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23
Mar

Deal: Pick up a Nexus 9 for $100 off from Best Buy


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Google’s Nexus 9 tablet is one of the better Android tablets on the market today, but many folks think that it’s still too expensive. If you’ve been waiting for the price to drop, now may be your chance. Best Buy is currently selling the Nexus 9 for $100 off, but only for a very limited time.

You can pick up a Black 16GB Nexus 9 for only $299.99, or the 32GB variant for only $379.99. If you’re still thinking that’s too expensive and don’t mind going with an open-box item, the 16GB version can be yours for $269.99, or the 32GB for $349.99. This flash sale also includes official Nexus 9 accessories, giving you the chance to buy the HTC Magic Cover for $29.99 ($10 off) and the Keyboard Folio Case for $97.49 ($32.50 off).

If you need a refresher, the HTC-made Nexus 9 comes with an 8.9-inch display with a resolution of 1536 x 2048. It also runs on a 2.3GHz Nvidia Tegra K1 processor, a Kepler DX1 GPU and is backed by 2GB of RAM. It also has an 8MP rear-facing camera, 1.6MP front-facing camera, a 6700mAh battery and comes with loud front-facing speakers.

If you’d like to pick one up for yourself, you’ll need to hurry. The deal only lasts until 4 p.m. ET/3 p.m. CT. Head to the link below if you’re interested!

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23
Mar

Schmidt weighs in on Google Glass


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Ever since Google announced they were shutting down the Explorer program for Google Glass earlier this year, there has been lots of speculation as to whether the wearable device was dead or not. Many people believe the shuttering of the old beta program was a sign that Google’s experiment had failed. However, others noted that Google had moved it to another part of the company, Tony Faddell’s Nest division, a sign that it would eventually re-emerge, probably with a more consumer-ready focus. Google’s Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt has now weighed in and made a clear statement that Google is committed to the Glass platform.

In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Schmidt indicated that Faddell’s role is “to make it ready for users” likely based on feedback received during the beta testing of 2013 and 2014 through the Explorer program. Schmidt went on to say,

“It is a big and very fundamental platform for Google. We ended the Explorer program and the press conflated this into us canceling the whole project, which isn’t true. Google is about taking risks and there’s nothing about adjusting Glass that suggests we’re ending it.”

Schmidt suggested the media jumped the gun in claiming Glass was dead and failed to recognize that such a project is long term in nature and takes considerable time to get right. Some of those adjustments will likely include addressing issues like the cost, battery life, and improvements to the sound and display. The devices have also suffered from a foil issue that would need to be addressed. Unlike the Explorer beta program, the next phase of development may employ an in-house strategy similar to other companies.

source: Wall Street Journal

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23
Mar

A quick look at Cortana’s package tracking ability in Windows 10


Microsoft’s Cortana can already track your flights just by scanning your emails for relevant information. Package tracking has been another feature known to be coming to the digital personal assistant, and it is already semi-functional in Windows 10.

23
Mar

New iOS 8.3 Features: Speaker Calls With Siri, No Password Required to Download Free Apps


The most recent iOS 8.3 beta was seeded to developers on March 12, but even though its been in the hands of testers for over a week, people are still discovering hidden features. Over the weekend, two new iOS 8.3 features were found, including an update to Siri and an update to app purchase settings.

With the iOS 8.3 beta 3 installed, users can now ask Siri to make phone calls using the iPhone’s speaker. If you ask Siri to “Call [name] on speaker,” the call will be made via speakerphone, enhancing Siri’s hands-free capabilities. If you make the same request in iOS 8.2, Siri ignores the “on speaker” part and places the call as normal.

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The new feature makes it possible to activate Siri while plugged in by saying “Hey Siri” and make a phone call, all without needing to touch the phone or put on a headset for hands-free operation.

In the Settings menu of an iOS device running iOS 8.3 beta 3, there’s a new option under iTunes & App Store labeled “Password Settings.” In this section, there is an option to change the password settings for purchases and in-app purchases, choosing options to either “Always Require” a password when making a purchase, or to “Require After 15 Minutes.”

“Always Require” and “Require After 15 Minutes” are not new settings — the options have previously been located within the Restrictions section of the Settings app — but a user is required to select one in order to access a new password toggle setting, which lets users toggle the password requirement for free apps on and off. When toggled on, downloads labeled as “GET” in the App Store will not require a password.

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Apple’s new Password Settings are not functional right now, returning a “Cannot connect to iTunes Store” message when tapped, but it’s likely they will be made available in a later beta ahead of the update’s public release. The Password Settings menu can also be found under General –> Restrictions.

In addition to the newly discovered features listed above, iOS 8.3 adds quite a bit of new functionality to Apple’s mobile operating system. Earlier betas have introduced a wireless CarPlay feature and several emoji changes, like a new emoji picker, diversified emoji with skin tone modifiers, new flags, and new icons for the watch, phone, and computer emoji, which now resemble an Apple Watch, an iPhone, and an iMac. Most notably, keyboard spacing has been changed to prevent users from hitting the period key when they meant to hit the space key when searching in Safari.

There’s also support for Google two-factor authentication when adding Google accounts on iOS, Apple Pay support for China UnionPay, new Siri languages, filtering options for Messages, and more. We’ve been keeping a complete list of iOS 8.3 changes in our iOS 8 Features Roundup.



23
Mar

Google made an ‘Ebola-proof’ tablet to help combat high-risk diseases


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To help the brave men and women who are continuously fighting against Ebola in Sierra Leone, Google has created an ‘Ebola-proof’ tablet for collecting patient data. The tablet, which is based off of a Sony Xperia tablet, features an extra layer of protection that will allow workers to soak the tablet in chlorine for decontamination. The tablet’s sharp edges have been removed to prevent piercing the doctors’ protective clothing, and can be charged wirelessly to minimize openings on the tablet.

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Médecins Sans Frontières, or Doctors Without Borders, requested Google make a tablet that could withstand storms and high humidity that are usually found in the Ebola zone (West Africa). Doctors fighting against the virus, until now, have struggled to transfer patient data between one another. In fact, a Médecins Sans Frontières doctor was forced to shout patient details over a fence from inside the protective zone where medics need to be fully covered to avoid catching the disease. Even passing a pen and paper through the protective zone could transfer the disease, so it’s obvious that this new tablet will undoubtedly come in handy.

So far, the tablet is only being used in Sierra Leone, but it could easily be used in regions of the world where other deadly diseases lie. Google is working with Médecins Sans Frontières to open source the project, which will make it much easier for the tablet to come in handy elsewhere.



23
Mar

Latest video demonstrates Android Wear’s ability to control iOS music


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Developer Mohammad Abu-Garbeyyeh has been making quite the buzz lately with his work on pairing Android Wear with iOS. In his first video, he showed the Moto 360 receiving notifications after pairing it with an iPhone. Then in his second video, he showed that you can answer phone calls using Android Wear.

Now in his third video, he demonstrates that Android Wear’s native music controls can control music being played on the iPhone.

This is all pretty cool, but I am not sure that many iOS users would jump on the Android Wear bandwagon instead of the Apple Watch, but it’s nice to have the option. Check out the video below and let us know what you think.

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23
Mar

Cyanogen Inc. receives $80 million in funding


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Earlier today, Cyanogen Inc. founders Steve Kondik and Kirt McMaster announced that they’ve secured $80 million in funding from a group of investors, which includes: Twitter Ventures, Qualcomm, Telefónica Ventures, Smartfren Telecom, Index Ventures, Access Industries,Vivi Nevo and Rupert Murdoch, in addition to several other partners who have asked to remain anonymous.

“So what will this money be spent on?” I hear you ask. Well, the company intends to use the majority of it “to hire talent and accelerate the development of its open OS platform.” The rest is likely to be spent on advertising campaigns to raise awareness for the alternative Android operating system, which, according to Sandesh Patnam, Techology Sector Lead of Primji Invest, has the potential “to become the 3rd leading mobile OS.”

Markably absent from the list of investors is Microsoft, who were previously rumored to be donating an astonishing $30 million, which would have resulted in Cyanogen raising an eye-watering $110 million for the Series C financing campaign. However, according to Bloomberg, Microsoft may still strike a “commercial deal” with Cyanogen to pre-load its mobile apps on Cyanogen OS devices.

The full press release can be seen below:

PALO ALTO, CA–(Marketwired – March 23, 2015) – Cyanogen Inc., a leading mobile operating system pure-play, announced the completion of an $80 million round of Series C financing. With offices in Palo Alto and Seattle, the company will leverage the infusion of new funding to hire talent and accelerate the development of its open OS platform.

The financing was led by Premji Invest and includes participation from new strategic investors Twitter Ventures, Qualcomm Incorporated, Telefónica Ventures, Smartfren Telecom, Index Ventures, Access Industries (the US-based industrial group headed by Len Blavatnik), Rupert Murdoch, Vivi Nevo, and several yet to be announced partners. Existing investors Benchmark, Andreessen Horowitz, Redpoint Ventures, and Tencent Holdings Ltd. also participated.

“We’re committed to creating an open computing platform that fundamentally empowers the entire mobile ecosystem from developers to hardware makers, and most importantly, consumers around the world,” said Kirt McMaster, CEO of Cyanogen Inc. “We’re excited to have the backing of an amazingly diverse group of strategic investors who are supporting us in building a truly open Android.”

“We invested in Cyanogen because we’re big proponents of what they’re doing in opening up Android and supporting global and local ecosystem players,” said Sandesh Patnam, Technology Sector Lead of Premji Invest. “Cyanogen is well positioned to become the 3rd leading mobile OS, and we’re excited to back them in growing their business on a global scale.”

To date, Cyanogen has received a total of $110 million in funding. Cyanogen is known for both its commercial distribution, Cyanogen OS, and open-source project CyanogenMod.

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23
Mar

Amazon ‘Unlocked’ could be like a “Prime for paid Android apps”




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Amazon may soon offer customers unlimited access to paid apps and games as part of a new “Unlocked” service. That is, of course, provided a recent TechCrunch report proves accurate. According to their sources, it would be not unlike an “Amazon Prime for Apps”.

Introducing Amazon Unlocked for Apps & Games,” the company notes in one promotional spot. “Paid apps and in-app purchasing now completely FREE from Amazon.

Allegedly, the Amazon Unlocked would essentially provide for a way for highlighting content that typically comes with a price tag or includes in-app purchases. From the sounds of it, Amazon will shave the prices down on content for limited time periods and developers may be able to opt in/out.

It is not clear as to how soon Amazon Unlocked might roll out or whether it will be offered separately from any other services. Presumably, Unlocked is just one more “wow” factor in the Amazon experience and comes free of charge. On the other hand, we’d not be surprised if there were a standalone fee that gets you in the door. Would you be willing to pay a few bucks each month for an all-access pass to Unlocked content?

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23
Mar

Samsung commits to loading Microsoft apps on future devices




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Samsung says it plans to install a number of Microsoft apps on its upcoming smartphones and tablets. Starting with the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, Samsung’s lineup will come loaded with OneDrive, OneNote, and Skype. Both smartphones come with 100GB free cloud storage for two years through Microsoft OneDrive, allowing extra storage space for media.  Looking ahead, Samsung will pre-install Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneDrive, OneNote, and Skype on some of its tablets.

“Great things happen when you converge services and devices,” said Peggy Johnson, executive vice president of business development, Microsoft. “Our partnership with Samsung is emblematic of our efforts to bring the best of Microsoft’s productivity services to everyone, on every device, so people can be productive wherever, however and whenever they want.”

In related news, Dell and a host of other hardware makers have confirmed similar intentions.

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23
Mar

Twitter taps Foursquare for location-based features


Twitter wants to know where you are. The social media company has tied up with Foursquare so your tweets can carry your precise location. Twitter was already picking up on your whereabouts, but its in-house tagging ability has been restricted to data points from GPS, wireless networks and cellular tower signals. The update allows Twitter to tap in to Foursquare’s massive location database so you will be able to pinpoint your exact spot in a tweet.

The update makes Twitter more lucrative to brands that thrive on location-based user behavior. According to the support site, the tweet will include specifics like “the coordinates of the street intersection where you Tweeted” along with the location label selected. Users can also tap in to the chosen spot to read relevant tweets in the vicinity for a more personalized experience.

For geo-tagging enthusiasts who turn location on, all future tweets will automatically carry their coordinates. If you’re not keen on sharing your location all the time, you’ll have to remember to go back and opt-out.

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