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Renault and TomTom to fit customized Android tablet in 15 new cars

The Renault R-Link tablet is a 7-inch Android slate and relies on TomTom technology to offer real-time services like maps, navigation and traffic information. The tablet was announced as long ago as LeWeb 2011 but has since seen numerous updates, with TomTom having partnered with Orange and Atos to improve the apps available on the R-Link App store. When TabTimes last saw the app store, there were just a handful of useful application, including ones for basic email and social networking. Both companies have confirmed that the tablet will feature inside no fewer than 15 of Renault’s latest cars, including the ZOE electric automobile, the Captur, the new Megane [...]
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How Google Play trumps App Store for app downloads but lags behind on revenue

Leveraging data from its App Annie Intelligence index, the company came to the conclusion that Google Play downloads topped App Store downloads for the first time in Q2, and by a significant 10%. The firm attributed this to higher activity in emerging markets like Russia, India, Brazil and China (talking of which, 3 of the top 10 downloaded games on iOS were from Chinese developers in Q2), although Android’s leadership in the smartphone space and growing adoption in the tablet market would also likely have played a part. However, all is not lost for Apple. App Annie maintains that the iOS App Store brings in 2.3 times the revenue of Google Play, a finding which [...]
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Worried about someone stealing your tablet? You should disguise it as a print magazine

Surveying 2,000 British tablet owners, digital newsstand app lekiosk found that a quarter of these chose not to take their tablet on holiday as they were too scared their device would be stolen, while another third (36%) admitted they protected their gadget on holiday by ‘constantly’ watching over them. Almost another third (29%) admitted to hiding their iPads, Android and Windows 8 tablets under clothes or in shoes. With tablets clearly bringing some anxiety to tablet owners during their vacation, lekiosk has since come up with an ingenious anti-theft device – a tablet case that looks like a glossy print magazine when closed. However, [...]
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Worried about someone stealing your tablet? Disguise it as a print magazine

Surveying 2,000 British tablet owners recently, digital newsstand app lekiosk found that a quarter of these chose not to take their tablet on holiday as they were too scared their device would be stolen, while another third (36%) admitted they protected their gadget on holiday by ‘constantly’ watching over them. Almost another third (29%) admitted to hiding their iPads, Android and Windows 8 tablets under clothes or in shoes. With tablets clearly bringing some anxiety to tablet owners during their vacation, lekiosk has since come up with an ingenious anti-theft device – a tablet case that looks like a glossy print magazine when closed. However, [...]
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App use on tablets dominates the mobile Web when it comes to media

The number of mobile video users in the U.S. took off in the first quarter of this year, gaining 25% from a year ago to 45.3 million. The gain positions mobile phones as the fastest-growing platform by viewership in the last year, while audiences on traditional TV and desktop Web slipped, according to Nielsen’s latest cross-platform report. The Nielsen Cross-Platform report also took a more in-depth look at media use on smartphones and tablets in the first quarter. iPad users spent 76% of their time with apps (12:24 hours for men and 15:05 for women), each month. When it came to streaming video, iPad app users spent 1:48 hours per month versus 1:15 for [...]
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Google+ update now out for iOS – adds photo enhancements, Hangouts app

The new version of Google's social networking software gives iPhone and iPad users more control over the quality of photos in their stream thanks to Auto Backup, Highlight, Awesome and Enhance features, as well as the ability to sort, search and share the pics. The app also now redirects users to the standalone app version of Hangout, Google's all inclusive messaging client, plus greater editing oversight for profiles and comments — including support for strikethroughs.  Source article
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Sign of the times: BlackBerry messaging app is coming to Android and iOS

The firm said that the app will be free on both operating systems, providing the devices are running at least iOS 6 or Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0). "You might ask the question why is Blackberry doing this now," said CEO Thorsten Heins, when speaking at BlackBerry Live. “It is a state of confidence. The BB10 platform is so strong and the response has been so good that the time is right for BBM to become an independent mobile messaging platform.” The move will at first see BBM only usable for messaging and group features on third-party operating systems, although Heins has said that screen sharing, BBM voice and BBM channels — [...]
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