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Google is coming up with an update to the mobile version of Chrome, which promises to decrease data usage while browsing by as much as 50%.
Google announced the upcoming changes to its browser Wednesday in a blog post, saying, “In the U.S. alone, more than a fifth of adult smartphone users now do most of their online browsing on their mobile device. Around the world, we’re seeing a similar trend towards more mobile browsing. That’s why we’ll be rolling out a new feature on Chrome for Mobile to help you reduce data usage and save money on your mobile plan. When enabled, Chrome’s data compression and bandwidth management can reduce data usage by up to 50% while browsing the web on Chrome for Android and iOS. This feature also enables Chrome’s Safe Browsing technology which helps protect you from malicious webpages.”
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However to reduce data usage, users must enable the data-savings option in Chrome’s “settings” menu. With this setting, users will also be able to track the amount of data they’re saving each month.
This update will be available for both Android and iOS. The iOS update will also bring Google Translate to Apple devices, which translates webpages while browsing. This feature is already available on the desktop and Android versions of Chrome.
Lastly, this upcoming release of Chrome for Android will allow you to create shortcuts to your favorite websites right from your homescreen for faster and easier access to the web. When visiting a site you’d like to save, simply select “Add to homescreen” from the toolbar menu. For certain websites, the shortcut will open in a full-screen experience and appear as a separate app in the Android app switcher. This update is set to roll out over the next few days.
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Samsung’s new Pro series tablets makes a significant step toward the company leaving behind the traditional Android interface in favor of something more graphical and immediate. The new tablets, which go up to sizes as big as 12.2-inches, are designed to, in Samsung’s words,
“Redefine what a tablet can do.”
The NotePro and TabPro tablets looks similar to Galaxy Note 10.1 – 2014 Edition, with faux-leather backs and silver trim. Just 8mm thick, theses things are slim and relatively light weight. The main difference is that the NotePro supports the S-Pen and the TabPro does not. Otherwise, the devices share the same internals.
The 12.2-inch display feature a beautiful 2560×1600 resolution display. It also has 3GB of RAM, runs Android 4.4 and comes equipped with 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 3.0, 8-megapixel rear cameras and 2-megapixel front cameras.
The big visual innovation with the NotePro and TabPro tablets is the all new User Interface something Samsung calls Magazine UX. It’s Windows 8-like, with various tiles that let users organize their favorite content from apps and feeds. The devices also feature a multi window mode that allow the screen to be split into four different windows. The Galaxy NotePro and TabPro also come with a Remote PC app that allows users to connect with their home or office PC from the tablet. It also comes pre-installed with Cisco WebEx Meetings for web conferencing and Samsung’s e-Meeting collaboration app.
Samsung is also bringing in premium and subscription based content to the devices, from companies such as Bloomberg Businessweek, Dropbox, Evernote, the New York Times, Sketchbook Pro and Bitcasa.
Both the NotePro and TabPro are available in Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi and 3G or Wi-Fi and LTE configurations. Other than 12.2-inch model the TabPro will also be available in 10.1-inch and 8.4-inch sizes.
The Galaxy NotePro and TabPro will be available in first quarter 2014.
Barcelona Spain. Photo credit JAXA, ESA | Urthecast
Recently a couple of high-definition cameras have been delivered to the International Space Station thanks to Urthecast. So ISS will soon start broadcasting near-live images of Earth for free. According to Urthecast, the magnification will be so high that you will be able to see vehicles and crowds.
Urthecast is a Canadian company that plans to start its free broadcast in early 2014. The cameras can see everything from 51 degrees north to 51 degrees south. It means Alaska, Scandinavia, and most of the UK won’t be featured. Everyone else will be able to see their neighborhood at surprisingly high resolution. The ISS orbits the Earth 19 times a day that’s why the feed is described as “near live” on the website with a delay of around 45 minutes to two hours before the images show up on your screen.
Virtually travel to your favorite places, plan events around an ISS pass-over, or watch how places change over time.
The still camera can see up to a resolution of five meters per pixel. At such resolution the cameras will be able to generate images that are 40 km wide. The video camera can see much more clearly at an ultra-crisp 4K resolution. At such insane resolution Urthecast expects to download 200GB of pictures and videos from the ISS every day.
The feed is free on Urthecast’s website. You just need to request for an invite. A separate premium service is also available for businesses intelligence, monitoring assets and real time monitoring of strategic locations.
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Instagram, an image sharing platform, acquired by Facebook last year, is looking for way to expand its appeal to its 200 million (and growing) community of users. First it was short-form video like vine. Now it has a whole new feature up its sleeve.
According to an anonymous source reported by GigaOm, Instagram is preparing to launch a private messaging feature for its users. According to the reports the new feature will be live before the end of this year. It would make perfect sense for Instagram to keep its userbase engaged and to attract growing community of visual sharing users.
According to another report from TechCrunch several users have been given personal Instagram.com email addresses.
Its not clear how the personal email addresses would work for Instagram users. But such a change would fall right in line with the company’s strategy to tighten its grip on existing users by offering features that keep them linked to the service wherever they go.
But take all these rumors with grain of salt as nothing is official yet.