The newest iteration of Android, 5.0 Lollipop, is widely regarded as the sleekest, smoothest take on the Google-conceived mobile OS, and the jump from 4.4 KitKat the biggest transformation in the platform’s history.
The new real time translation feature in Skype is beginning to roll out in a preview program. Those who are a part of the preview program will be able to use Skype Translator beginning today in English and Spanish. With the feature, users speaking to each other in different languages won’t have to worry about not understanding each other. Translated audio appears as text or sound for receiving users.
SoundCloud is trying to improve its experience for registered users by launching a new home page called Collection. The normal home base for SoundCloud is not very attractive or useful, especially when compared to other music or video streaming services. With Collection, users will have a place to follow artists, create their own playlists, and see personalized content. Collection is already rolling out for iOS and web, but Android users will have to wait for it until 2015.
It’s hard to tell if public flak swayed Google, or the search giant simply realized pulling the plug on the Nexus 5 so abruptly would be bad for business. Whatever it was, we’re glad it happened, as hesitant Android purists will apparently get an extra quarter to decide if they want to go the phablet route, or keep things small (-er) and (more) modest.
A hostage crisis has been playing out in the Central Business District of Sydney, Australia since Monday morning. During that hostage crisis, prices for transportation service Uber jumped to four times what they usually are. In response to the price jumps, which were heavily criticized, Uber is offering refunds and free rides. The hostage crisis resulted in demand being “off the charts,” according to Uber, and that triggered the price increase.
A new service called Indiegogo Life has launched that will specifically help people receive funds for life events such as weddings and birthdays. The crowdfunding site is already used for personal campaigns, unlike rival Kickstarter, but Life makes it easier to receive funds for life events. Indiegogo says the eight-click system is not for regular charities, so only individuals are supposed to use it.
There will be no more Nexus 5 for the masses once current inventory runs out. In the words of the actual Google spokesperson, as quoted by Tech Radar, “once they are gone, they’re gone, so we’d suggest people get them while they can.”
Investigations into the Sony Pictures Entertainment hack are still taking place, and many of the early findings point to the involvement of the North Korean government. Some details, such as the physical source of the hack, appear to have been verified, but it remains difficult to point a finger at North Korea.
Amazon is entering into the food delivery industry with a service similar to Grubhub and Seamless. The company’s Local service has been revamped to facilitate food delivery by connecting consumers with restaurants that can deliver to a particular area. After entering an address, Amazon Local will display a list of restaurants, and then an order can be placed with one of them.
“Mobile audio streaming” could be thought of as this century’s “sliced bread.” So the next time you hear someone spouting off that old idiom, you can correct them. Say, “no, you mean that it’s the best thing since mobile audio streaming. Now get that one foot out of a grave. You’re welcome.”
Get ahead of your game this year by sending out photo holiday cards to friends and family. Here are five mobile apps to transform images into masterpieces.
It’s a welcome relief to hear of #GivingTuesday, which follows Cyber Monday this year, on December 2. This is a day when you can focus on spending money without being a consumer. Imagine that!