Google News updates mobile web app with real time updates, new design


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Google recognizes that more and more people are using their mobile devices as their primary news sources. To keep up with the changing times, Google has updated its mobile web app for Google News.

The page updates in real-time, which is a nice little addition— manually refreshing is no longer required.

Google laid out some of the main new features for us. Hit the break for details:


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T-Mobile now offering hotspot capabilities and domestic data roaming in “Simple Choice” prepaid plans

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If you were a prepaid customer on T-Mobile last week, the only way for you to utilize hotspot capabilities (legally) was to pay $15 a month. However, over the last few days, things have been shaken up a bit:

Starting Oct. 20, T-Mobile will give pay-in-advance customers access to domestic data roaming across the U.S. for the first time. Additionally, pay-in-advance customers that sign up for our Unlimited Nationwide 4G Data plan will also have access to 2.5GB of Smartphone Mobile Hotspot (i.e. tethering).  Only T-Mobile gives pay-in-advance customers data roaming AND Smartphone Mobile Hotspot at no extra charge with their Unlimited Nationwide 4G Data plan.

That’s right— free hotspots for prepaid customers, as well as some domestic data roaming. The moves are made as part of their re-branded “Simple Choice” prepaid plans seen in the picture above.

It’s great to see that prepaid customers are getting some of the features that those with regular and unlimited plans have been receiving in the past. It’s a big step forward for the company and carriers overall. Expect others to follow suit.

Source: AndroidCentral

Gameloft hits 10 million Facebook fans, celebrates with giveaways

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Over the years, Gameloft has really associated itself as the top-of-the-line gaming developer company for mobile devices, as it puts out one hit after the next, successfully showing how mobile gaming has become very similar in quality to console gaming. Since the company’s Facebook page launched in 2009, it has reached 10 million ‘likes,’ and they’re looking to celebrate by giving away some free stuff!

Check out their Facebook page in the source link below where they’re hosting some activities, as well as the ability to make your own infographic.

Source: Gameloft Facebook

Apple rubbing off a bit on Samsung? Samsung fights LG over use of the word “unpack”

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Throughout all of the intense court battles that Samsung has had (are still having, and will continue to have) with Apple, it looks like Samsung’s learned a thing or two from their competitor.

In what might be the most ridiculous “patent” battle of any mobile phone manufacturer, Samsung has recently filed an objection with the Intellectual Property Office against LG to prevent them from using the phrase “Unpack event” in their marketing materials.

Apparently Samsung thinks they were the first company to ever use the word “unpack,” and they deservedly so should be the only company to use it. The Intellectual Property Office has since ruled that “unpack” is a common verb and can’t be registered as a trademark, something a fifth grader probably could have told Samsung.

In response, LG explained that they weren’t even planning on using the term in their actual media event, only in the invitations.

The two companies have clashed many times in the past, but the fact that they are clashing over something so trivial goes to show just how serious competition is in the mobile industry these days.

Source: ETNews

Qualcomm releases video imagining world without mobile

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Qualcomm’s got a wacky way of doing things lately, and their new advertisement certainly adds to it all. The CPU maker imagines the world without mobile, but if we still had access to mobile apps such as email, Twitter, Angry Birds, and more. After you watch it you’ll probably be just as confused as I am, as it doesn’t make much sense at all, but I pretty sure it’s not supposed to make sense.

They do certainly have a point though, as they definitely get across the fact that we rely on our devices nowadays. Check out the video below to see what I’m talking about.

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North American monthly mobile data consumption expected to exceed a total of 6 GB per user by 2017

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We live in a very different world than our parents and grandparents did. We live in a world where the possibility of a person from California is able to see and communicate with a person in Beirut within a matter of seconds, sometimes even microseconds. The sobering news, however, is while we live in a connected world, that connectivity requires a ton of data to make it possible.


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Rumored Microsoft Office app for mobile devices screens captured

Last month we reported on an event in the Czech Republic where a representative of Microsoft revealed native versions of Microsoft Office were being prepared for both the Android and iOS platforms. The timeline hinted at mobile versions being ready sometime in the first quarter of 2013.

Today, The Verge was able to obtain some screenshots of the app that seem to indicate development is well underway. The screenshots suggest that at least MS Word, MS PowerPoint and MS Excel files will be supported. It is not clear how much editing may be possible using the app, assuming you would want to try that. The screenshots also seem to confirm the information suggesting an Office 365 subscription will be required.
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Half of Mobile Gamers Use Phones and Tablets as Primary Home Entertainment Console

PopCap recently conducted a survey of US and UK gamers showing around 50% of respondents preferred their phone to PC, console, or dedicated handheld gaming systems. For tablet owners, the result was a little more, at 57%. PopCap determined the most popular place for mobile gaming is in fact at home. 69% reported to play games on their phone at home on the couch (78% of tablet owners), 41% while watching TV (52% of tablet owners) and 57% while laying in bed (51% of tablet owners). In addition to that, PopCap is reporting 3% of those in the US questioned play mobile games while in houses of worship.

If you think about it, most of us live our daily lives either at work or at home. Since most of you can’t (or shouldn’t ;-)) play on your phones at work, the statistic makes sense! I know for me personally, I game while I’m sitting on the couch and relaxing. So there you have it, hit the source link to see all the polling information and let us know where YOU game in the comments!

source: Information Solutions Group

Indie Gala 2 Now Live With Three Games Plus Extras, Name Your Own Price

Indie Gala, similar to the widely known Humble Bundle is here again for mobile devices! You can unlock three games for any price you’d like to donate. Donations have been set at a minimum of one dollar to get rid of the not-so generous people along with shady characters. As you would with the Humble Bundle and the last Indie Gala, you choose who your donations go to. You can choose a charity, the developers or even the Indie Gala creators.

The three very basic games you can unlock are:

  1. The Lost Souls
  2. Battle Group
  3. Ichi