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Google adds thirteen new languages to Gmail

Gmail LanguagesGoogle has just announced thirteen new accessible languages for Gmail on the web. before today Gmail was available in 58 languages, with today’s addition the total is now sitting comfortably at 71. Google states this jump covers 94% of worlds internet population and puts them one step closer to making sure that no language is left out.  Here are the thirteen new additions:

  • Afrikaans
  • Armenian
  • Azerbaijani (Azeri)
  • Chinese (Hong Kong)
  • French (Canada)
  • Galician
  • Georgian
  • Khmer
  • Lao
  • Mongolian
  • Nepali
  • Sinhala
  • Zulu

Google also took the time to work with linguists that speak these, and all the languages available, to ensure that they are not only translated correctly, but that they use the right characters and proper translation. They offer up an example of how Hong Kong and Taiwan both use traditional Chinese, but that inbox in Hing Kong and Taiwan are slightly different,  收件箱 vs 收件匣. That final character makes a difference to various regions, even if the base language is the same.

Via Google Official Gmail blog

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Android 4.4.4 begins roll out in India for the Moto X, G and E

Motorola has certainly been knocking things out of the park this last year and half or so. Especially when it comes to updates. While the difference between Android 4.4.3 and Android 4.4.4 is small, just some security changes, it is still an update that device owners should have as soon as possible.  The Motorola India Twitter account pushed out the news on Friday that their Moto X, Moto G and Moto E will all start to see an update to Android 4.4.4 this week in India.

They followed up with a couple of other tweets that went out this morning re-confirming that it is rolling out in stages and that the update offers up and extra layer of security while browsing the web.

Moto X Android 4.4.4Any of our readers in India with one of the mentioned Moto devices see the update yet?

Source: Motorola India Twitter via Androidguys

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Account-stealing bank machine skimmers are now virtually invisible

Eyes watching you hit the ATM

Bank machine skimmers, which swipe your account as you insert your card, have been getting increasingly harder to spot as the years go by; now, it looks like they’re just about undetectable. Researchers at the European ATM Security Team have found skimmers that not only fit neatly into a card slot, but do a good job of hiding any other equipment they need to steal your info. One example (shown below) combined a virtually invisible skimmer with a cleverly hidden spy camera that recorded PIN code entries. Another disguised a system that captured card info through audio, and there are now translucent mini-scanners that even a keen eye might miss.

These surreptitious gadgets may not go away for a while, either. While a number of major countries have moved on to chip-based card verification, Americans will still be relying on old-fashioned magnetic stripes for a long time. Until then, there’s no guarantee that the ATM you visit will be entirely safe, no matter how good you are at noticing discrepancies. However, you can thwart many camera-equipped skimmers simply by covering the keypad when you enter your PIN — thieves can’t take what they can’t see.

[Top image credit: AP Photo/Peter Dejong]

The spy camera for an ATM skimmer, hidden behind a facade

Filed under: Misc, Internet


Source: Krebs on Security


Want to work for Engadget? We’re hiring!

We’ve been really busy here at Engadget this year, putting our hearts into delivering the best consumer technology news and features possible. We’ve also realized to keep on top of things, we could use a little bit of help — and that’s where you (or someone you know) might come in.

Are you a recent college graduate who deeply understands social media? (If you define that as “taking really good selfies,” please move along). Engadget’s Social Media Fellowship is a four-month program that will build your #skills and give you the chance to make a big impact, such as expanding our presence on Pinterest, Tumblr and Orkut. (Well, maybe not that last one). If you’re game, check out the job description and apply here.

Meanwhile, as we get ready for Engadget Expand later this year, we’re also going to need a lot of help managing the volume of applications for our Insert Coin competition. The Promotional Coordinator will be responsible for the outreach, organization and management of our Insert Coin and Indie Corner programs. This contract position will require five hours of your time per week through November. If this sounds like a fit, introduce yourself right here.

Keep in mind that due to the volume of submissions, we might not be able to respond to everyone individually. Good luck!



Isis mobile payment platform to change its name to avoid association with militant group

Near the end of 2010, a group of telecommunications and commerce businesses joined forces to form a mobile payment venture called Isis. It was a solid brand name: Short, simple and easy to remember. Unfortunately, ISIS is now associated with a militant group based in the Middle East, so the wireless company believes a branding tweak makes sense. In a blog post, CEO Michael Abbott explained: “However coincidental, we have no interest in sharing a name with a group whose name has become synonymous with violence and our hearts go out to those who are suffering. As a company, we have made the decision to rebrand.” Abbott didn’t announce what the new brand would be — we imagine that he’s working on that as we speak — but mentioned that he’d have more information to share in the coming months.

Filed under: Cellphones, Software, Mobile, Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile


Source: Isis


Tim Cook’s Impact on Apple Detailed in New Profile Along With Plans for New Board Members

timcook.pngThe Wall Street Journal has released a new profile of Apple under Tim Cook, highlighting the changes the CEO has made to the company following the long and famous reign of Steve Jobs. While most of this information was previously known, it is a solid overview of the changes Cook has introduced to Apple and it does give a few new details on Cook’s plans.

Described as a “kinder, gentler” workplace, Apple under Tim Cook has a new focus on deep collaboration between employees. Cook is said to be less involved in product development and more willing to delegate tasks to employees, expanding the roles of several executives and giving design chief Jonathan Ive more control over product development. He’s also made major moves like acquiring Beats and hiring high-profile executives like Angela Ahrendts, and he’s also said to be working on adding new board members.

According to people familiar with the company, Mr. Cook is actively seeking new directors to add to Apple’s eight-person board, known for its loyalty to Mr. Jobs. Six of the seven outside directors are aged 63 or older. Four of them have served for more than a decade, including two who have been on the board since the late 1990s: former Intuit Corp. Chief Executive Bill Campbell and J. Crew Group Inc. Chief Executive Millard S. “Mickey” Drexler.

Cook is labeled as more of a manager and less of a visionary, causing current and former Apple employees to worry that without Steve Jobs, Apple is losing its “frenetic pace and focus” on new products. Employees also worry that the company may be working on too many projects at once.

Under Mr. Cook, current and former employees say Apple may be spreading itself too thin, pursuing too many ideas and compromising the “laser focus” that Mr. Jobs used to create the iMac, iPhone and iPad.

“It was Steve’s job to say no,” one of these people said. “Tim is not as comfortable doing that.”

The Wall Street Journal‘s full report has a much more detailed comparison of Cook and Jobs and it offers insight on other changes Cook has brought to the company, including lessening its impact on the environment and pledging to match employee charity donations.


Sorry, folks: Study says musical talent mostly comes from your genes

Japandroids rock out at Hovefestivalen 2010

We like to imagine that musical talent is just a matter of putting in enough hours. The Beatles became superstars because they spent years honing their craft in Hamburg, right? Well, maybe not. A recently published study from the Karolinska Institute’s Miriam Mosing suggests that you need the right genes to become a true maestro. The research compared thousands of identical and fraternal twins to see whether lots of practice improves a person’s ability to detect changes in melody, pitch and rhythm. Unfortunately, it didn’t make a lick of difference for the identical twins; they had the same level of appreciation, regardless of how much time a given twin spent performing.

Practice still matters, of course. Even if you’re gifted, you still have to make at least some effort to bring out your inner rock star. However, the findings suggest that you’ll quickly learn whether or not you can make it as a musician. If so, that could be disheartening to any garage band that spends ages struggling to get itself concert-ready. Look at it this way, though — if the study holds up, it could spare legions of kids from frustrating music lessons.

[Image credit: Tom Øverlie/NRK P3, Flickr]

Filed under: Science, Alt



Source: The Economist


Tour the world’s largest cruise ship with Google Street View

From electrical system breakdowns to backed-up toilets and even a capsized ship, it hasn’t been a great decade for the cruising industry. Even when your trip goes off without a hitch, you’ll probably be eager to disembark after a week in close quarters with 2,000 other families — even on the world’s largest cruise ship, the nearly 1,200-foot Allure of the Seas. Fortunately, that vessel is now open for virtual tours, courtesy of Google’s Street View, so you can see what cruising’s all about. You can stroll (or click) through some of the more popular “neighborhoods,” such as Central Park or the Royal Promenade (a shopping mall). You can also check out five of the 26 restaurants, from Chops Grille to Cupcake Cupboard, or the “Family Fun” areas, such as the H2O Zone water park or the onboard ice rink, all from the comfort of your spacious hotel room.

Filed under: Transportation, Internet, Google


Via: Telegraph

Source: Royal Caribbean


AT&T set to launch the LG G3 and LG G Watch July 11th

July is the month of the new LG flagship, the LG G3. We know all 4 carriers will be carrying it with T-Mobile and Sprint being the first to announce actual dates and prices. That left us wondering when Verizon and AT&T would make their officially official announcements. Today AT&T has made it known that they will be offering the LG G3 for sale to new and existing customers starting July 11th. They will also be offering up pre-orders starting tomorrow July 8th.

LG G3To put that into perspective for the other carriers that we know of so far, Sprint is launching July 18th with pre-orders on July 11th. T-Mobile has pre-orders now and will be officially out July 16th. Looks like AT&T will have the devices in customers hands the earliest of the 3. So, where is Verizon? Their LG G3 page still only offers up a “Coming Soon” tagline with an option to enter your email address for details when they happen.

The final tid bit of news regarding AT&T is that they will also launch and be selling the LG G Watch, the Android Wear smartwatch, on July 11th also. The G Watch will set you back $230 while the G3 will be available on the AT&T Next program for $24.17 for 18 months or $29 through Next 12. If you want to go all contract and not pay monthly, it will be the usual $200 for a new two-year agreement.

Press Release below:

DALLAS, July 7, 2014 – Starting July 8, you can order the LG G Watch for $229 and pre-order the LG G3 smartphone with 4G LTE from AT&T2 for zero down and no annual contract. You can purchase both the LG G3 and LG G Watch in AT&T retail locations starting July 11.

For a limited time, save 50 percent on select LG premium accessories including the G Watch, popular Tone Ultra Bluetooth Stereo Headset or G3 Quick Circle Folio Case with wireless charging capability when you pre-order or purchase the LG G3 or LG G Flex with AT&T Next or a two-year commitment.4 (Visit or an AT&T retail store for more details. One discounted accessory purchase per smartphone activation.)

Check out these videos for a closer look at the LG G3 or LG G Watch. For details about the LG G3 design story, check out this video.

“We’ve been working diligently to be the first U.S. carrier to offer the brand new LG G Watch and among the first to offer the LG G3 smartphone on the nation’s most reliable 4G LTE network,” said Jeff Bradley, senior vice president – Devices, AT&T. “AT&T offers one of the largest and best selections of LG devices and these products take our device portfolio to the next level. The LG G3 is a cutting-edge device and our first in a next-gen Quad HD display.”

The LG G3 with 4G LTE features advancements such as:

  • 5.5-inch Quad HD Display.
  • 13MP Optical Image Stabilization Plus Camera with Laser Auto Focus.
  • Smart Notice predictive technology provides personalized suggestions for added convenience and greater productivity.

Along with the LG G3, customers can purchase the LG G Watch, AT&T’s first wearable powered by Android Wear that enables you to connect to your world through the power of Google Now. Android Wear gives you the information you need, when you need it and offers helpful suggestions before you even ask – such as weather forecasts in the morning and flight time and gate information before leaving for the airport. With Google Now™, you can ask questions, send text messages and set reminders without touching your smartphone. Additionally, the LG G Watch is compatible with smartphones running Android OS version 4.3 and higher.

Additional LG G Watch features include:

  • 1.65-inch always-on display that allows you to check the time and see new information at a glance.
  • 400mAh battery will keep your watch going throughout the day.
  • Can be personalized with any standard 22mm watch strap.
  • Certified water and dust resistant.5

“Because the LG G Watch works with so many of our Android smartphones, it should be a wearable device that appeals to a wide array of consumers,” said Bradley. “Its ability to anticipate your schedule and traveling needs will help you plan your schedule more efficiently while on-the-go.”

In addition to ordering the LG G Watch for $229 and pre-ordering the LG G3 smartphone with 4G LTE from AT&T2 for zero down and no annual contract, the smartphone will be available at $24.17 per month with AT&T Next3 18, $29 per month with AT&T Next 12, or $199 with a two-year agreement.

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1 Reliability claim based on 3rd party data regarding nationwide carriers’ 4G LTE. LTE is a trademark of ETSI. 4G LTE not available everywhere.

2AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.

3AT&T NextSM: If you cancel wireless service, remaining device balance is due. Limited number of financed devices per wireless account. Terms subject to change. Visit store or for requirements.

4 Offer ends 9/11/14.  Phone requires 2 year wireless agreement or AT&T Next SM agreement and qualifying wireless service. Activation/upgrade and early termination fee, other charges and restrictions apply. See offer requirements.

5 Water-resistant and dustproof based upon IP67 rating. Submersible up to 1 meter (3 ft.) of water for up to 30 minutes. Rinse to remove any residue. Not shockproof. Covers must be tightly closed.

About AT&T

AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) is a premier communications holding company and one of the most honored companies in the world. Its subsidiaries and affiliates – AT&T operating companies – are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and internationally. With a powerful array of network resources that includes the nation’s most reliable 4G LTE network, AT&T is a leading provider of wireless, Wi-Fi, high speed Internet, voice and cloud-based services. A leader in mobile Internet, AT&T also has the best global wireless coverage based on roaming in more countries than any other U.S. based carrier and offers the most wireless phones that work in the most countries.  It also offers advanced TV service with the AT&T U-verse® brand. The company’s suite of IP-based business communications services is one of the most advanced in the world.

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Apple Releases OS X Yosemite Developer Preview 3

Alongside iOS 8 beta 3, Apple today released a new version of OS X Yosemite, three weeks after releasing the second Developer Preview and over a month after introducing the new operating system at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference.

The update, build 14A283o, can be downloaded from the Mac App Store or the Mac Dev Center.

OS X Yosemite brings a flatter, more modern look to OS X, with an emphasis on translucency and redesigned dock, windows, and more. It also includes a multitude of new features, such as improved integration with iOS 8 through Continuity, a new “Today” view in Notification Center that offers integration with third-party apps, a retooled Spotlight search with new data sources, and several new features for apps like Mail, Safari, and Messages.

Ahead of today’s new beta release, Apple announced plans to wipe all CloudKit data for the iOS and Yosemite betas, including data from iCloud Drive, iCloud Photo Library, and Mail Drop.

OS X Yosemite is currently only available to developers, but Apple plans to offer a beta version of the software to Mac users at some point during the summer. A public release of OS X Yosemite is expected in the fall, after several additional beta iterations.

New Features:

Dark Mode – First previewed during WWDC, Dark Mode is now officially available as of the third developer preview of Yosemite. Previously, Dark Mode could only be enabled via terminal command.

Interface tweaks – System Preferences, Mail, and iCloud Preferences have all seen some interface tweaks in DP3 as noted by 9to5Mac. There are also larger App Icons for Notifications and a new font in the Notification Center/Safari Favorites Bar.

QuickTime – QuickTime has an updated icon.

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