Box has done a pretty decent job at bringing novel features to its apps on the various platforms they are present in, and today it’s turn for a couple of Microsoft’s properties to get some fresh tidbits from the cloud storage service. For starters, both of Box’s Windows Phone and Windows 8 applications will now have the ability to see easily preview files (Box says more than 75 types) — a feature that’s been available on Android since late last year, and one that’ll surely come in handy to Redmond’s user base. Additionally, Box also announced a few platform-specific goodies, with the Windows 8 app seeing the addition of a new navigation bar for quick access to docs, while the Windows Phone equivalent nabbed a revamped wide cycle tile which allows for updates to be viewed via its own Live Tile (so long as it’s the largest size). These changes are live now, so check’ em out and give ’em a whirl the next time you open your
Filed under: Cellphones, Desktops, Tablets, Software, Mobile
Via: The Next Web
Source: Box (Windows 8), (Windows Phone)
Path hasn’t held the same grip on social networkers as Facebook or Twitter, in part because it’s almost too social — you can’t really control which friends (or friends of friends) see a post. The solution in Path 3.0? Recreate your Trapper Keeper from grade school, apparently. Along with introducing a much-appreciated private messaging system that lets two or more friends share text, maps, media and voice messages, the update lets us slap expressive stickers into the conversation when a basic emoticon just won’t do. Of course, that’s also how Path hopes to get a few extra bucks: two sticker packs come free, while others lurk in the same shop as custom photo filters. If you just have to tell buddies that Stacey was soooooo gross in chemistry class, you can get Path 3.0 today on iOS, and shortly on Android.
Filed under: Cellphones, Mobile
Source: App Store, Google Play
The latest numbers from ComScore show Apple strengthening its lead as the top US handset maker, with the iPhone nabbing an estimated 37.8 percent of the market as of January 2013. That’s a 3.5-point boost from October of last year, putting healthy distance between Cupertino and the number-two smartphone maker, Samsung. That’s not to say the Korean giant hasn’t grown as well; its estimated 21.4-percent slice of the pie is up a more modest 1.9 points.
Apple’s growth on the hardware front naturally has implications on the software side, and indeed this is the first time Android took a hit while iOS grew. According to the survey, Google’s OS still maintains a healthy 52.3 percent compared to Apple’s 37.8, but it’s down 1.3 points while iOS saw a small boost. Where does that leave BlackBerry, Windows Phone and the rest of the gang? Pretty far behind — as you can see for yourself in the chart below the break.
Filed under: Meta, Mobile, Apple, Samsung
Via: The Next Web
We’re sure that MetroPCS and T-Mobile USA executives were on pins and needles wondering whether or not their proposed merger would clear all the regulatory hurdles. While they’re not officially free and clear, the Department of Justice has given a strong hint that the carrier union will go through. The government branch just let the mandatory waiting period expire without raising any objections; if it had thought there were serious antitrust issues, it would have piped up by now. Before anyone pops the champagne corks, though, there’s still a number of formalities — the Committee on Foreign Investment, the FCC and the companies’ shareholders still need to sign off on the deal, which could take weeks or longer. Considering the troubles T-Mobile had the last time it tried a merger, though, waiting will seem like a walk in the park.
Filed under: Cellphones, Wireless, Mobile, T-Mobile
Twitter’s just announced an update for its Android and iOS apps and mobile site aimed to help users locate desired tweets with ease. Now, search queries for specific keywords will turn up a “Top Tweet” — a result the company claims is more closely “based on relevance and engagement” — and an option to “View more from this time” period. But that’s not the only tweak Twitter’s ushering in. iOS users will now be privy to a better autocomplete experience, in addition to a new web browser view that tacks linked tweets to the bottom of the page. The update’s live now, so you can go ahead and grab it from the source or just sit back and wait for it to hit your device.
Filed under: Internet, Software, Mobile
We’re back from Barcelona! Well, sort of. Brad’s at his humble abode, while Myriam is soaking up the memories in her former French digs. Regardless of where the sound of our voices are coming from, we’ll be discussing the same stuff as always — mobile. And the hot topic for this week involves the LG Optimus G Pro, which we had the opportunity to review this past week. We’ll also touch upon a few other subjects, so join us at 3PM ET for our live podcast!
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Filed under: Announcements, Mobile
Lock screens are around for a reason: to keep people from getting where they shouldn’t. They aren’t always infallible, though, and a few weeks ago, we saw a vulnerability in several builds of iOS 6 that granted access to the phone module without a passcode. Then, a couple of days ago, we reported on a Galaxy Note II bug that allows the quick-fingered to launch anything immediately behind the lock screen. Now, a similar flaw has been found on the Galaxy S III that breaks the lock screen altogether, permitting full use of the phone. To replicate the bug, you’ll need to tap the “Emergency Call” button on the lock screen, then go into the ICE (emergency contacts) menu. From there, press the home button, followed quickly by the power button, and that’s it. If successful, pressing the power button again will bring up the home screen straight away, and what’s more, the lock screen won’t return until the handset is restarted. Sounds worryingly simple, right? In our experience, not so much.
We first tried this method on an S III running Android 4.0.4 ICS, and a Note II for good measure, but to no avail. Then, we had a crack at an S III running 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, and were close to giving up trying to replicate it when voilà, it worked. We hoped to provide you with a video of the bug, but it must be camera shy. Despite literally hundreds of attempts in front of the lens and several more behind it, we’ve only managed it once — we found it impossible to nail down the correct timing between the home and power button pushes. Samsung’s likely aware of the bug already and when quizzed about the Note II vulnerability, said a fix for lock screen issues on affected “Galaxy devices” was in the works (read: they didn’t say the Note II specifically). We’ve reached out for comment just to be sure, but until a patch is provided, keep your phone concealed from nosey types who read tech sites and have saint-like patience.
Filed under: Cellphones, Software, Mobile, Samsung
Source: Full Disclosure
Nokia’s throwing shade the best way it can. Its latest Windows Phone 8 app, #2InstaWithLove, is a demented valentine of sorts. It’s Nokia’s backhanded loveslap to Instagram; the app equivalent of a beautifully wrapped box with an impaled pig’s heart inside. Created in response to the lack of Instagram’s presence in the Windows Store, Nokia’s offering Lumia owners a photo filtering application of its own, one that’ll let “you have your voice heard,” presumably, in an attempt to hasten the app’s arrival on Microsoft’s platform. But rather than outright ape Instagram’s popular filtered options, Nokia’s app offers just one filter: a “classic Polaroid” look emblazoned with the hashtag #2InstaWithLove. There’s really no need to read between the lines, because as social media middle fingers go, this one’s incredibly transparent. Your move, Instagram.
Filed under: Cellphones, Software, Mobile, Microsoft, Nokia
Source: Windows Phone Store
Those who want to use an unlocked iPhone 5 in the US beyond AT&T have had relatively few places to go for an exodus, T-Mobile and Straight Talk usually being the two carriers on the short list. It’s time to add a third: Solavei is now carrying nano-SIMs for its T-Mobile-based virtual network. There’s not much mystery to what’s involved after that, since you’re still getting the singular, all-unlimited $49 plan and no guarantee of 3G when even T-Mobile’s own spectrum refarming is still young. If you can live with those potential caveats for the sake of network and contract independence, Solavei is waiting.
Filed under: Cellphones, Mobile, Apple, T-Mobile
Nobody expects studio quality recording from a smartphone, but the technology in HTC’s recently launched One at least allows distortion free audio to be nabbed in the quietest or loudest environments, according to the company’s blog. Describing BoomSound tech, HTC says the system brings two dual-membrane MEMS microphones to the handset, one of which is focused on sensitivity and the other on high decibel sources. The two signals are then combined electronically, resulting in whisper-level tones that are free of hiss along with concert level blasting that won’t clip or distort. By HTC’s reckoning, that means the audio that goes along with those UltraPixels will be clear whether you’re capturing a physics lecture or death metal concert.
Filed under: Cellphones, Mobile, HTC
Via: Android Central
Source: HTC Blog