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Google Buys Songza; Terms of Deal Undisclosed

Google buys Songza

US-based tech giant Google has announced that it has purchased operations of the streaming service Songza. This Google buys Songza deal is being seen as something more than the music. Songza released its app back in 2010 and its user base stands at 5.5 million, which is quite less than 75 million for Pandora Media, and 40 million for both Spotify and Apple iTunes Radio. However, the streaming service has a great reputation when it comes to its technology that uses variables like time of day, day of the week, and a listener’s location to create customized music playlists. Google and Songza did not provide any details regarding the price of the deal. Google has been quoted saying in a statement, “We’re thrilled to welcome Songza to Google. They’ve built a great service which uses contextual expert-curated playlists to give you the right music at the right time.” Meanwhile, Songza’s team [+more]

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Forget Android 4.4 , Android 5.0 Coming at Google I/O: Lollipop to be the Next Major Release?

Google I/O 2014 To Witness Launch of Android 5.0

The Google I/O 2014 developer conference will see the launch of the Android 5.0 as the “Lollipop” moniker. Although Android 4.4 KitKat is still being updated to devices and several have still to experience it, the next version is likely to be released during the event that launched on June 25 2014.   The news has been released by Bulgarian tech insider Nixanbal, which has a great past record in proving accurate information about the yet-to-be-announced devices. The tech insider claimed that the Android 5.0 Lollipop will be the next major release by Google.   The name Lollipop is making sense and is in line with Google’s traditional pattern for naming each Android version after sweets, in alphabetical order.   Google named the first version of the operating systems as Android 1.5 Cupcake and 1.6 Doughnut, and it later launched Android 2.0-2.1 Éclair, Android 2.2 Froyo, Android 2.3 Gingerbread, Android [+more]

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Google To Shut Down Orkut

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30 September. That’s the deadline Google has set to shut down its 10-year-old social networking site Orkut. Google engineering director Paul Golgher said in a blog post, “Over the past decade, YouTube, Blogger and Google+ have taken off.” The search engine giant will therefore shut Orkut to focus on its more popular services.  Orkut was launched in 2004 with a lot of hope but soon lost popularity against competing social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. This phenomenon ran globally but most affected Orkut users in America. Today, it does not get mention among the top 5 social networking sites. Time and again, many reasons have been cited for a decline in the power of Orkut against its then leading competitor Facebook. One of the most pertinent reasons was Google’s half-hearted belief in social networking. They are an engineering powerhouse with products like their search engine, Google Analytics, Google Play and [+more]

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Android Wear, LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Announced During 2014 Google Conference

Android Wear, LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Announced During 2014 Google Conference

Google I/O 2014 conference kicked off on June 25 2014 and with a bang, announcing the new Android Wear OS along with its launch vehicles – the LG G Watch and the Samsung Gear Live.   Google has been quoted saying in a blog post on June 25 that “Most people check their phones more than 150 times a day. That’s a lot of time spent unlocking, swiping and entering passwords. Enter Android Wear to get the information you need, quickly at a glance – just like you’re used to doing with your watch. Just say ‘OK Google’ to ask questions or to get stuff done. Get alerted when it’s time to leave for dinner. Call a cab to take you there. See traffic on the way. Text a friend once you’re seated. It’s all right there, on your wrist, easy to see, right where you want it.”   The [+more]

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Android 5.0 to Launch as ‘Lollipop’ at Google I/O 2014

Android 5.0 to launch as ‘Lollipop’ at Google I/O 2014

As the Google I/O 2014 conference is all set to start, all eyes are there on the Android 5.0, which is reportedly being launched as the “Lollipop” moniker. Android 4.4 KitKat is still being updated to devices and several have still to experience it, but the next version is likely to be released during the Google I/O 2014 developer conference that is scheduled to start on June 25 2014.  The news has been released by Bulgarian tech insider Nixanbal, which has a great past record in proving accurate information about the yet-to-be-announced devices. The tech insider claimed that the Android 5.0 Lollipop will be the next major release by Google.  The name Lollipop is making sense and is in line with Google’s traditional pattern for naming each Android version after sweets, in alphabetical order.  Google named the first version of the operating systems as Android 1.5 Cupcake and 1.6 Doughnut, [+more]

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Apple To Engage Kobe Bryant, Dustin Brown and Other Top Athletes For iWatch Trial

Apple To Engage Kobe Bryant, Dustin Brown and Other Top Athletes For iWatch Trial

US-based tech company Apple is rumoured to engage some of the world’s top athletes for the trial of its upcoming iWatch, which is likely to be equipped with several fitness- and health-related features.  There are plenty of rumours online related to the iWatch, which is likely to be launched this fall with iOS 8 on board, benefitting from the new operating system’s Health and HealthKit features.  For the trial purposes, the company is reportedly in discussion with various athletes from the NHL, MLB and NBA.  A person familiar with the matter has been quoted by 9to5Mac saying that “Apple has teamed up with some of the sports world’s most notable professional athletes in order to test the upcoming “iWatch’s” fitness capabilities in intense training environments. Apple has invited athletes from the MLB, NHL and NBA to its Cupertino-based campus on multiple occasions over the past several weeks to brief the [+more]

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Windows 8 Banned in China: No Longer to be Used by Government Computers

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The Chinese authorities have imposed a ban on Windows 8 and the operating system will no longer be used on government computers. This move by the officials is reportedly to ensure the security of computers after Microsoft stopped providing support for the old Windows XP operating system. Chinese news agency Xinhua has reported that the Central Government Procurement Center instructed the central state organs to only purchase desktops, laptops and tablet PCs that run an operating system other than Windows 8. This government order is only applicable on computers used by government offices. The personal computer market will not be affected by this move, and consumers are free to install whichever operating system they choose for their personal use. Majority of computers in China operates on the old Windows XP OS, which has a market share of 70 percent in the country. Microsoft stopped providing support for Windows XP back [+more]

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Sony 4K Ultra HD Media Player Pricing and Availability Revealed

Sony Launches Xperia M2 In UK

Sony has officially disclosed the details about the pricing and availability of its 4K Ultra HD Media Player in the United States, offering attractive discount prices for some early buyers. The new Sony 4K Ultra HD Media Player has been specially designed to enable the owners of 4K TV enjoying on-demand ultra HD content. 4K TVs are available at very high prices despite a fact that there is very less content available to watch on them. If you already have a 4K TV, there is no harm in investing some extra amount and to improve your viewing experience. The latest 4K Ultra HD Media Player is fully compatible with Sony’s own Video Unlimited 4K service, which has more than 200 Sony Pictures films and nearly 50 TV shows in 4K, as well as with Netflix’s 4K video streaming. Sony has been quoted saying in a press release on may 15 [+more]

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Snapchat Accepts FTC Allegations: Chat Service Criticized for Not Addressing Data Breach

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Snapchat would have been the best chat app ever had it kept all its promises to the users. Instead it is facing a lot of allegations from Federal Trade Commission. Gauging the seriousness of the problem and the probable punishment sentence, Snapchat accepted the allegations almost immediately. FTC posted on a blog, “Snapchat, the developer of a popular messaging app, has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it deceived consumers with promises about the disappearing nature of messages sent through the service,” on 8th May, 2014. Giving out more information the commission added, “The FTC case also alleged that the company deceived consumers over the amount of personal data it collected and the security measures taken to protect that data from misuse and unauthorized disclosure. In fact, the case alleges, Snapchat’s failure to secure its Find Friends feature resulted in a security breach that enabled attackers to compile a [+more]

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Shut Up Already: Twitter Rolling Out New ‘Mute’ Feature

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Feeling annoyed from a disturbing tweet of your colleague? Need not any more. Twitter is reportedly coming up with a mute feature, applicable on its iOS and Android apps. The mute feature will serve multiple purposes. All the tweets and re tweets of the person whom you wish to ignore will be hidden from your timeline. Secondly, the person whose tweets you have hidden will not feel let down as they will never know that it is you, who has done it. This is indeed social innovation and Twitter has taken a lead among social media players with the likely introduction of this feature. Twitter has recently come up with numerous changes in its platform and this one is sure to get appreciation from one and all. However, this is not the first time; Twitter has tried something of this kind. Twitter clients and apps like Tweetdeck and tweetbot allow [+more]

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