Samsung announces the global launch of its Samsung Smart Home service

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Samsung Electronics announced its Samsung Smart Home service today, which is set to be launched in Korea and United States first, followed by more countries throughout the year.

The service allows consumers with the Smart Home app to connect and control smart home devices such as TVs, lights, mobile phones and more.

“We are excited that the launch of Samsung Smart Home makes the connected home a reality today and allows our customers to live a smarter life,” said Dr. WonPyo Hong, President and head of the Media Solution Center at Samsung Electronics. “Samsung Smart Home lets people live better, worry less and be smarter with their devices and appliances. We also have grand plans to enhance more and more parts of the home experience, especially with a view of expanding it to areas with high growth potential such as home safety and energy management.” » Read the rest

HTC releases Dot View app to Google Play

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Since releasing the HTC One (M8) the company has been on a bit of roll with releasing core services to Google Play. They have already announced the availability of BlinkFeed and Zoe in Google Play now or coming up soon. The big question for many is what other devices, even from other manufacturers, will HTC make these apps available to run on. One app that probably won’t have any application outside of HTC devices is the software powering the Dot View cases introduced this week. Nevertheless, HTC is now making HTC Dot View available for install through Google Play. » Read the rest

YouTube for Google TV reappears in Play Store, features improved stability

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The Play Store from Google TV had eliminated the YouTube app from its offerings last month, which seemed like a complete head-scratcher at the time.

As it turns out, Google wanted to spend some time working on fixing bugs in the app— the process was finally completed today.

Along with the return of the YouTube app comes improved stability and customizable closed captions.

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Layar develops Glassware for added augmented reality experience

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Layar, an augmented reality application, has brought its services to Google Glass, allowing users to simply look at things in the real world and obtain detailed information about it through Google Glass.

A simple “scan this” command will instruct the app to find additional information about whatever the user is looking at.

Not sure what we’re talking about? Check out Layar’s video after the break.

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Updated Skype application promises to save more battery life

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Many Skype users prefer to stay logged out of the service on their phones and tablets while not video chatting because of a fear of drained battery. If you remember, Google admitted that the Nexus 5 battery is currently experiencing faster battery drain due to the camera communicating with apps such as Skype.

Skype just updated the Android app to version 4.7, which will hopefully alleviate the situation. Just one other change includes message notifications in group chats being turned off by default.

Battery life is precious these days, so anything Skype can do to improve the situation is good news.

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Pebble App Challenge launches, will provide $5,000 to top developer

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Pebble’s standalone app store has officially launched, and the company is doing a lot to help developers begin producing useful apps for the up and coming smartwatch platform.

In fact, Pebble is starting its own “Pebble App Challenge,” which will award $5,000 to the first place app developer, and a Pebble Steel for each of the top 16 finalists.

The contest will accept submissions from today, March 10, until 5 p.m. PST on March 23. The public, developers and Pebble owners will be able to vote for their favorite apps between March 24 and March 27, with the top 16 moving onto the final rounds.

In April, Pebble users only will be able to vote for a different “app matchup” each day until one app, the winner, is left.

If you think you could do well in the competition, think about signing up at the link below.

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AllCast adds support for DLNA server casting

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Apps designed to help users stream content to their Chromecast devices continue to update on a fast pace and AllCast has been no exception. The latest update adds support for DLNA servers. Unlike some other apps that force content to be streamed via an Android devices, Koushik Dutta’s latest update enables content on a DLNA server to be delivered straight to the Chromecast device. » Read the rest

Google Text-to-Speech 3.0 update brings high quality voices

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Another update from Google, joining an update to Google Play Music and Google Play Games, brings some enhancements to Google Text-to-Speech as it ratchets up to version 3.0. Perhaps the most significant change included in this latest release is support for high quality voices. The files are significantly larger for new voices with the female U.K. voice weighing in at 276MB. The larger files sizes do create some delays loading the voices and getting output in certain situations. » Read the rest

Feature-rich Google URL Shortener app in Google Play

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If you enjoy sharing links to stuff you have found while surfing around the Internet, you no doubt have made use of a URL shortener at some time. Developer Thomas Devaux is bringing the power of URL shortening to Android with the new Google URL Shortener app. The app includes some nice integration touches for use on smartphones or tablets, like the ability to “share” a short URL from any app or copy the new, short URL to the clipboard. » Read the rest

Type Machine is a new app that securely saves all of your typed information on your phone

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There’s a handy new app in the Play Store that does you the favor of backing up tons of your important information automatically, just in case something bad happens to the app you’re typing in before you can back it up yourself. Type Machine acts as a service that automatically records all of the text from whatever app you’re using, functioning as a pretty powerful “time machine” in case your app crashes or you just want a history of what you’ve typed in case you change your mind, like in an extremely long email. » Read the rest