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YouTube for Android updated, can now cast live videos to Chromecast

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: 1 day, 21 hours ago

YouTube for Android been updated, with version 5.5.27 of the app adding in some new features. The latest version of YouTube for Android now supports the ability to cast live videos to Chromecast.

 

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The Preloading menu on the app has also been removed, but there's a new Captions menu that has been added to the latest version of YouTube for Android. You can get the latest YouTube for Android from the Google Play store.


Google debuts Chrome Remote Desktop for Android

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: 1 day, 23 hours ago

Google has just pushed out its Chrome Remote Desktop app for Android, something that has been floating around in the beta world, but it is now an official thing you can download today.

 

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Android-based users can use their devices to remotely access their Windows or Mac machines, with the Remote Desktop app available on the desktop for a while now, but now the mobile world can enjoy it. An iOS version of Chrome Remote Desktop will be made available in the near future. You can download Chrome Remote Desktop from the Google Play store now.

The Super Mario Bros theme played on wine glasses is awesome

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: 2 days ago

The Super Mario Bros. theme music is one of the most iconic soundtracks in gaming history, and it has been recreated by symphonies, guitarist, and even robots with stepper motors, but this video of the soundtrack being played on 48 wine glasses is perhaps the best I have ever heard. The video below was made by a YouTuber called Dan Newbie who was asked to play the SMB theme music by another YouTuber who commented on a previous video.

 

 

Dan Newbie has also recreated the song "Let it go" from Disney's Frozen and "Happy" by Pharrell Williams. I would like to see Newbie pull off some soundtracks from popular TV shows like Game of Thrones, The Simpsons, and a wine glass rendition of Sweet Child of Mine would be especially awesome!

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Sony has sold more than 7 million PlayStation 4 units globally

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: 2 days ago

Today, Sony announced that its PlayStation 4 console has surpassed 7 million consoles sold globally. Sony says that those numbers are actual consoles sold to consumers, and not just channel inventory. This news means that Sony has sold more than 2 million consoles since February when it announced it had sold 5 million units.

 

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Additionally, Sony announced that PlayStation 4 games had surpassed more than 20.5 million copies sold which is a major milestone for the electronics giant. Unfortunately Microsoft has not released any sales numbers yet, but if recent rumors are correct, Microsoft is lagging quite behind Sony in sales.

BlackBerry buys stake in healthcare IT firm, NantHealth

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 2 days, 1 hour ago

This week, BlackBerry's CEO Jon Chen, announced that his company had purchased a minority stake in a privately held healthcare IT firm called NantHealth. Chen said that he sees healthcare as one of the business sectors that BlackBerry can do very well in due to its enterprise security concerns.

 

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The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but we do know that the investment was small enough to be considered a minority investment, and BlackBerry is not as wealthy as it once was. I do see this entry into such a niche market as a good move for BlackBerry, and if the company continues to make smart investments it could pull itself out of the big hole it currently resides in.

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Amazon updates Cloud Drive for iOS with new UI and better navigation

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: 2 days, 1 hour ago

Amazon has just rolled out an update to its Cloud Drive service for iOS, and the app has been given a completely new look. In addition, the redesigned user interface is said to improve navigation of the service and make sharing images even easier. Amazon Cloud Drive Photos version 3.0 now includes 5GB of free storage space, and also allows videos up to 20-minutes in length to be uploaded.

 

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The new look ushers in a much more refined look for the app, and now users can set a filter to only see photos or videos, which makes navigating through the thousands of files you upload much easier and faster than before. Additionally, users can sort images by name and date as well, making fining that image you took five months ago quick and easy. Finally, Amazon has improved the back-end and now your images and videos will upload faster than ever before.

Samsung's Galaxy S5 sees its fingerprint sensor hacked by fake finger

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 2 days, 2 hours ago

Samsung followed in Apple's footsteps with the addition of a fingerprint sensor on the front of the Galaxy S5, but it now appears that Apple's implementation of bio-metric security may actually be safer than Samsung's version. A new video has surfaced that shows just how easy it is to spoof the Galaxy S5's sensor with nothing but a casting made from common wood glue.

 

 

The video was created by SRLabs, and shows the company using a false finger with the correct fingerprint unlocking the phone. While SRLabs was able to do the same with the iPhone 5S, Apple's Touch ID also utilized a password prompt that prevented further entry. Furthermore, SRLabs was able to use the fake finger to complete transactions on the PayPal app with its new fingerprint authentication feature. This is actually quite scary when you consider that lifting a fingerprint is actually quite easy.

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LG's G3 will launch this summer with a 2560 x 1440 resolution

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 2 days, 3 hours ago

With the first quarter of 2013 in the books, and three of the major trade shows behind us, we are beginning to hear more solid rumors about the next round of upcoming smartphones. Today a new report from The Verge is suggesting that LG will be releasing its new flagship smartphone, the LG G3 in just a few months and it will feature several intriguing upgrades from the current flagship, the G2.

 

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The new LG G3 is said to arrive in gold trim, a trend set by Apple, Samsung, and HTC this year. LG is said to be continuing with the gilded color scheme as it did quite well on the G2, and on competing models. Additionally, the LG G3 will feature a full 1440p resolution screen, making it one of the first mainstream phones to break the 1080p barrier. The 2560x1440-pixel screen will measure in at 5.5-inches diagonally, and will house Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon SoC.

Amazon now backs up documents sent to your Kindle to your Cloud Drive

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: 2 days, 5 hours ago

Amazon's unique "send to Kindle" feature has to be one of the most convenient and useful parts of Amazon's ecosystem, and now that handy little feature just got even better. Now when users click "send to Kindle," the document, e-book, and text from websites will also be automatically backed up on that users' Cloud Drive.

 

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"You can use Manage Your Kindle to see a list of your documents, re-deliver them to Kindle devices and free reading apps, delete them, or turn off auto-saving of documents to the cloud," Amazon said in an email to customers. "Documents will be delivered just as they have in the past and you will continue to have 5 GB of free cloud storage for your personal documents. Just Send Once, Read Everywhere."

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