Google Hangouts Update: Now Text And Hangouts Have Been Merged

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Per Google Hangouts update 2.1, texts and Hangouts for the same contact will be merged into a single thread.

How will you be able to distinguish them? by seeing that they’re color-coded, as well as the on-screen option of either sending a text message or one via Google’s  Hangouts.

Also included in the update are a new homescreen widget and improved video chat quality. The update is now live for Android users on the Google Play Store.

Via: Google+

Photo Essay: HTC One M8 & Samsung Galaxy S5

one m8 and galaxy s5Behold! The two top-contenders in the Android smartphone market: Samsung’s Galaxy S5 and HTC’s One M8. Both run the latest version of Android, have outstanding technologies powering them, and sport 4G LTE on almost every American carrier of one’s choosing, as well as worldwide availability.

The One M8 sports a 5-inch 1080p display whilst the Galaxy S5 has a slightly larger 5.1-inch screen, sacrificing pixel density for screen real estate (441 vs. 432 ppi, respectively). But, don’t be fooled: as related as both smartphones are, they are strikingly different; and I’m not even talking about the all-aluminum vs. all-plastic builds.

As for the LaptopMemo review(s)? The HTC One M8 was just put through its evaluation, while the Galaxy S5 should get its review in the next few days.

Meanwhile, some extra large photos are available for your perusal, after the break.

The PS4 Continues To Outsell The Xbox One, Despite Titanfall Launch

Next-Gen-ControllersTitanfall was without a doubt, the best-selling game of March according to the NPD, but an Xbox exclusive wasn’t enough for Microsoft to pull one over Sony’s PlayStation 4. Microsoft announced today that a favorable 5 million units were shipped, but 24 hours earlier, Sony reported selling a slightly more 7 million PlayStation 4 consoles.

There’ s a big difference between both statements as well; Microsoft produced and shipped 5 million consoles to retailers, but didn’t state whether or not they were sold, whereas Sony is being upfront about it, stating that the PS4 shipped and sold 7 million.

Keep in mind no one is losing the console war currently (well, except Nintendo), but it’s always interesting to keep a close eye on the first few months of retail availability.

Via: Microsoft, Sony

The Artifox Desk Is A Dream Of Mine, Turned Into Reality

artifox-deskWhat you see above is the Artifox desk. It’s basically the ultimate wooden working desk, with a design that benefits the use of technology and traditional writing. Cut from maple or walnut wood, the Artfiox has slots to fit in a smartphone or tablet, a built-in cable management system, a built-in dry-erase board, and even two pegs designed to hold a backpack or headphones — perfect for a modular, small, or modern work space. Despite the $1,100 starting price tag, the simplicity and quality look totally worth it.

Via: Artifox

A Quick Chat With Bang & Olufsen CEO Tue Mantoni

IMAG0102[1]A recent press invite and launch of the New York City flagship store for Bang & Olufsen prompted me to catch up with B&O Global CEO, Tue Mantoni.

In this short conversation , we talk about the purpose and concept of the new B&O flagship store on Madison Ave, as well as what a few of the future plans are for the premium audio equipment company, as well as an upcoming press event in May that will be the biggest announcement for the company in the past ten years.

Google Launches A Standalone Camera App For Android

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To cover the Photo Spehere and Lens Blur features that the stock Android camera app are capable of, Google decided it’s high time to continue the ongoing modular roll-out of Android.

In the case of the camera app, Mountain View geared it with support for up to 50 megapixel Photo Spheres, and intensive bokeh effect, thanks to app trickery, and a fullscreen viewfinder, so you’ll also have a full view of whatever you’re recording to shooting.

The only catch? The app is free, but you need Android 4.4 KitKat to use it.

Via: Play Store

The New HTC One Review: A Will Of Design, With A Will To Function

IMGP3477It is HTC’s best art piece. In their eyes, the most brilliant creation they’ve ever made: the HTC One M8. But in the palms of the dozens of reviewers and possibly thousands (with the possibility of millions) of users, it means something else: an all-aluminum phone that gets things done. So, does it?

Frankly, let’s not beat around the bush here; Samsung obviously dominates the Android marketplace and Apple does the other end, with iPhones and iOS. There comes a time when a company has to asses what their direction will be, and the One M8 will be the decider of that.

B&O Unveils The Beoplay A9 Black Edition Speaker

beoplay-a9-blackSleek walnut legs paired with a circular design, the Bang & Olufsen Beoplay A9 Black Edition speaker is supposed to be a wealth of sound and adequate bass. Being as versatile as it is, the A9 Black Edition has a three separate amplifiers to run an 8-inch woofer, dual 3-inch midranges, and dual .75-inch tweeters, as well as AirPlay, DNLA, Spotify Connect, and QPlay connectivity over Wi-Fi or –wait for it — Ethernet.

Price? $2,700. Hey, it’s functional technology that can be displayed as art.

Via: B&O