XBMC is one of the most popular media center applications out there and a personal favorite among our team members and it now will have a new name – Kodi – once its next major version is out. The reason behind the re-branding is dictated by two major reasons – legal issues and relevance.
In 2002 when the application came into existence, it carried the name Xbox Media Player, but since it did a lot more than mere media playback, it was renamed to Xbox Media Center. You can now see where the legal issues come from. Read more »
India’s largest e-commerce company, Flipkart, boasted that it has raised a new funding of $1 billion. Flipkart says this is the largest venture investment to be received by an Indian internet-based business.
As the New York Times points out, Flipkart is only outdone by Uber, which managed to raise $1.2 billion. Read more »
You always had a feeling that Xiaomi’s deals were too good to be true, but you just couldn’t figure out what the catch was exactly, right?
Update, July 31: Please have a look at our follow-up on this story before drawing conclusions and leaving a comment.
Well it’s safe to say now that that puzzle’s been solved, as the RedMi Note was caught red-handed sending private user info to a Chinese server. Read more »
Canon has officially introduced two new compact, super zoom cameras – PowerShot SX520 HS and PowerShot SX400 IS. Both the cameras are designed to fulfill the need of capturing subjects from far away.
The PowerShot SX520 HS comes with a high-powered 42x optical zoom lens and with the ability to shoot Full HD videos. Read more »
Do you hate fussing around with charging cables when you’re driving?
Well it looks like Detroit-based car manufacturer, General Motors, feels your pain. Read more »
Lenovo has showcased the first prototype of its upcoming Google Glass competitor, which is dubbed C1. The Chinese company is hoping to attract developers’ attention before it officially unveils its wearable.
Lenovo wants its smart glasses to be the central hub of connected homes or offices of tomorrow. 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 »
Amazon’s Fire Phone has just gone on sale and the folks at iFixit have already managed to grab a unit and even give it a teardown treatment.
The teardown reveals that the Amazon Fire Phone is anything but easy to repair with the device managing to achieve a low reparability score of 3 out of 10. Read more »
If opening the cover of your G3 smartphone to fire a game was just too much work for you, then Puppy Pop is just the app you need. In addition to being able to check the time, place calls and take photos without having to open the QuickCircle case’s cover, G3 users can now play games too.
LG has announced a new game dubbed Puppy Pop – a match-three puzzle game developed for G3 with QuickCircle Case to be played through the window. Read more »
Ever find yourself traveling way out in the middle of nowhere and unable to communicate with your friends?
Well goTenna might be able to help you with that. Read more »
Do you hate inputting all of your credit card and personal information when it comes time to buy something online?
Well Visa’s latest service, Checkout, may just put an end to all of that headache. Read more »
Feeling the pressure from losing ground under its feet, BlackBerry is no stranger to publicly attacking the competition. Following the jab at the Android KNOX security feature, BlackBerry has set its aim at the new smartphone maker behind the security-oriented Blackphone. On one of its official blogs, the Canadian phonemaker states that the Android-powered Blackphone is “inadequate for business”.
But Toby Weir-Jones, chief executive of SGP Technologies, maker of the Blackphone handset wouldn’t have any of this and retaliated with a blog post hitting BlackBerry where it hurts most. Read more »
Microsoft is expected to undergo massive staff layoffs this week. According to a report by Bloomberg citing company insiders, Microsoft’s job cuts will be the biggest in five years.
The reductions in staff will be primarily in the Nokia handset division and its portions that overlap with already existing Microsoft structures. This includes departments such as engineering and marketing. Read more »
Did you manage to pre-order the upcoming Oculus Rift DK2? Well you may want to hold off on putting it up on eBay.
In an effort to stop price-gouging of the Rift, and maybe as a means of getting their headset to those who really want it, Oculus Rift has canceled shipments of people selling their places in the pre-order line. Read more »
Samsung’s Super AMOLED mobile displays have certainly received their fair share of accolades, however, that doesn’t mean that other companies are lining up to purchase the tech from the Korean manufacturer.
In fact, Samsung hasn’t been able to sell their OLED screens to anyone else but themselves. Read more »