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Android L vs Android 4.4.4 Kitkat

In the video, Android L’s UI changes become apparent when contrasted against Android Kit Kat. Some of the 100 screenshots included in the video compare the calendar, gallery, maps, contacts and others. The differences are stark.


Over 10,000,000 Reason To Play Video Games

Valve is giving gamers over 10 Million reasons to play video games and each of those reasons is actually a dollar. That's right, at this point there is a $10,142,695 purse awaiting winners of DOTA 2. Valve is hosting a huge tournament where they've crowdfunded prize money and for every Compendium (in-game pack) that you purchase for the tournament, they raise the pot by $2.50.

Contribute to The International's overall prize pool while receiving special rewards. The International Compendium is a virtual booklet that contains dozens of ways to interact with the year’s biggest Dota 2 tournament. This year, you’ll earn even more rewards as you level up your Compendium by watching games, collecting player cards, making tournament predictions and more. It’s the next-best thing to being there.

Source: DOTA2

Android Wear is Better Than You Think

Android Wear and other Smart Watches have been called "Slave Jewelry" by some and I can see their point. That being said, Mike Elgan thinks a little differently. According to him, Android Wear is the turning point that is way better than you think it is when viewing it from an outside souce. He compares it to Windows Tablet's from 5 years ago to an Apple iPad. It's a lot better experience that you may first think. That being said, I do want a timepiece that lasts - and I agree with Jason Schneider who says that you'll get 16-18 months tops out of one of these devices.

The voice feature deserves special attention here. I’ve found it to be noticeably faster and more accurate than the same feature on my Moto X phone. There are other differences. On Android Wear, the result comes in a condensed summary form in writing on the watch screen. On the Moto X, it’s typically a larger result, but with the summary spoken out loud.

Source: Datamation

Windows "Threshold" To Win Over Win7 Users

We found a little information lately that outlines Microsoft's marketing plan to win over Windows 7 users and get them to upgrade. While Windows 8.1 Update 1 was supposed to do this, it didn't bring back a real Start menu (the Start button doesn't count when it takes you to the same useless interface), the rumor is that Update 2 won't bring that feature either. In fact, Windows 9 (aka "Threshold") will be bringing a single SKU that has different options baked in. If you install it on a tablet, it will behave much differently that on a desktop. This is a good idea, but if Windows users have to wait another year for a usable desktop OS, they may just move a different direction and away from Microsoft.

Users running Threshold on a desktop/laptop will get a SKU, or version, that puts the Windows Desktop (for running Win32/legacy apps) front and center. Two-in-one devices, like the Lenovo Yoga or Surface Pro, will support switching between the Metro-Style mode and the Windowed mode, based on whether or not keyboards are connected or disconnected.

Source: ZDNet

Android App Pick #142 - SwiftKey

We have just posted up another Android App Pick of the Week and this week we get productive with SwiftKey. This is the best mobile keyboard on any platform and it's not absolutely free. Take a look and see all the ways you can customize it and how it adapts to your typing style, and then you'll understand why it's our App Pick of the Week!



MIcrosoft to Ditch Surface Brand

In a classic move to get a better brand image, it looks like Microsoft will be ditching the Surface brand for their phone line and going with "Nokia by Microsoft" instead. Their Surface Tablet line hasn't done all that well, so they want to capitalize on the Nokia brand which has been associated with quality for a long time. The thing is that no matter what you call a donkey, it's still a donkey.

Far more shocking is the claim that the company plans to ditch its Surface tablet brand completely, extending the Lumia brand to its own tablets instead. Nokia previously released a Lumia-branded tablet, the 2520, last year, but two brand in its tablet portfolio is one too many to efficiently manage, and the decision has apparently made to 'streamline' the range at the expense of the Surface brand.

Source: Neowin

Rare and Expensive Video Games

There are quite a few video games made in the past 20 years that weren't that popular and some that were wildly popular. It's interesting that some of these games - popular or not at the time - are now worth a bunch of money. One of the most expensive video games is "Birthday Mania" for the Atari 2600.

With only one verified copy in existence, "Birthday Mania" is one of the rarest games of all time. "Birthday Mania" allows players to play mini games consisting of popping balloons and blowing out candles. It also comes in a box that allows you to personalize it with a birthday message or name.

Source: BusinessInsider

Microsoft Smartwatching Coming in October?

It looks like Microsoft may be getting back into the Smartwatch game afterall. They tried this back a while and were really ahead of their time - much like Clippy. Their latest watch model is rumored to have 11 sensors and will likely be targeted toward the health market as that is a lot more sensors than many other devices and a watch that is basically a mirror of you phone screen really doesn't need that many sensors. Time will tell, but as Adam Curry and John C. Dvorak call wearable tech, this "Slave Jewelry" won't be available until October.



Source: Ubergizmo

MIT Develops Local Warming

If you want to be warm in a large cold room, turning up the heat is really not a very efficient way to get warm. You could put on another coat, or as the people at MIT have recently done, do something a little more interesting. "Local Warming" is the new  thing where a beam of heat and light is directed at you and follows you as you walk around a room. Think of this like a turrent in Portal - except without the bullets.

MIT’s system is rigged to the ceiling, like highly-efficient track lighting. Using a WiFi-enabled tracking system, the lights can sense when a human is present and will beam infrared heat down like a spotlight. “It’s almost like having a your personal sun,” says Carlo Ratti, a professor in the Senseable City Lab.

Source: Wired

Flaying (and crashing) a $1300 drone

The guys over Arstechnica have a new article up taking a look at the new DJI Phanton Vision+ $1300 drone. This drone is pretty fancy (as one would expect for $1300) and they share all the setup and their flying experiences. As the headline suggests, the end result is a crash, which is probably not what you want to think about when you dish out $1300 for your very own drone.

"This is easy!" I said, flying the expensive piece of equipment—on loan from DJI—around in a tight box. "And awesome!" I jammed the left stick forward and the drone rocketed skyward, shooting up to a hundred feet overhead without any apparent effort. Its little LEDs blinked happily at me as I rotated it around its central axis, surveying the neighborhood in stately fashion. As the machine turned, it beamed down 1080p video to my phone, showing me a Google Maps-eye view of myself standing in the driveway below.

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