For nearly half a decade, Google has been barred by a Grecian privacy authority from bringing its Maps Street View service online in the country, citing concerns of, you guessed it, privacy. After significant negotiation, last year that authority authorized Google to start using collected data from its Street View vehicles (which, in Europe, appear to be Astra diesel 5-door hatches) on Google Maps. As of yesterday, Google finally published the first street view images for Greece.
Action Launcher developer Chris Lacy has rolled into the latest beta a feature that just appeared in Nova Launcher two days ago. After signing up for the beta and getting everything good to go, just hop over into the app's settings to toggle the feature on. From then on, you can say "OK Google" from the homescreen to have it pull up a Google search a la the Google Now Launcher.
When a catchy song pops up on the radio, during a television commercial, or over the speakers of a general department store, and you don't know who is singing, it's time to whip out Shazam. Now if you live in the US and take the time to Shazam a song - allow your phone to listen to and figure out what is playing - it will reward you with $1.29 in Amazon MP3 credit.
With enough money, a collection of Z-Wave devices, and a Vera smart home controller, it doesn't take much to turn your home into an intelligent fortress. There's even an Android app by Vera that puts control of everything into the palm of your hand. But if we've learned anything over the years, it's that you're not impressing anyone until there's a Tasker plugin that can automate everything for you. Now there is.
After impending Chromecast support for the service was announced around 2 months ago, TV streaming service of questionable legality Aereo has finally integrated casting into its Android client. The app, which is still officially in beta, was updated with the feature today, and the changelog notes that "this is a beta" and to report any issues with casting functionality to Aereo's feedback email.
Now you can get live over the air television on your television without a TV antenna, yay!
Postmates is an app-based courier service that's grown quite popular recently, and the company is expanding its reach to tech's two hottest hubs: Silicon Valley and Austin, TX. The Silicon Valley area includes Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Mountain View, and Atherton, if you're interested in the specifics.
Postmates is actually pretty neat, if kind of expensive. The company partners locally with restaurants, stores, and other retailers to build a "menu" of items available for purchase, which you then select in the app, and a Postmate courier then accepts your order and delivers said items to your door.
Good things come to those who wait. Android users didn't get an official Wikipedia app until January 2012, and it was a relatively bare bones release at that. Over two years later, it's really starting to show its age, as those Gingerbread screenshots sitting on its Play Store page aren't impressing anyone. But now we see a new version of the Wikipedia Beta app that finally seems poised to give us the native experience we've been waiting for.
The Pebble's software updates keep it slow and steady. Today's 2.2 firmware release doesn't rock the boat, but it introduces a few features that I'm sure fellow Pebble owners out there have wished for at some point or another. The first of which is the ability to reorder items in the launcher menu. Now if you hold the select button on an item in the menu, you can drop it somewhere else in the column.