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Google Play Services 6.5 Adds New Features To Maps, Drive, Wallet, And Fit APIs

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Android 5.0 Lollipop Review: Smartphone Edition

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Microsoft Now Lets Developers Run IE On Android, iOS And OS X

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Google’s Leaked Play Store Redesign Foregrounds Media And Summaries

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Google Adds “Okay Google” Voice Search For All Chrome Users

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Wall Mount MagBak Turns Your iPad Into A Fancy Magnet

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Raspberry Pi Camera Module Now On Sale, $25 To Add An Eye To Pi Hardware Hack Projects

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Calling all hardware hackers: the Raspberry Pi camera module has gone on sale online via Pi suppliers including RS Components and Premier Farnell/Element14, providing the eye required for all those computer vision projects you had in mind for the Pi microcomputer.

The camera module actually went on sale yesterday and is currently temporarily out of stock on RS’ website (but Element 14 appears to have stock). The plug-in module costs around £17, or about $25.

The camera module can be used with either the Model A or Model B Pi, and has a five megapixel sensor — the same size as you’d find in many a mid-range Android smartphone — and a fixed focus lens. The module supports 1080p/720p/640x480p video. Dimensions are 25 x 20 x 9mm. Weight is just 3g.

The latest version of the Raspbian firmware supports the module so Pi owners may need to upgrade to enable camera support.

The Pi Foundation has made a short video showing basic hardware set up for the camera module. Embedded below.

Squarespace Adds Commerce System For A High-Class Blogging/Sales Experience

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Squarespace knows from fancy. They make dead-simple websites for people who require a high level of design and elegance and, unlike, say, our website, a lot of Squarespace sites are surprisingly beautiful. Now those same designers who use the site for their private blogs can sell their wares right from their sites.

The service, called Squarespace Commerce, connects to Stripe for payment handling and allows you to embed products into blog posts and wrap content around them. The commerce portion works with every Squarespace template.

You can sign up for Commerce for $24 a month on a yearly basis. The service also supports mailing-list sign up, CSV order exports and unlimited SKUs.

The founder, Anthony Casalena, makes a strong case for the product here but think of this as the e-commerce solution for the put-a-bird-on-it set.

I had a little bit of time to sit down with the platform and came away impressed. There is definitely a value in having a simple digital or physical storefront, and with the rise of home DIY and makers, it’s a great way to get product wrapped up in some solid content. I’ve always loved Squarespace’s spare style, and the latest version is definitely a step in the right direction for the service. Commerce, I suppose, is the fancy cream icing on the cake.

Article courtesy of TechCrunch

Fly Or Die: Samsung Galaxy S III

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I said in my review that the Samsung Galaxy S III is the phone you’ve been waiting for, and the same holds true in this latest episode of Fly Or Die. John and I took a look at the various specs, namely the NFC-style features and S-Voice, and we both walked away with a warm, fuzzy feeling.

To put it quite bluntly, the Galaxy S III is far and away the best Android phone you can buy today. Sure, the plastic back panel is a bit “chintzy,” as John would say, but that’s irrelevant when you look at the value in this phone.

NFC capabilities, including tap-to-share, TecTiles, etc. work very well, and are incredibly easy — so much so that I believe my mom would be able to use them (and that says a lot). The display is gorgeous, the camera is excellent, battery life can hang, and it’s running the latest version of Android on an LTE connection.

There isn’t much more you can ask for. Two flies.



Article courtesy of TechCrunch

AT&T Samsung Galaxy S II To Get Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Update On June 26

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After a moment of brief availability on Samsung’s Kies desktop software, AT&T recently pulled the Android 4.0 update for the Samsung Galaxy S II. But it would appear that the dark days are over, as AT&T has just announced on its consumer blog that Ice Cream Sandwich will indeed come to AT&T-powered Galaxy S IIs tomorrow.

Android 4.0 brings with it some pretty major improvements, including Face Unlock, easier multitasking, flexible widgets (which Samsung offers anyways, but whatevs), customizable notifications, a data usage app, and Android Beam.

But more importantly, this update means that Galaxy S II owners will have the latest version of the operating system around the same time the Android 4.0-packing Galaxy S III gets into consumers’ hands.

You can get the update by visiting Samsung’s website and installing the Samsung Kies software on your PC. From there, just connect the device and follow instructions. If you have any trouble, this page should help.



Article courtesy of TechCrunch

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