Thursday, May 12, 2016

LG Action CAM is World’s First Action Camera With LTE

LG has a new “Friend” device in its ecosystem, this time being the world’s first action camera capable of connecting to a 4G LTE network. Called the Action CAM, this camera is made for those who seek adventure, featuring a 12.3MP sensor capable of shooting at 60fps in FHD and 30fps in UHD. More notably, the LTE connectivity is not tethered by a smartphone, meaning that when you are out on the track recording your awesome motorcycle videos, they can be simultaneously streamed to YouTube Live or whichever service livestreaming is supported. 

At this time, LG has not confirmed which carriers will be available at launch, but our hope is to see it available on as many US carriers as possible (no LTE bands were provided in the press release). During livestreaming, a feed of HD at 30fps is the max resolution and frame rate that the device can output, being powered by 2GB of RAM and an unknown processor. Furthermore, sometime after launch, remote access will also be available, allowing owners to set up the Action CAM as a CCTV. Whether you are on 3G or LTE, you can watch whatever your camera is capturing, perfect for monitoring your home while you are away. Lastly, the camera features an IP67 rating, which means you can go surfing with it or into your backyard pool.

LG has not yet provided an official launch date for the Action CAM. We also don’t know a price, but our guess is that it won’t be cheap. Maybe $399?

Below is the complete list of specifications.


  • Camera: 1/2.3-inch 12.3MP / 1.55 x 1.55㎛pixels
  • Connectivity: LTE / 3G / Wi-Fi 802.11 b, g, n / USB Type-C 2.0 / Bluetooth 4.1
  • Video Recording: UHD 30fps / FHD 60fps / HD 120fps
  • Video Live Streaming: HD 30fps
  • Memory: 2GB RAM / 4GB ROM (OS only) / microSD (up to 2TB)
  • Size: 35 x 35 x 77.9mm
  • Weight: 95g
  • Battery: 1,400mAh
  • Others: IP67 / GPS / Accelerometer / Gyroscope
  • Color: Light Gray
Via: LG

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Evernote and Google Drive Get Better Integration With Rich Previews

This morning, Google and Evernote co-announced that Google Drive has been integrated into Evernote with thumbnail previews and a much richer viewing experience when its documents are included in notes. That’s a fancy way of saying that you can access Drive files from within Evernote and then see them as more than just a link. 

The video above details the new integration, which if interested in, can be utilized today on Android and through Chrome. The experience adds a Drive icon to the toolbar of Evernote which launches a view of your Drive files when tapped. Once attached to a note, you’ll get previews in some instances (like with photos) and then see buttons in others.

To give Google Drive integration in Evernote a test, head over to this page.

Via:  Google Drive Blog | Evernote

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Possible Next-Gen NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet Drops by FCC

Thanks to the FCC, we have learned that NVIDIA is working on a new tablet (product number: P2290W), possibly a follow-up to the SHIELD Tablet and SHIELD Tablet K1. While many details remain confidential due to NVIDIA’s successful filing of the Request for Confidentiality slip, we have learned a few things by digging through the hundred plus page reports, available for all to see on the FCC website.

First, the dimensions of the tablet are 8.58″ (L), 4.84″ (W), 0.31″ (H), it weighs 350 grams, and it featured a 5,100mAh battery at the time of testing. Furthermore, it features dual-band WiFi connectivity, and also features a microUSB port; not USB Type-C. As you could probably guess, the tablet features Bluetooth LE connectivity, too. For specs, that’s all we know at this time, with no specifics being mentioned regarding display size, processor, or amount of RAM. 

Keep in mind, FCC filings are never a sure thing, meaning it could be a while until we see this product, if ever. Two years ago, a SHIELD Portable-like controller device entered the FCC, which many thought was a SHIELD 2. Now, with it being 2016 and NVIDIA going full steam with Android TV set-top boxes, we will probably never know.

Time to share your wish list. If NVIDIA is working on a SHIELD Tablet sequel, a true sequel that is, what would you want to see from it? For me, I’d like an 8″ display, Tegra X1, 4GB of RAM, Android N, and a big ol’ battery. Yup, that’s what I want.

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Via: FCCliliputing

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#TBT: Instagram Now Available for Android, iOS Users Lose Their Sh*t

Back in April of 2012, big things happened. The walled city of Instagram was no longer exclusive to those with an iPhone, and let me tell you, existing citizens of that city were not too happy. In fact, many folks took to social media to decry Instagram’s support of Android. One comment posted to Twitter reads, “Instagram is now available for Android phones. Now I’m going to be forced to see what poor people eat for dinner.”

Interestingly enough, at the exact same time, many Android users didn’t understand the hype surrounding the release. Even on this site, one reader said, “I don’t care about lame, overused, and utterly useless photo filters.” Oh, good sir, Instagram is so much more than just photo filters, and only 4 years later are we really seeing how big Instagram has become. Remember, Facebook thought Instagram was worth $1 billion back in 2012, and only a couple of years later in 2014, Citigroup valued Instagram at $35 billion. Now, in 2016, the service only seems to keep growing and adding new features. Pretty good for a service that only lets you add filters to photos and share them, right?

Let’s take a moment to reflect on a few of the comments made when the app launched for Android.

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Anyone wanna bet on how many of these people rock an Android phone now? Statistically speaking, at least a few of them probably do.

As the years have passed, I’d say iOS users have become a bit friendlier towards Android users on Instagram, especially since Android isn’t known as the budget-friendly, shitty camera quality OS anymore. We have expensive phones, too, you know!

Oh, and did I mention, Droid Life is on Instagram? Yeah, you best go follow!

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Poll: Do You Still Buy Music?

Pretty simple question, right? If you are wondering about the timing, it’s because the internet media fumbled and slobbered all over itself yesterday when a report surfaced suggesting that Apple was going to kill off paid music downloads within the next couple of years. Why would Apple do that, you ask? I think it’s pretty obvious that subscription streaming is the future, or at the very least, these tech companies are going to try to keep convincing you that it is. Apple has already called the report “not true,” but that doesn’t mean it isn’t an interesting idea. Ideas like this, though, are only that if the world has stopped buying music (sales are in decline) and is instead turning to streaming services exclusively. Then again, maybe Apple doesn’t care if you still buy music because they see more money in the long-run with you subscribing to streaming services.

And that brings us back to our poll for the day – do you still buy music? Do you pay for albums online or by physical copies of them? Have you given up buying music and have instead attached yourself to a subscription streaming service like Google Play Music or Apple Music? Do you both buy and pay for streaming? Feel free to answer the simple yes/no question before taking to the comments to explain.

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Giveaway: Win a NVIDIA SHIELD 500GB Prize Pack to Celebrate Launch of Ultimate Chicken Horse

To help kick off the launch of Ultimate Chicken Horse on Google Play for NVIDIA SHIELD, we have partnered with NVIDIA to give away an awesome prize package. Included is a 500GB NVIDIA SHIELD, 3 bonus SHIELD Controllers, and a redemption code for Ultimate Chicken Horse on Google Play. Seriously, if you have wanted a SHIELD, this is the ultimate bundle right here.

Ultimate Chicken Horse is the one of the best ways to play with friends on SHIELD. Supporting up to four players, players customize platformer levels with obstacles set to destroy their opponents, such as arrows and buzzsaws. The first player to cross the finish line, without taking too much damage, wins the game. With countless numbers of different blocks to add into a level, the amount of customization is insane. Watch this launch trailer for a good understanding of what you and your friends are getting into.

Enough talk, let’s give this stuff away.



One winner will receive a NVIDIA SHIELD (comes with 1 SHIELD Controller), 3 SHIELD Controllers, and redemption code for Ultimate Chicken Horse.

How to Enter

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Our winner will be selected on Monday (5/16) at 10am PST.

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Video: Quick Look at Google’s New Gboard Keyboard for iOS

Google released an iOS-only app today called Gboard, a keyboard replacement that does one thing no other keyboard currently does – put the power of Google Search inside of every single app. To say that we are a bit jealous of iOS users right now would probably be an understatement, because this idea of having Google inside of a keyboard is brilliant. Sure, the app or feature will more than likely come to Android at some point, but we don’t know when. For now, this is another case of iOS users having all the fun.

Since I still happen to have an iPhone 6 lying around these parts, I decided to take Gboard for a spin and share with you the beauty of such a feature. Not to put an additional downer on your day, but yeah, it’s pretty awesome.

In the video below, you’ll see how easily you can share restaurant info, sports scores, funny new YouTube videos, definitions of words, and of course, all the fire emoji one can handle.

Check it out. 

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Ultimate Chicken Horse Available for NVIDIA SHIELD, Priced at $10

Get ready for a party, as the official launch of Ultimate Chicken Horse has commenced on Google Play for the NVIDIA SHIELD. Designed as a party game, with the title supporting up to 4 players at once, the goal is to reach the end of a level without getting destroyed by various in-level obstacles. The twist is, you design the levels.

If a level is made too easy, points are not distributed. However, if your level features plenty of saws, arrows, and other deadly devices, you score many points. Be the first to cross the finish line without taking too much damage and you win. 

The game combines fun mechanics, such as wall jumping and bouncing, with an easy-to-master set of controls. So easy that anyone can get in on the action. Additionally, the game has an upbeat soundtrack, sure to get the blood flowing while you attempt to dodge arrows. Currently, there are 9 different levels to play with, but more are sure to come. Even with just the 9 levels, though, there are countless amounts of blocks to customize levels with. At this time, the only thing truly lacking is online multiplayer. We don’t know if that is coming, but it would be a huge plus.

Priced at $9.99 on Google Play, the game is definitely fun if you have multiple SHIELD Controllers, and a few friends. Even if you only have one extra controller and your significant other, you will still have plenty of fun. Worst case scenario, if you don’t have a SHIELD, don’t worry, we may be cooking something up with NVIDIA to help you with that.

Play Link ($9.99)

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NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet Updated With Android 6.0.1, Vulkan API, Lots of Fixes

An update for the SHIELD Tablet (not SHIELD Tablet K1), is rolling out from NVIDIA this morning. Inside, the SHIELD Tablet is getting updated to Android 6.0.1, which brings the Vulkan API (better access to graphics hardware for gaming), adds USB MIDI support, improved WiFi connectivity, and support for Android Doze.

Also listed on NVIDIA’s website, the SHIELD Tablet is getting fixes for the compass functionality, Gamepad Mapper issues, Doom 3 HDMI output, and issues with moving apps to an SD card.

If you own a SHIELD Tablet, it is likely that the update is already available for your device. If you don’t see a notification yet, head into your Settings menu and manually pull it.

See the entire changelog below.

What’s New

  • Supports the new Vulkan API for high-efficiency access to SHIELD’s graphics hardware
  • Adds Android 6.0.1 changes
    a. Repositioned Navigation Buttons in Landscape mode & Updated Emojis
    b. Double Tap Power Button to launch SHIELD Camera app
    c. Do Not Disturb Until Next Alarm
  • Support for Android Doze mode & additional power optimizations
  • Adds USB MIDI support
  • Adds memory compression enhancement
  • Improved Wi-Fi connectivity when waking from sleep
  • Fixed Compass functionality
  • Fixed Gamepad Mapper issues
  • Fixed issues with moving apps to SD card
  • Fixed Doom 3 HDMI output issue
  • Repositioned Lasso Capture icons in landscape mode
  • Update to Android 6.0 Security Patch Level March 1, 2016
  • Overall stability and security enhancements

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Google’s Gboard is an Awesome New Keyboard for iOS That’s Probably Coming to Android

Brace yourselves, because you are about to see something really cool that you are going to want on your phone today, only it’s not coming today and is an iOS exclusive at the moment. Don’t ask me why, just know that Google likes to torture us and this is the latest example.

Say hello, to Gboard for iOS

What is Gboard? Well, you could watch the video and it’ll tell you. If you don’t have time for videos, let me try to explain. Gboard is a new keyboard for iOS that works like any keyboard when it comes to the typing part, or gesture swiping of words. Where it really shines is in this addition of a Google button in its top left corner. That Google button allows you to perform Google searches from within the keyboard and your current app, so that you can then include those Google searches in conversations, without ever leaving your current app. That make any sense?

Think of it like this. You are in Hangouts or WhatsApp or iMessage or Gmail or any other app, and you are talking to someone about a lunch spot or a new movie trailer or you want to share your upcoming flight or hotel reservation details. You can search for those items within the keyboard by tapping the Google button, and then tap on those search results to get them to appear in the conversation you are having or email you are typing.


Mind blown? Yeah, mine too.

You can also search for emoji, share GIFs, and almost any other search item that Google can come up with. And then you can include them in your conversations.

About that iOS exclusivity. Over on the Gboard listing at Product Hunt, a number of people asked Google why this wasn’t on Android and Bri Connelly, who works on “product @ Google,” said that they are “Working on the best way to bring the same functionality to Android right now!” So yeah, it may come to Android at some point! We just don’t know when that will be.

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That’s Gboard and we all want it on Android yesterday.


Via:  Google Blog

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Verizon Makes 6GB for $60 Prepaid Plan Permanent, Adds Unlimited Calling to Mexico and Canada

Back in February, Verizon announced a promotion for its prepaid line that bumped up data in two plans without the prices moving. Today, Verizon tells us that those numbers (both price and data) will become permanent on May 15, plus they will add in unlimited calling to Mexico and Canada on one of them.

Going forward (at least for the time being), Verizon’s prepaid plans include a $30 WiFi only option (includes unlimited talk and text), along with $45 and $60 plans that offer 2GB or 5GB of data, respectively. Through those last two options, if you sign-up for autopay, Verizon will kick in another 1GB of data per month at no extra cost. So at $45, with autopay, you could have 3GB of high-speed data per month, or at $60, with autopay, you could have 6GB of high-speed data per month. 

On top of the bonus data, all three of Verizon’s prepaid plans include unlimited text to Mexico and Canada. Starting May 15, the $60 plan will also get unlimited calling to Mexico and Canada at no extra charge.

So you’ll see headlines today suggesting that Verizon is now giving you more data at no extra cost and that their prepaid plans are changing, but that’s not actually true. They started these two plans with these prices and data buckets back in February and are now making the pricing and data permanent, while adding unlimited calling to Canada and Mexico on the $60 plan.

Make sense?

Via:  Verizon

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