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31Oct/140

Google wants more companies to highlight actionable content on Inbox app

Google has been making it easier for more and more third-party companies to take advantage of its products' features recently. For instance, it's now taking airlines, restos and event venues (among others) by the hand, showing them how to use the new Inbox app's Highlights feature to their advantage. Like its name implies, "Highlights" finds pertinent info or actionable items within an email and shows them right within the email list. So, if you're eating out or prepping for a flight, you can confirm your reservation or check in without having to access the email itself. Devs simply need to mark up the parts they want to surface to make that happen -- we doubt they'll have a tough time doing so, since Google even offers full sets of instructions and sample codes they can look at. Just recently, the tech giant also made it simpler for devs to add the "OK Google" voice command to their creations, letting you do queries within an app without lifting a finger.

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31Oct/140

Google Wallet can now auto-withdraw from banks and send low balance alerts

You can't exactly use Google Wallet everywhere you go just yet, but if you do use it often enough to warrant semi-regular transfers from your bank, then you'll love its latest update. Now, you can activate recurring bank transfers, even pick the amount and the schedule (say, once a month or so) you want, to automatically replenish your digital dollars. That's especially useful if you depend on the physical Wallet card, which spends that balance every time it's charged. But in case Wallet balance doesn't matter as much -- say, you have an NFC-enabled Android phone and prefer to tap and pay mostly using credit -- then, you can also just program the app to let you know if it's almost out of cash. These features are available for both iOS and Android, as you can see after the break, but you can only use the tap-and-pay option if your NFC phone runs KitKat or higher.

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31Oct/140

You can try Sony’s VR headset at the ‘PlayStation Experience’

Tickets for Sony's PlayStation Experience in December go on sale today, but aside from a few coy teases, what you'll do there hasn't been clear. Well, now that's changing. For starters, Project Morpheus -- the catch-up king's VR headset -- is making its consumer show debut (as opposed to, say, appearing at E3). As far as games go, Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, The Order: 1866 and Bloodborne are making appearances too. And what would PlayStation be without indies? The Journey and Grim Fandango remasters for PS4, Helldivers, The Witness will be there, and something "super special" is planed for No Man's Sky come the show's Saturday night. There's too much to list here, and more still to come apparently, so head over to the PlayStation Blog for the full line-up that'll be in Las Vegas a little over a month from now.

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31Oct/140

Sony loses a little less money thanks to the PlayStation 4 (update)

If you're rooting for Sony to pull through recent tough times, it's still a cliffhanger, according to its latest earnings report. On the plus side, PS4 sales have been stellar, up 83 percent over last year at 310 billion yen ($2.8 billion). The good news drops off sharply from there, however, especially with mobile. Though sales in that division were up slightly from last year, it managed to lose 172 billion yen ($1.5 billion). Since most of Sony's other divisions fared okay, that means its 86 billion yen ($770 million) operating loss can be directly chalked up to its mobile division. Though it warned investors that smartphone sales would be dismal, Sony decided nevertheless decided to fire its mobile division's CEO, Kunimasa Suzuki, and replace him with VP Hiroki Totoki.

Update: Additional figures from Sony have shown us just how well the PlayStation 4 is doing: the company says it's sold 3.3 million over the past quarter. For contrast, Microsoft announced combined Xbox 360 and Xbox One shipments of 2.4 million in its latest financial results.

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31Oct/140

HTC’s recovery stays on track by the slimmest of margins

When a company like HTC has been on a year-long losing streak, it's hard to work out if its earnings for this quarter are a cause for celebration or despair. Last quarter, you see, the One M8 helped the company achieve a huge turnaround, pulling down a $92 million profit after a series of losses. This time out, the news is goodish, since while the company did make a profit, it was just $19 million - but considering that HTC was losing money this time last year, it's better than nothing. As far as products are concerned, the M8 is still doing well, and lower-end phones like the Desire 610 and 820 are getting plenty of attention from carriers and consumers. Hopefully sales of the HTC-made Nexus 9 and the RE camera will help the company maintain its promise to keep raking in cash rather than handing out IOUs.

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31Oct/140

Google Calendar for the web now lets you plan a schedule more quickly

The holidays are fast approaching, and chances are you're already busy planning your schedule for the next couple of months. Knowing how important it is to stick to a schedule for seasons like this, Google has introduced a handful of changes to its calendar interface for the web. Now, you don't have to refresh it to see new items and changes (such as invitations or rescheduled events) anymore, since Google Cal shows them immediately. The Other calendars list on the left-hand menu now moves active calendar profiles to the top of the pile and buries inactive ones at the bottom, as well. Finally, your back button now works within the interface (it previously didn't), and clicking it brings you to the previous page you're viewing. While these are obviously pretty minor, they make using Google Calendar on the web faster and a lot less painful than before.

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31Oct/140

Hungary’s internet tax axed after public protests

Barely a week after it was first proposed, Hungary's internet tax looks to be dead in the water. Tens of thousands of Hungarians took to the streets last weekend to protest the tax, which would have seen internet use charged per gigabyte transferred. The plan was expected to rake in around $80 million per year, mostly from companies, but following the protests Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban said it "cannot be introduced in its current form," explaining that it was intended as a "telecommunications tax," but was perceived as an "internet tax." Instead, the Hungarian government will enter a period of "national consultation" for "a long time" to rework the proposal to the public's liking. With their goals achieved, it's unlikely protesters will return to the streets this weekend. Victory parade, anyone?

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31Oct/140

These LED bulbs are brighter despite fewer diodes and a lower price

One of the toughest parts to swallow of LED lighting technology is just how costly it can be. Well, the folks at Cree have taken umbrage with that and developed a bulb that'll retail for around $5 per 40- and 60-watt equivalent bulb -- less than some standard CFL lamps by a few bucks. How's it doing that? In part by changing the bulbs' design and eliminating the need for heat sinks. As IEEE Spectrum reports, instead of the collar that more or less does double duty holding the LEDs in place and dissipating heat, the new models get rid of hot air via convection. Meaning, as diodes get warmer they naturally draw cool air in from outside the bulb as the higher temperature rises upward and outward.

Cree's also cut costs (and prices) by clipping the amount of LEDs from ten in its 60-watt equivalent bulbs down to eight. They don't lose any light power in the process, though. As a matter of fact, the diodes run at higher power to produce more of it. Oh, and according to the outfit's Mike Watson, the collar-less design makes the dimmable bulbs look like a traditional incandescent, which he thinks will speed up adoption. Sure? Seems like a bit of a stretch, but hit the comments if bulb-shape is what kept you away from the tech.

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31Oct/140

Amazon will develop Fire phone sequels despite the first one’s failure

Amazon's Fire phone has been doing so badly on the market, that the company took a $170 million hit in the third quarter of 2014 and is currently sitting on $83 million worth of unsold devices. But even all those millions aren't enough to make the retailer throw in the towel -- Amazon SVP of Devices David Limp told Fortune that the execs are moving forward with their plans to develop and release more phones in the future. According to Limp, the company blames the Fire phone's originally steep pricing for its failure to sell. In fact, the 32GB model used to cost $200 on contract until Amazon was forced to drop its price to just 99 cents in September.

Limp said:

We didn't get the price right. I think people come to expect a great value, and we sort of mismatched expectations. We thought we had it right. But we're also willing to say, 'we missed.' And so we corrected.

He also pointed out that the first Kindle was just as critically panned when it came out, but that the product evolved into something a lot of people love -- a scenario Amazon wants to replicate with the Fire phone. While Limp didn't get into specifics about future models, he said that the company will continue releasing new software features for the current handset. Amazon hopes to learn from people's reactions to these software updates and to get their devices "better and better" in the process.

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31Oct/140

Halloween 2014: giochi, sfondi e app per Android e iPhone

Halloween 2014 è imminente ed è tempo per abbellire il nostro cellulare con sfondi, immagini desktop come i themes (i temi), magari anche live wallpaper in perfetto stile con quello della festa di stampo americano più famosa dell’autunno. E stesso dicasi anche per i giochi di Halloween più divertenti Sia su Google Play per Android sia su iTunes App Store per iPhone, iPad e iPod Touch si possono trovare manciate e manciate di contenuti, scopriamoli insieme così da trasformare il telefono intelligente in una grande zucca con sorriso horror pieno di app e extra molto divertenti. Lasciamo aperto lo spazio dei commenti per le vostre segnalazioni sulle apps da scaricare subito.

APPLICAZIONI IPHONE E ANDROID PER HALLOWEEN

Iniziamo da Android, anche se moltissimi dei software che vi stiamo elencando si possono trovare anche su iTunes per iPhone. Dove trovare sfondi o meglio ancora Live Wallpaper (sfondi animati) per Halloween? Ci si può dedicare alla ricerca online così come a applicazioni già pre-confezionate come Haunted House HD con il suo spaventoso pacchetto speciale Cimitero. Halloween Live Wallpaper è una vera manna con tantissimi contenuti. Tra le altre applicazioni segnaliamo anche https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=fr.captel.wallpaper.movingworlds.halloween e il simpatico e tridimensionale Haunted Village 3D. Di sicuro l’app più scaricata in questo momento per Halloween è The Walking Dead Dead Yourself che ti trasforma in un vero e proprio zombie.

GIOCHI ANDROID PER HALLOWEEN

E i giochi? Ci sono tanti giochini appositamente creati (Air Hockey Halloween) così come altri già noti con aggiornamenti o piccoli extra per Halloween da Plants Vs Zombie 2 con contenuti speciali così come Little Commander WW2 Halloween a Dead Trigger 2 e i suoi zombie, da Giant Boulder of Death con i suoi mostri all’immancabile The Walking Dead Assault (che si sconta a 99 centesimi di euro). Di sicuro uno dei giochi in top-ten che riserva più spazio a Halloween è I Simpson Springfield con missioni e tanto da scoprire. In tutto questo ci sono anche giochi particolari come Subway Surfers ambientato a New Orleans.

GIOCHI IPHONE PER HALLOWEEN

Più specificamente per iPhone, nella sezione giochi per Halloween sono stati messi a lista e a disposizione titoli con tanti contenuti a tema come ad esempio Bad Piggies, Badland, Rail Rush, appunto I Simpson Springfield e Cattivissimo Me: Minion Rush di cui vi abbiamo già parlato e Costume Quest. E voi, quale preferite tra i tanti giochi per Halloween o le applicazioni da scaricare sul vostro dispositivo? Fatecelo sapere nei commenti.

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