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Apple Likely To Shut Down Its Beats Music Streaming Service

Apple Likely To Shut Down Beats Music

US-based tech giant Apple is likely to shut down its Beats Music, which is a streaming service acquired by the company four months ago as part of a blockbuster Beats acquisition. However, there is no official information available as of now about when the company is going to shut the service down, according to multiple sources of TechCrunch. The company’s recently launched flagship smartphones, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, have not been equipped with built-in app and there was not any announcement of integration during the release of Apple Watch. This shows that the company is all set to permanently get rid of the brand. It was also widely reported that the multi-billion dollar acquisition of Beats by Apple is not related to Beats Music, but was all about bringing co-founders Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine into the Apple fold. There have been reports since long that Apple’s download [+more]

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Apple Plans To Make iPhone 6 A Mobile Wallet

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US-based tech giant Apple is planning to make its upcoming flagship smartphone iPhone 6 a mobile wallet. This will enable its users to make secure payments via mobile bu just pressing a finger. This information has been released by Bloomberg citing a person familiar with the matter. The company has reportedly entered into a partnership with Visa, MasterCard and American Express for the service. Apple will make the official announcement on September 9 along with the launch of the next iPhone, the source said.” The latest iPhone smartphone will be able to make payments with the help of a near-field communications (NFC) chip as well as a fingerprint recognition reader, the source informed. Bajarin has been quoted saying, “Love it or hate, Apple drives a lot of standards in the industry. They are the mover in these markets. When they do something, the industry seems to follow. It’s about retention, [+more]

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WhatsApp Active Users’ Count Reaches 600 mn a Month

WhatsApp Records Monthly Active Membership of 600 million

WhatsApp CEO and Founder Jan Koum has recently tweeted that WhatsApp active users count reached a milestone figure of 600 million users a month. Koum tweeted, “Now serving 600,000,000 monthly active users. Yes, active and registered are very different types of numbers.” The mobile messaging app was developed 5 years ago to enables users to exchange texts, photos, and videos. Social networking site Facebook is in the process of acquiring the operations of WhatsApp at a price of nearly USD19 billion in cash and various stock options. The Federal Trade Commission has already granted approval to the proposal, but international regulatory approval is still pending before Facebook can complete the purchase. WhatsApp announced in April 2014 that it has reached the half a billion users mark, with the users sharing 700 million photos and 100 million videos on the app on a daily basis. WhatsApp had nearly 450 million monthly [+more]

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WIndows 9 Release Date Likely To Be 30 September

Windows 9 release date

According to a report by The Verge, US-based tech giant Microsoft is likely to showcase its latest Windows operating system, possibly the Windows 9, during an event scheduled to take place on September 30, 2014. The event is likely to reveal several upgrades to the user interface as well as even include Cortana, Microsoft’s voice assistant. This launch will be the first under the leadership of Satya Nadella, who took over as CEO of Microsoft in the earlier part of 2014. Microsoft announced in early 2014 that it is expected to lay off up to 18,000 jobs over the period of the next one year. Meanwhile, Winbeta recently claimed that the company will remove the Charms bar from Windows 9. The Charms bar is the menu that comes up from the right with buttons like search, share, start and settings. Winbeta has been quoted saying that “One method that we [+more]

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Samsung Still Claims To Be At Top, Rubbishes CounterPoint Study

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Countering a recent research by independent consulting firm CounterPoint Research, Samsung’s president and chief executive for South-West Asia, BD Park has told The Economic Times that the company still dominates the Indian market with a market share of nearly 50%. He also said that the company has double the market share in the smartphone category from its next competitor Micromax. CounterPoint Research recently claimed that India-based smartphone manufacturer Micromax has become the largest mobile phone supplier in India in the second quarter of 2014. Micromax has overtaken Samsung for the first time in the mobile race. The report also revealed that the handset shipments share of Micromax stood at 16.6% in the quarter, compared with the Samsung’s share of 14.4%. Nokia managed to gain the third position with the shipments share of 10.9%, followed by domestic brands such as Karbonn and Lava with a 9.5% and 5.6% share respectively, the [+more]

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Google Slammed by Surveyor General of India For Revealing Confidential Data

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In a recent news story, CBI is reportedly conducting a probe against the Internet search giant Google. The latter has allegedly babbled out some confidential information on the web as claimed by Surveyor General of India. Despite repeated warnings and notices, Google continued to pollute the internet with classified locations on its map app, said Swarna Subba Rao, Surveyor General of India. In a statement to PTI, Dr. Rao says, “During their (Google’s) Mapathon 2013 exercise, they collected lot of classified data and we had approached them to refrain from doing so when we came to know about it.” The case has been registered by the Survey of India (SoI), which is the official mapping agency of India. Earlier in Feb-March 2013, the Internet giant, however, had abstained from seeking the SoI’s approval before holding a mapping competition, where people were told to map their locality, along with areas such [+more]

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Yahoo Encrypted Email Should Reach You By 2015

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Yahoo has recently announced that it is planning to become part of Google and Microsoft Corp. to develop encrypted email that would resist the prying eyes of governments, ISPs and law enforcement. Google has already added encryption for email through an extension dubbed as “End-to-End” to its Chrome browser in June 2014, while Microsoft is scheduled to add encryption to Outlook by end-2014. Yahoo’s encrypted email move came after former National Security Administration analyst Edward J. Snowden recently leaked that the government is spying on email networks. This also came a week after a judge of the U.S. District Court issued an order to Microsoft to turn over emails linked with a criminal investigation, even though those emails are being saved on servers in Dublin, Ireland. After the inclusion of this feature, Yahoo encrypted email should enter firmly into the mainstream. Forbes reported that the email’s subject line would not [+more]

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Vívofit Fitness Band Now Available At Rs 9,990

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Gramin Vivofit (veevo-fit) fitness band is now commercially available on e-commerce website Flipkart on an exclusive basis. The band has been manufactured by satellite navigation devices company, Garmin, and is carrying a price tag of INR 9,990. The band is available in black and slate colors in both small and large sizes in the box. The customers also have the option to purchase purple, teal and blue color belts. The fitness band was first showcased during the CES 2014 held in the earlier part of the year. The band enables the users to set a personalized daily goal, track progress and get alerts to begin activity. The band is equipped with an always-on, curved display that displays steps, goal countdown, calories, distance and time of day. Vivofit has user replaceable batteries that have a life of more than one year. The band also has water-resistant capabilities of 50m. It can [+more]

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Apple Reports 12% Growth in Profit; Stronger iPhone Sales

In its third quarter report, Apple has posted 12% growth in profit along with strong sales of the iPhone 5. However, iPad sales slunk for the company. The company said that they sold 35.2 million iPhones in the quarter ended June 28, up 12.7% from the same period last year. However, it is a little lower than analyst expectations. While most of their sales were in the United Sales, BRIC markets–Brazil, Russia, India and China–also showed higher sales for the iPhone. Higher iPhone sales led to greater Q3 profit at $7.75 billion, up from $6.9 billion in the same period last year. Revenue rose 6% to $37.4 billion. This is the second quarter of double-digit percentage growth in iPhone sales for Apple.

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Google Moves Closer To Its Smart Lens Project: Know Your Blood Glucose Level Constantly

Google Moves Closer To Its Smart Lens Project

US-based tech giant Google has joined hand with Novartis in order to its smart lens project a reality, offering measurements of a user’s blood glucose levels constantly. The company announced about its smart contact lens in January that would have the capability to measure blood glucose levels. This will help the people suffering from diabetes, enabling them to constantly measure their glucose levels throughout the day. The results will be displayed on their mobile phones, allowing them to monitor and manage their condition in an easier and more convenient manner. The lens makes use of non-invasive sensors that would analyze tear fluid in the eye in order to give the aforementioned measurements. Novartis CEO Joseph Jimenez has been quoted saying that “We are looking forward to working with Google to bring together their advanced technology and our intensive knowledge of biology to meet unmet medical needs. This is a key [+more]

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