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23
Feb

OS X 10.10.3 Beta 2 Update Introduces New Emoji, Skin Tone Modifiers


Today’s second OS X 10.10.3 beta builds on the emoji groundwork laid with the first OS X 10.10.3 beta, introducing all new emoji and emoji skin tone modifiers. When selecting an emoji with a skin tone, such as one of the many people emoji, it’s now possible to select a specific skin tone from one of five options.

There are also several new people emoji that introduce greater diversity. Family emoji now include multiple same sex couples, both with children and without, all with variable skin tone options.

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Along with a range of diversified people emoji, today’s update brings 32 new country flags, including flags for Canada, Australia, and India.

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Along with new emoji, OS X 10.10.3 brings a renamed Character palette that focuses more heavily on emoji. Accessible through the “Edit” menu in most Mac apps, the palette was previously named “Special Characters,” but is labeled “Emoji & Symbols” in OS X 10.10.3. The emoji picker has also been redesigned, featuring a layout with a single larger vertical-scrolling page.

The same diversified emoji options will also likely be coming to iOS. The first iOS 8.3 beta included a redesigned emoji picker, but it did not introduce placeholders for new emoji or skin tone modifiers.



23
Feb

Nexus 6 now available through Amazon, free shipping included


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After months of playing hard to get, the Nexus 6 stock has stabilized to the point where the phone is no longer this elusive creature that we can only get our hands on if we constantly press the refresh button on Google Play store and other partnering retailers.While Google Play remains one of the most well known sources the Nexus 6, at least outside of carriers and Motorola’s website, Amazon has finally joined the party.

The 32GB Nexus 6 is in stock right now for $649. Unlike Google Play, you can get free shipping for the phone, and for Prime members you can get it in as little as 2 days without an extra charge.

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Technically folks have been able to buy the Nexus 6 on Amazon before now, but only through 3rd parties and often at prices that are higher than you’d find it through Google. Rest assured, the model being sold is directly through Amazon, and is the XT1102KIT model designed for use on North American networks.

Not sure if the Nexus 6 is right for you? Be sure to check out our full review.

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23
Feb

Google’s Inbox coming to select group of Google Apps customers next month


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I know a lot of Google Apps customers have been praying for Inbox to arrive, and it looks like the wait is about to finally end. Inbox is coming to Google Apps next month, but unfortunately it won’t be available to everyone.

Google does not want to launch Inbox to everyone just yet since Google Apps customers are a different breed from your traditional personal Gmail user. They want input to see how to make Inbox more effective. The plan is to enable Inbox for a small group of Apps customers in an effort to learn about their needs and challenges.

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If you’re an Apps user and you want Inbox, then you need to look at the following 3 questions….

  • Do you want to use Inbox as your primary email at work?
  • Are employees at your company heavy mobile users?
  • Most importantly, do you want to partner with Google on user studies to help build the new work Inbox?

If you can answer yes to all 3, then you need to request for an invitation from Google by sending an email to: inboxforwork@google.com.

Obviously a request doesn’t guarantee and invitation, but as they continue to expand the initial launch, they will be adding from these initial requests.

source: Google For Work

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23
Feb

Apple continues focus on inclusivity with 300 new, diverse emoji in iOS 8.3


iOS 8.3 beta 2 has over 300 new, more diverse emoji, including 32 new country flags

The iOS 8 update is part of Apple’s ongoing efforts to address diversity, and it’s extending beyond organization and into software, with a much wider array of cultures and ethnicities for face and hand symbols.

Emoji have become popular because they’re efficient, sometimes amusing, but mostly humanizing. They allow for the inclusion of emotion and feeling beyond what plain text can transmit. It’s for that very reason that emoji need to be inclusive — so that people everywhere can see themselves reflected in their use.

iOS 8.3 is still in beta, so it’s possible that the exact number, style, color, and character of the new emoji will change between this beta and its release — expected some time this spring. (Some of the deep primary casts could use toning down, for instance, even if easy visual differentiation at tiny scales is an important goal.)

Either way, it’s great to see Apple using its popularity and power to push for more and better inclusivity. Hopefully it’s just the beginning, and for all platforms.

23
Feb

Google’s Inbox email app will soon be work-friendly


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Google’s Inbox is theoretically perfect for some workers given its task-focused approach to email, but it hasn’t had true workplace support — if your company leans on Google Apps, you’re out of luck. Things are going to loosen up shortly, though. Google is now accepting requests to join an early adopter program that lets Apps-based companies try Inbox. You sadly can’t sign up just for your own email address (your administrator has to do it), but the effort will expand over the months ahead. Don’t be surprised if you soon have another way to keep tabs on your corporate chats.

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Source: Official Google for Work Blog

23
Feb

Google acquires Softcard technology, Wallet to come preinstalled on additional phones


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Google has just announced that they have acquired some “exciting technology and intellectual property” from mobile payment system Softcard (formerly Isis), the payment system built by AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon. The acquisition will also allow for Google to preinstall the Wallet app on Android devices running KitKat or higher sold by those three carriers going forward. Google hasn’t specified whether or not all Android devices sold by the carriers will come with the app, so we’ll have to see what happens in the future. No details have been disclosed regarding the finances traded in this acquisition, but we’ll be sure to update you if any information surfaces.

Softcard mentions that customers can continue to tap and pay with the Softcard app, and that we’ll hear more information regarding new partners in the coming weeks.

In the past few days, we’ve heard rumors suggesting that the search giant would buy Softcard, and that a new Bluetooth-powered payment system is in the works. Additionally, Google was also rumored to launch a “revived” version of Wallet at Google I/O 2015, which will be held on May 28th-29th. According to the rumor, Google would bring together an “unruly coalition of device makers, wireless carriers, banks and payment networks.” So, it’s sure seeming like this rumor will come true, and that we will in fact see some big revisions come May.

So, what do you think? Are you okay with having a revised Google Wallet app come preinstalled on carrier phones?



23
Feb

Google acquires Softcard technology, Wallet to come preinstalled on additional phones


google wallet

Google has just announced that they have acquired some “exciting technology and intellectual property” from mobile payment system Softcard (formerly Isis), the payment system built by AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon. The acquisition will also allow for Google to preinstall the Wallet app on Android devices running KitKat or higher sold by those three carriers going forward. Google hasn’t specified whether or not all Android devices sold by the carriers will come with the app, so we’ll have to see what happens in the future. No details have been disclosed regarding the finances traded in this acquisition, but we’ll be sure to update you if any information surfaces.

Softcard mentions that customers can continue to tap and pay with the Softcard app, and that we’ll hear more information regarding new partners in the coming weeks.

In the past few days, we’ve heard rumors suggesting that the search giant would buy Softcard, and that a new Bluetooth-powered payment system is in the works. Additionally, Google was also rumored to launch a “revived” version of Wallet at Google I/O 2015, which will be held on May 28th-29th. According to the rumor, Google would bring together an “unruly coalition of device makers, wireless carriers, banks and payment networks.” So, it’s sure seeming like this rumor will come true, and that we will in fact see some big revisions come May.

So, what do you think? Are you okay with having a revised Google Wallet app come preinstalled on carrier phones?



23
Feb

Google acquires Softcard technology, Wallet to come preinstalled on additional phones


google wallet

Google has just announced that they have acquired some “exciting technology and intellectual property” from mobile payment system Softcard (formerly Isis), the payment system built by AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon. The acquisition will also allow for Google to preinstall the Wallet app on Android devices running KitKat or higher sold by those three carriers going forward. Google hasn’t specified whether or not all Android devices sold by the carriers will come with the app, so we’ll have to see what happens in the future. No details have been disclosed regarding the finances traded in this acquisition, but we’ll be sure to update you if any information surfaces.

Softcard mentions that customers can continue to tap and pay with the Softcard app, and that we’ll hear more information regarding new partners in the coming weeks.

In the past few days, we’ve heard rumors suggesting that the search giant would buy Softcard, and that a new Bluetooth-powered payment system is in the works. Additionally, Google was also rumored to launch a “revived” version of Wallet at Google I/O 2015, which will be held on May 28th-29th. According to the rumor, Google would bring together an “unruly coalition of device makers, wireless carriers, banks and payment networks.” So, it’s sure seeming like this rumor will come true, and that we will in fact see some big revisions come May.

So, what do you think? Are you okay with having a revised Google Wallet app come preinstalled on carrier phones?



23
Feb

Apple Seeds Second iOS 8.3 Beta to Developers


Apple today seeded the second beta of iOS 8.3 to developers, two weeks after seeding the first iOS 8.3 beta. The initial iOS 8.3 beta came as a surprise because iOS 8.2 with the WatchKit SDK also remains in testing.

The beta is available through the iOS Developer Center. It includes Xcode 6.3 and a new version of Apple’s programming language, Swift. Apple has also released a new Apple TV beta for third-generation Apple TVs.

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While iOS 8.2 appears to bring only minor bug fixes to the operating system along with the WatchKit SDK and support for the Apple Watch, the first beta of iOS 8.3 introduced several new features including support for wireless CarPlay connectivity, a new emoji picker, support for Google 2-step verification, and Apple Pay support for the China UnionPay network. It also removes the “beta” label from iCloud Photo Library.

iOS 8.3 will be released following iOS 8.2, which is expected in March, so it may be a few months yet before we see a public iOS 8.3 launch.

Update: According to iOS 8.3 release notes, the new beta is not compatible with LTE Voice on Verizon. Apple asks that customers using Verizon set LTE to data only. There’s also been a fix to the dialog that appears when an iPhone is connected to a CarPlay-compatible car.



23
Feb

Voice changer with effects: entertain with this voice changing app



Are you bored? Looking for a way to entertain yourself or a few of your friends? You just tired of how your voice sounds in general, so want to make it sound like you just sucked Helium, or like you’re the king of hell? Enter Voice changer with effects. For those times when your jokes just aren’t cutting it.

They say

“Change your voice and have fun listening to your modified voice!
Record your voice, apply effects, and share them with your friends.
You can send your changed voices directly from Whatsapp!”

We say

I downloaded this on my phone to give it a shot. It certainly can provide some entertainment! As long as you aren’t looking for any sort of professional voice changing technology, you should have some fun with this. Otherwise, not much to say, other than you might be the life of the party next time with Voice changer with effects. Especially if others are intoxicated. Oh, wait, there’s a drunk option!


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