PANGKALAN BUN,Indonesia —Divers fought strong currents and waves as they worked to hoist the tail of the crashed AirAsia plane out of the Java Sea on Saturday,two weeks ago after it went down,killing all 162 people on board.
Inflatable bags were being attached to the rear of the aircraft,and a crane will be used to lift it from a depth of about 30 meters (100 feet).
“Additional lifting bags are needed because the tail part is getting heavier due to strong currents and piles of sand and mud,”said Suryadi B. Supriyadi,the National Search and Rescue Agency’s operational director.
LAS VEGAS —Along with all the incremental improvements of existing tech-related staples (audio equipment,cars,etc.) as well as cutting-edge tech (wearables and drones) showcased at CES,we witnessed a major shift:Virtual reality matured into a serious category
It’s not that the show floor was laden with VR technology,but the ones that did show up were no longer promising a far off future of virtual worlds —instead,they displayed technology that is just about ready to hit the market. There was even a special augmented reality pavilion at the conference,where a number of AR startups showed off their wares to attendees Read more…
Heckling at Bill Cosby shows appears to be mounting as yet another disturbance occurred while he performed Friday night in Hamilton,Ontario.
As seen in the video above,a group of women can be heard shouting “We believe the women,”referring to the more than a dozen women who have recently accused Cosby of raping them over the past few decades. The 77-year-old comedian tries to calm the crowd,encouraging them to ignore the agitators,at one point lifting his index finger to his mouth to shush the audience as he takes a seat on stage
As the gaggle marches out,amid applause and cheers from the audience,a man shouts “Arrogant piece of shit.”Yet another bellows “We love you,Bill!”Read more…
The popular Frogger clone ‘Crossy Road’has officially made its way to Android from the Apple Appstore after stopping in at the Amazon Appstore for a month. The hit game is a blend between Frogger-like gameplay,Minecraft graphics,and a name reminiscent of Flappy Bird.
This addictive game will quickly capture your attention for hours on end,with simple controls and an easy goal:cross the road,don’t die. Crossy Road is free,with in-app purchases of $1 for new animals,like a cow or pig,to add to your starter chicken. It’s also possible to get some characters through gameplay.
So watch the promo video,follow the link,and get hopping!
Come comment on this article:‘Crossy Road’Bounces into Google Play Store
ST. LOUIS —Some of Missouri’s top leaders tried unsuccessfully to pressure Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson to resign after the fatal shooting of Michael Brown,interviews with several elected officials and records released Friday show.
Ferguson Mayor James Knowles III told The Associated Press that top state officials had several meetings where they applied pressure on the city to force Jackson to resign. Missouri House Speaker John Diehl and U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill confirmed they both attended a fall meeting to discuss whether Jackson should be forced out
In October,news broke of a purported plan to oust Jackson and put the St. Louis County police chief in charge of the beleaguered Ferguson Police Department. Jackson denied the assertion at the time,with his department tweeting a defiant note in an attempt to deflect the implications of the discussions. Read more…
HDMI-based streaming sticks are hot. Whether it’s the Chromecast,the Roku Streaming Stick,Amazon’s Fire TV Stick or Mozilla’s Matchstick,putting a bunch of electronics into n stick that can plug into the HDMI port on your TV (or computer monitor) is all the rage
The Compute Stick takes the guts of a fully-functional Windows 8.1 or Ubuntu Linux computer and puts it into something the size of a Chromecast. The best part? The full Windows 8.1 version of the Compute Stick will sell for just $149. Read more…
One-time Gleeks who quit the club:The final season might be the time to sign up once agin
At least,that’s the impression given by the former network Golden Child’s Friday season premiere episode
In the episode,Rachel (Lea Michele) heads back to Ohio after her live TV sitcom tanks in the ratings,resulting in immediate cancellation
She spends the next two hours trying to resurrect McKinley High School’s glee program,with some success thanks to a few new bodies in the choir seats
Particularly,Noah Gurthrie’s Roderick,a shy student with amazingly soulful pipes,seems to be a sign that there’s still life in the program. The alums who returned in the second hour see it,too. Brittany and Santana even share a song with him —“Mustang Sally,”the first number in possibly several seasons that recaptures the pure,inviting energy that once pumped through the veins of the show. Read more…
WASHINGTON —The Justice Department is weighing bringing criminal charges against former CIA Director David Petraeus over the handling of classified information,a U.S. official says.
Federal investigators have been looking into whether Petraeus provided classified information to his biographer,Paula Broadwell,with whom he admitted having an affair when he resigned from the CIA in 2012.
FBI officials discovered classified information on Broadwell’s computer in 2012. The Army Reserve officer was under investigation at the time due to improper access to Petraeus’email,but Petraeus was not. Petraeus resigned from his position at the CIA due to the affair. Read more…
Google wasn’t at CES this year,in fact they rarely ever make an appearance at the Consumer Electronics Show,but this year they sure made their presence felt. Even if it was in the shadows,Google made sure people were thinking of them during CES 2015,with the announcement of Google Cast. What is essentially Google’s answer to Apple’s Airplay,Google Cast for Audio completes the Cast ecosystem and gives Apple Airplay something to worry about. You might be thinking that “Oh,it’s just like Bluetooth streaming,what’s the big deal?”and I’m not surprised you’re thinking that,but it is a big deal. Right now it might not seem that way,but Google Cast is going to become very important for Google.
First of all,it’s a big deal due to the success of the Chromecast. It’s now available in 27 countries across the globe,it’s still cheap and it’s gotten a lot better since it first launched. The Chromecast gives people without Smart TVs a way to enjoy broadcasting from the Internet without spending too much money and it’s so easy everyone can use it. It’s been adopted by big names,and it’s as easy as changing the channel on your set and tapping a button on your phone. It’s pretty great and I’m sure many of you use yours to catch up on missed TV,binge on TV series and watch movies. Google Cast for Audio builds on that success and will push the ‘cast’name towards the average consumer more than ever before.
I’m a bit of an audio nerd,and I love all sorts of gear. I don’t spend a huge money on it because a) I genuinely can’t afford to and b) when streaming music over the internet and listening to CDs you reach a ceiling pretty quickly (in my opinion) however,I spend more than most people on audio tech. I have headphones and amps strewn across my office desk,a HiFi that’s arguably overkill elsewhere and a third under the TV in the living room. I’m not like most people,clearly. Most people these days want –and expect –a single speaker,or a pair of wireless speakers to sound great and deliver content with little hassle. Up until now there were really two choices;Apple Airplay or Bluetooth. Bluetooth is great and all,but even apt-X capable speakers lack a certain level of quality. Google Cast for Audio plugs the gap by connecting to the internet to pull down the data in full,rather than beaming compressed data like Bluetooth does.
Chromecast is available on both iOS and Android,and that’s probably been a bigger reason for its success. Not limiting itself to one platform instantly makes it less niche and Google is doing the same with Google Cast for Audio. A number of speakers were shown off on the show floor at CES with support for Google Cast,including speakers from the likes of HiFi royalty Denon and Sony. Google is partnering with everyone they can to make sure Cast for Audio is to become mainstream,and I’m sure we’re only going to see more of this throughout 2015.
There’s no denying Airplay is great,but unless I want to use some third-party method that might stop working tomorrow,it’s useless to an Android user like me. As such,I couldn’t care less about Airplay speakers. Now,a speaker with Google Cast support is obviously going to be great for me,but it’ll more than likely be great for my iPhone-using friends and family. That’s the key with Cast for Audio,it’ll be able to offer simple,yet good-sounding setups for the everyday user regardless of which of the top two platforms they’re using. With lots of different partners on board as well,users won’t be short of music to listen (sadly,Spotify hasn’t signed up yet) Google Cast for Audio could be the last piece of the puzzle Google needs to offer a complete package to users. There’s a big reason Bluetooth speakers of all sizes and price have caught on in the last few years;they work for everyone. While Cast does leave Windows Phone users out in the cold,it offers both iOS and Android users good quality audio with very little hassle at all,and I think it’s going to take off throughout 2015.
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You may know to never go up against a Sicilian when death is on the line. You may actually know what inconceivable means. But can you survive a climb up the Cliffs of Insanity?
iOS users can try their luck at that and three other mini-games in The Princess Bride –The Official Game,released Thursday by Gameblend. Those include battling the shrieking eels,fencing against Inigo Montoya and wrestling a certain giant.
On Friday,French security forces killed the two brothers —Cherif and Said Kouachi —suspected of murdering 12 people in an attack on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. The suspects were killed after an hours-long standoff with police near the Charles de Gaulle Airport.
Meanwhile in Paris,a third gunman,Amedy Coulibaly,was killed by police at a kosher supermarket after taking several people hostage. Four people were killed
The standoffs began after an extensive manhunt,following the attack on the magazine Wednesday. Read more…
Boy do we have a good one for you today – the newest LG G Flex 2 goes up against the original LG G Flex. Now I know what you are saying,“How can a year old device possibly beat out the newer version”…and I know that is the nicest thing you could say. What we are doing here is simply showing you the differences between the two devices – what areas did LG improve or make changes to this device. If LG did their homework properly,then certainly the LG G Flex 2 should win this comparison…but are the improvements enough to warrant the purchase of this first mass-produced flexible smartphone sold in the US.
Because these smartphones are the same model,only updated,they do have a few things in common. They both have 32GB of internal storage – the G Flex 2 does have a 2GB/16GB model,however,the only one offered by the US carriers is the 3GB/32GB model. They both offer a 13MP main camera with autofocus (the G Flex 2 has Laser Autofocus),and LED flash (the G Flex 2 has Dual-LED) and they both have a 2.1MP front-facing camera (FFC). They are fairly close in size with the original G Flex about 4/10-inch larger and 25 grams heavier. Both of the G Flex have the dual-band Wi-Fi,Bluetooth,NFC capabilities,curved body and display,the self-healing back,an FM Stereo Radio and an IR Blaster built-in.
Please look below at the detailed specification sheet and you will be able to see where these two devices differ – now some things like pricing was not yet available,but it is rumored to have the same $300 pricing on a two-year agreement. So far,we know that AT&T,Sprint and US Cellular have all claimed that they would sell the LG G Flex 2 and on LG’s website it shows both AT&T and Sprint logos.
After the specifications,we will take a closer look at the individual devices and list some of their pros and cons to help us justify our pick as the winner of this comparison.
LG G Flex 2
Since there were many things similar between these two devices,the detailed sections will be a little shorter than usual. The LG G Flex 2 is simply an upgrade to the popular LG G Flex,which means it is a sharp looking smartphone,built like a rock and upgraded in all of the areas that I felt the original was lacking.
The beautiful Plastic OLED display that already offered great contrast is now a FHD model with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and 403 pixels-per-inch (PPI) – up from the paltry 245 PPI of the original. The processor jumps from the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 in the original,past the current 805 model,all the way to the 64-bit Snapdragon Octa-Core 810. The RAM also jumps from 2GB to 3GB in the US models and they both carry 32GB of internal storage,although the new G Flex 2 also has a microSD card slot to expand its internal storage so you can keep your music,videos,movies and pictures directly on your device.
LG also upped the camera area considerably – although they stuck with 13MP for the sensor,they added the Laser Autofocus from the LG G3,gave it a Dual-LED flash,and added Optical Image Stabilization (OIS+.) The 2.1MP FFC for social media selfies and video chatting stayed the same. The battery did drop in the new LG G Flex 2 from 3500mAh to 3000mAh,although it should still get you through a full day.
As far as other items,the LG G Flex 2 has –it did move up to Bluetooth 4.1 as well as moved back to the microUSB 2.0. Because of the Snapdragon 810,it also features Quick Charge 2.0 that allows you to get to a 50-percent charge in 40 only minutes. It also ups the sound quality a bit by including Dolby Mobile. The newest G Flex 2 also sports the newest in the Android OS,5.0 Lollipop,and best of all it looks like it will cost the same as the original.
LG G Flex
To be honest with you,the original LG G Flex did nothing for me – so it was curved,but spec-wise,I was not impressed…and I know that my boss is grinding his teeth and clenching his fists because that was one of his favorite devices. I have to admit that I liked the looks of it,but just saw no purpose for it – I suppose if you keep it in your back pants pocket,the curve would be nice. But I keep my smartphone in my shirt pocket – always –and until I start wearing a manssiere (which could be any day),I just don’t need the curve.
What disappointed me most were the specifications,especially the 6-inch HD display with a resolution of only 1280 x 720 pixels and 245 PPI – yes,it was curved,but on a $300 device that comes with a 2-year contract,I want more than 245 PPI. The newest devices today have the Quad HD,but I can settle for the FHD on the new G Flex 2 with its 403 PPI. The LG G Flex comes with a Snapdragon 800 quad-core 32-bit processor,which was fine in its day,but that day has long passed with the 801,805,and now the 64-bit 810 found in the new LG G Flex 2. The G Flex has only 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage with no room for expansion like the G Flex 2.
The camera took decent enough pictures,but the G Flex 2 has really up its game with Laser Autofocus,a dual-LED flash and OIS+. The original G Flex does have a huge 3500mAh battery,but the slightly smaller and lighter G Flex 2’s 3000mAh battery should be more than ample to get it through the day. The original device really has nothing that the newer model does not have;in fact,it is still running Android 4.4.2 KitKat and AT&T still wants $300 on a two-year contract,although that should certainly drop soon to make room for the new and improved LG G Flex 2.
…And The Winner Is…
Like I said in the Introduction,the LG G Flex 2 has to be the winner of this comparison – it is a better size,better display,better processing power,more RAM,expansion for internal memory and added the Laser Autofocus,a dual LED flash and OIS+ to the camera. It now has Quick Charge 2.0 and the newest Android 5.0 Lollipop straight out-of-the-box…and to top it all off,it will most likely cost the same!
We are not sure why T-Mobile has decided to forego this beautiful device,but they made add it to there available devices when it is finally released…end of January in Korea and then it will go worldwide in February. Sprint will have the exclusive Volcano Red edition,again,not sure why LG would limit the hot color to only Sprint’s network.
Please hit us up on our Google+ Page and let us know if you will be waiting to pick up the new LG G Flex 2 when it comes out,or will you be waiting for another new device…as always,we would love to hear from you.
According to analysts,Sprint is expected to post new customer adds from the fourth quarter of 2014 that display they had struggled to bring in new customers,thought to come in having added less new net subscribers than they were hoping while Verizon Wireless and AT&T are expected to post new customer adds that show significant growth. Verizon Wireless is expected to post their 4th quarter adds numbers totaling 1.85 million net subscribers,while AT&T is expected to come in under a million at 850,000. If those add numbers are spot on,of all four major carriers,T-Mobile would be posting the highest number of total new customer adds in the postpaid category as they recently reported adds of 2.1 million new net subscribers.
While Verizon,T-Mobile,and AT&T all seemed to have had a fairly decent fourth quarter in terms of new subscriber growth,analysts at Credit Sussie expect that Sprint will only post net subscriber adds of 250,000 for the fourth quarter,which would put them significantly lower than the other three carriers. Sprint has been struggling to keep subscribers this past year while also finding it hard to add new ones,although the changes they have been making under the leadership of Marcelo Claure does seem to be improving their standings compared to when Sprint was being run by Dan Hesse during his last 3-6 months as CEO.
In addition to once again adding over 2 million new subscribers in a quarter,T-Mobile is also expected to hit their EBITDA guidance for the year of 2014 which is listed at $5.6 billion –$5.8 billion,and if they hit their 2014 EBITDA guidance number than their actual EBITDA is likely to rest at about $1.7 billion,according to Jennifer Fritzsche who is an analyst at Wells Fargo. Fritzsche also states that she believes the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus to have played major roles in the success of T-Mobile’s fourth quarter net adds. For Verizon and Sprint,a large portion of their net adds growth is expected to have been from growth in sales of tablets and other devices according to Credit Suisse.
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President Barack Obama wants the first two years of community college to be free for many Americans,but his plan to make that happen is mostly talk for now
The president proposed the idea at Pellissippi State Community College in Tennessee on Friday after announcing the plan in a video posted on Facebook Thursday night. The proposal would reportedly cost $60 billion over a 10-year period. Around nine million students could take advantage of the program if all states take part,according to a White House statement. If those students are full-time,they would save an estimated $3,800 of tuition per year. Read more…
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