Google’s Chrome browser has always been open source on Android and PC, but never available on iOS. This is because Apple demands that browsers use its own WebKit platform instead of their own rendering engines, so Google can’t just use its typical code base for iOS Chrome. However, that’s all changing today, as Google has just added the iOS Chrome code into Chromium.
Not only should this speed up the development of Chrome for iOS, Google also points out that as all of the company’s usual Chromium tests now apply to the iOS code, it’ll also be easier to implement cross-platform features, which means more frequent updates that will help the iOS browser more closely match its Android counterpart.
If you’ve noticed a sudden increase in the number people using the Oppo F1s in and around the city, that’s probably because of Oppo’s tenacity in pushing their phone into the Malaysian market.
According to Oppo’s sales figures, the company from China has already sold more than 100,000 units of their midrange selfie-centric smartphone. Additionally, those sales figures have helped the company seize more than 50 percent of the midrange market in just two months, making it the company’s star performer for this year.
The Oppo F1s launched back in August this year with the appeal of the phone being its 16MP f/2.0 front-facing camera.
Opera recently announced the latest updates available for their data-saving web browsers for mobile. Both Opera Mini for Android and Opera Browser for Android will get new features for a better browsing experience.
Video compression – Opera Browser for Android
According to Opera’s blog, the new video compression feature helps the user shrink the size of online videos streamed your device. This means that videos viewed via the Opera Browser no longer use as much data or take as long to load, saving plenty of bandwidth and time.
To use this feature, simply update your Opera for Android app, and enter the settings menu to access the Data Savings category. Check the box that says Video Compression. The rest will be handled by Opera.
Download notifications and improved tab switching – Opera Mini for Android
Opera’s ‘lite’ browser, the Opera Mini for Android, now notifies you when you’re done downloading files via the browser. We admit it’s not that groundbreaking, but it is a nice add-on even for a browser designed for a trim web-browsing experience. Another user-experience enhancement is the improved tab-switching format. Users can stay on their current tab and open new tabs in the background, with an option to flit between tabs quickly. This new functionality is ideal for comparing different deals on separate e-shopping sites.
Finally, the Opera logo has been updated for these mobile browsers, and it’s now congruent with the desktop browser’s new logo as well. Opera’s last update – Opera 33 – focused on compressing data for faster surfing, and the update before that (Opera 32) was brought in to improve privacy for web browsing users.
Opera and Opera Mini: What’s the difference?
For the uninitiated, Opera has two stable browsers on the Android OS platform – Opera Mini and Opera for Android. The key difference between the two is their compression technology: Opera Browser gives the full web browsing experience where sites and images load as if the user is viewing them on a desktop, with an option to compress web pages up to 50 percent of their original size for saving on mobile data and load times. Opera Mini, on the other hand, is a cloud-based browser where all web browsing will go through Opera’s servers, and those servers will automatically compress the web page’s text and images, down to 10 percent of their original size.
The Opera Browser is what a typical person would use on a flagship Android smartphone; whereas the Opera Mini browser is suited for overseas travel, in situations where mobile data bandwidth may be limited or subjected to poor connectivity.
From this month onwards for 30 days, Muslim all around the world will be fasting for the holy month of Ramadan.
To mark the occasion, Google has launched the My Ramadan Companion service on Google Now. The service will provide information pertaining to the festival, as well as exact times for sunrise and sunset, so that Muslims may know when exactly they can break fast and what time is ‘sahur’ – the morning meal that is taken before the fasting cycle begins anew. The Google Now site will also provide users with other content pertaining to the festival, such as apps that will alert you to wake up to Sahur, or YouTube content ranging from drama series and comedy sketches.
My Ramadhan Companion will provide you with content pertaining to the Muslim holy month of Ramadhan.
The site is already live, allowing those who are interested in using the free service from Google to do so for the 30-day period of Ramadan.
The idiom of a picture being worth a thousand words is one that has been uttered time and time again. Rejuvenate that saying for modern times, and you’ll have something that would go along the lines of ‘stickers’ or ’emojis’ being worth a thousand words, instead.
And that’s probably one of the main reasons why we love them so much: they are able to capture and express our emotions without actually us needing to say (or type) anything at all. Of course, not forgetting that we also adore them for their irresistibly cute nature as well.
To give you an idea of just how much we truly love our emojis and stickers, LINE has decided to go the extra mile to compile everything they knew about their user base’s dependence on emojis and stickers, and visualize them in the infographic you see below.
Of course, it would be very uncharacteristic of LINE to celebrate its fourth-year anniversary without a cutesy video featuring LINE mascots Cony and Brown now, wouldn’t it? So without further ado, here’s LINE’s official, and downright adorable, fourth anniversary video.
To download the commemorative limited edition LINE wallpapers, all you have to do is add LINE’s official account on the LINE app.
I lose my phone in more stupid places than I can possibly count. I seriously considered installing a landline so that I can call my phone the three times per day it goes missing. But Google just made something even better. Type three magic words into search, and you’ll find your missing handset.
Type “find my phone” into Google, and provided you’re logged into your browser with the same Google account as your phone, you’ll instantly get a map of its location, along with the option to ring it.
To get at more serious settings — like the option to wipe your phone, before anyone can Facebook those nudes — you’ll still need Android Device Manager installed. But if you’ve lost your phone down the back of the couch (or had a particularly immemorable night out), a Google browser is all you need from now on.
Malaysia taxi booking apps for iOS and Android – MyTeksi was officially launhed in Apple Apps Store and also Android Market. MyTeksi allowing Malaysians to book for a taxi via this application and SMS.
Taxi driver showing the MyTeksi Apps
The MyTeksi mobile app works on iOS(Apple iPhones/iPads) and Android devices. The application can be downloaded for free. Below are the steps of using the mobile app:
You need to sign up for the MyTeksi account in order to receive information on future updates and promotions.
The app auto-detects your location (you’ll need to enable Location Services).
Alternatively, drag the map and position the blue pin on your exact pick-up location. You can also manually type in the address in the Address bar at the bottom.
Repeat the procedure for destination. You can drag the map and position the green pin on your drop-off point, or search for your destination by tapping on the Address bar.
You can also search for your desired drop-off location by clicking on the address bar at the bottom and manually searching the address.
Key in any remarks/requests/tips and tap “Book Now”.
Confirm your booking.
Your taxi booking will be confirmed within 3 minutes.
You’ll then receive details about your confirmed taxi booking.
For bookings via SMS, just send an SMS to 36881 with the following information (standard SMS charges apply):
Example: Teksi Jaya33 PJ #Mid Valley #Waiting at lobby
Passengers using the MyTeksi iOS and Android app will enjoy a RM2 waiver on their standard taxi booking fee until 30 June 2012. The fee is paid directly to the Taxi driver. There are about 120 Taxis currently available in the Klang Valley, and can be booked 24-7, 365 days.
MyTeksi Mobile Taxi Hailing service is powered by Maxis’ Machine-to-Machine (M2M) technology and leverages on Maxis 3G and 2G network in Malaysia. According to the company, major taxi companies, associations, and cooperatives, besides Comfort Taxi are already in the process of testing the MyTeksi solution.
The launching of the Facebook app center for Google Android and Apple iOS show that facebook is try to step into the 2 major smartphone maket and try make the smartphone more interesting.
Facebook has announced it is in the process of launching an App Center in the Android and Apple Stores Thursday night. It’s rolling out on three platforms: Android, iOS and Facebook.com (on the mobile web) itself.
With the new launch of the Facebook apps for the iOS and Android, you will soon be able to customize your mobile Facebook app. But will facebook charging for the apps download? Here’s a clue: the company explicitly doesn’t want to call it a “store,” according to ABC News.
“The App Center is launching tonight with more than 600 social apps, including Nike+ GPS, Ubisoft Ghost Recon Commander, Stitcher Radio, Draw Something, and Pinterest,” Facebook reps wrote in an email.
“You’ll only see high quality apps in the App Center, based on user ratings and engagement.”
Found this interesting info-graphic online on how the iPhone user, Android user and BlackBerry use how they see each other as well as them self. This infographic was created back in 2010 and Window Phone 7 was excluded.
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