Android users who may have seen their iOS-owning friends using an app called VSCO Cam for mobile photography can now get in on the action with the release of VSCO Cam to Google Play. Like so many other photography apps on the market, VSCO Cam promises to make your images “stunning” through the use of a variety of preset adjustments and filters that can be applied. If the free adjustments that come with the app are not enough, VSCO offers several more through in-app purchases. » Read the rest
With Google Glass beginning mass production in the next year, a lot of interesting cases are going to come up regarding etiquette. Nick Starr, a network engineer from Seattle, walked into the Lost Lake Cafe, a 24-hour diner in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, and was forced to either take off his Google Glass headset or leave the diner. According to Starr, he had visited Lost Lake multiple times wearing Glass, with no problems until the most recent visit.
Starr was very vocal about the treatment he received, stating on Facebook that he would “love an explanation, apology, clarification, and if the staff member was in the wrong and lost the owner money last night and also future income as well, that this income be deducted from her pay or her termination.” Apparently, the owner of Lost Lake made headlines in March for banning Google Glass from another establishment he owns – 5 Point Cafe, saying that it’s “about privacy.” The owner, David Meinert, had a staff meeting at Lost Lake telling all servers to ask anyone wearing Glass to remove it because they want their customers “to feel comfortable.”
This clearly isn’t the last we’ll hear about Google Glass etiquette controversies. It’s definitely an interesting topic, and we’ll keep you updated on other interesting stories like this.
Source: The Verge
Although not as successful as they had hoped, the HTC One was highly regarded by the tech community, including myself. HTC had a clear winner in terms of design so they figured they would build upon that by “enlarging” the phone into a phablet since the demand continues to grow for phones that are large and in charge. The HTC One Max looks just like the One, only much bigger. HTC wasn’t able to compete with the likes of the Galaxy S 4 in the 5-inch category so will they be able to compete with the Galaxy Note 3 in the phablet category? HTC is hoping a few extras like a fingerprint scanner and a microSD slot will entice you, but is it enough and does the greatness of the HTC One translate to a much larger version? Hit the break to find out.
We had another busy week at TalkAndroid so here’s a recap of all the top stories. Motorola had a banner week as they brought the AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon Moto Xs to KitKat, less then a month after the official announcement. HBO GO became the next app to be Chromecast compatible and the upcoming hackathon could mean a lot more apps to come. Is Samsung’s Galaxy Gear a flop and will they ditch fingerprint scanning in favor of eye scanning? It’s time to get caught up and get ready for another exciting week.
The social network giant Instagram, a company recently acquired by Facebook, is rumored to have a private messaging system incorporated sometime in an update before the end of this year. With the company just recently incorporating videos a few months ago, looks like the next step is having the users being able to directly contact each other.
I for one don’t think this is a great move. I think part of the reason that a lot of people love Instagram is how basic and simple it is compared to Facebook and others. I feel adding messaging into it will just start turning it into another mini Facebook of sorts. Either way, it looks like it’s going to be implemented no matter what our idea on it is.
What do you guys think, any Instagram users out there happy that this is? Or would you rather keep Instagram the way it is?
With hectic schedules, it can be hard to keep track of everything in your news feed. That’s why we created the TalkAndroid Daily Dose. This is where we recap the day’s hottest stories so you can get yourself up to speed in quick fashion. Happy reading!!
For months now, plenty of Facebook users have yearned for Facebook to update the UI of their Android app. With the recent test build, it seems like that’s exactly what Facebook is planning on doing. The new test version is at 126.96.36.199.2 and gives Facebook the “flat” style UI which looks similar to the same UI given to their Messaging app. It also looks like they’ve gone to a tab style where you can swipe through to your notifications, newsfeed, friend requests and messages. Check out the images after the break for a look for yourselves as well as the download link.
Black Friday is quickly approaching, and if you’re looking to make a few good buys, look no further than using an app on your Android phone or tablet. Most of these apps let you look at each store’s ads as well as glance by category. You can even search all ads by keyword and even organize your own list. Hit the break for the best apps available in the Play Store.
Sprint has officially announced some deals for the holiday season, and while they aren’t the most aggressive sales ever, it’s a good start. First on the list is the phone selection, which includes the LG G2 for $50 online and the Galaxy S 4 Mini for free, after a 50 mail-in rebate. Those deals start on Black Friday and both obviously require a two year plan.
Between the 22nd and the 27th, Sprint is offering a special to new customers. If you port your number over from any other carrier, Sprint will knock $100 off any available phone with a two-year agreement. If you port a number over and take advantage of Sprint’s One Up plan (the $0 down phone installment plan), Sprint will give you a $100 prepaid Visa card. Either way, that’s basically free money if you were considering making the switch to Sprint anyway.
Anyone thinking of taking advantage of some of these deals from Sprint? » Read the rest
Qualcomm just announced their newest mobile chip, the Snapdragon 805. The 805 will bring support for Ultra HD (4K) video as well as more efficiency. It will also be paired with the Adreno 420 GPU, which has 40 percent more graphics processing power. This is the first mobile processor that supports both 4K video playback and capture, which is quite impressive.
“Using a smartphone or tablet powered by Snapdragon 805 processor is like having an UltraHD home theater in your pocket, with 4K video, imaging and graphics, all built for mobile,” said Murthy Renduchintala, executive vice president, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., and co-president, QCT.