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Hangouts for iOS now shows your Google Voice messages

If you rely on your iPhone for Google Voice, Hangouts just became much, much more useful. As on Android, the messaging app's iOS version now shows your Google Voice texts and voicemail -- you won't have to switch apps just because you're embroiled in an online conversation. There are a few tangible …

Brands Will Soon Know If You Watched Their Video Ads

Google unveiled viewability reporting for its video ad platforms today at CES today. It enables advertisers to tell whether clips delivered via the company’s Google’s DoubleClick ad services are watched by users, reports Bloomberg.<p>Neal Mohan, vice president of display and video advertising at …


CES 2015: LifeProof Announces Waterproof Battery Case

Today at CES, waterproof case maker LifeProof announced the fre Power, a waterproof battery case that provides 2,600 mAh of additional battery life.<p>LifeProof fre is the original four-proof case, designed for maximum protection against water, drops, dust and snow. The sleek structure includes a …

Gear & Gadgets

WhatsApp to Let You Make Voice Calls via Skype? Nope.

It’s no secret that WhatsApp is planning to roll out voice calling functionality for its insanely popular messaging app, but despite aiming to set it live in Q2 2014, that target date slipped as the year quickly passed by. However, according to recent reports, it’s still on track for Q1 2015.<p>But …


WhatsApp now has 700 million active users

WhatsApp has come a long way from its early days, when creators Jan Koum and Brian Acton were inspired to create a cross-platform messenger app by Apple’s addition of push notifications to iOS 3.0.<p>Having been snapped up by Facebook for a cer-azy $19 billion almost a year ago, the popular app has …

Emerging Markets

Monster sues Beats and Dr. Dre for fraud over headphones

Audio engineering company Monster has sued Beats, Dr. Dre and HTC over alleged “fraud and deceit” in the way that Beats acquired the rights to the popular “Beats by Dr. Dre” headphones.<p>In 2008 Monster entered into a relationship with Dr. Dre and Beats to design and manufacture the now famous “Beats …

Rap & Hip-Hop

Best of the Best in Photos 2014, Part 1