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Chitika: Samsung tablet use way up, Apple takes slight dip

Posted by wicked April - 23 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

Chitika has new web use statistics for tablets, and it shows the iPad is still king. Though Apple’s tablet offering leads by a wide margin, Samsung has picked up some ground. They’ve also grown quite a bit over this time last year, but still only have about 10% of the usage an Apple device does.


April 2014 sees Apple with 77.2% of tablet web usage, which is gauged on Chitika’s ad network. Samsung holds onto the number two spot, but claims a mere 8.3% of actual use. Amazon was third with just over 6%, while “Google” checks in at fourth place with 2.2%. Rounding out the top five was Microsoft with 1.6%.


Though there is still a wide gap between Apple and the rest, the numbers show a bit of levelling since last year. Apple fell from just over 80%, and Samsung jumped way up — they were at 4.7% last year. Both Google and Microsoft made headway into the tablet usage field as well, while Amazon stumbled, joining Apple as the only company to falter in April.

Chitika says Amazon’s ecosystem may be keeping users away from web browsing, instead opting to get tucked in with movies and other media in Amazon’s network. Apple has no such excuse, leading many to wonder if they’re on the decline. Chitika bases their metrics on “tens of millions” of impressions on their network, so while it’s not wholly comprehensive, it’s likely as close as we’ll get.

Source: Chitika

Via: SlashGear

LG files patent for “W Watch” name, speculation abounds

Posted by wicked April - 23 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

LG has patented a moniker for what could be an upcoming wearable. Their recent application, LG is attempting to patent the name W Watch, which is noted to be a smart watch, of course. We’ve already got expectations of a smart wearable or two from LG, so we’re especially intrigued as to what else they’ve got in the works.


We know LG will release a G Watch at some point, as they’ve already shown that off at various points. A G Watch name suggests a flagship wearable, much like their G series of smartphones. The W moniker is one we’ve not seen from LG, so we’re interested to see just what they have in store for us.

While we can come up with several suggestions for what W could mean (women, Windows, water…), it likely suggests a new lineup altogether. To our minds, it could mean “Wearable” — giving LG appropriate naming for their incoming lineup of smart watches and various other gadgets. We’ve seen LG working on various types of wearables, from simple fitness bands all the way to weird earphones that measure heart rate.

While none have the W moniker, obviously, the W Watch could be the first in a lineup from LG. We’ve not yet seen anything to suggest other patents with similar naming, but time may prove otherwise. Of course, until we see something from LG in the form of hardware, we just don’t know what to make of W anything. Maybe they just like naming things after letters.

Source: USPTO

Via: Pocket Now

How to: Quickly silence a pesky app

Posted by wicked April - 23 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

If you’ve got an app that is bugging you, there is a quick and easy way to solve that. Android has a really simple way to silence individual apps, so you never have to be alerted again. It’s also easy to revert back, should you fix a spam email issue or end a conversation with someone who talks too much.


The easiest way to silence a single app is via long press. When you see a notification in the top bar, drag the notification pane down. Long press the message, and you’ll see a new, smaller window that says “App Info”. Click that, and you’ll see a new screen pop up.

The new screen is your individual app info, which is buried in your settings menu. You can do all kinds of things like force stop the app or revert to an earlier build when on that screen, but we’re not here for that. All you need to do from here is uncheck that “Show Notifications” button, and you’re on your way. That particular app will no longer show you messages in the notification bar.

You can still get into the app via the settings menu, should you want to get notifications from the app again. To get into an app info screen the old fashined way, just pull down your notification shade, and select the gear icon (that’s settings). Select “Apps”, then the app you want to receive notifications for. Once you re-check the “Show Notifications” box from that all-too-familiar screen, you’re back in business. Enjoy your peace and quiet!

The little pop-up after a long press
The app info screen

AT&T’s HTC One (M8) can’t redeem free Drive storage

Posted by wicked April - 23 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

Owners of the new HTC One (M8) on AT&T have hit a snag when it comes to the free Drive storage. Each new handset arrives with 50GB of Google Drive storage, which users are prompted to take advantage of just after startup. Those with AT&T aren’t able to, which HTC notes is a bug they’re working on.

Saying the issue is a “minor technical error”, HTC hopes to have it fixed by the middle of next month. What the problem is, they didn’t say. What they did offer was an apology, and a promise to fix it:

Dear HTC Customers and Enthusiasts,

A minor technical error has temporarily deactivated the Google Drive cloud storage offer for the AT&T HTC One (M8). Please be aware that we are working to fix this error, and the 50GB of Google Drive storage space will be available by Mid-May for this device.

Thank you for your patience, and we hope you are enjoying your new HTC One (M8).

The Drive offer is available on other carrier devices, so this is clearly an AT&T issue. Our Verizon handset was fine, and no other carrier issues have arisen. The offer won’t go away any time soon, though — you can redeem it any time before January 1, 2016.

When the issue is fixed, AT&T customers should get into the Drive app, then select “Product Tour”. From there, scroll through the various screens, which tell you how to use Drive. Your last screen is the redemption page, which gives you your free Drive storage. Keep in mind that the free Drive storage is good for two years — not forever.

Source: HTC

AT&T 4G LTE now available for “nearly” 280 million people

Posted by wicked April - 23 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

AT&T has announced the latest 4G LTE coverage. This time around we are seeing coverage as having been added in five markets in five states. One area included in this bunch, Parkersburg-Marietta, deals with both West Virginia and Ohio.

Otherwise, the remaining coverage is as follows; Ketchikan, Alaska; Maui, Hawaii; Cambridge, Ohio and Meadville, Pennsylvania. While the new coverage is always nice to see, the better part may be about the network as a whole.

AT&T has said the 4G LTE build is expected to be “essentially complete” by this summer. And at the present time there is AT&T 4G LTE coverage available for “nearly” 280 million people. A full list of markets can be seen in this most recent AT&T LTE infographic.

And while the 4G LTE network rollout is expected to complete this summer — that just means more users will begin looking for AT&T LTE-Advanced coverage. We have yet to see much from AT&T in terms of the LTE-A network, however that did go live back in mid-March. Coverage was limited to one market (Chicago) and support was limited to one device (a mobile hotspot).


SideControl Gains New Powers through Xposed

Posted by Will Verduzco April - 23 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off


You may recall that a little over a month ago, we first talked about SideCuts by XDA Forum Member Jawomo. SideCuts offered quite a different take on the traditional sidebar launcher, by allowing the user to define gestures that can be launched from predetermined areas. The app was later renamed SideControl, and at around that time, it gained better rich notification support, as well as the ability to open sidebar apps in a floating window when XDA Senior Member zst123‘s HaloFloatingWindow Xposed Module is installed. Now, SideControl has gained some new powers thanks to several new Xposed controls.

SideControl now packs all of the same functionality as previous versions including custom gestures, but it adds quite a bit more by way of Xposed. Rooted users with Xposed installed are able to use SideControl to kill all running apps, kill the foreground app, take screenshots, access the power menu, control their media player, and more. The app can even function as a replacement for the Android navigation keys, and features useful macros such as kill app + screen off, and back key + screen off.

It’s exciting to see all the progress that SideControl has made in such a short time. Head over to the application thread to get started with the latest version.

Google Glass marketing head discusses the $1,500 price tag

Posted by wicked April - 23 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

Google Glass has gotten a fair bit of attention lately, both on the good and bad sides. One topic that seems to be falling on the latter side lately is public opinion. Many have a strong opinion about Glass, and while we generally look to the Explorers for a positive backing — it seems one of the most vocal may be having some doubt.

That person is Robert Scoble, who recently attended Coachella and later made a point to say he didn’t wear Glass at all during the event. That admission came as a result of a conversation Scoble overhead. It seems two people were talking about getting away from the guys wearing Glass. On Facebook, Scoble noted how that was strange at an event with so many other cameras.

“What is going on here in a world where I am carrying around a camera and EVERYONE uses their phones or a GoPro but Glass feels freaky and weird?”

Scoble also mentioned he believes “Google does have a problem.” Interestingly, marketing head Ed Sanders spoke about this with Forbes. Sanders said they are suffering because Glass isn’t widely available just yet and that is allowing for some misperceptions. That seems to suggest an easy answer; make Glass easier to get.

But Sanders also said that “was a deliberate choice.” It seems the $1,500 price tag was intentionally done to limit the availability. Sanders touched on how the “high price point isn’t just about the cost of the device,” but that it also has to do with getting “people who are going to be passionate about it.”

Following that train of thought and it seems to make sense. This seems especially true after the recent issues coming as a result of the XE16 (and 16.1) update. With Explorers invested so deep with price — they will likely be more willing to provide feedback, submit bug reports and generally work to make issues known so they can be fixed.

Huawei relies on word of mouth to beat rivals in Europe

Posted by wicked April - 23 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

Huawei has an interesting history packed into a short time. Widely viewed as an enemy of the state, they pulled out of the US market, only to meekly note they’d be coming back in some fashion. Notably focussing on Europe and other markets, Huawei now lays out their plans for domination, and it involves more talk about them.


Huawei CEO Eric Xu said “We will not engage in significant advertising campaigns. We want to leverage word of mouth marketing” when prompted about their plans to get the word out about their devices. One of the world’s largest OEMs, Huawei is — like rivals Apple and Samsung — profitable. Unlike the other two, they didn’t rely on slick marketing and snappy ads to get there, and they won’t be starting now.

Like HTC before them, Huawei used to make devices for others, then switched into a self-branded vomany. Since then (three years ago), they’ve become the world’s number three mobile OEM. In addition to Europe, Huawei plans to focus on larger emerging markets like Brazil and Russia.

Reliance on word of mouth advertising is an interesting proposition. Should they make reliable smartphones that stand up to the competition, they’re likely to have little issue selling devices. Word of mouth, however, cost them a big stake in the largest mobile device market on earth, so they may want to tread lightly.

Via: The Register

Leak Points to Windows Start Menu’s Return as Soon as August

Posted by Will Verduzco April - 23 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off


About a month ago at this year’s Build conference, Microsoft partially unveiled its vision for the future of Windows. One of the key highlights for Windows users was the upcoming return of the Start Menu. And while the touch-friendly Modern UI (i.e. Metro) works great on tablets and touch-enabled laptops and desktops, it’s a bit of an exercise in frustration when used on traditional computers without touch support.

You may recall that Microsoft issued a small update to Windows 8.1 (termed Windows 8.1 Update) that enabled Modern UI apps to live alongside Desktop Mode apps in the taskbar. However, this obviously didn’t bring back the Start Menu, which was slated to be delivered in a second update at an undisclosed date this year. Now, Russian Piracy group WZor (known for its high leak accuracy) has stated that the Start Menu is set to return in an update that will make its way to consumers this autumn. Furthermore, sources exclusive to ZDNET point to a release as soon as August of this year.

Currently, it is not known whether this will be Windows 8.2, Windows 9, or Windows 8.1 Update 2. But since last month’s Windows 8.1 Update was simply called Windows 8.1 Update, it’s highly likely that this will either be Windows 8.2 or Windows 9, and whether this update will be free of charge.

However, the leak does indicate some details regarding the Start Menu itself. For starters, the new start menu will work differently on devies with a touch screen versus those without. It will be available in classical form, similar to the screenshot demonstrated at Build 2014 and shown to your right, on non-touch computers. But on touchscreen devices, the start menu will be reimagined.

Are you a Windows 8.1 user eagerly awaiting the return of the Start Menu or have you adapted to the Modern UI? Let us know in the comments below!

[Source: WZor Google Translate, ZDNET | Via MYCE]

HBO content heading to Amazon Prime Instant Video

Posted by wicked April - 23 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

Amazon Prime members will soon be able to watch HBO. Announced just this morning, a new partnership between Amazon and HBO will make “Prime Instant Video the exclusive online-only subscription home for select HBO programming.” Prime members will be able to begin streaming on May 21st, and Fire TV users can also look forward to getting an HBO GO app.

For now the HBO GO app for the Fire TV is said to be coming “by year-end.” As for the “select” aspect of the Prime availability; the list includes all seasons of The Sopranos, The Wire, Deadwood, Rome and Six Feet Under as well as Eastbound & Down, Enlightened and Flight of the Conchords. Prime Members will also be able to stream some miniseries, original movies, documentaries and comedy specials.

  • Epic miniseries, including Angels in America, Band of Brothers, John Adams, The Pacific and Parade’s End
  • Select seasons of current series such as Boardwalk Empire, Treme and True Blood
  • Hit original movies like Game Change, Too Big To Fail and You Don’t Know Jack
  • Pedigreed documentaries including the Autopsy and Iceman series, Ghosts of Abu Ghraib and When the Levees Broke
  • Hilarious original comedy specials from Lewis Black, Ellen DeGeneres, Louis CK and Bill Maher

This is described as being a multi-year deal. Coming along with the previously mentioned content will be early seasons of shows such as Girls, The Newsroom and Veep.

This marks the first time HBO has licensed content out to an online streaming service. It also happens to come at a good time for Amazon, and a not so good time for Netflix. This deal is exclusive to Amazon, which means Netflix users will not be seeing HBO content. But perhaps equally important to consider was the recent news about price increases coming to Netflix. Sure, Prime was recently upped, but the value seems to remain as the service includes quite a bit more than streaming video.

SOURCE: Amazon

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