If you like to watch videos on Facebook with your phone or tablet, you may be soon get that same experience on a bigger screen. A new report claims that Facebook is working on a video-themed app specifically for TV set-top boxes, along with plans to license long-form TV content. See also: How to permanently delete your Facebook account May 20, 2016 The report comes from The Wall Street Journal, citing unnamed sources. It states that this new app is part of Facebook’s overall plan to move to a “video-first” business. The company has already been pushing its Facebook Live video streaming features for some time. An app specifically for TV set top boxes like the Android TV-based NVIDIA Shield could also generate more ad revenues for the company compared to ads displayed on its standard News Feed. The story says that in addition to video content created by its many users, Facebook may also try to license out longer form TV content from media companies. That could also include scripted shows and sports events that would be exclusive to the Facebook app. All of this sounds like Facebook wants to compete head-to-head with the current leader in the online video space: Google’s YouTube. In fact, the company is reportedly experimenting with adding brief video ads inside its live videos. Unlike YouTube’s ads, which normally appear just before the main clip begins rolling, Facebook’s video ads would start about 20 seconds after the main clip begins, and would last about 15 seconds. The story claims Facebook plans to run these ads as part of all of its videos eventually, but there’s no word on if the company also plans to offer an option to turn the ads off for an extra fee, as Google does with its YouTube Red service. How do […]
Google continues to release regular updates to its Snapseed photo editor for Android. For the first big update of 2017, the company is adding a new curves tool to version 2.15 of Snapseed, among other things. See also: Best Photo Editor Apps for Android 4 weeks ago Many PC photo editors have curves tools of their own, so it’s great to see something like that make an appearance on a mobile editor like Snapseed. As you can see in the screenshot above, the tool puts a straight, diagonal line on an image. Moving that line around can change a photo’s brightness level and colors to alter its overall tone with more precision. The tool in Snapseed offers up some presets that are designed as a guide for the more advanced photo editor to use Curves. In addition, Snapseed’s Face filter now allows you to “ask” it to try harder if it has issues detecting a face (we assume if you ask nicely, you get better results). The Text tool has also been updated to let you choose where to wrap lines in all multiline styles. Finally, the grain quality in Black and White mode has also been improved in version 2.15. All in all, this seems like a solid update for Snapseed, and we suspect the curves tool will be used a lot by more advanced editors. Be aware that the update is still rolling out so it may take a little while to reach your device. Get it at Google Play
The Google Pixel C is still one of the best Android tablets you can buy, even after it’s been on the market for over a year. However, it looks like the option to get the cheaper 32GB version is no longer available directly from the company. The Google Store has stopped listing that model of the Pixel C, though the 64GB version is still available for $599. See also: Best Android tablets 2 weeks ago While it’s possible that you can pick up the 32GB version of the Pixel C through third-party retailers, the fact that Google is no longer selling the model likely means that it has run out of its inventory and will not be making any more to sell to the public. We suspect the same will happen with the 64GB version in the not too distant future, so if you have been waiting to pick one up, now might be a good time to do so. You can also still purchase the optional keyboard for the Pixel C via the Google Store, but it will add another $149 to the price tag. The good news is that while it shipped with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, Google has offered OTA updates to get the tablet up to speed with Android Nougat, including the upcoming 7.1.2 OS update. As a refresher, the Pixel C has a 10.2-inch LTPS LCD display with a resolution of 2560 x 1800, a 1.9GHz octa-core NVIDIA Tegra X1 processor, 3GB of RAM, an 8MP rear camera, a 2MP front-facing camera and a 34.2Whr battery that is supposed to offer up to 10 hours of battery life. The tablet has Wi-Fi support but no built-in cellular wireless hardware, and it also does not have a microSD card slot, which means you are stuck with its 64GB of storage. So far, […]
Last week, we may have seen our first real glimpse at the upcoming LG G6. The leaks aren’t stopping there, though. Earlier today, reported images of an LG G6 prototype have leaked out, confirming some, but not quite all, of its previous rumors of this next flagship device. See also: LG G6: all the rumors in one place 2 weeks ago The images were first posted at Droid Life, and they were clearly taken with much haste and secrecy from the photos’ creator. They show a rather dirty looking large screen, and it’s not clear if the display has the curved corners that were shown with the previous LG G6 image leak. They do, however, show that the device has a very tiny bezel, with almost none on the sides of the screen. The image on the back side shows a development shell, but the phone’s dual cameras are indeed visible, along with what looks like its headphone jack. An image of this alleged prototype’s bottom shows a speaker and a USB Type-C connection. We do not have any independent confirmation that these photos are indeed of a prototype G6, so do take them with a pinch of salt. The new images come just a few weeks before the company is scheduled to hold a press event in Barcelona, Spain on February 26, the day before the official start of 2017’s Mobile World Congress. LG has confirmed that the display on the G6 will feature a 5.7-inch QHD+ screen with an 18:9 aspect ratio, while unconfirmed rumors claim it will be the first third-party smartphone that will support the Google Assistant AI. LG has promised the phone will be made with new safety measures designed to reduce overheating with the use of heat pipes, in an apparent attempt not to have the same issues that […]
ZTE could rethink the design and specifications of its crowdsourced smartphone, Hawkeye, as it failed to impress backers on Kickstarter due to the device’s mid-range specifications. Read more…
Google announced the next iteration of Android today, which will be version 7.1.2 Nougat. Unfortunately, Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 owners will not see the update but will still get security fixes. Read more…
Facebook is aiming to help make forgotten passwords less troublesome. Today, it will roll out a service which will help GitHub users regain access to their accounts in the event that they forget their password — and it doesn’t involve resetting it. Typically, lost password retrieval can involve answering security questions, which can sometimes be guessed, or sending an email or text message, which aren’t encrypted. Worse still, if someone has access to one email account it often allows them to hijack other accounts through that aforementioned email retrieval process. “We need something better—a way to recover access, using identities and services you trust, regardless of whether they are associated with an email address or a phone number. This process needs to be easy, secure, and respectful of your privacy,” wrote Facebook Security Engineer Brad Hill, announcing the service. See also: Facebook helped make Chrome pages refresh up to 28% faster 4 days ago Facebook’s new solution involves setting up a “recovery token” in GitHub which can be re-authenticated via Facebook should you forget your password — similar to how current two-step verification methods work. This would then be forwarded to GitHub with a time-stamped signature allowing users to securely restore their account. The recovery token would be encrypted, and Facebook and GitHub wouldn’t share any of the user’s personal information — only that the two accounts are connected. It’s said that the process would take just “few clicks in your browser, all over HTTPS.” Facebook is testing the feature in collaboration with GitHub and is seeking feedback from the security community, offering cash rewards to anybody who finds vulnerabilities in the program. Facebook has also made the specification available for other websites to make use of in the future. There’s no denying that there are problems with online passwords and security currently, […]
B&H has a great deal on the SanDisk 256 GB Ultra microSD card. It normally retails for $179.95, but can now be yours for only $119.95. If you have tons of pictures, videos, apps, and other data on your mobile device and have to delete them because you’re running out of storage, this is the deal for you. This is the largest capacity memory card you can get your hands on currently. Even if you’re a heavy user, 256 GB will likely be enough for all your needs. You’ll be able to take loads of pictures, download a bunch of apps and still have enough space available so you won’t have to delete any of your content. See also: SanDisk’s new 256GB microSD card is made for launching mobile apps 4 weeks ago The retailer doesn’t collect tax on orders shipped outside of New York and will dispatch the product right away. But before you decide to get the deal, check to make sure your device supports a 256 GB memory card. If you want to get the SanDisk 256 GB Ultra microSD card, head over to the retailer’s website by clicking the button below. Get the deal B&H hasn’t mentioned how long this deal will last for, but it probably won’t be available for long as supplies are limited. So if you want to secure the $60 discount, you should probably place your order as soon as possible.
A new Moto Z mod is in development that would give the handset an IR Blaster and wireless charging capabilities in a slim profile. The Ultimate Moto Z Mod is being designed for Motorola’s Transform the Smartphone challenge, which asks independent creators to produce a Moto Z mod prototype for the chance to have it sold nationwide by Verizon. The Ultimate Moto Z Mod is barely thicker than a regular Moto shell case, at just over 3mm, and is being funded on IndieGoGo in accordance with the competition rules. Currently, it needs to be plugged into the phone to work, but it will connect to the device pins in the final version. Further, the IR Blaster function, which means the phone can be used as a remote control for compatible electronics products, is still in progress. Check out how it looks so far in the video below. You can fund the project on IndieGoGo now to receive the wireless charging shell for $35 and the wireless charging and IR Blaster combined shell for $45, when they are released later this year (estimated November). All things considered, this looks very promising: it’s is the cheapest of all the Moto Mod products on sale right now and it’s also the thinnest, excluding the regular shell case, which doesn’t house any extra functionality. See also: Moto Z Play Nougat preview could be on its way soon 6 days ago Ultimately, the option to buy a slim, wireless charging case for $35 is something which I’m sure even none Moto Z owners would find appealing. I certainly do.
Android gaming is getting bigger and better every month it seems and there is always a slew of new titles coming to Google Play. Whether you’re a casual gamer or you want something with a beat more meat on its bones, there’s usually a game coming out to suit everyone’s taste. Let’s take a look at the best new Android games from the last month! You can watch the videos on YouTube from passed months by clicking here! Best New Android apps from the last month Best Android games of 2016 Five Nights at Freddy’s: Sister Location [Price: $2.99] Five Nights at Freddy’s: Sister Location is the latest game in one of the most popular horror franchises in gaming. You’ll find yourself in a familiar position as a security guard who must keep watch over some possessed animatronics. There are also some new mechanics to give the game a fresher feel. Along with the five nights of standing guard, there is also a mini-game, multiple endings, and a custom night. It’s $2.99 with no in-app purchases. Download now on Google Play! Geometry Dash World [Price: Free] Geometry Dash World is a simple little platformer game. You’ll play as a little square and your goal will be to jump around, avoid obstacles, and make it to the end. It has a pretty decent soundtrack, some fun mechanics, and a practice mode if you need help. You can also play user-generated levels, play daily quests, and a lot more. This is also one of a few decent games that is free to download and also has no in-app purchases. Download now on Google Play! Grumpy Cat’s Worst Game Ever [Price: Free with in-app purchases] Grumpy Cat’s Worst Game Ever is a clear attempt to cash in on an Internet meme. Thankfully the […]