The UK Movie Theatres Boycott Google Glasses Immediately After Market Release

Vue together with the Association for Cinema Exhibitors gathered in order to ban Google Glass in Cinemas over the UK making references to robbery and copyright concerns.

Vue has said that it will ask cinemagoers to take off Google Glass when the lights inside the film lobby are turned off, while the Exhibitors’ Association has been even more severe and has demanded movie theaters around the country not to allow their clients to wear the special Google Glasses into silver screen halls paying little mind to whether the film is playing or not.

Google Glass was launched on the UK market for the price of £1,000. An early user of the eyewear has effectively been confronted with an unpleasant circumstance when being asked to take off his goggles in a London movie theatre located in Leicester Square.

Google is not at all satisfied with the boycott and has urged films to treat their Glass as they would treat a cell telephone – “basically ask wearers to turn it off before the film begins”.

Google suggests that the complainers ought to test the Glass before they devise any proposal to hinder the utilization of the eyewear in specific locations. Mountain View contended that Google Glass is not a very powerful recording gadget since the “screen lights up at whatever point its enacted”.

This implies that if a filmgoer is recording the film in a silver screen amphitheater while the whole lobby is not illuminated, their Glass will definitely be spotted from quite a distance and it will stick out just like any other sore thumb. Furthermore, the eyewear is not perfect at all for recording films from beginning to end because the battery runs out in no more than 45 minutes, if the user has dishonest intentions.

Cloud Messaging Opt-In for the Privacy of Xiaomi Clients

Xiaomi, the top smart phone producer on the Chinese market had to apologize to its clients after the unveiling of the fact that the company was actually gathering information on the users of a service similar to iMessage. The company also had to do some very important changes in order to provide its clients a security plus.

Last week the security company called F-Secure accused Xiaomi of gathering data on its clients by means of the Cloud Messaging platform belonging to the company. F-Secure said that the Chinese electronics company was collecting information such as users’ telephone numbers and other date used for identification. The platform sends the text messages via Xiaomi servers and not by means of the carrier networks. In this way the users can send the messages free of charge. The entire system is very similar to iMessages belonging to Apple. In a Google+ post, the vice-president of the company Hugo Barra said that the company did not save the information on its users. Therefore, they took the decision to turn the platform into an opt-in one so as to put an end to privacy concerns. He also admitted that the services used SIM and other identification data in order to route the messages. However, he denied all accusation of Xiaomi storing person user information on its own servers.

The over-the-air upgrade of the Cloud Messaging service belonging to the Chinese manufacturer started to function on the 10th of August 2014. The upgrade offers Xiaomi customers to opt in for the messaging service. It also gives them a security plus as all the phone numbers are encrypted once the Xiaomi phone possessors use the Cloud Messaging servers.

This is the first privacy issues that Xiaomi has to face. The Chinese company had excellent selling results not only in China but also on some other major markets. In China, Xiaomi has managed to be the number one smart phone seller topping the much more experienced Samsung. Xiaomi has not arrived yet on the US territory.

MIUI OS belonging to Xiaomi functions on top of Android produced by Google. The system incorporates various Xiaomi services. The Cloud Messaging is one of them. Barra did not say anything about major changes brought to the messaging system. However, he apologized to Mi users.

F-Secure has been contacted in order to give its opinion in the upgrade. For the time being there has been no reply from the company.

World of Mouth: The Sprint Merger Postponed for September

Reuters has claimed in a recent report that the negations between T-Mobile, Sprit, SoftBanck and Deutsche Telecom will take place longer than expected. The companies are spending their time working on a case to bring before the US regulators who have appeared to dislike the idea of a merger.

Deutsche Telecom and SoftBank have managed to reach a consensus. The German company is going to receive 40 US dollars for each share. The companies have even gone for a break-up fee if the deal lacks success. The bank has spent a lot of time working with various financial institutions in order to get the funds it needed. It has also secured its back by making it sure that it will have the necessary funds for the eighteen months following the merger.

Reuters says that the companies are willing to sustain their position with solid arguments since the merger is going to face a difficult regulatory scrutiny. This is no surprising news. Once the financial problems are solved, the only obstacle against the merger is the possible opposition of the regulatory body.

It has been said that the merger is going to be made public during the summer. However, the details of the report hint that the merger would probably be postponed for this coming autumn.

LG G3 reputed to be the Largest Smart Phone in the Mini Category

There have been lots of rumors around related to the mini model of the LG G3. In the end, they turned to be true since the LG G3 Beat has popped out on the market.

It is no wonder that LG has decided to attract new clients with the help of the minis, following the strategy of Samsung and HTC. Thus, the former has launched the Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini, while the later offered its clients the HTC One Mini 2. However, the actual size of the G3 Beta will definitely create some buzz among LG customers and not only. This is due to the fact that the LG G3 Beta stands out among the other minis because of its 5 inches display featuring a resolution of 720 pixels. The size is similar to that of the One M8, but the resolution is definitely lower.

The LG mini smart phone is also equipped whit a processor having a power of 1.2 GHz and belonging the quad core Snapdragon 400 category. Furthermore, the phone has one gigabyte of RAM as well as an internal storage which equals eight gigabytes. The LG G3 Beat attracts customer due to its microSD slot and obviously because it is functioning of Android 4.4 KitKat.

Other Attractive Features

The phone has a camera positioned at its back and having eight megapixels. It also has the laser type auto-focus which has made the bigger version so popular. The front camera could not have missed. It is there and it is characterized by 1.3 megapixels.

The LG G3 beat has a battery having 2540mAh, which makes it bigger than the batteries of the mini phones produced by both Samsung and HTC. Moreover, the battery is larger than the ones of its rivals. Thus, the G3 beta battery has the following dimensions: 137.7×69.6×10.3 mm. Nonetheless there is not much difference between this battery and the one belonging to the One Mini 2. This is definitely due to the slimmer bezel which circles the entire screen.

The official launch date for the LG G3 Beta was fixed for the 18th of July on the South Korean territory. After this date, the phone will be distributed to stores in Europe as well as in the Commonwealth.

For the time being, there is not information about the price. However, LG has declared quite clearly that the G3 beta is a phone belonging to the mid-tier category so clients will not pay more for it than they already do for the phones belonging to LG’s competitors.

A New Chance for Developers and the 3 D Market- Amazon Fire

Manufacturers of software for mobile phones hope that Amazon and the Fire Phone it produced are going to be able to accomplish the “thing” all its fore-runners have failed to: increase the demand for 3 D gadgets and applications.

When phones are involved, the 3 D feature means more than just adding some depth to various images. The Fire Phone, whose delivery is set for July 25th, is equipped with sensors which have the capability to react to the users’ view, movements and phone hold. There are four cameras which have infrared lights and which are capable of tracking down the phone owner’s movements by using a special program.

Most developers put their hopes in Amazon’s marketing strategy in order to properly promote the 3D. Phone manufacturers like LC or HTC Corporation have already launched almost two dozen phones displaying a 3D feature, but unfortunately none of them proved to be appealing to the public at large. Much to their disappointment, people who are more than willing to pay some extra cash in movie theatres for the 3D experience, have no desire to do so for television sets, mobile gadgets and laptop computers. The figures point out that 3D represent about 0.5% of the mobile applications that can be found in Google Play or in the Apple App Store.

Roger Entner, one of the analysts working for Recon Analytics expresses his hopes that Amazon would really make a difference. He claims that a lot depends on the success of the Fire Phone.

The manufacturer of the puzzle game named “Saber’s Edge”, Hibernum Creations, is currently using a third of its staff made of 150 employees to produce mobile applications for Fire. This Canadian company, which made team in the past with Time Warner and Walt Disney, in order to produce 2 D as well as 3 D games for various devices, considers that the phones produced by Amazon represent a huge opportunity for everybody involved in the mobile phone market.

Luis Rene Auclair stated that they were dealing with a brand new market and that Amazon displayed a high degree of commitment and they really wanted 3 D devices.

However, Amazon is not the only company interested in this domain. For example Intel has brought out some Pocket Avatars, an application that has the ability to capture the head movements as well as the expressions of the phone user in order to make video massages with an animated characteristic and various avatars. The applications that functions of certain devices running on iOS and Android, is based on a single came and not on the dynamic perspective of the Fire Phone.

Mike Bell, the Intel vice-president, declared that lots of companies had tried to produce gadgets having 3 D screens, however most of them turned out to be an unpleasant experiment. He said that he waited to see the device gaining traction before spending time and energy to make it functional.

The predictions for the future sales of the Fire Phone are quite numerous and not very much the same. Thus, Doug Anmuth, analyst for JP Morgan Chase and Co, considers that the smart phone will be purchased by about 2 to 3 million buyers. On the opposite side is Robert Baird, working for Colin Sebastian, who expects people to have a light interest in the phone.

The Amazon representative did not comment upon these forecasts.

The pluses of Amazon are its marketing strategy and its stubborn persistence. It is not something unexpected that the Fire Phone is aggressively advertised on the company’s home page. Also, it is a known fact that Amazon is one of the most visited and popular sites world-wide. Thus, the Amazon Appstore is the perfect place to put on sale the new applications of the Fire Phone. It would not be the first time that Amazon uses its huge influence to promote one of its gadgets. After all, it has managed to turn Kindle into the most widely used gadget for e-book throughout the USA.

Mel Kirk, the vice president of Zen Studios declared that a huge company like Amazon definitely knows how to sell its products.

It is true that the smart phone market is abundant in products and very well developed but so was the tablet market when Amazon launched Kindle Fire against the iPad produced by Apple. During the first quarter, Amazon managed to occupy the fifth position in the world of tablet manufacturers, having less than 2% of the table market which was very far from the 32.5% belonging to Apple.