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Egomotion Raises $750K From Androids Co-Founder And Others To Make Your Smartphone Smarter By Grab Media, a blinkx company The company behind the app Agent, Egomotion, recently raised $750k. The app will detect when youre driving, and automatically respond to texts to let people know you cant type right now. During the hours you normally sleep, itll auto silence your phone but still give people a way to ring through in case of an emergency. When your battery is low, it can flip the switches to turn off things like Bluetooth and auto-sync. ...Read More »
Spike Jonze Victorious In Movie Theft Lawsuit By Grab Media, a blinkx company Spike Jonze has emerged victorious in the lawsuit filed by 2 men who claim the famed director stole their screenplay by creating "Her." Screenwriters Sachin Gadh and Jonathan Sender sued Jonze , claiming he stole the concept for their screenplay "Belv," about a cell phone that comes to life and befriends a human. ...Read More »
Downtown Mobile Commerce App Launches To Become Amazon For Local Businesses By Grab Media, a blinkx company Consumers are increasingly shopping online and on their mobile phones, drawn by the ease of locating things they want to buy and cheap or free fast delivery from major e-commerce sites like Amazon. But for most brick-and-mortar stores, the shopping experience hasnt really changed. Thats why the new app Downtown was launched, to provide a way for local small businesses and chain locations to participate in mobile commerce. ...Read More »
Amazon Unveils $99 Fire TV Set-top Box To Rival Apple By Grab Media, a blinkx company Amazon has made a play for the increasingly crowded home entertainment arena by unveiling the $99 "Fire TV" video and game streaming device on Wednesday, with hopes of boosting its main online retail business over the longer term. The square device, which just about fits in the palm of one hand, streams content from Netflix Inc, Hulu and other video services much like Apple TV or Google Inc's Chromecast. It also offers a prominent platform for Amazon's own fast-growing streaming video service as well as its growing slate of original television programs and games. Amazon will also sell a separate controller for gaming that costs $39.99. ...Read More »
One Way The Galaxy S5s Fingerprint Scanner Is Better Than Apples By Grab Media, a blinkx company Yes, Apple beat Samsung to the punch when it comes to releasing a smartphone with a fingerprint scanner. However, a new piece in Technology Review explains why Samsungs fingerprint scanner has the potential to be more useful than the iPhone 5ss fingerprint scanner right out of the box. As the publication notes, the Galaxy S5s fingerprint scanner will be the first on a smartphone that will be compatible with PayPals mobile payments app, which means youll be able to use your fingerprint to authorize payments in any website or store that accepts PayPal as a form of payment. Apples fingerprint scanner, in contrast, for now only works to buy music and apps from the Apple App Store. ...Read More »
New Apple Vs. Samsung Legal Battle Even More Important For Google Than Last Time By Grab Media, a blinkx company The second U.S. Apple vs. Samsung trial, which is set to start on Monday in San Jose with jury selection , may be even more important for Google than the new reports in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal reveal. Unlike in the first patent fight between the two smartphone makers when Apple said Samsung copied the design of the iPhone with its devices, Apple is now attacking Samsung solely with patents that cover Android software features. Thus, the verdict in this case is all the more important for Google. ...Read More »
Apple-Samsung Jurors Selected By Grab Media, a blinkx company With jurors in the patent fight between Apple and Samsung selected, attorneys for the world's leading smartphone makers were expected to make their opening statements in federal court on Tuesday. The trial in Silicon Valley marks the latest round in a long-running series of lawsuits between Apple Inc. and Samsung, with the companies accusing each other of stealing ideas and features. Jurors were selected on Monday. ...Read More »
Purported IPhone 6 Pictures Said To Come From Inside Foxconn By Grab Media, a blinkx company Three images posted to a Weibo account purportedly reveal Apple's upcoming iPhone 6. The pictures, which are said to be sourced from someone within Foxconn, show a prototype device that's apparently being run through tests at its production facility. The photos depict a much thinner device — so lean that the camera lens visibly protrudes from the phone's body. That would be a departure from previous iPhones, though Apple has already gone down this path with the iPod touch. Until now, rumors about the upcoming iPhone have mainly focused on its screen. Multiple reports have claimed Apple is experimenting with larger display sizes to compete with a sea of huge Android smartphones that blur the line between smartphone and tablet. ...Read More »
Data Point: People Really Like To Read On Their Kindle Fires By Grab Media, a blinkx company Tablets are pretty versatile: You can check email, browse the Web, play games, listen to music and whatnot. And thats exactly what people who use iPads and Galaxy tablets do, according to Statista , which looked at a survey from Kantar Worldpanel that asked people what they frequently use their devices for. Apple and Samsung customers use their tablets much in the same ways. (One area where Samsung tablet users stood out: listening to music.) Kindle Fire users, though, arent in the same mold. They check email much less compared to iPad and Galaxy customers. And no other category comes to close to the one thing many Kindle Fire owners say they do frequently on the device: read. That makes sense, considering how much books and reading are in Amazons DNA ...Read More »
Facebook Scrapped Last Year's Redesign Because Your Screen Is Too Small By Grab Media, a blinkx company When Facebook scrapped the picture-heavy News Feed redesign from last spring in favor of a more conservative look, it briefly touched on screen size as a factor. As it turns out, displays played a more important role in the reversal than you might think. The company's Julie Zhuo explains that the hyper-visual layout fell apart on netbooks and other small-screened PCs, which means users might only see one post at a time. While the early 2013 feed would have boosted Facebook's revenue, it wasn't going to fly when the social network has to please hundreds of millions of users that seldom have access to big displays. ...Read More »
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