After unlinking Hangouts from Google+ in the recent past, it seems Google is now planning on doing the same with its photos service. Currently available as part of the Google+ social network, the Photos service will soon become independent, according to Bloomberg.
After it becomes an independent service, users can access it separately without needing to have a Google+ account. It would still continue to be available to Google+ users. Read more »
We talked about the Bolt service a few days back. The app is now officially available on iOS and Android, but only in New Zealand, Singapore, and South Africa for now.
Bolt lets you have a group of close friends that you can instantly send photos or videos to. Just tap on their contact name and it takes a photo and sends it. You can press and hold on the contact name to send a video. Just like with Snapchat, the photos and videos are not sent and are removed from your device when you swipe them away. Read more »
Apple has acquired BookLamp, a startup that has been developing big data style book analytics services. The deal is said to have cost the Cupertino giant somewhere around $10 million to $15 million.
BookLamp is known for their work with Book Genome Project, a platform that allowed users to find suggestions for books to read based on natural language analysis of other titles. Read more »
Google is currently updating its Maps app on Android devices to version 8.2. Upon release we saw the changelog and it had biking elevation info, voice actions in navigation, better My Places menu but Google didn’t say anything about the Explore Nearby page.
Explore Nearby has been sighted by a couple of users and it manifests via a shortcut right next to the GPS button in the Maps interface. When you select it you’re taken to a separate menu that gives you information on where you are, what’s the weather and lists points of interests, broken down by the time of day. Read more »
Amazon has made a new service official today. It’s called Kindle Unlimited and it provides all-you-can-read access to 600,000 books in the retailer’s portfolio, and it also lets you listen to thousands of audiobooks.
All of this costs $9.99 per month, hence why many people are calling it a ‘Netflix for books’. Read more »
Skype has announced a new update today, and this one enables you to do free group video calls if you use a Windows tablet or a “2 in 1 device” (which presumably refers to convertible laptops).
You have to be running Windows 8.1 on your device, though, as Windows 8 isn’t supported. If you do qualify, however, using this feature seems to be very straightforward. Read more »
Microsoft has released a new video that show the Lumia 1020 in action, along with its various cloud services working together.
The video shows a guy trying to restore an old bike for his dad and how he uses Microsoft products to achieve that. We see the Lumia 1020, the Microsoft Surface Pro 3, OneDrive and even OneNote in action. Read more »
Microsoft’s spanking new voice assistant that premiered on Windows Phone 8.1, Cortana, predicts that Argentina has the edge over The Netherlands in today’s World Cup semi-final clash at Sao Paulo’s Arena Corinthians stadium.
If you ask Cortana on your phone which team will win in the match Cortana will do some clever behind the scenes match to tell you the most probable outcome. And for the upcoming Argentina – The Netherlands clash it thinks it’s a close call but still favoring the Argentinian side. Read more »
Google Drive is getting a new interface, and we’re not talking about apps in this particular case. Rather, the Web-based Drive is the one getting the new coat of paint. The new design has already started rolling out to users across the world.
It brings with it a new default view that uses a thumbnail grid instead of a list, a shiny big red New button that combines uploading stuff to Drive with creating new documents, and desktop-like selection tools. Read more »
Guess what – Google+ isn’t Google’s first go at a social network. Back before social networks were as popular as today, around the same time when Facebook was just getting started after Myspace paved the way, there was Orkut. The social network didn’t really leave a big mark in its 10 year tenure but has been used widely in Brazil and India.
Now that Google’s Google+, YouTube and Blogger are moving forward and luring users by the quarter Google, and Father Time, have finally caught up to Orkut. The service will be shutting down on September 30 of this year and effective today isn’t accepting new registrations. Read more »
If you are a seasoned videographer or someone who regularly uploads gaming videos on YouTube, you’d have notice that the framerate was capped at 30fps, which meant regardless of the framerate of the original video file, once uploaded the video will only playback at 30fps max on YouTube. \
That changes today. YouTube has finally introduced the option of displaying higher framerates up to 60fps, so whether it is a video shot in 48fps or a gameplay video at 60fps, they will playback in all their high framerate glory on YouTube. Read more »
Today Microsoft has decided to up the free storage allotment for its OneDrive service, matching what’s been offered by chief rival Google for a while.
Every OneDrive user will now get 15GB of free space, up from 7GB previously. What’s more, if you want to buy additional space that’s become cheaper too. Read more »
Twitter may still be growing its user count, but the growth is slowing compared to the past few years. The social network that focuses on brevity has seen growth declines in both its international as well as US-based monthly active users.
This is happening at a pretty quick pace, which means Twitter may have achieved peak growth a while back. The best growth it’s seen over the past three years was 140%, yet for the fourth quarter of 2013 that’s down to 40%. Read more »
Amazon just given you another reason to become a Prime member – a streaming music service with no ads that works offline too. The new Amazon Prime Music goes after Apple’s music streaming ambitions with Beats, Nokia’s MixRadio and independent services like Pandora and Spotify.
Prime Music works on anything from phones to desktops and doesn’t require an Internet connection – as long as you cache the songs before going offline you can listen to them all you want. Read more »
Viber has released a new version of its desktop app for Windows, OS X and Linux that puts a lot of effort and focus into stickers. The messaging company has also announced an important milestone – more than 100 million users are now using its service.
For those of you that aren’t familiar with Viber stickers these are basically emoticons on steroids that are downloaded in sets – some of which are free and others cost a few bucks. Now that the new Viber for desktop is released users can dock a sticker menu alongside their conversations and even search for stickers within the app. Read more »