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Facebook launches Trusted Contacts: the latest password security option

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Facebook has a launched a new password security option called Trusted Contacts. The latest security option allows you to select few of your trusted friends, who will help you retrieve the password if you are unable to access your Facebook account.

If you set up the Trusted Contacts option in your account, the selected friends will be provided with security codes, which will allow you to access your profile in case you are locked out of your account. Read more »

Microsoft completes Hotmail to Outlook upgrade in just 6 weeks

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Microsoft has successfully completed its Hotmail to Outlook upgrade. The company has managed to move 150 petabytes of email data in just over 6 weeks.

Microsoft’s email service currently consists of more than 400 million active accounts. Along with the upgrade, the service also comes with new features, which include SMTP send and improved SkyDrive integration. Read more »

Google Now on iOS review: a proper Siri competitor let down by lack of system integration

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Google finally delivered its Google Now service to iOS. First there was a leaked video then Erik Schmidt vaguely told people to ask Apple when to expect Google Now on iOS. And yet here we are – using it on iOS already.

Coming from an Android device you’ll immediately recognize Google Now. The design scheme is left unchanged with simplistic UI elements, clean tile-like cards of information, the font, etc. but there is also an unmistakable iOS feel to the app which users might appreciate. Read more »

Verizon offers cloud storage service for its Android smartphones

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Verizon has officially announced that it will be providing cloud storage services for its customers. The service is going to be called Verizon Cloud and will allow you to backup music, documents, texts, call logs, pictures and videos on the cloud.

Verizon offers 500 MB of free storage space for its users, which can be upgraded to 25 GB package at a cost of $3 per month or to 75 GB for $5.99 a month. The pro package includes 125 GB of storage and costs you $10 a month. Read more »

Microsoft adds ability to make Skype calls from Outlook.com

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Microsoft has finally integrated its Skype service with the recently updated Outlook.com website. This will allow users to make video calls from the website without having to install the client on their computers.

To enable this functionality, you will first have to install a plugin for your browser. After that, it works pretty much the same as Skype does on your desktop client. You can hover over your contact names and use the video call option to initiate a Skype call right within the browser. You can make voice as well as video calls or just send messages. Read more »

Google Now lands on iOS, available within Google Search

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Google Now is now available on iOS as a free update for the popular Google Search app. The iOS app recognizes voice and actually looks hotter than its Android peer (the cards have a nice CoverFlow-like view), but can’t quite match the functionality of the Google OS version.

For example you can’t interact with the iOS – you can’t invoke a call or a navigation route, you can’t setup an alarm, do a text a message or a note, etc. Also, Google Now on iOS doesn’t speak. Read more »

Google to provide rival search results to placate antitrust whispers

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Google is proposing an agreement to the European Commission which will have it provide search results from rivals like Bing and Yahoo! more prominently.

This is in light of a preliminary conclusion made by the Commission that several of Google’s business practices could be in violation of the EU’s antitrust rules. Read more »

Navifirm+ workaround lets users download using caches despite closure

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Yesterday, Nokia finally went through with its long-coming plan to disallow unauthorized users to download from their online repository for firmware updates, Navifirm+.

It has since been revealed that users who retained their Navifirm+ caches are still able to download updates from the repository. Read more »

Google Street View now covers more than 8 million kilometers in 50 countries as Hungary and Lesotho join the fun

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Today is a special day for the Google Maps team as Street View has become available in 50 countries with the launch of the service in Hungary and Lesotho.

As it also happens, Google is also releasing its biggest Street View update ever, expanding the coverage in France, Italy, Poland, Romania, Russia, Singapore and Thailand and updating over 563,270 kilometers with new imagery. Read more »

Google 4 times safer than Bing, a new study shows

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According to a study by German Security firm AV-TEST Institute Google is a safer search engine than Bing. The study spanned across 18 months and included more than 40 million search results (read sites) and pit together Google, Bing and others like the popular Russian search engine Yandex.

Microsoft’s Bing delivered more than four times as many infected with malware websites than Google. The chart above shows the results – from almost 11 million results on Google around 272 were infected, while the same number of search results on Bing contained 1285 potentially dangerous pages. Read more »

Google introduces Facebook-like Google+ comments integration into Blogger

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Google has recently enabled Google+ integration into their popular blog-publishing service, Blogger.

This means that all comments made about your blog posts on Google+ will show up in your blog’s comment threads, allowing you to see activity from your visitors. Read more »

Instagram en route to Windows Phone (again), says official Nokia Sweden on Facebook

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We’ve heard about this before but it doesn’t hurt to mention it yet again – Instagram is coming to Windows Phone. So says the official Nokia Sweden account on Facebook in response to one user. The response reads roughly like this – “Instagram is on the way but can’t give an exact date right now”. The comment has been taken down, which does add an air of legitimacy to the information (or just the opposite, depending how you look at it).

Last month, a Nokia Sweden account tweeted that an app for WP is under development, which fueled the users expectations. The question is – do Windows Phone users really care if Instagram is coming? Read more »

Twitter announces Twitter #music

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Last week we reported on the rumors of Twitter releasing its own music streaming service, which were backed by the music.twitter.com website which went live around that time but wasn’t quite functional back then. Now the service has been announced officially and is called Twitter #music.

At the heart of this service is the brand new app, which is currently only available on iOS, that too just on the iPhone. This app pulls all the tracks that are being listened by the people you follow by going through their tweets and also shows what other people are listening. Read more »

Outlook.com client for Android updated with Windows Phone-like UI

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Microsoft’s email client for Android, the Outlook.com, got a massive update yesterday. The app has a brand new look and feel, and now features filters, threads and more.

The app now looks exactly like its Windows Phone sibling – color scheme, fonts, virtual buttons, everything. Read more »

WhatsApp has more active users than Twitter, CEO says

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Over at the AllThingsD Dive Into Mobile conference WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum took to the stage to discuss the app’s position, users and drop a bomb that his app is “bigger than Twitter” when looking at the active monthly users.

Although the two platforms differ in the way the work – Twitter being more of a social network where your tweets are public and WhatsApp being a peer-to-peer messaging service – Jan Koum said WhatsApp has more than 200 million active users a month, thus besting Twitter. Read more »