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Android 4.4 KitKat now seeding to the cellular-enabled Nexus 7

Google has rolled out the latest Android 4.4 KitKat update for the Cellular edition of the Nexus 7 slates. It should be available for both 2012 and 2013 models of the tablet.

The KitKat update has already landed on the Wi-Fi only versions of Nexus 7 as well as on the Nexus 4 smartphone.

The latest version of the Google’s OS will bring you an unified Hangouts app for SMS, MMS and Gtalk chats. It also improves UI performance thanks to Project Svelte and boosts RAM management and in turn multi-tasking.

There is also a new Phone app with local search capabilities plus a brand new Google Photos gallery ready to make your photos more awesome automatically. You can read about the new KitKat features over our Nexus 5 review.

Thank you, Dheeraj Reddy, for the tip!

Gaming Technology, Latest Technology

PS4 Launch: One Fan’s Perspective

A couple of weeks ago, I was presented with a chance to attend the NYC PlayStation launch event due to my involvement in the MVP program, and of course jumped at the opportunity -- seriously, who wouldn't? So on Wednesday, I traveled by train from Boston down to NYC, and what followed was honestly an experience of a lifetime.
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Viber now available on Linux

Viber has just brought its popular messaging client to the Linux platform. According to Viber it has been tested and works fine on Ubuntu, Mint and Zorin OS. Viber requires your mobile phone for registration and it is capable of syncing your phoneboo...
Apple, Latest Technology, Misc. Mobile Phones

iPad Assisting Speedskater Bridie Farrell in Comeback Bid

After an almost decade-long absence, world-class speedskater Bridie Farrell is preparing for a comeback, and iPad is helping her in a big way. Farrell’s coaches are using iPad and the Dartfish Express app for in-depth video analysis of her performance. They evaluate her form, aerodynamics, and body language, and provide frame-by-frame feedback. iPad also simplifies the video recording process. “We’d have to lug around a laptop and camcorders, and so many wires and connections,” says trainer Robyn Mason. “With iPad, you don’t need to worry about any of that. It’s so much easier, so much more accessible.”
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Tiny Brains Launching on December 3rd for PS4

Hi! It's Simon from Spearhead Games, here again to talk about our upcoming PS4 co-op puzzler Tiny Brains. We finished our very last updates earlier this week, and we're finally done -- it feels so weird to write that after Tiny Brains consumed my entire life for more than a year, but it's true. The whole team is incredibly proud to be bringing Tiny Brains to PS4 on December 3rd. Thanks to PlayStation's support of indies, we were given the option to be featured on PlayStation Plus for the launch -- it was an opportunity we couldn't pass up!
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Solve for X: Help us work towards a radically better future

If we’re going to solve some of the world’s biggest problems, we need more people and teams to take on "moonshots"—audacious projects that create 10x improvement, not 10 percent. Part of that involves encouraging and celebrating the audacity of the attempt. So last week we partnered with Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer to run a special session of Solve for X on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., to discuss and debate audacious science and technology moonshots that could transform the world.

Neil Gershenfeld holding up a "Pop FabLab" with Nadya Peek as an example of how 21st century manufacturing won’t just happen in large factories, but out of portable briefcases like this one.


Solve for X is a community of individuals and organizations that work together to accelerate progress on moonshots—and what better group of people to work with than those already thinking about our country’s future? As Susan Molinari, our VP of public policy and government affairs, said at the event: "Policymakers are trying to solve big, intractable problems—and so are engineers. Engineers are tackling challenges that have no answers to date, and so are our policymakers.”

The D.C. event brought together a group of exceptional technologists, entrepreneurs, polymaths-at-large, AAAS fellows, Members of Congress and their staff. Pioneers in their respective fields proposed moonshots in manufacturing, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education, and access to natural resources:

  • Neil Gershenfeld and Nadya Peek from the MIT Center for Bits and Atoms proposed setting up FabLabs to bring manufacturing back to America—and in a way appropriate to the 21st century
  • Theresa Condor from NanoSatisfi proposed an inexpensive way to give all students direct access to personal satellites to conduct their own science experiments and to transform adoption of STEM
  • Chris Lewicki from Planetary Resources proposed mining asteroids for natural resources

Majority Leader Eric Cantor (above) said in his opening remarks: “We work in a world of problems, that frankly, any given day somebody could tell you we’ve got a solution for—it’s just about summoning the will to try and actually accomplish it.”


Following the moonshot proposals, we broke into small groups to brainstorm resources, technology and people that could help make the ideas better and happen faster. At Solve for X, brainstorming means two-thirds "yes and"—creating stepping stones to build on an idea—and one-third "yes but—providing critical feedback on blind spots or suggesting alternate implementations.

Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer told us: “You have a psychology of creation. A psychology of ‘what can we imagine?’ And then make it be reality. And that of course is the kind of thinking we need.”


Solve for X co-creators Astro Teller and Megan Smith closed out the event reminding us that moonshots can come from anywhere—people of all ages and places, companies, academia, government, inspired experts, enthusiastic newcomers, even accidental discoveries. So join our 160 moonshot pioneers by submitting your own moonshot video, and contribute to our conversations on Google+ and Twitter—we'd love to hear from you.

Posted by Puneet Ahira, Moonshot Evangelist and Project Lead, Solve for X

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Office 365 news round-up

It's been said that progress involves "looking forward intelligently, looking within critically, and moving on incessantly." And with Office 365, the march of progress continues.

We recently introduced Office 365 in four additional languages and 17 new markets. That means that Office 365 is now available in 40 languages and 141 markets worldwide. We also announced a preview version of Office Remote, which turns your Windows Phone 8 into a smart remote, allowing you to interact with Microsoft Office 2013 or Office 365 documents from across the room. And we enhanced the mobile experience for SharePoint Online with a new touch design for SkyDrive Pro and Sites.

These are just a few of the enhancements we've made to Office 365, as we look forward intelligently, look within critically, and keep the progress moving ahead. Below is a round-up of these and other news items from the last couple weeks. Enjoy!

Why Office 365 Is a Better Office. The flexible approach to Exchange, SharePoint, Lync, and Office means each business can get the right mix of cloud and local for its needs

Microsoft's Office 365 Adds Four New Languages and 17 new Markets, Bringing Total to 40 and 141 Respectively. Microsoft adds four new languages to Office 365 and brings the suites to 17 new markets. added four new languages (Indonesian, Kazakh, Hindi, and Hebrew) to Office 365 and brought the suite to 17 new markets.added four new languages (Indonesian, Kazakh, Hindi, and Hebrew) to Office 365 and brought the suite to 17 new markets.

Office Remote Preview. Microsoft ships a preview version of Office Remote that lets users turn their Windows Phone 8 into a smart remote, allowing them to interact with Microsoft Office 2013 or Office 365 documents in new ways.

Yammer Enterprise in Office 365 Enterprise, First Take: Deeper integration. Microsoft continues to make progress on its plans to converge the Yammer enterprise social tools with SharePoint.

3 Cool Things about SharePoint in Office 365 Enterprise Editions. Three improvements you'll see when implementing SharePoint in your new Office 365 environment.

Poundland Implements Office 365 Across its Stores. Discount retailer Poundland rolls out Office 365 to improve collaboration and communication among staff.

Gmail is Boiling the Frog - and We Are the Frog. Users of Gmail "have sold our souls for free email."

You've Been Googled: Google to Expose Your Face in Online Ads. Google's Shared Endorsements may be tying your photo and quotes to online ads without your knowledge.

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Nokia Lumia 1020′s latest ad is hilarious

Nokia France has released a pretty funny video commercial about the Lumia 1020 monstrous cameraphone in France. The new ad focuses on the huge 41MP sensor and its capabilities to capture even the tiniest detail and the farthest of objects. Enjoy! N...
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Apple outs unlocked iPhone 5s in the US, starting at $649

After seeing international availability in select markets over the past several weeks, an unlocked variant of the iPhone 5s has made its way to the US Apple online store. You can now get the iPhone 5s in either gray, gold, or silver in either 16GB, 32...
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Alleged metal frame of Samsung Galaxy S5 pictured

Add this to the list of "maybe, but maybe not" rumors about the Samsung Galaxy S5. Leaked images show a metal frame for a smartphone, allegedly the Galaxy S5.

The frame measures 143.8 x 72.3mm, compared to 136.6 x 69.8mm for the current Galaxy S4 and 151.2 x 79.2mm for the Galaxy Note 3. This, of course, leads to speculations that the Galaxy S5 will have a larger screen (any S phone so far has).

It should be noted that a metal frame does not necessarily mean metal exterior – the frame can easily be covered in plastic panels.

Also, the camera hole is in one of the corners, even though Samsung puts cameras on the center line of the back (not always though, the camera on the original Galaxy S was in the corner). Also, the 3.5mm audio jack is at the bottom, while Samsung design dictates it should be on the top.

Anyway, this could be a frame for the metal-clad Galaxy F line, which isn't official yet. Or it might really be for the Galaxy S5, which some rumors say will launch in January next year. Then again, until we see the frame with a Samsung logo stamped on it, we're not getting our hopes up.

Source (in French) | Via

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Huawei aims to ship 20 million phones in Q4

Standing tall as the sixth largest smartphone manufacturer (as per Gartner data) Huawei is now aiming to ship 20 million smartphones in Q4 this year. That's a significant boost from the 13.5 million smartphones that the Chinese company shipped in the...