Nest halts sales, disables feature on Nest Protect alarm units

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Nest, the company recently acquired by Google for their home automation hardware – thermostats and alarms – announced the discovery of a problem with their Nest Protect: Smoke + CO Alarm product. The alarm unit has a feature called Wave that lets users wave a hand in front of the unit to silence the alarm should it go off. Not a bad feature when the alternative may involve climbing up on a chair or something to push a reset button or even pull a battery. During internal testing, the Nest team discovered the units could incorrectly interpret certain actions in a specific set of circumstances as a wave and silence the alarm even though the user may not have intended to do so. Nest’s CEO, Tony Fadell, indicated they had received no reports of this occurring with units in the hands of customers, only in their own lab testing.

In response to this discovery, Nest is pushing out an update to units already deployed to turn off the Wave feature. They have also taken the step of halting sales of the Nest Protect alarms to ensure the malfunctioning units don’t end up in the hands of consumers before a fix can be issued. The Nest team is already working on a solution and will send an update out to existing units once they are satisfied it addresses the issue. Hit the source link below to read the full statement issued by Tony Fadell.

source: Nest

Google takes us behind the scenes to peek at Project Ara development

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As Google prepares for a developers conference later this month for their modular smartphone project, known as Project Ara, they took some time to share a peek behind the scenes of some of the ongoing work. The video that was released focuses on a few areas of development, like the electro-permanent magnet system that has been designed to hold the modules in place. They also showed a little bit about how they will be utilizing 3D printing to produce parts with different colors and textures. Read more

The TalkAndroid app, plus 23 other Android apps, can now be accessed worldwide through Google Search

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Back in December, Google announced the ability to find content in Android apps from Google Search results in the U.S. So when searching for a movie or a book on your mobile device, search results allow you to open the content in an installed app.

Google just announced they are taking it worldwide for english content and are adding 24 new apps. We are proud to announce that the TalkAndroid app made the list, as well as 500px, AOL, BigOven, Bleacher Report, Booking.com, Eventbrite, Glassdoor, Goodreads, Huffington Post, Merriam-Webster, Pinterest, Realtor.com, Seeking Alpha, TheFreeDictionary, The Journal, TripAdvisor, Tumblr, Urbanspoon, Wattpad, YP, Zagat, Zappos and Zillow.

So when you are searching for Android news, you will now be able to open search results directly in our app. Speaking of our app, be sure to download it today.

source: Inside Search

New study says 2.1 million Chromebooks were shipped last year, 89% in the U.S.

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The folks at ABI Research have conducted a study involving Chromebooks running Google’s Chrome OS. To date, there have been about 2.1 million Chromebooks that shipped all of last year. An incredible 89% of that number was in the United States alone. The research company does forecast an astounding 11 million Chromebooks to be shipped in 2019. That is an increase of about 28%. The average selling price is $338 despite Chromebooks being priced very competitively.

In 2014, ABI Research senior practice director Jeff Orr says anything can happen due to “the EOL of Windows XP, the adoption of Chromebooks, and a stronger focus on web and cloud services.” Orr adds that the response from consumers to these changes will dictate the course of the market. With Microsoft still retooling Windows, 2014 could be a huge year for Google to give Chrome OS a massive push.

What do you think the future holds for Chromebooks?

Source: ABI Research
Via: ZDNet

Samsung’s ChatOn gets updated with larger file transfers, message deletion, and location sharing

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Samsung’s messaging app, ChatOn, is getting a pretty large update today with a few new features. One of the most prominent features is the addition of the ability to delete a message after it has been sent, even if the recipient has already read it. This is a nice privacy feature, but it can also be useful if you accidentally text a wrong number, too.

That’s not the only feature new to ChatOn, though. The service will now allow file transfers up to 1 GB in size (up to 5 times a day), enhanced location sharing with contacts thanks to Glympse integration, group chats that can hold up to 1000 participants, and some translation improvements.

Keep an eye out for the update on your Samsung devices.

Source: SamMobile

OnePlus One will cost no more than 350 euros in Europe

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People in Europe eagerly awaiting the upcoming OnePlus One have some pricing information to think about. The One, which will have rather premium specifications, will cost no more than 350 euros. When converted to U.S. dollars, that is roughly $480; however, currency conversations are never accurate as pricing differs by each market. The great news for European consumers is that the device may not even cost 350 euros, it could in fact be much less.

Source: +OnePlus (Google+)

Share Vines and chat away with the new Vine messaging feature

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These days, people will do anything to get into the messaging arena. Vine is ready to step forward and throw on some gloves to start fighting. Soon, the social network famous for its six second video clips will be adding a messaging component to combine its core feature with regular messaging. The exact name for the feature will be ‘Vine message’ or ‘VM’ for short.

Rather than requiring people to have a Vine account, Vine messages can be sent to non-Vine users as a video message to anyone in your contacts. For now, though, group messaging is not possible. If you choose to send a Vine to multiple people at once, the amount of recipients is the amount of conversations that will be started. Also, changing the color of your profile is a new feature included with the latest update.

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FireChat is a bold new take on messaging as it does not require any internet connection

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It is just as bold as it seems. FireChat is a brand new messaging application available today in the Play Store and it takes a very different approach to connect users. Don’t have an WiFi connection? Fine. Don’t have a data connection? That’s fine, too. FireChat relies upon what developer Open Garden calls “mesh networking technology.” This technology uses nearby devices to communicate with one another. For optimal communication, the developer suggests withing 30 feet, but I have seen reports of a 100 foot boundary being capable.

What FireChat does is bring people in a particular area together. So at a sports bar, for example, everyone can be chatting away in a loud room. The developer is composed of a team of just 10 people and the app is already available on iOS. The release of FireChat in the Play Store is just another step toward bringing everyone together in one place.

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Facebook Messenger gets free calling over WiFi and more in latest update

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Facebook Messenger is receiving a hefty update today that brings few, but wanted features. Instead of having all of your contacts in the same place, groups can now be composed for your favorite people and pictures will remain there. Also, if someone is not in a conversation you are having, forwarding a message or photo is just a tap away. Shortcuts to a conversation are now able to be pinned to the home screen.

Facebook Messenger finally has free calling over WiFi. You can call using your data plan; however, you are using precious data. This puts the application more in-line with others like Skype. The update is live for everyone and does not seem to be taking place with a staged rollout.

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