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Google is getting so good that it can answer your questions before you type them

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Not many technologies can boast turning into every day, household terms and even the select few that can are nowhere near as revolutionary as Google’s world changing search platform. This one-of-a-kind information hub that drives most of today’s online traffic is constantly getting better at what it does and is receiving a lot of much-deserved care and attention by users and developers alike.

A new update to Google search now delivers answers so fast that it is kind of creepy. The concept is simple enough – if Google can give you a concise and definite answer as you type your question, why wait for you to do so? It does precisely this and quickly appends short answers straight into the suggestion interface as you type. Read more »

Russia to Google, Twitter, and Facebook: Comply with local laws or face sanctions

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US-based technology companies, including Google, Twitter, and Facebook have been warned by Russia’s media watchdog Roskomnadzor against violating the country’s Internet laws.

The agency has sent out letters to the firms asking them to comply with the rules. “In our letters we regularly remind (companies) of the consequences of violating the legislation,” said the agency’s spokesperson Vadim Ampelonsky. He also said that the Russian government could block access to the services being offered by the companies if they do not fall in line. Read more »

YouTube now supports 60fps livestreaming through its new HTML5 player

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YouTube recently launched 60fps playback and now it’s enabling the smoother framerate for livestreaming videos too. This update comes thanks to the new HTML5 player for livestreams, the old one used Flash.

The YouTube team has also worked with the developers of screen capturing tools that support livestreaming. Read more »

Rdio launches on-demand Select subscription service at $3.99 a month

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Music streaming service Rdio has announced a new subscription service called Rdio Select for those seeking on-demand, affordable music. The new Rdio Select will cost $3.99 a month against the standard $9.99 a month for unlimited access.

Rdio Select is almost like a diet music subscription plan that offers streaming without ads and capability to skip tracks. However, the catch here is the you can only download 25 songs a day. Read more »

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 »

Update to Gmail for Android brings new functionality, improvements

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Gmail for Android received a major update. The new version of the popular email client brings new functionality and improvements based on feedback from users.

The new version of the application allows users all their recent conversations with a contact by tapping on its avatar. Read more »

Spotify offering 3-month trial of its Premium service for just 99 cents

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Music-streaming company Spotify is now offering a 3-month subscription of its Premium service for a total of just 99 cents. The offer is only available to new subscribers in the US.

Needless to say, after the three-month period, you’ll be charged the normal rates – $9.99 a month. For those who aren’t in the know, Spotify Premium lets you stream ad-free music, with unlimited skips, and even download and listen to your tunes offline. Read more »

FBI arrests two men for allegedly breaking into Photobucket accounts

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The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has arrested two men for allegedly breaking into accounts of some Photobucket users and selling off access to their private information without authorization.

According to the US Justice Department, 39-year-old Brandon Bourret from Colorado Springs, and 26-year-old Athanasios Andrianakis from Sunnyvale (California) developed, marketed, and sold a software application, dubbed Photofucket, which allowed viewers to circumvent the website’s privacy settings and hence enabled them access to users’ private and password-protected information. Read more »

Music-streaming company Spotify reportedly planning to enter online-video business

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Spotify, the popular music-streaming company, is planning to venture into the online-video business, according to a report by Wall Street Journal.

The Swedish company is currently looking for partnerships, and has even approached companies that create content for YouTube, the report notes, adding that the video service will be available to both subscribers and non-subscribers alike. 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 »

Dropbox will soon allow you to create Microsoft Office docs right from within its iPhone and iPad apps

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Dropbox has updated its iOS app to version 3.9, bringing in a new Recents tab that lists all the recently used files, as well as the ability to add comments on files. In addition, the company has also announced that in the next few weeks it’ll add the ability to create Microsoft Office docs (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files) right from within the app – this feature will be available in a separate update.

“The best part, though, is how these features work together,” the cloud storage company said in a blog post. “For example, when you’re meeting with a client to brainstorm ideas for an upcoming project, you can use the Recents tab on your iPhone or iPad to quickly pull up your last project for reference. Then you can create a Word doc to take notes as you discuss. After the meeting, you can @mention your client in a comment, so they have the notes and can add anything you’ve missed. Then when you get back to your desk, you can turn that Word doc into a full project plan.” Read more »

Microsoft to migrate Outlook.com users to Office 365 this year

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Microsoft is planning to migrate all Outlook.com users to Office 365 sometime this year, according to a report from The Verge. The company says that the move will allow it to align its Office 365, Exchange, and Outlook platforms, and provide a consistent experience.

As per the report, while the Outlook.com name isn’t going anywhere, the email service will be powered by the Office 365 technology (without the subscription benefits of Office 365). Read more »

Microsoft Office to get third party add-ins that will work on Windows, iOS, and the Web

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In the future, Microsoft’s Office apps will get their own third party apps – running inside them across platforms, so on Windows but also on iOS and in the Web versions of the Office suite. This has been revealed today during Microsoft’s Build conference.

An Uber app running inside Outlook was demoed, as evidenced by the shot above. The Uber app or add-in doesn’t seem to intrude very much into the main Outlook workspace, but it will allow you to easily schedule rides from your calendar appointments. Read more »

BitTorrent reduces US workforce, lays off 40 out of 150 employees

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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 »

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 »