February 27, 2013

ORANGE RANGE Announces First New Single In 4 Years

ORANGE RANGE has announced that they will releasing a new single, "Oboro na Ageha / Moshimo", on April 17th.

The band's upcoming single will be its first new single in nearly 4 years. Their last single, "Hitomi no Saki ni", was released on July 8th, 2009.

The single release announcement was made during the band's Tokyo performance of their nationwide tour in front of an audience of 2,700 people who immediately began screaming in excitement at their announcement.

"Oboro na Ageha" will be an upbeat song with quick, deep beats. The song was composed by the band's bassist, YOH. "Moshimo" will be a slower-paced love song composed by the band's guitarist, NAOTO.

The double A-side single will come in a regular edition and a limited edition. The limited edition version will include 3 extra tracks, all of which are live recordings from their tour "ORANGE RANGE LIVE TOUR 012 ~NEO POP STANDARD~".

Check out the single's track list and covers below:

Regular Edition
1. Oboro na Ageha
2. Moshimo
3. Tonari no Josephine

Limited Edition
1. Oboro na Ageha
2. Moshimo
3. Tonari no Josephine
4. Restart
5. Hello Sunshine Hello Future
6. Baby Baby

Source: jpopasia

Chrome gets an audio icon to point out noisy tabs, so you can reload in peace

chrome audio throbber
Google Chrome will soon add an animated indicator to your tabs that lets you know which ones are playing back or recording audio. While it has the benefit of making it easier for you to pin down the tab that’s blaring Thrift Shop, it’s also wired to a more functional change in Chrome’s tab maintenance routine.

Behind the scenes, the new code will prevent Chrome from discarding tabs that are processing audio tasks in the background when it’s trying to free up memory. Right now, if Chrome becomes overwhelmed and needs to shut tabs down to create some headroom it may indiscriminately close your mood music. Google wants to make sure the good times keep rolling, however, so future versions of Chrome will monitor audio subsystem activity on a tab and mark them off limits. Other tabs will see their resources clawed back instead.

Eagle-eyed Chrome enthusiast Francois Beaufort noticed the change in the Chromium code recently, and the feature has already landed in Chrome Canary. Progress from Canary to Chrome’s more mainstream channels doesn’t always follow the same regimented 6-week release schedule, so there’s no telling when the audio throbber might pop up on the dev channel build. Once it does, however, you’ll only have to hunt for the favicon with the animated EQ to track down rogue audio tabs. It’ll be way more convenient than trying to guess based on titles or clicking through every tab manually until you spot one with a pause button on the page.

[via Geek]

Why is there Google Settings on my Android?

Google Settings
As part of its new Google+ sign-in initiative that went live today, Google pushed a silent update to the Google Play Services app to support the new feature, which also brought along a new app called Google Settings. Google Play Services updates in the background routinely, much like the Play Store itself, in order to have phones up to date and syncing properly. The updates don't usually install new apps, but there's nothing to worry about here, the Google Settings app is indeed supposed to be there.

That being said, it doesn't seem all that useful, as it just provides shortcuts to the settings menus of other apps on the phone -- like Google+, Maps and Location. These settings could all be accessed previously, but in order to have everything working out of the box and have a settings area set up for the new Google+ sign-in, Google had to push something out there. We may have preferred if there was some kind of notice of what was going on though.

Going forward it's likely that Google will use this app to house more than just a few settings shortcuts -- and the functionality could easily just be baked into the general OS settings as well.

[via Android Central]