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WhatsApp voice messaging updated with one-press record-and-send feature

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2013/08/07/whatsapp-one-press-voice-message/

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These days, you don’t even have to ring someone, listen to their spiel and wait for a beep when you can just use apps to send voice snippets. WhatsApp, which recently reached 300 million users, has made its existing experience even easier with a new feature that lets you record and send voice memos with one press of the mic icon. A WhatsApp spokesperson told Engadget that the company has “spent a lot of time refining [voice messaging] and made it really simple to use.”

As a testament to this, WhatsApp has now removed length limits for recorded messages and plays audio within the app instead of opening a media player. Playback will automatically switch from a handset’s speakers to its earpiece when the device is held to your ear, and the mic icon will turn blue when recipients have listened to spoken missives. With the new perks available on the mess of platforms WhatsApp calls home (iOS, Android, Windows Phone, BB10 and Nokia Symbian / S40), we bet everyone with that chatty friend are shaking in their boots.

 

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Wednesday, August 7th, 2013 news No Comments

Amazon Trashes The iPad Mini On Amazon.com (AMZN, AAPL)

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/amazon-ipad-mini-comparison-on-amazoncom-2012-10

Amazon is using its heavily trafficked front page to trash the iPad mini.

As you can see below, Amazon does a head to head comparison with the Kindle Fire HD and the iPad mini. The Kindle Fire HD comes out on top.

A few things about this ad. Amazon says it can play HD movies. In his review of the Kindle Fire HD, David Pogue said, “Incidentally, despite the name ‘HD,’ the screen can’t actually show you movies in hi-def. It may have the requisite number of pixels, but most of them are dedicated to black letterbox bars; the screen is the wrong shape for movies. And you can’t enlarge the playback to fill the screen, as you can on an iPad.”

And Walt Mossberg in his review said, “The Fire HD isn’t as polished, fluid or versatile as the iPad.”

The reason for that is iOS, Apple’s mobile software which is vastly superior to Amazon’s tablet software.

The real question for people looking at buying a tablet is whether or not it’s worth paying an extra $130 for an iPad mini which has better software and a bigger library of apps. Also, we should get official reviews of the iPad mini this week, which will give us better independent comparisons.

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Monday, October 29th, 2012 news No Comments

aTV Flash (black) for Apple TV hits version 1.5, brings new player, NFS streaming and more

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/04/18/atv-flash-black-apple-tv-update/

aTV Flash (black) for Apple TV hits version 1.5, brings an overhauled player, NFS streaming and more

Folks enjoying all the tidbits aTV Flash (black) brings to the 2nd-gen Apple TV will be happy to know there’s a fresh update rolling out now. Inside v1.5, FireCore’s added new features such as NFS streaming, as well as including other minor things like extra transitions, subtle timing settings and support for more languages. In addition, and what’s perhaps the biggest enhancement, the $29.99 kit is also getting an all-new player, which promises a smoother playback regardless of the file type being used — not to mention it’s optimized for iOS 5. Of course, the refresh is gratis to those who’ve already shelled out the cash, and you can get to it by hitting the “Manage Extras” menu on Cupertino’s miniature box. Not familiar with aTV Flash? Give the source link below a quick click to peruse all about it.

aTV Flash (black) for Apple TV hits version 1.5, brings new player, NFS streaming and more originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 18 Apr 2012 22:23:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Wednesday, April 18th, 2012 news No Comments

aTV Flash (black) for Apple TV hits version 1.5, brings new player, NFS streaming and more

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/04/18/atv-flash-black-apple-tv-update/

aTV Flash (black) for Apple TV hits version 1.5, brings an overhauled player, NFS streaming and more

Folks enjoying all the tidbits aTV Flash (black) brings to the 2nd-gen Apple TV will be happy to know there’s a fresh update rolling out now. Inside v1.5, FireCore’s added new features such as NFS streaming, as well as including other minor things like extra transitions, subtle timing settings and support for more languages. In addition, and what’s perhaps the biggest enhancement, the $29.99 kit is also getting an all-new player, which promises a smoother playback regardless of the file type being used — not to mention it’s optimized for iOS 5. Of course, the refresh is gratis to those who’ve already shelled out the cash, and you can get to it by hitting the “Manage Extras” menu on Cupertino’s miniature box. Not familiar with aTV Flash? Give the source link below a quick click to peruse all about it.

aTV Flash (black) for Apple TV hits version 1.5, brings new player, NFS streaming and more originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 18 Apr 2012 22:23:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Wednesday, April 18th, 2012 news No Comments

Motorola’s Releasing Intel-Powered Androids Later This Year [Intel]

Source: http://gizmodo.com/5875005/motorolas-releasing-intel+powered-androids-later-this-year

Motorola's Releasing Intel-Powered Androids Later This YearIntel’s about to get its peanut butter all over Motorola’s chocolate. And, in addition to the Reese’s Pieces, we’ll see the first Intel-powered, Android smartphone in the second half of this year.

The two companies announced today that they’ve signed on for a multi-year strategic relationship which will span multiple platforms—including tablets and phones. Specifically, Motorola hopes to employ Intel’s low power system-on-chip architecture. “With Android as the leading smartphone OS globally and advancements in computing technology we see tremendous opportunity.” Sanjay Jha, Chairman and CEO of Motorola Mobility told Business wire. Intel’s new Medfield chip could to be on-board.

And, while the phones may not end up as sleek as the Intel design reference above, with the Medfield’s ability to support up to a 24MP camera and 1080p playback, Apple may have some real competition on its hands. What’s more, given that Google owns Motorola, these phones could very well have an inside track to the latest and greatest Android OS builds. [Marketwatch]


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Wednesday, January 11th, 2012 news No Comments

the American phone subsidy model is a RAZR way of thinking in an iPhone world

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2010/02/23/editorial-the-american-phone-subsidy-model-is-a-razr-way-of-thi/

The concept is simple enough — pay more, get more. So it has gone (historically, anyway) with phone subsidies in this part of the world, a system that has served us admirably for well over a decade. It made sense, and although it was never spelled out at the customer service counter quite as clearly as any of us would’ve liked, it was fairly straightforward to understand: you bought a phone on a multi-dimensional sliding scale of attractiveness, functionality, and novelty. By and large, there was a pricing scale that matched up with it one-to-one. You understood that if you wanted a color external display, a megapixel camera, or MP3 playback, you’d pay a few more dollars, and you also understood that you could knock a couple hundred dollars off of that number by signing up to a two-year contract. In exchange for a guaranteed revenue stream, your carrier’s willing to throw you a few bucks off a handset — a square deal, all things considered. So why’s the FCC in a tizzy, and how can we make it better?

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Editorial: the American phone subsidy model is a RAZR way of thinking in an iPhone world originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 23 Feb 2010 20:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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