IFTTT, the service that automates the apps and services you use every day, has finally rolled into Google Play, bringing new tools to the service's Android users.
The Android app comes with six new channels for recipes specially optimized for Android devices.
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IFTTT, which stands for "if this, then that," is based around "recipes" — user-specified triggers that connect apps and services from around the web. The service allows users can be as creative as they want with filling in the blanks for the connections they want to make
Recipes can include everything from setting email alerts if the forecast predicts rain and to automatically backing up SoundCloud posts to Dropbox. Read more...
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Four tech companies — Apple, Google, Adobe and Intel — have settled a lawsuit against involving an illegal no-poaching agreement that prevented the firms from hiring each other's staffers.
A class-action lawsuit, filed by thousands of tech employees back in 2011, claimed that the companies conspired not to poach employees as a part of an effort to keep salaries lower. The agreement created "no contact" lists, preventing recruiters from contacting people at competing companies.
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According to a Reuters report, the companies agreed to settle the lawsuit, though terms of the deal were not disclosed. The settlement goes before a judge on May 27. Read more...
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On the heels of opening a new massive headquarters in San Francisco, mobile payment company Square is now expanding its presence in New York City
Square, which allows users to accept credit card payments via mobile devices such as the iPhone, iPad and Android smartphones, will be opening an East Coast headquarters in the SoHo neighborhood of Manhattan this summer
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This isn't Square's first set up in New York. When it acquired design agency 80/20 in 2012, it opened a small Manhattan office, but the new space has room to fit 350 employees.
The news comes amid rumors that Square could be acquired in the near future, with both Google and Apple reportedly interested in acquisition bids. But in a statement provided to Mashable, a Square spokesperson denied acquisition talks. Read more...
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Lyft, the ridesharing service that matches regular drivers with passengers in need of a ride, expanded into 24 new cities on Thursday, the company's largest single-day expansion to date
The move means Lyft now operates in 60 U.S. cities, surpassing competitor Uber which currently operates in 46, according to Uber's website. Uber does have more cities worldwide, however, and announced its 100th on Wednesday
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Lyft has been preparing for this launch for months, Lyft cofounder John Zimmer told Mashable. The process is more complex than simply flipping a switch on the app, he explains. To ensure supply can match the expected demand, Zimmer says that each new city will start with roughly 100 drivers, who have all been vetted by Lyft employees ahead of time Read more...
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Apple CEO Tim Cook is willing to have lunch with you and a friend at the company's Cupertino, Calif., headquarters, but it might set you back a couple thousand dollars.
Cook is putting his time up for an online auction as a part of the 8th Annual Robert F. Kennedy Center Spring Auction for Human Rights, in partnership with Charitybuzz.com. The highest bidder will get a one-hour sit-down lunch at Caffe Macs, the cafe at Apple's headquarters, to discuss anything.
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While startups and entrepreneurs will likely claw at the chance to have Cook's undivided attention, the opportunity may come at a high price. Last year, Cook auctioned off a 30-minute coffee date at the Apple campus that sold for $610,000 (an all-time high for the RFK Center); it was the first time ever he agreed to a celebrity auction. According to Charitybuzz, last year's coffee date ran over the scheduled time to about an hour, with a good bit of time spent in Cook's office. This year, he's offering a full lunch meeting Read more...
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Email apps like Mailbox have gotten a lot of attention for features like gesture-based controls and and their ability to help you reach Inbox Zero
But Acompli, an email app that rolled out to the public Thursday, aims to simplify email by making it easier for users to use email while on the go.
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The app, which currently supports Gmail and Microsoft Exchange email accounts, includes features for faster search and file discovery and a built-in calendar that allows users to switch between emails and calendar appointments without leaving the app.
Acompli CEO and cofounder, Javier Soltero says apps like Mailbox, which emphasize deferring messages, don't actually improve the experience of using email on a mobile device. Read more...
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In the latest video of our Ask a Dev series, Web Developer Alex Wasner discusses how developers can use native location services in a hybrid app.
While HTML 5 gives you access to geolocation navigation to request a user's location, that expires after 24 hours, which can be annoying. Wasner recommends using Apache Cordova or PhoneGap to save a user's preferences. Cordova also allows use of native maps like Google Maps and Bing Maps.
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"The upside to this is that they have great documentation in support and really allows you to customize the look and feel of the map," Wasner says. Read more...
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The snow is melting, the sun is shining, the flowers are blooming and the birds are breaking into song. At least, that's what you imagine may be happening if you're stuck inside your office
Yep, it's time to put in that summer vacation request — and start surfing Pinterest for ideas on where to go and what to do.
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Pinterest's recent introduction of Place Pins may not have been intended entirely for this purpose, but they're becoming useful tools for planning getaways. Place Pins include extra details like location and contact information, along with a wanderlust-inducing photo Read more...
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Although the Tesla has won its fair share of fans in both the automotive and tech communities, there still remains a bit of skepticism around its ability to truly replace gas cars
Some of that skepticism is focused on the car's reliability in cold weather conditions, a topic controversially covered by the New York Times last year in a review that pegged performance issues with the Model S, in part, to cold weather
NYTimes article about Tesla range in cold is fake. Vehicle logs tell true story that he didn't actually charge to max & took a long detour.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 11, 2013 Read more...
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Verizon isn’t leaving its DROID DNA owners in the dust. Android 4.4.2 KitKat will begin rolling out over Big Red’s airwaves this Thursday, April 24th, breathing new life into the almost two-year old device. HTC’s Sense 5.5 will be along for the ride, giving users some new bloatware to play with. So DROID DNA owners, keep an eye on your notification bar this Thursday. As with all OTA updates, it may take some time for your device to receive its update notification. If you just can’t wait, you can always head into Settings and download the update manually. DNA Owners! Appreciate your patience, we have technical approval for OS 4.4.2 + Sense 5.5. Expect OTA updates to start on 4/24. Thanks! — Mo (@moversi) April 22, 2014 via: Android Central The post Verizon DROID DNA Owners Will get a Taste of Android 4.4.2 KitKat Beginning This Thursday appeared first on IntoMobile. Verizon DROID DNA Owners Will get a Taste of Android 4.4.2 KitKat Beginning This Thursday originally appeared on IntoMobile.com on 2014-04-22T19:43:12Z. FV1gMYsz9b5j
You’ve seen the Galaxy S5 ads showing off the handset’s sleek design in a weightless, impact free environment. That’s all well and good, but how does the dust and water-resistant device stand up against real life? That’s the focus of Samsung’s new ad, which shows the Samsung Galaxy S5 getting down and dirty. Samsung enlists the help of children to help soak the GS5, which seems to be all too easy. Torture test indeed, but not as harsh as pitting a .50 caliber rifle against Sammy’s baby. (And we all know what happens when you try and smash the GS5 with a hammer…) Check out the ad below. And parents, keep an eye on your devices! via: samsung The post Samsung Galaxy S5 Gets Soaked in New Ads appeared first on IntoMobile. Samsung Galaxy S5 Gets Soaked in New Ads originally appeared on IntoMobile.com on 2014-04-22T19:56:11Z. FV1gMYsz9b5j
Transport for London is looking to enable users to pay for rides with their smartphones. According to The Financial Times, the agency is already holding talks with EE and Vodafone, both of which could offer the capability as the extension of their respective mobile wallet solutions. The initial trial is expected to be a “pay as you go” scheme using apps owned by the mobile operators that can be preloaded with money. Operators could also consider payment for tickets on a weekly or monthly basis, according to a person familiar with the plans. Presuming the right hardware is installed all around the city, the barriers at London’s Tube stations will work with NFC-enabled smartphones. This move alone could help Google gain extra points in one of the world’s most vibrant cities; on the other hand, London-based Apple fanboys will have to hope that the next iPhone will finally include the NFC chip… [Via: AndroidCentral] The post Transport for London is working to allow riders to pay fares with their smartphones appeared first on IntoMobile. Transport for London is working to allow riders to pay fares with their smartphones originally appeared on IntoMobile.com on 2014-04-23T09:49:17Z. FV1gMYsz9b5j
In a short blog post, WhatsApp announced that it has hit the half a billion active users mark. During the last few months, the company saw millions of new users coming from places like Brazil, India, Mexico and Russia. They also noted that their users are now sharing more than 700 million photos and 100 million videos every friggin’ day. That’s a lot of content going through the Internet tubes; no wonder why Facebook ended-up paying gazillion dollars for the popular messaging service. Finally, WhatsApp said they’re just starting, hinting us some cool stuff is coming soon. Can’t wait to see what these guys and gals can come up with. The post WhatsApp hits half a billion active users milestone appeared first on IntoMobile. WhatsApp hits half a billion active users milestone originally appeared on IntoMobile.com on 2014-04-23T09:50:52Z. FV1gMYsz9b5j
Meizu is working round the clock to launch its next flagship device, MX4. From what we’ve heard, this powerful phone will be unveiled in August when users will be able to choose between at least two different variants. One of the two will sport a big 5.5-inch screen with impressive screen resolution of 1536 x 2560 pixels. Meizu is known for its unique displays and with the MX4 that practice will (obviously) continue. The other model will have a more standard 5-inch full HD screen. That unit will apparently be available in China for $320 off-contract; folks living elsewhere will likely have to pay much more for the same phone. And that’s not all. The rumor goes on suggesting that one of these phones, or both — we’re not sure — will rock Qualcomm’s soon-to-be-launched Snapdragon 805 chip. That’s all nice, but what we really want from Meizu is the Ubuntu phone. They should be one of the companies to bring the real Linux convergence to the masses. Hopefully, both MX4 models will be able to run Canonical’s Linux distribution. [Via: GizChina] The post Meizu MX4 to be unveiled in August with prices starting from $320 appeared first on IntoMobile. Meizu MX4 to be unveiled in August with prices starting from $320 originally appeared on IntoMobile.com on 2014-04-23T09:52:16Z. FV1gMYsz9b5j
The still unannounced Pantech smartphone marked as IM-A888S has been caught at AnTuTu benchmarks. While we’re not sure how this phone will be called once it’s officially released, there’s a strong chance it will be the successor to the Pantech Vega LTE-A, which had the model number of IM-A880S. And from what the results are suggesting, this will be a phone worth waiting for. The Vega LTE-A 2, if that’s how the company decides to call it, will come with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 805 chip clocked at 2.5GHz, 3GB of RAM, 2K screen (2560 x 1440 pixels) and 32GB of internal storage, while Android 4.4.2 KitKat will run the show right from the get-go. Now we must add that the phone’s AnTuTu score is rather unimpressive. This could be because the hardware-software optimization is still not there, and we’re certain that will be changed in due course. Or it could be that a 2K screen slows things down, adding much more pixels to the mix. If we can take Pantech’s track-record for anything, chances are the Vega LTE-A 2 won’t be released in the West. We are hoping they’ll prove us wrong, though… [Via: G4Games] The post Pantech Vega LTE-A 2 shows up at AnTuTu? appeared first on IntoMobile. Pantech Vega LTE-A 2 shows up at AnTuTu? originally appeared on IntoMobile.com on 2014-04-23T09:54:44Z. FV1gMYsz9b5j
Seemingly as part of its global plans, Xiaomi now has a new homepage and it’s easy to remember – mi.com. No longer will you have to spell the company’s name to anyone, the fact that should help the so called “Apple of China” get more users all across the globe. The new name obviously has something to do with Xiaomi’s popular MIUI software, which can now work on almost 200 different devices. The name is pitched with a simple tagline – “Shorter Name, Bigger World” and is thus created to bring “Mi Fans even closer together everywhere!” Like it? The post Xiaomi gets a new home at mi.com appeared first on IntoMobile. Xiaomi gets a new home at mi.com originally appeared on IntoMobile.com on 2014-04-23T09:56:23Z. FV1gMYsz9b5j
The soon-to-be-launched Samsung Galaxy K aka Galaxy S5 Zoom has been leaked again, and it looks rather slim considering that it houses a 20-megapixel camera with 10x optical zoom. Sure it’s not thin as the Galaxy S5, but compared to the last year’s Galaxy S4 Zoom, it’s as fit as a phone can be. Aside from a thinner body and better camera, the Galaxy K will also come with a 4.8-inch 720p HD Super AMOLED screen, similar (or same) to the one the Galaxy S3 has. In addition, it will rock Samsung’s Exynos 5 Hexa chip, 2GB of RAM, and a regular (for a digital camera) Xenon flash. Android 4.4.2 KitKat will run the show right from the get-go with Sammy’s own apps singing on top. Samsung should officially announce the Galaxy K on April 29th. [Via: PhoneArena] The post This is the Samsung Galaxy K! appeared first on IntoMobile. This is the Samsung Galaxy K! originally appeared on IntoMobile.com on 2014-04-23T11:51:08Z. FV1gMYsz9b5j
Just the other day we’ve told you that the Note 4 will have a unique design with three-sided screen. This is something Samsung has secured a patent for, all with some cool uses cases. According to GalaxyClub.nl which revealed the patent to the world, the Korean company will use those extra sides not only to serve notifications and other messages, but also to allow users to quickly unlock the screen, start apps and more. In addition, the patent also envisions a hardware feature where something would slide out of the phone. It’s still not clear what this part could be used for, though we would be willing to guess Samsung could “hide” a Bluetooth headset here. Or a stylus. In any case, the Galaxy Note 4 should be officially announced in September during the IFA conference in Berlin, Germany. We’re sure we’ll catch some additional leaks in the meantime. Stay tuned… [Via: GizChina] The post Samsung secures patent for its three-sided Galaxy Note 4 design appeared first on IntoMobile. Samsung secures patent for its three-sided Galaxy Note 4 design originally appeared on IntoMobile.com on 2014-04-23T11:53:21Z. FV1gMYsz9b5j
OnePlus One has been officially announced and it’s an awesome device made for folks who don’t mind owning big phones. It has a 5.5-inch full HD screen with a 4.6mm-thin bezel around, fast Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad-core chip clocked at 2.5GHz, 3GB of RAM, while running a special version of CyanogenMod 11 – CyanogenMod 11S. All this comes in a 8.9mm-thick body that also houses an array of sensors, LTE radio, 13-megapixel rear and 5-megapixel front cameras, 3,100 mAh battery and 16 or 64 GB of built-in storage. The 16GB variant comes in Silk White and a price tag of $299/€269; on the other hand, the Sandstone Black model with 64GB of internal storage will sell for $349/€299. Initially, the OnePlus One will be available in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, United Kingdom and the United States. The company is also giving away 100 One units through its Phone Smash contest. Starting April 25th, OnePlus fans can go to oneplus.net/smash to apply to smash their current phone in exchange for a OnePlus One. 100 lucky applicants will get the very first 100 OnePlus Ones for just $1! The post OnePlus One officially official: 5.5-inch 1080p screen, Snapdragon 801, 3GB of RAM and CyanogenMod 11S for $299 appeared first on IntoMobile. OnePlus One officially official: 5.5-inch 1080p screen, Snapdragon 801, 3GB of RAM and CyanogenMod 11S for $299 originally appeared on IntoMobile.com on 2014-04-23T11:55:01Z. FV1gMYsz9b5j
It’s no secret that we are now living in the age of the free-to-play business model. It’s more the norm than the outlier at this point, and it occasionally feels strange that we’re […]