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Oct

iOS 8 Causing Widespread Bluetooth Connectivity Issues in Cars


iOS 8 has caused significant issues for some people who connect their phones to their cars and other devices via Bluetooth, according to numerous reports on the Apple Support forums and MacRumors‘ own user forums. MacRumors has also been receiving complaints on a near daily basis about the ongoing Bluetooth problems that iOS 8 users are seeing.

It appears that after upgrading to iOS 8 or purchasing a new iPhone 6 or 6 Plus, users have trouble pairing their phones to their car audio systems. The devices are seeing several different issues, refusing to pair entirely, neglecting to play audio over the speakers, or disconnecting when a call comes in.

Now when I am connected via bluetooth, I place a call, and it says it’s going over bluetooth, but it doesn’t interrupt my car’s music, and the audio doesn’t play over the speakers. The only way I can talk to the person is if I press the Audio button on the phone and select speakerphone or iPhone as if it wasn’t connected to the car.

An ongoing thread on the MacRumors forums suggests that a wide range of different automobiles are having Bluetooth connectivity issues with devices running iOS 8 and iOS 8.0.2, including Hyundai, BMW, Mercedes, Lexus, Toyota, Ford, and more.

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The Bluetooth pairing problems are not limited to automobiles, as iOS 8 users have also reported issues pairing with headphones, speakers, headsets, and more.

According to one iPhone 6 owner experiencing issues, Apple support is aware of a compatibility issue between the Bluetooth “used on the iPhone 6 and some car/navigation Bluetooth.” Apple is said to be working on a fix for the issue, but in the meantime, some users have had temporary luck logging out of iCloud, forgetting connected Bluetooth devices, using the “Reset All Settings” and/or “Reset Network Settings” option on their iPhones and restarting, re-pairing their devices with their Bluetooth devices, and then logging back in to iCloud.

Attempting to use “Reset All Settings” should be done with caution, however, as some users have noticed that all of their iCloud Drive documents have gone missing after using the feature.

iOS 8 has not been Apple’s most stable release. The operating system has seen several issues, including a major HealthKit bug that caused the company to pull all HealthKit-enabled apps just ahead of the public release of iOS 8 and a significant issue with the iOS 8.0.1 update, which disabled the cellular connection and Touch ID of many iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users.

iOS 8.0.2, released last week, fixed several major issues including the HealthKit bug, and Apple has plans to release another update in the near future, having already seeded iOS 8.1 to developers.




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Oct

Netflix will pay you to take Instagram photos of famous movie locations


Taking a photo with a Galaxy S III in New York City

Ever felt that your Instagram photography is so good that you should start charging for it? Now’s your chance to prove your worth. Netflix is looking for three professional Instagram shooters (aka “Grammasters”) that will travel across the continental US snapping square photos of “iconic” movie and TV show locations to drum up attention for the streaming movie service. All you have to do to apply is share three of your best shots by October 7th. The gig only lasts for two weeks, so you won’t want to quit your day job — and it’s safe to say that you won’t have as much creative control as you’d probably like. However, you’ll be paid $2,000 a week with all travel expenses covered. That’s not too shabby for something you were already doing for free.

[Image credit: Andrew Burton/Getty Images]

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Oct

Facebook apologizes for spurning drag queens, might do something about it


Facebook’s real name policy has cause quite a stir recently, especially among the drag queen community. Several performers found themselves on the receiving end of a merciless deletion because they used their stage names, rather than their legal names for their profiles. When those accounts were reported as fake (apparently by a single individual with a vendetta against drag queens) they got swept up into Facebook’s system and removed along with the bullies, impersonators and trolls. Now the company’s chief product officer, Chris Cox, has issued an apology, though one that makes it clear the policy will not be changing.

Cox makes it clear that forcing Sister Roma or Lil Miss Hot Mess to change the names associated with their accounts would be a mistake, however. As he explains:

Our policy has never been to require everyone on Facebook to use their legal name. The spirit of our policy is that everyone on Facebook uses the authentic name they use in real life. For Sister Roma, that’s Sister Roma. For Lil Miss Hot Mess, that’s Lil Miss Hot Mess.

That being said, he goes on to say the policy is “the right one” for Facebook, and gives no inclination that it’s going to change anytime soon. Instead he says that the company’s “reporting and enforcement mechanisms” are largely to blame for the problems. So, while the real name policy will stay in place, it looks as if Facebook is taking the issues it has caused recently at least somewhat seriously and is looking for solutions — even if it’s not sure what those solutions are yet. Suffice to say, Edwina Gadgetina was hoping for something more.

[Image Credits: Shutterstock (Facebook), Mathu Andersen/Logo (RuPaul)]

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Via: The Next Web

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Oct

Google to offer unlimited storage to schools and students in coming weeks



In coming weeks Google will be put another notch in their belt on their quest to enrich and simplify lives for educators and students. In an effort to continue helping students have use and access to the tools the need Google will be making a pretty significant change to their education suite of services with the introduction of Drive for Education.

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As it sits right now Google Apps for Education customers, which includes students, are given 30GB of free online Drive storage for their papers, photos, slides, projects and everything else. They have the option to spend a small amount, $5 a month, to move up to 100GB of storage at anytime. That is about to change to completely unlimited storage for free. There is more of course:


Drive for Education will be available to all Google Apps for Education customers at no charge and will include:

  • Unlimited storage: No more worrying about how much space you have left or about which user needs more gigabytes. Drive for Education supports individual files up to 5TB in size and will be available in coming weeks.
  • VaultGoogle Apps Vault, our solution for search and discovery for compliance needs, will be coming free to all Apps for Education users by the end of the year.
  • Enhanced Auditing: Reporting and auditing tools and an Audit API easily let you see the activity of a file, are also on the way.

Combine this with another recent offering of being able to “borrow a Chromebook” and you have quite the suit of tools available to get your homework and projects done.

Source: Google for Education Via CNet


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Oct

Supposed Nexus 6 caught on camera, just a few things to see really



We must be nearing the official launch announcement of the new Nexus 6. It always seems that “leaks” start to pick up more and more the closer we get to a device launch. The Nexus 6 has been suspected for a mid-October release, or at least announcement. We have heard rumored specs, reportedly confirmed specs, seen renders and now we have what appears to be a full-fledged Nexus 6 in use versus the image we saw earlier last week of the rear.

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I know, there isn’t a heck of a lot to see. What you can see though does confirm a few a things from the leak the other day though. For instance you can make out the signal strength in the notification at the top and see that it appears to be solid vs the usual individual bars. You can also make out the dual speaker grills on the top and the bottom. On the bottom of the screen you can also see the Android L navigation buttons, well, one button, as the rest are hidden by the holders hand. That lays credence to the buttons being more spaced out. Along with those you can see the volume rocker and power button sitting more towards the center of the device, they appear to be metallic too.


It doesn’t look as huge as some might be thinking it will be. Some of the devices size, in this image, is due to the case that it resides in. Who ever is holding the device doesn’t seem to be having any issues holding it with one hand pretty easily.

It certainly looks like the it could be the Nexus 6 to me, or at least, it looks like the renders and other information that has made its rounds.

Source: Android Police

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Oct

ARM attempts to speed up ‘internet of things’ adoption with new platform


It’s the year 2014, and we’ve yet to have our flying cars and commuter jet packs. But we do have a glimpse of the future with the advent of the “internet of things.” It’s essentially the idea of connecting everyday objects — be it thermostats or kitchen appliances — to the web, in an effort to make our lives easier. As wonderful as that sounds though, development of new IoT technologies can be slow, due in part to the multiple different protocols in existence today and how tiresome it is to create an ecosystem from scratch.

That could soon come to an end, however, thanks to ARM. The chipmaker has just announced a brand new IoT-specific device platform that includes both a free operating system (tailor-made for ARM’s Cortex-M processor based devices, of course) plus a server-side software product that ties it all together. Based on the mbed hardware and software ecosystem, the platform basically gives manufacturers the tools and building blocks necessary for IoT devices and services, thus making it that much faster and cheaper for them to bring their ideas to fruition.

The mbed OS, for example, already comes packaged with security, communication and device management features along with built-in support for key standards like Bluetooth Smart, LTE, Wi-Fi and Thread, while the mbed Device Server offers straightforward integration with cloud services. Plus, it’s all based on open standards, which could mean different smart gadgets from different manufacturers will finally be able to communicate with one another.

And it’s not just limited to the home either. ARM was keen to point out the potential this would have in a city-wide application. Zach Shelby, the director of technical marketing at ARM, says that when implemented with street lights, for example, the technology would be able to detect the number of people that are in certain areas during certain times of day. On its own, that data doesn’t mean much, but if collected on a large scale, it could provide valuable data on crowd congestion, street occupancy and how flow in a city works. Another important application area would be with wearables, but not in the realm of an Android Wear device or an Apple Watch — think more low-power stuff like heart rate sensors and connecting them to cloud so you can easily track your progress with apps.

Of course, ARM is certainly not the first to come up with an IoT platform or operating system. But ARM sees its mbed device platform in a class of its own, because it can work across all devices with a Cortex-M processor, which is pretty ubiquitous (both the Pebble and the Nest, for example, have a Cortex M3), and it provides both the OS and a server-side solution. It certainly benefits those who’ve already invested in ARM chips and of course it behooves ARM to make the platform open.

While ARM already has plenty of partners signed up, we’re told that we likely won’t see devices with mbed until some time next year. “The Internet of Things has turned into this fragmented world,” says Mike Muller, ARM’s CTO. “So we decided we’re going to put this out there. We’re going to make it free so that it’s something that everyone can use.”

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1
Oct

Trouble sleeping? A snooze-inducing cap might help


If you can’t get to sleep at night, then you’ve probably been told to avoid cheese, say no to caffeine after lunchtime and drink a cup of warm milk before bed. That was good advice, or at least it was, until the advert of the Sleep Shepherd, which is a beanie that promises to gently send you to sleep and wake you up at the right time. Equipped with a variety of sensors, the headgear monitors your brain activity and sends a soothing pulse to your noggin to convince you that it’s time to stop thinking about what Dave at the office said to you that morning.

According to its creator, Dr. Michael Larson, there’s a part of our brain called the Medial Superior Olive, which we use to pinpoint the location of sounds. For instance, if someone speaks by our left ear, the sound reaches the left hemisphere of the MSO first, and we use the delay between that and when it reaches the right hemisphere to understand the location. The Sleep Shepherd takes advantage of this by sending a series of left-right pulses that trick your MSO into thinking that you’re rocking back and forth on a hammock. This, apparently, causes your brain into lowering the frequency of your brainwaves, and will eventually send you to sleep.

Once you’ve nodded off, the Sleep Shepherd will deactivate, but will continue to monitor your brainwaves, so if you start to wake up, the hat will resume activity. The company’s Kickstarter page doesn’t go into a lot of detail about how it does this, but given the (now defunct) Zeo was able to shrink a simple EEG unit into a headband, we’d guess that this takes a similar approach. There’s also no word on how you’d set the device to rouse you in the morning, but hopefully a companion app is in the offering. Perhaps, instead, the plastic section at the top of the beanie that houses the rechargeable lithium ion battery has a set of manual controls, although I think an app is more likely.

As we mentioned, this device is on Kickstarter, and the company is hoping to raise $50,000 to go into mass production. A pledge of $140 will bag you a regular version of the Sleep Shepherd, or you can buy one for you and your partner for $270. The company is planning to ship by March 2015 and have demonstration models ready in time for CES this January, and you can bet that we’ll be catching up with them at the show.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1440437224/sleep-shepherd-sleep-better-tonight-feel-better-to/widget/video.html

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Oct

The Big Picture: Japan’s bullet train turns 50


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The bullet train is a Japanese trademark. It is, in other words, a landmark in motion. Today, 50 years to the time it made a trip for the first time, between Tokyo and Osaka, Japan is celebrating a major milestone in the history of its beloved bullet-shaped train. The Shinkansen, as it’s known in The Land of the Rising Sun, has had a great run throughout its 50-year tale, like being the fastest high-speed train at one point — China’s CRH380A now holds that title. Even so, Shinkansen is still responsible for carrying more than 300 million passengers every year in Japan, making it one of the most important forms of transportation in the world, not only in its home soil.

[Image credit: AFP/Getty Images]

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Oct

Verizon Offers Double the Data for ‘MORE Everything’ Plans [iOS Blog]


Following in the footsteps of AT&T and Sprint, Verizon today announced a promotion to expand the amount data available through its MORE Everything plans.

Customers on the 12GB plan will now get 15GB of data for the same $110 per month, while customers on the 16GB plan will now get 30GB of data for $130. Verizon has increased available data across the board, delivering up to double the data for consumers at no additional cost.

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“We know that no matter how much data you have, it’s only as good as the network it’s on, and Verizon Wireless’ network is second to none,” said Ken Dixon, chief marketing officer at Verizon Wireless. “We know our customers — from families to businesses — crave more data to help them keep up with their busy lifestyles, and these new promotions, together with other offers like our industry-leading trade- in program, give them even more during the month of October.”

Customers will be able to get the expanded MORE Everything plans beginning on October 2, with customers able to sign up through October 31.




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Oct

The Elite Android Hacker Bundle: Lifetime access to developer mastery courses 92% off [Deal of the Day]


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