Google http://www.stuff.tv/my/google/videos en-MY Google Glass gets barcode scanning powers http://www.stuff.tv/my/google-glass-gets-barcode-scanning-powers/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Cat food prices beamed straight into your eyeballs. What&#039;s not to like? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="604" height="453" title="It&#039;s all in the camera, you see." alt="Google Glass gets barcode scanning powers" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/google-glass-dvf-1_0.jpg?1406162780" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>eBay has announced that its RedLaser barcode scanning app will be landing on <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/glass/google-glass/review" target="_blank">Google Glass</a>, empowering impulse shoppers with a dangerous new way to part with their money faster than ever.</p> <p>The RedLaser app is already available on Android and iOS, and uses a camera to scan barcodes before showing a list of prices from different retailers, including, of course, eBay itself.</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="/my/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>It can even serve up directions to nearby stores which sell the item you&#39;re after, which is a feature that&#39;ll match up with Google Glass&#39; navigation features rather nicely.</p> <p>If you do decide to purchase a product then you&#39;ll still have to whip out your smartphone to finalise and complete the transaction, but at least you can pretend you&#39;re a barcode scanning robot from the future, sent back in time gather real-time intelligence on the fluctuating price of Wagon Wheels -&nbsp;information which will ultimately lead to the rescue of the entire human race.</p> <p>Don&#39;t ask.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/glass/google-glass/review" target="_blank">&nbsp;Google Glass: release date, price, specs - everything we know so far</a></strong></p> <p>[via&nbsp;<a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/07/22/ebay-brings-its-redlaser-barcode-scanner-app-to-google-glass/" target="_blank">Engadget</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="814" height="610" title="RedLaser in action" alt="Google Glass gets barcode scanning powers" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/redlaser1.gif?1406162780" /> </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="821" height="616" title="Never forget about Dre" alt="Google Glass gets barcode scanning powers" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/redlaser2.gif?1406162780" /> </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/my/google-glass-gets-barcode-scanning-powers/news#comments Glass Google Tue, 23 Jul 2013 09:12:00 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1443094 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Google killing ‘free’ tag for freemium games, next Xbox One update adds Blu-ray 3D support, and Star Wars being fully recreated in Minecraft http://www.stuff.tv/my/node/1442695%2523node-1442695 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Pump some fun into this Monday with our quick-hit recap of recent tech news </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Google Play" alt="Google Play" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/googleplay-freegames.jpg?1406013907" /> </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="/my/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Google: Android games with in-app purchases won’t be labelled ‘free’ </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Few &ldquo;free&rdquo; mobile games these days are devoid of in-app purchases, which has caused an uproar among parents and trade associations alike. With pressure from the former, the latter has gone after the likes of Google and Apple to make changes to how such freemium games are targeted towards children, and Google looks to be the first to make a big move.</p> <p>According to a press release issued by the European Commission, Google has agreed to no longer bill initially-gratis games with available in-app purchases as &ldquo;free&rdquo; on Google Play for Android. The company will do so by the end of September, and also draft guidelines for developers to follow to avoid kid-focused demands for in-game spending. How these apps will be labelled going forward remains unclear, though it apparently won&rsquo;t be as &ldquo;free.&rdquo;</p> <p>Apple, on the other hand, has offered the commission only vague assurances that it will &ldquo;address those concerns,&rdquo; says the release, with no timeline in place. However, the commission says it will continue to keep tabs on Apple to ensure that action is taken before long, and we have to wonder if Amazon will get roped into this all considering its issues with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-14-847_en.htm?locale=en">European Commission</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/amazon/fully-charged-amazon-sued-us-government-over-app-purchases-crowdfunded-satellite-revival-atte">Fully Charged: Amazon sued by U.S. over in-app purchases, crowdfunded satellite revival attempt seems doomed, and the long-lost Halo 3 Easter Egg</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Social enhancements, Blu-ray 3D playback coming to Xbox One </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Microsoft has been pumping out steady, meaningful Xbox One system updates each month, and the round of enhancements due in August looks like another solid one. Social tweaks lead the pack, with a livelier and more interactive Activity Feed.</p> <p>Additionally, the update will add Blu-ray 3D playback to the console, along with remote purchasing via SmartGlass or web, notification tweaks, and battery level notifications. Microsoft is also testing a permanent friends bar and Gamerscore leaderboard on the main screen, but both features are still being tweaked before wide release later this year.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://majornelson.com/2014/07/18/next-xbox-one-update/">Major Nelson</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/fully-charged-steamboy-machine-handheld-steam-pc-next-xbox-one-update-detailed-and-inside-toky">Fully Charged: The Steamboy Machine is a handheld Steam PC, next Xbox One update detailed, and inside Tokyo&rsquo;s new Apple Store</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/ovHyso_jy24" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> New teaser for fan-made Star Wars film recreation in Minecraft </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Fans have been using Minecraft to generate amazing, ambitious pop culture recreations since it first came on the scene, and Minecraft&mdash;Star Wars&mdash;A New Hope may be one of the most elaborate undertakings to date.</p> <p>It&rsquo;ll be a full shot-for-shot video remake of the original 1977 film using the tools from the game, although you&rsquo;ll need to run the DVD/VHS/Blu-ray of the film itself in the background to lend sound to the blocky images. Check out the latest trailer for the flick, which is expected out later this year; more than an hour&rsquo;s worth of footage has already been completed.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://paradisedecay.wordpress.com">Minecraft&mdash;Star Wars&mdash;A New Hope</a> via <a href="http://kotaku.com/minecraft-star-wars-a-new-hope-looks-as-good-as-ever-1605837108">Kotaku</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ordnance-survey-creates-minecraft-map-great-britain/news">Ordnance Survey creates Minecraft map of Great Britain</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/-U7RyXiHB1s" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Amazon planning Android Prime Instant Video app, also 4K content </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>According to a report out of PC Advisor, Amazon&rsquo;s Prime Instant Video marketing director Russell Morris has confirmed that an Android version of the company&rsquo;s streaming video app is finally incoming, with a release &ldquo;imminent&rdquo; (the iOS version is shown above). It&rsquo;s unclear whether it will play friendly with both phones and tablets out of the gate, however.</p> <p>Additionally, the report claims that 4K Ultra HD video content will make its debut this year on the Prime Instant Video service, with all of the Amazon Studios original series for the coming season shooting at that resolution. Two series should arrive later this year, with another two out in Q1 2015.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/news/google-android/3531062/amazon-set-launch-prime-instant-video-app-for-android/">PC Advisor</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/netflix-stream-house-cards-season-2-4k/news">Netflix to stream House of Cards season 2 in 4K</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Amazon Prime Instant Video" alt="Amazon Prime Instant Video" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/amazon-primeinstantvideo.PNG?1406013907" /> </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/my/node/1442695%2523node-1442695#comments Amazon Android Apple Film and TV Google Minecraft Xbox One Mon, 21 Jul 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1442916 at http://www.stuff.tv Your Android Wear will have customisable watch faces in future http://www.stuff.tv/my/google/your-android-wear-will-have-customisable-watch-faces-future/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Until then, Google wants it to be under bolt and seal </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Your Android Wear will have customisable watch faces in future " alt="Your Android Wear will have customisable watch faces in future " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/img9969.jpg?1405669737" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Customisable <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/google/android-wear/review">Android Wear </a>watch faces will be the fancy of many, or at least, that&rsquo;s what we&rsquo;re presuming &ndash; you must be kidding yourself if you don&rsquo;t want the likes of the code stream from&nbsp;<em>The Matrix</em>, a highlighted puzzle, or even a <em>Star Trek</em></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="/my/users/hafizahosman" title="View user profile.">Hafizah Osman</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"> All under wraps for now </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>But Google doesn&rsquo;t want these developers to release any of these watch face apps into the general Google Play store just yet &ndash; it wants creators to stick to alpha and beta versions until some official support is released.</p> <p>If you&rsquo;re already dying to get the feature on your <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/meet-android-wear-googles-new-android-platform-wearable-devices/news">LG G watch, Motorola Moto 360</a>, or <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/gear-live/google-io-2014/samsung-reveals-gear-live-its-first-android-wear-smartwatch/news">Samsung Gear Live </a>(when you get your wrists on them in the coming weeks), you&rsquo;ll have to hold your horses; the development will only arrive sometime later this year.</p> <p>And the bad news is, creators will have to wait until Android Wear fully migrates to the Android L release before any of this even happens. So until then, we&rsquo;ll have to play the usual waiting game.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: </strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/you-can-now-control-your-phone-s-camera-using-your-android-wear-smartwatch/news">Android Wear levels up, gains new ability to control your smartphone&#39;s camera&nbsp;</a></p> <p>[Sources: <a href="http://www.gsmarena.com/android_wear_devices_will_have_customizable_watch_faces-news-9064.php" target="_blank">GSM Arena</a> and <a href="http://techcrunch.com/2014/07/17/android-wear-sdk-to-get-a-custom-watchface-api-google-discourages-posting-face-apps-until-then/" target="_blank">TechCrunch</a>, images: <a href="http://techcrunch.com/2014/07/17/android-wear-sdk-to-get-a-custom-watchface-api-google-discourages-posting-face-apps-until-then/" target="_blank">TechCrunch</a>&nbsp;and <a href="http://www.gsmarena.com/android_wear_devices_will_have_customizable_watch_faces-news-9064.php" target="_blank">GSM Arena</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="567" height="425" title="Your Android Wear will have customisable watch faces in future " alt="Your Android Wear will have customisable watch faces in future " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/mtot.jpg?1405669737" /> </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/my/google/your-android-wear-will-have-customisable-watch-faces-future/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/google/your-android-wear-will-have-customisable-watch-faces-future/news#comments Android Wear Google Wearable tech Fri, 18 Jul 2014 07:32:24 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1442467 at http://www.stuff.tv Google Maps' hefty update showers cyclists with extra love http://www.stuff.tv/my/google/google-maps-gets-hefty-update-and-some-extra-cyclist-love/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Cyclists can now see and compare elevation on different routes and avoid unnecessary climbs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Google Maps gets hefty update and some extra cyclist love" alt="Google Maps gets hefty update and some extra cyclist love" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/goog_maps.jpg?1405670638" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Oh look, it&#39;s another Google Maps update. Android Police has taken a video and even uploaded the APK for the latest version of Maps that&#39;s coming to Android-powered phones.</p> <p>This time, you&#39;ll really love it if you&#39;re a cyclist. Why so? Because it&#39;ll have elevation comparison. That might not be a big deal for drivers but for cyclists who need to expend extra effort to climb hills or steeper slopes, it makes the difference between a pleasurely ride and a knee-achingly painful journey.</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="/my/users/erna-mahyuni" title="View user profile.">Erna Mahyuni</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes, you can ask your phone if you&#039;re there 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>What non-cyclists will embrace is the new, more interactive take on voice navigation. You can now interact with your Maps using voice commands but be prepared to enunciate clearly or risk confusing your app.&nbsp;Still, it&#39;s nice to be able to verbally ask your phone how much longer it&#39;ll take to get wherever you are.</p> <p>Other features seen so far seem to be more cosmetic in nature. ETA for instance is no longer in bold, the Uber card shows up in the car tab, besides public transportation and walking. The voice icon will also now be seen in the search bar used to load Places. Speaking of Places, they now also appear in a slide-out navigation menu.</p> <p>While the update should eventually be making its way to Android phones, you can just skip the wait and <a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/2014/07/17/google-maps-updated-to-v8-2-with-biking-elevation-voice-actions-in-navigation-and-more-apk-download/" target="_blank">download the APK</a> straight from Android Police. No news if and when these features will come to iOS.</p> <p>In the meantime, you can read up about how Google Maps lets you know <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/google/google-maps-tells-you-how-long-it-takes-travel-drogon-flight/news">how long it takes to get somewhere on a dragon</a>. We&#39;re not kidding.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/2014/07/17/google-maps-updated-to-v8-2-with-biking-elevation-voice-actions-in-navigation-and-more-apk-download/" target="_blank">Android Police</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="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/q8yhKQBnlfI" 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/my/google/google-maps-gets-hefty-update-and-some-extra-cyclist-love/news#comments Google Maps Maps Navigation Fri, 18 Jul 2014 06:26:33 +0000 Erna Mahyuni 1442453 at http://www.stuff.tv Nest Labs and Samsung join forces for Thread connected home standard http://www.stuff.tv/my/node/1442191%2523node-1442191 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Secure and low-powered network will link up all of your flat’s smart tech </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Thread" alt="Thread" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/thread-group.jpg?1405475165" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>When Google-owned smart thermostat maker Nest Labs <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/google/fully-charged-nasa-aims-capture-asteroid-2019-nest-acquires-dropcam-and-watch-crazy-gopro-fil">recently acquired Dropcam</a>, it seemed like a clear move toward running the connected home of the future. A newly-announced initiative to link up such devices only underscores that.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/node/1442191%2523node-1442191" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/node/1442191%2523node-1442191#comments Connected home Google Samsung Tue, 15 Jul 2014 19:20:00 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1442214 at http://www.stuff.tv Android Wear http://www.stuff.tv/my/google/android-wear/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Want to spend less time with your smartphone in your hand? Put Google on your wrist </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="604" height="453" title="Google on your wrist " alt="Android Wear review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/android-wear-main_0.jpg?1405996289" /> </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="/my/users/sophie-charara" title="View user profile.">Sophie Charara</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Smartwatch makers have been doing it all wrong. For the past few years they&#39;ve tried to cram smartphone-style apps, buttons and icons on to tiny wrist-bound screens, and it hasn&#39;t worked.&nbsp;</p> <p>Google knows this, and it also knows the smartwatch needs defining quickly, before Apple gets the chance to do it with an iWatch.</p> <p>Enter Android Wear - an OS designed for wearables and one that combines scarily smart notifications and voice control with Google&rsquo;s killer web services.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> RM0.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price-notes"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tested on the LG G Watch </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Clever use of Google Now </div> <div class="field-item even"> Good-looking notifications </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Best voice control on wearables </div> <div class="field-item even"> Compatible with all Android smartphones 4.3+ </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> All-or-nothing alerts </div> <div class="field-item even"> Needs more third-party apps </div> <div class="field-item odd"> OS quirks </div> <div class="field-item even"> No proper Spotify controls </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Google Fit isn’t ready </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes, It Tells The Time </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The main screen of Android Wear is the watchface. Devs can&rsquo;t build custom watchfaces - yet - but manufacturers can preload their own and these are accessed by longpressing as you would to swap the wallpaper on some Android phones.</p> <p>On the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/lg/lg-g-watch/review">LG G Watch</a>, the only Android Wear device we&rsquo;ve tested so far, there&rsquo;s a 20-strong selection of both crazy Tokyoflash-style and analogue-aping &lsquo;Dieter/Helvetica&rsquo; faces to choose from. The Moto 360 looks set to have a wider selection, and more interesting designs - for instance, analogue-style options showing the date and weather - when it launches. But also bear in mind that the Pebble has a massive selection of custom watchfaces, from classic &lsquo;Aviator&rsquo; styles to Super Mario animations. It&rsquo;s wonderfully geeky and Wear needs to open up watchfaces sooner rather than later if it wants to compete on this front.</p> <p>The watchface screen can and should be set to &ldquo;always on&rdquo; (or what&rsquo;s the point?) but of course this does have an impact on battery life. The screen does at least dim and go monochrome&nbsp;when not in use (some faces look cooler this way), with one tap required to wake it up again. The likes of the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/lg/lg-g-watch/review">G Watch</a> have a built-in motion sensor designed to turn the display on when you flick your wrist, but in our experience this doesn&rsquo;t work every time.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/pebble/pebble-steel/review">Pebble Steel review&nbsp;</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="&quot;Digital&quot; faces look best on the G Watch " alt="Android Wear review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/android-wear-review-watchface.JPG?1405996289" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="567" height="425" title="Moto 360 looks set to win the Wear watchface wars" alt="Android Wear review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/moto-360-front_1.jpg?1405996289" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Welcome to Notification City </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You can easily show off most exciting tech by getting it to do something awesome on command.&nbsp;That&#39;s not the case with Android Wear though - instead,&nbsp;the awesome stuff just happens.</p> <p>That&rsquo;s because the OS pushes you two types of alerts. The first type is any notification on your smartphone - that&rsquo;s anything appearing in your notification pulldown (Vine post failed, download complete etc) plus calls, emails, text messages and Facebook/WhatsApp/Twitter messages and mentions. So far, so does any other smartwatch system.</p> <p>The second type of alert is where the magic starts. Wear uses Google Now - Google&rsquo;s card-based personal assistant on Android - and all of the search-, calendar- and location-based info it holds on you. Your cards aren&rsquo;t available all the time on one screen as they are on the smartphone version - instead they pop up when Google thinks you might need them.</p> <p>So if you&rsquo;ve saved your &lsquo;home&rsquo; and &lsquo;work&rsquo; locations to Google Maps, it can tell you how many minutes you are away from home and give you public transport times. In the morning, it will show you your calendar appointments for the day and give you a weather forecast. If you&rsquo;ve looked up a pub or restaurant or cinema on Maps on your phone earlier and are now on your way, a card will pop up on your watch telling how far away you are and how to get there. See, magic.</p> <p>As you might have guessed, this means a lot of notifications and that means a lot of little buzzes on your wrist. Problem number one is that the first type of alerts are all or nothing. Anything that comes through on your phone comes through to Wear, as you&rsquo;ll discover in the dedicated Android Wear app. Individual apps can be muted but there&#39;s nowhere near the control you get on a Pebble. So all those alerts you&rsquo;ve been ignoring in your pulldown: now&rsquo;s the time to sort them out, by turning off all notifications for that app on the smartphone.</p> <p>Problem number two is that the second type are all or erm, all and there&rsquo;s no way to guide Google Now towards showing you what&rsquo;s useful. On the smartphone version of the assistant, you can tell Now not to show you updates on that sports team or directions to that location any more. Not so on Wear. Yet.</p> <p>There is at least a wonderfully simple way to mute the watch&rsquo;s buzzing (for bedtime, for instance) - just press and swipe down on the watchface screen to mute/unmute.</p> <p><strong>READ NOW:</strong> <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/martian-notifier/review">Martian Notifier review - the smartwatch with customisable vibrations&nbsp;</a></p> <p><iframe class="vine-embed" frameborder="0" height="480" src="https://vine.co/v/MxWlODvg265/embed/simple" width="480"></iframe></p> </p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Hands down best-looking notifications we&#039;ve seen on a smartwatch " alt="Android Wear review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/android-wear-ui_0.jpg?1405996289" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Look up somewhere on Maps on your phone, it&#039;ll pop up on Wear " alt="Android Wear review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/android-wear-review-travel.jpg?1405996289" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Google Addicts, You&#039;re In Luck </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Getting around Android Wear is fairly intuitive but it might require an initial half hour of head-scratching as you figure out how the OS is structured.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s no notifications centre or list of apps to scroll around - as there are on the Pebble Steel - but you can tap the watchface once then press the arrow under the voice command to get instant access to your agenda for the day, Google&rsquo;s step counter and settings.</p> <p>Nothing else is stored in a neat list like that but when you do get a notification the rule is tap to open/read, swipe right to dismiss and swipe left for options. That said, there&#39;s a bit of a two-tier system here, with Google apps such as Gmail getting more options than third-party programs. So, swipe left on a Gmail message and you&#39;ll see &#39;archive&#39;, &#39;reply (via voice)&#39; and &#39;open on phone&#39;. Do the same for a Hotmail message and you&#39;ll just see &#39;open on phone&#39;.</p> <p>Gmails also stack in a group when there&rsquo;s more than one and you can tap on any email to expand - not yet the case for other notifications such as WhatsApp.</p> </p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> You Will Use voice - No, Really </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><iframe class="vine-embed" frameborder="0" height="480" src="https://vine.co/v/Mx7ZLHEHrJY/embed/simple" width="480"></iframe></p> <p>Voice on Android Wear is the one feature that clearly beats its smartwatch rivals. The <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/pebble/pebble-steel/review">Pebble Steel</a> doesn&rsquo;t bother with voice at all and on the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/gear-2/samsung-gear-2-and-gear-2-neo/review">Samsung Gear 2</a> it&rsquo;s still a slow and frustrating experience.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s not perfect - recognition will never be 100% given the stage voice technology is at right now - and we had to rename some friends with foreign names that Google just wasn&rsquo;t picking up. Given that we wanted to voice-text them some abuse, we think it was totally worth the effort.</p> <p>The dictation feature for messages and emails is also way too hasty - it will decide on a contact and start sending as soon as you take a pause. So, if it mishears you, you could easily find yourself sending a message saying &lsquo;free ninja urine&rsquo; to your boss.&nbsp;Unlike the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/gear-2/samsung-gear-2-and-gear-2-neo/review">Gear 2</a>,&nbsp;Wear won&#39;t speak back to you to clarify the sender and message, so&nbsp;the only way to avoid this kind of mishap is to keep an eye on who it&#39;s selected and hit the cancel button swiftly if necessary.&nbsp;</p> <p>But even so, this is the first time we&rsquo;ve been confident enough about voice control on a wearable to use it frequently. In fact, when the embarrassment of it not working is gone, we&rsquo;re much more likely to use it in public too. For short messages to contacts you know it will get right, it&rsquo;s much quicker than pulling out your smartphone. Likewise, using it for navigation - just say the name of the bar you&rsquo;re going to and Wear will open up Maps on your phone. Genuine time saver.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/gear-2/samsung-gear-2-and-gear-2-neo/review">Samsung Gear 2 review&nbsp;</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apps-plosion incoming </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>For now,<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/pebble/pebble-steel/review"> Pebble&rsquo;s app store</a> means you can do more with a Steel than a G Watch - but that won&#39;t last for long.&nbsp;Wear was only formally revealed a month or so ago and already scores of devs are making their apps Wear-patible. Give it a couple of months and we&#39;d expect Android Wear devices to have streaked ahead in this regard.</p> <p>Fire up the free Android Wear companion app and you&#39;ll find a link to Wear apps on Google Play. Inside,&nbsp;you&#39;ll already find the likes of IFTTT, DuoLingo, RunTastic, Snapchat, Tinder, The Guardian and Pinterest. Most offer notifications but some include wrist-based controls - for instance you can take charge of your&nbsp;Philips&nbsp;Hue Wi-Fi bulbs in this way. FlyDelta gives you a QR code boarding pass on Wear and Wear Mini Launcher gives you an app drawer.</p> <p>And remember, this is still Android. Pebble devs will probably build for Wear too and pretty soon someone out there will have created almost any smartwatch feature you could ever desire.</p> <p>While we&rsquo;d like to see apps such as CityMapper, Moves and Twitter show Wear some love, the really big advantage Pebble still has is proper Spotify controls. Google Play Music is well catered for here but Spotify just gets (admittedly lovely) album artwork and a play/pause button that doesn&rsquo;t always work. We&rsquo;d like buttons to skip tracks, please, and Play Music-style voice controls.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/music/best-new-albums-spotify-so-far-year/feature">The best new albums on Spotify so far this year </a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="App icons show up next to the message or group name " alt="Android Wear review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/android-wear-review-whatsapp.JPG?1405996289" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="567" height="425" title="There&#039;s enough Wear apps to get started " alt="Android Wear review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG-G-Watch-review-apps_0.png?1405996289" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> We&#039;ll Be Seeing More of Google Fit </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Announced at I/O with Android Wear, Fit is Google&rsquo;s own health platform and its answer to <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/ios-8/review">Apple&rsquo;s Health app</a>. But on Wear, Fit amounts to nothing more than a step counter with targets (such as 10,000 steps) and the option to display steps as a card on top of the watchface.</p> <p>The Gear Live has a heart-rate monitor, sure. But, right now, Android Wear devices aren&rsquo;t going to trouble sportswatches and trackers. Still, Google has big plans to capture our health, fitness and sleep data and a ton of partners - Nike, Adidas, Polar, RunKeeper, HTC - have been announced.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Android Wear Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A platform with the simplicity, smarts and openness of Android Wear couldn&rsquo;t have been built by anyone but Google. Google Now, Google Search, Google Voice - even Apple won&rsquo;t come close to matching these features and services. For that reason, there&rsquo;s no other tech giant we&rsquo;d rather strap to our wrists. &nbsp;</p> <p>It&rsquo;s far from perfect. But when we look at our list of complaints, there&rsquo;s a lot of &lsquo;yet&rsquo;s. Google Fit isn&rsquo;t ready yet. There&rsquo;s not many apps yet either but Wear compatible updates are flying into the Google Play Store daily. There&rsquo;s no proper Spotify control yet but an unreliable pause button indicates more will come. Navigation is patchy too but if anyone can crack on-wrist maps, it&rsquo;s Google.</p> <p>The underdog, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/pebble/pebble-steel/review">Pebble</a>, also still beats Android Wear in a few crucial ways. You can glance at a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/pebble/pebble-steel/review">Pebble Steel</a> 24/7 and see the same watchface - no flicking or tapping to wake the screen. Its app store is impressive, considering the company&rsquo;s Kickstarter beginnings, and Wear will have some catching up to do. And with colourful, fullscreen notifications and images that need mini LCD or AMOLED screens, we just don&rsquo;t see any Wear devices getting anywhere close to the e-paper Pebble&rsquo;s awesome five-day battery life.</p> <p>But while Pebble gets the basics right, Android Wear offers something more - after a week with it, we really struggled to untether ourselves from Google&rsquo;s all-round helpfulness. The <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/lg/lg-g-watch/review">G Watch</a> is the first wearable we&rsquo;ve used that feels like a personal assistant and it&rsquo;s the one that&rsquo;s come closest to curing our smartphone addiction.</p> <p>In short, Android Wear is the best evidence we&rsquo;ve seen yet of wearables becoming can&rsquo;t-live-without-them gadgets. Maybe 2014 will be the year of the smartwatch after all.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: </strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/wearable-tech/top-ten">The ten best smartwatches, wearables and fitness trackers money can buy </a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="We struggled to let go of Wear&#039;s personal assistant " alt="Android Wear review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN4434.JPG?1405996289" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Google&rsquo;s new wearable OS isn&rsquo;t flawless but it&rsquo;s full of potential and might just turn the smartwatch into a must-have gadget</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Android Wear review </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Google&#039;s grand plan for your wrist might work </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/android-wear-main_0_0.jpg?1405996289" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/google/android-wear/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/google/android-wear/review#comments Android Wear Google Tue, 15 Jul 2014 14:55:00 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1442212 at http://www.stuff.tv Google’s smart contact lenses get one step closer to reality http://www.stuff.tv/my/google/google-s-smart-contact-lenses-get-one-step-closer-reality/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> New deal with Novartis to speed the development of glucose-sensing contacts for diabetics </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Google’s smart contact lenses get one step closer to a reality" alt="Google’s smart contact lenses get one step closer to a reality" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/google-smart-contact-lens.jpg?1405473097" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Back in January, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/google/go-poke-your-eyes-googles-prototype-smart-contact-lens/news">Google announced that it was working on a smart contact lens</a>. And now a new partnership with Swiss healthcare company Novartis is bringing the technology one step closer to a reality.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Novartis and Google will now collaborate on the development and potential production of the smart contact lens and, while there&rsquo;s still no indication as to when it&rsquo;ll hit the market, the signs for it actually doing so at some point are encouraging.</p> <p>And you&rsquo;d have to think that putting a sensor and wireless transmitter inside something as tiny and non-invasive as a contact lens is a step towards the sort of HUD-equipped contacts seen in the most recent <em>Mission: Impossible</em> movie. And that could mean the power of <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/glass/google-glass/review">Google Glass</a> without having to wear the headset&hellip;</p> <p>[<a href="http://multimediacapsule.thomsonone.com/novartis/foresight-announcement" target="_blank">Novartis</a> via <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/7/15/5900871/google-and-novartis-smart-contact-lens-partnership" target="_blank">The Verge</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/recon-instruments/recon-ceo-says-contact-lenses-google-glass-displays-will-happen/feature">Recon CEO says contact lenses with Google Glass-like displays &ldquo;will happen&rdquo;</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Google’s smart contact lenses get one step closer to a reality" alt="Google’s smart contact lenses get one step closer to a reality" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/google-smart-contact-lens-hands.jpg?1405473097" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/google/google-s-smart-contact-lenses-get-one-step-closer-reality/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/google/google-s-smart-contact-lenses-get-one-step-closer-reality/news#comments Google Wearable tech Tue, 15 Jul 2014 11:21:00 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1442204 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Google’s modular phone opens up for testing, a rousing new Assassin’s Creed Unity trailer, and Messi takes the FIFA cover (again) http://www.stuff.tv/my/fifa-15/fully-charged-google-s-modular-phone-opens-testing-rousing-new-assassin-s-creed-unity-traile <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Feast on this bite-sized news round-up and fill your mind </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" alt="Project Ara" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/google-projectara.jpg?1405472637" /> </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="/my/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 taking requests for Project Ara test kits </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 idea of a modular smartphone&mdash;with interchangeable and thus easily upgradable parts&mdash;is certainly intriguing, but has remained something of a far-off concept even as major players try to push it forward. That shouldn&rsquo;t be true for much longer, at least, as Google has opened up requests for test kits and aims to ship them this month.</p> <p>Granted, this kind of pre-release testing isn&rsquo;t for the average consumer; it&rsquo;s for developers prototyping prospective boards for Google&rsquo;s Project Ara devices. The submission form states, &ldquo;We will prioritize requests based on technical experience and the strength of your module concept.&rdquo; It&rsquo;s especially meant for anyone attempting to win the Project Ara Devleoper Prize Challenge, which will award US$100,000 for one particularly amazing (and fully working) module by 30 September.</p> <p>Google is moving quick on this round of requests, with submissions expected by this Thursday, 17 July and the first kits due to ship before the end of the month. Another tester review period will begin immediately and last until 17 August, so if you&rsquo;ve got a bright idea but need more than two days to get it all plotted out, well&hellip; you&rsquo;ve got a month and two days then. Good luck.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.projectara.com/dev-board-form">Project Ara</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="https://plus.google.com/u/0/+EduardoRuiz/posts/TuFsmNaxGq7">Google Plus</a>&nbsp;via&nbsp;<a href="http://pocketnow.com/2014/07/14/project-ara-dev-boards">Pocketnow</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/07/14/google-takes-project-ara-module-kit-requests/">Engadget</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/google/google-io-2014/google-s-got-working-prototype-project-ara/news">Google&rsquo;s got a working Project Ara prototype</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"> Get a fresh look at Assassin’s Creed Unity </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&rsquo;ve long since settled into the notion of having a new Assassin&rsquo;s Creed adventure to dig into each autumn, but this year&rsquo;s entry looks like a rather large leap forward. Not only is Assassin&rsquo;s Creed Unity the first of the open-world affairs to be exclusively designed for new-gen consoles (and PC), but it&rsquo;s also the first to offer co-op play in the campaign.</p> <p>While this trailer doesn&rsquo;t put much focus on the cooperative play, it does offer an oft-dazzling glimpse at some of the new maneuvers you&rsquo;ll have to get around the absolutely stunning rendition of Paris circa the French Revolution. Unity is out 28 October on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k1xnPueOR6o">YouTube</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/playstation-3/assassins-creed-iv-black-flag/review">Assassin&rsquo;s Creed IV: Black Flag review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/k1xnPueOR6o" 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"> Lionel Messi leads FIFA 15 cover art </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>Perhaps the timing here isn&rsquo;t spectacular, considering the outcome of the World Cup final&mdash;to be fair, he did still win the Golden Ball&mdash;but Lionel Messi has been announced as the lone worldwide cover athlete for EA Sports&rsquo; FIFA 15, due out on 26 September.</p> <p>Perhaps not a huge surprise, as he&rsquo;s been on the last two years&rsquo; pack shots, but at least it&rsquo;s a little more dynamic than the dull close-up seen on FIFA 14&rsquo;s new-gen release. With another year under its belt on the latest console hardware, FIFA 15 promises big visual upgrades when it debuts in a couple short months.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.easports.com/fifa/news-updates-gameplay/article/fifa-15-global-cover">EA Sports</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/fifa-15-first-play/review">FIFA 15: First Play 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="FIFA 15" alt="FIFA 15" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/fifa15-cover.jpg?1405472636" /> </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/my/fifa-15/fully-charged-google-s-modular-phone-opens-testing-rousing-new-assassin-s-creed-unity-traile#comments FIFA 15 Gaming Google Project Ara Smartphones Tue, 15 Jul 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1442201 at http://www.stuff.tv Xiaomi set to launch new tech goodies, and all the other news you’ve missed http://www.stuff.tv/my/amazon/xiaomi-set-launch-new-tech-goodies-and-all-other-news-you-ve-missed/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Start your morning with a quick-hit recap of the biggest news from the week </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Xiaomi set to launch new tech goodies, and all the other news you’ve missed" alt="Xiaomi set to launch new tech goodies, and all the other news you’ve missed" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/xiaomitop.jpeg?1405470589" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Too immersed in the World Cup over this past week to get up to date with everything happening in the world of tech? Fret not &ndash; we&rsquo;ve got you covered with the top news of the week to keep your mind refreshed.</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="/my/users/hafizahosman" title="View user profile.">Hafizah Osman</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"> Xiaomi’s got a goodie stash under wraps </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&rsquo;re itching to know what other tech gizmos Xiaomi has yet to reveal. Its president and co-founder, Bin Lin, recently uploaded a teaser on his Facebook page, announcing that it&#39;ll be launching at least one new product during its annual product launch event in Beijing on 22 July. The only clue is it will be made from &ldquo;one steel plate&rdquo;. We&rsquo;re guessing it&rsquo;s the Mi4.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/xiaomi-s-got-more-tech-goodies-store-us-and-they-re-launching-very-soon/news">Xiaomi&rsquo;s got more tech goodies in store for us, and they&rsquo;re launching very soon</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="567" height="425" title="Xiaomi’s got a goodie stash under wraps " alt="Xiaomi’s got a goodie stash under wraps " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/xiaomi.jpeg?1405470589" /> </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"> Amazon Japan leaks iPhone 6 info </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>Oops! Amazon did it again &ndash; it&rsquo;s leaked product information before they&rsquo;ve even been announced to exist by their vendors. This time, Amazon Japan let slip information about the model, dimensions, and availability of the upcoming iPhone 6. And by the looks of it, it seems to be thinner, and pricier.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/amazon/amazon-japan-jumps-gun-and-reveals-vital-iphone-6-information/news">Amazon Japan jumps the gun and reveals vital iPhone 6 information</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Amazon Japan leaks iPhone 6 info " alt="Amazon Japan leaks iPhone 6 info " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/amazon_0.jpeg?1405470589" /> </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"> Samsung’s got a VR Gear headset 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>We&rsquo;ve known that Samsung could possibly be working on its own VR Gear headset for a while now, but what we didn&rsquo;t know was how it was going to look like. Not anymore, if you believe photographic evidence from SamMobile. We&rsquo;re waiting eagerly for the upcoming IFA 2014, where the &ldquo;Gear VR&rdquo; is expected to debut.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/oculus/leaked-samsungs-vr-headset-picture-spotted-online/news">Leaked: Samsung&rsquo;s VR headset picture spotted online</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Samsung’s got a VR Gear headset in the works " alt="Samsung’s got a VR Gear headset in the works " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung.jpeg?1405470589" /> </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"> Just think, and Google Glass does it for you </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>What seems like something out of a science fiction movie is now real &ndash; a new app for Google Glass, named MindRDR, lets Google Glass put some of your thoughts into action (talk about psychic photography). Of course, it requires you to put on another piece of tech on your head to measure the brainwaves before &ldquo;commanding&rdquo; Google Glass to execute it.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/glass/mindrdr-first-google-glass-app-controlled-your-brainwaves/news">MindRDR: the first Google Glass app controlled by your brainwaves</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="604" height="453" title="Just think, and Google Glass does it for you " alt="Just think, and Google Glass does it for you " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/googleglass.jpeg?1405470589" /> </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"> This is LG’s super-flexible display </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>LG&rsquo;s given us a sneak peek into the future of TVs by unveiling an 18-in OLED panel bendy enough to be rolled like a poster. Why? We presume it&rsquo;s because everyone dreams of lugging their TVs around with them, and this might be the best way to do it. On the bright side, you probably won&rsquo;t have to get separate TVs for every room in your house anymore.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/lg/lgs-super-flexible-display-could-pave-way-rollable-tvs/news">LG&rsquo;s super-flexible display could pave the way for rollable TVs</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="604" height="453" title="This is LG’s super-flexible display " alt="This is LG’s super-flexible display " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lg.jpeg?1405470589" /> </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/my/amazon/xiaomi-set-launch-new-tech-goodies-and-all-other-news-you-ve-missed/news#comments Amazon Glass Google iPhone 6 LG Round-up Wednesday Samsung Smartphones TVs Xiaomi Wed, 16 Jul 2014 00:27:31 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1442198 at http://www.stuff.tv Microsoft goes after Google's 'artificial brain' with its own Project Adam http://www.stuff.tv/my/google/microsoft-goes-after-googles-artificial-brain-its-own-project-adam/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Why should we be surprised that the Borgs are coming and they&#039;re going to be running Microsoft software? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Microsoft goes after Google&#039;s &#039;artificial brain&#039; with its own Project Adam" alt="Microsoft goes after Google&#039;s &#039;artificial brain&#039; with its own Project Adam" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/project%20adam.jpg?1405416435" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Microsoft is developing an AI called &ldquo;Adam&rdquo;, which is principally from the same family as Google&rsquo;s artificial brain.</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="/my/users/erna-mahyuni" title="View user profile.">Erna Mahyuni</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hello, Adam </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>However, Adam is not gunning to replace Google Brain outright. It&rsquo;s really about optimising the system, how it handles its data and how the servers communicate with each other. Any system descended from deep learning is about modelling the way the human brain works, specifically the networks of neurons, and then processing data the way our brain does.</p> <p>Of course, as we scale these systems to greater heights, it gets more and more unwieldy to replicate.&nbsp;Adam solves this problem by asynchrony, which basically splits the datastream to be solved by separate systems, and then merges the end result together. This ends up being less problematic than it sounds.</p> <p>Take for example, a picture of your dinner from last night. One server tags it &ldquo;dim sum&rdquo;, another goes &ldquo;dumplings&rdquo;, yet another goes &ldquo;Chinese food&rdquo;. Yup, science has finally automated your friend that dumps 20 similar hashtags on their Instagrams. (Good, they can finally be systematically removed from all society.)</p> <p>Microsoft claims the project is still embryonic; so far no plans to release it to the public have been made though it will find its way into current Microsoft products such as Bing.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/hal-her-top-24-artificial-intelligences-film/feature">The top 24 artificial intelligences on film</a></p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.wired.com/2014/07/microsoft-adam/" target="_blank">Wired</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/S4ZgfYoeyCo" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/google/microsoft-goes-after-googles-artificial-brain-its-own-project-adam/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/google/microsoft-goes-after-googles-artificial-brain-its-own-project-adam/news#comments Google Microsoft Tue, 15 Jul 2014 05:41:03 +0000 Erna Mahyuni 1442136 at http://www.stuff.tv Android Wear levels up, gains new ability to control your smartphone's camera http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/you-can-now-control-your-phone-s-camera-using-your-android-wear-smartwatch/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Google’s adding on to the list of powers available on Android Wear with an update </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Android Wear levels up, gains new ability to control your smartphone&#039;s camera" alt="Android Wear levels up, gains new ability to control your smartphone&#039;s camera" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/unname.jpg?1405070230" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Thus far, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android-wear">Android Wear smartwatches</a>&nbsp;let you check your messages, feed you notifications or even reciprocated your demands while you bark orders into it. Now, it can do one more &ndash; manipulate your Android smartphone&#39;s camera.</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="/my/users/hafizahosman" title="View user profile.">Hafizah Osman</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"> So much power on one small device </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>Its start-up is pretty simple too; opening the Google Camera app on your device will automatically launch the app on the smartwatch. You will see a card for remote capture appear on the Android Wear smartwatch, which you can use to snap a picture by tapping on the enlarged shutter icon.</p> <p>You don&rsquo;t have to fumble with your smartwatch while trying to smile or pose for the shot at the same time. It comes with a countdown, so you have plenty of time to transition between setting up the shot and getting your best selfie face ready.&nbsp;After the phone takes the picture, you&rsquo;ll be able to preview image on your wrist.</p> <p>Can&rsquo;t wait to get snapping? You can now download the update for <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.GoogleCamera&amp;hl=en" target="_blank">Google Camera from Google Play</a>.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/8-things-you-need-know-about-android-wear-googles-beautiful-smartwatch-operating-system/feat">8 things you need to know about Android Wear</a></p> <p>[Source and image: <a href="http://mashable.com/2014/07/10/android-wear-google-phone-camera/" target="_blank">Mashable</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="567" height="425" title="Android Wear levels up, gains new ability to control your smartphone&#039;s camera" alt="Android Wear levels up, gains new ability to control your smartphone&#039;s camera" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/androidwearamera.jpg?1405070230" /> </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/my/android/you-can-now-control-your-phone-s-camera-using-your-android-wear-smartwatch/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/you-can-now-control-your-phone-s-camera-using-your-android-wear-smartwatch/news#comments Android Android Wear Apps and Games Google Smartphones Smartwatch Tablets Fri, 11 Jul 2014 05:12:35 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1441731 at http://www.stuff.tv MindRDR: the first Google Glass app controlled by your brainwaves http://www.stuff.tv/my/glass/mindrdr-first-google-glass-app-controlled-your-brainwaves/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Want to take a photo and share it on Facebook merely by thinking? Well, now you can do just that </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="MindRDR: the first Google Glass app controlled by your brainwaves" alt="MindRDR: the first Google Glass app controlled by your brainwaves" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/mindrdr-1.jpg?1405333667" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>There are already lots of interesting apps for Google Glass, but MindRDR might be the most technologically impressive &ndash; because it allows you to control the wearable not by touch or voice, but by brainwaves.</p> <p>Yes, this app enables the user to communicate with their Glass merely through thought. In order to do that, it requires the Glass wearer to put another piece of tech on his or her head: the Neurosky EEG biosensor, priced at &euro;89 (around RM385), which measures brainwaves.</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="/my/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"> Psychic photography </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>Currently, MindRDR allows the user to take a photo through Glass then share it to Twitter or Facebook, all through mere thought. In order to take the shot, the wearer must concentrate until a horizontal line moves to the top of Glass&rsquo; display. After the photo has been captured, the user must again concentrate to move the line to the top of the screen in order to share it. To discard the image and start again, the user can simply relax and the line will drop to the bottom of the display.</p> <p>At present, these actions are the limit of MindRDR&rsquo;s capabilities, but Chloe Kirton, creative director at the app&rsquo;s London-based developer This Place, says there&rsquo;s much more to come: &ldquo;The possibilities of Google Glass telekinesis are vast. In the future, MindRDR could give those with conditions like locked-in syndrome, severe multiple sclerosis or quadriplegia the opportunity to interact with the wider world through wearable technology.&rdquo; Little wonder, then, that This Place is already in conversations with Professor Stephen Hawking about the future of its app.</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="Concentrate hard enough and the photo will be taken" alt="Concentrate hard enough and the photo will be taken" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/mindrdr-3.jpg?1405333667" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>MindRDR is available from today for free, and it&rsquo;s open source which means developers can get hold of the code to tweak as they see fit. So you can expect more telekinesis apps using MindRDR&rsquo;s tech to land on Glass in the near future.</p> <p>[Via <a href="http://mindrdr.thisplace.com/static/index.html" target="_blank">MindRDR</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/glass/google-glass/review">Google Glass 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="The Neurosky EEG sensor is required, and costs around RM385" alt="The Neurosky EEG sensor is required, and costs around RM385" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/mindrdr-2.jpg?1405333667" /> </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/my/glass/mindrdr-first-google-glass-app-controlled-your-brainwaves/news#comments Glass Google Wed, 09 Jul 2014 16:58:43 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1441587 at http://www.stuff.tv Google buys Songza, and all the other news you might have missed http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/google-buys-songza-and-all-other-news-you-might-have-missed/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Take a few minutes to catch up on the biggest news in the world of tech </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Google buys Songza, and all the other news you might have missed " alt="Google buys Songza, and all the other news you might have missed " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/songza.jpeg?1404871003" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Stuff </em>has been stuffed with news over this past week, from new product announcements to speculations on some upcoming gadgets, we&rsquo;ve had it all covered.</p> <p>And because of that you might have missed out on a few of the top news over these days.&nbsp;So we&rsquo;ve taken the liberty to collate them here for you &ndash; take a few minutes off and catch up on them. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/hafizahosman" title="View user profile.">Hafizah Osman</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 bags Songza </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>Music streaming services seem to be what tech vendors are very interested in. With Apple acquiring Beats weeks ago, Google&rsquo;s also made a similar move that will see it strengthen its hold on the online music business. It&rsquo;s bought over Songza for a speculated US$15 million. Does this mean Google&rsquo;s beefing up its existing Play Music streaming service? &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/google/songza-now-belongs-google/news">Songza now belongs to Google</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="567" height="425" title="Google bags Songza " alt="Google bags Songza " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/songza1.jpeg?1404871003" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Is Microsoft creating a cross-platform smartband? </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>Word&rsquo;s out on the tech street that Microsoft&rsquo;s got a smartband in the works instead of a Microsoft smartwatch &ndash; and it&#39;ll work with your smartphone regardless if it&rsquo;s an Android, Windows Phone, or an iOS device. How true this is, we&rsquo;ll just have to wait and see. But the rumour itself is going to have other manufacturers raising their eyebrows.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/rumour-microsoft-working-cross-platform-smartband/news"> Rumour: Microsoft working on a cross-platform smartband</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Is Microsoft creating a cross-platform smartband?" alt="Is Microsoft creating a cross-platform smartband?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/microsoftt.jpeg?1404871003" /> </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"> Apple’s audio quality might get better </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you&rsquo;ve been quietly hoping for better sound quality from your Apple speakers or headphones, your wish might soon come true. Apple&rsquo;s been awarded a patent that showcases its idea to use a light gas like helium behind its speaker/headphone cone, resulting in a sharper and faithful sound reproduction.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-s-future-speakers-and-earphones-be-gas-gas-gas/news">Apple&rsquo;s future speakers and earphones to be a gas, gas, gas</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="604" height="453" title="Apple’s audio quality might get better " alt="Apple’s audio quality might get better " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/appl.jpeg?1404871003" /> </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"> Samsung’s apparently making a Galaxy F smartphone </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>Move over Apple, Samsung&rsquo;s planning to overhaul iPhone sales with its Galaxy F, according to gossip from @evleaks&rsquo; Twitter account. This purported device will apparently sport a metal build backing (which seems to be quite a hit with people if you go by the LG G3 take-up), and it might be launched on 12 September.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/rumour-samsung-s-working-galaxy-f-smartphone-and-it-s-got-metal-build/news">Rumour: Samsung&rsquo;s working on a Galaxy F smartphone, and it&rsquo;s got a metal build</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Samsung’s apparently making a Galaxy F smartphone" alt="Samsung’s apparently making a Galaxy F smartphone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samf.jpeg?1404871003" /> </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"> Leaks of Sony’s Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact surface </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>Chinese site Digi-Wo has leaked some snaps of what is believed to be Sony&rsquo;s Xperia Z3 and Z3 compact smartphones. Nothing&rsquo;s set in stone yet about the devices, but the devices are rumoured to have 3GB of RAM and a whopping 20.7MP camera. And they could be waterproof too. Three words: underwater HD selfies.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/sony/brothers-arms-sony-xperia-z3-and-z3-compact/news">Brothers in arms: is this the Sony Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact?</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="604" height="453" title="Leaks of Sony’s Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact surface " alt="Leaks of Sony’s Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact surface " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony.jpeg?1404871003" /> </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/my/apple/google-buys-songza-and-all-other-news-you-might-have-missed/news#comments Apple Google Microsoft Round-up Wednesday Samsung Smartphones Songza Sony Wearable tech Wed, 09 Jul 2014 01:51:07 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1441470 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Google’s Project Tango phones head to space, Oculus VR plans developers conference, and watch 14 wild minutes of the new Borderlands http://www.stuff.tv/my/google/fully-charged-google-s-project-tango-phones-heading-space-oculus-plans-developers-conference- <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Catch up on the most exciting news from all around the world of tech </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Project Tango" alt="Project Tango" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/project-tango-mapping.jpg?1404809675" /> </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="/my/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"> Project Tango handsets going to International Space Station </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>Not only do astronauts have the enviable privilege of traveling in space, but now they get to use Google&rsquo;s intriguing 3D-mapping Project Tango phones. Well, to be more precise, their automated, hovering robots get to use the handsets. Now we&rsquo;re even more jealous!</p> <p>NASA is using the Google-provided devices to improve its Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites (SPHERES) robots, which float throughout the International Space Station using small bursts of CO2&mdash;and yes, Reuters says their design is inspired by the ball that Luke Skywalker swats at with a lightsaber in the original Star Wars.</p> <p>Engineers originally used off-the-shelf smartphones to augment the SPHERES&rsquo; precise movement capabilities, but could only do so much with common tech. With Project Tango&rsquo;s augmented reality and world-mapping abilities, the robots should be able to perform tasks throughout the station and perhaps replace many of the everyday tasks that astronauts must perform while aboard.</p> <p>And while developers are slated to get access to <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/google/google-s-3d-depth-sensing-project-tango-tablet-development-kit-unveiled/news">Project Tango kits later this year</a> and consumers will have to wait until 2015 to get <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/google/google-io-2014/lg-will-release-consumer-version-google-s-3d-mapping-project-tango-tablet-2015">an LG-branded tablet</a>, astronauts will have the tech in space within days&mdash;the handsets are set to take off on a cargo spacecraft this Friday, 11 July.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/07/07/us-nasa-google-idUSKBN0FC0ZJ20140707">Reuters</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/google/google-equipping-tablets-3d-mapping-project-tango-tech/news">Google &ldquo;equipping tablets with 3D mapping Project Tango tech&rdquo;</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"> Oculus announces Connect conference for September </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 seems like things are really heating up for Oculus VR and its Rift headset. Development Kit 2 is <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/google/fully-charged-new-oculus-rift-dev-kits-shipping-arty-mountain-simulator-and-google-snags-song">shipping this month for pre-orders</a>, the company is <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/electronic-arts/fully-charged-google-maps-adds-public-transport-info-all-uk-oculus-vr-establishing-f">adding prominent gaming industry members</a> to its team, and now Oculus plans to jazz up its burgeoning creators community with the Oculus Connect conference in September.</p> <p>Oculus Connect will be held in Hollywood, California from 19-20 September, and feature keynotes from founder Palmer Luckey and CTO John Carmack, among others, as well as glimpses into &ldquo;the future of the medium&rdquo; and developer workshops. No doubt, the company aims to build even more momentum around the device and virtual reality on the whole as an eventual consumer release nears&mdash;perhaps as soon as 2015.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.oculusvr.com/blog/announcing-oculus-connect-raknet-open-source-and-e3-2014-awards/">Oculus Blog</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/oculus/oculus-founder-tells-stuff-were-going-sell-rift-cost-price/news">Oculus VR founder tells Stuff: We&rsquo;re going to sell Rift at cost price</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="Oculus Connect" alt="Oculus Connect" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/oculus-connect.jpg?1404809675" /> </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"> Watch 14 minutes of Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel gameplay </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>Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel is one of the biggest remaining last-gen console games still on the horizon, and E3 attendees last month were treated to a lengthy demo of the humor-soaked, gravity-taunting first-person shooter experience. Now you too can take in the action, as 2K Games has posted a 14-minute narrated walkthrough just like the one seen at E3.</p> <p>And while only currently announced for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC, don&rsquo;t be surprised if it makes a new-gen console appearance as well. 2K Australia&rsquo;s Tony Lawrence tells gamereactorTV that they&rsquo;ll consider bumping it up to Xbox One and PlayStation 4, but that the game will only launch on older consoles and PC this autumn. Seeing as Borderlands 2 is 2K&rsquo;s best-selling game ever, don&rsquo;t be surprised to see that new-gen port come spring.</p> <p>[Sources: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5DpJNBEEloI&amp;feature=youtu.be">YouTube</a>; <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_VHvfdpuQw">gamereactorTV</a> via <a href="http://metro.co.uk/2014/07/07/borderlands-the-pre-sequel-could-come-to-next-gen-admits-gearbox-4790037/">Metro</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/borderlands-2/review">Borderlands 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="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/5DpJNBEEloI" 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"> Tour the world’s largest cruise ship with Google Maps </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>Seeking a quick glance at utter decadence, whether it&rsquo;s to revel in or rage at? Royal Caribbean is here to help, as it has unleashed a Google Maps-powered tour of the Allure of the Seas, dubbed the world&rsquo;s largest cruise ship. The ship is 362 metres in length and holds some 6,296 passengers, says Telegraph.</p> <p>The Allure of the Seas features wildly different &ldquo;neighborhoods,&rdquo; including the lavish shopping mall in the Royal Promenade, along with Central Park, which takes its cues from the famed New York landmark of the same name. You can check those out in the photo-by-photo tour, along with the surfing machine, restaurants, and rooms.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/cruises/10951460/Google-Street-View-now-available-on-worlds-largest-cruise-ship.html">Telegraph</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.royalcaribbean.co.uk/google-street-view-cruise-ship/">Fully Charged: Insane mile-long cruise ship, Apple&rsquo;s financial results, and new Star Wars bloopers</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="Allure of the Seas" alt="Allure of the Seas" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/royal-caribbean.jpg?1404809675" /> </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/my/google/fully-charged-google-s-project-tango-phones-heading-space-oculus-plans-developers-conference-#comments Console games Gaming Google Maps Oculus Project Tango Rift Tue, 08 Jul 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1441376 at http://www.stuff.tv How to make Google Cardboard from scratch http://www.stuff.tv/my/google/google-io-2014/how-google-cardboard-scratch/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> We built the pizza-box VR viewer from a printout. It took aaaaaaaaages. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/L1110275.jpg?1405562317" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Oh, says the whizzy little animation, it&rsquo;s so easy to make your own VR viewer! Just grab yourself a couple of simple parts, a snip here, a fold there, and whoosh: your very own low-budget holodeck. Except, like most things, it&rsquo;s not that simple. Prepare to spend three hours snarling at cardboard.</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="/my/users/will-dunn" title="View user profile.">Will Dunn</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Focus pocus </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>Carboard is basically just a box for holding two 40mm lenses 40mm from your phone&rsquo;s screen, and even Google acknowledges that these lenses aren&rsquo;t easy to get hold of. The link Google gives for a German Amazon seller is: a) sold out and b) in German, so we bought <a href="http://www.edmundoptics.co.uk/optics/optical-lenses/double-convex-dcx-spherical-singlet-lenses/40-49-9mm-experimental-quality-double-convex-dcx-singlet-lenses/20821" target="_blank">these ones from Edmund Optics</a>.&nbsp;They came with several small bags of free sweets. They look a fair bit thicker than the ones in the neat little kit given to developers at Google I/O, but they do the job. Eventually.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/L1110237.jpg?1405562317" /> </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"> Your prints will come </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 printing process is straightforward. Do it at work, obviously &ndash; nobody in their right mind pays for printer toner &ndash; and while you&rsquo;re there, nab a nice new cardboard box. You want strong, thin cardboard: try this with anything flimsy and you&rsquo;ll end up with a ball of mashed paper and tears. You&rsquo;re fairly likely to end up with that anyway.</p> <p>When you print the plans, make sure you print at 100% - a lot of printer software helpfully downsizes your printout to 90% to fit it all in the page with a nice spacious border, but this will ruin your cardboard goggleputer before &ndash; well, before it has a chance to be ruined by 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" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/L1110227_0.jpg?1405562317" /> </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"> A thousand cuts </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 cutting out process takes over an hour, and it&rsquo;s dull, fiddly work. A good sharp scalpel and a ruler (to guide your blade) are essential &ndash; if you use any ol&rsquo; pair of scissors, as Google cheerily suggests, it&rsquo;ll take four hours and the end result will look like a wasps&rsquo; nest.&nbsp;</p> <p>Have a podcast or three lined up to counteract the tedium of carefully cutting out the complex, many-slotted cardboard net-shape. Don&rsquo;t have a film lined up, unless you&rsquo;re tired of having so many fingers.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/L1110232.jpg?1405562317" /> </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="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/L1110236.jpg?1405562317" /> </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"> Folding fury </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It&rsquo;s only after you&rsquo;ve spent two hours painstakingly cutting out the cardboard shapes that you realise that you hate Cardboard, you hate it with a burning passion, because the little tabs you spent so long getting just right don&rsquo;t quite reach to the holes, and the cardboard is too thick or too small or just in the wrong place.</p> <p>Helpfully, the only guide you have is the clever little scroll-mation on the <a href="https://developers.google.com/cardboard/" target="_blank">Google Cardboard site</a>. Basically you vaguely follow that, and when it doesn&rsquo;t fit together properly, just keep Sellotaping it together until it looks about right. Everywhere a tab goes into a hole, add some tape and it should just about hold together. Cram the lenses back in (they&rsquo;ll have fallen out several times), tape it some more and get a phone in there. With <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.samples.apps.cardboarddemo" target="_blank">the Cardboard app</a> running, obviously).</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/L1110239.jpg?1405562317" /> </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="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/L1110242.jpg?1405562317" /> </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"> It 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>It actually works! Cue laughter and self-congratulation. Everyone will want to hold your creation to their face.</p> <p>Hear their gasps as they fly around Google Earth! Hear their guffaws as they observe a cartoon mouse losing his hat! Yessss! Technology!</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/L1110267.jpg?1405562317" /> </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="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/L1110276.jpg?1405562317" /> </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"> Oh yeah, the magnets </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>We couldn&rsquo;t find a ceramic ring magnet, which Google&#39;s kit uses as a simple control device on the side. To be honest, we didn&#39;t bother looking. Instead we just opened the back when necessary and prodded the screen with our fingers. If you want to&nbsp;make things a bit smoother, you can add a copper strip to the side, tape one end to your phone&#39;s screen and close it up - a double-tap on the strip will register as a screen-tap.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-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"> Hand vr </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>After hours of mucking about with cardboard and a lot of tape, we found that you can achieve a similar effect by holding the two lenses roughly 40mm away from your phone and moving your face in front of them. If all else fails, you could always just do this.</p> <p>Overall, we&#39;d recommend Cardboard as a fun project for a wet weekend. We&#39;re going to try a slightly more adjustable version with a wooden box and some G-clamps, so watch this space and we&#39;ll let you know how we get on.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/L1110259.jpg?1405562317" /> </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"> How to make Google Cardboard from scratch </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> You&#039;ll get there after, well, about a thousand cuts later </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/L1110239_1.jpg?1405562317" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/my/google/google-io-2014/how-google-cardboard-scratch/feature#comments Google Google I/O 2014 Oculus Rift Sat, 05 Jul 2014 13:08:54 +0000 Elissa Loi 1441129 at http://www.stuff.tv