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LinkedIn acquires Pulse news reader app for $90 million

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Professional social networking website LinkedIn has announced that the company has acquired the popular mobile news reader app Pulse. The acquisition is said to have cost the company $90 million, according to AllThingsD.

The first question that might come to anyone’s mind is ‘Why?’. Why would a social network like LinkedIn need to invest in a news reader application. Read more »

Google sets up Inactive Account Manager to help you manage your digital footprint after you die

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Google has set up an Inactive Account Manager giving you the option to choose what happens with your digital footprint after you’ve passed away or have been inactive for a specific amount of time.

After you set your timeout period (ranging from 3 months to 1 year) you’ll then be prompted to point up to 10 trusted friends or family members to be notified of your inactivity. Read more »

Dropbox gets an update, supports six new languages among other things

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Dropbox has updated its desktop, mobile and web clients with six new languages – Russian, Polish, Indonesian, Malaysian, and Traditional and Simplified Chinese.

The mobile version also gets some improvements under the hood and an improved option for viewing your entire photo collection on your device. Read more »

Official Google Nexus 10 Book Cover hits the Play Store, costs $29.99

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It’s been a while since the launch of the Google Nexus 10, but it’s only now that you can get an official screen cover to protect its beautiful 10″ high-resolution display.

The Book Cover, as its called, snaps onto the back of the Nexus 10 without making an unnecessarily big hump. It has a matte finish and can wake the slate when opened. Read more »

Watch this amazing Google Street View hyperlapse, you can make your own too

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I’ve watched my share of beautiful time-lapse videos and I thought those can hardly surprise me anymore, but a new experimental time-lapse project, which uses Google Street View imagery takes things to a whole new level.

The project calls the resulting videos hyperlapses and indeed, they can be amazing providing you find the right sort of scenic routes in good weather. And I do mean it, when I say “find”, because the tool lets you make your own custom hyperlapses, too. For a taste, here’s a stunning hyperlapse demo, created by the authors of the project. Read more »

Starting this month Samsung will be mass-producing 128Gb 3-bit MLC NAND Flash memory

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Samsung, among the world leaders in memory tech, will begin mass-producing 128Gb 3-bit multi-level-cell NAND Flash memory using a 10nm class process.

These new 128Gb NAND memory sticks will be used in SSDs and will be based on the toggle DDR 2.0 interface, boasting 400 Mbps per-second data transfer. Read more »

Create cool custom Live Tiles with these nifty Windows Phone apps

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Microsoft’s Windows Phone has been trying hard as of late to stand apart in the smartphone race, and one way it does this is through the use of its Live Tile interface.

If you want an even more unique look, there are a few neat apps out there that let you use custom images to create a collage of all your tiles. This way, you can add some personal flair to your Start screen and make it look cool at the same time. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 comes in our office, makes the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note II feel small

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Samsung is at the forefront of Android phablets and its latest gadget is for people who want a bigger, more affordable Galaxy Note. The Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 just went official and we had a chance to handle one for a couple of minutes.

Unlike the Note, the Galaxy Mega does not have an S Pen but it does have the S4’s Air View so you can still perform some of the same things as you can with the S Pen. That’s not the only thing the Mega has borrowed from the S4 either. Read more »

Cinemagram arrives on Android, lets you post short looping videos as GIFs

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Cinemagram have released a new Android version of their app, more than a year later after the service was first launched on iOS. The app is free to download and is now available on the Play Store.

For those who don’t know, Cinemagram is a social network where you record short videos, which are then converted to looping GIFs and posted to your account. You can also share these GIFs to other social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter. Read more »

Gmail turns 9, gets a cool infographic to celebrate

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Gmail, the popular email client, is celebrating its ninth birthday this month and to celebrate the occasion, Google has released an infographic that runs through the achievements of the service.

Google’s email client was launched on April 1 2004 as an invite only service with 1 GB of storage space for the emails. However, Gmail now offers about 10 GB of free storage for your electronic correspondence. Read more »

Microsoft said to be working on a 7-inch Surface tablet

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We have reported in the past that Microsoft is allegedly working on a 7-inch gaming tablet under the Xbox brand. It seems, though, there will be another 7-inch tablet from Microsoft in the near future.

According to The Wall Street Journal, Microsoft is working on a 7-inch version of the Surface tablet. There are no other details available about this product at this time, including which version of Windows it would be running and what would be the specifications, pricing and release date. WSJ does say, however, that the tablet will go into mass production later this year. Read more »

Microsoft releases two new Scroogled videos in its crusade against Google

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Microsoft’s Scroogled campaign has been going on for a while now. For those not in the know, the Scroogled campaign aims to highlight some of the nefarious practices at Google, such as going through your mail to offer you relevant ads in Gmail.

The company has now released two new videos that now take potshots at the Android privacy issues. Through the two videos, Microsoft is highlighting how every time you purchase an app through the Google Play Store, your personal information, such as your full name, email and your address, is passed on through Google to the app developers, who may use it for malicious purposes. Of course, the underlying message here is that you really, really should be using Windows Phone and Bing. Read more »

Phiaton Moderna MS 200 in-ear headphones review

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The Phiaton Moderna MS 200 are the Korean manufacturer’s top of the line in-ear headphones. Made from exotic materials such as carbon fiber and featuring eye-catching design, the headphones aim to offer enough value for money to sway you away from the offerings of the well-established premium brands.

This not the first time I’m spending quality time with a Phiaton product. A couple of months back, I was impressed by the Phiaton PS 210 BTNC wireless headset. Naturally, given my past experience, I approached the MS 200 with high expectations. Join me to find out if the headset could live up to them. Read more »

Alleged fith-gen Apple iPad front panel surfaces

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A photo of what looks to be the front panel of the upcoming fifth-gen Apple iPad has surfaced today, giving us a hint of what the upcoming slate might look like.

Judging from the photo, the new iPad will sport many of the design characteristics of the iPad Mini, but on a larger scale. Read more »

Nokia’s HAAC recording technology allows you to record audio with great sound quality

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Nokia’s recent innovation known as High Amplitude Audio Capture (HAAC), allows you to record audio in noisy locations and then reproduce the audio with minimal background noise.

The novelty behind the High Amplitude Audio Capture is a microphone with two different sensitivity levels for recording. Later, the dual channel combines to give a broad dynamic range that sounds clear even if the audio is recorded with lots of distortion. Read more »