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Corning Gorilla Glass 4 Protects Against Accidental Drops

Category: Mobile
Posted: November 20, 2014 08:14AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Gorilla Glass has been around for quite some time, with many manufactures using the Corning product in flagship phones, tablets, and a variety of other devices. While Corning touted how previous versions of Gorilla Glass were resistant to minor cracks and scratches, they generally failed to provide adequate protection against shattering when dropped on hard surfaces. Gorilla Glass 4 is marketed as having increased shattering resistance, as Corning has just revealed that the latest version of its glass is comprised of a new formula that is engineered to make the product stronger than ever. Gorilla Glass 4 will apparently remain intact 80 percent of the time when dropped from one meter above the ground, compared to conventional soda-lime glass that shatters every time when dropped from the same height.

Source: Engadget



Opera Max Now Available in 16 Additional Regions

Category: Mobile
Posted: November 19, 2014 08:17AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Most mobile users are constantly looking for ways to save money on their wireless bills by reducing their usage. Opera Max, which offers the ability for data to be compressed on various servers operated by Opera in order to reduce mobile data consumption by up to 50 percent, is capable of doing just that. The application has gained quite a following since its initial offering, and Opera has just announced that it is now available in 16 more regions. Opera Max can now be downloaded and used by mobile users in Albania, Australia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Japan, Laos, Liechtenstein, Macedonia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan.

Source: Engadget



Updated Amazon App Features Android Wear Support

Category: Mobile
Posted: November 18, 2014 07:24AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Amazon has just pushed an update to its core Android application, which features a variety of components such as shopping and Amazon Instant Video. The most notable feature within the updated application is support for Android Wear, which provides users with the ability to save an idea or search for products with their voice. When a product is found after the search is initiated, users can utilize their Android Wear device to purchase the item or save it to their wish list, enabling users to make even more mobile purchases than they currently do. The updated Amazon application also includes Android Lollipop support along with a variety of bug fixes and performance improvements.

Source: Android Police



Over 2 Billion Mobile Users Will Make Mobile Transactions by 2017

Category: Mobile
Posted: November 17, 2014 09:45AM
Author: Brentt Moore

According to a recent report from Juniper Research, which provides research and analytical services to the global hi-tech communications sector, just over 2 billion mobile users will engage in some form of mobile commerce by the end of 2017. The report notes that banking, consumer purchases, and money transfers are continuing to be done on mobile devices instead of desktops, and that countless users are shifting towards mobile platforms. Within five years, the report notes that mobile devices will account for over half of all online transactions. Additionally, while contactless payment systems are slow to be adopted outside of countries like Japan and South Korea, NFC payment systems such as Apple Pay are expected to help mobile use grow even further in the coming years.

Source: Press Release



Microsoft Brings Office to Additional Mobile Devices

Category: Mobile
Posted: November 6, 2014 08:39AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Microsoft has announced that it has released new versions of its Office suite for various mobile devices, allowing smartphone and tablet owners to continue their work while away from a computer. Owners of the iPhone can now download Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, which have all been optimized for the Apple smartphone while still providing the same experience found on the iPad. Microsoft has also released a preview version of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for Android tablet customers. Individuals who are interested in accessing the Office for Android tablet preview can do so through the Microsoft signup website.

Along with the availability of Office on the iPhone and various Android tablets, Microsoft has released updates to the Office for iPad apps for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

Source: Office Blog



Google Maps Receives Various Improvements

Category: Mobile
Posted: November 5, 2014 11:12AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Google has just updated its Maps application for Android and iOS devices. The latest update for Google Maps includes the company’s material design, which has made its way to virtually all other Google applications, and also features easier access to a plethora of information about any place. Users can tap on an information sheet for any location in order to view photos, reviews, and more, and can even explore other places around them by tapping the Explore button. Google Maps also supports table reservations directly within the application itself, allowing users within the United States to reserve tables at restaurants found on OpenTable. Uber has also been integrated, with information about Uber services available directly within Google Maps while getting directions to a location.

Users of Google Maps will receive the update over the coming days as it rolls out to compatible devices.

Source: Google Maps Blog



KitKat Now Running on 30 Percent of Android Devices

Category: Mobile
Posted: November 4, 2014 10:38AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Android 4.4 KitKat was released just over a year ago when the Nexus 5 made its debut. Since then, the mobile operating system from Google has continued to grow and cover more devices than ever. According to the latest update to the Android Developers Dashboard, KitKat now covers 30.2 percent of all Android devices, based on the number of devices that visited the Google Play store during a seven day period. Compared to September, KitKat saw a 5 percent growth during the month of October, but still lacks far behind Jelly Bean which currently has 50.9 percent of the market.

As Android Lollipop makes its way to the market, the total number of KitKat devices will likely fall in the coming months.

Source: CNET



Amazon Appstore Offering $115 of Applications for Free

Category: Mobile
Posted: November 1, 2014 06:35AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Amazon is currently offering Amazon Appstore users with $115 of mobile applications for free. Plenty of excellent game and utility applications are available to download at no charge, such as Plants vs. Zombies, Plex, Visible Body, World of Goo, and Zombie Gunship, just to name a few. Amazon is marketing such an incredible offer to mobile users in order to secure consumers into its own ecosystem, which must continue to be utilized to receive future updates for any downloaded applications.

This special selection of paid applications for free from the Amazon Appstore, which has been available for the past few days, expires today.

Source: TechHive


Wearable Recording Devices Banned from Movie Theaters

Category: Mobile
Posted: October 30, 2014 04:11AM
Author: Brentt Moore

The Motion Picture Association of America and the National Association of Theatre Owners have announced an update to their joint policy that is aimed at preventing film theft in theaters. The updated policy includes smartphones, just as it did before, but also features text that outlines the banning of wearable recording devices. According to the MPAA and NATO, a zero tolerance policy is observed for recording devices of any kind within theaters, despite both entities having "a long history of welcoming technological advances." If an individual fails to put away his or her recording device, whether wearable or not, they will be asked to leave the theater immediately. Furthermore, the policy indicates that law enforcement authorities will be involved if illegal recording activity is thought to have taken place.

Source: NATO Reel Blog



Google Updates Many of Its Android Applications

Category: Mobile
Posted: October 30, 2014 03:57AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Google has officially released updates for a variety of its own Android applications, bringing them fresh new user interfaces that conform to its material design philosophy. The updates come just before the debut of Android Lollipop, the next major version of the Android operating system that brings enhanced security, performance improvements, and new features.

Google Play Games and Google Wallet both received more vivid colors and easier to navigate menus, with Wallet also supporting the ability to lock or cancel a physical Google Wallet card. Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides were also updated with refreshed user interfaces, which are now more colorful and consistent overall. Lastly, Google Camera received an update that provides users with a newly tweaked icon along with improved animations.

Source: TechHive


Sprint Announces Spark Availability in 17 New Markets

Category: Mobile
Posted: October 29, 2014 03:57PM
Author: Brentt Moore

Sprint has just announced that starting today, its Spark network is available in 17 new markets across the United States. According to Sprint, Sprint Spark is an enhanced 4G LTE service that is built specifically for data and is designed to deliver peak wireless speeds of 50 to 60Mbps capable devices. Sprint customers within the following cities will now be able to experience this unique combination of network technologies and spectrum capacity:

  • Sacramento, CA
  • Denver, CO
  • Bay City, MI
  • Flint, MI
  • Midland, MI
  • Saginaw, MI
  • Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN
  • Henderson, NC
  • Cleveland, OH
  • Columbus, OH
  • Mount Vernon, OH
  • New Philadelphia, OH
  • Tiffin, OH
  • Youngstown, OH
  • Ogden, UT
  • Seattle, WA
  • Sheboygan, WI

This latest Sprint Spark rollout provides assurance that Sprint will fulfill its plans to reach 100 million Americans with Sprint Spark 2.5GHz coverage by the end of this year.

Source: Android Police and Sprint



Google Fit Released for Android

Category: Mobile
Posted: October 29, 2014 10:12AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Google has officially released Google Fit, an Android application that is capable of capturing walking, running, and cycling data. The application is similar to Moves, which was acquired by Facebook earlier this year, in the sense that it is able to deliver the captured data into useful charts and diagrams which can be easily sorted by days and weeks. Goals are supported within Google Fit, and the application can even provide recommendations based on overall performance.

Third-party applications are able to connect to Google Fit and it supports Android Wear as well. While the application can collect fitness data itself thanks to the myriad of different sensors found within modern smartphones, Google Fit is meant to be a central hub for fitness information from all types of devices. Confirmed partners as of now include HTC, LG, Motorola, Nike, Noom, Polar, RunKeeper, Runtastic, and Withings.

Google Fit is available for immediate download from Google Play.

Source: The Next Web


Amazon Sitting on $83 Million of Unsold Fire Phones

Category: Mobile
Posted: October 25, 2014 08:41PM
Author: ClayMeow


If you've yet to see someone using an Amazon Fire Phone, you're not alone. Even after Amazon slashed the price to $0.99 with a two-year contract less than two months after launch, sales have not been good. Now, with Amazon revealing its third quarter results, we have learned just how big of a failure the Fire Phone has been. Amazon posted a $437 million loss for the quarter, recording a $170 million charge, "primarily related to Fire phone inventory valuation and supplier commitment costs." According to CFO Thomas Szkutak, Amazon currently has $83 million worth of unsold Fire phones sitting in inventory. Ouch!

With the recent releases of Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, and Samsung's Galaxy Note 4 – three phones from the two biggest smartphone players – it doesn't look like it'll get better for Amazon's Fire Phone anytime soon.

Source: GamesIndustry.biz



Android Wear Update Provides GPS and Music Playback Support

Category: Mobile
Posted: October 24, 2014 08:06AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Google has revealed that the next update to Android Wear, which is available today for compatible devices, includes support for GPS sensors and music playback. Smartwatches that have a built-in GPS sensor can now be used to track routes, distance, and speed, all without the need of a smartphone. The Android Wear update also adds music playback capabilities, allowing smartwatch users to store music on their watch and listen to it via Bluetooth headphones.

Currently, the Sony SmartWatch 3, which is available for pre-order from Verizon Wireless and will soon be on sale through Google Play, is the only Android Wear watch to feature a built-in GPS sensor. All other Android Wear smartwatches currently on the market will be able updated to include the new music playback functionality.



Moto 360 Receives Android Wear Update

Category: Mobile
Posted: October 22, 2014 09:55AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Motorola has revealed that its flagship watch, the Moto 360, is receiving a new Android Wear update. The update consists of smart battery saving, which will automatically put the Moto 360 into ambient mode once its battery hits 15 percent, mood lighting, which adjusts the brightness of the screen while the device is charging, and timely time checks, which syncs the watch with its paired smartphone more often to ensure that the correct time is displayed. The Android Wear update for the Moto 360 also includes various user interface tweaks, bug fixes, and enhancements that pave the way for connecting Bluetooth headsets to the watch.

The new software for the Moto 360 will roll out in phases, with users able to install the software only if their phone is connected to the Internet and their watch battery is at 80 percent or greater.

Source: Motorola Blog


Google Play Music Application Updated by Google

Category: Mobile
Posted: October 21, 2014 08:42AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Google has updated its Google Play Music application for Android and iOS, which now has over 30 million songs to choose from. The newly updated application features a refined “Listen Now” page that allows users to easily discover new music. The latest version also features Songza integration, a streaming service that Google acquired earlier this year. Users can select music based on the time of day, their mood, or specific activity, with songs being sourced from stations that were compiled from music experts at Google. Google’s material design is present within the updated Google Play Music application too, which showcases bigger images, bolder colors, and slicker transitions, all of which make Android Lollipop more refined and polished.

Source: Official Android Blog



Gmail Application Will Support Third-Party Email Accounts in Version 5.0

Category: Mobile
Posted: October 20, 2014 02:01PM
Author: Brentt Moore

Gmail has long been available to smartphone users, allowing them to access their Gmail accounts quickly and easily through an intuitive user interface. Unfortunately, the application has only supported Gmail accounts and failed to offer support for third-party email services. That is all changing with version 5.0 of Gmail, however, as a newly leaked video shows that the latest version of the Gmail client, which will ship with Android Lollipop, adds support for Yahoo Mail, Outlook.com, and more. Besides adding support for third-party email accounts, Gmail 5.0 is overhauled with Google’s material design which provides a sleeker and more refined user experience than ever before.

Source: Android Police



Google Play Games Now Supports Nearby Multiplayer

Category: Mobile
Posted: October 17, 2014 07:21AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Google has publically revealed through a tweet on its official Android Developers account that Google Play Games now supports Nearby Multiplayer. The technology enables two players to be synced together within the same game as long as they are physically near one another. Support for Nearby Multiplayer allows developers to create local competitive and cooperative experiences between two Android players that are close by each other, paving the way for mobile games to plant themselves as substantial offerings in the video game market. The feature is built into the Google Play Games API and is immediately available to developers who wish to take advantage of it.

Source: TechHive



Continued Global Rollout of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus Announced by Apple

Category: Mobile
Posted: October 13, 2014 10:52AM
Author: Brentt Moore

The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are currently available in 33 countries and territories around the world. Apple is looking to expand its reach even further, however, as the technology giant has announced that both versions of its latest flagship phone are coming to 36 more countries and territories by the end of October. 

Potential customers in China, India, and Monaco will be able to purchase the latest iPhone on October 17, while customers in Israel will have to wait until October 23. On October 24, consumers in the Czech Republic, French West Indies, Greenland, Malta, Poland, Reunion Island, and South Africa will have the ability to purchase the latest Apple smartphone, and on October 30, those is Bahrain and Kuwait will be able to do so as well. The largest rollout in this announcement occurs on October 31, with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus coming to Albania, Bosnia, Croatia, Estonia, Greece, Guam, Hungary, Iceland, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Macau, Macedonia, Mexico, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Thailand, and Ukraine.

According to Apple, the latest iPhone is on track to be available in 115 countries by the end of this year, which will officially make this the fastest iPhone rollout in the history of the iconic device.

Source: Press Release



Play Store 5.0 Released by Google

Category: Mobile
Posted: October 10, 2014 04:00AM
Author: Brentt Moore

In what seems like a trend for Google, after the company released updated versions of Google+ and Google Play Newsstand that brought enhanced user interfaces to the applications, the company has released version 5.0.31 of the Play Store. The latest update incorporates a brand new icon for the Play Store, new icons when selecting widgets to add to the home screen, and new notification icons, which all are based on the company’s material design. Google Play Store 5.0.31 also places the “What’s New” section closer to the top of the main application screen, allowing users to easily see what changes and fixes are included within the last update of any application.

Source: Android Police



Advertisements Are Coming to Snapchat

Category: Mobile
Posted: October 9, 2014 06:27PM
Author: Brentt Moore

Snapchat, a photo messaging application that allows users to send photos and videos to friends that are deleted after a set time limit, will soon introduce advertisements to its users. Evan Spiegel, the CEO of Snapchat, noted within a discussion with Katie Couric and former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg that advertisements will be making their way to the messaging application soon. According to Spiegel, "We’re cutting through the new technology around ads to the core of it, which is telling a story." The advertisements that will make their way to Snapchat will be found within the Stories section of the application, not within its messaging service.

Source: Vanity Fair



Chromebooks Receive Update Targeted at Office Use

Category: Mobile
Posted: October 8, 2014 02:55PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Google has implemented a number of features, "specifically focused on improving identity, manageability, virtualization, performance and pricing," for the Chromebook that it believes will help to make the devices more appealing for business use cases. Single sign-on has been implemented with support for all major identity and credentials providers as well as multiple sign-in to allow for easy switching between personal and work accounts. Improved certificate management adds support for 802.1X EAP-TLS wireless and improved control for IT admins. Google has worked with Citrix and VMWare to help improve virtualization options and Citrix has already released a Citrix Receiver version optimized for Chromebooks. All of this and more will be available to customers at a cost of $50 per device per year.

Source: Google



iPhone 6 Prototype Receives Unbelievable Bids on eBay Auction

Category: Mobile
Posted: October 6, 2014 05:29AM
Author: Brentt Moore

The iPhone 6, which set a pre-order sales record for Apple after the technology company unveiled it early last month, has been sought after by millions of consumers across the world since its announcement. A Verizon customer located in Beverly Hills, California, seems to be the luckiest of all who ordered the iPhone 6, as they have received a prototype of the smartphone. Apparently the 64GB iPhone 6 prototype does not feature a model number or any FCC marks, features a red Lightning port, and is stuck in developer mode. With such a rare find, the Verizon customer placed the iPhone 6 prototype onto eBay four days ago with a starting bid of $999. Amazingly, the prototype version of the iPhone 6 currently has a bid amount of $86,100, and with the auction set to last another three days, that amount is sure to climb even higher.

Source: eBay and TweakTown



Google+ Receives an Updated User Interface

Category: Mobile
Posted: October 3, 2014 04:51PM
Author: Brentt Moore

Google recently released a new version of Google Play Newsstand that featured an updated user interface, and it looks like the technology giant is now doing the same with its social networking application, Google+. The latest update to Google+ for Android brings the much welcomed material design to the masses, which in the social networking application translates into a flatter design, polished menus, a simpler layout for photos, and a revised post button. Additional features contained within the update include the ability to cast a slideshow of links, photos, and videos shared to a user’s stream directly to a television, editing capabilities of Auto Awesome Movies on select devices, various bug fixes, and performance improvements.

The latest version of Google+ can be downloaded from the Google Play Store immediately.

Source: Droid Life


Google Play Newsstand Updated with a New User Interface

Category: Mobile
Posted: October 2, 2014 08:31AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Google has updated its Play Newsstand application for Android, which according to the search engine giant provides a wealth of news sources in one reading experience, including everything from online newspapers, websites, blogs, and print magazines. The latest update for the news application from Google brings in a fresh, new user interface that is based on Google’s material design. This design incorporates more contextual headers, smoother transitions, and larger images to improve how content is presented to users. Deeper topic cards have also been added thanks to the latest update, and a redesigned magazine reading experience that allows for toggling through a list of articles is also available.

Google Play Newsstand is currently available in 40 countries across the world, and users of the application will receive latest update over the next week.

Source: Official Android Blog



Dropbox for Android Updated

Category: Mobile
Posted: October 2, 2014 07:54AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Dropbox has released an important update to its Android application, allowing users of the service to transfer Dropbox files to an external SD card. With the feature being one of the most requested by users, it is obviously why Dropbox decided to implement it into its Android application. All types of files can be transferred to an SD card for offline use, such as meeting agendas, trip photos, and shopping lists. Users can utilize the newest feature by tapping the “Quick Action” button to the right of any file, selecting “More,” then “Export,” and finally tapping “Save to Device” and picking the external SD card. The latest update to the Dropbox Android application also includes faster search support and improved Android L support.

Source: Dropbox Blog



TiVo Launches TiVo Application for Android

Category: Mobile
Posted: September 30, 2014 08:48AM
Author: Brentt Moore

TiVo has officially launched the TiVo application for Android, which can be downloaded immediately from the Google Play store. The new application is marketed as an all-in-one solution that allows users to access content from a variety of sources, such as Amazon Instant Video, Hulu Plus, and Netflix. Recorded and live television from over-the-air antenna broadcasts or cable television can be accessed through the TiVo Android application, and entertainment can be even viewed on the go. Users who begin watching television at home can continue to enjoy content on their mobile device throughout the day, all while away from home. The TiVo Android application can also allow mobile devices to double as a next-generation remote for the TiVo Roamio DVR.

Source: TiVo Blog



Apple iPhone 6 Plus is Experiencing Shipping Delays

Category: Mobile
Posted: September 20, 2014 08:25AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Apple recently announced the next generation of the iPhone, the iPhone 6, which was able to set a sales record for the company after four million phones were preordered by eager customers. Although iPhone 6 pre-orders were set to ship out yesterday, it has come to light that the iPhone 6 Plus is experiencing massive shipping delays. According to Verizon Wireless, iPhone 6 Plus orders will not ship out until October 24, 2014. AT&T has noted that it could not promise iPhone 6 Plus orders until November, while Sprint failed to provide a shipping timeline and T-Mobile simply stated that it would honor all preorders. Even the Apple retail store is currently listing a three to four week shipping timeframe, which seems to be the shortest of all delays announced.

As more orders come in for the iPhone 6 Plus, which seems to be the more popular model when compared to the iPhone 6, the delays will likely continue until additional units can be manufactured.

Source: PCWorld


Google Maps Now Supports 20 Additional Countries

Category: Mobile
Posted: September 20, 2014 03:30AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Google Maps, which provides Android and iOS users with free driving, walking, and bicycling directions, has announced that it has expanded to support 20 additional countries. The countries that are now able to use the navigation feature found within Google Maps, which still happens to be in beta, include Angola, Bahamas, Bolivia, Botswana, Fiji, Guyana, Honduras, Jamaica, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Malta, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Tobago, and Trinidad. While those residing in these countries will benefit the most from this announcement, travelers who visit these countries will also benefit from being able to find their way through areas that are unknown to them.

Source: Android Central



Apple Sets Record For iPhone Pre-orders

Category: Mobile
Posted: September 15, 2014 01:52PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Apple announced its latest version of the iPhone last week, and the device was made available for pre-order late last week. The pre-order has turned out to be the largest ever for an iPhone with four million phones ordered, eclipsing both the two million orders for the iPhone 5 and the initial supply of the devices available. Apple will begin shipping the phones on Friday but some users will have to wait until October to receive them. A number of phones will be available to purchase in store on Friday, but the number will surely be limited.

Source: Seattle Times



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