Archive for October, 2013

Android for all and the new Nexus 5

Just in time for Halloween, we have two new treats for Android fans. First, we’re excited to unwrap our latest platform release, KitKat, which delivers a smarter, more immersive Android experience to even more people. And second, we’re introducing Nexus 5—a new Nexus phone developed with LG.

The first thing you’ll notice about KitKat is we’ve made the experience much more engaging: the book you’re reading, the game you’re playing, or the movie you’re watching—now all of these take center stage with the new immersive mode, which automatically hides everything except what you really want to see.

Bringing more Google smarts to Android
Behind the polish on the screen is the power under the hood. Take the Phone app, which for most people hasn’t really changed since the days of flip phones. Now, we’re making calling easier than ever, by helping you search across your contacts, nearby places, or even Google Apps accounts (like your company’s directory), directly from within the app. And with the new Hangouts app, all of your SMS and MMS messages are together in the same place, alongside your other conversations and video calls, so you’ll never miss a message no matter how your friends send it. This is just a small taste of KitKat—learn more on our site.

Google has always focused on helping users get immediate access to the information they need, and we want to bring this same convenience and power to users on Android. With the new Nexus 5 launcher, Google smarts are deeply integrated into the phone you carry around with you, so getting to the information you need is simple, easy and fast. Swipe once from the home screen to get Google Now literally at your fingertips. Put Google to work for you by saying “OK, Google” to launch voice search, send a text, get directions or even play a song you want to hear. And in the coming weeks, we’re enhancing Now with important new card types that bring you information about contextual topics that interest you such as updates from a favorite website or blog.

Reaching the next 1 billion users
Building a platform that makes mobile phones accessible for everyone has always been at the heart of Android. Until now, some lower-end Android phones couldn’t benefit from more recent Android releases due to memory constraints. With KitKat, we’ve slimmed down Android’s memory footprint by doing things like removing unnecessary background services and reducing the memory consumption of features that you use all the time. We did this not only within Android but across Google services like Chrome and YouTube. RAM (or memory) is one of the most expensive parts of a phone, and now Android can run comfortably on the 512MB of RAM devices that are popular in much of the world, bringing the latest goodies in Android 4.4 within reach for the next billion smartphone users.

Introducing Nexus 5
Along with our sweet naming tradition, we also introduce a new device with each platform release to showcase the latest Android innovations. For KitKat, we partnered with LG to develop Nexus 5 — the slimmest and fastest Nexus phone ever made. Its design is simple and refined to showcase the 5” Full HD display. Nexus 5 also keeps you connected at blazing speeds with 4G/LTE and ultra fast wifi. The advanced new lens on Nexus 5 captures more light for brighter night and sharper action shots. And with optical image stabilization, you no longer have to worry about shaky hands and blurry pictures. A new HDR+ mode automatically snaps a rapid burst of photos and combines them to give you the best possible single shot. Learn more on our site.

Nexus 5 is available today, unlocked and without a contract, on Google Play in the U.S., Canada, U.K., Australia, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Japan and Korea (and coming soon to India), starting at $349. Just in the time for the holidays, Nexus 5 will be available soon at the following retailers: Sprint, T-Mobile, Amazon, Best Buy and RadioShack.
Android 4.4, KitKat, which comes on Nexus 5, will also soon be available on Nexus 4, 7, 10, the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One Google Play edition devices in the coming weeks.

How’s that for a treat?

Posted by Sundar Pichai, SVP, Android, Chrome & Apps

Whether it’s defending yourself from identity thieves or removing bad software from your family’s computer, it’s important to know how to stay safe online. Over the course of the past few months, we’ve explored the simple steps you can take to help keep yourself, your family and the web safer. And in celebration of October’s National Cyber Security Awareness Month, for the past 30 days we’ve posted a daily tip on how to #staysafe online.


Even though our favorite month of the year is about to end, it’s good to know how to stay safe all year round. Here are the top five most popular tips from the month:
Add 2-step verification to keep the bad guys out of your Google account.Use a password to secure your router.Avoid malware—review permissions and ratings before installing a new app.Think before you share.Learn how to locate and remote wipe your mobile device in case it’s lost or stolen.
Security and privacy are important and Google provides tools to help you protect yourself and your information. For example, 2-Step Verification adds another layer of security to your Google Account. Google+ Circles and YouTube settings help you control what you share and keep your information private if you want to keep it to yourself. Verify Apps helps protect your phone from malware, and Android Device Manager will ring your phone and locate it on a map to help you find your device if you lose it (and remotely delete your information from the device if you can’t get it back).

For more information on how to stay safe and improve your online security and privacy, visit our Good to Know site, which has more information and details about Google’s tools and helpful advice on staying safe.

Posted by Diana Smetters, Software Engineer

Question by Jacket 12_KST: Why are the classic cartoon network shows not on Netflix instant stream?
Specifically Dexter’s Lab, Cow & Chicken, Johnny Bravo, and the Powerpuff Girls (and even current adult swim shows). Will they ever be on the stream?

Best answer:

Answer by Alicia
Short answer – Licencing.

Long answer – The problem with an instant streaming service such as Netflix is that for every show that they put on their servers, they must pay a license for them so the producers of the shows can get the revenue that they created the shows for. It’s much the same for any television station or network that wants to re-run a show.

And that’s where shows are chosen or not for streaming/syndication. Whether or not the show’s producers can come up with a licencing scheme that the streaming content providers can live with. That they feel that the show itself will help generate the income to both pay for the licencing as well as make a profit for them.

There may be a time when Netflix and Cartoon Network can get it all together, but when that will be, who knows?

Know better? Leave your own answer in the comments!

WordPress 3.7 testing on-going

Yes, yet another WordPress release and the need to test all plugins and the theme for compatibility.   It is probably best as a WordPress user to let this 3.7 soak for a little bit.   There is already a 3.7.1 release getting pushed out to fix things 3.7 broke.     Now that WP supports automatic updates it will be interesting to see how frequently releases get pushed.   This will be an interesting test case release.

Well now they're targeting WP 3.8 for December.   These every few month release are quite a drain on plugin and theme developers.    At this pace trying to support 60+ plugins is becoming very impractical.   They really need to rethink how often WP is being released annually given how widespread it is used.   For personal blogs and tiny websites it is no big deal.   The enterprise/business users won't keep up with a cycle like this.

 

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WordPress 3.7.1 Maintenance Release

WordPress 3.7.1 is now available! This maintenance release addresses 11 bugs in WordPress 3.7, including:

  • Images with captions no longer appear broken in the visual editor.
  • Allow some sites running on old or poorly configured servers to continue to check for updates from WordPress.org.
  • Avoid fatal errors with certain plugins that were incorrectly calling some WordPress functions too early.
  • Fix hierarchical sorting in get_pages(), exclusions in wp_list_categories(), and in_category() when called with empty values.
  • Fix a warning that may occur in certain setups while performing a search, and a few other notices.

For a full list of changes, consult the list of tickets and the changelog.

If you are one of the nearly two million already running WordPress 3.7, we will start rolling out the all-new automatic background updates for WordPress 3.7.1 in the next few hours. For sites that support them, of course.

Download WordPress 3.7.1 or venture over to Dashboard → Updates and simply click “Update Now.”

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We could all use more time for ourselves, and less time figuring out technology. So today’s improvements to Google+ Hangouts and Photos aim to take a lot of the work out of messaging, video calling and photo editing.

Hangouts

Hangouts enable conversations among close friends, as well as broadcasts with the entire world. Today we’re improving both:
Hangouts for Android now supports location sharing and SMS. This way you can send a map of your current location (vs. finding and typing an address), and you can send and receive SMS (vs. switching between apps). Animated GIFs also play inline.Broadcasters can now schedule Hangouts On Air, then promote them with a dedicated watch page. Once you’re live, Control Room lets you moderate the conversation with eject and remote mute.In both cases, the video calling experience is significantly improved. It’s now full screen across mobile and desktop, and it fixes and enhances webcam lighting automatically.
From left to right: location sharing; SMS support; and animated GIFs
From left to right: schedule your Hangout On Air; promote it with a dedicated watch page; and moderate the conversation with Control Room
From left to right: video call before lighting fixes; video call after lighting fixes
The Android app and video calling features will be available in a few days, while the On Air improvements will roll out over the next few weeks.

Photos and videos

Photos and videos capture life’s most precious moments, but it’s way too hard to save, organize, edit and share your stuff. Google+ can make things easier, automatically.
For starters, full size backups and background sync are coming soon to Google+ for iOS. This way you can backup your photos as you take them.In addition, finding your photos is actually fun. We now recognize over a thousand different objects—from sunsets to snowmen—so you can just type what you’re looking for, and find matching items in your library.Auto Enhance improves each photo you add to Google+, and now you can now dial the enhancements up or down. If you’re already processing your images elsewhere, you can choose to exempt an album entirely.If you like to edit on the go, then you’ll enjoy Snapseed and its new HDR Scape filter. While high dynamic range (HDR) imaging requires multiple photos to create its effect, HDR Scape can deliver similar results with a single tap.We’re also adding Analog Efex Pro to the Nik Collection (still just $149). With it you can reimagine your images using classic cameras and processing methods—from toy and medium format to wet plate and vintage.
From left to right: photo searches for “beach”, “sunset” and “snow”

From left to right: original image; Auto Enhance at “normal”; Auto Enhance at “high”

From left to right: original image; image enhanced with Snapseed HDR Scape
Auto Awesome can help bring your story to life in creative ways. Today we’re adding three new techniques:
Action. Maybe it’s your child’s first gymnastic meet, or you’re skateboarding with a friend. Action can take their tumble or half pipe trick, and create a strobe-effect photograph.Eraser. When you’re taking pictures of landmarks, people and cars often get in the way. Eraser can take a sequence of these photos, and erase whatever’s moving to give you a “cleaner” image.Movie. Movie produces highlight reels from your photos and videos—complete with effects, transitions and a soundtrack—automatically. You can share the movie as is, or dive into the editing process to customize even further.From left to right: sequence of action shots; Auto Awesome Action

From left to right: sequence of images with people in the way; Auto Awesome Eraser

All of today’s photo and video improvements will be available this week. Auto Awesome Movie works on certain devices with Android 4.3+, but all the other app features are widely supported.

With 540 million people active across Google each month, 300 million people active in just the stream and more than 1.5 billion photos uploaded every week, the Google+ community is growing faster than we ever could have imagined. Today’s updates are our way of saying “thank you”—we hope they save you time, and help you share your story.

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Question by polo: How much does an average photographer make these days?
My impressions is that the world is saturated with photographers and I want to make sure my son has a realistic picture of what kind of income he can expect in this field. He has studied photography in college and has some production assistant experience.

Best answer:

Answer by melie
$ 40.00 for an average photo!

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Question by noetic: What does the royal family do, and how to they get paid?
If the British royal family has very little to no political power, what do they do all day? I mean, it seems they pretty much get paid for really doing nothing but being the faces of the UK. How do they get income? And how much do they make? Do people have to pay taxes out of their paychecks which goes to royal family?

Best answer:

Answer by dgal96
They play cricket and ride horses and talk about how rich they are and I know this for a fact that they get paid by the government! hop I helped

Give your answer to this question below!

Question by whoanelly: What are some realistic ways that a person can do better financially?
When my daughter turns 18 soon, child support payments will cease. This will in turn leave me with only one income. My net income (from work, minus child support) will be 771 dollars less than my money going out. The only bills that can be eliminated are phone/internet, cell phone, and student loan. The latter will be paid off shortly. Eliminating those three will still have me in the red. I live in a rural area, so public transportation is unheard of. I make “too much” money to qualify for any welfare assistance, subsidized housing, etc. I am classified as working class, lower middle class. I have two teenagers. The oldest will be graduating. I work 3rd shift. I can go to 2nds and make the same but not see my kids. My boyfriend gives me 40 a week toward food. He will not move in, though. I have a relative in California who will take us in, but that doesn’t solve my long term problem. And the cost of living is high. I have only an AA degree. Any suggestions

Best answer:

Answer by north
For starters, invest only in yourself. That means buying and keeping non-perishables on hand – in bulk. Buy large. Stay stocked.

You will always need to go to the bathroom. Keep toilet tissue, kleenex and sanitary items on hand – always.

You will always need to wash yourself and your hair. Buy bar soap in bulk – on sale. Don’t be afraid to stock up when you have the opportunity. You don’t need shampoo for your hair – bar soap works just fine. And you don’t need dish detergent for your sink nor your dishwasher. Wash by hand, save water and use a scrubbing spnge after rubbing it on a bar of soap. Economize.

If you always use paper towels, stock up on them. Vitamins, stock up on them. Buy the generics that say on the label to “compare to_____.”

Keep freeze dried foods on hand – these are better than dehydrated because the nutritional values stay in.

How does this help? These are things you won’t need any more because you have them on hand. That will curb your spending needs in the future. Never let your stocks run short to the point of having less than a case on hand.

You will always need deoderant – buy the generic and save big on multiple purchases. In many states, Suave or the store brand is just as good as the more popular brand names.

keep a good supply of sugar, honey, low cal sweeteners on hand as well as flour, baking soda and baking powder. You know you need these items – stock up on them while you can.

When you are hit with leaner times, the more you stock up on now the less you will have to buy when your really can’t afford to get all the things you usually shop for.

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