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Google+ is the latest Android app to get a Material Design makeover

Google’s quest to bring that extra-flat, extra-colorful Material Design look to every single app is still underway, it seems. The search giant has posted an update to Google+ for Android that flattens even more of the social network’s interface and…

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Google I/O 2014 – Material science: Developing Android applications with material design

Speaker(s): Adam Powell, Chet Haase Description: Formerly titled “Advanced Android UI” This session will dive into the details of how to write an application…

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Twitter scores NFL deal to showcase Sunday’s finest instant replay material

Twitter scores NFL deal to showcase Sunday's finest instant replay material

Following a similar deal in May with the NBA, Twitter’s Amplify program has landed an envy-inducing arrangement with the National Football League. As part of the new advertising partnership, the NFL will leverage Twitter to “package in-game highlights and other video content” inside sponsored tweets, which can be distributed via a marketer during games. Both Twitter and the NFL will take a slice of the profits, though neither side is talking specific terms. As of now, it sounds as if Verizon will be the “premiere sponsor,” which grants it “exclusive sponsorship rights for Amplify ads during the Super Bowl next February.” The upside? Easily tweetable instant replays. The downside? It might make you a shill. Them’s the breaks!

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New form of carbon said to be strongest material ever found

The strongest known material in the world may have just been dethroned. Researchers from Rice University have calculated the properties of a little-studied form of carbon known as carbyne, and they’ve determined that it should have a “specific strength surpassing that of any other known material.” That includes graphene — the longstanding titleholder for strongest material — which the researchers say is only half as stiff as carbyne. Carbyne and graphene are actually alike in several ways: both come from carbon, and both are only a single atom thick.

Carbyne has previously been detected in interstellar dust and meteorites. And obtaining it on Earth hasn’t been easy: researchers have figured out how to chemically synthesize it, but…

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Shapeways Introduces New Squishy 3D Printing Material, Elasto Plastic


While the name “Elasto Plastic” sounds like an 80s punk band, it is, in fact, a new material from 3D printing company Shapeways. The plastic is elastic to a certain degree yet maintains its shape after stretching or squeezing. It will break when pulled too hard and is still in the experimental stage on the Shapeways website.

The material is off-white and has a “grainy finish.” It’s laser sintered and a bit jagged because of the layer-by-layer requirement to build the model. Shapeways writes that it is “not ready for broader use” but can be used for personal models and experimental projects.

We recently featured Shapeways in our TC Makers series and they’ve begin printing this material on their nylon sintering machines in their US factory. It takes about eight days to print and ship and could be an interesting hinge material for 3D-printed projects. Considering it already looks like cartilage, I’d be curious to see how makers take the material to the next level.

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Fashion retailer issues recall after finding radioactive material in belts


Online retailer Asos has withdrawn 641 belts from sale after US border patrol officials discovered radioactive material in the belts’ metal studs. According to an internal report obtained by The Guardian, only 49 of the belts were sold before the discovery, and Asos says all purchasers have been contacted informing them of the danger. The belts tested positive for Cobalt-60, a radioactive isotope, and could cause injury if worn for more than 500 hours. The unsold belts are being held in a radioactive storage facility.

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Amazon Inks A+E Networks Material Licensing Bargain To Boost Prime Instant Video Service: Now Revealing 33,000 + Movies, TV Episodes

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Amazon has inked an additional content licensing bargain to beef up its Prime Instant Video streaming and download service for members of its pay regular monthly Prime service. The offer is with A+E Networksand indicates Amazon Prime members will have the ability to gain access to previous periods of “ prominent series ” from the A&E, bio, HISTORY and Lifetime networks — including Pawn Stars,Storage Wars andDancing Moms.

The ecommerce behemoth stated it prepares to remain to fortify the Prime Instant Video service by including more content, noting that it has at least doubled the content providing in a year. Back in August Amazon added ESPN ’ s 30 for 30 series– and at that time stated the total number of flicks and TV episodes offered by means of Prime Instant Video was 22,000. That figure has now risen to at least 33,000.

Prime Instant Video material can be streamed on Amazon ’ s Kindle Fire HD tablet — or any of the “ hundreds of appropriate devices ” additionally supported, including Apple ’ s iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, Roku, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and the Wii U.

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Previous Seasons of Popular Shows from A&E, bio, HISTORY andLife time now available on Prime Instant Video– all Prime Instant Videos could be seen by Prime members on Kindle Fire and hundreds of other connected devices

SEATTLE – (BUSINESS WIRE) – (NASDAQ: AMZN) —, Inc. today announced a content licensing agreement with A+E Networks to add prior seasons of preferred series from A&E, bio, HISTORY and Lifetime to the Prime Instant Video service. Prime Instant Video now features at least 33,000 flicks and TELEVISION episodes for Amazon Prime members to stream quickly, at no additional price, on Kindle Fire HD or any of the hundreds of suitable Amazon Instant Video devices, including iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, Roku, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and the Wii U. To start viewing Prime Instant Video, visit “In a year we have at least doubled the Prime Instant Video selection for our Prime members,” stated Brad Beale, Director of Digital Video Material Acquisition for Amazon. “We continue to be concentrated on adding TELEVISION episodes and movies to Prime Instant Video that we think our consumers will appreciate.

A+E Networks has some of the most prominent shows on tv and we understand our customers will adore streaming the A+E material with Prime Instant Video.” The take care of A+E Networks will bring Prime consumers more TV episodes from a few of their greatest ranked television programs including Pawn Stars, Storage space Wars and Dancing Moms, which are also readily available for acquisition through Amazon Instant Video. About Amazon Instant Video Amazon Instant Video is a digital video streaming

and download service that provides Amazon clients the capability to rent, buy or subscribe to a huge catalog of videos. Consumers can selectfrom at least 145,000 titles to purchase or lease and content varieties from new release motion pictures to classic favorites, major television shows, entire periods, or

even day after air TV. Prime Instant Video is Amazon’s video subscription offer– it includes at least 33,000 flicks and TV episodes picked from the full assortment available at Amazon Instant Video. This subscription offer permits US Prime customers to stream as lots of titles from Prime Instant Video as they such as, at no extra price. About Prime Amazon Prime is a yearly membership program for $ 79 a year that supplies clients limitless Free Two-Day Delivering on millions of items consisting of books, house and garden items, electronic devices, video games, clothing, and much more. Amazon Prime members additionally get access to unlimited instant streaming of hundreds of films and TELEVISION episodes and access to hundreds of thousands of books to borrow totally free, as often as

a book a month, without

due dates from a Kindle device. Clients who obtain free Prime shipping advantages with our Amazon Student or Amazon Mom programs could update to an annual paid membership to get Amazon Prime’s digital benefits. About A+E Networks ™ A+E Networks is an award-winning international media material company offering consumers a varied communications environment ranging from television networks to websites to DVDs to games and educational software. A+E Networks is consisted of A&E ®, HISTORY ®, HISTORY en Espaňol ™, Armed force HISTORY ®, H2 ™, Life time ®, LMN ™, LRW ™, bio ®, Criminal offense & Examination Network ®, A&E IndieFilms ®, A+E Networks International ™, A+E Networks Digital ™ and A+E Networks Customer Products ™

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If Material Is King, Multiscreen Is The Queen, Says New Google Study

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New analysis out from Google, dealing with market experts Ipsos and Sterling Brands, places some difficult numbers behind the often-noticed trend of just how people in the U.S. are making use of a mix of phones, tablets, home computer and Televisions to eat digital material.

While each of these has a considerable location in our usage today, their real power lies in exactly how they are used together — in blend, 90 % of all of our media consumption, or 4.4 hours per day, is occurring across all 4 (which doesn ’ t leave much space for paper-based books and publications; or for radio). This not just has ramifications for exactly how content is designed, but also for how business like Google will continue to hedge their bets throughout all 4 displays.

The state of TV watching probably illustrates customer utilization best of all: polling 1,611 people around 15,738 media interactions and nearly 8,000 hours of task throughout Q2, the research discovered that users are viewing TV on average for 43 minutes per day session — the most of any type of screen — but 77 % of that time we are all at once using another device like a smartphone or tablet.

The research additionally discovered that although a lot of attention is being focused on smartphones and apps, this tool is not just the tiniest screen in our globe, it ’ s additionally utilized for the quickest surges, at 17 minutes per day session, compared with 30 minutes on tablets, 39 minutes on Computers and the 43 moments seeing TV.

But, while smartphones could have the shortest sessions be utilized the least total, they are the most-used when it pertains to on-boarding to a digital experience — or sequential device use, as Google calls it. The analysis found that a bulk of on-line activities get started on a smartphone while being continued on yet another tool — probably with a larger display for easier usage.

That effectively implies that while your absolute content experience perhaps doesn ’ t demand to be designed for a smartphone experience, a minimum of the initial part of it must be, and that part must be incorporated with how that content could be made use of on additional gadgets — so, for instance, viewing a film first on a phone and then finishing it on a TV, or beginning a shopping experience on a phone and completing it on a COMPUTER.

The survey also located that smartphones are the most typical sidekick gadget made use of at the same time with other displays. This is perhaps unsurprising, provided that smartphones are little and in many methods complement the services we get on PCs, televisions and tablets, not simply with apps however also with voice and text services.

So exactly what are the implications for a business like Google?

Given that the bulk of its profits, despite all its additional tasks, still comes from advertisements in addition to search, if Google consumes its own dogfood, I think we ’ re most likely to see even more and even more integration with exactly how it lets individuals search on one tool then continue that experience on an additional, as well as signed up with up search experiences throughout third-party and Google ’ s very own net properties — both courtesy of their Google accounts.

Offered that Google will certainly have advertising following users along the means, it also implies Google continuing to make certain that it has a role to play across all of the displays. Whether it does so as a software-only player, or additionally through an increasing role in the hardware itself, remains to be seen, although products like Google ’ s brand-new tablet with Asus, and its brand-new ownership of Motorola Mobility, appear to point in the last direction.

The full research locatings are offered right hereand embedded below.

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You’re Gold Medal Material In My Book: Mexican Gymnast Performs Olympic Floor Routine To Medley of Zelda Songs


Mexican gymnastics Olympian Elsa Garcia Rodriguez Blancas executed her qualifying routine for the floor exercise to a medley of of Zelda songs organized by Lindsay Sterling (of super-animated violin playing fame). Unfortunately, she took 35th place generally because there are no points awarded for having the sweetest soundtrack. \* throwing chairs \* Jesus, what kind of Olympics are you people also running here ?!

You can easily hit the jump for a ridiculously shitty version filmed off an even crappier TELEVISION as well and one more video presentation of the same routine executed earlier this year, or enjoy a decent model of the Olympic routine at Kotaku RIGHT HERE (I suggest doing that).

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