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Yesterday

Japan considering applying ‘secrecy of communications’ rules on tech giants like Apple and Google

A Japanese communications panel said on Monday that the country should consider legal action to begin imposing domestic-level rules on tech giants not based in Japan, such as Apple, Facebook ,and Google.

January 18

Microsoft tells users to switch to iOS or Android as Windows Phone set for obsolescence

Microsoft is admitting smartphone defeat and is now officially urging any remaining Windows 10 Mobile users to switch to an iOS or Android device instead.

In an End of Support document spotted by Thurrott, Microsoft notifies users that Windows 10 Mobile will cease to receive new security updates after December 10, 2019.

January 3

[Update: Forms] Google launches ‘․new’ links for instantly creating blank Google Docs, Sheets & more

Google took to Twitter today to introduce a small but useful feature that makes it easier than ever to create a Google Doc. By merely visiting a series of ‘.new’ URLs, such as ‘docs.new’ or ‘slide.new’, users will immediately be taken to a new blank document.

December 19, 2018

Google’s Waze CEO says company celebrates annual ‘Tim Cook Day’, attributes app success to Apple Maps debacle

Waze CEO recently sat down for an interview with Business Insider, and spoke about the company’s $1 billion acquisition by Google, self-driving cars, and why the company attributes Waze’s widespread success to Apple and celebrates an annual “Tim Cook Day.”

The reasoning dates back to 2012, when Apple Maps’ debacle proved a worst case scenario for the company, forcing CEO Tim Cook to write a public apology letter over the numerous Apple Maps shortcomings.

December 17, 2018

Google Pixel 3 featured on Saturday Night Live in half sketch, half ad

If you caught Saturday Night Live last weekend, you’ll have seen a Google Pixel 3 clip that blurs the line between straight-up ad and a sponsored sketch.

December 13, 2018

Tesla loses head of digital to Google

Tesla has had a lot of turnover in its digital team over the past two years, but now we learn that they’ve lost their head of digital product to Google.

December 4, 2018

Researchers develop cross-platform app to test for anemia with a single photo

Emory University researchers have developed a cross-platform mobile app which can test anybody for anemia with just one photo of their fingernails.

December 3, 2018

Gartner: Global smartphone shipments eke minor Q3 2018 growth as next sales boom awaits 5G and foldables

Global smartphone sales increased 1.4 percent YoY as compared to Q3 2017, according to a new report published by Gartner. The report details Apple retaining its 11.8 percent share of the smartphone market, with Samsung losing 3.4 percent compared to the same period last year.

November 29, 2018

Google Fi promotion offers new customers one month of free service

Hot off the heels of Google rebranding its mobile network this week from Project Fi to Google Fi, the company has been aggressively promoting new offers to incentivize customers and generate interest.

October 31, 2018

Twitter for iOS adds new floating compose button, additional spam report options

Update: Twitter also now says that starting today, some users will see a new option to view the latest tweets first. We previously reported on this change here.

Twitter is rolling out a new compose button design to its iOS app, the company announced this afternoon. The new compose interface is based around a floating action button, similar to many Android applications.

October 23, 2018

Razer Phone 2 facing network compatibility issues on Verizon, fix incoming

While the Razer Phone 2 is advertised as offering full Verizon network support, early customers who have already received the phone are reporting that’s not necessarily the case.

August 21, 2014

The Sony Xperia Z3 passed through TENAA today, and as a result, we’ve finally got our hands on some high-resolution press photos and specs that can tell us more about the device. This isn’t the devices first leak, but with its expected reveal next month, it seems like it’s getting more difficult for Sony to keep the device under wraps.

According to the report, the device is expected to feature a 5.3″ display at full 1080P resolution, a 20.7MP rear shooter, a Snapdragon 801, 3GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. While the press photos of the device look awfully similar to the Z2, previous reports point to the phone being thiner and lighter than its predecessor.

Sony is expected to reveal the Z3 at IFA in Berlin during their scheduled press event.

You can view the full gallery of the device in both black and white below.

August 17, 2014

Spotted by DroidLifeBest Buy this morning accidentally published the product page of the Moto 360 on their mobile site. The listing shows the smartwatch priced at $249.99, the same price we heard from Motorola when the price was accidentally published on its own product page. The page also lists a near-full spec sheet of the device, which states the watch will be waterproof at 3.3ft for up to 30 minutes, feature a vibrating motor, and Bluetooth 4.0. 

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Deal: Get Pixelbook at 25% off: $750!

August 14, 2014

YouTube unveils new TV layout for easier browsing on media boxes

YouTube today announced on their blog that they’re officially rolling out a new UI for YouTube on TVs, which will allow for easier navigating on the big screen. The update will roll out to all media devices connected to a television, such as Android TV, Roku, possibly Apple TV, and game consoles in the coming weeks, but YouTube is saying that Xbox One users will start to see the new UI today.

The channels you subscribe to and videos you care about will be a click away with a guide on the left side that’s just like the guide you see on YouTube on your computer, phone, and tablet. When you sign in, you can jump to all the latest videos from your subscriptions and recommendations in the What to Watch section, or pop on a playlist you’ve liked such as Blogilates’ Cardio AB Attack and turn your TV into a workout buddy.

August 11, 2014

This cool infographic shows you Google’s plans for the car of the future

 

This neat infographic from visual.ly explains Google’s plans for self driving cars. The diagram details that cars will be have a soft foam front to cushion impact if it hits a pedestrian, a laser sensor with 360 degree view, front windshield made of plastic rather than glass, and much, much, more.

Check out the full graphic from the source right here.

August 8, 2014

Analyst: Play Store and iOS App Store rapidly growing, Windows Phone fails to impress

Analyst Alex Barredo today tweeted a photo today depicting the size of the app stores on all major mobile platforms. According to the chart, Android’s Play Store has the most apps, with iOS’ App Store not too far behind it. Both are growing rapidly, and both are approaching the 1.4 billion mark.

AutoCAD renderings of Sony Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact revealed

AutoCAD renderings of the Sony Xperia Z3 and its little sister, the Z3 Compact, have leaked online this morning, revealing the dimensions and some specs of the two upcoming devices expected to be revealed at IFA in Berlin next month.

The first rendering is of the main flagship, the Z3. The dimensions show the device coming in at 146.46 x 72.09 x 7.3 mm, which is smaller than the Z2 in every way. The Z2 measures in at 146.8 x 73.3 x 8.2 mm and weighs 163g, so it seems likely that the Z3 will be lighter than the Z2.

Mysterious Motorola phone appears on Geekbench with flagship specs

It seems as if speculation surrounding the Moto X+1 has been floating around the rumor mill for months now. Every week, it’s as if an announcement is imminent, then, more rumors build up and the phone remains a mere myth. This week is no exception, with a mysterious Motorola device appearing in Geekbench’s database.

August 7, 2014

Fleksy Android keyboard expands language support with Arabic and Chinese

Fleksy today updated their Android keyboard with support for new themes and more languages, Arabic and Chinese. The Arabic keyboard is launching in beta today, with the Chinese version coming sometime in the near future.

August 6, 2014

In an announced by Facebook’s Ian Lake, an updated version of Messenger, version 9, will include lots of new Android Wear focused improvements. First on the list is voice replies. The update includes the ability to tap the reply button when a message comes in, and speak what you want to say. Also included is the ability to mute a conversation directly from a Wear device.

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