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Jun
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Yahoo’s Missed Opportunity with iOS 8 Weather Hints at Uncertain Future in Stocks App


iOS 8 will include a revamped Weather app with data provided by the Weather Channel instead of Yahoo, which previously powered Apple’s weather app for years. This switchover of weather services allegedly was masterminded by former Yahoo board member and Weather Channel CEO David Kenny after he assumed his leadership role at the weather information company last year, reports Re/Code.

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Kenny allegedly negotiated a deal with Apple that cut Yahoo out of the loop that provided weather data for iOS. In earlier iOS versions, Yahoo was the provider linked in the Weather app, but the actual meteorological data came from the Weather Channel. Kenny lured Apple away from Yahoo by offering a sweeter deal that included additional technology and more robust weather information than was made available to Yahoo. As a result, the Weather app in iOS 8 now includes a nine-day weather forecast, up from five days in iOS 7, details such as sunrise/sunset times and a new “Today” weather summary located at the bottom of the app.

Though Yahoo reportedly was in talks with Apple about featuring Yahoo services more prominently in iOS, the internet company didn’t realize the Weather Channel was making a power play for iOS, and let this high-profile deal slip away.

“Yahoo had been renting ocean-front property for years and did not realize the lease was up, and the Weather Channel slipped right in and took it,” said a Yahoo exec, who said the company acted too late to save the deal. “It’s a high-profile loss.”

This provider change is a big blow to Yahoo, which as recently as April wanted to increase its role in iOS by making Yahoo the default search engine on iOS.

Apple’s decision to drop Yahoo as it weather source also calls into question the search company’s future involvement in the iOS Stocks app. Similar to earlier versions of the Weather app, the iOS Stocks app pulls its stock information from Yahoo Finance. Though not confirmed, some believe Apple could choose Bloomberg, CNBC or Reuters over Yahoo for its stock data in future versions of iOS 8.



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Jun
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iWatch Roundup Updated


Apple iWatch rumors are starting to heat up, and we’ve updated our roundup to reflect the latest news. Apple’s iWatch may be available in multiple sizes up to 2.5 inches, with 10 different sensors to measure various health-related metrics, and wireless charging capabilities. Check out our full iWatch roundup for more information.



20
Jun
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Hands-On Installation and Usage of TouchPal’s Gesture Keyboard for iOS 8


Following Apple’s announcement at its Worldwide Developers Conference earlier this month that iOS 8 would include support for third-party keyboards on a systemwide basis, a number of companies working on the technology indicated that they would be moving forward with plans to support iOS. Among those companies was TouchPal, with quickly released a video showing an early version of its sliding gesture keyboard in action.

TouchPal has now released its first alpha version of its keyboard for iOS 8 to select media outlets, giving a good look at how third-party keyboard will work on iOS 8.

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Installation is straightforward, leveraging a traditional App Store app to add TouchPal as an option when adding new keyboard in the Settings app. Once TouchPal is added, users can simply rearrange their installed keyboards in their preferred order, and rotate through each one while in use by tapping the globe key. Users who have activated the emoji keyboard on their devices will be familiar with that process.

Once activated, TouchPal is available anywhere a keyboard is traditionally used, such as in Mail, Messages, Safari, Notes, iWork apps, and third-party apps.

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TouchPal’s keyboard is similar to the perhaps more well-known one from Swype, allowing users to drag a finger in one continuous motion as they spell out the word. Based on the pattern drawn by the user, TouchPal suggests several options for the intended word, with highest-ranked option highlighted in the middle of the suggestions bar. Hitting the space bar or touching the word accepts the suggestion.

Numbers and common punctuation marks are input right from the main keyboard screen simply by flicking up or down on the proper key. Additional punctuation marks and emoticons are available by tapping the “12#” key at the lower left.

In our testing, there were definitely some glitches, particularly when switching between keyboards, but it is still early in the development process and Apple and third-party keyboard companies will continue to refine their implementations in the coming months leading up to the public release of iOS 8 this fall.



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Jun
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Six Becomes Two; Google Play Edition Devices Showing up Out of Inventory



If you take a gander in the Play Store and are looking to maybe pull the trigger on picking up a Google Play Edition device, your options to do so just got really small. While the list of devices is still present, four of the six listed have all gone out of stock. The Sony Z Ultra, the HTC One (2013), LG G Pad 8.3 and the Samsung Galaxy S4 are not available for purchase.

Galaxy S4 GPEWe saw the Sony Z Ultra and the HTC One M7 (2013) models take a permanent price cut not all that long ago and it lead many of us to believe they were on their way out the door. Lets face it, they can’t keep making them indefinitely. While many of us would like them to keep them around for a couple of years and just keep dropping prices.


This leaves you with the option of picking up a HTC One M8 (2014) or the Moto G (both 8 and 16 GB still appear available).

Let the speculation begin! It is feasible to believe that with Google I/O next week that the OEM’s will be announcing their new replacements for the older devices. We saw a flub up in April where the Galaxy S4 GPE small device image had been replaced with a Galaxy S5 image. Prior to that it was reportedly spotted in a Bluetooth SIG as well. Sony could be bringing in the Xperia Z2, which would make me smile quite a bit. We will have to just wait and see if Google I/O produces the answers to the plethora of questions that are running through our heads right now.

Via AndroidPolice


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Jun
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Google to incorporate a “kill switch” in the next version of Android


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One security feature we’ve heard rumored for Android recently is the “kill switch”, a feature that enables the smartphone owner to remotely wipe their phone if somebody tries to steal it. We’ve seen California and Minnesota both pass legislation on this recently, and we may see something coming from Google in the next big Android update. In a statement yesterday, Google announced their plans to incorporate a “factory reset protection solution” in the next major Android release.

We’ve previously seen this feature in mobile tech, namely with Apple’s iteration in last September’s iOS update. Thanks to Apple’s kill switch feature, iPhone thefts have decreased by 19% from 2013-2014, according to a recent report. So, we can obviously see that it works.

As far as Google is concerned, we don’t have any more information regarding their plans or how it will work. What’s more, is that Microsoft will also be joining the kill switch party, bringing this feature to Windows Phone devices.

It’s nice to see Google taking some extra security measures with their mobile OS. As for the details, we’ll need to wait until Google releases some more info on the topic.

Source: Bloomberg

The post Google to incorporate a “kill switch” in the next version of Android appeared first on AndroidGuys.

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Jun
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The Big Picture: Europe’s unmanned combat drone concept


'nEUROn', Experimental Combat Air Vehicle : Press Presentation In Istres

Pictured above, a mechanic works on the the fusilage of Neuron, an unmanned stealth drone developed by a group of European nations, led by the French. “nEUROn” is a working concept for an “Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle” and includes fuselage designed by SAAB, Sweden. The craft has a 41 ft wingspan, weighs 10,000 lb when empty and can carry two 500 lb bombs. It first launched in December 2012, and has since completed 50 test flights — the most recent completed this month. The project won’t result in commercial production, instead serving to prove various technologies needed to for the next-generation of combat aircraft on the continent.

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Jun
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Iran throws tech bloggers in prison for working with ‘enemy media’


Most countries with internet access see the web as a tool for communication. But in Iran? It’s a threat. The country has made a habit of censoring social platforms like Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram — lifting its ban only for odd “technical failures.” Now the country seems to be arresting local tech bloggers. The state is accusing eight bloggers from the Iranian site Narenji (now offline) of having ties to “enemy media” and plotting a “‘soft overthrow’ of the Iranian regime.” Specifically, the group is accused of receiving funding from British intelligence and conducting espionage for BBC Persian. According to Mashable, the team is facing sentences between 18 months and 11 years in prison, or 36 years between them all.

Sources close to the detainees have told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that Narenji was never involved in any activism, explaining instead that the nature of their work required them to be in “constant contact with the world outside.” The crack down is particularly disturbing to Iranians who voted for president Hassan Rouhani, who’s campaign suggested his election might lax the country’s notoriously harsh internet restrictions. Unfortunately Rouhani seems to have little sway over the conservative contingent that manages Iran’s Cyber Police and Revolutionary Guard. In reality, it’s all too likely that Narenji staff are being used as pawns in a larger political game.

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Source: Mashable, Aljazeera

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Jun
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National parks will soon ban most drone flights


A (Photoshopped) drone in Yosemite National Park

While we’ve already seen a few US national parks clamp down on drones in their airspace, it now looks like that no-fly rule is about to extend across the country. The National Park Service tells the Associated Press that it’s about to order all 401 of its parks to ban unfettered use of drones on their grounds. Each park will have exceptions for high-altitude flyers, hobbyist clubs, researchers and rescuers, but you won’t get to lug your personal camera drone around purely for the sake of remote sightseeing. If all goes according to plan, the Service will also have a preliminary national rule drafted within 18 months.

Service director Jonathan Jarvis argues that it’s important to draw this line in the sand before things get out of control. Besides concerns about spooking wildlife, there are worries about the safety of rock climbers and others on dangerous expeditions. The last thing you need on a challenging ascent is an unmanned craft in your face, after all. As much as we like drones, it’s hard to object to rules that let park guests focus on nature’s majesty instead of vehicles buzzing overhead.

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Via: The Verge

Source: Associated Press

20
Jun
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SEGA places Seven Sonic the Hedgehog Games on Sale for $0.99



I am sure some of you have been bank rolling your Google Opinion Rewards bucks for a couple of month by now. I know I am almost at $8 currently. Picking up apps and games when they are on sale is one of the best uses for that free cash in my opinion and right now SEGA of America might just snake some of that money from you today. They have just dropped the price tag on seven Sonic the Hedgehog titles, which looks to be every single one of them.

Sonic the HedgehogIt is hard to pass up the classics for under a buck. Many of you might already have some of them, why not fill in the blanks. The titles, and the links, are as follows:


Additionally, Sonic 4 Episode II THD (Tegra optimized version) is also showing up for $0.99, but I am not entirely sure it is on sale or if that has been the price for a while since it isn’t showing up in the AppSales App.

If you pick up all 7 games, you will be looking to spend $6.93. That is a savings of $15 over the full retail price tag. We cruised over to the SEGA blog but aren’t seeing any particular reason for the sale from them, nor do any of the game descriptions offer up any clues. Seeing as we aren’t sure what SEGA is up to, you should probably go grab the ones you want before they go back to full price, whenever that might be.

 


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Google Search for Artist :inks to Your Other Music Apps Now



Using Google Search to search for anything on your mind at that given moment certainly makes life a whole heck of a lot easier. Google is always adding in new features and options that are handled seamlessly through their search application without the need for updating the app. That alone is pretty spiffy if you ask me. One of the more recent additions to search comes in the way of a better way to listen to an artist or band instantly.

Google SearchAs of yesterday, you can now search out an artist or band in search and be presented with direct link access to them in your favorite music apps. Well, some of the popular ones at least and only if you have that app installed on your device. The currently supported apps are TuneIn, Spotify, iHeartRadio and Rdio. Google Play and YouTube are there too of course.


The new music links are currently up and running and are only available in U.S.. However, Google is working to expand the feature world-wide with other local services like Deezer.

This little addition sure makes finding tunes a lot easier and if you happen to be with T-Mobile, you will notice some of those apps also are part of their no data counting streaming addition that were announced in the Uncarrier 6 announcement.

Via Googleblog


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