Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Google App, Gets Material Design - OK Google!

OK Google you got me!


If you got an Android device running android Lollipop, you will notice that the Google App is a bit, no a lot spiffier! Yes, Google is rolling out Material Design to search, with bold colors, fluid animations and simplified layouts.
Ok, Google! Yes I am sure you have seen the ad, and tried it with your phone :). Yes you can, if you have a Nexus 6, Nexus 9 or Samsung Galaxy Note4, now you can set up your phone so you can say “Ok Google” to ask a question even if your screen is off and your phone is unplugged. Like as goole say when your both hands are full and need some answers and you only have your Android near you!

Another feature with Google app and OK Google is that now it can help you search for exactly what you need—even if it’s in another app.
This now works with a number of apps, so you can also research the best Maui hotels on TripAdvisor, listen to your jam on TuneIn, find a dream home on Trulia, or get tips on how to carve a turkey on YouTube
 With the new reminder feature, you can also rely more and more on the Google app to help you organize your life: you may notice a new card asking if you want to be reminded of plans you have made.
For those times you’ve gotten an email about something but forgotten to follow up, Google can now catch potential plans buried in your Gmail: it’ll prompt you to add them to your calendar then serve up reminders, so you can stay on top of staying in touch.

As you scramble to get through the end of the year, the app will also help you keep track of your trips (whether you’re seeing the family on Thanksgiving or jetting to Vegas for New Year’s eve), to-do lists (did you pay your utility bill? pick up the wine for your Christmas party?) and more (the Bulls score, where you parked your car) with Now cards.
And, your Google app now doubles as a virtual coin
Korean BBQ or pizza? Can't decide? just say “Ok Google, flip a coin” and make those decisions in a snap.
Google Inside Search

Samsung To Manufacture Apple Processors For iPhone, iPad!

Samsung partners with GlobalFoundries to fabricate Apple processors.

According to Korea Times, Samsung will be the major manufacturer of Processors used by Apple in iPhone and iPads. The A-series processors used by Apple will be designed by Apple and Samsung (80%) and TSMC(20%) will manufacture them. Samsung will fabricate them in partnership with GlobalFoundries (GF), a semiconductor manufacturer headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif.
Apple took away chip business from Samsung some time back when it started it's patent battle with Samsung. TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company) was the major manufacturer for Apple Processors.

"Apple has designated Samsung as the primary supplier of its next A-series chips powering iOS devices from 2016 as the alliance with GlobalFoundries (GF) enabled Samsung to cut off capacity risk," a source familiar with the deal said.

Samsung Electronics agreed with Apple to produce application processors (APs) from next year for iPhones and iPads, sources said Monday.
Korea Times.

Beats Music To Be Integrated / Bundled In To iOS?

Apple Streaming to Beat(s) Spotify
According to an article on Financial times Apple plan to integrate Beats Music, the streaming service in to iOS. Perhaps in time for Apple Watch. As if Spotify did not want another set back, it looks like it is coming directly at it.

Apple will bundle the subscription music service it acquired from Beats into its iOS operating system early next year, instantly making it available on hundreds of millions of iPhones and iPads – and ramping up pressure on Spotify, the market leader in music streaming.

The inclusion of the paid-for Beats service in an iOS software update could happen as early as March, according to people familiar with the situation.

But will Apple meat the same anti-trust/anti competitive issue that Microsoft faced when it integrated IE in to Windows. It looks the same to me (IANL) as both are leveraging the advantage it has on OS to push their other products an unfair advantage.
But there will be a way to use your favorite streaming app, just like I use Google Maps for iOS rather than the broken, Apple Map. Hopefully you can do the same with Beats App.
Mac Rumors

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Apple Found Infringing SkyTel Patents, Ordered To Pay $23.6 Million.

Unfair Apple ordered to pay $23.6 Million.
Two way messaging Patents developed for the SkyTel network and owned by Mobile Telecommunications Technologies LLC are sound and were infringed by Apple, a federal jury in Marshall, Texas, said late yesterday. MTel, was awarded $23.6 million, about a tenth of what it had been seeking in damages. It was seeking $1 per device which amounted to $237.2 Million. MTel claimed Apple’s Airport Wi-Fi products and iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices with messaging used the technology. 
“Apple is refusing to acknowledge the contributions of others, This case is about fairness.” MTel lawyer Deron Dacus of the Dacus Firm in Tyler, Texas, told the jury in closing arguments. Guess Apple was unfair, in the eyes of the jury.
Samsung, Apple's rival also faces the similar lawsuit scheduled to go in to a trial by jury soon.
Bloomberg

BlackBerry SDK 10.3.1, Momentics 2.1.1, And Developer OS 10.3.1 Released To Aid BlackBerry Classic Development.

BlackBerry SDK.
We all know that BlackBerry Classic is coming soon and BlackBerry wants to ensure that developers have all the means to develop for the device. The tool set consists of the gold release of the BlackBerry 10.3.1 Native SDK along with Momentics 2.1.1, and a new developer OS (OS 10.3.1.997) for all devices. 

To start developing for BlackBerry Classic, the first thing you need to do is download Momentics 2.1.1 from our developer site.  Once you have downloaded it you can pull in the 10.3.1 API and simulator.  You will need to set your API Level to 10.3.1 in order to use the trackpad specific APIs.  Since we haven’t released a BlackBerry Classic device as yet you will need to use the simulator for development and testing.
BB Blog more info and download instructions.

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