Saturday, May 11, 2013

133 Integrated with a Side of Entertainment


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Headlines
  • Google Drive for desktop (PC & Mac) to get native file sharing - update rolling out this week
  • Paranoid Android releases first builds with HALO for Nexus line of devices
  • Google+ Hangouts now lets users live rewind
  • Google Translate to get 5 new languages - Bosnian (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Cebuano (Philippines), Hmong (China, Vietnam, Laos, Thailand, US), Javanese (Indonesia), Marathi (India)
  • Google Fiber coming to Grandview, MS
  • CyanogenMod 10.1 RC builds started rolling out (RC2 started rolling out over the weekend)
  • Google Earth updated with worldwide streetview
  • Google adding ‘Save to Drive’ feature for websites to save to Google Drive
  • YouTube launches paid subscription channels
Apps
  • Starz, Encore, Movieplex release their apps
  • Snoopify by Snoop Dogg - photo sharing app to turn yourself into Snoop Dogg
  • TWC app to get more streaming content
  • APEX Launcher updated to v. 2.0 - paid version gets folders in app drawer, paid/free versions get general UI updates
  • Marvel Unlimited released
  • Google Earth update to v 7.1 - adds betters street view and search
  • Google Translate adds 16 languages and Phrasebook to save commonly searched translations
  • ITV Player to launch exclusive to Samsung devices through 8/31
  • Flipboard updated to v.2 - adds magazine feature
  • Facebook Home now available for the HTC One (unofficially on the SGS4 and Sony Xperia ZL & HTC One X)
  • Hulu Plus updated with smoother UI and more streamlined controls (i.e. fast forward & rewind) to match web interface)
Devices
  • Google Glass updated with Google+ integration and searching by long press
Kindle Fire Pit
  • Amazon Appstore released in China with developer site for localized app creation
Quick Tip - Facebook Notification Bar
  • Quickly access new friend requests, messages, and notifications
  • How to turn it off
    • Open Facebook
    • Hit Menu button
    • Click on Settings
    • Scroll to the bottom and uncheck Notification Bar
  • Option to enable/disable removed from menu between about Thursday and the weekend without any notice
App Review - Carmageddon
  • Race other drivers
  • Destroy things to “fix” car, get more time, etc.
  • Like GTA without the side missions
  • Google Play - Free [limited time offer - normally $1.99]
Competitor Circle
  • iOS
    • Gmail updated to now launch other Google apps
    • Facebook Messenger updated with swype to delete and more stickers
    • Google Chrome code released for development - allows direct linking to other Google apps
    • Facebook Pages Manager updated with faster performance
  • Windows Phone
    • Hulu Plus released
    • Microsoft Blue (successor to Windows 8) coming later in 2013
    • Foursquare released for Windows Phone 8
    • YouTube updated with live tile support, offline video watching, pinning searches, etc. (supported in Windows Phone 7 and 8)
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