Just as we shared a few weeks ago, NVIDIA was working on a big update for their Shield Android TV console. The 3.2 update started rolling out today and it includes a number of cool new features. The biggest new doodad is the Plex media server support, although there are quite a few other nifty gizmo add-ons as well. here's a summary of several of them:
Netflix in HDR
YouTube 4K in 60fps
VUDU in 4K
Dolby Atmos surround sound
Option to turn off your TV when SHIELD goes to sleep
Mounting of a network attached storage device (NAS)
Accessibility of SHIELD folders from network PCs with drag-and-drop sharing (Settings>Storage & reset>Access SHIELD folders on PC)
Picture improvements to RGB TVs
Latest Android security patch
For all the details, here's a link to NVIDIA's update release notes: NVIDIA...
One of Google's VPs, Hiroshi Lockheimer, keeps dropping hints that the final dessert name for Android N will be Nutella. His latest "tease" posted on Twitter above is pretty obvious. In the past he has made it known that he likes Nutella and wants it to be the Android N name. The answer to his clue in the Tweet is more than likely the Nutella Pizzetta. This time, Google created a contest in which Android fans will vote on the final name, so Lockheimer may not get his wish.
Lockheimer is also infamous as an online joker, so it's entirely possible that he is simply trolling us with this teasing. Android N could end up being called Nougat or Navy Bean. Alternatively, the ultimate back-flip "trolling" would be if he convinced us that the name was NOT going to be Nutella by spamming us with it, but then it really ends up being named Nutella. Perhaps we are getting trolled either way...
Here's a play from out of left field that comes as a surprise. Microsoft is acquiring LinkedIn for $26.2 Billion USD. Microsoft's CEO Satya Nadella believes that LinkedIn is a prefect for Microsoft, and we can see his point. Microsoft has been focusing on the enterprise market more and more lately, and LinkedIn is the dominate social media website for remaining professionally connected.
Microsoft has promised to give LinkedIn the room to keep running independently. They will even keep the company CEO, Jeff Weiner, in place. Furthermore, Microsoft intends to integrate the LinkedIn network into its other services and apps. This includes Office, Skype and Cortana.
This is a brilliant way for Microsoft to push into the social networking industry in a more impactful way than they have been able to previously. The company plans to finish the acquisition before the close of 2016. What do you think?
Check out the video below with Weiner and Nadella discussing the buyout.
Just in case you want to create even more videos to share across the interwebs, now Facebook will let you add them to your comments and replies to other folks' Facebook posts. Here's a quote from the Facebook blog post on the subject:
"Yesterday marked my 7th “Faceversary” (annual anniversary working at Facebook). I’m celebrating the best way I know how: by launching a brand new feature a few of us started at a hackathon.
At Facebook’s 50th Hackathon early this year, we prototyped the ability to upload a video into comments and replies on posts, because we wanted enable more engaging and immersive conversations. This adds to the suite of multimedia features within comments including: links, photos, stickers, emoji, and starting today video.
Videos in Comments...
The latest (version 3.2) update to the NVIDIA Shield Pro Android TV will offer up several cool new features. The biggest game-changer included in the update is that you can now use your Shield Pro Android TV as a Plex Media Server. The Plex server on the SHIELD will be capable of the same things the current version is. You will even be able to stream remote devices across the Internet using your Android TV interface. Of course, to take advantage of the Plex server functionality, you will either want to have the larger 500GB version of the device, or attach an additional external USB Hard Drive to the Shield.
There's a second big feature that this update brings and that is the ability to browse the SHIELD's file storage from a local PC. This remote file access works with the SHIELD's internal storage or any volume added to adoptable storage, although a MicroSD card or any other external storage will not be available over the network. However, The SHIELD can now...