Facebook for iOS updated to version 6.0

Posted by: Brett

Facebook for iOS has been updated to version 6.0 today and it brings a few welcomed features. The Chat Heads feature from Facebook home is now apart of the application, allowing you to reply to and take part in conversations from anywhere in the application without being in the Messages section. While Android allows for this to be done system-wide, iOS does not and therefore Chat Heads are only usable within the Facebook app.

There is also what Facebook is calling “Stickers” which are essentially the huge form of emojis. There’s a bunch of them included in the app for all sorts of emotions and there are even packs of Stickers which you can download for free, although it’s possible Facebook will release premium ones. The final change is a more cleaned up UI and News Feed for both the iPhone and iPad.

Both Chat Heads and Stickers will be rolling out to users over the next few weeks, while the new News Feed will be available to all users after installing the update.

Source: Facebook

#applications-2, #facebook, #ios, #software, #update

Google posts tech specs of Glass

Posted by: Brett

Google has posted up the tech specs of Google Glass on their support site. Glass boasts a 5 megapixel camera with 720p HD video recording, 16GB of total flash storage which also syncs with Google Drive, one day battery life, an HD display equivalent to that of a 25-inch HD screen from 8 feet away, WiFi 802.11b/g, and Bluetooth. Glass will come with a micro USB cable and charger as well as extra nose pads in two different sizes. Audio will come from a bone conduction transducer.

Google says Glass is compatible with any Bluetooth-capable phone, as well as the MyGlass companion application which works with Android 4.0.3 and newer. Glass also has adjustable nosepads and will fit any face.

Source: Google

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LG sends out invites for May 1st press event

Posted by: Brett

LG has started sending out invites to the press for an event they’ll be holding on May 1st in New York City called “Share the Genius”. The invite doesn’t really reveal much at all, but many believe the event will serve to introduce the LG Optimus G Pro to the United States, which was originally announced at MWC in February.

Source: AllThingsD

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Verizon upgrade cycle changed to 24 months

Posted by: Brett

Verizon has announced that beginning April 15th, they’ll be changing upgrade cycles to 24 months rather than 20 months. When the change is put in place, Verizon will only offer you an upgrade discount after you’ve completed 24 months of the contract. The first customers who will be affected by this change will be those whose contracts expire after January 2014.

You can check out the full breakdown at the source link.

Source: Verizon

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Microsoft reportedly working on 7-inch Surface tablet

Posted by: Brett

According to The Wall Street Journal, Microsoft is working on a 7-inch Surface tablet and will enter production later this year. Microsoft recently altered Windows 8 to allow for tablets with a display resolution of 1024 by 768, lending credence to a possible smaller-sized tablet from Microsoft.

The Wall Street Journal suggests Microsoft is feeling the pressure put on by the iPad mini and Nexus 7, and since Microsoft already has a larger-sized tablet in the current Surface model, a smaller model might seem logical. The verge reported last year that Microsoft was building a tablet with a 7-inch display under the Xbox brand, although The Journal doesn’t mention anything regarding that.

Source: WSJ, The Verge

#microsoft, #rumor, #surface

Samsung announces Galaxy Mega 5.8 and 6.3

Posted by: Brett

Just when you thought the Galaxy Note was big, Samsung made the Galaxy Mega 5.8 and Mega 6.3 official. Other than their large displays, their internals are nothing too special compared to today’s flagships. With the Mega 6.3, you’ll get a 6.3-inch HD display, a 1.7 GHz dual-core processor with 1.5 GB of RAM, a 3200 mAh battery, an 8-megapixel camera, and Android 4.2. The Mega 5.8 will offer virtually the same experience but with a “smaller” 5.8-inch QHD display, a 1.4 GHz dual-core processor with 1.5 GB of RAM, a 2600 mAh battery, an 8-megapixel camera, and Android 4.2.

Both models are said to launch some time in May in Europe and Russia. It’s possible, but not likely that we’ll see the Mega launch in the United States.

Source: Samsung

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New Google Play Store design rolling out to devices

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Google has made the Play Store design update official today and it will soon begin rolling out to Android devices. The update brings a fresh new Google Now-edque card look to the Play Store rather than the dark, Windows Phone tiled theme. The Roboto font and all its forms are now more prevalent and everything is much more Holo-themed and modern. This is the same design that leaked a couple weeks ago thanks to Droid Life and now it’s official.

The update will be rolling out over the course of the next few weeks to devices running Android 2.2 Froyo and newer.

Source: Google

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