Shield Android TV Update 3.1 Brings Game Optimizations, Mouse Support And More

NVIDIA has released a new over-the-air update for the Shield Android TV. The update brings several new features for the device and bumps up the version number to 3.1. Some of the new features in this update include the ability to use apps with a mouse cursor, aside from game optimizations and much more. NVIDIA didn’t list in the changelog which games are getting optimizations.

The changelog only says that this update brings optimizations for “new games,” and that it adds mouse navigation when using Shield controller’s right stick. This feature is automatically supported in apps that don’t use the right stick like the Google Chrome browser which can be installed on the device using the Google Play Store on PC.

Marshmallow features and stability improvements like external USB drive detection, HDMI-CEC, SD card formatting, FTP write access, idle/sleep stability and more are also included in update version 3.1. The monthly Android security patch is also baked into this release, it’s the March 2016 security patch.

Shield users can check the device now to see if the update has gone live in their region. It’s rolling out over-the-air so it shouldn’t take more than a few hours for this update to go live for everybody. It comes in at around 800MB so some patience will be required when downloading the update, particularly on a weak internet connection.

Windows 10 Anniversary Update Preview For Xbox One Out Late May Or Early June

At its Build conference late last month, Microsoft confirmed that the next major update for Windows 10 is called the Windows 10 Anniversary Update and that it’s going to be released this summer. Prior to the public release, this update will be seeded to beta testers who will put it through its paces before Microsoft deems it ready for a full release. It has also been confirmed that the Windows 10 Anniversary Update preview is going to arrive for Xbox One either late next month or in early June.

Microsoft seeds upcoming Xbox One updates to members of the Xbox One Preview Program. It has been doing so for quite some time now and will continue doing so for the next major Windows 10 update.

Microsoft has made all Windows 10 updates free so they will be available at no additional cost to customers across all of the company’s supported platforms, that includes the console and the HoloLens.

Xbox team member Mike Ybarra confirmed via Twitter that the Windows 10 Anniversary Update announced at Build 2016 comes with key gaming features and that the next Xbox system update will go to preview in late May or early June.

Though it won’t be the only update that preview program members get. In a reply to a question, Ybarra also confirmed that members will get preview updates before the Windows 10 Anniversary Update preview arrives.

Potato-Powered Security Device Is Unique

If you have some spare potatoes in your home, you might want to think about using them to be more than just food or your main source of carbohydrates. Rather, you might actually want to look into securing your home with smart sensors, and to have these smart sensors be powered by potatoes.

This is what Globio has come up with, and since their smart security sensors happen to be so low on energy consumption, they can actually run off a potato in a more modern update of the classic science experiment. Such smart security sensors can then get to work to monitor the likes of movement, magnetic fields, vibrations, temperature, air pressure or humidity, before triggering an alarm as and when the need arises.

The very first PPSD, or Potato Powered Security Device as it is better known, will allow saltwater or a cooked potato to deliver 0,2 mW of electrical energy – which happens to be 10 times the amount the most economical globio would consume. Now that is darned economical, and when you take into consideration that the sensors run on conventional batteries too, achieving operating times from one up to seven years depending on the individual tasks, this is all the more impressive.

Google Releases Tool To Measure Touch Latency On Android Devices

There are many reasons as to why an app on a phone might not be running as smoothly as it should. It could be that the phone’s hardware is old and there might not be enough RAM to handle the app properly. Or maybe it could be that the app was not designed properly and not optimized, hence potential lag.

However the good news is that if you’re an app developer looking to check your Android app for any touch or audio latency when it comes to performance, you will be pleased to learn that Google has released a tool called WALT that will basically help you measure any potential latency in your app.

WALT is actually a tool that is being used by Google themselves when it comes to developing their own apps, as well as for other products like Chromebooks. However Google has decided to make it open source so that other developers will be able to take advantage of it. Unfortunately the only downside is that you will need to build separate hardware in order to make full use of it.

The upside is that according to Google, purchasing the parts necessary to build your latency-testing machine will cost less than $50, so if you’re motivated enough to try and optimize your app as much as possible, then you will be able to find the code and the instructions on GitHub.

Google Reminders Arrives On Web Calendar

google-calendar-reminderGoogle continues to march forward in the right direction with yet another update for its web-based calendar, bringing with it reminders this time around. If one were to recall correctly, in early December last year, Google updated its Calendar apps for Android as well as iOS with a rather nifty feature, that is, to include ‘reminders’.

Why was this particular feature designed in such a way to function as a cross-platform basis? Well, it was so that Google apps users need never have to miss an event, ever again, and neither shall they forget about that looming deadline or other happenings. The web version of their calendar missed the proverbial boat, but that is no longer the case.

Google has confirmed that the web-based Google Calendar will now be able to handle the reminders feature, and this means basically whatever entries that you create will be able to be seen all across the different devices and platforms of yours. Hence, any reminder created on the web itself too, will be spotted on all of your other mobile devices. Not only that, it also translates to the likes of Google Now, Keep and Inbox being aware of your calendar entries, which will certainly enhance the way you live your life.

LG Innotek Claims Wireless Charger Works As Fast As Wired Charger

When it comes to juicing up your modern day smartphones, most of us would rely on two things – the standard issue charger that comes with each handset purchase, as well as a powerbank that comes in handy whenever you need to power up your device but have not a single power outlet in sight. Wireless charging has not quite become the norm just yet (although it might be with the rumored 2017 iPhone model to sport such a feature), but this does not mean that the likes of LG Innotek has no say in the matter – laying claim that their wireless charger will be able to charge a handset as fast as a regular, wired charger.

LG Innotek has announced its 15-watt transmission modules that have been specially developed for smartphone wireless charging, and has tipped for it to be mass produced sometime later this year. Meant to deliver the same amount of electric power that is sent by traditional wired chargers, it will definitely shorten charging times. At 15W, their charging speed is said to be up to three times faster than current 5W modules.

LG also claims that this particular module is compatible with most of the smartphones which support wireless charging, in addition to chargers that have already been installed in electric vehicles as well as household or office environments. The Korean company touts that they have supplied receiving modules to global smartphone manufacturers like LG Electronics, Motorola, and Kyocera to date.