calendar colordatetimeDo you use Google Calendar on Android a whole lot? If you have answered in the affirmative and are one of the more avid users of Google Calendar on Android, then chances are you would have already joined in on the chorus of users in the same position as you to customize event and calendar colors straight from your device. Well, the good people over at Google have definitely heard this clarion cry of yours, where today’s update enables you to do just that.

From now on, as long as your Google Calendar on Android is running the latest version, you are able to highlight those extremely urgent meetings and important birthdays or anniversaries by performing a simple color switch as and when required. Not only that, should you opt to add events, those are also easier to perform and more fun while you are at it thanks to the redesigned date and time pickers. In addition, there is also a redesigned timezone picker that makes life simpler to locate the region that you’re looking for regardless of where you are at the moment. The latest version of Google Calendar for Android will target devices which run on Android 4.0.3 and above (you will need Android 4.1 or higher for custom event colors though).

nexus7 bluetoothHmmm, now this is an interesting bit of news – it seems that the Asus Nexus 7 still has some miles left in its legs, considering the fact that it has been recently re-certified by the Bluetooth SIG (Special Interest Group), where it now boasts of a new build number of JWR11. It is notable to note that this model number the exact same one as the current version of the Nexus 7, so you can make your own deductions that this is absolutely not the rumored Nexus 7 refresh that many folks have been keeping their fingers crossed for.

I guess what we are looking at here is most probably the very same Asus Nexus 7 that everyone has come to know and love, although it will be powered by a software build which no one else outside of Google and Asus has managed to get their hands on. Could it be that it will run on Android 4.3, which might point to the possibility of obtaining re-certification with the Bluetooth SIG? After all, whispers have it that Android 4.3 will bring support for low-energy Bluetooth 4.0, so that might be the case to trigger the re-certification clause.

When it comes to security, most of us would not mind forking out additional dough for that extra bit of protection – whether it is in the digital arena or for the home. A new company known as August might be one to something here with their new Internet-enabled Smart Locks that was created by designer Yves Behar, where it offers a free service which enables you to send and receive access keys to anyone who happens to own an iPhone 5 or 4S. Hmmm, it seems that owners of smartphones that run on other mobile operating system have been sidelined here – at least for the moment.

The August can be retrofitted to current deadbolt lock, where the basic installation move would require removing a couple of screws and replacing your current interior lock turn, ensuring that the actual lock mechanism and exterior key plate are kept intact. After installation, you are able to manually lock the door from the inside by turning the chunky, ridged lock module itself, or you can opt to take the high tech route by bringing your iPhone within range of the unit as it will run on Bluetooth Low Energy connectivity. Ah well, at least you need not fumble for your keys when you return home after a smashing party, no?

nanotechentNanotech has just announced the pricing and availability for its 4K Media Player, Nuvola NP-1, and 4K Streaming Video service known as NanoFlix UHD, which happens to be an – both industry first, of course. The spanking new NP-1 Player will cost you $299, making it the most affordable 4K player in the market, where those who are interested will be able to place a pre-order for it online as well as head for retail stores from July 15, 2013, onwards.

LX Rudis, NanoTech’s Media Group, Senior VP of Development, said, “4K Ultra HD Televisions are just now starting to arrive in homes and are sure to bring an enhanced viewing experience of 4K to a whole new audience. With 4K TVs able to deliver a vibrant and natural picture that is four-times clearer than high definition, users need a low cost solution for content delivery. Unlike other 4K players, our unit will work with any brand of Television and a variety of content delivery services. The availability of the Nuvola NP-1 will be followed in fall by our streaming 4K video distribution service that will demonstrate how NanoTech continues to lead the market in bringing the 4K entertainment experience to consumers.”

Come this summer, owners of the 4K UHD TVs are able to pick up the Nuvola 4K Media Player that will come bundled with 10 videos in true 4K resolution, in addition to 10 video games and 5 multimedia applications, all for just $299 a pop, while this fall,they will gain access access to a fee-based streaming video distribution service known as NanoFlix UHD that will offer a library of 4K titles. Good entertaining times seem to be ahead, don’t you think so? [Press Release]

polar bt smartPolar USA has just announced their latest gizmo for all you fitness freaks out there – the Polar Stride Sensor Bluetooth Smart, where it has been touted to be the first ever Bluetooth Smart sensor which will enable runners to track their own speed and distance with each session, while capturing intelligent training data when using a compatible device.

The Stride Sensor Bluetooth Smart will not weigh you down at all, as it comes in the form of a small, lightweight device which will clips onto the user’s shoe, as it is capable of capturing a wide range of useful data that range from stride length to cadence, running speed and distance among others. Thanks to the wonders of Bluetooth Smart technology, the Stride Sensor would be the ideal device for activities held indoors as well as in less visible and dense urban areas, simple because it is able to record data without the need for a GPS device. Performance freaks who love analyzing data would definitely find it a boon to check out their results over mobile training applications that can be installed in compatible devices after your workout session. If you are interested in picking up the Stride Sensor Bluetooth Smart, it will retail for $79.95 a pop. [Press Release]

samsung logoYou know that something is up when you have South Korean conglomerate Samsung set up a research center right smack in the middle of Nokia’s “home base”, so to speak, and I guess when it rains, it pours – at least for the folks over at Nokia for this moment. For the first time ever, Nokia’s market share in its home market in Finland no longer places them at the top – as they had to make way for the seemingly unstoppable juggernaut known as Samsung.

It was reported by research firm IDC that sometime in the first quarter of 2013, Nokia actually moved 196,000 devices compared to Samsung’s 211,000 units that were sold. At time of publishing, Nokia’s market share in its home country actually took a knock to drop to 33.6%, which is down from more than 48% if you were to turn the clock just a year back. It seems that Samsung has come a long way since their early days of device manufacturing, where their handsets back then were so flimsy, they looked as though they were going to crack anytime soon. It seems that Samsung is now encroaching on Nokia’s bread and butter industry, namely feature phones. What do you think Nokia would be up to next to regain their top dog position?

Motorola LogoIt’s official: Dennis Woodside the CEO of Motorola Mobility has announced that the Moto X smartphone will arrive on the market “by October”. Right now, there is no profusion of details on the upcoming handset, but so far we do know that the Moto X is not the Nexus 5 which has been rumored but unconfirmed by Google, LG or any other partner.  Dennis Woodside also mentioned other Motorola smartphones arriving in the same October time-frame.  He did have one with him which could be an indication of readiness since executive don’t usually carry super-early engineering samples, but he declined showing it to the world yet. “It’s in my pocket, but I can’t show it to you” he said. Read full post →Moto X Smartphone Arrives In October

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Microsoft has released an improved version of Windows Phone app for desktop today, finally bringing it out of the beta stage. This app can be used for syncing content such as music and photos between a Windows Phone smartphone and a PC. It can also be used for managing music in iTunes. The new update brings improved library support for syncing folders and improved iTunes podcast support. The usual slew of bug fixes and performance improvements that one can expect from an app update are also on board.

Users who had the beta version installed would need to visit the Windows Phone website in order to download an update of this app. Now the Windows Phone app for desktop will notify users when an update is available and will allow them to download it with just a click. Files and folders can now also be synced from external hard drives. Users will now be able to see how much space they’re using for each type of content, this will make it easier to manage remaining space on the WP smartphone. The new Windows Phone app for desktop is now available for download on Windows.

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In the past two decades much has evolved. We now have technology that wasn’t even thought of all those years ago. There are now more ways to transfer data as compared to the floppy disks of a bygone era. The most widely used method involves no wires at all. German researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Solid State Physics and the Karlsruhe Institute for Technology have been able to achieve wireless data transfer speeds of up to 40Gbps. That’s a significantly high level, which in layman’s terms means the ability to transfer a full DVD over the air in less than one second.

There’s little doubt that this benchmark too will be considered insignificant a little longer down the road. Though for now it opens up a whole new range of possibilities. The researchers believe that this enhanced wireless technology can prove to be useful in bringing high speed internet connectivity to rural areas that would previously not be able to get such speeds. The technology will also act as a viable replacement in places where it is not economically feasible to lay down fiber cables. There could be various real world usage scenarios once this technology actually starts to be implemented.

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Only yesterday we reported on a confirmation from Verizon’s vice president of network support that Galaxy S4 will be compatible with its AWS network. The Advance Wireless Spectrum offers increased internet speeds over LTE. It was believed that currently only Galaxy S4 is compatible with Verizon’s AWS spectrum, but the carrier has reportedly confirmed seven such devices which support AWS. The Verizon Galaxy S4 was said to have components that make it support AWS, so it was believed to be the only compatible device for now.

The confirmed devices, apart from Galaxy S4, include BlackBerry Q10, Nokia Lumia 928, two Jetpack mobile hotspots, one USB antenna and two Samsung 10 inch tablets. Verizon hasn’t revealed which Samsung tablets are compatible with AWS, though it currently only offers Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7, Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Galaxy Tab 2. A Verizon representative cited as the source of this information has also said that when the network’s AWS band goes live later this year, all seven of these devices will be compatible with it. It is expected that upgrading to AWS would double internet speeds on Verizon’s LTE network, which is by far the biggest in all of U.S.A right now.