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Nov

iOS vs Android represented in a visual interactive map


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Here we revisit the age-old debate of the two most popular mobile operating systems and which has the upper hand over the other. We all know that they both have their advantages and disadvantages, where both excel in their different use cases, but what about pure user base?

The visual displayed below is an interactive map that shows the mobile and tablet operating system market share based on web traffic for iOS and Android (and Windows Phone) in Europe.

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Simply click on the various European countries to see the distribution of each OS visually presented in percentage of population. The full version of the graph can be found here if the embed doesn’t work for you.

Surprised? Drop us a comment below.


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Nov

Roadshow car stand for tablets review


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The Roadshow car stand for tablets is the perfect companion to take on long road trips, allowing you to securely attach your tablet to the headrest of the seat in front.

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The Good

What sets the Roadshow car stand apart from any other similar product on the market is the sheer support that it offers the tablet whilst travelling. There is very little movement, which is especially important when watching a move since the last thing you want is a moving picture.

In addition, there is a ball point adjustment that can be adjusted to allow the tablet to move 360 degrees. This is particularly useful given that seats vary depending on the vehicle so the viewing angle can change; consequently Roadshow car stand can be adjusted to cater for any car in order to optimise the viewing angle for the user.

Continuing on the theme of adaptability, the Roadshow car stand also features adjustable arms and extremely strong clips, which in turn allows the stand to be fitted to multiple sized headrest.

The Improvement

Whilst the Roadshow car stand is an extremely strong and solid product, it could be improved by allowing a compensation for a tablet with a case on as to not be required to remove the case for it to securely fit into the stand.

Other than that, the Roadshow car stand is a very good product and is definitely worth consideration if looking for a solid, secure, and adjustable car stand for those long journeys, which isn’t vehicle specific.

You can check out the Roadshow car stand here.


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Nov

Five questions for Becky Stern, director of wearables for Adafruit


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We’ve all heard of Google Glass. And smartwatches, and fitness bands, and gadgets that form some sort of combination thereof. But have you considered a skirt with embedded sensors? How about a purse, or a pair of socks? While a few companies, like Ralph Lauren, are dabbling in high-tech clothes, Becky Stern has been tinkering in the space for nearly a decade. As the director of wearables for the DIY electronics site Adafruit, she hosts weekly instructional videos on how to build your own wearables, and also stars in a YouTube show on the subject. We’ll be sitting down with her at our free Expand event on November 7th, where we’ll talk about the do’s and don’ts of wearable tech, with a nod toward some of the more unusual things you can do with sensors. (Fine, fine, we’ll touch on Android Wear and the Apple Watch too, if it makes you happy.) To whet your appetite, here’s a short Q&A with Stern, and sound off in the comments if you think there’s anything else we should ask.

Why is this the year of wearables?
That’s a hard question for me; I’ve been doing wearables since 2007. But you’re definitely right. A slide from my recent talk at the Open Hardware Summit shows the Google trend search for “wearable technology.” It’s little, little, little, with a giant spike starting in 2013. The body is the last frontier for technology, and the smartphone revolution has brought the size and cost of sophisticated electronics way down. Although I’m sure there will be battery breakthroughs down the line, they’re not getting much more efficient anytime soon.

“The body is the last frontier for technology.”

However, I think a lot of our tech has become more energy efficient due to the demand for battery life on your phone. The chips are designed to run on lower power and go to sleep when not in use. Accelerometers that were designed by the military have dramatically lowered in cost now that they’re produced at the scale of the smartphone industry. And the cheaper and easier it is to make new, single-purpose wearable devices, the more new and existing companies will try. And the more that people try, the easier it’s going to get.

We’ve heard of smartwatches, fitness trackers and even headsets like Google Glass. What are the benefits of other kinds of wearables, like skirts?
It’s much more personal. The things you put on your body are tied to your self-image and how you want people to perceive you. But embedding electronics into garments also allows the technology to become invisible, which is great for applications in medicine. Wearables are going to need to extend to all parts of the body. Watches and glasses are ubiquitous enough that adding tech seems like a reasonable business venture. The same leap can’t be made in all contexts yet. Sports-attire companies, like Adidas, have put a lot of time and money into R&D for things like conductive-fabric heart rate sensors in sports shirts because there is a lot of money in pro sports and improving an athlete’s game, even by a small amount. I don’t think fashion and tech have connected in the same way.

Why haven’t they connected?

“Most people who wear a watch own more than one, but we don’t currently expect the same if it’s a smartwatch — yet.”

We’re starting to see fashion companies turn into tech companies and vice versa, but there are still gaps in the language the two fields use and the life cycles of the products they make. They don’t have the same value system. But they do have commonalities and, in partnerships, can play to each others’ strengths. Fashion is partly about what’s hot this season, churning out new “must-haves” faster than is sensible to replace your gadgets. Most people who wear a watch own more than one, but we don’t currently expect the same if it’s a smartwatch– yet. More folks need to put some skin in the game and make some mistakes. But for now, there are myriad round-ish, single-purpose, wearable-device startups that continue to test the waters.

You’re currently wearing the Moto 360. How do you like it?
I can’t stand it. But let me be clear — I don’t normally wear a watch, and it is the most attractive smartwatch I’ve seen. It’s big on my tiny wrist, and during the setup process, it had my default height and weight as five feet, eight inches, and 165 pounds before it asked my gender, which made me feel like I’m not the target audience. The strongest notification it can muster is when it’s been separated from the phone, so every time I head to the bathroom across the factory without my phone, it freaks out. On a recent trip, the GPS navigation was pulling my attention to two separate screens until I silenced the notifications. I think Android Wear has a ways to go, but I have been enjoying the remote camera control and having the weather forecast on my wrist.

What gets people into making wearable devices themselves?

“Literacy in computer science is important for all users of technology so it works for us instead of the other way around.”

A lot of times it’s because it will be fun and expressive, like a cosplay suit of armor with glowing effects, or a prom dress that lights up when you dance. It’s fun to wear something nobody else has, as in fashion trendsetting. Making your own tech lets you solve your own unique problems, too. Maybe you have a physical impairment that prevents the use of a standard video game controller, for example. Because your impairment is unique to you, a big company’s not going to roll out a glove or vest or touch-sensitive mat product that works for just you, but you can easily whip one up yourself (or with a friend) using conductive fabric and an Adafruit FLORA. Also, as these wearable devices become more pervasive in our lives and on our bodies, it’s important we know how they work. They are often telling us things about our own biometric data, after all, helping us make decisions about how to move and when. For example, who owns the data collected by your Fitbit? Doesn’t it make sense to know how the sensors and code inside it work before believing everything it encourages you to do? I believe that literacy in computer science is important for all users of technology so it works for us instead of the other way around — it’s program or be programmed!

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Nov

Lollipop to make it easier to control bloatware


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Do you like bloatware? I don’t like bloatware. No one likes bloatware. So why do we have bloatware? Well luckily, Android Lollipop is going to make it easier to control bloatware.

Ars Technica sat down with Google’s Gabe Cohen, who described how Lollipop will deal with bloatware. Essentially, the apps will not be installed on the system partition, but will be installed via a SIM card. So technically you could uninstall any bloatware loaded onto your phone. However this will likely only be available on Nexus and Google Play Edition devices, as carrier will probably disable this function on their devices. Still, it’s good to know that Google is doing everything they can to allow bloatware to be removed.

Do you like this new functionality?

via Android Authority


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Nov

Living with the G3: Can LG’s newest flagship be as good as its predecessor?


                               Living with the G3: Can LG's newest flagship be as good as its predecessor?

You typically expect the latest smartphones to represent clear steps forward over their predecessors. However, I’ve been hearing a lot of people characterize the LG G3 as a baby step ahead of the G2, or even a step backward. That had me more than a little worried. Was I going to hate the follow-up to one of my favorite phones from 2013? There was only one way to find out, so I spent a few weeks with the G3 to see if those fears were overblown.

To start: a lot of the sacrifices made to get that extra-sharp Quad HD screen don’t matter that much in real life. The G3’s LCD isn’t as eye-searingly bright as the G2’s, but it’s still good enough that I could easily see it outdoors. I also didn’t run into the heat-related brightness throttling that some complain about, although I don’t doubt that it happens. Battery life wasn’t as strong as it was on the G2, but that older handset seemingly lasted forever — my G3 could still handle a day full of email, Instagram and Twitter, even with a Pebble smartwatch adding to the energy drain. If you were enticed by that larger, sharper screen in a (relatively) small body, you can relax. For the most part, the screen is as good as you’d hope, and it’s definitely your best bet if you feel the Galaxy Note 4 and iPhone 6 Plus are too unwieldy for the display area you get.

With that said, LG went a bit overboard with sharpening in an attempt to emphasize that super-high resolution. There were several times when I could see a halo around text that was clearly the result of excessive image processing, and you have to resort to unofficial software to turn it off. While the effect doesn’t really sour the experience for what’s otherwise a pleasing screen, it’s prominent enough that I’d point you to the Note 4 if you want a large Quad HD display without significant quirks.

LG G3 and G2 side-by-side

The G3’s camera is a tougher call. The laser focus does lock on to subjects a bit faster than on the G2 (and many other 2013 phones), but it didn’t produce a night-and-day difference in my ability to capture a scene. As with the last-gen model, the G3’s 13-megapixel shooter is frequently good, but rarely great. While I could usually count on it to produce a quality shot, the muted colors and slightly reduced low-light performance left me underwhelmed. The apparent step backward certainly wouldn’t dissuade me from getting a G3 all by itself. However, I’d prefer Sony’s Xperia Z3 series (for the higher resolution) or Apple’s iPhone 6 lineup (for more lifelike colors) if I were looking for a tangible upgrade over the G2’s cam.

It may be worth trading up for the software, which feels like a breath of fresh air. The G2’s take on Android was overly flashy, with too many unhelpful features and on-by-default animations; the G3’s interface isn’t exactly stripped down, but it rarely seemed to get in my way. About my biggest gripe was Smart Notice, which tries too hard to mimic Google Now with less-than-useful alerts (“the temperature will change” isn’t a revelation, LG). I’d say HTC’s fast, minimalist Sense and Motorola’s lightly customized stock interface are my picks for the best Android launchers, but the G3’s software front end trumps both what I’ve seen on the G2 and recent Samsung phones.

Would I get a G3 if I were suddenly in the market for a phone? I have to admit, that combination of a large screen with a small profile is tempting. This is the only 5.5-inch phone I’ve used that doesn’t put strain on my hands or my pocket. And as a whole, I enjoyed using it. While it rarely did anything spectacularly well, it was a reliable workhorse that seldom let me down. In a sense, though, that’s the problem. The G2 was exciting partly because it pushed the boundaries of what you expected from smartphones with a seemingly physics-defying screen and epic-length battery life. The G3 pushes the boundaries a bit further and is indeed an improvement over the G2, but it’s ultimately more of the same. Although I’d get one over its ancestor or the equally familiar-feeling Galaxy S5, I’d prefer the new Moto X, One M8 or Xperia Z3 if I wanted a 5-inch or larger Android phone. They’re not always better than the G3, but they clearly stand out where LG’s device only occasionally gets ahead of the pack.

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Nov

Gmail 5.0 with Material Design and Exchange support now available to download


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We’ve known for some time that Google has been working on a rather hefty update for its official Gmail mobile application and today, thanks to Android Police, it’s finally available to download by way of a production-signed APK.

At first glance, it’s obvious that Gmail for Android has faced a major design overhaul as it now features a brand new user interface that’s based on Google’s recently-published Material Design guidelines. Included is a colored Action Bar, threaded chats, seamless animations and much, much more.

This upgrade also brings a plethora of new functionality to the application, as well as adding support for corporate/exchange accounts, a unified inbox and auto-updating of email threads — which means when you’re reading a thread, instead of a notification appearing to alert you of a reply, the message will just simply appear.

You can download the APK for Gmail 5.0 here and if you wish to link your Exchange account, you will need to install this second APK, too.

Via: AndroidPolice

 

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Nov

Sprint now leasing Samsung Galaxy S5, Galaxy S5 Sport


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Sprint is one of the leading carriers in the United States, and today they have announced a new deal which might attract a lot of new customers. If you are a huge Samsung fan, and would love to get your hands on either the Samsung Galaxy S5, or Samsung Galaxy S5 Sport from Sprint, then you can get either of them on lease for just $20 a month for 24 months.

After 2 years have passed, you will have four different choices.

  • You can give back your smartphone and lease another handset.
  • You can purchase it if you really like it.
  • You can continue leasing it on a month-by-month basis.
  • You can return the device and terminate your Sprint service.

As this sounds like an amazing offer, if you are already a Sprint customer, it gets better for you. If you lease before January 15, 2015, you’ll only pay $5 per month for the handset you prefer.

Are you planning to grab one of the Galaxy’s? Let us know in the comment box below.

Source: Sprint


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Nov

Gmail for Android is ready to handle all your email accounts


The new version of Gmail for Android is slated to make its way to Google Play in the near future, but if you cannot wait to use it, you can download the APK right now and load it up. You’ll notice some major changes the moment you launch it, since it’ll ask what kind of email addresses you’d like to add: version 5 works not only with Gmail addresses, but also with Outlook, Yahoo and any IMAP- or Exchange-based email accounts. To choose the inbox you want to check, simply tap one of your accounts on the left-hand menu. Also, it comes with a Material Design interface makeover (there’s a lot more red now) and a thread email system similar to what you get through Inbox. We can’t say which Android flavors it’s compatible with exactly, but we’ve installed it on an Ice Cream Sandwich tablet, so it’ll likely work with all newer platforms. To find out for yourself, or to take a break from Google’s busy Inbox app, head over to Android Police to download the file.

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Nov

10 of the hottest new Android apps this week (November 1)


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Welcome back to the regular series aimed at helping Android users get more from their devices. If you’re looking for some new apps or games check out we have a handful of popular new titles to get you started. What you’ll find below are some of the hottest trending apps of the last seven days. We’re certain you will find something fun to play with this weekend. Let’s get to it!

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Taco Bell

Play Store Description: Taco Bell® Mobile Ordering is Here.
Customize. Order. Pay. All from the new app. Now you can easily select a local Taco Bell, customize your favorite items and pay for your order. No need to select a pick-up time. We make your food when you arrive because just-prepared food is the best. Then skip the in-store line like you own the place. Plus, reordering your favorites is as easy as a twist of the wrist.

We say: Taco Bell seems to think you don’t get your food fast enough. So, they’ve released this app in the Play Store to help expedite the process. You can now order and pay before you even arrive, and then skip the line, get your food, and leave. People seem to like it, as it already has over 10,000 downloads and 4.6 stars.


 

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djay 2

Play Store Description: djay transforms your Android device into a full–featured DJ system. Seamlessly integrated with Spotify and all the music on your device, djay gives you direct access to mix your favorite songs and playlists instantly. You can perform live, record mixes on–the–go, or enable Automix mode to let djay create a seamless mix for you automatically. Whether you are a professional DJ or a beginner who just loves to play with music, djay offers you the most intuitive yet powerful DJ experience on an Android device.

We say: The popular app from Mac and iOS has finally come over to Android. With Spotify integration, this app allows you to become a DJ without all of the fancy equipment. It will cost you $2.99, but from what I gather its well worth your money. Check out the widget below to download.

 

 

 


 

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Google Fit

Play Store Description:

Effortlessly track your activity:
• Just carry your phone and get access to your walking, running and cycling activity.

Reach your fitness goals:
• Set goals based on either duration or steps and see your progress throughout the day.
• Receive performance-based recommendations for activity goals.

A comprehensive view of your fitness:
• Connect third party devices and apps to Fit and we’ll show you all of your fitness data in one place.

Available everywhere:
• Compatible with all Android Wear devices.
• Also access Google Fit on the web at http://www.google.com/fit and on your tablet.

We say: Google has had a busy month, between announcing the biggest update to Android yet, Android Lollipop, a new round of Nexus devices, and then last week releasing Inbox. Now, they’ve released the long-awaited Google Fit that they announced back at Google I/O. Google Fit works with your other fitness apps to compile all your health information into one place for you to analyze. It works with your phone and your Android Wear, along with other devices. Already has over 100,000 downloads with a 4.2 stars. Check out Google’s latest offering.


 

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Hype Machine

Play Store Description: Discover the most talked-about music from blogs around the world. This is Hype Machine in your pocket.

Every day, thousands of people around the world write about music they love — and it all ends up on Hype Machine. We watch for new posts on over 800 of the most interesting blogs and make it easy to follow this chaotic world.

We say: Some times it’s hard to find new music. There are tons of music apps that help with music discovery, but they all rely on similar sounds and people’s opinions that you don’t see. Hype Machine looks to solve this by compiling information from hundreds of popular music blogs, and tell you what the new music is and what it’s like. It allows you to know what people think exactly, and saves you hours searching on the internet and through blogs. Check it out.


 

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The Wolf Among Us

Play Store Description: The Wolf Among Us is a five-part (Episodes 2-5 can be purchased in-app) from the creators of The Walking Dead, winner of over 90 Game of the Year awards. Fairytale characters are being murdered in this hard-boiled, violent and mature thriller based on the award-winning Fables comic book series (DC Comics/Vertigo) by Bill Willingham. As Bigby Wolf – THE big bad wolf – you will discover that a brutal, bloody murder is just a taste of things to come in a game series where your every decision can have enormous consequences.

We say: The Wolf Among Us has done fairly well with its video game on Xbox and PlayStation, and has been a popular comic book series. Now, they’ve released a new mobile game that seems to look pretty good. It has 4.5 stars, so it must be good. Check it out for yourselves.

 

 

 



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Nov

‘iPad Pro’ Said to Feature 12.2-Inch Display, 7-mm Thickness, Stereo Speakers at Top and Bottom


Apple’s rumored “iPad Pro” has reportedly been in the works for some time, although the most recent rumors have indicated the company has pushed back its plans for the device as it seeks to give its manufacturing partners time to catch up to iPhone 6 Plus demand. Development work on the project is likely still continuing and a new report from Mac Otakara claims to share some new details on the device.

According to the report, the larger iPad will include a 12.2-inch display, somewhat smaller than the 12.9-inch measurement most commonly rumored for the device. Sources also indicate the device will contain speakers and microphones on both the top and bottom edges, opening the door to an improved stereo audio experience.

Product design concept seems to be based on iPad Air 2, pair of speakers and microphones will be added on top-side not only bottom’s pair. iPad Pro might be capable for supporting stereo audio.

As for thickness, the report claims the iPad Pro will not match the 6.1 mm measurement of the new iPad Air 2 but will still be quite thin, coming in around the same 7 mm mark as the iPhone 6 (6.9 mm) and iPhone 6 Plus (7.1 mm).

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The report also includes a rough illustration, and while the sourcing of the illustration is unclear, it appears to show a row of holes presumably representing a speaker along the top edge of the device next to the power button.

Mac Otakara has a relatively strong (but by no means perfect) track record with Apple product rumors, most recently accurately predicting the arrival of the iPad mini 3 last month alongside a relatively specific claim of new Smart Cover and Smart Case color options that did turn out to be true. Some of the site’s previous major claims that were accurate included details on redesigns for the iPod touch and iPod nano back in 2012.



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