Uber and Spotify join forces to improve your ride with music

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Uber and Spotify have announced a new partnership to help make Uber rides even better. If you have a Spotify premium account and your Uber ride is enabled with Spotify music through their vehicle’s sound system, you can select the music to stream during your ride or even remotely control selections during the ride. The fun starts when you request an Uber ride. Look for a music bar in the Uber app when you get matched with an Uber ride. If present, you can tap on the music bar and choose a song or playlist from your Spotify account. When your ride starts, the music will start up on its own.
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Google will be screening all Android TV apps in the Play Store

google-play-logoOne of the best (or worst) features of Google’s Play Store is that Google doesn’t screen any apps before they’re released to the masses. There are a few requirements that the apps have to pass so they aren’t malware, but otherwise, Google doesn’t monitor quality control for third-party apps.

Within the Play Store, it’s a mostly effective strategy. Low quality apps get low reviews and are generally filtered to the bottom, while better designed apps get more and higher review scores, so they become more visible to users. It looks like Google is taking a different approach when it comes to Android TV apps, however.
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OmniVision announces two new high megapixel camera sensors for Android phones

omnivisionOmniVision has announced two new camera sensors for Android devices that boast some incredibly high megapixel counts. The two modules boast 23.8 megapixel and 21.4 megapixel counts, both of which are much higher than what we typically see on Android devices.

Fortunately, both sensors feature all of the other high end features that we’ve come to expect from flagship devices, including real-time HDR and 4k video recording, although the real-time HDR is exclusively for video capture, not photo stills.
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Some T-Mobile stores received Nexus 6 shipments over the weekend

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In preparation for Wednesday, Nov. 19′s launch of the Nexus 6, it appears that T-Mobile has received a shipment of the new Google phablet. It’s said that select T-Mobile stores have display models out already and a number of XDA users have stated that they’ve been lucky enough to have T-Mobile sell them the 5.96-inch monster a few days early.

That being said, we’re still two days away from T-Mobile’s actual launch of the device. Of course you can test your luck and maybe snag on early. If not, you’ll maybe at least be able to touch and play with one in the mean time.

source: XDA Developers
via: T-Mo News

 

Google to bring Project Loon to parts of Australia in December

project_loon_screenshotIt’s no secret that Google wants to bring the Internet to everyone in the world. More people using its services means better targeted ads which means more money in Google’s pockets. About a year and a half ago Google showcased the idea of Project Loon. The premise of the project would be the use of balloons to bring Internet to remote and rural areas around the world. Google first tested the project in New Zealand it looks like the search giant will be adding New Zealand’s neighbor, Australia to the project.


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Sony unveils the Exmor RS IMX230 with high-speed autofocus for smartphone cameras

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Sony just took the wraps off of the Exmor RS IMX230 for smartphone cameras and other mobile devices. It is the first CMOS image sensor for smartphones that sport an “onboard image plane phase detection AF signal processing function to achieve excellent focus tracking of fast-moving subjects.”

What the hell does that mean? It means the new camera will do a much better job at capturing fast moving objects with high-speed autofocus. Anyone with kids knows what I am talking about, but don’t forget animals and sporting events. The IMX230 features 21.7 megapixels, and a 192-point autofocus, which is better than the previous generation’s 172.


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[New Android Wear App] Display Brightness for Wear calculates brightness based on location

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Not all Android Wear devices have an ambient light sensor. Both the Samsung Gear Live and LG G Watch, Android Wear’s inaugural devices, shipped without one. The Motorola Moto 360 became the first in its class to do so. So it can be tedious to constantly manage the brightness rather than having the device do it automatically. For those without an ambient light sensor, there is Display Brightness for Wear. According to its Play Store listing, it “uses the coarse location to calculate sunrise and sunset times, as well as the Google Play Services activity detection API to automatically set the display brightness.” When the sun goes down, the brightness will be way down low. When the sun is up, it will adjust according to the user’s activity. Brightness levels for particular activities can be adjusted manually as well.

Hit the break for the gallery and download links.


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Motorola Spotlight announces new “Duet” short

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Motorola Spotlight has been one of the phone manufacture’s most under utilized apps. Until now, the animation viewer that lets you control the camera only had one new story, but they’re soon coming out with a new “Duet” short. It’s based on the Oscar-nominated short of the same name, after the company teamed up with director Glen Keane., who is a former Disney animator. 

The Spotlight story will follow Mia and Tosh as they grow from babies to adults, and (obviously) fall in love. It’s not available quite yet, as its hyped as coming soon, but download the update via the link below and check it out when it’s released. Also check out the preview video past the break.


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Google is about to take over Times Square

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Well “take over” might be a little strong, but Google will definitely be making a presence in Times Square. Tomorrow night will mark the birth of the biggest and most expensive digital sign in Times Square. It is almost as big as a football field, and has better resolution than the best TVs with close to 24 million LED pixels.

It appears a number of advertisers will be able to utilize the sign at the same time as long as they cough up $2.5 million for four weeks, but Google will be the exclusive advertiser from November 24 through the New Year.


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