Google launches ‘Classroom’ for teachers in conjunction with their services

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Today, Google launched “Classroom for Teachers” which aims to make the instructors job a little bit easier. What “Classroom” does is it combines Google’s already successful apps such as Google Drive, Gmail and Google Docs to help teachers organize or even create their lesson plans or assignments. Google hopes this new service will provide an easy tool to make a teachers job more efficient and provide less of a headache. Here’s a little more of what “Classroom” can do:

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Google Maps 8 is out and brings forth lane guidance, offline maps and several other new features

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Google has updated their Maps application across all platforms and bringing it up to Maps 8. The update brings forth several great new features such as lane guidance, the ability to use Maps while offline (finally!), and also a couple of smaller features. Lane guidance will be a godsend for many that drive through some confusing intersections or freeway exits (LA drivers, anyone?). Maps will have an indicator in the top left section of the screen that will guide you through your complicated route. For offline Maps, I’m glad that it’s finally back. Now users are able to save their routes and destinations so that it can be used for offline purposes.

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HTC stock surges to a 10 month high

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Earlier today, HTC’s stock rose 6.9% (a 10th month high for the company) with investors expecting the company to turn in favorable Q2 earnings. With the HTC Desire 816 selling quite well in China combined with the positive sales and reviews of their HTC One M8 flagship, the expectations that these investors have, could pay dividends in the near future.  Hopefully once the Q2 earnings come out, HTC will show their resurgence into the market.

Do you guys think with the new Desire lineup and HTC One M8, the company will finally turn things around and once again become a huge force in the mobile industry? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section!

source: HTC Source

Google Wallet is reportedly on its way to Google Glass

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If you own Google’s Glass device, sending money without even pulling out your smartphone may be coming your way via Google Wallet very soon. Through sources that work closely with Google, Google Wallet integration within Glass is in the works and they are already well into the testing phase. The service is already on certain Google employees, and after a few more months of testing, we could see it roll out to the masses No clear timetable has been given on its impending widespread release so stay tuned for further news!

Would this be a feature you would like to have on Glass?

source: Techcrunch

T-Mobile LG G Flex receiving update today; It may or may not be KitKat

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Today T-Mobile is supposedly rolling out the KitKat OTA update for their LG G Flex device. Problem is, is it even KitKat? According to the source link below, it shows Android 4.2.2 as the software. At first I thought it may just be a typo, but the file size is a mere 149MB’s. Seems a little low considering the G2′s KitKat file was about 1.5GB’s in total. Of course, these are just my speculations. Also, it seems users from XDA are reporting that the update has been pulled with no reason given.

If you have a T-Mobile G Flex, have you gotten the update notification today? And if so, is it KitKat?

source: T-Mobile

Verizon dubs the LG L70 as the LG Optimus Exceed 2

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Verizon has taken the LG-L70 and re-branded it into the LG Optimus Exceed 2. The device is available for pre-paid customers and comes in at just $79.99 without a contract. As for specs, the Exceed 2 comes with a dual-core 1.2GHz CPU with 1GB of RAM paired with 4GB’s  of native storage, although that’s expandable via an SD card slot. The device also comes with a 4.5-inch display with a resolution of 800 x 480. With the Exceed 2, you can expect some of the features that are on LG’s flagships such as the QSlide, Quick Memo and even their much popular Knock Code unlock system. 

source: Verizon

Kyocera Hydro Vibe headed to Sprint and Virgin Mobile

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Today Kyocera announced their most recent mobile device in the Hydro Vibe and will be released on Sprint and Virgin Mobile’s network come May 9th (May 27th for Virgin Mobile). Pricing for the Hydro Vibe will be set at $0 down and 24 monthly payments of $9.59 with Sprint’s Easy Pay plan while Virgin Mobile will have it at $149.99 off-contract.

As for specs, you can expect a 4.5-inch 960×540 display, 1.2GHz quad-core MSM8926 processor, 1.5GB of RAM, 8GB of built-in storage, a microSD card slot, an 8MP and 2MP front and rear camera respectively. The device will have LTE capabilities and come with a 2,000mAh battery to power it all. Also, it wouldn’t be named “Hydra” if it didn’t have something to do with water, right? You can expect the Hydra Vibe to come with an IP57-rate for protection against both dust and water. You can check the Hydra Vibe’s promo video and full press release after the break.

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Send files from your mobile device via WiFi with IPCast

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Thanks to an XDA forum member by the name of stefanuc111, you are able to send files wirelessly via Wi-Fi to other devices that are connected to the same network with his app called IPCast. As per the dev, “IPCast allows you to send, receive and stream content, without need cables, in a simple and easy way. IPCast operates through any Wi-Fi network and between any device that has a browser installed. In fact it does not require any client installation.” Here’s a small list of what IPCast can do:

  • Send and receive any file.
  • Send your installed apps.
  • Display photo in the browser.
  • Stream music and video in the browser.
  • SoundBeam: To synchronize playback between devices. (Supported by Chrome Beta, Firefox, Opera).
  • Create queues with video and audio file.

The app is also integrated into Android’s share functionality so it’s easy to transfer files even with Android native Gallery application. If you wish to check this app out, a download link and QR code will be available after the break!

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