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In the news: Google starts censoring search results in Europe

Google Censorship GOOGLE STARTS CENSORING SEARCH RESULTS IN EUROPE DUE TO PRIVACY RULING

Google has begun removing some results from name search results in Europe in order to comply with laws that let people request links about themselves to be removed. A result for a name search (OK, I Googled myself) on Thursday morning brought up this note at the bottom of the page…Read the full article…

 

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MICROSOFT HAS JUST LAUNCHED ITS FIRST ANDROID SMARTPHONE, THE NOKIA X2

Meet the Nokia X2, the first Android-based smartphone being made by Microsoft. Yes, you read that right: Microsoft has just made a new Android-based handset. It’s also still using the Nokia name at this point, despite previously saying it didn’t plan to trade on that name for long. (Evidently Microsoft’s marketing minions are still working on cooking up that “go forward” smartphone brand.)…Read the full article…

 

google-nest NEST DEVICES START TALKING TO GOOGLE, WASHING MACHINES & YOUR CAR

Nest’s Learning Thermostat and Protect smoke detector are now part of a much, much larger universe. The company has just launched a developer program that lets third-party apps and devices talk to Nest hardware, making it do things that aren’t possible through official software. The initiative is kicking off with a whole host of partnerships in place, in many cases with feature updates either available now or due in the near future. Read the full article…

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APPLE REPORTEDLY DODGES ITS FIRST BIG PROBLEM WITH iPHONE 6 PRODUCTION

With not one but two new iPhone models seemingly set to debut in 2014, we can look forward to twice as many rumors leading up to their respective launches. Various reports of production difficulties pop up each and every year, but Apple always seems to push through in the end. This year, we’ve already seen reports of more than one manufacturing issue pertaining to Apple’s larger 5.5-inch iPhone model, and now the flagship 4.7-inch iPhone 6 has seemingly run into its first major speed bump. Read the full article…

 

 

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GOOGLE ACCIDENTALLY POSTS SCREENSHOTS FROM ITS NEXT MAJOR ANDROID RELEASE

Google mistakenly posted an issue on the Chromium issue tracker that included images believed to be from a device running an unreleased build of the company’s Android operating system – or “Android L,” as it is often called since it will be named after a dessert beginning with the letter “L.” Read the full article…

 

PLAYSTATION NOW WILL START STREAMING PS3 GAMES TO SONY TVS NEXT WEEK

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Sony has been testing its PlayStation Now cloud streaming game service for months, with a select group of players testing it out on the PS3 and PS4 (all PS4 owners can try it out at the end of next month). On Monday, that group will expand to include owners of some ofSony’s 2014 TVs, including all 4K Ultra HD sets and some of the 1080p models. Read the full article…

 

Google Glass apps starter pack

glassGoogle Glass has just become available for everyone (in the US, 18+) who is ready to invest $1,500 in this buzzing wearable technology. For the price, you get a headset together with a choice of either titanium frames or shades. And if your eyes are already sparkling, be aware that the product is still in beta, even though Google promises further updates soon.

If you are curious what kind of apps are already available for this craved device take a look at these Glass applications worth nothing:

Glass To Do

This smart app creates “to do” lists (well, yeah :)) and remembers everything, from your busy schedule to the dinner shopping list. The software is quite easy to use and helpful in tracking your daily routine.

Glassagram

The Instagram for Google Glass allows you to apply filters to all photos you have taken with your Glass. Taking pictures with your glasses is for sure a whole new experience.

Bluetooth Manager Application

A simple and easy app that pairs your Google Glass with other devices such as keyboards and speakers. For those of you who have an Apple keyboard – yes, it pairs with Glass.

Glossaic

Google Glass users are now able to post pictures and videos in Glossaic (a sort of a social network for Glass people), but anyone else will be able to see and comment  on them. All pictures and videos appear on the Glossaic dashboard (the more attention a photo/video gets, the bigger it appears on the dashboard. All pictures and videos can also be shared through the social networks.

 Winkfeed

If you enjoy reading news in the morning or simply like to be informed, it is an absolute must to have Winkfeed on your Glass. The application sends you sets of news according to your schedule or in the moment the news appeared. A similar app is Glass Feeds, but unlike Winkfeed, which delivers news according to the trends in the social feeds, Glass Feeds sends you all the latest news for a chosen category.

We hope these will be a helpful start for anyone looking to improve their Google Glass experience.

Also check out these resources, which you might find helpful in understanding and operating with the Glass:

-          More information about the Glass

-          List of popular Google Glass apps

-          Travel apps for Glass

-          Google Glass price, features and more

Like always, share your thoughts with us in the comment section down below! Does anyone already own a pair? How does it feel?

In the news: Which tech companies protect your data?

trustWHICH TECH COMPANIES PROTECT YOUR DATA FROM THE GOVERNMENT?

 We entrust our most sensitive, private, and important information to technology companies like Google, Facebook, and Verizon. Collectively, these companies are privy to the conversations, photos, social connections, and location data of almost everyone online. The choices these companies make affect the privacy of every one of their users. Read the full article…

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GOOGLE HAS MOST OF YOUR EMAIL, EVEN IF YOU DON’T USE GMAIL

Even if you’re careful about choosing how and where your email is sent, chances are you reply to plenty of messages sent from Gmail. And, as it turns out, that probably means that Google has most of your email, whether you like it or not. Read the full article…

 

htc one mini HTC ONE MINI 2 ARRIVES: 4.5-INCH SCREEN, NO SECONDARY CAMERA

HTC has officially launched the HTC One mini 2, a compact, trimmed-down version of its flagship Android phone, the HTC One M8.  Visually, there are no big surprises here. The HTC One mini 2 has a 4.5-inch screen (as opposed to HTC One M8′s 5-inch form factor), and its looks are pretty much copied from its big brother. Read the full article…

smartband wrist-578-80SONY SMARTBAND LANDS IN AUSTRALIA, TELSTRA FIRST TO HAVE IT ON HAND

Sony has announced that its SmartBand fitness tracker is now available in Australia through Sony online, Sony centres/kiosks and through Telstra.
You can pick it up outright for $159, or if you’re going through Telstra, you can add it to your current mobile plan. Read the full article…

outlook OUTLOOK.COM ROLLS OUT NEW FEATURES, LOOKS MORE LIKE GMAIL

Microsoft added new features to Outlook.com on Tuesday, making its email client look much more like Gmail. The updates include new ways to filter and organize emails, an undo function, in-line reply and improvements to chat. The software giant has been trying to lure more users to Outlook.com (previously called Hotmail) in recent months. Late last year, Microsoft added a feature that allows Gmail users to seamlessly import their accounts to Outlook.com. Read the full article…

 

Hotels 4D for Android now with a major update!

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The latest Hotels 4D update equipped the Android app with all features available in Hotels 4D for iOS and Windows Phone. This includes an even bigger hotel database of over 850,000 hotels worldwide, complete with deals and promotions, the option to create your personal Hotels 4D account and social media integration.

Users can now rate, review and upload photos for hotels, cities, places and restaurants from their own profiles. Additionally, for each hotel or place there is a community information screen which shows the most recent ratings, reviews, photos and comments from other users. The update also includes city descriptions and useful travel tips to help tourists around the world.

We want to thank Melon’s Android team whose dedicated work led to such a functional and beautiful release in very little time.

What’s in the pipeline?

Yet another major update for all three mobile OS, Android, iOS and Windows Phone, is coming soon. Through gamification, it will add a little more fun to the otherwise (somewhat) stressful activity of looking for a place to stay. Different actions will be awarded with points and coins, which will allow users, hotel owners and agencies to recommend a hotel, position it on featured spots and make it visible to a higher number of users worldwide.  Stay tuned for more details!

As always, we encourage you to install the updated version and try its new, extended features. We are here for you, open for your suggestions and feedback!

In the news: Notebook sales still appear dommed, but some companies thrice

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NOTEBOOK SALES STILL APPEAR DOOMED, BUT SOME COMPANIES THRIVE

Notebook sales were still on the decline in the first quarter of the year, Digitimes Research says, although the “on-year declines were the slowest compared to those in the past five quarters,” and some laptop makers have enjoyed renewed success in the business during the period. Even so, it’s not clear yet whether the notebook market has started to recover, the publication noted. Read the full article…

iTunes Spotify SYNCHRONIZE YOUR iTUNES LIBRARY WITH SPOTIFY WITH A CLICK

Spotify recently introduced a new “My Music” section that allows you to save albums and tracks you find in Spotify to your own personal library. That’s great, but if you want to mesh that library with your local files, you need to do that manually. Read the full article…

android-robot-frankensteinANDROID APPS VULNERABLE TO HEARTBLEED HAVE BEEN DOWNLOADED 150 MILLION TIMES

Patching up Android to make sure it’s not vulnerable to Heartbleed is one thing. Patching all vulnerable Android apps, on the other hand, is quite another. Re/code draws our attention to a new study from research firm FireEye that claims there have been around 150 million downloads of Android apps that are vulnerable to the Heartbleed bug. Read the full article…

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MICROSOFT PUBLISHES REMOTE DESKTOP PREVIEW FOR WINDOWS PHONE 8.1

Microsoft has released a preview of its Windows Phone Remote Desktop app on the Windows Phone Store. Should you be rocking the Windows Phone 8.1 Preview for Developers, you’ll be able to take part in this beta program too. The app enables users to connect to remote computers and enjoy the full Windows experience through the small screen, regardless as to where they may be currently located. Read the full article…

html5_1STEVE JOBS MAY FINALLY GET HIS WISH: 2014 COULD BE THE YEAR HTML5 STARTS TO KILL FLASH

Late Apple cofounder Steve Jobs famously went on a tirade against Flash back in 2010 when he said that the video technology was on borrowed time and would soon be replaced by HTML5. While Flash is very much still with us four years later, Rapt Media CEO Erika Trautman thinks that HTML5′s time has finally arrived. Read the full article…

mailbox_autoswipe_for_iphone.0_cinema_1200.0MAILBOX 2.0 IS OUT FOR iOS WITH ‘AUTO-SWIPE’ PREDICTIVE ARCHIVING

Mailbox’s biggest update yet is out in the App Store. Version 2.0 of the iOS email app brings “Auto-swipe,” a feature that predicts which messages you might want to respond to in a while, which threads you’ve had enough of, and which messages you’ll send straight to the archive folder. Read the full article…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the news: This Google app lets you control your computer from your phone

Chrome desktop THIS GOOGLE APP LETS YOU CONTROL YOUR COMPUTER FROM YOUR PHONE

Remote desktops are nothing new, but Google has now released a slick app that makes the process a pleasure rather than wildly frustrating. The new software will let you control your Mac or PC from any Android device. Chrome Remote Desktop app for Android—snappy!—is an extension of existing Google software that allows to control your desktop remotely from within Chrome. Read the full article…

amazon smartphoneTHIS IS AMAZON’S SMARTPHONE

After years of development, Amazon is finally close to unveiling the first of several own-brand smartphones. At a distance, Amazon’s upcoming flagship phone looks much like any other touchscreen phone on the market. But the company has spent years creating a unique and, at times, novel user experience that has two main focuses: Amazon products and services, and a custom 3D interface unlike anything we have seen before on a smartphone. Read the full article…

stolen smartphoneTHE SMARTPHONE INDUSTRY PLEDGE THAT COULD STOP YOUR PHONE BEING STOLEN

The likes of Apple, Google, Microsoft and other major figures in the smartphone industry have signed a pledge that will make it harder to steal cell phones—from July 2015, at least. The pledge sees the companies promise to enable every smartphone user with the ability to remotely brick and wipe their phones when they’re stolen. That feature is, admittedly, already a function on iOS and Android, with Find My iPhone and Android Device Manager respectively—but now similar anti-theft technology will appear on other handsets from July 2015. Read the full article…

google baloonHOW GOOGLE’S INTERNET-BALLOON IDEA GOT OFF THE GROUND

On paper, the notion of balloon-provided internet sounds more than a little ridiculous, but that’s just how Google X rolls. Mountain View’s far-off research division has recently spilled (some of) its guts to Fast Company, detailing the process for bringing something like Project Loon from concept to reality. To start, every X project must address a problem that affects possibly billions of people and it has to use a radical solution that resembles sci-fi to do so. Read the full article…

Windows-Phone-8.1-Blue-concept-5DOES THE THIRD ROW OF TILES MAKE YOUR WINDOWS PHONE 8.1 START SCREEN TOO SMALL?

One of the many features of Windows Phone 8.1 is the ability to add a third row of tiles to your Windows Phone Start Screen. We’ve already gotten used to seeing the third row in action on the larger screened Nokia Lumia 1520 but how is it performing on the smaller screened devices? Read the full article…

APPLE SAID TO PREPARE SONG-ID FEATURE FOR iPHONE SOFTWARE

ios8 The company is planning to unveil a song-discovery feature in an update of its iOS mobile software that will let users identify a song and its artist using an iPhone or iPad. Apple is partnering with Shazam Entertainment Ltd., whose technology can quickly spot what’s playing by collecting sound from a phone’s microphone and matching it against a song database. Read the full article…

 

 

 

In the news: ‘Heartbleed’computer bug threat spreads to firewalls & beyond

 File picture illustration of the word 'password' pictured through a magnifying glass on a computer screen taken in Berlin‘HEARTBLEED’ COMPUTER BUG THREAT SPREADS TO FIREWALLS & BEYOND

Hackers could crack email systems, security firewalls and possibly mobile phones through the “Heartbleed” computer bug, according to security experts who warned on Thursday that the risks extended beyond just Internet Web servers. Read the full article…

samsung-galaxy-s5 SAMSUNG’S GALAXY S5 SMARTPHONE GOES ON SALE TODAY AROUND THE WORLD

Samsung’s latest smartphone, the Galaxy S5, is now available around the world. The Korean company’s flagship smartphone launched in 125 markets, including the United States, Europe, and much of Asia. It’s joined on shelves by the Samsung Gear 2 and Samsung Gear 2 Neo smartwatches, and the Samsung Gear Fit health tracker, which also launch today. Read the full article…

313095-android-trojanGOOGLE STARTS SCANNING ALL ANDROID APPS FOR MALWARE

Google is taking new steps to ensure Android users are protected from malware and other harmful apps. The company announced Thursday it is expanding its app verification service to monitor all the apps on users’ devices — including those downloaded from the Google Play Store. Read the full article…

xp_dead_end HOW TO KEEP WINDOWS XP ALIVE BY RUNNING IT THROUGH WINDOWS 8

Some longtime Windows XP users are having a hard time letting go of the operating system that has served them so well over the years, but The Register has discovered a way to keep Windows XP alive even if you’ve upgraded to Windows 8 or higher. Read the full article...
browsers FOUR ALTERNATIVE, USEFUL BROWSERS BASED ON GOOGLE CHROME

Crome is the most popular browser around, but even with its large extension library, one size does not fit all. Thankfully, there’s a treasure trove of web browser brilliance built on Chrome’s solid, open-source foundation—from browsers aimed at the security conscious to the multimedia hobbyists. Here are four Chrome-based alternatives worth checking out. Read the full article…

itunes-radioAPPLE IS PLANNING A MAJOR ITUNES OVERHAUL TO STOP IT FROM GETTING CRUSHED BY PANDORA

Back in the days when MP3s were all the rage, Apple’s iTunes Store was the go-to place to pick up music for your iPod. But now that streaming services such as Pandora and Spotify have made it cheaper than ever to just stream music to our devices, people have stopped shelling out money for MP3s. This is a problem for Apple, which has seen digital music sales steadily decline even after it launched its iTunes Radio streaming service last year in an effort to get more people to buy music they like. Read the full article…

 

 

 

 

Bluetooth issues on Windows Phone

lumia-bluetooth-550x383If you are a Windows Phone owner, use Bluetooth device and wonder why you cannot hear some of the voice apps you have downloaded from the Windows Phone Store, look below – we have it explained for you.

Some of our GPS Voice Navigation users mailed us that sometimes while their Bluetooth was on they were not able to hear the voice directions from the app. They said other voice apps were not running properly too. What usually happened was that the voice from the apps came directly from the phone’s speakers, and not from the Bluetooth device as it was supposed to. The only thing they could do with their Bluetooth was picking up calls and speak.

We have investigated further the issue and found out that both devices (the phone and the Bluetooth) have to support the so called Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP) 1.2. If not – the Bluetooth would only work for voice calls.

 Please note that this profile is supported by both Windows Phone 7 and Windows Phone 8 phones, but not by all Bluetooth devices. You might want to check yours.

We have already reached Microsoft on this issue and they said they are aware of the problem and they are working on it. We hope they will have it solved soon. In the meantime we encourage you to contact them if you have similar troubles  and let us know if there is any progress.

In the news: Apple launches 8GB iPhone 5C

iPhone 5C APPLE LAUNCHES 8GB iPHONE 5C Apple has released a cheaper variant of its iPhone 5C, with only 8GB of storage memory, in Europe.  The device, which has appeared on the website of UK carrier O2, as well as some of Apple’s European stores, is otherwise the same as the 16GB and the 32GB iPhone 5C variants. It sports a 4-inch Retina display, 8-megapixel camera, and an A6 processor. Read the full article…

 

 

google microsoft climate changeGOOGLE & MICROSOFT HELPING THE WHITE HOUSE TRACK CLIMATE CHANGE The White House has announced that it’s teaming up with Google and Microsoft to centralize its climate change data—and make it more accessible for public and researchers alike.  The Data.gov website’s new climate portal is one of the results of President Obama’s Climate Data Initiative (PDF), and it will be powered in part by teams at Mountain View and Redmond. While the raw data will continue to come from the likes of the Department of Defense, NASA and the US Geological Society, Google, Microsoft and others will massage and present it. Read the full article…

 

 

apple-siri-patent-intelligent-virtual-assistantTHE SIRI OF THE FUTURE WAS INVENTED EVEN BEFORE THE iPHONE LAUNCHED Apple on Wednesday was granted 38 patents, Patently Apple reports, including a Siri-related patent that stands out not only for describing advanced features for a voice-enabled assistant of the future, but also because the patent was first filed in early September 2006, well ahead of the first-generation iPhone’s debut. Even though work on iPhone and several of its components including a voice assistant has started well ahead of the phone’s launch, Siri was only added in late 2011, with the iPhone 4S becoming the first Apple handset to offer users the unique set of voice-based features that many have grown to love. Read the full article…

 

Google_Chromecast_HDMI_dongle_thumbELEVEN MORE COUNTRIES: GOOGLE LAUNCHES CHROMECAST IN EUROPE & CANADA The rumors were true: Google is taking its Chromecast streaming stick beyond U.S. borders. Chromecast will officially be available for sale in Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden and the U.K. starting Wednesday. Local prices will vary, but the suggested retail price for the device is £30 in the U.K., €35 in continental Europe and CAN $39 in Canada, compared to $35 in the U.S. Read the full article…  

 

 

cloakCLOAK ‘ANTI-SOCIAL’ APP HELPS YOU AVOID YOUR FRIENDS While most social networks aim to connect people, one new service seeks to join the growing trend of doing the opposite and help you avoid them. Cloak uses public location data from other social networks, Foursquare and Instagram, to determine the locations of others you know. Users can choose to receive an alert when certain people are believed to be nearby. Read the full article…

 

 

pandoraTHE PANDORA ONE SUBSCRIPTION SERVICE TO COST $5 A MONTH Pandora is getting a little more expensive. Starting in May, and for new subscribers, the Pandora One monthly subscription service will cost $5. Existing subscribers that remain active will keep paying $3.99 a month to listen to Pandora without any ads. As Pandora notes in a blog post, the subscription service hasn’t had a price hike since 2009 when it debuted for $36 a year. Later, Pandora offered to bill the service monthly $3.99. Pandora blames the new, higher price on the increased cost Pandora incurs on delivering songs, nearly magically, to any device you own. Read the full article…

In the news: Purported registry tweak allows Windows 8.1 users to snag update 1 before its public release

Windows 8.1 PURPORTED REGISTRY TWEAK ALLOWS WINDOWS 8.1 USERS TO SNAG UPDATE 1 BEFORE ITS PUBLIC RELEASE We aren’t supposed to get our mitts on Windows 8.1 Update 1 for more than a month yet, but it seems that a simple registry tweak is letting folks not only get their hands on the new code, but also get it straight from the source: Microsoft via Windows Update. TechCrunch has confirmed with a trusted source that the tweak works, and that the update is material. The only potential issue at hand is whether the new software is the full Update 1 or a portion of it. This source, who is corroborated by others claiming to have executed the software update, confirmed that it allows for the pinning of Metro apps to the task bar, and that non-desktop apps now include an ‘X’ to allow for their simple closing. Read the full article… bitcoin

SO-CALLED FOUNDER OF BITCOIN DENIES STARTING THE VIRTUAL CURRENCY A California man who Newsweek claimed was the inventor of the popular digital cryptocurrency Bitcoin is now denying the report. Dorian Nakamoto told the Associated Press that he’s not “the face behind Bitcoin,” despite a claim by Newsweek that he was deeply involved with its inception. Newsweek’s original report claimed Nakamoto (named in the story as Bitcoin creator “Satoshi Nakamoto”) helped create the currency, though did not have him on the record admitting it. Read the full article…

 

android-robot-frankenstein WHY ANDROID USERS SHOULDN’T WORRY (TOO MUCH) ABOUT MALWARE So we know that malware developers absolutely love targeting Android since it’s not only the most widely used mobile operating system in the world but it’s also the least tightly controlled of all the other major mobile platforms. The Next Web points us to the latest study from F-Secure showing that, unsurprisingly, 97% of mobile malware found last year targeted Android phones. However, there’s some potentially good news here for Android users: As long as they’re smart, the chances of them ever encountering such malware are pretty slim. Read the full article…  

 

facebook-messenger-windows-phoneFACEBOOK MESSENGER ARRIVES FOR WINDOWS PHONE SANS VOICE FEATURES

Microsoft was clearly being cautious when it said Facebook Messenger would be available for Windows Phone within a few weeks of Mobile World Congress — it’s already here, just over a week later. The app offers much of Facebook’s familiar chat experience, including group conversations, photo sharing and (of course) stickers. Read the full article…android tablet

 

ANDROID TABLETS OUTSELL THE iPAD IN 2013 It’s been a long time coming, but Android tablets finally overtook the iPad in market share in 2013, according to new research from Gartner. More than 121 million Android tablets were sold last year, Gartner reports, giving it 61.9 percent of the market. Meanwhile Apple’s iPad sold an estimated 70 million units, enough for 36 percent of the market. Notably, Android’s high market share doesn’t necessarily translate to high profits for manufacturers. Read the full article…

 

iphone-6-concept-23iPHONE 6 HAS APPLE GEARING UP FOR THE MOST MASSIVE iPHONE LAUNCH YET Apple is apparently getting ready for a massive iPhone 6 launch, at least according to Chinese publication Commercial Times. According to the report, the trade paper has learned that Foxconn is expected to land orders for 90 million iPhone 6 units this year alone. An analyst at Citigroup Global Markets said that the iPhone 6 will help Apple further grow in the smartphone business, with shipments expected to rise 23% this year, compared to 13% growth posted a year earlier. Meanwhile, the growth rate of global smartphone shipments will slow to 28% this year, compared to 40% in the previous period. Smartphone sales in mature markets are “likely to edge up to 4%, down from 5%” in 2013, the same analyst said. Read the full article…