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Google Wallets now has a physical debit/credit style card

By: Idene Saatchi | More News: Apps | Posted: Nov 21, 2013 2:45 am

Google has released a credit/debit style card for Google Wallet. It does not include NFC, but you will be able to use your Google Wallet card at an ATM. It will also come in handy when you want to use your Google Wallet, but the retailer you're at doesn't have a NFC enabled paying system. Google Wallets can now allow users to transfer money to other users and access it quickly. The app will also notify you of your card activity.




Google has spent $300 million on making Google Wallets and it hasn't been extremely popular, maybe the ability to use an actual card might bring more users in. The card will have a $5,000 24-hour limit. The Google Wallet card is free to account holders and can be ordered through their Wallet account or on the release of the updated app. It is available to order now and should take 10-12 business days to ship. The Android app update will be available this week.

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Tumblr has been completly redesigned for iOS 7; update is out now

By: Idene Saatchi | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Nov 21, 2013 1:50 am

Tumblr has updated its app and has been entirely redesigned for iOS 7. The new update is available to download now on the iPhone or iPad. The app looks a lot sleeker than the previous version. It now includes a auto-complete for tagging, a faster reblog, a new interface for composing and choosing post styles.




"We've completely redesigned Tumblr for iPhone and iPad! It's faster and has a beautiful new look and feel, just like iOS 7."

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LSI demonstrates shareable DAS solution with new D-RAID technology

By: Paul Alcorn | More News: IT/Datacenter | Posted: Nov 21, 2013 1:27 am

Steve Johnson, who works in storage architectural strategic planning with LSI's Corporate CTO office, leads us through the use of a new 12Gb/s SAS 40- port expander in development. The use of SAS expanders will help enable flexible and shareable storage volumes within a scaleable SAN-like architecture.



The use of switches to connect all storage in a DAS environment allows for more complex RAID schemes to significantly reduce RAID rebuild times. Utilizing the 12Gb/s MegaRAID controllers in tandem with a new LSI technology, dubbed 'D-RAID', will provide a massive reduction in RAID rebuild times, from a week to within roughly 20 min per volume.

Instagram finally makes its way to Windows Phone

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Nov 21, 2013 1:20 am

Where would the world be today if we did not have services that let us apply fun and artistic filters to our images? Ok so maybe we would be in the exact same place with the only difference being that I would not be writing this news post. Today Instagram announced that it has finally launched a version of its app for Windows Phones.




That's right boys and girls, now those who own Nokia Lumia devices as well as all other Windows Phone devices now have access to the same zany, and creative photo filters that Android and iOS users have had for a while now. While the app is there and appears to function, some features are missing such as photo tagging, viewing Geotaxis, and taking photos from within the app. Instagram says that they are not finished with the app yet, and will be updating it soon to add in new features, and make the Instagram experience on Windows phone as enjoyable as possible.

Google launches Play Newsstand app to merge paid news subscriptions

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Nov 21, 2013 12:20 am

With more newspapers, magazines, and publishing companies moving away from print media and into digital form every day, managing all of your subscriptions and content is becoming increasingly more difficult. Google hopes to fix those issues with its newly launched Google Play Newsstand app.




The app currently provides access to more than 1900 publications with both free and paid business models. The Android app allows users to chose which newspapers, magazines, blogs, and websites that the user may want to read, and then formats them all into a mobile friendly version for easy reading on your smartphone or tablet. The service is a direct competitor to Flipboard, and is expected to replace Google Currents, and will allow offline access to selected content as well. Android users can head over to the source link below to pick up their free copy of the app today!

Leaked pricing details for the HTC One Max at Verizon

By: Idene Saatchi | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 20, 2013 11:50 pm

A touchscreen display at a Verizon concept unveiling at the Mall of America accidently leaked the pricing of the HTC One Max. This was discovered by Nick Grey from HTC Source. It also looks like the Verizon version of the HTC One Max has "Verizon" stamped on the bottom as opposed to the HTC logo that is supposed to be there. An official release date is still yet to be announced from Verizon but it will be sometime in the holiday season. Although, it's rumored to be at Verizon stores on November 21st.




Sprint is already offering the HTC One Max for $250 in-store or $150 online, with the original HTC logo on the bottom. The HTC One Max will $299.99 with a two-year contract or if you go with Verizon's EDGE plan $24.99 a month. Nick Grey of HTC Source took a photo of the display that leaked the info.

LG set to take on Google Glass with new "Glasstic" trademark filing

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Nov 20, 2013 11:20 pm

When Google Glass was first announced, everyone knew that in some form or another it would change the mobile world. We also knew that Google would not stand alone for long in the intelligent glasses world, and today it appears that LG will be joining the search giant on the Glass frontier.




Today a recent trademark filing by LG came to light, and it appears that the Korean company has filed to protect the "Glasstic" product name. This trademark plays well into a recently discovered patent filing from LG that depicts a glasses style wearable computer. While little is known about the device, we can assume that it will be very similar to Google Glass and could arrive much sooner than Samsung and Microsoft's rumored smartglasses projects.

Android KitKat begins making its way to Google Nexus 4 smartphones

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 20, 2013 10:20 pm

Google said that its Nexus 4 smartphone would be upgraded to Android 4.4 KitKit within a few weeks of the next-gen mobile operating systems release, and today the company made good on its promise. This morning Google began rolling out Android 4.4 KitKat to Nexus 4 devices. It is unclear if just the Google Play edition of the Nexus 4 is getting the update or if all Nexus 4 phones are being updated.




Surprisingly, the Android 4.4 update is not very big at all and totals just 238MB. The update is being sent out over-the-air so all Nexus 4 owners are being advised to check their phone for available updates. The Android 4.4 update brings forth several new features, and updates apps such as Google Hangouts, Cloud Print, and Caller ID. Google has also changed up the way Android handles text messaging and now offers a way to integrate SMS and App messaging into one seamless interface.

Opera browser for Android gets official update for larger tablets

By: Idene Saatchi | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 20, 2013 9:57 pm

Opera version 18 is optimized for use with larger Android tablets. Opera 18 now has tabs similar to the ones found on Chrome. The update is not just a scaled up version of the standard Opera.




Opera 18 lets you swipe through newspapers and magazines, and they have placed the menu and navigation buttons in a way that they are located where your fingers rest. It also has Opera's speed dial and off-road data saving. Opera 18 for Android is available now on the Google Play Store.


Opera's mobile browser chief Johan Schön: "The size of devices and mindset of users make the tablet very different from its smaller cousin, the smartphone, and we have to respect that. In Opera 18 for Android, we have spent hours and hours tweaking, and fiddling with the placement of, even the most minute detail, just to get that top tablet feel."

Flickr now lets users print photo books from their collections

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Nov 20, 2013 9:20 pm

Film photography all but died with the invention of digital cameras, and likewise so did the photo album when online photo galleries became mainstream. Until recently, having a photo book printed from digital images was quite expensive, but now the price seems to have leveled off and the books are more affordable than ever.




Hoping to get more printed photos onto your coffee table, Flickr has just unveiled a new printed photo book product that users can purchase starting at $35 for a 20-page book. Flickr provides a new "intelligent" creation tool that automatically crops, adjust, and prepares user selected images for printing in the book, and up to 240 pages are possible. Each page is crafted from high-quality white photo paper and finished with a lustre coating. Books are bound in a glossy hardcover and come with a dust jacket.


Back in my days as a professional photographer, getting a similar sized book required hours of photo preparation, and laying out everything in PDF format before shipping off to the printer. It appears that Flickr has greatly simplified this process, and made it much cheaper as well.