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Titanium Backup Updated To Version 5.8 With Web Server Backup Up/Download, Support For USB MTP, And More

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Titanium Backup, perhaps the most popular and powerful root backup solution available, got an update to version 5.8 today, an update that brought with it fixes, added support, and new features.

Probably the most significant new feature is the addition of web server backup uploading and downloading (for Pro users). If that sounded like a sentence written in Greek, we’ll try to expound – what this means is that your device can now start a web server right from the Titanium Backup interface. You can then download and upload backups on your PC by accessing the server (in a method similar to AirDroid).

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Microsoft working on a fix for Halo 4 SmartGlass issues, arriving in ‘the coming weeks’

Microsoft working on a fix for Halo 4 SmartGlass issues, set to arrive in 'the coming weeks'

Microsoft’s SmartGlass and Microsoft’s Halo 4 apparently aren’t quite getting along on Windows Phone 8 devices. Using SmartGlass, Halo 4 players can normally access their stats and other info about their robot supersoldier using the long-established Waypoint service — except for Windows Phone 8 users, apparently. A forum thread dating back to Halo 4‘s November launch highlights the issue — as Xbox.com forum user “Scion Eon” puts it: “Whenever I try to log into SmartGlass on my phone while playing Halo 4, I am immediately greeted with a message that says ‘Your device is missing certain required features.’” As it turns out, Mr. Eon isn’t the only one experiencing said connectivity issues — specific to Windows Phone 8 devices — and Microsoft’s aware of the situation.

“We are aware that there is an issue with the Xbox SmartGlass experience for ‘Halo Waypoint’ on Windows Phone 8 devices, which may prevent users from accessing Halo 4 player stats,” a Microsoft rep told us this afternoon. Thankfully, Redmond’s also taking care of a solution. “We are actively working on a fix and expect to have a solution within the coming weeks. We appreciate your patience as this gets resolved and apologize for any inconvenience this causes,” the statement reads. Of course, should you want to access Halo 4‘s Waypoint functionality on SmartGlass before that fix, you can always use Microsoft’s competitor’s devices. But then who’d do that?

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New antenna from SkyCross hopes to alleviate LTE band fragmentation

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You've heard tech pundits talk about the absolute mess that is LTE frequencies before I'm sure. Even Apple was forced to break the tradition of "one phone for all" when they decided to incorporate an LTE radio, and Apple never likes change. The problem is that there are 38 different frequencies with active LTE networks or planned LTE networks world wide. That means that your LTE phone set up for one carrier probably won't work on another. It's a big problem that needs a solution, and quickly.

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Enter SkyCross. They just started shipping an LTE antenna that can support up to 12 different frequencies on one piece of hardware. That's just the type of hot hardware injection the future of LTE needed — as things are about to get worse. I'm going to use US examples, but this applies world-wide (none of you are safe). 

Verizon has been the fastest at rolling out LTE. The currently use the 700MHz band for their LTE network. The issue is that spectrum isn't infinite, and Verizon also has to buy and repurpose 2100MHz spectrum. They will have to bond both frequencies together in what's called aggregation, and any antenna they use will have to support both bands. Now compound this for manufacturers trying to make a device that runs on multiple networks, as we all hope that will be the future of LTE. In the US, the big four will need an antenna that supports up to eight different frequencies to make it happen. We're going to need better antennas that can handle it.

SkyCross plans to officially announce things at CES, and they say we should see their gear in phones this year. We'll keep an eye on this one.

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Y-cam Debuting First-to-Market Outdoor Cloud Camera for the Home.

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Y-cam Showcases Wide Range of Security Cameras at CES – Debuting First-to-Market Outdoor Cloud Camera for the Home, Professional IP Models and Award-Winning BabyPing Smart BabyMonitor
Y-cam HomeMonitor™
HomeMonitor™ is a new ‘plug & play’ secure cloud camera service that makes it easier than ever for people to monitor their home, loved ones and belongings from any device, anywhere. Quick and easy set-up takes minutes: connect the HomeMonitor™ camera to a home network (through Wi-Fi or Ethernet cable), create an online account and begin viewing live from anywhere; no technical knowhow or fiddling with routers required. Users can now see and store events securely in the cloud, viewing footage from any Internet-enabled computer or smartphone, with no monthly subscription required. Having the ability to tap into home life from anywhere in the world gives users peace of mind: check on children or elderly relatives, record clips each time someone approaches a front door or vehicle, or ensure the house is safe while traveling.

HomeMonitor™
is the first-ever residential monitoring solution offering both indoor and outdoor installations that are Wi-Fi enabled and offer true cloud-based viewing and recording. HomeMonitor™ Indoor ($199.99) and HomeMonitor™ Outdoor ($349.99) both come standard with the HomeMonitor™ free service package which includes 7 days of free online cloud storage and unlimited email alerts; an upgrade package is available to increase storage time for a low yearly fee (30 days of online recording is just $39.99 per camera, per year). HomeMonitor™ is a super easy, all-in-one home monitoring solution that works right out of the box.
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A Wi-Fi video camera and secure online recording created just for you

HomeMonitor™ lets you watch live or see
recorded events from an internet-enabled
computer or smartphone, keeping you in touch
with what matters most.

Super simple to set up and use, just connect a camera, create an
account and you’re away. No technical knowhow, no fiddling with your
router settings, you don’t even need a PC to setup – it’s just a quick and
simple way to watch whatever you want.

It’s seeing your stuff – made simple.

 

 

 

Fast and easy setup

Get set up & watching your camera in seconds. No software installation or router setup needed.

Live view from anywhere

See and hear the things you love from anywhere on any computer, tablet or smartphone.

Free secure online recording

7 days free unlimted storage for all your videos stored securely in your own cloud-based account.

Infrared night vision

Around the clock performance with built-in infrared night vision which lets you see, even in complete darkness.

Motion detection and alerts

Record video clips and get email notifications sent directly to your device when any movement is detected.

Bandwidth friendly

Doesn’t constantly use internet bandwidth like other internet cameras as HomeMonitor only streams when you need it to.

Add multiple cameras

Need to see more? Add extra cameras to your account with ease, even if they are at multiple locations.

Cameras that go anywhere

use multiple Wi-Fi N cameras around your house, indoor or outdoor all under one account, without any additional setup..

Records before it happens

Smart BufferTM uses the cameras internal memory to start recording before things happen. Dont miss a thing.

You can watch a live demo or experience the Backend System of the HomeMonitor  Here.
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Y-cam Cube

The Cube is a professional grade, indoor IP camera providing exceptional video and audio representation, ideal for home or business customers seeking the upmost in security, integration, design and reliability. Cube offers remote viewing and recording, plus local recording to microSD or NAS. Offering the highest quality, and widest range of inter-device compatibility, each camera is filled to the brim with specialized features which provide the next level of security for high-tech homes and safety-conscious businesses, allowing users to stay in control no matter where they may be. Cube also eliminates the need for bulky camera equipment; its small and sleek design blends quietly into any setting.

Three versions of the Cube are available – VGA (640 x 480 resolution) and HD (720p and full HD 1080p) – in either black or white. All offer market-leading powerful night vision, automatic IR cut filter operation for uncompromising color and picture quality in day and night, intuitive motion detection, real-time video and audio streaming to Internet-enabled devices, and minimal bandwidth usage and storage requirements. Y-cam is also one of the few IP camera companies that supports both PC and Mac platforms.

Cube is a robust, powerful security solution providing complete reassurance and protection, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For a full list of specs and to purchase Cube ($199.99-$349.99) beginning in February, visit www.y-cam.com.

“Over the past five years, we’ve seen a trend among parents trying to use our existing Y-cam cameras for baby monitoring. As parents ourselves, we understood that our current cameras didn’t meet the needs of modern parents so we tasked ourselves with creating a baby monitoring system that integrated the high-tech video and wireless Wi-Fi technology of our current lines blended with more user-friendly features and cutting-edge app development,” said Chawda. “The BabyPing Video Monitor leads the Y-cam vision to make monitoring loved ones simple and affordable for everyone.”

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BabyPing

BabyPing is a secure Wi-Fi-enabled smart baby monitor. Parents can hear, view and monitor their infant at all times via an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch using the free BabyPing app, which runs in the background so users can continue to read books, surf the web or listen to music on their devices while simultaneously monitoring their baby.

BabyPing has developed its own technology evolving it into a truly next generation smart baby monitor – not just a ‘baby viewer.’ SmartFilter™ technology cuts out background noise and static associated with traditional baby monitors, and Constant-Connect™ acts as a permanent tether between the app and monitor notifying the user when the baby is upset or or if their Wi-Fi network status changes at any point. BabyPing+ allows for viewing when outside the home over 3G, 4G or Wi-Fi, and also gives one-tap sharing access to family and friends, wherever they are in the world. These features allow parents to not only see their baby remotely, but actually monitor their baby locally without delays or broken connections.

BabyPing is currently the only Wi-Fi monitor on the market with completely invisible infrared night vision, offering round-the-clock visibility without disturbing the baby. Modern and sleek in design, BabyPing is simple to set-up directly on an iOS device with no need for a computer, and the ability to use the monitor at home when not connected to the internet ensures parents who worry about privacy and security can rest easy. BabyPing also features all the specifications you would expect from a high tech baby monitor, such as vivid full color video with 640 x 480 resolution, a high quality built-in microphone and superfast wireless Wi-Fi, double-layer security and customizable alerts (live audio or silent vibrations) to inform parents if the baby cries, if Wi-Fi connection has been broken or if the iOS device is out of range, putting parents firmly in control by creating the safest way to monitor their baby.

Launched in September 2012 in the US, BabyPing has already received the prestigious 2012 Kind Und Jugend Innovation Award for its ingenious use of the latest in modern, safe technology.

If you are going to be at CES this year be sure to stop by the Levin Consulting booths South Hall 2, Booth # MP25458.

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Archos TV Connect Brings Android To Your Existing HDTV

The great thing about the Android ecosystem is that there are literally hundreds of thousands of apps available for you to download at the Google Play store. If you find the display of your smartphone a bit too small for running these apps then you can always run them on a tablet. But what if you still find the display of a tablet small? Archos, a French consumer electronic company, might just have the solution for you as they bring in the Archos TV Connect.

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The Archos TV Connect basically allows you to make your existing TV into a smart TV by bringing in Android to it. This device is basically a box with hardware in it that enables you to run Android. It has its own ARM based processor, RAM, and storage space as well. The included TV touch remote allows you to control your TV just like a tablet or smartphone by swiping and zooming.

Archos TV Connect Specifications

  • Storage: 8 GB Flash expandable via micro SDHC Slot up to 32 GB
  • Operating system: Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
  • Processor: 1.5 GHz Smart Multi Core processor
  • RAM: 1 GB
  • Interfaces: HD camera, Micro USB port, USB host port, Mini HDMI output, Ethernet, Micro SD slot
  • Communication: Wi-Fi
  • Miscellaneous: LED notification, Microphone, Front camera
  • Dimensions:235 x 105 x 34 mm

An interesting feature that comes with this device is the camera and microphone. The company says that you will be able to make Skype calls through your TV. Since it is a Google certified device you will have full access to Google Play. You might need to expand the internal 8 GB of memory though if you’re planning on installing tons of apps.

Gamers will also notice that the TV Touch Remote has a gaming like configuration. This will be interesting to check out and see how well it fares when playing actual games.

The Archos TV Connect will be available this coming February 2013 and will be priced at $129.99. It’s also going to make an appearance at CES so stay tuned for our updates on it.

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The Ubuntu phone’s time, if ever, is now – not in 2014

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And any number of hurdles still stand in Canonical's way, no matter how cool things look now

Canonical has been buzzing in our ears about Ubuntu as a mobile device operating system for a while now. We've seen them tout integrating a solution into Android for a year, and before that they had plans for their own mobile version of Ubuntu that more than a few Linux geeks were following. Today they came full circle and showed off a native OS on an Android phone, getting some of us pumped for the "next big thing."

But with yet another announcement without a single flashable image, will Ubuntu OS even have a chance?

Let's discuss the pros and cons, and see why 2014 might be too late for any success for Canonical. Read on.

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MeterPlug Bluetooth power monitor tracks usage, sends stats to your smartphone (hands-on video)

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If there’s one constant in this world, it’s that the cost of energy continues to climb, be it household electric or good ole petrol. We can’t help you with the latter today, but we have found a pretty slick tool for keeping tabs on electricity consumption. Now, before you head down to the comments section or send your angry emails letting us know, we’re fully aware that power monitoring solutions have been around for some time now. MeterPlug isn’t your run-of-the-mill device, though. This solution is relatively inexpensive (it’ll retail for about $60), very compact (it plays nicely with other plugs in your power strip), and with the included Android and iOS apps, it’s quite powerful as well. The device will be available with US, UK or European plugs, and slips between your existing cord and an ordinary socket. Then, you pair it with your smartphone and you’re good to go.

Once connected, MeterPlug uses your handset’s GPS to find electricity rates for your location, then displays your current usage in watts and cost — during our hands-on in NYC, a connected MacBook Pro pulled about 60 watts of power at a cost of $0.01 per hour. Connect a TV or household appliance though and you might just be surprised about how much you’re spending on each gadget. Naturally, there’s also a few tools to conserve energy. A simple (and responsive) power toggle lets you turn your device on and off using a smartphone, a proximity sensor cuts off power when you leave the room (and pops it back on when you arrive), and a feature called Vampire Power Shield keeps track of your gadget’s typical consumption, then pulls the plug when you flip your television or Xbox to standby mode, potentially saving you a fair amount of money each year. The plug module and app worked very well during our test, as you’ll see in the video after the break. Then, head over to the source link to submit your pre-order on Indiegogo.

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Bitcasa Gives Infinite Cloud Storage To Android

You must have heard of DropBox, Box or even SugarSync when searching for a cloud based storage solution. But have you heard of Bitcasa? Just like the previous named services, this service also offers a cloud based solution for anyone who wants to have a secure place to store their data. The only difference is that while other services impose a limit on the amount of data you can save, they don’t.

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Yes, you read it right. There is no limit to the amount of data you can store on Bitcasa servers. The great thing about this is that it is  free as of now. You can go ahead and register for an account and download their Android app on Google Play. This will allow you to upload all your photos and videos on your phone to your Infinite Drive. There’s also a client made for Windows based PC or if you are using Google Chrome you can get its extension. This allows you to access your data from almost any device be it a PC, smartphone or a tablet.

Some of the features of Bitcasa include

  • Instant streaming, access everywhere
  • Infinite storage
  • Safe backup
  • Easy content sharing
  • Automatic data organization

Bitcasa CEO Tony Gauda said that “With our mobile app releases, we are now making all of your data easily available from mobile and PC/Mac clients while taking the security of that data very seriously. By announcing our cross-platform support today, we are offering our global users secure access on all computers, mobile devices, or Web browsers by streaming from the cloud while allowing them to keep the data they access more often localized on their hard drive.”

One of the interesting features of this service is that your data is stored in encrypted format. This means that the system itself will not see what data you have uploaded. This is actually a great way for the company to protect your files from unauthorized access.

For a limited time only this service is free to try out but will eventually cost  $10 a month for unlimited storage. This is actually a cheap price to pay compared to what other services are offering.

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Lavu Lite Enters the Market with Low-Cost Point of Sale System for Restaurants

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Lavu Lite makes switching to a POS system a cost-effective alternative for small restaurants.

Software developers Lavu Inc. today announced the release of Lavu Lite — a single terminal, simplified version of their popular iPad . Many small business owners could previously not afford the features and management tools of a full-featured POS solution, and still run only a cash register — but wish they had more control of their business and access to modern technologies.

“We wanted to make a point of sale solution available to every business, regardless of their budget. It was important to us to offer a solution with powerful features generally associated with expensive upscale solutions, yet at a cost that smaller businesses could afford. With no upfront licensing fees and the lowest monthly hosting fees, we have hit our mark,” said Andy Lim, CEO for Lavu Inc.

A software option with such a powerful feature set and back of house control was not previously attainable for many businesses who only require a single terminal. The upfront cost is low because the software license is free. In addition, monthly rates start at $39  plus 1.95% flat rate credit card processing. Combined, this makes this POS an option for smaller merchants and allows them to retire their outgrown, outdated cash registers.  (more…)

Finish reading “Lavu Lite Enters the Market with Low-Cost Point of Sale System for Restaurants” and see screenshots for the app on AppCraver.com.

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Google Music matching explicit songs with clean ones, but contains a stopgap fix

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Early iTunes Match adopters will remember the unintentional bowdlerization of their music libraries: they’d listen to their scanned music collection on a second device and lose all the colorful language. As we’re quickly learning, Google Music’s newly added scan and match feature isn’t exempt from that problem, either. Those streaming matched copies of explicit songs through the newer service are getting clean versions, with no obvious way to preserve the filth. Google declines to comment on whether or not there’s a long-term fix in the works, although we do know that there’s a temporary solution — choose the “fix incorrect match” option and Google Music will typically upload the raw tracks. We just hope Google starts matching the correct tracks by the next time we want an unfiltered experience for our ears.

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BMW’s Car Hotspot LTE means Bavarian Motor WiFi

BMW's Car Hotspot LTE means Bavarian Motor WiFi

The dedicated car phone may be a thing of the past, but the in-car hotspot is becoming increasingly common. BMW isn’t shy when it comes to in-vehicle tech, so the fact that it’s launching its own solution should come as no surprise. We initially heard about the ConnectedDrive LTE integration back in summer, but now it looks like it’s almost here. The BMW Car Hotspot LTE is essentially a purpose-built WiFi router that houses an LTE SIM (it also supports 3G and EDGE). It’s compatible with any BMW with a telephone docking station and allows connections from up to eight client devices. Authentication can be done via code entry or NFC (or there’s WPS too). Rather than just rebranding an LTE dongle, the system is designed to integrate with the vehicle’s aerial for better signal, while the dock keeps it charged. As you might surmise, this does indeed mean there is an internal battery, making it useful beyond the confines of the automobile too (for about an hour according to the car maker). No official word on price or release, but it’s suggested it’ll be landing in Europe as soon as this week.

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Tired Of Waiting On The Play Store? Staples Has The 32GB Nexus 10 In Stock, Ready To Ship

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It’s no secret that the Nexus 10 has been sold out in the Play Store for some time now. Anxious would-be customers who are tired of waiting for the ten-inch Nexus with the fabled 2560×1600 (300ppi) display now have another solution, though – Staples has the 32GB Nexus 10 listed in stock, and estimates a delivery time of 2 business days.

The tablet was listed on Staples’ website a few days prior to the time of writing, but was “out of stock.” Today, however, it’s ready to ship, though the Nexus’ availability appears to be limited to the office chain’s website and perhaps a few lucky physical locations.

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Poll: If you worked for Google, which corporate gift would you pick?

If you worked for Google, which corporate gift would you pick?

Gift-giving is a beautiful thing, but it inevitably sets precedents. Last Christmas, Google’s employees were each handed a customized Galaxy Nexus to take home, which means they’ll be expecting something just as nice this year. One solution would be the Nexus 4, but Mountain View is far too smart to let its festive joy hinge on LG’s supply chain. Instead, it’s apparently taking the safer route of letting workers choose for themselves: either the excellent Nexus 7 (it’s not clear which capacity, but we’d guess 32GB) or a wonderful new Samsung Chromebook, or a recently Jelly Beaned RAZR M. So go on, tell us, if all the right hypotheticals were in place, which would you pick?

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USB Audio Recorder Pro brings first USB audio recording capabilities to Android

Audio professionals who were dying for a USB audio recording on solution on Android can finally rest easy knowing that one has arrived in the Google Play Store. exTream has introduced software that will allow folks to record and playback audio over USB without effort at all. Written from the ground up, USB Audio Recorder Pro features custom code to add this much needed functionality that Google’s mobile operating system currently lacks. It’s something iOS users have enjoyed for quite some time.

The software utilizes USB host functionality found in many devices released today to transmit high quality audio as if you were hooked up to a Windows or Mac machine. Direct connection peripherals like Yeti’s easy Blue series work just as well as complicated setups from the likes of M-AUDIO, Behringer and more. You can find a full list of known compatibility here to see just how much equipment you can now use to record audio sessions on the go.

Recordings are saved as standard .wav files so you can export them to your desktop and even other apps on your phone and tablet just as easily as anything else. exTream even provides its very own multi-track sequencing app so you can mix tracks on the go. Folks are already raving about the functionality in the Google Play Store, but we’re interested in just how far the company is willing to take this.

It would be great to see them work with Google to get this functionality integrated into the core of Android, or work with OEMs to include it as part of the custom skins and codecs they tend to use on top of Android. It would no doubt be a great marketing point for any OEM, but exTream hasn’t confirmed plans to do anything of the sort as of yet.

It would also be nice to see the technology licensed to other developers in order to see a boom in professional audio recording apps in the Play Store, but we imagine that’s a bit of a long shot right now. We’ve asked about exTream’s plans for the future regarding USB audio recording on Android, and we’ll look to get deeper insight into what’s looking to be done with this technology to help advance the audio landscape of Android even further. The app costs $4 in the Google Play Store so head over there for the download if this is something you see yourself getting a lot of use out of.

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Oracle acquires software maker Eloqua to enhance its cloud-computing services

oracle_logoOracle announced that it is buying marketing automation software developer Eloqua Inc for about $810 million to boost its cloud-computing capability.

Eloqua Inc develops software that aids its customers in predicting and growing revenue by analyzing data relevant to marketing and sales initiatives. The company supports customers like AON Plc, Automatic Data Processing Inc, Dow Jones, Polycom Inc, and National Instruments Corp.

Oracle has been late to embrace cloud computing technology. The move to buy Eloqua puts it in a more favorable position to market its services as a one-stop shop for databases, operating systems, computer programs, as well as infrastructure on the Internet.

“The acquisition of Eloqua will add a leading market automation solution to Oracle’s strong salesforce automation products and the recently acquired RightNow call center automation solution,”  noted Nomura Equity Research analysts in their research statement.

Oracle’s $1.5 billion acquisition of RightNow Technologies last year sparked a flurry of similar acquisitions by other tech companies hoping to boost their own cloud computing services.  IBM Inc bought Kenexa, while SAP AG acquired SuccessFactors.

Traditionally offering installed software, Oracle also purchased Taleo, another cloud-based HR software company.

“We would expect Oracle to continue to make acquisitions in this space, to bolster its Fusion Applications suite and respond to competitive pressure in the applications market from SAP and Salesforce.co,” research firm Nomura added.

The total price Oracle offered for Eloqua was $871 million. The latter has about 34.5 million shares as of October 31.

Cloud computing refers to an umbrella of services delivered via the internet from remote servers. It has  become a favorite technology for many companies as it offers more cost-effective services, faster implementation, and lower maintenance costs.

In 2008, Oracle’s CEO Larry Ellison thought cloud computing was a “complete gibberish”. He believed the technology would not flourish, comparing the computer industry to a fashion world.

The sentiment did not last long though as Oracle has since then embraced it by introducing its own products over the web and acquiring a few firms that helps it to sell internet-based software as its business customers welcome web services offered by Amazon.com Inc, Google Inc, and Salesforce.com Inc.

“Although Oracle already had strong marketing functionality, this gives it a cloud offering to deliver and an additional base of midmarket customers providing a recurring license maintenance stream,” said Rebecca Wettemann, an analyst from Nucleus Research.

“Eloqua’s leading marketing automation cloud will become the centerpiece of the Oracle Marketing Cloud,” Executive Vice President of Oracle Development Thomas Kurian said.

Eloqua’s board approved the offer from Oracle unanimously. The deal is expected to be completed in the first half of 2013.

The uncertainty of the looming “fiscal cliff” that troubles other tech companies seems to be of no effect to Oracle as it forecasts strong software sales growth next year.

source: reuters

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Toyota 2013 Avalon Sedan To Feature Qi Wireless Charging

Toyota recently announced that they will be incorporating a wireless charging feature for mobile phones on their 2013 Avalon Sedan. The company will be using the Qi wireless charging standard which is promoted by the Wireless Power Consortium and includes members such as Nokia, Samsung, Sony, Verizon Wireless, Energizer, Belkin and Motorola.

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Toyota will thus become the world’s first car manufacturer to adopt the Qi wireless charging standard. The Avalon sedan which made its way to showrooms earlier this month will be able to charge any mobile device that is Qi compatible. Another vehicle which will offer a wireless charging solution is Chrysler’s Dodge Dart which is set to hit the market next year however it will only come as an aftermarket option and will cost an extra $200.

Because wireless charging is still a new technology a lot of major car manufacturers are still cautious in adopting it. Mercedes Benz and BMW, two brands which are known for quickly adopting the latest technology, are still in a wait and see attitude. Even General Motors that bought one of the leading companies in inductive charging has not incorporated the feature into their own models yet.

One main reason why wireless charging isn’t fully adopted by car manufacturers is because of the competing charging protocols. Aside from Qi there is also the Power Matters Alliance which is a different protocol being supported by AT&T, Google and Starbucks. A mobile device that can be charged using Qi may not be charged using PMA and vice versa.

Toyota’s support to Qi will make the protocol more popular. A total of 34 mobile phones will be integrated with this technology which includes the Google Nexus 4, Nokia Lumia 920 and the HTC Windows Phone 8X with more devices coming soon.

Experts are predicting a huge increase in the wireless power market in the next couple of years.  This year alone the revenue generated is US$457 million with estimates of it growing to US$7 billion by 2017.

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Samsung acknowledges Exynos security issue, promises update ‘as quickly as possible’

It may have taken longer than we would have liked, but Samsung has finally confirmed that it’s aware of the Exynos security exploit discovered this weekend. The smartphone maker hasn’t issued a timeline for plugging the hole, but it is indeed on the case, stating “Samsung is aware of the potential security issue related to the Exynos processor and plans to provide a software update to address it as quickly as possible.” Project Voodoo’s François Simond (Supercurio) released his own root-free fix just hours after the vulnerability was discovered on Sunday, so you’re welcome to use that simple solution in the meantime (at the source link below). You can also head over to Android Central for the full statement from Samsung.

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Amazon’s Tablet-Friendly Mobile App Not Just For Your Nexus 7 Anymore – Update Brings Increased Compatibility

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Since its launch, we’ve had bittersweet feelings about the Amazon Mobile app for Tablets. The app shows promise as a tablet-friendly shopping solution, but until now has suffered an extremely limited compatibility, only working with tablets running 4.1 and up and carrying a 1280×800 resolution.

An update to the app today, however, has changed all that. Along with a few bug fixes, the update (to version 5.50.1010 for those keeping count at home) brings support for devices in 7″ or 10″ form factors, with a variety of resolutions, and loosened OS requirements. Here’s the full change log:

What’s in this version:

* Now available for Android tablets that are 7″ to 10″ with resolutions from 600×1024 to 1200×1920 with Android OS 4.0.3 and up.

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Google Maps notches over 10 million downloads on iOS App Store

Google Maps notches over 10 millions downloads on iOS App Store

Released just last week and already at the top of Apple’s App Store charts, Google Maps has now surpassed 10 million downloads. That’s according to Google SVP of Commerce and Local, Jeff Huber, who took to the search giant’s social portal to announce the milestone. Within just 48 hours of its release to iTunes, iOS users clamoring for a non-native mapping solution downloaded the app in excess of 10 million times, once again granting them access to Google’s turn-by-turn navigation and wealth of up-to-date map data. You can snag it at the source below or check out our hands-on for a preview of Mountain View’s standalone solution.

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Source: Google+ (Jeff Huber), iTunes

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FSL F888 Tablet Packs Both Android And Windows

Can’t make up your mind between Android and Windows? This new device might be the solution for you. FSL, a company in China has made a dual-boot OS tablet called the F888.

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It runs on an Intel Atom N2600 dual-core processor with a clock speed of 1.6GHz, working with 2GB of RAM. For storage, the F888 has a solid state disk with a capacity of 32GB. Meanwhile, its five-point capacitive LED-backlit IPS display spans 9.7 inches like the Apple iPad and sports a resolution of 1024×768 pixels. It also has a viewing angle of 180 degrees. There is an option for expansion through a TF card for as much as 256GB.

It also provides access to the Google Play Store. Some of the pre-installed apps are iReader, Gmail, Google Search, File Manager, Office Suite, Task Manager, Browser, Gallery, Calculator, Clock, Calendar, and Android Webkit.

For connectivity, the F888 offers Bluetooth, HDMI, USB 2.0, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi and 3G, through an external dongle. To make input easy for its users, it can be used with a physical keyboard and mouse.

For its photography features, the tablet has a rear-facing 3-megapixel camera that is complemented by a secondary, front-facing 1.3 megapixel one.

It draws its power from a 5000 MAh battery, which promises around five hours of usage on a single charge.

This tablet also supports various languages, including Czech, Dansk, German, English, Spanish, Russian, French, Italian, Dutch, Norwegian, Polski, Greek, Portuguese, Svenska, Turkey, Korean, Japanese, Simplified Chinese, and Traditional Chinese.

One interesting feature to note is that this tablet comes with coolers. This suggests that the tablet can get pretty hot, and thus requires this feature. One should also expect some noise from the coolers.

As for its dimensions, it measures 242 x188 x11 mm and weighs 728 grams. A full package comes with a charger, USB cable, and earphones.

Wholesaleonepiece.com sells the tablet for US$459.00.

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Simple Android app teased for “early” next year

Simple is a new take on banking. One that is aimed at those looking to replace their bank. And for those who have been turned off by Simple in the past because it was available only for those rocking an iOS device, you may be happy to learn that Android support is coming.

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The folks at Simple recently took to Facebook and shared the news (along with a few screenshots). Simply put, Simple is coming to Android. We have yet to learn a specific release date, however the Android app is said to be coming “early in the new year.”

Aside from not having a firm release date, the other details are just starting to come available. The folks at Simple did mention a little in terms of device support though. The app is expected to drop with support for Android 2.3.3 (Gingerbread) or later. Of course, we suspect those familiar with Simple and using Android will be happy with the few details that have been released.

Otherwise, for those not yet familiar with Simple we have this, they are described as not being a bank, but instead a solution for you to replace your bank. With Simple you get an account where you can deposit your money, a Simple Visa Card that you can use anywhere Visa is accepted and at ATM machines and the app which allows you to manage it all. The one catch, Simple is still in a closed beta stage and only available with an invitation.

[via Facebook]

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OTA Update Coming To T-Mobile’s Galaxy Note II Beginning December 19th, Brings Multi-Window And More

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There’s no doubt that the breakout feature of Samsung’s Note II is multi-window, which allows users to run two apps side-by-side on the device’s massive 5.5″ display. The thing is, this isn’t yet available on all versions of the Note II, though Samsung has been doing a pretty good job of getting updates ready and rolling out to all the different variants.

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Beginning on Wednesday, December 19th, T-Mo’s Note II is next in line to receive multi-window in an OTA update. This will bump the device up to build T889UVALK8 – which is still Android 4.1.1 – and also brings a solution for an Exchange calendar sync issue, as well as an issue that prevented users from being able to swipe through emails in Gmail.

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OTA Update Coming To T-Mobile’s Galaxy Note II Beginning December 19th, Brings Multi-Window And More was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Google Makes Mobile Ads More Tolerable For App Users By Adding a Double Confirmation Feature

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Google has most of its revenues coming via ads. And undoubtedly, mobile ads is a big industry today. Most free Android apps come with ad banners on the bottom so as to increase the limited revenue that the developers get from their apps. This can be a little irritating for the users though as accidental presses on these ad banners is almost unavoidable. But Google now has come up with a way to avoid being redirected to a website when you accidentally press an ad banner. Google’s Mobile Display Ads team has come up with a neat solution to resolve the annoying issue.

Previously, clicking in the middle of the text ad banner would ask the user if they really want to go to the website stated in the ad. While pressing on the blue button in the corner would directly take them to the website, without any confirmation. Well, the team has now made some slight tweaks to this and these ad banners will now ask for a confirmation even when you accidentally or intentionally tap on the blue button or anywhere else in the ad banner for that matter. The confirmation process is very welcome and will makes apps with ads much convenient to use.

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The Product Manager for the Google Mobile Display Ads Team, Allen Huang, gave out all the essential details of this new update. He said that most users accidentally click on these banner ads when they’re scrolling through pages. He rightly said that this new tweak will bring in more results for the advertisers as only people who are really interested in what they see in the ad will navigate to the website. We really like this new update and it should go a long way in increasing revenue for both the developers and the advertisers as the conversion rate this way will be much higher compared to how it was before. To be honest, most users don’t even look at the ads when they’re busy scrolling through their app, and for people who consider having ads as a nuisance, the developers often have a paid “pro” version of the app. But with this new update, banner ads will be more tolerable and we fear these pro versions will run out of business, unless of course they bring more than just ad removal to the table. What’s your take on mobile ads on a smartphone?

Source: Google Mobile Ads Blog
Via: Talk Android

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EE offering Galaxy Note 10.1 and Nexus 7 on 4G data contracts

New 4G network EE has started offering a couple of Android tablets on a subsidised basis, with both the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 LTE, and Google Nexus 7 about to become available for order alongside a monthly 4G data allowance.

Obviously the Nexus 7 doesn’t support 4G out of the box, so it’ll come with a Huawei E589 Mobile Wi-Fi unit bundled alongside it to connect to the magical LTE wires in the sky. Not a particularly elegant solution, but still.

Here are the prices and data allowances you’ll get:

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£26 a month for 3GB of data isn’t that bad if you’re in a 4G-enabled city and would actually use it. EE says these bundles will go on sale “this weekend.” Its tablets section is all iPads at the moment.

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Google brings ‘confirm button’ to mobile ads

We’ve all done it before. Browsing through an app or playing a game on our favorite Android smartphone and tablet, and suddenly you accidentally click one of those ad banners and get redirected. It’s irritating, and usually I just want to throw my phone. Since ads aren’t going away anytime soon, and are highly effective on mobile, Google’s introduced a new system to solve those accidental clicks.

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Google goes into detail explaining these accidental clicks are bad for the end user, publishers, advertisers and everyone else — and we totally agree. A few years ago they introduced the blue arrow for users to easily head to the ad if they’d like, but now we have an even better solution. A confirm button for accidents.

Google realizes if you accidentally click on the outer edge of the ad banner while scrolling, playing a game, or doing other things, that it was most certainly a mistake. Instead of kicking you out of the game or app and into the browser and causing frustration, you’ll now get the image you see above. A non-invasive “visit site” button will neatly appear. Thank you Google!

This is just one step in solving that “fat finger” accidental click problem, and Google is focused on providing the bet experience possible for mobile users, even with ads. Head into your favorite Android apps and give it a try. You’ll be happy to know those “whoops” moments should be happening far less now. Good move Google. We like it!

[via Google Ads Blog]

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Facebook for Android 2.0 arrives with much faster load times, in-feed photo browsing

Facebook for Android 20 arrives with much faster load times, infeed photo browsing

Facebook users running Android have been clamoring for speed updates, and it looks like they at least got some of that solution today. A version 2.0 revamp is purportedly twice as fast at loading the Timeline and photos, and starts faster in the process. The upgrade moreover lets us quickly flip through photos without having to shift attention away from the news feed. Google Play isn’t yet carrying Facebook 2.0 as of this writing, but it’s promised within hours — check the source link at the right time and you may get a speed kick that many have been craving for months.

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Source: Google Play

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Shocker: Google Maps tops iPhone App Store

Shocker Google Maps tops iOS App Store

In a surprise to, well, absolutely no one, probably, Google’s newly returned Maps is now leading the way in the free section of the iPhone App Store. Yesterday marked a return for the app, which had been dumped by Apple in favor of a homegrown solution. And we all know how that turned out, right?

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Google Maps Hitting iOS sometime Tonight

iOS 6 users…Google is here to help. Yes that is correct. The company that your precious Apple has tried to bury in the dirt, is coming to the rescue when it comes to your mapping and navigation needs. The homegrown Apple Maps was a huge flop, and it left Apple firing people and scrambling to get their customers a decent maps app. Their solution was to use a different map app through the different websites. Way to go Apple.

Looks like sources have told the boys at CNET that Google Maps will be coming back to iOS sometime tonight. Apple of course had no comment (grow up), and Google reported that it is in the final testing phase. I know the boys at Apple are pacing back in forth in their ridiculously huge mansions about having to let Google back into their world, but hey, sometimes even the brightest minds need help. In this case though, the dumbest minds need help even more. Let us know what you guys think.

Source: CNET

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Google Maps returns to iPhone, gives Apple users turn-by-turn navigation

Google maps returns to iPhone, gives Apple users turnbyturn navigation

Once upon a time, Google Maps was an indispensable part of the iPhone experience, faithfully guiding users wherever they needed to go. Then, Apple decided to ditch Google’s cartography in favor of it’s own mapping system in iOS 6, sending the crowd in Mountain View scrambling to build a standalone solution. Well, tonight, all you iPhone folks can once again get Google telling you where to go (assuming you weren’t already using web-based Gmaps), as the much anticipated app has landed in the App Store. The best news? As was foretold, it’s brought turn-by-turn navigation along for the ride — we trust you won’t need Google (or us) to tell you where to find the download. There’s no iPad-optimized version yet (although it is iPhone 5 ready), hit the source link to download for iPhone now, check out the list of features and intro video after the break.

Update: Having trouble actually snagging it? We’ve had inconsistent results ourselves, probably due to the sheer number of people trying to access it at once. In the meantime, while you can keep hitting download, you could also take a minute or two off, tweet an “iTunes is using Apple Maps to find the Google Maps app” joke and try again later.

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Source: App Store, Google Blog

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