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Apple Unveils iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, Announces iOS 8 Availability

iphone 6 650At an event today in Cupertino, California, Apple unveiled its iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus smartphones, with the company calling the devices “the biggest advancements in iPhone history.” The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus offer 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch Retina HD displays, respectively, and feature advanced iSight and FaceTime HD cameras, the Apple-designed A8 chip, improved wireless technologies, increased battery life, and Apple Pay, a new way to use one’s phone for making payments in-stores and online.

The devices will be available in gold, silver or space gray, and will launch in the US on September 19. The iPhone 6 will be available in three models: 16GB for $ 199, 64GB for $ 299 and 128GB for $ 399. The iPhone 6 Plus offers the same storage configurations, but at higher price points: 16GB for $ 299, 64GB for $ 399 and 128GB for $ 499 (all prices are on a two-year contract). Pre-orders for both models will be available starting September 12.

The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will include iOS 8, Apple’s upcoming mobile operating system, which will launch for existing iPhone users on September 17. With iOS 8, users can expect a variety of new features, including Apple’s QuickType keyboard, new features in the Messages and Photos apps, an entirely new Health app and much more.

To start, QuickType features predictive typing, and becomes more personalized over time. The keyboard takes context into account, including the recipient of the message and which app is being used while typing. In doing so, the keyboard may suggest favorite phrases, for one, with this information being kept private and encrypted on the device, never being sent to the cloud. The system supports third-party keyboards for additional layouts and input methods.

Elsewhere, the Photos app allows users to automatically straighten horizons, and smart editing tools offer controls for adjusting light and color with a swipe. Users can change individual image characteristics as well, with tools for exposure, brightness, contrast, highlights, shadows and more. “Developers can tap into the same robust framework as the built-in Photos app using PhotoKit, and with extensibility APIs, can make their own filters and editing tools available to users within the Photos app,” Apple said in a statement.ios 8 650As for Messages, users can use “Tap to Talk” to share their voice. Users can send multiple photos and videos to their contacts at once, while group messaging will give users the ability to add or remove contacts from a group, along with new options for leaving a conversation entirely or toggling an option to not be disturbed. Finally, users can choose to share their current location within the Messages app, for periods lasting an hour, a day, or longer.

iOS 8’s new Health app gathers a user’s information from multiple health and fitness apps to provide a one-stop-shop for monitoring one’s current health in a single place. HealthKit APIs will give developers the option of making health and fitness apps communicate with one another. With the user’s permission, each app can pick and choose information from other apps to form a more comprehensive view of a user’s personal fitness. For instance, healthcare professionals can view the data patients choose to share through apps like Mayo Clinic.

Other iOS 8 features include family sharing, for sharing photos and calendars with others in a family group, for locating family members and their devices, and the ability to share “eligible” iTunes, iBooks or App Store purchases across each other’s accounts. iCloud Drive allows users to store and easily access any of their documents in the cloud, with any changes synced across devices. HomeKit connects to a user’s home accessories like lights and thermostats, interactive notifications will allow users to respond to notifications and prompts directly from their lock screen, and so on.apple Pay 650 2Finally, Apple Pay looks to revolutionize the way we make purchases online and in traditional retail stores. Available on iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, the secure platform turns an iPhone into a payment device, as users enter their credit and debit card information, and a unique Device Account Number is assigned and stored to the Secure Element within the iPhone or Apple Watch. When making a purchase in a real-world store, the phone’s NFC antenna, combined with the security of the Touch ID pad on the device, trigger the sale with Apple Pay creating a security code to validate each transaction securely. When making a purchase online, the process is similar, and revolves around the user’s Touch ID.

Apple’s retail locations will support such payments, alongside other major retailers, including Bloomingdale’s, Disney Store (and Walt Disney World Resort), Macy’s, McDonald’s, Sephora, Subway, Staples and many others.

iOS 8 will be available as a free software update, while new iCloud pricing will start at $ 0.99 per month for 20GB of storage. Plans increase from there, to a maximum of $ 19.99 per month for 1TB of storage.

(All images courtesy of Apple)


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Motorola announces Moto X, Moto G, and Moto 360 pricing and availability

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Motorola on Friday announced the details, pricing, and availability for its Moto X, Moto G, and Moto 360 devices. Instead of worrying about X+1, X2, or any other silly names, we’re just getting the “new Moto X”. If you ask me that’s the best thing they could do. It works for the car industry and other tech products so why not a smartphone?

As the subjects of plenty of leaks and rumors over the last few months, we were glad to see these become official. Lets hop right into it!

Moto X and Moto G

The new Moto X builds on the flagship design introduced just over a year ago. Key improvements include the bigger 5.2-inch 1080p display, a 13-megapixel rear camera, Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, and 2300mAh battery.

Instead of a plastic frame around the device we get an aluminum trim (sexy, I might add), and new case options. Motorola has updated its palette to include new shades of colors; various wood and leather options are also available for the rear. There are 10 points of accent customization this time around, including the speaker grill.

The Moto Maker experience is bolstered with new options such as starter designs, comparison tools, and a more realistic color.

In terms of software, the Moto X is all stock Android with very few added touches. The stuff that is included, however, is really impressive and should see us physically touching phones even less. Between Driver Mode, Meeting Mode, Motorola Assist, and the others, there’s plenty here to enhance the experience without pushing an agenda. Motorola Migrate gets a handy update to allow for transferring of contacts from non-smartphones, a plus for those baby boomers who have yet to make the jump.

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The new Moto G also steps things up on a number of fronts all the while retaining the same attractive price point. For your money you now get a 5-inch HD display, an 8-megapixel rear camera, microSD expansion card slot, 2-megapixel front-facing camera, and double speaker setup. Toss in some nice touches in the camera department and it’s easy to see why Motorola is so excited about the new Moto G. Fun fact: the first generation Moto G is the best-selling Motorola smartphone of all time.

Availability

The Moto X will be offered for $ 99 with a two-year service agreement via select carriers later this fall. Motorola will also sell an unlocked bootloader and unlocked SIM version for $ 499 through its website.

The new Moto G is available starting today unlocked and off-contract for $ 179.99 USD through motorola.com as well as via U.S. retailers. Moto G also goes on sale today in India, France, UK, Brazil, Spain, and on motorola.de in Germany. 

Moto 360

At long last we finally get to see the Motorola smartwatch find its way to retail stores. Available on Friday, September 5, the watch can be purchased in a choice of three leather bands. Pricing, as expected, is $ 250 for the device. Later this year there will be an option to buy the Moto 360 with metal wrist straps for $ 299.99. Those who buy the leather version can buy metal straps for $ 79.99 at that time; leather straps are $ 39.99 each.

Motorola Hint

Motorola also introduced a new, albeit clever, Bluetooth accessory for your ear. Taking up about as much space as a hearing aid, the Motorola Hint connects to your smart phone and allows for all of your normal A2DP functions. Pair it with a device that offers Motorola Voice Assist, such as the Moto X, and its even better.

Features include the ability to have messages read aloud, search Google Now, reply to messages and calls, and much more, all without touching your device. Battery life is rated at 3 hours of talk time but the carry case punches things up with an additional 7 hours worth of juice, too. This guy will be available in six color options on motorola.com and select retailers in the US for $ 149.99 later this fall.


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AT&T announces Nokia Lumia 635, HTC Desire 610 availability

AT&T remains one of the best carriers to be with if you want to get your hands all over the newest phones to hit the market. Apart from the Amazon Fire Phone exclusive, the carrier has just net itself two new phones, announcing Nokia Lumia 635 and HTC Desire 610 availability on its network.

The Lumia 635, which just showed up on the doorsteps of rival carrier T-Mobile, packs a 4.5-inch 480×854 display and Windows Phone 8.1.

It will be available on AT&T GoPhone on July 25, and will later make its way over to AT&T online and in retail stores on August 8. The GoPhone pricing is $ 99.99, while AT&T will sell its version for $ 139.99 (or $ 5.84 a month on Next 18, or $ 7 a month with Next 12). It will come in orange or black.

The Desire 610, by contrast to the Lumia 635, is an Android phone hitting the carrier’s network. Boasting a 4.7-inch 480×854 display and front-facing BoomSound speakers, it’s fairly powerful, though unapologetically midrange.

The Desire 610 will run $ 199.99 with no annual contract, and can be purchased at AT&T retail locations or its website on July 25. Next 18 will make that $ 8.34 a month, while Next 12 will make it $ 10 a month.

Source: AT&T 1, 2


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AT&T announces Nokia Lumia 635, HTC Desire 610 availability

AT&T remains one of the best carriers to be with if you want to get your hands all over the newest phones to hit the market. Apart from the Amazon Fire Phone exclusive, the carrier has just net itself two new phones, announcing Nokia Lumia 635 and HTC Desire 610 availability on its network.

The Lumia 635, which just showed up on the doorsteps of rival carrier T-Mobile, packs a 4.5-inch 480×854 display and Windows Phone 8.1.

It will be available on AT&T GoPhone on July 25, and will later make its way over to AT&T online and in retail stores on August 8. The GoPhone pricing is $ 99.99, while AT&T will sell its version for $ 139.99 (or $ 5.84 a month on Next 18, or $ 7 a month with Next 12). It will come in orange or black.

The Desire 610, by contrast to the Lumia 635, is an Android phone hitting the carrier’s network. Boasting a 4.7-inch 480×854 display and front-facing BoomSound speakers, it’s fairly powerful, though unapologetically midrange.

The Desire 610 will run $ 199.99 with no annual contract, and can be purchased at AT&T retail locations or its website on July 25. Next 18 will make that $ 8.34 a month, while Next 12 will make it $ 10 a month.

Source: AT&T 1, 2


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Samsung drops availability of bada apps thru new store front

Handset vendor renames its store to Galaxy Apps Store

perhaps wonPyo hong has the answer?

It seems that Korea’s Samsung Electronics has decided to re-launch its online app store as Samsung Galaxy Apps – obviously to pump up the Galaxy brand. One change is that there will be a specific section on the new app store just for Galaxy devices named ‘For Galaxy’. You should only be able to see this section if you possess a Galaxy device. The company appears to be encouraging developers to create Galaxy apps using its own SDKs [Software Developers Kits]. At the same time, Samsung has apparently decided to drop direct support for its own mobile OS – bada, on the new store. Its about as clear as mud what will happen for those who still want bada os apps. Where will they go?

This is what Samsung says to those with bada OS Wave devices … “Users may use all the features related to bada OS service on the Samsung Apps website until June 30th 2014, but the services cannot be used thereafter.”

Sounds dire. Then Samsung says … “However, you can continue to use the bada OS store service on your device. We encourage you continue using the store service.”

Yeah, but which store? If you visit the old site www.samsungapps.com, you get redirected to the new site http://apps.samsung.com/.

The company continues .. . “When you go to Purchase History in Samsung Apps, you can update or re-download applications you have purchased before.”

But you can’t go to Samsung Apps! So what does this mean in practice for bada owners?

WonPyo Hong, president of the media solution centre at Samsung Electronics, commented, “At Samsung, we continuously strive to create value for our customers by providing differentiated solutions and services coupled with innovative devices.”

Perhaps he knows the answer?

Anyway, For Galaxy includes up to four sections: –

  • Galaxy Specials lets you download apps specifically created by using Samsung SDKs
  • Galaxy Gifts offers premium apps exclusive on Galaxy devices
  • Galaxy Essentials delivers must-have apps for Galaxy devices
  • Apps for Professionals is the home of business focused apps and other services that fully make use of the features in Galaxy devices

Somehow here at GoMo Towers we don’t think that Google will be quaking in its boots at the thought of a potential sudden loss of millions of Android handset owners.

In other words, we think that Galaxy owners will treat the rebranded store as an extra resource rather than a replacement for Google Play.

Tony is currently Editor of GoMobile News. He’s a veteran telecoms journalist who has previously worked for major printed and online titles. Follow him on Twitter @GoMoTweet.

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Samsung drops availability of bada apps thru new store front

Handset vendor renames its store to Galaxy Apps Store

perhaps wonPyo hong has the answer?

It seems that Korea’s Samsung Electronics has decided to re-launch its online app store as Samsung Galaxy Apps – obviously to pump up the Galaxy brand. One change is that there will be a specific section on the new app store just for Galaxy devices named ‘For Galaxy’. You should only be able to see this section if you possess a Galaxy device. The company appears to be encouraging developers to create Galaxy apps using its own SDKs [Software Developers Kits]. At the same time, Samsung has apparently decided to drop direct support for its own mobile OS – bada, on the new store. Its about as clear as mud what will happen for those who still want bada os apps. Where will they go?

This is what Samsung says to those with bada OS Wave devices … “Users may use all the features related to bada OS service on the Samsung Apps website until June 30th 2014, but the services cannot be used thereafter.”

Sounds dire. Then Samsung says … “However, you can continue to use the bada OS store service on your device. We encourage you continue using the store service.”

Yeah, but which store? If you visit the old site www.samsungapps.com, you get redirected to the new site http://apps.samsung.com/.

The company continues .. . “When you go to Purchase History in Samsung Apps, you can update or re-download applications you have purchased before.”

But you can’t go to Samsung Apps! So what does this mean in practice for bada owners?

WonPyo Hong, president of the media solution centre at Samsung Electronics, commented, “At Samsung, we continuously strive to create value for our customers by providing differentiated solutions and services coupled with innovative devices.”

Perhaps he knows the answer?

Anyway, For Galaxy includes up to four sections: –

  • Galaxy Specials lets you download apps specifically created by using Samsung SDKs
  • Galaxy Gifts offers premium apps exclusive on Galaxy devices
  • Galaxy Essentials delivers must-have apps for Galaxy devices
  • Apps for Professionals is the home of business focused apps and other services that fully make use of the features in Galaxy devices

Somehow here at GoMo Towers we don’t think that Google will be quaking in its boots at the thought of a potential sudden loss of millions of Android handset owners.

In other words, we think that Galaxy owners will treat the rebranded store as an extra resource rather than a replacement for Google Play.

Tony is currently Editor of GoMobile News. He’s a veteran telecoms journalist who has previously worked for major printed and online titles. Follow him on Twitter @GoMoTweet.

This article was published in App stores, Samsung, bada, google and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink.


GoMo News

Samsung drops availability of bada apps thru new store front

Handset vendor renames its store to Galaxy Apps Store

perhaps wonPyo hong has the answer?

It seems that Korea’s Samsung Electronics has decided to re-launch its online app store as Samsung Galaxy Apps – obviously to pump up the Galaxy brand. One change is that there will be a specific section on the new app store just for Galaxy devices named ‘For Galaxy’. You should only be able to see this section if you possess a Galaxy device. The company appears to be encouraging developers to create Galaxy apps using its own SDKs [Software Developers Kits]. At the same time, Samsung has apparently decided to drop direct support for its own mobile OS – bada, on the new store. Its about as clear as mud what will happen for those who still want bada os apps. Where will they go?

This is what Samsung says to those with bada OS Wave devices … “Users may use all the features related to bada OS service on the Samsung Apps website until June 30th 2014, but the services cannot be used thereafter.”

Sounds dire. Then Samsung says … “However, you can continue to use the bada OS store service on your device. We encourage you continue using the store service.”

Yeah, but which store? If you visit the old site www.samsungapps.com, you get redirected to the new site http://apps.samsung.com/.

The company continues .. . “When you go to Purchase History in Samsung Apps, you can update or re-download applications you have purchased before.”

But you can’t go to Samsung Apps! So what does this mean in practice for bada owners?

WonPyo Hong, president of the media solution centre at Samsung Electronics, commented, “At Samsung, we continuously strive to create value for our customers by providing differentiated solutions and services coupled with innovative devices.”

Perhaps he knows the answer?

Anyway, For Galaxy includes up to four sections: –

  • Galaxy Specials lets you download apps specifically created by using Samsung SDKs
  • Galaxy Gifts offers premium apps exclusive on Galaxy devices
  • Galaxy Essentials delivers must-have apps for Galaxy devices
  • Apps for Professionals is the home of business focused apps and other services that fully make use of the features in Galaxy devices

Somehow here at GoMo Towers we don’t think that Google will be quaking in its boots at the thought of a potential sudden loss of millions of Android handset owners.

In other words, we think that Galaxy owners will treat the rebranded store as an extra resource rather than a replacement for Google Play.

Tony is currently Editor of GoMobile News. He’s a veteran telecoms journalist who has previously worked for major printed and online titles. Follow him on Twitter @GoMoTweet.

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HTC One M8 sales estimate comes in, as 24kt gold model sees availability

As word arrives that HTC may be considering new practices to reduce its expenses, like outsourcing the production of several Desire models, we become more interested than ever in learning just how well (or not) sales of the company’s flagship One M8 are doing. After all, unless HTC has some big surprise ready to shake things up this summer, the success of the One M8 (and to a lesser extent, the rumored One mini 2) will really dictate the direction the company’s finances take. As we wait to get official numbers, a new estimate has arrived, while separately we see sales of a new One M8 option get underway.

Let’s start with those sales: where are we now? Well, with HTC making a number of apps available in the Play Store, we can get a rough estimate at activity by looking at the installation count. While that doesn’t offer precise numbers, instead giving us a range, the guys at Android Central noticed that over the weekend a number of M8-specific apps made the switch from the 100K-500K level to 500K-1M. That would suggest we’re looking at at least 500K One M8 handsets in the hands of new owners, and while that’s far from a Samsung-Galaxy-S-level start to sales, HTC seems relatively pleased with the pace it’s seeing, at least based on comments made in recent weeks.

What about that new One M8 option? We’re talking gold, and not the M8′s regular gold color: real gold. HTC’s official real gold M8 may be a Middle East exclusive, but Goldgenie is ready to help with availability for everyone else, just like it did last year with the original HTC One M7. For $ 2500 and change, the company will hook you up with a One M8 coated in real 24-karat gold. Nearly $ 2700 will score you the phone in rose gold, and those of you who crave the finest things in life will enjoy the platinum-coated M8, for a tad over $ 2800. How’s HTC’s own “fake” gold option looking now?

Source: Android Central, Goldgenie
Via: The Droid Guy


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Free item marketplace Yerdle expands with nationwide availability

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Mobile shopping app Yerdle has been completely redesigned on iOS, with a nationwide launch allowing all users to swap gently used items with others for free. In addition to nationwide availability, the app has been updated with a re-designed user interface, a better way to discover new items, a simplified shopping cart and more for iOS 7.

Yerdle offers an auction experience to users, as new users receive 250 credits, and can spend those on bids for anything from clothing to electronics. Once an auction ends, the purchaser pays $ 2-4 in flat rate shipping, and will receive their item.

The more items a user gives away, the more credits they’ll earn to put back into the system, encouraging users to continually update their accounts, and keep the app’s economy rolling. A “Get it Now” feature is also available.

“We want people to rethink the way they shop,” said Adam Werbach, co-founder of Yerdle. “We’ve spent the last few months testing our credits and auction-style sharing system with members in San Francisco. Adding low-cost, simple nationwide shipping is the final step to making using yerdle easier than buying new.”

In addition to shipping, users can choose to allow others to pick their items up locally. When shipping, Yerdle gives users a pre-paid shipping label for use with the USPS.

Yerdle is available to download for free on iOS. Check back soon to follow the app on AppData, our tracking service for mobile and social apps and developers.


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Nokia Lumia Icon pre-order and availability dates leaked

Before Nokia even started teasing the phone with model number 929, dubbed the Nokia Lumia Icon for Verizon, we’ve heard rumors that the phone would eventually land either in February or March, leaving an open question regarding its appearance at MWC later this month. According to this latest leak, it appears that the Verizon Windows Phone will be available before the Barcelona show.

WPCentral has received the screenshot above, allegedly snapped off of inventory listings. We can see the Lumia Icon listed in both black and white colors, and some dates. According to the report, you should expect the phone to be available for pre-order at Microsoft stores this Wednesday, February 12, against a $ 50 deposit.

The availability date is hinted for February 20, Thursday, despite the listing saying the 19th of the month, because, notes the report, Thursdays are usually the days to look out for new hardware at Big Red.

If any of the above holds any truth, we should see/hear official wording from Nokia/Microsoft/Verizon, soon, and we will be able to scratch one device from the Nokia MWC 2014 list (unless it has a global version somewhere in the cards).

Nokia Lumia Icon pre-order

Source: WPCentral


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