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Street View goes on a gondola ride in Venice

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Google’s Street View in Maps is a great way to explore the world around us. It has 360-degree coverage of a large part of the world and let’s you talking viral strolls without leaving your desk.

As part of its Street View Trekker tech, which allowed Google to bring Street View to the Galapagos Islands, Mounts Fuji and Everest, the Eiffel Tower, and even underwater in the Great Barrier Reef, we now have the chance to trek through the Venetian channels Read more »

Facebook Messenger app gets a complete overhaul

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Facebook has released an update to the Facebook Messenger app for iOS and Android that brings with it a complete overhaul of the UI. The design clearly looks like it was made for the new iOS 7 but carries over to the Android version as well.

At launch you’ll notice that the older dull gray and Facebook blue colors have been replaced by bright white and a brilliant blue combination. There are no more gradients and drop shadows anymore and the UI has a clean, flat UI that is consistent with the rest of iOS 7. Read more »

Gmail for desktop update expands the functionality of the quick action buttons

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Google’s Gmail for desktop got treated to a subtle, yet quite useful refresh today. The update expands the functionality of the quick action buttons in the inbox.

In addition to doing things such as checking on flight confirmation or sending an RSVP via dedicated buttons, users can now view YouTube and Vimeo videos, or Google Docs sent to them via email straight from their inbox. Read more »

Stephen Elop reportedly mulling Xbox and Bing split if elected as Microsoft CEO

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According to a report in Bloomberg, Nokia’s former chief Stephen Elop has grand plans in consideration if elected as the next CEO of Microsoft. Already on the shortlist for the position, Elop is said to consider selling off the Xbox business and axing Bing.

In addition to the abovementioned changes, Stephen Elop is reportedly mulling over expanding the reach of the popular Microsoft Office to a broad variety of devices, including iOS and Android products. Read more »

Google Drive now supports multiple accounts

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Google has updated its Drive app for iOS. It now supports multiple accounts and printing.

Lots of people were waiting Google to bring support for multiple accounts on Drive and it seems their request has been finally fulfilled. Read more »

Pegman returns to Google Maps with new update

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You may have noticed that after the latest major Google Maps update for desktop browsers, an important figure suddenly went missing: Pegman. This move made many users frustrated by their inability to quickly access Street View and nearby images by dragging the icon onto the map, and more than a few people opted to continue using Google Maps’ classic view.

Now, the latest update brings back Pegman, and makes viewing images, panoramas, and even indoor areas even easier by having all of them appear on the map whenever you grab hold of Pegman. Read more »

Google announces Helpouts

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Google Helpouts is a brand new service from Google that will let you get help on any topic you want from real people over the internet through a video call. The service offers you a bunch of topics to choose from and you can also type in what you need help with.

Helpouts then presents you with options that match your query. You will see a list of Helpouts that you can choose from that best match your query, with the name of the people who will be conducting the call. You can start a Helpout call with the person immediately or schedule it for later. Read more »

Facebook’s mobile ads boost Q3 results

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Facebook’s latest third quarter earnings report shows things are looking up for the social media giant after a rough entrance into public trading following its IPO last year.

The company’s heavy investment into mobile is beginning to pay off as mobile ad revenue has jumped to $656 million – a 76% increase over last quarter. Read more »

Google+ gets a ton of new features along with Hangouts

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At yesterday’s Google event, the company announced a slew of new features for their Google+ social networking service, along with the Hangouts messaging service.

Google+ already had a pretty impressive photo sharing experience that is way ahead of what other services such as Facebook offer but now Google has made it even better. In the new update, the service automatically scans your photos and sorts them by categories such as sunsets, snow, etc. by identifying over a thousand objects within the images to make searching for your photos easier. Read more »

BBM scores 20 million new subscibers in a week

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In a world filled with free communication apps like Viber, WhatsApp, Facebook (and Messenger), Google Hangouts and iMessage, BlackBerry Messenger was able to carve a serious user base for itself it just a week.

Since the BBM rollout on iOS and Android resumed 7 days ago, BBM has gathered 20 million new users. Read more »

Amazon’s Kindle MatchBook now available with 70,000 books

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Amazon recently announced its new service, named Kindle MatchBook, and it has now gone live. MatchBook allows you to buy the Kindle editions of your print books for $2.99 or less.

Amazon’s new program gives you the option to purchase the Kindle edition of the print books for $2.99, $1.99, $0.99 or free of cost. Read more »

You can now use handwriting input in Gmail and Google Drive

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Google already offers handwriting input in its Mobile Search, Google Translate (on web, Android and iOS) and in Chrome but it’s now adding it to its Gmail and Google Drive services.

Currently handwriting input supports over 20 languages in Google Drive and over 50 in Gmail. In order to get handwriting input you need to enable it in input tools in either service. Read more »

Moto X MotoMaker now lets you sync contacts and calendars from Apple’s iCloud

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Motorola’s MotoMaker, the online software that let’s you customize the Moto X (currently only in the US and so far only on AT&T) has a fresh new feature that will appeal to Moto X converts coming from iOS.

After purchasing a Moto X through MotoMaker customers will be given a choice, if coming from an iPhone, to add their iCloud and Google credentials and have their iOS contacts and calendars synced with Google. Read more »

Some 2.9 million accounts compromised in Adobe Creative Cloud hack

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Cyber attackers have breached Adobe’s new Creative Cloud customer subscription model, and have gained access to some 2.9 million user accounts.

This includes customer names, encrypted credit card numbers, expiration dates, as well as information related to customer orders. Read more »

Google might soon launch a native Music app for iOS

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Google launched its own music streaming services at its I/O event this summer. The Google Play Music All Access has been exclusive to the Android platform since then, but we might soon see a native Google Music app for iOS, according to a report from Engadget.

Google is said to have started testing out its native iOS app and the new service will allegedly launch later this month. The app seems to have a few bugs, which need fixing before the final version of the app is out for public. Read more »