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27
Apr

Apple Seeds Second OS X 10.10.4 Yosemite Beta to Developers, First Public Beta Version


os_x_yosemite_round_iconApple today seeded the second beta of OS X 10.10.4 to developers, approximately a week and a half since releasing the first 10.10.4 beta and nearly three weeks after releasing OS X 10.10.3 with the Photos for OS X app to the public. Alongside the new developer beta, Apple also released the first public beta version of OS X 10.10.4.

Developers can download the new beta, build 14E11f, through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store or through the Mac Developer Center.

OS X 10.10.3 introduced several consumer-facing changes including the new Photos for OS X app, a redesigned emoji picker, new diversified emoji, and more, but OS X 10.10.4 appears to be an under-the-hood update that brings performance enhancements and bug fixes.

The first two updates to OS X Yosemite, OS X 10.10.1 and OS X 10.10.2 were also minor behind-the-scenes updates that improved performance through bug fixes and enhancements.



27
Apr

Instagram for iOS Gains Three New Filters, Emoji Hashtags [iOS Blog]


Instagram for iOS received a major update today, adding three new filters to the app: Lark, Reyes, and Juno. Lark brightens up images and adds purple tones, while Reyes adds a vintage-looking fade with yellow tones. Juno is the boldest of the three new filters, brightening images and bumping up the contrast for a more stylized look.

Today’s three new filters come four months after Instagram added Slumber, Crema, Ludwig, Aden, and Perpetua, the first new filter additions to the app in two years. With those five filters, Instagram began focusing more on subtle improvements, a trend continued with the three new filters added today.

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Instagram has also gained emoji hashtags with the latest update, so it’s possible to use emojis to create hashtags to enable new ways of tagging and finding photos on the image sharing service.

Introducing 3 new photo filters! Lark, Reyes and Juno have been added automatically so you can start using them right away.

Emoji hashtags. Use your favorite emojis to create, share and search for hashtags.

Get the best of Instagram from the Apple Watch. Browse your feed and like your favorite photos, or even leave emoji comments. Plus stay up to date with interactive notifications right on your wrist.

Instagram can be downloaded from the App Store for free. [Direct Link]



27
Apr

Snapchat hires a top CNN reporter to oversee its news


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Snapchat just showed how serious it is about turning its mobile video messaging service into your news hub. The company has hired Peter Hamby, one of CNN’s best political reporters, to oversee its news efforts. He’ll still contribute to the TV network through 2016, but his top priority will be the internet startup. As to what Hamby will actually do in his new job? He’s not spilling the beans, but his interest in Snapchat’s live stories suggests that you’ll see more on-the-ground coverage of unfolding events. You may well find yourself using a single app to both catch up on the day’s happenings and share gossip with your friends.

Filed under: Cellphones, Internet, Mobile

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Source: Politico

27
Apr

Get notified about coming rain with this app


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Rain is a force of nature that we can do nothing about, and yet can completely change our day. From not having work, to canceling that trip to a theme park, rain has a large affect on what we do. With where technology is, you would think we would have ways to help the rain not do so much, but alas this is not the case. Until that day comes, we have weather apps that can help. This app in particular can help alert you to rain without you requesting the information.

Rain Alarm

Rain Alarm looks to notify you of any precipitation coming your way, whether it be rain, snow, or hail. Most weather apps we use “forecast”, or attempt to predict what the weather will be. However, the accuracy of these forecasts aren’t exactly reliable. Rain Alarm uses real-time data to give you alerts as to when it will rain rather than forecasts. Not only does this mean you can trust the notification, but you can check the weather map in the app to see it for yourself.

Rain Alarm focuses on one thing, and seems to do it really well. It has 4.2 stars (out of 18,883 ratings), and over a million downloads. The app below is the free version, but there is a paid version as well that removes ads, allows for more customization, and even gives Android Wear notifications.

Alternative: Arcus Weather

If you’d rather have an app that will alert you of rain, and also give more function with weather altogether, than perhaps Arcus Weather will better suit you. Arcus Weather not only alerts you of rain, but also is more modern looking with Material Design guidelines. Also, the free version comes with Android Wear support, and provides all sorts of weather information from forecast.io and its API.

The only reason this is not the main one mentioned is because it it has far less downloads (and therefore ratings). However, it still has 4.2 stars (with 3,756 ratings) and over 100,000 downloads.

Have questions you want answered?

This article was written in response to a question from social media, using #HeyAG. If you have a question about anything Android related (or smartphone-related, smartwatch-related, or Chroms OS/Chromebook/Chromecast-related), than shoot us a question on social media!

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27
Apr

NBC’s live sports streaming comes to Apple TV and Roku players


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You have more than a few ways to watch live sports on Apple TV and Roku boxes, but there are still a few gaps. What if you want to catch lots of golf tournaments? If you live in the US, you won’t have to worry quite so much. NBC Sports has launched versions of its Live Extra app for both media hubs, making sure that you won’t miss out on the Golf Channel, the Olympics, Sunday Night Football and some internet-only events, such as certain Premier League matches. You’ll still need a qualifying TV subscription to watch in the first place, but this beats missing out on some big-screen sports simply because you’re visiting friends.

Filed under: Home Entertainment, Internet, HD

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Source: NBC Sports (1), (2), Roku Stream Blog

27
Apr

Android 5.0 Lollipop now rolling out to the Sprint LG G2


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We’ve already seen the update to Android 5.0 Lollipop roll out to the LG G2 on Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile’s networks, and now it’s finally Sprint’s turn. The update, which is labeled software version ZVG, will bring Lollipop to your G2 starting today.

Android 5.0 Lollipop will bring along with it a number of changes, both aesthetic and under the hood. Your G2 will get a taste of Google’s Material Design enhancements, complete with more fluid animations, a redesigned notification panel and new Lollipop-style softkeys. You’ll also get to take advantage of the convenient Smart Lock security feature, actionable lock screen notifications and a new priority notifications mode. On the Sprint side, the update will also bring changes to your device’s FM Radio software.

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As per usual, the update is rolling out in stages, so there’s a chance you may not see it for a few days. If you’d like, you can check for the update manually by heading to Settings>Software updates>Update LG software>Check now. Once you get the update, be sure to let us know how you like the new features!



27
Apr

T-Mobile starts rolling out Lollipop update for the Note 4


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As T-Mobile promised last week, it has now begun pushing out the long-awaited Android 5.0.1 update to all carrier-banded variants of the Galaxy Note 4 located in the United States. In terms of added functionality, this upgrade transports the latest build of Lollipop to the handset, in addition to a ton of bug fixes and stability improvements.

Hit the break for the full changelog.

  • Material Design: You will quickly notice a whole new colorful look and feel to your device – from fluid animations to new application and system themes, colors and widgets.
  • Notifications UI & Priorities: In order to alert you to the mosttimely and relevant information, the format and behavior of notifications have evolved:
    • notifications will appear on the lock screen and are intelligently ranked by type and who sent them.
    • you double-tap to open one, swipe left or right to clear one, or clear all notifications from the bottom of the list.
    • you can set the priority and privacy of notifications for each application.
    • very high priority notifications will pop up briefly over other applications so that you can take action.
    • when you dismiss a notification on one device it will be dismissed on your other Android devices, if they are connected to the Internet.
    • you can further tailor how notifications behave with the new Downtime and Ambient Display settings (see below).
  • New Interruptions & Downtime Settings: You can tailor how interruptions behave, choosing to allow all, none, or only priority interruptions.  You can personalize what counts as a priority interruption (reminders, events, calls, messages) and even tailor them to be from only contacts you specify.  The Downtime setting will allow only priority interruptions during the times and days that you specify.  e.g. allow only priority interruptions on the weekend.
  • Recent Apps (Multi-tasking): The redesigned Overview space (formerly called Recents) will include both applications and separate activities within those applications.  For instance, each open tab in Chrome will also appear here along with recent applications; both your Gmail Inbox and a draft email message will appear as separate cards.  This provides a consistent way to switch amongst tasks.
  • Flashlight: Lollipop includes a new flashlight option as part of Quick settings (swipe down with two fingers from the status bar to see it).
  • Pin a view/app: Screen pinning allows you to keep a specific app or screen in view. For example, you can ‘pin’ a game and your child will not be able to navigate anywhere else on your phone.
  • Battery: The Battery settings panel now shows an estimated projection for how much time you have left while discharging or charging.  You can also enable a new battery saver mode that will save power by reducing performance and most background data operations to extend your battery life.
  • Smarter Internet Connections: With Android Lollipop, your phone will not connect to a Wi-Fi access point unless there is a verified Internet connection. This feature improves hand-offs between Wi-Fi and cellular connections, helping to maintain your video chat or voice-over-IP (VoIP) call as you switch.
  • Performance: Your phone now uses the new Android Runtime to help optimize application performance.  After upgrading to Lollipop, your applications will undergo a one-time optimization process.  Note that the optimization for ART requires more space.
  • Security: Encryption can now use a stronger 256-bit key to help protect your data.  Note that the stronger key willonly be used after you perform a factory reset on Android Lollipop.  Otherwise encryption will continue to use 128-bit key.  You can turn on encryption in the Security settings menu.

As is customary with all manufacturer updates, the upgrade is being rolled out in stages, but if you don’t feel like waiting for a notification confirming that it’s ready for your device, you can search for the update manually. To do so simply follow the four steps below:

  1. Open the Settings app
  2. Scroll to the bottom and tap on “About Device”
  3. Hit “System Updates”

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27
Apr

ASUS ZenWatch 2 will reportedly launch next year in sizes for both men and women


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One of the best Android Wear watches to date, the ASUS ZenWatch, was announced last September at IFA 2014. While it seems the tech community expects a yearly release cycle for just about every new product, it looks like we’ll have to wait a bit longer than 12 months to get our hands on ASUS’ next smartwatch.

ASUS CEO Jerry Shen reportedly told NDTV Gadgets that, while the new smartwatch is in the works, the company doesn’t plan to launch the ZenWatch 2 this year. Shen also revealed to reporters that the wearable will arrive in two versions, one for women and one for men. There was no clarification given on whether the new variants will only be different sizes or if the company will launch two completely different styles.

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This is certainly great news for both men and women who want to adopt wearables, but can’t seem the right size to fit their wrists. While a number of current wearables on the market are advertised as “unisex”, the fact of the matter is that some are just too large for many women’s wrists.

A lot can change over a year’s time, so we still may end up seeing the ZenWatch 2 launch before the end of 2015. Once we get anymore information on the new wearable, we’ll be sure to let you know.



27
Apr

SwiftKey’s Greenhouse experimental hub launches with Clarity Keyboard


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There is a new keyboard in town, but it comes from a familiar source. Today, SwiftKey announced Greenhouse as an experimental hub for the developer to plant and grow new ideas. The developer says that Greenhouse manages ideas that are not yet ready for primetime by seeing how users interact with software. SwiftKey Greenhouse is basically another way to say ‘beta’. The first experiment to be released under the Greenhouse name is Clarity Keyboard.

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As SwiftKey puts it, Clarity Keyboard focuses on writing and that’s it. There are no themes or extra buttons to try. Clarity Keyboard is about putting your thumbs on the display and typing away. This keyboard can correct multiple words at once, ignore autocorrect, and learn slang and nicknames from users.

You can get started with the Clarity Keyboard beta right now. Then you can leave feedback in the SwiftKey VIP forum.

Source: SwiftKey

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27
Apr

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Enables Access to HealthKit for More Than 80,000 Patients [iOS Blog]


healthkit-logoCedars-Sinai Medical Center, one of the largest hospitals in Los Angeles, has updated its online medical records to enable access to HealthKit for more than 80,000 patients, reports Bloomberg. Cedars-Sinai joins The Mayo Clinic and Duke University Hospital as medical centers connected to the health platform, alongside more than 900 health, medical and fitness apps integrated with the service.

“This is just another set of data that we’re confident our physicians will take into account as they make clinical and medical judgments,” said Cedars-Sinai chief information officer Cedars-Sinai. “We don’t really, fully know and understand how patients will want to use this and we’re going to basically stand ready to learn by what will happen.”

Apple said earlier this year that over 600 developers are integrating HealthKit into their health and fitness apps, and more than fourteen major hospitals are now using the health framework in the United States. Apple introduced HealthKit and a new Health app in iOS 8 as a part of a new initiative into health and fitness tracking. HealthKit taps into data from the iPhone’s various sensors along with compatible accessories to provide a more comprehensive picture of a user’s health.



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