Motorola has released updates to Google Play for a couple of their apps – Motorola Gallery and Motorola Camera. Both of the apps received a visual refresh to incorporate Google’s Material Design philosophy into their user interface along with a couple new features.
The flying experience is far from smooth for anyone, but United Airlines has a plan to make things a bit more enjoyable. The airline has launched an entertainment service for flyers’ personal devices. The United Airlines app received an update yesterday that brings hundreds of television shows and movies to Android phones and tablets. The service works with almost two hundred aircraft and United Airlines will add hundreds more next year. By the end of 2015, on-demand entertainment content should be available in “most” aircraft.
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The TED library is massive. So massive that it has more than 1,700 TEDTalk video and audio clips. The content comes from people including business moguls to musicians to world-renowned educators. The official TED app has something informative for just about everyone. What the Android app has lacked is Chromecast support. That is until today. Version 2.3.1 of the TED app for Android brings Chromecast support. Now users can mirror TED content from their devices to televisions.
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We expect Chromebooks to be a very hot item for holiday shoppers this year. The devices running Chrome OS are cheap and the hardware is vastly different than what it once was. The value of a Chromebook just keeps getting and better. And it gets even better now because Google is giving new Chromebook owners free Drive storage. How much? An astounding 1TB for two years. That is nearly $240 that you do not have to spend. It is more than enough space for the average user, that’s for sure.
The offer expires on January 1, 2015. Don’t leave it sitting underneath the Christmas tree for too long!
Source: Google Drive Blog
Android 5.0 Lollipop brought a new feature called Smart Lock, which allows you to set certain locations or Bluetooth devices as trusted so that you don’t have to constantly enter your security PIN, Password, or pattern to unlock your phone or tablet. Third party apps such as Delayed Lock, SkipLock and Secure Settings have already been giving users this ability for a couple of years now. Unfortunately, these apps will not work in Lollipop due to the fact that Google has changed the security in that third party apps can no longer unlock the device.
New reports indicate Amazon is preparing to rollout an ad-supported video streaming service next year that is different from the Prime Video service included with their Prime membership offering. The new service will supposedly be aimed more at competing with Hulu and Netflix in that it will be based on a monthly subscription fee for access. Analysts think Amazon will undercut the monthly prices offered by other services through the use of ads. Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter thinks this would make the new Amazon offering a “Netflix killer.”
Since Apple finally decided to get into the mobile payments space, competition has been heating up to get consumers to switch away from traditional debit and credit cards. In an effort to entice buyers to set up and make more use of their Google Wallet accounts, Google has launched a special “Buy with Google” promotion just in time for the holiday shopping season. Special deals are being offered to users who make a purchase using a vendor’s Android app and selecting “Buy with Google” to access their Google Wallet account when they checkout.
Back in August, Pushbullet unveiled a revolutionary new feature, which empowered users to copy and paste files across multiple devices. At the time of release, this function was restricted to Windows-powered smartphones and computers, but now, thanks to an automatic update rolling out today, Android, Mac and Linux users get to use the service, too.
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Sharing a single account with family or friends can be rather frustrating. Content, preferences, and settings for one user gets intertwined with another and the entire experience goes sour. Many services now are making a shift to support multi-user accounts. The latest to do so is Plex. With Plex Home, there is full control of who can do what with the service. Content can be shared with specified users and parental controls are in place so nothing gets seen by the unintended. User switching is fast, so there is no waiting around for the service to load everything.
Unique usernames, passwords, email addresses, and passwords are not required with Plex Home. There is PIN protection in case you want to provide privacy to users.
Features are available to non-subscribers of the premium Plex Pass. Anyone with a Plex account has access to multi-user support and “Now Playing.” It allows everyone sharing an account to have their own experience with a viewing history.
Microsoft is currently rolling out a rather hefty update for its Office Mobile application via the Play Store. In terms of added functionality, this upgrade brings a multitude of bug fixes, stability improvements, speed optimizations, and some pretty great new features; one of which being the integration of Dropbox as an online storage location.
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