Have you already installed Windows 10 on your trusty slate? Well, Microsoft released its mobile productivity apps for the new shiny new version of the OS, too. Touch-friendly versions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint are available for download from the Windows Store. The new version of OneNote is available as well, but it’s pre-installed on Windows 10. On top of those gesture-friendly interfaces, the apps play nice with OneDrive for easy cloud-based storage and save changes automatically so you don’t have to worry about losing any work. Of course, if you want the productivity suite on all of your desktop and mobile devices (especially when Office 2016 arrives in September), you’ll need to splurge for an Office 365 subscription.
One of the ways that Motorola has tried to entice buyers for their smartphones is by providing them with unique capabilities relative to the standard device. This is accomplished through a variety of apps that operate on top of, yet separate from, the Android operating system. One of those apps, Moto, got an update today that adjusts the phone based on your location.
The new version of Moto will learn places you visit like home, work or even a movie theater. Users can then set the phone to automatically silence itself or switch to vibrate while you are at that location.
Moto does require a compatible Motorola phone. You can check for the list of compatible devices by visiting the Play Store using one of the links below.
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You’re going to see a lot of apps rushing to take advantage of Windows 10 post-launch, but one of them will be particularly important if you’re a social networking maven. Twitter has released a new app for Windows 10 right alongside Microsoft’s shiny new platform, and the client is big on discovering content even if you aren’t signed in — you’ll see the top tweets and media in the app itself, as well as on the Live Tile. This certainly isn’t the most sophisticated app (it won’t replace TweetDeck any time soon), but it does offer a lot of the in-line media playback you’d expect in 2015, such as multiple photos, Vine videos and GIF animations. Really, it’s for that moment you decide that Twitter’s website isn’t quite enough for your needs.
Source: Twitter Blog
Yahoo’s Livetext video-messaging app popped up in Hong Kong’s iTunes store a few days ago, and now it’s rolling out to more locales. The app is the company’s effort to provide software similar to its popular Messenger app that’s appropriate for how people are chatting these days. This means offering a an option that’s similar to Snapchat and the like, but with a focus on one-on-one conversations. With Livetext, you can let the person (no group chats yet) you’re chatting with via text get a look at where you are and what you’re doing. While the app does provide a video stream, it doesn’t include sound. Why? The folks at Yahoo found that enabling sound caused folks to think twice about answering a message and instead wanted to offer “a way to connect that’s quick and non-intrusive.” It might keep you out of trouble in the office, but we’d surmise most folks would prefer it offer at least the option of some audio.
Basically, you can get a look at the person you’re texting with during the convo. Oh yeah, it also doesn’t support links or other media like photos, either. The company really wants users to focus on the texting and video for quick chats rather than on-going convos. In fact, the thread disappears when a session ends, but Yahoo says this isn’t a Snapchat competitor per se, due to its focus on texting. It’s also the first effort from the folks behind MessageMe chat software that Yahoo nabbed last year. The app will go live for Android and iOS in the US, UK, Canada, Germany and France tomorrow and, as previously mentioned, it’s already available in Hong Kong, Ireland and Taiwan.
Let’s face it: Google Translate is a handy tool when traveling abroad or reading text on the web that’s written in a different language. The software already offered help with seven languages, and today Mountain View added 20 more. This means that you’ll be able to translate to and from English to Bulgarian, Czech, Dutch, Indonesian, Polish, Turkish and several others. You’ll also be able to leverage one-way translation from English to Hindi or Thai. And all of those are just for printed text.
You can also use the camera on your mobile device to snap a pictures of a sign or text that you need a hand with as Google Translate’s camera mode supports 37 different languages. To put the software to work, though, you’ll have to download a 2MB language pack for each one inside the app. Google also beefed up the voice conversation mode so that its real-time translation works well even on slower networks, which is particularly handy in developing areas. The updates are hitting both Android and iOS apps over the next few days.
VSCO Cam has offered some community features powered by its Grid tool on top of its regular photo-editing chops for some time now. Today, though, the company added a new way to interact with your fellow VSCO snapshot enthusiasts. With updates to both the iOS and Android apps, VSCO Cam delivered Collections: a feature that allows you to curate your favorite photos from other users. Grid provides a place to share your images in a minimalist format for all to see, but with Collections VSCO pulls in snapshots you like from other photographers to build a separate library. When you’re scrolling through the photos in Search or Explore, simply double tap to save one before publishing it to your Collection.
You’ll have the option to review the images you’ve selected before doing so, just in case you need to make some last-minute adjustments. If someone selects one of your photos for their Collection, you’ll receive a notification and you’ll have the option to remove it if you’d like. Updates for both Android and iOS are available now via Google Play and iTunes, respectively. And if you need a step-by-step tutorial, you can peruse that right here.
Twitter has upgraded its notifications for iPhones and iPads, making them interactive to enable quicker responses. For instance, if you get pinged about a new message while using another app, the improved notification box that pops up allows you to favorite or reply to that tweet without leaving the program you’re using. In addition, the latest version of Twitter for iOS adds a button next to your avatar when you compose a tweet, which gives you easy access to drafts you’ve never gotten the chance to publish. Don’t bother unearthing old stolen jokes, though — Twitter’s bound to delete them anyway. You can download the update right now from iTunes; it might not be a major one, but both features are clearly useful if you’re always in a hurry.
Periscope’s latest version for iOS comes with a handful of useful features, including one for folks suffering from notification overload. Now, you can “mute” broadcasters you follow so you don’t get pinged every single time they go live. Don’t worry about missing their shows, though — their updates will still appear on your feed. The global feed has also been revamped to feature broadcasts relevant to your interests and language preference. Plus, you can now take advantage of iOS 8’s Handoff feature, which means that you can start watching a show on an iPhone or an iPad and transition to a MacBook without issues, and vice versa. Android users might notice that the the revamped global feed is now also available on their devices, and Periscope promises that the mute option will soon follow it to Google’s platform.
Joining current cities San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Seattle and New York City, the Luxe valet service is now available in the Boston area. Luxe offers commuters an option to valet park their vehicles at secure locations so that drivers do not have to deal with the frustration of finding parking themselves when visiting urban centers. Luxe also announced they plan to expand into the Washington, D.C., Austin and Philadelphia areas later this year.
To use Luxe, customers use the service’s mobile app to request valet service when they are departing for a destination. Luxe monitors your location and when you are close to your drop-off point, a valet is dispatched so they will be ready. Users then request when and where their vehicle will be returned to them, including locations other than the original drop-off point. Luxe will even drive the vehicle home for you if your activities include a night of partying that leave you unable to drive.
Although valet parking might sound like a luxury, Luxe’s rates are only $5 per hour with a $25 per day cap or overnight parking for an extra $10. Luxe assures potential customers their employees are background checked and go through a “rigorous” training process.
To celebrate their expansion into Boston, Luxe is offering a $30 credit to new users who sign up using the code “WICKEDGOOD.”
source: Luxe (PR)
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The selfie craze might not be slowing down any time soon, but that doesn’t mean that self-portraiture products are a license to print money. Need proof? Just look at Frontback. After two years of investment and hype from the likes of Reddit’s Alexis Ohanian and Twitter’s Jack Dorsey, the selfie-plus-rear-photo service is shutting down. The social network will wind down as of August 15th, and you’ll have until September 15th to download all your pictures. Frontback’s iOS client will be reduced to a camera app during the transition, while the Android version is disappearing.
As the creators note, there was a big difference between creating a selfie-oriented social platform and sustaining it. While Frontback did rack up 2 million users, it took newcomers “too much time and effort” to understand the app — people tended to use it on an “infrequent” basis after signing up. In other words, it’s not enough to use selfies as a main selling point. While big services like Instagram and Snapchat thrive on “here I am” snapshots, it’s really their simple concepts and strong community features that keep people hooked.