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Google app review video shows Share to ‘Drive’ option

Friday, April 20th, 2012

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To close out each week, the Android Developer Relations team hosts a Friday App Review video. This Friday, however, the focus is far from whatever apps are being showcased (psst… it’s Handy Scanner); instead, all eyes are on the Share to ‘Drive’ option, seen just below the ‘Bluetooth’ logo in the screen capture above. It’s shown at the 32:53 mark in the video just after the break, and while this certainly isn’t confirmation that Goog’s own cloud storage service will be hitting the masses soon, it’s one of the more tangible pieces of evidence that Google Drive is at least a real initiative. Come to think of it, we’ve got a couple of passes to Google I/O 2012, which just so happens to get going in around two months. Anyone else feeling that tug of puzzle pieces coming together?

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Google app review video shows Share to ‘Drive’ option originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 20 Apr 2012 23:01:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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GSMA and WBA team up to develop WiFi roaming framework for cellphones,tablets

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

Image Many phones have WiFi, and there are hotspots in all sorts of places these days, so wouldn’t it be cool if you could use them for roaming, regardless of provider? Well, if a new collaboration between the GSMA and the Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) has any say in the matter, one day you might be able to do just that. The goal is to simplify how cellphones can connect to those hotspots, by developing a technical framework for seamless WiFi roaming. The new standard will be based on the WBA’s “Next Generation Hotspot” initiative and the WiFi Alliance’s “Passpoint certification” system, taking cues from the GSMA’s established roaming experience. The basic principles have already been laid down, and just require network formalities such as security and billing to be taken care of. No peep on when we might start seeing dividends, alas, so for now your subway ride can continue in (relative) peace.

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GSMA and WBA team up to develop WiFi roaming framework for cellphones,tablets originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 20 Mar 2012 18:38:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Microsoft strikes deal with 24/7, promises to ‘redefine’ customer service

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

A partnership between Microsoft and customer service company 24/7 may not exactly sound like the most exciting proposition on the face of things, but the two are making some fairly lofty promises, and Microsoft seems to be making a serious investment in the initiative. As ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley reports, part of the deal will see Microsoft send at least some of the 400 employees it brought on in its 2007 acquisition of TellMe Networks to 24/7, and it will also license some of its speech-related IP to the company (in addition to taking an equity stake in it). The goal there being to combine natural user interfaces with a cloud-based customer service platform, which Microsoft promises will “redefine what customer service looks like.” To that end, it gives the example of a credit card company getting in touch with you to report suspicious behavior; rather than a phone call, you could get a notification with all the pertinent details sent directly to your phone, which could anticipate a number of potential actions and let you respond by voice (or touch, presumably). Unfortunately, while the two are talking plenty about the future of customer service, there’s not a lot of word as to when that might arrive.

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Microsoft strikes deal with 24/7, promises to ‘redefine’ customer service originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 07 Feb 2012 17:46:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Lytro open to partnering with smartphone makers, executive suggests

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Now that its famed light field camera has finally become official, Lytro is looking to the future, with an eye, apparently, toward the cellphone market. During a recent interview with PC World, Lytro executive chairman Charles Chi described his company’s new sensor in greater detail, and talked at length about its purportedly superior battery life. He also divulged a few hints about Lytro’s roadmap. When asked whether the firm would ever license its technology to a smartphone manufacturer, Chi confirmed that Lytro has “the capital to do that, the capability in the company to do that, and… the vision to execute,” before launching into an explanation of what it would take for such an initiative to succeed:

If we were to apply the technology in smartphones, that ecosystem is, of course, very complex, with some very large players there. It’s an industry that’s very different and driven based on operational excellence. For us to compete in there, we’d have to be a very different kind of company. So if we were to enter that space, it would definitely be through a partnership and a codevelopment of the technology, and ultimately some kind of licensing with the appropriate partner.

Far from a confirmation, to be sure, but it seems like the handset market is at least on Lytro’s radar. Read the full Q&A at the link below.

Lytro open to partnering with smartphone makers, executive suggests originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 25 Jan 2012 10:24:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Turn your Kinect hack into a startup with Microsoft’s Accelerator program

Sunday, November 20th, 2011

Wanna turn your Kinect hack into, um, money? Microsoft can help you out, now that it’s teamed up with TechStars to launch the Kinect Accelerator — a program designed to turn Kinect-based ideas into real world startups. To participate, innovators must first apply to the Accelerator before the January 25th deadline. Ten applicants will then be accepted to a three-month incubation program, and rewarded with $20,000 in seed money. To participate, however, you’d have to relocate to Seattle for the duration of the program, scheduled to kick off this Spring. Plus, if you manage to bring your company to market, you’ll have to set aside a six percent common stock stake for TechStars, which is both funding and spearheading the initiative. For more details on how to apply, hit up the source link below.

Turn your Kinect hack into a startup with Microsoft’s Accelerator program originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 20 Nov 2011 05:21:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Apple Now Sells You Ringtones Directly Through Your Phone [IPhone]

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

Why You’ll Only Have to Wait Half as Long for the Materials of the Future [Government]

Friday, August 5th, 2011

Patent reveals Microsoft’s Zune Nano, reminds us of an ambitious past

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011
See that there? That’s a hope and a dream, both of which are seemingly situated in a nondescript box six feet beneath the surface of reality. Thanks to a bit of digging by the folks at Techie Buzz, a Microsoft patent was unearthed containing pictures and descriptions of a bantam media player, not unlike the sketches here. Naturally, the first thing that comes to mind is an iPod nano competitor, and one has to wonder when exactly the plug was pulled from such an initiative. The application itself was originally filed in April of 2009, and was just made public within the USPTO database today — the last Zune device to be produced was the HD (which landed in the fall of ’09), and given Redmond’s insistence on making Windows Phone 7 its next Zune, we’re guessing this little guy won’t ever see the light of day. Maybe in another life, though. For now, feel free to pour one out as you think of what could’ve been, and give that source link a poke if you’re good at holding back tears.

Patent reveals Microsoft’s Zune Nano, reminds us of an ambitious past originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 31 May 2011 15:31:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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AT&T will deploy Wi-Fi ‘hotzones’ to supplement mobile broadband; New York City, San Francisco first

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

What’s better than a hotspot? A hotzone of course. Yesterday, the nation’s second largest cellular provider, AT&T, announced a new initiative that will bring free Wi-Fi to large, populous areas. The move will, according to the announcement, “supplement” mobile broadband coverage in certain areas. “Following a successful pilot program, AT&T today announced plans to expand its deployment of AT&T Wi-Fi hotzones to additional locations in major markets, starting with the expansion of its existing Times Square Wi-Fi hotzone and new hotzones near Rockefeller Center and St. Patrick’s Cathedral,” reads the press release. “In addition, AT&T plans to launch its next Wi-Fi hotzone in San Francisco’s popular Embarcadero Center.” AT&T says hotzones will “enhance the broadband experience for AT&T customers” who live in these urban areas.

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Google extends free calling in Gmail through 2011

Monday, December 20th, 2010

Google announced Monday the extension of a free calling initiative for U.S.-based Gmail users that was set to expire this month. ”In the spirit of holiday giving and to help people keep in touch in the new year,” Google has extended free calling in the U.S. and Canada through the end of 2011. The promotion applies to all calls made from within Gmail, and is completely separate from Google Voice, which also affords free calling to the U.S. and Canada. Gmail’s recently added voice calling feature is thought to be a prelude to the eventual addition of VoIP services to Google Voice.

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‘Steeper’ project aims to boost electronics’ power efficiency by 10x, eliminate vampire power

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010
A research project with the lofty goal of reducing electronics’ power consumption by ten times and virtually eliminating so-called vampire power may not ordinarily stand the best chance of being taken seriously, but this new initiative dubbed “Steeper” isn’t exactly your ordinary research project. Led by IBM and the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (or EPFL), the EU-funded project will use nanotechnology in an attempt to reduce power consumption at the level of transistors and nanowires, with the ultimate goal being to reduce the operating voltage to less than 0.5 volts, thereby reducing overall power consumption by one order of magnitude. As you can see from the helpful chart above, simply cutting back on vampire power alone could put a big dent in power consumption, and the researchers also note that the project would obviously not only benefit consumer electronics, but super computers and other big sources of power consumption as well. Head on past the break for the complete press release.

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AT&T to sell iPads directly to businesses

Friday, October 15th, 2010

Today, via a press release, AT&T announced that beginning on October 28 the nation’s second largest wireless provider will be selling all six iPad models directly to businesses. The company quipped that the move is “part of an initiative to help companies increase productivity and flexibility.” Michael Antieri, AT&T’s president of Advanced Enterprise Mobility Solutions, had this to say: “iPad is a great fit for our enterprise customers across a wide range of industries who are looking for ways to increase business productivity and offer greater flexibility. This new offer further strengthens AT&T’s commitment to provide businesses with the tools they need to accelerate mobility-led productivity.” Hit the jump for the full press release

AT&T to Sell Apple’s iPad to Businesses of All Sizes

iPad Available Directly Through AT&T for Corporate Users to Help Accelerate Business Productivity

Dallas, Texas, October 15, 2010

AT&T* announced today that the company will sell all three iPad Wi-Fi + 3G models directly to business customers as part of an initiative to help companies increase productivity and flexibility. AT&T will offer attractive post-paid mobile broadband price plans for the iPad which will be available through AT&T business account representatives beginning Thursday, October 28. This new offer is available for customers whose AT&T wireless bills are paid for by their employer.

“iPad is a great fit for our enterprise customers across a wide range of industries who are looking for ways to increase business productivity and offer greater flexibility,” said Michael Antieri, President, Advanced Enterprise Mobility Solutions, AT&T Business Solutions. “This new offer further strengthens AT&T’s commitment to provide businesses with the tools they need to accelerate mobility-led productivity.”

“We are getting many requests for help on iPad strategies for the enterprise,” writes Ted Schadler, vice president, principal analyst, Forrester Research, Inc. in the July 2010 Forrester blog posting, How Are You Using iPad For Business?. “iPads are a tremendously empowering technology that any employee can buy.”

Today’s announcement is the newest offer from AT&T’s Advanced Enterprise Mobility Solutions Group, which is focused on helping to enable business model transformation through mobile applications, machine-to-machine solutions and mobile services. The group complements AT&T’s Emerging Devices Organization which focuses on wirelessly enabling devices for consumers.

iPad will be available for corporate purchase with a corporate service subscription from AT&T.

*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.

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Apple adding email-based FaceTime calling soon, found in latest iPhone beta

Saturday, August 7th, 2010

You know how we reported on FaceTime probably linking up with emails instead of just phone numbers? It looks like it’s coming true, and possibly as soon as this month or next with Apple’s next iPod-focused event. There is a new option to initiative FaceTime calls from email addresses in the latest iPhone 4.1 beta 3. There’s a shot of the button above basically showing how simple this would be, in theory. No idea how Apple will plan to address multiple devices with the same email address, but we’re sure they’ll figure something out.

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