Friday, November 21, 2014

Google Launches Mobile-Friendly Site Testing Tool

Google Launches Mobile-Friendly Site Testing Tool

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Google Launches Mobile-Friendly Site Testing Tool

Posted: 20 Nov 2014 10:11 AM PST

Mobile optimization
The Mobile is growing at a fantastic pace. Not just in screen size and technical specs, but in usage as well. For some businesses, the mantra these days is 'Go mobile, or go home'. If you're a webmaster, you know all too well the struggles of maintaining a mobile site. To help you along, Google has introduced a mobile-friendly test tool to see if your mobile passes Google's criteria for what it considers to be a mobile optimized website.
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Gizmo's Freeware: Control Your Music Players with Hand Gestures (Android only)

Gizmo's Freeware: Control Your Music Players with Hand Gestures (Android only)

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Control Your Music Players with Hand Gestures (Android only)

Posted: 20 Nov 2014 11:58 PM PST

Similar to great ideas of controlling smart TVs with hand gestures, this smart app BrainWave works with hand gestures too in a way to control music players without touching the screen of your smart phones or tablets.

Three simple hand gestures are currently recognized by this app—Hold your open palm above the screen to play or pause a song, swipe right to advance to the next song, or swipe left to go back to the beginning of a playing song or a previous track.

When you first run this app, it shows you an interactive tutorial where you can practise the three gestures with the front facing camera of a mobile device. Once that's done, select a music player then control it with only hand gestures.

It has a long list of music players supported by this app. To name a few, there are Google Play Music, Pandora, Spotify, MusiXMatch, Songza, JetAudio, PowerAmp, iHeart Radio, Samsung Galaxy stock music player and many more.



In India HTC rolls out Eye Experience suite for the One (M8)

Posted: 21 Nov 2014 12:16 AM PST

Taiwanese Smartphone maker HTC has released the Android 4.4.4 KitKat with Eye experience camera app OTA (Over-The-Air) update to the Flagship HTC One M8.
The company has kept their promise and many M8 users around the world have already gotten their update. Now, it looks like HTC One (M8) owners in India are finally getting the update.
The HTC Eye Experience package enhances Android 4.4.4 KitKat and focuses on improving the camera software of the One (M8). The front-facing camera can now track up to 4 faces during video chat and ensure they're in focus thanks to Face Tracking. It is followed by the Split capture feature that lets you use the front-facing and rear camera simultaneously.
The update bumps the HTC One (M8)'s software version to 3.35.720.1 and is being spread over the air.

In Japan Softbank launches Sony Xperia Z3

Posted: 20 Nov 2014 11:56 PM PST

One of Sony's big strategic objectives for its mobile division is wider carrier support. The company is making small inroads on this path, we have seen both T-Mobile and Verizon carry Xperia devices in the United States and now Japanese carrier SoftBank is offering a Sony Xperia handset for the first time.
In Japan the Xperia Z3 (401SO) for SoftBank has launched in all four colors (black, white, copper and silver green). NTT DoCoMo and au by KDDI are already offering the Xperia Z3, but the SoftBank version is closest to the global model in terms of branding. Like the other Japanese models, it does carry 32GB of internal storage though.
The list price is 69,120 Yen (£374, €468, $587) and is available via SoftBank right now.

HTC One M9 Concept Image

Posted: 20 Nov 2014 11:36 PM PST

A new leak has allegedly tipped some of the HTC One M9's specs.
The Smartphone, which will reportedly be unveiled at next year's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, is apparently going to be equipped with a 5.2-inch display with 1,440×2,560 pixel resolution (564ppi), a Snapdragon 805 processor, 3GB of RAM and 64GB of storage although a 128GB model option is also rumored. Furthermore, the leak suggests the device will pack improved front and rear cameras, a much bigger battery and an IP certification grade higher than the M8's IPx3.
In comparison, the One M8 offers a 5-inch screen with a resolution of 1080 x 1920, the Snapdragon 801 processor, 2GB of RAM and 32GB of on-board storage (plus a 128GB microSD card slot).
In any case, in terms of design HTC has a winning combo with the One (M8), so the One (M9) probably wouldn't stray much farther away from that.

New update lands on the Xperia Z3

Posted: 20 Nov 2014 11:16 PM PST

A new software update has unexpectedly landed on the Xperia Z3 (D6603) which moves the build number from version 23.0.A.2.93 to 23.0.1.A.5.73.
This is for those on Generic Global firmware and has been arriving OTA (not via PC Companion). Users that have downloaded the update have not noticed any big changes.

Nova Launcher Beta 3.3 Brings Lollipop-Style

Posted: 20 Nov 2014 10:56 PM PST

If you are still waiting on an Android Lollipop update, Nova Launcher has adopted enough of the new OS' aesthetics to help tide you over. The latest beta update, version 3.3beta1, throws in a Lollipop looking app drawer for completeness.
Nova's beta channel just revealed its latest 3.3 beta 1 update, and with it comes a self-styled Lollipop app drawer, which can be switched on from Nova Settings > Drawer > Show Pages as Cards, and appears with a cool circle animation. Nova is already updated with the general sweet graphics vibe of Android 5.0 when it comes to animations, icons and folders, as well as search, so the new app drawer style fits in that paradigm perfectly. Hit the source link below, if you want to give the latest beta a shot.

Sony infographic highlights Xperia Z3 low-light imaging prowess

Posted: 20 Nov 2014 10:36 PM PST

The Sony Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact launched with what looks a near-identical camera spec to its predecessors. However, a couple of differences included a wider-angle camera lens (25mm G Lens) and a maximum ISO of 12,800 for low-light photography. The latter is what Sony is highlighting in this latest infographic.
The infographic shares some fun facts around low-light photography and what makes the Xperia Z3 series so capable.

Motorola Moto 360 Successor Coming In Early 2015

Posted: 20 Nov 2014 10:16 PM PST

According to a new revelation, Motorola could be prepping the launch of the second gen Moto 360 for early 2015.

For now, the Moto 360 is one of the best Smartwatches available. It starts at $249.
Source: redroid

Owners of the Xperia Z3 series Sony offers free movies

Posted: 20 Nov 2014 09:56 PM PST

If you recently bought a Sony Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3 Compact or Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact then you might want to check out the Xperia Lounge app. Sony is offering three movies for Xperia Z3 series owners, including 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2', 'Captain Phillips' and 'Ghostbusters'.
The offer won't be available in every region, but it is live in the UK, France, Spain and the US (T-Mobile and Verizon). The offer will appear in the Xperia Lounge app if it is live – you will receive a download code which can be redeemed via the Sony Entertainment Network. Don't miss out, the offer ends on 31 January 2015.

In China HTC Desire 820s hits 1.26 million pre-registrations

Posted: 20 Nov 2014 09:36 PM PST

The HTC Desire 820 is a recent addition to the mid-range Smartphone market and now the Desire 820s variant is making some big waves. HTC Desire 820s pre-registrations are hugely promising, and while this is no guarantee of sales the signs are looking very good for the success of this phone.
The HTC Desire 820s launched at the start of November with a MediaTek MT6752 chipset that promises better performance than the Snapdragon 615. The phone packs a 5.5" 720p screen, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage, 13MP main camera and 8MP selfie camera and LTE connectivity.
HTC has only 50,000 units of the Desire 820s to sell when the handset is actually released, and the first 5000 buyers will receive a $65 USD discount off the price of $294 USD.

SMS Small App launched for Sony Xperia devices

Posted: 20 Nov 2014 09:16 PM PST

There are a number of different Small Apps available for Sony Xperia devices. However, a new one that has been launched by third-party developer LuuTinh relates to your SMS texts. The SMS Small App allows you to read and reply to text messages in a small window overlay.
SMS Small App can read/reply to five people on the same screen, it also allows you to directly call that person. The app's background can also be customized. The app is currently free and available on the Google Play Store right now.

Verizon Now Offers LG G Pad 7.0 and 10.1

Posted: 20 Nov 2014 08:56 PM PST

Verizon Wireless is now offering the LG G Pad 7.0 LTE and LG G Pad 10.1 LTE tablets on sale.
The 7-inch model is XLTE enabled. It also features a 3MP snapper on back and a 1.3MP camera up front. On the 10.1-inch slate, the rear camera is 5MP. Another difference is the capacity of the battery that powers each tablet. A 4000mAh cell is included with the smaller screened LG G Pad 7.0, while the LG G Pad 10.1 is powered by a 8000mAh capacity battery. Both tablets feature LTE connectivity, and the Q Pair app allows owners of either tablet to pair it with the LG G3 or any handset running Android 4.1 or higher. Dual Window allows users to run two apps at the same time, and the Smart Keyboard lets you customize the QWERTY keyboard to make it easier to type. Along with the LG G Pad 8.3, Verizon now has an LG tablet that meets the screen-size requirement of everybody.
The 7-inch model is priced at $249.99 without a contract, or for $49.99 with a two-year contract, while the 10.1-inch tablet is being sold for $299.99 without a contract or for $199.99 with a two-year contract.

New firmware certified for Sony Xperia M2 and Xperia M2 Dual

Posted: 20 Nov 2014 08:36 PM PST

New software builds have been certified by the PTCRB for the Xperia M2, Xperia M2 Aqua and Xperia M2 Dual. The LTE versions of the Xperia M2 and Xperia M2 Aqua have seen build number 18.3.1.C.0.21 certified, whilst the HSPA+ Xperia M2 (D2305) has seen build number 18.3.1.A.0.21 certified.
The Xperia M2 Dual has seen build number 18.3.1.B.0.18 certified (versus 18.3.B.0.32 currently). Judging by the change in build number, there is a good chance that these new firmware builds bring Android 4.4.3 or even Android 4.4.4 to these handsets.

In new video BlackBerry shows off Classic keyboard shortcuts

Posted: 20 Nov 2014 08:16 PM PST

BlackBerry continues to push the upcoming BlackBerry Classic as the device of choice for legacy BlackBerry OS users still holding onto their aging Curves and Bolds. Citing these users in a new blog post, the company has posted video demonstrating BB OS keyboard shortcuts making a return to BlackBerry 10 through the BlackBerry Classic. In addition, the post details shortcuts that take advantage of features specific to BlackBerry 10, like the BlackBerry Hub.
Since the Classic features a traditional BlackBerry keyboard, it comes with some of the shortcuts that current or previous BlackBerry Bold users are certainly familiar with. Almost every letter on the QWERTY keyboard can be used as a shortcut for various functions (examples: long-press B to launch the browser, long-press N to launch BBM, long-press C to compose a message with BlackBerry Hub, and so on).
The Classic runs BlackBerry OS 10, and costs $449.00 (unlocked). Its features include a 3.5-inch display with 720 x 720 pixels and a decent 291 ppi density, 2 MP front-facing camera, 8 MP rear camera, dual-core 1.5 GHz Snapdragon processor, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of expandable storage space, and a 2515 mAh battery.

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Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact has a new software certified

Posted: 20 Nov 2014 07:56 PM PST

A new software version with build number 23.0.1.A.4.30 has been certified for the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact. This compares against the current version on the tablet with build number 23.0.1.A.0.167.
There is a possibility that this might be a carrier-specific version, so don't automatically assume it will be heading to your tablet soon.

Sprint Samsung Galaxy S5 updated to Android 4.4.4

Posted: 20 Nov 2014 07:36 PM PST

Sprint is currently rolling out a firmware update to its Samsung Galaxy S5, customers that finally bring its version of Android up to KitKat 4.4.4, along with some other new features.
The change log for the over-the-air update is as follows:
  • Android 4.4.4
  • HD Voice Icon
  • International Wi-Fi Calling Support
  • Google Security Patches

Aside from the OS version bump, it brings with it an HD Voice icon, international Wi-Fi calling support, and a few unnamed Google security patches. After applying the update, you'll be on software version G900PVPU1ANK4.