Google has an all-new Calendar app for Android, and it’s coming to the iPhone too

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Google has totally reworked the Calendar app for its new version of Android, making the app smarter, more colorful, and all-around more helpful. The new version of Calendar takes on the playful Material Design style that’s working its way across all Google apps. That’s going to make browsing your calendar a lot more pleasant, but the biggest features in this revamped app are all about making adding and viewing events much easier. For one, Calendar will automatically pull events, such as booked reservations, flights, or concerts, out of your inbox and add them to your calendar. Calendar will also help you enter events by automatically filling in information as you type, such as your contacts and nearby locations.

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Apple Pay expands to PNC Bank, US Bank, Navy Federal Credit Union, and others

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Apple Pay launched on October 20th, bringing Apple’s wireless mobile payments system to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. At first, the system was limited to customers of major credit cards Visa, MasterCard, American Express; and to members of five big US banks: Bank of America, Capital One, Chase, Citibank, and Wells Fargo. Apple promised that it was bringing 500 other banks and financial institutions onboard as soon as possible, and several of those have started supporting Apple Pay as of today. PNC BankUS Bank and Navy Federal, the latter the nation’s largest credit union, have all enabled Apple Pay for their customers, as MacRumors noted.

Support for Apple Pay on USAA appears to have started today ahead of a November 7th target…

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Google’s New Nexus Player Talks A Big Game But Isn’t A Winner Yet

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2014-11-03 11.53.33 I’m addicted to TV. Well, screens in general, but TV definitely takes a close third behind my laptop, which hangs out behind my iPhone. So, when it comes time to review a new media player, my hand goes up like a rocket. I’ve tried ‘em all, from Boxee to Apple TV to the Fire TV to my current set top box of choice, the Roku. Despite the fact that I currently only have one TV,… Read More

Nexus 9 Review: Google’s First Lollipop Tablet Gets The Recipe Mostly Right

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nexus-9-main Google has a new Nexus tablet this year, and it’s made by HTC. The Taiwanese device maker has spent some time away from building tablets, so this return is significant not just because it’s a Nexus, one of Google’s stable of devices blessed with stock Android (and the first to ship with Android 5.0 Lollipop), but also because it’s the first slate in years from the maker… Read More

Android 5.0 Lollipop Review: Tablet Edition

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android-5 Google’s new mobile operating system is now available to consumers, as new Nexus hardware (starting with the Nexus 9) begins to make its way into the hands of pre-order customers. Version 5.0 of Android continues the candy naming tradition with “Lollipop,” and despite the fact that ‘L’ is just next in the alphabet, something about the name seems to resonate with… Read More

Googlers Say Their New “Material Design” Guidelines Will Unify Apps Across Android Devices

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material design With the release of Lollipop, the latest version of Google’s Android operating system, we should also be getting the first big wave of Android apps using the company’s “material design” principles. Google first announced material design over the summer, and this TechCrunch post, published after the company released more details last month, has more specifics about… Read More

A Maturing OpenStack Prepares To Take On New Challenges

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DSC05858 OpenStack, the fast-growing open source cloud computing platform that now has the backing of more than 200 companies, is holding its semiannual developer conference in Paris this week. With over 4,500 attendees, it’s the organization’s largest event so far. While this illustrates the interest in the platform, the project is also facing a set of new challenges with its growing… Read More

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

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windows-10 (1) You can now run the latest version of Internet Explorer on your Android, iOS, OS X, or non-Windows 10 Windows machine. Microsoft has built and released something it calls RemoteIE that allows developers to run the company’s browser preview builds without requiring them to be on the most current version of Windows. Microsoft wants developers to build their websites to be compatible… Read More

Apple Watch not launching until Spring 2015, says retail chief

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The much-hyped Apple Watch won’t launch until Spring 2015, according to a transcript of an internal video featuring the company’s retail chief, Angela Ahrendts, that was leaked to 9to5Mac. The new, slightly more precise timeline is still in line with Apple’s original statement at the Watch announcement of “early next year” starting at US $349, but now indicates that the device won’t be coming anytime in the winter months.

In fact, the transcript obtained by 9to5 Mac reveals that Apple’s new wearable won’t be available until sometime after Chinese New Year, which is on Thursday, February 19th, 2015. The transcript is just an excerpt from a longer internal video Ahrendts made to rally retail employees ahead of the 2014 holiday season….

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Read J.J. Abrams’ farewell letter to the ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ cast

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Star Wars: Episode VII is believed to have wrapped filming with the cast and crew attending a huge party over the weekend to celebrate. In addition to a going off party, it also appears that the film’s cast and crew received a note signed by director J.J. Abrams and producers Kathleen Kennedy and Bryan Burke, thanking them for working on Episode VII. The note was tweeted out on Friday and has since been pulled, but the image was rehosted by SlashFilm. You can see the letter and read a transcription below. Then, there’s just about a little over a year to go before you can finally watch the movie. It’s scheduled for a release on December 18th, 2015.

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Marvel made us comic book nerds, now they want to make us Comic Book Guy

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If the superheroes headlining the new Marvel movies sound unfamiliar, don’t worry. You’re not alone. Marvel’s third phase of films stretches beyond the mainstream heroes into the stranger, more perplexing and arguably more ambitious characters.

At last week’s grand unveiling, the studio laid out its plans for the next five years. By 2019, we’ll have gone through a whopping 10 new films, all expanding on what came before them in the Marvel film mythos and all in service of creating a movie…

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Marvel made us comic book nerds, now they want to make us Comic Book Guy

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If the superheroes headlining the new Marvel movies sound unfamiliar, don’t worry. You’re not alone. Marvel’s third phase of films stretches beyond the mainstream heroes into the stranger, more perplexing and arguably more ambitious characters.

At last week’s grand unveiling, the studio laid out its plans for the next five years. By 2019, we’ll have gone through a whopping 10 new films, all expanding on what came before them in the Marvel film mythos and all in service of creating a movie universe vaster than anything we’ve ever seen in theaters. Since Marvel wants to own every last screen worth paying attention to, it’s asking us all to invest fully into what’s even now an incredibly dense canon.

If any of us hope to keep up, we can’t…

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ACLU sues to let you post photos of your voting ballot

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It’s another big election year in the United States (the midterms), so you know what that means: people across the country will be taking photos of their completed ballots and posting them on Instagram and other social media websites. We saw it happen a lot during the 2012 election. But as was the case back then, and long before photo-sharing apps even existed, taking photos of a completed ballot actually remains illegal in many parts of the US. Why? Because lawmakers over the years have sought to protect the sanctity and anonymity of the voting booth, as well as prevent tampering and undue influence on a person’s vote (that is, people feeling pressured to vote a certain way outside their own independent conclusions — read more about the…

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Skype Opens Registration For Early Live Translator Preview

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Screen Shot 2014-11-03 at 12.19.20 PM Microsoft’s research department has been building some incredible things of late, and one of them comes from the Skype team and was demoed on stage at Re/code’s Code conference back in May: Skype Translator lets users talk via voice and video in real-time even if they don’t speak the same language, and now it’s ready for a limited public roll-out. On the official… Read More

Google Nexus 9: Preliminary Findings

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For a few years now, Google has had a generally consistent tablet strategy. Instead of chasing after the ~10 inch tablet segment and focusing upon the high end, we’ve seen tablets closer to the ~7 inch display size at extremely low cost. While this has been an immensely successful strategy in driving hardware adoption, the formfactor made it possible for the tablet to be closer to a large phone than a small tablet. The flexibility of Android’s scaling system meant that an app designed for a phone worked acceptably well for a small tablet, even if the space efficiency was a bit poor. There’s no question that the Nexus 7 (2013) was and still is a great tablet, but even now it’s obvious that there’s a dearth of applications designed specifically for the larger display. The other issue is that of cost. With the Nexus 7 line, Google managed to integrate an incredible amount of hardware into a tablet priced well below the ~500 USD price point that the original iPad established. This is great for the consumer and no doubt great for Google, but the Nexus 7 line was good enough that there wasn’t much in the way of competition.

This brings us to the Nexus 9, Google’s attempt at changing the Android tablet space. From the start, this device seems to be intent on pushing the Android tablet to a more premium segment. To find out how Google does at this task, read on for our preliminary findings.

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