A lot of us, who have a Nexus device, have already started using Android 5.0 Lollipop as our daily drivers. But the Google Play Edition devices have not yet got the update. But that will be happening this week, including the HTC devices. But what about those HTC devices running stock HTC Sense UI? Well, here are a few screenshots of the new build of Sense, for Android 5.0. There are only three screenshots, showing the multi tasking, the notification drawer, and the quick settings panel. The icons are expected to be changed in time for release, which will happen very soon.
Source: The Droid Guy
In a new achievement, a Bay Area start up, Made in Space, has been successful in sending one of its 3D printers to the International Space Station. The instrument arrived at the ISS on the 22nd of September. But it was installed earlier today. The team of astronauts there will first try to print 22 parts just to test how the device performs in space. After that, there will be a second round of test, during which an undetermined number of items will be printed to test the performance. After all tests, the astronauts will be allowed to use it regularly.
Source: Giga Om
If you are in the market looking for a sweet tablet, here is the all new Nexus 9, with a sweet offer on Amazon. The giant online retailer is giving a flat $50 off on the Android 5.0 Lollipop powered 9 inch Nexus 9 tablet. Plus, the shipping is free too. And needless to say, this is a limited time offer only. And most of the stock kept aside for this offer, almost 94% of it, is already sold out. So if you want this, hurry up.
Source: Phone Arena
Something revolutionary happened in the Ubuntu world a couple of weeks back, when the Ubuntu 14.10 final build was released. But the new evolution mostly went unnoticed, because it doesn’t really sound so important, when it really is. So, until the final build of Ubuntu 14.10 was released, you were seeing a dedicated image for Mac computers, or Apple hardware, labelled “amd64+mac.” This has been dropped by the Ubuntu developers this time, only because it is no more needed to build a specific image for Apple hardware, and that Is just awesome. Ubuntu 14.10 marks this evolution in the history of the operating system.
Source: Full Circle
The Chinese smartphone manufacturer, Xiaomi, has revealed its plans of investing a huge amount of money in the Chinese counterpart of YouTube, known as the Youku. The company is ready to invest as much as $1 billion in Youku. Why, you ask? Well, Xiaomi is also into smart TV manufacturing, and the business is doing good, at least in China. So why not have a huge share in the company which deals with online media streaming? Youku was clearly excited about this new partnership – “Youku Tudou’s ability in producing original content will provide strong support to the Xiaomi family of hardware by making the user experience more compelling, and will help to boost average revenue per user.”
Source: The Droid Guy
One of the primary audience of the awesome Google Chromebook has been students and schools, and colleges. The new IDC numbers don’t prove this wrong. Google must be happy to see such good numbers for Chromebooks when it is being compared among tablets and full blown laptops. For example, only in the school districts like Montgomery County, MD, over 50,000 Chromebooks are being used. But Google obviously is not satisfied until reaching more schools, in different continents as well. So probably, we will be seeing more ads and promotional material about Chromebooks soon.
HTC One M8 is an awesome device. And it was first released for Android. But after the popularity of the smartphone almost hit the roof, the Taiwan based tech giant, HTC, decided to port the smartphone for Windows Phone as well, HTC One M8 for Windows. And there was a rumor that it would soon come to T Mobile. Well, better late than never, the smartphone is now available from T Mobile. The HTC One M8 for Windows on T Mobile will cost you $585.60 up front without any contracts. Or, you could get a two year contract and pay $24.40 every month for two years.
One question that has always haunted Facebook users is the need for a standalone Facebook Messenger app on smartphones. The company had not yet answered to this question, until recently. Mark Zuckerberg took this question today and said the following.
I’m grateful for hard questions. It keeps us honest. We need to be able to explain clearly why what we’re thinking is good. Asking everyone in our community to install a new app is a big ask. I appreciate that that was work and required friction. We wanted to do this because we believe that this is a better experience. Messaging is becoming increasingly important. On mobile, each app can only focus on doing one thing well, we think.
The primary purpose of the Facebook app is News Feed. Messaging was this behavior people were doing more and more. 10 billion messages are sent per day, but in order to get to it you had to wait for the app to load and go to a separate tab. We saw that the top messaging apps people were using were their own app. These apps that are fast and just focused on messaging. You’re probably messaging people 15 times per day. Having to go into an app and take a bunch of steps to get to messaging is a lot of friction.
Messaging is one of the few things people do more than social networking. In some countries 85 percent of people are on Facebook, but 95 percent of people use SMS or messaging. Asking folks to install another app is a short term painful thing, but if we wanted to focus on serving this [use case] well, we had to build a dedicated and focused experience. We build for the whole community. Why wouldn’t we let people choose to install the app on their own at their own pace? The reason is that what we’re trying to do is build a service that’s good for everyone. Because Messenger is faster and more focused, if you’re using it, you respond to messages faster, we’ve found. If your friends are slower to respond, we might not have been able to meet up.
This is some of the hardest stuff we do, is making these choices. We realize that we have a lot to earn in terms of trust and proving that this standalone messenger experience will be really good. We have some of our most talented people working on this.”
Source: iPhone Hacks
Amazon’s latest hardware project is very interesting. They call it the Amazon Echo. So what is this? Well, it is a pretty standard Bluetooth speaker for your room, with a lot of added features. The speaker is smart, as it is connected to the internet. And it is always listening to you, with a good sever microphones all around it. So this means that you can talk to it, give it commands, ask for information, and more. The company says that the device will update itself from the internet when the update is ready, and will constantly be adding new features. For more info, follow the source link.
Intel chips for the mobile devices has been on the rise lately. There are many small and big device manufacturers and Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) who are experimenting with the new Intel chips. In light of that, and to satisfy customer demands, the company is bringing out new Core M line of chips this quarter. These news chips, namely the Core M-5Y71, 5Y51, 5Y31, and 5Y10c, will be seen in devices in the Q4 of this year. Device such as the Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro are expected to make use of these Intel chips with the awesome HD 5300 graphics processor to deliver good performance to users.
Source: Anand Tech