Don’t worry, Facebook (FB) users: The company may take away your power to vote down proposed changes to its Statement of Rights and Responsibilities and Data Use Policy, but it will only be because you told them it was OK. The Next Web reports that Facebook has caved to user anger at proposed changes to its site governance documents that would, among other things, take away users’ ability to vote on future document changes. Or as The Next Web puts it, “you’re effectively voting on whether to keep voting.” The voting process will be open for the next seven days. At the time of this writing, Facebook users are choosing to strike down the website’s proposed changes by a count of around 3,600 to 600.
While Nintendo (NTDOY) has chosen to create second-screen experiences with the new Wii U GamePad, Microsoft’s (MSFT) strategy for the Xbox 360 involves bringing your own devices (BYOD) with the Xbox SmartGlass app for Android, iOS, Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8. One of the more frustrating things initially about the Xbox SmartGlass app was that it wasn’t natively compatible with 7-inch Android tablets such as Google’s (GOOG) excellent Nexus 7, but Microsoft’s gone ahead and updated the app to take advantage of 7-inch Android tablets while squashing a batch of bugs at the same time. While still in its infancy, Xbox SmartGlass is a glimpse at the future of smartphones and tablet and how they connect to the TV.
The folks who do this sort of thing have updated the Google Apps package today, handing you a shiny new flashable to go with that 4.2.1 AOSP ROM you’re about to download.
Technically a grey area, Google doesn’t release their closed source applications for redistribution. Instead, they get sucked out of a phone running the current version, and blood, sweat, and scripts are used to create a package that gives you all the Googley services you would expect from an Android phone.
Verizon’s HTC Droid DNA may have already been released (and reviewed), but mystery still surrounds the possibility of an international version of the phone. Earlier leaks have referred to it as the “DLX” or “Deluxe,” though it’s not clear whether this is the marketing name for the device or merely a codename.
Now that we’re squarely in the aftermath of Nexus ordering time, the writers here at Android Central all have a minute to give you our app choices for the week. We’ve got some sports news, a few tools and of course, a zombie game all for your enjoyment
Don’t look now but Microsoft (MSFT), the company that cornered the market with word processing and spreadsheets, has finally become cool. According to research from YouGov, the software giant’s Bing search engine and new Windows products are making a big impression on consumers as the market research firm found that consumer perception of both Windows and Bing are at a two-year high. In fact, since right around the time when Microsoft began its massive Windows 8 and Bing advertising campaigns in mid-October, the company’s perception has risen from 17 points to 25 on YouGov’s BrandIndex Buzz scale. The brand’s perception levels were even higher among tablet owners, increasing from 23 to 33 in the same period, while Bing managed to move up 6 points for a perception rating of 16.
Those of us on the East coast are in full lockdown mode due to Hurricane Sandy, and Google (GOOG) is doing its part to help us stay safe. Google.org, the search engine giant’s philanthropic endeavor, has built a terrific map that not only tracks the hurricane in real time but also provides a comprehensive list of Red Cross shelters along the East coast that regularly give updates showing how close they are to reaching capacity. The map also provides a list of all public alerts for storm surges, blizzard warnings and more. To view the map for yourself, click here.
We’re getting into that time of year when device rumors are swirling, but when it comes down to it we still care about finding the best apps in the Play Store for your enjoyment every week. When we find ‘em, we let you guys know. We’ve got a couple games (as usual) and some utility apps for your enjoyment. Read on past the break to see how we’ve done this week.
Trying to decide whether RIM (RIMM) or Nokia (NOK) gets the title of “most troubled mobile device manufacturer” is a daunting exercise in a lot of ways, much like trying to decide whether someone is better off losing their kidneys or their liver. Looking at both companies’ latest financials and their overall business strategies, though, and you can make a pretty persuasive case that Nokia is in even tougher shape than its Canadian counterpart.
Motorola has once again updated their Android software upgrades page, this time filling in much of the details for U.S. devices and the Jelly Bean rollout. It’s a big (and getting confusing) list, so you’ll want to be sure to have a look at the source link, but we can pretty much wrap things up with the short version.
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