After numerous reports that the Swype app was making OCD-level location requests on some users' devices, the company updated the popular 3rd party keyboard to, well, not do that. At least one user claimed the app requested his location nearly 4000 times in a single day, which obviously has some rather unfortunate implications for battery life.
While some users have tried to turn this into a privacy issue (come on guys, it's a keyboard app), more than anything it just seems like a potentially battery-killing bug that needed squashing. Read More
With today's three new Google Glass apps, you can plan a trip, book a table, and check in all along the way: Foursquare, TripIt, and OpenTable have all released official Glassware.
Foursquare, of course, allows you to check in on Google Glass, handy for a social service that really is all about doing one, simple task. TripIt will provide you travel alerts for your plans, and OpenTable allows you to make a reservation using voice commands. Read More
A brand new 2013 Nexus 7 will set you back $229 to $269, depending on how much memory is crammed inside. This isn't a bad price considering the quality and capability of the hardware, but who doesn't love for cheap things to be even cheaper? So here's a deal that does just that. You can currently pick up a refurbished 16GB Nexus 7 on eBay for just $149. Yeah, it's not new, but it's not full price either. Read More
Bike locks are a pretty mundane tool: you use one because you have to. It's not about what kind of fancy toys it has or how it looks, it's strictly about function. How tough is it, how easy is it to open, and how versatile is it in terms of locking location. Those are the questions we traditionally ask ourselves when shopping for a lock, right?
Skylock aims to change the conversation, and radically - this Bluetooth-enabled lock is probably one of the most innovative things that could happen to the bike lock industry since, well, ever. Read More
Some places offer delivery and some don't. This is the way things are, sure, but that doesn't make life any easier for the busier (or lazier) among us. There's an itch to be scratched here, and Postmates steps in to handle it. The service turns any restaurant or grocery store into one that's able to deliver to your door. It does this by paying people to read your shopping list, pick everything up, and bring it to you. Read More
California lawmakers have been working on a bill for some time that would require a so-called "smartphone kill switch" in every phone, but Minnesota has beaten California to the punch and become the first state to enact such a law. It mirrors the California law very closely, but goes a step further by banning some cash sales of used phones.
The main provision of the bill covers how the proposed kill switch requirement would work. Read More
The SwiftKey developers are getting ready to introduce a version of their popular third-party keyboard with Japanese input support. Prominent features should transition over just fine, with the keyboard still able to make personalized predictions and suggest emoji that it thinks may be appropriate. It will be able to switch back and forth between Japanese and English, making it useful for native Japanese speakers and friends of Japanese speakers alike.
The app is currently in beta, but it's open for anyone to download and try. Read More
Update: [APK Download] Latest Google Play Store 4.8.19 With PayPal Support, Simplified App Permissions, Bigger Buttons, And More.
In a fairly surprising move, Google just announced on the company's Android developer blog that the Play Store will now allow users to pay for their purchases using PayPal in 12 countries. Those countries are Austria, Belgium, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, the US, and the UK. Read More
The people behind Pressy have been keeping quiet in the last week or two as the most recent estimated ship date came and went with no almighty Android buttons arriving at backers' doors. Nimrod Back has now updated the Kickstarter page to explain the issue, and it's not particularly good news.