How Madden NFL turns players into pixels | SB Nation

The progression of Richard Sherman from photo to video game character. (courtesy of EA Sports and Madden NFL)

Impressive.

How Madden NFL turns players into pixels | SB Nation

The progression of Richard Sherman from photo to video game character. (courtesy of EA Sports and Madden NFL)

Impressive.

Wearables Are More Than Lapless Laptops | Re/code

Let’s see if we can make form factor an outcome of utility, instead of designing a gadget from something we saw in “Dick Tracy” or on “Star Trek,” and then asking what it’s good for.

Wearables Are More Than Lapless Laptops | Re/code

Let’s see if we can make form factor an outcome of utility, instead of designing a gadget from something we saw in “Dick Tracy” or on “Star Trek,” and then asking what it’s good for.

Gartner’s 2014 Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies
USB Type-C Connector Specifications Finalized | AnandTech
Love it and hate it — USB cables are part of our gadget-filled lives. Now it’s finally time for a much welcome upgrade to the connectors featuring a smaller and reversible plug orientation.

As some people know, it can take several tries to get a USB cable to connect, and has resulted in more than a few jokes being made about it. 

And more than a few tantrums I guess. 
AnandTech lists some of the changes:

Completely new design but with backwards compatibility
Similar to the size of USB 2.0 Micro-B (standard Smartphone charging cable)
Slim enough for mobile devices, but robust enough for laptops and tablets
Reversible plug orientation for ease of connection
Scalable power charging with connectors being able to supply up to 5 A and cables supporting 3 A for up to 100 watts of power
Designed for future USB performance requirements
Certified for USB 3.1 data rates (10 Gbps)
Receptacle opening: ~8.4 mm x ~2.6 mm
Durability of 10,000 connect-disconnect cycles
Improved EMI and RFI mitigation features

AnandTech writes that since the standard is just now finalized it will be some time before we see the new connectors in production devices.

USB Type-C Connector Specifications Finalized | AnandTech

Love it and hate it — USB cables are part of our gadget-filled lives. Now it’s finally time for a much welcome upgrade to the connectors featuring a smaller and reversible plug orientation.

As some people know, it can take several tries to get a USB cable to connect, and has resulted in more than a few jokes being made about it.

And more than a few tantrums I guess.

AnandTech lists some of the changes:

  • Completely new design but with backwards compatibility
  • Similar to the size of USB 2.0 Micro-B (standard Smartphone charging cable)
  • Slim enough for mobile devices, but robust enough for laptops and tablets
  • Reversible plug orientation for ease of connection
  • Scalable power charging with connectors being able to supply up to 5 A and cables supporting 3 A for up to 100 watts of power
  • Designed for future USB performance requirements
  • Certified for USB 3.1 data rates (10 Gbps)
  • Receptacle opening: ~8.4 mm x ~2.6 mm
  • Durability of 10,000 connect-disconnect cycles
  • Improved EMI and RFI mitigation features

AnandTech writes that since the standard is just now finalized it will be some time before we see the new connectors in production devices.

Sony finally kills its unpopular PlayStation-for-Android platform | Engadget
Maybe it was worth a try, but the headline says it all.

Sony finally kills its unpopular PlayStation-for-Android platform | Engadget

Maybe it was worth a try, but the headline says it all.

This is the sapphire crystal display from the iPhone 6 | Thetechblock

thenextiphone:

It seems to be extremely durable. 

I cringed as I watched this torture test. Very impressive. It would be interesting to see a direct comparison to a Gorilla Glass display. Maybe they’re just as good?

Android Wear hardware review: Sometimes promising, often frustrating | Ars Technica
Android Wear software review: Smartwatch software that doesn’t suck | Ars Technica
Interesting read. And telling headlines. On one hand it is clear that these watches actually give users a great way to deal with notifications. On the other hand the reviews are clear that “notifications-on-your-wrist still isn’t a killer app”. Will it ever be? Not for me probably. But I can think of a few other ways a smartwatch could be useful for me. And that is maybe the promise of smartwatches. Apps will let users expand their abilities to fit their individual lifestyles. But smartwatches still need to find a few widely attractive killer apps in order to reach a mass audience. Like “internet, mail and maps in your pocket” were battering rams for the smartphone.

Android Wear hardware review: Sometimes promising, often frustrating | Ars Technica

Android Wear software review: Smartwatch software that doesn’t suck | Ars Technica

Interesting read. And telling headlines. On one hand it is clear that these watches actually give users a great way to deal with notifications. On the other hand the reviews are clear that “notifications-on-your-wrist still isn’t a killer app”. Will it ever be? Not for me probably. But I can think of a few other ways a smartwatch could be useful for me. And that is maybe the promise of smartwatches. Apps will let users expand their abilities to fit their individual lifestyles. But smartwatches still need to find a few widely attractive killer apps in order to reach a mass audience. Like “internet, mail and maps in your pocket” were battering rams for the smartphone.

Google I/O keynote round-up
There was a lot of interesting news and info coming out of today’s Google I/O event. In short, Google is trying hard to play an increasing part of our lives - on the web, on our computers, phones, watches, glasses, TVs and even in our cars.
Android One is a Google Play Edition program for cheap phones. Cheap phones with clean Android sounds nice.
Android TV is official. Is the third time a charm for Android to get into our living rooms? With increased attention to gaming this time around. I actually already have a cheap Android box connected to my TV. It is controlled by a wireless mouse and works wonderfully. The support for streaming services, including local variants widely exceeds competitors such as Apple TV and Roku (and Google’s own Chromecast for that matter). If theres an Android app for it, it works on my TV.
The new version of Android was on display with new functions and an updated “material” look which will be used throughout Android, Google’s web services and chrome OS.
In the future, Android apps will run on Chromebooks. Neat.
More info on Android Wear with third party apps and a new smartwatch from Samsung. LG’s G Watch with Android Wear as well as Samsung’s new watch will be available to order from the Google Play Store today, so we’ll soon know more how these things work in real life.
Users will be able to mirror their Android devices on Chromecast sticks. About time.
The keynote was interrupted by two different protesters. The first one was about housing evictions and the other one was about killer robots. Call me nuts, but I really hate the idea of killer robots.
The company also presented Android Auto which is Google’s take on a connected car infotainment system.
Google Fit is a health metric and training tracking platform which will be built-in the next version of Android.
Google Cardboard will enable Android devices to be a VR headset screen together with a DIY cardboard viewer. Virtual Reality on a budget.

Google I/O keynote round-up

There was a lot of interesting news and info coming out of today’s Google I/O event. In short, Google is trying hard to play an increasing part of our lives - on the web, on our computers, phones, watches, glasses, TVs and even in our cars.

  • Android One is a Google Play Edition program for cheap phones. Cheap phones with clean Android sounds nice.
  • Android TV is official. Is the third time a charm for Android to get into our living rooms? With increased attention to gaming this time around. I actually already have a cheap Android box connected to my TV. It is controlled by a wireless mouse and works wonderfully. The support for streaming services, including local variants widely exceeds competitors such as Apple TV and Roku (and Google’s own Chromecast for that matter). If theres an Android app for it, it works on my TV.
  • The new version of Android was on display with new functions and an updated “material” look which will be used throughout Android, Google’s web services and chrome OS.
  • In the future, Android apps will run on Chromebooks. Neat.
  • More info on Android Wear with third party apps and a new smartwatch from Samsung. LG’s G Watch with Android Wear as well as Samsung’s new watch will be available to order from the Google Play Store today, so we’ll soon know more how these things work in real life.
  • Users will be able to mirror their Android devices on Chromecast sticks. About time.
  • The keynote was interrupted by two different protesters. The first one was about housing evictions and the other one was about killer robots. Call me nuts, but I really hate the idea of killer robots.
  • The company also presented Android Auto which is Google’s take on a connected car infotainment system.
  • Google Fit is a health metric and training tracking platform which will be built-in the next version of Android.
  • Google Cardboard will enable Android devices to be a VR headset screen together with a DIY cardboard viewer. Virtual Reality on a budget.

Because the last thing you need is a phone with a “buy more crap” button.

Because the last thing you need is a phone with a “buy more crap” button.

The Amazon Fire Phone
- It’ll make you spend money, but comes with free photo storage to make up for it.
After what feels like years of speculation, Amazon today released its own smartphone - the Fire Phone. With a 4.7” HD screen, a quad-core 2.2GHz processor, a 13 MP camera and Amazon’s custom version of Android, the device seems to have good enough specs for a decent smartphone experience.
You can be sure that the Fire Phone will make it as easy as possible for you to shop from Amazon and tap into its services such as Amazon Prime, the Kindle book store and the company’s Android Appstore. Which is nice for Amazon. And maybe also for you depending on how much you like the company’s services.
What definitely IS good for you as a user is that Amazon offers free unlimited photo storage for pictures taken with the device. This will hopefully put some much needed pressure on other Android phone vendors as well as Apple to follow suit. To store and manage smartphone photos have become a real hassle for many of us.
The Fire Phone will be released on July 25th and the 32GB model is priced at $199 together with a two year plan from AT&T, or $649 without any service agreement. All info on pricing, features and specs can be found on Amazon’s Fire Phone website. It’s clear that Amazon didn’t play the low price card with the Fire Phone. It’s actually close to being a midrange phone with a high-end price tag.

The Amazon Fire Phone

- It’ll make you spend money, but comes with free photo storage to make up for it.

After what feels like years of speculation, Amazon today released its own smartphone - the Fire Phone. With a 4.7” HD screen, a quad-core 2.2GHz processor, a 13 MP camera and Amazon’s custom version of Android, the device seems to have good enough specs for a decent smartphone experience.

You can be sure that the Fire Phone will make it as easy as possible for you to shop from Amazon and tap into its services such as Amazon Prime, the Kindle book store and the company’s Android Appstore. Which is nice for Amazon. And maybe also for you depending on how much you like the company’s services.

What definitely IS good for you as a user is that Amazon offers free unlimited photo storage for pictures taken with the device. This will hopefully put some much needed pressure on other Android phone vendors as well as Apple to follow suit. To store and manage smartphone photos have become a real hassle for many of us.

The Fire Phone will be released on July 25th and the 32GB model is priced at $199 together with a two year plan from AT&T, or $649 without any service agreement. All info on pricing, features and specs can be found on Amazon’s Fire Phone website. It’s clear that Amazon didn’t play the low price card with the Fire Phone. It’s actually close to being a midrange phone with a high-end price tag.