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Today Microsoft has released a major update for SkyDrive on the iOS app users have the ability to automatically upload their camera photos into the SkyDrive cloud storage. Microsoft says they are "looking at" doing the same for Android users.
When you snap a photo using the iPhone's default camera app SkyDrive will back it up into the cloud service. The automatic cloud uploading is not on by default, when you update the app you will be able to go into the app and enable this feature. The automatic cloud backup isn't only for photos either it works with your videos as well. Your photos and videos will be backed up over Wi-Fi unless you enable it to do so over your mobile data.
SkyDrive gives you an option to automatically re-size your photos so they don't use up all your cloud storage. The interface has also been updated to better fit iOS 7 with a cleaner look and larger thumbnails. The update for SkyDrive on iOS is available now and can be downloaded through Apple's App Store.
Google has updated its Google translate app for Android. The update brings more supported languages, gesture, and better speech translation. The app has a "new sleek look" according to Google. Google says the app can now have good "fully translated back-and-forth conversations." The update's conversation translator has been improved greatly.
One of the new features the update brings is gesture support, you can turn your phone and it will switch between languages. Google has added Malay and Ukrainian to the apps camera translation, and Javanese, Hebrew, and Esperanto to the handwriting feature. The update is available to download through the Google Play Store, Google mentions the update is coming out today and tomorrow.
The Xbox One launches on Friday, with launch-day gamers getting to experience a full, proper, dedicated YouTube app. Microsoft and YouTube announced the news today.
Better yet, the Xbox One version of the YouTube app will include both voice, and gesture controls, which will let users watch and scroll through videos, as well as channel subscriptions. On top of the voice and gesture controls, Kinect-based voice commands will be at play, with users starting the voice control by saying "YouTube" and then "pause," "play" and "fast forward."
Slice has been out for iPhone and Android phones, but it is now available for download on Android tablets. Tracking packages can be annoying sometimes, with Slice you can just sign in to your email account and the app will find all your tracking numbers.
It keeps an organized record of all your online purchases, sort of like a receipt. Slice will help you track your packages and sends you notifications, for instance if your package has been sent or delivered. It will even tell you If the product you purchased gets a recall. Slice is out now on Android tablets and can be downloaded from the Google Play Store.
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.
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.
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!
Another day, another Dropbox update, with today's update including a trio of new features. We have a new notifications feed, which will give you quicker access to recent activity, and more. The full change log states:
- New notifications feed for quick access to recent activity
- Send photos and videos to contacts (adds contacts permission)
- New payment options for Pro (adds camera permission)
All you have to do is let your Dropbox app automatically update, or grab it from the App Store or Play Store, depending on your device.
Seemingly out of nowhere, Microsoft has released a 3D printing application for Windows 8.1 called 3D Builder. There's some steep requirements, though, where you'll need both Windows 8.1, and a Windows 8.1-capable 3D printer.
But, once you're through those hoops, it's a cool app, thanks to Windows 8.1 being designed to support 3D printing, and now with the help of 3D Builder, it should get some more adoption for the OS. MakerBot will support Windows 8.1 shortly, which should help shuffle things along. The application itself will help you design, which is the hardest part of the 3D printing process.
Since Microsoft are pretty much on the ground level with 3D printing, versus say Google and Apple, could we see some early dominance, which will turn into future control of 3D printing? It would be nice to see ground level support for 3D printing from a giant like Microsoft, wouldn't it? As much as people dislike the company, it could do great things for the world of 3D printing.
With mobile broadband growing faster than traditional landline broadband, it is important to keep a watchful eye on the companies who sell the service to its customers. Today the FCC released an app for Android that will do just that. The all new Speed Test app from the FCC is designed to inform consumers of the actual broadband speeds their mobile data plan is providing them.
After installation the app will run in the background on the consumers mobile device and will periodically run a Speed Test scan in the background. The results will then be uploaded to a database that the FCC will use to compare with carrier claims. The FCC says that the app will not consume more than 100MB of data each month, so users wiil data restrictions need not worry.