CEO and founder of Nest, Tony Fadell, says that Nest will not be running ads on its thermostats. The news comes after the Nest Protect smoke detectors were formally recalled due to a possible flaw as well as an SEC filing that implied that Google planned to put ads on their thermostats.
Nest previously stated that they wanted to separate their future plans from those of Google, saying that they had no intention of sharing their user data with Google. Fadell tried to clarify by saying that Nest was being independently run from the rest of Google, and that ads were not the right thing for the Nest user experience. This comes after a statement from Google saying that “a few years from now, we and other companies could be serving ads and other content on refrigerators, car dashboards, thermostats, glasses, and watches, to name just a few possibilities.”
Any.Do, a productivity application that focuses on completing tasks, is adding a web component. Users have waited very long and the developer finally delivered. The purpose is, of course, to connect the application to a web experience on a computer. Being able to sync between devices provides a seamless experience to make sure tasks are completed.
Two modes make up the web experience. Focus Mode puts everything into one folder so users have a single location for all tasks. Planning Mode breaks tasks down by dates; therefore, you can pick and choose what has priority. As usual with Any.Do services, the web experience is free.
Here’s your crazy rumor for the week: Samsung is preparing a virtual reality headset, and they’re planning on launching it later this year to try and beat the Oculus Rift and Sony’s Project Morpheus to market. Apparently, the prototype devices are far enough along in development that Samsung has already sent out some headsets to developers to use with their current flagship Samsung devices. Whether or not you think Samsung getting into the VR space is good, bad, or just plain crazy, there’s some pretty substantial evidence that it’s going to happen. It’s also a completely separate project from Samsung’s rumored Gear Blink device, at least at this point.
T-Mobile’s Galaxy S 5 is getting an update today to patch up some intermittent SMS and MMS issues that the device was having. There’s nothing else in the update, so no extra features, improvements, or bloatware. Just a quick patch.
Keep an eye out for the update OTA, or you can hook up your device to Kies to do things manually.
Amazon initially sold out of their Fire TV boxes within hours of having them available, and now that they have more in stock. They want people to buy them so much that they are actually allowing customers to try their $99 set-top box for 30 days for free of charge. According to emails being sent to some customers, once shipped, you can return the box without obligation and without being left out of pocket as long as you follow the conditions of Amazon’s returns policy.
Of course, customers without an invite can essentially do the same thing by returning the device via Amazon’s regular returns policy, but return shipping costs might be incurred.
Paranoid Android’s Peek function is one of the coolest and most popular features of the ROM. It was so popular, in fact, that the functionality was ported into an app for any device on Android 4.4 to use. The only downside was that the app had to be sideloaded instead of being installed through the Play Store, so keeping it up to date would be a major headache.
Skip ahead a couple of weeks, and Peek has jumped onto the Play Store with some refreshing improvements and extra functionality. Navigating and setting up the app looks much, much better than the sideloaded version, and there a few new features like blacklisting specific apps. The whole experience is improved from top to bottom, and it really shows. The app runs about 4 bucks, which isn’t too bad considering that it saves you the hassle of loading up a custom ROM.
If you’re interested, you can check out a gallery of screenshots from the app and the download link below.
The Lenovo Golden Warrior S8 has been revealed by an online retailer, and its clearly a mid-range device based on the specs. It sports a 5.3-inch LTPS 720p (1280 x 720) display with Gorilla Glass, a 1.4 GHz quad-core MediaTek MTK6592M processor, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, microSD slot for expanded storage, 13MP rear camera with LED flash, 5MP front facing camera, 2,000 mAh battery, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi Direct and 3G support via dual-SIM. It measures 146 x 76.7 x 7.9 mm and weighs only 146 grams.
Following on the heels of an image of the 8-inch version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 headed to Verizon, Twitter tipster @evleaks has also posted an image of the 10.1-inch model. Unlike the 8-inch version, this image only shows the front of the device with the “Verizon Wireless” connection indicated on the lockscreen. As with the 8-inch version, @evleaks shared no information regarding possible release dates.
source: @evleaks (official site)
Today we have a look at the alleged specifications belonging to the Nokia X2, courtesy of an AnTuTu benchmark. The main purpose of a benchmark is to showcase the processor and here we have Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 200 alongside an Adreno 305 GPU. Also, 1GB of RAM is included and 4GB of internal storage is likely to be joined by a microSD card slot. The display is still watered down with a 800×480 resolution in a 4.3-inch frame. Although Nokia uses its own user interface, Android 4.3 is at the core. On the back is a 5MP camera and the front’s is 0.3MP.
These specifications are just as entry-level as the original Nokia X. Are these changes enough to gain some consideration?
Via: G 4 Games
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 series of tablets have not been big news generators as they start to hit retail shelves in the U.S. Even so, when a new image of a device with specific carrier branding surfaces, it is nice to get an early look. Twitter tipster @evleaks has obtained a render of the 8-inch version of the Galaxy Tab 4 intended for the Verizon network as evidenced by the Verizon 4G LTE logo emblazoned on the back of the device. When Samsung announced availability of the Galaxy Tab 4 tablets, they only indicated the 4G-enabled carrier versions would be ready for sale this summer. We still do not have a specific date, but this is a good sign for interested buyers that Verizon is close to opening up sales.
source: @evleaks (official site)
Amazon has a special promotion going on that gives Android users the ability to earn up to $10 worth of “Amazon Coins,” their Appstore specific currency. Amazon Coins can be used to purchase apps or make in-app purchases, but only if done via the Amazon Appstore on an Android device. Unfortunately, the Amazon Coins cannot be used for something like Kindle titles.
“OK Google” has been a stable for Google Search for as long as I can remember. OK that’s not true, it’s fairly new, but since its birth, speaking your search queries has been a wonderful convenience. While mobile has had it for a bit, Google has been experimenting with adding this feature to its desktop counterparts in both the browser and ChromeOS variants. Those wanting to use this feature though would have to either install an extension from the Web Store or get in on Chrome test builds — something that could create a headache by exposing people to buggy test features. Well, as of today, that’s no longer an issue as Google has released the feature into the latest stable build of the Chrome web browser and ChromeOS.
Those wanting to search via their voice, schedule a reminder, or set a timer and meet the language/geographical requirements for the new feature can head to Chrome and check for the update. Enjoy!
source: Google on Google+
Riding off the coattails of its own release of the One M8, HTC was rumored to be working on a plastic version of the new flagship that offered premium specs without a premium price tag and while rumors have been focused on the HTC One M8 Prime — holy word vomit Batman — it appears that HTC is still pushing forward with the Ace. According to ePrice, the newest rumors peg HTC will debut the device on Tuesday, June 3. Of course, HTC has been doing quite well at teasing folks.
Sony took to Maker Faire Bay Area to show off its MESH prototype. It’s based on “smart technology” and both the name and concept are derived from Make, Experience, Share. It enables people to use the platform, to create something that makes life easier, more productive or fun. This open source platform is a concept that’s designed to help create smart “things.” Creators will be able to program different functional blocks that may include LEDs, buttons, acceleration sensors or speakers wirelessly. It uses a simple GUI that will define the block’s behavior.
The kicker is that the concept is designed to make it easy for anyone — regardless of programming or developing skills, to create their own “inventions” that will seamlessly integrate into their homes and lives. MESH wants to take the proprietary tech and apps that developers and manufacturers create for their hardware and kick it up a notch.