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Microsoft updates SkyDrive with photo timeline and upload performance increases

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Cloud Computing | Posted: May 14, 2013 1:05 am

Microsoft has updated its cloud storage offering with new features. SkyDrive now has a photo timeline that functions much like Faceboook's Timeline function in that pictures are organized by time. This makes it much easier to find that picture you know you took last month.

 

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SkyDrive now allows quick locating of pictures. Users can quickly navigate to a specific month and see all the pictures that were taken during that time period. SkyDrive will also allow users to view all photos in a filmstrip presentation. The filmstrip can also be turned into a slideshow for public display.

 

Microsoft also notes that performance feedback was taken into consideration. Over the past few months, Microsoft has reworked the server code and SkyDrive desktop app. The result, according to Microsoft, is pictures that upload 2-3x faster than before. Not bad!

RumorTT: More possible specifications leak out for the Galaxy S4 Mini

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 14, 2013 12:07 am

We've been hearing that Samsung plans to release several variants of the popular Galaxy S4. One of the main variants that keeps popping up is the Galaxy S4 Mini, a smaller version of the S4 that is easier on the pockets and wallet. According to documents from Samsung and Korea Investment & Securities, the S4 Mini will be released in the next few weeks.

 

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According to the documents, the S4 Mini will feature a 1.6GHz dual-core Exynos 5210 coupled with 1GB of RAM for 3G devices and 2GB of RAM for LTE devices. It will feature 32GB of internal storage, Android 4.0, and a 4.3-inch qHD(540x960) Super AMOLED screen. The camera is said to be an 8MP sensor and battery capacity is pegged at 2,100mAh.

 

For now, this remains a rumor as nothing official has been confirmed. As with all rumors, take this with a grain of salt. However, the details look to be about right for the S4 Mini.

Facebook updates iOS app with new sharing and saving options

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Apps | Posted: May 13, 2013 11:33 pm

Facebook has updated its iOS app with new sharing and saving options in the photo viewer. Most likely looking to drive more sharing of photos, and thus engagement, the new version of the app makes it much easier to share pictures on a user's Timeline, save the picture to a user's Camera Roll, or set the picture as a profile picture.

 

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  • Photo viewer button lets you save, share or make profile picture
  • Improved places editing when checking in on iPhone
  • Events load faster on iPhone

 

The previous iOS app only allowed users to like, comment, or tag a picture. Facebook's continued push for a mobile-first approach has been resulting in increasingly better apps that have most of the features present on the desktop. This means users should soon no longer need to use the website.

Amazon debuts Cloud Player desktop app, Mac version in the works

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Software | Posted: May 13, 2013 11:03 pm

Amazon has debuted a new piece of desktop software dedicated to music. The new Cloud Player is part of Amazon's mission to bring its music service "everywhere" and is extremely focused on the music. Cloud Player already existed as a web app, but lacked some of the features that come with a dedicated desktop app.

 

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For instance, the desktop software is capable of storing music offline, something the web app simply couldn't do. The Cloud Player app is also capable of scanning for stored music that hasn't been added to a user's locker. A Mac version is currently in the works and Amazon advises that Mac users "stay tuned."

 

The software can be downloaded from Amazon's website.

ReportTT: AT&T to discontinue selling HTC First

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 13, 2013 10:30 pm

It would appear that sales of the HTC First have been so bad that AT&T has decided to discontinue selling the device. According to BGR's "trusted source," AT&T has sold fewer than 15,000 devices up to the time the price was cut to $0.99. That is an abysmal sales figure for a smartphone.

 

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According to their source, the HTC First will stop being sold and unsold units will be returned to HTC. HTC declined to comment while AT&T said, "As mentioned previously, we do pricing promotions all the time and have made no decisions on future plans." Whether or not that means the First is canceled isn't clear.

 

It's not clear when the device will be pulled. HTC has a set amount of display time contracted with AT&T, so it will likely be pulled shortly after that time is up. We'll be sure to let you know if or when it is pulled.

Verizon pushes up Samsung Galaxy S4 launch to May 23

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 13, 2013 10:03 pm

Customers rocking Big Red for their wireless needs will be excited to hear that they have pushed up the Samsung Galaxy S4 launch. Verizon has announced that they will be making the Galaxy S4 available on May 23, a week earlier than the previously announced date.

 

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Still, Verizon is one of the latest to the party. Other carriers have already launched the Galaxy S4. That being said, Verizon customers waiting to get their hands on the new S4 will definitely be happy to get it one week earlier than planned.

 

The Galaxy S4 is quite the beast, featuring a 5-inch Super AMOLED HD display, quad-core processor, 13MP camera, and Android Jelly Bean.

Amazon giving $5 in Amazon Coins to each Kindle Fire owner

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 13, 2013 9:28 pm

Good news for all the Kindle Fire owners out there. Amazon has deposited $5 in Amazon Coins in your account. All registered owners have received 500 free coins, each valued at $0.01. These Amazon Coins are a new virtual currency started by Amazon, which was first seen in February.

 

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The money is used much like Microsoft Points or Facebook currency and can be spent on games, apps, and in-app purchases. Amazon is offering bulk-purchase discounts, which will help tempt some people into buying more than they would otherwise. Once you've converted your cash into coins, you're stuck with them.

 

"We will continue to add more ways to earn and spend Coins on a wider range of content and activities-today is Day One for Coins," Mike George, VP of games and apps at Amazon.

 

It's worth noting that other virtual currencies haven't been too successful. Facebook is working on ending Credits and many people dislike Microsoft's use of Points. We'll have to wait and see if Amazon's Coins stay around for the long haul.

LeakedTT: Say hello to the Nokia Lumia 925 ahead of its debut tomorrow

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 13, 2013 9:05 pm

Images of the Nokia Lumia 925 have leaked out online thanks to our favorite Twitter leaker, @evleaks. The image, while slightly blurry, depicts the upcoming Nokia Lumia 925 that is set to debut tomorrow in London. The image appears to be a stock product shot and gives us some idea of what to expect from the device.

 

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A headphone jack is visible on the top of the device, with volume buttons and either a camera or power button present on the right side. Nokia has already teased that this device should have an excellent camera, but the exact details remain unknown as the backside of the device is not included in the marketing shot.

 

Rumored specs include a 4.5-inch OLED display, dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, 1GB of memory, and an 8.7MP camera. Of course, these are just rumored, so take them with a grain of salt. We'll be sure to get you all the relevant details as soon as the device launches tomorrow.

Google unifies storage across Gmail, Google+, Drive, users now have 15GB shared across all services

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: May 13, 2013 8:33 pm

Google has decided to lump all of your free storage into one plan. Instead of having a separate 10GB of data for Gmail and Google+ and 5GB for Drive, users will be presented with 15GB that can be used in any combination. Don't have a lot of e-mail saved? You now have more room for your cloud storage needs.

 

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Conversely, if you don't use Gmail at all, you have just been given an extra 10GB of storage space to use for Google Drive. Google's Drive page now features a visualization of how much space you are using next to available upgrade plans. The changes will roll out to users and Google Apps users over the next few weeks, so don't worry if you don't have the change quite yet.

 

We want to hear your thoughts on this change. Let us know what you think in the comments!

Google Play developers have been given the ability to respond to user reviews

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Apps | Posted: May 13, 2013 8:02 pm

Developers for Google's Android operating system have been given a new feature to connect with users. Google has added the ability for developers to respond directly to users' reviews on the Google Play Store. This has come as a result of Google Play Store reviews being tied to the Google+ social network.

 

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It allows users and developers to become more connected. It also allows developers to ask for more information, respond to negative reviews, or help troubleshoot an issue. When a developer posts a response, an e-mail is dispatched to the reviewer letting them know that the developer has responded to his or her review.

 

We believe that this new system will lead to better user engagement and better apps on the Google Play Store.

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