Amazon has announced Amazon Coins for Kindle Fire owners, which will provide them a new way to purchase apps, games and in-app content on their devices.
Amazon says it will give customers tens of millions of dollars’ worth of Amazon Coins to spend on the Amazon Appstore, which in turn will help generate more revenue for the developers. The new currency will be available starting April 25 and developers need to submit and get their apps before then. Read more »
Back when Instagram was started, the only web presence the company had was a single page for each of the images that you uploaded from their web app and nothing else (not counting the blog). This was rectified a few months ago, when they released web profiles, that allowed you to check full profiles of users on the website with all their pictures.
Now, the company has finally launched an online web feed, which, for the first time, lets users see their timeline on the web without having to use the mobile app. Read more »
Yesterday evasi0n was finally released to free all iOS 6.0/6.1 devices (iPhone 5 and latest iPads included) and it’s being enjoying some serious popularity. In fact so many users have jailbroken their iDevices that Cydia servers are unable to catch up with the demand.
The numbers are insane – Cydia creator Jay Freeman (saurik) has shared on Twitter that he’s seeing 14 thousand hits per second. Read more »
Dropbox is continuing to add new features to its popular cloud storage service and the latest ones are the option to preview documents right from its website and share multiple photos at the same time.
Previously, you could only share a single photo at a time or, if you wanted to share a lot of photos, you had to put them in a folder of their own and then share the whole folder. Read more »
If you are an Android or an iOS user, you’ll be familiar with the Speaktoit’s Assistant for sure. It’s a third-party assistant like Apple’s Siri and Google Now and does an excellent job.
It’s a really nice alternative (sometimes even better) than the default voice assistants and I’m sure you’ll be happy to know that the app is now available on Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 as well. Read more »
According to several sources, YouTube hopes to begin offering paid subscription channels which will offer premium, produced content.
In an attempt to lure producers away from the traditional television avenues of content delivery, Google is looking to become the first production company for online content capable of reaching such broad audience. Read more »
The Microsoft Office 2013 and Office 365 are finally on sale. The Office 365 Home Premium is currently available for $99.99 a year as expected. For that kind of cash you get to install the software on up to five PC’s or Macs.
Office 365 is also available in a “University” version for all the college students and the variant is priced at $79.99 with a four year plan. Read more »
Google Maps can now show you detailed maps of North Korea – both road maps and satellite view. This is something I never thought I’d see so soon.
This happens shortly after Eric Schmidt returned from his visit to North Korea. Read more »
Google+, one of the latest additions to the social network club has overtaken Twitter to become the second most popular social networking website after Facebook.
According to Global Web Index report Facebook, Google+ and Twitter are the most used social platforms. Read more »
Nokia unveiled its Music+ service, which builds on the free Nokia Music by adding an optional monthly subscription of around €3.99/$3.99. Nokia Music+ will roll out over the next couple of weeks.
Nokia Music+ adds unlimited skips, downloads, lyrics and the option to listen to your music on a PC via a web-app. Read more »
H.265, the successor to the highly popular H.264 video codec, used for over 80 percent of all the online video, has been approved by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), allowing it to be used for the creation of video content that is significantly smaller in size than what we have today.
Known also as High Efficiency Video Coded, H.265 allows file sizes that can be around half as much as the current H.264 encoded videos while maintaining the video quality. This allows content providers to supply much smaller files with the same quality, thus reducing the time required to download or stream the video. Read more »
Creators of the BitTorrent open source protocol have launched their own cloud storage service called BitTorrent Sync and it is rather unsurprisingly, based on the same protocol.
The service comes with its own application allowing users to store and sync folders to multiple devices. Interestingly, the service offers unlimited amount of storage making it a match made in heaven for large teams who collaborate on large files. Read more »
Google has announced a new version of their Image Search service. The changes are specifically targeted at improving the time required to find and download images.
Previously, clicking on a thumbnail in the Image Search results would load a silly iframe where the selected image was floating on top of the source page. This considerably increased the time required to access the image as the browser would be loading the image as well as the source page simultaneously. What Google has done now with the new Image Search is eliminate the iframe page altogether and display the image directly within the search results. Read more »
Kim Dotcom’s new cloud storage, which was launched yesterday has allegedly hit the one million users mark already. The eye popping stats was acknowledged by Dotcom himself during the cloud storage party in New Zealand.
Dotcom explained that Mega was built upon MegaUpload, which turned out to be a prey for the US Justice Department. Read more »
Exactly a year ago, The US Justice Department shut down popular file sharing website Megaupload on grounds of promoting piracy, with the founder Kim Dotcom being arrested for it.
Dotcom has since then been working on a successor to Megaupload, which now a year after the original site went down, has finally gone live under the name Mega. Read more »