Commercial 3D printing company MakerBot has released an Android app.
MakerBot has made good on its promise to roll out an app for Android users and it is downloadable today from the Google Play store.
The app will allow you to control your printing from your smartphone or tablet with one click, setting up a print from a saved model in your library. The app will sync your Android device with the MakerBot Cloud Library where you can access your printing history.
As well as starting the print, you can also pause, cancel or even change the filament of the 3D printer remotely, thanks to this easy-to-use app.
Make reading long articles easier in the Chrome browser with this experimental feature
One of the best things about the Chrome browser is that using extensions it’s highly customisable, but until recently one thing it has been distinctly lacking is any real way to alter the way the browser handles long passages of text. With badly formatted websites often making certain passages of text unreadable, the new Reading Mode option within the Chrome browser is a very welcome addition. Although not as in-depth as the likes of Amazon or Play Books, which have dedicated reading facilities, Chrome’s Reading Mode formats certain sites into a more manageable and minimalist style that’s not only easy on the eye but also includes some helpful features, such as page searching and sharing. However, before hurriedly trying to find where the option is on your Chrome settings menu, you’ll first need to go into Chrome’s experimental features menu to get the page to appear. We’ll show you how to not only navigate around this hidden menu, but also how to enable the Reading Mode and get the most out of it.
This tutorial first appeared in Android Magazine issue 47. Buy the issue here or subscribe to avoid missing future tutorials.
Kenya’s rhinos are at risk and you can help them – while winning some amazing prizes in the process!
The outbreak of ebola in Africa has drastically reduced the number of visitors to the Ol Pejeta conservancy in Kenya. This slump in a key part of the conservancy’s funds has put the largest black rhino sanctuary’s future at risk.
Android Magazine’s sister mag World of Animals donates 10 per cent of all its profits to help Ol Pejeta, but that’s not enough to keep the sanctuary going. To help out even more, World of Animals today launches Rhino Week in which they will give away a rhino-related prize every day.
Today’s prize is the chance to meet a rhino at Colchester Zoo. To see how to enter, visit the World of Animals website and play your part in stopping the atrocious culling of these majestic animals.
We go behind the googles and ask what Samsung’s VR headset means for Android apps and games
Rather than staring blankly out of the window on your commute home, why not immerse yourself in the fight against an alien invasion? If you’re having a stressful day at work, transport yourself to a calming oasis on your lunch break. Nothing on TV this evening? Enjoy a 3D performance of the Cirque du Soleil in your living room. What sounds like science fiction is now science fact thanks to the Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition headset.
“The Samsung Gear VR goes far beyond expectations of how mobile technology can be used to consume content, and is a powerful representation of the progressive innovation of the Gear series,” said JK Shin, President and CEO of IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung Electronics, when revealing the futuristic gadget at the launch event for the Galaxy Note 4 at IFA, back in September.
A complete departure from Samsung’s other accessories in the Gear range, which have all taken the form of smartwatches, the Gear VR was produced in partnership with Oculus, the virtual reality experts that hit the headlines when they were bought up by Facebook last year. Making the most of the phablet’s Quad HD Super AMOLED screen, the Note 4 fits into the front of the headset that contain Oculus-designed goggles, which when worn trick your eyes into viewing what’s on the phone screen as a three-dimensional image. As well as wide viewing angles, accelerator, gyrometer, magnet and proximity sensors, the headset will respond to your movements to adjust the view so you feel truly immersed in a virtual world, as well as allowing you to move around and interact with it.
Strong rumours are suggesting that Samsung’s next smartphone won’t contain a Qualcomm processor
Figures within the South Korean tech giant Samsung have said that they will use their own processor in the next iteration in the Galaxy S series, ending their association with fellow South Korean company Qualcomm.
The change of heart has reportedly come after Qualcomm’s latest chip, the Snapdragon 810, has suffered with overheating problems. This led to Samsung deciding to switch to their own brand of processor, which is said to be their most advanced ever.
Smartphone models such as the Xiaomi Mi Note Pro and the LG G Flex2 are to be released in the coming months and will contain the Snapdragon 810, with LG saying that they will take every precaution to avoid any overheating issue.
Leaked photos suggest the new HTC flagship will have a similar design to the HTC One (M8)
HTC’s flagship phone looks set to continue the trend for full-metal design, according to new pictures published by the French website NowhereElse. Users who already own a HTC One (M8) will also recognise the dual front-facing BoomSound speakers, however the new flagship appears to have a thinner bezel and the sides seem flatter than earlier models.
In a seperate leak, sources have also told Forbes that HTC will continue the convention of seemingly naming their flagship phones after British motorways, dubbing the new flagship the HTC One (M9). More significantly, Forbes’ sources suggest that while HTC are definitely working on a wearable device, it is not an Android Wear smartwatch but a fitness band being developed in partnership with American sportswear brand Under Armour. Having pinned our hopes on HTC applying their high-tech metallurgy to the luxury smartwatch market, this new rumour is a little disapponting.