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Apple Patent Improves The Mouse With Force Detection And Haptic Feedback

magic-mouse Apple has a new patent application with the USPTO (via AppleInsider) for a better mouse that is far more sensitive to how much pressure a user applies with each click, and provides them with haptic (read: vibration) feedback to let them know what kind of input was registered when they clicked. The mouse design would make it possible to click with less force to perform actions like selecting a… Read More

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Nikon’s new D4S DSLR improves speed and focusing, adds ISO settings up to 409,600

The Nikon D4S has been teased, displayed in a plastic case and now, it’s official — and we even got to play with it. There’s a substantial list of what hasn’t changed (the same 16.2-megapixel image size, to begin with), but if you’re a high-level…

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Google brings autofill to Chrome for iOS, improves it on Android

There are two types of people in this world: those who like the convenience of autofill, and those who don’t think a browser should double as a PA. For the former group, Google’s updating its mobile Chrome apps today, and autophilics will be pleased to hear the feature is being added to iOS, with …

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‘ART’ experiment in Android KitKat improves battery life and speeds up apps

Efforts have been made to speed up the Dalvik runtime that underscores most Android apps, but sometimes the best fix is a replacement. Google’s working on it, albeit experimentally. Baked into Android 4.4 is ART, a new runtime option that aims to redesign how Android interprets application code. The …

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Google Keep update adds location and timed reminders, improves photo attachment

Google Keep update adds location and timed reminders, improves photo attachment

Google’s Keep still isn’t quite as robust as competitors like Evernote, but an update rolling out today is narrowing the gap slightly. Mountain View is bringing both location- and time-based reminders to its note taking app, dramatically increasing its utility as a task management tool. Sure, it won’t let you set recurring events or assign duties to people, but it can nudge you to take care of seating chart for your wedding or pop up your grocery list when you walk in to a Western Beef. Adding a reminder is as easy as tapping the “remind me” button at the bottom of any note, selecting the type of reminder, then punching in the appropriate location or time. Any alarms can be snoozed or changed if it turns out to be an inopportune time. Google has also finally added an option to attach an existing photo when creating or editing a note — a feature that clearly should have been included on day one. Lastly, there’s a bit of a UI shuffle, with the now nearly ubiquitous sliding navigation drawer being added to the left-hand side. As is usual with these sorts of things, the update is rolling out in waves, so just keep checking the Play store for updates.

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MapMyFitness improves Jawbone UP integration, adds Nike FuelBand support

MapMyFitness increases Jawbone UP integration, adds Nike Fuelband support

There are almost as many ways to monitor your fitness these days, as there are ways to get fit. While most hardware trackers come with their own solution to present your (hard-earned) data, some users prefer to keep it elsewhere. If that happens to be MapMyFitness, then good news — there’s full two-way sync for Jawbone UP, as well as Nike FuelBand support. Jawbone’s UP has had API hooks with MapMyFitness for a while, but now workouts etc. can be pushed in either direction, so all those steps can be viewed online (though not your sleep, or manually logged workouts). It’s a similar story with FuelBand, while the Nike+ app and watch have played nice with the services, the wearable was notably absent — until now. Set up is easy, just head to the import section of your account and link them up. Sadly, so easy, you won’t earn any fuel points.

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HTC improves performance in Q2 2013, makes $41.6 million

HTC picks up the pace with for Q2 with $  125 billion in earnings

Though HTC has fallen shy of the $ 66.7 million in earnings investors were looking for in Q2 2013, at least it’s a marked improvement over last quarter’s disaster. It managed to improve profits to $ 41.6 million from a mere $ 2.8 million last quarter, based on unaudited figures. Revenue also jumped to $ 2.4 billion over $ 1.4 billion in Q1, likely due to demand for its flagship One model along with the ability to finally produce it in numbers. However, all that pales over last year’s Q2 results, when the company earned $ 250 million on $ 3 billion in revenue. According to Reuters, the problems occurred towards the end of the quarter, as sales for June swooned 26.4 percent over Q2 2012 — a trend it no doubt hopes won’t continue for the rest of the year.

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Google Glass monthly update improves photos with HDR, captions

Google has committed to pushing software updates to its Glass headset each month, and a post on Google+ reveals this month’s tweaks are focusing on pictures. If you’re a fan of using the device for POV shots, it should take better pictures by capturing a sequence of images for improved low-light performance and HDR pictures in bright situations — check out a gallery of enhanced images at the source link below. Also new is a prompt to add a caption after you take a picture. Users can tap their headset, speak the caption and it’s automatically inserted. Last month’s XE5 update addressed a wider range of issues, but this one will make sure any impromptu pictures (with your subject’s full awareness and permission for the photo, we’re sure) are high quality.

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Hulu Plus for Android update improves player UI, expands compatibility

Hulu Plus for Android update improves player UI, expands compatibility

The Hulu Plus app for Android has a new update, and the most noticeable change is that its player UI to closer match the one on its website and in iOS. It also brings features from those platforms like 10 second skip back and a preview thumbnail in the scrub bar. Hulu also claims it’s rebuilt “for optimized awesomeness” with reduced buffering, better playback, and more device compatibility. Finally, in a move that should make plugging in your HDMI-out a little easier, it supports remote control navigation from game controllers and “similar peripherals.” A picture of the new UI is above, check out the old version after the break or just hit the source link to try it out for yourself.

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Hulu Plus for Android update improves player UI, expands compatibility

Hulu Plus for Android update improves player UI, expands compatibility

The Hulu Plus app for Android has a new update, and the most noticeable change is that its player UI to closer match the one on its website and in iOS. It also brings features from those platforms like 10 second skip back and a preview thumbnail in the scrub bar. Hulu also claims it’s rebuilt “for optimized awesomeness” with reduced buffering, better playback, and more device compatibility. Finally, in a move that should make plugging in your HDMI-out a little easier, it supports remote control navigation from game controllers and “similar peripherals.” A picture of the new UI is above, check out the old version after the break or just hit the source link to try it out for yourself.

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Source: Google Play

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