Aio Wireless, the AT&T subsidiary, is taking a page from the Sprint playbook with the introduction of a new Group Save Discounts program. Like the Framily plans from Sprint, Aio is offering discounts that get progressively larger as more subscribers join a “group.” For the second line in a group you get a $10 monthly discount, the third line will net you a $20 discount, and the fourth and fifth lines in a group will each net you a $30 per month discount. Unlike the Framily plans that can go up to 10 lines, Aio is limiting their groups to a maximum of 5 eligible lines for a maximum monthly discount of $90.
If you have Aio Wireless service or want to check out the plan, just hit the source link for more information.
source: Aio Wireless
Samsung and Amazon have announced that Galaxy devices will be receiving a custom-built Amazon Kindle store. Launching in the next two weeks, the new store, device owners will receive up to 12 books per year, chosen from prominent books. That’s right, you don’t get to choose the books, but you’ll have the books chosen for you. Lee Epting, Vice President, Samsung’s Media Solution Center Europe, had this to say:
“We are delighted to be able to deepen our long-standing relationship with Amazon and offer Kindle for Samsung as the perfect app for reading on a smart device. With this service we demonstrate our commitment to creating and broadening key content partnerships that deliver rich and personalized experiences for our customers.”
One of the most frustrating things that a consumer can face in buying a new phone is the inability to purchase the device they want due to a lack of product. A device that has been hyped for months and months on end can disappear in a matter of minutes — Nexus devices for example. While it’s certainly not the end of the world when this happens — and patience is a virtue — it can be aggravating nonetheless. The folks at OnePlus know this and are making an effort combat this problem.
Yahoo just released a new update to Flickr that completely overhauls the UI. With the new app you’ll be able to capture HD video and share it with Facebook, Tumblr and Twitter — no Google+… sad — while using flickr’s new filters and editing tools to enhance each photo. You’ll be able to change the color balance, contrast and saturation just to name a few. You’ll also be able to take advantage of following friends and world class photographers as well. For those of you who take tons of photos you’ll need not worry about space as everyone who has a Flickr account will receive almost a Terabyte of free storage.
You’ll also be able to manipulate a series of privacy settings to make your photos private or public, so those of you who are fearful of creeper Internet folk perusing your photos will need not have to worry. Hit the break for a gallery, QR code and download link. Enjoy!
So far we have only heard of Project Ara smartphones, but couldn’t the concept also apply to wearables? According to Toshiba Senior VP and Technology Executive, Shardul Kazi, the answer is yes.
While at the Ara Developer Conference, Kazi showed the above slide that represents a module being removed from the phone and inserted into a smartwatch. At this point in the game, this is just a concept and not in development. Assuming consumers adopt this “module” way of thinking, you can clearly see that it’s inevitable that Project Ara could be used for so many other things, including wearables.
Google released an update for its Calendar app in the Play Store yesterday. It’s not the visual overhaul that was leaked last week, but it does add a pretty nifty little feature when creating an event. Like the web version of the app, the Android version of the app will now suggest locations when creating events. Extrapolated from your location — thanks to Google Maps — Google Calendar will now suggest and autocomplete locations based on businesses and locations near you.
This new feature does ask for an extra permission (coarse location) when you go to install the update. It appears to be rolling out in waves as I have yet to receive a notice for the update in the Play Store. If you can’t wait for the update to hit your phone I expect that there will be an APK somewhere out there in the Interweb sometime soon. Otherwise hit the break for your download link and QR code.
Google is certainly on a visual kick as of late. As we’ve seen with the leak involving new icons for Android, with Google Calendar, and with every other Google app that’s been updated recently, Google is working hard at making its products as visually appealing as they are functional. According to Google however, design isn’t just a once time thing but rather an ongoing process that’s learned over time. That’s why search giant took to its developer blog to announce that at Google I/O this year it will be hosting sessions and workshops that focus on design.
On top of that, starting today Google is launching a series of YouTube videos that discuss visual aspects of key services and products. We have the first three videos for you after the break. They focus on Search, Maps, and Glass. The series will continue over the coming months. Google’s even set up a moderator page so that people can ask visually related questions. If you have about 10 minutes to spare then hit the break and get started on the first part in the series. Enjoy!
We’ve heard rumors of an interface redesign for many of Google’s core apps, including Gmail and the calendar app, so it makes sense that a redesign would follow to the Google+ app. Some leaked screenshots from Yoel Kaseb on G+ show the app in action, and although he said the app is pretty unstable as is, I doubt Google would go through that much effort to redesign something unless they were serious about moving forward with it. Read more
Do you like retro style arcade games? Well then you need to check out HeroCraft’s latest effort, Neon Commander. This game is kind of like Space Invaders meets Breakout.
In this game, you will need to stop alien spaceships from taking down your city. In order to do that you will draw on the screen to bounce their shots back and hopefully hitting those enemies. This is called PlasmaShield technology. At the beginning of the game, you will draw simple lines that bounce the laserballs in the direction of the angle drawn. As you progress, you will find other shapes, like circles that force the laserballs to go in different directions.