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Microsoft’s Remote Desktop app for Android, iOS and OS X nets 1 million downloads

Truckloads of people still use Windows despite the slump in PC shipments, so it’s no surprise that a lot of folks snagged Microsoft’s Remote Desktop app. 17 days after its debut, Microsoft says the app has counted 1 million downloads across the Android, iOS and OS X platforms. The software, which lets users access their computers through other gadgets, is also the fastest growing among the company’s Android apps that include SkyDrive and Office Mobile. Unfortunately, we’re still in the dark when it comes to the Windows Phone version’s availability, but we’ll tell you as soon we hear more. Source Article from http://www.engadget.com/2013/10/29/microsoft-remote-desktop-app-one-million-downloads/?ncid=rss_truncated Home Mobile Read More »

Verizon’s Galaxy S 4 can now surf more LTE bands after Android 4.3 update

In a particularly punctual effort from Verizon, the carrier has begun feeding its Galaxy S 4 variant with Android 4.3 via an OTA update, after Samsung gave it the nod earlier this month. As the Korean company has been keen to iterate, this update adds Galaxy Gear compatibility to the flagship, as well as support for Sammy’s Knox security platform and some other, minor software tweaks. Most importantly for Big Red customers, the software activates Band 4 as previously promised, meaning the handset is now able to cruise LTE over AWS frequencies where that new slice of spectrum is active. Those unburdened airwaves are currently offering some tantalizing speeds, which are now just an update away. ... Read More »

Motorola’s Tracks Air Bluetooth headphones pair with two devices at once

SOL REPUBLIC AND MOTOROLA UNCHAIN SUPERIOR SOUND WITH NEW WIRELESS HEADPHONES Tracks AIR offers unrivaled range and wireless freedom with powerful sound that lets you feel your music San Francisco, CA – October 29, 2013 – Sharing a passion for music and great sound, SOL REPUBLIC and Motorola, a Google Company, today announced the Tracks AIR wireless headphones. Combining stellar sound, unmatched 150-foot wireless range, dual-device connectivity and an unbelievable 15-hour battery life, Tracks AIR provides on-the-go convenience that active music lovers will celebrate. And with four different interchangeable headband colors, you can celebrate in style. “After only two years in the market SOL REPUBLIC has established itself as one of the fastest growing lifestyle brands in headphones because of ... Read More »

Bang & Olufsen reveals trio of wireless BeoLab speakers, the first with WiSA support

Cast your mind back to the end of September, and you might remember Bang & Olufsen teasing us with its forthcoming wireless platform. Today we get to see them in the flesh, and there are in fact three new models to consider. All of them support the WiSA standard (5.2-5.8 GHz with 24bit audio, up to 96KHz), and are the first commercial speakers to do so. These are also the first wireless speakers ever from the Danish company, testament, we hope, to its intentions to focus on maintaining a high standard of sound — something that has often been been a tradeoff when losing the wires. The three speakers we see today are the BeoLab 17, 18 and 19. ... Read More »

Nokia sells 8.8 million Lumias in Q3 as US demand skyrockets

Nokia has just released its interim report for Q3 2013 and, although the company’s overall financial situation is still a bit muddy, it’s clear the company is starting to see real success in the US. Thanks to a burgeoning range of Lumia devices and a big marketing push to go with them, the Finnish manufacturer saw net unit sales increase by 180 percent to 1.4 million units, up from just 0.3 million in the same quarter last year. This growth helped to push global Lumia sales up by almost a fifth, reaching 8.8 million units in the space of three months. Developing… Source Article from http://www.engadget.com/2013/10/29/nokia-q3-2013-lumia-sales/?ncid=rss_truncated Home Mobile Read More »

Apple clamps down on high-score cheaters with Game Center update

Believe it or not, there are some people in this world who think that faking a high score to be top dog on the global Game Center leaderboard is both big and clever. Of course, most of us know better, so it’s with a great deal of relief that Apple’s latest developer-facing is looking to deal with the problem. The company is letting app developers manage the top 100 tables for their games themselves, so if they spot a faker, they can delete it without having to refer the problem to Apple. Now we’ll all just have to knuckle down and earn those bragging rights the old-fashioned way. Source Article from http://www.engadget.com/2013/10/29/apple-game-center-cheat-developer-update/?ncid=rss_truncated Home ... Read More »

Viber for Windows Phone 8 gets a fresh UI, better integration with Viber Desktop

VIBER UPDATES WINDOWS PHONE VERSION WITH IMPROVED DESKTOP INTEGRATION, REDESIGNED USER INTERFACE Viber 3.1 For Windows Phone Ensures Calls Are Transferred Seamlessly To Desktop Platforms; Update Also Includes Multiple Enhancements And New Features LONDON – October 29, 2013, Viber released an upgraded version for Windows Phone 8 today that provides significantly improved integration with Viber Desktop, along with multiple additional enhancements. The improved integration with Viber Desktop ensures seamless call transfers between Windows Phone 8 and Desktop (PC and Mac computers running Viber).The new version also includes the following new features: Select new backgrounds from an all new Background Gallery Windows Phone 8 Live Tiles, which let you pin your favorite conversations to your Start screen and see them update ... Read More »

Transporter Sync turns your external hard drive into a personal, secure cloud locker

New Transporter Sync Delivers the Convenience of Dropbox for All Your Data, With Total Privacy And No Monthly Fees – For Only $99 in the US and £78 in the UK Transporter Delivers First Unlimited, Private Cloud Storage Device for All of Your Photos, Music, Movies and Documents Santa Clara, Calif. – Oct. 29, 2013 – When it comes to digital data, nothing is more important to consumers than their photos, videos and personal documents. Keeping them safe, easily accessible from every device, or sharing them with family and friends has always been an expensive and complicated proposition. Until now. Just in time for the holidays comes Transporter Sync, a new and simple way to sync, access, protect and share ... Read More »

Mozilla starts crowdsourcing data to help devices find your location without GPS

Mozilla’s got a full plate between browsers, Firefox OS and a mess of other projects, but that hasn’t stopped it from starting a new initiative. The software community has set up the experimental Mozilla Location Service to collect crowdsourced geolocation data from public WiFi networks and cellular towers. According to the outfit, devices with weak or non-existent GPS capabilities will be able to determine where they’re at with the help of the service. Anyone interested in contributing will need to download the MozStumbler app for Android, walk around and upload data. Mozilla’s aware you’d be handing over personal location info by using the application, so it’s vowed to improve privacy all around. There’s no word of an iOS counterpart ... Read More »

Motorola’s ‘Project Ara’ modular smartphone setup switches out hardware like apps

We were intrigued by the Phonebloks concept phone that teased the ability to switch out a handset’s components the way most users change ringtones, and now Motorola is putting its resources behind it. In what Motorola calls Project Ara, the advanced Technology and Products group is working with Phonebloks creator Dave Hakkens on an “endoskeleton (endo) and modules.” Announced this evening on the company blog by Paul Eremenko, the company says it’s already “done deep technical work” and is opening the process up to the community and volunteers (aka Ara Scouts, sign up here) to begin designing hardware modules. Its stated goal is to do for hardware what it says Android has done for software: create a vibrant third-party ... Read More »

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