OnePlus Launches OxygenOS, Its Custom Version Of Android


OnePlus Launches OxygenOS, Its Custom Version Of Android

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Smartphone-maker OnePlus just released the initial version of OxygenOS, its forked version of Android Lollipop, optimized for its OnePlus One phone.

News that OnePlus was working on the operating system broke in January, after a split with partner Cyanogen.

In a blog post about the release, the company alternately describes its approach as “back to basics” and “light and essential,” with a focus on performance and battery life. OnePlus also writes:

By creating our own operating system, we can quickly respond to user feedback and make it easier for you to continue playing a fundamental role in the future of OnePlus. Our goal for OxygenOS is to provide faster, more meaningful updates and a better-integrated range of services for every OnePlus user.

The demo video embedded above highlights what the company says are the top features, including gesture controls from the off screen, quick setting adjustment, and…

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Microsoft To Provide Free Upgrades To Windows 10


Microsoft To Provide Free Upgrades To Windows 10 for Windows 7, Windows 8.1 or Windows Phone 8.1 users. Windows as centralized service ecosystem for all type of devices. Finally step in right direction. Nadella leadership show technical lead.

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Update: Microsoft promised a new build of Windows 10 next week, and also confirmed previous rumors that the first build of the operating system for smartphones will be released in February.

If you are on Windows 7, Windows 8.1 or Windows Phone 8.1, you will be eligible for a free upgrade inside the first year of Windows 10. Microsoft made the announcement this morning at an event on its corporate campus outside of Seattle.

On stage, Microsoft’s Terry Myerson pitched Windows 10 as a service, instead of simply an operating system that a user installs. Or, put more simply, the company views the next version of Windows as the hub of its various services.


By offering a free upgrade to Windows 10, Microsoft is essentially working to grow the userbase of its next operating system, which will grow its developer opportunity. Microsoft needs to grow the cadre of developers that build…

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This Fake Phone Charger Is Actually Recording Every Key You Type


Fake Phone Charger that actually records every key you type….

Originally posted on TechCrunch:


“Whose phone charger is that sticking out of the wall? Oh. It must be Ben’s. Ben always leaves his charger at work. Classic Ben!”

Alas, it’s not Ben’s charger. Hell, it’s not a charger at all. It’s actually a little spy device disguised as a phone charger, capable of sniffing out every key you type on that wireless keyboard on your desk. Oh, and it can send the stuff it picks up straight to the eavesdropper’s phone. Oh! Oh! And it’ll keep working even if you unplug it — it only pretends to turn off.

That little box up top is built by Samy Kamkar (Yeah — the same Samy who built the self-titled worm that ravaged Myspace back in the day, and who built that crazy hands-free hacking necklace a few weeks back) who has dubbed it the “KeySweeper.”

Before you panic and throw your keyboard in the trash…

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Google Opens Its Cloud Monitoring Service To All Developers On Its Platform


Google Opens Its Cloud Monitoring Service To All Developers On Its Platform.

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Last year, Google acquired the cloud monitoring service Stackdriver. Within weeks, Google had launched a private beta of its own cloud monitoring service based on Stackdriver’s technology and now — eight months later — everybody on Google’s Cloud Platform can finally use this new service.

As the name implies, Google Cloud Monitoring  lets developers access performance metrics, capacity and uptime data for their apps that use Google App Engine, Compute Engine, Cloud Pub/Sub and Cloud SQL. It can also monitor many of the popular open source applications that run on top of these services, including MySQL, Nginx, Apache, MongoDB, RabbitMQ and others. When things go awry (or your applications simply exceed whatever threshold you set), Cloud Monitoring can send alerts via email, SMS and PagerDuty, or to your Slack, Campfire or HipChat rooms. Developers can also publish their own custom metrics to Google’s APIs to combine those with…

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Kraftwerk Is A Power Plant That Fits In The Palm Of Your Hand


This is revolutionary, Charge in 3 Sec & can charge 11 iPhones or similar devices

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Itlooks and acts like abattery packbut kraftwerk isactuallythe firsthand-held fuel cell generator thatcan regenerate energy in less than 3 seconds. And it can power all your mobile devicesfor weeks.

kraftwerk, which translates to “power station” in German,is the product of eZelleron, an engineering teamthat spun out of German research firm Fraunhofer Gesellschaft.So far thecompanyhas raised almost half its $500,000 goal for kraftwerk in just three days on Kickstarter. Three people have even pledged $10,000 to get distributor rights for the product when it becomes available.

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Fuel cell technology has been bandied about since the 1950’s (Wikipedia says the first reference to it was in 1838)but gas and other fossil fuels have eclipsed it as a preferred energysource. The reasons for lowadoption of the tech are varied (and it may continueif ourcurrentabundance of crude oil keeps up) but it does hold the promise ofa cheap, clean and…

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Look! A PC On A Stick!


Finally PC is also reducing size drastically…

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

You can get pretty much anything on a stick. You can actually, and I kid you not, get fried butter on a stick. And soon, thanks to Intel, you can even get a full, Windows 8.1 PC on a stick.

The Windows 8.1-based Compute Stick contains a quad-core Atom processor, 32 gigabytes of storage, 2 gigabytes of RAM, and wi-fi and Bluetooth support. It will retail for $149, early this year. A separate Linux version will contain half the RAM, a third of the storage, and will sell for a reduced $89.

Here’s the thing in all its stick-y glory:

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Intel is working to shrink the size of its computing products. Its new Quark SE SOC — system on a chip — could help the wearable revolution become less a dream, and more of a functional reality. Intel was late to smartphones and tablets — its earnings tell that story each…

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How to take great photos—even on your cell phone


How to take great photos with your cell phone

Originally posted on TED Blog:


Taking great photos isn’t just about having a nice camera. I’m a firm believer that good photography comes from smart photographers who think creatively and know how to make the most of what they’ve got—whether they’re working with fancy DSLR or an iPhone.

On TED’s design team, where I manage TED’s Instagram account, we’re always on the lookout for beautiful, arresting images. Below are 8 non-technical, non-intimidating tips that I continue to refer to even after years of taking pictures.

  1. Keep your lens clean and your battery charged. Yes, both of these things are obvious, but they’re also very easy to forget. With my camera, I like to keep at least one extra fully-charged battery on hand, and I always keep my phone charger with me because it’s such a bummer when you want to take a photo but can’t. Phones can get especially dirty from riding around in…

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