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Former Motorola Mobility Executive Vanessa Wittman to be next Dropbox CFO

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Vanessa Wittman has officially joined the ranks of Dropbox as the new Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Prior to the new occupation she was a high ranking executive, SVP and CFO at Motorola Mobility, after it was acquired by Google in 2011 and during the first year of Lenovo’s ownership as well. Wittman has also worked as the CFO of Marsh & McLennan so quite an impressive CV there.

Motorola’s shifting fate is the sort of battle-hardening turmoil that distinguishes a professional so Dropbox could have scored big by roping Vanessa in their ranks. She will be taking the place of longstanding Dropbox CFO Sujay Jaswa, who has set the bar pretty high. Read more »

Now you can directly install iOS apps from Pinterest via App Pins

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Pinterest has partnered with Apple to launch App Pins, a feature that’ll let you stick iOS apps to Pinterest boards, allowing other users to download and install them on their iPhone or iPad without ever leaving the visual bookmarking service.

“Let’s say you’re Pinning workout inspiration to your Marathon Training board. If you see a fitness app that helps you reach your goals, you can download it right from Pinterest,” the company said in a blog post. Read more »

Flipboard finally launches Web version

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The Flipboard app is pretty popular on iOS, Android, and Windows Phone, and now the magazine-like news reading experience has finally received a Web version too. Flipboard for the desktop is here now, already accessible at Flipboard.com.

So far Flipboard has prefered to remain a mobile-only offering, but the time was apparently right for it to move to the Web too. This has to do with the Web itself having evolved recently, a consequence of that being that now Flipboard is confident that it can offer its “print-like aesthetic” in this space too. Read more »

Microsoft will give you 100GB of OneDrive space free for two years if you do one simple thing

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If you’d like more online storage, but don’t want to pay for it, this will surely suit you well. Microsoft is currently offering 100GB of OneDrive storage space for free for two years. All you need to do is sign up for Bing Rewards – which is also free. The one catch? This is US-only.

Here’s how it works. If you have Microsoft account, you log in and then head to the Bing Rewards Dashboard. If you haven’t signed up for Bing Rewards before, you’ll see a “Join Now” link. Click that, then choose “Try it now for free”. After you see the “Welcome to Bing Rewards” page, go to “Earn and explore”, then click on “Free storage”, and finally choose “Get my storage”. That’s it. Read more »

Google offers 2GB of Drive storage for a quick security checkup

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Google has always put high emphasis on security. Seeing how most everybody nowadays has a Google account it is only natural for the tech giant to constantly take steps to secure its primary asset and source of income – its users.

But rooting for proper online behavior and aiding with security concerns all over the internet means little if Google can’t be sure that their own subscribers are safe. Naturally there are several tools available to users for improving Google account security and in order to promote their frequent usage and spread the word the company is now offering 2GB of free additional Drive cloud storage to anyone who takes the time to run their security checkup. Read more »

The $24 per year Imgur Pro service is now available for free

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To mark its sixth birthday, the image hosting/sharing service Imgur has announced that it is making its Pro service free for all. Imgur Pro typically costs $3 per month or $24 per year (if you pay in advance).

The company has ditched its subscription-based model in favour of ad-supported business. Read more »

Google acquires photo/video backup and sharing service Odysee

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Google has acquired Odysee, a company offering an iOS and Android app that allows you to automatically backup photos and videos from your mobile devices to your personal computers, as well as lets you privately share them with others. The financial details of the deal were not disclosed.

“Odysee’s vision was to be the easiest way for everyone to capture unlimited memories and access them everywhere. We are very excited to join Google where we’ll continue to focus on building amazing products that people love,” the company said in an announcement post on its website. The company will now be a part of the Google+ team. Read more »

Cortana update brings a new Lifestyle interest with Fitness Tracker

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Just a couple of days after there were reports that Microsoft will soon integrate Cortana into its Office productivity suite the Redmond-based company has updated its digital assistant with a new interest category.

Dubbed Lifestyle, the category contains a Fitness Tracker that claims it will “keep up with your workouts.” The update seems to be rolling out slowly, as not everyone has received it yet. Read more »

Google brings live video chat with a salesperson to the Play store

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Google brought live chat with a salesperson to the Play store. The feature allows buyers to have their questions answered before they splurge on new Android hardware.

The free service is called Google Device Experts. Read more »

Microsoft Office will soon have Cortana integration

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According to a report in The Verge, Microsoft will soon integrate Cortana into its Office productivity suite. The highly capable virtual assistant will be available in both mobile and desktop guise in the near future.

A Microsoft Office “Work Assistant” application is reportedly in testing. Read more »

Twitter lost 4 million users in Q4, blames iOS 8

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While reporting its Q4 earnings, Twitter revealed that it added 4 million new monthly active users (MAUs) in the quarter, bringing the total number to 288 million, which was clearly short of the 292 million figure expected by analysts. But Twitter is not to blame for that, or so say its executives, who are claiming that the company lost 4 million users due to Apple’s roll-out of iOS 8.

The company says that it lost 3 million of those users after Apple rolled out iOS8, effectively changing the way the Shared Links feature in the Safari web browser works. Read more »

Google Search will soon include tweets

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According to a report in Bloomberg, Google Search will soon include tweets. Google and Twitter have apparently reached and agreement, which will include the social network’s posts in its search results.

The feature is allegedly set to launch in the first half of this year. Read more »

Google reportedly preparing to launch its own ride-hailing service

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Just a few hours after Uber announced that its has entered into a partnership with Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) to create a new tech center focused on developing autonomous driving vehicles, among other things, Bloomberg is reporting that Google is preparing to offer its own ride-hailing service, “most likely in conjunction with its long-in-development driverless car project.”

That’s particularly interesting given the fact that Google Ventures, the search giant’s venture capital arm, has already invested $258 million in Uber, and just last year the Mountain View, California-based company integrated Uber functionality in its Maps application. Read more »

The $399/year Google Earth Pro service is now available for free

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If you are a Google Earth user, here is some good news: the Pro version of the service, which was previously priced at $399 per year, is now available for free. This means that you can now use detailed imagery of the service as well as its advanced tools – that help you measure 3D buildings, print high-resolution images for presentations or reports, and record HD movies of your virtual flights around the world – all without paying a penny.

“Starting today, even more people will be able to access Google Earth Pro: we’re making it available for free,” Google said in a blog post. “To see what Earth Pro can do for you – or to just have fun flying around the world – grab a free key and download Earth Pro today. If you’re an existing user, your key will continue to work with no changes required.” Read more »

Google Now gets deep integration with third-party applications

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An update to Google Now brought deep integration with third-party apps to the already mighty personal assistant. Initially, there will be 40 apps available as as a source of Google Now cards.

Those 40 new apps include popular titles such as The Guardian, Pandora, Lyft, Shazam, The Economist, and Ebay among others. Read more »