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10 things you didn’t know you could do with Android – USA TODAY

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Jefferson Graham displays the Face Unlock feature on Android phones.(Photo: Jefferson Graham) LOS ANGELES — Google updates Android software so often that sometimes we miss some of the really cool new features — like smiling at the phone to unlock and use it. By far the No. 1 mobile operating system, Android is used on devices that range from the Samsung Galaxy series to handsets from LG and HTC, Google’s…

Apple’s iPhone 5c ‘failure flop’ outsold Blackberry, Windows Phone and every … – Apple Insider

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Saturday, March 22, 2014, 04:06 am PT (07:06 am ET) By Daniel Eran Dilger From the constant harping about the supposed “failure” of Apple’s iPhone 5c, you’d think the phone is selling poorly. The reality is that middle tier model, while dramatically less popular than Apple’s top of the line iPhone 5s, still managed to outsell every Blackberry, every Windows Phone and every Android flagship in the winter quarter, including…

Apple said to be considering Spotify competitor, iTunes for Android – The Verge

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Apple’s iTunes Radio could be just the start of the company’s streaming music plans. According to Billboard, Apple is mulling an on-demand streaming service that would let people listen to particular tracks without buying them, all as part of a subscription the likes of Spotify. Citing sources, Billboard adds that the company is also considering the creation of an iTunes app for Android phones, something that would mark a dramatic departure…

More Departures at Twitter as VP of Analytics Exits, Android Lead Leaves for … – Re/code

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Looks like plenty more birds are flying Twitter’s coop. Sara Haider, a mobile engineer and technical lead at Twitter for the past four and a half years, announced on Friday that she plans to leave the microblogging company to join Secret, the buzzy anonymous social startup that launched just two months ago. Haider will assume the role of Android lead for Secret, where she’ll be responsible for launching an Android…

President Obama may ditch his BlackBerry for an Android… – The Verge

Saturday, March 22, 2014

President Obama has long complained that his job doesn’t permit the luxury of carrying an iPhone. Prior to his election, Obama owned a personal BlackBerry that was replaced with a custom, highly-secure model once he reached office. But it seems Obama may have the chance to switch to Android before his term concludes. According to The Wall Street Journal, the White House is currently testing smartphones from Samsung and LG for internal,…

Here’s how to give your Android phone a huge speed boost – BGR

Friday, March 21, 2014

Apple released its eagerly anticipated iOS 7.1 update last week and while the new software added a bunch of great new features and cleaned up a few annoying bugs, there is one thing in particular that stands out as the best thing about iOS 7.1: the speed improvements. Apple’s new iOS 7.1 software is incredibly fast on iPhones and iPads, and the difference completely changes the user experience for the…

Apple Introduces Cheaper iPhone 5C Targeting LTE Growth In International … – Forbes

Friday, March 21, 2014

In a somewhat surprising move, Apple rolled out a cheaper version of the iPhone 5C in certain European and Asian markets Tuesday. The new smartphone is not very different from the existing iPhone 5C models as far as specifications go, but at 8GB, it has half the memory capacity of the previous entry-level 16GB variant. This could be a restricting factor for many smartphone users given the ever-rising memory requirements…

Install the Android Wear launcher on your Android device – CNET

Friday, March 21, 2014

(Credit: Jason Cipriani/CNET) Earlier this week Google announced Android Wear, the platform that’s going to bring Android to more wearables in the very near future. Along with the announcement, it also released a developer preview of the operating system for developers to begin working magic with. Naturally the preview included an emulator for devs to preview their work on. It didn’t take long for the emulator to be extracted and…

Apple investors pin hopes on iPhone — again – MarketWatch

Friday, March 21, 2014

By Therese Poletti, MarketWatch Getty Images A new book about Apple reveals that Steve Jobs may not have wanted the company to enter the TV business, something investors have hoped in recent years. …

Medium Launches Simple iPhone App That’s Just For Reading – TechCrunch

Friday, March 21, 2014

Blogging platform Medium has released a simple app for the iPhone that allows users to read articles from the site. They’re presented as a feed that’s recommended for you automatically, though articles that have been recommended by people you follow feature their mug shot next to the title. The app does not, in its current incarnation, feature any writing or composition features — this is for reading things on Medium…

The Majority of iPhone Users Admit to ‘Blind Loyalty’ – Why This A Problem For … – Forbes

Friday, March 21, 2014

Apple Product Launch: iPhone 5S and 5C iSheep. That’s the retort most readily used to attack owners of Apple Apple kit. It is a wonderfully concise allegation: the thoughtless herd mentality Apple cynics attribute to those happy to spend small fortunes on Macs, MacBooks, iPhones and iPads. Well brace yourself for new forum flame wars because it might just be true. As part of ongoing research into mobile phone purchasing…

Pebble’s Steel Smartwatch Is Fine, but the Real News Is the New Pebble Appstore – TIME

Friday, March 21, 2014

Google Android Wear is more advanced than anything we’ve seen so far. More Android Wear: Google’s Smartwatch Plans Come Into Focus 3 Things Smartwatches Need to Be Ready for Prime Time Pebble’s Steel Smartwatch Is Fine, but the Real News Is the New Pebble Appstore No disrespect to Samsung, Sony and Pebble, but their smartwatch efforts are now in trouble. On Tuesday, Google announced Android Wear, a version of Android…

Google reveals Android Wear, an operating system for… – The Verge

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Google is officially getting into wearables. The company has announced Android Wear, a version of the operating system designed specifically for wearable devices. To start with, the system is made for smartwatches, and Google is moving aggressively to make itself the key name in wearables. The company has released two videos that show off what the watch interface will look like, and from what we’ve seen, it’s very impressive….

Video: Here’s how Android Wear actually works – BGR

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Google on Tuesday unveiled Android Wear, a clear sign that wearable devices are very important for the company, and that it certainly wants smartwatch designers to first consider Android than anything else when creating new devices. The company has already made available several Android Wear resources for interested developers and OEMs, including videos that describe how an Android Wear watch should work, and what smartwatch-optimized apps should look like. From…

Video: Here’s how Android Wear actually works – BGR

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Google on Tuesday unveiled Android Wear, a clear sign that wearable devices are very important for the company, and that it certainly wants smartwatch designers to first consider Android than anything else when creating new devices. The company has already made available several Android Wear resources for interested developers and OEMs, including videos that describe how an Android Wear watch should work, and what smartwatch-optimized apps should look like. From…

Android Wear: Google’s Smartwatch Plans Come Into Focus – TIME

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Google Its new mobile operating system, Android Wear, is tailored for smartwatches and other wearable devices. The software focuses on notifications and quick responses to show you information as you need it while keeping interaction to a minimum Google has announced Android Wear, a version of its mobile operating system tailored for smartwatches and other wearable devices. Instead of just adding phonelike features to your wrist, Android Wear will focus…

Google’s Android Wear’s secret sauce: The cloud – ZDNet

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Smaller screen, same Google information services.   Google on Tuesday outlined its developer preview for Android Wear with an aim to power smartwatches and other wearable devices. But the real secret sauce of Android Wear may be the ability to bridge multiple screens via its cloud infrastructure. Google smartwatches Google sets smartwatches with Android Wear OS (photos) Read more In a blog post, Android chief…

iPhone 5s, 5c, 4s | specs, price, features compared – Macworld UK

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Wondering whether to upgrade your iPhone and which new iPhone to choose? Here are our answers to some of your questions about Apple’s two new smartphones: the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c. Wondering whether to buy a Samsung Galaxy S5? Read our comparison review of the iPhone 5s and Galaxy S5. Also: read our article on whether to wait for the iPhone 6. How much do the new iPhones cost?…

Android Upgrades Open A Backdoor To Malware, Researchers Show – Forbes

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Updating software is to malware as flossing is to gingivitis: a basic practice meant to minimize the risk of infection. But a team of researchers has found that for Google’s Google’s Android platform, operating system upgrades can also serve as a stealthy new method for malware to sneak its tricks past Android’s security measures. In a paper they plan to present at the IEEE Security and Privacy symposium in May,…