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Google Glass Debut ; A Sale Fail May Be The Best Thing To Happen

The big day for Google Glass has arrived. In the United States, still considered the world’s biggest market for gadgets and devices, those who can afford to shell out US$ 1,500 dollars can be a Google Glass Explorer.

In what is considered as a test if Google Glass will appeal to the global customer, the tech world is closely watching how the Google Glass debut will fare and if it will be the massive hit that Google hopes for, or a titanic fail that some pundits predict.

Analysts say that those who are able to purchase the Google Glass and join the ranks of Glass Explorers will be part of a “social experiment” that will determine if the Google Glass is indeed ready for the mass market or if it still needs some more tweaking.

In a way, those who will get their hands on a set of Google Glass will be “guinea pigs” of sorts and will provide Google with comprehensive focus group feedback that will guide them in deciding the future of this hi-tech wearable device.

In the past several months, the Google Glass device was only available to a “select few” via its Glass Explorer Program. The device has created quite a buzz among technophiles and has even resulted in some controversial issues involving privacy policies, motoring regulations, and even violent attacks on Google Glass Explorers.

So far, public reaction to the Glass, based on social network posts, has been mixed. People either love the Glass or hate it.

If the sale of Google Glass becomes a certified success, then Google can build on this and establish the Glass as the wearable gear to have in the months to come.

If it fails, the destiny of Google Glass might be in peril, but only for the moment, as some analysts opine.

In fact, there are some tech writers who think that a Google Glass “fail” might even do Google more good, than a moderate success. Many believe that even after months of testing and trial with their Explorer program, Google has failed to clearly communicate to the public what exactly is the Glass made for and why the public needs it.

They add that those that were given trial Glass devices were the wrong crowd, referring to those who were already big fans of the “concept” of Glass and did not need any conversion to the Explorer calling.

Besides, they supposedly got it for free.

For those who will shell out US$ 1,500 dollars, the demand for some sort of satisfaction will be greater. Google knows this and the feedback that they will be getting from these “early adopters” or “ lighthouse customers” will be an invaluable tool which will serve as a guide for Google in charting the future of Google Glass.

 

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Sony Xperia T2 Ultra will soon come to Australia for AU$499, rumors said.

Sony’s next evolution in large-screen smartphone design – the Xperia T2 Ultra will be available in Australia’s Sony Centres, Sony Kiosks and online for AU$499. It will also available to non-Sony retailers at AU$549 which includes a Bluetooth headset priced at AU$79.

Sony Xperia T2 Ultra was specifically designed for customers from emerging markets in China, the Middle East, Africa and the Asia Pacific rim. Sony said that Xperia T2 Ultra will bring together the best of Sony’s imaging and display technologies with ground-breaking design efficiency to produce a stunning LTE3 Android smartphone at a mid-range price point.

During its launching earlier this year, Calum MacDougall, Director of Xperia Marketing at Sony Mobile Communications said, “Xperia T2 Ultra will lead the category through its combination of advanced display and camera technologies, it will bring large-screen entertainment in an amazingly portable form factor and it will do it all whilst providing incredible value for money.” He added, “Its large HD display will deliver big screen entertainment on the go whilst the efficiency of the design will allow it to remain the world’s most portable large screen smartphone.”

Sony Xperia T2 Ultra is designed to give intense entertainment on a large HD display with integrated movies and music out-of-the-box. Sony claims that Xperia T2 Ultra is the world’s most portable large-screen smartphone with 6” HD display. It comes with a slim, lightweight and easy to use design with one-handed operation features.

Moreover, Sony Xperia T2 Ultra also offers the best camera to take great pictures and enhanced “selfie” apps like Portrait retouch. Other apps available are collage, background defocus, timeshift burst and sweep panorama.

Sony Xperia T2 also comes with pre-loaded applications (though not available in all markets) which includes Google Chrome, Google Play, Google Voice Search, Google search, Google Maps for Mobile with Street view and Latitude, Google Talk application, Sony Select, and Web browser (WebKit).

Key specs for Xperia T2 Ultra (and Xperia T2 Ultradual)

6” HD display (720p) with TRILUMINOSTM and Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2 for mobile
13 MP camera with Exmor RS for mobile
Mp front facing camera with Exmor R
Access to Sony’s “one-touch” ecosystem of 132 NFC connected accessories
Snapdragon Quad-core 1.4 GHz processor with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of on board storage (Micro SD slot expandable up to 32GB)
Large 3000 mAh embedded battery with Battery STAMINA Mode

Complete camera and video specifications

  • 13 megapixel camera with pulsed LED flash and auto focus
  • Burst mode
  • HDR for both picture/film
  • 16x digital zoom
  • Front-facing camera (1.1 MP, 720p)
  • Geotagging
  • HD video recording (1080p)
  • Image stabiliser
  • Object tracking
  • Red-eye reduction
  • Scene recognition
  • Send to web
  • Smile Shutter™
  • Sony Exmor RS for mobile image sensor
  • Superior Auto
  • Sweep Panorama
  • Touch focus
  • Touch capture
  • White balance
  • Image capture, supported format: JPEG
  • Image playback supported formats: BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG, WebP
  • Video recording, supported formats: 3GPP, MP4
  • Video playback supported formats: 3GPP, MP4, M4V, MKV, AVI, XVID, WEBM
  • Face detection
  • Real time beauty mode

Complete Entertainment specs of Xperia T2 Ultra

  • “Movies” application
  • 3D and motion gaming
  • PlayStation Certified
  • FM Radio with RDS
  • SensMe and SensMe slideshow
  • Sony Entertainment Network (selected markets only)
  • TV launcher
  • YouTube*
  • “WALKMAN” application
  • Facebook application*
  • Twitter*
  • Clear Audio+, Clear Bass, Clear Phase™ and Clear stereo
  • TrackID music recognition*
  • xLoud Experience – audio filter technology from Sony
  • Audio recording, supported formats: 3GPP, MP4, AMR
  • Audio playback, supported formats: MP3, 3GPP, MP4, ADTS, AMR, SMF, XMF, OTA, RTTTL, RTX, iMelody, WAV, OGG, FLAC
  • Dynamic normaliser

(Photo courtesy of http://www.sonymobile.com/global-en/products)

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HTC One is set to receive the new HTC Sense 6.0 user interface in the United States and Canada by the end of May according to Jason Mackenzie, President of HTC America.

HTC One with Sense 6.0 UI

HTC America President Jason Mackenzie confirmed the arrival of HTC Sense 6.0 UI to the 2013 HTC One smartphone at the end of May to users in the United States and Canada.

He sent out a tweet on his official Twitter account regarding the upcoming update for HTC One and it will be sent out via network carriers in both regions using Over-the-Air process. HTC Sense 6.0 UI rollout for HTC One 2013 will likely begin on May 31st with possible delays up to the first week of June depending on the firmware development and certifications from network providers.

HTC One 2013 unlocked version found in several other countries will also get the HTC Sense 6.0 update, but reports say that the rollout should be faster than in the U.S. and Canada since the firmware does not need intense network testing in other territories.

HTC Sense 6.0 UI is also planned to be rolled out for HTC One Mini and HTC One Max but no release dates have been announced yet.

HTC Sense 6.0 Features

HTC Sense 6.0 UI debut on the 2014 HTC One smartphone and referred as the “Sixth Sense” of their current flagship device. HTC added several tweaks on the sixth version of Sense UI while retaining the iconic interface.

  1. On-screen controls are now enabled rather than using the buttons in the bezel area.
  2. Revamped home screen UI such as transparent notifications bar and shortcuts on clear background.
  3. Cleaner look of the HTC BlinkFeed feature.
  4. Full screen app tray with bigger space.
  5. Simpler icons with minimalistic design.
  6. Slimmer fonts.
  7. New colours and themes for personalisation.
  8. New Motion Launch gesture controls (hardware dependent).
  9. Enhanced power saving tool with controls over wireless connection, features, display and other apps.
  10. HTC Apps are not dependent on Sense UI anymore, allowing separate updates.
  11. New camera app design, camera modes, photo editing and effects (hardware dependent).
  12. Improvements on the Gallery app.
  13. Separate HTC Zoe app with new features.
  14. TV app changes such as social functions and Live Sport section.
  15. Changes on the Music app and BoomSound.

Photo Source: HTC

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Back in 2006, EVE Online developer CCP Games announced that they would be making a massively multiplayer online role playing game based on White Wolf Publishing’s popular World of Darkness supernatural role playing game setting. It would have been a great crossover of sorts between the two games. Sadly though, as of today, that project has been cancelled.

According to the CCP’s website, they have chosen to cancel the game project in development in their Atlanta Ga, studio. This has led to a big change as 56 employees of the Atlanta studio now find themselves without a job. A few team members have been offered different roles on some of the companies’ other projects and CCP has provided severance packages as well as job placement assistance for those affected.

CCP CEO Hilmar Veigar Pétursson stated that cancelling the project was one of the hardest decisions he has ever had to make but there was no specific reasoning behind the cancellation of the project itself.

The decision to end the World of Darkness MMO project is one of the hardest I’ve ever had to make. I have always loved and valued the idea of a sandbox experience set in that universe, and over the years I’ve watched the team passionately strive to make that possible.

I would like to give special thanks to everyone who worked so hard to make the World of Darkness MMO a reality, especially the team members affected by this decision. Their considerable contribution to CCP will not be forgotten, and we wish them well.

To our current and former employees and fans of World of Darkness, I am truly sorry that we could not deliver the experience that we aspired to make. We dreamed of a game that would transport you completely into the sweeping fantasy of World of Darkness, but had to admit that our efforts were falling regretfully short. One day I hope we will make it up to you. 

Although this was a tough decision that affects our friends and family, uniting the company behind the EVE Universe will put us in a stronger position moving forward, and we are more committed than ever to solidify EVE as the biggest gaming universe in the world.

It is truly a shame that the game had to be cancelled. It is even more painful for those who lost their jobs. Hopefully CCP helps them in their transition.

Photo Source: CCP Games

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Samsung Galaxy S5 is a great alternative for iPhone 5S users who wanted to transfer to Android OS. In order to find out if Galaxy S5 is worth your money, here are the top factors why it is a good choice for transfer.

Better and Larger Display

Samsung Galaxy S5 boasts 5.1-inch screen display and 1080p resolution which makes video playback and image viewing a lot better compared with iPhone 5S. Additionally, Galaxy S5 has 432 ppi pixel density that renders images better than 326 ppi of iPhone 5S.

If you want to watch a lot of HD movies and view slideshows with richer experience, Galaxy S5 can deliver that experience from its big display and higher resolution.

Protection 

Oleophobic coating on iPhone 5S blocks fingerprint smudges but it remains vulnerable against dust and won’t survive a swimming pool dive. Samsung added dust and water resistance (IP 67) on top of Corning Gorilla Glass 3 to lessen users from worrying about splashes and encourages use for recreational activities such as recording underwater.

Bigger Storage

Apple hasn’t released any iPhone with external SD card and the biggest internal storage they’ve added so far is 64 GB. Samsung equipped Galaxy S5 with up to 32 GB internal storage plus a microSD card that supports 128 GB storage. It can hold more HD movies, music files and images than iPhone 5S.

Download Booster

When it comes with file downloads using the Internet, Galaxy S5 boasts a booster to swiftly get files online no matter how big they are. Download Booster allows the smartphone to utilise both Wi-Fi and LTE connectivity to speed up downloads of any file with size of 30 MB or higher.

Dual Wi-Fi

In the United States, network carriers may not agree with the Download Booster implementation but they cannot hold dual Wi-Fi on Galaxy S5. Galaxy S5 features Multiple Input Multiple Output which uses two Wi-Fi antennas to double up speed of download and upload using the Internet via Wi-Fi connection.

Fingerprint Scanner with PayPal

Samsung improved the fingerprint scanner user experience by enabling it on the display screen with PayPal and Samsung password support. Users can make faster and more secure payments via PayPal by swiping a finger and allows purchase with Samsung services using the fingerprint rather than entering the password.

Rapid Auto-Focus

ISOCELL sensor and 16 MP camera rating are not the only things Galaxy S5 offers in photography. It can capture images so rapidly that it automatically focuses within 0.3 seconds using to the Phase Detection technology by Samsung.

Ultra Power Saving

Galaxy S5 can now extend battery life to the fullest using Ultra Power Saving mode. This feature shuts down wireless connections such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC and others, prevent background services from syncing, control CPU performance and even changes display colour to greyscale to help reduce screen power consumption.

Baby Monitoring

If you are planning to purchase Galaxy Gear accessory for Galaxy S5, a digital baby monitoring aid will be unlocked. Baby monitoring feature on Galaxy S5 is located at the Accessibility options and requires Galaxy Gear to function. It alarms you if the device hears a baby crying nearby which can help out at certain situations.

Emergency Mode

Dual shot using two cameras is not exactly easy to do during emergencies so Samsung installed a dedicated emergency mode located at the power button for better access. Emergency mode will enable a power saving effect to sustain battery life, send out alarm sounds, deliver location information via messages to selected recipients and activates the flash in case you need it.

Samsung Galaxy S5 features a whole new dimension of what Galaxy flagship devices should be – sporting protection, high-powered hardware, great camera, health utilities and longer lasting battery life.

Photo Source: Samsung

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Apple has just updated iTunes Connect, a service that mobile developers use to showcase and update their apps on the iTunes App Store. The new language details how the Ad Identifier (IDFA) should be used. The tech giant also requires compliance from developers with these rules by checking the box.

Formalizing the Process

Apple started the screening process in February, rejecting some applications that were using the unique identifier without showing ads. This time, however, the company is formalizing the process. It means that Apple can now reject any apps that fail to comply with its rules.

The tech giant had been informing developers last year that it was time to use the IDFA as the preferred advertising tracking option within the iOS apps. This change followed the initial phase unique identifier called the UDID back in 2011. For various reasons, which included a changing regulatory environment and privacy concerns, the UDID no longer performed the way Apple wanted mobile developers to identify users of its devices and apps or even track their activities.

The problem with UDID also included depriving users of taking back control over their information by resetting their identifier or using opt – out features. This was a task that had the same purpose as taking out cookies off a computer.

The IDFA is Now the Official Method

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Other tracking methods from third parties came out after the UDID was phased out. However, Apple’s IDFA has now been made the official method. These changes are basically about respecting the user’s privacy choices on mobile. They were also prompted by the increasing scrutiny as to how iOS developers collect, store and utilize consumer data.

Although it was designed for app developers and not advertisers, a lot of advertisers have accessed and passed the Ad Identifier to ad networks for the purpose of tracking. Others, including developers, may have been gathering ad tracking data for reasons such as building user profiles and retargeting campaigns.

To put it simply, Apple is now requiring even the third parties accessing the application to request the Advertising Identifier (IDFA) for purposes such as counting installs or serving ads.

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