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4 years ago

How Google pulled off that awesome Project Glass skydive/bike/rappelling stunt [video]


Ever wonder how you get Wifi at 10,000 feet, have it work while falling to earth, then landing under the safety of a parachute? Google co-founder Sergey Brin showed us this morning during the Day 2 keynote at the Google I/O developer conference in San Francisco.

It was a redux of Wednesday's stunt, in which Brin decided he needed a loaner pair of Project Glass glasses back from a friend -- who happened to be in a bimp high above downtown. So, they all skydived their way to the roof of Moscone West, handed the glasses off to some bikers who then rode and flipped their way to the edge of the building, who then handed the glasses to some crazy cats who rappelled down the side of the glass exterior, who then handed the glasses off to more bikers, who then wheeled their way into the third-floor keynote hall.

It was, in a word, crazy. Crazy awesome. And today Brin showed us all how it was done.

It's tough to have Wifi repeaters in mid-air, of course, so they used directional RF to beam the Wifi directly to the skydivers. (Puffs of smoke ejected along with the parachutes helped the spotters keep things in line.) Then it's just a matter of aiming, and everything worked like a charm. Twice.

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4 years ago

Bladeslinger video demo on the Google Nexus 7


The inclusion of an NVIDIA Tegra 3 CPU (and GPU) in the Nexus 7 tablet indicates that Google's betting on mobile gaming to generate sales of the device. That's only natural considering the slew of graphically-rich titles coming to Tegra 3 devices we've seen over the past six months.

One of the upcoming games Google chose to plug in its day-one I/O keynote was Bladeslinger, by Luma Arcade. With a horror-themed Western setting, Bladeslinger sees players taking on the role of William Glaston, who's returned home to find that his hometown overrun by the undead hordes. Gameplay is hack 'n'slash, with a little third-person shooting thrown in for good measure.

We caught up with the devs on the show floor to grab a quick gameplay demo of Bladeslinger on the Google Nexus 7. Hit the embed above to check it out. Bladeslinger is expected to arrive on Tegra 3 Android in a couple of months.

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4 years ago

New Google Play Store for Google TV coming later this year


At today's Google TV morning presentation at Google I/O, it's been announced that Google TV will be getting a re-vamped version of the Play Store later this year. Because of the unique hardware used with Google TV, it's traditionally lagged behind on older versions of the app. Coming "later this year," the update for GTV will see subscription billing support added, in addition to enabling movie, music and TV show purchases.

The updates should bring Google TV in line with Android tablets and smartphones such as the Nexus 7, which Google is positioning as a leading content delivery device for Google Play services.

We'll bring you more on Google TV from I/O as the day unfolds.

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4 years ago

Samsung to offer MHL cable adapter for Galaxy S III


A few weeks back we told you that the Galaxy S III would not be able to use the last-generation MHL to HDMI adapter cables because of hardware changes. Samsung has come forward with a much better solution than just telling you to buy a new cable, as they have built a 5-pin to 11-pin adapter that allows the old cable to work with the new phone. They also gave us a reason as to why the change was made -- newer accessories will need the 11-pin configuration. 

Samsung Galaxy S® III uses an 11-pin micro USB input, which allows it to support MHL output and USB on-the-go input simultaneously – an improvement over 5-pin capability. This means that customers can take advantage of new functions for accessories that are not supported by a 5-pin micro USB connector, allowing a deeper convergence between the Galaxy S III smartphone and a HDTV.

To ease this transition and to allow for greater innovation with Samsung accessories, Samsung Mobile will offer a 5-pin to 11-pin MHL Cable Adapter that will allow the original Samsung HDTV Smart Adapter to function properly with U.S. models of the Galaxy S III, as well as future Samsung premium smartphones. In addition, Samsung is offering consumers the ability to purchase the new adapter separately, or to bundle it with the original HDTV Smart Adapter. Our goal in offering these MHL adapter solutions is to provide consumers with the newest accessory technology while ensuring the highest level of device compatibility.

The adapter is available now for $9.99 direct from Samsung, and they tell us they will also be offering a bundle with an old cable and an adapter, which should be perfect if you have an older Galaxy phone or tablet and need the 5-pin cable, for $39.99. We're not seeing that one up for sale just yet, but you can hit the link below to see the adapter.

HDTV 5 to 11 pin adapter TIP

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4 years ago

Google announces Google Compute Engine - virtual Linux servers in the Google cloud


Ever need more processing power than you currently have? Google has announced a solution for that problem with Google Compute Engine. The service was rumored to arrive this week at Google I/O, and we're glad to see it. Granted, you probably won't need something of this scale for your personal needs, but if you need "big iron" to run your apps (the demo was mapping the human genome with 600,000 CPU cores!). 

This is all done with virtual Linux servers running in Google's cloud. The hardware itself stays in some data center facility, and users (that's folks like you and me) log in remotely and do things like perform heavy math, run huge databases, or build Android ROMs. Virtual servers can do anything you could do locally.

The one thing missing here is the price. Google promises these will be competitive, but didn't throw out any numbers just yet. This isn't surprising, as an enterprise service like this is usually negotiated a bit. What we do know is that this will put Google directly in competition with Amazon on a whole new level, and we're excited to see how competition drives innovation!

Don't miss any of out Google I/O news!

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4 years ago

Google announces Chrome for iPhone and iPad, while most Android users can't even install it


Day two at Google I/O has brought forth a lot of Chrome and Google Drive news. One highlight being that Chrome and Google Drive will be coming to iOS later today. Of course, this is a great thing to have happen but we can't gloss over the fact that most Android devices can't even access Chrome yet, now every iOS device 4.3 and up will be able to run it. Irony, this announcement was full of it. I can run Chrome on my iPhone 4S yet, not my Galaxy Note even though it's technically fully capable. In other words, Google needs to address this somehow, not sure how but it needs to happen as soon as possible.

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4 years ago

Google says that Chrome is now the worlds most popular browser


We're knee deep into the day 2 keynote presentation at Google I/O, and we're expecting lots of Chrome news. The first piece that just dropped highlights the massive popularity of the Google Chrome browser. 

To date, there is now 310 million daily active users of the Chrome browser, which Google says makes it the worlds most popular browser. And, for the data nerds, there's some pretty impressive statistics that accompany it. 60billion words typed, 1TB of data downloaded, and 13 years saved each and every day within Chrome. Thats a whole lot. The keynote continues, so stay tuned for the rundown.

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4 years ago

HTC One V now available on Virgin Mobile


It isn't all about Google I/O this week -- OK, maybe it is. Back in the real world, the excellent, entry level, HTC One V is now available on Virgin Mobile in the U.S. 

Packing Ice Cream Sandwich and a gorgeous, HTC Legend-eque design, the One V proves that entry level can be stylish too. The One V is available contract free, for an extremely reasonable $199.99. If you're thinking of jumping on one of these, don't forget to check out our full review, to help you make your decision. 

Source: Virgin Mobile

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4 years ago

Fast & smooth - Project Butter video uploaded by Google Mobile


During yesterdays keynote presentation of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean at Google I/O, you will have heard talk of 'Project Butter.' This is the new, 'buttery smooth,' UI coming along with Jelly Bean. To highlight just how good this is, Google Mobile has uploaded a demonstration/promotional video to their YouTube channel. 

In the video, you see a vastly slowed down comparison between two different Galaxy Nexus phones. One runs Ice Cream Sandwich, the other is packing Jelly Bean. We won't spoil the ending, but it's pretty impressive. 

Source: Google Mobile (YouTube)

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4 years ago

Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Easter egg animation



Like ICS, Honeycomb and Gingerbread before it, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean features a neat little "Easter egg" animation within the "About phone" and "About tablet" pages. On a Jelly Bean device like the Galaxy Nexus or Nexus 7, head to Settings > About phone and tap repeatedly on "Android version: 4.1" until you see the picture of the happy Jelly Bean guy filling the screen. Then long press on the middle of the screen, and you'll get a screen filled with more Jelly Beans, which you can fling around using your finger.

You'll also note the candy cane among the field of Jelly Beans. It doesn't always show up, but we've noticed it a couple of times already. We're not sure exactly why that's there, but it only seems to appear occasionally. (If you've got any wild theories, share 'em in the comments.)

Of course, all this stuff is still functionally useless, but it's a pretty cool visual treat regardless.

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4 years ago

Google I/O 2012 Day 2 Keynote Liveblog!

Here we go again! We're back for the Day 2 keynote address at the Google I/O developer conference. What's in store this time around? Only one way to find out. Ease on past the break for Google's video feed and our liveblog.

Things get going at the following times:

  • 10 a.m. Pacific time
  • 1 p.m. Eastern time
  • 6 p.m. in London
  • And other times on either side.

Hit the break as the clock strikes 10 as we get it done once more!

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4 years ago

Google Nexus 7 to be sold at Carphone Warehouse in the UK, 16GB for £200


It looks like the Google Play Store isn't the only place you'll be able to pick up your shiny new, Google Nexus 7 tablet. Well, in the UK at least. High street retailer, Carphone Warehouse, has announced its plans to sell the 16GB version of the Jelly Bean tablet, for the same £200 as the Play Store. No specific word on when, but we imagine it'll be on a similar release schedule to Google Play. The press release can be found after the break

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4 years ago

Video: Giant Nexus Q robot stalks the halls of Google I/O


Last year it was an oversized Android-powered labyrinth, and this year the centerpiece of the Google I/O second-floor display was a giant robotic Google Nexus Q. Attached to a robot arm and adorned with glowing, rhythmic LEDs, the 'bot played music to attendees passing through I/O.

Announced yesterday, the Nexus Q is a miniature Android-powered computer and media center for your living room. It's due out in July, and I/O attendees were given preview units yesterday. We'll be bringing you more on Google's latest foray into home entertainment over the next day, but for now you can find footage of its oversized robotic cousin after the break.

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4 years ago

Google Now official landing page now live


One of the most impressive new features in Android 4.1 Jelly Bean shown off yesterday, is Google Now. The new, personalized search system that tries to make your day that little bit easier. 

The official landing page for Google Now has gone live -- hit the source link below to head over there -- with the official lowdown on the service. That, and the video you see here. As Jerry said yesterday, it is a little scary, but it does sound pretty cool at the same time. 

Source: Google Now

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4 years ago

Google Nexus 7 or Amazon Kindle Fire?


And that's the question of the summer. Should you get the Amazon Kindle Fire, or the Google Nexus 7. Finally we've got a real choice between low-cost 7-inch tablets. Both are geared toward content consumption -- reading books and magazines, watching movies, listening to music. 

Amazon certainly made quite the market for itself when it launched the Kindle Fire late last year. At only $199 and promoted heavily on Amazon's website, it was sure to sell a bunch. And a bunch it did sell.

So which one should you get? Let's discuss, after the break.

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