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Do you like free stuff? Well, of course you do and so do we! Google is feeling a little generous today and giving away a bundle of devices in their Google Play Favorite Things Sweepstakes. There are only 3 restrictions; the users must be based in the US, aged 18+ and on Twitter.
The giveaway includes 10 Nexus 10 tablets, 7 Nexus 7 tablets and 4 Nexus 4 smartphones (not too difficult to memorize right?) as well as 100 gift cards worthy of $10 each. All you have to do is follow @GooglePlay, and then choose what you like on the Play Store – this could be an app, a movie or even a magazine. Next thing you’ll have to do is tweet a link of the item using the hashtag #favoritethings.
The final step will have to complete an official entry form.
We did not forget to bring you our selected Apps selection of the week. Check them out and let us know what your thoughts are.
1. SkyDeck (Get it for your android) Free
Skydeck is a new way to meet people who like taking and sharing photos. From Skydeck you can see everyone – and the view is great. Take a photo. Choose a filter. Post it to Skydeck. Browse photos from people near you or anywhere in the world. Message, chat, and swap pictures privately. Meet new friends, date, and more, all for free!
2. Twilight (Get it for your android) Free
Are you using your smart phone or tablet in the late evening? Twilight may be just the solution for you.Recent research suggests that exposure to blue light before sleep may distort your natural (circadian) rhythm and cause inability to fall asleep. This app makes your device screen adapt to the time of the day. It filters the blue spectrum on your phone or tablet after sunset and protects your eyes with a soft and pleasant red filter.
3. Swizzle (Get it for your android) Free
The Swizzle Drink Recipes app can help anyone make cocktails and mix drinks like a bartender or mixologist. Store your ingredients inventory in My Cabinet, clone and modify recipes to your personal taste and save, and get non alcoholic and virgin drink recipes.
4. G Cloud backup (Get it for your android) Free
Phones get lost, stolen and misplaced every single day. In this hectic life we’re leading, it’s hard to remember where you placed your keys, so having a backup plan is always a must! With G Cloud installed, one can rest assured that all the precious contacts and data can never be lost. You can get up to 8GB of free storage, and if you want to backup all your app&game settings just download the key for rooted from here!
5. Fetch (Get it for your android) Free
Fetch is a personal search companion that brings apps and games to you! Unlike simple search tools, Fetch is smart enough to seek out apps and games based on your personal tastes. Fetch can pinpoint an app’s consistent, fundamental traits and gives you the power to link them together however you want to find exactly what you’re looking for. When you find something you love, Fetch will work non-stop to find the best apps for you, every day!
6.Thrillcall (Get it for your android) Free
The best nights out can be spontaneous. Wouldn’t it be great if drinks after work could turn into an awesome night at a concert? But tickets probably sold out weeks ago, right? Wait, you need the Thrillcall app. Thrillcall is a live music discovery app that enables you to search for, discover and purchase concert tickets and exclusive offers in a few clicks.
7. WeVideo (Get it for your android) Free
The WeVideo Video Editor helps you capture memories and moments wherever they happen, and turn them into amazing videos to share with others, across your favorite social networks. Launch the WeVideo Android app and record videos to the phone. Trim video clips, tag videos and upload to the cloud. Arrange clips, adjust track volume, and stylize with any one of the unique WeVideo themes, with built-in music, filters, transitions and titles.
8. Burner (Get it for your android) Free
Burner provides disposable phone numbers at the push of a button. Make calls and send texts from temporary phone numbers. Receive calls, texts and voicemails on your Burner disposable phone numbers. Find a number in any area code. Free to download and comes with one free Burner.
9. StatusAgenda (Beta) (Get it for your android) Free
This app brings Jelly Bean Quick Setting to Android 2.1+ with plenty of customization (don’t need ROOT). It’s more than regular quick settings. You can customize to add different things to quick setting panel including over 75 built-in actions.
10.Mp3 InCall Recorder & Voice (Get it for your android) Free
High Quality MP3 Calls & Voice recorder in one! InCall Recorder Allows full control of Recorded Calls. You can choose when to start recording and saving battery power and reduce size of the audio file. There is also a choice of automatically recording all conversations interactions unattended. Quick start tape recorder creating high-quality audio.
It might come as a surprise to some to know that the first computer programmer that has paved the way for the evolution of laptops, computers and tablets was actually a female mathematician; Ada Lovelace. Today, Google celebrates her 197th birth anniversary with a special doodle that showcases Ada writing the pioneering computer program using a quill pen while she sits at a desk and the paper scroll containing her algorithm spins in the shape of the letters of the Google logo.
Ada King, the countess of Lovelace, was the daughter of the reputable poet Lord Byron. Her father was expecting her to be a “glorious” baby boy was thus somewhat disappointed, and her parents soon separated after her birth.
Ada, originally named Augusta, was raised by her aristocratic mother, who had set her mind on distancing her daughter from anything related to poetry and thus decided to educate her little one in mathematics from a very early age. Her mother hit the right note, for as it turns out, Lovelice had an incredible affinity to the subject, and while she was educated at home by tutors, her mathematical skills were further cultivated by Augustus De Morgan, the first professor of mathematics at the University of London, who helped her in advanced studies.
Her affiliation with Charles Babbage, founder of the computer, commenced when she translated an article by Italian mathematician and engineer Luigi Federico on Babbage’s proposed Analytical Engine. Yet, Ada being as enthusiastic as she was, she not only translated the work but added her own personal notes that were extensive; 3 times longer than the actual paper and are now recognized as containing the first computer algorithm. Charles was so impressed with Ada that he called her the “Enchantress of Numbers”.
Ada Lovelace passed away at an early age of 36 on November 27, 1852 due to uterine cancer.
Even though there has been some controversy over the extent of Lovelace’s contribution to the evolution of computing, the computer language Ada is named in honor and a medal is awarded in her name by the British Computer Society.
With Monday came Google’s official announcement of the LG Nexus 4, yet it did not yield the expected approval from the customers due to the astounding absence of LTE support. Last year’s Nexus model had an LTE variant, making the 3G-only Nexus 4 appear even more so as a relapse.
Google also announce the Nexus 10 tablet, a 3G version of the Nexus 7 and Android 4.2 ; all of which were set to be unveiled at an event in New York but got cancelled due to the unfortunate Hurricane Sandy.
The Google Nexus 4, manufactured by LG, is most certainly an exceptional Android Smartphone, yet the inevitable question on everyone’s mind remains: how does it compare to the major rivals such as the iPhone 5 and Galaxy SIII ? Well, we’ll help you out and compare the specs below.
Display & Dimensions
Despite the general consensus that comes with the name, the Nexus 4 has a 4.7 inch touch-screen, running at a resolution of 1280*720 pixels. This gives the new smartphone a 320 pixels-per-inch (ppi), which comes in very favorably when compared to the iPhone 5’s 4inch 326 ppi Retina display, and definitely beats the Galaxy SIII’s 4.8 inch 306 ppi display.
Now let’s move to the dimensions; 134mm * 69mm * 9mm and weighs in at 139g, making it larger and heavier than the iPhone 5. This, however, does not come as a surprise thanks to the larger screen-size and the higher capacity 2100 mAH battery. A more object comparison would be with the Galaxy SIII since it is just slightly thicker and heavier.
Power & Features
Google is keen to roll each and every one of its devices with impeccable amount of power, and the new Nexus 4 is no exception. The smartphone boasts a quad-core 1.5 Ghz Snapdragon, S4 processor and 2GB of RAM, easily giving it the upper hand over both the iPhone ( dual-core A6 processor & 1GB of RAM) and the Galaxy SIII ( 1.4 Ghz quad-core processor & 1GB of RAM).
When it comes to Kodak moments, the three smartphones rank pretty much equally; the Nexus 4 has an 8 mega-pixel rear facing camera & a 1.3 mp front-facing clicker for those video calls. The iPhone, similarly, has an 8 mp and 1.2 mp, the Galaxy SIII has an 8 mp and 1.9 mp.
The one major advantage the Nexus 4 can boast over its two major rivals is its unprecedented wireless charging, which is not supported on both the iPhone 5 and Galaxy SIII. The wireless charging mat comes included in the retail box, hence saving you the burden of buying an extra accessory that would’ve been exploited had it been Apple’s.
The very latest version of the Android Jelly Bean OS, the Android 4.2, is the one implemented in the Nexus 4. The new OS comes with a lot of new enhancements such as the Photo Sphere, an improved version of Google Now and Gesture Typing.
Apple’s latest flagship runs on their latest OS; the iOS 6, while the Galaxy SIII is a step behind the Nexus 4 since it runs on the “oh so last month’s Jelly Bean” 4.1. Not to sound so harsh, the GSIII will be updated surly in the near future, yet the fact that the Nexus 4 comes preinstalled with the latest version still gives it the upper hand.
Lack of 4G & microSD support
We’ve always been taught that all that shines is not gold, and this is true for the Nexus 4 for it does not impress in every category; astoundingly it lacks support for 4G LTE, as well as the lack of support for microSD cards, obliging you to be content with either 8 or 16 GB of existing memory. Of course, this might not satisfy many hungry GB consuming users, but they’ll have to make do with the cloud-based storage. Both the iPhone 5 and Galaxy SIII come in at 16, 32 and 64 models, with Samsung’s support for microSD cards.
To sum it all up for the non tech savvy; the Google Nexus 4 is a compelling smartphone, offers an equivalent display, competitive battery and almost duplicate cameras as its major rivals. It runs on the latest Android OS with the only setback being the lack of support for the 4G and microSD cards. However, this setback is trivial when you take into consideration the pricing; the Nexus 4 is almost half the price of the iPhone 5 and over $160 cheaper than the precious Galaxy SIII. Those who are content with just 8GB of memory can even boast an even greater deal and pay a mere $386.8 for such a great power-packed Droid.
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Google must be really proud; after the huge failure of iOS6 maps, it announced last week that 800,000 websites and apps are in fact actively using its Google Maps API. To commemorate this achievement, the search behemoth launched MoreThanAMap.com which demonstrates how developers are leveraging the features of the Maps API.
Even though millions of users use maps.google.com to find where they ought to go, many others also use Google Maps through other sites. Google wants to pay tribute to the developers that use the API, and it’s doing so by showing the visitors of www.morethanamap.com just how Web and App developers effectuate Google Maps features such as Street View, public transit directions, location data, and advanced data visualization capabilities.
There are tons of interactive demos on the website to flaunt the simplicity in which anyone can embed the aforementioned features. Stories are also included especially from those in the community who are using the API to start off businesses, help enhance their communities, or save the environment. In fact, starting this Monday, such inspiring stories will be featured on a weekly basis on the Geo Developers Blog.
Of course no new Google announcement would be complete without a YouTube video explaining the campaign. Google Maps team member Carlos Cuesta, with just a backpack and a camera, spoke to six distinct developers around the world about the API:
Do not be mistaken: this marketing move is not out of place. Despite Apple’s open apology for iOS 6 Maps, Mountain view was also criticized for not working something out with Cupertino, as well as for not releasing a standalone Maps app in time for the release of iOS 6.
Google is trying to spin off the whole situation for its favor, and making it look like it’s the victim. If we think about it, 800,000 sites and apps is not such a huge turning point; no big deal was held for the 600,000 mark, and there certainly was no new website launched to flaunt how the whole world is using its API.
This is the embedded message that Google is trying to get through: “Check out all the developers that already enjoy having thriving businesses based on our API. Yes, we’ll release a Google Maps app for iOS 6 when time is right, but until then, check out what Apple and its fanboys are missing out on.”
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