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Foursquare gets a new logo and several new changes and features

Posted by wicked July - 24 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

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We knew Foursquare was planning on spinning off its check-in feature to Swarm, a companion application to the location discovery app. That change is officially happening tomorrow, along with some other new changes and features to Foursquare, one of which is a brand new logo.

Aside from the flatter, cleaner logo, Foursquare is completely dropping off its ability to check-in to locations without Swarm. Fortunately, Swarm integrates nicely into Foursquare’s new user interface, which is seeing some pretty great improvements. It’s also getting a more personalized touch by allowing you to follow certain users and adding in your own tastes in stores, locations, and restaurants, which will cater specific results just to you. Even if you don’t put in much personal information, Foursquare will start curating suggestions just based on the places you visit and check-in at. Pretty handy new features.

Keep an eye out for the update to go live, and be sure to download Swarm if you haven’t already.

source: Foursquare Blog

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TalkAndroid Daily Dose for July 23, 2014

Posted by wicked July - 24 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

Conan O’Brien makes fun of the iPhone 6

Posted by wicked July - 24 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

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Samsung recently released a commercial telling iPhone fans to stop waiting for a bigger iPhone, and apparently Conan O’Brien saw it as well, and is continuing the razzing.

It is widely expected that Apple will offer a bigger 4.7-inch display on the upcoming iPhone 6. In yesterday’s opening monologue, Conan said the new iPhone 6 will be called, “Last year’s Samsung Galaxy.” Actually if you think about it, he should have called it the “2012 Samsung Galaxy” since that phone had a 4.8-inch display, which is much closer to the rumored 4.7-inch display that the iPhone 6 will sport.

If you want to check out the video, head on past the break. It starts at about 1:33 in.


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Say hello to the Samsung Galaxy Alpha

Posted by wicked July - 24 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

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After several months of rumors regarding a Samsung premium phone, we finally have the best pictures yet of the device. No it’s not the Galaxy S 5 Prime, nor is is the Galaxy F. It’s the Galaxy Alpha. This phone will feature metal, but before you get too excited, it’s only going to be partially metal. It appears they have opted for the faux leather back along with aluminum sides.

Now as far as specs go, surprisingly Samsung has opted for a smaller display. The way things are nowadays, you might be able to refer to this one as a “mini.” It will feature a 4.7-inch display, but the resolution is unknown. It will also include 32 GB of internal storage, but no microSD slot, which is strange for Samsung. They have opted for a nano SIM slot, which makes you wonder if they are just copying the iPhone here. Lastly, you can expect an LTE-A variant as well.

Based on what we have been hearing, this phone is likely to be very limited. Why? I don’t know, but if it’s true, this won’t serve as competition for the iPhone 6 whatsoever.

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source: SamMobile

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Modern Combat 5: Blackout arrives in the Play Store one day early

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

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After being pirated prior to its official release, Modern Combat 5: Blackout is now available in the Play Store. It was originally scheduled for a July 24 release. Gameloft must have decided that it was not necessary to wait any longer for a game that was being pirated and gaining attention for the wrong reason. For those of you who are unaware, the Modern Combat series is a first person shooter that really pushes boundaries in terms of mobile gaming. The graphics and gameplay are widely applauded and that is what has Gameloft to keep making new installments.

Hit the break for the gallery and download links.

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About a month ago we let you know that Motorola was working with a company called VivaInk to create digital tattoos that can be used to unlock the Moto X.

Now, Motorola has made the product more official by releasing a promotional video about the tattoos.

The tattoo (non-permanent) is an adhesive unit that can be applied to the skin and used much like the way NFC is used — by holding the tattoo near your device, it will unlock it automatically. The tattoos come in packs of 10 and sell for $10. Each tattoo has an expected lifetime of five days before falling off. (Of course any contact with water will decrease that lifetime significantly.)

They’ve been available for purchase through VivaInk for the past month, but Motorola just announced it now on its blog, along with a promotional video. Check out the video below.

Click here to view the embedded video.

Source: Motorola / VivaInk

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Google Maps now show ad extensions in search results

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

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Not too long ago, Google Search started returning results for eligible ads whenever you searched things like hotels or restaurants. These results quickly show you nearby and relevant locations, which is great if you’re trying to find somewhere to eat or go and need to see what’s in the area. Starting today, those ad extensions are also going to start showing up in Google Maps, too.

Whenever you search for any type of location, the results you see in Maps will show ads for businesses or places if applicable. Searching for a restaurant will show places to eat near you, and you’ll be able to quickly tap one and get directions to it. The implementation isn’t intrusive, so it’s a very welcome addition to make navigating and finding places much more convenient.

source: Google Plus

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LG announces game that can be played inside the QuickCircle Case’s window for the G3

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

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Well, this is new.

The LG G3′s QuickCircle case has a circular window which allows users to see important notification information and date/time data. But now, users will be able to use the window to actually play games while on the run.

Starting today, users will be able to download “Puppy Pop,” which will be able to be played within the QuickCircle window.

 The game is developed specifically by LG for the G3. Players gain points by drawing lines through three or more identical puppies in order to remove as many as possible from the screen before the clock hits zero. Scores can be shared via social media. 

This is a pretty interesting development by LG. Although the market for QuickCircle apps is nowhere near saturated (actually near non-existent), this represents a push for developers to begin making apps for the case.

Source: LG

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JW Player

JW Player, a video playing platform used by millions of sites, most notably including ESPN, Chevrolet, AT&T, EA Games and more, just received a major update that will bring Chromecast support to the platform.

That means that with the new release (version 6.9), you’ll now see the Chromecast button on the bottom of the screen, adding the ability to stream the content directly to an existing player.

Here’s a quote from JW Player’s announcement on its website.

If you are looking at bringing an element of OTT to your brand, in three lines of code you can start using the basic Google Chromecast integration that we have built into JW Player 6.9. The JW Player can cast video onto the Chromecast connected TV and then turn into a remote control. This means no more messy VGA/HDMI/RCA cables, lost dongles, or wireless mice and keyboards making a mess of your living room. On top of a super easy setup, the Chromecast integration has additional advanced features that are worth checking out.

Along with the new update comes keyboard shortcuts for HTML5 and Flash videos — you should start seeing the update take place on sites as they update their players.

Source: 9to5 Google

 

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Samsung announces next Developers Conference

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

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Samsung has been building it’s own ecosystem for a while now, and it can’t continue without developer support. They hosted their first Developers Conference last October, so it’s no surprise they are going to do it all over again this year. With the introduction of the Samsung Mobile SDK and the S Health SDK, how can they not?

It’s going to be in San Francisco again this year and the dates are November 11 – 13th. For more information, check out the source link below.

sources: samsungdevcon / Samsung Tomorrow

 

 

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