Amidst all of the rumors of BlackBerry’s sale to a variety of potential suitors, we have also seen an uptick in claims that the company is working on an Android powered device to join its stable of smartphones. Last week reports surfaced indicating a new slider style BlackBerry phone would be that Android device. However, while that may still come to pass, new reports indicate BlackBerry’s rumored Android smartphone is actually a low-end all-touch device codenamed “Prague”. Read more
Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced a new program, Tech Corps. Beyond rescue operations, food, clothes, and shelter, people need access to Internet to find their loved ones in the event of a disaster. FEMA aims to accomplish this and much more with Tech Corps.
Samsung has officially revealed its new line-up of the Galaxy smartphones in China, with, for the first time, a front-facing LED flash to brighten up those selfies in low-light conditions. The smartphones’ specs were previously leaked through the Chinese certification authority TENNA and their UI was revealed through Samsung’s user manuals. The two devices will be available starting this week in China, however no information was provided about their international launch.
Amazon has released the Cloud Drive SDK so developers can integrate the platform into their apps. Amazon’s Cloud Drive is an excellent cloud storage solution, but a big hurdle has been that apps aren’t able to easily take advantage of the service like they can with, say, Dropbox or Drive.
It’s the season for Galaxy Note 5 rumours, and along with this year’s handset sporting auto-ejecting S Pens, dual edges as well as a bigger display, we have rumours about the launch date of Samsung’s premier phablet. While the Samsung President, Jong-Kyun Shin, denied that the launch of the Note 5 would be brought forward to July, he never mentioned August, did he?
AirDroid is a fantastic app for remotely managing your device across your WiFi network, and it’s just received a handy new update that should speed up your social media conversations.
The last AirDroid update allowed users to quick reply to pop-up notifications from both WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger messages, all without ever actually touching a phone. The newest update expands on that functionality, bringing Kik and Telegram into the fold. Any message notifications you get from either of those two apps will give you the option to reply from your PC or Mac as soon as you receive them. Read more
Twitter has a big, new feature in the works called Project Lightning that is scheduled to be released later this year. The idea behind Project Lightning is to bring event-based curated content to Twitter along with the ability to embed this content around the web. According to Twitter’s Katie Jacobs Stanton, who runs the company’s global media operations, Read more
The International Developer Education and Advocacy Alliance (IDEAA) has announced the web site for this October’s Big Android BBQ is now live and has the support of Google Developers for this year’s event.
The website for BABBQ15 can be found at www.bigandroidbbq.com and those planning to attend can purchase their tickets now. Volunteer applications will be coming soon as will the call for speakers. Hit the break to read the full press release. Read more
LG has announced the addition of a new projector to their Minibeam line of LED projectors. The LG Minibeam Nano is the company’s smallest, lightest and most affordable projector yet. The Minibeam Nano measures a mere 4 inches by 4 inches by 1.7 inches and weighs only 270 grams (about 9.5 ounces). Despite the small size, the projector is capable of displaying a picture up to 100 inches diagonally in size. Read more
YouTube is full of chaff. Full of it. Don’t believe me? Look here. And here. And here. And here. And here. And here.
Much of that chaff comes in the form of ad hoc first-person video journalism. There is tremendous value in curating legitimate user-generated content, but with over 5 million hours spent every day on YouTube watching news, it becomes increasingly difficult to verify the legitimacy of a source. We often see more hoaxes than we do legitimate content. Thanks for that, Jimmy Kimmel.