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Sprint HTC One M8 and E8 now receiving international WiFi calling update

Posted: 22 Oct 2014 06:51 PM PDT

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Yesterday, the HTC One M8 on T-Mobile received an update to Android 4.4.4 with the all new EYE Experience camera app and as promised, earlier today the Verizon model followed suit. Still trailing behind is the Sprint HTC One M8 and HTC One E8, 2 models that are seeing an update today — but not to the EYE Experience + Android 4.4.4.

Instead, these 2 devices — which differ only in build materials and camera hardware — are getting an update to enable Sprint’s international WiFi calling (a previous update introduced WiFi calling for the states) which enables free calling when connected to WiFi to, from, and between the US, Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. The One M8 gets software build 3.30.651.2, while the One E8 gets 1.22.651.1. Here’s the full list of goodies from the changelog:

  • Google Security Patch
  • GPS Enhancements
  • International Wi-Fi Calling
  • ItsOn Integration
  • Accessibility Improvements
  • Sprint Zone Updates (HTC One E8)

You should find the update hitting your Ones starting today and rolling out over the next few days. For those that don’t feel like waiting, you can pull the update by jumping into your Settings > About phone > Software updates. Although HTC hasn’t said as much, we expect Android 4.4.4 with the EYE Experience will arrive soon after. Sit tight.

Google updates AppCompat so developers can bring Material Design to pre-Lollipop devices

Posted: 22 Oct 2014 05:23 PM PDT

Android Developers Google Materia Design

When Google first unveiled their fresh new Material Design interface for Android 5.0 Lollipop (then known as Android L), we just about flipped. A mixture of colorful, clean UI and gorgeous animations, we’ve never seen Android look so beautiful and full of life. Since then, we’ve seen bits and pieces of Material make its way to Google’s core apps like Google+ and more recently the Google Play Store.

Now, in an update to AppCompat (V21), Google is looking to provide developers with the resources they need to bring the Android 5.0 look to older Android versions still running on the vast majority of devices (and will be for some time). They’ve also updated the RecyclerView, CardView and Palette libraries, which should be of some use.

Android Toolbar Widget

Google is also introducing the Toolbar widget which they say supports a more focused feature set than the Action Bar. The Toolbar can contain elements like a navigation button, branded logo image, title and subtitle, one or more custom views, and an action menu with optional overflow menu for additional actions (see above).

By giving developers the resources they need to beautify their apps with Material, Google is creating a more unified look to the apps that are made available in the Play Store. Getting developers to use these new tools, however, is another story. For more details on getting your pre-Lollipop apps updated with a Material Design, hit the link down below.

[Android Developers Blog]

 

Motorola DROID Turbo leaked in the flesh ahead of its Oct 28th unveiling

Posted: 22 Oct 2014 03:54 PM PDT

Motorola DROID Turbo AndroidSpin leak

The Motorola DROID Turbo has probably leaked more times than Motorola or Verizon may have liked. Even though we still have a little more than 5 days until Verizon’s DroidDoes site fully reveals the beastly Android device, the folks at AndroidSpin are giving us an early look at the phone in the flesh.

Despite being an eyesore, it’s not too different from the variety of leaks we’ve already seen, but does once again confirm a few of the phone’s insane specs like a 2560×1440 resolution display, and 3GB of RAM. October 28th all will be revealed, but we have a feeling this isn’t the last we’ve seen of the DROID Turbo.

Google Wallet’s upcoming ad campaign hopes to spread the word about rival Apple Pay service for Android

Posted: 22 Oct 2014 03:21 PM PDT

GoogleWallet Nexus S

By now, much of the world has heard all about Apple Pay, Apple’s newly launched NFC-based mobile payment service. It’s not too unlike Google Wallet, another NFC mobile payments system Android users have been enjoying for the past 3 years now and despite being as easy to use as Apple Pay, has failed to hit the mainstream. But Google’s not mad. In statement from Sherice Torres, Google’s director of marketing for commerce, she says:

“We got into mobile payments because one of Google's main goals was to expand the use of Wallet to replace cash. Anything that that encourages people to try to use their phones is good.”

It doesn’t help that Google hasn’t really advertised Wallet much, nothing like what we’ve seen Apple and credit card companies have done with Apple Pay (see above example). Outside of the initial George Costanza wallet video, you’d be hard pressed to find a single ad talking about Google Wallet. But that will soon change.

Now that Apple Pay’s 220,000+ retail supporters will already have NFC-based credit card systems in their stores, Google will ride its momentum by spreading the word about Google Wallet with a new ad campaign launching later this year. Although specifics about the ad campaign weren’t mentioned, we’re guessing Google will take the opportunity to educate Android users in the fact that Google Wallet can also be used at all the same places as Apple Pay. And while Apple Pay is limited to specific credit card issuers, Google Wallet is compatible with all bank and credit cards.

It’s exactly as we said in a post a few weeks ago — now that Apple Pay is spearheading NFC payments, you’ll finally be able to use Google Wallet in a lot more places.

[Mashable]

Digits is Twitter’s new tool to help developers avoid using passwords

Posted: 22 Oct 2014 12:58 PM PDT

Twitter Digits concept app

As part of Twtiter’s first mobile developer conference in 4 years — dubbed Flight — the social network talked about their latest efforts to add millions of new users by way of eliminating the password. What’s wrong with the password? Well, aside from being easily forgotten (the more secure ones anyway), easily hacked, or just a pain in the butt to type out, they mostly rely on the user having some sort of email address.

After traveling the globe, Twitter’s Senior Product Manager found that when outside the US, not too many people have email accounts. This is why Twitter is now introducing Digits, the company’s new method of killing off passwords once and for all. It’s really not too different from the sign in method you’ve seen a few apps use already, and works by sending an SMS verification code to a phone, and then authenticating the user.

The big deal about Digits is that it’s not just Twitter’s new method for signing in users, it’s available to any and all developers looking to integrate the sign in method into their apps (and for free). Like Vine before it, the Twitter-owned Digits will act as its own separate brand and is yet another way for Twitter to help diversify themselves.

Developers interested in integrating Digits int their apps can learn more via Twitter’s developer site here.

[via The Verge]

The T-Mobile G1 is 6 years old, let’s take a trip down memory lane!

Posted: 22 Oct 2014 12:34 PM PDT

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It’s the year 2008. “Britney Spears” is the most-searched term on Yahoo.com. Tina Fey is impersonating Sarah Palin on SNL. Google and HTC release the very first phone to run a new operating system called “Android.” The T-Mobile G1 is different in almost every way from the trending Apple iPhone 3G. What is Google, a search company, hoping to achieve with a phone? Will anyone buy this thing?

Yes. Yes they will, but more importantly, they will buy a lot more of the devices that follow the G1. Today marks 6 years since the G1 launched on T-Mobile and kickstarted the Android movement. A lot has changed since then. Your first Android device may not have been the G1, but without the G1 your device would not exist. Let’s take a trip back to 2008 to see what we thought about the G1 when it was brand new.

Have you ever heard Rob sound so young excited? Phandroid was the first Android site on the planet, so of course we were very excited to have the first Android device in our hands. We were so excited that we just had to write a rap about it!

Awww yeah.

We did more than just rap about the G1. We also reviewed it. A lot has changed in just six short years, and nothing proves that more than reading our review of the G1. Things that were cool back then are completely gone nowadays, and the specs barely match those of a smartwatch in 2014. Here are some quotes from our review of the T-Mobile G1.

I've been reading reviews all over the web that still hate on the "chunk". I'm an absolute fan of the hardware… chunk included and I'm not sure how others are not. It seems pretty obvious to me that a physical keyboard is easier to type on than a touchscreen, especially with some of the laggy touch screens out there.

I’m sure keyboards will be popular on phones for a long time…

Many people have also complained that the icons graphically lacking, an issue I didn't address in this video. I agree that the icons could be a little more sharp and attractive, but for the most part that seems like another "preference" issue. It will be interesting to see if developers are able to implement "icon sets" that replace these existing icons.

Icon Sets you say? That sounds like a pretty good idea!

Honestly, the placement of the trackball is pretty impeccable if you ask me. In conjunction with the keyboard you can be surfing the web and scrolling through links without even THINKING about it. It’s just natural. It makes sense. It works.

Poor trackballs.

That’s our trip down memory lane. It’s been a fun six years in the Android World. Who would have thought such a funky phone would start a revolution? We certainly believe it would, and we’re sure many of you did too. Share your own G1 memories and stories with us below, or check out the thread in Android Forums to reminisce. Happy Birthday T-Mobile G1!

Oh, and here is a picture of Chris from the G1 days.

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Samsung reveals plans to sell Galaxy Note 4 developer edition for Verizon

Posted: 22 Oct 2014 12:33 PM PDT

note 4 dev edition verizon

Samsung and Verizon always seem to be cuddle buddies when it comes to developer editions of their phones. The two have once again come together to offer a developer edition of Samsung’s latest flagship, with said flagship being the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. The device won’t be offered on-contract and presumably won’t be available through Verizon Edge, so you’ll have to fork over $660 if you want it.

Developer Edition devices tend to be a hot commodity as their unlockable bootloaders make way to easy hacking and custom ROMs. Unfortunately the grass isn’t all that green across the entire field as developer devices don’t tend to be on the same upgrade path as your typical carrier-provided option. The device would have to attract a pretty big development community to get the most out of it, but that’s not always something that’s guaranteed (even if the device is intended to appease those tinkering types).

Adding more adversity to its plight is the advent of the Nexus 6, the first Nexus smartphone to be offered on Verizon’s network since the Galaxy Nexus. The Nexus 6 will likely capture everyone’s attention and be home to a much larger development community, especially considering all North American Nexus 6 units are identical under the hood. We’re sure many will still find a need to have a Galaxy Note 4 free of carrier and OEM chains, but we wouldn’t be surprised if its popularity fails to live up to its promise. You can order one on Samsung’s site right now, and read our Samsung Galaxy Note 4 review if you’re on the fence about whether the device is worth your money.

Gmail’s new “Inbox” app wants to help make sense of all your email [VIDEO]

Posted: 22 Oct 2014 11:07 AM PDT

inbox by gmail

The Google team is seemingly never satisfied with what they’ve been able to create with Gmail, and they’re always looking to improve on their class-leading email service with new features and ideas. The company has introduced their biggest evolution since bringing priority inboxes and smart categories.

It’s an app by the name of Inbox, and it aims to not only group your emails in a meaningful way, but allow you to act on them in appropriate fashion. Inbox is an extension of your Gmail inbox so it uses the same email you already receive to your typical inbox. The difference is Inbox will do a few different things to help you organize that email a few different ways.

One of those ways is Bundles — Inbox can group similar emails into the same thread to give you a quick look at all of them without an issue. Say, for instance, you’re going on vacation and need to see information about your flight, itinerary, car rentals and what have you. Inbox would know to show you all of those things in a “bundle” instead of you having to peck down each individual email. Not all of it is left up to Google’s algorithms as you can teach Inbox what you would like to see grouped together over time.

So you’ve organized it, now how does Inbox help you act on it? It might automatically add relevant bits of info to your email. A flight check-in confirmation might provide a link to your boarding pass, or a reservation for a restaurant could embed a map to its location within the email to make sure you know how to get there.

More vanilla features include things like snooze and reminders to make sure you come back to an email that you couldn’t tend to the moment it came in. This prevents them from slipping their way into the low pits of inbox hell and makes it much more likely that you’ll remember to check on those lost emails later on. The reason I refer to them as vanilla is because you can get access to some of these features on the desktop version of Gmail today through the use of handy plugins and extensions.

So why not bring any of this into the current Gmail app? It’s tough to say. Google boasts this as an efficient way to tackle one of the biggest communication problems folks deal with on a daily basis, but why do we need a separate to do any of it? My guess is Google doesn’t want to drastically change the way email works without first giving it proper trial and error in its own little sandbox.

This route will allow them to iterate and bring new features, update and changes to make the experience more pleasant and natural. Humans are notoriously afraid of change so it’s likely Google didn’t want to bring any sweeping changes to the core Gmail experience and scare folks away.

And that’s probably why it’s in invite-only status right now — yes, you’ll need an invite to even use the new app. You can easily request one from Google by sending an email to inbox@google.com, and if past invite-only Google services and programs are anything to by it shouldn’t be all that difficult to find your way in. Let us know if you’ll be looking to take part, and if you’re already part of the invite-only affair be sure to let us know how Inbox is treating you in the comments below.

[via Gmail]

Retry by Rovio aims to cash in on the ridiculously hard game trend

Posted: 22 Oct 2014 09:59 AM PDT

retry

Rovio has a new game being dolled out this morning. It’s called Retry, an 8-bit airplane maneuvering obstacle course that’ll have you doing dips, dives, turns and twists to try and make your way through each level without crashing. The company is quite proud of the fact that the game might make you want to pull your hair out due to its difficulty. I mean, its name is Retry, after all.

More than just the difficulty of it, though, the studio is priding itself on the retro graphics, sound and feel of it all. “Next gen? How 'bout first gen,” they exclaim in the app’s description. But beyond the pile of 8-bit pride is a bit of depth. Here’s the feature list being touted in this 1.0 release:

  • WORLD MAP! Wave to friends as you zip past!
  • DAILY CHALLENGES! Take on friends in brutally endless levels!
  • SHORTCUT LEVELS! Who said shortcuts were easy? Good luck.
  • MODS! Mod your plane to slow down time and more!
  • FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR! No clue how to barrel-roll? Turn on the navigator!

So beyond its pile of 8-bit inspiration is actually a unique set of gameplay elements that should make this a very interesting way to pass some time. Be sure to find the free download over at the Google Play Store.

Microsoft Garage brings interesting Android apps from bored engineers

Posted: 22 Oct 2014 08:45 AM PDT

microsoft garage projects

Microsoft has unveiled a new initiatives to get their engineers working on projects that interest them. It’s called Microsoft Garage, and it’s not all that dissimilar to the 20% time Google gives their employees for working on side projects every week. As Microsoft puts it:

Hackers, makers, artists, tinkerers, musicians, inventors—
on any given day you'll find them in The Microsoft Garage.

We are a community of interns, employees, and teams from everywhere in the company who come together to turn our wild ideas into real projects. This site gives you early access to projects as they come to life.

It’s an awesome new initiative by Microsoft that should breed the same innovation that’s helped Google come up with some of their best services and apps. Microsoft Garage has already spawned some very interesting creations, and funnily enough many of those creations are made for Android.

There’s Journeys and Notes, an experimental social network that emphasizes places as much as people. Folks who beat the same path can come together to share their experience, whether it was a simple ride to work or a refreshing jog in the park.

Next Lock Screen is a lock-screen replacement that brings your calendar appointments, messages and most used apps to the forefront. It’s not the first or most exciting smart lock screen we’ve ever seen, but it does seem to be designed pretty well and also comes with a couple of unique features (such as the ability to automatically change lock-screen wallpapers based on time of day or location).

Finally there’s Bing Torque, an Android Wear app that connects you to Bing with the simple flick of your wrist (as opposed to using the voice-activated OK Google command to be whisked away to Google’s search engine). Bing Torque is voice-capable after the initial flick of your wrist so you won’t ever have to touch the watch to perform whatever search you need.

It’s very telling that Microsoft Garage has spawned more Android products than products for Microsoft’s own platforms to this point. That could change in the near future, but for Microsoft this isn’t just about improving their own platform and bottom line — it’s about inspiring and promoting innovative ideas from within their company to help change the tech world however they can. Kudos to Microsoft for a much needed culture change.

Samsung teases Lollipop on the Galaxy Note 4

Posted: 22 Oct 2014 07:13 AM PDT

note 4 lollipop

In what would otherwise be an ordinary social media marketing pump, Samsung posted a photo of the Galaxy Note 4 noting that its Quad HD Super AMOLED display is “super sweet.” On the display was a picture of some sweet, sweet looking lollipops. This leads us to believe Samsung is no doubt excited bout Android 5.0 Lollipop and will be looking to bring it to the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, though we can’t say we weren’t already expecting it considering it’s their latest flagship smartphone.

We’re sure you can expect Lollipop for the Samsung Galaxy S5 too, but any other devices are up in the air. Samsung has yet to formally detail plans for bringing Lollipop to any of their smartphones, but we’re sure they’ll be getting a move on development as soon as they can and look to have the upgrade out before the candy goes stale. We’ll be reaching out to Samsung to see if they have anything to share on their Lollipop plans.

[via Twitter]

Blizzard commits to bringing Hearthstone to Android tablets by year’s end

Posted: 22 Oct 2014 06:17 AM PDT

hearthstone

Fans of Hearthstone, one of the fastest growing new collectible card games to launch within the past year, will be excited to hear this news: Hearthstone is headed to Android tablets by the end of this year! While Blizzard already stated they wanted to get the game up on Android before year’s end, that was very early on and if you know Blizzard then you know they love taking their sweet time on things. Today’s affirmation so late in the year is a good sign that things are still on track and that Android folks will be able to enjoy their card-dueling goodness on the go before too long.

Hearthstone is a card game that draws its inspiration from the vast World of Warcraft universe. Players build decks using 1 of 9 hero classes (Druid, Mage, Hunter, Paladin, Rogue, Warrior, Shaman, Warlock and Priest) to go head-to-head with other players not willing to let you slide by easily.

warrior-vs-warlock-hearthstone

Its simple mechanics allow for new players to pick it up easily, while its free-form deck building lets advanced players get even deeper. Hearthstone is a free-to-play title supported by in-app purchases of card packs and arena tickets. Be sure to check it out on your PC (or iPad) right now if you’re wondering what all the hubbub is about.

Blizzard also touched on forthcoming support for Android phones (and iPhones). The company said while they have an internal build humming along, they feel it won’t be ready for launch by the end of the year. They state the smaller screen real estate of a phone as the challenge keeping them from rushing the game out. Better for them to take more time and make sure the user experience is top-notch than to rush out a shoddy port that will annoy users to no end. Let us know if you’ll be looking forward to its arrival.

[via Blizzard]

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Science X Newsletter Wednesday, Oct 22

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Here is your customized Phys.org Newsletter for October 22, 2014:


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EXTREMELY STRETCHABLE HYDROGELS MAY BE USED IN ARTIFICIAL MUSCLES
http://phys.org/news/2014-10-extremely-stretchable-hydrogels-artificial-muscles.html?utm_source=nwletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=splt-item&utm_campaign=daily-nwletter
ORGANIC MOLECULES IN TITAN'S ATMOSPHERE ARE INTRIGUINGLY SKEWED
http://phys.org/news/2014-10-molecules-titan-atmosphere-intriguingly-skewed.html?utm_source=nwletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=splt-item&utm_campaign=daily-nwletter
HUMAN SKIN CELLS REPROGRAMMED DIRECTLY INTO BRAIN CELLS
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-10-human-skin-cells-reprogrammed-brain.html?utm_source=nwletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=splt-item&utm_campaign=daily-nwletter
TWO FAMILIES OF COMETS FOUND AROUND NEARBY STAR BETA PICTORIS
http://phys.org/news/2014-10-families-comets-nearby-star-beta.html?utm_source=nwletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=splt-item&utm_campaign=daily-nwletter
GOOFY DINOSAUR BLENDS BARNEY AND JAR JAR BINKS (W/ VIDEO)
http://phys.org/news/2014-10-goofy-dinosaur-blends-barney-jar.html?utm_source=nwletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=splt-item&utm_campaign=daily-nwletter
OLDEST DNA EVER FOUND SHEDS LIGHT ON HUMANS' GLOBAL TREK
http://phys.org/news/2014-10-oldest-dna-humans-global-trek.html?utm_source=nwletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=splt-item&utm_campaign=daily-nwletter
COMPUTER SCIENTISTS CAN PREDICT THE PRICE OF BITCOIN
http://phys.org/news/2014-10-scientists-price-bitcoin.html?utm_source=nwletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=splt-item&utm_campaign=daily-nwletter
LCD TECHNOLOGY MAINTAINS 3D IMAGES IT DISPLAYS WITHOUT DRAWING POWER
http://phys.org/news/2014-10-lcd-technology-3d-images-power.html?utm_source=nwletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=splt-item&utm_campaign=daily-nwletter
FERMI SATELLITE FINDS HINTS OF STARQUAKES IN MAGNETAR 'STORM'
http://phys.org/news/2014-10-fermi-satellite-hints-starquakes-magnetar.html?utm_source=nwletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=splt-item&utm_campaign=daily-nwletter
NIST OFFERS ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY TWO WAYS TO SNOOP ON SELF-ORGANIZING MOLECULES
http://phys.org/news/2014-10-nist-electronics-industry-ways-snoop.html?utm_source=nwletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=splt-item&utm_campaign=daily-nwletter
MATHEMATICAL MODEL SHOWS HOW THE BRAIN REMAINS STABLE DURING LEARNING
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-10-mathematical-brain-stable.html?utm_source=nwletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=splt-item&utm_campaign=daily-nwletter
A REAL-TIME TRACKING SYSTEM DEVELOPED TO MONITOR DANGEROUS BACTERIA INSIDE THE BODY
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-10-real-time-tracking-dangerous-bacteria-body.html?utm_source=nwletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=splt-item&utm_campaign=daily-nwletter
NEW GENOME-EDITING TECHNIQUE ENABLES RAPID ANALYSIS OF GENES MUTATED IN TUMORS
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-10-genome-editing-technique-enables-rapid-analysis.html?utm_source=nwletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=splt-item&utm_campaign=daily-nwletter
RESEARCH REVEALS HOW LYMPH NODES EXPAND DURING DISEASE
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-10-reveals-lymph-nodes-disease.html?utm_source=nwletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=splt-item&utm_campaign=daily-nwletter
NEW INSIGHTS ON CARBONIC ACID IN WATER
http://phys.org/news/2014-10-insights-carbonic-acid.html?utm_source=nwletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=splt-item&utm_campaign=daily-nwletter


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COMPUTER SCIENTISTS CAN PREDICT THE PRICE OF BITCOIN
Scientists have crunched data to predict crime, hospital visits, and government uprisings—so why not the price of Bitcoin?
Full story at http://phys.org/news/2014-10-scientists-price-bitcoin.html?utm_source=nwletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=ctgr-item&utm_campaign=daily-nwletter

REVIEW: BETTER CAMERAS, LESS GLARE IN IPAD AIR 2
If I've seen you taking photos with a tablet computer, I've probably made fun of you (though maybe not to your face, depending on how big you are). I'm old school: I much prefer looking through the viewfinder of my full-bodied, single-lens reflex camera, even though it has a large LCD screen.
Full story at http://phys.org/news/2014-10-cameras-glare-ipad-air.html?utm_source=nwletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=ctgr-item&utm_campaign=daily-nwletter

NEW 3-D PRINTING ALGORITHMS SPEED PRODUCTION, REDUCE WASTE
New software algorithms have been shown to significantly reduce the time and material needed to produce objects with 3-D printers.
Full story at http://phys.org/news/2014-10-d-algorithms-production.html?utm_source=nwletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=ctgr-item&utm_campaign=daily-nwletter

BLINK, POINT, SOLVE AN EQUATION: INTRODUCING PHOTOMATH
"Ma, can I go now? My phone did my homework." PhotoMath, from the software development company MicroBlink, will make the student's phone do math homework. Just point the camera towards the mathematical expression, and PhotoMath displays a result. The PhotoMath app solves equations using the camera on an iOS or Windows phone and will be available for Android early next year. More important, PhotoMath is not just a camera-based calculator. Its value is not just in giving the phone user the answer but in being able to display the solution in steps taken to solve the problem. The user can understand the process that was used to solve the problem.
Full story at http://phys.org/news/2014-10-equation-photomath.html?utm_source=nwletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=ctgr-item&utm_campaign=daily-nwletter

APPLE ISSUES SECURITY WARNING FOR ICLOUD
Apple has posted a new security warning for users of its iCloud online storage service amid reports of a concerted effort to steal passwords and other data from people who use the popular service in China.
Full story at http://phys.org/news/2014-10-apple-issues-icloud.html?utm_source=nwletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=ctgr-item&utm_campaign=daily-nwletter

APPLE CO-FOUNDER TO MENTOR AT AUSTRALIAN UNIVERSITY
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has accepted an adjunct professorship at a Sydney university and will play a mentoring role at the university's innovation lab.
Full story at http://phys.org/news/2014-10-apple-co-founder-australian-university.html?utm_source=nwletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=ctgr-item&utm_campaign=daily-nwletter

LUFTHANSA OUTSOURCES IT INFRASTRUCTURE OPS TO IBM
German airline Lufthansa said on Wednesday it will outsource its IT infrastructure services to US computer giant IBM to cut costs by 70 million euros ($89 million) annually.
Full story at http://phys.org/news/2014-10-lufthansa-outsources-infrastructure-ops-ibm.html?utm_source=nwletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=ctgr-item&utm_campaign=daily-nwletter

SAMSUNG MASS PRODUCES INDUSTRY'S FIRST 8-GIGABIT DDR4 BASED ON 20 NANOMETER PROCESS TECHNOLOGY
Samsung Electronics announced that it is mass producing the industry's most advanced 8-gigabit (Gb) DDR4 memory and 32-gigabyte (GB) module, both of which will be manufactured based on a new 20-nanometer (nm) process technology, for use in enterprise servers.
Full story at http://phys.org/news/2014-10-samsung-mass-industry-gigabit-ddr4.html?utm_source=nwletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=ctgr-item&utm_campaign=daily-nwletter

STABILIZING GEOTECHNICAL ASSETS: NEW RESEARCH AIMS TO IDENTIFY POTENTIAL HIGHWAY, RAILROAD PROBLEMS
While we're able to enjoy timeless scenery as we travel in the United States, it's important to realize that the soils and rocks forming the base of these transportation systems may not forever be stable.
Full story at http://phys.org/news/2014-10-stabilizing-geotechnical-assets-aims-potential.html?utm_source=nwletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=ctgr-item&utm_campaign=daily-nwletter

EXPLORING ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS OF SOLAR TECHNOLOGIES
Even technologies promoted for good environmental reasons can sometimes have unforeseen negative consequences.
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How to set up Raspberry Pi, the little computer you can cook into DIY tech projects


You don't need an electrical engineering degree to build a robot army. With the  Raspberry Pi B+,
you can create robots and connected devices on the cheap, with little
more than an Internet connection and a bunch of spare time.




The Raspberry Pi is a
computer about the size of a credit card. The darling of the
do-it-yourself electronics crowd, the Pi was originally designed to
teach kids computer and programming skills without the need for
expensive computer labs. People have used Raspberry Pis for everything
from robots to cheap home media centers. 




The Pi sports USB ports,
HDMI video, and a host of other peripherals. The latest version, the B+,
sports 512MB of RAM and uses a MicroSD card instead of a full-size
card.




raspberry pi b photo Alex Campbell


The Raspberry Pi B+ with a MicroSD card for scale.




Most people install a Linux
distribution called Raspbian onto the SD cards needed to boot the Pi.
Raspbian is a version of Debian Linux (the distribution Ubuntu is based
on) designed specifically for use on the Pi. Raspbian is also
recommended for new Pi users to familiarize themselves with the device
and the Linux operating system.




If the the big "L-word"
scares you, rest easy knowing that Raspbian ships with a familiar
graphical environment, complete with a web browser. And you can get your
Pi up and running in less time than it takes to bake an edible raspberry pie.




Ready? Let's get cooking.



Raspbian Raspberry Pi

Yield: One web-ready 2.2-inch x 3.4-inch Raspberry Pi. Processing time: about 20 minutes. Prep time: about 20 minutes.



Before you start, gather everything you need in one place, preferably near your router.



Ingredients

  • 1 Raspberry Pi B+, bare
  • 1 USB mouse
  • 1 USB keyboard
  • 1 ethernet cable
  • 1 monitor with HDMI (preferred) or DVI input
  • 1 HDMI to DVI adaptor (optional)
  • 1 USB cable with micro-USB connector (you can borrow this from an Android phone) and wall adapter
  • 1 8GB MicroSD card with standard SD adapter
raspberry pi collected parts photo Alex Campbell


You probably already have
everything you need to start using your Raspberry Pi. You can borrow the
screen, keyboard and mouse from your PC while you tinker.





Required equipment

  • Windows PC with SD card reader and Internet connection

Directions


  1. On the Windows PC, download Win32 Disk Imager from SourceForge and a copy of Raspbian from RaspberryPi.org. Set aside time for downloads to finish.



    Win32 Disk Imager should only take about 30 seconds to download on a fast connection, while Raspbian will take about 12 minutes.



  2. While files are downloading, combine the mouse, keyboard, HDMI cable and ethernet cable with the Raspberry Pi.



  3. Connect other end of
    ethernet cable with your home router and the other end of the HDMI cable
    to your monitor. If you chose to use a monitor with DVI only, use the
    HDMI to DVI adaptor.




    raspberry pi b connected photo Alex Campbell


    This Raspberry Pi has all
    the necessary peripherals connected with the exception of the USB power
    supply and the micro-USB card that houses the operating system.





  4. Combine the micro-USB-tipped USB cable and wall adapter. Combine MicroSD card with SD card adapter. Set aside.



  5. Once Win32 Disk Imager is finished downloading, install the software.



  6. When Raspbian is done downloading, extract the IMG file to a handy location.



  7. Insert the SD card adapter
    into the PC's SD card reader and start Win32 Disk Imager as an
    administrator. Click the folder icon to browse for the Raspbian IMG
    file, click the drop-down menu under Device and select the appropriate
    drive letter for the SD card. Click Write, and let the program run for about 7 ½ to 8 minutes.




    When Win32 Disk Imager is finished writing, click OK and Exit.



    win32 disk imager


    Writing the Raspian image to the MiscroSD card will take about eight minutes.



     

  8. Remove the SD card from
    your PC and pull out the MicroSD card from the SD card adapter. Insert
    the MicroSD card into the Raspberry Pi until it clicks securely.




    raspberry pi b microsd photo Alex Campbell


    The MicroSD card is inserted into a slot on the underside of the Raspberry Pi.




  9. Plug USB power cable into the wall and into the Raspberry Pi to boot the computer.



    raspberry pi b connect power photo


    The Raspberry Pi is powered by a micro-USB cable. The USB cable can be powered from a wall adapter or a PC that is turned on.




  10. When the Pi boots, select the first option to format the remaining memory of the MicroSD card for use as storage.



    raspbian setup menu Alex Campbell


    In the Raspian setup system, use the arrow keys, the Tab key and the Enter key to navigate and select options.




    Set your time-zone and
    keyboard layout. Raspbian is set to use a U.K. language and keyboard for
    layout, so be sure to set the keyboard and language to your local
    language. For most people in the U.S., the standard U.S. keyboard layout
    will work.




  11. Once you've configured your options in the setup program, hit Tab and select Finish. On
    the next screens, select appropriate "compose" keys, which are used to
    create special characters. I used the right Ctrl and Alt keys as compose
    keys because I rarely use them.




  12. When the setup program finishes, log in to Raspbian with the user name pi, and the password raspberry. Next, type startx to open the LXDE graphical desktop environment.



    raspian startx


    Once you log in as the user pi with the password raspberry, type startx to launch the graphical desktop. 



Once the graphical
environment starts, you're good to go. While the Pi can handle web
applications like Google Apps, don't expect desktop-like performance.
Remember that the Pi is running desktop software on really cheap
hardware meant for mobile phones.




raspian desktop


Raspian's lightweight LXDE
desktop has a layout that will be familiar to Windows users. Raspbian
comes with a web browser, Midori.





Raspbian comes preloaded with the Midori web browser. To install another browser like Chromium, you'll have to use a couple of commands with console program apt. But first, you'll have to update the list of packages available to apt. Type or paste the following into a console window:



sudo apt-get update
Next, open up a terminal and type sudo apt-get install <package name> to install the appropriate software package.



sudo apt-get install chromium
install chromium on raspian


Installing software on Raspian is as easy as typing in a single console command.




You can use the apt
command to install everything from LibreOffice to the Apache web
server. A full list of Debian packages available for Raspbian is
available online.




To turn off your Pi, double-click Shutdown
on the desktop. Once the Pi's screen has gone dark and is no longer
showing text of any kind, simply unplug the Pi from its USB power
supply.




Once you feel at home with
Raspbian, you can try writing programs for the Raspberry Pi using
Python, or try your hand at other distributions like Pidora (a Pi-friendly version of Red Hat's Fedora Linux) or the Raspberry Pi version of Arch Linux.




Because the Pi is so cheap,
don't be afraid to experiment and break things. If you ever get in a
situation where your Raspbian installation is unusable, simply use Win32
Disk Imager to flash a fresh copy of the operating system onto your
MicroSD card and start anew.




Whether you have a big
project in mind or just want to learn how to program in Python, the Pi
is a great way to get a taste of what tiny computers can do.