Gmail Chicken, A Very Risky Game

This is why I love Reddit. It’s home to some of the smartest, yet most insane minds on the planet. Today I stumbled across Gmail Chicken, a game thought up by Reddit user  _SynthesizerPatel_. The game combines the usually harmless idea of ‘chicken’ with the terrifying concept of offending a superior or family member.

Gmail Chicken: The Rules

1. On Gmail, go to settings and turn on ‘Undo Send’, setting it to 30 seconds.

2. Write a verbal assault directed towards a person in your contact list.

3. Send it.

4. See how close to the 30 second mark you can get without cancelling the send.

I’m not sure if this is an already known game, although a quick Google search hasn’t returned any results. It’s certainly a game you should play with your friends.

Source: Reddit

 

Exploding Galaxy SIII Was Microwaved

A story has been emerging over the last couple of weeks about a man who was unfortunate enough to be in possession of an exploding Galaxy SIII. After a long investigation by Samsung, it turns that he actually microwaved the Samsung to fix some water damage he had caused the device, resulting in the fire damage.

The story began last month, where Boards.IE member dillo2k10 reported that he had been driving in his car, when out of nowhere the Galaxy SIII caught fire from the inside and as a result, the bottom exploded.

Samsung, quick on the case of concerned customers, were quick to issue a statement regarding the issue;

“There have been recent online posts displaying pictures of a Samsung GALAXY SIII that appears to have heat-related damage at the bottom of the device. Samsung is aware of this issue and will begin investigating as soon as we receive the specific product in question.

Once the investigation is complete, we will be able to provide further details on the situation. We are committed to providing our customers with the safest products possible and are looking at this seriously.”

Result of the Investigation: Microwaved

Today Samsung returned their focus to the matter, following the return of the investigation results. Fire Investigations UK, the company hired by Samsung to carry out the investigation, found the following;

“The energy source responsible for generating the heat has been determined as external to the device. The device was not responsible for the cause of the fire.”

But possibly the most interesting results concluded by the FIUK is this;

“The only way it was possible to produce damage similar to the damage recorded within the owner’s damaged device was to place the devices or component parts within a domestic microwave.” (source)

That’s right, a microwave. He’d microwaved his Galaxy S3.

Realising he was busted, dillo2k10 has issued commented on the matter, admitting full responsibility for what happened to the phone and retracting his previous comment.

“I would like to retract my original statement. The damage to the phone was caused by another person, although they were attempting to recover the phone from water this later caused the damage shown on the phone. It occurred due to a large amount of external energy and there was no fault with the phone. This was not a deliberate act but a stupid mistake.

I am unable to comment any further.” (source)

So, the Galaxy SIII does not explode and the only risk to purchasing it remains to be the large hole left in your wallet.

Image: John Biehler

Tiny Wings 2 Teaser Trailer

Tiny Wings 2 is due for launch on 12 of July, that’s just 5 days away. The original Tiny Wings saw users play as a simply animated bird as it attempted to fly by growing momentum sliding down hills. The addictive and simple gameplay saw it stay at the top of the App Store for some time, and was even closely replicated on Android. Now, Tiny Wings is  back.

In the teaser below, no new details are shown. It’s a video which replicates the simplicity of the game itself and will no doubt contribute to the huge success that Tiny Wings 2 is due to receive.

Tiny Wings

The original Tiny Wings was released over a year ago, back in February 2011. The game was designed by self-taught video game designer Andreas Illeger. Much like Angry Birds, the game was hugely well received due to the very simple graphics, and even simpler gameplay. That, and the fact that people love cartoon birds.

Tiny Wings was never released for Android, and we doubt that Tiny Wings 2 will either. However, ‘Dragon Fly!’ uses the same mechanics and simple graphics to be called a true equivalent.

The Shard, Europe’s Tallest Building

Yesterday was the inauguration of The Shard, a new spectacular building in London.

Measuring 330 metres, the Shard was designed in 2000 by Renzo Piano to resemble, you guessed it, a shard of glass.

Facts

The idea began as an iceberg-like building emerging from the River Thames.

Southwark Towers, a 1975 tower block, was demolished to make way for the Shard in 2009.

The Shard features 11,000 panes of glass, which are angled to reflect and change according to weather conditions.

It will contain offices, residences, a five-star hotel, restaurants and a public viewing gallery.

Entry to the public viewing gallery, situated at around 245 metres high, will cost £25 per person. Not a bad price considering it’s the tallest building in Europe, but I’m not convinced I would ever want to pay that much to see London from a bit higher up, especially as it’s likely going to be covered in rain.

Yesterday, marking the inauguration, a little light show was put on at the Shard. And when I say little, I mean it. Watch the video below if you’re interested, but once you’ve seen the first 5 seconds, it doesn’t get any better.

Tickets to see the view from the shard go on sale today, and the building itself opens to the public early next year. If you want to catch an early glimpse to see what the view looks like, visit here to get a full 360 degree view.

Apple’s iPad Mini To Compete With Nexus 7

Rumour has it that Apple are planning on launching a smaller and cheaper version of the iPad, to compete with the increasingly more aggressive competition posed by Android, notably the Nexus 7.

The new Apple tablet will measure 7-8inches diagonally, but won’t feature the high quality retina display that the new iPad (3) received at launch back in March.

By launching a smaller iPad, Apple increase their chances of continuing their domination of the tablet market. Questions have been asked recently over Apple’s place in the tablet market, as the iPad is one of the most expensive on the market. Last week at I/O 2012, Google and ASUS teamed up to announce the Nexus 7, a 7inch tablet which packs a punch for an amazingly low price tag.

The new iPad is thought the be launched in October this year. Personally, I’m glad that tablets are finally starting to become cheaper than laptops.

Source: Bloomberg        Image: Minimally Minimal

 

Man Destroys T-Mobile Store

Last week, an enraged man took to single handedly destroying a mobile phone retailer in Manchester, UK.

The video was uploaded earlier this week, and has already gained over 1million views. The beginning of the destruction isn’t filmed, so we have absolutely no clue as to why the man decided to carry out this attack. When I saw the title of the video, I assumed that a man had ran in and began to smash things up, taking everybody by surprise. However it’s a lot calmer than that. He simply starts smashing things off the wall and removing fire extinguishers and throwing them, all while a confused sales assistant stands in the corner telephoning for help.

Source: UltraLinx

Google Now on Ice Cream Sandwich, Download!

Google Now is arguably one of the most exciting features of Jelly Bean. It’s hard to resist the idea of an Android Siri alternative which, according to early reviews, blows Apple’s voice assistant out of the water. Luckily, developers are already hard at work to port Google Now to devices running Ice Cream Sandwich, and the early attempts are available to download now.

None of the ports have functioning voice recognition, obviously one of the main features which makes Google Now so exciting. However some results and user configuration options are working quite well.

It’s nowhere near the final product in Jelly Bean, but it’s a good idea as to what sort of thing you can expect. There are several problems which include network errors, force closures and trouble with the install.

Unfortunately, Jelly Bean looks set for a very slow roll out, meaning that many people will not get it for a very long time, if at all. Especially as it was revealed today that Ice Cream Sandwich is currently only on 10% of devices after almost 9 months on the market.  So if you are eager to get your hands on the goodies that come with Android 4.1, then you should definitely keep an eye on the XDA thread below.

To download, visit the link below and follow the download instructions. There have already been, and will continue to be updates each and every day. So be sure to read through the thread to make sure you have the most up-to-date version. I’ll be sure to write a new post when (if) a fully functioning port becomes available.

Source: XDA Developers

Easter Egg: Nexus Q Magic 8 Ball

Google recently revealed the Nexus Q, a social streaming device which allows you to purchase a product on your phone, and view it on your tablet and T.V. But what they didn’t announce, was the Easter egg which comes with it.

The hidden feature begins when the user taps the Nexus Q image on the Android app repeatedly. Eventually, a screen pops up, “Have a dilemma? Ask the Q”.

Using Google’s accurate voice recognition, the user can then ask the Q a question resulting in a random response, much like the old magic 8 ball toys.

Google often hide Easter eggs within their products, a good example being the image hidden behind each Android Version in the settings menu.

Source: Adrian Perez

Android Jelly Bean Overview

Wednesday marked the first day of Google I/O 2012, and the announcement of Android Jelly Bean, version 4.1 of the Android operating system.

Being 4.1 rather than 5.0, many people (including myself) expected Android Jelly Bean to only be a slight upgrade to it’s previous version. We knew that their would be slight changes to the UI, having seen blurry pictures of a white/grey search bar, however as far as new features go we were completely left in the dark. Google really did a pretty great job of hiding their new features.

Below is a small rundown of the Android enhancements coming in Jelly Bean.

Project Butter

Android Jelly Bean is faster and smoother than any other Android version. By boosting CPU and other technology mumbo jumbo, 4.1 has graphics, animations and transitions which are buttery smooth. See the connection?

Notifications

Before iOS 5, iPads and iPhones had a very poor notification system. That’s why they decided to use a drop down notification system, with no care in the world that it was a blatant copy of Google’s idea, used since the first Android phone, the G1. So, Google need a new notification update to blow Apple out of the water, and they have done just that.

Android Jelly Bean has an updated notification drop down menu which lets you interact with the notifications without even opening the dedicated applications. The windows are bigger, meaning if you have an alarm, you can snooze or disable it right from the drop down. If you’re late for a meeting, you can e-mail all of the attendees informing them, directly from notifications.

All this, and it looks incredible.

Widgets

According to the Android website, ‘Widgets work like magic’. This is quite an overstatement, in fact it seems like something Steve Jobs would say about the iPad. But the new widget system is pretty cool. Now, instead of having to make sure you have enough space on a home screen before moving a widget, you can just go ahead and drag it there. The icons that you have on that current page will move around so that you can fit the widget there, and if there isn’t enough space, it will make the widget smaller.

Camera and Gallery

Android Jelly Bean brings the same speedy update to the gallery, that Ice Cream Sandwich brought to taking photos. Now, after taking a very speedy snap, you can view the recently taken photos by swiping to the side. From here, you can edit the photo as well as share it via e-mail, social networks, messaging, bluetooth etc.

Keyboard

Poor SwiftKey. Just a matter of days after releasing the public version of SwiftKey 3, Google announce that their new default keyboard will feature similar abilities. One of the best features in SwiftKey is the prediction system, which basically guesses the rest of your sentence after you have typed the first word. Now, Android Jelly Bean has this as the default feature. Awesome for beginners who aren’t aware of other keyboards, but it’s probably bad news for SwiftKey.

Google Search, Voice

Android Jelly Bean sees a complete overhaul to how Google wants it’s users to search for content and information. Search has always been one of the primary features of Android since the very beginning, and it’s always done it very well. However, being several years since the last revolutionary update, Google have addressed this in Jelly Bean. Search is now done in the same way as it has always been done, tapping the microphone icon on the search bar and now dragging up the app drawer icon.

Google Search is now a true competitor to Siri. It’s done with cards of information. You ask it something, it responds (astonishingly quickly) with the information you need in the form of a card. Be it weather, sports, film times, news, information about random topics, Google will show you the information you need very fast.

Google now even predicts what you are going to do. For example if you follow the same route to a destination at a certain time or day each week. Eventually Jelly Bean will set a reminder for you automatically, as well as give you a route and get traffic reports.

What are your opinions of Android Jelly Bean? Personally I think it’s an incredible update, especially when compared to the very underwhelming iOS 6 update. Google’s new update make everything look better, and much easier to use., while still using the amazing holo theme that i’m sure nobody is tired of yet.

Google Chrome for iPad and iPhone

Google Chrome is the world’s most popular desktop web browser. It recently launched on Android tablets and phones leading iOS owners to ask the question, ‘what about us?’.

Well, Google Chrome will launch on iOS today as announced at Google I/O today. The new browser will look and work the same as the Android counterpart, including incognito mode.

Finally, I can include my iPad in the web browsing sync I have going between my phone and laptop.

Update: I type this update from Chrome on iPad, available in iTunes with a quick search for ‘chrome’. Just as expected, it’s brilliant.

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