Google http://www.stuff.tv/google/news en-GB Bye, Google! Apple could use Yahoo! or Bing as its default search engine from 2015 http://www.stuff.tv/apple/bye-google-apple-could-use-yahoo-or-bing-its-default-search-engine-2015/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Google and Apple’s search deal seems set to expire next year </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="Bye, Google! Apple could use Yahoo! or Bing as its default search engine from 2015" alt="Bye, Google! Apple could use Yahoo! or Bing as its default search engine" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/google-vs-apple.jpg?1417000406" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Apple and Google&rsquo;s steady parting of ways looks set to continue with Google&rsquo;s best known service: web search.</p> <p>Currently, Google is the default search engine for Apple&rsquo;s Safari web browser, but this deal is reportedly set to expire in 2015 &ndash; and that may well mean Apple inking an agreement with a new search giant.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-can%E2%80%99t-resist-dissing-google-every-turn/news">Apple can&rsquo;t resist dissing Google at every turn</a></strong></p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/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-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Bada bing! </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 leading candidates to replace Google are Yahoo! and Microsoft&rsquo;s Bing, both of which have already entered discussions with Apple. Both companies look to have a good shot at it: Yahoo! recently replaced Google as the default search engine for Mozilla&rsquo;s Firefox web browser, while Bing last year became the search engine for Apple&rsquo;s own Siri personal assistant.</p> <p>Apple could, of course, renew its deal with Google, but recent events suggests the rivalry (some might say enmity) between the two companies has reached such a level that this seems unlikely. Apple has already ditched Google Maps as the default mapping service for iOS devices (<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/updated-internet-gets-angry-about-ios-6-maps/news">and didn&rsquo;t that go well?</a>), and the Google-owned YouTube is no longer a pre-installed native app on iPhones and iPads.</p> <p>The two companies&rsquo; falling out is thought to stem from the unveiling of Android, which Apple&rsquo;s late CEO and co-founder Steve Jobs considered &ldquo;a stolen product&rdquo; due to perceived similarities with iOS.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://appleinsider.com/articles/14/11/25/googles-search-deal-with-apple-expires-in-early-2015-could-bring-new-default-to-safari" target="_blank">AppleInsider</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ditch-youtube-app-ios-6/news">Apple to ditch YouTube app in iOS 6</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-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/apple/bye-google-apple-could-use-yahoo-or-bing-its-default-search-engine-2015/news#comments Apple Bing Google iOS Yahoo Wed, 26 Nov 2014 11:07:35 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1453976 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: First Jurassic World teaser, Evolve’s add-on maps will be free, and Google’s Internet balloons can last for months http://www.stuff.tv/evolve/fully-charged-first-jurassic-world-teaser-evolve-s-add-maps-are-free-and-google-s-internet-ba <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> All the news you missed over the weekend, now in easily digestible chunks </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="Jurassic World" alt="Jurassic World" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/jurassic-world-teaser.jpg?1416875009" /> </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"> Jurassic World teaser released </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&nbsp;<em>Jurassic Park</em>&nbsp;franchise will return to cinemas after a 14-year breather - probably for the best following&nbsp;<em>Jurassic Park III</em>&nbsp;- next summer with&nbsp;<em>Jurassic World</em>, and over the weekend, Universal Pictures released the first teaser trailer for the film.</p> <p>It doesn&rsquo;t show a whole lot, but you&rsquo;ll catch a quick glimpse of the new park&rsquo;s updated tech, as well as Chris Pratt as the lead character, a staff member at Jurassic Park. While short, the teaser only really has to capture your attention for a few days: a full-sized trailer is expected to debut later this week.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bvu-zlR5A8Q">YouTube</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/25-best-movie-cgi-effects-ever/news">25 best movie CGI effects ever</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/bvu-zlR5A8Q" 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-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Evolve’s add-on maps won’t cost anything </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 just posted&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/evolve-hands-preview/review">our hands-on preview of&nbsp;<em>Evolve</em></a>, and now there&rsquo;s even more reason to be excited about February&rsquo;s co-op hunters-vs-monsters shooter: all of the post-release downloadable maps will be released free to all players.</p> <p>In an era of pricey map packs and paid season passes, that&rsquo;s a welcome breath of fresh air. Turtle Rock Studios creative director Phil Robb confirmed the news to IGN, saying the development team decided, &ldquo;We can&#39;t break the community up, so all of our maps will be free. We never want anyone to get booted off of a server because they haven&#39;t bought something.&rdquo;</p> <p>Granted, not&nbsp;<em>everything</em>&nbsp;released for the game after the initial launch will be free: additional hunters and monsters will be sold to extend the experience beyond new locales. But even if you don&rsquo;t buy those pieces, you&rsquo;ll still be able to play alongside and against those characters - just not&nbsp;<em>as</em>&nbsp;them.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ign.com/articles/2014/11/21/all-dlc-maps-for-evolve-will-be-available-free-of-charge">IGN</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/3ds/25-most-anticipated-games-2015/feature">The 25 most anticipated games of 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/Wu6W0v6wNf4" 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’s Internet balloons make strides </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 wants to bring Internet to the billions of people around the world who still live without it, and the company hopes to do through Project Loon, an ambitious project using access-providing balloons. But these are no ordinary balloons, and Google has apparently made strides over the last year of active development.</p> <p>According to Google, the current balloons can last 10 times longer in the stratosphere than last year&rsquo;s model, with many floating 100 days or more - the longest so far has been 130 days. Google has also refined the manufacturing side of things, and each balloon can be automatically filled in about five minutes, with the company able to launch up to 20 balloons per day.</p> <p>Thus far, Project Loon balloons have traveled more than 3 million kilometers, although it&rsquo;s unclear just when the project will become widely available for areas without more traditional Internet access options.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="https://plus.google.com/+ProjectLoon/posts/dqHoYWHjHxy">Google</a>&nbsp;via&nbsp;<a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/11/21/google-project-loon-improvements/">Engadget</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-almost-built-jetpack/news">Google almost built a jetpack</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="Project Loon" alt="Project Loon" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/google-project-loon.jpg?1416875009" /> </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/evolve/fully-charged-first-jurassic-world-teaser-evolve-s-add-maps-are-free-and-google-s-internet-ba#comments Evolve Film and TV Gaming Google Mon, 24 Nov 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1453787 at http://www.stuff.tv Google Nexus 6 http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-nexus-6/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Updated 18/11/14: Nexus 6 pre-orders are open, with an expected 1 December delivery date </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="Look familiar?" alt="Google Nexus 6" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/nexus-6-main.jpg?1416324122" /> </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/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>After months of rumours, leaks, and rampant speculation, the Nexus 6 has officially revealed itself in all its glory.</p> <p>It&#39;s big. It&#39;s powerful. And it&#39;s running the latest and greatest version of Android - 5.0 Lollipop.</p> <p>Here&#39;s everything you need to know about Android&#39;s new poster boy:</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £-1.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default"> stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hello Giant Moto </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 Nexus 6 is essentially a giant Moto X, which is no surprise given that Motorola designed it.</p> <p>It was codenamed Shamu, and we can see why. It&#39;s massive, measuring in at just under 160mm long - a smidgen more than the gargantuan <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6l/review" target="_blank">iPhone 6 Plus</a>.</p> <p>Apart from its size, it really does appear to be a carbon copy of the Moto X, sharing its rounded design, dual front-facing speakers, and rear dimple.</p> <p>The most obvious visual difference is the nexus logo stamped on the rear, along with the lower position of the power and volume buttons on the right hand side, to accommodate for the larger size.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/moto-x-2014/review" target="_blank">Motorola Moto X (2014) 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-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1400" height="1050" title="Black or white?" alt="Google Nexus 6" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Nexus-6-multi_0.jpg?1416324122" /> </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"> 6 inches of pixel-packed goodness </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 Nexus 6 has a 5.96in screen screen. But we&#39;re calling it 6 inches from now on, thank you very much.&nbsp;</p> <p>Not only does that push the Nexus 6 well and truly into phablet territory, but its 2560 x 1440 2K resolution earns it a place alongside the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3/review" target="_blank">LG G3</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-galaxy-note-4/review" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy Note 4</a> in the 2K club.</p> <p>That&#39;s a very decent 493 pixels per inch, and while not quite as dense as its LG and Samsung rivals, should still make for super-sharp images, even with your eyeballs hugging the display. Not that we&#39;d recommend you do that, mind.</p> <p>It&#39;s an AMOLED panel too, which means that it should match the Note 4 for vivid colours and true blacks.</p> <p>Because AMOLED screens turn off all black pixels completely, it could help extend the battery life too.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/google-nexus-6-vs-samsung-galaxy-note-4-weigh/feature" target="_blank">Google Nexus 6 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4: The weigh-in</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="899" title="Monument Valley. Great game, well worth a look." alt="Google Nexus 6" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-6-group_1.jpg?1416324122" /> </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"> Return of the flash </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>Like the Moto X, the Nexus 6&#39;s camera is surrounded in a rather attractive circular LED ring flash. Apart from looking awesome, it could improve how evenly-lit shots are, though we&#39;ll have to wait for our final review to make a final judgement.</p> <p>The Nexus 6 also shares the Moto X&#39;s 13MP camera - a bump up from the 8MP camera of last year&#39;s LG-made Nexus 5.</p> <p>Again, it&#39;s impossible to rate the camera performance until we compare identical test shots from different devices, so stay tuned for our final verdict.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-nexus-9-7-things-you-need-know-about-first-android-lollipop-tablet/news" target="_blank">Google Nexus 9: 7 things you need to know about the first Android Lollipop tablet</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="That&#039;s a good looking flash" alt="Google Nexus 6" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Nexus6-camera-1600_0.jpg?1416324122" /> </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"> Power in spades </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 Nexus 6 matches the Galaxy Note 4 spec-for-spec, making it one of the most powerful smartphones in the world.</p> <p>Beating beneath its curvy shell is Qualcomm&#39;s mighty Snapdragon 805 2.7GHz quad-core processor, along with 3GB of RAM and either 32GB or 64GB on onboard storage.&nbsp;</p> <p>It&#39;s a beast on paper, and we expect it to be fly in general use too, laughing in the face of multitasking and gaming.</p> <p>The 805 is more efficient than the 801 processor found in other devices like the LG G3 and Sony Xperia Z3, which will also help squeeze out every last drop of battery.</p> <p>Sadly there&#39;s no microSD slot, and the battery isn&#39;t removable either - the G3 and the Note 4 one-up the Nexus 6 in that regard.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z3/review" target="_blank">Sony Xperia Z3 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="Shhh it&#039;s sleeping" alt="Google Nexus 6" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-6-close_0.jpg?1416324122" /> </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"> The sweetest version of Android yet </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Nexus 6 is, unsurprisingly, landing with the latest version of Android. In this case, that&#39;s Android 5.0 Lollipop, and its revamped Material UI looks stunning.</p> <p>There&#39;s plenty more to Lollipop than a new paint job however, including battery optimisations, security enhancements and much, much more.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/android-45/review" target="_blank">Android 5.0 Lollipop preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="We&#039;re salivating" alt="Google Nexus 6" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lollipop_1.jpg?1416324122" /> </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"> A (mercifully) larger battery </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>That huge screen, coupled with all of those extra pixels, is the perfect recipe for a battery disaster.</p> <p>Thankfully, the Nexus 6 has a large 3220mAh battery which, coupled with the more efficient processor, AMOLED screen and Android Lollipop&#39;s battery optimisations, should hopefully provide at least an all-day moderate to heavy usage experience.</p> <p>Hopefully.</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="782" height="586" title="How to charge a battery" alt="Google Nexus 6" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-6-charging_1.jpg?1416324122" /> </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"> Price and release date </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><strong>Update 05/11/14:</strong> <a href="http://www.mobiles.co.uk/motorola-phones/google-nexus-6.html" target="_blank">Mobiles.co.uk</a> believes that the Nexus 6 will go up for pre-order on 18 November - a date supported by UK retailer <a href="http://www.clove.co.uk/google-nexus-6" target="_blank">Clove</a> - and has 1 December listed as the release date.</p> <p>Join us in keeping our fingers optimistically crossed...</p> <p><strong>Update 07/11/14:</strong> The Nexus 6 has <a href="http://api.viglink.com/api/click?format=go&amp;jsonp=vglnk_14153636435739&amp;key=d70aaa6cc9f811e1c068c9f6a8469e19&amp;libId=f007b5db-2982-42c9-aeb1-8d5328beea7c&amp;loc=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.pocket-lint.com%2Fnews%2F131658-nexus-6-priced-for-uk-through-play-store-starts-at-499%3Futm_medium%3Dreferral%26utm_source%3Dpulsenews&amp;v=1&amp;out=https%3A%2F%2Fplay.google.com%2Fstore%2Fdevices%2Fdetails%2FNexus_6_32GB_Midnight_Blue%3Fid%3Dnexus_6_blue_32gb&amp;ref=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.pulse.me%2Fstuffathon_stufferton%2Ftechnology&amp;title=Nexus%206%20priced%20for%20UK%20through%20Play%20Store%2C%20starts%20at%20%C2%A3499%20-%20Pocket-lint&amp;txt=Nexus%206%20-%20Google%20Play" target="_blank">officially had a UK price tag slapped on to it</a> - &pound;500 and &pound;550 for the 32GB and 64GB models respectively. That&#39;s the most un-Nexus pricing we&#39;ve seen yet. Could this be the end of the cheap Nexus phone?</p> <p><strong>Update 18/11/14:&nbsp;</strong>Looks like the rumours were true. <a href="http://www.carphonewarehouse.com/search/?q=nexus%206" target="_blank">The Carphone Warehouse</a> has confirmed that Nexus 6 pre-orders have gone live, with delivery for earlybirds expected on 1 December. SIM-free pricing starts from &pound;500 for the 32GB model, and you can grab one for free on a two-year &pound;34.50 a month contract.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/tablets/top-ten" target="_blank">These are the top 10 best tablets in the world 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="900" title="£???.??" alt="Google Nexus 6" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-6-main_1.jpg?1416324122" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Preview </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Google Nexus 6 preview </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"> All you need to know about this 5.9in beast </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-nexus-6/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-nexus-6/review#comments Google Nexus 6 Smartphones Tue, 18 Nov 2014 15:22:04 +0000 Marc McLaren 1434725 at http://www.stuff.tv 9 things you need to know about Google's Project Tango http://www.stuff.tv/google/8-things-you-need-know-about-googles-project-tango/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Project Tango devices will map the world around you in real-time. Allow us to explain... UPDATE 14/11/14: The tablet is now listed on the Google Play Store </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="How Project Tango will work - in the form of a lovely Stuff render" alt="What is Google Project Tango" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/project-tango-main.jpg?1415975924" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>If everything is going according to plan over at the Googleplex, app developers should soon be able to get their hands on the first tablets with Google&#39;s Project Tango tech inside.</p> <p>Tango allows a device to build up an accurate 3D&nbsp;model of its immediate surroundings, which Google says will be useful for everything from AR gaming to navigating large shopping centres. </p> <p>We imagine you&#39;ve got a few questions about that - so let us attempt to answer them for you.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/adamoxford" title="View user profile.">Adam Oxford</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 1. What is Project Tango? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Google isn&#39;t content with making software for phones that can merely capture 2D photos and videos. Nor does it just want to take stereoscopic 3D snaps.</p> <p>Instead,&nbsp;<a href="https://www.google.com/atap/projecttango/#project" target="_blank">Project Tango</a>&nbsp;is a bid to equip every mobile device with a powerful suite of software and sensors that can capture a complete 3D picture of the world around it, in real-time.</p> <p>Why? So you can map your house, furniture and all, simply by walking around it. Bingo - no more measuring up before going shopping for a new wardrobe.&nbsp;Or so you can avoid getting lost next time you go to the hospital - you&#39;ll have instant access to a 3D plan of its labyrinthine corridors. Or so you can easily find the &#39;unhealthy snacks&#39; section in your local megamart. Or so can play amazing augmented reality games. Or so that the visually impaired can receive extra help in getting around.</p> <p>In fact, as with most Google projects, the ways in which Tango could prove useful are only limited by your imagination. After all, who&#39;d have guessed <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2012/jul/14/google-street-view-new-photography" target="_blank">Street View would prove such a hit with artists?</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="Project Tango accurately maps your surroundings in 3D" alt="What is Google Project Tango" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/project-tango-heat-map-style.jpg?1415975924" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 2. Who&#039;s behind it? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The two key technology partners involved with Project Tango are Israeli imaging firm Mantis Vision and seasoned robotics engineers at Californian hiDOF.</p> <p>Inside Google, Project Tango is the work of the Advanced Technology and Projects group (ATAP) &ndash; which was formerly part of Motorola. That in turn is headed up by <a href="http://johnnylee.net/" target="_blank">Johnny Chung Lee</a>, who was once best known for his work developing Microsoft&#39;s Kinect. ATAP is also the group behind the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google-project-ara/review">Project Ara</a> modular mobile phone experiment, so it&#39;s clearly <em>au fait</em> with boundary-pushing tech.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1400" height="900" title="The Project Tango phone specs" alt="What is Google Project Tango" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/project-tango-specs.jpg?1415975924" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 3. How does the tech work? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.mv4d.com/projecttango/" target="_blank">Mantis Vision&#39;s</a> MV4D technology currently sits at the heart of handheld 3D scanners and works by shining a grid pattern of invisible lights in front of a bank of two or more cameras to capture the topography of the world it sees &ndash; not entirely unlike what you see when putting in a Tiger Woods game.</p> <p><a href="http://hidof.com/2014/02/20/bringing-visual-slam-to-the-masses-project-tango-launches/" target="_blank">HiDOF</a>, meanwhile, specialises in software that can not only interpret the data that sort of sensor produces, but also combine it with GPS, accelerometer and gyroscope readings to produce an accurate map of your immediate surroundings in real-time. </p> <p>Doing all of this on an ARM-powered smartphone is described by the company as a &ldquo;daunting task&rdquo;.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Qe10ExwzCqk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 4. Can I get hold of Project Tango yet? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>At the time of its announcement, Google said that there were 200 prototype phones going out to selected developers in the first instance, and that 4000 tablets costing US$1024 each would be available around about now. It&#39;s similar to the way in which Google Glass was launched. </p> <p>Astronauts have also been able to play around with Tango, because it&#39;s already been to space - as documented in the video above.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-s-new-project-human-body/news">Google&#39;s new project - mapping the human body</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Vc5YyLl1Ksg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 5. What does the tablet look like? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It&#39;s a fairly standard 7in slate with a slight wedge at the back to accommodate the extra sensors. As far as we can tell, it has three cameras including the webcam. </p> <p>Inside, it has one of <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-s-3d-depth-sensing-project-tango-tablet-development-kit-unveiled/news">Nvidia&#39;s so-far-untested Tegra K1</a> mobile processors with a beefy 4GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD.&nbsp;</p> <p>Google is at pains to point out that it&#39;s not a consumer device, but one is supposedly on the way. <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-io-2014/lg-will-release-consumer-version-google-s-3d-mapping-project-tango-tablet-2015">Made by LG, it is expected to arrive next year</a>.</p> <p>The phone that was sent out earlier in the year has been the subject of an <a href="https://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/Project+Tango+Teardown/23835" target="_blank">iFixit teardown</a>, so we know more about that. For instance we know that its depth-sensing array consists of an infrared projector, 4MP rear camera and front-facing fisheye view lens with 180-degree field of vision. Physically, it&#39;s a standard phone shape but rather chunky compared to the class of 2014. More like something from about 2010</p> <p>Presumably there&#39;ll be a consumer-focused phone released next year too - Tango makes more sense on a pocketable device after all - but there&#39;s no word yet on who might make it or what it might look like.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Tango tablet that&#039;s available to developers..." alt="What is Google Project Tango" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/projecttango-tablet_0.jpg?1415975924" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="...and the prototype Tango phone that was sent out" alt="What is Google Project Tango" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/project-tango-phone.jpg?1415975924" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 6. Do I want to get hold of it? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Right now, probably not. </p> <p>Early kits are really for testing the device APIs and starting work on apps which will make use of Project Tango&#39;s new abilities. </p> <p>In the future, almost certainly. </p> <p>There are a few obvious uses for Tango mooted already &ndash; alternate reality (AR) gaming and 3D scanning are popular everyday activities &ndash; but like Street View and Maps, it&#39;s only once Tango is out there that we&#39;ll really get a feeling for the difference it can make.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="AR gaming will be one of Tango&#039;s main features" alt="What is Google Project Tango" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/project-tango-ar-gaming.jpg?1415975924" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7. If it all sounds strangely familiar… </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Google&#39;s been working on something similar to Project Tango for a while now, but on a much bigger scale than smartphone processors. The reason its much-vaunted <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/why-you-should-be-pumped-about-self-driving-cars/feature">self-driving cars </a>work is because they can see everything that&#39;s happening around them, building on-the-fly topographical maps to avoid collisions and potholes.</p> <p>Much of the same tech has gone into Tango and indeed some of the same people have worked across both projects. Yes, we&#39;re fairly envious of their CVs.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="Tango uses some of the same mapping tech as Google&#039;s driverless cars" alt="What is Google Project Tango" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/project-tango-in-car.jpg?1415975924" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8. What&#039;s Google after? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Creative Commons inventor <a href="https://www.ted.com/talks/lawrence_lessig_we_the_people_and_the_republic_we_must_reclaim" target="_blank">Larry Lessig made the case in a TED speech</a> that it&#39;s easy to forget how different the world is today thanks to Google&#39;s desire to know everything. </p> <p>For instance, while many people consider some tasks &ndash; notably political reform &ndash; to be impossible, they have no problem accepting the likelihood of a single company photographing every square foot of almost every single road in the world and stitching them together to create a single image service. Which, on the face of it, should be a far harder project.&nbsp;</p> <p>The unforeseen benefits of Google&#39;s mapping odyssey include everything from being able to visit holiday destinations before booking them, to enabling home delivery in places where post offices and street names don&#39;t exist.&nbsp;</p> <p>If Project Tango works - and we&#39;ve no reason to suspect it won&#39;t - it could prove every bit as revolutionary as Maps or Street View. It just might take a while for its true genius to become clear.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/44vppay5UDc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset 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"> 9. Has it popped up at the Play Store? (Spoiler: Yes it has) </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 looks like Project Tango isn&#39;t too far off release, because it has <a href="https://play.google.com/store/devices/details/Project_Tango_Tablet_Development_Kit_Black?id=project_tango_tablet_black" target="_blank">appeared at the Google Play Store</a>, albeit in a development kit form.</p> <p>The tablet is available in either black or white and, as promised, is priced at US$1,024 (&pound;655). However, it&#39;s not yet available to order in the US (expect that to change soon) and if you view the page from the UK it says it isn&#39;t available in the country at all.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/android-45/review">Everything you need to know about Android L, Google&#39;s next mobile operating system</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-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 Project Tango listing at Google Play" alt="The Project Tango listing at Google Play" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/project-tango-play-store.jpg?1415975924" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> All you need to know about Google&#039;s Project Tango </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> No1: It&#039;s amazing... </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/8-things-you-need-know-about-googles-project-tango/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/google/8-things-you-need-know-about-googles-project-tango/feature#comments Google Project Tango Smartphones Tablets Wed, 30 Jul 2014 18:21:50 +0000 Marc McLaren 1443648 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Volvo’s Google Cardboard test drive, Sharp’s 736ppi phone display, and all WP8 Lumia devices will get Windows 10 http://www.stuff.tv/google/fully-charged-volvo-s-google-cardboard-test-drive-sharp-s-736ppi-phone-display-and-all-wp8-lu <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Start your Friday off right with our quick-hit collection 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="Google Cardboard x Volvo" alt="Google Cardboard x Volvo" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/google-cardboard-volvo.jpg?1416031513" /> </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"> Volvo offering branded Google Cardboard shell </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You might not have the time or inclination to book a real test drive, but Volvo still wants to get you into its overhauled XC90 SUV. The plan? Mail interested parties a branded Google Cardboard virtual reality shell and have them fire up the Android app to check out a digital drive.</p> <p>The black cardboard shell is apparently identical in design to the one Google <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/evolve/google-io-2014/fully-charged-google-s-cardboard-vr-helmet-evolve-leads-e3-critic-awards-nomin">handed out to I/O attendees</a>, and Volvo will begin mailing them out on 18 November through its Volvo Reality app. That app is available now on <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.volvo.volvoreality">Google Play</a> and will hit the iOS App Store on the 18th, as well.</p> <p>And the Volvo-fied Google Cardboard will work with any smartphone-powered virtual reality apps, so there&rsquo;s little to lose by signing up for one if you don&rsquo;t want to <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-io-2014/how-google-cardboard-scratch/feature">create your own from scratch</a>.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.volvocars.com/us/all-cars/all-new-volvo-xc90/Pages/Google-cardboard.aspx">Volvo</a> via <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/11/13/7217397/volvo-is-using-google-cardboard-to-get-people-inside-its-new-suv">The Verge</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-io-2014/how-google-cardboard-scratch/feature">How to make Google Cardboard from scratch</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/Wuln2bJkp1k" 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-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sharp has a 736ppi display in the works </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>Now this is just getting ridiculous. It&rsquo;s well past the point of being perceivable by the average human eye at a reasonable viewing distance, but Sharp has a smartphone display in the works that boasts pixel density of 736ppi (pixels per inch).</p> <p>How does the 2560x1600 (2K) panel accomplish that? Well, it&rsquo;s just 4.1in - so it&rsquo;s plenty dense, but also rather small compared to current-day flagships. Still, Sharp apparently sees value in pushing the pixel density envelope, and it plans to have sample panels for partners next year, with mass production eyed for 2016 if companies want them.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.mobilemag.com/2014/11/13/sharp-4-inch-display-pixel-density-736ppi">Mobile Magazine</a> via <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/11/13/sharp-igzo-736-ppi/">Engadget</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sharp/sharp-preparing-4k-smartphone-lcd-screens-2016/news">Sharp preparing 4K smartphone LCD screens for 2016</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="750" title="Sharp&#039;s 736ppi display" alt="Sharp&#039;s 736ppi display" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sharp-736ppi-display.jpg?1416031513" /> </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"> All WP8 Lumia phones will get Windows 10 </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 Microsoft made the jump from Windows Phone 7 to WP8, its existing handsets didn&rsquo;t make the jump - which didn&rsquo;t sit to well with owners of those devices, as you might expect. But that apparently won&rsquo;t happen again with the leap from Windows Phone 8 to Windows 10, according to the official Lumia account on Twitter.</p> <p>Asked about upgrades, the account told a user, &ldquo;There will be Windows 10 upgrades for all Lumia Windows Phone 8 devices.&rdquo; There you have it. So if you&rsquo;re looking to get a Lumia in the next several months - such as the just-announced, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/low-end-lumia-535-microsoft-s-first-post-nokia-phone/news">Microsoft-branded Lumia 535</a> - you can rest assured that it will be brought up to date once Windows 10 eventually debuts.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.windowscentral.com/microsoft-claims-windows-10-upgrades-all-lumias">Windows Central</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/6-things-we-love-about-windows-10-and-3-we-hate/feature">6 things we love about Windows 10 - and 3 we hate</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="Microsoft Lumia 535" alt="Microsoft Lumia 535" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nokia-535-front.png?1416031513" /> </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"> Sony celebrates 20 years of PlayStation </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 original PlayStation launched in Japan almost 20 full years ago, in December 1994 (oh no, we&#39;re all super old) - and Sony Japan has kicked off the festivities with a breezy look back at two decades of software and hardware alike. If you&rsquo;ve owned one or more of the couple hundred million PlayStation boxes manufactured in the last 20 years, spare two minutes for this nostalgic blast.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m4KW0OBCtz4">YouTube</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-3/playstation-vue-sony-s-console-based-answer-cable-and-satellite-tv/news">PlayStation Vue is Sony&rsquo;s console-based answer to cable and satellite TV</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/m4KW0OBCtz4" 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-volvo-s-google-cardboard-test-drive-sharp-s-736ppi-phone-display-and-all-wp8-lu#comments Cars Gaming Google PlayStation Sharp Sony Volvo Windows 10 Windows Phone 8 Fri, 14 Nov 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1453156 at http://www.stuff.tv Google Nexus 9 http://www.stuff.tv/nexus-9/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> We get our first lick of the Lollipop with the Nexus tablet </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 tupperware of tablets " alt="Google Nexus 9 review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/nexus-9-21.jpg?1415977584" /> </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-williams" title="View user profile.">Andrew Williams</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If there&rsquo;s an Android contender to rival an <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-air-2/review">iPad Air 2</a>, this is it. The Nexus 9 has the same screen shape, the same resolution and &ndash;&nbsp;like the Apple tablet &ndash;&nbsp;launches with the very best its platform has to offer.</p> <p>You get the brand new Android 5.0 Lollipop software, bags of power and a super-sharp display: all for &pound;80 less than an iPad Air 2. It&rsquo;s sure to lure thousands away from the Apple Store.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £320.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Price from </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price-notes"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Price for 16GB version. Also available with 32GB (£400) </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Big, sharp screen </div> <div class="field-item even"> Powerful CPU </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Pretty and new Android software </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Screen has some small issues </div> <div class="field-item even"> Android 5.0 still needs some tweaks </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Only available in 16GB and 32GB versions </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The tupperware of tablets </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&rsquo;s plenty of praise to come for the Nexus 9, but it&rsquo;s not a tablet that sets out to wow you with its hardware design. Like the good old <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google-nexus-7-2013/review">Nexus 7</a>, it&rsquo;s more practical than luxurious.</p> <p>The back is plastic, and has the sort of minimalist design a swedish furniture maker might come up with. Good-looking? Sure, but it doesn&rsquo;t give the hard, expensive impression of the iPad Air 2, or offer the jaw-dropping thin-n-lightness of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-tab-s-84/review">Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4</a>.</p> <p>You get the feeling Google cares a little more about what happens when you switch the screen on than what it feels like.</p> <p>That we can be so blasé about a tablet this thin and light tells you about how far we&#39;ve come, though. The Nexus 9 is 7.9mm thick and weighs just 425g in its Wi-Fi only incarnation.&nbsp;It <em>is</em> thin and it <em>is</em> light, it just doesn&rsquo;t showcase it in the same way the 6.1mm-thick iPad Air 2 does.</p> <p>That slight lack of initial impact is quickly forgotten when you start using the Nexus 9, though. The 4:3 aspect is so much better suited to an 8in-plus tablet than the widescreen styles that used to be the Android norm.</p> <p>Switch between this and the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-nexus-10/review">Nexus 10</a> and the older tablet just seems a bit, well, silly. It&rsquo;s not just about the looks either, but how its weighting sits in your mitt. The Nexus 9 feels right, and is <em>just about</em> light enough to use one-handed while reading an article on the train on the way to work.</p> <p>In short, the Nexus 9 makes it pretty obvious why 10in widescreen tablets were never all that popular.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-air-2/review" target="_blank">Apple iPad Air 2 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="1200" height="900" title="No wows in the hardware design " alt="Google Nexus 9 review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-9-14.jpg?1415977584" /> </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"> Google Nexus 9 tech specs </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>Operating System</strong> -&nbsp;Android 5.0 Lollipop</p> <p><strong>Processor -</strong>&nbsp;64-bit Nvidia Tegra K1 @ 2.5GHz, Kepler GPU</p> <p><strong>RAM -</strong>&nbsp;2GB</p> <p><strong>Screen -</strong>&nbsp;8.9in IPS LCD with 2048x1536 resolution (281ppi)</p> <p><strong>Cameras -</strong>&nbsp;8MP rear with 1080p video, 1.6MP front</p> <p><strong>Storage -</strong>&nbsp;16/32GB (not expandable)</p> <p><strong>Connectivity -</strong>&nbsp;Dual-band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.1, optional 3G/4G</p> <p><strong>Battery</strong> - 6700mAh</p> <p><strong>Dimensions -</strong>&nbsp;228 x 154 x 7.9mm</p> <p><strong>Weight</strong> - 425g (436g with 3G/4G)</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-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"> Build me up, break me down </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 Nexus might lack some of the gloss of an <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-air-2/review" target="_blank">iPad Air 2</a> but build quality is more than reasonable. The plastic (in black, white or sandy beige) flexes a little in parts, and the volume controls feel a bit, well, naff. But the front is Gorilla Glass 3 and the band of metal around the sides gives you some confidence that <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc" target="_blank">HTC</a> &ndash; this tablet&rsquo;s maker &ndash;&nbsp;hasn&rsquo;t scrimped entirely on the essentials.</p> <p>The size, the shape, the handling: we have no serious complaints. However, Google has deliberately limited you in one quite annoying way. There&rsquo;s no memory card slot.</p> <p>Of course, iPads have never had memory card slots, either - but the iPad Air 2 is available in 64GB and 128GB versions if you&#39;re the type that values on-board storage. The Nexus 9, on the other hand, maxes out at 32GB.</p> <p>Casual users may well get by with the standard 16GB, but with only 10GB of it actually available to use once you factor in the OS, it&rsquo;s soon gone if you load up a few games and movies. You can obviously bolster this with cloud storage from Google Drive or Dropbox, but it&#39;s not really the same thing. Don&rsquo;t say we didn&rsquo;t warn you.</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="Working the upsell angle " alt="Google Nexus 9 review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-9-6.jpg?1415977584" /> </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"> LCD starlet </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 Nexus 9 screen just begs for games and films, too. It offers oodles of pixels, 2048 x 1536 to be exact (just like the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-galaxy-tab-s-105/review">Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5</a>), and it&rsquo;s enough to make everything on the 8.9in screen look as sharp as any rival.</p> <p>Get your eyeball up to the display and you can see a teeny bit of fizziness, but we&rsquo;re calling it: this resolution is enough.</p> <p>Just like the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google-nexus-7-2013/review" target="_blank">Nexus 7</a> before it, the Nexus 9 uses an IPS LCD screen, the same tech found in the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-air-2/review" target="_blank">iPad Air 2</a>. The strong colour reproduction melded with the high resolution, bright backlight and very immediate image give the display plenty of pop.</p> <p>However, purists will notice a few little issues. First, this is an LCD and its black levels aren&rsquo;t close to what you get from an OLED tablet such as the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-tab-s-84/review" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4</a>.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s also some pretty clear leakage from the backlight, particularly clear at the top of the Nexus 9. It exhibits as a tiny strip of brightness at the top of the screen. You should get used to it, but those with display OCD may find it distracting. It is fairly minor, but is another little negative to jot down if you&rsquo;re after the ultimate Android tablet.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-galaxy-tab-s-105/review" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 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="This resolution is enough " alt="Google Nexus 9 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-9-3.jpg?1415977584" /> </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"> What flavour is that Lollipop? </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 far, so ordinary: we&rsquo;ve seen better screen performance from both the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-air-2/review" target="_blank">iPad Air 2</a> and the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-tab-s-84/review" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy Tab S</a> tablets. It&rsquo;s the software the Nexus 9 is really here to show off.</p> <p>This is the first tablet to run Android 5.0 Lollipop, the version the rest of the Android-using world is going to be clamouring after for weeks or, more likely, months. So what&rsquo;s it all about?</p> <p>Android 5.0 Lollipop has a new look. It appears and feels familiar, but everything has been given a subtle facelift. The soft keys are new. The apps menu now looks like a series of white pages and you double-swipe down from the top of the screen to access quick settings toggles and screen brightness.</p> <p>The lock screen is new, too, giving you notifications without having to take the tablet out of sleep mode. Very handy and about time. These are all things that we&rsquo;ve seen before in other custom interfaces. It&rsquo;s mostly just a neat, simple, quite cute UI &ndash;&nbsp;not a revolution.</p> <p>Google has also reworked a bunch of the standard Android apps in the Nexus 9&rsquo;s Android 5.0. Gmail, the Contacts book, Calendar and even the Play Store have all been given a spring clean.</p> <p>But speaking of apps, it&#39;s also worth noting that many still aren&#39;t optimised for larger Android screens. Developers seem happy to produce different versions of their apps for iPhone and iPad, but many seem content to release just one for Android, which is then simply blown-up to fit tablet screens. That can have some ugly results.</p> <p>But Lollipop is pretty elsewhere, with a colour palette that now has that extra hint of pastel to it. And everything moves with that extra bit of pep. Google seems to want the Nexus 9 to be something that would slide gracefully into an IKEA show home in its software as well as its hardware design.</p> <p>Is it flat-out better than what you get with the Google Now interface available for just about any Android device these days? Maybe, but not by a huge margin.</p> <p>What really matters is the stuff in the background &ndash;&nbsp;those turning cogs you can&rsquo;t see on the surface. Android 5.0 now supports 64-bit processors and is better primed for connections to other devices than ever before. Our guess is that this means deeper integration with Android Wear watches, co-operation that we don&rsquo;t even know about yet. For now, it means you can take up where you left off with media and apps in Lollipop goodies.</p> <p>A lot of that promise is about the future, not right now. For example, while the Tegra K1 CPU used in the Nexus 9 is 64-bit, there&rsquo;s nothing that specifically makes use of that more advanced architecture at present.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s not noticeably faster than previous top Android tablets, either. There&rsquo;s the odd hint of lag here and there, undoubtedly because Android 5.0 Lollipop is a baby chick still brushing off those remaining bits of eggshell.</p> <p>We imagine it&rsquo;ll soon be improved in an update before too long, and it&rsquo;s hardly bad at present anyway. Just the occasional stutter, and some apps not loading as fast as we&rsquo;d like, especially given Android 5.0 uses a special ART runtime that&rsquo;s meant to speed this whole process up. We&rsquo;ll have a full review of <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/android-45/review">Android 5.0 Lollipop</a> up on Stuff.tv very soon.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="Google Nexus 9 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-9-20.jpg?1415977584" /> </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" alt="Google Nexus 9 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-9-17.jpg?1415977584" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" alt="Google Nexus 9 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-9-16.jpg?1415977584" /> </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"> The numbers of the beast </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>Hardware-wise, the Nexus 9 is one of the most powerful Android devices ever made.</p> <p>Its Tegra K1 CPU is a dual-core 2.5GHz chipset &ndash; it may have just two cores, but they don&rsquo;t half pack a punch. In the Geekbench 3 benchmark, it scores roughly the same points per core as you get out of all of the Nexus 7&rsquo;s four cores. For the spec-heads out there, it scores 1970 points per core, 3332 total in Geekbench 3.</p> <p>However, the real meat of the K1 processor is in the graphics side. It uses a Kepler DX1, which has 192 cores &ndash; sounds ridiculous and it sorta is.&nbsp;</p> <p>We thought all this power might end up being squirted into oblivion, but there are already some games that make terrific use of it. For example, <em>Dead Trigger 2</em> offers a special graphics mode not available on other devices that adds gorgeous water effects, the kind you&rsquo;d only normally see in console or PC games. Yes, that does mean the game is now jammed full of puddles, but they aren&rsquo;t half pretty.</p> <p>These optimisations are already in place because this isn&rsquo;t the first time a Tegra K1 has been jammed into an Android device: the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nvidia-shield/review-0" target="_blank">Nvidia Shield Tablet</a> has one, too (a slightly different version). Nvidia went as far as to bring over classics such as <em>Portal</em> and <em>Half-life 2</em> to the Shield Tablet, but they don&rsquo;t seem to be available for the Nexus 9 yet.</p> <p>Fingers crossed they will be at some point, though. If only for show-off points.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nvidia-shield/review-0" target="_blank">Nvidia Shield Tablet 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="Sounds ridiculous and it sorta is " alt="Google Nexus 9 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-9-game.jpg?1415977584" /> </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"> Front-loaded Bieber blasters </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>Another nice little extra for gamers is the Nexus 9&rsquo;s front facing speakers. They&rsquo;re not too obvious, and sit to the extreme ends of each side of the tablet (when held in landscape).</p> <p>This sort of setup is top-notch in terms of positioning. You get that immersive stereo effect and they&rsquo;re virtually impossible to block to the extent that the sound becomes muffled. Even if you put a finger over each port, the sound isn&rsquo;t choked. We managed to ruin the sound by squishing a palm against each outlet, but you do have to try pretty hard.</p> <p>The Nexus 9&rsquo;s actual sound quality is a bit more of a mixed affair.</p> <p>With music in particular, the Nexus 9 can sound a bit strained, the mids unnatural. And treble lacks finesse and the clarity of some rivals. These are similar, or the same, BoomSound speakers used in phones like the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review">HTC One (M8</a><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review" target="_blank">)</a>. But what is great in a phone doesn&#39;t seem quite so hot in this larger tablet.</p> <p>Still, sound quality remains better than average. It&rsquo;s just slightly disappointing that HTC hasn&rsquo;t done for tablet audio what it did for phones in the HTC One. The <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-air-2/review" target="_blank">iPad Air 2</a>&nbsp;actually offers greater volume, more power and greater clarity, even though its speakers are in the &#39;wrong&#39; place.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Milli-amped up </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>Battery life is pretty good. Off a full charge we got just under 12 hours of video playback from the Nexus 9, with the screen set to middling brightness &ndash;&nbsp;which is actually probably a bit brighter than you&rsquo;d use indoors. In normal everyday use it&#39;ll last a few days.</p> <p>If you&#39;re a real power user you might be disappointed to find that hot-swapping is off the table. In fact, swapping of any kind seems unlikely -&nbsp;battery isn&#39;t just non-removable, it&#39;s glued in place behind a back cover you can&rsquo;t rip 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="Milli-amped up" alt="Google Nexus 9 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-9-5.jpg?1415977584" /> </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"> Papp-a-razzie </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 cameras are a slight weak point. On the back of the Nexus 9 sits an 8MP camera while the front uses a rather unusual 1.6MP sensor.</p> <p>Walk around a major city and you&rsquo;re sure to see loads of tourists taking loads of pictures with their tablet &ndash; <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/using-your-ipad-air-2-camera-fine-and-here-s-why/feature">probably iPads</a>. But HTC and Google still seem to be working under the assumption tablet cameras aren&rsquo;t too important.</p> <p>We&#39;d wouldn&#39;t necesarily argue with that, but if you are a tablet snapper you&#39;ll likely find that your greatest annoyance isn&rsquo;t image quality but autofocus speed. It feels sluggish, not the sort of camera to whip out to capture your dog as it bounds across a park, flinging 360 degree drool. You&rsquo;d probably end up with a photo of some grass. Maybe a tree if you&rsquo;re lucky.&nbsp;The Nexus 9 is also prone to overexposing just about every cloud in the sky, too.</p> <p>Approach the camera with patience and you can get some reasonable results with pretty decent colour saturation, but&nbsp;we&#39;d recommend sticking to your phone camera unless you simply must let absolutely everyone see that you&rsquo;re rocking the new Nexus.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/using-your-ipad-air-2-camera-fine-and-here-s-why/feature" target="_blank">Using your iPad as a camera is fine, and here&#39;s why</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="Autofocus is slow " alt="Google Nexus 9 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-9-12.jpg?1415977584" /> </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"> Google Nexus 9 Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Nexus 9 shows where Android tablets of the future should be headed &mdash; a little less geek locked in their bedroom, a bit more &lsquo;ordinary person&rsquo; relaxing in the lounge. However, it also has the raw power underneath to satisfy enthusiasts so it&rsquo;ll come up with the hardcore goods once more devs gets their heads around its 64-bit Kepler engine.</p> <p>But there are still some niggling flaws -&nbsp;the build isn&rsquo;t up there with the likes of the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-air-2/review" target="_blank">iPad Air 2</a>, storage is limited and at this early stage Lollipop is just a little stuttery.</p> <p>Our other lingering regret is that the Nexus 9 and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-nexus-6/review" target="_blank">Nexus 6</a> show that the Google Nexus line isn&rsquo;t the bargain-hunter&rsquo;s paradise it used to be.&nbsp;Good value overall? Sure, but perhaps the real bargain right now is the &pound;240 iPad Mini 2. Now there&#39;s a turn up for the books.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/tablets/top-ten" target="_blank">The 10 Best Tablets in the World right now</a></strong></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> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 10 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Power, stamina and that great Nexus simplicity, but Google&#39;s new tab isn&#39;t flawless</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Google Nexus 9 review: &quot;Sets the bar for future Android tablets&quot; </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> We get our first lick of the Lollipop with the latest Nexus tablet </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nexus-9/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/nexus-9/review#comments Android Google HTC Nexus 9 Tablets Thu, 13 Nov 2014 15:51:53 +0000 Andrew Williams 1452479 at http://www.stuff.tv YouTube Music Key announced: ad-free, offline music for £10 a month http://www.stuff.tv/youtube-music-announced-ad-free-offline-music-and-full-albums-10-month/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Google&#039;s just added another string to its music streaming bow </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="730" height="547" title="YouTube Music announced: ad-free, offline music and full albums for £10 a month" alt="YouTube Music announced: ad-free, offline music and full albums for £10 a month" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/youtube1_0.jpg?1415925251" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Google has revealed its new YouTube music service which brings the fight straight to&nbsp;the green doors of Spotify.</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-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>From today, you&#39;ll also notice a new Music section on youtube.com and the iOS and&nbsp;Android apps. It&#39;s essentially a portal to your favourite music videos and recommended&nbsp;playlists, determined by your viewing history.</p> <p>Playlists tailored to specific moods and trends are also available, letting you wallow&nbsp;in everything from melancholic winter blues to uplifting trance, and everything in&nbsp;between.</p> <p>You can now also full an artist&#39;s entire collection of high-quality albums (a YouTube-first), along with their official music videos.</p> <p>Many people use YouTube to listen to music because it&#39;s free, so this dedicated&nbsp;music section looks set to be a decent alternative to the subscription service.&nbsp;</p> <p>We&#39;re sure that Google&#39;s is hoping to use the new Music section to entice users over&nbsp;to its subscription service, though we&#39;ll have to wait and see how many people jump&nbsp;over to the paid music ship.</p> <p>You can get more info on the YouTube Music Key beta here, and if you get an invite&nbsp;you can enjoy the first six months for free. Happy listening.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <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/pMQxeb5ERps" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </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="750" height="562" title="iOS and Android apps" alt="YouTube Music announced: ad-free, offline music and full albums for £10 a month" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ed-sheeran.jpg?1415925251" /> </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/youtube-music-announced-ad-free-offline-music-and-full-albums-10-month/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/youtube-music-announced-ad-free-offline-music-and-full-albums-10-month/news#comments Google Music Streaming YouTube Wed, 12 Nov 2014 17:23:41 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1452994 at http://www.stuff.tv Google Project Ara http://www.stuff.tv/google-project-ara/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> UPDATE 10/11/14: New shots of Project Ara hit the interwebs. And it&#039;s running Angry Birds. </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="Project Ara promises to revolutionise the smartphone world" alt="Google Project Ara review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/google-project-ara-review-01.jpg?1415687451" /> </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/adamoxford" title="View user profile.">Adam Oxford</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>So you might have heard of this little tech startup called Google. Well, it&#39;s got a new idea for a phone.&nbsp;But not just any kind of phone.</p> <p>You see Google&#39;s looked around at the last&nbsp;six years of smartphone design progress, from practical but dull multi-ported devices to hermetically sealed handsets of pure beauty, and decided to throw it all away.</p> <p>Instead, it wants your future smartphone to be modular.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £-1.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default"> stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> So What is it? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Project Ara is a concept for a modular phone handset which Google says it will be able to get on sale in January 2015.</p> <p>At its heart, an Ara handset is a simple metal frame known as an &#39;endo&#39; (short for &#39;endoskeleton&#39;). These come in three sizes &ndash; mini, medium and large &ndash; which have grids of 10, 18 and 27 square spaces on the back, arranged in groups of 1, 2 or 4.</p> <p>The front of an endo accepts a removable screen, while modules will be available to fill the slots on the back. So owners can fully customise their phone by adding in a 4G modem, for example, or a 5GHz WiFi module, or removing things that they don&#39;t use such as a fingerprint reader.</p> <p>More experimental phone owners might even look to add pico-projectors or remote controls, while the potential for adding in medical sensors for specialised use hasn&#39;t been overlooked either.</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="720" height="480" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/project-ara-group-shot.jpg?1415617571" /> </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"> Why modular? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A fortunate accident just before the first Ara Developers Conference made the benefits of an Ara handset clear.</p> <p>The night before the first functioning prototype was due to go on stage for its debut, someone dropped it and broke the screen. But, as Project Ara head Paul Eremenko joked during the presentation, once the phone is on the market, it&#39;ll be a simple matter to replace the screen by swapping out the front module for a new one.</p> <p>The same is obviously true for any other modules - if you&#39;re a big photography fan, and a new camera module is released, you&#39;ll be able to upgrade your phone without getting a whole new body; if you&#39;re a power user and want extra battery life, just add another one.</p> <p>The Ara team say that this means less waste, and since parts can be updated rather than thrown away the average lifespan of a phone will increase from two to five years. The downside, of course, is that modular components may end up costing more than a mass produced all-in-one (although Google is aiming to produce a basic handset for&nbsp;a very reasonable US$50) and may not be as robust.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/project-ara/modular-smartphones-are-building-blocks-tech-shambles/feature">Opinion - modular phones are the building blocks of a tech shambles</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="Broke your screen? Swap in a new one" alt="Google Project Ara review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/google-project-ara-review-15.jpg?1415687451" /> </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="We&#039;d quite like one of those T-shirts" alt="Google Project Ara review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/google-project-ara-review-11.jpg?1415687451" /> </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"> 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>While there&#39;s some concerns over the ability to make lots of highly compatible components &ndash; think back to the dark days of PC upgrades and driver conflicts &ndash; the method of connecting Ara parts together is very elegant. The modules and endos will literally stick together using &#39;electropermanent&#39; magnets: powerful magnets that can be turned off and on.&nbsp;</p> <p>At this stage, the design calls for all components including the battery to be hot-swappable &ndash; ie removable without shutting the phone down. As a result, there&#39;s a backup battery inside the endo to keep the phone running no matter what.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/future-phones-it-s-all-about-context/feature">The future of phones? It&#39;s all about context</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="1654" height="900" title="The modules will stick together with electropermanent magnets" alt="Google Project Ara review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/google-project-ara-review-16.jpg?1415687451" /> </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 finished design should look a bit more classy" alt="Google Project Ara review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/google-project-ara-review-13.jpg?1415687451" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" alt="Google Project Ara review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/google-project-ara-review-05.jpg?1415687451" /> </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"> Dimensions </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>The sizes of the three different endos are:</p> <p>Mini &ndash; 45x118x9.7mm</p> <p>Medium &ndash; 68x141x9.7mm</p> <p>Large &ndash; 91x164x9.7mm</p> <p>So the Medium endo is about the size of an iPhone 5s. The Large one will be in phablet territory. Weight will obviously depend on what modules are fitted, and Google admits there&#39;ll be a bit of a heft - but hopefully not too much.</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-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Update 10/11/14:&nbsp;</strong><a href="http://www.androidcentral.com/pictures-our-best-look-yet-project-ara" target="_blank">Android Central</a> has shown off new shots of Project Ara in the flesh, showing off its modular design and individual components in greater detail.</p> <p>While the prototype is able to run Angry Birds (hooray!), it&#39;s not on the latest version of Android, although that will obviously change when (or if) the finalised product ever lands on shelves.</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="We prefer Unhappy Avians ourself." alt="Google Project Ara" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/project-ara-angry-bird.jpg?1415617571" /> </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="Screenception" alt="Google Project Ara" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/project-ara-front-screen.jpg?1415617571" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1600" height="1200" title="Mosaic" alt="Google Project Ara" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/project-ara-back.jpg?1415617571" /> </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"> Beyond the handset </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 great thing about Ara is that all of the designs are open and free (as in libre, not gratis). As with Google&#39;s Android software, anyone can take Ara as a base design and suggest improvements or build their own compatible hardware. Well, in theory; we&#39;d never be brainy enough to do that.</p> <p>That makes the Ara handset spiritually akin to the Arduino microcontroller which has revolutionised everything from 3D printing to home automation to unmanned drones, and means it&#39;s almost certain to get the attention of the hacking community. One designer has already proposed a gamepad based on Ara endos.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/glass/google-glass/review">Google Glass preview</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="It&#039;s like really hi-tech Lego, basically" alt="Google Project Ara review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/google-project-ara-review-02.jpg?1415687451" /> </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="You want a blue phone? You can have a blue phone" alt="Google Project Ara review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/google-project-ara-review-14.jpg?1415687451" /> </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"> Where will I get modules? </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 plan is to sell modules via Google Play at first, but if Ara takes off anyone with a 3D printer will be able to manufacturer or customise module designs - particularly useful for filling unused module spaces.</p> <p>And since custom phone skins have always been popular, they&#39;ll likely be on sale next to Beefeater teddy bears at a tube station near you before long.</p> <p><strong>Update 23/10/14:</strong> As reported by <a href="http://www.androidcentral.com/google-give-project-ara-its-own-marketplace-sell-modular-phone-components" target="_blank">AndroidCentral</a>, Google&#39;s Paul Eremenko has revealed that the company also plans to sell Ara modules in a dedicated online shop similar to the Play Store. Third-party Ara module creators will be able to sell their wares direct to customers through this (as yet unnamed) site.</p> <p><strong>Update 29/10/14:&nbsp;</strong>Google has <a href="http://androidface.com/google-files-trademark-for-ara/" target="_blank">filed an application</a> with the United States Patent and Trademark Office to trademark &quot;Ara&quot;; suggesting that it may have settled on it as the final name for the product. That&#39;s a bit unusual; in the past, Google&#39;s tended to rename its devices once they&#39;re past the development stage, though there&#39;s plenty of time for it to change its mind.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="3D printing features heavily in Google&#039;s plan for Ara" alt="Google Project Ara review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/google-project-ara-review-08.jpg?1415687451" /> </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"> Is it really possible? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>For many years, companies have been convinced that modular computers were the next big thing. We&#39;ve had external graphics cards, external sound cards and external hard drives, with varying degrees of success. Those that failed did so because they were expensive and unreliable, but if any company can surmount those two challenges, it&#39;s Google.</p> <p>With two more developer conferences planned for July and September, we&#39;re expecting plenty more news on Ara before its January 2015 arrival. Keep checking back here for regular updates as we get them.</p> <p><strong>Update 30/10/14:</strong> Phonebloks creator and modular smartphone cheerleader Dave Hakkens has paid a visit to NK Labs in Boston to see a working prototype of the Project Ara Spiral 2 handset in action. The first prototype, Spiral 1, is a rather chunky affair, but Spiral 2 is far closer to the modular concept design seen in the early Project Ara renders.</p> <p>The Spiral 2 demo unit, which uses specially-designed Toshiba chips, can be seen in the video above; it&#39;s shown running Android OS, opening apps and swiping between homescreens. The Spiral 2 will be shown off in the flesh at the Project Ara developer conference in January.</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> </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/4qsGTXLnmKs" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </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="433" title="Google Project Ara: coming to an early adopter near you in January" alt="Google Project Ara review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/google-project-ara-review-17.jpg?1415687451" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Preview </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Google Project Ara: our modular future </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google-project-ara/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/google-project-ara/review#comments Google Project Ara Smartphones Mon, 10 Nov 2014 11:03:10 +0000 Marc McLaren 1436014 at http://www.stuff.tv Google Calendar made much smarter and sleeker for Android (and soon iPhone) http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-calendar-made-much-smarter-and-sleeker-android-and-soon-iphone/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> With Lollipop launching, Google has significantly enhanced one of its key apps </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 Calendar" alt="Google Calendar" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/google-calendar-newapp.jpg?1415105867" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Many of us rely on Google Calendar for keeping track of our myriad appointments and obligations, but it&rsquo;s an app that feels like it hasn&rsquo;t evolved much over time. That&rsquo;s changed as of today, at least for mobile and tablet users.</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>Also big is the addition of Assists (as in the Inbox app), which help you add new events by constantly suggesting the next step in the chain - whether that&rsquo;s the type of event (like a birthday party), where it&rsquo;s at, who it&rsquo;s with, and so on and so forth, all using the rest of your Google data to fill in the missing pieces.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s much prettier than before, too, due to Lollipop&rsquo;s touted Material Design aesthetic - but also because events in schedule view now show photos, maps, and other relevant images to show you the event&rsquo;s context at a glance. It looks rather fantastic in the image up top.</p> <p>Android devices running Lollipop can access the new Calendar immediately, while anyone running Android 4.1 or higher will be able to get it from Google Play in the near future. And Google says it&rsquo;s also coming to iPhone at some point, though we&rsquo;ll see if it&rsquo;s quite as fetching in that incarnation.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://gmailblog.blogspot.com/2014/11/a-new-day-for-google-calendar.html">Gmail Blog</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/8-things-you-need-know-about-android-lollipop/news">8 things you need to know about Android Lollipop</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/MSTmkvn060E" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-calendar-made-much-smarter-and-sleeker-android-and-soon-iphone/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-calendar-made-much-smarter-and-sleeker-android-and-soon-iphone/news#comments Android apps Google iOS apps Mon, 03 Nov 2014 21:50:17 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1452097 at http://www.stuff.tv Nexus 9 Android tablet lands at £80 less than an iPad Air 2 http://www.stuff.tv/nexus-9-android-tablet-lands-80-less-ipad-air-2/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Android tablet with more GPU cores than you can count is available now </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 9 Android tablet lands at £80 less than an iPad Air 2" alt="Nexus 9 Android tablet lands at £80 less than an iPad Air 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/nexus-9-2.jpg?1415036525" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The wait is over: the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/nexus-9">Nexus 9</a> Android tablet is finally available to buy from the Google Play devices store, starting at &pound;320.</p> <p>As we write this, the 16GB Nexus 9 is in stock and ready to be ordered for delivery in just 1-2 days. You could have one by the weekend.</p> <p>32GB Nexus 9s are not available right now, and you can&rsquo;t order either storage option in gold just yet. So bling fanciers will need to be patient.</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-williams" title="View user profile.">Andrew Williams</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/nexus-9-android-tablet-lands-80-less-ipad-air-2/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/nexus-9-android-tablet-lands-80-less-ipad-air-2/news#comments Android Google Nexus 9 Tablets Sun, 02 Nov 2014 16:48:22 +0000 Andrew Williams 1452086 at http://www.stuff.tv Google launches Inbox, a smart Gmail manager for Android and iPhone http://www.stuff.tv/android/google-launches-inbox-smart-gmail-manager-android-and-iphone/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It’s currently available only via invite, so better hope you know someone </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="Inbox from Gmail" alt="Inbox from Gmail" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/gmail-inbox-app.jpg?1414028331" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Tired of the traditional inbox? Email triage apps like <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mailboxapp&amp;hl=en">Mailbox</a> let you easily sort your messages, but Google thinks it has a new way forward with Inbox, a smarter, simplified way to access Gmail.</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>You can also add your own Reminders, so Inbox is not only your email inbox, but also a main hub for everything essential going on at any given time. And indeed, it has Mailbox-like swipe controls for hiding away emails for a certain time, or even for when you get to a certain location.</p> <p>Ready to try out Inbox? Well, that&rsquo;s the tricky thing - it&rsquo;s not yet on Google Play or the App Store. In fact, it&rsquo;s been soft-launched as an invite-only app, with the first round of users able to bring in their friends, as well.</p> <p>But if you&rsquo;re really desperate, you can apparently bug Google for a faster invite by bugging them at <a href="mailto:inbox@google.com">inbox@google.com</a>.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://gmailblog.blogspot.com/2014/10/an-inbox-that-works-for-you.html">Gmail Blog</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/fully-charged-smart-luggage-weighs-and-tracks-itself-gmail-android-will-support-external-acc">Fully Charged: Smart luggage weighs and tracks itself, Gmail for Android will support external accounts, and new Doctor Who game teaches coding</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/bzNTjpUMOp4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/google-launches-inbox-smart-gmail-manager-android-and-iphone/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/android/google-launches-inbox-smart-gmail-manager-android-and-iphone/news#comments Android Gmail Google iOS Wed, 22 Oct 2014 19:58:16 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1451099 at http://www.stuff.tv 4 things you need to know about Magic Leap http://www.stuff.tv/google/4-things-you-need-know-about-magic-leap/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> What is the mystery augmented reality startup that&#039;s raised US$542 million doing with Google&#039;s money? </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="We all live in a yellow submarine..." alt="We all live in a yellow submarine..." src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/magic-leap-01.jpg?1414059242" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Call it a leap of faith.</p> <p>Google, Qualcomm, Legendary Entertainment and others have just funded augmented reality startup Magic Leap to the tune of US$542 million &ndash; but the product that it&#39;s developing is shrouded in mystery.</p> <p>We pick apart the clues&hellip;</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/stephen-graves" title="View user profile.">Stephen Graves</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"> 1. It&#039;s not augmented reality, it&#039;s &quot;cinematic reality&quot; </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>Magic Leap is developing what it calls a &quot;proprietary human computing interface technology, known as Cinematic Reality&quot; &ndash; which suggests a more realistic take on augmented reality. Images on the company&#39;s website show realistic CGI creations overlaid on everyday scenes; a whale hovering over a beach, a submarine cruising above a shopping street, an elephant dancing in someone&#39;s hands.</p> <p>So far, so AR &ndash; but Magic Leap promises that it&#39;s &quot;going beyond the current perception of mobile computing, augmented reality, and virtual reality. We are transcending all three, and will revolutionize the way people communicate, purchase, learn, share and play.&quot; And according to Richard Taylor, head of visual effects house Weta Workshop, Magic Leap are &quot;visionaries in this new field of ultra-sensory perception.&quot;</p> <p>Bold claims indeed &ndash; so how does it work?</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="Whale-ly good" alt="Whale-ly good" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/magic-leap-02.jpg?1414059242" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 2. It&#039;s based around something called a &quot;Digital Lightfield&quot; </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="300" scrolling="no" src="http://gfycat.com/ifr/AliveGiddyCooter" width="603"></iframe></p> <p>Magic Leap&#39;s team has, it claims, done some digging into how the physics of the visual world works; and come up with what it&#39;s calling a &quot;Dynamic Digitized Lightfield Signal,&quot; which it claims &quot;respects how we function naturally as humans.&quot;</p> <p>Looking a little closer at Magic Leap&#39;s elephant animation, it&#39;s possible to see that it&#39;s rendering real-time shadows of the elephant accurately on the hands of the person &quot;holding&quot; it. Now, that could be because the animation is just a bit of showreel fluff that doesn&#39;t accurately represent what the technology&#39;s capable of &ndash; but it&#39;d certainly be a big leap for augmented reality if it&#39;s the real deal.</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-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 3. It&#039;s wearable </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>No arguments here &ndash; Magic Leap has openly <a href="http://www.magicleap.com/press/press_release1.pdf" target="_blank">stated</a> that it&#39;s planning to make &quot;the most natural and human-friendly wearable computing interface in the world.&quot; Whatever it is, it combines hardware, software, sensors, core processors and &quot;a few things that just need to remain a mystery.&quot;</p> <p><a href="https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=8488000" target="_blank">Hacker News</a> has dug through Magic Leap&#39;s recently-filed patents, and unearthed some interesting details; the patents filed appear to be for a head-mounted device that displays an image for each eye. A high-speed masking device blocks off elements of the image that aren&#39;t at the current focal depth, and then refocuses the light at 12 different depth levels. What does that mean? Potentially, that it&#39;s able to create true depth in an augmented reality image &ndash; unlike current augmented reality devices, which are limited to a single depth plane.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The final frontier?" alt="The final frontier?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/magic-leap-03.jpg?1414059242" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 4. It&#039;s going to be creative </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>Magic Leap reckons that the future of computing will need to respect human creativity, among other things; and it&#39;s currently looking to work with game developers, storytellers, musicians and artists. Company founder Rony Abovitz certainly embraces creativity, as this TEDx video in which he takes to the stage in a spacesuit shows.</p> <p>The fact that Legendary Pictures is one of the major investors in Magic Leap suggests that the film industry will be interested in whatever product it&#39;s working on, too; last year, visual effects house Weta Workshop <a href="http://www.wetanz.com/special-effects-creative-powerhouse-weta-workshop-leaps-into-a-new-cinematic-reality-just-in-time/" target="_blank">announced</a>&nbsp;that it was teaming up with Magic Leap on an as-uet-undisclosed project. If Magic Leap&#39;s working on something that&#39;s solved the problem of focus in 3D, it&#39;d certainly be of interest to movie-makers like James Cameron and Peter Jackson, who are both pioneers in the field.</p> <p>Whatever it&#39;s come up with, we can expect to find out more details on Magic Leap&#39;s technology within weeks; we wait with bated breath for more information.</p> <p>[Sources: <a href="http://techcrunch.com/2014/10/21/magic-leap-tech/" target="_blank">TechCrunch</a> and&nbsp;<a href="https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=8488000" target="_blank">Hacker News</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/hud/holographic-optic-could-revolutionise-augmented-reality-and-even-works-3d/news" target="_blank">Holographic optic could revolutionise augmented reality</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/w8J5BWL8oJY" 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"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Why has Magic Leap raised US$542m? </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/google/4-things-you-need-know-about-magic-leap/news#comments Google Wearable tech Wed, 22 Oct 2014 14:58:04 +0000 Stephen Graves 1451080 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Google offers USB verification, Xbox One digital tuner allows mobile device TV streaming, and Android enticing iPhone users with switching guide http://www.stuff.tv/android/fully-charged-google-offers-usb-verification-xbox-one-digital-tuner-allows-mobile-device-tv- <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Kick off the morning with a read through our need-to-know tech news roundup </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="Yubico Security Key" alt="Yubico Security Key" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/security-key-yubico.jpg?1414028600" /> </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 adds USB verification option </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>Multi-factor verification has sadly become a necessity for many Internet users these days, and much of the time, that means fielding text message codes to access your accounts from new devices. However, if you want to add a physical element to your login process, Google is happy to help.</p> <p>Yesterday, the company announced support for Security Key, a physical USB stick that acts as a second factor to confirm your identity when logging into a Google account via Chrome. It uses the FIDO Alliance&rsquo;s open Universal 2nd Factor (U2F) protocol, and there are varying USB options to choose from; it&rsquo;s not like you have to buy a specialized Google stick to use the functionality.</p> <p>In fact, other sites that allow for physical two-step verification can also use such USB sticks in Chrome, and Google openly states in its blog post that it hopes other competing browsers add U2F support to allow users even more flexibility going forward. So if you want that extra step in the process or don&rsquo;t want to rely on mobile connectivity for Google verification, grab a FIDO-certified U2F USB key (like Yubico&rsquo;s option above).</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://googleonlinesecurity.blogspot.com/2014/10/strengthening-2-step-verification-with.html">Google Security</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/8-things-you-need-know-about-android-lollipop/news">8 things you need to know about Android Lollipop</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"> Xbox One digital TV tuner allows mobile 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>As promised, Microsoft just released its Digital TV Tuner for Xbox One, allowing those without a cable or satellite subscription access to the console&rsquo;s specialized television content-enhancing functionality. But there&rsquo;s an unexpected big perk in the tiny box. Seems that Digital TV Tuner owners can also stream their television content to a smartphone or tablet via the SmartGlass app.</p> <p>It works on iOS or Windows, and will function soon on Android via an upcoming update. So long as you&rsquo;re on the same home network, you can watch anywhere around the house, and even view TV on your mobile device while someone plays games on the actual television. Pretty handy! The Tuner also lets you pause and rewind live TV, although full DVR functionality isn&rsquo;t offered as of now.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-2CR0_gU-58">YouTube</a> via <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/10/21/7026671/xbox-one-digital-tv-tuner-stream-tv-tablet-phone">The Verge</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/digital-tv-tuner-brings-xbox-one-media-functionality-over-air-channels/news">Digital TV Tuner brings Xbox One media functionality to over-the-air channels</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/-2CR0_gU-58" 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"> Android launches its own switching guide </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>Last month, Apple raised some eyebrows by issuing a guide specially designed to <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/fully-charged-android-silver-program-reportedly-halted-apple-luring-android-converts-iphone-">help Android users</a> make a relatively smooth transition to an iPhone - no doubt due to the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus finally offering larger screen size options - via select apps and services.</p> <p>Now Google has returned the favor by launching its own how-to for moving from an iPhone or iPad to an Android device, and it&rsquo;s heavily centered on Google&rsquo;s own services, which of course work on both platforms. It&rsquo;s all pretty straightforward in tone, but it&rsquo;s interesting to see these tête-à-têtes play out between the two mobile giants.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.android.com/switch/">Android</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/fully-charged-android-silver-program-reportedly-halted-apple-luring-android-converts-iphone-">Fully Charged: Android Silver program reportedly halted, Apple luring Android converts with iPhone transfer guide, and wild custom PS4 sneakers</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="Apple iPhone 6 Plus vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4" alt="Apple iPhone 6 Plus vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iphone6plus-vs-galaxynote4.jpg?1414028600" /> </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"> First Alien: Isolation DLC out next week </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>Experienced all that <em>Alien: Isolation</em> has to offer out of the gate and looking for more? You&rsquo;re in luck: <em>Corporate Lockdown</em>, the first add-on pack for the tense movie-inspired game, comes out next Tuesday, 28 October. The download delivers three new Survivor Mode maps with a new playable character (Seegson Executive Ransome), plus a Gauntlet game mode.</p> <p>It&rsquo;ll sell for &pound;5.59, with four other packs due out by March 2015. And if you&rsquo;re in for the whole lot, you can snag all five early at a discount with the season pass.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/alien-isolation/review">Alien: Isolation 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="Alien: Isolation" alt="Alien: Isolation" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/alien-isolation-dlc1.jpg?1414028600" /> </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/fully-charged-google-offers-usb-verification-xbox-one-digital-tuner-allows-mobile-device-tv-#comments Android Console games Gaming Google iOS Xbox One Wed, 22 Oct 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1451052 at http://www.stuff.tv How Google got one screen right and one screen wrong with the Nexus 9 and the Nexus 6 http://www.stuff.tv/google/how-google-got-one-screen-right-and-one-screen-wrong-nexus-9-and-nexus-6/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It’s all change again for Google’s new Nexus hardware, but we reckon the company only got things half right </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="800" height="600" title="Nexuseseses" alt="Nexuseseses" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/lead.jpg?1414581788" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Until relatively recently, mobile hardware was dominated by keyboards and controllers rather than displays; your content and what you were interacting with was given less prominence than the means of interacting with it.</p> <p>The iPhone upended that approach, in effect making these things one and the same, but Apple&rsquo;s steadfast determination to keep its product line brutally streamlined meant it was Android that explored and investigated new form-factors and display sizes.</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/craig-grannell" title="View user profile.">Craig Grannell</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"> Why the Nexus 9 ditching widescreen is right </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 are two lines of thinking when it comes to tablet displays. Apple has offered a 4:3 aspect ratio on every iPad to date, which even on the original model&rsquo;s release was at odds with the then-iPhone&rsquo;s 3:2 display. By contrast, most Android tablets have aped smartphones, which have tended towards 9:16 &mdash; a TV-like 16:9 aspect ratio in landscape.</p> <p>For a smartphone, such displays make sense. Primarily designed to be used in portrait, you want a display that shows plenty of content, and where everything&rsquo;s relatively easily accessible with a thumb or two. Tablets, however, have very different use cases, which are often closer in nature to what you&rsquo;d do with a notebook.</p> <p>In landscape, widescreen tablets are perfectly suited to video playback, but their shortcomings become clearer elsewhere. If you&rsquo;re using an on-screen keyboard, the area remaining for content is reduced to a sliver; when using the device in portrait, it doesn&rsquo;t suit books and comics, or creating documents intended for paper output. Even browsing websites on a 16:9 tablet can feel sub-optimal, content not having room to breathe in portrait, but needing regular scrolling in landscape.</p> <p>In 4:3/3:4, these problems disappear. The result is more room to work, and a more natural set-up for creating and consuming most content. There are compromises &mdash; black bars above and below widescreen video, and games having a squarer viewport; but even the latter can be beneficial in strategy titles or shooters where enemies are coming at you from all angles.</p> <p>Microsoft headed somewhat in this direction with the Surface Pro 3&rsquo;s 3:2 display; but Google&#39;s Nexus 9 gets you 4:3 with a resolution of 2048 x 1536 &mdash; identical to the iPad, and at a higher resolution than on the iPad Air, due to the Nexus 9&rsquo;s smaller physical dimensions.</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/yYHY3MFiq1o" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </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="Nexus 9" alt="Nexus 9" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/google-nexus-9-lifestyle_0.jpg?1414581788" /> </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"> Why the Nexus 6’s giant display is just too much </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/7-things-you-need-know-about-google-nexus-6/news">As per our write-up</a>, the Nexus 6 is essentially an embiggened Moto X, with a display that&rsquo;s a tiny smidge off of six inches. Its pixel count is almost absurdly high; the phone&#39;s 2560 x 1440 resolution means that there are more pixels packed into this smartphone than the Nexus 9 tablet. It all feels a bit excessive &mdash; another example of smartphones trying to one-up each-other on size; if this keeps up, at some point a manufacturer will realise with a shock that their new device doesn&rsquo;t actually fit through the door of the average family home.</p> <p>The argument in favour of larger displays is clear: you potentially get to see more content on the screen, or the same content but bigger. Such devices can in certain cases be more pleasurable to use, and if you&rsquo;re the kind of person who reckons you can use a smartphone as your sole computer, you&rsquo;re going to want a display larger than the tiny viewport on the likes of an iPhone 5s.</p> <p>The problem is <em>everything else</em>. In order to keep the visual fidelity high, Google&rsquo;s had to make the screen 2K. This heavily impacts on all kinds of things: it drains the battery more quickly; it makes the device pricier than it otherwise had to be; and it also potentially leads to upsampling issues when viewing 1080p content (although probably not quite to the same level as the iPhone 6 Plus under some circumstances, which may merrily upsample content to 2208 x 1242 before downsampling it again for the 1080p display&mdash;bonkers).</p> <p>Coupled with this, you end up with a flagship phone that&rsquo;s simply too big and unwieldy for many &mdash; a modern incarnation of a Dom Joly prop, but on which you can play Angry Birds. We don&rsquo;t know yet if it&rsquo;ll be prone to bendgate, but whereas Google appears to have primarily thought about the user experience with the Nexus 9, the Nexus 6 seems to merely be yet another case of &lsquo;mine&rsquo;s bigger than yours&rsquo;.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-nexus-6/review" target="_blank">Google Nexus 6 preview &ndash; everything you need to know</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/wk-PY2dBKaA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </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="782" height="586" title="Nexus 6" alt="Nexus 6" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-6-charging_2.jpg?1414581788" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/how-google-got-one-screen-right-and-one-screen-wrong-nexus-9-and-nexus-6/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/google/how-google-got-one-screen-right-and-one-screen-wrong-nexus-9-and-nexus-6/feature#comments Google iPad Nexus 6 Nexus 9 Smartphones Tablets Fri, 17 Oct 2014 12:07:04 +0000 Craig Grannell 1450480 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: HBO planning standalone streaming, see the Android Lollipop statue unveiling, and new Halo game announced for Windows 8 http://www.stuff.tv/android/fully-charged-hbo-planning-standalone-streaming-see-android-lollipop-statue-unveiling-and-ne <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Start the day off right with our rapid-fire selection 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="HBO Go" alt="HBO Go" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/hbo-go.jpg?1413526474" /> </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"> HBO to launch streaming-only service in 2015 </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>Finally, the day has come: HBO has revealed plans to no longer be a premium channel strictly for cable and satellite subscribers, and launch its own standalone streaming service in 2015. Currently, the channel&rsquo;s HBO Go service (pictured) is only usable by cable/satellite subscribers - and friends and family members that have syphoned their login info.</p> <p>&ldquo;It is time to remove all barriers to those who want HBO,&rdquo; said CEO and chairman, Richard Plepler. &ldquo;All in, there are 80 million homes that do not have HBO [in the United States] and we will use all means at our disposal to go after them.&rdquo;</p> <p>No word yet on whether it will simply be a paid option to access all of HBO Go&rsquo;s content, including original series like <em>Game of Thrones</em> and <em>True Detective</em>, or perhaps a smaller offering to appease cable providers. But after years of pleas, it&rsquo;s great to know that HBO will finally acknowledge them.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.timewarner.com/newsroom/press-releases/2014/10/15/hbo-chairman-and-ceo-richard-plepler-announces-hbo-to-offer-a">Time Warner</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/fully-charged-samsung-galaxy-k-revealed-amazon-teams-hbo-and-withings-now-tracks-your-blood-o">Fully Charged: Samsung Galaxy K revealed, Amazon teams with HBO, and Withings now tracks your blood oxygen</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"> Lollipop statue unveiled at Google HQ </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 played the run-up to Android 5.0&rsquo;s name announcement for laughs <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/fully-charged-leaked-fitbit-adds-constant-heart-rate-tracking-google-trolls-fans-over-androi">earlier this week</a>, but when it comes to decorating the lawn outside its Mountain View, California headquarters, the company is serious about maintaining tradition.</p> <p>Like previous versions, Android Lollipop has its own representative statue on the lawn, and this one is a particularly whimsical addition. Watch yesterday&rsquo;s official reveal of the lolly-toting &lsquo;bot above.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vTxTLyLUjP4">YouTube</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/8-things-you-need-know-about-android-lollipop/news">8 things you need to know about Android Lollipop</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/vTxTLyLUjP4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> New Halo game announced for Windows 8 </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>Last year&rsquo;s <em>Halo: Spartan Assault</em> provided a fun, if simplistic top-down take on the sci-fi shooter smash for Windows 8 PCs and tablets, as well as Windows Phone, and Microsoft aims to repeat its success with the upcoming <em>Halo: Spartan Strike</em>, due out on 12 December.</p> <p>It should be rather similar to the original, but now it shares a timeline with <em>Halo 2</em>&nbsp;and there will be weekly challenges available, along with an array of improvements - and the microtransactions have been eliminated for the sequel. It&rsquo;ll sell for US$5.99 (about &pound;3.75), which grants access to PC, tablet, and Windows Phone versions; alternately, you can buy it on Steam alone for the same price.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.ign.com/articles/2014/10/15/halo-spartan-strike-announced-for-windows-devices-and-steam-ign-first">IGN</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/15-best-windows-phone-games-right-now/feature">The 15 best Windows Phone games 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="1280" height="800" title="Halo: Spartan Strike" alt="Halo: Spartan Strike" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/halo-spartan-strike.png?1413526474" /> </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"> Christian Bale next to play Steve Jobs? </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>Could Batman be the next Steve Jobs? We&rsquo;re talking movie roles, of course, and Variety reports that Christian Bale is nearly set to play Jobs in a new&nbsp;film based on Walter Isaacson&rsquo;s exhaustive biography of the iconic Apple co-founder.</p> <p>Of course, Ashton Kutcher played the role not too long ago in <em>Jobs</em>, but while his likeness was uncanny in still shots, the overwrought, almost impressively terrible film didn&rsquo;t live up to its subject. Bale&rsquo;s a fine actor, however, and the upcoming film will be directed by Danny Boyle and written by Aaron Sorkin.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://variety.com/2014/film/news/christian-bale-in-talks-to-star-in-jobs-1201330878/">Variety</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/watch-first-official-jobs-trailer-starring-ashton-kutcher/news">Watch the first official Jobs trailer starring Ashton Kutcher</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="Christian Bale" alt="Christian Bale" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/christian-bale-batman.jpg?1413526474" /> </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/fully-charged-hbo-planning-standalone-streaming-see-android-lollipop-statue-unveiling-and-ne#comments Android Apple Film and TV Google Windows Windows Phone Thu, 16 Oct 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1450417 at http://www.stuff.tv