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  • Google unveils Now integration with 40 third-party apps

    31 January 2015, 12:05 am

    In a post on Friday in the Google Inside Search blog, Director of Product Management Apama Chennapragada announced the company's predictive-search app, Google Now, would be rolling out integration with third party apps to help users keep abreast of important…
  • Apple to developers: Watch apps ready by mid-February

    30 January 2015, 10:04 pm

    Recent reports have suggested that Apple is notifying its highest-profile developers who are known to be working on Apple Watch apps to be sure the programs are ready for launch by mid-February, about a month earlier than expected. Similarly, Apple is asking…
  • Project Tango 3D-sensing tablet graduates from Google ATAP

    30 January 2015, 8:25 pm

    Google Glass is not the only hardware "graduating" from the company's experimental teams, with Project Tango also receiving similar treatment. The 3D-tracking tablet has exited the Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) division and will take is place as a…
  • Hands On: iRemocon Smartphone-based home electronics controller

    30 January 2015, 8:12 pm

    The iRemocon is an Internet-connected device, intended to allow the user to control multiple home electronics from an app on their smartphone. This is intended to simplify wireless control of one's "appliances" either at home or while out and about.…
  • FCC raises $44.9B in AWS-3 auction, including $18.2B from AT&T bids

    30 January 2015, 3:33 pm

    The latest spectrum auction conducted by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has raised $44.9 billion. Of the bidders looking to acquire what has been termed AWS-3 spectrum, the FCC revealed AT&T spent more than any other carrier or organization, using…
  • Twitter launches Vine Kids app for iPhone

    30 January 2015, 1:26 pm

    Twitter has released a new iPhone app linked to its Vine video-sharing network, Vine Kids. The app offers a curated selection of videos "appropriate for a young audience," and further removes the core client's ability to record new material. Animated…
  • Google changing unified privacy policy to appease UK data regulator

    30 January 2015, 1:19 pm

    Google will be making some changes to its unified privacy policy in the United Kingdom, after settling a complaint from the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO). The search company has signed a formal undertaking that it will make its unified privacy policy…
  • Amazon, Apple, Google reach deal with Italy on 'free-to-play' apps

    30 January 2015, 12:07 pm

    Major app store operators Amazon, Apple, and Google -- as well as French publisher Gameloft -- have reached a deal with Italy's Antitrust and Competition Authority that will let them avoid fines for misleading people about so-called "free-to-play" or…
  • Friday Deals: 60-inch LG TV, Silicon Power SSDs, PlayStation TV

    30 January 2015, 11:19 am

    It's the end of the working week, and that means it is just two days until a major sporting event involving football. It's also the time we publish Friday Deals, the post where we collect together deals and offers from around the Internet for you, the…
  • Hands On: Tengami (OS X, Windows)

    30 January 2015, 10:38 am

    When it comes to video games, the puzzle genre may very well be the most varied kind. There are the match-3s, the codebreakers, the word games, and the classic puzzle-adventure. Popularized by games like Myst and Monkey Island, the genre has been a long…
  • TUAW, Joystiq to close and fold into Engadget [u]

    30 January 2015, 10:17 am

    (Updated with UK rumors) Later today, AOL will announce the closure of two of its best-known websites, Joystiq and TUAW, reports say. Both publications are expected to be folded into Engadget. Another site, AOL Autos, is being merged into Autoblog. In the…
  • Jay Z looks to join streaming music industry by acquiring Aspiro

    30 January 2015, 9:57 am

    Rapper Jay Z is moving into the streaming music business, by attempting to acquire the parent company of two services. A press release and local media reports claim management of Swedish company Aspiro AB has agreed to the takeover by Jay Z's own companies,…
  • Briefly: RunKeeper adds Spotify, Nickelodeon streaming service inbound

    30 January 2015, 7:32 am

    RunKeeper has added Spotify integration to its iOS app. The fitness app will now offer access to Spotify playlists, created both by the user and by Spotify, and stream music while a workout is underway. Both Spotify and Runkeeper have to be installed on the…
  • Jolla Tablet returns to crowdfunding with 64GB storage capacity

    30 January 2015, 6:28 am

    Jolla has returned to crowdfunding for its tablet, offering an extra option to backers. The second appearance on IndieGoGo for the Jolla Tablet lists a new higher-capacity device with 64GB of storage, double the original's 32GB capacity, and while new backers…
  • Data caps and preferred traffic get shot down in Canadian ruling

    30 January 2015, 2:52 am

    The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) announced a decision on Thursday, acting on a complaint regarding data caps and preferred traffic. Wireless carriers Bell Mobility and Videotron both have their own subscription mobile…
  • Repatriation bill offers tax break for US return of foreign profits

    30 January 2015, 2:00 am

    Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer from California, Barbra Boxer, and Republican Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky have jointly announced a proposed bi-partisan bill titled the "Invest in Transportation Act of 2015" in Washington today. The bill would provide funds…
  • CIRP: majority of Android switchers are outside US

    30 January 2015, 1:17 am

    During its conference call with analysts on Tuesday, CEO Tim Cook noted that "the current iPhone lineup experienced the highest Android switcher rate in any of the last three launches," which he later clarified was how long the company has been measuring the…
  • WSJ: Microsoft may make investment in Android ROM producer Cyanogen

    29 January 2015, 10:32 pm

    Microsoft may be planning to make an investment in an Android-related startup, a report claims. According to sources of the Wall Street Journal, Microsoft will allegedly take part in a funding round as a "minority investor" of Cyanogen, creators of the…
  • Google posts increased earnings in quarterly report, misses estimates

    29 January 2015, 7:48 pm

    Google managed to bring in gross consolidated revenues of $18.1 billion for the last quarter, a year-on-year increase of 15 percent and up from the previous quarter's $16.52 billion, according to its latest financial results. Increased traffic acquisition…
  • Prime membership rescues Amazon from loss, $241 million profit posted

    29 January 2015, 6:37 pm

    Amazon released its fourth quarter and annual numbers today, through a its investor relations site and a web cast conference call. Prime service membership was called out as a key contributing factor towards increases in Q4 and full year 2014 numbers, with new…
  • Sky confirms future launch of own carrier on O2's mobile network

    29 January 2015, 5:20 pm

    British pay-TV provider Sky will be moving into the mobile phone business, it has announced. The satellite broadcaster confirmed earlier reports that it would be working with the Telefonica-owned carrier O2 to have wholesale access to its 2G, 3G, and LTE…
  • Facebook introduces Foursquare-style Place Tips

    29 January 2015, 3:25 pm

    Facebook has introduced a new feature to its iPhone app, called Place Tips. These appear at the top of a News Feed while on the go; tapping on an entry expands it, and shows not just related posts and images from friends, but popular menu items and any…
  • FCC redefines broadband speeds as 25Mbps downloads, 3Mbps uploads

    29 January 2015, 2:49 pm

    The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has changed its definition of broadband, after commissioners voted 3-2 in favor. The previous definition of 4Mbps download, 1Mbps upload minimum speeds have been increased to 25Mbps down, 3 Mbps up, a move which…
  • Google Play beats App Store in downloads, fares worse in revenues

    29 January 2015, 1:23 pm

    Google Play is vastly outpacing the iOS App Store in terms of downloads, but the latter is generating more revenue, according to analytics company App Annie. Google saw about 60 percent more downloads than Apple during 2014, but the App Store produced 70…
  • Amazon WorkMail seeks to replace Google, Microsoft corporate email

    29 January 2015, 1:05 pm

    Amazon is taking on Google, Microsoft, and other suppliers of remote workplace communications, with its own corporate email service. Dubbed WorkMail, the service is claimed to be a "secure, managed business email and calendaring service," hosted in the cloud…
  • Microsoft OneDrive upgrades photo functions, offers Mac sync client

    29 January 2015, 10:52 am

    Microsoft has made some changes to its cloud storage service OneDrive, with updates primarily concerning photography. Overall updates to image organization, searching, and sharing are accompanied by changes to the iOS app for work-related items, alterations…
  • Hands On: Gravity Ghost (OS X, Windows)

    29 January 2015, 10:33 am

    Indie games have seen a lot of success in recent years, and with good reason. Now that game design has become more accessible due to the wide availability of tools, and publishing has become easier due to things like Steam Greenlight, the gaming community is…
  • Apple, Samsung effectively tied for lead in global smartphone market

    29 January 2015, 10:02 am

    The timing of Apple's surge during the last quarter and Samsung's respective slump has put the two corporations in a dead heat in terms of smartphone marketshare, according to Strategy Analytics. The research firm estimates that the companies each shipped…
  • Microsoft releases Outlook preview, ships Office for Android apps

    29 January 2015, 7:36 am

    Microsoft has made its Office apps available to all Android users, following the limited preview release and the iOS version. The apps, including Word, Excel, and Powerpoint, are accompanied by a new preview of another Office app, with a rebranded version of…
  • Briefly: Gmail 'Send Money' option in UK, Sky Go app on PlayStation 3

    29 January 2015, 5:58 am

    Google is adding the Send Money option to Gmail in the United Kingdom. Originally available to US users since 2013, the option allows users to attach funds to an outbound email by selecting the £ symbol, which can also be used to request money, with funds…

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