Day by day Roundup: Social media at Coachella, new ‘Star Wars’ droid in actual life and extra!

Daily Roundup: Social media at Coachella, new 'Star Wars' droid in real life and more!

In at present’s Day by day Roundup, discover out what it was wish to attempt to doc the Coachella music pageant from quite a lot of social media accounts, see a drone from the brand new Star Wars film in actual life and get all the small print on Microsoft apps getting bundled with Cyanogen on Android units. Learn these tales and extra under.

How I attempted and did not be social at Coachella

Daily Roundup: Social media at Coachella, new 'Star Wars' droid in real life and more!

I arrived in Palm Springs, California, with one of the best of intentions. I used to be to doc — painstakingly doc — all the Coachella expertise with all the out there cellular social instruments at my disposal. I might Meerkat and Periscope and Instagram and Snapchat and tweet from Engadget’s official accounts and the parents peering by way of from the opposite aspect of the digital window would watch, fave, like, retweet and remark reside.

Cute new ‘Star Wars’ droid proves it isn’t CGI

Daily Roundup: Social media at Coachella, new 'Star Wars' droid in real life and more!

When the primary trailer for Star Wars: The Pressure Awakens was launched, the web misplaced its collective thoughts. Not solely have been individuals up in arms over the truth that a stormtrooper might be gasp black, but in addition no one might consider that this unimaginable rolling droid, dubbed the BB-eight, was truly actual. It have to be CGI, proper? Properly, throughout at present’s Star Wars Celebration conference in Anaheim, California, the BB-eight made its first actual-life debut by rolling onstage to riotous applause from the gang.

Microsoft apps can be bundled on Cyanogen Android units

Daily Roundup: Social media at Coachella, new 'Star Wars' droid in real life and more!

Cyanogen has revealed that it’ll pre-set up Microsoft apps on its modded Android OS later this yr, together with Bing, Skype, OneDrive, OneNote, Outlook and Microsoft Workplace. The information does not come as an enormous shock, because it was rumored that Redmond had bought a minority stake in Cyanogen with the categorical intention of bundling its software program. As a part of the deal, Microsoft will even create “native integrations” on Cyanogen OS, presumably to make all its apps play properly collectively. Microsoft has prevented porting its productiveness software program over to Android and iOS for fairly awhile, however lastly made the bounce earlier this yr.

Meerkat appears to Android for an opportunity at beating Periscope

Daily Roundup: Social media at Coachella, new 'Star Wars' droid in real life and more!

Can an Android launch save Meerkat? SXSW should look like a very long time in the past for the parents behind the livestreaming app that took Austin by storm again in March. It was just some weeks later that Twitter launched Periscope, which, because of the social community’s clout and a greater consumer expertise, has shortly grow to be the streaming app of selection. Proper now each providers are iOS solely, although, and Meerkat is hoping to hook the lots of of hundreds of thousands of Android customers on its app with a public beta launch.

Can a head-worn health gadget work? Recon appears to assume so

Daily Roundup: Social media at Coachella, new 'Star Wars' droid in real life and more!

Lengthy earlier than Google had ever uttered the phrase glass, Recon Devices was rising to prominence with a head-worn show designed for snow sports activities. You would be forgiven for not understanding the identify, because the know-how was buried inside costly units of ski goggles like Oakley’s Airwave. Then, the corporate introduced that a new product for cyclists and runners would arrive, this time branded underneath its personal identify. Few outdoors the operating/biking group paid consideration to the Recon Jet, since they have been all distracted by Google’s rival.

Jawbone’s newest well being bands: $ninety nine Up2 & Up4 with AmEx funds

Daily Roundup: Social media at Coachella, new 'Star Wars' droid in real life and more!

We’re nonetheless ready for Jawbone’s lengthy-delayed Up3 to start out delivery subsequent week, however that is not stopping it from debuting two new well being bands immediately. The $ninety nine Up2 (pictured above) sits between its $50 entry-degree Up Transfer and the $179 Up3, and it consists of just about all the options from final yr’s Up24, simply in a extra trendy body. The $199 Up4, then again, is principally the identical system because the Up3 with one huge distinction: NFC funds, courtesy of a partnership with American Categorical.

Google search ‘Discover My Telephone’ to find your lacking Android

Daily Roundup: Social media at Coachella, new 'Star Wars' droid in real life and more!

Google’s making it even simpler to trace down your misplaced cellular system. Whereas Android System Supervisor already exists to assist discover misplaced telephones and tablets, simply attending to your account’s ADM menu typically requires a search of its personal. However Discover My Telephone is so simple as an internet question. Actually, that is actually what you are doing. Merely open a Google omnibox and sort “discover my telephone” to show a map that reveals the telephone’s present resting place.

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