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Best Buy Briefly Lists The Moto 360 Smart Watch For $249

Sunday 17 August 2014 @ 5:38 pm
Motorola-Moto-360-dal-vivo-10 Best Buy may have inadvertently revealed pricing for the Moto 360 smart watch, set to be unveiled at a press event in early September. The big box retailer put up a listing for the smart watch on their website, which had a full list of specs as well as a $249 price tag. The page was removed shortly after appearing. Luckily, the folks over at DroidLife grabbed a screenshot of the listing. Read More



The Firefox OS Flame Developer Reference Phone Starts Shipping

Thursday 14 August 2014 @ 8:45 am
firefox-flame Firefox OS is a would-be competitor to Android and iOS, the two major mobile platforms out there, with all the challenges that entails, but the process of getting things going has been slow. Today, however, Mozilla has shipped the Flame Developer reference phone to developers who created apps for the platform or pre-ordered the device, and they’re providing video tutorials for new… Read More



Microsoft, Samsung, And Expensive Free Software

Monday 4 August 2014 @ 3:48 pm
Screen Shot 2014-08-04 at 4.37.46 PM In a world where Windows is cheaper than free software, things get weird. Microsoft and Samsung are currently locked in a public pissing match over royalties. Samsung agreed to pay Microsoft for use of the software company’s intellectual property relating to the South Korean firm’s sale of Android-based devices. Read More



The One-Horse Race: 85% Of The 300M Smartphones Shipped In Q2 Were Android

Wednesday 30 July 2014 @ 4:37 pm
6180104944_73e0a291aa_b Another milestone for Google’s Android in its unstoppable march to mobile dominance: the operating system accounted for 85% of all smartphones shipped in Q2 — its highest ever proportion, according to a new report from Strategy Analytics. Google’s win comes at a loss for everyone else, and interestingly for the smartphone market overall. Apple, Windows Phone and BlackBerry… Read More



Duolingo Launches Its Certification Program To Take On TOEFL

Wednesday 23 July 2014 @ 8:00 am
2014-07-22_1104 Duolingo, the free language learning service, today announced the launch of Test Center, its digital language certification program. The company is launching this service with an English Proficiency Exam that will rate your language skills on a scale from one to ten, but it expects to expand to other languages as well. For the time being, the certificate is available for free, but the… Read More



Google’s Chromecast streamer can now mirror Android devices on your TV

Wednesday 9 July 2014 @ 1:30 pm
Google’s Chromecast streamer can now mirror Android devices on your TV
Image Credit: Television & phone image via Google

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Google’s Chromecast streaming stick just gained a cool, new trick.

Google today added mirroring to its Chromecast Android app, enabling Chromecast owners with Android devices to “cast” mobile apps, photos, videos, and anything else from their device’s screen over to their television set. Google originally announced the feature at its I/O 2014 developer conference.

To mirror content from an Android phone or tablet, you’ll need to open the Chromecast app, select “Cast Screen” from the navigation drawer, and then choose the Chromecast device connected to your television. Nexus-branded device owners have it even easier: They can access the feature from the quick settings menu.

Chromecast Android mirroring phone

The company said it’s planning to add support for more Android phones from Samsung, HTC, LG, and others in a future update. You can find a complete list of supported Android devices below.

  • Nexus 4
  • Nexus 5
  • Nexus 7 (2013)
  • Nexus 10
  • Samsung Galaxy S4
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 (Google Play Edition)
  • Samsung Galaxy S5
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 10
  • HTC One M7
  • HTC One M7 (Google Play Edition)
  • LG G3
  • LG G2
  • LG G Pro 2


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Vevo gives its Android app a major overhaul

Wednesday 9 July 2014 @ 5:52 am
Vevo gives its Android app a major overhaul

Above: Vevo's new Android app.

Image Credit: Vevo

Music video service Vevo just announced its “biggest update” for Android yet, touting major changes to the app’s user interface and streaming tech.

The Android app’s redesigned home screen features a real-time feed, like Vevo’s current iOS app. Vevo regularly updates the feed with new music video premieres, original content, recommended playlists, and artist news, the company said.

Vevo also promised its videos will load faster and stream better than they did previously on Android, the result of Vevo’s NexStreaming integration. Korean software firm NexStreaming makes streaming tech primarily for mobile devices.

The app offers real-time streams of three Vevo TV channels: “Hits” (pop), “Flow” (rap / R&B), and “Nashville” (country). Right now, those are only available in the U.S. and Canada.

Vevo introduced a number of other changes, including recommended videos, simpler playlist creation and playback, and a redesigned “browse” section.

Vevo’s new Android app, which is live on Google Play now, arrives a week after the resignation of its product head, Michael Cerda. In his three years at the company, Cerda spearheaded Vevo’s push onto iOS and Android devices, as well as media boxes like the Xbox, Apple TV, Roku, and Amazon Fire TV.

Vevo, which launched in late 2009, is a joint venture of Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group, and Abu Dhabi Media. YouTube made a sizable investment in Vevo last summer, netting Google a roughly 7% stake in the company.



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Apple and Google make it easier for app store consumers to get product refunds — finally

Monday 7 July 2014 @ 3:15 pm
Apple and Google make it easier for app store consumers to get product refunds — finally

Above: The app store

Image Credit: Fiksu

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Apple and Google have changed their policies on giving consumers refunds for app store purchases. Of course, it took a little nudging.

Said nudging came from South Korea’s Fair Trade Commission, which ordered the companies to make changes so consumers can get refunds following purchases in a more straightforward manner. The Korea Herald reports that Apple is now required to send App Store users notifications whenever its contract terms are modified. It also points out that Google’s Android app store, Google Play, will need to respect developers’ individual refund policies and set up a system that supports this.

It’s not really all that surprising that the refund situation has come to this. Previously, Apple customers would have to submit a ticket through its “Report a Problem” feature if they wanted to get a refund on a prior purchase. Each of these requests had to be viewed by an Apple employee for approval. While these mandatory changes only apply to the South Korean App Store at the moment, Apple is thinking about extending the modifications to the global market. This is largely thought to be a preemptive measure since it’s likely such changes will become mandatory in other countries at some point anyway.

This ruling comes on the heels of the KFTC’s decision to order domestic app stores to make similar changes to their contracts. Though this is the first ruling against international app stores, Apple has been under the KFTC’s thumb in the past, and it was required to change its iPhone refund policy to allow customers to get a refund within one-month of purchase.

Via: Apple Insider



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Google’s Android TV controller looks like an Xbox One gamepad with PlayStation-style sticks

Monday 30 June 2014 @ 11:20 am
Google’s Android TV controller looks like an Xbox One gamepad with PlayStation-style sticks

Above: The Android TV controller borrows elements from Microsoft and Sony's devices.

Image Credit: Reddit

Google has its own Android microconsole platform coming later this year on a variety of set-top boxes and televisions, which means it will need its own gaming controller. It looks like it has one ready to go.

Images of the Android TV gamepad leaked online today (as spotted by Business Insider), and the input device looks a lot like Microsoft’s Xbox One controller. The biggest difference is that Google arranged the analog sticks symmetrically like Sony always does with its DualShock line of controllers. In addition to the face, shoulder, and directional buttons, this new joypad also has Android-style buttons for home, back, and menu.

Google I/O attendee Artem Russakovskii posted an image of the Android TV controller to social media.

Above: Google I/O attendee Artem Russakovskii posted an image of the Android TV controller to social media.

Image Credit: Artem Russakovskii

We’ve reached out to Google to confirm this is the final design as well as pricing and availability, and we’ll update this post with any new information.

Google announced Android TV last week at its annual developer conference in San Francisco. This is the company’s attempt to take on the living room with its open-source operating system. Like with standard Android, Google isn’t focusing on building its own product. Instead, it is offering Android TV to third-party companies like Razer and Asus that will build their own set-top boxes and microconsoles. TV manufacturers, like Sony, are also planning to build new sets that feature Android TV. While this OS will play games, Android TV is also for streaming video content, accessing app, and searching the web.

In March, Google acquired Android-controller manufacturer Green Throttle Games, and it’s likely that team is responsible for the Android TV input device.

While Google might have its own controller, it’s likely that companies like Razer and Sony will pack in their own input devices with their systems. It’s possible that Google is building its gamepad just as a reference for third-parties.


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Google’s Principal Designer For Search And Maps Explains Material Design

Sunday 29 June 2014 @ 10:00 am
materialdesign-goals-cutrectangles_large_xhdpi Google’s design work was center stage at I/O this year, from the keynote through sessions and things being demoed on the show floor. The changes run across Google’s range of devices and platforms, and embrace a new set of design principals grouped under the central concept of ‘Material Design.’ Design Evolved I spoke to Jon Wiley, Principal Designer of Search and Maps… Read More



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