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Apple Patents Android-Like Gesture Unlocking Tech For Mobile Devices
Apr 19, 2014 - 4:45 PM - by TechSocial
Apple has a pair of new patent applications published by the USPTO today (via AppleInsider) which describe a gesture-based unlocking system for iPhone or iPad devices. The system is more sophisticated than existing implementations, however, and includes a number of provisions to make the encryption even harder to frustrate the current methods employed by Android devices.

Apple’s patent describes gesture lock screen user interface elements that can be changed by a user, in terms of both size and position. Changing size makes them easier or harder to hit, and rearranging their position could also frustrate potential hacking attempts by making patterns more unpredictable. The system can also selectively use invisible dots too, which aren’t present on the UI but which work in tandem with visible hit points to track a path.

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Facebook Launches 'Nearby Friends' Location Feature for Meet-Ups IRL
Apr 19, 2014 - 4:31 PM - by TechSocial
Facebook has always encouraged you to share with your friends — your favorite movies, pictures, and life updates. Now Facebook wants you sharing your location, too.

The social network on Thursday announced Nearby Friends, a new feature built into Facebook's mobile app that allows you to see which of your friends are close by, and even share your exact location with others.

The new feature uses the geolocation technology in your smart phone to determine when you are close to one of your Facebook friends. When activated, the feature will send periodic notifications alerting you to friends who are nearby. Users have been able to check in on Facebook for some time, meaning you can already share your location as part of a post, but Nearby Friends allows you to broadcast your general location to Facebook friends without posting at all.

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How Apple’s CarPlay could save the car stereo industry
Apr 16, 2014 - 10:04 PM - by ekim68
Car stereo salesmen and installers around the country are giddy with excitement because Apple’s CarPlay in-car infotainment system will have a big presence in the aftermarket car stereo industry. The Nikkei Asian Review reports that Alpine is making car stereo head units for between $500 – $700 that will run the iOS-like system Apple unveiled last month, and Macrumors added Clarion to the list of CarPlay supporters. Even Pioneer is getting into the game with support said to be coming to existing car stereo models in its NEX line ($700 – $1400) via firmware update, according to Twice. Given Apple’s wildly supportive fan base, its likely that a lot of aftermarket CarPlay units are about to fly off stereo shop shelves.
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Google hopes Project Ara will change the way you see smartphones
Apr 15, 2014 - 5:55 PM - by TechSocial
Google has every intention of making a smartphone with customizeable, swappable hardware modules into a tangible reality, but it has some kinks to work out first.

The company thoroughly laid out plans for its modular smartphone at the Project Ara Developers Conference in Mountain View today. Even for a company as big as Google, the idea of a phone with swappable components is a lofty goal—especially in a mobile industry with a well-established production chain. It'll be interesting to see if Google can actually disrupt that with this outlandish idea, but it certainly believes it can.

"The IKEA effect"

Project head Paul Eremenko began the conference by detailing Project Ara's main objectives, the most interesting of which is to help spark the "IKEA effect" among smartphone users by encouraging them to essentially make their own device. "Let the consumer make…changes over their own life and their own evolution," he said.

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The battle of the digital assistants: Windows Phone Cortana vs Google Now vs Siri
Apr 14, 2014 - 12:24 PM - by TechSocial
The personal computer has endured for more than 30 years. We understand it. It’s familiar. But digital assistants—the new breed of smartphone data butlers designed to make our lives simpler—have yet to climb out of their cribs.

This holds true for Cortana, the digital assistant built into Windows Phone 8.1, which Microsoft released as a developer preview on Monday. It’s packed with intuition, but it’s still a beta product, and it isn’t a miracle worker by any means.

The perfect digital assistant would anticpate our every need, retrieving answers from search engines, connecting us with our social networks, and tapping into maps and calendars to guide our travel and appointments. But no single digital assistant has yet figured out how to connect all these dots in an effective, intuitive way.

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