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Tip: Your Upgrade to Android KitKat is a Good Move


kitkatAndroid upgrades is constantly met with extreme reactions – excitement and doubts. While people are giddily waiting for their mobile platform to improve the concern on the impact of the upgrade to their mobile units is always there, too.

However, when it came to android 4.4 KitKat, users were completely psyched to find out that the update is finally released. It came at a very strategic tome when the ios 7 was making a noise on its own, as well.

Proving all our fears wrong, KitKat is undoubtedly meant to make every user’s experience more convenient than ever. However, it may take a little getting used to in order to appreciate the changes.

One of our favorite features of Android 4.4 KitKat is the new lock screen. Apart from the capability of the device to know display an art work, we can also navigate music through the lock screen alone. Yes, you can now seek, stop, or pause your music without unlocking the device. Now that’s certainly handy!

usingandroidThe common concern on the possibility poor performance of an Android unit after the upgrade is immediately addressed by KitKat’s improved memory management. This may not be one of the most obvious improvements with the OS but android 4.4 is actually compatible with devices running on minimum of 512mb memory. This means that even less sophisticated gadgets can still perform faster, specifically in terms of multi-tasking. Similarly new android devices such as Nexus 5 and Moto G are expected to run exceptionally fast with KitKat.

Finally, the best giveaway from Android 4.4 is its highly improved and extremely accurate search function. With Google Now fully integrated in the OS it’s like the your Android phone really knows you too well. This search function, located at the top right of your gadgets, puts into consideration your location, your recent activities, and even previous data stored. It makes any Android gadget a full pledged personal data assistant. For instance, we tried searching for cafes, and the first result was the cafe which was only 30 meters from where we were. Other suggestions included the other cafe places we have checked in to month back, and other new recommendations nearby.

With all these improvements at hand, what else do you want Android to come up with in the next upgrade?

UTorrent Android App Available for the BETA



The uTorrent BETA is available for all users who have the Android version 2.1 or higher of the mobile operating system from Google.

Chicca application is that it does not impose any limit upload and download then, data or Wi-Fi permitting, we will also be able to download files from several GB from our tablet or smartphone.

The application runs quietly in the background giving us the opportunity to listen to music or play meanwhile that our file will be downloaded. From the same application, you can also subscribe FeedRSS and play media files.

Recall that uTorrent is still in BETA beta version, so likely with bugs. Good file sharing, though.



The Google Goggles Will Have an Anti-theft System



Google is moving ahead with its most ambitious  and futuristic project to date. This is the augmented reality glasses, which was presented this year at the I/O conference of the company. One of the problems facing the development team is the possible theft of the glasses. And it is the high cost (about $1,500) that makes the new Google a prime target for robbers.

So, Google has patented an anti-theft system that detects abnormal movements in the glasses. That is, if someone tries to grab them by sudden movements, they will automatically be blocked and may not be used by someone else. If the robber gets hold of them, the glasses will activate a warning system to alert the authorities.

Will it be enough to prevent theft? Google plans to launch the first game of their augmented reality glasses in 2013.



The Nexus 7 Available in the United Kingdom for £199


The first tablet of Google is preparing to invade England. In fact, shipments of the Nexus 7 in the United Kingdom is in the process. The Nexus 7 is already available with several online retailers such as PC World and Currys. The official price of the 16GB version is £199.99 while the 8GB is currently not available.

Among the main features of the Nexus 7 is a 7-inch display with HD resolution, a quad-core platform based on NVIDIA Tegra 3, 1GB of RAM, a 1.2 megapixel front camera, NFC, a battery of 4,325 mAh, and above all, Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean.

As for Italy, the tablet will be available in September at the official price of 249 euros.



Google Goes Against Global Crime


Forget cute videos of kittens or good deals on cases. In recent months, Google has quietly been changing its search capabilities into something more challenging: the online crime.

Drug cartels, money launderers and smugglers manage their sophisticated web operations. So Google Ideas, Google’s group of specialists, is working with the Council of Foreign Affairs and other agencies to find ways to use technology to combat international crime.

At a meeting to be held this week in Westlake Village, California, people who work in stopping the illicit networks—from former child soldiers to an undersecretary of Defense, will be sharing ideas to develop strategies to combat global crime.

“Google is in a great position to address this,” said Rani Hong, a survivor of child trafficking in India and is now special adviser to United Nations. “They have a powerful and great tools to solve this problem.”

Dozens attend the meeting, including Kimmie Weeks, a former child soldier from Liberia; Juan Pablo Escobar, son of the late Colombian drug lord, Pablo Escobar; the U.S. Undersecretary of Defense, Andrew Weber; and Brian Dodd, director of the efforts against terrorism and international crime of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

“It might seem a different path to Google, but technology companies today have many powerful tools for these illicit networks transparency, fight corruption and empower those who fight against international crime,” said Patrick Stewart, the Council on Foreign Relations, who helped organize the meeting.

“We all know that the wicked use the Internet, but now, we are saying that the Internet can also help stop crime and help survivors and advocates to find each other and work together,” said Pardis Mahdavi, a specialist in anthropology from Pomona College and who is working with Google to put a human face to criminal organizations in the network.

The meeting this week following a conference in Dublin, Ireland, last year, attended by more than 60 former members of criminal gangs to focus on how to end violent extremism.

Thus, Google joins the efforts of the FBI in its battle against cybercrime.

Last week, the FBI disconnected server’s DNSChanger virus after about nine months of monitoring the super virus that redirects Internet traffic and manipulate online advertising and generates about $14 million in illegal profits.




Nexus Q, Dim Star of Google?


The Google Nexus Q is awesome. With 2 pounds and 4.6 inches in diameter, the new center integrates digital media player 33 LED bulbs in black metal shell that changes color and intensity. It is interesting to touch, and even the hear. Without doubt, this is one of the most attractive devices in the market.

But despite all the elegance of this true mini-Death Star from Google, it falls short in terms of functionality. Sold at 299 dollars, its price is much higher than the Roku player LT (50 dollars) or the Apple TV console (100 dollars) but their functions are less.

Currently, the Nexus Q allows users to access services related to Google and Google Play Music, Google Movies & TV Play and YouTube, but users who seek admission to services like Netflix, Hulu, Pandora, Spotify, and MLB.TV are disappointed.

In addition, music and videos played must be purchased in Google Play, while the multimedia content from outside sources must be uploaded to Google servers in the company before they can reproduce.

There is another problem: now you need a phone or tablet loaded with Android 2.3 or higher to control the Nexus Q. It comes with its own remote control as many devices Roku bring, and no other way to control it.

If users have an Android  device, the configuration is very simple: just download the application from the Google Play store on the phone or tablet and quickly communicate with the Nexus Q to premiere.

Also with the Nexus Q, we reproduced movies and music for hours, and although there was a noticeable delay to start up, for example, ‘Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon”, High definition was magnificent and smooth.

Skipping from song to song in the Nexus 7 tablet was also quick and easy. The user has the option to adjust the volume through the Nexus Q application or turning the top of the device.

Although the Nexus Q is a beautiful piece of hardware, it is a device that only appreciates the aesthetes of early adoption.

With its drawbacks, however, it may change when Google updates the device in the software aspect, perhaps opening it to third party services. But for now, it is little more than a curiosity beautifully constructed.



Android: A Magnet for Lawsuits


As part of the story that Fujifilm sued for patent violation against Motorola Mobility, a subsidiary of Google , the expert Florian Mueller of FOSS Patents, wonders why it is that attracts so many demands in the Android intellectual property. And Mueller does not refer to the so-called “trolls” patent, as they claim to everything that moves, including Apple.

They referred to companies that traded with market capitalizations of billions of dollars. Fujifilm is the seventh in a lawsuit for patent infringement against Android, joining Apple (with a market capitalization of 565.680 billion), Oracle (144.420 billion), Microsoft (246.900 billion), Gemalto (6.520 billion), British Telecom (27.020 billion) and Nokia (6.890 billion).

With Fujifilm (whose market value is 8.470 billion), the combined total market capitalization of the applicants amounted to 1.06 billion dollars. The market value of Google by comparison, is 188.000 billion.

However, the assessment of the enemies of Google is not what concerns Mueller, but the few facts.

“Companies who claim that Google’s Android violates its intellectual property are too diverse to believe in a conspiracy,” he writes.

In contrast, except for reactive or preventive claims made ​​by manufacturers of Android devices, Apple has been sued only by two large companies in recent years, Kodak and Nokia , and the dispute was resolved with the latter last year.

“Does Apple do a better job preventing violations of patents than Google? “asks Mueller.

“Does Apple do a better job preparing licensing agreements or non-aggression pacts with others in the industry? Honestly, I do not know what Apple does. Obviously, the company does not tell the public what their agreements with other sectors are. But whatever they do, they show the commercial success of a platform is just one of the relevant factors. Android’s problems with intellectual properties are not simply functions of its market share. There must be some fundamental problems “.

As a user of Android, Mueller said he hoped that Google contains their problems more effectively. But as is clear from public statements of its officers, he suspects they are in a state of denial.




The Nexus 7: Sold Out



With a brief message on Twitter,team Google has announced the official start of shipments of the expected Nexus 7, the tablet from the collaboration with ASUS and based on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

And according to what reported by Reuters, the first tablet of the company in Mountain View is already sold out. The major U.S. retailers, GameStop, Staples, Sam’s Club, Office Depot, and Walmart, in fact, sold all models available even before the actuial arrival of the terminal in stores.

There is currently no data on the quantity of tablets that have been booked. The latest rumors, however, made ​​reference to an initial production batch of 600,000 units .

The first tablet of the Nexus is based on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The Nexus 7 was able to gain the interest of users, helped by a rather competitive price of 199 dollars for the 8GB variant.

Its main features that stand out is the 7-inch display with HD resolution, quad-core platform based on NVIDIA Tegra 3, 1GB of RAM, NFC and a 1.2 megapixel front camera.




Google Dismisses China for Nexus Q


When Google Inc. decided to build its new Nexus Q in Silicon Valley and not in China, the company was not thinking about cost, but speed.

“We wanted to innovate faster. This is the first integral Google hardware,” said John Lagerling, director of global partnerships for Google Android.

The cost of building the Nexus Q media device is considered the most direct rival of Apple TV. “We wanted to see if we could do it quickly instead of our engineers fly around the world,” said Lagerling.

Google’s decision to manufacture this product in the U.S. is a significant departure from “Made in China” model and other companies have long considered essential to their competitiveness.

The Nexus Q will also be sold in limited quantities, which makes finding the cheapest manufacturer may not be as important.

The Nexus Q combines the power of Android and Google Play to stream music and video at home, all controlled by an Android phone or tablet.

The device is a small sphere that connects to speakers and TV you have in your home.

Nexus Q will be available through pre-order first in the U.S., from Google Play for $299 and will ship in mid-July.

Android 4.1 Jelly Bean: Who Will Receive the Update?


The Google Nexus 7 and Android Jelly Bean: they were both expected and did not betray the expectations. Google has unveiled its first tablet, which will be sold directly online with a price ranging between $199 and $ 249 , and the new version of its mobile platform, the Jelly Bean 4.1 . What will happen to all the devices already in circulation?


Beyond the presentations and debuts, the recurring question in these early days of the launch of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is always the same: which devices will be updated? And most importantly, when will the update be? Yes, because this time the vast majority of smartphones and tablets in circulation has not yet received Android 4.0 ICS and the risk is that Jelly Bean does not arrive at all.

Some examples? Take the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. The upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich should arrive by summer, between July and August, and Jelly Bean there are no certainties. The tablet had debuted with Honeycomb 3.1 and the new version would be the third update. Will there be? It is not known yet, but we have all the technical characteristics have remained virtually the same as in the new Galaxy Tab 10.1 2.



Stable Chrome Version is Out!


When the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich was announced, so was the Chrome for Android BETA. It took sometime for Google to have this great browser to be part of their Android system. And when it finally was, it then became the primary browser.

Today, the Chrome Team is happy to announce that the stable version is out for Androdi 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich or later. This stable update improves the performance of the browser along with some bug fixes and user interface improvement, especially for the tablet.

You can go to Google Play to download the stable version for Chrome. Or, you can update your current Beta version.