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The Zooming in and out on the #ConnectionLost  episode of #modernfamily  made me nauseous. Now I did watch it on my computer monitor and as a result the desktop panning and zooming around really threw me off. I wonder if it would be better on TV, ah probably not.

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Nvidia announces the Shield Android TV. It's an Android console, so you can play Android games on it, but it's so much more than that.

You can also play Nvidia Shield optimized Android games like Borderlands the Pre Sequel, Doom 3 & Crysis 3, yes the Shield TV can play Crysis.

You can also play PC class games from Nvidia's Grid cloud, which adds games weekly. And for PC gamers, you can also stream your home PC games to the TV with this device. So if your PC is in another room, you don't have to physical move it to the TV if you have this unit.

Its also a great media device for playing web content, locally stored content on device, media stored on USB Drive, or streamed from local PC. It also supports Google Cast. So you can stream content from any app on your phone or tablet that supports Chromecast as well as Streaming your Chrome session from your PC.

Its so much more than just an 'Android Console'. The Shield Android TV competes with the Nexus Player and Razer Forge TV both of which cost $150 with a gamepad and are substantially outclassed by this device in the features and specs department.
 
Nvidia Shield 4K console announced: 4K, Tegra X1 and Android TV for $199

Running Android TV, the Nvidia Shield is an Android console powered by the powerful Tegra X1 processor that Nvidia unveiled at CES earlier this year.

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Running Android TV, the Nvidia Shield is an Android console powered by the powerful Tegra X1 processor that Nvidia unveiled at CES earlier this year.
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+Joe Vidal the subscription model is only for the cloud streaming service as it will be leaving the free beta with the launch of this device.

In home streaming from a PC and Android gaming has no cost besides buying the games and having a gaming PC with a Nvidia card.
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"Not many people are still playing Evolve on PC." Were many people playing in the first place?

Its normal for play to drop. I played it twice and day for a week. Now I'm playing it 3-4 times a week. Although this is a pretty significant drop, which is unfortunate, but I would need to see data on other triple A games to see if the drop is average or not.

It's also worth pointing out that sales were probably really bad on PC, so that would likely result in a quick drop in current players. Anecdotal but, not a single friend on my Steam list bought the game. But we would need to see sales numbers compared with other triple A games.

But as long as I can find people to play with, I don't really care. And thankfully their DLC model doesn't break up the community like Titanfall so it shouldn't be a problem going forward and we'll likely see it rise again with new free and paid DLC.
Evolve is a deep, tactical shooter that blends first person team-based play with third person player controlled boss fights. Those that love the game, absolutely adore it, while the rest of us sit wondering what exactly the fuss is all about. I know personally, that I've completely lost interest ...
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Still ugly like all their other watches, with way too much bezel and inferior button navigation.

Adding colour doesn't change my view on Pebble, I'd rather have a touchscreen LCD.

4-7 day battery life also doesn't benefit me. I'm going to take my watch off at the end of the day so putting it on a charging pad beside my bed is fine by me. I'm more interested in a Google Wear watch.
 
Kickstarter darling Pebble is back with a new, color, crowdfunded e-paper smartwatch. Meet Pebble Time, crowdfunding for $159. #android
Kickstarter darling Pebble is back with a new, color, crowdfunded e-paper smartwatch. Meet Pebble Time, crowdfunding for $159. Today Pebble has announced the latest addition to its line of e-paper smartwatches, Pebble Time. Pebble Time is a newly redesigned smartwatch — both outside and in — launching today on Kickstarter, where early birds can get in on the action for less than...
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Looks like the single core performance of the 64-bit Tegra K1 is about 33% faster than the Snapdragon 810, which is a little disappointing.

Superior single core performance is what has given the iPad the edge over many Tablets in performance and fluidity in every day tasks and I would really like to see more SOC focus on that, rather than extra cores.
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K1, X1 and A8x are designed for tablets with over TDP of 5.5, while 5433 and 810 got around 2.3 thus SOCs designed for tablets will score bigger in single core performance. 
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First time playing Cabot results in a hard fought win over the Kraken. #Evolve
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Anyone read this crap from +Inc.​'s +John Brandon​? His last sentence says it all.

"I have mostly ignored the portal for the past two years. It deserve to be a ghost town."

I guess speaking as an expert on something doesn't mean you actually have to use it. And I guess if Brandon it doesn't deserve to succeed, OK than. Also even worse, it's a misinformed opinion. Google is not breaking up Google+. Google is making internal division changes, no consumer facing changes is coming to Google+. According to +Yonatan Zunger​, the Chief Architect of Google+, says it's all a big misunderstanding:

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It looks like the occasional lag in the Nexus 9 may never be fixed as it has nothing to do with Lollipop and everything to do with Nvidia's own custom built Denver based 64-bit Tegra K1

If you want to know why read +AnandTech​​​'s impressively comprehensive review of the Nexus 9. It came two months after the tablet released, but it was worth it.

Read on here for my attempt at a synopsis.

They go into huge detail about the creation and design of the Denver based 64 bit K1. Nvidia's first custom Arm chip, prior Tegra's were using off the shelf Arm designed chips with Nvidia's custom GPU's.

The design is very non standard for a high end chip, it's not a native ARM processor, its much wider processor design, it doesn't use Out of Order Execution and as a result its potential relies on software more than hardware.

Nvidia utilizes a software based dynamic code optimizer (DCO). The purpose of the DCO is to accomplish two tasks: to translate ARM code to Denver’s native format, and to optimize this code to make it run better on Denver. With no out-of-order hardware on Denver, it is the DCO’s task to find instruction level parallelism within a thread to fill Denver’s many execution units, and to reorder instructions around potential stalls, something that is no simple task.

Because of this you see a wide margin of performance. When the DCO can do its work optimizing the code, it crushes benchmarks. When it can't, it stutters and stalls, and we get lag.

Anandtech has encountered a floating point bug in Denver that has been traced back to the DCO, which under exceptional workloads causes Denver to overflow an internal register and trigger an SoC reset. Thankfully the DCO is software based and can be patched.

Its possible once this is addressed we may see less lag and stutter and hopefully Google and Nvidia are working together to get this fix on Lollipop but I doubt it will fix it all.

What are your thoughts, does it change your opinion on the Nexus 9, if you knew this before you bought it, would you still have bought it?
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I use rastapop ROM and have almost no lag at all. Give that a try.
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Why do people buy the Nexus 9 cover and than rant because it doesn't work the same as the iPad cover? Oh and it can be pushed off you say, dur, it's magnets, not glue.

This feels like a farce. Jon gave it no chance and didn't even show how it worked. In what case is holding the cover and dangling your tablet important? When he stood it up in stand mode he did it completely wrong. He just pulled the cover off rather than flip it around to the back like every other cover works, which works really well even though there is no side attachment. You're doing people a disservice with this video.

Here's an alternate perspective. I've had a very different experience with this case. It stays firmly in place unless you purposely push it off, what did you expect? Personally I have not had an issue with that in the two months I've had it. Also it's great when gaming as it substantially reduces the heat your hand has to absorb when attached to the back. It's nice that it holds to the back with magnets, something the iPad cover does not do and because of that that the back flaps around, which I find annoying.

Also of note because it doesn't have a specific side to latch too you can chose either side when using as a stand so you don't have to put the soft side down. This is especially helpful in the kitchen for use with recipes where the counter can be dirty and stain the inside of the cover.

If you like covers and are OK with the price, get it, its worth it. An official cover really makes the complete package with the tablet. Cheap cases off of Amazon don't offer the same experience and end up making it larger, heavier and cheaper looking than the official cover does.
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I like the cover. Works great as a stand. Covers the device. If I'm going to take the device out of the house, I put it in a case. 
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Valve announces SteamVR hardware system, will be shown next week at GDC http://bit.ly/1zAYbc9
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Watch the epic 20 minute battle with the Kraken, culminating in a monstrous level 3 fight for the power relay #Evolve 
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Another quick take down, this time it's the Wraith finished in 3 minutes. #Evolve
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    Web Design and Development, 2010 - 2013
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    Technology Associate, 2013 - 2014
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    Mobile Sales, 2012 - 2013
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    Sales Associate, 2011 - 2011
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