The future of Xiaomi is not found in its homeland China. The company is looking at new markets for expansion. It is one of the reasons that Hugo Barra made the jump from Google to Xiaomi. Now, another former Googler is heading out to join Barra. Xiaomi has hired Jai Mani, who worked on Google Play and other items from 2009 until 2013, to lead the Chinese company into India. Barra and Mani do have a history of working with one another at Google.
Here is some of what Hugo Barra had to say about Mani’s hiring:
“The first person we hired is someone who’s going to be the glue between our users in India, product feedback that we receive, and the engineering team we have in Beijing as well as the engineering team that we are going to be building fairly soon in India.”
Via: Digits (The Wall Street Journal)
Come comment on this article: Former Google executive hired by Xiaomi for push into India
In July, French telecommunications giant Iliad expressed interest to purchase a majority stake in T-Mobile. The offer at that time was roughly $15 billion for 56.6%. Recently, Iliad upped that number to take 67% at $36 per share. It was going all-in to get its foot into the United States wireless industry.
It all comes to an end today because T-Mobile’s parent, Deutsche Telekom, has “refused” to entertain the new offer. Iliad has announced its pursuit of T-Mobile is over and will move on. In somewhat of a jab at Deutsche Telekom and T-Mobile, Iliad said in a press release that it will “continue its profitable growth policy as it has been conducted over the last 15 years in the interest of subscribers, employees and shareholders.”
This means that the door is still open for SoftBank to hop in and merge Sprint with T-Mobile.
Come comment on this article: Iliad moving on after T-Mobile declines acquisition offer
Samsung has pushed out a software update for the International variant of its flagship phablet, the Galaxy Note 4, in preparation for its worldwide launch later this month.
Update ‘XXU1ANJ4′ weighs in at 36MB and transports bug fixes, stability improvements and speed enhancements, in addition to a line of code that “significantly” extends battery life.
If you’ve pre-ordered or intend to grab a Note 4 on launch day, you should see the firmware update icon appear in your notification panel the instant you connect to Wi-Fi. Hit the upgrade button and you’re good to go.
Come comment on this article: The Galaxy Note 4 gets firmware update in time for worldwide launch
Facebook is about to get a lot stickier starting today. The social media network is unpackaging its stickers for the comments of a post. If you have never seen or even heard of Facebook’s stickers, just think of them as massive emojis with much more personality. Some stickers are fun and creative while others are absolutely bizarre.
This is the third major addition to the comments section since mid-2013. In May of that year, Facebook launched emoji support. Then, the comments section was covered in photographs the following month. Now there are stickers. All users will have access to stickers in comments within the next day.
Do you plan on using stickers often? Let us know in the comments (without stickers, please).
Source: Bob Baldwin (Facebook)
Come comment on this article: Facebook slaps its stickers into comments for all users
Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words, but even when it’s not, you can still use ‘em. After popping up in chat and Messenger windows in the past, Facebook is employing stickers in comments for both mobile and the web. Use the small pictures to visualize your reaction to Timeline, Group and Event posts when you’d rather keep things succinct. Unfortunately, if you want to express your feelings with an image for a regular post, you’ll still have to upload one the old fashioned way.
After visiting Ferguson, Missouri recently, a pair of Georgetown students realized the need to access cellphone videos of police misconduct in the event a device is destroyed. With that in mind, Brandon Anderson and Joseph Gruenbaum set out to develop the SWAT app — software that sends your footage to the cloud in the event your phone itself is confiscated or smashed. In addition to safely beaming videos to a server for later use, the app also allows you to file complaints without having to visit a police station. Plus, it’ll tell you about your legal rights (using your GPS coordinates to determine the applicable jurisdiction). That way you can quickly read up on the proper local, state and federal laws should the need arise. The project is in its infancy, but there’s no questioning its utility once it becomes a fully realized mobile app. For now, Anderson and Gruenbaum are looking for tech and legal partners to get the endeavor off the ground, and you can sign up to be a beta-tester at the source below.
Via: Fast Company
Source: SWAT App
If you love Zombies, but find The Walking Dead‘s narrative a little too serious, pay attention: a campier option is coming soon. Constantin Film, the production group behind the Resident Evil movies has announced that the franchise is being adapted for television. It’s part of a larger movement to put the company’s properties on the small screen: Mortal Instruments and Perfume are also being re-worked for television. It’s not clear if the Resident Evil series will be based on the movies or a new storyline derived from the video game source material, but you’ll get at least one more adventure in the current film’s universe before it debuts — Constantin Film says the TV show won’t launch until after it completes the 6th Resident Evil feature film.
[Image credit: Pictorial Press Ltd / Alamy]
Flight Attendants Union Challenges FAA Decision Allowing Passengers to Use Electronics in All Phases of Flight
The Association of Flight Attendants (AFA) launched a lawsuit against the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) last Friday in protest over the FAA’s decision to allow passengers to use their iPads, iPhones, and other small portable electronic devices in nearly all phases of flight.
As outlined by the Associated Press (via TechCrunch), the lawsuit alleges that the FAA “acted improperly” and failed to follow proper protocol implementing the changes. A lawyer for the Association of Flight Attendants argued that portable electronic devices distract passengers from safety announcements and can “become dangerous projectiles.”
Dure argued that in greenlighting the expanded use of electronics, officials violated the federal Administrative Procedure Act. The act requires government agencies to give the public notice and the ability to comment when a rule is changed. That didn’t happen properly, the union argues.
FAA lawyer Jeffrey Sandberg responded to the AFA’s allegations by suggesting portable electronic devices are “no more dangerous” than the books passengers have been allowed to keep out during landing and takeoff. The government agency also suggested that the policy change did not trigger the requirements for public notice.
Officially implemented in October of 2013, the FAA’s policy change on portable electronic devices allows smaller electronics, like iPhones and iPads, to be used during all phases of flight. Prior to the rule change, all electronics were required to be stowed away until an altitude of 10,000 feet was reached.
Though devices can now be used during landing and takeoff, passengers are still required to place them into airplane mode, restricting cellular access. Usage of larger devices, like laptop computers, continues to be restricted for safety reasons.
While the FAA enacted the policy change that allows passengers to use their devices in all phases of flight, airlines have always had control over the implementation of the rule. Individual airlines, as the FAA points out, have control over when and if passengers are able to use their electronic devices in flight. A judge hearing the case expressed a similar sentiment, telling the AFA that “Airlines have always had discretion on how to handle this.”
Thus far, the FAA has cleared 31 airline operators to allow passengers to use portable electronics during landing/takeoff and combined, those operators carry 96 percent of all U.S. commercial passengers.
In the ongoing mystery that is what the next version of Android will be called, we might just have a new contender. Giovanni Calabrese, the guy that constructs the software sculptures outside Google’s headquarters, sent out a Google+ post which could be hinting at what Android L may stand for.
Although his post doesn’t reveal too much, here’s what it says:
“I never had a great liking for Licorice, but damn! there are some great flavors out there !!!“
Odd that he would chose to mention Licorice in a post, right? Or maybe it’s just a major troll entirely.
What are your thoughts? How does Android Licorice sound as the next version of Android?
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Last week Sony took to the stage in New York to announce their latest flagship, the Sony Xperia Z3, was headed to Verizon Wireless as the Xperia Z3v. We had evidence from T-Mobile back in September that they would indeed be carrying the device later this fall. T-Mobile has now officially announced the Xperia Z3 pricing and launch date.
The T-Mobile Xperia Z3 will be launched first as a pre-order option starting October 15th before finally becoming fully available on October 29th. Pricing details place the device at $630 with $26.25 paid per month for 24 months. If you jump on the pre-order bandwagon you should get the device prior to its official launch in stores.
“Our Data Strong™ network was built to support devices that can do it all, and the gorgeous Sony Xperia Z3 is no exception,” said Jason Young, Senior Vice President, Marketing at T-Mobile. “From the mind-boggling content experience with vivid colors and sound, to 4K video recording and more, the Xperia Z3 and T-Mobile’s nationwide 4G LTE network are a perfect pair.”
A small recap of the devices specs (from Sony) include a 5.2-inch 1920 x 1080 screen, Qualcomm Snapdragon quad-core processor clocked at 2.5GHz, 3GB of RAM, 20.7MP camera that can record in 4K, 3100 mAh battery rated for 920 hours standby time, and is IP65 and IP68 water and dust proof rated. I can’t forget to mention PS4 Remote PLAY that lets you use your PS4 DUALSHOCK 4 controller and Xperia Z3 to play your PS4 games over WiFi. T-Mobile doesn’t offer up too many device details so I assume they will be the same as Sony lists without any alteration or modifications. They also don’t list out color options. I am sure we will all find that out on the 15th.
Anyone been waiting to see if this was going to make it to T-Mobile? You going to be buying it?
IMG: T-Mobile Twitter
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