Not all of Portland, Oregon is dreaming of the ’90s. As proof of that, the region’s transit system, TriMet, is taking a step into the future by launching the beta test of an electronic ticketing system that lets riders purchase fares from their smartphones. The ambitious effort extends to all of TriMet’s major operations, which includes city busses, the MAX light rail, the WES commuter rail and the Portland Streetcar.
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Portland’s TriMet ushers in mobile ticketing for smartphones
Today at Google I/O the company held a session entitled ” Voiding your Warranty ” where employees demonstrated how to root Google Glass and install Ubuntu on it. What you’re seeing above is a screenshot from a laptop running a terminal window on top and showing the screencast output from Glass on the bottom — here running the standard Android launcher instead of the familiar cards interface
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Google Glass rooted and hacked to run Ubuntu live at Google I/O
The white Nexus 4 is stuff that dreams are made of, and the lucky son of a gun at Android and Me , Taylor Wimberly, has one in hand. According to Wimberly’s description, it’ll be a “carbon copy” of the black Nexus 4, with the same specs and hardware wrapped into the sparkly, snow white casing. That’s not the only juicy detail to emerge from Google I/O , however, as Wimberly reports that the smartphone will debut in the Google Play Store on June 10th with Android 4.3
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Rumors mount for white Nexus 4, may launch with next version of Android
“It’s more like Tumblr.” That’s how one BlackBerry rep described BBM Channels to us, the company’s new social networking service announced this past week at BlackBerry Live in Orlando. While Channels, alone, may initially seem like nothing new — it’s an iteration of a social communication model we’ve seem countless times before — the service actually speaks more to BlackBerry’s forward-facing strategy for BBM as a device-agnostic mobile solution.
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Hands-on with BBM Channels: BlackBerry’s trojan horse social platform
Corning’s Lotus Glass promised a world full of thinner, more advanced mobile displays when it was unveiled in 2011, but it hasn’t always been easy to build with the volumes or features that customers want. Enter the company’s new Lotus XT Glass as the solution: clients can produce it more reliably at high temperatures, leading to more usable panels for our LCDs and OLEDs
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Corning intros Lotus XT Glass for next-gen mobile displays, touts more efficient production (video)
Despite being officially unveiled at Google I/O, the stock Android version of the Samsung Galaxy S 4 has remained the unicorn of the show, seldom seen by anyone not closely associated with the company’s top brass. We ran into Android VP Hugo Barra at the show, who was happy to give us a few brief moments with the upcoming device
Hands-on with the Samsung Galaxy S 4 running stock Android 4.2
It was only a couple of weeks ago that we got an early peek of T-Mobile’s Xperia Z thanks to the FCC, but we’ve now already gotten word of another unannounced Sony handset.
Japan-bound Sony Xperia UL leaks out with 5-inch screen, reportedly packs Snapdragon 600
Tablet users eager to hop on the BBM bandwagon with BlackBerry’s standalone app will have to tamper down their enthusiasm. Vivek Bhardwaj, head of the BlackBerry Software Portfolio, told TrustedReviews that the company will focus exclusively on smartphones running iOS 6 and Android 4.0 or above for this summer’s launch. “Smartphone is our real focus and again it comes back to what BBM is
BBM app for iOS and Android won’t run on tablets at first
eBay has trotted out an update to its iPhone app that sports a slew of notable changes. First, the app is draped in a redesigned UI that enables users to checkout multiple items at the same time, view larger photos and touts improved last-minute bidding for those hot commodities
eBay’s iPhone app updated with new UI and driver’s license scanning