IFA 2014 is basically Comic-Con for smartphone nerds, complete with cryptic teasers and flagship cosplay. Okay, I made that last part up, but the cryptic teasers are the real deal, and Huawai have released one that has the whole internet guessing what they could possibly have up their sleeve.
A while back we reported that LG was planning on bringing the UX from their flagship G3 to upcoming low to mid-range models. Now it appears that their plans will come to fruition as they’ve announced two new budget-friendly devices: the LG L Fino and L Bello. If the interface wasn’t enough, both models also stay true to LG’s “Floating Arc” design language, complete with rear-mounted buttons, which makes for some premium-looking handsets.
It’s no secret that Motorola are refreshing their flagship Moto X and mid-range Moto G models by the end of the year. We’ve also been led to believe that they will be manufacturing the Nexus 6 (codenamed Shamu). If that wasn’t enough, rumors have emerged indicating up to five more new phones from the Lenovo-owned manufacturer, including a Star Wars-themed Droid.
There is no denying that Google Glass is very, very cool. But there is also no denying that Google Glass doesn’t look very cool. In fact it looks exactly like a pair of glasses with an external prism and projector attached to it, looking more like something Data from the Goonies would wear, and not a gadget aimed at the average consumer. Luckily Google filed a patent last week that seems to be an attempt at making the Glass less conspicuous and more socially acceptable.
A Brazilian judge is demanding that Google remove the social networking app Secret from the Play Store and from all Brazilian phones that have the app installed. This comes after multiple cases of bullying and harassment carried out through the popular app. While the ruling sounds a little extreme, Google has the power to remove the app from devices remotely, though they reserve such measures for malicious or harmful apps.
Users of the Mozilla’s Firefox for Android should head over to Firefox’s nightly page and grab the newest update which brings Chromecast support to the popular third-party browser. With the update users can navigate to tools > mirror screen in the browser’s settings to cast tabs and videos to Google’s handy streaming stick. As previously mentioned, this is a nightly build and therefore an experimental feature. Head over to Firefox’s download page to grab the update and let us know in the comments how it works.
Source: +Lucas Rocha
In Google‘s quest to purchase everything, the tech giant acquired image recognition startup Jetpac for an undisclosed sum. Jetpac’s claim to fame is their advanced image analysis which scans publicly available Instagram photos to compile information about over 6,000 cities worldwide. Employees at Jetpac will join the Google Knowledge team, whose goal is to build a more relevant search engine.
If you’re planning on flying Virgin America anytime soon you may notice some shiny new tablets in the hands of the crew. For a while now passengers have been able to order meals using a dedicated “food” button and an in-flight entertainment system. Once the order is placed it is relayed to the staff’s tablets. Apparently those tablets were starting to feel dated because after a successful 30-day test drive, Virgin has swapped all of them out for shiny new Nexus 7s (which the company have dubbed CrewPads). Unfortunately those tablets are for staff only, but since each seat is furnished with an entertainment center, passengers shouldn’t be too jealous.
Source: Virgin America
Holy flash sale, Batman! Amazon is having a one-day only sale on the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9-inch tablet. For $299 you get the 32GB Wi-Fi version of Amazon’s popular tablet with special offers (lockscreen advertisements). That’s a savings of $130 on a pretty solid tablet and because its the only Kindle on sale today, it actually ends up being $20 cheaper than the 16GB model.
In case you missed it, July 8th Israel launched an offensive on Gaza in response to a rise in Hamas activity. The conflict has led to almost two thousand Palestinian casualties, most of which were civilians. Needless to say, the ongoing conflict in Gaza is no joke, and its definitely not good subject matter for a game.