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Android Messages updated with Duo and payment support

Android Messages updated with Duo and payment support

A new update to Google’s default SMS application – Android Messages – Is now rolling out to all users. This update brings the Android Messages app from version 2.5 to version 2.7. While there aren’t any significant changes to the interface, the APK did get a size reduction as well as two new features integrated into the app.

The first feature, which we’ve heard about in the past, is Duo calling integration. Duo is Android’s default video calling app, and placing a video calling icon right in the SMS conversation window is a great way to get more folks using the free service.

Duo calling button
Duo calling button

Also new to the Android messages app is a method of sending or requesting payments from friends. The service is provided by Google Wallet, which was among the first NFC payment services in the US before Google phased it into Android Pay. Google Wallet also had its own debit card, but it has also been phased out.

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Requesting money

According to an APK teardown by Android Police, the app is also getting ready to streamline the notification indicator. Rather than displaying “New messages below” in the SMS conversation, it would say “X new message(s)” where X is the number of new messages below.

However, a more noteworthy feature is RCS support for dualSIM smartphones. RCS stands for “Rich Communication Services” and offers larger attachment allowances, read receipts, and lets you know when the recipient is typing. The update supports RCS features on smartphones with two active lines.

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Published at Tue, 21 Nov 2017 00:15:01 +0000

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The Best Black Friday deals of 2017

The Best Black Friday deals of 2017

Save that money with these Black Friday deals.
Save that money with these Black Friday deals.
Photo: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

The holiday season is finally upon us and you know what that means? Killer deals on all the tech gadgets you’ve been lusting after all year.

Black Friday deals for 2017 are already setting the internet into a tizzy of anticipation with big discounts on 4K TVs, smart speakers, drones, iPads, smartphones and much more. Cult of Mac will be rounding up the best deals right here so you can spend less time Black Friday shopping and get on with life.

Here are the best deals worth checking out:

Published at Mon, 20 Nov 2017 22:00:33 +0000

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iPad mini case with disappearing keyboard now up for pre-order

iPad mini case with disappearing keyboard now up for pre-order

A company called Tactus Technology unveiled an interesting iPad mini accessory, the keyboard equipped case called Phorm. But that’s not an ordinary keyboard case we’ve seen in the past; rather its keys are not visible until the user pushes the physical switch on the backside of the case. Then, the physical buttons appear, allowing users to more easily edit documents and type long emails.

These buttons would pop up when needed and disappear when the keyboard was no longer required.

The $100 case does its magic thanks to the thin layer of liquid, which creates crescent-shaped panels when pressure is applied (via the mentioned switch). Check out the video below to get a better idea how Phorm works.

The technology was first seen in action at CES 2013, when Tactus demoed its own tablet with these disappearing keys. Luckily or not, they abandoned the tablet idea and went for the iPad mini case, instead.

Said case is currently up for pre-order, and soon enough – Tactus will switch its attention to the iPhone 6 Plus. Now that would be a case many (6 Plus users) would want…

Published at Sat, 21 Feb 2015 21:20:57 +0000

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How to expand your startup across the globe

How to expand your startup across the globe

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In the past five years, I’ve worked for and with various startups across the globe. As an English as a Second Language teacher, I’ve been fascinated to watch cultures interact, see businesses grow, and be part of a global ecosystem that didn’t exist for quite some time. With the fast rise of the Internet along with instant universal connection, the ability to scale a startup has brought both tremendous growth and opportunity. Startup capital According to a recent report from Bloomberg, capital raised in 2017 falls into the following categories, all of which have a digital and vast scalable component:…

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Published at Mon, 20 Nov 2017 18:55:48 +0000

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Nintendo's next mobile game, 'Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp' is out this week

Nintendo's next mobile game, 'Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp' is out this week

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We knew it was coming in late November, and now we have a date: 11/22.

Nintendo’s next mobile game, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, will be out on Wednesday. The tweet announcing the news pegs it for release on unspecified “mobile devices,” which probably means a simultaneous Android and iOS launch.

Pocket Camp rethinks Nintendo’s enduring series about building a quiet, rural life in a small village filled with adorable talking animals. While the core ideas remain the same — you customize your living space, travel to other living and social spaces, and gather resources — your home base is a campsite rather than a town.

Also, in a new twist that aims to foster more social play, visiting campsites and being visited by others strengthens in-game relationships.

More practically, the free-to-play Pocket Camp places limitations on your progress through the use of timers and resource availability. Spending an in-game currency called Leaf Tickets — which can be earned by completing certain tasks or purchased outright with IRL cash — allows you to sidestep those constraints.

Pocket Camp follows social sim Miitomo, endless runner Super Mario Run, and — most recently — tactical role-playing game Fire Emblem Heroes as Nintendo’s fourth mobile release so far. 

A rumor surfaced in May of this year — before Pocket Camp was announced — suggesting that Nintendo’s fourth mobile game would be based on Animal Crossing, and then a fifth would be based on The Legend of Zelda. Half of that rumor has already come to pass, so it’s looking like the Zelda game may be next.

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Published at Mon, 20 Nov 2017 16:51:43 +0000

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Apple said to downsize Micro LED R&D in Taiwan, may be shifting focus to US

Apple said to downsize Micro LED R&D in Taiwan, may be shifting focus to US

 Apple has allegedly shrunk the workforce behind its Micro LED R&D efforts in Longtan, Taiwan, as a result of slow progress with the mass transfer of Micro LED chips onto receiver substrates —though the company still appears committed to adopting the display technology on future products.

Without mass transfer, panel makers can’t achieve large-scale production of Micro LED —at least in the short term, DigiTimes noted on Monday. The Taiwan R&D team is said to originate from Apple’s 2014 LuxVue acquistion.

Apple may simply be returning R&D focus back to the U.S., having completed an initial phase, sources with Taiwanese LED suppliers told DigiTimes. Regardless, the company is thought to be collaborating with its main processor manufacturer, TSMC, on detouring the mass transfer bottleneck through work on silicon wafers.

Micro LED could offer superior brightness, contrast, and response versus even the OLED panel used on the iPhone X, but the company is unlikely to adopt the standard any time soon. The iPhone X is only Apple’s second device with an OLED primary display, following the Apple Watch, in no small part because phone-sized OLED manufacturing capacity is still low beyond Samsung.

In June a report claimed that Apple could adopt Micro LED in wearables —presumably, the Apple Watch —as soon as next year. The company is also rumored to be working on an augmented reality headset, but that isn’t expected to ship until 2020.</span>

Published at Mon, 20 Nov 2017 15:51:37 +0000

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New Android Messages update adds Duo integration, new message indicators, RCS for dual SIM phones, and more

New Android Messages update adds Duo integration, new message indicators, RCS for dual SIM phones, and more

Google’s Android Messages has received a new update. The patch log of the new version 2.7 doesn’t contain details about any changes, but a teardown of the APK file has revealed a few notable additions. 

One of the important features coming with the latest update is integration with Google Duo. If you have contacts that have Duo installed, their respective title bars should now include a video camera icon. 

Android Messages will also indicate how many new messages you’ve received when you re-open a conversation. Last but not least, the update adds support for the RCS standard on dual-SIM phones, allowing owners of such devices to send messages over Wi-Fi, see when friends are typing, group chats, location sharing, and so on.

Aside from the new features, the size of Android Messages itself has been reduced as well. According to The Android Police, the app is now 5.7MB lighter thanks to a removal of a micro-APK intended for Android Wear devices. 

If you’d like to download or update Android Messages to the latest version, feel free to follow the link below.

Download Android Messages on Google Play

Published at Mon, 20 Nov 2017 12:35:00 +0000

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Android Oreo arrives to OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T

Android Oreo arrives to OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T

OnePlus announced the 5T last week with Android Nougat 7.1.1, but one year-old OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T are already getting the new Android 8.0 Oreo. The manufacturer announced on its forums that OxygenOS 5.0 is being pushed to a small number of users, with a broader roll-out to come in the following days.

Android Oreo arrives to OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T

Along with Android Oreo, the upgrade adds Parallel Apps and Picture-in-Picture features to the OnePlus phones. There is also Auto-fill and Smart text selection.

OxygenOS retains its clean, minimalistic look, but gains new design for the Quick Settings panel. Along with the new features, there is also a security patch in the update.

Android Oreo’s Notification dots make it to the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T users. The launcher also brings new app folder design.

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Published at Mon, 20 Nov 2017 10:11:47 +0000

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Are You Ready For The Apple Watch Thanksgiving Challenge?

Are You Ready For The Apple Watch Thanksgiving Challenge?

The Cupertino-based company is getting ready to release another Apple Watch Activity Challenge for its users to complete on Thanksgiving Day. This year’s activity is similar to the activity Apple released last year for its users.

If you’re an Apple Watch user, get ready, Apple will release an Activity Challenge for you to complete on Thursday, November 23rd to earn the 2017 Thanksgiving Activity badge and a sticker for iMessage.

In order to obtain the badge and sticker, Apple Watch owners will have to complete a workout of at least 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) on Thursday. This activity can be anything such as walking, running, or a wheelchair workout. Owners can record their activity using the Workout app or another third-party app that records that data in the Health database.

Apple is expected to start notifying Apple Watch owners November 21st about this challenge. Unfortunately, only users in the United States will be able to complete this task.

Source: 9to5Mac

Published at Mon, 20 Nov 2017 07:45:57 +0000

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Microsoft's Black Friday 2017 deals include savings on two Android flagship phones

Microsoft's Black Friday 2017 deals include savings on two Android flagship phones

If you want to know what Microsoft is planning for Black
Friday 2017
, you’ve come to the right place. While most of the company’s Black
Friday deals don’t have anything to do with phones, there are some upcoming
offers that will certainly be of interest to our readers. In particular, starting
November 23, Microsoft will allow customers to buy Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and
Galaxy S8+ (unlocked) at $150 off.

 

Right now, Microsoft is selling the unlocked Galaxy S8 for $724.99,
while the unlocked Galaxy S8+ is offered for $824.99. At $150 off, the two
flagship handsets will cost $574.99 and $674.99, respectively.

 

Other interesting Microsoft Black Friday 2017 deals (available starting November 23):

 

  • $329 off the Surface Pro tablet (Intel Core i5 / 256GB SSD) with
    black Type Cover
  • $100 off the Harman Kardon Invoke smart speaker (with
    Cortana)
  • $50 off the Fitbit Charge 2 fitness band
  • Alcatel Idol 4S Windows Phone – $169 instead of $199
  • Happy Plugs Earbud Plus (with 3.5mm jack and built-in
    microphone for calls) – $19.99 instead of $29.99

When buying from Microsoft Store, you’re getting free
shipping on all orders in the US,
and free returns (within 30 days). You can check out all of Microsoft’s Black
Friday 2017 deals by visiting the company’s official website via the source
link below.

 

source: Microsoft 

Published at Sun, 19 Nov 2017 23:02:00 +0000

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