Mert Uluc

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Now that Android Auto is here, get ready to sell your car

This is how the car-sharing economy really starts to shine<p>On a recent trip to San Francisco, I crossed the bridge connecting SFO's terminals to board the light rail, commuting a couple stops down the line to the rental car garage. I walked past what seemed like 20 aisles of 100 cars each in the …

iOS 9 supports ‘iPhone 6S’ Force Touch, may enhance iMessage, Keyboard & Apple Pay

Some of iOS 9‘s more important planned enhancements include split-screen apps on iPads, a new Home app for controlling HomeKit accessories, a new system-wide UI font, a mass transit directions service for the Maps app, and major quality, performance, and security enhancements. However, multiple …

Android's factory reset has a security problem. Here's how to fix it

How do you sell a phone without giving away the data on it? If you've used a phone even briefly, it's filled with all kinds of sensitive data, including passwords and login tokens alongside personal texts and photos, all of which need to be erased before you can safely put the phone up for sale. …

Information Systems

7 common tech myths busted

I know you've had the experience of sharing a "fact" you've known for years, only to have someone point out that it's actually wrong. In the fast-changing tech universe, it's very common. Here are seven myths that I hear people saying over and over, but are not exactly accurate.<p><b>1. You shouldn't</b> …

6 great smartphone camera apps

If you own a smartphone, chances are you use the built-in camera to shoot many, if not all, of your photos. But you can expand your camera’s capabilities and improve your photography by downloading third-party apps. Here are six impressive photo apps that let you get more creative with the photos …

Getting started with Google Photos

You can have your Android M, your Brillo, your Cardboard and any of the other products announced at Google's I/O developer conference yesterday.<p>I just need Google Photos , a product I've been waiting for to create order out of my sprawling photo library. I have used Picasa for years to share photos …

Google Calendar will stop sending SMS notifications on June 27, 2015

Google has decided to drop support for SMS notifications in Google Calendar. Starting on June 27, 2015, users will no longer receive text messages from the service.<p>Google’s explanation for killing the free feature is simple: “SMS notifications launched before smartphones were available. Now, in a …

Google partners with Levi's to create interactive clothing

SAN FRANCISCO — Google's Advanced Technology And Projects (ATAP) division announced it is partnering with Levi's to create "interactive textiles" — …

Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak explains the biggest difference between Steve Jobs and Bill Gates

Wozniak was the cofounder and technical genius behind Apple. In that role, he was the man who brought Jobs' visions to life. Over the years, he would get to know both Jobs and Gates very well as Apple and Microsoft weaved in and out of being competitors and partners.<p>During a press call on Wednesday …

Snapchat raises $538 million from investors

LOS ANGELES — Snapchat Inc. is ready to start collecting serious revenue from advertisers, but that doesn’t mean it’s done raising money from investors.<p>The startup has raised $538 million from a collection of 35 investors since mid-February and could get $112 million more, according to a filing …

Apple Watch Review Roundup: The 'World's Best Smartwatch', But 'Not For Everyone'

Apple has given members of the media several hands-on experiences with the Apple Watch following its special events, but ahead of Apple Watch pre-orders, select sites have been able to get a much closer look at the device. Apple has provided a handful of publications with Apple Watch review units, …

Video Games on Amazon Now Get 'Metacritic' Rating in Addition to Stars

If you're shopping for video games on Amazon, you should now have one more point of reference in case you're wondering whether this one or that one is really worth the purchase. Ratings from Metacritic, which distills reviews from around the Internet, are now included in addition to the usual star …

Microsoft is bringing Windows to robots and coffee mugs

Microsoft is traveling to San Francisco tomorrow to start the company's Build developer conference. While the software maker will largely focus on Windows Phone 8.1 this week, it appears Microsoft has big ambitions for bringing Windows to even smaller devices. A new site, Windows on Devices, …

BlackBerry ends T-Mobile U.S. licensing deal

Corrects day of BlackBerry statement.<p>MADRID (MarketWatch) -- BlackBerry Ltd. BBRY, +0.00% BB, +0.98% said it will not renew the T-Mobile U.S. Inc. …

Mobile

Google-owned Nest launches smart thermostat in the UK

Nest, the US technology company bought by Google in January for $3.2bn (£2bn), is launching its hi-tech version of the humble thermostat in the UK.<p>The device, which the company says learns how people use their heating at home and automatically saves energy for them, follows its launch in the UK of …

Spotify's New Redesign Is Beautiful and Functional

Spotify just got a major redesign and it looks fantastic.<p>The new design, which rolls out Wednesday for the desktop player, web player and iPhone app, …

Xiaomi clones Kickstarter project for its new one-button Android controller (update)

Last October saw Pressy -- a one-button Android controller that plugs into your device's headphone jack -- eclipse its initial Kickstarter goal of $40,000, ending with almost <i>$700,000</i> in its coffers. Apparently Xiaomi was paying attention, because the Chinese firm has teased an eerily similar …

Japan looks to next-gen 3D printers for a return to manufacturing success

American 3D printer manufacturers have stolen a lead on the competition, but a Japan-based alliance is looking to fight back... it'll take a year or two, is all. The group includes universities, 27 companies including the likes of Panasonic, Nissan and Kawasaki, as well as the Japanese government. …

Former Facebooker builds Bibao, a Chinese app for virtual/crypto currency traders

Bihang, a China-based digital currency application developer, today launched Bibao for Android, a mobile app for Bitcoin and Litecoin exchanges.<p>With Bibao, which is similar a stock market app, you’ll be able to:<p>watch exchange rates of Bitcoin or Litecoin on major Chinese virtual currency exchanges …

Galaxy S5 mini (SM-G800) specs leak: 4.5-inch 720p screen, quad-core processor, and KitKat

The 2013 Galaxy S4 mini, compared to the Galaxy S4<p>Samsung is gearing up to release a sequel to the Galaxy S4 mini, and if one report from <i>Sam Mobile</i> is to be trusted, the S5 mini’s specs are quite attractive. The website cites its usual insiders, who have provided accurate leaks in the past.<p>First …

MIPS-based Ingenic Newton challenges Intel for wearables crown

Ingenic Semiconductor, a leading Chinese embedded CPU maker, has released a reference design for a small processor board aimed at the smart devices market including wearables, biometrics, security and other consumer electronic devices. The board, known as the Ingenic Newton, integrates a CPU and …

The Mobile Browser Is Dead, Long Live The App

Analytics firm Flurry has published data on mobile usage by US consumers during Q1 2014. While users are spending more time on their devices (an average of 2 hours and 42 minutes per day, up four minutes on the same period last year), how they use that time has changed as well. Only 22 minutes per …

Ion Is A Wireless Smart Light That Reacts To Touch And Tunes

Make way for another smart light in the room. Ion, currently in production-ready prototype form seeking $20,000 from the Kickstarter community for its final push to market, is best described as a digital updating of the 1960s classic slice of kitsch called the lava lamp.<p>(It’s clearly no accident …

Covers removed from first Apple Store in Turkey, showing a mostly-glass design

Turkish websites <i>DonanimHaber</i> and <i>iPhoneTurka</i> provide our first look at Apple’s first Turkish store now the covers have been removed, revealing a mostly-glass design. Like the iconic 5th Avenue store in NYC, what is visible above ground is simply an empty glass space, though in this case it’s a lower …

Blogger Pulls Off $30,000 Sting to Get Her Stolen Site Back

<i>Jordan Reid is the founder and host of the lifestyle site Ramshackle Glam and author of Ramshackle Glam: The New Mom's Haphazard Guide To (Almost)</i> …

Autographer's Life-logging Camera Now Has Its Very Own Android App

OMG Life, the company behind the Autographer life-logging camera, has finally released an Android app compatible with the device.<p>Announced today, the app allows people who own the camera to preview images in chronological order, use multiple shots to create GIFs or stop-frame videos, tag images or …

Nexus 10 returning to sale 'soon', Google Play listing says

Following an absence of some months, Google's popular Nexus 10 tablet will soon be back on sale, according to Google Play.<p>The 16GB version of the 10-inch device was listed as 'out of inventory' back in October, Phandroid wrote, while the 32GB version also went out of stock, but did make a return in …

Android News

Adblock Plus Publishes Acceptable Ads Manifesto

Adblock Plus today unveiled a set of guidelines for its “Acceptable Ads” initiative in the form of an online manifesto. The company’s goal is to define how a reasonable ad should look and behave so that ad blocking can only encompass annoying ads.<p>The manifesto has five basic tenets:<p>Acceptable Ads …

Samsung Smart Home makes its debut in the US and Korea

Samsung Electronics announced the official global launch of its Samsung Smart Home service today, which will enable users to automate their various home appliances from a single app. The service will be rolling out in Korea and the United States first.<p>Through the app, users can add and manage a …