Gmail app just got better for Android users

mobile drawer shot copyAs of today Android users, which most of The Black Bears are, will be able to view all their mail at once, regardless of which account it’s from, using the new “All Inboxes” option in Gmail app.

So now it became really convenient to read and respond to all messages without having to hop between accounts. And there are more nice features like conversation view for non-Gmail accounts, smarter search and more responsive animations. Thanks, Google!

Read more on Google’s official blog.

[Image Source: Google’s official blog]

Keep those precious baby moments in the Bébéboek App!

Great news for all mothers and mothers-to-be since the Bébéboek App – our latest project – has been released!

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The Bébéboek App is one central place to store, share and edit the baby photos. Mothers can also keep records of baby’s height and weight which are plotted in the growth graphics.

The best thing of all is that the pictures and the graphics can be added a photo album directly in the app. The Bébéboek is then sent as a PDF per e-mail and can be ordered for printing.

This app was an assignment from Superunie  which has presented the Bébéboek App during the “Negen Maanden Beurs” (Nine Month Fair) in Amsterdam.

SanDisk introduces 200 GB Ultra microSD card

If you are like us and a 128GB microSD card isn’t big enough to put all your high quality snaps, audio and video on your phone – don’t worry. We are happy to tell you that SanDisk has introduced a new microSD card designed to provide a little more storage.

The SanDisk Ultra microSDXC UHS-I card, Premium Edition, packs a whopping 200 GB of storage capacity, more than many laptops will give you! Capable of delivering transfer speeds of 90 MB per second, or around 1,200 photos per minute,the card is targeted primarily for use with Android devices.

SanDisk says its new 200 GB microSD card will be available worldwide in the second quarter of 2015.


Manual review for Android Apps


Just heard that Google has started to manually review apps before making them publicly available on its Google Play store. The company has been using the process quietly for the past several months but nobody noticed it until 17th of March when it was disclosed in some techno blogs.

The new process involves a team of experts from Google reviewing applications for compliance with their laundry list of policies pertaining to content, network usage, application promotion and other items. In addition Google has also added a new application content age-based rating system for apps and games.

 [Image Credit: Android Developers Blog]

Breakthrough 3D fingerprint with Snapdragon Sense ID

Have you seen a new ultrasonic fingerprint scanner that Qualcomm has showed off at MWC 2015? If the answer is NO you must know that Qualcomm will create a 3D map of our fingerprints. The result will be a more accurate reading that is also more secure. Ultrasonic reader will work through pretty much any material. That means its bio-metric reader could be built into any part of a device.

Snapdragon Sense ID 3D Fingerprint Technology will form part of the Snapdragon 810 CPU that will be making its way into flagship devices throughout 2015. So we can expect the first phone with Sense ID 3D before the end of the year.


Google unwraps Android 5.1. Lollipop

Good  news! Google announced the roll out of the Android 5.1. Lollipop. The new update improves stability and performance and also offers some new features like HD voice and Device Protection.


The last one is perhaps the most essential as it ensures that the device will remain locked if it is stolen or lost. The only way to unlock is by signing with the personal Google account. According to Official Android blog Device Protection will be available on most Android phones with Android 5.1.

The blog also reports that Lollipop 5.1 also will have the ability to join Wi-Fi networks and control paired Bluetooth devices directly from Quick Settings. Other basic enhancements include high definition voice calls on compatible phones.

The Black Bears are waiting to check it out!

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Apple Watch is coming

Just a few more weeks left to greet the Apple Watch! According to Apple, it will be the biggest new product since the iPad. And the most personal one they have ever made.

It is made to run its own applications, to connect with iPhones and be a fashion product on its own. Next to timekeeping and healthy & fitness features, Apple promises to show us ”all-new ways to do all kinds of things” with the Watch.

On one hand we cannot wait to own that piece of hardware since Apple has always kept its promises. On the other hand perhaps we should wait a bit.  Mario Aguilar in  his article gave us a good reason why not to buy one .. and, yes, has a point!

“… if you hold on even one year for version two, it is all but guaranteed to be measurably better in countless ways. Granted, this is always true to some degree, but it’s extra true for first-gen gadgets.”

Those who believe in magic will find it

Obsessed with the Virtual Reality as The Black Bears are, we too are curious about the new project of Google – Magic Leap.

Here are some facts summarized by Mariella Moon in her article What we know about Magic Leap so far. It looks like the new invention will sweep away that feeling of ‘presence‘ in the Virtual Reality by … well, some kind of magic!

We just cannot wait.

[Image credit: Magic Leap]