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Facebook’s Internet.org now available to over 1 billion people worldwide

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A few weeks after it was revealed that Facebook’s Internet.org has benefited over 800 million people in nine countries, CEO Mark Zuckerberg has announced that the service, which was recently launched in the African country of Malawi, is now available to over 1 billion people around the world.

“Giving people free access is the right thing to do,” Zuckerberg said in a Facebook post. “We will keep connecting more people and more countries, and we won’t stop until every person in the world can connect to the internet.” Read more »

Google Fit now tracks your distance and calories burned

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The Google Fit app for Android has received a pretty big update today, which should already be available in the Play Store. Fit, as you may know, serves as the search giant’s integrated health and fitness suite, which can interact with other apps too.

With the new release, Google Fit has received support for estimating distance covered and calories burned. To get this to work, you need to tell it your gender, height, and weight. Then the app will let you know how far you went each day, and how many calories you burned throughout the day and during your workouts. Read more »

Verizon and Sprint agree to pay a total of $158 million to settle cramming complaints

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Following the footsteps of AT&T and T-Mobile, the remaining two of the Big Four US carriers – Verizon and Sprint – have also agreed to settle cramming allegations with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

The two carriers will pay a total of $158 million, of which $90 million will come from Verizon while the remaining will come from Sprint. At-least $70 million of the Verizon’s fine and $50 million of the Sprint’s will be used in customer refund programs, $4 million and $6 million, respectively, will go to the US treasury, while the remaining will go the state governments. Read more »

Google admits its Hangouts messaging service doesn’t employ end-to-end encryption

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The next time when you use Hangouts keep in mind that your conversation can be wire-tapped as the messaging service doesn’t employ end-to-end encryption, a fact that was recently admitted by Google itself.

The disclosure was made by the search giant at a recent Reddit AUA (Ask Us Anything) session when it was asked, “Why has Google refused to be transparent about its ability to provide wiretaps for Hangouts? Given Google’s rather impressive track record regarding surveillance transparency, the total secrecy regarding the company’s surveillance capabilities for this product is quite unusual.” Read more »

Apple in talks with China’s Alibaba group, banks over Apple Pay launch

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Apple is currently negotiating with Chinese banks as well as Internet conglomerate Alibaba over the launch of Apple Pay in the country, according to CEO Tim Cook. In an interview with Xinhua, China’s state-run new agency, he said, “We very much want to get Apple Pay in China,” adding that “I’m very bullish on Apple Pay in China.”

Launched back in September last year, Apple’s mobile payments service has been continuously gaining ground in the US, where the Cupertino-based company has partnered with over 180 financial institutions till date. However, Cook said he believes the service could take off even faster in China. Read more »

Android reportedly overtakes iOS in mobile ad revenue for first time

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Android has for the first time surpassed iOS in terms of revenue generated from mobile ads, according to a latest report from mobile ad analytic firm Opera Mediaworks.

As per the report, Google’s mobile OS was responsible for 45.77% of the revenue generated from mobile ads in the first quarter of 2015, marginally higher than 45.44% brought in by Apple’s OS. BlackBerry, Symbian, and Windows rounded up the top five with 1.96, 1.27 and 0.09% revenue share, respectively. Read more »

Now you can order food directly from within Google search results

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Google has added a new feature allowing users to place food orders with select delivery services directly from its search results. “When you search for a nearby restaurant on your phone, you’ll see an option to Place an order in the search results. Just tap that, choose the delivery service and you’ll be taken to their website to complete the order,” the search giant said.

The feature is currently only available in the US, where Google has partnered with six food on-demand providers, including Seamless, Grubhub, Eat24, BeyondMenu, Delivery.com, and MyPizza.com. Read more »

Cyanogen partners with Truecaller to build a native smart dialer app

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Cyanogen has inked a deal with Truecaller to work on a smart dialer app. Truecaller offers smart caller ID capability to let users see the caller’s name on a device’s screen and later report it in case of a spam call.

Right now, users have to download the Truecaller app for Android to enjoy the caller ID functionality. Read more »

Flickr redesign brings new Uploadr, Camera Roll, Search and other features

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Yahoo!-owned photo-sharing service Flickr just rolled out a complete design overhaul of its service for web, desktop, and mobile. The new Flickr also includes new features to make the experience more than just a cosmetic facelift.

New unified search is one major improvement in the new design, which makes image search fast and intuitive. Read more »

Google Now integration arrives for 70 more Android apps

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Google Now support is now available for 70 more Android applications. The search giant rolled out deep integration with third-party apps to the already mighty personal assistant back in January.

The newly integrated applications include popular news outlets, various offering for foodies, and fitness apps among others. Read more »

Best Buy now accepting Apple Pay in-app, in-store support coming later this year

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US consumer electronics chain Best Buy has updated its official iOS app with support for Apple Pay, allowing customers to pay for purchased items using Apple’s mobile payments service. All its US stores will begin accepting Apple Pay later this year, the company said.

“Today’s consumers have many different ways to spend their money and we want to give our customers as many options as possible in how they pay for goods and services at Best Buy,” the company said in a press release. Read more »

Google made it easy to send directions to your Android phone from your desktop

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You can now easily send directions from your desktop to your Android smartphone. Google added the nifty functionality to its desktop search.

Activating the feature is as easy as it gets. Read more »

Over 800 million people in nine countries benefiting from Internet.org, says Zuckerberg

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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 »

Google search results become mobile-friendly

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Google rolled out an update to its search engine, which boosts the ranking of mobile-friendly pages. The update affects search rankings only on mobile devices in all languages.

Mobile searchers will now find it easier to find high-quality pages that don’t require tapping or zooming. Read more »

Project Loon, Google’s effort to deliver Internet from sky, close to rolling out thousands of balloons

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Google has said that its Project Loon, which involves beaming 4G mobile Internet from helium-filled balloons, is close to launching thousands of balloons. The project has been underway for a couple of years now.

“We’re getting close to the point where we can roll out thousands of balloons,” said project leader Mike Cassidy, adding that such a number is necessary to deliver reliable Internet access to users in remote areas where no other means to connect to the Internet are available. Read more »