Yahoo's fantasy football apps on iOS, Android finally bring drafts to mobile devices

We can’t believe it took until 2013, but Yahoo has finally filled in a major missing feature on its fantasy sports platform: the ability to participate in a live draft from a mobile device. Many thousands of leagues (including our annual Engadget HD Podcast group) run on Yahoo, and until this year that has occasionally meant bringing laptops into awkward places or sitting chained to a desktop at the appointed time. The updated iOS and Android apps also include support for mock drafts, so you can prepare for any possible draft-day surprises while on the go. Hit the links below to install the free apps and remember, friends don’t let friends autodraft.

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Via: Yahoo Fantasy (Twitter)

Source: iTunes, Google Play

Samsung Galaxy Note III could come in three screen sizes 55, 57 or 6 inches

It’s no secret that Samsung’s working on a next-gen Galaxy Note, but little did we know that it might come in three screen sizes. We’ve previously seen the model number SM-N900 pop up in a number of places, and this time, our friend @techkiddy spotted the screen sizes alongside some new names on Zauba, a database that somehow tracks India’s import and export shipments.

Unlike the rumors out there that only mention a single screen size, Zauba lists all 5.5-, 5.7- and 6-inch versions of this supposed Note III, and that these are all shipped to India “for R&D purpose.” If true, this would match the multi-size strategy of the Galaxy Mega. Additionally, there are a handful of variant names here: SM-N900A, SM-N900AI, SM-N900P, SM-N900R4, SM-N900S, SM-N900T and SM-N900V. We’re not quite sure what the differences are, but some of these are tagged with multiple screen sizes, so they’re probably just packaged with different radios. Regardless, we have a feeling that JK Shin will tell us everything at IFA in September.

Update: Adam from Samsung Updates has explained what these model numbers mean. Go take a look.

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Via: Technology Blogs Simplified

Source: Zauba

Distro Issue 100 A look at our alltime favorite gadgets

Well folks, we’ve reached the century mark. The publication started nearly two years ago has churned out a collection of 100 issues with a bit of blood, sweat and tears shed along the way. In this celebratory special edition of our weekly, we gathered up our favorite tech of all time. From smartphones to tablets and laptops, there’s quite the collection to take in. Heck, we even have a blender that blends! Eyes-On takes an electric ride to the Golden Gate, Weekly Stat examines this e-mag’s lineage and Visualized checks in at Comic-Con. All the requisite download links are down below, so join the party — and here’s to another hundred issues.

Special thanks to the crew that had a hand in pushing Distro on its way: Jeremy Lacroix, Aaron Martin, Portia Monberg, Candy Mayo, Will Lipman, Davy Reynolds, David Robinson, Greg Grabowy, Josh Klenert, Troy Dunham, Susana Soares, Eve Binder, Anna Dickson, Wendy George, Peter Niceberg, Tim Stevens, Christopher Trout, Billy Steele, Jon Turi, Landon Peck, Daniel Stegemiller, Philip Palermo, Luan Tran, Mimmie Huang, Sharon Kasimow, Julie Vaughn, Carlynne Bradley, Jesse Chambers and countless others. High fives all around!

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Source: iTunes, Google Play, Windows Store

Don't Panic Google has prototypes for 'realtime' translation device, 'near perfect' in some uses

It sounds like Google’s Babel fish-esque instant translation solution is making progress — Android VP Hugo Barra told The UK Times that Google’s got hardware prototypes (in the form of mobile phones) already working. Moreover, in a recent test he took part in, the system was “near-perfect” with certain language combinations (English to Portuguese is specifically cited).

The biggest barrier, beyond the translation itself, is speech recognition. In so many words, background noise interferes with the translation software, thus affecting results. But Barra said it works “close to 100 percent” when used in “controlled environments.” Sounds perfect for diplomats, not so much for real-world conversations. Of course, Google’s non-real-time, text-based translation software built into Chrome leaves quite a bit to be desired, making us all the more wary of putting our faith into Google’s verbal solution. As the functionality is still “several years away,” though, there’s still plenty of time to convert us.

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Source: The UK Times

David Cameron's preferred pornfiltering system is run by Huawei, just FYI

Authorities in the UK have never had quite the same level of anxiety over Huawei that we’ve witnessed in the US, and they’ve so far been happy to let the Chinese firm get involved with numerous parts of the country’s data infrastructure. As it turns out, the company’s control even extends to the “Homesafe” filter used by internet service provider TalkTalk, which David Cameron recently praised during his push for tighter controls on adult content. The BBC discovered that UK-based Huawei employees are able to decide which sites are blocked on TalkTalk’s service, and that even users who opt out of Homesafe have their internet usage data routed through Huawei’s system. Whether or not this is an issue depends entirely on how much you trust reports of close ties between Huawei and the Chinese government, versus Huawei’s claim that these concerns are based on anti-Chinese prejudice rather than evidence. From a purely practical point of view, however, if the mission is to block off huge swathes of the internet, why wouldn’t you hire an expert?

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Source: BBC News

Breaking Bad's final episodes to air on Netflix UK right after US broadcast

Breaking Bad fans in the UK looking for instant gratification won’t have to resort to the torrents anymore, as new episodes will hit Netflix in Ireland and the UK immediately after airing in the US. British viewers are accustomed to longer waits for such shows, but after broadcaster AMC worked with Netflix UK to make episodes of The Killing available sooner, the pair have now followed suit with Breaking Bad. Creator Vince Gilligan said the show has become a “phenomenon” in the countries, and added that he’s “delighted” that fans there will be able to enjoy it earlier. Magnanimity aside, the move will no doubt take some of the sting out of the piracy that’s inevitable with a long lag, too. Check the PR after the jump for more.

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Via: The Verge

Blackmagic's 4K camera delayed, Pocket Cinema model to ship soon

If you’ve pre-ordered one of the two Blackmagic cinema cams announced at NAB this year, there’s good, not-so-good and bad news coming out of a Blackmagic event yesterday. First the good: Blackmagic’s Pocket Cinema model, which stunned observers with its 1080P RAW specs and sub-$1,000 price tag, should start shipping in a few days. That’s close to the July 25th date promised for both cameras, although there could be a not-so-good caveat. John Brawley (who showed off the Pocket Cinema’s first pristine images) told forum users that it would likely only have ProRes 422 support, and not RAW, at first — though Blackmagic told us they “couldn’t confirm” that. As for the bad part, those who laid down the most cash ($4,000 or so) will have to wait for the Production Camera 4K. The company told event-goers it wouldn’t arrive until early September now, but when we reached out for clarification, it gave the following statement:

With regards to the Production Camera 4K there is still several weeks of work to do before this enters full production manufacturing, however we expect to ship the first quantities of this model before the end of August.

Still, given the company’s track record of delays with the original Cinema Camera, you may want to avoid relying on that info for any time-specific projects.

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Source: Ogy Stoilov (Twitter), forums

If you’ve been holding out for a new $40/month smartphone, you’re in luck. We’re not even three months separated from T-Mobile’s MetroPCS acquisition and the value carrier is already reaping benefits from Ms. Magenta. The Bring-Your-Own-Phone carrier is getting its first Windows 8 Phone handset, the HSPA+ Nokia Lumia 521, and the Jelly Bean-running LG Optimus F3. Both phones feature 5MP cameras, July 26th street dates for select markets and attractive pricing — the 521 is $99, while the F3 is $149. The news doesn’t stop rolling there, either.

Not only is the wireless provider’s device lineup expanding, but its coverage area is too. Metro’s availability is growing to 19 additional cities (listed after the break), including Washington, DC; Cleveland, Ohio and Fresno, California. Sadly, the embedded press releases don’t mention the most important aspect of all: whether you can get the F3 in a Grimace-worthy hue.

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Source: MetroPCS

DNP 12K gaming brings frame rates and resolution to OMFGlevels

Think your gaming rig’s impressive because it can run Metro: Last Light with maxed out settings at 60FPS? Well, Microsoft rounded up a trio of Sharp PN-K321 32-inch 4K monitors and wired them to a Windows 8 PC stuffed with three ASUS 7970 GPUs. The $17,000 experiment proved two things: Such tech is outside our price-range and it takes a huge amount of support to get it working. For instance, before AMD wrote custom drivers to make Eyefinity and multi-stream transport play nicely together, the framerate was a meager 8FPS. It’s worth noting that even after all that, demos only lasted a few minutes before the computer’s power supply would conk out — but maybe the kinks will be fixed in time for us to play Battlefield Bad Company 5 on it.

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Via: Gavin Gear (Twitter)

Source: Extreme Windows Blog (Microsoft)

Los Angeles School District iPad scheme update confirms all 640,000 students will benefit

Last month we reported that Apple was to provide iPads to the Los Angeles school district. At the time, the numbers looked like only a slice of the region’s 640,000 students would receive the hardware (just 31,000 of them initially). New information indicates that this is actually just the first wave, and in fact every one of the region’s kids will benefit from the scheme — as confirmed by Mark Hovatter, chief facilities executive for LAUSD. This is of course great news for those in the area, but not all that bad for Apple’s bottom line, either, we’re guessing.

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Source: CITEworld

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