Google http://www.stuff.tv/taxonomy/term/417/0 en-GB Microsoft investing in aftermarket Android operating system, CyanogenMod http://www.stuff.tv/android/microsoft-investing-aftermarket-android-operating-system-cyanogenmod/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Cyanogen wants to wrest Android control from Google, and Microsoft may help </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="CyanogenMod" alt="CyanogenMod" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/cyanogen-cyanogenmod.jpg?1422569685" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Microsoft has its own smartphone platform with Windows Phone, obviously, but with a mere 3% market share compared to juggernauts like Android and iOS, the company may be getting antsy.</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/android/microsoft-investing-aftermarket-android-operating-system-cyanogenmod/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/android/microsoft-investing-aftermarket-android-operating-system-cyanogenmod/news#comments Android Google Microsoft Smartphones Thu, 29 Jan 2015 22:10:52 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1458841 at http://www.stuff.tv Ker-ching: You can now attach money to your Gmail messages http://www.stuff.tv/gmail/ker-ching-you-can-now-attach-money-your-gmail-messages/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Google Wallet users in the UK can now send funds via email, even if the recipient isn’t a Gmail user </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="Ker-ching: You can now attach money to your Gmail messages" alt="Ker-ching: You can now attach money to your Gmail messages" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/send_money-hero.jpg?1422529998" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Attention, UK-based users of Gmail: you can now send your friends and family money by simply attaching it to a message.</p> <p>That&rsquo;s right, instead of using bank transfers or, you know, physically sending someone a cheque in the post (who does that in 2015?), you now have the option of pinging real (albeit digital) funds via email. And it doesn&rsquo;t cost a penny in fees.</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>Google launched the ability to send money via Gmail back in May of 2013 &ndash; but only in the US. Almost two years on and it&rsquo;s finally arrived here in the UK. The requirements are a Gmail account (for the sender &ndash; the recipient doesn&rsquo;t need one), Google Wallet accounts for both the sender and recipient, and that the users are over 18 years old.</p> <p>A Google Wallet account can be swiftly linked to your debit card or bank account so that money flows in and out without you needing to fuss around by transferring funds back and forth.</p> <p>Google says the feature will roll out to all UK Gmail users in the coming weeks.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://googlecommerce.blogspot.co.uk/2015/01/now-available-in-uk-send-and-request.html?m=1" target="_blank">Google Commerce blog</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-wallet-comes-ios/news">Google Wallet comes to iOS</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/FVKwbZOFh3o" 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/gmail/ker-ching-you-can-now-attach-money-your-gmail-messages/news#comments Gmail Google Thu, 29 Jan 2015 11:11:09 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1458800 at http://www.stuff.tv The dimple on the back of the Nexus 6 was going to be a fingerprint scanner - until Apple came along http://www.stuff.tv/apple/dimple-back-nexus-6-was-going-be-fingerprint-scanner-until-apple-came-along/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Motorola&#039;s ex-CEO confirms what could have been </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="The dimple on the back of the Nexus 6 was going to be a fingerprint scanner - until Apple came along" alt="The dimple on the back of the Nexus 6 was going to be a fingerprint scanner - un" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/nexus-6-20_0.jpg?1422276236" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>That dimple on the rear of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-nexus-6/review" target="_blank">Nexus 6</a> looks rather nice. Bordering Motorola&#39;s &#39;M&#39;, it brings a little design flavour to the mix, and that&#39;s always a good thing.</p> <p>But it could have been much more.</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/apple/dimple-back-nexus-6-was-going-be-fingerprint-scanner-until-apple-came-along/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/dimple-back-nexus-6-was-going-be-fingerprint-scanner-until-apple-came-along/news#comments Apple Google Motorola Nexus 6 Smartphones Mon, 26 Jan 2015 12:37:13 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1458536 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Google planning wireless service, new Battletoads game teased, and BlackBerry thinks developers should be forced to make BlackBerry apps http://www.stuff.tv/blackberry/fully-charged-google-planning-wireless-service-new-battletoads-game-teased-and-blackberry <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Amidst a wealth of Microsoft news, it’s… well, mostly not Microsoft 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="Nexus 6" alt="Nexus 6" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/nexus6-inhand.jpg?1421911981" /> </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 reportedly launching wireless service </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 already has its hands in the software and hardware (via partners) side of the mobile phone business, so why not the actual service, as well? That may be what&rsquo;s ahead, as The Wall Street Journal and The Information report that Google has worked out deals with major carriers to sell service under its own name.</p> <p>That means that Google wouldn&rsquo;t actually control or own the cellular service, but instead lease it out and rebrand it - and potentially offer different and better terms for customers. According to the reports, U.S. carriers Sprint and T-Mobile have agreed to offer their networks for Google to package and resell to customers, although it&rsquo;s unclear when such plans might unfold.</p> <p>The Wall Street Journal notes that Sprint executives in particular are concerned that Google will turn around and become a rival in the space in time, but Sprint apparently is able to renegotiate terms if Google brings on a wealth of customers. With Fiber, Google has shown that it wants to give people fantastic Internet service at reasonable prices, but we&rsquo;ll see if the same holds true for wireless service when it&rsquo;s on other companies&rsquo; networks.</p> <p>[Sources: <a href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/google-to-sell-wireless-service-in-deals-with-sprint-t-mobile-1421887967">The Wall Street Journal</a>, <a href="https://www.theinformation.com/Google-s-Next-Telecom-Move-Becoming-a-Wireless-Carrier">The Information</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/android-45/review">Android 5.0 Lollipop review</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"> New Battletoads teased by Xbox exec’s shirt </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>Can we credit a t-shirt for rampant speculation about a classic video game&rsquo;s return? We certainly can, as yesterday at the big Windows 10 event, Xbox head Phil Spencer wore a shirt bearing a logo from Rare&rsquo;s beloved <em>Battletoads</em> series - which hasn&rsquo;t produced a new game in more than 20 years.</p> <p>Spencer has a knack for wearing shirts for upcoming games at events, and Microsoft owns Rare, but the developer&rsquo;s been tasked with middling filler like <em>Kinect Sports</em> sequels in recent years. However, a <em>Battletoads</em> trademark was renewed late last year, and Spencer previously expressed interest in seeing the game revived.</p> <p>Asked by Polygon about the shirt, Spencer replied, &quot;I don&#39;t think I&#39;ve ever worn a t-shirt that&#39;s been a complete head fake. I don&#39;t think I have ... have I? I wouldn&#39;t do that.&quot; So, new <em>Battletoads</em> it is, then.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.polygon.com/2015/1/21/7867485/battletoads">Polygon</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/5-best-most-infuriatingly-difficult-games-ever/feature">The 5 best, most infuriatingly difficult games ever</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="749" title="Microsoft&#039;s Phil Spencer" alt="Microsoft&#039;s Phil Spencer" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/xbox-philspencer-battletoadsshirt.png?1421911981" /> </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"> BlackBerry upset about its app selection </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>Well, this is worth a head-scratch and a chuckle. BlackBerry has posted a portion of an open letter on its blog, the full version of which was sent to United States senators and representatives in support of net neutrality.</p> <p>However, BlackBerry&rsquo;s idea of net neutrality includes language that suggests that the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) should force app makers to release their wares for BlackBerry devices. Because many of them aren&rsquo;t doing so of their own free will!</p> <p>Citing Apple&rsquo;s lack of iMessage on other mobile platforms and Netflix&rsquo;s continued disregard for bringing its app to BlackBerry, CEO John Chen says (emphasis his), &ldquo;This dynamic has created a <strong>two-tiered wireless broadband ecosystem</strong>, in which iPhone and Android users are able to access far more content and applications than customers using devices running other operating systems.&rdquo;</p> <p>He adds (again, emphasis his), &ldquo;Therefore, neutrality must be mandated at the application and content layer if <strong>we truly want a free, open and non-discriminatory Internet</strong>. All wireless broadband customers must have the ability to access any lawful applications and content they choose, and applications/content providers must be prohibited from discriminating based on the customer&rsquo;s mobile operating system.&rdquo;</p> <p>Sounds highly unlikely to us, not to mention extraordinarily whiny. Good luck with that.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://blogs.blackberry.com/2015/01/blackberry-net-neutrality/">Inside BlackBerry</a> via <a href="https://twitter.com/fmanjoo/status/558104506647732224">Farhad Manjoo on Twitter</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/blackberry/blackberry-classic-launches-states-uk-shipments-starting-mid-january/news">BlackBerry Classic launches in States with UK shipments starting in mid-January</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="BlackBerry Classic" alt="BlackBerry Classic" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/blackberry-classic-official_0.png?1421911981" /> </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/blackberry/fully-charged-google-planning-wireless-service-new-battletoads-game-teased-and-blackberry#comments BlackBerry Gaming Google Microsoft Thu, 22 Jan 2015 07:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1458203 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Material Design reaches Chrome on iOS, Steam Broadcasting goes live, and Disney ditched George Lucas’ new Star Wars ideas http://www.stuff.tv/google/fully-charged-material-design-reaches-chrome-ios-steam-broadcasting-goes-live-and-disney-ditc <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Our morning roundup has the tech and entertainment news you need to start 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="Google Chrome on iOS" alt="Google Chrome on iOS" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/IMG_0928.PNG?1421825581" /> </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"> Chrome for iOS gets Material Design </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>Big fan of Google&rsquo;s move towards its Material Design language with Lollipop, but don&rsquo;t actually own an Android device? Luckily for iPhone and iPad owners, Google has started updating its iOS apps using the very same visual philosophy, and Chrome is the first to get the overhaul.</p> <p>The new look is immediately noticeable, delivering &ldquo;bold graphics, fluid motion, and tactile surfaces,&rdquo; as Google describes, plus Chrome is now optimized for iOS 8 and Apple&rsquo;s latest, larger iPhones. Additionally, it supports handoff from Chrome on iOS to Mac, letting you begin browsing on mobile or tablet and pick right back up on the desktop.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://googlechromereleases.blogspot.com/2015/01/chrome-for-ios-update.html">Chrome Releases</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-nexus-6-long-term-test/feature">Living with the Google Nexus 6: you&rsquo;re gonna need a bigger pocket</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"> Steam Broadcasting is live </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&rsquo;s time to update your Steam client, because live gameplay streaming has been added for all users via the Broadcasting feature. While it may sound like a shot at Twitch&rsquo;s streaming empire, it actually appears to be a smaller, but still potentially useful perk intended to let pals view each others&rsquo; gaming sessions. However, if you&#39;d like to let anyone peek in, you can enable a setting and have your stream appear on the game&#39;s Steam page.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2015-01-20-steam-broadcasting-has-arrived">Eurogamer</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/valve-s-steam-machine-army-every-angle-covered/feature">Exclusive: 12 Steam Machines detailed, fondled, and photographed from every angle</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="Steam Broadcasting" alt="Steam Broadcasting" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/steam-broadcasting.jpg?1421825581" /> </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"> Disney discarded Lucas’ Star Wars ideas </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&rsquo;s crazy to think that we&rsquo;re less than a year away from a new <em>Star Wars</em> sequel, let alone one not written and/or directed by George Lucas. And it turns out that he&rsquo;s really, <em>really</em> removed from the equation. Because while he may have created the world and many of the characters, new owner Disney overruled his intentions for <em>Star Wars: The Force Awakens</em>.</p> <p>In Lucas&rsquo; mind, <em>Episode VII</em> would focus primarily on new characters, with old favorites like Luke, Leia, and Han coming secondary. But J.J. Abrams and Disney didn&rsquo;t see it that way, wanting to put the classic cast front and center for at least one more adventure.</p> <p>As Lucas tells Cinemablend, &ldquo;The [ideas] that I sold to Disney, they came up to the decision that they didn&rsquo;t really want to do those. So they made up their own. So it&rsquo;s not the ones that I originally wrote [on screen in <em>The Force Awakens</em>].&rdquo; Hard to know if he&rsquo;s bitter or upset there, but he did sell off the rights; it&rsquo;s not his call anymore. We&rsquo;ll see how it pans out come December.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.slashfilm.com/disney-abandoned-george-lucas-star-wars-7/">Slashfilm</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/first-star-wars-force-awakens-trailer-will-premiere-friday/news">First Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer goes live</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/OMOVFvcNfvE" 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"> Fan edit released for The Hobbit movies </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>By the time <em>The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies</em> hit cinemas in December, a fair bit of good will for Peter Jackson&rsquo;s second Tolkien adaptation trilogy had faded. Once planned as a two-parter, it was extended to three films, and many viewers complained about the slow pace, unnecessary side stories, and <em>Lord of the Rings</em> callbacks.</p> <p>But as with some of the better-known unofficial <em>Star Wars</em> edits, leave it to a detail-oriented fan to right Hollywood&rsquo;s wrongs. Someone going by the tag &ldquo;tolkeineditor&rdquo; has trimmed down the three films into a single, 4+ hour affair, shaving a couple of hours of fluff for a more focused, streamlined experience.</p> <p>If you read the source post carefully, you can find out where to download the fan edit, or just check out the notes to appreciate the fan-craftsmanship. And above is a small taste of what to expect, assuming you know the original version.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://tolkieneditor.wordpress.com">Tolkeineditor</a> via <a href="http://www.slashfilm.com/hobbit-fan-edit/">Slashfilm</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/25-best-things-watch-netflix-right-now/feature">The 30 best things to watch on Netflix right now</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/CzSlLWF5Hjg" 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-material-design-reaches-chrome-ios-steam-broadcasting-goes-live-and-disney-ditc#comments Film and TV Gaming Google iOS apps Wed, 21 Jan 2015 07:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1458119 at http://www.stuff.tv Google Project Ara: The last smartphone? http://www.stuff.tv/google/last-smartphone/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tired of upgrading your phone every few years? Meet the modular chameleon that might just be the only portable gadget you’ll ever need… </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&#039;s Project Ara smartphone" alt="Google Project Ara - the last smartphone you&#039;ll ever need?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/project-ara-main.jpg?1422480254" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>In the future, your phone won&rsquo;t be a single chunk of gadgetry.</p> <p>It&rsquo;ll be a collection of things that you can click together into phones of different sizes depending on how you&rsquo;re feeling, what you&rsquo;re wearing and what you plan to do. It&rsquo;ll have every sensor under the sun, but only if you decide to add them, and it&rsquo;ll be permanently future-proof, because adding a new processor will be as simple as slotting in a SIM card.</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/will-dunn" title="View user profile.">Will Dunn</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"> A phone you can break </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>How many gadgets have you bought? As a <em>Stuff</em>-reading technology wizard, we&rsquo;re guessing your answer will be: &ldquo;Oh, most of them.&quot; But how many of them have eventually stopped working and been thrown away? Sadly, your answer is likely to be the same: most of them.</p> <p>For decades we&rsquo;ve bought things we can&rsquo;t repair, with screens that break and batteries that lose their juice after six months. And every time that happens, we check our insurance, summon a shiny new replacement and send the old gadget to be buried in a mountain of VHS tapes, broken furniture and those bags of salad that never get finished. There has to be a better way.</p> <p>It was exactly these kinds of thoughts that began bouncing around the brain of Dutch product designer Dave Hakkens last year when his camera broke. Or rather, when part of it broke. That part was easily replaceable &ndash; although he&rsquo;s not an engineer, Hakkens was able to spot the defective lens motor and remove it. The only problem was, he couldn&rsquo;t get a replacement, because camera companies don&rsquo;t sell lens motors. They sell cameras.</p> <p>&ldquo;That&rsquo;s the weird thing about electronics,&rdquo; says Hakkens. &ldquo;If your car or your bike is faulty, you fix it. But with the camera, they said I should just throw it away and buy a new one.&rdquo;</p> <p>Instead, Hakkens began thinking about how to make gadgets that could be repaired and upgraded, rather than replaced. He quickly realised the ubiquitous smartphone was the best place to start, and began designing a phone with removable components that could be swapped when they break or get old.</p> <p>But while Hakkens has a gift for ideas, he&rsquo;s not an electrical engineer. &ldquo;I had an idea for a phone, but I couldn&rsquo;t build it,&rdquo; he says. &ldquo;So I thought, what&rsquo;s the best way to get this done?&rdquo;</p> <p>The answer was to do what no large company in its right mind would do with an idea like this: he made a video explaining his idea, and put it on the internet.</p> <p>The response to Hakkens&rsquo; concept phone, which he called Phonebloks, was huge. Within days he had over 900,000 supporters on the Thunderclap public speaking platform and the campaign reached an estimated 380 million people on social media, not to mention TV, newspapers and magazines (yes, you did see it in <em>Stuff</em> magazine&#39;s Hot Stuff section).</p> <p>Among the huge number of responses, there was an email that would make Hakkens&rsquo; dream a reality.</p> <p>&ldquo;We got a lot of people and companies responding, and one of them was Motorola. They said they were working on something similar, but they&rsquo;d been doing it secretly in their lab.&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="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="1137" height="853" title="Pavement, meet glass" alt="Google Project Ara - the last smartphone you&#039;ll ever need?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/broken-screen.jpg?1422480254" /> </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="Project Ara enables users to swap in new modules" alt="Google Project Ara - the last smartphone you&#039;ll ever need?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Project-Ara-Sliding-Screen-2.jpg?1422480254" /> </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"> ENTER ATAP </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>One of the people who had been hard at work in that secret lab was another designer, Gadi Amit. Gadi&rsquo;s own company, New Deal Design, has shaped a significant portion of the tech that&rsquo;s graced our website in the last few years, including the FitBit, the Lytro camera, the Airocide air purifier and designs for Dell and Netgear.</p> <p>Gadi&rsquo;s team was recruited by ATAP, the secretive Advanced Technology And Projects group within Motorola (and then Google following its buyout of Motorola in 2012) that cooks up futuristic technologies in unmarked buildings on Californian business parks. ATAP describes itself as &lsquo;a small band of pirates&rsquo;, which is exactly the kind of thing nerds like to call themselves, and has the motto &lsquo;We like epic shit&rsquo;, which sounds confusing and disgusting but apparently means something quite different in American.</p> <p>ATAP&rsquo;s brief is to pick wildly ambitious goals and deliver them in two years. The brief they gave Gadi&rsquo;s team was unlike anything they&rsquo;d been asked to do before.</p> <p>&ldquo;They said they wanted a modular phone that could serve six billion people,&rdquo; explains Gadi. &ldquo;They wanted it to have a malleable configuration, a high-technology core that can work with low-cost, detachable parts, and they wanted people to be able to 3D-print elements of it.</p> <p>&ldquo;We came up with around 10 kinds of phone. We had a design that looked like a normal phone, but you would &lsquo;pop the hood&rsquo; at the back and inside you&rsquo;d see a variety of components attached with flat cables or connectors, very much like a PC. The problem with that concept was that if someone like my mum wants to swap a component&hellip; well, she probably won&rsquo;t do that, because she&rsquo;s not the sort of person who opens a PC to replace the RAM. So this concept would appeal to tech enthusiasts, but it&rsquo;s not for six billion phones. Then we looked at a hybrid model &ndash; half the phone was closed, and then half of it had interchangeable modules that were visible from the outside.</p> <p>&ldquo;We looked at phones that came in layers, like a cake, layer on layer on layer. And we had a concept that was similar to Phonebloks in the sense that there wasn&rsquo;t a skeleton, only blocks that connected to each other, which we called the &lsquo;Lego phone&rsquo;.</p> <p>&ldquo;Both of these had a fundamental problem, though, which was that if you want to make the platform reliable, you have to be able to control the core communication bus between the different components. You don&rsquo;t want to have one component communicating with another by way of the component in-between, because if the component in the middle is slower, it&rsquo;ll limit the performance of the whole phone.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;So we kept trying new ideas, but the concept that was a winner every time was the idea of a phone with a rigid grid of modules of three sizes that slotted into an inner skeleton. It&rsquo;s just like having a spine and a central nervous system, and that&rsquo;s why we used the word &lsquo;endoskeleton&rsquo;, in a biological sense.&rdquo;</p> <p>But Project Ara&rsquo;s endoskeleton isn&rsquo;t just a dumb connector. &ldquo;You can swap out a battery,&rdquo; says Gadi, &ldquo;while you&rsquo;re making a call. The endoskeleton will maintain the call for up to five minutes because it has its own internal battery.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/facebook/ces-2015/ces-2015-interview-palmer-luckey-founder-oculus-vr/feature">Stuff meets Palmer Luckey of Oculus VR</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="Some of Project Ara&#039;s many modules" alt="Google Project Ara - the last smartphone you&#039;ll ever need?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Project-Ara-Modules_0.jpg?1422480254" /> </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"> How to buy an Ara phone </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><strong>1 - Choose your &#39;Endo&#39;</strong><br />Google envisions there being three types of Ara frame, or &lsquo;endo&rsquo;. There will be a Mini version, that&rsquo;s about the size of a candy-bar feature phone, a Medium option with iPhone 5s-like dimensions, and a Large model that&rsquo;s in phablet territory. All three will be 9.7mm thick, with the &lsquo;grey phone&rsquo; coming in the Medium size.</p> <p><strong>2 - Pick your modules</strong><br />Now for the fun bit. Using the Ara Configurator app (either on your smartphone or via a friend who has an Ara invite) you can play around with and choose which modules you want to slot into your endo. Google wants this to be an app store for modules. Those looking to try before they buy will be able to visit pop-up demo stores.</p> <p><strong>3 - Get customising</strong><br />Chosen all your modules? Now it&rsquo;s time to design their 3D-printed &lsquo;shells&rsquo;. Google is planning to go big on personalisation: for example, you&rsquo;ll be able to import a holiday photo into the app, get a colour palette based on its hues and use this as your design. You&rsquo;ll also be able tweak the shell&rsquo;s materials and texture until it&rsquo;s just how you want it.</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-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"> 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"> Magnets from the future </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>When Dave Hakkens visited Google for his first look at Project Ara, his favourite part of the design was the way the modules are held in place. &ldquo;My design had a board with modules held in by pins, but Google is using electropermanent magnets, which are quite a magical thing. It&rsquo;s like an electromagnet, only usually an electromagnet always requires current. This one doesn&rsquo;t &ndash; you can flip the polarity to turn it &lsquo;on&rsquo; or &lsquo;off&rsquo;, but while it&rsquo;s on or off it&rsquo;s not using any current. And when it&rsquo;s stuck, it&rsquo;s stuck.</p> <p>&ldquo;So to release the modules, you have to tell Android to release them and it&rsquo;ll switch the magnets off, but while they&rsquo;re on, they won&rsquo;t fall out and you can&rsquo;t pull them off &ndash; it really feels like a solid phone. It&rsquo;s a really nice, futuristic piece of technology.&rdquo;</p> <p>The skeletons themselves come in three sizes: a small &lsquo;candy bar&rsquo; format that Gadi Amit says was chosen for its &lsquo;pocketability&rsquo;; a standard smartphone size; and a phablet. Because swapping modules takes seconds, this means if you own all three you can change the size of your phone (but keep using the same memory, processor, camera and so on) depending on what you&rsquo;re doing. And as far as extras are concerned, the possibilities for modules are almost endless.</p> <p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s like an app store, basically,&rdquo; says Dave Hakkens. &ldquo;I&rsquo;ve heard some good ideas for solar modules, to add solar charging. One of my favourites came from a woman who has diabetes, who responded to our video saying you could have a glucose meter block, so she could measure the amount of sugar in her blood. I would never have thought of it myself, and I don&rsquo;t think any phone maker would ever have come up with an idea like that, but if you think about it there&rsquo;s a really big group of people who would want that in their phone.&rdquo;</p> <p>But what Hakkens says he&rsquo;d like to see is more established companies lending their expertise to modular phones. He&rsquo;s currently working with Sennheiser on audio blocks, such as DAC modules for audiophile-quality headphone sound or better built-in speakers, but he&rsquo;s eager to get other firms to bring their expertise in making cameras, batteries, processors and anything else you care to imagine into modular phones.</p> <p>And he&rsquo;s particularly keen to get chip manufacturers involved (Qualcomm, not McCain&hellip; although some sort of tiny deep-fryer module could be handy for mid-call snacking). If you can replace the processor each time Nvidia or Intel brings out a newer, more powerful system-on-chip, the old processor can be easily recycled, the upgrade process takes place piece-by-piece, and your phone is always the most powerful phone you can buy.</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="A view of Project Ara from the back" alt="Google Project Ara - the last smartphone you&#039;ll ever need?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Project-Ara-View-of-the-Back_0.jpg?1422480254" /> </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="The three available sizes" alt="Google Project Ara - the last smartphone you&#039;ll ever need?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Project-Ara-Three-Different-Sizes_0.jpg?1422480254" /> </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"> How to change an Ara module </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>You won&#39;t have to click, screw or glue your fun-squares into place - Ara&#39;s much more clever than that...</p> <p><strong>STEP 1</strong><br />In Ara&#39;s custom version of Android, go to the modules section and select the tile you want to change. This will be a new variant of Android, as Google&#39;s OS doesn&#39;t currently support hot-swappable hardware.</p> <p><strong>STEP 2</strong><br />Ara gives the chosen module a short pulse of current that turns its electropermanent magnets &#39;off&#39;. The magnets only use power when you switch their polarity, so they don&#39;t chomp your battery.</p> <p><strong>STEP 3</strong><br />You can now slide the module out from its port. Thanks to your Ara phone&#39;s small backup battery, you can even swap out the main battery while the phone&#39;s still on. No more faffling with external battery packs.</p> <p><strong>STEP 4</strong><br />Slide in your new module and another small pulse will automatically lock it into place. Get ready to start playing with your new camera/RAM/Geiger counter.</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-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"> Upgrade everything </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>So how and when can you get hold of an Ara? Unless you happen to be in Puerto Rico right now, it&#39;s hard to know. The United States island territory is where Google plans to initially release the Ara in a &#39;limited market pilot&#39; sometime during 2015. Details and dates of this pilot are still relatively unknown and Google is yet to comment on when this product will be rolled out across the rest of the world. So for most of us, it&#39;ll simply be a matter of waiting (and wishing that everything goes to plan).&nbsp;</p> <p>If Project Ara goes down a storm then it could pave the way for a completely new breed of customisable gadgets. Module bays will become as commonplace as USB ports. You&rsquo;ll be able to add processors and sensors to TVs, coffee machines, cars and anything else to which you can legally take a soldering iron. You&rsquo;ll be able to upgrade everything you own, without throwing anything away.</p> <p>All of which has to be good for the planet, good for the tech-obsessed and, ultimately, good for our wallets.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten" target="_blank">These are the top 10 best smartphones in the world</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/intua_p4kE0" 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"> Google Project Ara </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"> The last smartphone? </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/last-smartphone/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/google/last-smartphone/feature#comments Google Project Ara Smartphones Tue, 20 Jan 2015 15:03:20 +0000 samharris1 1457981 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Google betting big on SpaceX, Moog reviving its modular synthesisers, and Sid Meier’s Starships announced http://www.stuff.tv/google/fully-charged-google-betting-big-spacex-moog-reviving-its-modular-synthesizers-and-sid-meier- <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Wake up, catch up: here’s the tech news you need to start 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="Elon Musk of SpaceX" alt="Elon Musk of SpaceX" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/spacex-elonmusk.jpg?1421739181" /> </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 big on SpaceX’s satellite Internet plan </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>Elon Musk&rsquo;s SpaceX wants to put <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/elon-musk-plans-build-space-internet-earth-and-mars/news">hundreds of satellites in orbit</a> above Earth to provide speedy Internet to the world - and space. And guess who&rsquo;s excited about a whole lot more people potentially having great Internet access? Google, that&rsquo;s who. Which is why the company is reportedly about to invest US$1 billion (about &pound;664 million) in SpaceX.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s part of SpaceX&rsquo;s first round of funding in years, and along with other partners, the cash is supposed to put a valuation on the space travel company of more than US$10 billion (about &pound;6.64 billion). That will help SpaceX get its satellite plans off the ground (quite literally, in time), and further its other aims - everything from transporting NASA astronauts and gear to eventually colonizing the Moon. Baby steps, now.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://www.theinformation.com/Google-Nears-Major-Investment-in-SpaceX-to-Bolster-Satellites">The Information</a> via <a href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/google-nears-1-billion-investment-in-spacex-1421706642">The Wall Street Journal</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/elon-musk-plans-build-space-internet-earth-and-mars/news">Elon Musk plans to build a Space Internet on Earth&hellip; and Mars</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"> Moog reviving its 1970s synthesizers </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>If you&rsquo;ve always wanted to own one of Moog&rsquo;s iconic modular synthesisers from the 1970s, here&rsquo;s the next best thing: an impressively old-school recreation from the company itself. Moog has manufactured a very limited run of System 55, System 35, and Model 15 synthesiser units, along with an expansion cabinet, sequential controller, and optional duophonic keyboard.</p> <p>Each synth has been painstakingly handmade in the image of the earlier classics, with hand-soldered circuit boards and panels made of photo-etched aluminum. Naturally, it&rsquo;ll cost you big: just 55 units of the System 55 have been made, and sell for US$35,000 (about &pound;23,000) each. Only 35 units of the System 35 are available at US$22,000 (nearly &pound;15,000) apiece, while the Model 15 gets a larger run of 150 units at US$10,000 (about &pound;6,600) a pop.</p> <p>Check out the short film above, which features musicians and Moog fanatics new and old showing their abilities and the range of these memorable modular synthesisers.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.moogmusic.com/news/return-moog-modular">Moog</a> via <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2015/01/19/moog-large-format-modular-synthesizers/">Engadget</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/100-best-gadgets-ever-tv-age/feature">100 Best Gadgets Ever: The TV Age</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/3w6qWiEx8BQ" 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"> Another Sid Meier game out soon </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>Just a couple months after the launch of <em>Civilization: Beyond Earth</em>, another Sid Meier-branded sci-fi game is on the horizon - and it&rsquo;s due out this spring. <em>Sid Meier&rsquo;s Starships</em> is a new turn-based strategy game based on the same universe as <em>Beyond Earth</em>, but it features a different focus for this PC, Mac, and iPad release.</p> <p>Meier himself tells Eurogamer that you&rsquo;ll take the lead role in a federation of planets, building your own starships and completing missions in various star systems. Expanding the federation is the goal, and there are a few different conditions for victory - plus you&rsquo;ll encounter some leaders from <em>Beyond Earth</em>. Considering the proximity to <em>Beyond Earth</em>&rsquo;s release and the planned iPad version, we wonder if it&rsquo;ll be a smaller game than <em>Civilization</em>, but anything from Sid Meier is always worth a look.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2015-01-19-sid-meiers-starships-announced-for-pc-mac-ipad">Eurogamer</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/icheapskate-25-amazing-free-games-ipad-and-iphone/feature">iCheapskate: 38 amazing free games for iPad and iPhone</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/xQh6WjrRohc" 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"> Game of Thrones intro redone in LittleBigPlanet 3 </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&rsquo;ll be another three months or so before we have new episodes of HBO&rsquo;s <em>Game of Thrones</em>, so aside from playing <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/game-thrones/review-0">Telltale&rsquo;s episodic video game</a> and rewatching the four seasons to date, you might as well soak in some great fan tributes - like this reimagining of the intro using <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/littlebigplanet-3/littlebigplanet-3/review"><em>LittleBigPlanet 3</em></a>&rsquo;s robust creation tools. It&rsquo;s not the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/fully-charged-samsung-says-fewer-phones-ahead-nokia-s-z-launcher-hits-google-play-and-now-yo">most elaborate remake</a> we&rsquo;ve seen, but it&rsquo;s certainly charming.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ip7gSu2j_aU">YouTube</a> via <a href="http://www.joystiq.com/2015/01/19/watch-winter-come-to-littlebigplanet-3-in-game-of-thrones-intro/">Joystiq</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/game-thrones/review-0">Game of Thrones: A Telltale Game review</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/ip7gSu2j_aU" 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-google-betting-big-spacex-moog-reviving-its-modular-synthesizers-and-sid-meier-#comments Film and TV Future tech Gaming Google LittleBigPlanet 3 Music Tue, 20 Jan 2015 07:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1458057 at http://www.stuff.tv Google Glass Explorer Programme to end as project gets dedicated development team http://www.stuff.tv/glass/google-glass-explorer-programme-end-project-gets-dedicated-development-team/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Company says it’s a good thing, as device exits lab to pursue consumer future </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 Glass" alt="Google Glass" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/google-glass-with-earbud.jpg?1421373235" /> </div> </div> </div> <p class="p1">Google&rsquo;s wearable experiment hasn&rsquo;t yet become a mainstream must-have, so today&rsquo;s news that the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/glass/you-can-now-buy-google-glass-uk/news">Glass Explorer Programme</a> is concluding means it&rsquo;s a bust, right? Not exactly.</p> <p class="p1">Indeed, Google will close the early adopter-focused Explorer Programme for its Glass smart glasses next week, on 19 January, meaning there will be no official avenue for the average consumer to purchase the device for the foreseeable future.</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/glass/google-glass-explorer-programme-end-project-gets-dedicated-development-team/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/glass/google-glass-explorer-programme-end-project-gets-dedicated-development-team/news#comments Glass Google Wearable tech Thu, 15 Jan 2015 21:08:37 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1457751 at http://www.stuff.tv Google's Project Ara planning pilot test this year as latest prototype shown off http://www.stuff.tv/android/project-ara-planning-pilot-test-year-latest-prototype-and-configurator-app-shown/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Modular phone will launch first in Puerto Rico as the kinks are worked out </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="1350" height="900" title="Project Ara" alt="Project Ara" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/google-projectara-spiral2-main.jpg?1421295340" /> </div> </div> </div> <p class="p1">Project Ara aims to shake up the way we buy smartphones, letting users swap physical modules to upgrade tech and replace damage - and it&rsquo;ll reach the first wave of consumers later this year.</p> <p class="p2">Google showcased the latest version of the Ara prototype at the Project Ara Module Developers Conference yesterday, and shared some new details on how the process of buying and customizing your modular phone will work.</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-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p class="p1">The current prototype phase is called &ldquo;Spiral 2,&rdquo; and while it looks a bit more refined and tweakable than earlier versions, there&rsquo;s more work to be done: Google wants the third iteration to support upwards of 20 to 30 different modules, as well as offer 4G LTE and full-day battery life, reports The Verge.</p> <p class="p1">As for how you&rsquo;ll obtain the core of your phone and the right starter modules, Google will offer an Ara Configurator app that lets you tweak and customize the smartphone of your dreams. You can add and remove the virtual modules, and the app will offer estimates on specs and performance, plus you&rsquo;ll be able to add personal photos to be printed onto the parts. From there, you can place your order.</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/intua_p4kE0" 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-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 class="p1">And once you have an Ara phone, the included Ara Manager app will let you oversee its myriad parts, including giving preference to certain modules if you&rsquo;ve doubled up, or even allowing you to hot-swap in a new battery without turning off the phone. And it&rsquo;ll help you troubleshoot any issues that&rsquo;ll inevitably come up with a do-it-yourself handset.</p> <p class="p1">While there&rsquo;s work still to be done, Google plans to do a limited initial pilot test release in Puerto Rico, where roving food truck-style vehicles will make stops to showcase the tech and sell the wares. If Ara&rsquo;s island getaway goes well, hopefully we&rsquo;ll see a proper launch not long thereafter.</p> <p class="p1">[Source: <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2015/1/14/7546841/google-project-ara-prototype-2015">The Verge</a>, <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2015/1/14/7547529/google-project-ara-prototype-hands-ontf">2</a>, <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2015/1/14/7546021/googles-modular-project-ara-smartphone-will-begin-pilot-testing-in">3</a>]</p> <p class="p1"><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gadget-awards-2014/stuff-gadget-awards-2014-vote-innovation-year/feature">Stuff Gadget Awards 2014: Google&rsquo;s Project Ara is the Innovation of the Year</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="600" title="Project Ara" alt="Project Ara" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/google-projectara-spiral2-complete.jpg?1421295340" /> </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/android/project-ara-planning-pilot-test-year-latest-prototype-and-configurator-app-shown/news#comments Android Google Project Ara Smartphones Thu, 15 Jan 2015 03:28:53 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1457680 at http://www.stuff.tv Google updates Translate app to include Word Lens' magical instant translation powers http://www.stuff.tv/android/google-updates-translate-app-include-word-lens/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Never worry about being insulted in a foreign language again </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 updates Translate app to include Word Lens&#039; magical instant translation powers" alt="Google updates Translate app to include Word Lens&#039; magical instant translation p" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/GoogleTranslate.jpg?1421286120" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Google has just updated, and will subsequently begin rolling out, a major update to its Translate app.</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/max-langridge" title="View user profile.">Max Langridge</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 latest update will include Word Lens, an app that Google purchased last year. This will now allow you to instantly translate text by just hovering your camera over it. And the best part is, Google says you don&#39;t need to have an internet connection.</p> <p>This instant translating method is currently available from English to and from&nbsp;French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. More languages are expected to be added in due course.&nbsp;You&#39;re still able to take a photo of some text and translate into 36 different languages.</p> <p>Google will also allow you to have easier conversations with your foreign friends (or foes). Simply tap the mic, speak and tap the mic again and the app will recognise which language is being spoken. It will then translate whatever you&#39;ve said into your chosen language.</p> <p>So now you can confidently say to your French waiter &quot;ne pas cracher dans ma nourriture parce que je suis Anglais&quot;.</p> <p>The updates are expected to roll out to both Android and iOS devices over the next few days.&nbsp;</p> <p>Download Google Translate from the <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.translate">Play Store</a></p> <p>[<a href="http://www.techradar.com/us/news/phone-and-communications/mobile-phones/google-just-turned-your-phone-into-a-real-time-translator-1280395">TechRadar</a> via <a href="http://googleblog.blogspot.co.uk/">Google</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="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/android/google-updates-translate-app-include-word-lens/news#comments Android Google iOS Wed, 14 Jan 2015 14:51:48 +0000 Max Langridge 1457604 at http://www.stuff.tv Living with the Google Nexus 6: you're gonna need a bigger pocket http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-nexus-6-long-term-test/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It’s the whale of a handset that’s attracted as much derision as it has curiosity. But what’s the new Nexus 6 like to live with? </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 Nexus 6 long-term test" alt="Google Nexus 6 long-term test" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Play-Music-Android-Wear-Lollipop.jpg?1421184732" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The box says it all, really. The Nexus 6 is huge. Humongous. You think there&#39;ll be a tablet in there, the red-and-white box is that large.</p> <p>And it&rsquo;s not as though the packaging&rsquo;s wasteful, in the way that after-shave or perfume packaging tends to be. No, you prize off the lid, and the new Nexus 6 fills the box all the way to the edges. If you count value in pure square inches, you&rsquo;ll be bloody delighted.</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-payton" title="View user profile.">Mark Payton</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"> Can I really live with a six inch 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>Yes, you can. Well, you can if you&rsquo;re like me - 6ft 4in tall, with the hands and trousers you&rsquo;d expect for a guy who tips the scales at over 17st. In fact, with four weeks now elapsed, an iPhone 5 now looks utterly comical - like a prop from <em>Honey, I Shrunk The Kids</em>, not a serious device you can actually do some work on.</p> <p>And perhaps that&rsquo;s the most important point about life with a Nexus 6: you can do serious work, to the extent that it has displaced my iPad and even laptop during the day. There&rsquo;s no magic to this: a 5.96in, 1440x2560 HD screen simply lets you see more.</p> <p>Of course, there&rsquo;s a price to pay. Yes, the Nexus 6 does fit in my trouser pocket, but not without an outline that looks a little absurd. And the Nexus is one of the few handsets that needs to be forced into my car&rsquo;s cup holder - at 3.27in from edge to edge, it&rsquo;s one of the widest handsets on the planet.</p> <p>And it&rsquo;s that width that you may find a struggle, more than the height of the device: my hands are big enough to handle the thumb gymnastics needed for one-handed operation - many people will simply find it too much, at which point you need to decide if you&rsquo;re happy to do everything with two hands.</p> <p>You can hack it. I have no shame in my OCD when it comes to app arrangement on home screens (a place for everything, and everything in its place&hellip;), but even I&rsquo;ve taken to putting my most-used apps on the left-hand edge of the ginormous screen.</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="Unless your hands are this big, prepare to use two for the Nexus 6" alt="Google Nexus 6 long-term test" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/N6-hand-gymnastics-for-small-hands.jpg?1421184732" /> </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"> Is Lollipop the unbridled joy that I’ve heard to be? </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>Yes.</p> <p>At first, I thought that Google had overcooked the animations. I even felt slightly seasick in the first few days of using the Nexus 6. Everything transitions: the opening and closing of the app drawer, multi-tasking between apps&hellip; and the apps that are well-optimised for Material Design bring their own world of sliding and flipping.</p> <p>But get through that initial shock, and you realise that Google has done something wonderful in Lollipop.</p> <p>Apps are no longer a layer on top of the OS: they&rsquo;re part of the experience. You need to use it to fully understand my point, but by comparison iOS looks like distinct components held together in a smartphone case.</p> <p>Lollipop is fluid, and even though there&rsquo;s more action and animation that in any previous version of Android, the experience remains wonderfully simple. And if you&rsquo;ve been using the OS for years, you&rsquo;ll still feel right at home: basically, there are three buttons, home screens, an app drawer and a notifications screen&hellip; it&rsquo;s as simple as that.</p> <p>That said, the new notifications and quick settings screen was irritating at first: why do I need to pull down twice to reveal something that under KitKat 4.4 took a single pull?</p> <p>As the weeks have gone by, I realised that I&rsquo;m concentrating less on the quick settings (exposed by that second pull), and more on the notifications (the bit that matters, really). Plus, the ability to go straight to the message or text from the lock screen with a simple double-tap is genius.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s also frankly astonishing how quickly developers have jumped on the Material Design bandwagon: a good majority of my everyday apps are either now fully Material, or have been tweaked to look good enough in a Lollipop world.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/android-45/review">Android Lollipop review</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="The Flyne app is fully au fait with Android L&#039;s Material Design look" alt="Google Nexus 6 long-term test" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Flyne-newsreader-Material-design.jpg?1421184732" /> </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"> What apps should I try to show Lollipop at its best? </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><strong>Twitter:</strong> <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.klinker.android.twitter_l" target="_blank">Talon For Twitter (Plus)</a> - Lollipop-only version of one of the best Android Twitter clients out there.</p> <p><strong>News Reader:</strong> <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.jv.flyne" target="_blank">Flyne</a> - works with Feedly, makes the most of the Nexus 6&rsquo;s screen real estate.</p> <p><strong>News &amp; Magazines:</strong> <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ideashower.readitlater.pro" target="_blank">Pocket</a> - the world&rsquo;s best-known article clipper. Beautifully clean and simple.</p> <p><strong>Photo Gallery:</strong> <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.diune.pictures" target="_blank">Piktures</a> - stunning gallery app, making the most of Material&rsquo;s capabilities.</p> <p><strong>Project Management:</strong> <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.trello" target="_blank">Trello</a> - a brilliant way to remember and organise everything.</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-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"> What about battery life? </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>Ah, yes&hellip; the bane of the Android aficionado&rsquo;s life. Forums will tell you to expect 15 minutes from your Nexus 6, even with everything turned off and the screen set to its dimmest level. This, as usual, is rubbish. After four weeks of use, I end a working day with my Nexus 6 showing about 70%. So in theory, I can get two days from my Nexus 6 (although since I habitually charge overnight, I have yet to put that to the test).</p> <p>Now before the inevitable deluge of disbelieving vitriol arrives, I&rsquo;ll admit that it took some tweaking to get to that kind of longevity. For one, you need to turn that screen brightness down: mine is set to between 20-25% brightness. Believe me, you don&rsquo;t need it higher than that. In the first few days, I had it set to 60-70%: lo and behold, Lollipop&rsquo;s in-built battery monitor quickly explained that the screen was eating most of the juice.</p> <p>Next, you&rsquo;ll need to watch for errant apps that do not play nicely with Android 5.0. This is trial and error: install your usual app library, then watch for anything that&rsquo;s glitching on use (there are plenty of games that do not play nicely with Lollipop at all), and uninstall anything suspicious.</p> <p>Lastly, be ruthless with notifications and syncing. This has always been infuriating with Android, and Lollipop doesn&rsquo;t bring any improvements: while iOS provides a single interface for all of your app notifications, Android 5.0 still insists that you work through every app individually to turn off sync and alerts. And believe me, some app developers are damn good at hiding them in their settings.</p> <p>Oh, and a warning: gaming takes by far the biggest hit on the N6&rsquo;s longevity: 15 minutes of <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/app-week-monument-valley/review">Monument Valley</a> will do more to to damage battery life than hours of emailing and texting. No surprise there, given the power needed to drive that 493ppi AMOLED screen.</p> <p>Your N6 will come with the Motorola Turbo Charger, which does precisely what it claims to do: your Nexus will charge at an awesome lick. It will get rather hot while doing so (at least during the initial top-up), but I&rsquo;ve found no adverse effects from this.</p> <p>Fortunately, I&rsquo;ve experienced none of the scary battery drain that others claim when pairing the Nexus with an Android Wear watch (in my case, a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/moto-360/motorola-moto-360/review">Moto 360</a>). And yes, I do have a load of Wear apps installed, even some of the more home-brew affairs. Maybe the clue is in notifications: as I pointed out earlier, I tend to only need alerts for email and texts&hellip; everything else is turned off.</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="With a few choice tweaks, the Nexus 6&#039;s battery life will be superb" alt="Google Nexus 6 long-term test" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/N6-has-great-battery-life-with-tweaks.jpg?1421184732" /> </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"> Does the Nexus 6 have bugs? </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>Yes, but not of the world-ending kind.</p> <p>The phone was recently updated from Android 5.0 to 5.01. This seems to have improved battery life, but hasn&#39;t stopped my N6 from deciding to reboot itself every so often. It happens roughly once a week, and for the life of me I cannot figure out what triggers it - it can be lying idle on a chair, then suddenly show the reboot animation. This isn&rsquo;t enough to ruin life with the phone, but it is faintly disturbing given Android 5.0&rsquo;s long gestation period.</p> <p>A more major Lollipop update is due, rumour has it, by the end of January (supposedly taking it from 5.01 to 5.1). At the very least, this should fix a memory leak issue that Google has admitted to (although the memory leak is quite large, I&rsquo;ve yet to see it impact on my Nexus 6&rsquo;s performance in any way).</p> <p>All that aside, the new Nexus gets on with the business at hand, with almost no fuss.</p> <p>I&rsquo;ve seen reports of serious interface lag, with Lollipop&rsquo;s always-on encryption blamed as the culprit (you don&rsquo;t need to search for very long to find hacks that will disable the always-on encryption, with N6 owners claiming transformations in speed).</p> <p>This is all very mysterious, as my Nexus 6 is absolutely stock, and is awesomely fast - not a moment&rsquo;s lag, anywhere. Go figure. The only thing I can think is that others have been less frugal or cautious with the apps they&rsquo;ve installed, and that they have been the culprits in slowing the N6 down.</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"> Is it a high end hi-fi in a 6in box? </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>Almost. The Nexus 6 has dual front-facing speakers, so it gets off to a good start. And it&rsquo;s certainly head, neck and shoulders above the squeak made by my old Nexus 5 (although that&rsquo;s hardly praise).</p> <p>The real benchmark in the smartphone market remains the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review">HTC One (M8)</a>, which can do a frighteningly good job of sounding like a full-blown system. The N6 lacks the M8&rsquo;s fullness to the sound, although it&rsquo;ll give the HTC a very decent run for its money when it comes to volume.</p> <p>So if you&rsquo;re not the kind who sits crossed-legged in darkness listening to Pink Floyd albums, you&rsquo;ll find the Nexus 6 a more-than-capable portable media centre: the sound&rsquo;s easily good enough for background listening, and the audio is easily good enough to let the N6 work as a go-anywhere cinema.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review">HTC One (M8) review</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="The Nexus 6&#039;s front speakers are almost excellent" alt="Google Nexus 6 long-term test" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/N6-lock-screen-when-music-is-playing.jpg?1421184732" /> </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"> But I’m secretly Cartier-Bresson: what about the camera? </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>Yes, the camera. That&rsquo;s one of the things I should have put under &lsquo;bugs&rsquo;. It crashes every so often (not fixed by the 5.01 update). And it also can suffer from slight freezes if you have the N6 to auto-rotate (launch the camera, turn it to take a snap&hellip; and wait. That could, of course, be just me&hellip;).</p> <p>But let&rsquo;s be positive. It&rsquo;s a 13 megapixel camera that is infinitely better than the rather shonky affair fitted to the Nexus 5. Autofocus is fast and works, even in low-ish light. And it has the usual merits you&rsquo;ll find with the Google Camera app - mainly, it&rsquo;s quick and simple to use, but with plenty of settings to explore should you wish to do so.</p> <p>One thing to watch out for is that it&#39;s easy to mislead viewing results on the N6&rsquo;s AMOLED screen, thanks to its reddish cast. View your snaps on something more neutral (in my case, a Macbook Pro), and you&rsquo;ll find that the Nexus takes a well-balanced view of the world. And sharp, too, even in low light.</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-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"> What’s disappointing after four weeks with a Nexus 6? </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 back of my blue 32GB Nexus 6 may be pretty enough fresh from the box, but it collects smears and smudges at an awesome pace. You can wipe these clean with your fingers, but who wants to spend their lives doing that? And when the rear of the handset is as large and obvious as this, it&rsquo;s no small issue.</p> <p>I wish Google had kept double-tap-to-wake in the final release of the 6. It was there, apparently, during the development phase, but had been dropped by the time the Nexus reached stores. It just makes enormous sense with a device of this size - double tap the screen to wake the phone, and maybe swipe down to sleep.</p> <p>Perhaps Google&rsquo;s logic was that the in-built Ambient Display tech would render the double-tap useless.</p> <p>Ambient, enabled by default, gently wakes the Nexus&rsquo; screen to show incoming notifications, or when you move the device. It seems to have been made more sensitive with the recent 5.01 update, and in the majority of circumstances, Google may have made the right shout - lift the handset to look at it, and 8 times out of 10 it will show the monochrome Ambient screen (so enabling you to swipe up to unlock it).</p> <p>I could moan about the need to fiddle with the 6 as much as I have to get good battery life, but since that fits with my habits anyway, groaning would be churlish. I am surprised, though, that a phone with a whopping 3220mAh battery cannot swan through a day with everything turned on.</p> <p>Finally, I was shocked by the reddish cast to the Nexus 6&rsquo;s screen in the first day or two with the handset. I&rsquo;ve come from an HTC One M8, which is about as neutral as a display can be, so the vivid, almost harsh N6 was a cause for concern. However, four weeks later and I barely notice the discolouration: it just looks punchy, colourful and sharp.</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="The Nexus 6&#039;s backside is prone to picking up smudges and smears" alt="Google Nexus 6 long-term test" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Rear-of-N6-picks-up-smudges.jpg?1421184732" /> </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"> Should I buy 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>Yes. With caveats.</p> <p>If you are 6ft 4in with big trousers and big hands, buy a Nexus 6 now. You&rsquo;ll love it.</p> <p>If you&rsquo;re not, you will need to accept that your smartphone usage henceforth will become a two-handed affair, with the incumbent risk that you drop the damned thing.</p> <p>And you most certainly need to drop into a Carphone Warehouse and ask if they&rsquo;ll let you try popping an N6 into your pocket before parting with &pound;499: to not do so would be foolish.</p> <p>Some have quibbled at the N6&rsquo;s price. Having lived with it, I think it&rsquo;s superb value. Sure, previous Nexi have come with stupidly low prices tags. But let&rsquo;s get real: &pound;499 for an unlocked 32GB device with a beautifully high resolution 6in screen and access to the best Android update ever doesn&rsquo;t seem extortionate to me.</p> <p>And unlike the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/google-nexus-5/review">Nexus 5</a> (which, don&rsquo;t get me wrong, I loved), the Nexus 6 feels future-proofed - you can&rsquo;t imagine it looking old in 12 months.</p> <p>Is this the best phone I&rsquo;ve ever owned? Perhaps not (I still think the HTC One M8 is one of the best pieces of engineering I&rsquo;ve ever experienced). But is it an excellent experience and worth every penny? Yes.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten">The 10 best smartphones in the world right now</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-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="Test the Nexus 6 on your jeans before buying" alt="Google Nexus 6 long-term test" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Test-your-N6-on-your-pockets-first.jpg?1421184732" /> </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"> Living with the Google Nexus 6 </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"> You&#039;re gonna need a bigger pocket... </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-nexus-6-long-term-test/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-nexus-6-long-term-test/feature#comments Google Nexus 6 Smartphones Mon, 12 Jan 2015 16:45:41 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1457374 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Chevrolet will unveil pure electric Bolt, Google planning real-time translation, and the House of Cards season 3 trailer http://www.stuff.tv/google/fully-charged-chevrolet-will-unveil-pure-electric-bolt-google-planning-real-time-translation- <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Continue the CES comedown with our morning roundup of top 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="2016 Chevrolet Volt" alt="2016 Chevrolet Volt" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/chevrolet-2016volt.jpg?1421114477" /> </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"> Chevrolet planning all-electric Bolt </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 class="p1">Chevrolet currently has the Volt, its hybrid vehicle that will see a 2016 revision (pictured) officially unveiled at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan this week. But it apparently won&rsquo;t be alone: The Wall Street Journal reports that Chevy is about to announce a full-electric vehicle to match up against Tesla&rsquo;s forthcoming Model III, and it will be called the Bolt.</p> <p class="p1">The Chevrolet Bolt will reportedly be a hatchback, family-friendly vehicle, and it would be able to drive 200 miles on a full charge (expected to be the same as the Model III). But the Bolt could have Tesla beat on price: the report says the Bolt will come in at US$30,000 (about &pound;19,875), some US$5,000 (about &pound;3,300) less than the Model III&rsquo;s planned asking price, and both are expected out in 2017.</p> <p class="p1">[Source: <a href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/gm-readies-electric-rival-to-tesla-1420859986">The Wall Street Journal</a>]</p> <p class="p1"><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/model-s/tesla-motors-model-iii-smaller-cheaper-and-planned-2017/news">Tesla Motors&rsquo; Model III is a smaller, cheaper electric sedan planned for 2017</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"> Google adding real-time translation </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 class="p1">Skype was first to launch its headline Translator feature (promo image shown) for converting both spoken and written conversation into another language, but Google is about to enter the fray - and may one-up Microsoft in at least one respect.</p> <p class="p1">According to the New York Times, Google will announce an update to Google Translate for phones in the near future that significantly overhauls its current translation functionality, adding the ability to automatically detect a spoken language and turn it into written text. Competition is typically only a good thing, and when it comes for something so beneficial for society as smart translation, the near-endless resources of Google and Microsoft should help make a lot of progress very quickly.</p> <p class="p1">[Source: <a href="http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/01/11/language-translation-tech-starting-to-deliver-on-its-promise/">The New York Times</a> via <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2015/1/11/7528625/google-real-time-voice-translation-android">The Verge</a>]</p> <p class="p1"><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/fully-charged-skype-translator-preview-begins-devil-may-cry-coming-ps4-and-xbox-one-and-vr">Skype Translator preview begins</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="Skype Translator" alt="Skype Translator" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/skype-translator-kids.png?1421114477" /> </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"> House of Cards season 3 trailer </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 class="p1">We&rsquo;ve shown a lot of love for <em>House of Cards</em> around these parts, and around the same time that Kevin Spacey accepted his best actor award at the Golden Globes just hours ago, Netflix released the first season three trailer for its original gem.</p> <p class="p1">If you&rsquo;re all caught up on the series, here&rsquo;s your first glimpse at the upcoming season, which debuts on 27 February. And if not, go watch it all now - and be quick about it.</p> <p class="p1">[Source:<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sU9QTLXYCCc"> YouTube</a>]</p> <p class="p1"><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/25-best-things-watch-netflix-right-now/feature">The 30 best things to watch on Netflix right now</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/sU9QTLXYCCc" 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"> The life-sized Pac-Man maze </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 class="p1">The Super Bowl marks the grand conclusion of each National Football League season, and serves as the largest annual sporting event in North America - but it&#39;s also an opportunity for companies to try and outshine each other with lavish, ridiculously expensive TV commercials that run during the game.</p> <p class="p1">And beer juggernaut Budweiser has apparently created a life-sized <em>Pac-Man</em> maze for one of its commercials. It appeared recently in Los Angeles, and they&rsquo;ve been filming ridiculous chases within the iconic, dot-filled course. We&rsquo;ve seen only photos, but we&rsquo;re already madly jealous of whoever gets to run through this dream maze on national television. Might we suggest a touring exhibit once the advert&#39;s aired?</p> <p class="p1">[Source: <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/breaking/ct-bud-light-super-bowl-0108-biz-20150107-story.html">Chicago Tribune</a> via <a href="http://www.gameinformer.com/b/news/archive/2015/01/09/budweiser-built-life-size-pac-man-maze-for-super-bowl-ad.aspx">Game Informer</a>]</p> <p class="p1"><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/10-classic-coin-ops-you-have-play-right-now/feature">10 classic coin-ops you have to play right now</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="675" title="Budweiser&#039;s life-sized Pac-Man course" alt="Budweiser&#039;s life-sized Pac-Man course" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/budweiser-pacman.jpg?1421114477" /> </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-chevrolet-will-unveil-pure-electric-bolt-google-planning-real-time-translation-#comments Cars Electric cars Film and TV Gaming Google Netflix Skype Mon, 12 Jan 2015 07:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1457342 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: HTC’s RE camera gets YouTube streaming, Nintendo's Mario crossover with smash mobile game, and Google funding Charlie Hebdo http://www.stuff.tv/action-cam/fully-charged-htc-s-re-camera-gets-youtube-streaming-mario-crossover-smash-mobile-game-an <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Finish the week strong with our morning roundup of hot 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="HTC RE camera" alt="HTC RE camera" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/htc-re-camera-withphone.jpg?1420894587" /> </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"> RE camera adds YouTube streaming </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 class="p1">HTC&rsquo;s introduction of an action camera a couple months back seemed a curious new direction for the company, but the RE is starting to show its potential advantages over the market-standard GoPro. Or, at least it will once the latest app update is released for both Android and iOS.</p> <p class="p1">That&rsquo;s because the updated app will enable the camera to stream live video direct to YouTube via your smartphone&rsquo;s Wi-Fi or cellular connection - something that isn&rsquo;t possible so easily (and officially) with the GoPro. Will that send action cam fans flocking towards HTC&rsquo;s pipe-shaped option? Hard to know, but every little perk helps.</p> <p class="p1">The app update is set to hit Android sometime today, enabling the streaming feature, however iPhone users will have to wait until later this quarter to gain the ability.</p> <p class="p1">[Source: <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2015/1/8/7507271/htc-re-camera-youtube-live-streaming-goPro">The Verge</a>]</p> <p class="p1"><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/action-cam/htc-re-hands/review">HTC RE hands-on review</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"> Mario will star in Japanese mobile sensation </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 class="p1">No, Mario isn&rsquo;t getting his own mobile game. Instead, one of the biggest mobile games in Japan will be coming to Nintendo 3DS in a Mario-featuring iteration that&rsquo;s sure to be a smash.</p> <p class="p1"><em>Puzzles &amp; Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition</em> merges the <em>Puzzle Quest</em>-esque colour-matching puzzle gameplay of the former with the characters and power-ups of the latter, and it&rsquo;s set to debut in Japan on 29 April. GungHo&rsquo;s mobile favorite has millions of downloads outside of Japan, but it&rsquo;s not quite a household name - so no word yet if this one will make it elsewhere.</p> <p class="p1">[Source: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gWVA2o8edDw">YouTube</a>]</p> <p class="p1"><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/3ds/nintendo-shows-updated-3ds-and-3ds-xl-designs/news">Nintendo shows off updated Nintendo 3DS and 3DS XL designs</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/gWVA2o8edDw" 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"> Google helps fund Charlie Hebdo </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 class="p1">French satirical magazine <em>Charlie Hebdo</em> was struck by a terrorist attack on Wednesday that left eight staff members and four other people dead, along with 11 people injured, apparently in response to controversial cartoons featured by the magazine over the years.</p> <p class="p1">While the gunmen may have wished to silence the publication, the rallying support of worldwide people and companies shocked by the news looks to have done quite the opposite. Remaining staffers say they will publish the paper next week, and thanks to the help of Google and other media companies, <em>Charlie Hebdo</em> will likely reach its largest-ever audience by a wide margin.</p> <p class="p1">The Google-backed Digital Press Fund will provide &euro;250,000 to the magazine to keep it running, and other companies like Le Monde, Radio France, and France Télévisions will also be granting large sums of money as support. <em>Charlie Hebdo</em> staffers plan to run one million copies of the next issue, whereas the usual print run prior to the attack was just 60,000 per week.</p> <p class="p1">(Image of Australian support rally of <em>Charlie Hebdo</em> <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charlie_Hebdo_shooting#mediaviewer/File:Brisbane_charlie_hebdo_gathering_jesuischarlie_2015-01-08.jpg">via user Chtfn on Wikipedia</a>.)</p> <p class="p1">[Source: <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jan/08/charlie-hebdo-staff-publish-next-week-1m-print-run">Guardian</a>]</p> <p class="p1"><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/february-issue-out-now/news-0">February issue out now</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="675" title="Rally to support Charlie Hebdo following terrorist attack" alt="Rally to support Charlie Hebdo following terrorist attack" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/charlie-hebdo-rally.jpg?1420894587" /> </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/action-cam/fully-charged-htc-s-re-camera-gets-youtube-streaming-mario-crossover-smash-mobile-game-an#comments Action Cam Gaming Google HTC Nintendo YouTube Fri, 09 Jan 2015 07:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1457114 at http://www.stuff.tv CES 2015: Google Cast for audio will stream music to networked speakers http://www.stuff.tv/google/ces-2015/ces-2015-google-announces-cast-audio-lets-you-stream-music-networked-speakers/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Coming soon: a new way to whizz your tunes around your home wirelessly </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 Cast in action" alt="CES 2015: Google Cast for audio will stream music to networked speakers" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/google-cast-audio.jpg?1420594253" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Google&#39;s Casting options are currently limited to flinging videos from your phone to your TV - but that&#39;s all set to change in 2015.</p> <p>Later this year, the tech giant will introduce the ability to send content from a range of music streaming services to networked speakers around your home.</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/max-langridge" title="View user profile.">Max Langridge</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>Using the music casting function will be just as simple as its video counter part: simply tap the cast button in a compatible Android, iOS or web app. Supported apps at launch will include Google Play Music, Pandora, TuneIn, Rdio and Deezer. A full list of compatible apps can be found <a href="https://www.google.com/intl/en_us/chrome/devices/chromecast/apps.html?utm_source=chromecast.com#?category=music">here</a>. Interestingly, there&#39;s no support for Spotify - or at least not at launch.</p> <p>The neat thing about Google Cast for audio is that the speaker will handle the streaming, rather than the mobile device, à la <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/spotify/why-you-should-care-about-spotify-connect/feature">Spotify Connect.</a>&nbsp;This means you won&#39;t go through your phone or tablet&#39;s battery in the blink of an eye.&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-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>In order to use Google Cast for audio, you&#39;ll need compatible networked speakers or soundbars. Google has announced that LG, Sony and HEOS by Denon will be the first three launch partners, with many more to be announced later in 2015.&nbsp;</p> <p>Google is also working with audio chip manufacturers to create a &quot;Google Cast ecosystem&quot; which will include &quot;Android TVs, games consoles and set-top boxes&quot;.</p> <p>The first Google Cast compatible speakers are expected to be released in the US this Spring. European release dates are yet to be confirmed.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ces-2015/ces-2015-what-expect-best-gadgets-and-tech/feature">All the latest news from CES 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="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/8q0yZomXuSw" 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/ces-2015/ces-2015-google-announces-cast-audio-lets-you-stream-music-networked-speakers/news#comments CES 2015 Google Tue, 06 Jan 2015 12:13:17 +0000 Max Langridge 1456850 at http://www.stuff.tv Best Android Wear watch faces http://www.stuff.tv/android/best-android-wear-watch-faces/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Our selection of the snazziest virtual time keepers to keep your wrists looking their best </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="830" height="623" title="Pujie Black" alt="Best Android Wear watch faces" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/minimus-360.jpg?1421675457" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you&#39;re rocking a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/moto-360/motorola-moto-360/review" target="_blank">Moto 360</a>, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lg/lg-g-watch-r/review" target="_blank">LG G Watch R</a>, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-smartwatch-3-and-smartband-talk-hands/review" target="_blank">Sony Smartwatch 3</a>, or one of Samsung&#39;s many offerings like the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gear-2/samsung-gear-2-and-gear-2-neo/review" target="_blank">Gear 2</a>, then congratulations.</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"><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"> Pujie Black (£0.79) </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>This clean face shows off the most important stats at a glance, namely the time, battery life and date. It comes with a customisation app too, which lets you swap to a digital mode as well as change the colours and style.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.pujie.wristwear.pujieblack" target="_blank">Download the Pujie Black Android Wear watch face</a></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lg/lg-g-watch-r/review" target="_blank">LG G Watch R review</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="682" height="512" title="Pujie Black" alt="Best Android Wear watch faces" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/pujie-black.jpg?1421675457" /> </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"> Weather Wear Watch Face (£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>This watch face, unsurprisingly, has a heavy emphasis on weather, letting you see what the heavens will shower down upon you without waiting for Google&#39;s dedicated card to pop up whenever it feels like it.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.pizzaentertainment.weatherwatchface&amp;hl=en" target="_blank">Download the Weather Wear Android Wear watch face</a></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-smartwatch-3-and-smartband-talk-hands/review" target="_blank">Sony Smartwatch 3 hands-on review</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="1072" height="804" title="Weather Wear" alt="Best Android Wear watch faces" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/weather-wear.jpg?1421675457" /> </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"> Aviator (£0.99) </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>This classy offering serves up day, weather and battery information, in a design that resembles a traditional watch face. Pretty and functional. Just like us.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=co.smartwatchface.watch.face.aviator.android.wear" target="_blank">Download the Aviator Android Wear watch face</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gear-2/samsung-gear-2-and-gear-2-neo/review" target="_blank">Samsung Gear 2 review</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="1216" height="912" title="Aviator" alt="Best Android Wear watch faces" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/aviator_0.jpg?1421675457" /> </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"> Planets (£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>Tell us, is your current watch currently fed with data directly from NASA? No? Well this one is. Those colourful circles represent the actual location of the actual planets in actual real-time. Wait for the next eclipse if you don&#39;t believe us.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=watchface.android.wear.planets" target="_blank">Download the Planets Android Wear watch face</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/android-wear/review" target="_blank">Google Android Wear review</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="1195" height="897" title="Planets" alt="Best Android Wear watch faces" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/planets.jpg?1421675457" /> </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"> Minimal &amp; Elegant (£0.59) </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 its name suggests, this face is both, well, minimal and elegant. Hours on the top, minutes on the bottom, and the date thrown in for good measure. Stick those middle fingers up at hour and second hands.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.stmp.minimalface" target="_blank">Download the Minimal &amp; Elegant Android Wear watch face</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="600" height="449" title="Minimal &amp; Elegant" alt="Best Android Wear watch faces" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/minimal-elegant.jpg?1421675457" /> </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"> 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"> Orbital (£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>We promise, you can actually tell the time with this wacky watch face. You see, the black circles represent... no, wait, &nbsp;the white dots show off the.... err... You can probably hypnotise people with it. What more do you want?</p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.thirtythreelabs.android.orbital">Download the Orbital Android Wear watch face</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="600" height="449" title="Orbital" alt="Best Android Wear watch faces" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/orbital.jpg?1421675457" /> </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"> Spotlight (£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>We like this one. Why? Well, it defies the laws of physics. It&#39;s sort of hard to explain, but it traverses all dimensions simultaneously, rotating a much larger clock face within the confines of the smartwatch itself. In your face Einstein.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.maize.spotlight" target="_blank">Download the Spotlight Android Wear watch face</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="600" height="451" title="Spotlight" alt="Best Android Wear watch faces" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/spotlight.jpg?1421675457" /> </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"> Minimus360 (£0.61) </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>There&#39;s not much to say here. Available in red or blue hues, this one is classy, minimalist, and clean. We like it.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.flyingrhinocmg.watchface_minimus360" target="_blank">Download the Minimus360 Android Wear watch face</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="830" height="623" title="Minimus360" alt="Best Android Wear watch faces" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/minimus-360.jpg?1421675457" /> </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-8"><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"> Secret Agent (£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>Don&#39;t mention the N64 game starring a certain Mr. Bond who wore a strikingly similar watch. Although if other people compliment you on it, you don&#39;t necessarily have to correct them. Sadly, it doesn&#39;t flash when your heart-rate increases.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.rmukapps.secretagent" target="_blank">Buy the Secret Agent Android Wear watch face</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="600" height="450" title="Secret Agent" alt="play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.flyingrhinocmg.watchface_minimus360" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/secret-agent.jpg?1421675457" /> </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-9"><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"> Stealth360 (£0.61) </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>Again, not much to say. Minimalist, clean, simple. Ideal for those looking to escape from gimmicks and clutter.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.flyingrhinocmg.watchface_stealth360" target="_blank">Buy the Stealth360 Android Wear watch face</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/wearable-tech/top-ten" target="_blank">Top 10 best wearable tech</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-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="870" height="653" title="Stealth360" alt="play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.flyingrhinocmg.watchface_minimus360" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/stealth-360.jpg?1421675457" /> </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/android/best-android-wear-watch-faces/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/android/best-android-wear-watch-faces/feature#comments Android Android apps Android Wear Google Smartwatches Wearable tech Mon, 22 Dec 2014 12:47:29 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1455062 at http://www.stuff.tv