BitTorrent, the company behind the technology of the same name that allows for peer-to-peer transfer of files, has laid off a significant number of its employees in the US, according to a Buzzfeed report.
As per the report, the company has sacked about 40 of its approximately 150 domestic employees. Those who were laid off said the step was taken as BitTorrent is streamlining its resources to focus more on Sync, a peer-to-peer storage service based on the company’s file-sharing technology. Read more »
Just over a month after chairman Eric Schmidt made it clear that Google isn’t giving up on Google Glass, Massimo Vian, CEO of Italian eyewear manufacturer Luxottica, has said that the next iteration of the high-tech eyewear is coming out soon.
Speaking at the company’s general meeting in Milan, Italy, Vian also revealed that while the version 2.0 is currently being worked on, version 3.0 is also in the planning stages. “In Google, there are some second thoughts on how to interpret version 3 [of the eyewear],” he said. “What you saw was version 1. We’re now working on version 2, which is in preparation.” Read more »
The LG Watch Urbane, which was unveiled back in February this year and showcased during the MWC 2015 in Barcelona, carries a price tag of $365 in South Korea, which is $30 more than the price of the Watch R. The wearable goes on sale in the country today.
In terms of specifications, the smartwatch is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 SoC with 1.2GHz CPU, and sports a 1.3” P-OLED display with a resolution of 320 x 320 pixels. It comes with 512MB of RAM, and 4GB of internal memory, and packs in a 410mAh battery. Measuring 45.5 x 52.2 x 10.9mm, the Watch Urbane comes with Google’s latest version of Android Wear, and has IP67 rating for water and dust resistance. Read more »
Twitter has introduced a new feature which the company claims allows you to catch up with the stuff that is most relevant to you. Dubbed Highlights, the feature offers a twice-daily digest of the best Tweets, which are delivered to you via push notification.
“While your home timeline is a great place to browse through and engage with Tweets, we know it can be challenging to find the time to get through everything,” the microblogging company said in a blog post. Read more »
The Lumia 640 isn’t yet officially available in the US, but now you can grab one as e-tailer Expansys has started selling the mid-range device (with dual-SIM support and LTE connectivity) in the country. It is available in cyan, black, and orange color options
As for the price, the black color variant is priced at $220, while the orange and cyan models will set you back $245. An important thing worth noting is that you need to check the supported LTE bands to make sure that the device supports your carrier. Read more »
Facebook’s Internet.org initiative, which aims to bring affordable Internet to the 5 billion people in the world who otherwise can’t access it, has already benefited 800 million people in nine countries, according to CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
“We’ve now made free basic Internet services available to more than 800 million people in nine countries, including just in this quarter, launching in India, Colombia, Ghana, Guatemala, and the Philippines,” Zuckerberg revealed during the company’s Q1 earnings call, adding that over 7 million people, who weren’t connected to the Internet before, now get online using Internet.org. “And this year, we expect to connect even more people,” he said. Read more »
Researchers at Skycure have revealed a zero-day security flaw, which when exploited, can allow attackers to repeatedly crash Apple devices running iOS 8. Dubbed No iOS Zone, the vulnerability just requires the device to be within range of a WiFi hotspot, whether connected or not.
The exploit works by manipulating SSL certificates sent to the iOS devices over Wi-Fi, causing apps or possibly the OS itself to crash, making the device unstable and triggering constant reboots. This would effectively render the device useless, something which could wreak havoc at sensitive locations like financial hubs. Read more »
Twitter-owned video social network Vine has updated its iOS app, allowing you to share videos on multiple social networks in one go. “This means you can quickly and easily revine, send posts to your friends via Vine messages (VMs), and share to Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr,” the company said.
So now if you want to share a Vine video with your friends who are scattered across multiple social networks, all you have to do is to go to the new share screen (see image above), mark the services that you want to include, and click the Revine and share button. The feature will soon be available on Android, too. Read more »
Microsoft has announced that it will launch a retail store in Australia, making it the first country outside of North America to have a flagship Microsoft store. The store will open in Sydney, and will be located in Westfield Sydney on Pitt Street Mall, which is just a few hundred meters from Apple’s flagship outlet.
“This will be much more than a store. It will embody the world class innovation that you have come to expect from Microsoft and be a space where consumers can visit and learn how to make the most of their technology,” said Microsoft Australia’s managing director Pip Marlow. Read more »
Twitter has made changes to its direct message (DM) feature, allowing you to receive private messages from other users, even if you don’t follow them. The feature is available in the form of a new setting, which is turned off by default.
“Previously, if you wanted to send a Direct Message to the ice cream shop down the street about how much you love their salted caramel flavor, you’d have to ask them to follow you first,” the microblogging company said in a blog post. “With today’s changes, the ice cream shop can opt to receive Direct Messages from anyone; so you can privately send your appreciation for the salted caramel without any barriers.” Read more »
Google has announced that YouTube apps running on select devices manufactured in 2012 and earlier will no longer be supported after this month. These devices include Sony TVs & Blu-ray Discs, Panasonic TVs & Blu-ray Discs, older iOS devices, and devices running older versions of Google TV.
“As we upgrade the YouTube Data API to bring more features, we’ll begin shutting down the old version on April 20, 2015. This will result in the current YouTube app not working on certain device models from 2012 and older,” the Mountain View, California-based company said in a blog post. The upgrade also affects the 2nd gen Apple TV. Read more »
If you are looking to buy accessories for the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, here is some good news: the company has released an app, dubbed Galaxy S6 Accessories, that lets you browse as well as purchase official accessories for the devices.
Items that are currently listed include cases, battery packs, wireless chargers, audio products. as well as several other accessories which have been developed in collaboration with various brands. The app can be downloaded from the Galaxy Apps Store. Read more »
Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system will launch in July this year, according to AMD president and CEO Lisa Su, who revealed the detail while answering a question related to inventory plans during the company’s latest earnings call last week.
“With the Windows 10 launch at the end of July, we are watching sort of the impact of that on the back-to-school season, and expect that it might have a bit of a delay to the normal back-to-school season inventory build-up,” Su had said. Read more »
Samsung has launched its personal health management app – S Health – on Google Play, a move that will allow you of the app to keep it up-to-date without waiting for software upgrades.
The version currently available in the Play Store (hit the Source link below) is reportedly same as the one found on the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, which means that users of non-Galaxy S6 devices will now be able to access the app’s new user interface that debuted on Samsung’s latest flagships. Read more »
Facebook has announced that it will be retiring its Like Box plugin in June this year. “With the release of Graph API v2.3, the Like Box plugin is deprecated and will stop working on June 23rd 2015,” the company said in a post on its page for developers
The world’s largest social network is recommending you to use the new Page Plugin instead, which according to the company enables users to embed a simple feed of content from a Page into their websites (see image above). Read more »