YouTube gets political with ‘Elections Hub’ channel [Video]

 

Google launched the YouTube Elections Hub today so folks have a complete video resource for all-things political until the U.S. Election Day on Nov. 6.

“You can watch all of the live speeches from the floor of the upcoming Republican and Democratic National Conventions, see Google+ Hangouts with power brokers behind the scenes, and watch a live stream of the official Presidential and Vice Presidential debates,” announced YouTube News Manager Olivia Ma on the YouTube Blog. “You won’t need to go anywhere else for the must-watch moments of this election cycle…”

The hub will feature videos from politicians, parties, and well-known media, as well as shared coverage with live and on-demand content from ABC News, Al Jazeera English, BuzzFeed, Larry King, The New York Times, Phil DeFranco, Univision, and the Wall Street Journal.

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Feds shut down three Android pirated apps sites, more to come?

In a press release today, the U.S. Department of  Justice said it seized three domains associated with pirating and distributing Android apps. The three seized domain names – applanet.net, appbucket.net and snappzmarket.com – are now in the custody of the federal government and signs are posted from the FBI (below):

“Software apps have become an increasingly essential part of our nation’s economy and creative culture, and the criminal division is committed to working with our law enforcement partners to protect the creators of these apps and other forms of intellectual property from those who seek to steal it,” said Justice Department Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division Lanny A Breuer in a statement.

As PC World noted, the websites were not always on U.S. soil. French and Dutch authorities also helped with the enforcement.

It will be interesting to see if the closures curtail pirating or if the actions just move the exploitation underground. The full press release is below. Read more

Nikon unveils $350 Android-powered Coolpix S800c [Photos]

Update: Nikon added more press shots (above) to its website with the S800c’s white paper.

Nikon just unveiled its Android-powered, point-and-shoot Coolpix S800c camera that we detailed earlier this week.

Just as rumors suggested, it boasts built-in GPS for geo-tagging, a 10X optical zoom lens, 16-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, 3.5-inch touchscreen display, 1080p video capture, 4GB of internal storage, and Android 2.3 Gingerbread with Google Play access.

“The S800c establishes a new line in the COOLPIX S series powered by Android with built-in Wi-Fi compatibility for operation similar to that of a smartphone and wireless Internet connection,” announced Nikon on its website. “The S800c fulfills Nikon’s latest proposal for new ways to use digital cameras–Capture, View, Connect, Enjoy–all in a single, compact body.”

The S800c will be available in September in both white and black versions for a suggested retail price of $349.95.

The full press release is below.

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Google Postini Email services will be shutting down, new encryption service appears to be on the way

Google picked up Postini in 2007 to close the gap between its Gmail application and the more enterprise-ready platforms like Exchange and Lotus Notes. The service acts as an intermediary between email servers and the outside world and allows an extra layer of encryption/security/discovery/filtering that helped Gmail become the Google Apps platform many businesses now rely on. However, it appears Google is ready to move on.

Google announced it would integrate/merge Postini’s services into Google Apps/File Vault. For those who use Postini with Exchange or Lotus Notes, Google will be dumping you.

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Interestingly, Google said it would have a solution for Message Encryption that it will announce later this year. From the direction Google is going, we are likely to see that integrated into Google Apps and probably Gmail too. That would be nice.

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Google Play Gift Cards rolling out to Target, GameStop, RadioShack, & Walmart

We told you last week that Google was readying physical gift cards for Google Play content, and the company made things official today by announcing the cards will roll out to Target, GameStop, and RadioShack retail outlets in the coming weeks. The cards will be available in $10, $25, and $50, and they will initially only be available in the United States at the retailers mentioned above and through Walmart.com later this month.

-Explore millions of songs from top artists, thousands of your favorite movies and TV shows, the world’s largest selection of eBooks, and much more. Play your purchases instantly on the web or on the go — no need for wires or syncing.

-Shop for all the Android apps and games you love with your Google Play gift card. You can even use it to purchase extra levels, add-on packs, and virtual currency.

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Google Offers and Boingo to expand free Wi-Fi to 24 more locations, malls and airports

We reported in June that Google Offers is sponsoring free Wi-Fi in New York City until September, and now the discounted service will extend to more nationwide locations.

The sponsorship is possible through an agreement with Boingo Wireless. New Yorkers and tourists currently access free Internet at six subway stations and over 200 Boingo hotzones in the borough of Manhattan due to the partnership. The free Wi-Fi coverage, which even reaches below street level, will end Sept. 7. However, another 24 locations across the country will soon have access to the wide-reaching, complimentary service.

Starting today, the sponsored Wi-Fi will cover eight malls and 16 airports throughout New York, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., Seattle, and other major cities. Google Offers, which is an infant deal-of-the-day website piping localized savings to huge geographic markets in the U.S., is the first sponsor of Boingo Wi-Fi in New York subway stations.

The full press release is below (via BusinessWire):

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Leaked press shots tease Nikon’s Android-powered Coolpix ‘S800c’ [Photos]

NikonRumors just posted leaked press shots of the Android-based Coolpix “s800c” camera.

The pictures reveal a touchscreen menu on the backside, apparently running a Gingerbread flavor, with apps for a camera, email, browser, music, etc. Additional specs labeled on the front of the camera detail a “12X Wide Optical Zoom ED VR” in HD and a 4.5-54.0mm stock lens.

NikonRumors, which has a decent track record in scooping Nikon, said the official announcement will occur “on or around” Aug. 22. The website first discovered the s800c in a filling with the Indonesian Communication Agency, and it originally noted the camera touts a 3.5-inch OLED screen, Android 2.3 with Google Play apps, and built-in GPS and Wi-Fi.

A full gallery is below.

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Samsung reveals dual-SIM, ICS-powered Galaxy S Duos, with September launch in Europe [Photos]

Samsung just announced the new dual-SIM Galaxy S Duos with Android 4.0.

The 4-inch handset boasts a WVGA 480-by-800 display and a 5-megapixel rear-shooting camera, but users who travel often or juggle multiple phones will mostly love its ability to toggle SIM cards. The dual-SIM functionality essentially lets users connect two phone numbers to a single phone, while the “Always on” feature allows them to receive calls on one SIM number while answering a call from the other line. The Galaxy S Duos further supports various billing plans for each SIM.

A few of the additional specs mentioned in the press release include “rounded edges and smooth ceramic-like finish,” 1GHz processor, 1500mAh battery, and 4GB of on-board storage. The Galaxy S Duos is eyeing a September launch starting in Europe with a rollout scheduled for other territories, and The Verge noted an LTE version, with possibly different internal specs, is coming down the pipeline.

Let’s hope the Galaxy S Duos marks an industry-wide transition to multi-SIM smartphones. It would certainly be interesting to see all the carriers simultaneously fight for usage on a single device.

The full press release is below.

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Leak roundup: Samsung Galaxy Note 2 pictured every which way?

Leaked shots of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 have surfaced online just weeks ahead of its launch event in Germany.

A “tipster” sent KnowYourMobile a blurry image of a device this morning that looks akin to other Samsung products in the Galaxy line. Sources told the publication it is the Galaxy Note 2, and it will boast a quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, Samsung’s S-Pen tech, and Android Jelly Bean.

Phandroid posted a clearer press shot of the Galaxy Note 2 that aggregated on Twitter this afternoon. The picture shows the front and back of the device with the camera and speaker positioned similar to the Galaxy S III. It also houses a slot for S-Pen.

Nowhereelse rounded the recent Galaxy Note 2 leaks with a photo of a 5.5-inch front panel. Samsung confirmed it would launch its hotly awaited phablet at IFA on Aug. 29 with a bigger screen than the predecessor.

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Google Play readies self-branded gift cards and wishlist for store [Photos]

Google finally realized that online shopping is synonymous with gift cards and wishlists.

According to AndroidPolice, the Google Play Store is taking a much-needed clue from Apple and Amazon and readying a wishlist tool and physical gift cards for its revamped Android marketplace. The wishlist is where users essentially add content for purchasing later, while the redeemable Play Store cards allow users to pop in a code, earn a Play Store balance, and buy content without the use of a credit card.

AndroidPolice found evidence of these two functions after comparing a new Google Play Store v3.8.15 APK to the previous 3.7.15 version. The 300 KB code revealed new icons, layout and string resources, and an Android manifest that all pointed to a wishlist and gift cards coming down the Google Play pipeline.

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Google+ for Android now lets teens join Hangouts, Hangouts on Air from mobile

Google updated its Google+ for Android app today, and the most notable tweak allows users to join Hangouts on Air from their mobile devices.

That is not all: Teens can now create and join Hangouts from their mobile devices too. Apparently, they could not before, but Google now lets them take advantage of the social network’s premier video-chat feature on an Android-based smartphone or tablet.

Additional updates include:

  • - Floating timestamp in photos view
  • - Shortcuts for post creation
  • - Ability to report abuse in Events

 Screenshots of the updated app are below. 

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