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Viber looks to challenge Skype with backing from Japanese internet giant

Let's face it: The tech industry is starting to get used to big-name companies acquiring young, relatively successful startups. To wit, such was the case for Viber, a Tel Aviv-based service that lets you use an app to communicate through phone calls and instant messages. Viber's acquisition by …

Google is winding down Google Plus, says report. But does it make sense?

In the wake of Vic Gundotra’s departure from Google, <i>TechCrunch</i> reports that the company actually plans to scale back its Google Plus efforts substantially.<p>Vic Gundotra, who’s been with Google since 2007 following a long stint at Microsoft, is considered the father of Google Plus, and one of the …

Android News

OnePlus One: worth all the hype or a big disappointment?

On this Friday Debate, we discuss the OnePlus One, the phone that came out of nowhere to get everyone talking. At $299, nobody is denying the OnePlus One is a great deal. But some would say that buying a phone primarily for its price tag is the definition of, well, <i>settling</i>.<p>So, was all the hype that …

Mobile Technology

50 years ago today, the public got its first taste of video calls

It seemed like the inevitable future at the time, we're sure. On April 20th in 1964, Bell Telephone showed off the Mod 1 Picturephone -- a precursor to the Skype and Hangouts video calls that have become a standard but under-utilized feature of modern communications. The demonstration was part of …

RIP Flash: Why HTML5 Will Finally Take Over Video and Web in 2014

<i>Erika Trautman is the CEO of Rapt Media.</i><p>Cassette tapes, 8-tracks, and … Flash. All three of these mediums need a player to work, and all three mediums are either dead or dying. Just as CDs replaced tapes as a more efficient means of playing music, and digital files replaced CDs to do the same, …

10 best Game Boy Advanced, Game Boy Color, and Game Boy emulators for Android

Game Boy and Game Boy Color were the handheld consoles that started it all. Their release showed that you could have well made games that fit in your pocket. Handheld game consoles have evolved a lot since then, but there are many who still enjoy the classics. Let’s take a look at the best Game Boy …

Payment Apps Are Quickly Changing How We Transfer Money To Each Other, And Around The World

This is especially true in the context of peer-to-peer payment transactions. These include money transfers between friends and family, international remittances, and even fees and wages paid to independent workers. Globally, the market is well over $1 trillion.<p>In a new report from BI Intelligence, …

WhatsApp could add voice calling very soon

WhatsApp users may not have to wait much longer for the chance to make phone calls directly from the app.<p>Volunteers who translate the Hindi language received new translation requests this past week, according to a tip received by Windows Phone Central. Text strings seen in the translations point to …

Here's what you missed at Microsoft's 2014 Build conference

We came, we saw, we barked orders into a phone. Though Microsoft's annual developer conference is technically called "Build Windows," we actually spent far more time at this year's event playing with handsets -- almost no PCs, come to think of it. Indeed, the star of the show was a husky-voiced …

Why is Samsung’s breakthrough in graphene research so promising for next generation electronics?

Allianz<p>Samsung has announced some great news, they’ve made a breakthrough in graphene manufacturing. Graphene is that magical carbon substance that is destined to provide the world with next generation efficiency and flexibility for electronic components, such as flexible displays and wearable …

Phone bill shock is a worldwide problem with no solution in sight

<i>Me and the sysop</i><p>At the end of 2011, wireless providers in the United States and the FCC agreed to new voluntary bill shock guidelines. This was the result of repeated stories where customers faced wireless bills of thousands of dollars (or more). We used to see story after story after story about …

IBM to Invest Over $1 Billion Super Computer Watson

IBM is planning to invest more than $1 billion into Watson, its super computing platform. The company announced that the investment program will see a new business unit created for the technology, alongside a $100 million VC fund that will be used to encourage developers to create apps on the …

Meet ChoiceMap, A New App That Helps You Make Better Decisions

Making complicated decisions is an emotionally fraught process and (if you are like me) the whole thing can leave you feeling paralyzed. ChoiceMap is a new free iPhone app that helps you break down complex dilemmas into a list of priorities, rate them by how they will affect your life, and then …

BBM for Android beta update reportedly rolling out now, brings Voice and Channel support

According to numerous reports, a new version of Blackberry Messenger for Android is on its way — at least if you happen to be a beta tester.<p>The new version of the app is currently being pushed out to select individuals via the Blackberry Beta Zone. This isn’t a minor update, either. Not only does …

BlackBerry bringing Channels and Voice Chat to BBM for Android and iOS next year

Remember how excited you were for BBM to hit Android and iOS and then BlackBerry continued to fake us all out with imminent releases? Thankfully, that's now all in the past and BBM is a reality for those of us not on BB10 devices, but still its feature set leaves something to be desired. The good …

EU law to require standard battery charger for mobile devices

While most mobile devices today ship with the same microUSB battery charger, at least in Europe, where the EU insisted a few years ago that manufacturers comply with this particular demand, it appears that’s not enough for the European parliament.<p>A new EU law will be soon signed, and it will …

Mobile Devices

By Setting Debit Limits Following Target Breach, Chase Looking Out for Itself, Too

Yesterday, Chase bank notified some of its customers that it was limiting debit card purchases and ATM withdrawals they could make in the wake of the …

Identity Theft

Google Play might be coming to BlackBerry with next update of BB10

It’s no secret that BlackBerry(s bb) lags behind iOS(s appl) and Android(s goog) when it comes to apps, but that might soon change. No, BlackBerry …

Hyundai, Kia, the first automakers to include Android navigation system in future cars

Hyundai and its 32.8% owned subsidiary Kia will be the world’s first automakers to include an Android-based navigation system in their future car models, South Korean media reports.<p>Dubbed as an Android AVN – audio video navigation – system, the technology will help the two South Korean car makers …

Apple patents mid-air flip technology for protecting phones

<b>As smartphone owners know, even in the world of Gorilla Glass, accidents involving shattered screens still happen.</b><p>Apple's patent application number …

Patents

Nokia CEO Stephen Elop stepping down ahead of transition to Microsoft

Microsoft's acquisition of Nokia's Devices & Services business has more implications for Nokia than you might suspect at first glance. In the wake of the deal, CEO Stephen Elop is stepping down to become the Executive VP of Devices & Services, and should join Microsoft once the acquisition closes. …

Microsoft EVP: We bought Nokia, but we still love our other Windows Phone partners

Much like how Google bought Motorola Mobility, Microsoft's surprising acquisition of Nokia's devices and services business -- which is expected to be approved by early 2014 -- is no indication that it will cut off ties with other partners in its own little ecosystem. This is emphasized by Terry …

Heckler Design's iPad Cash Drawer brings minimalism to sales terminals

Carrying cash can be a drag, but it's often an even bigger nuisance for shopkeepers with iPad point-of-sale terminals. Because of a focus on swiping plastic, storage solutions for your dollar bills take a back seat. The WindFall Cash Drawer is Heckler Designs' stylish US-made option that, according …

Back To Basics: Screen technology explained

This week’s edition of Back To Basics is going to focus on the part of your device that you’re spending almost all your time looking at. It’s time to talk screen technology.<p>No two displays are the same, but there are a few guidelines that can help you choose the right screen for you. From the …

Phones

The five reasons why Android is killing Apple

Despite Apple’s best attempts to rejuvenate its stale software, and for all it’s glitz and glamour, I don’t believe that iOS 7 will change the current balance of power. My reasoning: because it fails to address key issues which separate Apple and Android.<p>I know some people will argue that Apple …

How to Use Google Plus

While Google Plus isn't quite in the same league as Facebook, it's growing fast—in May 2013, Time reported that Google Plus had approximately 190 million active members. Ready to sign up? Learning how to use Google Plus is easy, especially if you already have a Google account.<p><b>Adding Yourself to</b> …

iOS 7 Is Designed To Be Easy To Understand But Hard To Copy

Jony Ive explained in the video that introduced iOS 7 at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference that the new design was both familiar to existing users and yet a totally new experience of the iPhone. There has been criticism of both the familiarity (nothing really new here) and the ad hoc nature …

Motorola’s Logo Gets a Googley New Look

A new look for a new, Google-owned company.<p>Motorola has switched up its company logo. First spotted by The Verge, it’s now sporting a vibrant — dare …

Motorola

Don't Leave Your Roles To Maids, Fashola Urges Parents - INFORMATION NIGERIA

Mrs Abimbola Fashola<p>Wife of the Lagos State Governor, Mrs. Abimbola Fashola, has urged parents who relinquish their roles in the general upkeep of …

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