Sorry, all, for the break last week when I didn’t upload a new video for Heads Up:TECH.
This week, I give you a longer video of more than 5 minutes to talk about all that’s happened in the last 2 weeks in tech headlines. We have everything you need to know about Facebook Home for Android, with all the features, reviews, and more. Then we go to Samsung Galaxy S4 ads and the newly announced giant phablet – Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 and Galaxy Mega 5.8. We end it with news from Google on the new Google Play Store as well as “Inactive Account Manager” that manages your Google data after you die. Eek.
Here’s the video…
For more info and links on the stories covered in this week’s video, click on these:-
Facebook Home for Android[symple_toggle title=”Show Article”]
Last Thursday, 4 April 2013, Facebook announced the much speculated Facebook Home which is actually an app launcher / skin for Android phones. Alongside this announcement, they also introduced a new hardware partnering with HTC with their first “Facebook Phone” called HTC First.
Videos, videos, videos…
There are official video of the launch, demo videos of Facebook Home app, or Facebook Home official ads (incl the latest that features Mark Zuckerberg at the FB HQ and actual product team) and more.
Here are some interesting reads on hands on, reviews and more info and details of the Facebook Home and HTC First.
- TechRadar : Hands-on review: Facebook Home review
- Android Authority : The Facebook Home App Review
- SlashGear : Facebook Home Review
- TechCrunch : Facebook Offers Clarification On Home And Privacy Before Full Android Invasion
- TNW : Facebook Home Lands on Google Play for US Users on Select Devices
- Android Authority : Facebook Home suffers poor reviews in Play Store
- SlashGear : Facebook Home and HTC First Hands-on
- TechRadar : Hands-on review: HTC First review
- The Verge : HTC First review: a Facebook phone that’s pure Google at heart
- The Verge : HTC First can revert to stock Android in lieu of Facebook Home (update)
Samsung Galaxy S4 Ads[symple_toggle title=”Show Article”]
Samsung finally revealed their first series of ads for the Samsung Galaxy S4. These 3 ads showcase different features of the Samsung Galaxy S4 which includes S Translate, Group Play and Sound Shoot.
Samsung Galaxy Mega series[symple_toggle title=”Show Article”]
Rumours are true – Samsung has announced the new Samsung Galaxy Mega series. Much larger than the already huge “phablet” of Galaxy Note II. There are 2 devices in the “Mega” series, which includes one in 6.3″ screen and another in 5.8″ screen.
- Android Authority : Galaxy Mega 6.3 and Galaxy Mega 5.8 official: specs, features, release date and pricing
Here’s a high overview of both the Galaxy Mega phones:-
- Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 = 6.3″ LCD HD 720p, 1.7 GHz dual core, 8/16 GB storage, 8MP back/1.9MP front, LTE / IR blaster / NFC
- Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 = 5.8″ LCD with qHD display, 1.4 GHz dual core, 8 GB storage, 8MP back/ 1.9MP front, IR blaster
- No pricing details. Global launch starting with Europe & Russia.
Google’s refreshed Google Play[symple_toggle title=”Show Article”]
Google refreshed the Google Play Store (formerly known as “Android Market”) with a new cleaner redesign for both smartphones and tablets. The new design is much simpler, with top navigation to Apps, Games, Books, Movies, etc.
- Android blog : A fresh new look for Google Play
Google’s “Inactive Account Manger”[symple_toggle title=”Show Article”]
Google recently introduced a new service under your Google settings called “Inactive Account Manager” that manages your Google digital data after you die. Basically setting the time period that you’ve been inactive / have not logged on to any Google services. You can choose the time period, and then ability to share your data with a Contact Person (emergency point of contact) and/or delete the data.
You will, of course get an SMS and email (sent to your secondary email address) before they share or delete your data.
- Google Public Policy blog : Plan your digital afterlife with Inactive Account Manager
- TechCrunch : Google’s New Inactive Account Manager Gives You Control Over Your Digital Afterlife
- Google’s Inactive Account Manager Landing Page https://www.google.com/settings/u/0/account/inactive
Question of the Week
This week, we skip the talk on Facebook Home and discuss your digital afterlife…
How did you plan to leave your digital / social media data, after you die?
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