Garmin finally decided that its $30 StreetPilot app might be a little overpriced, and has just released a new app called víago. With víago, pricing starts at $1.99 ($.99 until July 13), but you can also add additional features through in-app purchases.
Let’s start with what you get for $1.99. You will get off-board maps for many regions around the world along with lane assist, weather information, in-map traffic display, photo-realistic junction views, and the current speed (with speed limits). Premium add-ons include downloadable maps (“Maps to Go”) for when you don’t have a data connection, real-time traffic, urban navigation with public transportation, 3D terrain view, and more. In app purchases range from $4.99 to $19.99.
Amazon is going to finally announce their new smartphone tomorrow, but it looks like you you will only be able to buy it on AT&T. I guess this isn’t a shocker since Amazon and AT&T already partner for the Kindle tablets.
In case you have been living under a rock, Amazon is hoping that glasses-free 3D will get consumers excited. I won’t say I am excited, but I am interested to see what Amazon has to offer. Is this going to be something really cheesy, or will it actually be useful? Amazon has worked on this project for a long time, so I would like to think that Amazon will change the game. Either way, you will have only have one carrier choice, and that’s AT&T.
One of the greatest features of a modern smartphone is its ability to completely replace your GPS. There are tons of navigation apps, from Google Maps for your location searching and turn-by-turn directions, to Waze for crowd-sourced road data, to apps like Foursquare that help you find interesting places in your area. The apps are fantastic, but there’s always a risk of distracted driving (and accidents) if a user plays with the app instead of paying attention to the road. Because of those accidents, the US Transportation Department may be looking into ways to impose stricter rules on the use of those apps. Read more
In need of the Moto G with LTE? Motorola has the device through its own website. For $179, you get an impressive budget smartphone with a 4G LTE connection. It is available with 8GB of internal storage, but luckily the 4G variant comes with a microSD card slot to raise that by an additional 32GB. The device costs $219 and comes with a black or white front panel.
Compared to last year, the Amazon Appstore has seen its selection triple. The company is announcing many milestones to show just how valuable the Appstore has become. The aforementioned growth, which pegs the selection at over 240,000 apps, was done largely due to the 200 countries where the Amazon Appstore is available. The apps can also be downloaded to Android devices and Amazon’s very own Kindle Fire lineup.
Revenue is key for developers and Amazon is proud to say that developing or porting apps for the Appstore is lucrative. In a recent survey of 360 developers, 65% found that their total revenue in the Amazon Appstore was equal with competing platforms. Many of those same developers even saw increased per user revenue with Kindle Fire devices. Clearly the reach of Kindle Fire devices thanks to Amazon’s massive online storefront does not hurt.
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AT&T reports data breach targeting unlock codes for phones
LG G Vista reportedly heading to Verizon Wireless
The first sign of an LG smartphone with its upcoming Odin processor has arrived. The model number of the unknown device was posted by @UpLeaks, who says “Liger_LGU_KR is the first phone which powered by LG Odin chipset.” The first part is probably some identification code, but the actual model number is allegedly LG-F490L. What the device will actually be called, we do not know. But we do know that it will have a new octa-core processor made in-house at LG.
A year after Google’s plans for Project Loon became public, the company says plans to offer Internet access to rural areas via balloon are on track. In fact, leaders of the project recently said in an interview that they should be able to offer LTE data connections in “one or several countries” within the next year.
Google aims to create a fleet of 300 to 400 balloons that can circle the earth at an altitude that’s two times as high as commercial planes, and stay up for 100 days or more. In fact, the balloons have already traveled more than 1.5 million kilometers and circled the world in only 22 days, a world record. The Internet speeds from the balloon are 22MB per second to ground antennae, a 5MB per second to phones. The service is aimed at poor, rural areas, but it may also generate revenue by doubling as a roaming plan for users with a little more money.
Lynda.com’s portfolio of expert videos now has an even greater reach. In the Play Store, the Lydia.com app has been updated to add the Cast button. With this, you can Cast and stream Lynda.com videos on the big screen (of your home) instead of staring at smaller displays on a smartphone or tablet. Now you can follow tutorials and demonstrations with an easy viewing option thanks to Chromecast.
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Sony has unveiled a number of smartphones this year, but it looks like they are getting ready to release a couple more soon. According to recent rumors, Sony is preparing to release three more smartphones, codenamed “Pegasus”, “Aries” and “Leo”.
The device codenamed “Leo” will supposedly be the Sony Xperia Z3, while “Aries” will be the Z3 Compact. As of right now, there is not yet any speculation as to what the device codenamed “Pegasus” could be, but it may be another variation on the Z3.
Source: Digi-wo and Weibo