When iOS 8 is released to the public this fall, users will be able to take advantage of several new operating system features, including app extensions. App extensions are designed to allow third-party apps to share services with other apps, letting apps work together and interface in ways that they never have before.
We’ve shared a brief look at app extensions in the iOS 8 version of 1Password, but as the launch date of the new operating system approaches, developers are hard at work integrating Apple’s APIs into their apps and have been sharing more information on some of the ways app extensions will work.
Microsoft will be updating OneNote for iPhone and iPad to take advantage of Apple’s iOS 8 share extension, adding useful new capabilities to the note taking app through built-in share sheets.
As demoed in the video above, a OneNote button in Safari (accessed via the share sheet) will let users quickly clip articles and information from the web, automatically inserting content into the OneNote app. The OneNote Share Extension will also allow users to export files to OneDrive, Microsoft’s cloud storage service, and it’s also possible to save photos from the device’s camera roll to the app.
The sharing functions built into the OneNote app will undoubtedly become common features in many iOS apps in the future, making it easier than ever to share content between apps and services. In addition to offering inter-app sharing features, Apple’s Extensibility APIs let apps access system-wide third party keyboards, add widgets to the Notification Center, share photo editing extensions, and more.
Microsoft plans to release its OneNote update on the same day that iOS 8 becomes available to the public, which should be shortly before the iPhone 6 begins shipping to customers.
Last year was a banner year for iPhone and iOS, in that Apple broke from its traditional mold: It unveiled not one but two new iPhone models, running a revamped version of its mobile operating system. It was a significant change from the norm, but it’s small compared to what we’re going to see this year. Yes, we’re predicting the same number of new iPhones, but both of them will depart from the 5 and 5s design, and are much bigger than what we’re used to — they’ll have 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch screens, compared to the usual 4-inch. But there are also a lot of credible rumors that claim we’ll get the first glimpses at a set of new wearables that will come out either later this year or sometime early next year (more likely the latter, from what we’ve heard). Regardless of what rumor excites you the most, don’t forget to bookmark our liveblog because that’s where all of the action is going to be taking place tomorrow, starting at 1pm ET. See you there!
We had a few problems with Amazon’s Fire phone, but one of the biggest was its steep asking price; $200 on contract (or $650 off) is a lot to pay for mid-range hardware with perspective effects thrown in. That won’t be a problem after today. The online retailer has just slashed the price of its first handset down to 99 cents on a two-year AT&T contract, or $449 if you want to go contract-free. You’ll still get the year’s worth of Prime membership and unlimited cloud storage, to boot.
Amazon hasn’t explained the sudden drop. However, you don’t normally see this kind of discounting just six weeks after a product launch — when it happens, that’s usually a sign that people aren’t buying. See the HTC First’s drop to the 99-cent mark within a month of availability, for example. It’s tough to know whether estimates of sub-par sales from The Guardian are anywhere near the mark (Amazon doesn’t give out shipment numbers), but it’s safe to presume that shoppers weren’t enthralled with the Fire phone at its original, premium-level pricing.
How fast is Uber growing? Pretty darn fast — CEO Travis Kalanick claims the company adds tens of thousands of new drivers every month. “There are hundreds of thousands of partners connected to our system,” he said at TechCrunch Disrupt this morning. “We’re in the neck of 50,000 new jobs every month that are being created.” Kalanick admitted he didn’t have the exact number, but that’s a pretty massive increase. Back in May, the company said it was adding an average of 20,000 new drivers every month. You’re not alone in thinking those numbers seem a little optimistic. By comparison, the entire US added 142,000 job in August, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ latest jobs report.
The CEO didn’t say directly where Uber’s purported job growth is happening, but it could be overseas. “There’s a lot of interesting stuff going on in China, there’s 70,000 taxi drivers in Beijing,” he says, and hundreds of cities with a population of millions. Even so, Uber’s Chinese expansion faces stiff competition from local companies like Yaoyao Dache and DiDi Dache — taxi apps that sometimes subsidize driver fares to offer cheap (or free) rides. Kalanick doesn’t seem deterred by the impacted taxi market overseas, however, and says he’s looking forward to the challenge. “What’s really fun and awesome about what’s going on in china is that we get to be the little guy,” he says. “Why not try?”
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NASA is not getting its money’s worth of Curiosity, according to a review panel looking at seven planetary missions. The senior scientists criticized the nuclear-powered Mars rover, saying it needed to take more than the eight drill samples scheduled for the rest of its mission. It added that Curiosity has done too much driving (which has severely damaged the wheels) and peripheral activities like searching for clouds. As a result, it rated the rover lowest of the seven missions reviewed, despite the fact that it cost the most. Meanwhile, the Jupiter Cassini mission, which has produced a spectacular cache of images and scientific data, received the highest rating and will be extended at least three years. Despite the ranking, Curiosity was still graded “very good” and all seven missions will retain their funding. That includes the indefatigable Opportunity rover, still trucking after a decade.
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Source: Science Mag
For years, one of the things I’ve always wanted was an easy way to be able to send text messages while on different devices, especially my laptop or desktop computer. This is one of the main reasons why services like Facebook Messenger and Google Hangouts have always been my go to messenger services since I could just pickup where I left off chatting, whether I was on my desktop at work, laptop at home, tablet or my smartphone.
While I’ve tried a few apps in the past, none were perfect. One of the first that I remember trying many years ago was Koush’s DeskSMS, which to me, wasn’t as reliable and didn’t have as nice an interface as EndlessJabber does.
“To setup the app, it’s extremely simple. All you have to do is head to their website, www.endlessjabber.com, and click install, which will take you to Google Play where you can download the app on your Android smartphone. On your smartphone, go through the setup on the app, which the company says, “takes just 1 tap.” All you’re doing here is connecting the app to your Google account and granting the app access to your text messages, which will then sync all of your text messages to the app. Although they recommend using EvolveSMS from Klinker Apps, whom they partnered with, it works fine with other SMS apps, such as Google Hangouts, my default SMS app. With that done, all you need to do is go to www.endlessjabber.com/web on any other device and sign in to your Google account, then you can chat just as you would on your smartphone but through this web interface seen below.
All of the text messages on your device will show up when you head to the web interface. Besides just sending messages, you are able to attach photos from the current device you’re using to the SMS, view all your contacts on your smartphone, view a Gallery of photos you’ve been texted and view statistics such as how many texts you’re sending in a day, who you’re texting the most, etc. EndlessJabber will also tell you the current time and how much juice is left in your phone’s battery, just so you can be sure it doesn’t die on you.
The app is very well polished and I think the only issue I noticed is that emoticons didn’t always show up as pictures as they would on your smartphone. They would show up while accessing the web interface on Mozilla Firefox, but didn’t always show up in Google Chrome, although they were unique ones like beer mugs and fireworks. It would also be nice if you were able to access the gallery on your smartphone, but that’s not a deal breaker at all.
EndlessJabber also has a few extras that I wanted to mention. Along with the Android app and web interface, EndlessJabber also has Chrome and Firefox Extensions which will give you a notification whenever you receive a message so you don’t always have to be on that tab to see the messages you receive.
One of the best things about the app is that it is free to use, unlike DeskSMS that was about $5 a year. Although I didn’t get to test it out, there is a paid version of the app, EndlessJabber Pro, that’s $1.99 a month after a free 7 day. It extends the experience with some “pro” features including JabberMode that enables you to instantly send and receive SMS messages by bypassing the free Google Cloud Messaging infrastructure, Search, so you can search for a specific text or bit of info you received, themes, the ability to schedule texts in advance to send at a later time, more analytics as well as XMPP integration to use it with other chat clients such as Pidgin and Trillian, among other features.
One last thing, EndlessJabber is currently seeking to raise funds through Kickstarter to help its app grow, since they are a small startup. Check out the campaign here.They note that funds from the campaign will be used to determine the appropriate marketing strategy to achieve their goals, find an appropriate marketing firm and execute on the marketing strategy. If you do decide to contribute, you can get nice rewards such as EndlessJabber Pro subscriptions, visibility on their site and social networks and even a t-shirt. Some of these rewards are pretty nice, especially since most will give you a discount on a pro subscription.
If EndlessJabber sounds like something you’ve been waiting for, don’t hesitate to check it out! If you need a little more help using EndlessJabber, here’s more info on their blog.
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T-Mobile on Monday announced a new guarantee for prospective customers looking to trade in their old devices. According to the Un-carrier, they will offer the best trade-in value for used devices. So confident are they that they’ll give you $50 if you find a better deal elsewhere.
When that new superphone’s price is the same everywhere you go, the difference in your final cost comes down to the trade-in value of your old phone,” said Mike Sievert, chief marketing officer for T-Mobile. “Now when you’re ready to upgrade – it’s a no brainer where to find the best value– the Un-carrier. Guaranteed.
How does it work? Easy, you trade in your old phone or tablet and get your credit from T-Mobile. If you find something better from another wireless provider in the next seven days you can call T-Mobile or visit their website to tell them what you found and where. If it’s lower, T-Mobile will give refund the difference and give you a $50 credit. The money is applied as a bill credit within 2-3 bill cycles.
This guarantee, unfortunately, is only for a limited time. Set to take effect on September 17, it’s not immediately clear how long it will last.
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Instant for Android Wear: Instagram lovers rejoice! You can now browse through your feed without getting out your phone [‘Watch’ This App]
If you like so many of us are an Instagram addict and lament the fact that there’s no good Instagram app for smartwatches, then get excited because Instant for Android Wear has come to the rescue. Gone are the days of having to pull out our phones whenever we want to scroll endlessly through our… Read more »
Amazon teased us all pretty well with the Amazon Fire Phone back in June. The rumors leading up to the device had been on going for years. When Amazon finally did announce it, many of us were fairly surprised. I know I was excepting them to bring out a phone with some interesting specs and make it in the $300 range unlocked and off contract. Needless to say that bubble was burst pretty quick. Since its launch the Fire Phone hasn’t become the sales generating machine that I think Amazon was hoping it would become. According to The Guardian late in August, the Fire Phone had only sold about 35,000 units. However, Chief Executive Jeff Bezos says the Fire Phone is here for the long-haul.
In a press release this morning Amazon announced a substantial sale for the Fire phone that we generally see near the end-of-life of a device, or shortly before a follow-up device gets announced. Right now you can get a Fire Phone through Amazon for just $0.99 on a new two-year contract. Don’t forget, the Fire Phone is only available for AT&T, and could be another reason sales aren’t phenomenal. I’ll leave that topic for another day though.
“Fire is now 99 cents with a two-year contract, plus customers get one full year of Prime included,” said Ian Freed, Vice President, Amazon Devices. “With access to all of the Prime content, Mayday, 32GB of memory and free unlimited cloud storage for photos, plus the exclusive Dynamic Perspective and Firefly features, Fire is another example of the value Amazon delivers to customers.”
The $0.99 price tag is only for the 32Gb variant of the device. If you are looking to score the 64GB variant you are looking a bit more, but still a lot less than it was, at $99.99. I am sure it will trigger a few curious buyers, are you going to be one of them? Hit up the links below to go grab one if you are.
Amazon Fire Phone, 32GB (AT&T) $0.99 on contract
Amazon Fire Phone, 64GB (AT&T) $99.99 on contract
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Who hasn’t been out and about when that dreaded low-battery indicator begins blinking and sucks the life out of whatever you were previously engaged in? Leave the action-hero life of feverishly analyzing your surroundings for the nearest electrical outlet behind and throw some portable power in your pocket!
The Lithium Card is a wallet-sized charging solution that’s roughly the thickness of 5 credit cards. Employing HyperCharging technology, the Lithium Card allows you to refill your device at the rate of about one-percent per minute. With 1200mAh of capacity and an ultra-thin design, the Lithium Card could be the new must-have for every wallet or purse. LinearFlux has slashed the price by 27 percent which means AndroidGuys readers can snag this for just $39.99.
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