October 26, 2014

Desktop Screenshot: Simply Karen Araragi

Hey I'm back from hiatus! Just that things got a bit busy over the past week and I kinda slowed down the posting. It seems like this blog isn't going anywhere and the exposure of it wasn't what I expected. Well, it will still be active but the posts may become infrequent.

So, this is probably the first self-reflective post in a very long time. I haven't found the time to dedicate myself in posting a variety of content on the website; hence the plenty of copied news article from Technology sources.

What's the direction of the blog now? For one, it'll still be up and I'll still occasionally post any new Chrome themes or stuff I find interesting on the internet. Mostly though, don't expect much. Oh, and if you are a frequent visitor, thanks for all your support!

October 25, 2014

[Game] Spot the odd colour out!

Do you have a keen eye for colours? Do you like to play spot the difference?
Can you find the tile which has a different colour to the rest?
My friend introduced me to this rather addictive game: Spot the odd colour out! (http://game.ioxapp.com/color/#).
In this game you have to click on the tile which is of different colour to the rest of the tiles. The goal is to score as many points (with clearing one level giving you one point) as you can within one minute.
My highest level reached is 31. Your eyes and brain do get rather sore after a few rounds of this game.
Give it a try!

October 13, 2014

A Brand New ‘Full’ Google Play Music App Is On The Way

The Chrome Web Store is home to two apps for Google Music, the search giant’s cloud-based music service. One is a glorified bookmark, a handy link to the website itself. The other is a handy desktop widget for controlling music playback.

But could a more featured app, more akin to an ‘iTunes’, be on the way? Based on a passing reference in a recent Chromium commit: yes.

Google Play Music App

Details on when the new app will appear, how it will work and whether it still requires the Chrome browser to be installed locally remain unclear at present.

[Source: OMG! Chrome!]

October 11, 2014

Chrome Theme: Hatsune Miku CV01

I decided to create another simple Hatsune Miku theme after stumbling across this awesome picture of her! Nothing else to say here. Just give it a go!

October 10, 2014

Google+ is rolling out support for polls


Back in September Google acquired Polar, a startup dedicated to polling. At the time it was revealed that the team would be joining Google+ in order to help “make G+ even more awesome” (Google’s words). It wasn’t exactly clear how the team might contribute, though it seemed obvious it would have something to do with polls. With this in mind, Google’s Dennis Troper has announced that a new polling feature is rolling out to Google+.

In usual Google fashion, it may take a few days before the option is fully rolled out to the web and Android versions of G+, but once it is available, you’ll see an option for creating a poll anytime you make a new post. The polls will allow up to five questions and can be complimented with photos to “make them beautiful and engaging.” There also appears to be a few different layout options as well.

While this isn’t exactly a massive feature, it could be useful for those wanting to see what other G+-ers think about various topics and could be particularly useful for businesses looking to engage their audience in a new way.

[Source: Android Authority]

October 9, 2014

Chrome brings more Material Design in latest update

Chrome for Android updated with more Material Design updates

Google has just released a new update to the Chrome browser for Android today, though it may not hit your devices right away. This will be a gradual roll out that happens over the next few days, and though the change log is short, it should add a lot of performance improvements. Google also says that there are "additional Material Design updates," along with support for battery status and screen orientation APIs.

Here is the full Chrome change log, which is now at version 38:
  • Support for Battery Status and Screen orientation APIs
  • Additional Material Design updates
  • Lots of bug fixes and performance improvements!
[Source: Android Central]

October 8, 2014

Chrome OS Adds USB File Transfer Support for Android Devices


Google has pushed out a new stable release of Chrome OS, adding native support for the widely used Media Transfer Protocol (MTP).

The arrival of the long-sought feature, which has been available to beta and dev channel users since earlier in the year, means you can now transfer files from a compatible Android device to your Chromebook without using the cloud.

To try it out, connect your Android smartphone or tablet to your Chromebook via USB and unlock the screen. The Chrome file manager should automatically open (as will Google+ Photos if installed on your Chrome device) from where you can browse, open and copy files across.

Write operations are not currently supported so you won’t be able to create folders, rename files or add media. But you can transfer content from your Android device to your Chromebook or Chromebase by dragging and dropping — which is more than you could do before!

Google Chrome OS 38(.0.2125.101, stable) is rolling out to all devices, excluding Chromeboxes. Head to Settings > About for more information.

As ever, today’s updated build also contains a batch of bug fixes, security updates and other changes including, Google say, features aimed at enhancing touch screen accessibility.

[Source: OMG! Chrome!]

October 7, 2014

Windows 95 on Android Wear, why not?

Well nowadays with smartphones getting more powerful, emulators for the past are bound to spring up. Here is a video of some guy that managed to get Windows 95 running on his Android Wear device. It works quite well albeit really slowly. Why would you do that? Well, because you can.

October 4, 2014

Google+ gets a minor update, adds a few Material Design tweaks


Yesterday Play Newstand got a pretty big update, complete with a Material Design makeover. While Google+ already has been rocking MD since this summer, today a minor update is rolling out that adds no new features, but does polish up the look of the app a bit.

What kind of changes? Probably the first thing you’re going to notice is the icon now carries the long shadow design that we saw with Newstand. In the actual app the red Google+ banner is now a brighter and bolder shade, there’s also a simpler photos layout, more polished menus and plenty of other little tweaks. The new update isn’t exactly a massive one, though it does bring a bit more overall polish to the way Google+ looks. We imagine we’ll be seeing more minor updates like this to other Google apps in the near future as we come closer to the final release of Android L.

As always this update is rolling to Google Play out in stages, so keep a look out for your update in the Play Store.

[Source: Android Authority]

October 3, 2014

Why You Should Only Buy Flagship Phones

So you're planning to buy a new smartphone. You've got enough invested that would allow you to purchase a new phone outright. As you walk in store to look at the range of phones available, you cast your eyes over to the cheapest ones available. You have just dug your own smartphone grave.

Why do I say that? Here are some reason why you should not buy a cheap smartphone instead of the latest flagship phone offerings from the major smartphone manufacturer companies. For those who don't know what flagship phone are, they are referred to the latest and most prime product of that particular model's series.

Latest and Greatest Features
Every year, new phones come out with the latest and greatest software (such as Android's OS) and functions with plenty of cool new features. Each companies' aim is to bring you something "new" and "innovative" to try and capture your attention. These cool features are usually only available for their newest flagship phones and only after a while do the cheaper variants of the series receive these features.

Latest Software Updates
This pretty much goes for any phone that is not the current flagship phone. These smartphone manufacturers want you to experience the latest and greatest software available for their phones. The only way for you to experience that is to purchase the latest flagship phone. Older models won't receive the latest updates till much later or sometimes none at all.

Flagship Phones Last Longer
Yes, it's true! Take for example a friend of mine that bought an Xperia M a year ago. Already, he is disliking it and says that it's gotten slow. With flagship phones, you have the best hardware you can get. These powerful flagship phones will last you at least 2 years minimum and still be able to handle everything fine.

Plenty of Accessories
Just take a look at the HTC One M8, Samsung Galaxy S5 and the Sony Xperia Z2. The amount of accessories, phone cases and protectors are endless! There is major support for flagships phones with customization of how it looks. You can only get endless choices only with flagship phones.

And Plenty More
The list goes on of the benefits with purchasing a flagship phone over a mid-range one. Even though the price might be a bit more expensive, but it;s definitely worth the purchase if you are going to use it for a long time. So, the next time you are planning to buy a phone, go for a flagship one.

October 1, 2014

Google+ users can now restrict who sees their content, based on age and location

Google plus logo

Starting today, Google is now giving Google+ users a bit more control over who is able to view there posts and who isn’t. Specifically, there are a few different options like only allowing viewers who are 18+, 21+ or even the ability to restrict based on location.

Keep in mind that this is an “all or nothing” setting at the moment, meaning that if you set “21+” it applies to all your posts regardless of the content. Same with if you restrict based on location. That means the benefit of this option is more for groups/businesses than individuals, though I’m sure some individuals will find this useful as well. Google’s Yonatan Zunger does indicate that per-post controls are already “on our requested features list”, so eventually G+ users may have the power to hide only specific posts that wouldn’t be appropriate for younger audiences.

With new options for 18+ and 21+ age restrictions, we also have to wonder if Google is toying around with the idea of being more lenient on its censorship policies for those who restrict their content to older audiences. For Google’s part, they say they aren’t changing policies at this time though they admit “this does give us some flexibility to do that”.

[Source: Android Authority]