Google http://www.stuff.tv/taxonomy/term/417/0 en-GB Google buys incredibly clever AI-based city guide creator Jetpac http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-buys-ai-based-city-guide-creator-jetpac/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The search giant may be after the app&#039;s &quot;neural network&quot; image recognition tech for other uses </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Google buys AI-based city guide creator Jetpac" alt="Google buys AI-based city guide creator Jetpac" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/jetpac-app.jpg?1408465216" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The internet has largely rendered the traditional printed city guide obsolete. After all, why buy a book that&rsquo;ll already be out of date when the likes of Foursquare, TripAdvisor and any number of smartphone apps can give you a frequently-updated list of the best attractions, bars and restaurants?</p> <p>iOS app <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/jetpac-city-guides/id735450914?mt=8" target="_blank">Jetpac</a> offers an even smarter twist on the city guide &ndash; and it&rsquo;s a twist that has just seen it snapped up by none other than Google.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>And with something like five million geotagged public photos being uploaded to the web every day, there&rsquo;s plenty of raw material for Jetpac&rsquo;s AI-based approach to sift through.</p> <p>Why does Google want Jetpac? To improve <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-now-better-siri-and-s-voice-put-together/news">Google Now</a>? Sure, it&rsquo;ll probably use the company&rsquo;s data to refine its own location-based recommendation engine &ndash; but more than that, it probably wants to get its hands on that sweet neural network image recognition technology.</p> <p>If Jetpac&rsquo;s algorithm can be trained to recognise things like red lipstick, facial hair and coffee cups, it can be trained to recognise pretty much anything &ndash; and that&rsquo;s something that can come in very handy for things like <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-s-self-driving-car-two-seats-no-steering-wheel-and-no-brake-pedal/news">Google&rsquo;s self-driving cars</a>, which will need to keep their cold robotic eyes open in all directions at all times to spot hazards.</p> <p>But what of the Jetpac iOS (there&rsquo;s no Android version) app? Well, it&rsquo;s still available at the time of writing, but the company says it&rsquo;ll be removed at some point in the next few days, and that support for it will cease in mid-September.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://www.jetpac.com/" target="_blank">Jetpac</a> via <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/aug/18/google-buys-neural-network-city-guide-creator-jetpac" target="_blank">The Guardian</a>]</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/QNo2PN72C3w" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-buys-ai-based-city-guide-creator-jetpac/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Google iOS apps Tue, 19 Aug 2014 16:19:05 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1445310 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: London and Manchester’s statues start talking, YouTube Music Key plans leak, and the Flappy Bird creator’s new game http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/fully-charged-london-and-manchester-s-statues-start-talking-youtube-music-key-plan-leaks-and- <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Here’s all of the tech news you need to start off the day </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Talking Statues" alt="Talking Statues" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/talking-statues.jpg?1408429981" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Talking Statues brings relics to life via your phone </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As of today, 35 statues across London and Manchester are outfitted with NFC tags and QR codes that, once activated/scanned, allow the statue&rsquo;s subject to &ldquo;call&rdquo; you and tell you all about him/her/itself.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s an initiative called Talking Statues from Antenna Lab and Sing London, and some well-known actors and actresses are involved - including Dominic West, who voices Achilles in Hyde Park, and Patrick Stewart as the Unknown Soldier at Paddington Station. You can find full listings of the statues&rsquo; locations at the <a href="http://www.talkingstatues.co.uk">official Talking Statues website</a>.</p> <p>The campaign will continue on for a year, with the results of the interactions studied and released freely should educational institutions wish to consider implementing such low-cost tech. The stated goal is to get passers-by to spend a couple of solid minutes considering each work; surely you have a moment to allow a long-dormant statue to speak its mind, no?</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.talkingstatues.co.uk">Talking Statues</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ees-cash-tap-app-lets-you-ditch-your-oyster-card-london-buses/news">You can now pay your bus fare with a tap of your phone</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> YouTube Music Key subscription service leaks </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>YouTube has been widely reported to be preparing an unlimited streaming music service - to the extent that labels that don&rsquo;t want to play ball <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/fully-charged-amazon-phone-already-stirring-carrier-spats-youtube-s-about-block-bunch-music-v">may have their videos blocked</a> - and Android Police has scored a load of leaked screens from the Android app.</p> <p>YouTube Music Key is the name of the new service, and it will be paired with Google Play Music Key, the soon-to-be-renamed Google Play Music All Access. Both will be available together for US$9.99 (about &pound;6) per month, and will allow unlimited ad-free music with background audio and offline playback, to boot.</p> <p>The app screenshots promise &ldquo;over 20 million high-quality tracks&rdquo; plus access to concerts and the like, with YouTube&rsquo;s end of the service sure to offer quite a bit beyond the usual aural discography. It&rsquo;s still unclear when the Music Key services will go live, but it seems clear that change is coming to Google&rsquo;s streaming music approach.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/2014/08/18/exclusive-this-is-youtube-music-key-googles-upcoming-subscription-service-with-offline-support-background-audio-no-ads-free-play-music-key/">Android Police</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/fully-charged-amazon-phone-already-stirring-carrier-spats-youtube-s-about-block-bunch-music-v">Fully Charged: Amazon phone already stirring carrier spats, YouTube&rsquo;s about to bock a bunch of music videos, and the world&rsquo;s largest video game collection sold</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="734" title="YouTube Music Key" alt="YouTube Music Key" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/youtube-musickey.png?1408429981" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Flappy Bird creator’s new game is essentially vertical Flappy Bird </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Dong Nguyen famously cracked under the incredible success of his free game, <em>Flappy Bird</em>, which was pulling in huge amounts of ad money and equally entertaining and enraging millions of players. In response, he pulled the game and scads of clones flourished.</p> <p>Recently, he&rsquo;s had a change of heart, it seems. He launched a new version of <em>Flappy Bird</em> for Amazon Fire TV, and later this week will debut <em>Swing Copters</em>, a game that effectively looks like a vertical take on the same formula. You&rsquo;ll tap to work your way upward through gaps, but now there are swinging hammers to make things even trickier.</p> <p>TouchArcade has the first look at the gameplay, and <em>Swing Copters</em> is set to hit iOS this Thursday, 21 August as a free download. If your <em>Flappy</em> itch hasn&rsquo;t been sufficiently scratched over the past several months, surely this tough tweak on the same design will do the trick.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://toucharcade.com/2014/08/18/exclusive-hands-on-with-swing-copters/">TouchArcade</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/fifa-15/fully-charged-lg-g-watch-software-update-addresses-burns-and-corrosion-flappy-bird-back-and-">Fully Charged: LG G Watch software update addresses burns and corrosion, Flappy Bird is back, and FIFA 15 drops Brazilian league</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/wuoCeze0B3c" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Amazon Fire Phone software update adds notable features </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Nearly a month out from the launch of the Fire Phone, Amazon has launched the handset&rsquo;s first software update - and it comes with a handful of features that should prove beneficial for early adopters. Most notable is that of Quick Switch multitasking, accessed by double-pressing the home button, plus the update lets you create app folders and pin favorites to the home carousel. Pretty standard features on other devices, sure, but Amazon&rsquo;s new to the game.</p> <p>High-resolution video sharing is another nice addition, plus Amazon says that the 3.5.1 update enhances battery life thanks to various optimizations. No word yet on when exactly the UK and other territories will actually be able to purchase the Fire Phone, but rest assured that these and perhaps other deficiencies will be addressed by the time that happens.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?&amp;nodeId=201531560">Amazon</a> via <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/8/18/6031157/amazon-fire-phone-software-update">The Verge</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazon-kindle-phone/review">Amazon Fire Phone preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="778" title="Amazon Fire Phone" alt="Amazon Fire Phone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/firephone-launch_0.png?1408429981" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/fully-charged-london-and-manchester-s-statues-start-talking-youtube-music-key-plan-leaks-and-#comments Amazon Fire Phone Google iOS games London Music YouTube Tue, 19 Aug 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1445253 at http://www.stuff.tv Google revs up for self-driving trucks and motorbikes http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-revs-self-driving-trucks-and-motorbikes/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tech giant is thinking about testing robotic motorcycles and lorries in California </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="2000" height="1328" title="Google engineer Anthony Levandowski designed this robo-bike in 2005" alt="Google engineer Anthony Levandowski designed this robo-bike in 2005" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/NMAH-2008-28.jpg?1407656059" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Google is looking beyond four-wheels in its bid to dominate autonomous driving. A story in <em>The Sunday Times</em> reveals that Google has been lobbying California for permission to test self-driving motorbikes and commercial vehicles in Silicon Valley.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/mark-harris" title="View user profile.">Mark Harris</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Heading for a million robo-miles </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Google has been testing self-driving Prius and Lexus RT450h cars in California for some time, racking up nearly 700,000 miles of travel. And it recently unveiled a two-seater robotic runabout that <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-s-self-driving-car-two-seats-no-steering-wheel-and-no-brake-pedal/news">doesn&#39;t even have a steering wheel</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>The suggestion for autonomous motorcyles may have come from Anthony Levandowski, an engineer working on Google&#39;s self-driving car team. He built his own robo-bike as early in 2005, to compete in a competition organised by US military scientists at <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/search/node/darpa">DARPA</a>. At the time, he said, &quot;Two-wheeled vehicles are easier to manoeuvre in tight places and can go faster.&quot;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="797" height="530" title="Google&#039;s prototype robotic taxi" alt="Google&#039;s prototype robotic taxi" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Vehicle%20Prototype%20Image%20Banner%20Cropped%20600px.jpg?1407656059" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Computers in convoy </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Robotic trucks are also gaining favour. An EU project called SARTRE recently showed the feasibility of &#39;platooning&#39;, where cars and trucks automatically link together to form fuel-efficient road trains. A US company called Peloton is already testing semi-autonomous trucks on closed roads in California.&nbsp;</p> <p>In 2010, trucks were just 4% of vehicles on US roads but accounted for a quarter of the fuel use and greenhouse gas emissions. Improving efficiency by 5 or 10% with a robotic truck could save billions of dollars a year. But as the rules currently stand, trucks, autonomous motorbikes, trailers and any vehicle weighing over 10,000lbs are forbidden from being tested in California.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;Although Google is not currently testing any of the vehicles excluded under this section, we believe that the section should be deleted, as any such exclusion unnecessarily restricts future innovation,&rdquo; wrote Medford. <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;</strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-s-self-driving-car-two-seats-no-steering-wheel-and-no-brake-pedal/news"><strong>Google&#39;s self-driving car: two seats, no steering wheel and no brake pedal</strong></a></p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/sto/news/uk_news/Tech/article1445082.ece">The Sunday Times</a>&nbsp;(paywall)]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="1067" title="Google&#039;s self-driving Lexus on the streets of Mountain View" alt="Google&#039;s self-driving Lexus on the streets of Mountain View" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Iconic%20image%20for%20city%20streets.jpg?1407656059" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-revs-self-driving-trucks-and-motorbikes/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-revs-self-driving-trucks-and-motorbikes/news#comments Cars Google Motorcycles Thu, 07 Aug 2014 19:05:13 +0000 Mark Harris 1444287 at http://www.stuff.tv Spec-tacular: HTC Nexus 8 with 64-bit processor, 4GB of RAM and 8MP camera leaks http://www.stuff.tv/google/spec-tacular-htc-nexus-8-64-bit-processor-4gb-ram-and-8mp-camera-leaks/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> How&#039;s that for a dream spec sheet? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="604" height="453" title="Mystery tablet" alt="Spec-tacular: HTC Nexus 8 with 64-bit processor, 4GB of RAM and 8MP camera leaks" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/nexus_0.jpeg?1407555490" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Flounder, Volantis, whatever you wan&#39;t to call it, the HTC-made Google <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/next-and-maybe-last-nexus-tablet-could-be-htc/news" target="_blank">Nexus 8</a> is definitely on the way.</p> <p>Specs for the tablet have cropped up online in a series of tweets by @upleaks, and if true, spec-fiends will have plenty to be excited about come launch day.&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/spec-tacular-htc-nexus-8-64-bit-processor-4gb-ram-and-8mp-camera-leaks/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/google/spec-tacular-htc-nexus-8-64-bit-processor-4gb-ram-and-8mp-camera-leaks/news#comments Google HTC Tablets Fri, 08 Aug 2014 15:27:04 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1444353 at http://www.stuff.tv Google Glass: now available in CeX http://www.stuff.tv/glass/google-glass-now-available-cex/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Futuristic faceputer now available from the second-hand shop next to the job centre in Brixton, still rather pricey </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/01_1.jpg?1406987877" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>No self-respecting gadget fan can resist the allure of a second-hand electronics shop, from outside at least. The displays of shops like CeX offer a heady mix of nostalgia (Gameboy Advance SP, eh? Haven&#39;t seen one of them in a while...) and bargainous prices for outdated tech. But this week we were surprised to spot, among the well-thumbed mice and reconditioned external hard drives, a gadget that hasn&#39;t even properly gone on sale yet: Google Glass.&nbsp;</p> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Of course, no technology can truly be said to have made it to mainstream acceptance until it can be traded in for a pile of DVD box sets and a guitar amp, but it&#39;s surprising to see Glass, which has only just officially gone on sale in the UK, in second-hand shops so soon. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/02_4.jpg?1406987877" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>On the other hand, it makes sense - the price of being an early adopter of Google&#39;s nose-mounted visioncube is high, with the Explorer Edition costing a hefty &pound;1000. For people who want to try it out for a couple of weeks, buying one and then flogging it to CeX, who told us they pay &pound;800 for Glass in good condition, might not be so crazy. Apparently this has been a popular strategy - CeX says there are 22 Glass units currently on sale in its stores around the UK.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apparently this one&#039;s been on sale for three weeks - and at £1100, we&#039;d say it be there a while longer." alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/03_4.jpg?1406987877" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Still, we couldn&#39;t help a wry head-shake; it&#39;s like seeing Lady Gaga queueing up for a kebab. A kebab that presumably she would fashion into some sort of interesting hat, but that&#39;s a different story. &nbsp;</p> <p><iframe src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" frameborder="0" width="300" height="180"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/04_1.jpg?1406987877" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/glass/google-glass-now-available-cex/news#comments Glass Google Sat, 02 Aug 2014 13:42:29 +0000 Will Dunn 1443881 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Homefront: The Revolution gets new makers, Google’s self-driving car Hangout, and a charity begins accepting Bitcoin http://www.stuff.tv/google/fully-charged-homefront-revolution-gets-new-makers-google-s-self-driving-car-hangout-and-char <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Spark your groggy morning mind to life with our latest a.m. news recap </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Homefront: The Revolution" alt="Homefront: The Revolution" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/homefront-therevolution.jpg?1406858734" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Crytek exits Homefront: The Revolution, shutters studios </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In recent weeks, <em>Crysis</em> and <em>Far Cry</em> developer Crytek has been dogged by reports of unpaid wages to employees and related turmoil amidst its worldwide studios, but the studio said earlier this week that the situation has been stabilized. Now we have an idea of why.</p> <p>Yesterday, publisher Deep Silver announced that it has acquired the <em>Homefront</em> first-person shooter franchise from Crytek, and that Crytek UK will no longer be working on sequel <em>Homefront: The Revolution</em>. A new Nottingham upstart called Deep Silver Dambuster Studios will take over, and many of the folks working at Crytek UK will transfer over to continue developing the game.</p> <p>Deep Silver had already agreed to co-publish the game, but now owns the IP and will keep all of the work that Crytek already performed on <em>The Revolution</em>. Crytek UK will officially close, it seems, as will Crytek USA in Austin, Texas, which was working on <em>Hunt: Horrors of the Gilded Age</em>. <em>Hunt</em> will resume development at Crytek&rsquo;s Frankfurt, Germany home base as the company refocuses on publishing free-to-play experiences.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.polygon.com/2014/7/30/5952159/crytek-uk-usa-homefront-deep-silver-hunt">Polygon</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/homefront-revolution-announced/feature">Homefront: The Revolution announced</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Live Hangout demo of Google’s self-driving car tomorrow </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Self-driving cars are about to start making their way over to the UK next year on a trial basis, thanks to soon-to-be-amended laws, and Google is one of the companies leading the charge in the market. Curious about its efforts to date? There&rsquo;s a live Hangout for that, and it&rsquo;s tomorrow.</p> <p>Google is co-hosting what it calls a &ldquo;virtual field trip&rdquo; with Make magazine, and it&rsquo;s happening tomorrow, 1 August at 7pm UK time. The interactive stream aims to show how the vehicles work, cover recent happenings, and allow viewers to ask questions on the fly.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://plus.google.com/u/0/+googleplus/posts/JGh29X2g7w1">Google+</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/self-driving-cars-roll-uk-roads-2015/news">Self-driving cars to roll onto UK roads in 2015</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Google self-driving car" alt="Google self-driving car" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/google-selfdrivingcar.jpg?1406788382" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Royal National Lifeboat Institution charity accepting Bitcoin </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In a tough economy, charities need to be innovative to keep funds coming in to support their causes. So kudos to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, which yesterday announced that it has begun accepting donations in the form of Bitcoin. For now, donations of the digital currency can be done through <a href="http://RNLI.org/Bitcoin">a specialized page</a>, but if the move works out well for the RNLI, it may make Bitcoin a standard giving option via the website.</p> <p>The RNLI offers a 24-hour search and rescue service primarily via volunteers, with 236 lifeboat stations and also 1000+ lifeguards covering more than 180 beaches across the UK. Now celebrating 190 years of service, the charity has saved more than 140,000 lives in that span. If you have some spare Bitcoin sitting around on a drive, surely they deserve a little assistance for all the help they provide.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://rnli.org/NewsCentre/Pages/RNLI-now-accepts-donations-in-digital-currency11.aspx">RNLI</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/beyond-bitcoin-bubble-what-s-next-altcurrencies/feature">Beyond the Bitcoin bubble: What an alt.currency is, why you should care, and what&rsquo;s coming next</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="825" title="Royal National Lifeboat Institution" alt="Royal National Lifeboat Institution" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/royalnationallifeboat.jpg?1406858734" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A deeper look at Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’s story </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Multiplayer might be the biggest draw for most <em>Call of Duty</em> players, but this year&rsquo;s <em>Advanced Warfare</em> looks to have the most intriguing narrative the series has concocted in a good few years. The new campaign trailer digs deeper into the far-future setting and the private military corporation driving the action, with a fun little tease of multiplayer action at the end. We&rsquo;ll get to see much more of that in about two weeks.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQTzXpxSZ8g">YouTube</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/activision/fully-charged-call-duty-advances-2054-samsung-infringes-more-apple-patents-and-50-cent-re">Fully Charged: Call of Duty advances to 2054, Samsung infringes on more Apple patents, and 50 Cent releases Star Wars headphones</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/ZQTzXpxSZ8g" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/google/fully-charged-homefront-revolution-gets-new-makers-google-s-self-driving-car-hangout-and-char#comments Cars Gaming Google Self-Driving Cars Thu, 31 Jul 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1443715 at http://www.stuff.tv 8 things you need to know about Google's Project Tango http://www.stuff.tv/google/8-things-you-need-know-about-googles-project-tango/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Street View is old hat these days - Project Tango devices will map the world around you in real-time. Allow us to explain... </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="How Project Tango will work - in the form of a lovely Stuff render" alt="What is Google Project Tango" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/project-tango-main.jpg?1407861323" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>If everything is going according to plan over at the Googleplex, app developers should soon be able to get their hands on the first tablets with Google&#39;s Project Tango tech inside.</p> <p>Tango allows a device to build up an accurate 3D&nbsp;model of its immediate surroundings, which Google says will be useful for everything from AR gaming to navigating large shopping centres. </p> <p>We imagine you&#39;ve got a few questions about that - so let us attempt to answer them for you.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/adamoxford" title="View user profile.">Adam Oxford</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 1. What is Project Tango? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Google isn&#39;t content with making software for phones that can merely capture 2D photos and videos. Nor does it just want to take stereoscopic 3D snaps.</p> <p>Instead,&nbsp;<a href="https://www.google.com/atap/projecttango/#project" target="_blank">Project Tango</a>&nbsp;is a bid to equip every mobile device with a powerful suite of software and sensors that can capture a complete 3D picture of the world around it, in real-time.</p> <p>Why? So you can map your house, furniture and all, simply by walking around it. Bingo - no more measuring up before going shopping for a new wardrobe.&nbsp;Or so you can avoid getting lost next time you go to the hospital - you&#39;ll have instant access to a 3D plan of its labyrinthine corridors. Or so you can easily find the &#39;unhealthy snacks&#39; section in your local megamart. Or so can play amazing augmented reality games. Or so that the visually impaired can receive extra help in getting around.</p> <p>In fact, as with most Google projects, the ways in which Tango could prove useful are only limited by your imagination. After all, who&#39;d have guessed <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2012/jul/14/google-street-view-new-photography" target="_blank">Street View would prove such a hit with artists?</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="Project Tango accurately maps your surroundings in 3D" alt="What is Google Project Tango" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/project-tango-heat-map-style.jpg?1407861323" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 2. Who&#039;s behind it? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The two key technology partners involved with Project Tango are Israeli imaging firm Mantis Vision and seasoned robotics engineers at Californian hiDOF.</p> <p>Inside Google, Project Tango is the work of the Advanced Technology and Projects group (ATAP) &ndash; which was formerly part of Motorola. That in turn is headed up by <a href="http://johnnylee.net/" target="_blank">Johnny Chung Lee</a>, who was once best known for his work developing Microsoft&#39;s Kinect. ATAP is also the group behind the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google-project-ara/review">Project Ara</a> modular mobile phone experiment, so it&#39;s clearly <em>au fait</em> with boundary-pushing tech.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1400" height="900" title="The Project Tango phone specs" alt="What is Google Project Tango" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/project-tango-specs.jpg?1407861323" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 3. How does the tech work? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.mv4d.com/projecttango/" target="_blank">Mantis Vision&#39;s</a> MV4D technology currently sits at the heart of handheld 3D scanners and works by shining a grid pattern of invisible lights in front of a bank of two or more cameras to capture the topography of the world it sees &ndash; not entirely unlike what you see when putting in a Tiger Woods game.</p> <p><a href="http://hidof.com/2014/02/20/bringing-visual-slam-to-the-masses-project-tango-launches/" target="_blank">HiDOF</a>, meanwhile, specialises in software that can not only interpret the data that sort of sensor produces, but also combine it with GPS, accelerometer and gyroscope readings to produce an accurate map of your immediate surroundings in real-time. </p> <p>Doing all of this on an ARM-powered smartphone is described by the company as a &ldquo;daunting task&rdquo;.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Qe10ExwzCqk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 4. Can I get hold of Project Tango yet? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>At the time of its announcement, Google said that there were 200 prototype phones going out to selected developers in the first instance, and that 4000 tablets costing US$1024 each would be available around about now. It&#39;s similar to the way in which Google Glass was launched. </p> <p>Astronauts have also been able to play around with Tango, because it&#39;s already been to space - as documented in the video above.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-s-new-project-human-body/news">Google&#39;s new project - mapping the human body</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Vc5YyLl1Ksg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 5. What does the tablet look like? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It&#39;s a fairly standard 7in slate with a slight wedge at the back to accommodate the extra sensors. As far as we can tell, it has three cameras including the webcam. </p> <p>Inside, it has one of <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-s-3d-depth-sensing-project-tango-tablet-development-kit-unveiled/news">Nvidia&#39;s so-far-untested Tegra K1</a> mobile processors with a beefy 4GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD.&nbsp;</p> <p>Google is at pains to point out that it&#39;s not a consumer device, but one is supposedly on the way. <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-io-2014/lg-will-release-consumer-version-google-s-3d-mapping-project-tango-tablet-2015">Made by LG, it is expected to arrive next year</a>.</p> <p>The phone that was sent out earlier in the year has been the subject of an <a href="https://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/Project+Tango+Teardown/23835" target="_blank">iFixit teardown</a>, so we know more about that. For instance we know that its depth-sensing array consists of an infrared projector, 4MP rear camera and front-facing fisheye view lens with 180-degree field of vision. Physically, it&#39;s a standard phone shape but rather chunky compared to the class of 2014. More like something from about 2010</p> <p>Presumably there&#39;ll be a consumer-focused phone released next year too - Tango makes more sense on a pocketable device after all - but there&#39;s no word yet on who might make it or what it might look like.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Tango tablet that&#039;s available to developers..." alt="What is Google Project Tango" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/projecttango-tablet_0.jpg?1407861323" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="...and the prototype Tango phone that was sent out" alt="What is Google Project Tango" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/project-tango-phone.jpg?1407861323" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 6. Do I want to get hold of it? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Right now, probably not. </p> <p>Early kits are really for testing the device APIs and starting work on apps which will make use of Project Tango&#39;s new abilities. </p> <p>In the future, almost certainly. </p> <p>There are a few obvious uses for Tango mooted already &ndash; alternate reality (AR) gaming and 3D scanning are popular everyday activities &ndash; but like Street View and Maps, it&#39;s only once Tango is out there that we&#39;ll really get a feeling for the difference it can make.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="AR gaming will be one of Tango&#039;s main features" alt="What is Google Project Tango" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/project-tango-ar-gaming.jpg?1407861323" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7. If it all sounds strangely familiar… </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Google&#39;s been working on something similar to Project Tango for a while now, but on a much bigger scale than smartphone processors. The reason its much-vaunted <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/why-you-should-be-pumped-about-self-driving-cars/feature">self-driving cars </a>work is because they can see everything that&#39;s happening around them, building on-the-fly topographical maps to avoid collisions and potholes.</p> <p>Much of the same tech has gone into Tango and indeed some of the same people have worked across both projects. Yes, we&#39;re fairly envious of their CVs.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="Tango uses some of the same mapping tech as Google&#039;s driverless cars" alt="What is Google Project Tango" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/project-tango-in-car.jpg?1407861323" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8. What&#039;s Google after? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Creative Commons inventor <a href="https://www.ted.com/talks/lawrence_lessig_we_the_people_and_the_republic_we_must_reclaim" target="_blank">Larry Lessig made the case in a TED speech</a> that it&#39;s easy to forget how different the world is today thanks to Google&#39;s desire to know everything. </p> <p>For instance, while many people consider some tasks &ndash; notably political reform &ndash; to be impossible, they have no problem accepting the likelihood of a single company photographing every square foot of almost every single road in the world and stitching them together to create a single image service. Which, on the face of it, should be a far harder project.&nbsp;</p> <p>The unforeseen benefits of Google&#39;s mapping odyssey include everything from being able to visit holiday destinations before booking them, to enabling home delivery in places where post offices and street names don&#39;t exist.&nbsp;</p> <p>If Project Tango works - and we&#39;ve no reason to suspect it won&#39;t - it could prove every bit as revolutionary as Maps or Street View. It just might take a while for its true genius to become clear.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/android-45/review">Everything you need to know about Android L, Google&#39;s next mobile operating system</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/44vppay5UDc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> All you need to know about Google&#039;s Project Tango </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> No1: It&#039;s amazing... </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/8-things-you-need-know-about-googles-project-tango/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/google/8-things-you-need-know-about-googles-project-tango/feature#comments Google Project Tango Smartphones Tablets Wed, 30 Jul 2014 18:21:50 +0000 Marc McLaren 1443648 at http://www.stuff.tv Google’s new project: the perfect human body http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-s-new-project-human-body/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Big G&#039;s attempting to paint a picture of ideal human health </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Google’s new project: the human body" alt="Google’s new project: the human body" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Google_1200.jpg?1406597154" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Google has embarked on an ambitious new project; an attempt to build a database of what a healthy human being should be.</p> <p>Dubbed Baseline Study, the project will kick off with researchers collecting anonymous genetic and molecular information from 175 people.</p> <p>The study will then draw information from thousands more in a bid to create a picture of a person in perfect health.</p> <p>It is hoped that the data collected will be used to help detect diseases, such as cancer and heart disease, much earlier than is currently possible.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/peterawlins" title="View user profile.">Peter Rawlins</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-s-new-project-human-body/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-s-new-project-human-body/news#comments Google Wearable tech Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:04:23 +0000 Peter Rawlins 1443270 at http://www.stuff.tv OK Google, entertain me: Google Maps' new Explore feature finds stuff to do nearby http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-maps-adds-explore-feature/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Google&#039;s new Maps feature aims to bring an entertainment portal, straight to your hands </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Google Maps Explore" alt="Google Maps Explore" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Google%20Maps%20Explore.jpg?1406276725" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><strong>Google is adding a new Explore feature to its Maps app, which brings up nearby places of intrest at the touch of a button.</strong></p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/peterawlins" title="View user profile.">Peter Rawlins</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The new Explore button is set to roll out on iOS and Android later this week, and it&#39;s smart.&nbsp;</p> <p>Explore is able to adjust its results based on context, such as the weather and the time of day, so it won&rsquo;t send you to a park if it&rsquo;s raining, or to a Club at 10am. Clever stuff.</p> <p>You can also use Explore to plan ahead. If you know you&rsquo;re heading somewhere later and want to sort our where you&#39;re going to eat, simply search for that location and hit the Explore button to see a list of places to eat in the surrounding area.</p> <p>Don&rsquo;t like the look of what&#39;s nearby? Adjust the boundaries to a 15-minute walk or 20 minute drive away, and go off exploring.</p> <p>The system will also learn your habits over time, and suggest locations based on previous places they have visited.</p> <p>Android users will also have the benefit of being offered extra information such as restaurant reviews, transport schedules and other info, which will come in handy for planning trips ahead of time.</p> <p>We expect the feature to be integrated into Android Wear devices at some point, but there&#39;s no word on when that might be, though we&#39;ll keep you updated as always.</p> <p>In the meantime - good work, Google.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: Android 4.4 KitKat review</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-maps-adds-explore-feature/news#comments Google Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:21:50 +0000 Peter Rawlins 1443183 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Google killing ‘free’ tag for freemium games, next Xbox One update adds Blu-ray 3D support, and Star Wars being fully recreated in Minecraft http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/fully-charged-google-killing-free-tag-freemium-games-next-xbox-one-update-adds-blu-ray-3d-sup <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Pump some fun into this Monday with our quick-hit recap of recent tech news </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Google Play" alt="Google Play" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/googleplay-freegames.jpg?1406013914" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Google: Android games with in-app purchases won’t be labelled ‘free’ </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Few &ldquo;free&rdquo; mobile games these days are devoid of in-app purchases, which has caused an uproar among parents and trade associations alike. With pressure from the former, the latter has gone after the likes of Google and Apple to make changes to how such freemium games are targeted towards children, and Google looks to be the first to make a big move.</p> <p>According to a press release issued by the European Commission, Google has agreed to no longer bill initially-gratis games with available in-app purchases as &ldquo;free&rdquo; on Google Play for Android. The company will do so by the end of September, and also draft guidelines for developers to follow to avoid kid-focused demands for in-game spending. How these apps will be labelled going forward remains unclear, though it apparently won&rsquo;t be as &ldquo;free.&rdquo;</p> <p>Apple, on the other hand, has offered the commission only vague assurances that it will &ldquo;address those concerns,&rdquo; says the release, with no timeline in place. However, the commission says it will continue to keep tabs on Apple to ensure that action is taken before long, and we have to wonder if Amazon will get roped into this all considering its issues with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-14-847_en.htm?locale=en">European Commission</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/fully-charged-amazon-sued-us-government-over-app-purchases-crowdfunded-satellite-revival-atte">Fully Charged: Amazon sued by U.S. over in-app purchases, crowdfunded satellite revival attempt seems doomed, and the long-lost Halo 3 Easter Egg</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Social enhancements, Blu-ray 3D playback coming to Xbox One </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Microsoft has been pumping out steady, meaningful Xbox One system updates each month, and the round of enhancements due in August looks like another solid one. Social tweaks lead the pack, with a livelier and more interactive Activity Feed.</p> <p>Additionally, the update will add Blu-ray 3D playback to the console, along with remote purchasing via SmartGlass or web, notification tweaks, and battery level notifications. Microsoft is also testing a permanent friends bar and Gamerscore leaderboard on the main screen, but both features are still being tweaked before wide release later this year.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://majornelson.com/2014/07/18/next-xbox-one-update/">Major Nelson</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/fully-charged-steamboy-machine-handheld-steam-pc-next-xbox-one-update-detailed-and-inside-toky">Fully Charged: The Steamboy Machine is a handheld Steam PC, next Xbox One update detailed, and inside Tokyo&rsquo;s new Apple Store</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/ovHyso_jy24" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> New teaser for fan-made Star Wars film recreation in Minecraft </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Fans have been using Minecraft to generate amazing, ambitious pop culture recreations since it first came on the scene, and Minecraft&mdash;Star Wars&mdash;A New Hope may be one of the most elaborate undertakings to date.</p> <p>It&rsquo;ll be a full shot-for-shot video remake of the original 1977 film using the tools from the game, although you&rsquo;ll need to run the DVD/VHS/Blu-ray of the film itself in the background to lend sound to the blocky images. Check out the latest trailer for the flick, which is expected out later this year; more than an hour&rsquo;s worth of footage has already been completed.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://paradisedecay.wordpress.com">Minecraft&mdash;Star Wars&mdash;A New Hope</a> via <a href="http://kotaku.com/minecraft-star-wars-a-new-hope-looks-as-good-as-ever-1605837108">Kotaku</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ordnance-survey-creates-minecraft-map-great-britain/news">Ordnance Survey creates Minecraft map of Great Britain</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/-U7RyXiHB1s" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Amazon planning Android Prime Instant Video app, also 4K content </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>According to a report out of PC Advisor, Amazon&rsquo;s Prime Instant Video marketing director Russell Morris has confirmed that an Android version of the company&rsquo;s streaming video app is finally incoming, with a release &ldquo;imminent&rdquo; (the iOS version is shown above). It&rsquo;s unclear whether it will play friendly with both phones and tablets out of the gate, however.</p> <p>Additionally, the report claims that 4K Ultra HD video content will make its debut this year on the Prime Instant Video service, with all of the Amazon Studios original series for the coming season shooting at that resolution. Two series should arrive later this year, with another two out in Q1 2015.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/news/google-android/3531062/amazon-set-launch-prime-instant-video-app-for-android/">PC Advisor</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/netflix-stream-house-cards-season-2-4k/news">Netflix to stream House of Cards season 2 in 4K</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Amazon Prime Instant Video" alt="Amazon Prime Instant Video" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/amazon-primeinstantvideo.PNG?1406013914" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/fully-charged-google-killing-free-tag-freemium-games-next-xbox-one-update-adds-blu-ray-3d-sup#comments Amazon Android Apple Film and TV Google Minecraft Xbox One Mon, 21 Jul 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1442695 at http://www.stuff.tv Google’s Fiber gigabit Internet service unlikely to reach UK soon http://www.stuff.tv/fiber-tv/google-s-fiber-gigabit-internet-service-unlikely-reach-uk-soon/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Company confirms discussions about idea, but says no “serious planning” afoot </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Google Fiber" alt="Google Fiber" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/google-fiber.jpg?1405708102" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Google Fiber has delivered ultrafast gigabit Internet service to a couple of United States cities thus far&mdash;but sadly, it doesn&rsquo;t sound like the company is ready to expand internationally quite yet.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/fiber-tv/google-s-fiber-gigabit-internet-service-unlikely-reach-uk-soon/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/fiber-tv/google-s-fiber-gigabit-internet-service-unlikely-reach-uk-soon/news#comments Fiber TV Google Fri, 18 Jul 2014 18:26:39 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1442519 at http://www.stuff.tv Nest Labs and Samsung join forces for Thread connected home standard http://www.stuff.tv/google/nest-labs-and-samsung-launch-thread-connected-home-standard/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Secure and low-powered network will link up all of your flat’s smart tech </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Thread" alt="Thread" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/thread-group.jpg?1405475180" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>When Google-owned smart thermostat maker Nest Labs <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/fully-charged-nasa-aims-capture-asteroid-2019-nest-acquires-dropcam-and-watch-crazy-gopro-fil">recently acquired Dropcam</a>, it seemed like a clear move toward running the connected home of the future. A newly-announced initiative to link up such devices only underscores that.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/nest-labs-and-samsung-launch-thread-connected-home-standard/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/google/nest-labs-and-samsung-launch-thread-connected-home-standard/news#comments Connected home Google Samsung Tue, 15 Jul 2014 19:20:44 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1442191 at http://www.stuff.tv Android Wear http://www.stuff.tv/google/android-wear/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Want to spend less time with your smartphone in your hand? Put Google on your wrist </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="604" height="453" title="Google on your wrist " alt="Android Wear review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/android-wear-main_0.jpg?1406000084" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sophie-charara" title="View user profile.">Sophie Charara</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Smartwatch makers have been doing it all wrong. For the past few years they&#39;ve tried to cram smartphone-style apps, buttons and icons on to tiny wrist-bound screens, and it hasn&#39;t worked.&nbsp;</p> <p>Google knows this, and it also knows the smartwatch needs defining quickly, before Apple gets the chance to do it with an iWatch.</p> <p>Enter Android Wear - an OS designed for wearables and one that combines scarily smart notifications and voice control with Google&rsquo;s killer web services.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £0.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price-notes"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tested on the LG G Watch </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Clever use of Google Now </div> <div class="field-item even"> Good-looking notifications </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Best voice control on wearables </div> <div class="field-item even"> Compatible with all Android smartphones 4.3+ </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> All-or-nothing alerts </div> <div class="field-item even"> Needs more third-party apps </div> <div class="field-item odd"> OS quirks </div> <div class="field-item even"> No proper Spotify controls </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Google Fit isn’t ready </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes, It Tells The Time </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The main screen of Android Wear is the watchface. Devs can&rsquo;t build custom watchfaces - yet - but manufacturers can preload their own and these are accessed by longpressing as you would to swap the wallpaper on some Android phones.</p> <p>On the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lg/lg-g-watch/review">LG G Watch</a>, the only Android Wear device we&rsquo;ve tested so far, there&rsquo;s a 20-strong selection of both crazy Tokyoflash-style and analogue-aping &lsquo;Dieter/Helvetica&rsquo; faces to choose from. The Moto 360 looks set to have a wider selection, and more interesting designs - for instance, analogue-style options showing the date and weather - when it launches. But also bear in mind that the Pebble has a massive selection of custom watchfaces, from classic &lsquo;Aviator&rsquo; styles to Super Mario animations. It&rsquo;s wonderfully geeky and Wear needs to open up watchfaces sooner rather than later if it wants to compete on this front.</p> <p>The watchface screen can and should be set to &ldquo;always on&rdquo; (or what&rsquo;s the point?) but of course this does have an impact on battery life. The screen does at least dim and go monochrome&nbsp;when not in use (some faces look cooler this way), with one tap required to wake it up again. The likes of the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lg/lg-g-watch/review">G Watch</a> have a built-in motion sensor designed to turn the display on when you flick your wrist, but in our experience this doesn&rsquo;t work every time.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/pebble/pebble-steel/review">Pebble Steel review&nbsp;</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="&quot;Digital&quot; faces look best on the G Watch " alt="Android Wear review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/android-wear-review-watchface.JPG?1406000084" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="567" height="425" title="Moto 360 looks set to win the Wear watchface wars" alt="Android Wear review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/moto-360-front_1.jpg?1406000084" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Welcome to Notification City </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You can easily show off most exciting tech by getting it to do something awesome on command.&nbsp;That&#39;s not the case with Android Wear though - instead,&nbsp;the awesome stuff just happens.</p> <p>That&rsquo;s because the OS pushes you two types of alerts. The first type is any notification on your smartphone - that&rsquo;s anything appearing in your notification pulldown (Vine post failed, download complete etc) plus calls, emails, text messages and Facebook/WhatsApp/Twitter messages and mentions. So far, so any other smartwatch system.</p> <p>The second type of alert is where the magic starts. Wear uses Google Now - Google&rsquo;s card-based personal assistant on Android - and all of the search-, calendar- and location-based info it holds on you. Your cards aren&rsquo;t available all the time on one screen as they are on the smartphone version - instead they pop up when Google thinks you might need them.</p> <p>So if you&rsquo;ve saved your &lsquo;home&rsquo; and &lsquo;work&rsquo; locations to Google Maps, it can tell you how many minutes you are away from home and give you public transport times. In the morning, it will show you your calendar appointments for the day and give you a weather forecast. If you&rsquo;ve looked up a pub or restaurant or cinema on Maps on your phone earlier and are now on your way, a card will pop up on your watch telling how far away you are and how to get there. See, magic.</p> <p>As you might have guessed, this means a lot of notifications and that means a lot of little buzzes on your wrist. Problem number one is that the first type of alerts are all or nothing. Anything that comes through on your phone comes through to Wear, as you&rsquo;ll discover in the dedicated Android Wear app. Individual apps can be muted but there&#39;s nowhere near the control you get on a Pebble. So all those alerts you&rsquo;ve been ignoring in your pulldown: now&rsquo;s the time to sort them out, by turning off all notifications for that app on the smartphone.</p> <p>Problem number two is that the second type are all or erm, all and there&rsquo;s no way to guide Google Now towards showing you what&rsquo;s useful. On the smartphone version of the assistant, you can tell Now not to show you updates on that sports team or directions to that location any more. Not so on Wear. Yet.</p> <p>There is at least a wonderfully simple way to mute the watch&rsquo;s buzzing (for bedtime, for instance) - just press and swipe down on the watchface screen to mute/unmute.</p> <p><strong>READ NOW:</strong> <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/martian-notifier/review">Martian Notifier review - the smartwatch with customisable vibrations&nbsp;</a></p> <p><iframe class="vine-embed" frameborder="0" height="480" src="https://vine.co/v/MxWlODvg265/embed/simple" width="480"></iframe></p> </p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Hands down best-looking notifications we&#039;ve seen on a smartwatch " alt="Android Wear review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/android-wear-ui_0.jpg?1406000084" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Look up somewhere on Maps on your phone, it&#039;ll pop up on Wear " alt="Android Wear review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/android-wear-review-travel.jpg?1406000084" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Google Addicts, You&#039;re In Luck </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Getting around Android Wear is fairly intuitive but it might require an initial half hour of head-scratching as you figure out how the OS is structured.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s no notifications centre or list of apps to scroll around - as there are on the Pebble Steel - but you can tap the watchface once then press the arrow under the voice command to get instant access to your agenda for the day, Google&rsquo;s step counter and settings.</p> <p>Nothing else is stored in a neat list like that but when you do get a notification the rule is tap to open/read, swipe right to dismiss and swipe left for options. That said, there&#39;s a bit of a two-tier system here, with Google apps such as Gmail getting more options than third-party programs. So, swipe left on a Gmail message and you&#39;ll see &#39;archive&#39;, &#39;reply (via voice)&#39; and &#39;open on phone&#39;. Do the same for a Hotmail message and you&#39;ll just see &#39;open on phone&#39;.</p> <p>Gmails also stack in a group when there&rsquo;s more than one and you can tap on any email to expand - not yet the case for other notifications such as WhatsApp.</p> </p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> You Will Use voice - No, Really </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><iframe class="vine-embed" frameborder="0" height="480" src="https://vine.co/v/Mx7ZLHEHrJY/embed/simple" width="480"></iframe></p> <p>Voice on Android Wear is the one feature that clearly beats its smartwatch rivals. The <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/pebble/pebble-steel/review">Pebble Steel</a> doesn&rsquo;t bother with voice at all and on the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gear-2/samsung-gear-2-and-gear-2-neo/review">Samsung Gear 2</a> it&rsquo;s still a slow and frustrating experience.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s not perfect - recognition will never be 100% given the stage voice technology is at right now - and we had to rename some friends with foreign names that Google just wasn&rsquo;t picking up. Given that we wanted to voice-text them some abuse, we think it was totally worth the effort.</p> <p>The dictation feature for messages and emails is also way too hasty - it will decide on a contact and start sending as soon as you take a pause. So, if it mishears you, you could easily find yourself sending a message saying &lsquo;free ninja urine&rsquo; to your boss.&nbsp;Unlike the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gear-2/samsung-gear-2-and-gear-2-neo/review">Gear 2</a>,&nbsp;Wear won&#39;t speak back to you to clarify the sender and message, so&nbsp;the only way to avoid this kind of mishap is to keep an eye on who it&#39;s selected and hit the cancel button swiftly if necessary.&nbsp;</p> <p>But even so, this is the first time we&rsquo;ve been confident enough about voice control on a wearable to use it frequently. In fact, when the embarrassment of it not working is gone, we&rsquo;re much more likely to use it in public too. For short messages to contacts you know it will get right, it&rsquo;s much quicker than pulling out your smartphone. Likewise, using it for navigation - just say the name of the bar you&rsquo;re going to rather and Wear will open up Maps on your phone. Genuine time saver.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gear-2/samsung-gear-2-and-gear-2-neo/review">Samsung Gear 2 review&nbsp;</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apps-plosion incoming </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>For now,<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/pebble/pebble-steel/review"> Pebble&rsquo;s app store</a> means you can do more with a Steel than a G Watch - but that won&#39;t last for long.&nbsp;Wear was only formally revealed a month or so ago and already scores of devs are making their apps Wear-patible. Give it a couple of months and we&#39;d expect Android Wear devices to have streaked ahead in this regard.</p> <p>Fire up the free Android Wear companion app and you&#39;ll find a link to Wear apps on Google Play. Inside,&nbsp;you&#39;ll already find the likes of IFTTT, DuoLingo, RunTastic, Snapchat, Tinder, The Guardian and Pinterest. Most offer notifications but some include wrist-based controls - for instance you can take charge of your&nbsp;Philips&nbsp;Hue Wi-Fi bulbs in this way. FlyDelta gives you a QR code boarding pass on Wear and Wear Mini Launcher gives you an app drawer.</p> <p>And remember, this is still Android. Pebble devs will probably build for Wear too and pretty soon someone out there will have created almost any smartwatch feature you could ever desire.</p> <p>While we&rsquo;d like to see apps such as CityMapper, Moves and Twitter show Wear some love, the really big advantage Pebble still has is proper Spotify controls. Google Play Music is well catered for here but Spotify just gets (admittedly lovely) album artwork and a play/pause button that doesn&rsquo;t always work. We&rsquo;d like buttons to skip tracks, please, and Play Music-style voice controls.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/music/best-new-albums-spotify-so-far-year/feature">The best new albums on Spotify so far this year </a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="App icons show up next to the message or group name " alt="Android Wear review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/android-wear-review-whatsapp.JPG?1406000084" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="567" height="425" title="There&#039;s enough Wear apps to get started " alt="Android Wear review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG-G-Watch-review-apps_0.png?1406000084" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> We&#039;ll Be Seeing More of Google Fit </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Announced at I/O with Android Wear, Fit is Google&rsquo;s own health platform and its answer to <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ios-8/review">Apple&rsquo;s Health app</a>. But on Wear, Fit amounts to nothing more than a step counter with targets (such as 10,000 steps) and the option to display steps as a card on top of the watchface.</p> <p>The Gear Live has a heart-rate monitor, sure. But, right now, Android Wear devices aren&rsquo;t going to trouble sportswatches and trackers. Still, Google has big plans to capture our health, fitness and sleep data and a ton of partners - Nike, Adidas, Polar, RunKeeper, HTC - have been announced.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Android Wear Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A platform with the simplicity, smarts and openness of Android Wear couldn&rsquo;t have been built by anyone but Google. Google Now, Google Search, Google Voice - even Apple won&rsquo;t come close to matching these features and services. For that reason, there&rsquo;s no other tech giant we&rsquo;d rather strap to our wrists. &nbsp;</p> <p>It&rsquo;s far from perfect. But when we look at our list of complaints, there&rsquo;s a lot of &lsquo;yet&rsquo;s. Google Fit isn&rsquo;t ready yet. There&rsquo;s not many apps yet either but Wear compatible updates are flying into the Google Play Store daily. There&rsquo;s no proper Spotify control yet but an unreliable pause button indicates more will come. Navigation is patchy too but if anyone can crack on-wrist maps, it&rsquo;s Google.</p> <p>The underdog, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/pebble/pebble-steel/review">Pebble</a>, also still beats Android Wear in a few crucial ways. You can glance at a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/pebble/pebble-steel/review">Pebble Steel</a> 24/7 and see the same watchface - no flicking or tapping to wake the screen. Its app store is impressive, considering the company&rsquo;s Kickstarter beginnings, and Wear will have some catching up to do. And with colourful, fullscreen notifications and images that need mini LCD or AMOLED screens, we just don&rsquo;t see any Wear devices getting anywhere close to the e-paper Pebble&rsquo;s awesome five-day battery life.</p> <p>But while Pebble gets the basics right, Android Wear offers something more - after a week with it, we really struggled to untether ourselves from Google&rsquo;s all-round helpfulness. The <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lg/lg-g-watch/review">G Watch</a> is the first wearable we&rsquo;ve used that feels like a personal assistant and it&rsquo;s the one that&rsquo;s come closest to curing our smartphone addiction.</p> <p>In short, Android Wear is the best evidence we&rsquo;ve seen yet of wearables becoming can&rsquo;t-live-without-them gadgets. Maybe 2014 will be the year of the smartwatch after all.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: </strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/wearable-tech/top-ten">The ten best smartwatches, wearables and fitness trackers money can buy </a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="We struggled to let go of Wear&#039;s personal assistant " alt="Android Wear review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN4434.JPG?1406000084" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Google&rsquo;s new wearable OS isn&rsquo;t flawless but it&rsquo;s full of potential and might just turn the smartwatch into a must-have gadget</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Android Wear review: &quot;Brimming with potential&quot; </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Google is set to make 2014 the year of the smartwatch </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/android-wear/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/google/android-wear/review#comments Android Wear Google Tue, 15 Jul 2014 14:55:21 +0000 Sophie Charara 1441875 at http://www.stuff.tv Google’s smart contact lenses get one step closer to a reality http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-s-smart-contact-lenses-get-one-step-closer-reality/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> New deal with Novartis to speed the development of glucose-sensing contacts for diabetics </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Google’s smart contact lenses get one step closer to a reality" alt="Google’s smart contact lenses get one step closer to a reality" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/google-smart-contact-lens.jpg?1405473097" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Back in January, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-s-smart-contact-lens-can-measure-your-glucose-levels/news">Google announced that it was working on a smart contact lens</a>. And now a new partnership with Swiss healthcare company Novartis is bringing the technology one step closer to a reality.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Novartis and Google will now collaborate on the development and potential production of the smart contact lens and, while there&rsquo;s still no indication as to when it&rsquo;ll hit the market, the signs for it actually doing so at some point are encouraging.</p> <p>And you&rsquo;d have to think that putting a sensor and wireless transmitter inside something as tiny and non-invasive as a contact lens is a step towards the sort of HUD-equipped contacts seen in the most recent <em>Mission: Impossible</em> movie. And that could mean the power of <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/glass/google-glass/review">Google Glass</a> without having to wear the headset&hellip;</p> <p>[<a href="http://multimediacapsule.thomsonone.com/novartis/foresight-announcement" target="_blank">Novartis</a> via <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/7/15/5900871/google-and-novartis-smart-contact-lens-partnership" target="_blank">The Verge</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/recon-instruments/recon-ceo-says-contact-lenses-google-glass-displays-will-happen/feature">Recon CEO says contact lenses with Google Glass-like displays &ldquo;will happen&rdquo;</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Google’s smart contact lenses get one step closer to a reality" alt="Google’s smart contact lenses get one step closer to a reality" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/google-smart-contact-lens-hands.jpg?1405473097" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-s-smart-contact-lenses-get-one-step-closer-reality/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Google Wearable tech Tue, 15 Jul 2014 11:21:19 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1442164 at http://www.stuff.tv Microsoft goes after Google's "artificial brain" with its own Project Adam http://www.stuff.tv/google/microsoft-goes-after-googles-artificial-brain-its-own-project-adam/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The robot overlords are coming – and they&#039;re going to be running Microsoft software </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Microsoft goes after Google&#039;s &#039;artificial brain&#039; with its own Project Adam" alt="Microsoft goes after Google&#039;s &#039;artificial brain&#039; with its own Project Adam" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/project%20adam.jpg?1405416435" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Microsoft is developing an AI called &ldquo;Adam&rdquo;, which is principally from the same family as <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_Brain" target="_blank">Google&rsquo;s artificial brain</a>.</p> <p>All the big tech companies, drawing from a body of academic research, are pioneering a form of AI called &ldquo;deep learning&rdquo;. This is the AI that&rsquo;s behind speech recognition tech like Siri and voice search on Android phones, reverse image search, and language translation. Thus far, these technologies hold records for accuracy in those regards.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/erna-mahyuni" title="View user profile.">Erna Mahyuni</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hello, Adam </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>However, Adam isn&#39;t gunning to replace Google Brain outright. It&rsquo;s really about optimising the system, how it handles its data and how the servers communicate with each other. Any system descended from deep learning is about modelling the way the human brain works, specifically the networks of neurons, and then processing data the way our brain does.</p> <p>Of course, as we scale these systems to greater heights, it gets more and more unwieldy to replicate.&nbsp;Adam solves this problem by asynchrony, which basically splits the datastream to be solved by separate systems, and then merges the end result together. This ends up being less problematic than it sounds.</p> <p>Take, for example, a picture of your dinner from last night. One server tags it &ldquo;dim sum&rdquo;, another goes &ldquo;dumplings&rdquo;, yet another goes &ldquo;Chinese food&rdquo;. Yup, science has finally automated your friend that dumps 20 similar hashtags on their Instagrams. (Good, they can finally be systematically removed from all society.)</p> <p>Microsoft claims the project is still embryonic, and so far no plans to release it to the public have been made. It will, however, find its way into current Microsoft products such as Bing.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/clever-computers-top-25-artificial-intelligences-film/feature">The top 24 artificial intelligences on film</a></p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.wired.com/2014/07/microsoft-adam/" target="_blank">Wired</a>]</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/S4ZgfYoeyCo" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/microsoft-goes-after-googles-artificial-brain-its-own-project-adam/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Google Microsoft Tue, 15 Jul 2014 09:26:24 +0000 Stephen Graves 1442155 at http://www.stuff.tv