Amazon Silk Browser

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Willing to know what it is and how its differ??

Its all-new web browser powered by Amazon Web Services (AWS) and available exclusively on the just announced Kindle Fire for now.

Amazon Silk deploys a split-architecture.  All of the browser subsystems are present on your Kindle Fire as well as on the AWS cloud computing platform.  Each time you load a web page, Silk makes a dynamic decision about which of these subsystems will run locally and which will execute remotely.  In short, Amazon Silk extends the boundaries of the browser, coupling the capabilities and interactivity of your local device with the massive computing power, memory, and network connectivity of our cloud.

 

World’s Smartest Motorcycle Helmet

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While the Skully AR-1 may look like a normal helmet, the self-proclaimed “world’s smartest motorcycle helmet” will likely do more than protect your head —The AR-1 boasts a rear-view camera, as well as a “heads-up display” that shows informations such as speed, directions, fuel levels and caller ID — all within the motorcyclist’s line of sight, according to Skully Systems, the San Francisco-based startup that created the wearable-tech helmet. The visor is also glare-, fog- and scratch-resistant.

What’s more, the AR-1 connects with a smartphone via Bluetooth to provide the information that is displayed its visor. For GPS services, it can connect to the Internet via smartphone, or use on-board map storage in case web connectivity is a problem.

While the helmet has access to basic phone, music and GPS features via your smartphone.

Watch: here

With Android One, Google is poised to own the entire world

Android One is a reference platform — it’s a set of rules that device makers can follow to make low-cost phones.

The first Android One devices will be produced by Indian manufacturers this fall. An example device that Google demonstrated this week featured a 4.5-inch display, support for two SIM cards at once (an important feature for many in developing markets), an SD card slot, and an FM radio. Critically, it is said to cost less than $100 to make, far less than the cost of most smartphones sold in the developed world.

Google isn’t just controlling the hardware with Android One, either — it’s also making sure the devices run the latest versions of Android.

Micromax, Karbonn Mobile and Spice Mobile will also be making Android One phones.

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More: http://www.theverge.com/2014/6/26/5845562/android-one-google-the-next-billion

Teach Google Now new voice commands

Free Android app Commandr helps you carry out common phone tasks using a few spoken commands and Google Now.

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Google Now is great for getting directions, checking the weather, looking up the definition of a word, or just searching the Web, but that’s no longer all it can do. With the help of an app called Commandr for Google Now, you can toggle Wi-Fi on or off, pause your music, or ask your phone to read your text messages out loud, all by speaking a few simple voice commands.

Commandr plugs into Google Now’s voice assistant to let you control your phone by speaking to it, and it’s particularly helpful for when you can’t use your screen, like when you’re driving. It works by reading the text that Google transcribes when you speak in Google Now’s voice search.

Step 1: Set up the app

After you’ve downloaded and installed Commandr, go through the app’s short setup process. You get two choices here: You can either give the app accessibility access on your phone so it can listen your commands, or you can use a limited version of Commandr that requires you to say “note to self” before each command.

If you choose the former, Commandr walks you through a short set-up process to activate the accessibility service on your phone in the settings menu. Just so you know, accessibility services are often used for apps or with built-in features designed for those with visual or hearing impairments.

Step 2: Pick your commands

After you’re all set up, it’s time to pick which commands you want to use. Tap the Built-in Commands section of the home screen, and you’ll get a list of pre-installed commands that you can turn on or off. A few examples of built-in choices are:

  • Toggling your flashlight on or off
  • Turning Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, or cellular data on or off
  • Skip to the next song (skips to the next track, but only in Google Play Music)
  • Read your unread SMS messages out loud
  • Lowering your phone’s system or ringtone volume

Commandr’s developer, Ryan Senanayake, is working on adding new commands to the app, and you can help by voting for suggestions that other users have submitted to show which commands are most popular. You can view and vote for the latest contenders by tapping “Vote for New Commands” at the bottom of the Built-in Commands page. If there’s a command you’d like added that’s not already on that list, just tap the “Suggest a New Command” button to submit it.

Step 3: Open Google Now

Now that you’ve picked the commands you want to use with Commandr, the next time you want your phone to carry out that action, launch Google Now the way you normally would, either by swiping up from the bottom of your screen or saying “OK Google” while on your home screen.

When the Google Now dashboard appears, say “OK Google” to launch voice search and then speak your command. Your phone should then do what you ask, whether that’s turning on your flashlight or pausing your music. That’s all there is to it.

Timex Smartwatch Goes Phone-Free

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Watch brand Timex introduced a phone-free smartwatch Wednesday, the company announced in a statement.

Called the Ironman One GPS+, the 3G-connected device’s standout quality is its ability to connects to apps on its own, rather than syncing with a smartphone. The company is targeting users who use smartwatches for fitness-tracking, but don’t carry a phone and a watch at the same time.

The smartwatch comes with 4GB of memory, MP3 capabilities and a year of free 3G data provided by AT&T. It also supports all fitness-tracking apps and is water resistant for those who prefer to exercise outdoors or in a pool.

As its name suggests, the watch is equipped with GPS to allow the user to track his or her location and make whereabouts visible to others. Meanwhile, the “Find Me Mode” feature lets users fire off customizable alert messages with exact location specifics should an emergency situation arise.

Ironman One GPS+ is available for pre-order on Timex’s website for $399. A fancier model with a built-in heart rate monitor goes for $449, and both will hit AT&T and electronics stores by fall.

New Square Reader Accepts EMV Chip-Enabled Credit Cards

Mobile payment company Square introduced on Wednesday a new reader that will accept chip cards, which are already popular outside the U.S. and are expected to hit it big stateside in the next few years.

 

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Square allows users (typically small business owners) to accept credit card payments via mobile devices such as the iPhone, iPad and Android smartphones. Now, the new white dongle is readying small businesses for EMV revolution in the U.S.

EMV — which stands for Europay, MasterCard and Visa, a global standard for chip cards — offers more protection than the standard black magnetic strip we’re used to seeing behind credit cards. As the industry shifts to these chip-enabled cards, which is expected to hit the mainstream market in fall 2015, Square will be ready to accept them with the new reader.

One of the major differences is that the new reader requires charging — it comes with a USB port. But considering the heightened benefits of data protection and security, it’s just a small extra step merchants need to take to keep the product powered.

More: http://mashable.com/2014/07/30/square-reader-emv/