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Android Marshmallow is Coming Soon

There are a few reasons to get excited about Android Marshmallow. Some of the new features and more technical and provide better security and control permissions of the apps you use, yet others are pretty handy, such as mobile payments, native finger print support, really handy batter management, rotating home screen, and the custom removal of icons from your status bar. All this and more coming to your Nexus 5, 6, 7 (2013) and 9 on October 5.

It’s expected that the Nexus 5, Nexus 6, 2013 edition Nexus 7, and the Nexus 9 will all start receiving the Android 6.0 software on October 5. Sadly, however, it seems several older generation Nexus phones and tablets are being left out of the picture. Lollipop will remain the latest (and last) software update we’ll ever see on the Nexus 4, 2012 edition Nexus 7, and the Nexus 10.

Source: 9to5Google

Logitech's Slick Mechanical Keyboard

Logitech has been around long enough to know how to do peripherals right. They have a new G410 mechanical keyboard that looks pretty awesome and apparently feels even better than it looks. This is 10-keyless unit that is about perfect for throwing in your LAN bag - or perhaps using on a crowded desk. True to Logitech form, there are a few other enhancements that make it awesome. Check it out and see what all the fuss is about.

In among the G410's options is a mode that lights up the keys in a certain color for a second after you press on them. So you can have, like me, a subtle white backlight, and then have the keys turn a blood red when they are pressed. It's a very simple but effective trick, and it's made me just type away on this keyboard for no other reason than to watch the light show generated by my fingers.

Source: TheVerge

Ocarina of Time Meets Unreal Engine 4

This is how the Legend of Zelda should look. It's 2015 after all.


iPhone 6S Camera vs. the World

There was a time when the iPhone camera was the camera to beat and now it has been done by more than a few companies. Still, the new iPhone 6S has a few tricks and features up its sleeve that make it a decent choice for a wireless device as well as a take-everywhere camera. If you want to see how it compares to the G4, and GS6 make sure you check the link below as they have samples and more.

One of the design decisions that might have photographers dismayed is that Apple retained the same f/2.2 aperture for both its rear and front cameras, whereas competitors like Samsung and LG offer brighter lenses in their flagship phones. And, the inclusion of 4K video is great, but the iPhone 6S still doesn’t boast the optical image stabilization that the iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone 6S Plus have, which Apple claims is because the mechanical stabilization system requires more space (and not because it’s trying to establish a product differentiator).

Source: TheVerge

Xbox 360 and PS3 Don't Get a Campaign in CoD:BO3

Although I do have an Xbox One, I find it frustrating that companies like Microsoft and Sony claim that their older consoles "will be fully supported for at least three years" and yet we are seeing more and more titles released only for the next generation consoles. Also, as is the case with Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, the releases for the older consoles are getting stripped down. I understand that things have to be cut in order to move forward, but the big guys shouldn't have promised what they aren't delivering. More information on the lack of campaign for the 360 and PS3 below.

Though there will not be a campaign offering, Black Ops 3 will still release on Xbox 360 and PS3 with the multiplayer and zombie components. The Xbox 360 and PS3 versions will retail $49.99, while the XB1/PS4/PC version will retail for $59.99.

Source: Neowin via Treyarch

1,000mph Supersonic Car Gets Real

That's right, there is a car that is actually faster than a speeding bullet and while it may not have a lot of legroom for passengers, it's pretty fast. The Bloodhound is set to start tearing up dry lake beds early next year.


iOS ad-blocking software chooses your ads for you

A couple weeks ago Adblock made headlines after they started allowing 'premium' ads to be allowed to be shown if those companies paid them money. Apparently (and not surprisingly) they weren't alone and now popluar iOS ad blocking sofware Crystal has started doing the same. All of these small ad blocking companies are looking for extra ways to make money, but it does raise some interesting points about who gets to decide which ads are good and which ads are bad. The Wall Street Journal has the full article.

When Dean Murphy created Crystal, an application to help users block ads on Apple Inc.’s mobile devices, he knew there was pent-up demand from consumers frustrated with how cluttered the Web has become.

Still, the U.K.-based software developer was surprised by how fast consumers snapped up his product. In the week following its Sept. 16 launch, the 99-cent app was downloaded more than 100,000 times, according to data from mobile-app market intelligence firm Apptopia, generating an estimated $75,000 for Mr. Murphy. (Apple gets a cut.)

$99 Samsung Gear VR

If you own a new Samsung device (Note 5, S6, S6 Edge, or S6 Edge+) and are looking to try out a Virtual Reality device, then you're in luck. Oculus and Samsung have announced that coming this November, the Samsung Gear VR, which is made by Oculus, will be $99. At this price this could be a winner. TechCrunch has the story.

At half the price of its last mobile VR headset, the new $99 Oculus-made Samsung Gear VR is cheap enough to unlock virtual reality for the mainstream. Revealed today at the Oculus Connect conference, it works with the whole 2015 line of Samsung Smartphones including the Note 5, S6, S6 Edge, and S6 Edge+. It will ship in November in time for Black Friday. Compared to the $199 previous Gear VRs that only worked with fewer phones, this headset will be a lot more accessible.

The new Gear VR is 22% lighter, making it more comfortable to wear. The trackpad on the temple of the headset also now has a tactile directional pad on it so your finger will know where it’s touching. The previous Gear VRs had a smooth trackpad and sometimes it was to tough to know if you were touching it or just the unsensitive shell of the headset when you couldn’t see for yourself.

Volkswagen gets caught

Probably by the time that I finally posted anything about this most people have already heard about Volkswagen's diesel test results weren't up to snuff, however, Volkswagen isn't the first car company to fudge the numbers, just the most recent. The New York times has a very intersting article on how this has been a problem in the auto industry for many years as well as they show you what happened with Volkswagen.

Long before Volkswagen admitted to cheating on emissions tests for millions of cars worldwide, the automobile industry, Volkswagen included, had a well-known record of sidestepping regulation and even duping regulators.

For decades, car companies found ways to rig mileage and emissions testing data. In Europe, some automakers have taped up test cars’ doors and grilles to bolster their aerodynamics. Others have used “superlubricants” to reduce friction in the car’s engine to a degree that would be impossible in real-world driving conditions.

Automakers have even been known to make test vehicles lighter by removing the back seats.

New Pebble Smartwatches

Pebble was one of the first smartwatches available but they haven't always been known for the 'sleekest' designs. Pebble has announced they've got a new model which they are calling Time Round and are expecting it to hit stores in early November. The MSRP is going to be $249 USD and battery life is expected to be 2 days (compared to 10 days with the Pebble Time Steel). You can head on over to Pebble's website and reserver your very own.

So light and thin, it’s pretty easy to mistake Pebble Time Round for any other watch. Sure, it’s great at telling time, with an always-on, always readable screen. It just also happens to do lots more.

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