Yahoo started allowing users to log in to its services with their Facebook and Google IDs in 2011, but now it is putting an end to that, starting with the sign-in process for Yahoo Sports Tourney Pick’Em.A Yahoo spokeswoman tells TNW: “This new process, which now asks users to sign in with a Yahoo username, will allow us to offer the best personalized experience to everyone.”The termination of sign-ins via Facebook and Google will take place gradually, which means that users will sooner or later need a Yahoo username to access all of its services, as Reuters first reported. The Yahoo spokeswoman confirms to us that “eventually, the sign in buttons for Facebook and Google will be removed from all Yahoo properties.”For now, users can still access Yahoo services using their Facebook or Google log-ins. A timeline wasn’t provided for when exactly they will cease to exist.
geekwire.com 2014-03-04 14:58:44
After months of testing, it looks like Apple’s latest version of its mobile operating system is going to be coming to iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches everywhere very soon.Leading Apple blogger John Gruber reported today that Apple will be streaming footage from its iTunes Festival at SXSW in Austin, Texas, to iOS devices, but users will have to update their device to iOS 7.1 in order to view the stream. Since the festival will kick off a week from Tuesday, that means the update should be hitting devices any day now.The update should fix a number of pain points for iOS users, including a nagging crash that can cause devices to lock up and show a black or white screen with an Apple logo before returning to ordinary functionality. It’s unclear why the company will require that users update in order to view the SXSW stream, but asking people to do so will help speed adoption of the new update.
engadget.com 2014-03-04 10:29:00
You may remember the HTC HD2 from posts such as "will it play Tekken 3?" and "wait, it runs Windows RT now?" Despite the handset's age, a stalwart community keeps it relevant by getting anything and everything to run on the developer favorite. It's...
venturebeat.com 2014-03-03 21:00:30
Mobile’s not really the new thing anymore. And marketing automation, in spite of the fact that it is tripling annually and still unused by more than 90 percent of non-tech companies, isn’t all that new anymore either. Mobile marketing automation, however, is certainly heating up. And yeah, it’s pretty new. “Mobile has been the future for 10 years now,” Adam Marchick told me today. He’s the CEO of Kahuna, a mobile marketing automation company that just raised $11 million to hit the market harder. “It’s only when the iPad came out it started coming true.” VentureBeat just released the VB Marketing Automation Index report. Get it here. The same day Kahuna announced its new cash, the well-established Urban Airship announced its own brand-new mobile marketing automation solution, which allows marketers to build automated real-time marketing workflows for millions of customers or potential customers.
theverge.com 2014-03-03 09:31:53
Xbox Live is primarily used in Microsoft’s consoles and Windows or Windows Phone games for achievements, friend lists, and game matchmaking. While Microsoft has experimented with achievements on iOS and Android recently, the company is planning to push Xbox Live cross-platform in a big way soon. Sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans tell The Verge that Microsoft is building a platform to extend Xbox Live functionality to iOS and Android games. Some details of these plans were first revealed in a recent Microsoft job posting.
thenextweb.com 2014-03-03 01:35:01
After announcing its iOS in the Car initiative at last year’s WWDC, Apple has officially launched the program today with partners Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo — which will premiere it to their drivers this week.The program, called CarPlay, is described as a “smarter, safer and more fun way to use iPhone in the car.” Users can control CarPlay from their car’s native interface or just push and hold the voice control button on their steering wheel to activate Siri.Once your iPhone is connected to a vehicle via CarPlay, Siri will be able to help you access your contacts, make phone calls, return missed calls or listen to voice mails. When you receive incoming notifications, Siri will respond to your requests via voice commands — it can do so by reading your messages and letting you dictate your responses.CarPlay also works with Maps to provide directional instructions, give updates on traffic conditions, as well as predict estimated time of arrival.
venturebeat.com 2014-03-02 10:00:49
Nokia’s first Android phone just got a lot more awkward for Microsoft. The Nokia X is meant to serve as an Android-based Trojan Horse for Microsoft’s apps and services — but that’s not stopping hackers who want to open it up for Google’s solutions. In a posting on the XDA developers forum, Spanish developer Kasha Malaga describes how he managed to tweak the Nokia X to accept Google’s apps and services in just five steps. His hack also replaces Nokia’s custom skin with the Android Now launcher. It’s unclear if Nokia will lock down the devices further once they hit general consumers (Kashamalaga got it from Mobile World Congress), but it’s certainly telling that the X was so easily hacked. By default, the Nokia X supports Microsoft’s services and doesn’t have access to the official Google Play Store or apps like Gmail and Google Maps.
venturebeat.com 2014-02-26 17:00:33
Caption: Project Ara: all of this modules will make up a smartphone.Source: MotorolaThe dream of piecing together a smartphone like Lego blocks no longer seems far-fetched. Google announced today that it will host three developer conferences this year for its Project Ara modular smartphone concept, with the first set for April 14 and 15 in Mountain View, Calif. A holdover from Motorola’s Advanced Technology and Platforms (ATAP) group, which officially joined Google last week, Project Ara is a push to make modular smartphones a reality. Instead of buying a single, fully-constructed phone where all the components seem like a black box, the Ara project is exploring the idea of snapping phones together based on individual components. Ara may seem far-fetched, but in a world where our smartphones seem obsolete after only a few months, the notion of upgrading components piecemeal sounds pretty enticing for techies.
theverge.com 2014-02-26 16:47:37
Sony has announced that it will shutter 20 of its 31 retail stores in the United States by the end of 2014. The move is an attempt "to further streamline costs and continue focus on existing partner relations." Essentially, Sony has realized it's wasting money and other resources by pumping them into its limited US retail presence — especially when most consumers either buy online at Amazon or head to other stores like Best Buy for the company's items. ""While these moves were extremely tough, they were absolutely necessary to position us in the best possible place for future growth," said Mike Fasulo, president and COO of Sony Electronics in a press release.
arstechnica.com 2014-02-26 12:50:27
HTC is in a rather weird spot with its new Desire 816 phone. The phone has been announced, so we know what it looks like and what its specs are—but the software hasn't been revealed yet. The company has some units running Sense 5.5 to play around with, but the phone will actually launch with Sense 6. We'll probably get a look at Sense 6 when the company reveals the next HTC One next month, but until then, there's hardware with no software.And it looks like some pretty nice hardware. The company is calling it a "flagship midrange" phone: although aiming at around the $400 (off-contract) to free (on-contract) price range, the company nonetheless wants it to be a well-built, pleasurable, high quality device. This puts it in much the same ballpark as the Moto X, another phone with midrange pricing and specs but a high-end build and feel.As a testament to its midrange nature, the 5.5-inch screen is only 1280×720.
thenextweb.com 2014-03-04 15:47:08
BlackBerry recently started to push sponsored content to some of its external beta testers, but after users started to notice, the Canadian company has decided to set the record straight. Ads will be limited to BlackBerry Channels, to help brands drive community growth, will not touch BBM chats, and BlackBerry promises it will respect user privacy.BlackBerry further says sponsored content is a “premier opportunity” and it will be “very strict about the amount of content we would ever allow to be pushed to our BBM community.” That being said, there are three ways that BBM Channels sponsored content will be promoted in the BBM app: Featured Placements: BBM Channel owners will have the ability to secure space on the Featured Channels tab to help promote their channel. This is the landing page for BBM Channels and will likely be considered prime real estate.
engadget.com 2014-03-04 12:02:00
Thanks to an FCC filing back in January, we knew LG's G Pad 8.3 was likely heading to Verizon. Today, Big Red made things official: the 8.3-inch slate will arrive with LTE this Thursday for $300 unsubsidized and $200 on-contract. Until March 10th...
engadget.com 2014-03-04 09:00:00
The large-screen smartphone market is now one of the most fiercely competitive in the wireless industry. But even though nearly every phone maker has produced a competitor to the Samsung Galaxy Note, only a handful of products have actually been...
theverge.com 2014-03-03 18:32:01
Aereo has some formidable new opposition in the courts. According to Deadline, the White House has recommended that the Supreme Court rule against Aereo when broadcasters bring its service to trial this April. The administration made the recommendation in an amicus brief filed today, which argues that Aereo's use of discrete antennas to record broadcast television for its customers does not change the fact that it is later retransmitting those recordings to the public. "Like its competitors, [Aereo] therefore must obtain licenses to perform the copyrighted content on which its business relies," reads the brief.
engadget.com 2014-03-03 07:31:00
Windows and Android are such good pals, they're quite literally inseparable on a number of dual-boot devices. Aside from some old community-driven projects, however, the relationship between Google's mobile OS and Windows Phone hasn't blossomed to a...
venturebeat.com 2014-03-03 01:14:17
Apple has launched its CarPlay feature to give drivers a “smarter, safer, and more fun” way to use iPhones in cars. Premiering at the Geneva International Motor Show, CarPlay lets users make calls, use maps, listen to music and access messages with just a spoken word or a single touch on a touchscreen. They can use the car’s native interface or push-and-hold the voice control button on a steering wheel to activate the Siri voice-driven artificial intelligence on an iPhone. That helps reduce distractions for drivers. Cars from Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo will premiere CarPlay to their drivers this week. Others working on CarPlay features in the future include BMW Group, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai Motor, Jaguar Land Rover, Kia Motors, Mitsubishi Motors, Nissan Motor Company, PSA Peugeot Citroën, Subaru, Suzuki and Toyota Motor.
thenextweb.com 2014-02-27 03:03:00
Boeing is best known for manufacturing airplanes, but it has now stepped into making smartphones by unveiling the ‘Boeing Black’ — an extra-secure device designed for government-level “missions.” Yes, that makes it sound like a smartphone built for spies, à la James Bond.In a filing to the US Federal Communications Commission, Boeing says the device “will be sold primarily to government agencies and companies engaged in contractual activities with those agencies that are related to defense and homeland security.”The 4.3-inch Android smartphone weighs 170 grams, is powered by a 1590mAh battery and has a dual-SIM capability for users to switch between government and commercial networks.Of course, Boeing has made tweaks to its Android operating system — it has a specific software security policy configuration so users can configure the device for “maximum mission productivity and security.”
engadget.com 2014-02-26 16:58:00
After Lenovo's recent purchase, questions immediately arose surrounding Motorola's planned device launches for 2014. In a Twitter Q&A surrounding the events at Mobile World Congress, the handset maker revealed that the next version of its popular...
theverge.com 2014-02-26 13:23:25
Google is today bringing its Google Now-infused Android launcher to more devices. Anyone with a Nexus device or Google Play edition smartphone running Android 4.4 KitKat can now install Google's launcher, which puts Google Now just a swipe away on your home screen. It also lets users say "OK Google" to activate the feature — but again, this only works when you're on the home screen. Since it's currently limited to Nexus and GPe hardware, other changes are relatively minor. But Google Now Launcher does bring some handy user interface additions like a new wallpaper chooser and larger app icons to more devices; previously these were only found on the Nexus 5.
theverge.com 2014-02-26 09:24:00
The House of Representatives has approved a bill to legalize cellphone unlocking, but the groups who pushed hardest for an unlocking bill are disappointed. On Tuesday, Rep. Bob Goodlatte's (R-VA) Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act passed the House in a vote of 295 to 114. It now goes to the Senate, where Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) is the sponsor of a companion bill. If signed into law, it would allow consumers to "unlock" their phones to work with another carrier, temporarily reversing a decision made by the Librarian of Congress in 2012.