You might need to change your email password in the very near future. A member at a Russian Bitcoin forum has posted almost 5 million Gmail passwords, around 60 percent of which are reportedly still working. It’s not clear how the poster managed to scoop up all this account info, but Google tells Cnews that it comes from a long stretch of hacking and phishing attempts that stole data from individual users. Gmail’s servers weren’t breached, the search giant says, and much of what’s there is old. That’s somewhat comforting, but you may want to visit Isleaked.com to see if your account is one of the unfortunate targets — you don’t want to give thieves easy access to your most sensitive info.
Last night the talk of the town centered around an update that started filtering out for our beloved Google Hangouts app. The update moved it to version 2.3 and gave it a bit of an overhaul in the looks department. More importantly though, it added in the long, and maybe way overdue, Google Voice integration that was rumored to be on its way. With the new Hangouts update and GV integration comes a new app as well, Hangouts Dialer.
Once the app is installed you will see a third pane appear in your Hangouts app for the dialer. In all truthfulness, the app is just a shortcut to the dialer, but without it installed, you don’t have access in Hangouts to the dialer. Annoying, but a necessary evil if you want to use your Google Voice number for voice calls via your device. Calls to all Hangout friends are free, as are almost all calls in the US and Canada. Other International rates do apply, but are relatively low.
You will need the new Hangouts v2.3 update to get it to all work. Luckily for you, we have that APK waiting for your downloading pleasure as well over at Gappsearly.com.
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As we are sure many of you Googlers are aware, there is an update rolling out for Hangouts. The update moves to v2.3, which is a pretty large version change from the previous 2.1 that was available. With a large number change we expect large changes. Google certainly delivered quite a bit in this update, all while bringing the file size down.
The biggest news about the updated Hangouts was the Google Voice integration that so many have been longing for. We knew Google was working on it and now it is a reality. Pairing the newest update with the new Hangouts Dialer gives you the ability call out to friends and family in the US and Canada for free. Along with giving you some super cheap international rates. The calling aspect isn’t initially available unless you install the Hangouts Dialer app. I would assume Google took this route so people who need it and want it can have it, and those that don’t, don’t have to deal with the extra tab. A simple install adds the third tab to your Hangouts app along with a slightly annoying additional icon that opens up Hangouts in the dialer for you.
Google Voice integration is probably the biggest aspect of the update, but we can’t overlook the complete look change that comes with the update app. Offering up a very green toolbar at the top. You will also notice that you have two tabs, one for your friends list/contacts and one for your ongoing conversations. If you install the Hangouts Dialer you will have a third tab added for the dialer.
The best way to really see it though is to grab the update. You can wait for it to land via the Play Store if you would like, but that could take a few hours or a few days. The alternative is to grab the APK and just install it now. If you are as impatient as we are, then you will want the APK. So hit the link below to go grab it and see for yourself what the new Hangouts is all about.
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Apple on Tuesday unveiled its new Apple Watch, providing a number of details on the highly anticipated device but declining to address one critical issue: battery life. According to information obtained by Re/code, Apple’s new Watch will require daily charging, keeping the device in line with similar smart watches from Samsung and Motorola.
“There’s a lot of new technology packed into Apple Watch and we think people will love using it throughout the day,” Kerris said. “We anticipate that people will charge nightly which is why we designed an innovative charging solution that combines our MagSafe technology and inductive charging.”
Sources tell Re/code that Apple is working to improve battery life before the product’s 2015 debut, but the company still expects people will charge the device once a day.
The Apple Watch will go on sale in early 2015 with a starting price of $349. The smart watch will be available in two sizes with a variety of colors, materials and watch bands for personal customization.
Apple launched the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus yesterday. Here’s what’s new with iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, some hands on impressions, as well as how to buy them when they go on sale on September 12th.
We’re huge fans of changing the home screen around a bit and creating a new user experience for our Android. So much so that we present our ongoing series of Get This Look posts. In a nutshell we show you a new layout, app, widget, or icon set for your Android handset and tell you which apps you’ll need to mimic the feel.
Some of these are a little easier to create than others and many of them can be tweaked to no end. The following details are but the ingredients to which you can create your own delicious Android dish; your results will vary. Which is awesome! If nothing else, this is a great way to discover new apps, widgets, icons, and more!
Why we love this look:
Given that we like to bounce around with icon packs, and our love of flat designs, we’re fell fast in love with Parallax. And, really, what’s not to appreciate here? Not only do you get 1,700+ HD icons (and growing), but you’ll also pick up seven docks, four icon folder types, a clock widget, and 18 wallpapers. Toss in Muzei and BLink Behang support and it’s a pack that looks fantastic and plays nice with others.
What you’ll need:
- Just about any custom launcher you’d like:
- Parallax Icon Pack – $1.99
As we push toward a more technologically-sophisticated future, the need for menial tasks such as writing and typing just seems to melt away. While we’re not quite at Wall-E status, yet, the ability to create documents and control a PC through the power of dictation is a giant leap forward in productivity.
Dragon NaturallySpeaking 13 Home allows you to use any mic of your choosing, including your laptop’s built-in mic or your favorite Bluetooth headset. With 99.9% accuracy, you can forget the bottleneck of getting your ideas across and just begin spilling them onto pages. Not only does Dragon Dictate transcribe your input but you can also control and issue commands to most applications. Regularly priced at $100, AndroidGuys readers can now kindle their productivity for just $79.99.
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This will be a day long remembered. That is, of course, if you’re a Google Voice user who has been waiting on Hangouts integration. For some of us, the wait for an improved and merged Voice experience stretches back years.
Today sees Google announcing that Hangouts and Voice will play nice together and allow for calls via Hangouts on Android, iOS and the web. Well, you’ll need to have the most recent version of Hangouts (2.3+) and the new Hangouts Dialer app installed first. According to Google, users can make free calls to numbers in the U.S. and Canada. International rates are low and vary based on where you’re calling.
We understand that there are some kinks that might need ironed out for this to work properly. We’ve also noticed that Google Voice still wants to hand off calls to the standard dialer on our Android devices. Perhaps an update is in order for that app, too. The sooner we can get rid of one of these apps, the better. I’m all for a Hangouts app for sending and receiving calls, messages, and pictures that also integrates our Voice phone number.
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So you’re a Google Voice user and you’re dying to try out the new Hangouts Dialer experience, eh? You’re going to need to make sure you’ve got the most recent version of Google Hangouts first. Fortunately for you, we’ve got a download link for the 14MB file. It’s a trusted and signed app from Google and you can install it in a matter of minutes. If you can’t wait a day or two for the updated app you can get it right now.
If you’re the type of person who likes to stay on the cutting edge of software then you’ll want to get your hands on the file. And, given software updates can take days or weeks to fully roll out, this ensures you’re moving up in the line.
What’s the Risk?
We’ll only share files or links to files that we feel can be trusted. Google does a great job of signing apps, checking them for malware, and protecting users. If you’re not sure whether you want to download the app at this time, simply wait for your update to arrive. No harm, no foul.
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So it finally happened — after seemingly ages of rumors and speculation, Apple has unveiled larger iPhones (the 6 and 6 Plus) that are really, truly bigger than the 3.5-inch original. It’s no doubt a welcome move if you’re a fan who has been craving a big display, and it might even reel in people who have held off on an iPhone until now. However, this isn’t just an instance of a company tweaking its product line to accommodate changing tastes. That happens all the time. For Apple, it’s an acknowledgment that the very definition of a smartphone has changed over the years.
When Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone in 2007, the primary function of a smartphone was… well, the phone bit. Mobile data was too slow for many uses beyond email, while apps were both harder to find and more often for business than pleasure. You weren’t about to share selfies or stream your favorite show, since neither the technology nor the software was there for it. It’s not surprising, then, that Apple put a lot of its initial emphasis on basic (and usually one-handed) tasks, like calls and music.
You just have to watch the first iPhone launch event for proof. Jobs paid attention to web browsing, video and other tasks that benefit from a “really big” screen, but he was also proud of how well the iPhone fit in the hand and played Beatles albums. As far as the company was concerned, a 3.5-inch display was the sweet spot for everything, whether it was the mobile web or calling home. And it was, for a while; if you switched from a BlackBerry or Palm Treo, the iPhone’s then-huge display felt like a minor revelation.
The smartphone market started changing soon after the iPhone arrived, however. Mobile apps took off thanks to easy-to-use stores (including Apple’s own), making it simple to check your social networks and play games. Cameras got better, and cellular data got much faster. It was no longer far-fetched to share pictures with your friends or stream TV during your morning commute. Today, social sites like Facebook assume that you’re usually posting from your phone. The smartphone was quickly becoming a pocket computer that just happened to take calls, and that perfectly palm-sized design wasn’t as important as it used to be. A lot of phone makers helped fuel this trend through their endless attempts to one-up each other. Screen sizes grew to the point where a 5-inch display is now considered mid-range, and extra-large phones easily top six inches.
Only Apple’s hardware design didn’t seem to acknowledge this shift. While iOS was quick to support more sophisticated apps and media, the iPhone was purposefully limited to a 3.5-inch screen size for five years. As Jobs explained at a 2010 press event, he believed that people weren’t going to buy “Hummer” phones that they couldn’t grip using one hand. He had point a regarding the clunky designs at the time (a 5-inch Dell Streak feels gigantic compared to a Nexus 5), but this opinion was in stark contrast to an industry where larger phones were becoming commonplace. Even the 4-inch iPhone 5, while excellent, showed Apple’s reluctance to let go of its philosophy. The folks at 1 Infinite Loop went so far as to run ads where one-handed use was the big selling point, such as the TV spot you see below.
That insistence on going against the grain hasn’t hurt Apple’s bottom line so far. The company still sells gobs of iPhones, after all, and plenty of fans like the notion of a compact phone with top-tier performance. Even so, it’s apparent that this strategy clashes with modern tastes. If research is any indication, you probably prefer a big screen for internet access and video — I know I feel claustrophobic when web surfing or watching YouTube on my iPhone 5 versus the other devices at my disposal. There’s an appeal to having a phone small enough that you can easily use it in one hand while juggling bags in the other, but that convenience is arguably outweighed by the limitations it puts on software.
And practically speaking, there’s at least some concern that the world might eventually move on, leaving small iPhones by the wayside. At least one of Apple’s internal studies suggested that it was missing out on sales by sticking to 4-inch displays, since nearly all of the growth in high-end phone sales was limited to larger hardware. The company has definitely been losing opportunities in countries like China and India, where some people save money by buying an oversized smartphone in place of both a smaller handset and a PC or tablet. If your phone is going to be your only computing device, why wouldn’t you get the largest screen possible?
And that’s why the super-sized iPhones represent a milestone. Whether or not you think Apple needs to change to make a tidy profit, the company is clearly aware that the smartphone world has changed. It accepts that there’s a lot more on your phone than just messages and albums, and that all your content should have more room to breathe, whether it’s a Netflix video or a social update. The 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus in particular is a recognition that your smartphone can be good enough to replace a tablet, since it expands what you see in landscape mode. If Apple is afraid of losing iPad sales, it’s not showing that concern — it’d clearly prefer that you buy something from its lineup than risk losing you to a Galaxy Note.
It’s hard to say whether or not these new iPhones are hints that we’re looking at a more responsive Apple that not only creates trends in the smartphone space, but adapts to them as well. This could be the start of a more aggressive update strategy, or just a brief change in direction for a tech giant that will otherwise plot a steady course. Either way, it’s evident that the crew in Cupertino isn’t looking at the iPhone in the same light as it did in years past.