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30
Jun

Google launches real-time traffic information for Maps in India


 

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Google has today updated its official Maps for Android application in India. In terms of added functionality, this upgrade brings support for live traffic information in the following cities: Kolkata, Coimbatore, Lucknow, Surat, Thiruvananthapuram, Indore, Ludhiana, Visakhapatnam, Nagpur, Kochi, Madurai and Bhopal.

The service now has the facility to furnish users with traffic conditions for all national highways and expressways. However, users will need to opt-into this feature. Once enabled, a color key Traffic overlay will cover the map providing details on congestion levels for planned routes.

Here’s how it works:

“Green means there are no traffic delays on the road, orange indicates a medium amount of traffic and red alerts represent heavier traffic congestion.”

Google will use the real-time traffic information to estimate the time of arrival at your desired destination, and suggest alternative routes that are not as congested.

If you’d like to find out more, hit the source link below.

Source: Google

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30
Jun

Google Hangouts for iOS gets a redesign, better performance


Frustrated with the Google Hangouts app on iOS from time to time? Us too. Mountain View updated the mobile software today with a refreshed UI and more. First, you’ll likely notice the new coat of Material Design paint that tidies things up a bit. Heck, even the dialer got a redesign. There’s also a new quick compose button that allows you to quickly send messages to the folks you chat with often. Access to images from the gallery, camera or emoji library is easier too, and you can now send multiple photos at once. The update includes the usual bug fixes and performance improvements, and the latter hopefully remedies a few of the headaches some of us at Engadget HQ have been experiencing lately. The goods are available now at iTunes, and the Android version is said to arrive shortly.

Filed under: Software, Mobile, Google

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Via: Sky Ortiz (Google+)

Source: iTunes

29
Jun

Sky’s making a kids app that will rival Netflix and YouTube


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When Sky announced the launch of a new Kids section on its set-top boxes, it immediately put Google and Netflix in its crosshairs. On-demand TV shows and movies were suddenly front and centre on the homepage, allowing children to select up to 4,000 episodes from cartoons like SpongeBob Squarepants, Ben 10, Adventure Time and Dora The Explorer when the company is done adding them all. It appears that was just the start though: Sky is now embracing mobile and will launch a dedicated kids app for smartphones and tablets.

The broadcaster has teamed up with usTwo, the company behind the smash hit game Monument Valley, and development of the app is already underway. It’s intended for children between four and nine, with The Cartoon Network, Disney and Nickelodeon all contributing programming to the service. Sky says the app will offer “an intuitive and playful experience” and will come with features that allow parents to filter what their kids can access, set a limit on usage with a “bedtime” setting and look back at what they’ve been watching.

The parent-focused features will likely be welcomed, especially as Google has come under fire for allegedly delivering illegal advertising to children. In the US, parent groups took their concerns to the FCC, arguing that some videos masquerade as user-generated content when they are in fact ads. Like Netflix, Sky can sidestep a lot of those issues as it has more control over what is displayed in its app, giving parents more piece of mind when it launches early next year.

Filed under: Internet, Software, Mobile

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28
Jun

Microsoft plugs OneDrive storage into your Chromecast


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In case you needed another way to beam photos and videos to your Chromecast, the Android OneDrive app has you covered. The latest update for Microsoft’s cloud-storage service will take all those gorgeously arranged images from your device running Google’s mobile OS and put ’em on your TV via Mountain VIew’s HDMI wunderstick. Pretty handy, right? Your Galaxy S6 (or any other Android device with the app installed) should see the update shortly if it already hasn’t downloaded. As for iOS users, they’ll likely have to wait a bit longer — the last update only mentions bug fixes and stability improvements.

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Source: Google Play

27
Jun

Microsoft plugs OneDrive storage into your Chromecast


Chromecast

In case you needed another way to beam photos and videos to your Chromecast, the Android OneDrive app has you covered. The latest update for Microsoft’s cloud-storage service will take all those gorgeously arranged images from your device running Google’s mobile OS and put ’em on your TV via Mountain VIew’s HDMI wunderstick. Pretty handy, right? Your Galaxy S6 (or any other Android device with the app installed) should see the update shortly if it already hasn’t downloaded. As for iOS users, they’ll likely have to wait a bit longer — the last update only mentions bug fixes and stability improvements.

Filed under: Cellphones, Home Entertainment, Software, HD, Mobile, Microsoft, Google

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Source: Google Play

26
Jun

Infinite Skills Android Developer Course, $19


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25
Jun

GM adds real-time theft alerts to OnStar


OnStar Theft Alarm Notification

Ring! “Hello?” Car: “It’s your car.” You: “My what?” Car: “I’ve just been stolen and have alerted the authorities.” Okay, that’s a call nobody wants, but GM has just added a feature to its OnStar security system that does exactly that, called “theft alarm notification.” It works with appropriately equipped OnStar vehicles to contact you via text, email or phone if a bad guy activates the alarm on your GM vehicle. The feature is an add-on to GM’s existing security system, which already lets OnStar advisers contact the police, track your vehicle and even slow it down or shut it off if it’s safe to do so.

Since it’s probably not a good idea to chase after car-nappers yourself, we presume that the theft notification system is more to just keep you in the loop than anything else, or at least help you ensure the relevant authorities are contacted. Similar features are available on aftermarket alarm systems, but GM is one of the first companies to factory install it into vehicles. It’ll be available this summer to owners of most GM cars made after 2014, but if you’re not sure you qualify, check this list.

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Filed under: Transportation

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Source: GM

25
Jun

Apple yanks games with Confederate flags from the App Store


Following the lead of other major retailers like Walmart, Amazon, Etsy and eBay in removing products featuring the Confederate flag, Apple has reportedly begun removing apps that feature the Stars and Bars from its online store. The apps most affected are, unsurprisingly, Civil War games like Ultimate General: Gettysburg and Civil War.

Ultimate General’s developer confirmed via tweet that it’s app had been pulled from the App Store for that reason:

Filed under: Internet, Apple, Google

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Via: Polygon

Source: Touch Arcade

25
Jun

IFTTT’s automation app can watch your Android phone’s battery


IF for Android with a battery recipe

Thanks to a slew of updates, IFTTT’s automation apps just became decidedly more useful — especially if you’re religious about your smartphone’s battery. If for Android now includes a battery channel, so you can tell your phone to perform certain duties depending on your charge state. You can have the app mute your phone as soon as you plug it in, for instance. Also, the existing device channel now works with Bluetooth, music, navigation and WiFi, so you can turn off wireless features when your power is low or get directions to your favorite fishing spot every weekend.

The company’s task-starting Do apps for both Android and iOS are getting tangible upgrades, too. They now handle an unlimited number of instruction sets, offer personalized recommendations and (on Android) give you floating action buttons. And if you’re anxious about the security of IFTTT itself, you’ll be happy to know that the developer has added two-factor authentication so that intruders are less likely to hijack your account. All told, there’s plenty here to keep you (or rather, your devices) busy.

Filed under: Cellphones, Mobile

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Source: IFTTT Blog (1), (2), (3)

25
Jun

Instagram update brings all new features


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Instagram just announced two new features in their app that will help users connect to the world as it happens. The update includes an all new Explore page, with trending “Tags and Places” as well as a powerful search bar that will make it easy to find people and places that you’re looking for.

We’ve completely reimagined the Explore page to make discovery on Instagram immediate and effortless.

Instagram’s Blog Post

The all new Explore page will present you with “Trending Tags and Trending Places” as they emerge in real world, which will allow a user to connect to the events that are happening near them and around the globe. In addition to the “Trending Tags and Places”, at the top of Explore page, you will find new curated collections that will be updated regularly. This collection features interesting places, stunning architectures, and extreme athletes categories.

We’ve dramatically improved the ability to find what you’re looking for

Instagram’s Blog Post

Instagram has also upgraded the search capabilities of its application. The new top search bar lets you search across people, places and tags all at once. With the new Places search, you can now find images from just about any location on Earth. This allows you to scout out your next vacation spot in the South Pacific, get a look inside that hot new restaurant, or experience your favorite music festival.

The new update is rolling out today and will be available to you very soon. However, the new Explore page is only available for users in the US for now, but the Instagram team says they will work to expand these features worldwide once all of the bugs are ironed out. On the other hand, the new search functionality is available now to everyone worldwide.

Source: Instagram

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