We talked about Cover last year, knowing it was going to get big - but big enough for Twitter to acquire? I didn't see that coming. The social network has acquired the Android-focused start-up.
Cover took to its blog to talk about the acquisition, where it said: "Twitter, like Cover, believes in the incredible potential of Android. They share our vision that smartphones can be a lot smarter - more useful and more contextual - and together we're going to make that happen". Cover launched last year, where it used your location and app usage history to predict which apps you would use next. It provided these apps in a beautiful quick access menu on your lockscreen, depending on where you were - home, at work, in the car, or when you're out.
With this acquisition, we can see that Twitter wants to be more of a force to be reckoned with on Android, and rightly so, considering that 75% of Twitter users are using the social network on their smartphones. Just what will Twitter do with Cover? That remains to me seen, but I'm now very interested in what the company will do with the exciting new start-up.
Lenovo has refreshed its 2013 lineup of A-series slates, with the TAB A7-50, TAB A8 and TAB 10 priced quite competitively. All of the Lenovo A-series tablets are powered by a MediaTek quad-core processor, with each slate featuring a 1280x800 display.
We have screen sizes matching up with model numbers, so expect a 7-, 8- and 10-inch slate from Lenovo. Each device ships with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, but will include an upgrade to Android 4.4 KitKat in the near future. Common features among the new A-series slates includes 1GB of RAM, 16GB of on-board flash storage, an SD card slot, and Wi-Fi b/g/n. Camera wise, we have a 5-megapixel rear-shooter backed up by a 2-megapixel shooter on the front.
The A7-50 weighs 320 grams and comes in at a cost of just $129, while the A8 is a little heavier and more expensive, at 360 grams and $179, respectively. The A10 is the heaviest, which shouldn't come as a surprise, weighing 560 grams and priced at $249. The new Lenovo A-series tablets will hit US shelves and e-tailers starting next month.
It feels like we've been reporting on this for months now - well, we have - but there is a new rumor from TECH-NICK, the manager of German retailer Saturn.de, who said in a tweet that Grand Theft Auto V is coming for next-gen consoles and the PC in June.
He did clarify in a follow up tweet that it is just a rumor for now, but E3 is getting close, so we should hear more about GTA V on next-gen consoles and PCs then, hopefully.
Chances are if you grew up in the 80s or 90s you have heard of the Ultimate Warrior. Born in 1960 as James Hellwig he was known for his charisma in and out of the ring and even went so far to legally change his name to Warrior in 1993. Sadly, the Ultimate Warrior passed away Tuesday night at the young age of 54.
In a statement from the WWE: "We are grateful just days ago, Warrior had the opportunity to take his rightful place in the WWE Hall of Fame and was able to appear at WrestleMania 30 and Monday Night Raw to address his legions of fans. WWE sends its sincere condolences to Warrior's family, friends and fans."
In his final public appearance Monday night, Warrior donned the long jacket with his image airbrushed on the back and put on a mask that looked like his trademark face paint. Addressing the fans Warrior said: "No WWE talent becomes a legend on their own,Every man's heart one day beats its final beat. His lungs breathe their final breath. And if what that man did in his life makes the blood pulse through the body of others and makes them believe deeper in something that's larger than life, then his essence, his spirit, will be immortalized by the storytellers -- by the loyalty, by the memory of those who honor him, and make the running the man did live forever. I am the Ultimate Warrior, you are the Ultimate Warrior fans and the spirit of the Ultimate Warrior will run forever."
The perfect companion for the Oculus Rift or the GameFace Labs' VR headset is the Virtuix Omni virtual reality treadmill. Something that was born on Kickstarter, the VR treadmill will begin shipping to consumers this September starting from $499. Kickstarter backers will begin receiving their Omni's in the Summer, according to Virtuix.
If you decide to purchase the Virtuix Omni, you're going to need to buy an Oculus Rift or own a PC controller to use it. The $499 price also does not include shipping, so expect the price to balloon out considerably depending on where you live. The Virtuix Omni supports multi-directional movement with VR support, with gamers supported on the treadmill through a back harness and a pair of shoes.
All of this is controlled and monitored through tracking software that will allow players to "move" through the game. The company finished up its crowdfunding on Kickstarter last June, racking up $1.1 million, much more than its $150,000 goal.
LG has already unveiled its Android Wear-powered G Watch, but now we're hearing some more information on LG's wearable device. LG talked its G Watch with Pocket-lint, where it showed the site a non-working prototype of the G Watch, but in its final design.
Pocket-lint wrote: "As the original mock-up pictures, already revealed by LG suggested, there will be no buttons on the device at all. The design offered a solid, seamless build that wasn't heavy but certainly felt premium". The Android Wear-powered smartwatch will arrive with interchangeable straps, which should have people impressed.
All we know so far is that the G Watch will be powered by Google's Android Wear platform, with more details shared at Google I/O in June.
I've never seen the appeal of smashing a smartphone I can't even get my hands-on yet, but you know - YouTube and website hits and all, folks. Well, a YouTube reviewer has done just that, smashing Samsung's flagship smartphone with a hammer.
The 5.1-inch powerhouse of a smartphone survived the first few hits, but then crumbled under the pressure of some harder hits. Once those first few smashes were out of the way, down came the hammer like Thor. The reviewer smashed the phone into pieces, puncturing the battery in the process, which saw the battery itself very quickly expand, getting very close to an actual explosion.
Harmful chemicals sprayed out from the Galaxy S5's battery, thanks to the design of the battery it didn't explode, as the battery itself will vent pressure out of a single corner of itself. This avoids the battery catching fire, resulting in a quite harmful explosion.
Oculus VR is ramping up its Rift DK2 unit, which features a 1920x1080 display inside of the VR headset. GameFace Labs is a company you may not have heard of, but it has just announced that it is the first company to show off a prototype VR headset with a 2.5K display.
2.5K is just a fancy way of saying 2560x1440, where at this resolution, it is pushing out 78% more pixels than a 1080p-based display, such as the Oculus Rift DK2. Ed Mason, CEO of GameFace Labs explains: "The upgrade to 1280 x 1440 per eye is monumental. Individual pixels are hard to detect at first glance, making it a more immersive and comfortable experience in every single game and experience that we've tried. A lot of the 'presence' described by devs at the Valve [prototype VR headset] demonstration can be attributed to their use of higher resolution (and lower persistence) panels, which has a noticeable impact in suspending disbelief and tricking the brain".
Better yet, the company is just stopping at 2.5K, as it wants to get one of the most powerful mobile solutions into its VR headset, making mobile VR a reality. This is actually something I talked about Oculus VR doing, but it seems that GameFace Labs is the one we should be watching. The company is rubbing up against NVIDIA's very impressive Tegra K1 aka Jetson, which is a super powerful system-on-a-chip (SoC) solution that has a quad-core processor running at 2.3GHz with a 192-core GPU.
Last year, HTC elicited the talent of Robert Downey Jr. to promote the HTC One, and this year's HTC One M8 is now getting the RDJ treatment as well. Downey take a more serious roll this time and talks about how the HTC One received the highest praises at the 2014 Mobile World Congress, and how they mean nothing now that the HTC One M8 is out.
The video was evidently filmed before the HTC One M8 was released as RDJ talks about how he has a pre-release version, but none the less, HTC shelled out the big bucks to have him endorse the product. I do like how he credits the best tech journalists in the world during the video, and can somehow only think that he knows that I am part of that list... Yea I know, dreams can come true.
Kansas City Royals second baseman, Omar Infante experienced a sprained jaw after a wild pitch by Tampa Bay Rays' Heath Miller caught him in the face. Infante was able to walk away under his own power, albeit spitting blood. The Royals said Tuesday morning that Infante had suffered a "non-concussive head injury" that required six stitches. Infante will remain under evaluation for 48 hrs while the Royals decide whether ot not to put the second baseman on the 15 day DL.
When asked about Infante, Royals manager Ned Yost replied "He was smoked. We're worried about a concussion, too. It shakes you for sure because it's a very ugly sound for somebody to be hit in the face, It was a cool night, but I noticed I broke out in a sweat real quick, so it definitely affected me. Of course, you have a lot of worry about it."