May be you think you know, check it out at Pew Research, Take the quiz, and read about it.
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Apple has received 25 New Patents Covering Camera Stabilization, Cellular MacBook and 23 more. Also granted was a SIRI like application dating far back as 2003, that would work with phone, iPod and a car.
The rest is in the image below and you can check them at USPTO or PatentlyApple.
Asus Zenwatch, Elegant Android Wear
We are also launching the security wizard for Google for Work accounts. The security wizard guides users through steps they can take to turn on or adjust security features, like providing contact info for account recovery (if the domain security policy allows it), or reviewing recent account activity and account permissions. Plus, it only takes minutes for users to update their settings. This tool prioritizes all administrator settings for security features that end users are permitted to turn on. Access the wizard at g.co/accountcheckup.
Motorola Material design update
Now you have seen all the news about hackers posting online live streaming from thousands of webcams all around the world, with USA, Europe having the largest number of webcams hacked.
So if you have a webcam and to make sure that it will not be streaming for public entertainment, follow these simple rules. Curtsey of FTC.
OK Google you got me!
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 YouTubeWith 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
100 millones de minutos de llamadas gratis a celulares y teléfonos fijos en México
As of now it is 92 Million.
"This project should boost everyday data protection for almost everyone who uses the Internet, Right now when you use the Web, many of your communications—your user names, passwords, and browsing histories—are vulnerable to hackers and others. By making it easy, fast, and free for websites to install encryption for their users, we will all be safer online." said EFF Technology Projects Director Peter Eckersley.Let's Encrypt will be overseen by the Internet Security Research Group (ISRG), a California public benefit corporation. ISRG will work with Mozilla, Cisco Systems Inc., Akamai, EFF, and others to build the much-needed infrastructure for the project and the 2015 launch.
Verizon makes it more expensive to terminate a contract early.
Verizon is making you pay more for early termination of a contract. A new major policy change that went into effect on November 14th, 2014, makes it more expensive for you to cancel service with the carrier in the first 8 months of your a 2-year contract. The new policy says that your Early Termination Fee (ETF) reductions will not kick in until after 8 months. Most carriers reduction begins in the first month. Link to the policy after the jump and here is the portion that relates to the ETF;
" If you cancel a line of Service, or if we cancel it for good cause, during its contract term, you'll have to pay an early termination fee. If your contract term results from your purchase of an advanced device on or after November 14, 2014, your early termination fee will be $350, which will decline by: $10 per month in months 8–18, $20 per month in months 19–23, and $60 in the final month of your contract term. For other contract terms entered into on or after November 14, 2014, your early termination fee will be $175, which will decline by: $5 per month in months 8–18, $10 per month in months 19–23, and $30 in the final month of your contract term. If your contract results from your purchase of an advanced device prior to November 14, 2014, your early termination fee will be $350 minus $10 for each full month of your contract term that you complete. For other contract terms entered into prior to November 14, 2014, your early termination fee will be $175 minus $5 for each full month of your contract term that you complete. Cancellations will become effective on the last day of that month's billing cycle"
BEIJING—November 17, 2014—Apple® today announced that the App Store℠ has added UnionPay as a payment option for customers in China. China UnionPay is the most popular payment card in China and will provide App Store customers with a simple and more convenient way to purchase their favorite apps. Customers can easily link their Apple ID with a UnionPay debit or credit card for one-tap purchases.
“The ability to buy apps and make purchases using UnionPay cards has been one of the most requested features from our customers in China,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “China is already our second largest market for app downloads, and now we’re providing users with an incredibly convenient way to purchase their favorite apps with just one-tap.”
As a bankcard network, China UnionPay operates China’s national inter-bank clearing and settlement system, develops the worldwide UnionPay Card acceptance network, promotes the issuance and usage of the UnionPay Card as well as other innovative payment solutions, so as to provide quality, efficient and safe payment services to cardholders. To date, the total number of UnionPay Cards issued both at home and abroad has exceeded 4.5 billion. The UnionPay network has been extended to all cities and rural areas in China. In addition, China UnionPay has enabled UnionPay Card acceptance in over 140 countries and regions through extensive cooperation with more than 400 institutions around the world. Additional information may be found at: www.unionpay.com.
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The Google project that plans to fly a ring of balloons in the stratospheric winds carrying Internet relaying instruments to provide Internet access to otherwise un-connectables, in gaining a ISP support in Australia.
The balloons will fly above where the highest flying airlines fly and will stay afoat for 100 days or more, providing the service people below. So these balloons, or the Google Loon project, is teaming up with Australian telecommunications firm, Telstra to launch as much as 20 balloons and fly over western Queensland during December. The Loon balloons will be beaming 4G-like signal down to Earth, 20km below. Telstra will provide base stations to communicate with the balloons.
May be it is good idea for DOJ, they don't have to fly small planes, IMSI Catchers but have a bunch of balloons all over the USA.
Google Loon, Guardian
Some of today’s press reports related to rumours about Microsoft dropping the Nokia brand have declared the death of the Nokia brand. But, to paraphrase Mark Twain, “reports of our death are an exaggeration.” Yes, we have sold our mobile phone business to Microsoft. But the Nokia of today is financially robust and has moved from weakness to strength. We have one of the world’s best telecom infrastructure businesses, a global leader in the mapping and location business, a stellar intellectual property portfolio and some of the finest innovation capabilities of any company anywhere. Remember, Nokia started almost 150 years ago with just one paper mill. Over time we have repeatedly and successfully reinvented ourselves. We may not be the same Nokia of several years ago, but we are here, we are strong, and our brand is very much still alive. Not to mention kicking!We are glad and will look for for exciting news.
Google Glass Shattered? Shuttered?
President Obama Last week asked FCC to reclassify consumer broadband service, including Mobile Broadband, under Title II of the Telecommunications Act.
“This is a basic acknowledgment of the services ISPs provide to American homes and businesses, and the straightforward obligations necessary to ensure the network works for everyone — not just one or two companies.” President quoted.
No blocking. If a consumer requests access to a website or service, and the content is legal, your ISP should not be permitted to block it. That way, every player — not just those commercially affiliated with an ISP — gets a fair shot at your business.
No throttling. Nor should ISPs be able to intentionally slow down some content or speed up others — through a process often called “throttling” — based on the type of service or your ISP’s preferences.
Increased transparency. The connection between consumers and ISPs — the so-called “last mile” — is not the only place some sites might get special treatment. So, I am also asking the FCC to make full use of the transparency authorities the court recently upheld and, if necessary, to apply net neutrality rules to points of interconnection between the ISP and the rest of the Internet.
No paid prioritization. Simply put: No service should be stuck in a “slow lane” because it does not pay a fee. That kind of gatekeeping would undermine the level playing field essential to the Internet’s growth. So, as I have [said] before, I am asking for an explicit ban on paid prioritization and any other restriction that has a similar effect.
Dirtboxes are used by DOJ to collect cellphone data.
“What is done on U.S. soil is completely legal, Whether it should be done is a separate question.” said one person familiar with the program.The scanning is done by the Technical Operations Group of the U.S. Marshals Service, which tracks fugitives, among other things. Sometimes it deploys the technology on targets requested by other parts of the Justice Department. The "Dirtbox", is being used to mimic mobile phone tower transmissions from the sky and gather data from millions of mobile phones, helping the US Marshals Service track criminals while recording innocent citizens’ information.Cellphones are programmed to connect automatically to the strongest cell tower signal. The device identifies itself as having the closest, strongest signal, even though it doesn’t, and forces all the phones that can detect its signal to send in their unique registration information. If a suspect’s cellphone is identified, the technology can pinpoint its location within about 10 feet, down to a specific room in a building. Newer versions of the technology can be programmed to do more than suck in data: They can also jam signals and retrieve data from a target phone such as texts or photos. It isn’t clear if this domestic program has ever used those features.
.... And the Band seems more like a prototype than a consumer device. It's bulky, uncomfortable and has disappointing battery life. You could get a comfortable fitness tracker for less, or a capable smartwatch for a few bucks more.But you can weight the Pros;
Lumia 730, Lumia 735 Reviewed.
The Ad Hoc Telecommunications Users Committee.
While companies like Ford, Visa, UPS and Bank of America, supported strongly, meaning, asking FCC to classify Internet as a Public Utility, which it is. But communication behemoths like AT&T, Comcast, and Verizon, does not want that. They want total control of the internet, your phone and beyond. So they are fighting Net neutrality like it is the D-Day.
While wanting net neutrality to be open, the companies behind the Ad Hoc Telecommunications Users Committee, Ford, Visa, UPS and B of A, are less vocal about their support, in some cases denying the extend of support, according to Bloomberg.
We just hope that FCC reclassify Internet as a public utility, because it a one. you cannot conduct a normal life without it, just like, electricity and water. The classification will bring more than just free data flow.
This is how the Ad Hoc committee suggested their thought on the matter;
“Every retailer with an online catalogue, every manufacturer with online product specifications, every insurance company with online claims processing, every bank offering online account management, every company with a website–every business in America interacting with its customers online is dependent upon an open Internet.”So when will the real business' stand up for the cause?
The Ad Hoc Telecommunications Users Committee Ad Hoc’s Comments in the Open Internet Rulemaking
Internet access is a Title II service
It’s a question of fact, not policy
The FCC should use forbearance to de-regulate as needed
“Terminating access” is a classic market failure
Competition can discipline an ISP’s prices and practices for its own subscribers
But there is no competitive choice when content providers communicate with the ISP’s subscriber
The FCC has repeatedly called this structure a “market failure”
Bill-and-keep is the FCC’s solution
AT7T Tracking Mobile Traffic.
Up until last week, AT&T had been inserting a unique identifier in web traffic sent by its wireless customers, be it phones or tablets. AT7T has said it was a test program, and now been stopped. But before you may rejoice, AT&T also mentioned that;
“We don’t currently have a Relevant Advertising program in place, but we could have one in the future, It could be this exact program that we tested, it could be something else entirely.”
said Emily Edmonds, an AT&T spokesperson.
Try to use WiFi connection whenever possible. It will not entirely stop but may reduce some. Also you can throw them off the track, take an irrelevant path to your destination, periodically hit back button twice. They will have your data, but with some garbage. If Possible, use a VPN!
Apple and the missing text, iMessage.
The case we reported yesterday, Moor vs Apple Inc, regarding the missing text and a bunch of other stuff has been consolidated with a case filed earlier. It was filed in May by plaintiffs Adam Backhaut, Joy Backhaut, and Kenneth Morris, arguing that Apple was violating the Stored Communications Act and wiretap act, by intercepting messages.
The judge presiding over the cases has decided that both the cases have similarities enough to be consolidated. Even as all three parties have shown the relectance to do so, Judge Lucy Koh has give them until December 4th to refile case. Both plaintiffs seek to get Class certification for their cases.
iPhone 6, differing ideas.
I read two posts on Latinpost regarding iPhone 6. The first is about dropping iPhone 6 and four years of Apple life for Android world, likely an HTC or Nokia ( ;) good luck on that)
The other is blaming all the faults of iPhone 6 on others like Carriers and Sapphire glass makers and Android for being there. He is sticking with the iPhone 6 like a moth to a light bulb.
They are fun reads, no matter which camp you are in as you get to learn the other.
Start with the first "Why I'm Getting Rid of my iPhone 6" and there is a link to the next on the article, if you still want to read.
I read a fine article this morning at EdTech and you should read it if any of the following will form a question mark.
1. Mobile apps from trusted brands are safe.EdTech
2. SMS is a secure communications tool.
3. Smartphones don’t need anti-malware software.
Keyboard and navigation keys designed for optimal speed and accuracy
Large square touch screen
Amazingly fast and astoundingly beautiful web browsing
A battery that powers through
Ability to install Android and BlackBerry apps
Works with GSM Carriers only. Bands include: FD-LTE: 1,2,4,5,7,13,17,25. HSPA: 1,2,4,5/6
This product will not work on Verizon, Sprint
NVIDIA bringing Android 5.0, Lollipop to Shield tablet.
Eon Net Neutrality. I do not know whether to laugh or cry;
Skype 2014 Automatic File Transfer.
The new Skype, the default is to accept files sent to you automatically, without your acceptance. This is great if all you have on your Skype are your trusted people. But even trusted people could send you bad files. WHat if your trusted friends computer is infected with some kind of Skype worm. So we think it is better to make sure you approve what you get and where to save them, even if you did ask for the file.
To change your settings for automatic file transfer:
Messaging seem to be the theme today. From Google releasing Android Messenger, which I installed on my Samsung Pad.
Now I see that Facebook is telling us how to say thanks, not that you have not done that before but how to do that on Facebook, in a form of a video snippet.
So to celebrate all those friendships that you have created on the social network or before, you can say thanks with the tool that Facebook has created.
To create a Say Thanks video, visit facebook.com/thanks. Once you choose a friend, Facebook will generate a preview of the video. You’ll have the ability to select a different theme and edit photos and posts that represent your friendship.
Key features (from the Messenger app page):
• Faster sharing: Select or take pictures and videos directly from the app and share easily. You can even send audio messages to your contacts.
• Easy search: Search through contacts and conversation threads to find exactly what you are looking for.
• Purposeful design: New, fluid, material design that is intuitive and delightful.
• More control: Ability to block SMS senders. No interruptions when you don’t want them!
• More features: audio messages, emoji support 😃, colored text threads, message archiving and more.
Messenger is supported on devices running Android™ 4.1, Jelly Bean, and above.
Masque Attack, Replacing Genuine iOS Apps With Malware Apps.
Security firm FireEye has revealed that a security flow in iOS is making most iDevices vulnerable to cyber attacks. The flow allows hackers to replace genuine apps on the devices with malicious apps.
The flow discovered by FireEye in July 2014, allows an iOS app installed using enterprise/ad-hoc provisioning to replace another genuine app installed through the App Store, as long as both apps used the same bundle identifier.
The third party app may display an arbitrary title, a catchy name that are familiar to users. But after installation, the app can replace another genuine app as all apps can be replaced except iOS preinstalled apps, on an iOS device. The FireEye team has named the method, Masque Attack.
"This vulnerability exists because iOS doesn't enforce matching certificates for apps with the same bundle identifier. We verified this vulnerability on iOS 7.1.1, 7.1.2, 8.0, 8.1 and 8.1.1 beta, for both jailbroken and non-jailbroken devices. An attacker can leverage this vulnerability both through wireless networks and USB. We named this attack “Masque Attack,""said the FireEye team. They are demonstrating the fact with the video below.
With Lumia 535, a phone totally Microsoft, get all the benefits of Skype, Cortana, Office and OneDrive packed in to a powerful but affordable smartphone. The display is 5" IPS LCD with capacitive multipoint touch.
It is equiped with 5 MP wide angle camera in front and 5 MP camera in the rear with flash. There also Selfie app to fine tune your selfies.
The phone is promised of Maximum talk time (2G): 11 hours and Maximum music playback time: 78 hours. So there is plenty of time between charges to talk and do stuff.
But what is interesting is the video call capability, thanks to Skype app and the front facing wide angle lens wide area of view.
Then there is Cortana, who can assist you from giving you the latest scores of your favorite game to reminding you to pick up a gift for mom's birthday, to telling you the best recipe for the party. She's pretty good from what I have heard.
Te phone will be available in Asia Pacific territories. Russia, India and China leading the pack, before coming to Africa and Europe. No talk of USA having the chance to use it. The phone will cost about $130.
Daniel Ek to Taylor Swift.
Yesterday we reported about new tool Apple provided to uncouple a phone number from iMessage system. Quite a few people missed texts which originated from iPhones when they switched to Other phones like Samsung Galaxy. We also mentiond about the lawsuit and if this step was taken as a result of the situation.
So today US District Court Judge Lucy Koh ordered that the company face claims it failed to disclose issues that customers would face if they switched from an iPhone to another device. Adrienne Moore, the plaintiff, alleges that upon switching to the Galaxy S5 from an iPhone 4, iMessage and/or the switch blocked the delivery of "countless" messages.
Judge said the case would move forward and Moore will have an opportunity to prove his case, if Apple violated California's unfair competition regulations.
"Plaintiff does not have to allege an absolute right to receive every text message in order to allege that Apple's intentional acts have caused an actual breach or disruption of the contractual relationship," Koh wrote.
One more patent in Apple's bag.
Geemodo: Apple Gets Geofence-based Wireless Diagnostics Patent
Netflix has released the ISP speed index for October on streaming Netflix data. According to the company's announcement, In the U.S., Bright House cracked the Top 3 in October with an average speed of 3.13Mbps, joining Verizon FiOS and Cablevision.
Europeans seem to get Netflix data flowing in to their homes much faster than USA, even Fiber customers.
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Candy Crush Soda.
The new Samsung Ad illuminating Gear S and it's capabilities that matter. Among other things, Gear S lets you enjoy your life on-the-go with navigation, brief voice call, instant SMS notification and a QWERTY keyboard. Samsung was tweeting about the keyboard knowing about 60 languages!
#GearS has an onscreen keyboard that’s fluent in nearly 60 languages? Überraschung!
— Samsung Mobile US (@SamsungMobileUS) November 10, 2014
Microsoft Skype for Business.
Someone at Microsoft is recognizing the brand value of Skype and that only a few will know what Lync is. Viola, Lync is getting renamed Skype for Business. They also recognizing that Penguins (Linux?) are an important factor, see the prominence it gives penguins in the above video. I use Lync everyday and it serves the corporate needs. So at least I do not have to learn another Microsoft product, it just a label change. Skype had this idea of Skype for Business, in 2008.
I guess now I have to write another post, How to uninstall Skype for Business.
The inCharge is a project by Lorenzo and Carlo Ferraris, searching for funding on a Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign. They did not have to search much as the hope of raising $20,000 for production costs, has already raised $97759.00 (as this is written).
It is not a rocket science but a clever idea to provide your with USB charging cable that can attach to your key ring, backpack or simply to be kept in your pocket. It is a slim male USB connector attached to a lightning or micro USB, female on the other end. It is about 2" long, including the cable, which comes in multiple colors. Cable folds in two and attached to each other via embedded magnets. Neat idea, and for $9 for lightning or a micro USB cable, I will get two of each.
As funding is there, hopefully its creators will easily be able to make it a reality. A $9 donation is all that's needed and either the microUSB or Lightning version, in one of eight different colors, will be yours. [Indiegogo - inCharge] via Gizmodo.
If lack of support for Verizon on Google Voice MMS, kept you away from Google Voice, consider it is past. A Googler announced today that it is complete and it is covering all major networks.
At the same time, Google is adding MMS photo support for users of Voice in Google hangouts. So now people will be able to see pictures inline rather than a link to the photo as it used to be. One more reason to hangout at Google longer.
Messenger was the first of our standalone apps, and unlike our core Facebook apps, it focused on one use case – messaging. With Messenger, you can reach people instantly. It is just as fast as SMS but gives you the ability to express yourself in ways that SMS can’t. You can send stickers or videos, take selfies, chat with groups and make free calls. We’ve also continued to improve speed and reliability. Updates to Messenger ship every two weeks so it continues to evolve and improve.Facebook
SEOUL, Nov. 10, 2014 — KizON, a wearable device designed for children from LG Electronics (LG), has been certified for meeting specific environmental guidelines by TÜV Rheinland and Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL) Environment, two of the world’s leading certification organizations. KizON, currently only available in South Korea, begins its overseas rollout this week in Poland, to be followed by other European markets.KizON is the first wearable device to receive the Green Product Mark from Europe’s leading testing, inspection, and certification body, TÜV Rheinland. UL Environment awarded KizON its ECOLOGO® Platinum certification, the highest offered by the 120-year-old American organization. To receive these certifications, KizON was subjected to a rigorous process to assess its performance in a number of parameters including, avoidance of hazardous chemicals and toxic components, recyclability and energy efficiency.“KizON was developed in response to customers’ opinions that technology should be used to improve the lives of all consumers and it occurred to us that children had the most to gain because they’re the most vulnerable,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “With KizON meeting the highest standards of child-friendly products, parents and guardians can find comfort in knowing that their children’s first exposure to wearable technology is a safe one.”KizON is a wearable designed exclusively for pre-school and primary school children that gives parents a simple and convenient way to keep track of their youngsters’ whereabouts using something they already have in their pockets — their smartphones. KizON offers parents ease of mind by not only delivering real-time information of a wearer’s location but also giving children the ability to communicate directly with them via the One Step Direct Call button. What’s more, KizON also includes Location Reminder, which allows parents to pre-set the device to provide location alerts at specific times throughout the day. Battery life is rated at 36 hours and when the power level drops to 20 percent, a voice notification alert and text message is activated to inform the wearer and parent to recharge the device.A wide range of accessories featuring popular animation characters will be available for KizON, which is available in two attractive colors: blue and pink. Additional details including price and availability will be announced locally in additional markets at the time of launch.Key Specifications:￭ Network: 2G GSM (900MHz /1800MHz)￭ Location Technology: A-GPS, WPS (WiFi Positioning System)￭ Memory: 64MB RAM / 128MB ROM￭ Battery: 400mAh￭ Size: 34.7 x 55.2 x 13.9mm￭ Weight: 42.87g￭ Colors: Blue, Pink
Mitel, Shoretel takeover bid.
After being rejected by Shoretel on Mitel's initial offer of $8.10 to $8.50 a share which sends the offer to $574 Million.
“We continue to believe that the combination of our two companies offers a compelling opportunity to add sustained value to both organizations, and would solidify our combined leadership position in a highly competitive and rapidly consolidating market,”said Richard McBee, chief executive officer of Kanata, Ontario-based Mitel, in a letter to ShoreTel’s board today.
Self Destructive Animated IM, - Boop
Self destructing animating text messages
Press release: “Snapchat for text” – Boop: Self destructing animated text app brings new twist to instant messagingBoop is an app that allows anyone create and send ephemeral text messages with emoticons. When displayed, Boops show one word at a time. Adding a space to a message acts as a ‘frame skip’, meaning users can create small animated text and emoticon combos called ‘Boopmations.’ Every Boop can have an optional signature emoticon, allowing users to express themselves in many different ways.
Once a user views a Boop, it’s instantly deleted, both on the device and from the server, making it truly ephemeral. On top of that, the way Boops display — one word at a time — means they’re impossible to screenshot and tricky to capture the full message (and hard to read over someone’s shoulder!) , making them perfect for personal communication.
Founder Dave Ganly says “Boop places the focus on conversation – single shot messages that are gone as soon as they are viewed. Boop messages demand your attention, and can’t be recalled, leading to fun, fast paced, back and forth between friends. The message format - displaying one word at a time - has seen some really creative and emergent behavior in beta tests. Once you add in iOS and Android’s hundreds of emojis it leads to some very funny animations.”
Boop launches today for both iOS and Android.
About the founders
Boop was created by Dave Ganly, a product guy and developer based in London with a penchant for trying out even the most random ideas. The iOS version was created by James L Nicholson, a prodigiously gifted developer. Previous work includes numerous projects, such as Tactic-Toe (James), Yarrly, VVX.IO (Dave) and many other part-time labours of love.
De-register from iMessage system http://snapvoip.blogspot.com/
Up until now, people who switched to another phone system like Android from iPhone, had their text messages disappear in to ether. These users did not have an easier way to uncouple their phones from iMessage system. That was because the phone number was still tied to the Apple's iMessage system and text from Apple devices to the said number were routed to the iMessage. Frustrated users even filled a class action suit against Apple for this issue. Perhaps Apple is paving a path to face the law suit.
So if you are planing to switch from an iPhone to another phone, the best route is to disable iMessage, BEFORE switching from the iPhone. (If you still have the phone, you can reinsert the SIM and accomplish the task as well)
Prime Cast Zapped by Amazon
Just as fast as PrimeCast was announced, the developers have retracted the app, due to blocking of Amazon back end services by Amazon.
PrimeCast developers posted the following message
Dear Primecast users,a few months ago, we set out to bring together two great products that seemed like a natural fit: Amazon Instant Video and Google Chromecast.
We spent most of our free time trying to come up with the best solution we could, while also safeguarding your privacy, honoring digital rights management and copyright mechanisms, and making the app as useful as possible.
Two days ago, we felt we were ready for an announcement, so we posted a single link on Reddit...and waited.
The feedback was amazing. In a matter of hours, we received dozens of great reviews and encouraging comments. 89% of reviewers on Google Play (many of whom are reading this) gave us 5 or 4 stars.
Since we were on track to cover our costs much earlier than expected, we started planning for the next steps – like eventually quitting our day-to-day jobs and starting to serve end users directly, giving them great products they enjoyed using.
Unfortunately, the journey came to an end after 36 hours, and we decided to pull the Primecast app from the Google Play Store. We are very sorry.
At this time, we do not know if Primecast will return. What we do know however is that we would love to continue providing you with great software and a great experience. Thank you for your support!
The Primecast team
PS: You can reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org.