Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Facebook Security Gets a Boost on Mobiles

The Facebook Safety Team has just announced that Facebook is adding new security features to the Facebook apps, and Facebook for mobile sites.

Facebook's social reporting is now available from mobile devices, so you can act quicker on content that is associated to you. For example, you can ask Facebook to take action if you don't like a Facebook photo of you that was uploaded by a third party. This functionality is now accessible via

Secondly, Facebook now lets users reset their passwords from mobile devices. Again, this can make a difference if your account has been hacked and you need to lock it down quickly. As usual, a recovery password will be sent to the email address that you have on file. There are other means of verifying your identity, we assume by adding questions like financial services do.

How much do you care about Facebook security? Is a potential breach high on your list of worries?

Google Search Android App Update Teased By Google

The last time Google updated its Android search app, it was ten months ago, and was a relatively minor collection of mostly bugfixes. Well, there's still no new Google Search app out just yet, but it looks like one is set to arrive any day now. Google itself seems to have inadvertently leaked this news, posting this morning about the update on its mobile blog, only to subsequently take the post down.

From the time that the post did remain on the site, we can see that this new version was supposed to add a few features, like location-based results taking into account what country you're in, and new groupings for the suggestions that pop up as you enter your search terms. Changes to the the app's UI promise to make it easier to use, and newly-optimized code should leave you with a Google Search experience that is both faster and more consistent.

We've got no idea just when Google will actually release this update, but from the sound of things, it was all ready to go. It's possible some bug was spotted at the last moment, and if that's the case, we could expect to see the corrected update hit the Android Market within the next day or so.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Orange signals mobile broadband tariff tweaks

Box of MiFi tricks up its sleeve

Network giant Orange has refreshed its mobile broadband plans while touting a new Wi-Fi device for those on the move.

Orange's 'Small' plan offers an initial allowance of 500MB and costs 10 a month. Although for a fiver more, customers can benefit from the 'Medium' plan, which doubles the allowance to 1GB and throws in unlimited Wi-Fi.

Those with demand for more - or sufferers of Goldilocks syndrome - may want to move to the 'Large' plan, which offers 3GB allowance as well as the free Wi-Fi for 30 a month.

Customers already on the network - be that home broadband or mobile - will benefit from a 5 reduction of these figures.

The company has also announced a palm-sized wireless receiver box, which supports up to five connections simultaneously, and packs a Micro SD slot for sharing files between devices. The Orange E5830C Mobile Wi-Fi kit will be available in the coming weeks, with prices ranging from 20-60 depending on the mobile broadband tariff chosen.

Motorola Defy+ leaves the gym, coming this fall with slightly more muscle

You'd be hard-pressed to find many phones that look relatively stylish, are thin and light enough to carry comfortably in your pocket, and can hang out underwater for ten minutes. That's why, we suppose, the Motorola Defy became popular worldwide; it's difficult to build a device to be a tank without looking like one, and it's even more tough to do it right. Naturally, when you've got a good thing going, it's ideal to improve upon that model. The Motorola Defy+ aims to do just that - keep the form factor, Gorilla Glass and IP67 certification, but beef up the internal components and throw in better firmware. The new iteration - slated for a Q3 release - will house a single-core 1GHz TI OMAP 3620, Android 2.3.4 with Moto's latest UI skin (still curiously referred to as MotoBlur) on top, and a 1700mAh battery while the rest of the specs remain the same as its predecessor. No word on specific carrier availability was given, though HelloMoto aims to launch it in Asia, Latin America, and Europe in the fall.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Electrolux Laptop Kitchen Concept

Electrolux Mobile Kitchen uses induction cooking technology and has 4 induction rings in different sizes to save extra energy depending on what you're cooking and the size of the pan you need. It's portability is defined by user needs, whether is outdoor camping or home preparing delicious meals. Inspired by notebook computers, Electrolux Mobile Kitchen has futuristic design and form that allows users to combine and multitask in small workspaces. With Electrolux Mobile Kitchen you can video call your friends and they can help you and guide you through the cooking.

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The base is a induction cooktop, there's a cutting board and a touchscreen computer with all your recipes which will make your cooking fun and more interactive. It also has a large battery to power your cooking when needed.

Designer: Dragan Trenchevski

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VestelARC: portable projector

The handy gadget comes injected with basic computer functions like internet, communication and projection, to name a few. In the world of mobiles phones where people are always on the move, Deniz Albayrak has come up with an ingenious device named VestelARC that can be fed with a variety of information to eliminate the need of a projector or a sound system. VestelARC can be easily coupled with smartphones for easy usage. The portable device answers all these needs the mobile way.

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The smartphone will act as a remote control which will endow the user with the flexibility to make changes while giving an important presentation. A user can feed all the important information in a single device, without the need of transferring it to another computer.

Designer: Deniz Albayrak

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Sunday, September 28, 2014

President Obama Caught Eying New iPhone 6 During UN Visit

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Earlier this week, U.S. President Barack Obama met with world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly. In the midst with the hubbub surrounding the Country's actions against the Islamic State, Obama was seen checking out Bahrain's ambassador's new iPhone 6.

According to the New York Times, during the UN meet-up, Obama spotted the iPhone 6 in the hands of the ambassador and asked whether his phone was "the new 6," to which the representative confirmed that it was.

Although just a passing conversation between two people, it isn't the first time Obama has been associated with Apple products. The President admitted to being an early adopter of the iPad 2. He also spent a portion of his time in office pushing for more funding for technology upgrades in schools through his ConnectED campaign. Apple participated in that campaign by donating $100 million worth of iPads, computers, and more.

The one thing the President does not own, however, is an iPhone. In 2013 Obama made an off-hand comment to reporters that he still uses Blackberry because he "is not allowed, for security reasons, to have an iPhone."

By the time Obama leaves office, Apple will already be working on the iPhone 8 (or and iPhone 7 if Apple follows the traditional "s" model every other year). I wonder what type of technology the company will have come up with by then? Maybe we will finally see a split-screen tablet.