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Motorola Mobility names Rick Osterloh as new President, COO


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Motorola Mobility has announced Rick Osterloh as the new President and COO.  Osterloh is stepping into the role of former CEO Dennis Woodside who is now the COO of Dropbox.  Hopefully Osterloh can steer Motorola into the right direction especially after the acquisition from Lenovo.

Below is a snippet from Motorola’s blog:

Since his return, Rick’s had a key role in the company’s reinvigoration. He’s been a guiding visionary on the entire product front and a passionate advocate for our philosophy to focus everything we do on the consumer experience.

 

I believe that Rick’s appointment provides the focused leadership and business continuity needed to steer the organization into the future, and I look forward to continuing in my role as Google liaison and advisor to Motorola through the transition period supporting Rick.

 

Sincerely,
Jonathan Rosenberg

Source: Motorola

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Samsung “Experience” stores coming to the UK


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We all know you’ve been itching to walk into a store dedicated to Samsung products, and Samsung heard you because the company have begun taking up retail space throughout the UK.

The new dedicated Samsung “Experience” stores will give customers the ability to get their hands on the devices as well as being able to chat with Samsung officials.

In addition, as part of the special opening Samsung is making the new Samsung Galaxy S5 and Samsung Gear devices available in store prior to the official launch on Friday.

Locations include London, Newcastle, Liverpool, Bradford, Bristol, Manchester, Bournemouth and Cardiff, and will be operated in partnership with Carphone Warehouse.

Source: Engadget

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Google is testing new calendar and Gmail features


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Calendars are a dime a dozen and lets face it, how much can you really do to a calendar app to make it stand out from the pack.  Well recent leaks from Geek.com have shown us that Google is working on a slew of new features including a UI overhaul, daily agenda feature, and social integration from Google+.  Hopefully we see something come of this.

Google is also looking into refreshing their Gmail app by adding more UI features, a pinning feature, and a snooze function.  Nothing is set in stone, but with Google I/O around the corner, I am sure alot of Google’s apps are going to be seeing some refreshes as well.

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Source: Geek

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Apr
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Mailbox for Android tips & tricks


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In case you missed the announcement, Dropbox has just announced the popular iOS email client, Mailbox, for Android. Exciting, right? Sometimes it’s easier to use an app when you have a little help. So, here are a few tips on how to use Mailbox for Android.

Now this is very similar to other email clients in many aspects, so we’re not going to go too in-depth with some of the features. But we will walk through some of the tips and tricks you can use to make your experience even better. Adding an email address is very simple. – just follow the on-screen prompts.

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Next, you’ll be whisked in to a tutorial. Here is where the fun part begins. It will begin walking you through the 5 different zones in which to swipe your mail.

  • Swipe an email to the right to archive it
  • Long swipe to the right to move to trash
  • Swipe left to snooze the email, then choose how long you’d like to snooze it for
  • Long swipe to the left to add it to a list, then choose whichever list you’d like

To go into a bit more detail on Auto-Swipe, this feature is very easy to use. As long as it’s enabled under the Settings menu, it works. It’s always learning from your email habits whether you swipe away a certain type of promotion everyday or adding a coupon to one of your lists. Set it up, and forget it!

Other that these features that we just highlighted, there isn’t too much about Mailbox that differs from other email clients. There are some features that are exclusive to the iOS app like shaking your device to undo an action and long press to reorder messages. We hope those will one day make it to the Android version.

But before we go, do you see this at the top of your inbox?

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If you click that, you have the option to either archive all messages, archive all except the unread messages, or archive all of the except the starred ones. This could be really good for someone who has more than 100 emails that they’re never going to read again.

It’s safe to say that even if you aren’t gung-ho about the gestures, Mailbox is a very attractive email client. Are you planning on using Mailbox? What are your thoughts? Do you have any questions on how it works? Feel free to let us know in the comment section below!

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Apr
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‘Slide to Unlock’ Engineer Greg Christie to Depart Apple After Fallout with Jony Ive


jony_iveApple’s Vice President of Human Interface Greg Christie is set to depart from the company after clashing with Jony Ive, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Industrial Design who oversees and guides the Human Interface teams, reports 9to5Mac. Ive first took on a role “providing leadership” for the Human Interface teams in late 2012, following Scott Forstall’s departure from the company.

Christie has led much of Apple’s software design and reports to Craig Federighi, who oversees development of iOS and OS X, but Christie interacts with Ive during design meetings. Christie’s team was responsible for redesigning iOS 7, which reportedly led to disagreements with Ive.

Sources say that Christie’s upcoming departure is significant and stems from a falling out with Ive. When Ive tasked Apple’s Human Interface team with redesigning iOS 7 to include an entirely new look, Christie and Ive reportedly clashed over design direction, after which Ive is said to have circumvented Christie’s leadership of the team during the new operating system’s development.

Following Christie’s departure, software design will fall under Ive’s umbrella, with software designers working alongside Ive’s industrial design team rather than Federighi’s group.

Christie, who has worked for Apple since 1996, was one of the original software engineers who developed iOS for the first iPhone. He recently did an interview with The Wall Street Journal detailing the development of the original iPhone and he testified in the second Apple vs. Samsung patent trial, telling the court that the “Slide to Unlock” feature he’s credited with inventing is an essential iPhone feature.

Along with “Slide to Unlock,” Christie has been instrumental in developing many important iPhone features, with hundreds of Apple patents in his name. It is unclear what he plans to do after his departure or when he will officially depart from the company.

Following the departure of Scott Forstall, Apple CEO Tim Cook spoke on the importance of collaboration and noted that the merging of software and hardware design was needed to take Apple’s collaborative efforts to the next level. Last year, Ive and Federighi also spoke on collaboration and how they worked together to create iOS 7. With Ive taking full control over software design with Christie’s departure, the integration between Apple’s software and hardware may improve even further.



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Apr
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Apple Considering Dramatic Overhaul of iTunes to Address Declining Music Downloads


Apple is considering a dramatic overhaul of its iTunes music store as iTunes Radio has failed to stop declining music downloads, reports Billboard. As reported earlier this year, the company may create an on-demand music streaming service similar to Spotify in order to boost sales as well as an Android iTunes app.

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“iTunes Radio hasn’t solved the problem of refreshing the iTunes store,” said a senior label executive. “While listeners are clicking the buy buttons, the traffic it is driving is in the low single digits of listeners.”

Only one to two percent of iTunes Radio listeners go on to buy songs and digital music sales were down some 5.7 percent in 2013, according to a January report. Overall music downloads have been declining upwards of 15 percent while iTunes is also losing money to competitors like YouTube, Spotify, and Pandora.

iTunes still accounts for upwards of 40 percent of U.S. music sales revenue and iTunes Radio is the third largest music streaming service after Pandora and iHeartRadio, but it has not thus far generated the sales that Apple expected.

According to the report, Apple’s options for improving iTunes are being debated internally and among the company’s content partners as it works to overcome competition from Android and an increasing consumer preference for streaming music services.

Meanwhile, in the U.S., Apple is losing its most valuable customers. “Two-thirds of its high-value customers are now in subscription services,” said one source. “That has been an eye-opener for them.”

While iTunes Radio allows users to create radio stations based on song selections, an on-demand service similar to Spotify would potentially allow users to select songs at will and could carry a monthly fee. iTunes Radio is available for free and supported by ads, with Apple also making its iTunes Match service available to customers.

With an on-demand subscription service, Apple could supply all music models customers are interested in, offering a la carte downloads via iTunes, free music via iTunes Radio, and a premium on-demand service. According to one music executive, Apple has radical plans for iTunes in store, which could lead to a “completely different” experience in three to five years.



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Apr
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Google has patched most of its major services from the ‘Heartbleed’ security bug


Now that we know about the Heartbleed bug that allows access to sensitive internet data usually locked down by OpenSSL encryption, Google is of course one of the internet services hard at work applying fixes. The folks in Mountain View announced today that main services like Apps, App Engine, Gmail, Play, Search, Wallet and YouTube are already patched. There’s no need to worry about Chrome or Chrome OS, as those two bits of software aren’t affected by the vulnerability. Android is almost there, as all versions of the mobile operating system are immune to the security flaw save for 4.1.1. For that lone exception, Google says patching details are being sent to its partners for distribution. While the key bits have been secured, there’s on-going work to update other services like Cloud SQL, Google Compute Engine and others.

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Source: Google

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Apr
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Firefox OS’ new interface looks both very modern and very familiar


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Mozilla promised that Firefox OS was getting a gigantic interface redesign later this year, and it’s now clear just how ambitious that remake will be. Ahmed Nefzaoui and Soren Hentzchel have provided an detailed look at Firefox OS 2.0 that shows off its thoroughly modern style. There are flat surfaces everywhere, and even more transparency than in current versions; both the lock screen notifications and task switcher have taken on a decidedly iOS 7-like (not to mention more useful) layout. The preview also gives a better glimpse at EverythingMe’s contextual search, which produces both app and web results. You’ll still have to wait a few months to see 2.0 reach shipping hardware, but this close-up suggests that your patience will pay off.

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Via: G 4 Games

Source: Soren Hentzschel (translated), Ahmed Nefzaoui (Twitter)

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Live out your J.A.R.V.I.S. fantasies with a Raspberry Pi


Siri, Cortana and Google Now are all inspired by the computers that Dave Bowman, Captain Picard and Iron Man use on a daily basis. But what if you wanted to turn your home into a voice-activated haven without those sorts of resources? Well, thanks to a Princeton students Charles Mash and Shubhro Saha, you can. The pair developed Jasper, an open-source, always-on voice control system that works on a Raspberry Pi and can easily be customized for your needs. All you need is an internet connection, one of the tiny educational boards and a USB microphone and you can ask the system to do whatever your coding ability allows. All we need now is for someone to kidnap Stephen Fry or Paul Bettany so our computer has the right level of sniffy British snark in its voice.

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Via: Hacker News, Wired

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Apr
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With R.B.I. Baseball 14, MLB takes a full swing at making its own games


Major League Baseball is bringing back a classic. But while resuscitating an old title could sometimes create a double-edged-sword effect of sorts, that’s not stopping MLB from taking the chance to reboot the R.B.I. Baseball series. Most importantly, R.B.I. Baseball 14 was developed in-house by MLB’s Advanced Media branch, also known as MLBAM, a team that’s behind applications like At Bat and whose tech powers the WWE Network streaming service. Up until now, sport games have been all about licensing, so this shift also lets us know how Major League Baseball views that industry. Sure, the experience in R.B.I. Baseball 14 might not be as full-fledged as with, say, Sony’s MLB 14 The Show, but it’s still interesting to see a professional league leveraging its work as a technology company too.

It’s about being able to deliver content for baseball fans.

One of the things MLB’s new action-based sim game has going for it is that it’s available on a number of platforms at launch, with support for more due in the near future. “It’s about being able to deliver content for baseball fans,” Jamie Leece, MLBAM’s VP, Games, said to us when asked what lead to the development of R.B.I. Baseball 14. “The game works perfectly for both mobile and console; we wanted the experience to go hand in glove with that.” As it stands, the revamped R.B.I. Baseball is available on iOS for $5, plus Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 for $20 — we’re told Android, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions are coming “later this spring.”

Can we expect more of these types of games from MLB? The league says the focus right now is looking at how the title is received by fans, as well as getting it ready for current-gen platforms. But there’s a chance: “I certainly see us doing more in this space,” Leece stated.

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Source: App Store, Xbox Marketplace, MLB

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