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Google and Levi’s to launch the Commuter X Jacquard Smart Jacket

Google and Levi’s to launch the Commuter X Jacquard Smart Jacket

There is no denying the fact that Google and innovation go hand in hand. With that said, the world’s largest online search giants have yet again come up with something different this time around as well. The recently concluded Google I/O is an annual platform that showcases what the future (and Google) holds in store for us. Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects division (ATAP) made a bunch of cool announcements including the much awaited Project Ara (arriving in 2017), Project Soli and Project Jacquard, ATAP’s touch – sensitive fabric project. Speaking at the event, Google’s Technical Program lead Dr. Ivan Poupyrev, who is also currently heading the ATAP division announced a new collaboration with Levi’s to launch their famous Commuter jacket with the new technology built inside. Using sensors weaved into the fabric, Levi’s Commuter x Jacquard by Google Trucker Jacket connects to a user’s phone and allows them to interact with it by touching a specific portion of the sleeve. Functions include answering/rejecting calls, as well as integration with services like Spotify, Google Maps and Strava. Google also plans on releasing APIs that will open the gateway for more developers in the future. As far as the jacket’s durability is concerned, Poupyrev says you can handle it like any other jacket; you just need to make sure to remove the Bluetooth chip on the sleeve’s button loop before washing. Levi’s Commuter X jacket with Project Jacquard is expected to launch their beta this fall while the worldwide launch will be sometime in spring 2017. We’ll keep you guys posted on any further developments. So what do you guys think about this new “smart” fashion apparel? Would it be another addition to your...

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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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HP unveils first 13″ Chromebook powered by Intel

HP unveils first 13″ Chromebook powered by Intel

  HP Inc. unveiled its premium HP Chromebook 13, designed with Google, and powered by the 6th generation Intel® Core™ m processor. Measuring only 12.9 millimeters deep when closed and weighing 2.86 pounds, the Chromebook 13 offers simplicity and collaboration in a sleek package. By utilizing the 6th generation Intel® Core™ processor, users can work smarter, not harder, with twice the performance and battery life of leading premium tablets. The 6th generation Intel® Core™ m-series processors provide sophisticated support for multitasking and videoconferencing without lag, making it ideal for home or...

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Take the Batcave Tour with Google Maps [Batman vs Superman]

Take the Batcave Tour with Google Maps [Batman vs Superman]

Batman vs Superman is the major topic on the internet, with the new movie’s release this weekend. If you are comic books fan (or not), then you must have always wondered what would it feel like to be in the Dark Knight’s Batcave. Google has made it possible thanks to Google Maps. Google Maps have teamed up with Warner Bros to give you a full 360-degree look inside the secret lair featured in the film via Street View. It is just extra-ordinary, you can see the Batmobile, the Batcomputer and so much more!!! So, if you want to put on the Bat’s shoes then head on over to the link below. Trust me, you will not regret it!! Google Maps:...

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