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September 2013

iOS 7 on iPad 3 Review – Gotta Be Mobile

Tweet Earlier this month, Apple rolled out the iOS 7 update for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, an update that replaced the iOS 6 update that arrived last September with the iPhone 5. And after spending quite a bit of time with software and the subsequent iOS 7.0.2 update, it’s time to offer our final thoughts on the iOS 7 update for Apple’s iPad third-generation, also known as the iPad 3. Back in June, Apple announced the iOS 7 update, an update that it said would be coming to many of its older mobile devices later on in the year. Specifically, in the fall. The company delivered on that promise, pegging the iOS 7 release date for both iPhone Read More

TECH NOW: New iPhone creates a gold rush for re-sellers – USA TODAY

An iPhone 5s.(Photo: Alan Diaz AP) Story Highlights Gold iPhone is on back order until mid-October Some Craiglist users charging double the retail price for gold iPhone Be cautious when navigating re-sell websites All it took was a little splash of color and Apple has one of the most sought after smartphones in years. In just the first weekend, the company struck gold, selling more than 9 million of its newest versions of the iPhone. But this gold rush has created a market for people looking to cash in, especially on the gold-colored iPhone 5s. The 16GB version sells for $649 on the Apple website, but it’s back ordered and won’t arrive until mid-October. Do a quick scan of Craigslist Read More

Facebook widens Graph Search to include posts, status updates – PCWorld

Facebook has started to include more types of content in Graph Search, a tool for searching what others have been posting about on the social network Graph Search will now search status updates, photo captions, check-ins and comments, Facebook said on Monday. Previously, it searched mainly what was in people’s profiles, or in Pages on the site. Users will now be able to search for posts from a certain time or place, for instance, such as “Posts by my friends from last month” or “Posts written at The White House,” Facebook said. Graph Search is currently available only on the U.S. English version of the site. The searches are done through the standard search bar at the top of the Read More

9 Ways To Improve iOS 7’s Battery Life – Huffington Post

iOS 7 has been out for a few weeks now, and people are torn. While some of the new features are fabulous, and others are making us crazy, there’s one thing we can all agree on: iOS 7 is not helping our battery life. As Ars Technica discovered, iOS 7 kills battery life faster than iOS 6.1 on every device you can use it on. We’ve got some tips to help you out. 1. Change Your Spotlight Settings With iOS 7, you can now search for anything on your iPhone using Spotlight. All you have to do is pull down on your Home screen and you can search pretty much every part of your phone, from notes to music, to Read More

Google pays $55 million tax in Britain on 2012 sales of $5 billion – Reuters

By Tom Bergin LONDON | Mon Sep 30, 2013 12:04pm EDT LONDON (Reuters) – Google, which has been grilled twice in the past year by a UK parliamentary committee over its tax practices, had a UK tax bill of 35 million pounds ($55 million) in 2012, on sales of $4.9 billion to British customers, its accounts showed. The Internet search giant paid a tax rate of 2.6 percent on $8.1 billion in non-U.S. income in 2012, because it channeled almost all of its overseas profits to a subsidiary in Bermuda which levies no corporate income tax, the group’s accounts show. Corporate tax avoidance has risen to the top of the international agenda in the past year with the G20 and Read More

In San Francisco, Google Will Now Sign for Your Packages – Wired

A Google-owned BufferBox delivery locker at Mission: Comics and Art, a store in San Francisco’s Mission District. Photo: BufferBox Fresh off of the arrival of its same-day delivery service in the San Francisco area, Google is now offering lockers inside city stores where you can send those same deliveries. If you live San Francisco, Google will not only deliver packages on the same day you order them online but will give you a place where you can have them delivered when you’re not home. City residents can have their orders shipped to one of more than a dozen delivery lockers located in city 7-Elevens, as well as local cafes and markets. The lockers are provided by BufferBox, a Canadian startup Read More

Google Launches Web Designer, A Visual Tool For Building Interactive HTML5 … – TechCrunch

Google today announced the launch of Web Designer, a new tool for building interactive HTML5 sites and ads. The company first hinted at this launch in June, but had been quiet about it ever since. Web Designer, which Google calls a “professional-quality design tool,” is now officially in public beta and available for download for Mac and Windows. As Google notes in today’s announcement, Web Designer was developed to allow advertisers to easily create HTML5 ads for mobile and desktop. Until recently, Google argues, advertisers “didn’t have the tools they needed to easily develop content fit for today’s cross-screen experiences” and Web Designer aims to be the tool to create these experiences. While this ad pedigree shines through across Web Read More

Google Analytics For Android Gets Card-Based UI, New Visualizations And … – TechCrunch

If it’s a Google product and it’s on mobile, it’s getting a card-based user interface. The latest product to get this treatment is Google Analytics for Android. With today’s update, though, the app isn’t just getting a new look. It’s also getting a slew of new features based on feedback Google received from the 700,000 users who have already downloaded it. In addition to the card-based UI, Google added a few other design-centric features, including its standard slide-out side navigation bar. This update also introduces new visualizations for your stats that automatically resize to fit your screen size and orientation. On a small screen, Google argues, users can quickly become overwhelmed with too much information, so with this update, all Read More

Google To Be Punished In France For Failing To Pare Back Its Overreaching … – TechCrunch

Google is facing sanctions in France after it failed to amend its privacy policy to comply with French data protection law within a timetable set out by the national regulator.  France’s data privacy regulator, the CNIL, said Friday it intends to initiate “a formal procedure for imposing sanctions” — which could include a fine — after a three-month deadline to comply with its requirements passed without Google making any changes. Instead, according to the CNIL, Google waited until the last day of the compliance period to file a response in which it contested the watchdog’s reasoning. “[Google] has not complied with the requests laid down in the enforcement notice,” the CNIL said in a statement. At issue is Google’s January 2012 decision to Read More

AI smartwatch is also a standalone Android smartphone (updated) Mobile – Engadget

Smartwatches sure are multiplying faster than rabbits. One of the newest devices hoping to make it to market is the A.I Watch: a companion gadget that’s also a standalone Android phone, similar to a Chinese creation we saw in August. According to its developers, you can use the A.I Watch to make and accept calls — à la Hot Watch — even if it’s not connected to a phone via Bluetooth. That’s because it has its own SIM card slot and supports 850/900/1800/1900 MHz GSM bands, as well as 3G. They also claim that its unspecified 1.2GHz dual-core processor is powerful enough for downloading apps from Google Play, loading Maps for navigation, streaming videos and accessing social networks, among Read More