Automatic wants to make your drive smarter. Or it wants to make you a smarter driver. Or it's only for smart drivers. Moving on, the company that makes its own proprietary Bluetooth dongle to offer real-time feedback and log your trips has announced a new phase for its car-centric project—it's opening an app store.
The Automatic App Gallery is a place for developers to drop apps that integrate with the Automatic adapter. Read More
After announcing the launch of its US Mi Store recently, Xiaomi has flipped the switch and is ready to sell you things. Although, "sell" isn't quite accurate—nothing is in stock at the moment. You still won't be able to buy a Xiaomi phone in the US, but it's something at least.
Our long national nightmare is finally over—Google has updated Maps with a translucent status bar. No more will you stare at that flat black status bar and curse your life and everyone in it.
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TeamViewer's QuickSupport app is now expanding to a dearth of new Android devices. The latest version to hit the Play Store boasts screen sharing on all phones and tablets running Lollipop. Chances are the people who need remote help from you aren't using a handset running the latest and greatest, but you never know. Maybe they just picked up a Galaxy S6 and have already run into a roadblock. You know, the same folks you helped set up an Android TV for a couple months back. Read More
RealNetworks has struggled to make the transition to mobile, but it's not for lack of trying. There was a regular RealPlayer app, but that didn't get traction. Then there was RealPlayer Cloud, which had some potential. Now with a wave of its magic wand, RealNetworks has transformed RealPlayer Cloud into RealTimes. It's a photo/video manager with online sharing and remixing features.
Do you want a little extra storage for your MicroSD-equipped smartphone? Alternately, do you want a hell of a lot of extra storage? Then checking out Amazon's daily Gold Box deal this morning would be a good place to start. The retailer is offering massive discounts on Kingston-branded cards in 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB capacities. As usual with Gold Box, the discounts are valid for today only, and all come with free two-day shipping for Amazon Prime users. Read More
Samsung has a new activity sharing service for Android, and you can try the beta version right now. Well, actually... you probably can't. Flow Beta requires you to have two newer Samsung devices to send activities between. If you don't the requisite phones or tablets, Flow won't do anything. Even if you do, Flow still doesn't accomplish much in its present form.
In what sounds like a perversion of the crowd-funding concept, Yota has taken to Indiegogo to bring a phone that has existed since early 2014 into existence... in North America. To perform this undertaking, the company wants a paltry $50,000, and it has set a flexible funding goal to get the funds. Fortunately that's irrelevant, because it has already shattered that bar in under three hours with the help of nearly 100 funders. Read More
If you head over to any of the Play Store listings for Microsoft's previously tablet-only Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps for Android, you'll find they have a new feature for beta testers: phone support.
Microsoft has renamed the apps appropriately, dropping the "for tablet" moniker that they previously had, and the UI has been optimized for the smartphone form factor. Read More