NVIDIA Shield Tablet and wireless controller with gaming focus officially unveiled

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After weeks of leaks, rumors and speculation, the NVIDIA Shield Tablet and Wireless Controller have officially been announced this morning. NVIDIA posted a series of videos on their YouTube channel promoting the new device with the slogan “high-performance gaming everywhere”.

In terms of aesthetics, the device looks like we imagined. It features dual 5MP cameras, dual front-facing stereo speakers, and an 8-inch, 1920×1200 display. The specs under the hood are equally impressive. The device boasts an NVIDIA Tegra K1 GPU, an ARM Cortex A15 CPU clocked at 2.2GHz, and 2GB of RAM.

In terms of pricing, there are two different models of the device. A 16GB WiFi variant and a 32GB WiFi + LTE version, selling for $299 and $399, respectively.  Both models will ship for a July 29th release.  Read more

Give your OnePlus One a bamboo makeover for $49

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The OnePlus One is a different type of smartphone. The startup behind it managed to put together a powerful handset with an entry-level price tag. So, in a market flooded with golden handsets, there’s no surprise that the folks behind this elusive device are doing something a little different. After a little bit of teasing, OnePlus officially announced the phone’s new bamboo “StyleSwap” cover today, which will be available to purchase at the end of August.

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Google is providing free Wi-Fi in Uber vehicles this summer in Philadelphia

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Uber, the app-based car service that Google recently sunk $250M into via its Google Ventures investment arm, today announced that its cars in Philadelphia this summer will have free WiFi courtesy of Google. Google also made an announcement on its own blog noting that the initiative is sponsored by Google Apps for Businesses, the online suite of productivity tools that Google hopes users in the back of the new WiFi-equipped Uber vehicles will take advantage of.  Read more

Xiaomi announces $13 Mi Band wearable with phone unlock feature, and first LTE phone

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Rapidly-growing Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi announced its first wearable today, the Mi Band. While it’s a fitness band rather than a smartwatch, it does have one smartwatch-style feature: it can be used instead of a passcode to unlock Mi phones.

The waterproof Mi Band measures activity levels and sleep patterns, has a smart sleep-cycle alarm and claims to have a 30-day battery-life. Amazingly, it will be going on sale in China and Singapore for the equivalent of just $13 …  Read more

Hillary Clinton talks international conflict, domestic spying, and asynchronous programming models in Google Fireside Chat

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Hillary Clinton stopped by Google today for one of the company’s “Fireside Chats” with Eric Schmidt to promote her new book, “Hard Choices.” In the one-hour talk, you can hear Clinton discuss a variety of topics ranging from international conflict to domestic wiretapping by the National Security Administration.

At one point she even (briefly) jumps into one of the most contentious debates of our time: synchronous vs. asynchronous programming models.

You can find the full video of Clinton and Schmidt’s discussion, including the Q&A section from the audience, below:

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Italy gives Google 18 months to reform user data collection policies to avoid fines

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Google is once again facing backlash from the Italian government. Earlier this year, an Italian antitrust regulator spoke out in disapproval of the company’s freemium app sales model and now, the country’s data protection regulator has given Google an ultimatum to change its data collection practices. The regulator today gave Google 18 months to change the way it treats and stores user data. This is a continuation of the investigation that Google has been undergoing in Europe for some time now.

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Google refreshes Chromecast website with tabbed interface, ability to view full list of apps

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Google today updated its Chromecast website with a few notable and worthwhile enhancements. Previously on the site, you could only view a selection of the apps with Chromecast support, but with today’s refresh, you can now view all of the apps with support for the streaming stick. That number has been growing rapidly recently, but there is a search option on the new site, as well. Though, the search functionality is still rather limited and not as robust as the Play Store.

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T-Mobile to launch Samsung Galaxy Avant on July 30th with remote unlocking capabilities

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While the Senate recently passed a bill that could make it easier for Android smartphone users to switch carriers after their contract is through, unlocking a smartphone remains a tedious and often costly process in the United States and elsewhere. T-Mobile, continuing its efforts to eliminate the so-called “pain points” associated with carriers, is aiming to solve that problem.  Read more

HTC design video may show company’s upcoming smartwatch in development

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Two weeks ago, HTC posted a video on their YouTube channel titled “HTC Design – ‘Behind the Scenes’” The video shows one of HTC’s offices with a voice over explaining their design philosophy. And while the video may be the usual mumbo-jumbo you’d expect from any companies YouTube channel, something interesting appears at about the 0:35 mark. Read more

New Samsung ad says ‘we’ve had it for two years’ to those anticipating iPhone 6′s larger screen

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Samsung this afternoon posted a new advertisement on its YouTube channel in which two friends, an iPhone user and a Galaxy S5 user speak to each other about the next iPhone possibly having a larger display. “Dude, iPhone might be getting a bigger screen” excitedly states the iPhone user  “That hasn’t happened yet?” slyly responds the Galaxy S5 user. Check out the full advertisement after the break.

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Facebook introducing ‘Save’ read later feature across iOS, Android & web

Facebook announced today that it’s rolling out a new feature for its mobile apps that will let users save content for easy access at a later date. A list of saved content from Facebook— including links to things like places, movies, TV, and music— will appear in the Facebook mobile apps in the “More” section and on the left side bar on the web. Read more