Good news, Gmail users with Android phones. Google has just updated their Gmail app on the Android operating system, bringing some new features and bug fixes to the app. Gingerbread devices will get the ability to copy text with a long press, and all users will be able to sync custom label colors. Nothing major, but the ability to copy text with a long press is a welcome feature to the app though why it isn’t for all versions of Android is puzzling. Either way, head over to the Android Market to download the latest version of Gmail for your Android phone now.
On the official Windows Phone blog, Microsoft brought up the issue about the Windows Phone 7 update causing issues with certain Samsung phones. This means that Microsoft has officially acknowledged the problem so if you’re a Samsung WP7 device owner, you would do well to wait for good news before attempting to update your phone. They’re on the case and hope to fix it as soon as possible. It doesn’t seem like phones from other manufacturers have been affected ? 90% of all their WP7 users have had no problems installing the update. Out of the 10% that failed, the problems had stemmed from having a bad internet connection or insufficient computer storage space. So other than the hiccups with the Samsung devices, it looks like all is going well with the WP7 updates. Let’s hope that when the Copy/Paste update arrives, these issues will be a thing of the past.
If there’s one thing you should never do after robbing somebody, it’s posting pictures of you and the stolen goods in hand up on the world’s most popular social network, Facebook. A burglar had to find out the hard way when he was recently arrested for that very reason. The robber had posted up a picture of himself in his new coat, holding some stolen cash on the profile page of the homeowner’s son – at the home he had just robbed! Needless to say, he was quickly picked up by the authorities shortly after the stint. Talk about the world’s worst calling card (or most effective depending on which side of the law you’re on).
If you’ve never taken part in a marathon before and always wondered what it was like to run the race, thanks to technology, you can now do so without breaking sweat. Joseph Tame, a marathon runner, has created a suit, called the iRun, that will allow him to stream the entire run of the Tokyo Maration 2011 live on the internet. The suit which is made from 4 iPhones (one running a heart monitor and an atmospheric monitor), an iPad, routers, will allow him to broadcast to the world what’s going on at the run, the condition of his body and the environment around him. Definitely sounds like a very interesting experiment. Let’s hope all the equipment doesn’t slow him down or cause him to be a victim of an accident ? we wouldn?t enjoy watching that live on our computer screens. Watch a video trailer of the event after the break:
Microsoft has just released a new set of commercials for Windows Phone 7, showing off the speed of the operating system and how you can get things done in just a few steps. It challenges the users to perform different tasks on their own phone to compete against WP7 in a time trial style challenge. From tasks such as loading the map app to lead you home to uploading a new picture to Facebook. Sure it shows off WP7 in a positive light and that the phone’s user interface makes getting those jobs done much easier but will it be able to do what other phones can in the same amount of time? Hit the break to check out the commercial:
According to Reuters, Spotify have been reported to be only “a few weeks away” from closing a deal with Universal Music Group ? the world’s largest music company. Once complete, the deal will allow the service to launch in the US, even though they haven’t gotten the big 4 music companies on their side yet. As of now, Warner Music is still out of the equation and Spotify might launch without them but a last minute deal isn’t out of the question. Spotify has been around for quite some time now in Europe and has been looking to bring its services across the Atlantic Ocean to our shores, but problems in securing the rights for music have been the major cause of delay. Google’s upcoming music service also faced the same troubles, but since it will be launching with the Motorola Xoom (which is released tomorrow), it means that they’ve probably gotten the licensing issues solved. Music companies have been reluctant to deal with Spotify mostly because of their premium model ? users can use the service for free or pay to upgrade to their premium service. When music companies already have their music on paid services such as iTunes and Rhapsody, a service that gives consumers access to free music could possibly cannibalize sales. Although Spotify has been a hit in Europe, they’ll need to assure the music companies here that they can repeat the same success in the American market. What do you think of Spotify, will you be switching over to it from your current music service when it launches?
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Apple has issued invitations to selected members of the press for an event next Wednesday, March 2, in San Francisco where the iPad 2 is going to be launched. Amongst those gifted with the opportunity to see the iPad 2, there’s Christer Holloman from Sky News (UK) who clearly doesn’t even have a clue that the iPad 2, not the iPhone 5, will be on stage. The event invite shows an iPad with a slightly larger bezel with the wordings Read Full Article
If you’re staying in a home with housemates, you know how troublesome it is to split the costs between everybody each time the bill arrives, help has arrived. Called SplitTheRent, this useful website allows you to easily divide the costs between each person staying in the same home. All you have to do is enter in the total cost of the bills for the month, input room data (i.e. the size of the room, whether it has windows or a bathroom, and how many people share it) and your work is done. Using an algorithm, the website will instantly generate the amount of money each housemate has to pay when it’s that time of the month. Never have a disagreement over who pays how much again. Head here to check it out.
MapQuest has just released their map and navigation app for the Android operating system. So for those of you who are looking for a free alternative to Google Maps ? MapQuest is just for you. It makes use of OpenStreetMap ? maps that can be edited and updated by users anywhere, all the time. In addition to letting you know where you are, MapQuest can get you where you want to be with its free turn-by-turn navigation with voice guidance whether you’re driving or walking. It also has voice search and live traffic updates to ensure you a pleasant drive to where you’re going. If your phone is running on at least Android 1.6, you can head over to the Android Market to download it for free.