Yesterday, we got our first taste of Google 5.0 for Android, featuring the expected Material Design visual makeover and most surprisingly, the knowledge that Google intends to make the new Gmail capable as serving as the inbox for Yahoo and Outlook emails too. As it turns out, it’s much more than even that. According today’s information courtesy of Android Police, the new Gmail won’t stop at just allowing you to manage Yahoo and Outlook accounts, but also Exchange accounts and essentially absorbs all functions of the stock Email app.
This doesn’t come particularly as a surprise given that Google has made a habit of combining apps with common purposes, a la Hangouts. This latest change puts Gmail in a realm with all the other email curating apps, though we’ll have to wait for the official app to drop before we can see exactly how good this turns out to be.
What do you think about Google combining the stock Email app functions into the new Gmail 5.0 app? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
Source: Android Police
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Ever wanted to convey more in a Skype chat than simple text and photos can manage, such as directions to your home? If you’re using Windows Phone, you now have a better way to express yourself. Microsoft has posted a new version of Skype for Windows Phone that, much like Google Hangouts, lets you send simple drawings to friends. You can start with a blank canvas if you’re an artistic type, but you can also doodle on photos and annotate Bing maps. There are a few meaningful under-the-hood upgrades, too, including HD display support and the option to sign in with your phone’s Microsoft account. The Skype team hasn’t said when its Android and iOS apps will get sketching, but it wouldn’t be surprising to see them receive matching updates in the near future.
Via: The Verge
Apple has chosen to focus on the iPad’s camera abilities with the upcoming Air 2 (we wish they wouldn’t) and apparently, finally snagged Flickr’s attention. Yahoo’s photo sharing service somehow managed to beat Instagram to the punch so perhaps the introduction of its first iPad-ready app (four years after Apple’s slate arrived) isn’t that late. So what’s in the (now universal) Flickr iOS app? iPad-optimized layouts for members to browse pictures whether their own or others that “cascade in a lovely waterfall format.” If you must take a picture with your tablet, the app can record photos or videos with live filters and a full suite of editing tools. It requires iOS 8 to work, and some of the upgrades that stretch across devices include support for the new sharing extensions, photo detail editing and a new unified search. The update is live in the app store now, and of course there’s no time like 3AM ET on a Saturday to give it a try.
– Flickr (@Flickr) October 18, 2014
Sometimes you just want to craft your Tumblr posts and browse the latest updates without being distracted by the rest of the internet. For those occasions, the blogging outfit released a desktop app for Mac that does two things and two things only. First, as we’ve already mentioned, it only shows you Tumblr content and nothing else. It’ll also let you post from anywhere on your Mac — so long as that place has the trusty OS X Share button available. If you haven’t yet updated to Yosemite, you’ll need to do so as the new app only works with Apple’s latest version. Of course, you could just visit the website via your browser of choice, unless you’re posting eleventy billion times a day.
Source: Mac App Store
Whisper lets you share secrets without the fear of it getting traced back to you. At least that’s the pitch. Now, according to a Guardian report, the service is tracking the location of users that didn’t want to be tracked. The report, which deep dives on several issues regarding user privacy and security, adds that Whisper is apparently also sharing info with the US Department of Defense and is retaining posts and user data in a searchable database. Responding to the claims, Editor-in-chief Neetzan Zimmerman says that Whisper “neither receive(s) nor store(s) geographical coordinates” from users who opt out of geolocation services. “User IP addresses may allow (a) very coarse location to be determined to the city, state, or country level.”
The Guardian says that four days after learning about the report, Whisper changed its terms of service, allowing the company to establish the broad location of people who have disabled the app’s location feature. According to Zimmerman: “Even for users who opt into geolocation services, the location information that we do store is obscured to within 500 meters of their smartphone device’s actual location.” However, to that end, Whisper also has its own in-house mapping tool that allows staff to filter through location data, pinpointing users to that aforementioned 500-meter area. Given the temporary, anonymous selling point of the app, users might have thought that anything they post would soon disappear into the ether… but the report suggests that “data, which stretches back to the app’s launch in 2012, is being stored indefinitely.” Zimmerman’s response: “Whisper may retain posted content for a brief period of time as stated in our terms of service, however, the internal database contains no personally identifiable information and is secure/access-audited, and not publicly accessible” — which doesn’t quite address what some users are probably taking issue with. You can find The Guardian’s report here, and Whisper’s rebuttal to some of the points is right over here.
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Despite being one of the biggest websites today, Reddit didn’t have an official app and used to rely on the many, many third-party options for its mobile users. We say “didn’t” and “used to,” because that’s not the case anymore: the startup has just snapped up Alien Blue, its most popular app for iPhones and iPads. The company has been working closely with its sole developer, Jase Morrissey, for years, but they only just made things official after this latest funding round. Reddit’s head of partnership and strategic development Ellan Pao said in an interview:
We want to be able to have new features from Reddit.com show up on mobile faster and better. With Alien Blue and Jase, it was getting to a point where it was too much work for one person. He was helping us, we were helping him and the fit was really strong.
Want to see how the official version looks? You’ll need to redownload the app even if you’ve been using Alien Blue for a long time — it’s already out on iTunes alongside the official AMA app, but it might take a while before it shows up for you (we’ve had to open the direct link to get it). You can import your old settings by following Reddit’s instructions, though, and you can upgrade to Pro status for free for one week. Also, the iPhone and the iPad apps are two separate versions at the moment, but Reddit plans to eventually merge them to create one universal software. While Alien Blue’s exclusive to iOS users, that doesn’t mean Reddit’s ignoring folks on Android: the company’s currently hiring an Android engineer in San Francisco to develop an app for the platform.
Even deaf people who excel at lip reading need a bit of help when it comes to meetings or group conversations. The developers of a new app called Transcense claim it’s the hearing impaired’s answer to understanding hard-to-follow chit-chats where everybody’s talking almost all at once. How? Well, Transcense can translate speech into written words and transcribe it on screen in near real time. To make that possible, the app connects to several phones and activates their mics to capture what everyone’s saying, then it uses voice recognition to assign each person in the group a color for their speech bubbles. Also, the user can ask the program to speak for him using a digital voice or get everyone’s attention through the app when he wants to say something.
The software’s currently in private beta for Android devices, but its developers (including one who’s deaf and another born into a deaf family) have launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise 25 grand for its continued development. They hope to use to use the money to create an iOS and a web version, in order for more people (both the deaf and their friends/co-workers) to be able to use it. If the crowdfunding campaign succeeds and the program becomes available, it’ll cost $360 per year unless you pledge $150 for a year-long membership on Indiegogo now.
Transcense joins other ongoing projects and products already out on the market meant to help make communication easier for the hearing impaired. These include MotionSavvy, a gesture control-enabled tablet that can translate sign language, and SpeechTranslate, an app similar to Transcense meant for Windows mobile devices.
A new messaging and VoIP app called Shuv boasts a special feature not found in its competitors: ring forward tones. Remember how ringback tones take the place of the typical ringing you hear when you call someone? Well, ring forward does the opposite, as it lets you set the audio your friends will hear when you call them up or send them picture messages via the app. You can choose from among the free tunes or from the 15,000 songs in Shuv’s library filled with Sony Music-licensed tracks by Beyoncé, Adele, Justin Timberlake, Michael Jackson, Pharrel and Miley Cyrus, among many others. It’ll cost you $1.99 per month to access the Sony library, though, so we wouldn’t be surprised if you choose to record your own rendition of JT’s SexyBack instead. If you’re not married to any messaging app yet and want to try Shuv, you can download it right now for both iOS and Android devices.
If you’re a keen soccer fan, chances are you already use an app to keep up with all of the latest scores while you’re out and about. However, many apps rely on you opening it each time to get a quick rundown on matches, or bombard you with push notifications when a goal goes in. Now that Apple’s added widget support to iOS 8, Forza Football is putting all of that important information just a swipe away. As part of its latest update, the app now lists goals, scorers and times of goals in the “Today” screen inside Notification Center, allowing you to catch up with the matches that are only relevant to you. To get started, simply add the new widget to your Notification Center and then follow your favorite team(s). You can also add individual matches to the app’s calendar, giving you an at-a-glance look at how your team’s rivals are performing during crunch match days.
Source: Forza Football (App Store)
After wrangling email on mobile devices, Dropbox-owned Mailbox moved on to Mac with a limited beta back in August. For folks still waiting to give it a go, the test phase is now open to everyone. There’s still no word on when the final version will arrive, but at least the curious can test drive the desktop version’s minimal aesthetics, hot keys and snooze feature — without having to be one of a chosen few. If your Apple machine is running OS X Mavericks or later, you can download the beta version right here. iOS users can also grab an update that enables custom swipes, properly outfits those new iPhones and fixes push notification issues.
– Mailbox (@Mailbox) October 13, 2014
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