Microsoft is showing love to all platforms in 2014. And now the company has released the PowerPoint, Excel, and Word web applications into the Chrome Web Store. Now Microsoft’s Office suite is fully accessible from a Chromebook, a thought that would have been laughed at just months ago when the company was running ‘Scroogled’ advertisements. After installing the applications, the Office suite is just a click away.
Source: Office Online Blog
The next version of the HTC One (M8) was just released, but jealous owners of the previous version (M7) have something to be excited about. The company announced today that will push out an update to the original HTC One (M7) that’ll include Sense 6, the same user interface that’s running on HTC’s newer One (M8). HTC executive Jason Mackenzie confirmed that the update will make its way to devices by the end of May.
There are a lot of new features in Sense 6.0, but its unclear which ones will be compatible for last year’s device. Surely the UI will receive a pretty big improvement, and apps like BlinkFeed and the camera will be updated, but all of the gestures are probably unlikely to make its way to the One (M7).
Google Glass hasn’t been updated in a while now, but the next update is set to be released later this week. The update will bring a number of things to Glass, including Android 4.4 KitKat!
KitKat isn’t the only thing that will be added in the update. The update will also feature photo bundles, allowing users to view their timeline in a more organized, bundled fashion. It will also allow users to reply to a message in Hangouts with a photo.
Other new features include voice command sorting, making it easier to view voice commands in an organized fashion, and video calls.
Source: +Google Glass
Need to see how the new Gear Fit should be used? Samsung has just release a commercial that showcases different scenarios involving the wearable. The commercial shows how the device can be an activity tracker and how you can control your smartphone without actually touching it. One thing is for sure, the Gear Fit is one pretty good looking piece of hardware.
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Verizon Wireless took to the web today to announce some new discounts that will be coming to their subscribers. Those who are currently on a month-to-month payment plan or bring their own phone, can now opt for the More Everything discounts announced earlier this month.
Big Red’s More Everything Plan is their flagship family plan, recently updated from the Share Everything Plan, giving users more data to work with. The plan was discounted to those who were also taking advantage of the company’s Edge program. Now, Verizon is expanding that discount to more of its customers.
Samsung’s Group Play has been featured on their devices since the debut of the Galaxy S4. The feature allows users to pair multiple devices and share content like pictures, documents and music. Today version 3.0 of the feature was launched, bringing a new interface which is similar to other recent Samsung apps, as well as enabling a Group Camcorder option.
This new option allows users to pair their devices and use each others cameras to capture video. The host device can then edit the video to create the best sequences. Group Camcorder is actually already present on all Galaxy S5’s, but to use it you will need to install Group Play 3.0. Also, the Galaxy S5 is currently the only device that supports Group Play 3.
Google has just made another significant step towards providing internet connectivity to the masses. While Google certainly showed promise in this area with its Project Loon, it seems the company is interested in more than just weather balloons. Google has just bought Titan Aerospace, an established drone company, for an undisclosed price.
In the latest bit of interesting information about the history of the development of Android, as is being revealed during the current Apple v. Samsung trial, we get confirmation that Android was originally designed for phones with a physical keyboard. This should probably not come as a surprise as Android was being developed at a time when Blackberry devices ruled the corporate smartphone market. Apple probably considers this to be helpful in their claim that Android and Samsung were copying Apple’s iPhone. However, the same information suggests the Android team had already contemplated a future where touchscreens were popular. Read more
Whenever Google releases a new version, or major update, to Android one of the most common questions for owners of existing phones is whether their device will ever benefit. Owners of the Motorola DROID devices from 2012, the DROID RAZR HD, DROID RAZR M, and DROID RAZR MAXX HD has some reason to be concerned when Android 4.4 KitKat was released last fall as their devices were already “old” in terms of smartphones. They probably breathed a sigh of relief when Motorola announced they would make KitKat available for their devices at some point. After months of no updates though, some were questioning whether Motorola was really committed to the effort to make KitKat available for their devices. The good news for most, if not all, of these owners is that David Schuster with Motorola posted over the weekend that the update was only “a few more weeks” away. Read more
Google and their Google Glass project continue to look for ways the devices can benefit users as part of an effort to turn the tide of public skepticism over the devices. The latest example of a positive use comes to us once again from the medical field where plastic surgeon Ramtin Kassir is using Google Glass in a variety of ways when dealing with patients. Similar to other reports of Glass being used to record or live stream activities in the operating room, Dr. Kassir is doing the same thing with his patients, along with accessing medical records hands-free without leaving the patient. Dr. Kassir thinks Google Glass could be a game changer for doctors.
Dr. Kassir indicates that he continues to dream up new ways to use Google Glass ever since he was accepted into the Explorer program, Google’s beta testing program for Glass. Another example he provided was when he setup a big screen TV that a patient could watch while he used Glass’s video capabilities to display a crooked spetum and clogged sinuses. Dr. Kassir is also providing recordings of consultation visits to patients so they can review them at a later time. He can also make videos of actual surgeries available to patients.
In addition to use cases from the medical field, news about military and public safety uses of the devices continue to surface helping Google make the case for Google Glass.
source: NY Post