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Accessory of the Day: Scosche dual 12 Watt USB car charger


Given that many of us now own multiple gizmos and gadgets which can be charged via USB it makes sense that we’re fighting over the charging port in our cars. Things get even trickier when you’re riding with a companion or two. Level the playing field a bit and turn that single output into two ports with a dual USB car charger.

Scosche’s USBC242M 12 Watt USB Car Charger lets users charge two devices at once, be it a phone and tablet, a pair of phones, an MP3 player and… well, you get the idea. This guy features twin 12w ports meaning you can opt for a Lightning adapter or tablet and charge them up quickly.

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iPhone 6 Battery Supply Woes Alleviated With Addition of New Supplier [iOS Blog]

Following reports earlier this year that suppliers’ struggles to produce an adequate volume of wafer-thin batteries for the rumored 5.5-inch iPhone 6 may contribute to an early 2015 launch for the device rather than a late 2014 launch alongside the smaller 4.7-inch model, a new report from Chinese media sources (via GforGames) suggests the problem may have been solved as Apple has found a new supplier capable of meeting demand.

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The report claims that Dynapack has been pushed to sidelines of Apple’s supply chain as Simplo and Desai become the main suppliers of batteries for the rumored iPhone 6. While Desai reportedly is struggling to work within Apple’s design constraints, Simplo supposedly has designed a workaround that allows it to produce mass quantities of the thin, but efficient battery module. If this report is accurate, then battery supply may not be an issue for Apple going forward.

Apple is expected to unveil the iPhone 6 at a media event around its usual September timeframe. The next-generation iPhone is rumored to feature a larger display, thinner design, improved camera optics, enhanced Touch ID sensor and a new, faster A8 processor.


Google Search Results Now Notifying iPhone Users When Websites Use Flash [iOS Blog]

Google recently implemented a feature that warns iPhone users when search results include websites that use Adobe Flash, as Flash is not supported by the iPhone.

When searching for a site, pages that primarily use Flash are clearly marked by Google with a warning that the site may not work on a particular device.


A common annoyance for web users is when websites require browser technologies that are not supported by their device. When users access such pages, they may see nothing but a blank space or miss out a large portion of the page’s contents.

Starting today, we will indicate to searchers when our algorithms detect pages that may not work on their devices.

Google goes on to recommend that websites use the universally supported HTML5 and provides both Web Fundamentals and a Web Starter Kit for website developers.

Apple received a good bit of criticism when the iPhone was first released for not supporting Flash as it was used often back then, but interest in Flash has since been dying out in favor of mobile-friendly solutions.


AT&T offering Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 8.0

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AT&T on Tuesday confirmed the immediate availability of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 8.0. Priced at $269.99 with a two-year service agreement, the 8-inch tablet runs Android 4.4 KitKat and features 16GB internal storage, a 3-megapixel rear camera, and a 4450mAh battery.

Customers who prefer to not sign a contract can also buy the tablet on a Next plan at $18.50 per month over 20 months; total price is $370.00 when it’s all done.

Note that the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 is available online today however retail stores will begin selling on July 25.

For a limited time, customers can save $50 by purchasing the Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 and any Samsung Galaxy smartphone on respective two-year service agreements.


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[DEALS & STEALS] Plex and three Anomaly games are on sale


Take control of your personal media with Plex. For all of you who don’t know what Plex is, it is a service which organizes your photos, music and videos so that you can stream/watch those wherever you want via personal computer or a smartphone/tablet device. Plex is usually priced at $4.99 which is a hefty price for an app, at least for some people. Well you can get it for $1.99 now, this is a limited time offer so if you’d like to check it out or at least see more details about the service visit the source link below.

For those of you who would like to add some games to your collection or just kill some time while using your smartphone/tablet, “11 bit studios” is having a sale this week. Games included:

  • Anomaly Korea $0.99 ($3.99)
  • Anomaly Warzone Earth HD $0.99 ($3.99)
  • Anomaly 2 $1.99 ($4.99)

All three of these are strategy games and if you haven’t heard of them yet visit the source link below and find out what they’re all about.

You can find both the app and these three games available on Google Play Store for a discounted price. Let us know if you decided to purchase either one of these.

Source links:
Plex for Android
Anomaly Korea
Anomaly Warzone Earth HD
Anomaly 2

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Nokia’s exclusive take on Windows Phone 8.1 is rolling out now

After months of waiting, Nokia (the part now owned by Microsoft) has begun rolling out its Windows Phone 8.1 update to Lumia handsets. Dubbed “Cyan,” this software refresh delivers a plethora of new features to existing Nokia devices, including Microsoft’s gesture-capable World Flow keyboard, greater customization options (both for Live Tiles and the new-look People Hub), new Nokia photo apps, Office app improvements and, if you live in the US, access to Microsoft’s new digital assistant, Cortana.

While the company doesn’t state which of its handsets will get the update initially, it does note that the Lumia 1520, Lumia 930 and Lumia Icon will receive support for Nokia Rich Recording and Dolby Digital 5.1 sound. All Lumia handsets will receive a number of camera updates too, which deliver improved color reproduction, better low-light performance, continuous autofocus and improvements to RAW photo capture.

Lumia handsets will get improved Bluetooth 4.0 low-energy support, allowing them to work with fitness wearables and other Bluetooth accessories like Nokia’s Treasure Tag. The update also includes a new fitness platform that collects locations, real-time fitness data and other “advanced features” and feeds that information to other Windows Phone apps. Although the update begins rolling out today, Nokia expects its Cyan update to reach all Lumia devices “in the coming weeks.” In the meantime, check out the Cyan update page to find out when the update will come to your handset.

Filed under: Cellphones, Software, Mobile, Microsoft, Nokia


Source: Conversations Blog, Cyan Update Availability


Snapchat outs location-based filters, but only for LA and NYC

We knew Snapchat was testing a feature that let users unlock certain filters depending on their location. At the time, though, the popular messaging service kept its usage limited to people in New York City. But, starting today, Snapchat is bringing Geofilters out of the lab and making it a little more mainstream, announcing that folks in Los Angeles and The Big Apple can now start using the feature full time. Snapchat Geofilters is rather easy to bring up within the app, as it only requires a simple swipe to the right on your device and voilà. Naturally, actually having access to these pretty filters will still depend on you being at a supported spot in one of the aforementioned cities. The rest of you Snapchatters shouldn’t worry — chances are you’ll see Geofilters come to other places sooner rather than later.

Filed under: Internet, Software, Mobile


Source: Snapchat


White House responds to Tesla direct sales: we love Tesla, can’t help

Though nearly 150,000 people signed a petition last summer asking the United States government to allow Tesla Motors the ability to sell cars directly to consumers, the White House won’t help. “We believe in the goal of improving consumer choice for American families, including more vehicles that provide savings at the pump for consumers,” special assistant to the President for energy and climate change Dan Utech wrote in a response to the petition last Friday. “However, we understand that pre-empting current state laws on direct-to-consumer auto sales would require an act of Congress.”

As it stands, state laws protecting entrenched automakers like Ford, Honda and other industry leaders make it a state-by-state fight for Tesla to open dealerships. The company most recently broke through in Pennsylvania, where it’s opening five shops; that required a bill to be written, passed through the state congress, and then signed into law by Pennsylvania governor Tom Corbett. Seriously.

Of the US government’s 585 word response, just 61 of those words were dedicated to addressing the petition’s request: for the US government to “allow Tesla Motors to sell directly to consumers in all 50 states.” The rest of the response written by Utech focused on the Obama Administration’s work in lowering vehicle emissions and supporting companies like Tesla (indeed, including Tesla) with loans.

Here’s the petition in full. It’s pretty straightforward:

“Allow Tesla Motors to sell directly to consumers in all 50 states

States should not be allowed to prevent Tesla Motors from selling cars directly to customers. The state legislators are trying to unfairly protect automobile dealers in their states from competition. Tesla is providing competition, which is good for consumers.”

As Jalopnik points out, the response Utech issued is technically accurate in that the US Congress must first introduce and pass a bill allowing Tesla operate direct-to-consumer dealerships before President Obama could sign such a bill into law. At the same time, Utech makes no effort to rally such an idea.

Tesla’s response, given to Jalopnik, is even more critical than our take. This is from corporate and business development VP Diarmuid O’Connell:

“138,469 people signed the petition asking the White House to allow Tesla Motors to sell directly to consumers in all 50 states. More than a year later, at 7.30pm EST on Friday as most of America prepared for the weekend, the White House released its disappointing response to those people. Rather than seize an opportunity to promote innovation and support the first successful American car company to be started in more than a century, the White House issued a response that was even more timid than its rejection of a petition to begin construction of a Death Star. Instead of showing the sort of leadership exhibited by senior officials at the Federal Trade Commission who declared their support for consumer freedom of choice, the White House merely passed the buck to Congress and trumpeted its advances in promoting vehicle efficiency. Given the economic and environmental principles at stake, we would have hoped for stronger leadership and more action.”

Filed under: Transportation


Via: Jalopnik

Source: The White House


MediaTek takes aim at Qualcomm’s high end with new 64-bit processor


MediaTek on Tuesday unveiled its new high-end mobile processor, the 64-bit 8-core MT6795 chip. With speeds up to 2.2GHz, the CPU offers support for displays up to 1600×2560, slow-motion video capture at 480fps, and a 120MHz refresh rate for screens.

Key features of MT6795:

  • 64-bit True Octa-core LTE SoC with clock speed up to 2.2GHz
  • MediaTek CorePilot unlocks the full power of all eight cores
  • Dual-channel LPDDR3 memory clocked at 933MHz
  • 2K on device display (2560×1600)
  • 120Hz mobile display with Response Time Enhancement Technology and MediaTek ClearMotion™
  • 480fps 1080p Full HD Super-Slow Motion video feature
  • Integrated, low-power hardware support for H.265 Ultra HD (4K2K) video record & playback, Ultra HD video playback support for H.264 & VP9, as well as for graphics-intensive games and apps
  • Support for Rel. 9, Category 4 FDD and TDD LTE (150Mbps/50Mbps), as well as modems for 2G/3G networks
  • Support for Wi-Fi 802.11ac/Bluetooth®/FM/GPS/Glonass/Beidou/ANT+
  • Multi-mode wireless charging supported by MediaTek’s companion multi-mode wireless power receiver IC

Currently undergoing certification, MediaTek plans to ship the processor in devices in the United States in 2015.


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USPTO Preliminarily Denies Apple’s ‘Touch ID’ Trademark Application [iOS Blog]

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has denied Apple’s trademark application for the “Touch ID” name used for its fingerprint recognition technology, citing a similar trademark owned by Kronos Technology. The USPTO rejection letter was sent to Apple in May 2014, according to Patently Apple, which recently uncovered the communication.

In its letter to Apple, the USPTO said Apple’s trademark for Touch ID was too similar to U.S. Registration number 2735480, which was issued to Kronos in 2003 and protects the term “Kronos Touch ID.” Apple has until November 2014 to change the nomenclature of its trademark application, which would require the company to rename its fingerprint scanning technology. Alternatively, Apple can seek to acquire or license the trademark from Kronos.

Apple faced a similar situation with its iPhone name, which was trademarked by Cisco. Apple and Cisco negotiated a deal that allowed Apple to license the trademark following an infringement lawsuit filed by Cisco shortly after the iPhone debuted. In recent years, Apple also settled an iPhone trademark infringement case with Brazilian company IGB and an iPad name dispute Chinese company Proview Technology.

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