Saturday, February 23, 2013

Episode 122 The Google Nodes

Headlines
  1. SyncFileSystem API by Google lets html5 data be synced from offline content
  2. Google Takeout updated to allow exporting Blogger posts and Google+ pages
  3. CyanogenMod adds HDR camera functionality to stock camera - check changelog to see if your device will get it - http://changelog.bbqdroid.org/
  4. First Lady Michelle Obama and Kelly Ripa to host Google+ Hangout on March 4
  5. Ubuntu Touch released for Nexus devices

Apps

  1. WhatsApp Beta brings HoloUI
  2. The Weather Channel App gets UI overhaul - not quite HoloUI but a start
  3. Firefox updated to v.19 - now supports themes and PDFs
  4. CNN updates app to allow live streaming shows - still requires subscription plan
  5. BCC Sports app released
  6. Google Drive updated with improved previews and video streaming support
  7. HBO Go updated to support HDMI out connection
  8. TestFlight released for developers to roll out apps testing
  9. SnapChat released
  10. Max Go also updated for HDMI out support

Devices
  1. Samsung Galaxy Camera - 16.3mp, 1.4ghz quad-core processor, 4.8” display, WiFi only
  2. HTC One - 1080p display, 4.7” screen, 1.7ghz quad-core processor, 2gb RAM, Android 4.1.2, Sense 5, NFC, 32gb or 64gb storage
  3. Chromebook Pixel
    1. 12.85” display  @ 2560x1700
    2. 720p HD camera
    3. Intel i5 processor @ 1.8ghz (dual-core)
    4. 4gb RAM
    5. 1 TB Google Drive storage for 3 years
    6. 32gb SSD (64gb with LTE model)
    7. 5hrs battery life
    8. WiFI & Bluetooth

ROM Feature - HDR in Stock Camera
  1. CyanogenMod 10.1 nightly after 2/18/2013
  2. Launch stock camera app, click right transparent circle (for Settings) and select HDR
  3. Repeat to turn HDR off

Competitor Circle
  1. iOS
    1. Haze - new ultra sleek weather app to rule them all
    2. IMDb updated for Oscars 2013 and links to Amazon Instant Video
    3. Audible app released for iPad
  2. Windows Phone
    1. The Quote updated for Windows Phone 8 - includes lockscreen support
    2. Outlook.com released (Hotmail retiring in Summer 2013)
    3. Bloomberg app released
    4. Bank of Scotland app released - supports Windows Phone 7 & 8
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