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Friday, 13.12.13
UPGRADE: Pebble releases PebleOS v1.14 Firmware Update - Brings enhanced Features like "Do Not Disturb"
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:40 CET under 05 - Other Mobile OS News

If you are a Pebble smartwatch owner, you should receive this update automatically, if not it might be interesting for you to know that Pebble has released another PebbleOS firmware update which brings some neat and useful enhancements. PebbleOS v1.14 is now featuring a a "Do Not Disturb" function which blocks notifications for a set period of time. That's indeed handy because so far you had to activate the Airplane Mode, for instance if you was taking a nap on weekends. And while we are talking about a nap, the alarms app also received an update which now allows to create multiple Alarms, toggle alarms on/off and edit existing alarms. Also new the the snooze alarm function which is customizable via the Pebble Alarms app.

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Thursday, 12.12.13
SERVICE: Drive in Style with MyTaxi - Drive in Style with a Mercedes Benz Taxi
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:29 CET under 01 - General News

Are you a little bit "posh" and you don't want to ride a Ford, Toyota or Renault taxi (not to mention Audi, BMW or VW)? Well, German myTaxi has the solution for you. Customers can now "upgrade their mytaxi experience" - as myTaxi wrote - with the new "Mercedes-Benz Taxi" feature in Germany and enjoying "high class comfort" with two simple taps - by confirming the pickup location, tapping "Options" and select "Mercedes-Benz Taxi". That's it, now the myTaxi service is only searching and pinging available Mercedes Benz taxis around you. And if you don't want to drive any other manufacturers anymore, you can even save the new "Mercedes-Benz Taxi" feature and all other options as default!

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BETA: SwiftKey releases Public Beta for Android with Emoji Support and Dedicated Number Row
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:02 CET under 04 - Android News

This was more than about time, this was totally overdue but finally it's coming, if only as a public Beta. As SwiftKey announced today on its blog, it has released a public Beta which brings an exciting new SwiftKey keyboard which delivers some of the most requested features including emoji support for over 500 fun images and an optional number row for those who want quicker access to number keys. Classic emoji allows to choose from more than 500 emoji across five categories: people, objects, nature, places and symbols. Also part of the Beta is emoji word match. As you type one of hundreds of keywords, you can opt to be offered emoji predictions in the candidate bar. For example, typing "Santa" will offer you a Christmas emoji in addition to word predictions.

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ENHANCED: Instagram launches Instagram Direct - Allows to Share Photos and Videos with Friends only
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:37 CET under 04 - Android News

As expected, today Instagram announced its latest service enhancement called "Instagram Direct", which is said to be a new way to send photo and video messages to friends. Over the past three years, the Instagram community has grown to over 150 million people capturing and sharing moments all around the globe. As Instagram has grown (and was taken-over by Facebook), it has evolved not only into a community of photographers, but also into a means of visual communication. From a photo of the daily coffee (#CoffeeTweet FTW) to a sunrise shared from the top of a mountain hike, every Instagram moment contains something the poster find special - something broadcasted to followers.

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Wednesday, 11.12.13
STREAMING: Music for Everyone - Spotify is now free on Smartphones and Tablets
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:12 CET under 04 - Android News

As expected, today Spotify announced its free mobile device service which gives users access to millions of songs. It allows to listen to all personal playlists, discover new music or simply sit back and dig into favorite artist's entire back catalogue. Furthermore, Spotify announced it's launching in 20 new markets today, it's never been easier for more people across the world to discover and play more great music. Available to all today - Spotify's new free mobile experience allows users to shuffle play their music which allows to listen to all the playlists a registered user created, as well as playlists from the people the user follows. Favorite artists allows to listen to a certain artist by just hitting shuffle play.

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