Radiohead team releases PolyFauna app for Android and iOS

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In collaboration with design studio Universal Everything, Radiohead has released its own smartphone and tablet application, named PolyFauna, for iPhone, iPad and Android devices. The application uses imagery and sounds from the song “Bloom”, based on the band’s ‘The King of Limbs‘ session.

The application’s despcription reads :

PolyFauna is an experimental collaboration between us (Radiohead) & Universal Everything, born out of The King of Limbs sessions and using the imagery and the sounds from the song Bloom.
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New Google patent application could produce better photos using weather info

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A new Google patent application demonstrates a method for connecting weather information with a device’s camera application. Besides the camera app and a connected weather app, the method makes use of GPS coordinates. Grabbing location data using the GPS of a device, coordinates are transmitted to a server to retrieve local weather information. When the weather data is returned to the device, ambient light info is fed into the camera to adjust the settings to optimize the picture. Some of the settings that may be adjusted include white balance, hue, saturation, sharpness, or contrast.

It is not clear how this may be better than the sensors already present in a camera, though many photographers find those to be inadequate and resort to manual settings or process their photos through software to make corrections. We also don’t know whether this concept will ever find its way into an actual product. If it does, Android users may enjoy an edge in the photography department compared to other platforms.

source: USPTO
via: Engadget

Yahoo mail for Android gets an overhaul

Well, that didn’t take long. Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer, formerly an executive with Google, took to the blogs yesterday to announce that they’ve completely revamped Yahoo! Mail after only five months at the helm of Yahoo!. In the blog, she mentions, they “told us loud and clear”  that customers wanted “fewer distractions when it comes to email.” Well, ask and you shall receive. The updated version is  faster, cleaner, and more consistent across all devices. Along with the mail application running more efficiently, you can specifically expect the following:

  •  Rebranding: The application can now be found as ‘Y! Mail’ on your device.
  •  Better battery performance
  •  Increased stability
  •  More secure with SSL turned on by default
  •  More reliable push notifications
  •  NewUI

What are your thoughts? Do you currently use Yahoo! Mail and look forward to the revamped performance and looks? Let us know.

 

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AnTuTu Benchmark 3 now available on Play Store

It’s like Christmas morning a little early for fans of benchmarks. AnTuTu Benchmark 3 is now available on the Play Store. As we all know, smartphones have come a long way in the last 18 months. When single core phones were pretty much the norm 18 months ago, quad-core beasts now roam the wild. It’s only fitting that the benchmarks keep up.

I think we can all agree that four cores are better than one, but that only tells part of the story. Today’s phones have seen significant upgrades in graphics chips, and the latest AnTuTu benchmark app will give you those results while still comparing with other devices. The memory test has also gone through some changes to better test data flow. Additionally, better and more thorough tests of the 2D and 3D graphic capabilities are found in this latest version. When all of these updated tests come together, it’ll give you better test results that are more catered towards the latest devices. You can grab the app from the link below.

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Nexus 4 stock alert app now available on the Play Store

Still fuming over that Nexus 4 launch debacle? Well, what’s done is done, however this little gem may be of some assistance. While it remains to be seen if it actually works since no new stock has come available; it’s sure worth a try if you’ve got about 38 extra MB of data to spare each week. The app claims to regularly check the Google Play Store link for any changes and alert you if it becomes available, much like a Chrome extension only in app form.

I’ve been running the app for about 4 days now and there’s constantly an icon sitting in the notification bar, and it should turn into a yellowish star if the stock status changes along with an audible alert. It appears that it checks the site every 30 minutes based on the time stamp in the app itself. It also remains to be see which version it’s checking on, if not both of them. Chances are we’ll be made aware ahead of time the next time the Nexus 4 will be available, but it’s worth a try going forward and you really never know what will or will not be announced ahead of time.  It sure would’ve been nice to get that notification at 11:40 am for those of waiting to log in at Noon on November 13th.

Warning:  As mentioned above: This app will use up about 38MB of data each week, or 150MB per month. Proceed with caution regarding data overages.

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XBMC 12 ‘Frodo’ Beta 1 for Android surfaces

After not hearing much from the XBMC media software for Android since we reported on in back in July, it looks like the first Beta form is now official, code-named “Frodo.” While I couldn’t personally find it in the Play Store, it should be arriving very soon. The only way to download the media player application previously was to be versed in development and compiling. Early ideas of this application coupled with Miracast sound very appealing.

The software itself actually made an appearance on Xbox Live almost 10 years ago and it’s finally making its way to the Android platform after hitting iOS last year. The Android version will have audio suport for DTS-MA and Dolby TrueHD formats. It’ll also have live TV and PVR access. Of course with any beta, there will be issues. You can check out the XBMC blog below for a full rundown of features and know issues with the beta.

 

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American Red Cross releases an earthquake awareness app

The American Red Cross have released an app that could one day help out families if an earthquake were to happen. The application will notify you once an earthquake happens and helps prepare you and your family for such an event. Here’s what the app can offer you:

  • Step-by-step instructions let you know what to do even before/during/after an earthquake, even if no data connectivity.
  • Get notified when an earthquake occurs; see the intensity impact to your area or those of loved-ones with notifications generated by the United States Geological Survey (USGS).
  • Let family and friends know you are okay with the customizable “I’m Safe” alert for Facebook, Twitter, email and text.
  • Find open Red Cross shelters in your area when you need help.
  • Stay safe when the lights are out with the Toolkit, including a strobe light, flashlight and audible alert functions.
  • Prepare for the worst by learning how to assemble an emergency kit for your family in the event of power outage or evacuation.
  • Empower your family to stay safe and remain calm in an emergency by learning how to make and practice an emergency plan.
  • Earn badges that you can share with your friends and show off your hurricane knowledge with interactive quizzes.
  • See an illustrated history of earthquakes in your area.
  • Know how to what to do about food and drinking water when your area has been impacted by floods and power outages.

The application is free and if you live in earthquake prone areas, this definitely can’t hurt to download. Download links and a QR code will be available after the break!


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