NVIDIA pushes software update full of enhancements and fixes to Shield Tablet

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On the same day it releases the LTE version, NVIDIA is rolling out a software update to its tablet. The Shield Tablet is getting a bunch of enhancements and fixes to improve the user experience. Perhaps the most important part of the update is the improved touch performance. For games requiring a touch, this is great. It is even better for the stylus included with the Shield Tablet due to precision getting a boost.

The software update, upgrade 1.2, includes the following:

  • Enhanced SHIELD Hub Features
  • Network Test capability
  • User Customizable ‘My Android Games’ and ‘My Media Apps’
  • Share ‘News’ items, swipe between articles
  • Improved Touch Performance
  • Misc. Stability and Localization Improvements

Source: NVIDIA

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Google keeping a close eye on All Access, YouTube’s music streaming service is “weeks” away

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Reports and rumors have been swirling about the changes Google would be making to music streaming service All Access. The company wants to raise awareness for All Access to show the real value it has over competitors. Right now, the number of subscribers is believed to be between 500,000 and a few million. This is meager when compared to the Spotify’s more than ten million subscribers. Google has a massive audience in Android and is struggling to latch people onto All Access.

Songza, acquired by Google this summer, will see its recommendation technology adapted into the music streaming service. Perhaps that will pique some interest. But that seems more like just another feature than a game-changer.

It could be the price, but Google will not be doing anything in that area. Jamie Rosenberg, Google’s VP of Digital Content, said the company is “focused on creating broad awareness that the service exists” rather than shedding one or two dollars. Apparently, All Access has successfully converted people using the free trial into paying subscribers.

There has been no shortage of information regarding a music streaming service from YouTube for a very long time. It has been delayed numerous times and many questioned why it will coexist with All Access. Well, it is being reported by Reuters that a subscription service with an ad-supported option from YouTube will launch “in coming weeks.” It will allow users to place multiple songs into a queue.

Source: Reuters

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New video shows more refinements to Android L UI

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Earlier in September some images leaked that showed some tweaks to the Android L interface that appear to be in the works for the final release. Now a video has surfaced on the Chromium issue tracker that shows some more changes to the UI. The entry in the issue tracker also shows a new build of Android L was being tested, a build that came out about five days ago.

The video is showing an example of a crash event, which itself does not reveal any new information. In the status bar, we see the solid icons for WiFi and signal strength that were previously spotted. However, in a subtle change, the font for the clock is slightly different, having a more bold and shorter look.

In addition to the changes in the status bar, the nav bar’s soft buttons are slightly different as well. The icons are smaller and are spaced farther apart. Sources have noted these icons and the status bar icons appear to be the work of Sebastien Gabriel, a Visual Designer on the Chrome team.

While these are small changes to the UI, are there any big changes that you hope to see implemented?

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source: Android Police

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HTC M8 Eye captured in press image ahead of launch

htc_m8_eyeIt’s obvious the HTC M8 Eye is really close to launch, considering the leaks we’re getting. An alleged press image, shown above, shows the M8 Eye in all its glory, with the same design as the HTC One (M8), but instead with a stellar 13MP camera and a secondary sensor for depth of field measuring. Aside from those improvements, the same internals as the One (M8) are included, with Snapdragon 801 chipset, 5” 1080p display, and Sense-d Android 4.4.4 KitKat.

The M8 Eye is expected to launch on October 8 alongside an action camera from HTC.

Source: Weibo 

Via: GSM Arena

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Google+ now allows age and location post restrictions

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Google+ keeps adding new useful features, and the latest one’s a good one. The social network now allows users to limit their posts to be viewable by only people in a certain age range or geographic location. For example, you can now decide that only users 18+ or 21+ should be able to see your posts, or specify ages on a country-by-country basis.

To start using the feature, all you need to do is visit your page or profile settings, scroll to ‘Audience,’ and choose your desired option. From then on your posts (old and new) will follow your restrictions.

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TalkAndroid Daily Dose for September 30, 2014

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With hectic schedules, it can be hard to keep track of everything in your news feed. That’s why we created the TalkAndroid Daily Dose. This is where we recap the day’s hottest stories so you can get yourself up to speed in quick fashion. Happy reading!!

Apps

Nokia HERE Maps for Android leaks

TiVo Android app finally adds streaming capabilities

Pushbullet adds Channels, user-created notification feeds that others can subscribe to

Fleksy is now available on Samsung Galaxy Apps and the Amazon Appstore

Everyone in Canada has access to Spotify as invite-only testing period ends

Carriers

Verizon’s network makes the carrier trail ATT in the automobile industry

Google

Google now listing price ranges for in-app purchases in Play store [Update: Developer addresses too]

Drive for Education is Google’s “21st century backpack for students”

Google keeping a close eye on All Access, YouTube’s music streaming service is “weeks” away

Google+

Google+ now allows age and location post restrictions

Phones

HTC M8 Eye captured in press image ahead of launch

Huawei launches the 5-inch, octa-core Honor 6 in India

Moto X Pure Edition may get update to enable LTE bands 3, 5, and 7

Samsung Galaxy A5 shows up at the FCC

Samsung announces Galaxy Grand Prime for India

Samsung issues statement regarding screen gap issue on Galaxy Note 4

Galaxy Note 4 user manual now available for download

The 5 features you need to know about the Galaxy Note Edge is in this Infographic

Smartwatches

Get your Moto 360 through the Motorola store today!

Pebble price drops permanently, gains fitness tracking functionality

Tablets

NVIDIA Shield Tablet with LTE available for $399

NVIDIA pushes software update full of enhancements and fixes to Shield Tablet

Updates

NVIDIA pushes software update full of enhancements and fixes to Shield Tablet

New video shows more refinements to Android L UI

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Sony’s Xperia M2 Aqua looks like it’s heading to Canada after all

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Last month, Sony introduced us to its Xperia M2 Aqua — a water and dust-proof version of its older brethren, the Xperia M2. At the time of the announcement, Sony stated that the device would be an ‘Asia exclusive’ and would not be making its way to North America. However, it now looks like that’s all about to change.

According to Canadian publisher, Mobile Syrup, the handset is set to launch on Videotron, one of Canada’s smaller carriers, this Thursday, October 3. It’s expected to be free on any of the operators 2-year contracts or $250 on a prepaid plan.

Under the hood, you’ll find a 4.8-inch qHD display (540 x 960 pixels), a 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor, an Adreno 305 GPU, 1GB of RAM, an 8-megapixel Exmor RS rear-facing camera, 8GB of expandable storage, 4G LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0 and a 2,330 mAh non-removable battery.

You can check out the full gallery of press renders below:

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Source: Mobile Syrup

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Grooveshark Found Guilty of Massive Copyright Infringement

NEW YORK – The online streaming service Grooveshark suffered a legal defeat on Monday when a U.S. judge found its operators liable to nine record companies for having directed employees to upload thousands of copyrighted songs without permission.

The judge held Grooveshark’s parent company, Escape Media Group Inc, and its founders Samuel Tarantino and Joshua Greenberg, responsible for the illegal uploads of 5,977 songs by musicians such as Eminem, Green Day, Jay-Z and Madonna.

Griesa ordered both sides to propose within 21 days a permanent injunction to hold further infringements.

With offices in Gainesville, Florida, Grooveshark describes itself on its website as “one of the largest on-demand music services on the Internet,” with more than 30 million users sharing in excess of 15 million files.

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Four Charged With Stealing Army Helicopter Training Software

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Ebola Has Made It To the United States

You’re… you’re actively showing symptoms, and… you… get it on someone else. It’s… going to chase down an uninfected person like a tiger on Nat Geo or magically float thru the walls like a ghost.

“… it starts at your bathroom sink. Thoroughly washing your hands,… with soap and water, is a good first step to… infection.”

The… signs and symptoms of the Ebola virus include:

  1. Fever
  2. Severe headache
  3. Joint and muscle aches
  4. Chills
  5. Weakness

Be… frightened.

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