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Google and Maserati announce World’s First Android Car

Google and Maserati announce World’s First Android Car

When Google first announced Android Auto back in 2014 at Google I/O, it started creating a lot of enthusiasm amongst car owners worldwide. Two years down the line, drivers today can easily access the fascinating world of Android running on compatible vehicles that interface with the Android Auto app. As always, Google is once again creating major strides this year at the ongoing Google I/O 2016 developer’s conference in California with a bunch of new and exciting announcements. The company announced the world’s first Android car in collaboration with Maserati, one of the world’s most luxurious car manufacturers. Even though this is just an initial concept, we do get a fair idea of what we could expect from Android Auto in the future. Android Auto currently works in sync with the supported apps at the same time mirroring them onto the car’s mounted display. The Maserati on the other hand is running Android natively without the need of syncing it with secondary devices like a smartphone or tablet. The dashboard comprises of a huge 4K display which not only acts as your infotainment hub, but it also allows you to operate core vehicle functionality thanks to new APIs and features recently announced with Google’s upcoming (yet to be named) OS, Android N. That means the same screen from which you’ve grown accustomed to playing music, making calls, and controlling navigation will now let you set your car’s air conditioning and seat warmers. This particular car actually has seat vibrators, controllable directly from the dash screen. The bottom of the screen shows 5 primary buttons: Navigation Phone Home Screen Audio/Multimedia System Apps The home screen shows a stream of relevant content on large, easily scrollable cards such as recent calls, possible destinations, and other bits of information you’re likely to want to see. And ofcourse you’ll have access to Android Auto optimized apps such as Pocketcasts, Spotify, Google Play Music, and Pandora. The experience looks brilliant on the huge 13-inch display, especially the big and bold maps while navigating. It’s all powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 828 chipset, including the 720p display found behind the steering wheel. As mentioned earlier, the new Android Auto car integration is still in its early stages and there aren’t any consumer-ready vehicles that have been announced as yet. We do expect to hear more from Google in the months to come and hope for more compatible models sometime in 2017. What are your thoughts on Android Auto’s new features? We would love to hear your views in the comments below. Cheers!!                                   Source:...

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Google needs your help in naming Android N

Google needs your help in naming Android N

Google I/O 2016 is underway and it has already made some huge announcements on the first day. One of the most anticipated announcements was about Android N, Google’s upcoming OS. Even though some users have had a glimpse of what Android N has to offer in the developer preview version released a few months ago, Google announced a bunch of new features which we can expect in the upcoming OS whose name is yet to be decided. Google’s VP of Engineering Dave Burke took the stage to announce some of the upcoming changes for Android N, but before doing so he jokingly stated that Android N has been the hardest iteration of the operating system to name. So Google is turning to you for help. That’s right folks. Just head over to the official website and help Google pick a name for Android N. We suggested Android Nutcracker. What do you guys have in mind? Share your suggestions with us in the comments...

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YouTube introduces new in-app chat feature

YouTube introduces new in-app chat feature

  YouTube has been recently adding new features to its mobile versions with one significant addition being the auto-play video feature similar to what we see in the web version of the world’s most popular video sharing site. Many people, including myself felt a bit annoyed with the auto play feature but thankfully you do get an option to disable it from the app’s settings. Starting today, YouTube will be testing out a new messenger like feature which lets users communicate with each other privately and also directly share videos without the need of sharing just the videos URL. The company feels that by integrating the messaging option into its native application will allow users to easily share videos with friends and family while at the same time drop in a message or two as well. For now, the new messaging feature is currently available for testing among few selected users and will be available to all in the next...

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Turn your skin into a smartwatch touch screen with SkinTrack

Turn your skin into a smartwatch touch screen with SkinTrack

Since the last few years, smart devices (of various shapes and sizes) have been on a rise especially smart watches that have created a lot of waves in recent times. Companies such as Samsung, Apple, Motorola, Huawei and LG to name a few are constantly involved in enhancing the core functionality and features of these little gadgets who’s proper utility still needs to be ascertained. Being a smart watch user myself, the one issue that tends to nag me is the small screen size which sometimes makes navigation slightly difficult as there is not a lot of room for swiping around like on a smart phone. Things are about to change though thanks to a research group at Carnegie Mellon University who have come up with a unique idea that lets users utilize their skins as a secondary touch display. Confused? Amazed? The team is currently working on a new found technology called “SkinTrack” which as the name suggests, allows users to use their skin as a secondary touch screen. The sensors are embedded inside a signal emitting ring on your finger along with four tiny electrodes in the watchband. When your finger makes contact with your watch-wearing arm, the electrodes detect the distance away from the watch. SkinTrack not only detects simple taps and swipes, but also continuous drawing. Another handy feature is the option to use various navigational shortcuts on your arm and hands. You can drag apps off the watch screen and pin them to yourself. It’s also possible to draw letters on your hand to open up apps. Simple gestures for example can include “N” for news, “S” for activating silent mode, “A” for accessing the address book etc.  The technology is still in its early stages but has most certainly paved the pathway for what the future has in store for smart watches. Check out the video to have a better understanding of how this prototype actually works and do share your thoughts with us in the comments below. Cheers !!                                         Source:...

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Let the Force be with your smartphone with these cute little Star Wars Power Banks

Let the Force be with your smartphone with these cute little Star Wars Power Banks

  With Star Wars: The force Awakens literally taking the world….no wait I should rather say Galaxy by storm, what better way to celebrate the success of this legendary franchise than to have your very own cute little Star Wars power tube. Don’t let their size fool you, the small device comes equipped with a powerful 2600 mAh battery which could give your smartphone a nice little boost for a at least 6-8 hours on a full charge.   The devices are available in all the various Star Wars characters from the old ones to the latest including my personal favorite the full black Kylo Ren variant. MimoPower, the company behind these  innovative gadgets had put them up on display at the recently concluded CES in Las Vegas. The Star Wars Power Tubes are retailing at just $30 and you can order yours from Amazon          So don’t let the Dark side affect your smartphone’s battery, get your Star Wars Power Tube now ! Let us know which one among these little fellows did you go for. Cheers...

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Take your mobile gaming to the next level with the Phonejoy GamePad 2 controller

Take your mobile gaming to the next level with the Phonejoy GamePad 2 controller

Mobile gaming has taken quite a surge this year and if you’re a hard core mobile gamer like me, then the Phonejoy GamePad 2 is definitely the gadget you should be gifting yourself this holiday season. Through the years, handheld gaming devices have always held a good position for itself especially among teens and the younger generations with devices like Nintendo’s (legendary) Gameboy devices to Sony’s PlayStation Portable (PSP) as well as the PS Vita that have propelled hand held gaming to the next level. With the introduction of powerful smartphones and tablets these days, the passion for gaming still remains but for those of you who aren’t too comfortable with using the on-screen touch buttons, the Phonejoy Gamepad 2 can be your perfect companion. The PhoneJoy GamePad 2 is an expandable, portable controller for your phone. It can expand to accept any smartphone in portrait or landscape mode, including some of the flagship devices with larger screens like the Nexus 6P, the Samsung GALAXY Note 5 etc. The controls are quite similar to the ones usually found in gaming consoles so it won’t take you much time to get used to the game pad. The Phonejoy GamePad is retailed at around  $80 but if you buy it now you will get it for $60. The offer is for a limited time period only so if you are planning to get your hands on it, now is probably the best time for you to do it. Some of the game pad’s features include the following: Expands to three times its original size Fits most any smartphone or tablet (iPhones & Androids) Includes 12 powerful stainless steel springs Packs three different navigation & play modes Delivers up to 14 hours of play time on one charge Charges quickly via USB cord Supports the ability to connect your smartphone or tablet to your TV via MHL to play on the big...

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