Smartphone, tablet and other touch device users are in a constant battle to keep their screens clean. This usually involves wiping off the buildup of fingerprints and oils from our fingers, along with assorted liquids that may have splashed on the screen. Corning has been working on some technology to help keep screens clean at a more basic level with the introduction of antimicrobial Gorilla Glass. Read more
Google Autocomplete has been used on multiple occasions to show how ridiculous some internet users can be. Inspired by Tumblr user Gaysquib, Twitter user Gabe Rivera created a map of autocompleted responses to “Why is [state] so…”
Most of the responses are pretty predictable, but some will still probably get a chuckle out of you. Check it out above.
Source: 9to5 Google
Planning on watching the 56th Annual Grammy Awards tonight? Then you might want to download the official Grammys app from the Play Store (or iOS App Store). It will give you the perfect second screen experience during the show, but it will also give you access to the Red Carpet before the actual event. During the event, you will get behind the scenes interviews and live performances. You can even follow all the hot Twitter feeds from both artists and fans. Hit the break for screenshots and download links.
The unreleased HTC phone codenamed the M8 still has a few mysteries, but it seems like a big question has been answered. @evleaks tweeted out a picture of an alleged HTC M8 wallpaper that is 2160 x 1920 pixels – the exact wallpaper size for full HD 1080p devices.
As a reminder, other M8 specs we reportedly know are that the device will have Snapdragon 800, or, the newest, 805 SoC at the phone’s core, 16GB of expandable internal storage, and, of course, Android 4.4. A dual-camera and fingerprint reader are also possible.
Click on the image for the full size version and feel free to use it as a wallpaper on your current phone.
Update: 2nd leaked image with the same resolution after break….
For some strange reason the World didn’t end during Google’s major outage a couple of days ago, so here’s a recap of all the top stories from the week. Sony’s Xperia Z Ultra is so big, they decided to re-introduce it as a WiFi-only tablet. Motorola is offering another crazy one day event tomorrow where you can purchase the best phone of the year for only $299 off contact. Throw in an extra $25, and you can have your choice of 4 wooden backs. Will there really be a Nexus 8, and where the hell is the new Nexus 10? Fingerprint scanners will be the rage this year, but will Android manufacturers implement them correctly? It’s time to get caught up and get ready for another exciting week.
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Google has released five mini-games for Google Glass devices to help inspire developer’s to think about gaming with the devices. The titles are all rather simplistic and harken back to the early days of video gaming with basic graphics and game play. They do showcase how Glass can be used to involve a user in the gameplay experience. With time, developers should be able to greatly improve gaming with Google Glass, especially if the major gaming studios tie them in to titles on the major gaming platforms to provide an additional screen of information. Read more
Many Android smartphone users have learned over time that certain settings are frequently set for common occurrences or situations and it can be a real drag to constantly make the changes manually. For instance, when going to bed at night, trying to remember to turn sounds off or switching off Wi-Fi when hopping in the car for a drive so you can save battery life. Numerous solutions have cropped up like the use of NFC tags with Tasker or even installation of alternative launchers. If you want something a little more lightweight, XDA forum member j2187 has released TF Profile – Profile Scheduler to Google Play to help automate a variety of chores. Read more
On Friday night against the Indiana Pacers, the Sacramento Kings became the first team in NBA history to do something very special. And it has nothing to do with the team’s performance on the court. The Kings are the first team to utilize Google Glass during a game. Kings Host Scott Freshour used Google’s wearable gadget to give TV and web viewers a look at the arena getting revved up for Friday night’s game.
The team also distributed Google Glass to the announcer, general manager, and some fans. One fan told CBS 13 in Sacramento that “I’m watching the game and then they’ll come to me and they’ll see what I’m looking at.” With such good reception, the Kings plan on giving coaches Google Glass to have a look at plays just seconds after they happen. To do this, there is a control team underneath the arena; however, that team will soon get its own dedicated control room in the near future. And to keep themselves in front of everyone else, the Sacramento Kings have announced they will start accepting Bitcoin in March.
Source: CBS 13 Sacramento
Dead Zebra has announced they’ll be celebrating this year with a limited edition mini Android figuring based on the Chinese Zodiac Year of the Horse. At this point, Dead Zebra doesn’t really need an excuse to make awesome figures, but hey, we won’t complain. The Year of the Horse figurine has a painted horse mask and is wearing some traditional Chinese celebratory clothing, which looks really cool in photos.
As per the usual figurines like this, this one is limited edition, so it’s first come, first served. They’ll be in stock on Tuesday, January 28th at 11 am EST and 11 pm EST. You can only buy two per household. If you’re interested, mark your calendars. Hit the link below to check out the details from Dead Zebra.
source: Dead Zebra
The next phase in T-Mobile’s plan to steal customers away from other carriers is pretty great for current T-Mobile customers. From this point forward, for every friend you refer to the Uncarrier, you’ll be paid $25 in a prepaid card, up to $250. All you have to do is get your friends to sign up and identify you as the person that referred them, and T-Mobile will still cover their ETFs from other carriers.
Unfortunately, this one doesn’t appear to be a permanent deal with T-Mobile. There’s no word on exactly when it will end, but it is clearly stated to be a limited-time offer, so if you’ve got friends and family itching to switch carriers, take this opportunity to tip them over the fence.