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Skype’s alternatives Tox, Slack, Viber and WeChat provide IM and video calls

NEW YORK: Skype utilization has not become normal and convenient yet despite Microsoft handling the matter. In fact no major changes have been made and there are still problems with video calls, messaging, international use and synchronizing across devices. Those experiencing these problems can try out alternatives that offer video calling and instant messaging services. While there is no assurance ... Read More »

Galaxy S5’s top competitor is only Apple’s iPhone 6

NEW YORK: Galaxy S5 and iPhone 6 were launched earlier this year in February and in September respectively. In fact these devices feature the top tier models released by Samsung and Apple and prove to be direct competitors. The iPhone 6 has a bigger display than the prior iPhone models, but this is still shy of the 5.1 inch display ... Read More »

Android 4.4.4 update comes to T-Mobile’s Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1

NEW YORK: Android 4.4.4 latest update arrives for T-Mobile’s Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1. This new update weighs in at around 320MB, and reveals that the update roll out started on November 12. “Beginning November 12, Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition (P607) devices will receive a notification to update to the latest software version, Android version 4.4.4/Baseband version P607TUVUANJ4 Key additions ... Read More »

Facebook’s Privacy Basics makes adjustment for privacy

NEW YORK: Facebook disclosed a new interactive education center called Privacy Basics. The center will essentially educate Facebook users about how to make adjustments to their privacy settings; with a blue dinosaur to be used as an animated guide. According to the details shared by Facebook, the Privacy Basics interactive education center will use the dinosaur, along with some other ... Read More »

PS4 beats Xbox in October sale

NEW YORK: The Play Station4 sales hit a record high of 10 million units sold worldwide as opposed to Xbox One’s 5 million sold units in August. In the latter part of October; Sony announced that sales of the PS4 have reached 13.5 million units on a global scale. Microsoft started selling the Xbox One without Kinect in June and ... Read More »

Twitter crafting new apps to improve messaging

Twitter Inc is considering creating additional mobile applications beyond its core messaging service and video app, Vine, as it vies with Facebook Inc and other social media for a large and growing smartphone audience. Chief Executive Officer Dick Costolo said at his company’s developer conference that Twitter also planned to add more functions to its private messaging service. People holding ... Read More »

Amazon testing Prime drone delivery services in UK

CAMBRIDGE:  Amazon may be planning to start testing its Prime Air drone delivery service in the UK after several jobs appeared with direct mentions of the service. The Register spotted the job adverts for Evi Technologies based in Cambridge. The positions being hired for include a flight operations engineer, site leader, project manager, software developer and office manager.   Read More »

PTCL signs deal with Civil Aviation Authority for connectivity

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) has signed a partnership agreement with Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (PCAA) to provide ICT services as managed model nationwide. The project will facilitate Air Traffic Controllers in transmitting and receiving data in real time over the redundant last mile connectivity for PCAA radar sites and airports. The implementation of new system is also expected ... Read More »

Google rolls out latest Android 5.0 Lollipop to Nexus worldwide

NEW YORK: Android developers disclosed Google “has just started rolling out its latest Android 5.0 Lollipop to Nexus devices worldwide”. They have also revealed the existence of what will probably become Android 5.1 Lollipop. During the Devoxx conference currently taking place in Belgium, Romain Guy, Android Software Engineer, and Chet Hasse, Google Senior Software Engineer, were using a Google Nexus ... Read More »

Facebook makes web-tracking ads easier

NEW YORK: Facebook made it easier for people to understand and control how their information is used at the leading social network while expanding its quest to better target ads. The simplified data policy came as Facebook announced that work to improve targeting of ads in the United States is expanding to other countries. Several months ago, Facebook began using ... Read More »

YouTube announces music services at $7.99 against iTunes $9.99 per month

MANCHESTER: Google has officially announced a new music subscription service that takes advantage of YouTube’s vast collection of music and existing relationships with labels. YouTube Music Key is a paid subscription service currently in beta, and you’ll need an invite to start using it. For early adopters, it will cost $7.99 per month with the first six months free, and eventually ... Read More »

Sony launching 75 channels television service through PlayStation

TOKYO: Japanese entertainment colossus Sony said it will debut a cable-style television service delivered through its popular PlayStation video game consoles. Pricing was not disclosed for subscriptions to PlayStation Vue, which will debut with an invitation-only test  phase in New York this month and then spread to Chicago, Philadelphia and Los Angeles. The service will be available over the Internet ... Read More »

BlackBerry unveiles security software with Samsung partnership

SAN FRANCISCO: BlackBerry is expanding its efforts to sell mobile security software on its rivals’ smartphones to help counter the waning popularity of its own devices. As part of a new strategy outlined in San Francisco, BlackBerry unveiled several upgrades to its mobile security weapons and a partnership with smartphone market leader Samsung. Many of the security features will protect ... Read More »

Smart Earrings can track your heart rate, calories and activities

MADRID: While the big-wigs run around making one size fits all fitness bands and smart watches  most of which are not female friendly innovators on Kicks tarter are leading the charge for smart jewelry. Ear-o-Smart is the latest startup to make a splash on the crowd funding site with a piece of intriguing smart jewelry. The Ear-o-Smart is a pair ... Read More »

Nvidia launches Grid game-streaming service, Shield tablet to get Android 5.0 Lollipop

CHICAGO: After close to a year of beta testing, Nvidia officially launched its Grid on-demand game-streaming service. Due to become available in North America, Grid will be free through June 30, 2015, for users of  Nvidia Shield tablets and portable devices. It will arrive in Europe next month and in Asia next year. “We intend to build Grid into a ... Read More »

Reddit CEO resigns, Ohanian returns as Chairman

SAN FRANCISCO: Reddit CEO Yishan Wong has resigned, COO Ellen Pao has become interim CEO and co-founder Alexis Ohanian has returned to the company he founded in 2005 to fill the full-time executive chairman role. Ohanian tells that hopefully Pao will stay long-term. According to investor Sam Altman, Wong resigned due to a disagreement about the price and location of ... Read More »

Android 5.0 Lollipop available for download

NEW YORK: Android 5.0 Lollipop, the latest firmware, is now available over-the-air or through factory image for download. The Pure Google devices that are getting the Android 5.0 treatment include Nexus 5, Nexus 7 (2013), Nexus 10, and Nexus 7 (2012). Factory images of the new OS version are already available to download and flash. LG Nexus 4 will also ... Read More »

Nexus 6 ready for pre-orders in $249.99 at AT&T

NEW YORK: The Motorola Nexus 6 is ready for pre-order at AT&T. It is not surprising for the users. In fact what was missing from that announcement, however, was a shipping date for the smart phone. According to latest news it will be available by November. If users buy Nexus from AT&T and get a new two-year contract, they’ll need ... Read More »

HBO’s Game of Thrones to take main characters from North

LONDON: Telltale Games sent another adventure for its upcoming Game of Thrones, based on the world of the HBO show, which implies the story’s unknown main characters will be from the North. The company behind the critically acclaimed Walking Dead game sent the image it includes quotes from author George R. R. Martin’s latest book, A Dance with Dragons, with ... Read More »

Church appeals Facebook to search mourners for 85-yr veteran’s funeral

LONDON: In Wales a church has submitted an appeal on Facebook to find mourners to attend the funeral of an 85-year-old veteran who has no family or friends remaining. Harold Morgan, who had been living in a care home in Barry in the Vale of Glamorgan for the past 14 years, had served in the Welsh Guards and was posted ... Read More »