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Coke studies Apple\'s iPod
Coke is taking a page from Apple's lesson book. The world's largest soft drink company has taken time to study the message and advertising behind Apple's "Silhouettes" campaign before launching its own "Welcome to the Coke side of life" advertising blitz this weekend, according to Reuters. Coke representatives...
App used for disabled to communicate through the app with caretakers, others
Assistive technology software developer AssitiveWare today announced Proloquo2Go 4.0, a major new release of its symbol-supported Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) app that provides a voice to over 125,000 children, teens and adults who cannot speak. Proloquo2Go 4.0 is designed to enhance...
Divoom Voombox Outdoor Bluetooth speaker offers portability, water resistance
Divoom will be releasing its portable outdoor Bluetooth speaker tomorrow, the Voombox Outdoor. Offering 12 hours of play and talk time on 15 watts of power, the Voombox can withstand splashed water and dust. Users can wirelessly stream audio from tablets, smartphones and other Bluetooth-enabled devices,...
Animated Nokia commercial says Lumia tablet can be read outdoors
Nokia is back to comparing its wares against Apple's, this time touting the outdoor visibility of the screen on its Lumia 2520 tablet against that of Apple's iPad. A new, animated commercial from the Finnish manufacturer also talks up the potential productivity of the Windows RT tablet versus Apple's...
Smartwatch able to communicate back to smartphones
Pebble, the smartwatch that started life on Kickstarter, has received an extra $15 million in funding. The additional funding from investors, on top of the $10.2 million received through its Kickstarter campaign, comes at the same time as the company updates its SDK to include two-way communication for...
Boosts user-driven support communities
The online Apple Store has added links to a new feature called "Answers from the community" that offers buyers' solutions on common questions relating to Macs, iPhones and iPads. In some cases, a single "best" answer is picked by Apple, in other cases a collection of best responses...
New Apple Support Communities more social
Apple has revamped its Discussions board pages and replaced it with 'Apple Support Communities' with social features. "Apple Support Communities brings together thousands of Macintosh, iPod, iPhone, and iPad users from around the world to discuss Apple products and topics,"...
Nokia launches Microsoft Communicator Mobile app
Nokia and Microsoft jointly announced on Wednesday that the Microsoft Communicator Mobile software is now available to download for some Symbian-based Eseries smartphones from the Ovi Store. The presence and instant messaging application allows users to check the availability...
Smart home device producers can communicate directly with Nest products
Nest is making it easier for manufacturers to connect their products to other smart home devices, by giving third-party developers access to the Nest Weave communications protocol and direct communications with Nest products. Part of a number of announcements expanding the company's Works with Nest program,...
Pressure mostly came from labels and community, not artists
Contrary to what media reports would have you believe, Apple's recent reversal on the previous (and industry-standard) policy not to pay rights holders during the 90-day free trial period was a case of the company responding more to concerns from indie labels and its own user community rather than any...
GPS-equipped watch includes cellular communications option
Haier has revealed its own attempt at the smartwatch concept, but one which has a specific purpose in mind. Revealed earlier this week at the IFA Global Press Conference, the unnamed device will allow for the wearer to be tracked and communicated with by a smartphone user, with it aimed at helping keep...
Company steps up community involvement initiative, soon to ramp to worldwide
On Monday, Apple launched a new program aimed at helping employees find ways to volunteer in their communities, which will further qualify to receive matching gifts from Apple's existing Matching Gifts Program, which has handed out more than $78 million to various charities and non-profits in the past...
Senate DHS chief's committee calling for FCC reasoning, communications
Following a similar move by the House, the Senate has launched its own investigation on the US Federal Communications Commission's upcoming call for Title II legislation of ISPs. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Chairman Ron Johnson (R-WI) is giving the FCC two weeks to provide documents...
AOL shutting down enthusiast sites, even as communities go mainstream
AOL's decision, revealed on Friday, to rid itself of its "enthusiast" sites has cut deep into the hearts of several communities. It is shutting down Joystiq, which has been covering the gaming community for the past 10 years, and all its sub-sites; and more to the point relevant to us and our readers,...
Plugin-free protocol facilitates communications across a billion browser installs
AT&T announced that it will be the first US carrier to launch commercial support for Web Real-Time Communications (WebRTC) via its AT&T Enhanced WebRTC API. The WebRTC standard, which is already enabled on more than a billion browsers across multiple platforms, allows voice and video calling between...
Apple Support Community members' exhaustive testing rules out 1Password as cause
On November 1, a thread was started on the Apple Support Community regarding an intermittent and troublesome lag when using Apple's Mail, the default email program, in Yosemite. User 'Andrew-StL' kicked off the discussion, reporting the issue while composing messages after updating from Mavericks to...
Maps team now hiring a 'Community Client Software Engineer' to go beyond reporting problems
Apple is now looking for a "Community Client Software Engineer" and data analyst to join its Maps team, apparently to expand its use of crowdsourced data for Maps in iOS and OS X to both make improvements in location accuracy as well as possibly improve reporting on traffic conditions. While the Maps...
Spencer thinks unifying platforms is important, focusing on community needs first
Fans holding out for a Minecraft 2 after the Microsoft acquisition of Mojang could be in for some disappointment. In a podcast recording last week, Microsoft's Head of Xbox Phil Spencer said that he doesn't believe that a second version in the franchise make sense. Even though the brand has room to grow,...
Provider calls Dish Network, Discovery Communications, and Netflix out in FCC response
Comcast believes that a number of companies are trying to bully the cable and Internet provider in order to get favorable terms -- in exchange for their non-opposition of the merger with Time Warner Cable. In a response to the comments filed with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) over the proposed...
Outdoor speaker provides stereo alternative, but suffers from distorted sound
While most Bluetooth speakers are meant to be portable or desktop solutions, some are made to be used outdoors. Many of these speakers either take up a large footprint or are ruggedized, depending on the use, but other times they are simple meant for listening to a song on the porch. Of those set and...
FCC approves rules to cover clips under Communications of Video Accessibility Act
Last week, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted unanimously to extend the provisions of 2012 closed captioning rules to further cover Internet video clips from television shows. The new rules expand provisions of the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010...
New offering allows for more secure international communications
Security-focused communications firm Silent Circle today announced the expansion of Out-Circle Calling (OCC). The expansion allows for encrypted hybrid calling, which enables Silent Circle members to make and receive encrypted, private voice calls through the company's Silent Phone service to non-Silent...
Push by EFF to have Internet giants encrypt communications paying off
A statement by Apple to National Public Radio in response to its story about moves the largest Internet providers could do to enhance communication security has revealed a plan to expand end-to-end encryption currently in use to emails sent to other providers. Currently, the company's iMessage offers...
Founder of Insight Communications tapped to helm new company
Comcast and Charter Communications have selected a CEO for the spinoff company that will handle the customer cast-offs from the Comcast and Time Warner merger, should it be approved. Cable company veteran Michael Willner will run the company, which will span markets in Indiana, Michigan, and Wisconsin,...
Assistive communication app leads the pack
Hovering on the edge of awareness for most iOS users exists a class of apps that I hope you never have to use, or even see. I'm talking about assistive communication applications for the iPad and other tablets -- used to help people unable to speak from injury, disease, or other reasons. One of the leaders...
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