Verizon has financed a new technology website, but there are claims the site won’t be covering spying and net neutrality. Both of those topics are sensitive since Verizon is one of the companies that has been accused of spying and has appeared on the wrong side of the net neutrality debate. Claims about censorship have come from Patrick Howell O’Neill, a writer who was contacted by the editor for Verizon’s site SugarString. O’Neill says an email about the site explicitly said spying and net neutrality would not be covered.
A beta for a new Billguard feature has been announced that will be open to users in the United States. The beta feature that has been announced is card locations, a way for users to see when their credit card has been used away from their phone. Billguard’s Card Location Alerts will be shown whenever a card is used sufficiently far away from the smartphone it is tied to.
Up for pre-orders on Google Play, as well as a number of regional Amazon websites, Google and HTC’s brand new Nexus 9 was widely believed to ship to early buyers next week. Specifically, on or around November 3.
The firewall in China is one of the largest and most advanced in the world, and it has now turned towards iCloud to block connections to the Apple cloud service. A report from Great Fire, a watchdog organization that monitors the Chinese firewall, says the government began blocking iCloud connections last night. Most users are also being rerouted to a fake Apple-like site that could be used to collect login details.
Tipped for a candy-coated Android 5.0 Lollipop makeover sometime next month, Google and LG’s Nexus 5 suddenly went from available to out of stock a few days back. Optimists saw this as a possible sign some sort of spin-off was coming, whereas pessimists anticipated a premature discontinuation.
An outdoor advertising campaign from Judd Branding has launched in New York and Chicago for Foursquare. This is the first time Foursquare has come out with an advertising campaign. Foursquare has announced it is also at 55 million users, whereas the last time it released user statistics the company reported just 50 million users.
The Vine application for iOS has been updated with improved sharing and discovery features. Vine’s app now lets people, regardless of the number of users they are following, find new videos on the platform. Following individual channels has been possible for a while, but that part of the iOS app has been upgraded with the latest update.
Airbnb has come under fire in cities like New York, but San Francisco has taken steps to make the service legal in that part of California. Though the state government in California does not look upon short-term rentals through Airbnb in a positive way, the Board of Supervisors in San Francisco has decided to allow the rentals.
Google is updating all of its applications to add support for Material Design, the new design that is being used in Android 5.0 Lollipop. One of the apps that is being updated is Gmail, and it turns out the next version of the mobile email application will have support for Outlook and Yahoo accounts.
Music streaming service Spotify has launched a family plan that will let multiple people use the service without spending more for individual subscriptions. Spotify Family begins at $14.99 per month for two members, and that already amounts to a $5 per month savings since individual plans cost $10. Other family members can be added to a plan for just $5 per month, thereby increasing the savings.
As more and more players join the wearable game, it’s getting increasingly hard to stand out. Even for market veterans such as Sony. Their rookie smartwatch effort came to light in 2012, before Apple even pondered a dive in the shifting waters, and now the third entry in the Sony SmartWatch franchise is inching closer and closer to a commercial bow.
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know devices part of Google’s Nexus family will be first in line for Android 5.0 Lollipop updates, as they’ve been every time a new OS version was released. But the product roster grew and grew over the years, and Lollipop is perhaps the most radical, richest goodie pack in Android history.