Also, YouTube Music Key, open-source .NET, Facebook followers used as cash, and PS One games played on Android Wear.
Nexus 6 Reviews Roundup
The Nexus 6, manufactured by Motorola and branded with Google’s insignia, has arrived, and with it, Android 5.0 (Lollipop). We have already told you everything you need to know about Android Lollipop, but now it’s time to see what the Internet thinks of the Nexus 6 itself.
The Verge is quick to point out the Nexus 6 is a phablet. A big phablet that outsizes both the iPhone 6 Plus and the Galaxy Note 4. They’re impressed by both the screen and the performance of this flagship phone, but less impressed by the average camera and unpredictable battery life.
Re/Code also compares the Nexus 6 to the iPhone 6 Plus and Galaxy Note 4, noting how it’s cheaper than its nearest rivals. Unfortunately, this particular phablet is too big for Bonnie Cha, leading her to wish it was “just a tad smaller.” Still, she’s impressed, recommending it to those who “love big smartphones.”
Engadget loves the “beautiful hardware,” “great performance,” and “high-res display,” of the Nexus 6. Unfortunately, the camera and battery life let it down. Their ultimate conclusion being that, “Google still has room for improvement when it comes to making a large-screened smartphone.”
GigaOM feels that the Nexus 6 is a “viable big-screened option,” but one which is too pricey to compete with its smaller siblings. Right now, with Android Lollipop as a big draw, the Nexus 6 is a worthy purchase, but once it rolls out to the competition, the Nexus 6 loses this edge.
There are some clear trends across all of these reviews that allow us to draw some conclusions… The Nexus 6 is big, bold, and beautiful, but its sheer size and premium pricing means it isn’t for everyone. The camera and battery life are both big disappointments, but Android 5.0 is a vast improvement on its predecessors.
Facebook Invites You To Say Thanks
Facebook thinks you should Say Thanks to a friend or family member, and it has a simple way for you to do so. Not as simple as saying, “Thanks” to their face, but simple nonetheless. Using Say Thanks allows Facebook to create a short video you can share with the friend you want to thank.
Facebook will do all of the hard work, pulling in photos and status updates it thinks you would want to include, and you just have to click ‘Share’ to post it to your Timeline. However, you are given the opportunity to edit the finished video before posting.
Say Thanks can be found at Facebook.com/saythanks.
YouTube Music Key Beta Announced
After months of speculation, YouTube has finally announced its own subscription-based music streaming service. YouTube Music Key offers high-quality, ad-free streams for $9.99-per-month. As you might expect, the big difference between YouTube Music Key and established competitors such as Spotify and Rdio is the addition of music videos as well as the usual audio options.
YouTube Music Key is launching as an invite-only beta in the U.S., the U.K., Italy, Spain, Portugal, Finland, and Ireland. This trial period is set to last for six months, at which point it’s assumed YouTube Music Key will be opened up to the general public. That is if anyone still cares by then.
Microsoft Open-Sources .NET
It’s happening. .NET goes to Mac, Linux, .NET goes Open Source. Plus Visual Studio Community is now FREE to download. http://t.co/Mj50PCbGlr
— Scott Hanselman (@shanselman) November 12, 2014
Microsoft is making its .NET framework open-source and cross-platform, releasing the code on GitHub, and bringing it to both Mac OS X and Linux. This is a long term bet by Microsoft, which hopes to “get more developers onto the platform” and grow the .NET ecosystem into the future.
Pay For Clothes Using Follower Counts
— OnePiece™ (@OnePiece) November 7, 2014
OnePiece, a clothing brand specializing in onesies, has opened a pop-up store in New York City where your social network clout can be used instead of cash. From now until Nov. 17, the OnePiece store on 577 Broadway will knock $1 off your purchases for every 500 followers you have on the big social networking sites.
Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube are all included, meaning those with large followings are due a massive discount. There is a $500 cap though, preventing social media desperadoes such as Katy Perry or Justin Bieber from getting everything for free. The problem for us non-famous proles is having to actually wear a onesie. As an adult. Shiver. I think I’ll pass.
Play PS One Games On A Smartwatch
And finally, it’s possible to play PS One games on your Android smartwatch. Possible, but not advisable. Using ePSXe, a PlayStation emulator for Android, this guy was able to get Croc running on his LG G Watch.
The problem, as evident in the video, is that your thumbs, which are used to control all of the action, end up covering half the screen. Which isn’t ideal. [H/T KnowTechie]
Your Views On Today’s Tech News
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