NVIDIA has another round of big game announcements today, with the headliner being Half-Life 2: Episode Two arriving on Android exclusively for the Shield Android TV and Shield Tablet. The latest in the Half-Life franchise to arrive on Android will only set you back $7.99, and is joined by Q.U.B.E: Director's Cut ($9.99), Never Alone ($14.99) and Funk of Titans ($4.99).
The Android 5.1 update for the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge is now pushing out from Sprint. This update, which is rolling out to users over-the-air, brings a number of bug fixes along with it. In addition, the update also includes stability improvements, additional security options, and other enhanced features.
Google's connected tech company Nest took a big step forward recently with the addition of the Nest Cam to its lineup. While the announcement itself was more ceremonial than anything else, since Nest had already been selling connected security cameras through Dropcam, a company Nest purchased last year, this new camera is the first product with Nest branded on the front. It's also the first in this connected camera lineup to be fully integrated into the Nest software, thanks to a massive overhaul and re-release of the Nest app.
We've just recently taken the new Nest Cam out of the box, and in under ten minutes had the camera installed and ready to use. Here's what we've learned along the way.
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Pushbullet has received its biggest update yet, which brings messaging to its file sharing platform. In addition to overhauling the design, the Pushbullet team has made a number of other improvements to the app on all platforms, adding even more functionality than it had previously.
We've long maintained that the person holding the camera is as important — if not more so — than the camera in question. Give a good photographer a decent point-and-shoot and they'll come away with something better than an amateur with a $1,500 DSLR. That's not to say that the camera doesn't matter, though. And Apple's recent "Shot on iPhone 6" commercials are as brilliant as you'd expect.
But why let our iOS friends have all the fun, we say! The current crop of high-end Android phones is more than capable of competing — especially if all you're doing is posting in the social media space.
Huawei announced the Honor 7 at a press event, launching three versions with metal alloy chassis. The different models of the Honor 7 differ by connectivity and storage limitations. The entry model ships with 16GB and LTE, then you have a dual-SIM dual-standby LTE varaint and finally one with 64GB of internal storage. It's quite the selection catering for different consumer requirements.
Europe has agreed a final proposal to scrap roaming charges altogether across the continent, as well as new rules on net neutrality. The extra charges applied to your account for using your mobile phone abroad will be scrapped by June 2017, although a fair use policy will be put in place.
Driving on Indian roads is not unlike navigating an obstacle course, with motorists on two-wheelers and four-wheelers trying to dodge city buses (which don't follow the lane system), autos and errant pedestrians. And that's not even accounting for the wildlife that manages to find its way onto the roads in the country. Google is now trying to make sense of the chaos by bringing real-time traffic information for twelve cities.
The latest figures from Kantar show Android increasing its market share to 64.9 percent in the U.S., an increase of 2.8 percentage points. Samsung was able to retake the number one manufacturer spot through strong sales of the Galaxy S6.
Amazon has unveiled Prime Now to the UK. Starting in London, consumers will be able to take advantage of Prime membership to enjoy one-hour delivery on over 10,000 products. Whether you're in dire need of some nappies, or need a games console to ramp up your home entertainment options, Amazon will deliver supported items within the hour. Unfortunately, it's only covering London for the time being.
Google launched a free ad-supported version of Play Music in the U.S. earlier this month, but the service is yet to make its debut north of the border. For those looking to avail Play Music for free, however, Samsung is offering a way. The manufacturer is offering a six-month subscription to Google Play Music to customers purchasing the Galaxy S6.
Sprint has kicked off a new marketing campaign with football superstar David Beckham, launching not only digs at competitors in the US, but also highlighting the network's new "All-in" plans. The company hopes that the new plans will offer a simpler option for consumers, making it clear exactly how much the smartphone and accompanied plan will set them back.
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