The Google Drive team has added a new feature to their Google Sheets spreadsheet program. Users who setup long spreadsheets often “freeze” the first row in a spreadsheet so it can serve as a header. Then, as they scroll down through a spreadsheet, that first row remains visible.
The update that was released today gives users the ability to embed an image file in that first row so that it will stay visible. This could be especially useful for including something like a logo to a spreadsheet.
The update is currently rolling out to non-Google for Work accounts.s
source: +Google Drive
Last week tech companies were having a big time at CES 2015 showing off new technology, some of which involves automobiles. This week the North American International Auto Show is underway in Detroit, where automobile manufacturers show off their new vehicles, parts and services, some of which involves technology. The cross over between our cars and our mobile devices should be no surprise given the popularity of both in this country. At the NAIAS, Verizon has announced their latest foray into the world of the automobile industry, Verizon Vehicle.
If you ask Microsoft, they can tell you that smartphone applications can make or break a new entry into the smart device ecosystem. With the imminent launch of Samsung’s Z1—a Tizen-powered smartphone—in India possibly as early as today, Samsung will instantly feel the pressure of consumers needing apps for their device.
Samsung has promised that many of our favorite Android apps will appear in the Tizen store in a native Tizen OS format, but if the Samsung Galaxy Apps Store is any indication of what one might expect from the Korean tech behemoth, the Tizen store could have quite a rocky start. Enter Open Mobile’s emulator app: Application Compatibility Layer (ACL), which harbors a sizable database of thousands of Android apps.
Lego has been developing plenty of fun games on the Google Play store recently, and its new Ultra Agents Antimatter game is exactly what we’d expect from everyone’s favorite toy company.
Later this year, owners of select Samsung devices will be able to use LoopPay when unique cases are released. LoopPay has partnered with XPAL Power and Trident Case to develop cases for Samsung devices that have its mobile payments technology built-in. The two devices to receive accessories first are the Galaxy S 5 and Galaxy Note 4. A back cover will be available for the Galaxy S 5 and an entire case for the Galaxy Note 4. The latter will allow for protection in addition to LoopPay functionality. Samsung has been said to be eyeing the mobile payments space like Apple, but nothing has materialized just yet.
Source: LoopPay (PDF)
We all want to do our part to help those who are less fortunate healthwise, but not all of us are brilliant researchers and scientists. However, we all have at least one extremely capable tool for making progress in the world of fighting disease: a smartphone.
It’s a new year, which means it’s time to get in shape. There are a number of apps to help with your workouts, and Runtastic Running & Fitness is one of the top rated ones for sure. A lot of people think of it as a running app, but it’s a lot more than that. Runtastic will map your workouts in real-time with GPS, monitor exercise progress, and provide you with advanced statistics, as well as graphs. It tracks all your cardio workouts by duration, distance, elevation change, calories burned, more. It’s also compatible with Google Fit and Android Wear.
This is the sort of stuff that makes me want to hug programmers and engineers. Google and Microsoft are both hard at work rolling out updates to Hangouts and Skype, respectively, that will allow for real-time translation in a video call.
Crescent Moon Games has made a Gameboy-style retro game called 2-bit Cowboy.