2nd generation Moto 360 could launch in early 2015


The Moto 360 has only been around for a couple of months now, and already has become the most popular Android Wear smartwatch. Still, it’s far from perfect as many have complained about internal hardware, the lack of an Always On display, and poor battery life. Of course there is also that flat tire display.

Given the early success, I think it’s a big time given that Motorola will make a successor, but the question is when will it become available? My early gut says next fall, but Lenovo VP Gleb Mishin hinted that we could see the device early next year. As far as what would be different about it, he only mentioned that the design is being modified to make it more beautiful and appear more like a clock.

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Google Cardboard gets concert video courtesy of Paul McCartney and Jaunt


In case you were wondering whether virtual reality headsets like Google Cardboard may have any use outside of converting games to a sort of reality for the players, Jaunt hopes you will find the answer is yes. The company has been working on an immersive camera technology to record “spherical audio and video” for use in different applications. Basically Jaunt has taken the idea of photospheres created with smartphones and really beefed it up with a custom camera setup that can produce high quality renderings. To showcase what can be done, Jaunt recently partnered with Paul McCartney to record one of his recent concerts, the last concert held at Candlestick Park before it was demolished, and has produced a video custom made for Google Cardboard users.
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Wireless Nexus 7 tablets to get Android Lollipop starting in December


The list of devices already getting Android Lollipop or about to get the update increased a little bit today when an ASUS spokesperson confirmed the “update will roll out for Nexus 7 LTE/3G models around the beginning of December 2014.” Of course we knew the update was coming to the Nexus 7 tablets, especially with the roll out for the WiFi-only versions getting underway last week. Now we know users of the tablets that carry the wireless chip in them will not have much longer to wait. According to ASUS, both the 2012 and 2013 models will get Lollipop.

The Nexus 7 tablets join the WiFi-only versions along with the Nexus 5 and the Nexus 10 tablets in getting an update. We still wait for word on an update for the Nexus 4. Meanwhile, Motorola is rolling out Lollipop to several of their devices and LG is on an aggressive schedule for the LG G3.

source: The Inquirer

Plex for Android on sale for $1.99


I can’t emphasize enough how amazing Plex is for streaming your own content to your mobile devices or your TV via Chromecast / Android TV. Not to mention that it’s also compatible with Apple TV and the Xbox.

If you have been thinking of jumping into the Plex world, today is your lucky day because the Android app is on sale for $1.99, which is a discount of $3.00. You will need the install the Plex Media Server on your computer, but that’s free. We’re not sure how long this sale will last, but I wouldn’t hesitate. We have the download links after the break.

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Joyride to be available in nearly thirty vehicles with Android Auto


With the Android Auto APIs in the hands of developers, applications are going to start arriving for the platform. We learned back in August that Joyride was selected by Google as a launch partner for Android Auto. Now, we know that Joyride will be available in nearly thirty vehicles that feature Google’s platform for automobiles. This will give vehicles the steady stream of content that Joyride already offers with its standalone Android app.

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Sony giving three free films to Xperia Z3 device owners


There is no better time for Sony to be in a giving mood. Owners of the Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3 Compact, and Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact can pickup three films from Sony’s Columbia Pictures. The three films are The Amazing Spider-Man 2Captain Phillips, and Ghostbusters. The freebies are region-locked unfortunately. Xperia Z3 device owners in the United States, United Kingdom, France, and Spain are eligible. The Xperia Lounge app will supply the code required to redeem the offer.

The offer vanishes on January 31, 2015. Don’t wait too long!

Via: Xperia Blog

Imagery from Street View and Photo Spheres can be embedded into sites


Until today, only maps could be embedded into a site from Google Maps. Doing so provides visitors of a site with way to view a map and the surrounding area without having to open Google Maps in its entirety. Imagery from Street View and Photo Spheres can now be embedded into a site. This takes what was once an outside view to a hands on experience right from the ground level. It is so unbelievably simple to just take imagery for a link to be embedded elsewhere.

Google made this feature possible with the capabilities programmed into the Google Maps Embed API.

Source: Google Geo Developers Blog

AT&T revamps GoPhone prepaid plans with $45 option


Change is in the air for GoPhone prepaid plans at AT&T. Rather than halting the flow of data upon going over the cap, the carrier will throttle speed. Being throttled and handed overage fees is way better than being abruptly cutoff. The throttled speed is 128kbps. Customers currently on the $25 or $40 plans may want to take a look at the new $45 option. It offers a total of 1GB of data with unlimited talk and text. It offers a much better value because there is more wiggle room with data.

Source: AT&T

How to use Motorola Keylink to bypass your lock screen on non Lollipop devices

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Motorola introduced Keylink today, which does a variety of things for $24.99. For starters, it’s a keychain that you can connect to your phone via Bluetooth. Using the Motorola Connect app, you will be able to see where your keys are on a map in the event that you misplaced them. If it’s your phone that you misplaced, you can force it to ring.

All good stuff, but probably the coolest feature is that Keylink will bypass your security lock screen as long as it’s connected to your phone. Motorola says this will work with only the Moto X (2014), the DROID Turbo, or any other smartphone running Lollipop. The reason for Lollipop is that it has a built-in function called Smart Lock, allowing you to set any Bluetooth device as trusted in order to bypass your security lock screen. Does that mean that users on KitKat, Jelly Bean or other versions of Android can’t use Keylink? Absolutely not.

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YouTube releases invites to Music Key Beta


Following up on the release of an update to the YouTube app on Android this week that added access to the new Music Key service, Google is now issuing invites for people to be part of a Beta of the paid version of the service. Although some thought Google Music All Access subscribers would be the first users to get invites to the Beta program, it appears Google is spreading the invites around to other YouTube users.
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