Omnipaste allows your Windows and Android devices to share a clipboard like they should

Most of the start-ups funded worldwide came up with an idea build on top of an existing tool of an over-exploited service for – hopefully – 10% of the market. It’s quite rare to stumble upon a start-up that builds a service so fundamentally basic, which belongs to the core infrastructure of our daily routine but yet somehow has not been revised since it was introduced by Xerox in 1974. I’m talking about Copy-Paste paradigm.

A little bit of history

The term “cut and paste” comes from the traditional practice in manuscript-editing whereby people would literally cut paragraphs from a page with scissors and physically paste them onto another page. This practice remained standard into the 1980s. Stationery stores formerly sold “editing scissors” with blades long enough to cut an 8½”-wide page. The advent of photocopiers made the practice easier and more flexible.

[…] Apple Computer widely popularized the computer-based cut/copy-and-paste paradigm through the Lisa (1983) and Macintosh (1984) operating systems and applications. Apple mapped the functionalities to key combinations consisting of the Command key (a special modifier key) held down while typing the letters X (for cut), C (for copy), and V (for paste), choosing a handful of keyboard sequences to control basic editing operations.

Source: Wikipedia

By now we all know that, we use it several times a day and we cannot imagine working on computers without it. It’s a standard. It is a given. But all that is true on the same machine.

Many times I get frustrated when I work on my computer but I have to check out some resources or data on my phone and I have to use my brain to copy-paste some information. I have to memorize, for instance, nasty URLs that I saved in a note on the phone and write them – character by character – into my computer. It’s painful, really. And god-forbid you mess up one character. You have to carefully find which one and eventually give up and start all over again.

Introducing Alexandru

I met Alexandru in June 2014, in Krakow, at the Deutsche Telekom’s turbo-accelerator hub:raum program. He was one of the alumni of their 2013 co-hort and was there to give a speech to the newly start-ups. I was one of the newcomers.

Omnipaste is the name of the start-up he co-founded and fortunately received funding from T-Venture, the VC of Deutsche Telekom.

He was very friendly and quickly told me and my co-founder some great tips about what was going on over there. He was always smiling and found the time for us even if at some point I felt we were too annoying. I later found out what a genuinely good heart he has.

He was still working at their product at that time and I remember him coding at a desk in the workspace, having conf-calls with his team mates, leaving for a day to present in Berlin, to attract future funding. All these with a calm and confidence that strongly contrasted the atmosphere around there. I figured that this is part of his heritage, since Alex is originally from Valcea but has been living in Sibiu (Romania) for some years now. If you were a Romanian you’d know what I’m referring to.

Back to business

So what is this great product that I keep putting off explaining? I asked Alex if he wants to explain it in his own words and he was kind enough to answer a few questions:

InRumor: What’s the idea behind Omnipaste?

Alexandru: Your Android™ Phone, Tablet and Windows™ PC/Laptop connected like never before. Omnipaste allows you to share a clipboard across all your Windows™ and Android™ devices. With Omnipaste, you can easily move from one device to another without the need to send yourself emails. People also refer to us now as continuity for Android and Windows in the light of the soon to be released IOs8.

InRumor: How did you come up with the idea?

Alexandru: I used to send a lot of email to myself and got frustrated by this fact. I thought there must be a better way to pass information between my devices and this is how Omnipaste came to be initially an easy way to copy and paste between devices – as easy as Ctrl+C and hold+paste. We don’t only move text and links we also move events. If you receive a call on your phone you will see a notification pop-up on your laptop (https://www.omnipasteapp.com/#feature-notifications)

InRumor: Is there something similar on the market? Is there anyone else working on this?

Alexandru: There’s always something similar on the market. There are couple of applications out there that are trying to solve this gap of communication. The problem is that they are limited to either platform or content. You can have a lot of apps that make a ‘magic’ folder on your computer, or synchronize your notes. With Omnipaste the integration is at a deeper level, it’s as though your devices are aware of each other and their capabilities and do their best to help you in your day to day work. You can start something on your laptop (copy the address of a restaurant) and then tap to navigate on your phone (https://www.omnipasteapp.com/#feature-smart-action).

The biggest player in the market will be Apple with their latest operating systems. Unlike them, Omnipaste, will offer all the functionality platform independent. To prove this we’ve released on two platforms, Windows and Android.

InRumor: What’s your competitive advantage?

Alexandru: First we want this to be cross platform so at the heart of our solution, there’s a device API. Because this is a public API it allows other apps to take full advantage of all the devices that your own. To see how this might work, after you’ve installed Omnipaste on your phone, go from your desktop pc to https://www.omnipasteapp.com/#contact and click on our phone numbers. Your phone will simply start calling us. No more typing a phone number from your computer screen.

Next, we went right from the start with developing native applications for each of the supported platforms. This was very important because it allows better integration with the host operating systems, for example, we can display missed calls and SMSs on your Windows lock screen.

Besides this, we built all the messaging services ourselves. Even though this took some time, we are on schedule and now it allows us to better scale the service and maintain it free for the users.

In the end, but maybe the most important, this is a product that we built to solve some of our own pains. Asking around we saw that it also helps other people.

InRumor: When will you launch the product?

Alexandru: You can go to www.omnipasteapp.com and download the app for Windows™ and Android™ right now.

InRumor: Will it be cross-platform?

Alexandru: Yes, for example you will be able to copy a YouTube link from your phone or laptop, and paste it on your smart TV. Not to mention, the useful notifications will also be displayed on the big screen.

InRumor: What are the next steps?

Alexandru: Refine the existing features, support more platforms and bring our user new useful functionality. Anyone can contribute with ideas or vote on existing ones here https://omnipasteapp.uservoice.com/.

I remember the first time he told me about this product and I was blown away. Not only because I need it – badly – but also because it is so simple and basic yet smart and beautifully crafted. As I said, it’s rare you get to come up with such a great idea, let alone to build it and make other people’s daily work much easier.

Whitney Houston found underwater in her bathtub, was taking Xanax

So far the official cause of death hasn’t been found but an autopsy on the singer’s body will be performed today, TMZ reports. However, results will be revealed later after the toxicology report.

The gossip site also writes that sources close to the singer said that she used to take Xanax before her shows. Family members said Whitney had a prescription for the drug, which is commonly used to treat anxiety and depression.

In addition, Houston had been drinking a lot the night before she died.

Alcohol, in combination with Xanax, is a powerful sedative, which could have made her fall asleep in the bathtub.

Whitney’s stylist, hairdresser and two bodyguards become worried that she had been in the bathroom for more than an hour and she had to get ready for the Clive Davis party.

After knocking on the door and getting no answer, the hairdresser, who is female, went in to check on her. As she started screaming, one of the bodyguards came running in and pulled her out of the tub.

Apparently, she had slid down the back of the tub as her face was underwater. her body was very cold and the bodyguard tried to perform CPR.

EMTS arrived immediately but the singer was pronounced dead Saturday at 3:55 PM.

Beverly Hills found various prescription bottles in the hotel room but no illicit drugs.

iPhone 4s owners experiencing problems with battery life

According to the Guardian UK, Apple has contacted new iPhone 4S customers and asked them to install an app on their iPhone 4Ses in order to collect more information about a possible defect in the device’s battery.

An iPhone 4S owner told The Guardian that he was experiencing a 10% drain in battery life every hour in standby mode.

He told the newspaper: “My battery life was extremely poor – 10% drop in standby every hour. I noticed that the usage figure was roughly half that of standby, even when the phone was not being used, so I assumed something was crashing or running in the background. I switched off all the new features including Siri and location services, but it was still really poor. I also tried setting up a clean phone with no apps but it is still really poor.”

“I then got a call from a senior [Apple] engineer who said he had read my post and was ‘reaching out’ to users for data and admitted this was an issue (and that they aren’t close to finding a fix!) and asked lots of questions about my usage and then asked if he could install the file below and that he would call back the day after to retrieve the info. I extracted the file from my Mac after a sync and emailed it to him. He was incredibly helpful and apologetic in the typical Apple way!”

Some have speculated on a number of possible causes for the accelerated power drain from the iPhone 4S battery.

On of the theories is that corrupted contacts could cause the drop. Sensing such corruption, the phone repeatedly tries to synchronize with the original file and in the process drains power.

Standby time for the iPhone 4S is said to be 200 hours, compared to 300 for the 4 and 250 for the original iPhone.

Hopefully, Apple will be able to fix the problem after collecting user data from iPhone 4S customers.

General Motors to unveil self-piloted cars by 2020

General Motors are following in the footsteps of Volkswagen who announced that hey are testing a driverless car.

GM will use technologies such as GPS, distance-sensing and vehicle-to-vehicle communications in order to allow the vehicle to dodge collisions, identify pedestrians, park itself and pick-up the driver. All of this can be accomplished via systems placed in the vehicle or through a smartphone app.

“The technologies we’re developing will provide an added convenience by partially or even completely taking over the driving duties,” said Alan Taub, GM Vice President of Global Research and Development.

“The primary goal, though, is safety. Future generation safety systems will eliminate the crash altogether by interceding on behalf of drivers before they’re even aware of a hazardous situation. In the coming years, we believe the industry will experience a dramatic leap in activity safety systems, and hopefully, a dramatic decline in injuries and fatalities on our roadways. GM has made a commitment to be at the forefront of this development.”

The Chevrolet EN-V urban mobility concept will be presented this week at the ITS World Congress.

1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Special Edition abandoned in a garage

The car is a 1995 made Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Special Edition, a model which is quite rare as it was part of a special edition, limited to 29 units. Back in the ‘70s, it was one of the best sports cars and today it is regarded as an expensive piece of art, a real four-wheel treasure, coveted by collectors.

The story goes like this: in 1970, Tom Wellmer received a special graduation gift from his parents in the form of a Special Edition Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing

However, after only one year, the transmission failed. Wellmer decided he would fix it later and left it in a Santa Monica garage, where it eventually remained for the next 40 years.

Fortunately for the supercar, it was discovered by classic car restorer Rudi Koniczek who convinced Wellmer to sell it for $2.5 million.

The identity of the new owner is not known but Wellmer demanded that the Gullwing is fully restored to its original condition.

iPhone 5 release date rumored to be delayed to 2012, iPhone 4S scores 200,000 pre-orders

First, the Cupertinio company held a keynote where Tim Cook finally introduced the iPhone 4S but not the long-awaited iPhone 5, much to the disappointment of fans.

In addition, a day after the announcement of the iPhone 4S, the death of Steve Jobs, the father of the iPhone, was announced.

Unfortunately for him, he will never see the official release of the iPhone 5.

Analysts say the reason why the world didn’t see the iPhone 5 on Tuesday is because Apple’s device depends on the LTE 4G technology.

Will Strauss, president of wireless chip market research firm Forward Concepts, says Apple is likely to release the iPhone 5 in spring 2012, when LTE chipsets will be available for thin smartphones.

“They’re saving iPhone 5 for the LTE version and that won’t be out until next spring,” Strauss said.

Moreover, back in April, CEO Tim Cook has said that the “first generation of LTE chipsets force a lot of design compromises.”

LTE, which stands for “Long-Term Evolution,” offers significantly higher download and upload speeds compared to current 3G technologies.

Leaving the mysterious iPhone 5 aside, the new iPhone 4S has scored more than 200,000 pre-orders with the U.S. operator AT & T in the space of 12 hours.

This makes the iPhone 4S more popular than the iPhone 4 was when it was put into initial pre-order mode last year.

Mercedes-Benz will unveil CLC sedan at the 2012 New York Auto Show

In the spring of next year, Mercedes will expand its family of models with a younger brother of the current CLS. The long awaited CLC, a four-door coupe, is aimed at young audiences who want quality and comfort of the Stuttgart brand.

“This will be a real Mercedes-Benz,” one executive said

The model will complete the lineup consisting of C-Class sedan, the C-Class Estate and C-Class Coupe.

According to unofficial sources, Mercedes is also planning a compact SUV that will be called GLC.

Samsung plans to prevent the release of iPhone 5 in Korea

According to the Korea Times that relies on internal sources at Samsung, legal proceedings are being prepared to try to block sales of the iPhone 5 upon its release in South Korea.

Samsung is known to be responsible for producing the components of Apple’s iPhone. But since Samsung launched its own Galaxy series of phones and tablets, the two companies are at war.

“When the iPhone 5 arrives here, Samsung plans to take Apple to court here for its violation of Samsung’s wireless technology related patents,” a Samsung executive told the Korea Times this week.

Samsung’s suing comes as a response to Apple’s continued legal action against the former’s series of Galaxy touchscreen tablets and smartphones, with some claiming they are “slavish” copies of iPhone and iPad.

Korea Times measures the extent of the conflict in the world: at least 23 lawsuits are pending between Apple and Samsung in countries like France, Japan, South Korea and the United States.

Previous reports said that the iPhone 5 is rumored to be launched on October 15.