Why the Nexus 5 should advance touchless control

Will the new Nexus always have its ears open?

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The Android-gossip consensus is that we’ll see a Nexus 5 running Android 4.4 KitKat revealed on Tuesday, yet we’ve heard of no confirmation or official invites to any unveiling.

Whether the big debut of the next pure Google phone has been pushed back or not, there’s one killer feature I expect to see in the next Nexus that hasn’t been directly addressed by the multitude of leaks — the touchless control capability we’ve already come to know through Motorola’s Moto X and latest Droids.

Voice control assistants like Google Now and Apple’s Siri didn’t revolutionize our relationships with our devices and the wider digital world overnight, but Google continues to play the long game on the concep… [Read more]

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Interactive Arcade Fire vid lets you control the effects

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If you’ve ever wanted to direct a music video, you can (sort of) with a new short interactive film for Arcade Fire that lets you impact the effects with the wave of a mobile device.

Built for the Web, the film, “Just a Reflektor,” features the song “Reflektor,” expected to be the first single released from the band’s new album of the same name. It’s scheduled to debut officially Monday night at a small club Montreal.

To get into the head-trippy action, just go to Justareflektor.com in a Google Chrome browser and a visit a companion mobile URL for the project via smartphone or tablet. The film, directed by Vincent Morisset and shot in Jacmel, Haiti, tells the story of Axelle “Ebony” Munezero, a young woman who travels fluidly between her world and ours.

The film relies on visual tracking from your computer’s Webcam and data from your mobile device’s gyroscope and accelerometer. Waving your device in front of your computer as you watch will do things move light and shadows around the screen; make the main character’s face appear to melt; and cause a vivid kaleidoscope of color to trail behind her as she dances.

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Control how drunk the band is in awesome music vid

Moones performs after five takes… and 80 beers.

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Member of the London band Moones embrace a rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle. And they don’t just let fans share in it, they want them to be able to control just how rock ‘n’ roll they get in their latest music video.

The YouTube video for the band’s song “Better Energy” takes advantage of YouTube annotations to allow viewers to determine how drunk the band is at any point in the performance.

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To accomplish this remarkable feat, the band filmed five successive takes of the performance, swilling down four beers apiece between each take. The whole debaucherous endeavor, dubbed “Drunk in Session,” is captured on the YouTube video from multiple angles. Embedded links along the edges of the video allow viewers to navigate between the… [Read more]

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VP Biden to Hangout, talk gun control on Google+

Jumpin' Joe will be getting his G+ on this week.

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President Obama’s “Ask Me Anything” on Reddit drew more than 5 million views, and now Vice President Joe Biden is going to try his hand at a different newfangled social-media real-time electronic telegraph technology.

In an event dubbed a “Fireside Hangout,” the vice president will be hanging out in Google+ starting at 10:45 a.m. PT tomorrow to discuss the recently released White House policy recommendations on reducing gun violence in the wake of a downright awful 2012 that was plagued by a number of mass shootings in the United States.

Joining Biden for the 30-minute Hangout will be social-media gurus Guy Kawasaki and Phil DeFranco, with Hari Sreenivasan from “PBS NewsHour” moderating. Hmm, wonder if Biden really knows what he’s got himself into this time?

You can join the Hangout via the White House Google+ page or YouTube channel. It will also be streamed o… [Read more]

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Tap Twitter, control a cockroach

Too bad we can't control all cockroaches through Twitter. Yuck.

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Next time you see a cockroach, don’t scurry away faster than it can flee. In fact, if you’re a lover of the weirder side of life, the intrusive insect could represent one heck of a science project.

For example, artist Brittany Ransom created Twitter Roach — a discoid cockroach that can be controlled through tweets that it receives on the popular microblogging service.

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