LawnStarter Raises $6M To Become Your “Lawn Care Concierge”

lawnstarter Lawn care startup LawnStarter is announcing that it has raised $6 million in Series A funding.
The company describes itself as “your personal lawn care concierge” — the idea, said co-founder Steven Corcoran, to express LawnStarter’s “focus on customer experience.” Read More

Source : TechCrunch » Mobile http://techcrunch.com/2015/06/02/lawnstarter-series-a/?ncid=rss

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Windows 10: You’ve got questions, I’ve got answers

[Updated] There’s more to Windows 10 than just the revamped Start menu. I’ve been keeping this FAQ up to date with each new build. Here are the latest details with less than two months until the final release.



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Facebook y Spotify, las aplicaciones que más datos y batería utilizan

Un reciente estudio elaborado por la firma de seguridad informática AVG nos pone en conocimiento sobre el impacto de algunas aplicaciones principalmente sobre el rendimiento y autonomía de un smartphone. Curiosamente Facebook y Spotify lideran gran parte de las listas elaboradas por la firma de análisis, tanto en el uso de memoria como de energía. A continuación todos los detalles del estudio.

¿Preocupado porque la autonomía de tu smartphone desciende dramáticamente? ¿La memoria interna de tu teléfono Android se ve reducida sin aparentemente motivo? AVG nos descifra algunas de las claves por las que tu smartphone puede sufrir este tipo de inconvenientes, principalmente a causa del uso concreto de ciertas herramientas, servicios y aplicaciones. A partir del siguiente análisis tenemos a nuestro alcance algunas conclusiones de que apps consumen más energía, datos y memoria interna.

Servicios de redes sociales y streaming de audio, lo más exigente

Es interesante indicar que el estudio se divide en distintos tipos de estadísticas, siendo las más interesantes aquellas que ilustran qué apps y servicios que arrancan con el sistema y ejecutan los propios usuarios son los más dañinos para el funcionamiento –rendimiento- memoria y autonomía de un smartphone Android.

El caso más significativo es la lista que valora en conjunto esos mismos tres campos. Si valoramos las aplicaciones ejecutadas por el usuario a voluntad, en la lista de las más exigentes se colocan Facebook y Spotify. Y es que la red social y la app de música en streaming son a grandes rasgos apps con servicios que más datos, memoria interna y batería consumen.Aplicaciones más exigente en Android

Otros filtros

No obstante, el estudio también desprende otras notas curiosas. Una de estas es que Samsung WatchON es una de las apps ejecutadas a voluntad por el usuario que más energía requiere para su funcionamiento. Tal vez el hecho de recurrir al puerto de infrarrojos para cambiar canales de la TV pueda ser el motivo. En el caso de las apps que se ejecutan automática al ejecutar el sistema, los Samsung Galaxy disponen del servicio Beaming Service for Samsung (Beep´nGo) que se coloca como uno de los procesos más glotones, seguido por otro servicios relacionados con las comprobaciones de las actualizaciones OTA. Facebook vuelve a situarse en la parte alta en tercer lugar.

En lo que se refiere al uso de memoria interna a partir de aplicaciones que se ejecutan al iniciar el sistema, la app de mensajería Tango Messenger lidera la lista, seguido de Facebook. En el otro bando, las apps ejecutadas por el usuario que más memoria interna requieren son, en primer lugar Spotify, seguido del navegador web Google Chrome y otras como Line Camera o SoundCloud.

Tiempo de uso

Si valoramos los datos consumidos de nuestra tarifa de datos por aplicaciones que se ejecutan automáticamente cuando encendemos nuestro smartphone, Facebook nuevamente se posiciona como app más glotona, seguido de otras como Instagram o Yahoo Weather. Si por el contrario medimos el consumo de datos de Internet de las apps ejecutadas por el propio usuario, la lista comienza por Tumbr, Snapchat, BBC News, Netflix y Spotify.Tiempo dedicado a las aplicaciones Android

Del mismo modo, el estudio también diferencia con qué aplicaciones se mantienen entretenidos más tiempo los usuarios. En esta parcela Google Maps se lleva la palma, seguido de Facebook, Candy Crash, Messenger, Instagram y WhatsApp.

Disponéis de todas las gráficas del estudio en el siguiente enlace, donde podréis comprobar con detalle las más de 20 gráficas estadísticas diferenciadas por la aplicación de distintos filtros.

El artículo Facebook y Spotify, las aplicaciones que más datos y batería utilizan se publicó en MovilZona.

Source : MovilZona http://www.movilzona.es/2015/06/03/facebook-spotify-app-mas-bateria-consumen/

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T-Mobile extends ‘Never Settle’ trial offer for Verizon customers through June 27

T-Mobile is extending its “Never Settle” free trial campaign for Verizon customers considering a switch to the un-carrier.

Early last month, T-Mobile fired a salvo at the competition by offering Verizon customers a 14 day trial of the un-carrier’s service. The offer was meant to expire on May 31, but T-Mobile has extended it through June 27.



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The Best Cheap Tablets

We’ve gathered the best cheap tablets that offer a solid experience without breaking the bank. “Cheap” is a fine line, but we’re setting the bar at $250 — get close to zero and we get into some sketchy hardware; much higher is hard to call cheap. These are the best bang for your buck.



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This week’s sidebar poll: Did you install the Android M developer preview?

For the now, the M stands for Developer. But that won’t stop the rest of us from running the Android M preview.

Just like last year, Google dropped a developer beta preview of the next version of Android into our laps. Android M is still in the oven, but enough work is done on the new APIs to give them to the developers who need them. That’s cool — and important. Devs need time to get ready for new features and changes to existing ones.

But because this is a public beta, people who aren’t developers are free to download and install the Android M preview on their Nexus 5, Nexus 6 or Nexus 9. Or even the Nexus Player. We are doing it. I imagine more than a few of you guys are doing it, too. You know what happens when we have a question — answer the poll. Maybe we’ll form some sort of club!



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MongoDB adds BI tie, gears up for growth

MongoDB reveals product announcements and ambitious plan for growth at MongoDB World.



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How to turn your iPhone and iPad into capable assistive technology

How to turn your iPhone and iPad into capable assistive technology

Introduction

iOS Accessibility

Think you understand everything about today’s technology? It’s time for a reality check. Mine was just a few years ago. It didn’t involve getting schooled on the internals of computers or learning the differences between operating systems. No, all it took was the humbling experience of witnessing a person with a vision impairment navigate an iPad, a device that I naively assumed could only be used by those with the ability to see.

She was able to use this technology thanks to accessibility options, which enable some awesome tricks to help those in need of assistance. Your iOS device packs some incredibly smart features that help people of nearly all circumstances revel in the joys of some of today’s coolest tech – you just haven’t found them yet.

Here’s a full breakdown of the built-in features that offer clever ways for those with hearing, vision and physical impairments to enjoy the iPhone and iPad.

Siri, the intelligent personal assistant

Siri

The intelligent personal assistant inside of iOS devices has a simple goal: to help you find your content easily, send messages and discover new information using nothing more than your voice. Siri is a well-known feature, but it doesn’t get enough credit for its potential as an aid for those with physical and vision impairments.

-To activate Siri, press and hold the home button on an iOS device for a few seconds. Once you hear the double-chime, Siri’s ready to assist.

-Saying "Hey Siri" can also grab Siri’s attention. To enable this feature, open up the Settings menu. From there, navigate to "General", then tap into "Siri" and finally, select "Allow ‘Hey Siri’".

-Apple included a swath of different languages and regional dialects in case you want to change Siri’s spoken language. From the same menu where you enabled "Hey Siri", scroll down just a bit to find the language settings.

Siri customization doesn’t stop there. You can even change its voice from female to male or vice versa. Go on, ask it something!

VoiceOver

VoiceOver

VoiceOver is the key feature that makes using iOS devices more intuitive for vision-impaired individuals. This feature switches the default navigation that previously relied on precise finger presses in favor of one where broad strokes and gestures can complete just about any task.

-To activate it, press and hold the home button to get Siri’s attention and then say "Turn on VoiceOver." Alternatively, scroll down through the Settings menu until you find "Accessibility". Click "VoiceOver" and slide the switch over to turn on the feature.

-Once activated, swipe left or right anywhere on the screen to move the selector, which will cue VoiceOver to read the selection out loud. If you come to an area of interest that you would like to click further into, tap the screen twice.

-Turning on the VoiceOver feature also activates sound effects that will trigger to give the user audible feedback on their gestures and touches. These can be turned off from the same menu.

-VoiceOver can also aid in reading notifications, such as incoming e-mails, text messages, out loud as they arrive on your iOS device.

Similar to Siri, VoiceOver’s spoken language or regional dialect can be changed. However, in addition to Siri’s more limited settings, users can download higher-quality voices that sound more realistic when using VoiceOver.

Zoom

Zoom

It’s time to throw away that magnifying glass. Your iOS device contains a built-in feature that does more than take its place. It offers a ton of extra functionality that the physical tool just can’t match up to.

-The Zoom feature allows you to magnify a section of the screen to increase readability. To activate the feature, navigate to "Accessibility" inside the Settings menu. Then, tap into "Zoom" and tap the switch.

-Double-tapping the screen with three fingers will bring up the Zoom window, which zooms in on a body of text or photo.

-From there, you can drag the window around the screen as you please by pressing and holding a finger on the Zoom anchor on the bottom of the magnified window.

-Zoom is set at a default magnification level, but the intensity can be increased up to 15 times the default font size. This can be done at the bottom of the Zoom menu.

-Users can adjust the size of the magnifying window itself and the lighting filter which you can view text and pictures through (Grayscale, Low light, Grayscale Inverted, Inverted.)

Features to increase screen readability

Invert colors

iOS devices offer a few features to make words more legible and pictures easier to see on the screen.

-In the Accessibility menu, select "Larger Text" to enable the feature, then customize your preferred font size to improve readability while using an iOS device. If that doesn’t do the trick, the font can also be bolded by flipping the switch next to "Bold Text".

-For individuals that are sensitive to certain colors, the options to increase color contrast, invert or set the screen’s color palette to grayscale are each readily available in the Accessibility options.

How iOS devices assist hearing-impaired individuals

iOS features for hearing impaired individuals below

iOS offers a few neat options in the Accessibility menu to assist users with hearing impairments.

-In the Accessibility menu, users can pair a Bluetooth-enabled hearing aid to their iOS device through the "Hearing Aids" option. Once tethered, all audio (music, podcasts, movies) will stream to the hearing apparatus similar to how streaming audio works with wireless headphones.

-If hearing your phone when it rings is an issue, the LED on the back of iPhones (versions 4 and newer) can be activated to flash whenever you receive a text or call. It’s a subtle alert, but very noticeable. Activate this feature by toggling the switch next to "LED Flash for Alerts".

-iOS devices across the board offer robust support for subtitles and closed captioning. Located inside the Accessibility menu, "Subtitles and Captioning" allows users to activate and customize how the overlaying text will look. The feature supports over 50 different font styles, four font sizes ranging from small to extra large and eight font colors to choose from.

-Users can adjust the audio balance from left to right in order to receive the full audio delivery in the ear that serves you the best. The slider is located in the Accessibility menu.

How iOS devices assist physically-impaired individuals

Assitive Touch

iOS is full of cool features that can be accessed with gestures like swiping and pinching the screen. And thankfully, Apple has also made these unique functions easily accessible for those with physical disabilities.

-AssistiveTouch condenses every gesture-activated feature into one virtual button placed front and center on the screen for easy access. To activate this feature, scroll to the bottom of the Accessibility menu and click through to find the toggle switch.

-Once activated, a virtual button in the shape of a square appears on screen. Interacting with a simple tap blossoms the button into a full-fledged menu where you can fly through settings and dive into features that are usually multiple layers of navigation deep, like Siri and Safari.

Custom gestures

-Also in the Accessibility menu, users can create custom gestures for their iOS device. These can be used to perform a variety of tasks, such as unlocking the device or typing a quick text message. If you’re a gamer, you could even program gestures to control a game’s menu with ease.

iOS devices also support the use of external switches in place of using the touchscreen to perform functions. The support for switches ranges from external physical buttons to cameras that can track head movement to navigate around the phone or tablet.

Know of any other neat tricks that iOS devices can do? Be sure to let us know in the comments.



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How to turn your iPhone and iPad into capable assistive technology

How to turn your iPhone and iPad into capable assistive technology

Introduction

iOS Accessibility

Think you understand everything about today’s technology? It’s time for a reality check. Mine was just a few years ago. It didn’t involve getting schooled on the internals of computers or learning the differences between operating systems. No, all it took was the humbling experience of witnessing a person with a vision impairment navigate an iPad, a device that I naively assumed could only be used by those with the ability to see.

She was able to use this technology thanks to accessibility options, which enable some awesome tricks to help those in need of assistance. Your iOS device packs some incredibly smart features that help people of nearly all circumstances revel in the joys of some of today’s coolest tech – you just haven’t found them yet.

Here’s a full breakdown of the built-in features that offer clever ways for those with hearing, vision and physical impairments to enjoy the iPhone and iPad.

Siri, the intelligent personal assistant

Siri

The intelligent personal assistant inside of iOS devices has a simple goal: to help you find your content easily, send messages and discover new information using nothing more than your voice. Siri is a well-known feature, but it doesn’t get enough credit for its potential as an aid for those with physical and vision impairments.

-To activate Siri, press and hold the home button on an iOS device for a few seconds. Once you hear the double-chime, Siri’s ready to assist.

-Saying "Hey Siri" can also grab Siri’s attention. To enable this feature, open up the Settings menu. From there, navigate to "General", then tap into "Siri" and finally, select "Allow ‘Hey Siri’".

-Apple included a swath of different languages and regional dialects in case you want to change Siri’s spoken language. From the same menu where you enabled "Hey Siri", scroll down just a bit to find the language settings.

Siri customization doesn’t stop there. You can even change its voice from female to male or vice versa. Go on, ask it something!

VoiceOver

VoiceOver

VoiceOver is the key feature that makes using iOS devices more intuitive for vision-impaired individuals. This feature switches the default navigation that previously relied on precise finger presses in favor of one where broad strokes and gestures can complete just about any task.

-To activate it, press and hold the home button to get Siri’s attention and then say "Turn on VoiceOver." Alternatively, scroll down through the Settings menu until you find "Accessibility". Click "VoiceOver" and slide the switch over to turn on the feature.

-Once activated, swipe left or right anywhere on the screen to move the selector, which will cue VoiceOver to read the selection out loud. If you come to an area of interest that you would like to click further into, tap the screen twice.

-Turning on the VoiceOver feature also activates sound effects that will trigger to give the user audible feedback on their gestures and touches. These can be turned off from the same menu.

-VoiceOver can also aid in reading notifications, such as incoming e-mails, text messages, out loud as they arrive on your iOS device.

Similar to Siri, VoiceOver’s spoken language or regional dialect can be changed. However, in addition to Siri’s more limited settings, users can download higher-quality voices that sound more realistic when using VoiceOver.

Zoom

Zoom

It’s time to throw away that magnifying glass. Your iOS device contains a built-in feature that does more than take its place. It offers a ton of extra functionality that the physical tool just can’t match up to.

-The Zoom feature allows you to magnify a section of the screen to increase readability. To activate the feature, navigate to "Accessibility" inside the Settings menu. Then, tap into "Zoom" and tap the switch.

-Double-tapping the screen with three fingers will bring up the Zoom window, which zooms in on a body of text or photo.

-From there, you can drag the window around the screen as you please by pressing and holding a finger on the Zoom anchor on the bottom of the magnified window.

-Zoom is set at a default magnification level, but the intensity can be increased up to 15 times the default font size. This can be done at the bottom of the Zoom menu.

-Users can adjust the size of the magnifying window itself and the lighting filter which you can view text and pictures through (Grayscale, Low light, Grayscale Inverted, Inverted.)

Features to increase screen readability

Invert colors

iOS devices offer a few features to make words more legible and pictures easier to see on the screen.

-In the Accessibility menu, select "Larger Text" to enable the feature, then customize your preferred font size to improve readability while using an iOS device. If that doesn’t do the trick, the font can also be bolded by flipping the switch next to "Bold Text".

-For individuals that are sensitive to certain colors, the options to increase color contrast, invert or set the screen’s color palette to grayscale are each readily available in the Accessibility options.

How iOS devices assist hearing-impaired individuals

iOS features for hearing impaired individuals below

iOS offers a few neat options in the Accessibility menu to assist users with hearing impairments.

-In the Accessibility menu, users can pair a Bluetooth-enabled hearing aid to their iOS device through the "Hearing Aids" option. Once tethered, all audio (music, podcasts, movies) will stream to the hearing apparatus similar to how streaming audio works with wireless headphones.

-If hearing your phone when it rings is an issue, the LED on the back of iPhones (versions 4 and newer) can be activated to flash whenever you receive a text or call. It’s a subtle alert, but very noticeable. Activate this feature by toggling the switch next to "LED Flash for Alerts".

-iOS devices across the board offer robust support for subtitles and closed captioning. Located inside the Accessibility menu, "Subtitles and Captioning" allows users to activate and customize how the overlaying text will look. The feature supports over 50 different font styles, four font sizes ranging from small to extra large and eight font colors to choose from.

-Users can adjust the audio balance from left to right in order to receive the full audio delivery in the ear that serves you the best. The slider is located in the Accessibility menu.

How iOS devices assist physically-impaired individuals

Assitive Touch

iOS is full of cool features that can be accessed with gestures like swiping and pinching the screen. And thankfully, Apple has also made these unique functions easily accessible for those with physical disabilities.

-AssistiveTouch condenses every gesture-activated feature into one virtual button placed front and center on the screen for easy access. To activate this feature, scroll to the bottom of the Accessibility menu and click through to find the toggle switch.

-Once activated, a virtual button in the shape of a square appears on screen. Interacting with a simple tap blossoms the button into a full-fledged menu where you can fly through settings and dive into features that are usually multiple layers of navigation deep, like Siri and Safari.

Custom gestures

-Also in the Accessibility menu, users can create custom gestures for their iOS device. These can be used to perform a variety of tasks, such as unlocking the device or typing a quick text message. If you’re a gamer, you could even program gestures to control a game’s menu with ease.

iOS devices also support the use of external switches in place of using the touchscreen to perform functions. The support for switches ranges from external physical buttons to cameras that can track head movement to navigate around the phone or tablet.

Know of any other neat tricks that iOS devices can do? Be sure to let us know in the comments.



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Using the Cyanogen OS lockscreen

If you’re a fan of playing music on your phone, the Cyanogen OS lock screen offers something special for you.

Generally speaking, companies who feel the need to mess with the Android lock screen need to stop. The update to Lollipop this year is a perfect example of how to do a lot of things wrong, from the bizarre way Samsung and LG handle notifications to the variance in how lock screen art is shown, things get messy quick.

The folks behind Cyanogen OS figured out a subtle way to make their lock screen stand out in the crown without messing with the core functionality in this version of Android, and the end result is great. Here’s how it works.



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