May 28, 2013

After showing off some new Google+ features earlier this month at I/O that ended up in the Google+ Android app last week, Google today is bringing Auto Enhance, related hashtags and much more to its Google+ apps for iOS.

Version 4.4.0 of Google+ for iPhone and iPad now includes new Auto Enhance photo editing features thanks to some technology from Snapseed, the new intelligent related hashtags feature to get more information related to photos in your stream, and the ability to “Share short animations, panoramas, and more.”

Other new features include interactive Google Offer posts, options to upload a cover photo and edit additional profile fields, and control the frequency of What’s Hot posts in your stream. Google is also reminding us that the Hangouts service has moved to its own standalone appexpand full story

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Market research firm IDC released new data today forecasting that tablet sales will grow “58.7% year-over-year in 2013 reaching 229.3 million units, up from 144.5 million units last year.”

With the PC market on track to see negative growth for the second year in a row, IDC predicts we’ll see more tablet shipments than portable computer shipments this year. More importantly, IDC predicts that 2015 will mark the first year tablets will outsell both notebook and desktop computers.

While Apple has been at the forefront of the tablet revolution, the current market expansion has been increasingly fueled by low-cost Android devices. In 2013, the worldwide average selling price (ASP) for tablets is expected to decline -10.8% to $381. In comparison, the ASP of a PC in 2013 is nearly double that at $635. IDC expects tablet prices to decline further, which will allow vendors to deliver a viable computing experience into the hands of many more people at price points the PC industry has strived to meet for years.

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Charging/Synching iPhone 4, iPhone 5 and Nexus 4 simultaneously from one USB port

Update: now available at Amazon

We see a lot of cool stuff on 9to5Toys every day but one particular item seemed worth sharing today. I bought the Lightning/30-pin/MicroUSB 4-in-1 USB cable adapter last time it made the rounds (for slightly more money:\ ) and it is again available on for $7.

Tanga took about 2-3 days on delivery and it comes in a sealed plastic package similar to Apple’s own products. Taking it out of the plastic, it feels a little lighter than Apple’s own cables which is especially noteworthy since this is a ‘three-headed’ monster’ cable. Each lead is under a foot long which can be an advantage or disadvantage, depending on your needs. I like short cables personally.

How well does it work? Plug and play! All three cables ‘just work’ as they say, on Apple/Android phones. Although on the surface, this looks similar to Apple’s cables, the fit isn’t quite as good. I found plugging in 30-pin and lightning cables were a little snug the first time around.  MicroUSB fits like any other adapter I’ve used. At only $7, this clearly isn’t an Apple MFI-certified cable.

It isn’t all glory however. Because you are limited to the power output of your USB Port, you can’t plug in just any device to this cable and get three separate charges. Plug in an iPad (even a mini) and you can only charge two devices (though USB synching doesn’t seem to be affected). Plugging in a third will knock out power to all three and I’m pretty sure you aren’t going to get the quick charge your iPad deserves.  I however use it with lots of success to charge my iPad and my Zagg (big sale today btw!)/Logitech keyboards simultaneously from 1 USB port. It is also great for cars where you have a limited amount of ports.

The 4-in-1 USB to Lightning/30-pin/Micro-USB cable is available for $3.99+$2.99 shipping today only from [direct link]

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As announced in April, Apple CEO Tim Cook will be returning to the stage for an interview with AllThingsD‘s Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher at the D11 conference. The event begins today, and the interview of Tim Cook starts at 6PM Pacific/ 9PM Eastern time. We will be at the event live and we’ll be providing full coverage during the interview.

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Kickfolio, a service that allows developers to offer demos of their iOS apps directly in the browser using an HTML5-based platform, today announced it is now allowing devs to embed their iOS apps directly in the Facebook news feed. The news comes as the company raises over $1 million in seed funding and changes its ‘Kickfolio’ branding to a more suitable “”.

We’ve told you about the service before, which allows devs to embed playable HTML5 demos of their iOS apps directly on webpages and press releases for as little as $9 a month. Today the company is not only bringing that functionality directly to the Facebook news feed (as pictured above), it’s also announcing that support for Android is on the way. currently has about 3000 devs signed up, most of which are using the service as a marketing tool to drive users to the App Store. The company says the average user spends about 1 minute, 19 seconds playing the demo with 12 percent making their way to the App Store and those stats are expected to increase thanks to the new Facebook integration. plans to integrate its service with other ad networks and platforms in the future and also launch tracking and analytics features.

You can play an demo of an iOS app below and learn more on the company’s website here: expand full story


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