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Google rumored to be working with Motorola on next-gen Nexus handset

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 2 days, 6 hours ago

We don't really know what is going on with the new Nexus, with LG saying that it will not be making the new Nexus, and with all of the news of the Android Silver program, we truly don't know what to expect. That was however, until the latest rumor popped up that Motorola - which Google sold to Lenovo - would be constructing the new Nexus for the search giant.

 

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Android Police has the hot rumor in its hands, giving it a "confidence level" of 6.5 out of 10. The rumor is that Motorola is working on a new smartphone with Google that goes by the codename of Shamu. Shamu will reportedly be aimed at major US carriers, as well as other large carriers throughout the world, carriers that most likely already handle the Nexus 5.

 

Shamu will reportedly feature a large 5.9-inch screen with an unknown resolution, and something that makes this rumor stand out: a fingerprint sensor. We are meant to be expecting this new smartphone in November, which should be an interesting time for a smartphone release. We'll have more information on the new Nexus as it materializes.

Tesla Model S owner? Control your car through an Android Wear app

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: 2 days, 18 hours ago

If you own one of Tesla Motors' Model S cars, you can control your electric vehicle with the new Tesla Command app that is available for Android Wear. Right now, the app has basic options, but it'll soon feature more.

 

 

The Tesla Command app for Android Wear allows Model S owners to lock and unlock their doors, open and close the sunroof, and it allow you to honk the horn, if that's what you want to do from your wrist. In order to get it working, you'll need to log in to Tesla online services, but once you're there you can do everything the app offers, all from your wrist.

 

You can gran Tesla Command for Android Wear from the Google Play store.

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Verizon will be pumping the brakes on its unlimited LTE plans

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 2 days, 19 hours ago

It looks like Verizon is about to make its unlimited LTE plans a little less appealing by throttling customers who download too much. Droid Life has confirmed that Verizon will be reducing the speed of its consumers' unlimited LTE plans once they reach a certain amount of traffic.

 

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This magic number is set at 4.7GB, and is the result of something Verizon is labeling as "Network Optimization". This will see unlimited LTE users experiencing throttled speeds once they jump over 4.7GB of usage within a month, is on an unlimited data plan, and in a two-year contract, and attemps to "use data on a cell site that is experiencing high demand".

Next-gen Mass Effect teased at Comic-Con 2014

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 3 days, 1 hour ago

Something that was expected for Comic-Con this year was a tease of the next Mass Effect game from BioWare. What was shown off at E3 2014 wasn't much, but now we have actual information about some of the things we'll find in the game itself.

 

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For Mass Effect fans, you'll be happy to know that the Mako is making a return. This means we should see some added planetary surface exploration, something that hasn't made a return since the first Mass Effect game. You can see the new Mako in the picture above, with the panel at Comic-Con receiving a short video seeing it drive around, but that isn't available to anyone to watch online unfortunately.

 

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What we do know, is that the new Mass Effect will not be called Mass Effect 4. The new Mass Effect is something totally new, pushing Shepard out of the way. We also get to take a look at some N7 armor that looks like it is placed on human male character in the game, but there will be a gender choice in the new Mass Effect, something that has been quite important to the franchise itself.

Google X's Baseline Study project wants to map perfect human health

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Health Technology | Posted: 3 days, 2 hours ago

Google's research and development arm, known as Google X, is working on something new: the Baseline Study project. The goal of this new adventure is to hopefully one day, better detect health risks such as heart disease earlier in a patient's life, so that the patient can take preventative measures before it is too late.

 

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Dr. Andrew Conrad, a molecular biologist, is the lead on the Baseline Study project, who has been credited with creating a cheap way of scanning donated blood for HIV. Conrad joined the ranks of Google in March 2013, assembling a team of 70-80 experts in the fields of biochemistry, imaging, molecular biology, optics and technology.

 

Google's Baseline Study began earlier in the year through an unnamed clinical testing firm, where doctors started collecting bodily fluids such as urine, blood, saliva and tears from 175 anonymous volunteers. Google will use these fluids and its mammoth computing power to hopefully find patterns called biomarkers. These biomarkets will help the search giant, and its researchers detect health issues before a person even shows symptoms of this issue. We don't know when we will hear more about this, but it's great to see Google working on something so important with its resources.

XBOX release first trailer for ET dig documentary 'Atari: Game Over'

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 3 days, 4 hours ago

Despite the confirmation this week that Microsoft would shut the doors on Microsoft Studios, the company are continuing production the documentary 'Atari: Game Over' and have released the first trailer at San Diego ComicCon.

 

 

The documentary looks at one of the most fascinating stories in gaming history, confirming the urban legend that the bankrupt gaming giant of the 1980's did in fact bury their biggest mistake - the rushed video game based on Steven Spielberg's 'E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial".

 

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'Atari: Game Over', directed by Zak Penn will be released by XBOX Originals later this year.

Samsung launches a new 7-inch smartphone, the Galaxy Tab Q

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 3 days, 5 hours ago

Just when you thought the 5.7-inch screen on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 was big enough, Samsung goes and increases the biggest offering on its devices to 7 inches with the new Galaxy Tab Q.

 

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The Galaxy Tab Q is still considered a 'phablet' but most phablets don't feature a microphone and ear speaker, something that is reserved for smartphones. So this makes the Galaxy Tab Q a smartphone, and it is one massive behemoth of a smartphone at that. The 7-inch display features a 1280x720 pixel resolution, and inside we have a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera backed up by a 2-megapixel selfie shooter.

 

Samsung has provided microSDXC support up to 64GB, and a 3200mAh battery. Right now the Galaxy Tab Q is exclusive to China, but Samsung has teased that it will drag it (probably with the help of Superman) over to the US in the near future.

An update on malware found at TweakTown - it's been fixed

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: TweakTown | Posted: 3 days, 19 hours ago

Earlier today we discovered that TweakTown had been attacked with malicious code from rmr-group.com being inserted to most of our pages. We first discovered the attack due to a warning from Google Chrome. It's the first time this has happened to TweakTown in our long online history.

 

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After having detected the problem, we removed all injected code from our pages. We are now running a full server scan to detect any issues. We are also changing all of our passwords and scanning our own personal systems for any issues.

 

We would like to apologize for any harm this may have caused to you or your PC. As a result, we recommend that all our readers run a full malware scan on their systems, as a precaution. It's unlikely any harm has been done, but it's better to be safe than sorry. We recommend Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and Microsoft Safety Scanner - both are free.

 

Thanks for your understanding on the matter, and we will do all we can to ensure this doesn't happen again.

Google has sold 'millions' of Chromecasts since it launched last year

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 4 days, 2 hours ago

Google launched its Chromecast device a year ago, and now we're beginning to hear about just how many of the $35 HDMI streaming dongles the company has sold. This number is somewhere in the "millions" according to the Mountain View-based search giant.

 

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The company has said that it has tracked over 400 million casts, with Chromecast selling in over 20 countries, and 30,000 stores across the world. Google held back the Chromecast to just Amazon and its Google Play store for months so that it could build up inventory to blast it to retailers, but now that it has, it has gone on to great success.

 

So much so, that Google is offering a free 90-day Google Music All Access subscription to anyone who owns a Chromecast, and isn't already an All Access member. This offer is valid through to September 30, 2014.

The new Unreal Tournament gets teased on a guided video tour

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 4 days, 3 hours ago

We've now just had our first look at the new Unreal Tournament, with a bunch of detail talked about for the upcoming first-person shooter. There's a few videos you can get your hands-on, with the game's Art Director, Chris Perna, giving us a bunch of information.

 

 

All-in-all, there's 47 minutes worth of video from Epic Games' streamed reveal of brand new concept art on the next-gen Unreal Tournament. Perna discusses this in the video above, where he says they're going for a "Chris Nolan Batman Begins look" instead of a "Tim Burton Batman look". Perna wants "something more polished" with "more realism, without going over the top" and repeating what Epic "did with Gears of War and UT3" where those games were "dark and grungy".

 

 

Senior Designer Jim Brown jumps in, saying: "You start with a map that's just kind of the basic shell, and we just focus on the gameplay. Independent of us doing that, a lot of times, Chris and the art guys will make these little vignettes that are - what would you call them?" Perna continues: "There are many different environments in UT. There's going to be different colors and different environments, but what this does is give you, maybe, a quality bar. 'Hey, all those different things need to have a lighting quality and a mood about them that feels like this.'"

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