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A Deep Dive Into Google Photos: Not Your Grandma's Photo Album

Posted: 12 Sep 2015 11:14 AM PDT

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At Google IO this past June we saw the launch of many new products from Google, including Android M, Android Pay, and Project Brillo. The tech giant also launched Google Photos as its own service, which was previously tied down to Google+. Today we're going to dive into every corner of Google Photos and my experiences with it over the last few months.

Intro & tests

Over the last eight years I have used iPhoto, Aperture, Lightroom, and Photos on Mac to organize my photos.

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A Deep Dive Into Google Photos: Not Your Grandma's Photo Album was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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The Galaxy S7 Could Feature Dual Cameras

Posted: 12 Sep 2015 12:11 AM PDT

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Here's yet another Galaxy S7 rumour that's been going around.

According to a relatively recent Korean report, Samsung may very well bring dual cameras to next year's Galaxy S7. HTC was known for its duo lens cameras in the One (M8) as it brought a variety of photo focusing and blurring features. It will be interesting to see all the different things Samsung comes up with, not to mention how this would enhance the Gear VR as well.

The phone is expected to come with either a Snapdragon 820 SoC or the Exynos 8890 SoC, 5.1-5.7-inch display and maybe even microSD card slot.

[SamMobile]

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FLOBE – unique abstract multi-touch mobile game

Posted: 11 Sep 2015 06:46 PM PDT


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Porcelain Labs presents FLOBE, a COMPLETELY FREE unique abstract multi-touch mobile game with an emphasis on quick pick and play action and intense gameplay! Use two fingers (or thumbs or any combination!) to control the blue line's position and length! Burst the blue bubbles in order to extract their precious liquid and fill your multiplier... View Article

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Latest Google App Offering Up New Notifications For Some Users

Posted: 11 Sep 2015 06:10 PM PDT

In case you aren't getting enough Google Now inside the normal interface, it looks like the Google app is bumping out into some users' notification trays with new, richer, higher priority notifications.

While it's hard to say when the rollout began, some users on version 5.2.33.19 of the Google app (myself included) have begun noticing new notification settings in the Google app, toggling notifications for "substantial changes in weather condition," sports, places, and "stories and videos." Other users' settings lists still stop at "priority notifications."

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So far we've only seen weather notifications - which offer temperature changes or other condition changes expected for the next day - and sports notifications in person.

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Latest Google App Offering Up New Notifications For Some Users was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Samsung Gear S2 And S2 Classic Available For Pre-Order

Posted: 11 Sep 2015 03:20 PM PDT

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Samsung's new Gear S2 and S2 Classic are quite possibly the best smartwatches to date.  Of course, we'll need to wait for these beauties to hit consumers before we can definitively give them that title but early impressions have been glowing.  From hardware design to UI, the watch just looks great.

If you're hoping to snap one of these up quickly then you'll want to hit up BestBuy as pre-orders have opened.  They're not the cheapest watches around though so you might need to factor that in when making your decision.  For the standard Gear S2 you'll need to shell out $400.  If you want the classier S2 Classic you'll have to throw in an extra $30 as that one is set at $430.

Despite running Tizen, these watches will be compatible with most Android devices and I can't wait to give them a try.  The price is a little steep but if they work as well as I think they will, it might be hard for me not to throw money at them.

[BestBuy]

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Wait…What? Sony’s Devices Aren’t Waterproof?

Posted: 11 Sep 2015 03:20 PM PDT

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Despite some of the critiques against Sony's "Z" line, they have always been praised for one thing: their waterproofing.  Since the original Xperia Z, Sony has touted their devices as waterproof, as in it can go underwater, but it seems that that is no longer the case.

If you were to head over to Sony's Water and Dust Protection support page you'll notice that Sony is no longer recommending that you submerge your Sony devices underwater.  Here are some of the key statements on the page:

Your device has an IP rating. This means that under a strictly controlled laboratory environment, the hardware works as designed even after being exposed to specific conditions.

Sony devices that are tested for their waterproof abilities are placed gently inside a container filled with tap water and lowered to a depth of 1.5 metres. After 30 minutes in the container, the device is gently taken out and its functions and features are tested.

The IP rating of your device was achieved in laboratory conditions in standby mode, so you should not use the device underwater, such as taking pictures. Do not use the device to take photos while performing any type of activity underwater, including diving or snorkeling.

While much of their support page makes sense in terms of relieving them of any liabilities, there is an inherent problem.  Sony has constantly promoted and advertised that the devices can go under water without problem.  Countless press images and videos show the device being used for pictures and videos under water.

This really isn't good PR for Sony in a time when Sony is struggling to stay relevant in an increasingly competitive market.

[Sony / XperiaBlog]

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