At Google I/O 2014, it was announced that new features would be worked into Docs, Sheets, and Slides. The most important one is the ability to use Google’s productivity suite with any type of file and editing it without the need for another program. This means users can now view and edit Microsoft Office files without actually owning that productivity suite’s software. Another feature that has gone live is Suggested Edits. Users can view suggested changes made by others and have them either published or dismissed.
The aforementioned features are available today for all users.
Source: Official Google Enterprise Blog
As Google has grown throughout the years, one result has been their investment in the massive computing power needed to drive all of their services. In a new effort to make use of that computing power, a new Wall Street Journal report indicates Google has turned to their Google X team to start a new project called the Baseline Study to collect anonymous genetic and molecular information in an effort to paint a picture of what a healthy human should be like. That can then be used to help researchers identify potential markers that signal problems and help people become more proactive in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. As Dr. Andrew Conrad, who is heading up the project, notes, “We are just asking the question: If we really wanted to be proactive, what would we need to know? You need to know what the fixed, well-running thing should look like.”
Verizon launched their “Network Optimization” policy back in the Fall of 2011, which at the time meant the company could throttle 3G data speeds for their heaviest users in congested service areas. Unfortunately Verizon is now updating that policy to include wireless users on their 4G LTE network with unlimited data plans. Just how long Verizon will throttle affected users depends on a long list of criteria, in their words, “The customer may continue to be impacted for the rest of the current billing cycle and through the next billing cycle, but only while on a cell site that is experiencing high demand.”
It seems that Google Glass and sports are just meant to be. Many leagues and teams have taken it upon themselves to use the unique piece of technology to provide a dynamic look at the action. The latest organization to do so is the Minnesota Vikings. The team will supplement video content to its official site, allowing fans to view what is going on in training camp.
With this new form of content, fans know whether or not the players are exceeding expectations. Are we looking at a new way to analyze fantasy sports? We shall see.
Via: Android Central
A little over a month ago, Rovio announced they were working with Hasbro for Angry Birds Transformers. It will not only include the game, but also consumer licensed goods and a new product line from Hasbro called TELEPODS. In celebration for Comic-Con, Rovio is giving us a sneak peak thanks to a teaser trailer.
They do not show any gameplay, but from the looks of it, it is some sort of an endless runner with a lot of missiles. It’s also likely the birds will team up with the piggies to fend off the Transformers. Hit the break for the official video.
After finding a ton of success with iOS folks, Facetune is now available for Android devices in the Play Store. Facetune is an application that allows users to tune up and edit selfies. The app can work on your smile, skin, eyes, hair, facial structure, and makeup. Within these features, there are a ton of choices to make improvements or changes. Facetune costs $2.99, but a true selfie extraordinaire will gladly overlook any price.
Hit the break for the video, gallery, and download links.
In a selfie posted to his Weibo account, Vice President of The Lenovo Group, Arthur Wei, revealed the back of the Lenovo K920, now known to be called the Vibe Z2 Pro. If revealing the design and official name of their upcoming flagship wasn’t tantalizing enough, the image was also accompanied by a complete list of specifications.
Amazon has packed a lot of cool new features into their Fire Phone, but apparently this has come at the cost of repairability. The fine folks over at iFixit have done their traditional teardown of Amazon’s first foray into smartphones and its not looking good, earning a repairability score of 3 out of 10 (with 10 being the easiest to repair). Everything starts out simple enough with the use of standard screws and the lack of adhesive holding the casing together, but once you get inside, things get a bit more tricky.
Motorola’s current flagship, the Moto X, turns a year old in less than a month and Motorola seems plenty eager to get rid of their remaining stock, which generally means its time for a new flagship. We’ve been hearing all sorts of rumors about Motorola’s upcoming phone, the Moto X+1, but today we may finally have a good look at a pre-production model of the mysterious device.
As smart glasses evolve, you can expect more manufacturers to jump in. Lenovo is one such company as they showed off their prototype, which looks a lot like Google Glass. The only difference is the battery resides at the user’s neck. The plan is for this prototype to become consumer ready by October.
Lenovo is also working with another smart glasses maker called Vuzix. We did a hands on with their M100 smart glasses back in 2013. This partnership is bringing the M100 to China in August or September for 8,000 yuan ($1298).
source: PC World
The latest Gmail mobile app update has added some much-needed basic functions that are present in the desktop version. For starters, Google Drive is now more efficiently integrated with Gmail, so that you can directly insert files into an email on your mobile device. You can also discern whether or not you’ve selected to share the file with the email recipient and change the sharing settings before sending it. The latest features are available as an update on the Google Play Store. Links after the break.
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HTC’s clock app for Sense 6 hits the Play Store for easier updating
Amazon adds ‘hundreds of thousands of songs’ to Prime Music service
[APK Download] Chrome Beta for Android adds a little Android L Material Design
If you have about 90 seconds to spare, take a look at a video from Samsung shot entirely with the Galaxy S 5 in HDR mode. It was shot in Trieste, Italy and is quite breathtaking. Interestingly enough, at the end of the video it states, “certain images and videos may be enhanced.” Unfortunately we don’t know to what extent the original footage was altered, but take a look at the video after the break.
A couple of days ago, the Play Store app was updated with Material Design, and now the Chrome Beta app gets a little lovin as well. It’s not full blown because the tabs don’t show up in the Android L recents like we saw at Google I/O, but there are other changes such as the tab switching interface, a bigger omnibar, and an action overflow menu.
You will also get a simplified sign in for multiple accounts along with other bug fixes. The version is 37.0.2063.39 and is rolling now. You can hit one of the Play Store links after the break, but if your device isn’t eligible yet, you can opt for the APK download link from XDA.
Back in May, it was reported that Google was exploring the purchase of Twitch, the premier game streaming service. Although not officially announced, today it was revealed that a deal has been reached for roughly $1 billion.
Apparently both companies started talking back in September, but nothing leaked until May. It’s also expected that Google’s YouTube division will be the ones swallowing Twitch. YouTube was purchased by Google for $1.65 billion back in 2006.
Twitch has grown considerably over the years. Back in 2011, Twitch had just 3.2 million active users, but today that total tops 50 million.
source: Venture Beat