Category Archives: mobile phones

YouTube Dominates Smartphone Entertainment Apps

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Half of the entertainment content viewed on a smartphone is through YouTube according to a study by a mobile analytics firm as reported on Re/code.

Flurry says that the video arm ofYouTube Google dominates the moblie market alond with Facebook and it’s properties.

The typical U.S. consumer devotes 2 hours and 42 minutes a day to their smartphones or tablets, up 4 minutes from March 2013. Apps have eclipsed the mobile web, accounting for 86 percent of the average mobile consumer’s time.

That’s a pretty good return on Google’s 2006 purchase of the video site.

Next iPhone: Thinner With Bigger Screen According To Leak

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And there’s this according to the Boy Genius Report:

Following the leak of a purported case mold that third-party protective case designers might use to get an early jump on building cases for Apple’s next iPhone, a Japanese blog posted what it claimed to be schematics for both of Apple’s next-generation iPhones that were printed by a magazine in Japan. According to the leak, those devices included an iPhone 6 with a 4.7-inch display and a larger iPhone phablet with a 5.7-inch screen.

Upgrade Your iPhone To Shoot 2K Video

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New Apple iOS 7 features are displayed on screen during Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2013 in San FranciscoThe camera in the iPhone 5 series is pretty good. You can make it much better with a $7 app.

9to5Mac.com has the story:

With the built-in camera app able to capture HD video at up to 120fps, Ultrakam takes the opposite route, limiting the frame-rate to 30fps and using a more efficient codec to in order to capture 2k video: 2240×1672. The app also allows you to shoot at 24fps for a more film-like look.

The downside is you need 3GB for every minute of footage.

New Area Code For Connecticut

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The state’s Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) announced Monday the formation of a new area code that will overlay the current 860 area code.

According to a press release, the current code is running out of numbers. Starting in August, new phone activations in the geographic area will be assigned 959. By the state and the telecoms opting for an overlay, customers will not have to change their current numbers like they did in the late 1990′s when the state was split into 860 and 203 area codes.

2X00212_9According to PURA:

For most customers, the new area code should have minimal impact:

  • existing telephone numbers, including current area code, will not change;
  • customers will continue to dial area code + telephone number for local calls, and 1 + area code + telephone number for long distance calls;
  • local calling areas will remain the same;
  • prices for calls and coverage areas will not change due to the overlay;
  • customers will still dial services such as 911 (211, 411, 811, etc.) with just three digits.

The automated equipment will have to be updated to insure that it recognizes 959 as a local call. The new code will take effect August 30, 2014.

More info here: http://www.ct.gov/pura/site/default.asp

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Facebook Stock Price Highest Since IPO

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Facebook’s stock price, which has been as low as $17.55 last year, has moved back above the price that the original investors purchased paid.

Bloomberg reports Mark Zuckerberg during a Facebook press event to introduce 'Home' a Facebook app suite in Menlo Parkthat the stock has risen steadily in the past year. And traded today at a new record of $38.31 before declining slightly at the end of the day.

The company has had success in the mobile space, reporting last week that ads on mobile devices generated 41 percent of revenue in the second quarter, up from 14 percent a year earlier. That news was a relief for investors concerned that Facebook would not be able to compete in that arena.

Google Launches Zagats On Phone and Computers

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Google To Buy Zagat Guides

Google launched a new website and mobile apps for Zagats Restaurant Guides this afternoon.

According to Google, which acquired Zagat Restaurant guides in 2011, updated the service to include multimedia content to help users find the best restaurants in their area.

For the first time ever, users can get free access to content (which now includes pictures, videos and more multimedia features)online using computers and smartphones.

For now, the website only offers curated content for nine cities across the country and abroad, including New York City and Boston. However, there are plans to expand to fifty cities.

Using Google services such as search and mapping, the company has worked to improve the experience for users.

“These days, the challenge in deciding where to go is not about about a lack of information or user reviews, but finding accurate information and trusted opinions so you can quickly make informed decisions. Through our digital products—and the Google products you use every day like the new Google Maps for Mobile—you can rely on Zagat’s curated lists and summary reviews to cut through the clutter so you can find the perfect spot.” said Gannon Hall, Group Product Manager and Head of Zagat in a blog post.

The service now has apps available for Android and iPhone, and an newwebsite.

Photo Courtesy of Getty Images

Google Bring More To Your TV

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Mario Queiroz, vice president of product management, holds the new Google Chromecast dongle as it is announced during a Google event at Dogpatch Studio in San Francisco

Google unveiled Chromecast, a $35 competitor to Apple TV and Roku, last Wednesday.

The device, which connects to your TV via HDMI is a three inch dongle that lets users stream content from devices to a connected television.

The Chromecast is about the size of a flash drive, and connects with devices including smartphones, tablets and computers. Notably, connectivity is not limited to Google and Android products, the Chromecast will also work with Apple products.

Additionally, Google is offering developers the opportunity to create products and services for the Chromecast. This means that services like Spotify or Flickr can create apps specifically for the platform and expand available content to Chromecast users.

Additionally, in the announcement post, Google says that the device will feature support from entertainment services like Netflix and Youtube, with more services offering support in the future.

Based on the wide support for the product, a remote will not come with the device. Instead, users will control the Chromecast using any of the compatible devices to use and manage content. Additionally, Google is offering developers the opportunity to create products and services for the Chromecast.

Google’s Chromcast is available now for $35.

Photo Courtesy of Reuters

Vine Strives to Bounce Back

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Since Instagram Video launched last month, Vine has struggled to remain relevant.

Last week, Vine released an update after teasing new features for weeks. The Vine experience has become even more enjoyable for mini-film makers with the update.

New features include “Revining,” which is Vine’s version of retweeting, new camera features, improved privacy settings and new content sections to highlight trending videos.

After the Instagram Video was announced, Vine’s user base shrank as users immediately started sharing less to Twitter. Recent reports indicate that sharing to Twitter from Vine dropped nearly 65% .

Instagram, which was previously just a picture sharing app has over 100 million users and was acquired by Facebook last year, made an immediate impact on the social video market. Nonetheless, up until this announcement, Vine was growing strong. A few weeks before the Instagram announcement, it released an Android app and was gaining a great deal of traction online. Vine also released a Kindle Fire App after the release of Instagram Video.

In spite of Instagram video’s impact on Vine, both services achieved new records on the 4th of July, last week, according to TechCrunch .

Photo Courtesy of Vine

Garmin’s Futuristic GPS Is Safer

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Garmin HUD Dash

Garmin unveiled “HUD,” a new GPS system Monday. The device projects navigation information onto car windshields to provide accessible data without having to glance away from the road.

“HUD,” which stands for heads-up display, seeks to make navigation safer for drivers. By connecting the device with smartphones and cars, the device allows users to focus on the road rather than on gadgets.

According to Garmin, “HUD offers more navigation detail than other portable head-up displays, yet presents them in a simplified way that doesn’t avert the driver’s attention from the road. The directions are easy to follow and allow drivers to navigate even the most challenging interchanges and traffic situations with ease.”

Additionally, the HUD has the ability to reroute drivers based on traffic information, and can alert users of upcoming traffic safety cameras.

The device uses Bluetooth technology to connect with both smartphones and car’s stereo systems. The HUD also automatically adjusts settings such as brightness to further ease usage.

garmin HUD model

“HUD redefines the navigation experience by allowing drivers to find their way without taking their eyes off the road,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of worldwide sales, in a blog post on Garmin’s website. “Head-up displays currently have their place in select high-end cars, but HUD makes this technology available as an aftermarket accessory for any vehicle, at an affordable price.”

The HUD will cost $129.99 and will be available soon.

Photos courtesy of Garmin

Apple Wins A Round In Samsung Fight

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2X00110_9Another day, another ruling in the global battle of Apple Vs. Samsung.

Apple won the round in a Tokyo court on Friday (which was yesterday in Japan.) This suit was over the “bounce back” action on mobile devices. The Japanese court ruled that Samsung copied the action on it smart phone operating system.

Apple lost a similar fight last month in the U.S.

Read more here.