablets and can even be credited, to an extent, with Android’s overthrowing of the iPad in sales for Q2 of 2013. At this time it is unknown what the specifications will be for the ASUS-made Nexus 10.
To keep roads safer, Pioneer has refreshed their HUDs (heads-up displays). Rather than fumbling around with smartphones or looking away at a navigation system, Pioneer is placing a clear piece of plastic just above the windshield. The HUD’s main focus is on the GPS; however, more information like speed and time can overlap so the driver won’t have to look away from the road.
A major drawback of Pioneer’s HUDs is positioning. If the driver is very tall or very short, they may have to adjust the HUD often. Clearly that’s the opposite of what Pioneer wants to do. While the ND-HUD10 will be available in Europe (600 Euro) and Japan (60,000 Yen), the ND-HUD2 will only be released in Japan for 100,000 Yen. For a look at Pioneer’s new lineup, hit the break.
When Dell said that they were reviving their Venue brand, most thought they were referring to Windows tablets. And they were, but not just Windows tablets. Dell just announced the Venue 7 and Venue 8 at a press event in New York City. The Venue 7 and 8 run Android 4.2.2, which will be upgradable to KitKat once its released, and will come in both WiFi and 4G versions.
Specs are what you’d expect – 1,280 x 800 IPS screen and a 2GHz dual-core Intel Z2580 processor, with 16 GB of internal storage for the 7, and the option of 16 or 32GB for the 8. The Venue 7 of course has a 7 inch display, while the Venue 8 has 8 inches of screen space. Both come with a MicroSD slot. The price for the Venue 7 is set at $150, while the Venue 8 will cost $180. Release date is set for October 18.
You can check out the press release past the break.
The Nexus 5 should be announced later this month, but that hasn’t stopped manufacturers from offering cases for the upcoming device. Probably built on dimensions given by phone manufacturer’s specs beforehand, or possibly even guesswork. One of the manufacturers, SPIGEN, has posted a Nexus 5 “slim fit” case on Amazon and set October 31st as the release date. This coincides with what we have been hearing. Not only that, reviewers had a little fun with it.
Some of the comments are legitimate, saying the case doesn’t fit their test Nexus 5 because it is too loose, but some are intentionally sarcastic, like “This fits very well around my vapor edition Nexus 5, as snug as a bug in a rug. a word of caution, the case adds weight to the phone, the phone weighs exactly 0.0 pounds with out the case, the case adds a few ounces to that 0.0 pounds.” Head to the source link for more sarcastic goodness.