13 hours ago

Vic Gundotra, head of Google+, is leaving Google


Vic Gundotra, the Google SVP of Engineering that brought Google+ to the world, is leaving the company. Gundotra took to his creation to publicly announce his departure in a post title "And Then". He thanked the Google leadership for their support over his 8 year tenure, as well as the Google+ team that he led:

I'm also forever in debt to the Google+ team. This is a group of people who built social at Google against the skepticism of so many. The growth of active users is staggering, and speaks to the work of this team. But it doesn't tell you what kind of people they are. They are invincible dreamers. I love them. And I will miss them dearly.

He also said that he is "excited about what's next. But this isn't the day to talk about that." It seems he has something lined up, but what exactly, we're not sure.

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13 hours ago

Google Glass online orders are still apparently open


Update: Aaaaaaand it's gone. Google's store is now marked as out of stock. TechCrunch got details.

Last week Google Glass ditched the invites and went on sale to anyone and everyone for just one day. That meant that whoever wanted to snag Glass could do so without any caveats, like having to sign up for the Explorer program or wait on an invite. While the Glass page is currently showing the program as closed once again, it appears that Glass may still be available for purchase directly from Google.

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14 hours ago

Verizon's HTC Droid DNA is now getting its KitKat update


OK, all you patient Verizon Droid DNA owners. As promised, Android 4.4.2 KitKat is here. You'll actually get a couple of updates — the first is a mere 18MB — so you've got a few reboots ahead of you. Head into our Droid DNA forums for more.

Source: Droid DNA forums

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14 hours ago

This week's sidebar poll: Tablets - who's using one?

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We talk a lot about tablets here at Mobile Nations. The big four (Android, Apple, Blackberry and Windows) all have a tablet or tablets available, and while some may have been tossed aside others are all the rage. At least on the Internet, they are. Sales numbers and analysts aside tell us all manner of things, but as usual, I know the best way to find out what you guys and gals think or do is to just ask.

So that's what I'm doing this week. Are you part of the so-called post-PC generation, or do tablets just not offer anything you need? It's an interesting topic, as you can pick up a Chromebook for as little as $200 and some phones can do just about anything you can do on a tablet now. So tell us!

There's a poll on the front page, in the right-hand sidebar. You'll also find it below. Take a minute and share with us all.

Do you use a tablet?

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14 hours ago

What Airview on the Galaxy S5 is and what it can do for you

Airview on the Galaxy S5

The lowdown on what Airview can do for you and how you use it

Airview isn't new to the Samsung Galaxy S5, but it's a really useful feature that you may or may not be aware of. In simple terms it allows you to get a preview of certain types of content without having to actually touch the display. Simply hovering your finger over the screen will activate the Airview windows.

It's pretty neat, it can be pretty useful and it's extremely easy to use. Head on past the break to see how.

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15 hours ago

Big Android BBQ 2014 set for October 16-18


The 2014 Big Android BBQ officially has a date: October 16-18. Taking place again at the Hurst Conference Center in Hurst, Texas (wedged between Dallas and Fort Worth), the Big Android BBQ brings together a few thousand Android nerds like yourself for a weekend of geeking out about Android. From talking about how we review devices to delving into the future of development, there's always a lot going on at the Big Android BBQ, and we expect 2014 will bring more of the same.

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15 hours ago

Link all of the things! IFTTT now available on Android

IFTTT on Android

Your Internet life is complicated - let IFTTT automate it for you

It's been a good while coming, but IFTTT (If This Then That) is launching its official Android app today. Arriving several months after the app's launch on iOS, IFTTT is launching a well-designed and useful app on Android that aims to help automate your Internet life. If you haven't dove into the vast world of IFTTT it may be a bit overwhelming at first, but the premise is pretty simple. Considering that we don't live in a perfect world and therefore services and functions across the Internet don't always talk to each other, IFTTT helps bridge the gap between everything you do online.

The premise is simple — you create "recipes" that work by linking a trigger (aka "if this") to an action (aka "then that"). If I post a picture to Instagram, save that to a folder in my Dropbox. If I mark an item to read on Pocket, add a note to my Evernote account. If someone follows me on Twitter, add an entry to a Google Doc. The possibilities were nearly limitless even before there was a proper Android app, and now you have the functions of your phone to work with.

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16 hours ago

PlayOn bringing 100+ channels to Chromecast


Get Comedy Central, NBC, ABC, and more on your Chromecast

The popular media server PlayOn has announced today that their PlayOn and PlayLater services now offer support for Chromecast. PlayOn users will now be able to beam content from over 100 channels to Chromecast including NBC, ABC, Comedy Central, Hulu and more. Using the PlayOn mobile app, users can browse content on a mobile device and also access the PlayLater option to record videos for viewing at a later time.

To access these features, users will need to install the PlayOn app both on a mobile device and PC. PlayOn is available as an annual subscription for $29.99/year or lifetime for $59.99. In addition to Chromecast, PlayOn can also stream to Xbox, Xbox 360 and Roku devices.

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16 hours ago

Debug 34: Sexism in tech

 Sexism in tech

Debug is Mobile Nations developer podcast. This week, however, we're doing something different. We're bringing together a panel of developers and designers, CEOs and senior editors, of women in the tech industry to talk about how women are treated and mistreated in the tech industry. Join Serenity Caldwell of Macworld/TechHive, Jessie Char of Pacific Helm, Georgia Dow of ZEN & TECH, and Brianna Wu of Giant Spacekat as share their experiences and insight on sexism in the tech industry, from coworkers to clients to conventions to culture and beyond.

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17 hours ago

Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ now up for order at $369, shipping in 3 weeks


Lenovo has announced that the Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ that we scoped out back at MWC is now available for $369. Though you can order today, shipments aren't expected for another three weeks. The 10-inch tablet runs Android 4.3 (update to Android 4.4 KitKat shortly) and has a 1920 x 1200 HD display, not to mention a nice little built-in stand and an optional keyboard dock accessory. The whole thing is powered by a 1.6 Ghz Snapdragon 400 processor and 2 GB of RAM. You can expect 18 hours of battery life from the 9000 mAh battery.

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