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Pebble launches Firmware 2.5 with emoji support

Posted by wicked September - 19 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

Emojis are a popular way for people to show how they are feeling without having to type it out. Smartphone and tablet users have been texting emojis and using third party apps to send them for a long time now. Pebble has announced a new firmware has landed bringing the watch to firmware version 2.5.

The big thing in this firmware update is that it supports emojis allowing them to be seen on the Pebble screen. Along with support for emojis, the firmware update also brings with it a Pebble compass and iOS 8 compatibility. The magnetometer in Pebble devices can now be used in apps from third party developers to bring compass and wayfinding features.

Emoji support covers all popular emojis according to Pebble and support for more is coming. Several bug fixes and stability improvements have been added to this software update as well. Another thing that has returned to the Pebble Appstore is the DOMO watch face.

That watch face disappeared from the store and has returned with some new features. You can even set that watch face so it knows when it’s hot outside and he will sweat. At night, he will get tired and fall asleep. If you shake the watch, DOMO will get angry.

SOURCE: Pebble

Any.do now lets you attach files to your to-do lists

Posted by wicked September - 15 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

There was a time when all you needed to make a to-do list was a piece of paper and a pen. But ever since the advent of apps and smartphones, developers have been trying to come up with all sorts of bells and whistles for users while trying to keep the app as simple and minimalist as possible for those who are not too adaptable to complicated to-do lists. One of the most popular out there is any.do, and their newest update will definitely please current users and might convince new ones to make it their productivity app du jour.

Any.do has been hugely popular with productivity junkies because it’s not just a to-do list app, but can be seamlessly integrated with its calendar app, which is one of the prettiest out there for Android devices. It also serves as a pretty decent note-taking app, to rival that of Evernote or Simple Note. The new update now allows users to attach files to items in their to-do lists. So for example, in your grocery list, you added that you need to buy a certain brand of condiment but you want to be sure you buy the exact kind and color, then you just need to attach the picture to your list.

Aside from pictures, you can also attach other documents as well. You’ll see a paperclip icon now when you add something to your list. It will also indicate how many files are attached in your item, just in case you feel like you need to put a whole album of pictures to remind you what that item is all about.

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The update has rolled out for most users so better check your app if you haven’t updated yet. In case you’re not yet part of the any.do cult, you can download it for free from the Google Play Store.

Ebay Update: beefed-up look, adds Giving Works option

Posted by wicked September - 12 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

Online selling giant Ebay has updated its Android app and it’s not just a minor upgrade. Version 2.7 brings with it a new look, better notifications, more delivery options and a more thorough search function. But more importantly, it adds a feature that would give freedom to sellers to help out their favourite charity from the proceeds of their sales.

Those strolling through Ebay looking for useful (and sometimes not so useful) things to spend their money on will now have an easier time browsing as the item images are now bigger. They’ve also refined the search function so it should be easier to find the things you need (and don’t need but want). As a seller, you will now be able to send payment reminders to those who’ve purchased items from you. You can also add in-store pick-up and same-day delivery options through the eBay Now program. Whether you’re a buyer or seller, you can also now stay on top of your items through in-app notifications.

But probably one of the most important things with this new update is that through the app, sellers can choose to redirect the money that they receive from their sales to specific charities. This is part of eBay’s Giving Works initiative that has already raised more than $500 million. They are currently supporting 30,000 charities and help them connect with over 145 million eBay community members.

Buyers will also be alerted with bonus and special offers from some eBuy sellers. If you don’t have the app yet, you can download eBay for free from the Google Play Store.

T-Mobile rolls out updates for Galaxy S4, both HTC Ones

Posted by wicked September - 12 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

T-Mobile is on a roll, pardon the pun. It has just released firmware updates for the Samsung Galaxy S4, the HTC One (M7) and the HTC One M8. Though these updates aren’t exactly earth-shattering, they do bring in much needed security fixes, particularly from Android 4.4.4, and one potentially interesting new feature.

Of the three, the update for the Galaxy S4 is probably the most notable as it bumps the version number from Android 4.4.2 to 4.4.4. The changes from 4.4.2 to 4.4.3 were very minimal, with the most noticeable being the new dialer look. The 4.4.4 release is even less, considering it was a “surprise” release that was designed only to address OpenSSL bugs. Galaxy S4 owners can opt to have their updates delivered and installed via the usual OTA method or do it through a PC using the Samsung Kies software.

The HTC One (M7) also gets updated but only up to Android 4.4.3. That said, like what some other OEMs do, HTC seems to have just backported, that is, made available, the fixes from 4.4.4 to the earlier version, considering the changes are quite small. The HTC One M8, which got its own Android 4.4.3 update from T-Mobile just last month, didn’t even get a version bump. It did, however, get one new feature that is common to all three updates: Free In-flight Texting.

Just yesterday, T-Mobile announced a partnership with Gogo that would allow subscribers to receive and send text messages or even voicemail while in air. Names of participating airlines are still unknown at this time. T-Mobile promised that all their new phones will be compatible with this new feature, but it is certainly welcome news that they are including the feature in older, even 2013, models as well.

SOURCE: T-Mobile (1), (2), (3)
VIA: AndroidBeat

eBay updates app with new look and features

Posted by wicked September - 11 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

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eBay has updated their mobile app for Android to version 2.7. According to the eBay team, the interface has been freshened up to help make it easier for buyers to find the items they are looking for. A key part of that is the inclusion of larger photos to go with improved search results. eBay added some new features and functions as well. The app now provides in-app notifications for buying and selling actions. eBay says the new app will also let buyers take advantage of bonus offers.

For sellers on eBay, the app will now give them the opportunity to donate a portion of their proceeds to their favorite charity and they can check out a buyer’s location when reviewing a “Best Offer.” Sellers will also appreciate the ability to send payment reminders to buyers.

You can use the download link below to get the eBay app or grab the upgrade.

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Google updates security section in Account settings

Posted by wicked September - 11 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

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As Google continues to deal with the fallout from the posting of Gmail account information on a Russian forum, Google has added a new Security tab for Google accounts to help make it a little easier for users to update and maintain their security settings. It is likely a coincidence that this change has occurred on the heels of yesterday’s events, which Google says is not as bad as initially reported. However, it could be in response to what happened as Google would be a company that has the resources to throw at the issue and rollout a change quickly.

As far as the new Security tab, the primary change is to group a bunch of settings that were already available to users in one place. This includes settings like recovery phone numbers and email addresses, access for less secure apps, the ability to review recent activity on an account, and even removal of permissions. With the settings all in one place now, Google also makes the interface a bit simpler and easier to use.

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source: Google System Blog

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T-Mobile LG G3 Receiving 154MB Update

Posted by Kellex September - 10 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

T-Mobile’s variant of the LG G3 started receiving an update last night that weighs in at 154MB. The update, at least for now, is mostly a mystery. T-Mo has yet to post a changelog to their support area, so until that happens, we will have to rely on your word.

Seeing anything new?

As we find official word, we will update this post.

Cheers Alan, David, Xavier, Brian, Saul, @Photobrat_78, @JustinWoodman, and Mark!

T-Mobile LG G3 Receiving 154MB Update is a post from: Droid Life

Samsung WatchON Plus for Galaxy S4, Galaxy Note 3 users updated

Posted by wicked September - 9 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

Samsung has updated its WatchON Plus app for Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3 users. The app is specifically designed to make it easier to find, search for, and watch on-demand and free web content on your mobile device.

The app also allows users to make their smartphone into a universal remote control allowing you to control your TV from a mobile device. Using the app, you can pause and then resume your content in any room of your home with a compatible TV.

Support for movie trailers, reviews, actor bios and other content is integrated into the app. Users can also share what they are watching with friends on Twitter and Facebook. The app supports Samsung smart TVs from several model ranges.

Samsung TVs from 2014 that are compatible include Samsung Smart TV H5500 and higher. Supported sets from 2013 include LED F4500 and above other than F9000 and above, which aren’t compatible, and PDP F5500 and higher. 2012 TVs supported include the LED ES7500 and higher and PDP E8000 or higher. Supported 2011 TVs include LED D7000 or higher and PDP D8000 or higher.

SOURCE: Google Play

Sony now rolling out Android 4.4.4 to Xperia Z, ZL, ZR and Tablet Z

Posted by wicked September - 9 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

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According to a tweet by Sony from earlier today, the manufacturer’s Xperia Z, ZL, ZR and Tablet Z will be soon receiving the Android 4.4.4 update.

The new software, in addition to the usual bug fixes, brings improved battery life, WiFi and email improvements and more.

Hit the break below for Sony’s official changelog:

- Upgrade to Android 4.4.4
- Better battery performance in some background applications
- Email stability & performance enhanced
- General improvements to MMS, Calendar, Wifi, Contacts & More
- All of our latest bug fixes and enhancements

Source: Xperia Blog

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Google Glass XE21.0 update adds Waze info for navigation

Posted by wicked September - 9 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

Google Glass owners have a new software update for the wearable device that should be available for download soon. The new update comes on the heels of the last update that landed only a few weeks ago bringing the Google Glass software to version XE20.1.

The new software update that has surfaced this week is XE21.0 and it brings a couple new features to the mix for users of Google Glass. The new software gets the ability to update flight information and sports scores more quickly. Google promises it will take only a few seconds to update the flight information.

Navigation on the Google Glass has also been updated to add in Waze information. With the Waze information added to the mix people using the wearable for getting from one place to another will be able to see Waze accident indicators to help avoid traffic.

The update has been announced, but Google says that it could take a week before the update is available to download. This seems like a minor update, but it’s nice to see Google constantly working to improve Google Glass.

SOURCE: Google