Moovit used to be an example of a great app brought down by an ugly interface and poor design. The transit-focused mapping app uses crowd-sourced reports to determine whether a certain subway, streetcar, bus or tram line was snarled, and much like Waze does for traffic, Moovit has saved thousands of people many hours waiting for vehicles that just wouldn’t arrive.
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Google removes CyanogenMOD Installer from Play Store, says it encourages users to void their warranties
Earlier this month, CyanogenMOD took the first step towards making it easier for users to install its custom ROM by releasing a guidance app on Google Play.
Little more than a shell advising users how to download the desktop software to facilitate unlocking the bootloader and flashing the ROM, its presence apparently went afoul of Google’s Terms of Service, as it “encourages users to void their warranty,” according to an email received from the Play Store team.
Because Android users are able to sideload apps, the Installer is still available directly from the website as an APK file. It’s not an elegant solution — and CM has submitted the Installer to Samsung’s and Amazon’s respective app stores — but it’s better than nothing.
As for whether the Installer truly violates the terms of service is up for debate, as not all devices have their warranties voided by unlocking their bootloader, nor do all of them come with locked bootloaders, but it’s within Google’s rights to remove the app.
Canadian Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and Galaxy S3 users just started getting the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update this week, but it looks like Samsung is already working on bringing KitKat to its last generation flagship devices (as well as the Note 3 and GS4, obviously).
iTechAddict points to a leaked Samsung memo that allegedly came from Samsung R&D India. This document suggests the Galaxy S4 and Note 3 will get KitKat in January of next year while the Galaxy S3 and Note 2 will get the update sometime between March and April. Though Samsung hasn’t yet commented on the report, iTechAddict says Galaxy users can expect an official announcement sometime in December.
Of course, dates of update availability will vary depending on region and carrier, but it’s encouraging to know those with older Samsung devices won’t be left out in the cold. Especially when you consider the fact that the Galaxy S5 is said to be launching in March or April. Rumour has it the GS5 will pack a 64-bit Exynos or Snapdragon SoC, 3 GB of RAM, a 16-megapixel camera, a huge 4,000 mAh battery, and Android 4.4 KitKat with TouchWiz on top.
Toronto-based MaRS Discovery District, an innovation centre that works with and supports startups and other growth companies, has parntered with Hydro One and London Hydro in a one-year app-based energy management pilot.
Using the ubiquitous Green Button data implemented throughout Ontario, MaRS has facilitated a partnership between the utility companies and four startups in a program called Connect My Data. Customers of Hydro One and London Hydro can use one of four apps from companies such as Energent, BuiltSpace, Zerofootprint and Eyedro Green Solutions to monitor, analyze and make conclusions about energy usage, with a goal of better understanding and ultimately cutting down.
We’ve just received word that LG is promising an update to Android 4.4 for its flagship G2 smartphone in late Q1, 2014, or near the end of March. According to company representative, Court Elliot, LG Canada is going to offer the software to carriers at the same time, though it’s unclear if the rollout will begin the same day across all providers.
The LG G2 is a great piece of hardware, but the Android 4.2.2-based software skin that arrived with it was clunky and, in many places, ugly. We’re hoping that LG can sort out the majority of its UI and UX issues to accommodate the performance and feature improvements inherent to KitKat, but that remains to be seen.
As for an update to the Optimus G, which is still ignominiously running Android 4.1.2, LG would not comment on a potential upgrade path.
WestJet has taken to Android and released an app that will make travelling much easier. The WestJet app for Android is now available via Google Play, works with any device running OS 4.0 and higher, but is “optimized for Samsung Galaxy S3 (4.1) and Samsung Galaxy S4 (4.2).”
As for the features, users will be able to check in up to 24 hours before departure, view flight status for both arrival and departure times, reference travel info such as service fees and baggage allowance.
WestJet also teased some future updates, stating, “It won’t be long before you’ll be able to use our app to book new flights, view upcoming trips and more.”
Download the app via Google Play.
CIBC Mobile Banking app for iOS and Android updated, brings option to deposit cheques by smartphone or tablet
CIBC has updated their mobile banking app for iOS and Android today. The main update allows for users to deposit cheques (personal or business) into their account using the camera in your iPhone, iPad, or Android smartphone or tablet. CIBC states that customers can only deposit Canadian dollar cheques via CIBC eDeposit.
This feature was recently added by a few credit unions and also ING Bank. Now with CIBC on board it’ll only be a matter of time before RBC, TD Bank, BMO and Scotia make this available to their customers.
No word when CIBC will update their BlackBerry app will be updated to make cheque deposits.
Data corporation IDC has released its latest quarterly phone tracker report and estimates that smartphone shipments will surpass one billion before the year is over. This represents an almost 40 percent jump compared to 2012 shipments, and IDC forecasts this figure will jump to 1.7 billion units over the next three years.
IDC also reports that alongside increasing shipments comes a decline in average selling prices. This is in line with a report from the company earlier this month that said average selling prices (ASPs) were down 12.5 percent to $317 in Q3. Though phablets are, on average, a little more expensive at $443, the average selling price is still down compared to Q3 2012 when these larger sized smartphones were going for an average of $573. IDC expects the average price of smartphones to continue to drop, hitting $265 by 2017. (more…)
Worldwide LTE adoption much faster than previous generations, users consume average of 1.5GB data per month
Canada was one of the first countries in the world to offer national LTE networks. After a brief pilot period in 2011, Rogers, Telus and Bell began rolling out LTE in earnest in early 2012, and now their networks reach between 73% and 79% of the population depending on the carrier.
GSMA Intelligence, an offshoot of the GSM Association charged with researching the state of the worldwide mobile industry, has studied the trajectory of LTE networks as of the end of 2013, forecasting how things will look four years from now.
I’m a bit of an overzealous organizer; everything in its place, you know? So when the proliferation of mobile tech in my apartment forced me to rethink my space, I decided to invest in something that would make organizing it a bit less daunting.
Enter Griffin’s PowerDock 5. It’s not likely something that every home will need, but this thing has the potential to be a gadget-lover’s dream.