TechSummit Rewind 104

This is the TechSummit Rewind, a daily recap of the top technology headlines.

Google Search now surfaces results from Android apps


Google Search’s newest update now filters results to show content only from apps installed on your device, like contacts, text messages, email, songs from Spotify, and YouTube videos.

According to Google, the feature works entirely locally without a data or WiFi connection and search results won’t be beamed to the cloud. Plus, certain apps can be exclused by heading into the settings and finding them in the ‘In Apps’ menu.

Google will soon add Facebook Messenger, LinkedIn, Evernote, Glide, Todoist, and Google Keep to the list of supported apps.

The upcoming LG V20, which will feature a second screen and Android 7.0 Nougat, will have a dedicated shortcut to take advantage of In Apps search. LG’s built-in apps will laos be able to take advantage of it.

The feature is live worldwide now.

Explosion reports delay Note 7 shipments

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 explosion

Samsung is delaying shipments of the Galaxy Note 7 until it can do more quality control testing after reports of phones exploding while charging.

“Shipments of the Galaxy Note 7 are being delayed due to additional tests being conducted for product quality.”

-Samsung, in a statement

Instagram adds ability to zoom in on photos


Instagram has added the ability to zoom in on photos and videos.

The feature is available now on iOS. Android support is coming “in the coming weeks,” (I already have it on my Lollipop-toting phone) according to Instagram. It uses a pinch gesture, and covers content on your main feed, profiles, and Explore.

Compass raises $75M for real estate listings


Compass has raised $75M in new funding at a valuation north of $1 billion.

The New York-based real estate startup’s new financing was led by Wellington Management Capital. Existing investors IVP, Thrive Capital, and Founders Fund also participated in the fund.

Compass hopes to further its growth with the new cash.

“We are going to expand into new markets and continue developing transformative technologies, unmatched agent support and marketing resources to our agents and clients across the country.”

-Ori Allon, Compass founder and executive chairman

“We believe that Compass will have a dramatic, transformative impact in the huge, antiquated real estate industry.”

-Todd Chafee, IVP investor

Okta partners with Google to secure cloud identities


Identity management vendor Okta and Google have announced a partnership aimed at getting enterprises to secure their users’ identities in the cloud.

As part of the deal, Okta will become Google Apps’ preferred identity provider for its enterprise customers.

“One of the things that was very important to [former VMware CEO and current Google Cloud Enterprise president Diane Greene], as she grew [VMware], was that it didn’t end up in the hands of one of the server vendors. Because the value of virtualization being a neutral layer was much greater – the value to the customers, the value to the company, the value of the company, etc. And she gets that when it comes to identity, that it’s a very similar type of functionality in the stack.”

-Eric Berg, Okta chief product officer

Okta will continue integrating its products with offerings from Microsoft and Amazon, among other Google competitors.

Samsung unveils Gear S3 Classic, Gear S3 Frontier smartwatches


Samsung has announced the Gear S3 lineup at IFA 2016.

Available in Classic and Frontier models, the smartwatch has a premium look that’s “the best of design, but no compromise on functionality,” according to a Samsung spokesperson. While both versions have updated designs, one key difference is that the Classic is limited to Bluetooth connectivity, while the Frontier also supports LTE. Both devices support WiFi as well.

It has a 1.3-inch super AMOLED circular display with a 360×360 resolution (278ppi) that supports a variety of watch faces. The device also supports 16 million colors on its Always On display, and a circular bezel that can be used to accept/reject phone calls or calendar notifications. Display sensitivity has also been enhanced to work well even with gloves.

There’s also a built-in speaker that lets you talk directly into your watch for phone calls, and stream music from the Gear S3 from Spotify.

The dimensions have changed slightly, with the Classic at 46 x 49 x 12.9mm. The Frontier weighs slightly more than the Classic, at 62 grams compared to 57 grams.

Both devices carry an IP68 rating, making it dust and water resistant (up to 10 feet for 30 minutes), is scratch resistant with a face protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass SR+, shock resistant, able to withstand varying high and low temperatures, and operates in altitudes of up to 15,000 feet.

There’s also a barometer to alert you of impending rain, GPS tracking, a speedometer, and SOS, which can notify friends and family if you’re in an emergency.

Both devices have a 380mAjh battery, which is rated for up to four days of use. There’s also a power-saving mode that’ll leave you with enough power to check the time even with five percent of a charge remaining.

Samsung Pay is pre-installed, so you can pay without taking out your phone. Payment information is stored on the device as tokens and protected using Samsung Knox.

Like previous Gear smartwatches, the S3 has Tizen installed. All previous apps are compatible with the new device.

There’s also the same wireless charging technology from previous models, and a 22 millimeter wrist strap included with a variety of colors available.

AT&T has announced that they will offer the Frontier with the carrier’s NumberSync feature, which allows phone calls and text messages to be sent and received using the same number as your primary smartphone.

HTC makes $5M investment in Steel Wool Studios

Steel Wool Studios

HTC has made a $5M investment in Oakland-based gaming studio Steel Wool Studios.

“The Steel Wool Studios team carries an impressive pedigree of creative talent that has already proven its ability to build cutting-edge content for the nascent VR category. Taking a look at Mars Odyssey and Steel Wool’s other projects under development, it’s immediately clear that this studio will drive VR adoption with great content that balances amazing visual fidelity with strong storytelling.”

-Cher Wang, HTC CEO

According to Steel Wool, the HTC investment won’t force the studio to become exclusive to the company’s platform, and they’ll continue developing for other virtual reality platforms.

The funding will give the company more freedom to expand its VR efforts, which includes more narrative-driven experiences and gaming content.

Facebook Offers revamped for mobile, lets you track saved coupons in dedicated section

Facebook Offers

Facebook Offers has been redesigned to be more mobile-friendly and allow business to create two kinds offers – those customers can redeem online and those redeemable in-store – while making it easier for customers to find the coupon they need at the register.

Offers can be shared either in an Offers ad or on the business’s Facebook Page. The ads will appear in the News Feed on both mobile and the web, and can be customized to fit businesses’ creative needs.

Businesses can also use the Offer Page Composer to share an Offer through their Facebook Page.

Page visitors will now see an “Offers” tab, which grabs all of the business’s past offers in a single place.

From the new Offers bookmark, shoppers can pull up the discount and show their phone at the register, where the business can scan the provided barcode/QR code.

Meanwhile, customers can copy the Offer code for checkouts online, and view the terms and conditions.

According to the company, they’re working on unique offer codes that allow advertisers to create specific offers for individuals or select groups.

Facebook will also remind you to use their Offers before they expire, and will be reminded on their next desktop visit about claimed mobile Offers.

The online Offer ads are live now, while in-store ads will be available in the coming weeks, according to Facebook.


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