Apple has acquired the indoor navigation company WifiSLAM. The Cupertino giant paid $20 million for the two-year old Silicon Valley startup.
WifiSLAM, as its name mildly suggests, has developed an indoor location method based on Wi-Fi signals coming from routers in the building. Read more »
So it’s not a pipe dream after all – Google Now for iOS may even be in the works. At the Big Tent summit in India Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt was asked point blank when could we see Google Now on the iPhone and had this to say – “You’ll need to discuss that with Apple”, “Apple has a policy of approving or disapproving apps that are submitted into its store, and some of them they approve and some of them they don’t,”.
Although skillfully avoiding giving a direct answer to the question Schmidt didn’t dismiss it entirely giving this blogger the idea that just like it did with Gmail, Maps, Drive and Chrome, Google intends to push its Now service over to iOS. Read more »
Samsung has posted the first Galaxy S4 promo video on YouTube. As usual the clips goes through the phone’s design, software and hardware perks, and does so with a catchy background music and a patterned background to match the pattern of the smartphone itself.
We get to see Air View, which lets you hover a finger over the screen and get a thumbnail preview pop up. Smart Pause, which can monitor if your eyes move away from the screen and pause a video for you. See the S4 operated with gloves and much more. Read more »
In the recent past, Google has been showing a lot of love for Apple’s iOS platform. It makes sense really, considering Google is in the business of advertising and collating user information, so supporting one of the biggest platforms out there is a no-brainer.
Few months back, Google added the voice search functionality to the Google Search app for iOS. Although quite useful, it’s not quite on par with the excellent Google Now feature currently found only on Android Jelly Bean devices. But it looks like that’s about to change shortly. Read more »
Popular cloud-based note taking service Evernote experienced a security breach, where the company confirms it lost information such as usernames, associated email addresses and passwords to the hackers. No data, however, was said to be lost or changed and no payment information was accessed.
Even though the passwords were encrypted, the company is not taking any chances and is requiring users to reset their password before logging in again to their accounts. The company will also be releasing updates to its apps over the next few hours to make the password change process easier. Read more »
The Google Play Store has been available in India since its inception, but so far, the only content you could purchase were apps and games.
Google has now added a second category to the store with the introduction of Google Play Books. You will see the new addition immediately after launching the Play Store app on your Android device. Just like the apps, the books are arranged into various categories as well as groups such as books below ₹100, books below ₹50, etc. Read more »
You may have been surprised today to see a new app icon in your drawer, the Google Settings, getting you access to previously unseen dashboard of settings.
While the more tech savvy among us might suspect some hidden malware is at work, what’s actually at play is a silent update to the Google Play Services app. Read more »
It looks like the last year’s Olympic partnership between Samsung and Visa has worked out well for both sides. Today, the two companies announced a partnership to promote mobile NFC payments worldwide.
Under the terms of the partnership, Samsung will preinstall Visa’s payWave application into its upcoming NFC enabled smartphones, which means that the soon-to-be announced Samsung Galaxy S IV will likely be the first to carry the new tech. Read more »
Maps and Drive have long been one of the staples of Nokia Windows Phone devices, and today they’re being rolled as part of Nokia’s HERE cloud location service.
Also integrated are the Transit and City Lens apps, which allow for quick access to public transit information and nearby POIs in addition to the cartography and navigation features provided by Drive and Maps. However, the services will no longer bear the Nokia branding. Read more »
It’s the routine in action – moments after unveiling a product, the manufacturer publishes a set of promo videos, highlighting its strengths.
In the case of Nokia we’re now seeing two videos – one for the Lumia 720 and another one for the Lumia 520. These follow after the break. Read more »
HTC confirmed it is working on a new HTC Sync app that will be able to import data from iPhone backups to the upcoming HTC One flagship.
It’s still unclear if this process will work on other (or older) HTC handsets as well. Read more »
How does it feel to use Project Glass? That’s the question Google has focused on with its Project Glass promo video showing the various ways you can use the sci-fi-looking frames.
Google has also given you a chance to pre-order the Project Glass, which was previously only available for developers. You can go to Google+ and share what you would do if you had Glass (in 50 words or less) and if chosen you could be rocking it when it goes on sale. Read more »
Out of the blue Nokia has posted a video comparing its Maps app to Google’s own.
The video focuses on showing how the two solutions manage offline maps in a number of examples and things didn’t look too good on the Android device. Read more »
Nokia Music+ aims to take on the host of currently available music streaming services with a much cheaper price tag. The latest service from Nokia offers you unlimited downloads for offline use, unlimited skips and allows you to use the service on as many devices as you have, while barely affecting your credit card bill. Read more »