Add logos, graphics to Google Sheets frozen row in latest update


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

Verizon announces new Verizon Vehicle service


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.
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Samsung Tizen-powered Z1 smartphone will have access to many Android apps


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 Z1a Tizen-powered smartphonein 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.
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Messaging apps face potential ban in the United Kingdom


In the wake of the Charlie Hebdo shooting and its succeeding events in France, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom has expressed concern over the encryption of messaging applications. David Cameron, who has held the position since 2010, made it clear he would serve a ban to messaging apps that failed to uncover messages even with the inclusion of a warrant. The government wants access to the data because it provides the chance to prevent, identify, or act on a crisis.

Snapchat, Apple iMessage/FaceTime, and WhatsApp are just some of the services to encrypt their data. Those services, and others, are highly unlikely to give access to the government; therefore, expect this situation to drag out for months before any actual progress is made.

Source: The Independent
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Accessories supporting LoopPay mobile payments coming for Samsung devices


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)

[Deal] Grab Runtastic Pro for Free today


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.

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