CNN Tech: Facebook's Graph Search available to all in U.S. (video) Facebook's Graph Search, which lets people more efficiently dig through the massive social network for people, places and other content, is now available on all English versions of the website in the U.S. The advanced search feature will appear as a normal search field at the top of Facebook.com, though it is not yet available to mobile users.
All Things D: Nokia CEO Stephen Elop on Why the $300 Lumia 1020 Is a Camera Phone Worth a Premium Price (Video) Stephen Elop is happy to talk about the features of the Lumia 1020, especially its 41-megapixel camera and what that enables. Having 41 megapixels to work with gives the ability to take a single photo and tell multiple stories, he said in an interview ahead of the Lumia 1020 launch on Thursday. In the cockpit photo, for example, one can see the full instrument panel and window view, or zoom in and see just the altimeter reading — both in sharp detail.
The Verge: The Moto X will always be listening for your voice commands, leaked video shows According to a leaked video that appears to be from Canadian wireless carrier Rogers, Google's upcoming Moto X device will feature passive listening in order to respond to voice requests without a button press. "Your Moto X is ready to listen and respond," the Rogers representative says in the video. "Talk to it, and it learns your voice." If you've been keeping score, that makes the Moto X the second high-profile device this year to boast an always-on listening feature.
The Verge: BlackBerry's upcoming 5-inch flagship shown off in leaked photo and video Last week, we heard more details about the rumored BlackBerry A10 smartphone, and now we're seeing the phone in action for the first time. Last week, BGR released a photo of what's rumored to be the A10, and now a short but revealing video has hit YouTube. It shows off BlackBerry 10's now-familiar interface, but on a phone that looks unlike any we've seen from BlackBerry thus far.
The Verge: Leaked Verizon plan would let you upgrade phones after paying off half of your current one According to a leaked Verizon document posted by Droid Life, the company could be launching a new plan called VZ Edge to let people with an insatiable appetite for the newest phones upgrade hardware faster than ever before. Although Verizon's upgrade cycle sits at 24 months for customers with traditional, subsidized phones, the company does let customers pay full retail price for their devices, spread out over 12 months. Under this new plan, said to be unveiled on August 25th, a customer would reportedly be able to upgrade after paying off just 50 percent of his or her current phone.
CNN Money: AT&T and T-Mobile make smartphone upgrades more affordable AT&T and T-Mobile both recently announced plans that will allow users to upgrade their smartphones more frequently. Both companies will make those customers pay a premium for the privilege. But in the long run, frequent upgraders will save money with the new plans compared to the carriers' standard payment options.
All Things D: New Plans From AT&T, T-Mobile Put U.S. More in Line With Rest of World Though Americans are used to getting a steep discount on a new cellphone in exchange for signing a new contract, that’s less common in most parts of the world. Elsewhere, it is more typical to buy a cellphone at full price and then use it with one’s phone provider of choice. In exchange for bringing one’s own device, subscribers in many places pay far less each month for their cellphone service…
The Verge: Battle of the waterproof phones: Samsung Galaxy S4 Active vs. Sony Xperia Z Sony's Xperia Z is finally making the long trek over from Europe, and will be available from T-Mobile starting on July 17th for $99 down. Likewise, Samsung’s Galaxy S4 Active — the waterproofed version of the immensely popular Galaxy S4 — is available now from AT&T for $199.99. Both phones offer big, high-definition displays, fast processors, good cameras, and perhaps most importantly, slim and lightweight designs that belie the fact that they are actually waterproof.
All Things D: NFC: What You Need to Know By now you may have heard of NFC. It’s been the next big thing for the past five years. Okay, so maybe this tech hasn’t hit its stride yet. But there are several new mobile phones that claim “NFC” as a feature. So what does NFC mean, how does it work and will it finally catch on? These are questions that many consumers will have as they hear more and more about this technology — and here are some answers.
The Verge: HTC One mini coming in August with 4.3-inch screen, LTE, and 'no compromises' Responding to the call for smaller flagship-caliber smartphones, HTC is today introducing the One mini, a 4.3-inch version of its leading Android handset, the One. The physical design and onboard software remain unchanged, however HTC is aiming to price the One mini "two price points below the HTC One" and making a few downgrades en route to that goal.
All Things D: Twitter Updates Vine for Android Vine, the Twitter-owned short video sharing service, updated its Android-based mobile app, bringing it up to speed with the company’s iOS application. Among the updates to the app are the ability to “re-Vine” content in the stream (like a retweet), additional channel categories for video discovery, and a host of new camera tools for shooting videos.
All Things D: Security Flaw Discovered in Tumblr iOS App Tumblr, the massive Web-blogging network acquired by Yahoo earlier this year, disclosed on Tuesday evening a security issue on its iOS mobile application that “allowed passwords to be compromised in certain circumstances.” The company released an update to the app, available through the App Store, and urged all iOS users to update their passwords immediately.
All Things D: Revamped Google Maps App Aims to Give Users More Content The company overhauled its app in a way that focuses more intuitively on categories of what you want to do, like Eat, Drink, Shop, Play and Sleep. It has a smart way of encouraging discoveries within these categories that made even me — someone who avoided the discovery features in Google Maps — want to use them. And, yes, it still plots your journey, but now it looks ahead for traffic so it can reroute you mid-trip.
The Verge: Google Maps arrives on iPad with 2.0 update A big update to Google Maps for iOS has just arrived, for the first time adding a custom iPad interface. Like the major Android update last week, the revamp improves navigation with live traffic updates and incident reports, along with indoor maps for finding your way around shopping malls and the like.
TechCrunch: Tile Wants You To Stop Losing Important Stuff With Its Bluetooth Tags Plus App Combo So what is its connected gizmo? Its Tiles are bluetooth low energy tags designed for attaching to valuable items so that these real-world objects — wallets, bikes, suitcases etc — can be traced if they go missing…These Tiles are used in conjunction with the Tile app, which allows the user to do things like ring a particular Tile to figure out where they put their keys down, say, or view a map of the last known location the Tile they fixed to their bike was at. Tile’s app also lets users turn on a range view when they are within 100-150 feet of a Tile, so they can try to retrace their steps and find where they dropped their item.
Inman: Technology still an afterthought for many big brokers “Most brokerages don’t seem to really understand what an agent needs to know to be competitive in today’s market. If they did, I would see more digital signatures and fewer sideways or upside-down purchase agreements. Working at a microbrokerage, my survival depends in part on my ability to leverage technology. It is up to me to keep up on trends and technology. If I owned a large brokerage, basic business technology skills would be a must-have for any office manager or broker working directly with agents…”