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Microsoft drops Internet Explorer brand to launch new browser codenamed Project Spartan

LONDON: While Microsoft has dropped hints that the Internet Explorer brand is going away, the software maker has now confirmed that it will use a new name for its upcoming browser successor, codenamed Project Spartan. Speaking at Microsoft Convergence yesterday, Microsoft’s marketing chief Chris Capossela revealed that the company is currently working on a new name and brand. “We’re right ... Read More »

WhatsApp records 900 million monthly active users

SAN FRANCISCO: WhatsApp has reached 900 million monthly active users, cementing Facebook’s dominance in mobile messaging. Facebook owns the world’s two most popular apps: WhatsApp, which it bought for billions, and its homegrown app, Facebook Messenger, which recently announced it has 700 million monthly active users. WhatsApp founder Jan Koum made the announcement on Facebook on Thursday evening. Monthly active ... Read More »

Google’s new feature makes easier to find info about health conditions

MEXICO: Google’s new feature makes it easier to find quick info about particular health conditions and illnesses including details such as symptoms, treatments, and cures, in order to self-diagnose a sickness. The search engine giant has doubled its disease database to now include 900 ailments that can be accessed from desktops, smartphones, and tablets, including neglected tropical diseases (NTD) such ... Read More »

Windows 10 allows to set up multiple email accounts

LONDON: Right now, the Mail app bundled into Windows 10 allows you to set up multiple email accounts, and users are asking for a central inbox that would allow them to manage all messages at once, without having to jump from one account to another. Microsoft’s OEM Division CVP Nick Parker just wrapped up his keynote at IFA in Berlin, ... Read More »

Toyota invests $50 million with Stanford, MTI in driverless research

NEW YORK: Toyota is investing $50 million with Stanford University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in hopes of gaining an edge in an accelerating race to phase out human drivers. The financial commitment announced on Friday by the Japanese automaker will be made during the next five years at joint research centers located in Silicon Valley and another technology ... Read More »

iPhone 6s to have 5mp front camera

LONDON: Apple is reportedly upgrading the front-facing camera on its iPhones, starting with the iPhone 6s, which will sport a brand new 5MP sensor, according to an analyst. That analyst is KGI Securities’ Ming-Chi Kuo, who has a reputation for his accurate predictions about Apple’s newest products. In a note sent by Kuo to investors and obtained by MacRumors, Kuo ... Read More »

Oppo launches R7 Plus, R7 Lite

NEW DELHI: Chinese smartphone giant Oppo has launched the much awaited R7 Plus and the low-powered R7 Lite priced at Rs 29, 990 and R7 Lite at Rs 17, 990 respectively. Here are some must know facts and specifications of the phones. With R7 Plus and Lite, OPPO brings another revolution in terms of technology New Flash Shot for its ... Read More »

Samsung introduces its 1st Ultra HD Blu-ray player

LONDON: Samsung has introduced its first Ultra HDBlu-ray player. According to the Verge, the company says the player can provide up to four times the resolution of standard Blu-ray devices and 64 times higher color expression. The player can upscale content to provide UHD resolution for any disc and is compatible with 4K streaming services as well as supporting high dynamic ... Read More »

Twitter adds ‘who to follow’ feature on iOS

NEW YORK: Twitter has added a ‘who to follow’ feature on iOS that links you to other users that the social media giant thinks you would be interested in keeping in touch with. It would use your history and uploaded contacts to make recommendations to follow the accounts, and it may also feature promoted accounts, reported The Verge. The new ... Read More »

Samsung introduces new device SleepSense to track sleep

SEOUL: Korean company Samsung has introduced a new device that tracks sleep called SleepSense. According to the Verge, the device is ping-pong paddle-shaped and it goes under the mattress to monitor the users in the night, using piezo sensors to detect vibrations. Samsung claims that by this method the device can measure a user’s heart rate, respiration and movement with ... Read More »

Researchers develop new tool that allows 3D printing faster

NEW YORK: Researchers have developed a new tool that could allow novices design 3D printed objects in minutes that would otherwise take experts hours to make. Any but the simplest designs require expertise with computer-aided design (CAD) applications, and even for the experts, the design process is immensely time consuming. Researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the Interdisciplinary ... Read More »

Bose lunches new soundlink around-ear wireless headphones

HONG KONG: Sound systems pioneer Bose on Friday launched the new SoundLink around-ear wireless headphones II at a price of Rs.21,150. The company says that the headset has a battery life of 15 hours and comes with multi-point for connecting two devices along with quick pairing with near-field communication (NFC) technology. “We believe when you give up wires, you shouldn’t ... Read More »

World’s first “cat’s-eye view” street map created in Japan

TOKYO: The tourism board for Hiroshima in Japan has created a version of Google’s Street View called Cat Street View Map. According to the board, the website is the world’s first “cat’s-eye view” street map, giving a very different perspective of some of the locations in Onomichi city, about 70km east of Hiroshima city itself. The map includes many of ... Read More »

Google releases new feature for Android users that offers restaurant recommendations  

LONDON: Google has released a new feature for Android users in the US and Britain that offers restaurant recommendations based on users’ needs. Looking for a lunch spot nearby? The new feature will offer up a few choices that include photos, ratings and reviews from other diners. In line with the growing trend for personalised apps that anticipate users’ needs, ... Read More »

Spotify updated its privacy policy in recent past

LONDON: Spotify updated its privacy policy in the recent past, and while many users went on to accept the updated terms (which are, by all accounts, fairly benign), some users expressed concern about some of the content Spotify may or may not be accessing. That all boiled down to a communication issue, says Spotify, which had quickly pushed out an ... Read More »

Ji says Huawei plays leading role in definition, promotion of 5G

MADRID: Senior vice president of Huawei Walter Ji on Thursday said 5G technology “would transform the world.” Speaking at the 29th meeting for Telecommunications and the Digital Economy in the Spanish city of Santander, he highlighted Huawei was backing the new technology “because it will help us overcome the challenges which cannot be fully faced with existing technology.” Ji said ... Read More »

Apply Special Sauce can guess a lot of things about you – including your age, politics, sexual preference, level of intelligence

LONDON: A vaguely disconcerting app from researchers at the University of Cambridge can guess how old you are, how smart you are and who you like to sleep with. It’s not magic, and it’s not psychic. Instead, the recently redesigned tool, called “Apply Special Sauce,” is based entirely on the pages you’ve “liked” on Facebook. The app essentially works by ... Read More »

Lenovo’s Yoga Tab 3 Pro aims to be more flexible than ever

NEW DELHI: With a built-in 70-inch projector, Lenovo’s Yoga Tab 3 Pro aims to be more flexible than ever. As both computer and tablet sales slow, hardware makers are on the lookout for the Next Big Thing — spawning a range of “hybrid” gadgets as they experiment with different form factors such as Lenovo’s Yoga range. The new slimline Yoga ... Read More »

Nearly nine in 10 Twitter users in survey said they use Twitter for news

LONDON: Among all social networking platforms, micro-blogging site Twitter is the top source for users when it comes to breaking news, a new online survey of more than 4,700 social media users has revealed. Nearly nine in 10 Twitter (86 per cent) users in the survey said they use Twitter for news, and the vast majority of those (74 per ... Read More »

Popular instant messaging app, WhatsApp now has more than 900m monthly active users

LONDON: Popular instant messaging app, WhatsApp now has more than 900 million monthly active users. Jan Koum, the CEO of WhatsApp shared the stats on Friday. The growth rate of WhatsApp, which was acquired by social juggernaut Facebook in February 2014, is impressive. WhatsApp only took 5 months to gain the last 100 million active users, having made its 800 ... Read More »