Hands On With The Nexus 5 And Android 4.4 KitKat

[tc_5min code=”517995408″] The Nexus 5 is here! The Nexus 5 is here! After months of hype and more questionably “accidental” leaks than any device in recent memory, Google announced their new flagship Android handset this morning. I’ve only had the device in my hands for a few hours, so it’ll be a few days before […]

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Android KitKat on the Nexus 5: Can It Tempt You?


Google launched its latest sweet-themed Android operating system just in time for Halloween: KitKat

Right now, it’s only available on the Nexus 5, which just went on sale in the Google Play store (and which is already sold out in its 16GB incarnation). Other Nexus device users will get it sometime in November, while other Android owners will get it whenever their carrier decides to upgrade them

Google holds out the hope that KitKat is the one Android version that will rule them all; it has been designed for the slowest of smartphones as well as speed machines like the Nexus 5. So for all those users still struggling on Android 2.3 Gingerbread (that would be roughly a third of all Android users), the KitKat upgrade is a huge deal Read more…

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National Instruments Q3 profit declines

Although National Instruments Corp. on Thursday posted a 35 percent decline in third-quarter profits, it still came in ahead of analysts’ estimates. The Austin-based company posted a quarterly income of $15.7 million on revenue of $289.1 million compared with an income of $24.3 million on revenue of $289.9 million during the same period last year, according to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. For the latest period, National Instruments had diluted net income of 13 cents…


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Growing fast-food chain opens near UT campus

Raising Cane’s opened its newest fast-food restaurant Thursday at 415 W. Martin Luther King across from the University of Texas campus. It’s the second store in the Austin market, with the original site already open in Cedar Park. The new store is the 50th in Texas. Raising Cane’s has one menu specialty — chicken fingers. It was founded in 1996 by Todd Graves in Baton Rouge, La. The company now has 160 restaurants in 18 states and was recently rated the No. 1 Quick Service Restaurant Chain…


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Lyft Zombies Rise From Dead to Give Out Candy, Spooky Rides


It’s not every day you can hitch a ride with the undead. But since when has Halloween been like every other day?

The ridesharing app Lyft shifted its Halloween spirit into high gear on Thursday, transforming nearly 50 San Francisco-based drivers into spooky Zombie chauffeurs. The drivers, who received a professional makeup job from a special effects artist who also drives Lyft in his spare time, are cruising around the city with baskets full of candy and Lyft discount codes for unsuspecting passengers

Users who request a ride will know they’ve booked a zombie driver when the driver’s picture shows up within the app. The candy being handed out to passengers also has Lyft discount codes attached, offering users ride credits worth as much as $100 (although most are $10-20, according to a Lyft spokesperson). Read more…

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This Scoop Shop’s Secret Sauce? Social Marketing


Doug Quint and his partner Bryan Petroff started Big Gay Ice Cream Truck back in the summer of 2009, when food trucks entered the zeitgeist. It was a standard soft serve truck, but it had flair — a rainbow logo, imaginative toppings, irreverent owners and a handy tool called Twitter. Quint tweeted the truck’s location, as well as random musings about Golden Girls, and his sassy tweeting style quickly earned a legion of fans, from New York foodies and hot summer tourists to celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain and Oscar-winning actor Susan Sarandon. These fans come to the shop for sundaes, cones, floats and shakes, with names like Bea Arthur and Salty Pimp. Read more…

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Pumpkin Death Documented in Gory Jack-o’-Lantern Time Lapse


Halloween has arrived, but if you didn’t carve out time to make a jack-o’-lantern this year, you can live vicariously through a master pumpkin stabber

Brooklyn-based artist Chris Soria spent 15 hours meticulously chipping away at a pumpkin. He filmed the carving progress to create an impressive stop-motion video, which shows the gourd’s spooky life cycle from fresh off the patch to moldy death

The Ramones’ “Lobotomy” provides the musical backdrop to the clip, making this a perfect way to get in the spooky spirit

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SoundTracking Launches Updated App With New ‘Discover’ Section For Trending Music

SoundTracking DiscoverMusic-focused social network SoundTracking released a new version of its smartphone app today, one that co-founder and CEO Steve Jang said will make the app useful beyond “hardcore music lovers.” We’re also hearing that SoundTracking has reached an agreement with Sprint, with SoundTracking being preloaded or featured on certain Sprint Android phones starting next spring. However, Jang declined to comment on any potential partnership, so hopefully we’ll know more about that soon.

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Unleash your iPad: FAA eases portable electronic device rules on planes

There’s good news for business travelers heading to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport: As expected, the Federal Aviation Administration on Thursday said it is loosening restrictions on passengers using portable electronic devices during all phases of a commercial airline flight. The agency said it expects that many carriers will allow passengers to safely use their devices, in airplane mode, gate-to-gate, by year’s end. You’ll be able to read on your Kindle or access information on your smartphone…


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‘X-Files’ Creator’s New Sci-Fi Pilot Heads to Amazon Instant Video


Amazon‘s lineup of original TV content is growing again

Amazon Studios is moving forward with its first two hour-long drama pilots — Bosch and The After. People will be able to watch for free and help determine if they should become exclusive shows for Amazon Instant Video. Earlier this month, Amazon Studios greenlit three half-hour original pilots. Those shows are using the same viewer feedback model to decide which ones will make it into full series. In May, the studio began production on five comedy series, which were chosen by viewers from 14 original pilots.

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