Google to ban sexually explicit content and nudity on Blogger

In a new policy, Google will ban images and video that are sexually explicit or show graphic nudity on Blogger, but will still allow artistic, educational, documentary and scientific nudity. Read more…



Microsoft teases ‘big things’ for Windows at IFA conference this week

Microsoft is teasing „big things“ for the „world of Windows“ at this week’s IFA conference in Berlin, but it seems unlikely the reference is to the company’s next Windows operating system refresh. Read more…



Possible 5.5-Inch iPhone 6 Rear Shell Showcased in New Video

A video showcasing what is claimed to be the rear shell of the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 was published today by Nowhereelse.fr. While component leaks have been abundant for the 4.7-inch version, this is one of only a few leaks for the 5.5-inch iPhone, which is rumored to be entering production in September. The site’s sources also claim Apple has selected „iPhone Air“ as the name for this larger iPhone version.

The metal frame in this latest leak is similar in appearance to a rear shell that appeared last month. Both shells have thick antenna breaks, a rounded opening for an updated True Tone flash, a cutout for the Apple logo, a space for elongated volume buttons and a side mounted power button.

Apple is expected to unveil the iPhone 6 at an event scheduled for September 9th at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts in Cupertino, California. While it most certainly is an iPhone event, it is not known whether the company will announce both the 4.7-inch and the 5.5-inch models at this time.

If Apple introduces the 5.5-inch model on September 9th, the company may stagger the retail sales of the two phones, offering the 4.7-inch model sometime in September and waiting to ship the 5.5-inch version until the end of the year due to production issues.




T-Mobile ditches overage charges, challenges other wireless carriers to do the same

T-Mobile has announced that beginning in May for bills that are issued in June, it will ditch all overage charges for all of its plans, and challenged AT&T, Verizon Wireless and Sprint to do the same. Read more…



Microsoft rumored to have plans for free OneNote for Mac

A new report claims Microsoft is planning to release a version of OneNote for free to Mac users as well as for Windows on the desktop, along with plans to open up the app to third party developers. Read more…



ASUS reveals Transformer Book Duet; Windows 8.1 and Android in either tablet or notebook

ASUS has announced the Transformer Book Duet as part of its CES 2014 announcements today, which can run either Windows 8.1 or Android on a tablet or via its keyboard dock. Read more…



FileMaker Discontinuing Bento for Mac and iOS as of September 30 [Mac Blog]

FileMaker Inc, a subsidiary of Apple, has announced in a statement that it will stop offering Bento, the consumer-friendly version of its popular Mac and iOS database software, in order to focus on its flagship FileMaker product line.

FileMaker, Inc. is increasing its focus on FileMaker Product Line software. Thanks to the ease of creating iPad and iPhone solutions, our customers’ use of FileMaker on iOS is growing rapidly. Our increased focus will create an even better experience for these customers.

As part of our sharpened focus, we will stop further development of the Bento consumer products.

The announcement, which was spotted by The Verge, comes more than 2 years after FileMaker released Bento 4 for the Mac, with an iPad version appearing in June 2012. Since then, the product has only seen updates for minor improvements and bug fixes, with no new major features released. FileMaker will stop offering Bento in both the Mac and iOS App Stores as of September 30 of this year and both products will continue to be supported up until the end of July 2014, according to a post on FileMaker’s technical support page.

The decision about why FileMaker chose to concentrate on its professional line is unclear, but the company has provided instructions on how to migrate existing Bento data over to FileMaker Pro. Users of Bento are also entitled to a $120 discount when buying the full version of FileMaker Pro for a limited time only.

Although FileMaker Pro is certainly more feature-rich than Bento, there are several features missing, such as integration with the Contacts, Calendar and iPhoto applications within OS X, as well as synchronization over Wi-Fi across different devices.


Best Buy to Relaunch iPhone 4/4S Trade-Ins for ‘Free’ iPhone 5 [iOS Blog]

Back in June, Best Buy ran a single day promotion that allowed iPhone 4 and 4S owners to upgrade their phones to the iPhone 5. The company told USA Today that it was the most successful day ever for its trade-in program and as a result, Best Buy plans to launch the campaign again on Friday, June 21.

Customers will be able to trade in a working iPhone 4 or 4S, earning a credit of up to $150, which can then be put towards the purchase of an iPhone 5, which is priced at $149.99 for the 16GB version. The discounted price includes a $50 instant rebate that will last until the end of the promotion, on June 29.

Prices include a two-year contract with Verizon, AT&T, or Sprint. Phones that carry a trade-in value over $150 will have the remaining value applied to a gift card, and the credit applied will depend on the phone’s condition. Trade-ins over $150 cannot be applied to a higher capacity iPhone.

The promotion, which will begin on June 21 and last for nine days, is only good in Best Buy Stores or Best Buy Mobile locations.


SkyDrive has free June/July issue of Complex magazine

The entertainment magazine Complex has announced that the full June/July digital issue is now available for free exclusively on Microsoft’s SkyDrive cloud data storage service. Read more…

Smart Driving Assistant ‘Automatic’ Delayed Until August

Automatic, the California-based startup that turns the iPhone into your own driving assistant, had planned to start shipping preorders this month. Unfortunately, the $70 car dongle + iPhone app won’t be shipping until the end of August now. Automatic needs more time to finish its app before drivers around the country start using it on the road.

An email explaining the delay was recently sent out to preorder customers:

Two months ago, we announced our vision to improve peoples’ relationship to their cars. Since then, we’ve been blown away by the excitement surrounding Automatic and by the volume of pre-orders.

Our small team has been working hard to build a seamless connected car experience that works on thousands of makes and models, and we’ve made tremendous progress. The good news is that the Link – that little device that plugs into your car – is ready and being manufactured! Unfortunately, we underestimated the time needed to complete the iPhone app and we’re sorry to say that it won’t be ready until the end of August.

When we realized we were going to have to push back the date, we started working on a way to get the core of Automatic’s features to you sooner. So here’s our plan: Because you pre-ordered early, we’re making Automatic available to you as a private beta. If you sign up, you’ll elect to receive your Link for use with a beta version of the app, which is stable but lacks a few features like Crash Alert and support for multiple cars and users. We’ll gradually roll out Links to beta users starting in mid-June.

If you’d prefer to get your Link with the feature-complete version of the app in August, you don’t need to do anything. Either way, you won’t be charged until your Link ships.

We’re truly sorry for the delay. Thank you for believing in our mission.

We’ll have a full review of Automatic as soon as we can get our hands on it. In the meantime, you can learn more about the product and place an order on its website. Each Automatic unit is pre-configured for a specific vehicle.

Source: Automatic

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