Samsung working on world’s first Smart Bike

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There is no market that Samsung isn’t willing to try to step into. Whether you’re talking about cell phones, refrigerators, cameras, or even virtual reality equipment, you can almost always find something with a Samsung logo on it. Looks like that might be the case with bicycles, too.

Samsung has developed what they’re calling a “Smart Bike” that puts the bicycle on the same level as your smartphone. The bike includes tons of electronics and sensors that add a ton of (possibly unnecessary) features, some of which are actually pretty cool. It comes with a GPS, for instance, that would be able to give you great navigation and directions. It’s not impossible to do that on a bicycle right now, but it’s definitely not convenient. Read more

Motorola may finally roll out Moto Maker to European markets

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Although the Motorola Moto X has been out for a while and the Moto X+1 appears to be only a few months away, European consumers may be on the verge of getting some good news if they are still interested in the Moto X. German retailer Phone House has put up a product page for customizable Moto X devices via Moto Maker. To get started, potential buyers will need a code that Phone House indicates will be available starting July 1st. Apparently the codes can be obtained from a Phone House physical retail location.

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Unicode Consortium announces version 7.0 including 250 new emoji

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The Unicode Consortium, keepers of specifications that enable users around the world to access computers in many different languages, has announced version 7.0 of their standard. Included in the new specification are around 250 emoji. Each emoji corresponds to a pictograph symbol. For example, the emoji descriptions include things like Boys symbol, Girls symbol, White sun with small cloud, Raised hand with part between middle and ring fingers (aka the Vulcan salute), and the one that has the Internet snickering – Reversed hand with middle finger extended. Read more

Samsung files trademark application for Samsung Gear VR

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Samsung was reported to be working on a new virtual reality headset with the help of Oculus VR and while we know they want to get the device to market as quickly as possibly, there has been no information about a possible timeframe. A new application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office suggests Samsung is moving quickly as they have filed for trademark protection on the term “SAMSUNG GEAR VR”. Considered in light of their Gear 2 and Gear Fit devices, it seems Samsung is ready to slap the “Gear” moniker on any wearable device they produce.

Some sources have speculated Samsung may have the device ready to launch in conjunction with the Galaxy Note 4 later this year. Thanks to the partnership between Samsung and Oculus VR, with Samsung handling hardware while Oculus VR takes care of the software, such a timeline may be feasible.

source: USPTO
via: SamMobile

Terrain Home, backed by Samsung Accelerator, aims to simplify your Android device

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Last year, Samsung launched Samsung Accelerator to help experienced entrepreneurs bring their products to the marketplace. A new app called Terrain Home was developed by Dwipal Desai within this program.

Terrain Home is a replacement launcher that aims to simplify your Android phone. The main feature is its Smart Sidebar that organizes your content into cards. These would include your calendar, the traffic, Facebook, the news, music, and so much more. This sidebar can include over 60 cards and they can be arranged by preference. The premise is to save how many steps it takes to navigate your device, and at the same time, save precious battery life.

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Garmin launches new premium navigation app called víago

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Garmin finally decided that its $30 StreetPilot app might be a little overpriced, and has just released a new app called víago. With víago, pricing starts at $1.99 ($.99 until July 13), but you can also add additional features through in-app purchases.

Let’s start with what you get for $1.99. You will get off-board maps for many regions around the world along with lane assist, weather information, in-map traffic display, photo-realistic junction views, and the current speed (with speed limits). Premium add-ons include downloadable maps (“Maps to Go”) for when you don’t have a data connection, real-time traffic, urban navigation with public transportation, 3D terrain view, and more. In app purchases range from $4.99 to $19.99.

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New Amazon smartphone to be an AT&T exclusive

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Amazon is going to finally announce their new smartphone tomorrow, but it looks like you you will only be able to buy it on AT&T. I guess this isn’t a shocker since Amazon and AT&T already partner for the Kindle tablets.

In case you have been living under a rock, Amazon is hoping that glasses-free 3D will get consumers excited. I won’t say I am excited, but I am interested to see what Amazon has to offer. Is this going to be something really cheesy, or will it actually be useful? Amazon has worked on this project for a long time, so I would like to think that Amazon will change the game. Either way, you will have only have one carrier choice, and that’s AT&T.

source: WSJ

US Transportation Department investigating ways of regulating navigation apps on your smartphone

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One of the greatest features of a modern smartphone is its ability to completely replace your GPS. There are tons of navigation apps, from Google Maps for your location searching and turn-by-turn directions, to Waze for crowd-sourced road data, to apps like Foursquare that help you find interesting places in your area. The apps are fantastic, but there’s always a risk of distracted driving (and accidents) if a user plays with the app instead of paying attention to the road. Because of those accidents, the US Transportation Department may be looking into ways to impose stricter rules on the use of those apps. Read more

Amazon Appstore value rising as many developers see equal revenue with competing platforms

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Compared to last year, the Amazon Appstore has seen its selection triple. The company is announcing many milestones to show just how valuable the Appstore has become. The aforementioned growth, which pegs the selection at over 240,000 apps, was done largely due to the 200 countries where the Amazon Appstore is available. The apps can also be downloaded to Android devices and Amazon’s very own Kindle Fire lineup.

Revenue is key for developers and Amazon is proud to say that developing or porting apps for the Appstore is lucrative. In a recent survey of 360 developers, 65% found that their total revenue in the Amazon Appstore was equal with competing platforms. Many of those same developers even saw increased per user revenue with Kindle Fire devices. Clearly the reach of Kindle Fire devices thanks to Amazon’s massive online storefront does not hurt.

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