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| Google Adds Background Refresh to Gmail for iOS |
Mar 05, 2014 - 5:47 PM - by TechSocial |
Gmail just got a lot faster for iOS users. |
Google rolled out an update to Gmail's iOS app Wednesday that added background refresh and a simpler sign-in process.
With the update, Gmail now loads messages in the background so users can view new emails the second they get a push notification. Previously, users would have to wait for new messages load after launching the app.
"The app now fully supports background app refresh, which means your Gmail messages will be pre-fetched and synced so they’re right there when you open the app," Google said in a blog post announcing the update.
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| AMD's budget-friendly Sempron line lives on with new desktop chips |
Mar 04, 2014 - 11:06 AM - by TechSocial |
Advanced Micro Devices’ Sempron processor brand has polarized chip fans since its 2004 introduction in laptops, but a fresh batch of the processors is being targeted at its desktop fan base. |
AMD’s Sempron chips will go into low-priced desktops priced at up to $399. Barebones desktops could be built starting at $60 with just a Sempron chip and motherboard, said Adam Kozak, desktop product marketing manager at AMD.
The company also introduced new Athlon chips, which are usually more feature-packed and expensive than Sempron. Both the chips have been updated with the latest Jaguar microarchitecture and Radeon GCN (graphics core next). The new chips will support up to four CPU cores, 16GB of memory and USB 3.0.
Sempron is at the lowest rung of AMD’s chips and in its decade of existence has been derided for poor performance. But it has found a niche among buyers looking for inexpensive PCs and is used in some of the cheapest laptops and desktops that ship today.
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| Skype for Outlook.com rolls out worldwide with new HD video call support |
Mar 04, 2014 - 10:58 AM - by TechSocial |
Good news, social butterflies! Nearly a year after Microsoft first added Skype functionality to Outlook.com on a preview basis, the communication tool is officially rolling out to inboxes throughout the world—complete with new HD video calling capabilities. |
That'll make your face-to-face chat's clearer than before, but the Outlook.com functionality also includes the voice calls and instant messaging Skype is so famous for. You'll need Skype's browser plugin to get the ball rolling. A Safari plugin is now available so Mac users can get in on the real-time communications action.
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| This Wearable Computer is Like Google Glass for Your Ears |
Mar 02, 2014 - 12:09 PM - by TechSocial |
A new kind of wearable computer has been created that immediately evokes images of the ear-mounted PC worn by Joaquin Phoenix in the recent film Her. |
Created by Hiroshima City University staffer Kazuhiro Taniguchi, the prototype device's interface uses infrared waves to detect when the wearer opens and closes his mouth. Those movements send corresponding command signals back to the device. Conceivably, apps could be created for the device that would let you do things like fetch traffic information or get directions by turning your head or biting down.
Taniguchi, who calls the Bluetooth device an Ear Switch, also embedded the formfitting earpiece with a compass, barometer, a speaker and microphone, gyro-sensors, a battery and GPS functions.
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