Companies like Google and Facebook know quite a bit about you. Their services, which we use for free, have to monetize somehow. Advertisements are typically how those companies make their money, but how much do they know about you? More to the point, can you control it?
Google Maps for iOS is seeing an update, taking it to version 3.2. The update brings in some useful functionality, like the ability to see search results on the map or in list form. The new Maps will also work better with Gmail, where your appointments will now show up.
After “The Decision”, in which LeBron James publicly broke up with the city of Cleveland and spurned Ohio altogether, he’s making it right with his home state. James has decided to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers, and will sign a max deal that will likely see him retire at “home”. Clever analysis shows where James was desired most, and guess what? It wasn’t Florida.
Philips and Nest are working together on integrating hue wireless bulbs as a potential part of the "Works with Nest" program the Google-owned smart thermostat company launched in a bid to link up the smart home. The work-in-progress, Philips tells SlashGear, builds on hue and Nest's existing compatibility as linked by IFTTT.
Appearing just this week for the first time, Microsoft Research has created an Android app based on their weather-seeking technology. Climatology shows you the weather in a place of your choosing - not a specific weather, but a generalized average for a day in the place of your choosing.
Just days before the Tizen-powered Samsung Z was supposed to launch in Russia, Samsung apparently got cold feet and cancelled. With nary an explanation nor a new target date for the launch of what would be the only commercial Tizen smartphone so far, former backers of the nascent mobile platform are starting to dwindle as their patience and tolerance start to get exhausted as well.
Acer is trying to be a trailblazer in the Chromebook market by launching the Chromebook C720. While Chromebooks don't usually inspire awe and wonder, this one just might. This Acer Chromebook boasts of being the first to come with a 4th generation, meaning Haswell, Intel Core i3 CPU, bringing speed and performance to this usually underpowered device line.
Google continues to add value to their Chromecast device, today bringing some power with Screen Casting to a select number of devices running KitKat. The version of KitKat you’ll need to be running is Android 4.4.1, while the device you’ll need to be running it on are listed below. This feature now also works with sound.
In-app purchases have come under fire again, both domestically and abroad. A couple in China have been arrested for selling their kids (yes, plural) to fund in-app purchases, and Amazon has been officially sued by the FTC for billing of in-app purchases. They’re the latest in a series of incidents that has everyone taking a long, hard look at our mobile purchasing habits.