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Nvidia confirms November 18 Android 5.0 update for Shield tablet

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The Nvidia Shiled tablet is getting Android 5.0 Lollipop by the end of the month, we knew that much. But now we know the date – Nvidia has announced it will be rolling out the “simple software upgrade” on November 18.

Aside from Material Design and the new Android Runtime as default the Shield tablet will get an upgraded Dabbler 2.0 studio with layer support and sharing/streaming features, Shield Hub, Nvidia Grid and new games like Half-Life 2:Episode one. Read more »

Sony releases AOSP source code and binaries for select Xperia Z series devices

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We recently saw a video of Sony Xperia Z1, Z2, and Z3 running on AOSP build of Android 5.0 Lollipop. Sony has now released the source code and binaries, along with instructions that will let you run it on your Xperia device.

To be clear, all of this is intended for developers who want to build custom ROMs based on the AOSP build for these Xperia devices. This isn’t an actual ROM that you can just flash on to your device. Read more »

Asus ZenWatch arrives in the US Google Play store

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Asus ZenWatch quietly arrived on on the shelves of the Google Play store in the United States. The Android Wear device is listed as “coming soon.”

The smartwatch is priced at $199 for a model with stainless steel finish and tan leather strap. Read more »

Microsoft launches free Movie Creator app for Lumia phones, Windows tablets

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Today Microsoft has unveiled a new free video editing app for Windows Phone 8.1. It’s called Movie Creator, and it’s available in beta in the Windows Phone app store, for Lumia smartphones. It also works on tablets running Windows 8.1.

It lets you create movies using up to 25 videos you’ve recorded on your phone, as well as photos, cinemagraphs, ‘living images’, and music from your mobile device. Read more »

SanDisk outs a USB storage drive with Lightning connector

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SanDisk has announced the iXpand Flash Drive storage drive for iOS 7 and iOS 8 devices. The drive sports a Lightning connector and plugging it into an iPhone or an iPad automatically launches the iXpand sync ap.

You can configure it to automatically sync photos and videos from the camera roll. The iXpand sports cross-platform encryption and can be password protected. Read more »

NVIDIA Grid will stream AAA games to Shield portables soon

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NVIDIA’s Shield portables can stream a game from your computer, but they will soon gain the ability to stream from NVIDIA’s computers – support for the Grid gaming service will arrive as part of the Lollipop upgrade. The service runs the game in the cloud and streams 720p@60fps footage to the Shield, with very low latency (so the company promises).

“State-of-the-art NVIDIA GPU servers” will handle the rendering on the cloud part. Read more »

CyanogenMod 11 M12 snapshot is out with security in focus

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The earnest team over at CyanogenMod have churned out another snapshot of the CM11 ROM. M12 doesn’t add new features, but instead focuses on bringing CyanogenMod 11 closer to a stable build and patching the POODLE vulnerability in SSLv3.

While CyanogenMod 11 is still only Android 4.4.4 KitKat, the CM team has some news concerning Android 5.0 Lollipop as well. The team started work on a Lollipop update a week ago and expects its nightly CyanogenMod 12 builds to arrive between the end of this month and the beginning of the next one. Read more »

Project Beyond from Samsung is a 360° 3D panoramic camera that works with the Gear VR

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New display technologies have a chicken and egg problem – there’s no content for them, because there are no such cameras (because there’s no displays to watch stuff on). It happened to 3D and it may happen to VR – Virtual Reality – unless products like Samsung’s Project Beyond become popular.

Project Beyond shoots 360° 3D panoramic photos and videos, which can then be viewed on the Samsung Gear VR headset. Read more »

Microsoft boasts 10 million Xbox One shipments

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Microsoft shared that Xbox One sales have reached 10 million following the console’s recent price cut. Sony reached this milestone three months ago with its PlayStation 4.

Nevertheless, the Xbox One is enjoying a surge in sales and in the previous week its sales in the US have tripled. In fact, Microsoft’s devices and studios chief Yusuf Mehdi says the Xbox One is leading the PlayStation 4 in sales for the last two weeks. Read more »

Second-gen Samsung Simband health tracker unveiled, developers can pre-order

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Six months after unveiling the Simband and SAMI – a wearable with a rich biometric sensor array and its supporting cloud platform – Samsung has unveiled the second generation of Simband. It’s based on the Gear S but will not be sold commercially – instead it’s a development platform that developers can pre-order today.

They can reconfigure the sensor array as needed and even develop their own sensors and algorithms to plug into the system. Samsung has made the Simband and SAMI an open platform to draw in partners and developers. Read more »

YouTube updates its iOS and Android apps with Music homepage

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The YouTube app for iOS and Android has been updated with a new music homepage, which feeds you an endless YouTube Mix based on your favorite music videos.

The new section also contains recommended music playlists based on what you’re into and playlists of trending music across YouTube. Read more »

Samsung Flow is like Apple Continuity, but for Samsung devices

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Samsung has announced a new technology called Flow. Well, new would be a bit misleading since it is similar to Continuity that Apple launched with iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite.

Flow has three basic features. The Transfer feature lets you push content between your Samsung devices. You can send a document or a web page from your phone to your tablet, start navigating on your phone and then push it to your Gear S, start watching a movie on a tablet and then push it to your Samsung television, etc. You can also start a video call on one device and then continue it on another. Read more »

US pricing and availability of Samsung Gear VR is officially confirmed

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Samsung Gear VR will be available in the United States in the beginning of next month. A special Innovator Edition of the virtual reality gadget will be priced at $199 – in line with past reports. Another $50 will get you a bundled Bluetooth gamepad.

Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition is geared towards developers and enthusiasts. Read more »

Beats Solo2 Wireless headphones go official

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Apple and Beats Electronics took the wraps off the Solo2 Wireless headphones. As its name suggests, the headset is a version of the company’s popular on-ear model without the wires.

The Beats Solo2 Wireless headset feature the same design as its wired sibling. Read more »

YouTube Music Key subscription service lets you get rid of ads, listen in the background

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YouTube’s much anticipated subscription service has been officially announced today. It’s called YouTube Music Key, and it will be in beta for an unspecified amount of time.

It brings you an ad-free YouTube experience, along with support for background playback on mobile, and offline viewing too. Read more »