Google has updated their Maps application across all platforms and bringing it up to Maps 8. The update brings forth several great new features such as lane guidance, the ability to use Maps while offline (finally!), and also a couple of smaller features. Lane guidance will be a godsend for many that drive through some confusing intersections or freeway exits (LA drivers, anyone?). Maps will have an indicator in the top left section of the screen that will guide you through your complicated route. For offline Maps, I’m glad that it’s finally back. Now users are able to save their routes and destinations so that it can be used for offline purposes.
A new report recently released by Vanity Fair attempts to recount the history of the smartphone wars, notably the battles between Apple and Samsung. Prompted by the most recent legal issue to reach a U.S. courtroom, the story portrays Samsung as using litigation and delay as part of an overall strategy to secure market share, especially when entering a new product space. Some of the tactics described are quite stunning, like one instance where Samsung employees were alleged to have actually eaten documents to make sure investigators could not get their hands on them. Read more
The Chromebook scene will be getting more crowded after today. Lenovo is the first company to unveil some new devices running Chrome OS. Here we have the N20 Chromebook and N20p Chromebook, the latter of which features a touch-enabled display. Both of them are 11.6-inch displays with a 1366×768 resolution.
Inside is an Intel Celeron processor based on Haswell microarchitecture. The maximum storage available will be 16GB and RAM will top out at 4GB. For these maximum specifications, though, you will obviously be paying more than the starting price.
On the sides, Lenovo gives you a ton of ports. There are two USB ports, one HDMI port, and an SD card slot. While the non-touch N20 Chromebook is your run-of-the-mill Chromebook, the N20p Chromebook’s display can be folded back to be put into Stand Mode (or Tent Mode as Lenovo calls it on PCs). The N20 Chromebook will arrive in July starting at $279 and the N20p Chromebook will carry a $329 price tag in August.
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Before you could even be affected (to their knowledge), Dropbox has already fixed a security flaw. In a company blog post, Dropbox informed users that they found a security flaw coming from shared links through third-party websites. The issue comes from a third-party website’s access to referer headers when links are posted. But because of this, the links “can be inadvertently disclosed to unintended recipients.”
So for now, Dropbox has shutdown shared links that provide access to a user’s documents. And over the next few days, access will be restored after being verified. Read more
For those of you that can’t afford Google Glass, you might want to take a look at the Epson Moverio BT-200 Advanced Augmented Reality Smart Glasses. Now don’t go thinking this is a Google Glass competitor because it isn’t designed for your normal everyday activities.
As the title states, it’s more of an augmented reality device. Unlike Google Glass, the display shows in both eyes so it’s more suitable for playing games and watching videos. I had a chance to play with it at CES, and I saw some pretty cool games and applications. It’s not only going to be great for the casual consumer, but in many work environments as well.
LG may finally be choosing a premium material for a flagship device, much like HTC does with its One (M8). The image above leaked earlier this morning and it is a closeup of the alleged LG G3 donning a metal backside. This would make sense at LG’s invitation for its May 27 event features a brushed aluminum background with an engraved message. Read more
Listen up Hello Kitty fans!! The HTC One (M8) is going to be available in pink and here’s what it looks like. Now I have zero interest in a pink phone, but the HTC One (M8) looks good in any color doesn’t it? No word on when this one will be available, but I suspect there will be carrier exclusives.
If pink isn’t your thing, it’s rumored they will launch red and blue ones as well. I am thinking we will see leaked images of those devices later today or tomorrow.
Last week we got word that HTC was working on a “Prime” version of the One (M8), sporting the codename M8 Prime. The specs leaked today, and as expected, this should be a pretty decent phone.
The M8 Prime will feature a 5.5-inch QHD (2560 x 1440) display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 (APQ8084), 3 GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, and Qualcomm’s latest MDM9x35 multimode modem. This new modem is built on the 20 nm technology and supports global carrier aggregation deployments providing download speeds of 300 Mbps.
In very unsurprising news, Korean media is reporting that the Galaxy S 5 Prime will be very limited due to high costs for the QHD (2560 x 1440) OLED panels. I think it’s more about the fact that they won’t be able to produce all that many, which is why they nixed it for the Galaxy S 5.
With the upcoming LG G3 expected to also have a QHD display, it begs the question of why LG isn’t having any issues with production? It’s awfully similar to the Galaxy Round and G Flex situation. The Galaxy Round was very limited, while the G Flex was launched worldwide. LG seems to be holding all the cards when it comes to display panels, so Samsung needs to watch their back.