How to get the World Cup Schedule in Google Calendar

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The World Cup is fast approaching and there are a ton of football (I guess soccer if you’re in North America) games that will be played very shortly. We’ll show you how you can get a schedule of all the matches right into your Google Calendar so that you don’t have any excuse for missing any of the action.

Linking the World Cup scheduled with your Google Calendar is actually done very easily. First you’ll need to visit the web version of the service, so head over to Google Calendar and log into your Google account, if you haven’t already done so.

On the left hand side of your calendar, you’ll see a list of Other Calendars which when you click on, will have a drop down menu.
From that menu, select the Add by Url option and then copy and paste the following link

https://www.google.com/calendar/feeds/vdmtdcektajkqjk51vvda4ni4k%40group.calendar.google.com/public/basic

Once this is completed, you’ll start seeing the World Cup schedule pop up onto the web version of your Google Calendar.

To get it on your mobile device, you’ll have to first head on your mobile device and fire up the Google Calendar app. From there, go into your Settings and click on the account in which you linked the World Cup schedule. From there, you’ll see that list of calendars and that the World Cup schedule is unticked for synchronization. Make sure to tick this box and then when you head back to your calendar, you’ll see the schedule on your mobile device.

Google Calendar INSTALL

From: http://www.androidpit.com/how-to-get-the-world-cup-schedule-in-google-calendar

Video Game Review: 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

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EA Sports soccer game dribbles past next-gen consoles to give old-school gamers a kick.

Maybe those old consoles still have a few tricks after all.

We’re firmly in the Xbox One/PlayStation 4 era here in 2014, with most developers releasing titles on the next-gen machines, then doing simpler versions for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. But in advance of this summer’s World Cup, EA Sports takes a unique tactic, delivering 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil on last-gen machines only.

And it’s a surprisingly good game. Instead of throwing together some sloppy World Cup game or delivering a product that could easily have been a DLC pack for FIFA, developer EA Canada actually tries to pour new energy into this product. The result isn’t a blockbuster by any means, but it is a solid product for World Cup fanatics on last-gen consoles.

The entire game celebrates the pageantry of the Cup in appropriate fashion. A wild international soundtrack serves as an apt (and fun) backdrop, and bright colors outline the menus. Get into the games, and EA makes a nice attempt to again replicate that Cup feel, showing nicely rendered stadiums and trying to create a nice big-game atmosphere. Xbox One this is not, but it’s all decent-looking enough, with little details such as anthems playing in the background and cutaways to people watching matches in their “home” countries, complete with flags. The only jarring thing, and reminder of last-gen, is that blocky crowd cheering in the background.

EA Canada goes the extra mile when it comes to rosters especially, honing its collection of players to perfection. All 203 FIFA teams are here, from dominant teams such as Brazil to complete unknowns like Malaysia. It’s an extensive roster of clubs and players.

You’ll take these rosters into a plethora of modes — and while none break the mold of what we’ve come to expect in a sports video game, there’s certainly fun to be had. Captain Your Country serves as the role-playing aspect in this game, placing you in control of one player, while Road to the World Cup lets you take a team from the start of qualifying all the way through to July. Naturally, you can play the Cup itself, too.

When the Cup itself starts (just two weeks away, folks), you’ll be able to play out various scenarios from the actual tourney and rewrite history via Story of the Finals.

None of this would be any good, of course, if the soccer itself wasn’t fun, and EA keeps that clean and fun. By and large, this is your standard FIFA template, although it’s been tuned and tweaked heavily toward offense. Passes have such pinpoint precision that any off-kilter ball has your jaw dropping and long shots are more effective. Goalkeeper A.I. is solid, and you’ll easily beat lackluster A.I. defense so often that you’ll learn that. World Cup games, apparently, are meant to be a high-scoring affair.

Mostly, though, they’re meant to be fun. FIFA World Cup Brazil isn’t a game you have to have, especially if you already have a soccer title. But it’s not a mere cash grab, either. It’s a solid take on the World Cup, with just enough TLC to be worth a diehard soccer fan’s time.

Reviewed on Xbox 360

On a mobile device? Click to watch the video.

From: http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/tv/video-game-review-2014-fifa-world-cup-brazil-article-1.1809656

What is better “Apple TV or Chromecast?

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Google has recently released its budget TV streaming service, the Chromecast, in the UK. A lot of people are now asking the question what is better “Apple TV or Chromecast?” Here’s where we try and help you decide for yourself in this Apple TV vs Chromecast comparison review.

Buying a new smart TV is expensive business, and to be quite honest, it’s probably not a great idea, as once you have spent hundreds/thousands of pounds on a new TV then you are locked in to its onboard hardware for the TV’s lifetime – which may well be out of date in a year. A great option to experience the best of an internet connected TV without the expense of buying one is to opt for an external streaming TV service. Two of the best of these are Apple TV and Chromecast, here’s where we put the two up against each other in what we call an Apple TV vs Chromecast comparison review.

On the face of it both the Apple TV and Chromecast do largely the same thing, and this is stream video and audio content straight to your TV. However, there are significant differences on how the two streamers go about doing this. Keep reading and we’ll cover all of this for you.

Apple TV vs Chromecast comparison review: price and steaming services

Perhaps the biggest difference here is the price of the two steamers. As you would expect, Apple is the more expensive of the two, coming in at £99. Chromecast is less than a third of the price at £30.

Things get a little more confusing when you look into what you can and can’t do on both streamers. The best and most concise way we can put it is: on paper you can access more apps and media files with Chromecast than you can on Apple TV, but the things that Apple TV does let you do, it does so flawlessly. Form our experience with the Chromecast, we have found there to be issues with media playback from time to time.

Local media

What do we mean by this? Well, in terms of locally stored media, Apple TV only lets you play Apple approved media file formats through channels through iOS devices or a computer iTunes installed.

Chromecast does let you do the same thing, but it is a little more confusing. If you have bought a movie, TV show or piece of music from the Google Play store, then you can stream it from your Android smartphone/tablet to your TV via Chromecast. This is a bit of a cheat though, as Chromecast is actually playing the file from Google Play’s media servers and not your Android device.

If you want to play actually media stored on your Android device, then you are going to have to buy a £2.98 Plex for Android app, and then set up a Plex Media Server account, and only then can you “fling” media from your Android smartphone/tablet to your TV via Chromecast. Far from straightforward.

The flipper is that you can play more video/audio file types with Chromecast than you can with Apple TV. So the question you need to ask yourself is what file format is most of your media, and where did you get it from? Once you’ve answered that you should be in a better position to know whether to go for Chromecast or Apple TV.

Third party content

Neither of these streamers cover themselves in glory when it comes to the compatible streaming apps on offer. From a UK point of view, the Chromecast probably edges it in terms of usefulness as it gives you access to both Netflix and BBC iPlayer, whereas the only mainstream popular on demand video player Apple TV has access to is Netflix.

There are too many options (of questionable use to the average UK user) to list here. So the best advice we can give to work out which one is best for you is to go to the official What’s On/Now Casting pages for both streamers and take a look for yourself. Here is the links for Apple TV What’s On and Chromecast’s Now Casting.

Apple TV vs Chromecast comparison review: controls

Controlling Apple TV is pretty easy as it comes with a remote, you can also operate it via an iOS device that is connected to the same network as Apple TV, from here you can simply mirror app/video/music content from your iPhone/iPad/iPod straight to your TV by pressing on the mirror icon.

Failing that you can also control Apple TV via iTunes on a Mac or PC providing it is connected to the same network. You can then use the provided physical remote control to navigate around your local media library and/or access the steaming apps such as Netflix.

Chromecast is a little different, there is no single physical remote that comes with it in the box. It relies on you controlling it from your Android/computer/iOS device that is connected to the same network. You then need to download the Chromecast app for the initial set up, from there you need to use a supported app – i.e. BBC iPlayer – to your device and press the Chromecast button in the app.


Apple TV vs Chromecast comparison review: design

Both the Apple TV and Chrome cast streamers connect to your TV via a HDMI port. The main difference is that the Chomecast is a dongle device that is key sized and slots straight into your TV where it stays – there is also a mini HDMI lead you can use if your TV is pushed up tightly to the wall. Apple TV is more of a mini set top box that will need a surface nearby to sit on.

Apple TV requires as 6-watt universal power supply (from the wall plug socket), whereas Chromecast has to be powered from a USB lead (designed to work with the USB ports on your TV).
From: http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/reviews/digital-home/3514054/apple-tv-vs-chromecast-comparison-review/

Amazon Fire TV Review

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With the introduction of Fire TV, Amazon, the behemoth online retailer, has officially entered the streaming set-top box battle that may ultimately decide the future of how we get content into our TVs. The device is competitive on both price and performance with Roku 3, Apple TV and Google Chromecast and seems squarely aimed at challenging those established players. The good news is that the product, like Amazon itself, is friendly, powerful, and innovative and tackles some of the critical consumer pain points associated with the current streaming boxes. The less good news is that it doesn’t entirely live up to some of the promises Amazon is making.

Amazon has explicitly stated that it wanted to address three problem areas about the consumer streaming experience: poor performance, closed ecosystems and cumbersome search. In terms of performance they have a clear winner on their hands. Fire TV is consistently snappy and responsive, thanks to some beefy (for a set top box) silicon inside.

A miniature monolith

In terms of its ecosystem, while Fire TV is a fairly open platform, its interface consistently tilts toward Amazon’s offerings. It can’t access content from iTunes or Google Play (no surprise), but does support a wide array of third party services and will presumably be adding more as time goes on. However, third-party services are relegated to second-class status within Fire TV’s user interface. They sit in the system’s “Apps” tab, while the system’s prominent Movies, TV, Watchlist and My Library tabs all feed directly to Amazon’s offerings. The system’s first party offerings are always in plain view and accessible directly from the home screen. Third-party offerings tend to take some clicking and scrolling to get to.

Search has been addressed with a slick voice recognition feature that uses a microphone on the remote to allow consumers to speak their searches instead of hunting and pecking across an on-screen letter grid. With access to cloud processing to handle the heavy lifting of voice recognition, the system does an excellent job of understanding what you’re trying to tell it. However, voice searches only scan for Amazon and Vevo content, an unfortunate decision that significantly undercuts the utility of this breakthrough feature. Amazon has announced that it will be adding support for searching the catalogs of Hulu Plus, Crackle and Showtime Anytime. However, even with these additions, the device’s tantalizing voice search function remains deeply underpowered.

Amazon has included some compelling extras, including the ability to view photos users have stored on Amazon Cloud Drive, and playback for Music purchased through its MP3 store (coming post-launch). Amazon has also put special focus on games with this system and thanks to a more powerful processor and Amazon’s optional dedicated game controller ($40) Kindle Fire’s gaming options surpass the Angry Birds-level options offered on similar devices. Most games are ports of existing Android titles that already run on the Kindle HDX, but the games not only look and play well on the system, its library of more than 100 titles at launch is quite extensive.

Hardward and design

The box itself is about the size of a small external hard drive, or two CD jewel cases stacked on top of one another. Think of a tiny, squared-off version of the monolith from 2001: A Space Odyssey lying flat. Its exterior is sleek and minimalist, with the only contrast coming from glossy black lettering on a matte black background. At 0.7 inches thick, all of its visual cues seem to be telling you, “Don’t see me.” Its rear side is devoted to the essential ports: power, HDMI, optical audio, Ethernet and USB.

Five ports, no waiting

Under the hood, Fire TV is quite powerful compared to its competitors, sporting a quad-core processor, a discrete GPU and 2GB of RAM. Amazon claims it has three times the processing power of Apple TV, Chromecast or Roku 3, and says it can process 57 billion floating point operations per second. You can wire it into your router via Ethernet, but if that’s inconvenient, Fire TV also packs two dual-band Wi-Fi antennas. All of this adds up to notably snappy menu performance. Movie titles fly by in the interface, transitioning between services is fast and the system handles itself impressively when tasked with rendering games.

The Fire TV’s minimalist matte black remote is similar in functionality to Roku’s, with seven glossy black buttons and a directional selector. It uses Bluetooth to communicate, eliminating line-of sight issues and allowing you to stash the box inside a cabinet or behind a TV. There are buttons for back, home, menu, rewind play/pause and fast forward. Topping the remote on its own is the microphone button that may one day be Fire TV’s secret weapon (but not now, for more on this see the Interface and Search section).

Setup

As with Roku 3 and Apple TV, Fire TV’s setup is eerily simple, and consists of connecting two or three wires (power, HDMI and an optional ethernet cable). If you don’t have it wired to your router, the system will walk you through forging a WiFi connection. As with the Kindle Fire, when you order a Fire TV, Amazon pre-links it to your Amazon account, so after a quick (unskippable) tutorial video you’re immediately able to browse Amazon Instant and Amazon Prime videos along with any photos in your cloud drive. Third party apps must be downloaded and set up separately with their own credentials. In terms of simplicity, the setup process is a win, but its lack of customization options leaves you at the mercy of the one-size-fits-all menu hierarchy Amazon has created (more on this later).

Movies and TV

Naturally, the system provides full-spectrum access to Amazon’s cloud video services, and Amazon Instant and Amazon Prime Video are both well (if not over) represented. At launch, Fire TV offered 40 third-party channels, a far cry from the hundreds available on Roku and Chromecast, but more deals are likely in the works. Amazon did make sure they had the most significant services coming out of the gate, with the notable exceptions of HBO and Aereo. Predictably, iTunes and Google Play are not available on the system, nor are they likely to be.

Amazon is touting Fire TV’s innards as a competitive advantage in terms of movie performance, but while menus move quickly, our tests didn’t uncover much difference in terms of speed to open third party apps or start playing videos as compared with Roku 3 or AppleTV.

Amazon’s native offerings, on the other hand, clearly get a boost from living on their home hardware. First off, all of Amazon’s content is accessible from the main menu of the system’s OS and can start playing without first launching an app. Secondly, Amazon is introducing a feature called ASAP, which is designed to pre-cache video content for you based on your habits and preferences. I saw this in action when I watched the 11th episode of Alpha House (I had previously watched the first 10 episodes, but not on the Fire TV). Impressively, playback began instantaneously when I clicked, with no load time or buffering. Supposedly the system will make more inferences over time as it monitors my actions. It’s a smart, effective system, but as only Amazon’s offerings can use it, it’s one more way the playing field inside Fire TV is tilted to the home team’s advantage.

Music,photos and home movies

Amazon’s official music channel is not yet live, though the company says it will roll out in May 2014. Fire TV currently supports third party music services such as iHeartRadio, Pandora and TuneIn, but these are currently found in the Apps menu, not their own music area. When Amazon’s Music channel goes live, it will allow users to play songs purchased from Amazon’s MP3 store or stored in Cloud Drive.

The photo channel provides a way to access any photos or videos you have stored in Amazon Cloud Drive. Amazon provides a free 5GB of storage for all accounts, and more can be purchased via subscription. The system works simply and seamlessly. You can upload photos from your computer, or use Amazon’s iOS or Android apps to automatically put any photos you take up on the cloud. In addition to letting you page through slide shows, Fire TV can be set to use your images as a screensaver when the system is idle.

Gaming

It’s clear Amazon sees games as a key piece of their strategy with this box. The idea here seems to be to capture casual gamers who aren’t sufficiently invested to buy a $400 to $500 dedicated games console, not a bad bet in a time when mobile gaming is reaching more consumers than ever. Since Fire TV runs the latest version of Amazon’s Fire OS (“Mojito”), which is based on Android, it’s relatively easy for existing Android games to be ported to work on the system and Developers I spoke with from Telltale Games (The Walking Dead) and Mojang (Minecraft) both emphasized how easy it was to move their games onto the platform from their existing games, both of which already run on the Kindle Fire HDX. Amazon has big plans for games, and appears to be actively courting developers and publishers (including EA, Disney, Ubisoft, 2K, Sega and Rockstar) as well as starting up their own in-house design team.

Does this look familiar?

Amazon’s seriousness about gaming is best exemplified by its creation of a dedicated game controller for the system (sold separately, $40). While serviceable, the controller does not show the same polish as the rest of the system. Looking like a cross between an Xbox 360 controller and the Ouyacontroller, the feel of the face buttons and sticks is solid, but its shoulder buttons are a bit stiff and the triggers have a shallow travel that feels unsatisfying. It’s worth noting that many of the games on the system (primarily those with simple tablet-type controls) are playable with only the remote.

Standout titles include Minecraft, The Walking Dead, Terraria, Zen Pinball, You Don’t Know Jack, Badland and the original Sonic The Hedgehog games. Sev Zero, the first in-house game from Amazon Game Studios is an impressive hybrid tower defense/third person shooter that moves surprisingly well for running on a box this small.

The controller also sports all the buttons on the remote (including play/pause, fwd and rew), allowing you to easily manipulate the system’s media options via the controller. While the controller feels substantial in the hand, its look doesn’t quite measure up to the gorgeous industrial design of the box itself or the remote. That said, having a dedicated controller at all is a very welcome option. It runs $40 (about £24, AU$43) and currently ships with a free copy of SevZero – which costs $6.99 (around £4, AU$7.50) when bought a la carte – and 1,000 Amazon Coins, a $10 (likely £10, AU$10) value.

Interface and Search

Amazon has built an amazingly elegant solution to search in this device, thanks to a microphone embedded in the remote and cloud-powered voice recognition. Unfortunately, the way they have implemented this breakthrough feature is deeply anti-consumer. Voice recognition is accurate and solves the aggravating problem of tapping in your searches in via an on-screen letter grid. However, Amazon has destroyed most of the value of searching this way as voice searches scan only Amazon’s native content library.

This search myopia isn’t only limited to the voice feature though. Indeed there is currently no way to search across services on the device. When I search Roku for a film it tells me if it’s on Netflix, Crackle and others as well as if it’s on Amazon. I ran into several scenarios where I searched for content I know is on another service (that I’m already paying for) and was only presented the option of buying or renting it from Amazon. It’s the device’s most serious flaw and Amazon should address if they want their device to be as consumer-friendly as they claim.

Amazon’s self-bias is even more striking in the menu structure it has created. Of the 10 top-level tabs on its home screen (Search, Home, Movies, TV, Watchlist, Video Library, Games, Apps, Photos, Settings), all but three (Home, Games and Apps) are for Amazon services. Third party apps are relegated to the “Apps” tab. Thus, four of the highest-level menu items are devoted to different aspects of Amazon’s video services, while a single menu item at the bottom of the page houses 40-plus third party apps. Certain high-profile apps (Netflix, Hulu) are profiled on the Home tab under Featured Apps and Games (which sits just below the “Recently Added To Prime” area). To make matters worse, the Apps tab is populated by games as well as apps (the Games tab only has games in it), making that area even more cluttered than it has to be.

In short, Amazon seems to be going out of its way to bury third-party apps on the system. It’s not a dealbreaker, as most consumers will be aware of the services they want on their device and figure out how to find them, but it’s irksome that these services require several extra clicks to access and can’t be customized. Tip: Voice search can be used to navigate to apps you have installed and is often the fastest and easiest way to find a given app.

Verdict

Amazon is entering the set top box wars at a very interesting time and with a very compelling product, especially for heavy users of Amazon’s digital services. At $100 it’s priced competitively with Roku 3 and Apple TV, and we expect the gaps in its channel lineup to be filled in the coming months. It’s clear now that the retailer was not waiting, it was watching. Almost every aspect of the Fire TV attempts to improve or refine the aspects of the Roku, Apple TV and Chromecast that currently vex consumers. And as a powerhouse retailer, it’s certain Amazon put the reams of customer data to which it is privy to heavy use.We liked

It’s a beefy box with processing capacity to spare. Amazon services are quick and easy to access and its ASAP feature pre-caches Amazon content for you so you can watch instantly. Voice search is the kind of breakthrough you wonder why we didn’t see earlier in these devices. It’s an open system with most of the must-have apps and channels. Photos were a very pleasant surprise and Amazon seems to be attacking gaming with a diligence we have not seen from their competition.We disliked

It’s hard to escape the fact that Fire TV’s interface tilts toward Amazon’s offerings. We would like to see more visibility for third-party apps in the main menu, as well as customization offerings. The inability of its search function to scan across all of its services (as Roku does) makes the feature worthless unless you are only interested in Amazon’s offerings. Customers who aren’t sure where to find a particular piece of content will be forced back to searching the web for information.Verdict

This device is simple to use and works well. If you are significantly bought in to Amazon’s services, it’s hard to go wrong with this box. However, if you are not an Amazon customer or even an Amazon customer who doesn’t have or want Amazon Prime, then you might think twice. The device is clearly tilted toward Amazon customers, and nothing short of a full UI overhaul is going to change that. We’d like to at least see Amazon allow some kind of user customization in the interface. Until then, we’re calling this device great, but not perfect.

From: http://www.techradar.com/us/reviews/audio-visual/av-accessories/amazon-fire-tv-1239382/review#articleContent

5 Confirmed iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 3 Specs & Features on Q3 2014 Release Date

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It will be an earlier release date for the iPad Air 2 and the third iPad Mini version as popular Apple-focused analyst Ming-chi Kuo forecasted the next iOS slate refresh to happen in the third quarter of 2014, at the earliest.

In his latest research note, picked up last week by MacRumors, the KGI Securities analyst outlined the fresh specs and features that will get unpack with the sixth regular iPad build.

Kuo also corrected his earlier prediction about the iPad Mini – that a third generation is on its way this year and will join the iPad Air 2. Apple, he added, will unveil these devices anytime starting in July with the actual release date to take place not later than September 2014.

Coming out of the box with the Air 2 and Mini 3 are the five specs and features below that Kuo believes are virtually confirmed, pointing to his credible supply chain sources in Asia:

A8 CPU

The iPhone 6 will flex its muscles powered by the 64-bit A8 processing chip and the same powerhouse will fire up both the Air 2 and the Mini 3, Kuo reported. The jump from A7 chip architecture is almost automatic, he added, and should deliver the following benefits – better overall performance, enhanced graphic rendering and more efficient device energy use.

iOS 8

Apple devices, at least most of them, now stand on iOS 7.1 and its unimaginable that the same mobile platform will animate the 2014 batch. So Apple fans are counting on the arrival of iOS 8 with the latest iPads and according to experts, the same software will be previewed at the 2014 WWDC in June.

Working with A8 chip, iOS 8 will be responsible for high-octane mobile computing, better stability and device security in the upcoming iPads.

8MP sensor plus killer cam features

Both the iPad Air 2 and the iPad Mini 3 will be the scaled up iPhone versions in terms of camera shooting capabilities, Kuo predicted. He expects the tablet duo to wield a killer 8MP rear cam plus the usual servings that iPhone fans have been pampered with.

The main object is to allow iPad users to produce high-quality clips and images comparable to that of the iPhone camera capabilities.

Touch ID

Touch ID fingerprint scanner makes for a tougher security protocol in the iPhone 5S and the same feature, Kuo asserts, will debut this 2014 in the two iPads. If that will be the case, Apple will again lead the way as the iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 will become the first tablets to feature biometric security.

Same look, design language and price

Outward, there is not much to expect from the already gorgeous looking iPads, Kuo said, adding that most of the tablet upgrades are confined within. If anything, it will be the Mini 3 that could get a bit of a revision as the analyst noted that the bulkier Mini 2 proved unattractive for many iPad fans.

So the same beautiful and solid design seen in 2013 will be pretty carried over in the 2014 builds, said the KGI expert.

And the same goes for the pricing – $400 for the basic iPad Mini 3 and $500 for the iPad Air 2. As the price mark stays the same, Kuo is upbeat of upcoming treats for tablet shoppers – cheaper 2013 iPads with the Mini 2 likely to go for only $300 soon as the Mini 3 becomes available.

It will be a simultaneous release date for the iPad Air 2 and the iPad Mini 3, which Kuo said should be expected anytime in July through September 2014.

From: http://au.ibtimes.com/articles/548147/20140415/ipad-air-2-mini-3-release-date.htm#.U041SBLYJyM

Google Nexus 8 Release Date Rumors: The Chronological Story

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The next Google I/O event is closing in fast, and as is the case each and every year, the search engine giant is expected to unveil some new hardware during the event. So what can we expect to see during the next conference? Well, judging by what the latest rumors are claiming, we’re most likely going to witness the unveiling of the Nexus 8 tablet.

But, nothing is set in stone yet, so let’s backtrack a bit and discuss the Nexus 8 release date rumors that have been circulated during these past several weeks. More on that one after the break.

Google Nexus 8 Release Date Rumors – The Story So Far

Given the fact that Google usually follows a certain pattern when it comes to launching new devices, it’s pretty much a no-brainer to assume that, if the Nexus 8 is real and is meant as a replacement for the Nexus 7, then the slate should be unveiled in mid-2014. This theory has been initially reconfirmed by the online publication Digitimes.

Not long after that, the same publication has suggested that Google intends on releasing the Nexus 8 at the end of April, but this seemed a bit too far-fetched to be real. Then, Digitimes has yet again cited its “inside sources”, and claimedclaiming that the Nexus 8 will enter mass production in June (so the April launch is out of the question) – the same month during which the Google I/O conference will take place.

What has followed then, was “confirmation” from numerous tech blogs, that the Nexus 8 is indeed planned for a July or August release, following the June production time-frame. The slate was also further rumored to bemanufactured by HTC, and not by LG or Asus.

The bottom line is, while we can’t be sure of how the story with the Nexus 8 will eventually end, we can be somewhat certain that the slate will go on sale shortly after the Google I/O event (if the N8 is real to begin with) simply because that’s what common sense dictates at this point in time. Hopefully, with the press conference closing in, all will become clearer. Stick around and we’ll keep you posted.

Galaxy S5 Top 10 useful Tips & Tricks

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The Samsung Galaxy S5 is now available on lot of countries and I am one of happy owners! As every phone it exist some hidden stuff and I have select it for you. So I am more or less sure than you didn’t know most of them! Lets go for my top 10 tips & tricks for Galaxy S5.

1- Remove Plastic on Camera
You have an amazing new phone, the Samsung Galaxy S5 and you show it to everyone but you have missed to remove the plastic protection on the camera! Don’t say that to everyone :p
2 – Quick Connect your Phone
You want to share something with a friend. No need to select settings activate bluetooth and search someone! On the status notification bar you know have to fast acess to connect your phone to another one!
3 – Double Window
You are using lot of apps and everytime you need to go to one app and turn back to an other one. For example you search something on internet and are writing a mail about that! You can use the Double Window in order to do that.
Activate it: Go to settings and search Multi Window

Use it: long press on turn button you activate or not it!
4 – Air View
Air View is an app which permit to get information about stuff without touching the screen. You are on the Gallery and you can enlarge the picture without open it thanks to Air View. Activate it from settings!
5 – Quick Settings
On the status notification bar you can go to settings and then go to quick settings. But did you know that with 2 fingers you can immediatly go to those quick settings? Just slide down the notification status bar but with 2 fingers instead of 1.
6 – Take your Pulse
The Samsung Galaxy S5 help you to take car about your health. In order to that the S5 use a sensor for your heart. You have to go on the app called:S-health and there use the pulse. Put your finger on the back of the phone just under the camera and wait some seconds.
7 – Download Booster
The Samsung Galaxy S5 use a new technology to download large files faster. In fat this technology use at the same time the LTE and the WiFi. To use it, go to settings and enable the Download Booster.
8 – Save your Day
Everyday our phone is killing the battery. Samsung use now a new application that save the battery for a longer time. You are at work and you have only 10% of battery and no cable to load your phone. No way! Use the Super battery saver mode! Go to settings and on Power saving option and use the Ultra Power saving mode.
9 – Hidden Menu Button
Did you know that the Samsung Galaxy S5 get a hidden menu button? In fact everywhere you are and where there is a menu you can made a long press on the recent app button and it open the menu!
10 – Close your app
To save your memory and the battery don’t forget to close your open apps. To do that just use the left button and close apps. Slide one to close it or you can also close all apps at the same time.
11 – Take a screenshot
Android KitKat use the same way to take a screenshot on the Samsung Galaxy S5. Just press the power button and the home button at the same time.

If you have any other tips & tricks or any question, let a comment!

Thank you

From: http://www.flow-wolf.net/2014/04/top-10-tips-tricks-samsung-galaxy-s5.html

Pavtube ByteCopy for Mac Giveaway [Save 42$]

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Hi, Friend! I’m so excited to tell you the amazing news that we are going to have a giveway of Pavtube ByteCopy for Windows or Mac at 0:00 on March 23th, 2014, U.S.A. California Los Angeles time. This is only a 24 hours giveway which is providing the great and strong BD/DVD multi-track tool totally the same as Pavtube official (42usd) retail version; no time limit, no watermarks.


Key features for Pavtube ByteCopy (Windows/Mac) are as below:

  • Backup BD/DVD to MKV without quality loss (keep 1080p quality at 16:9 aspect ratio).
  • Convert/rip/shrink/copy latest Blu-ray/DVD movies for Android/iOS/Windows device, editing program, HD player, game console, etc.
  • Allow full preservation of all audio tracks, subtitles and chapter markers.
  • Remove unwanted subs streams and audio tracks
  • Preserve soundtracks and subs in multiple languages, e.g. English, Spanish, French, Deutsch…

The giveaway page is here:

ByteCopy (Windows) giveaway:

http://giveaway.glarysoft.com/pavtubebytecopyv1.0-728/

ByteCopy (Mac) giveaway:

http://giveaway.glarysoft.com/pavtubebytecopyv1.0(formac)-729/


Note: The giveaway version may not be updated in the future.

How to get the giveaway?


The way to get licence is very easy and convenient. Just visit the Glarysoft Giveaway page and click download now when the giveaway start to get fully licensed software for free. Only available on 23th, please don’t miss this chance.
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Blu-ray Ripper is capable of 1:1 copying BD/DVD Disc content to local computer or external hard drive in original file structure with all subtitle tracks and audio streams preserved. Pavtube Blu-ray Ripper also supports backing up only movie content without extras to save time and storage space. At the same time, it rips/converts 3D Blu-ray discs, 2D Blu-ray discs, and standard DVDs to your desired HD and SD media formats.

Pavtube DVD Ripper provides movie lovers, children and people in any group with the easiest and fastest way to backup and rip DVD movies. It rips and converts DVD movies to MP4/AVI/MKV/WMV and many other video and audio formats with high quality. It lets you enjoy DVD movies on any portable device like iPhone 5, Galaxy S4, Lumia 920, PS4, Xperia Z, Surface, etc.

Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate provides 1:1 backup Blu-ray/DVD movies from disc to PC hard drive for disc burning and ISO image creating. It converts Blu-ray, DVD and video to MP4/AVI/MKV/WMV any popular video and audio formats. Besides, it allows for video editing tools including trimming, cropping, splitting, attaching srt/ass/ssa subtitles and special effects to add more fun when watching movies and videos.

More step-by-step guides can be found here:

Bytecopy windows guides: http://www.pavtube.cn/bytecopy-guides.html
ByteCopy for Mac guides: http://www.pavtube.cn/bytecopy-for-mac-guides.html

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Sony Xperia Z2 make an official appearance at CES 2014

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Japanese mobile phone maker Sony Mobile might be getting ready for the unveiling of a new smartphone in the Xperia Z lineup as soon as the next month, the latest reports on the matter suggest.


Rumor has it that it could be set to unveil the handset at the Consumer Electronics Show 2014 in Las Vegas in early January, though it might not put it on shelves until March.

The smartphone, called Xperia Z2, should make an official appearance at CES 2014, Technos Amigos notes in a recent report, and it should also be showcased at MWC 2014 in Barcelona the next month.

Furthermore, the news site claims that Sony also plans the launch of multiple smartphones at CES, and that two of them will be codenamed Sirius and Canopus (Xperia Z2 was rumored a few months ago to be codenamed Avatar).

Nothing has been confirmed on the matter as of now but, considering the fact that Sony did launch Xperia Z at CES this year, it would not come as a surprise if it did a similar move with the upcoming handset.

Xperia Z2 is expected to go official with a 5.2-inch touchscreen display (possibly an IGZO-matrix one), as well as with a quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor inside. Furthermore, it should run under Android 4.4 KitKat right from the start.

Other specs of the smartphone include 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal memory, a 20-megapixel camera on the back, 3MP front camera, and a powerful battery inside.

We’ll take the info with a grain of salt for the time being, but we’ll keep an eye out for additional details on the matter, so stay tuned.

In the meantime, you might also want to learn the fact that the aforementioned Sony handset codenamed Sirius is expected to hit the market with a 5-inch screen and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 CPU inside sometime in the second quarter of the next year.

From: http://news.softpedia.com/news/Sony-to-Showcase-Xperia-Z2-at-CES-2014-Report-412147.shtml

iPad 5 rumours: release date, news, specs

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This article is where we take a look at some of the rumoured iPad 5 release dates and specs and try and makes some sense of it all.

iPad 5 release date

Following the announcement of iOS 7, it’s fairly easy to come to the conclusion that Apple will launch the iPad 5 in autumn 2013. The company released the iPad 4 back in November 2012, having unveiled it in October. Given that the design was already two-generations old, we can’t imagine Apple will wait any longer than a year to launch the next iPad.

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