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May

Google Play Music comes to Canada at last


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Canadians are used to getting short shrift on internet media services compared to their American neighbors — just ask them how little Netflix content they get. They’re receiving better treatment today, though, as Google Play Music has finally arrived in the true North strong and free. You can now can set up web-based access, store music in an online locker, shop for tunes and sign up for an All Access subscription at $10 CAD per month ($8 if you register by June 30th). With that said, the Android app isn’t yet acknowledging the new services; you also won’t find the iOS app just yet. It’s early goings, then, but it’s clear that Canucks now have a major alternative to the handful of big-name music services that operate in their country, including iTunes and Rdio.

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Source: CBC News, Google Canada Blog

5
May

Sprint and Virgin Mobile announce waterproof Kyocera Hydro Vibe


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Sprint and its prepaid arm, Virgin Mobile, will soon add the waterproof and impact resistant Kyocera Hydro Vibe to their respective rosters. Powered by Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, the phone features a 4.5-inch qHD display, 8-megapixel rear camera, and 2,000mAh battery. Internally, you’ll find a quad-core 1.2GHz processor, 8GB internal storage, 1.5GB RAM, NFC, and tri-band 4G LTE (Spark) support.

Unlike your basic smartphone, the Hydro Vibe boasts a waterproof coating and impact-resistant case. What’s more, there’s also an option for wireless charging; the accessory will cost extra.

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Kyocera Hydro Vibe boasts the following features:

  • Android 4.3, Jelly Bean
  • 4.5-inch qHD capacitive, impact-resistant touchscreen display
  • 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and video camera; 2-megapixel front camera
  • Near Field Communication (NFC)-capable for easy file sharing with other NFC-enabled devices
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon processor with 1.2GHz quad-core CPU
  • Wireless charging (PMA)
  • 2,000mAh battery for longer use on a single charge, plus Kyocera’s proprietary Eco-Mode and MaxiMZR power-management apps
  • 8GB of on-board memory, expandable to 32GB with microSD
  • Sprint Spark in markets where available

Sprint will carry the phone on May 9 for $0 down and 24 monthly payments of $6.59, or a total cost of $230. Virgin Mobile, for its part, will sell a pre-paid version on May 27 with a $149.99 price tag.

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5
May

C Spire intros competitive shared plans


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C Spire Wireless on Monday announced new shared plans that offer competitive pricing as compared to its larger competitors. Available immediately, customers who bring four lines of service can take advantage of the new, $160 plan which breaks down to $40 per line. What do you get for the money? Each line of service receives unlimited voice, text, and access to a pool of 10GB shared data. 

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For those who don’t have need for four lines of service or want that much data, there are 1GB, 2GB, 4GB, 6GB, and 8GB plans as well. Should customers find themselves going over the allotted data pools speeds will be throttled.

In addition to the multi-line shared plans, the company also introduced new pricing for smaller allocations of data, which are now just $25 for 1 GB or $40 for 2 GBs of data, a savings of $20 a month for each option. In addition, the company added a new 3 GB option for $60 a month.

Today also sees C Spire Wireless begin offering pre-orders for the  Samsung Galaxy S5. Pricing for the handset is listed at $199.99 with a two-year service agreement. Availability is expected “later this month.”

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5
May

You’ve selected Mad Men? Moviefone redesign tacks on TV listings


Earlier this year, AOL shuttered Moviefone’s call-in directory service. The brand lives on though, and today it outed a new look, with a retooled web site and mobile apps in tow. Chief amongst the changes? The addition of TV. Now, episode listings, cast info, curated Watch Lists and other details are baked in alongside a handy list of viewing options — if you’re itching to stream a selection right this second. There’s an emphasis on search, too. A query box now appears at the top of every page you’ll swipe or click to, and the results now include those Watch Lists — allowing for theme- or occasion-based title hunting. Moviefone has also ditched its iconic red paint scheme for blue as a part of the UI makeover. What’s more, the outfit is looking for a new voice, so if you’ve ever wanted to follow in Kramer’s footsteps, now could be you chance to do so. Perhaps now the only thing left to do is to come up with more accurate name for the service. “Videofone” gets our vote.

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Via: Recode

Source: Moviefone

5
May

Yosemite National Park cracks down on drones that scare bears


Itching to get out there and make the most of your newly-upgraded drone’s ability to capture the majesty of Mother Nature? Well, your UAV isn’t welcome at Yosemite National Park. In fact, it never was. Flying a drone was already illegal according to the Code of Federal Regulations governing the park, which says that “delivering or retrieving a person or object by parachute, helicopter, or other airborne means” is prohibited for regular visitors. But a growing number of hobbyists have been ignoring this rule, forcing the Yosemite Park Service to reiterate the ban and explain why it’s necessary. In a statement, it says that drones “can be extremely noisy, and can impact the natural soundscape.” More generally, drones also “impact the wilderness experience,” because there’s nothing less nature-y than a hovering quadrocopter filming in Full HD. It’s not only the resident fauna that can be put in peril, either: drones can apparently also interfere with emergency rescue operations.

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Via: The Verge

Source: Yosemite National Park

5
May

John McAfee’s latest project is yet another secure messaging app


Now that John McAfee’s days of running from the law appear to be over, he’s been left with plenty of time to slam the company he founded and mull over products that originally made him famous. We’ve already heard about DeCentral, a pocket-sized device that’s designed to block government agencies by creating secure private networks (that we’ve yet to lay eyes on), but the anti-virus pioneer has also been working on some new software tools too. One of those is Chadder, a secure messaging app that joins a long list of existing encryption-toting messaging services (think Wickr or Telegram) that promise to stop your communications from being spied upon by the NSA and other nefarious types.

What makes it different from its rivals? At the moment, nothing. Its design is basic, users aren’t afforded many customization options and the app’s friend-finding tools make it extremely difficult to do exactly that. It does have a engaging tagline though: “Say what you want! (We can’t see it anyway!)” McAfee and co. will hope the personal touch will kickstart downloads of the beta app, which is available on both Google Play and the Windows Phone Store. Expect to see it go live on the App Store “in the coming weeks.”

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Via: Business Insider

Source: Chadder, (Google Play), (Windows Phone)

5
May

Amazon discounts Kindle Fire HD tablets by up to $40


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Amazon is once again offering discounts on its Kindle Fire HD and Fire HDX line of tablets, this time for Mother’s Day. You do love the woman who brought you into the world, don’t you? Show that beautiful lady how much she means by scooping up a tablet. Well, we won’t say anything if you decide to keep it for yourself; just buy her something nice, ya dingus.

In addition to slashing prices for the tablets, Amazon is also offering 20% discounts for select accessories.

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5
May

Apple Considering ‘Full Health and Fitness Services Platform’ Modeled on the App Store


Apple allegedly is looking beyond the iWatch wearable device and may be creating a new health and fitness ecosystem modeled on its successful iOS App Store, claims a mobile health executive who recently spoke to Reuters. Similar to the iOS App Store, this new platform may allow companies to develop their own mobile medical applications that could tie into Apple’s iWatch wearable device.

One mobile health executive, who asked not to be named, told Reuters he recently sat down with an Apple executive from the iWatch team. He said the company has aspirations beyond wearable devices, and is considering a full health and fitness services platform modeled on its apps store.

As part of iOS 8 later this year, Apple is rumored to be launching a new Healthbook app, which is expected to serve as a repository for health-related data acquired from a variety of sources. Based on the breadth of data the app appears to be able to track, it is unsurprising that Apple will be looking to open up the ecosystem to third parties to help users fill out all of the various content areas.

One company that could benefit from an Apple health and fitness ecosystem is Nike, which has scaled back its work on its Fuelband hardware to focus on expanding its software-based NikeFuel platform. Though Nike CEO Mark Parker would not directly comment on specific plans with Apple, Parker did note in a recent CNBC appearance that Apple is a longtime partner and that he is “excited about where that relationship will go forward.”

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Much of today’s report focuses on Apple’s health- and sensor-related hires over the past several years, most of which have previously been detailed and which have been focused around non-invasive monitoring of vital health parameters such as sleep, oxygen saturation and blood glucose levels. Apple has hired talent from notable companies such as pulse oximetry company Masimo, medical sensor company Vital Connect and Philips Sleep Research.

Apple’s latest reported hire is MIT researcher Eric Winokur, who worked on ear-worn devices for monitoring blood pressure and heart rate. Information about Winokur’s hiring surfaced alongside a sketchy rumor claiming Apple is planning to launch an EarPods model with integrated heart rate and blood pressure sensors. While a new Tumblr blog claims to be from the person who made up the rumor, Apple patent applications suggest the company has indeed considered the integration of biometric sensors into its headphone line in the past.

Apple’s sensor-laden iWatch has been rumored for several years, with most recent rumors suggesting that it may debut late this year. It is not expected to be unveiled at the company’s Worldwide Developers Conference set for early June.



5
May

iOS 7 Security Flaw Leaves Stored Email Attachments Unencrypted


Apple states that it uses data encryption to protect email message attachments, but a report from security researcher Andreas Kurtz, via ZDNet, claims iOS 7.0.4 and later does not include this security feature.

security-flaw-email-attachmentsKurtz detected this flaw in iOS by accessing the file system on an iPhone 4 running iOS 7.1 and 7.1.1. Browsing through the email folder for an IMAP account, Kurtz discovered that the email attachments were stored in an unencrypted state. Besides the iPhone 4, Kurtz also was able to reproduce this vulnerability on an iPhone 5s and an iPad 2 running iOS 7.0.4.

I verified this issue by restoring an iPhone 4 (GSM) device to the most recent iOS versions (7.1 and 7.1.1) and setting up an IMAP email account1, which provided me with some test emails and attachments. Afterwards, I shut down the device and accessed the file system using well-known techniques (DFU mode, custom ramdisk, SSH over usbmux). Finally, I mounted the iOS data partition and navigated to the actual email folder. Within this folder, I found all attachments accessible without any encryption/restriction

Kurtz reported this issue to Apple, which acknowledged the flaw, but provided no timetable for patching it. This isn’t the first security issue Apple has faced this year. The company recently patched a serious SSL connection verification flaw in both iOS and OS X that allowed an attacker with a “privileged network position” to capture data protected by SSL/TLS.



5
May

Google takes its same-day delivery service to New York and LA


Just over a year after it started offering same-day deliveries to San Franciscans, Google’s Shopping Express has finally made its way out of California. The service, which offers expedited shipping from major stores like Target, Staples and Walgreens but also local businesses, has expanded to parts of New York and Los Angeles. Residents living in Manhattan can now call upon Google to deliver groceries, gadgets and office supplies in super-fast time. Shoppers in Culver City, Inglewood, Marina Del Rey, Santa Monica, Venice, West Los Angeles and Westwood are now also eligible, extending the search giant’s California footprint in the process. To kickstart its expansion, Google is throwing in six months of unlimited free deliveries and says it’ll add other parts of Los Angeles in the coming months, undoubtedly giving Amazon and other brick-and-mortar stores something to think about.

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Via: The Verge

Source: Google Commerce Blog

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