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Can Google salvage Google+

Can Google salvage Google+

Google’s social media platform Google+ has not been successful compared to Facebook or Twitter so far; apparently there is an effort to popularize the network as the team that operates Polar will be joining Google+ soon. Polar is an opinion tracking service that started about two years ago and was co-founded by Luke Wroblewski and Jeff Cole. Recently, David Besbris, Google’s Vice President of Engineering, has announced that the company has acquired Polar; the Polar team is supposed to enhance Google+ experience among its users. It is yet to be seen whether through this step Google can salvage Google+ by…

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MSN Messenger’s final nail in the coffin to be hammered on October 31st

MSN Messenger’s final nail in the coffin to be hammered on October 31st

Microsoft is taking a new initiative that will enable the company to mold a prosperous future for itself. Unfortunately, the company’s Messenger platform is not going to be a part of the utopic vision the company’s CEO Satya Nadella has for the tech giant. The objectives that Nadella has laid out are extremely ambitious; there are several sacrifices that will have to be made for the company to reach the platform that has been laid out in the timeline. Not long ago, nearly 18,000 employees were laid off as part of the changes that the company plans to implement in…

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GoTenna will allow you to text even without service

GoTenna will allow you to text even without service

The past few decades have seen technology breaking a number of boundaries; however, still there are some limitations that are left to be overcome. These limitations often have to do with traveling to those locations that have little to no reception at all, which will limit you from browsing the internet or engage in a texting and calling spree. However, a nifty gadget being called the GoTenna will reduce that limitation gap even further. GoTenna, the product of a Brooklyn situated hardware startup, has a vision to provide cellular service at a mobility level, especially in those regions where there…

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Facebook launches new social networking app just for celebrities

Facebook launches new social networking app just for celebrities

Facebook, the world’s biggest social networking site, was originally created exclusively for college students; but, eventually Facebook’s business model changed making it accessible to billions of users around the globe. However, this time the social network has brought in a new kind of exclusivity in the form of an iOS app called Facebook Mentions. The new app can only be accessed by public figures or individuals whose names are well known to common people; for instance: Celebrities Journalists Government officials Brands/businesses To put it more bluntly, any person who is famous and owns an iPhone or iPad will be able…

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Emojli is here, care to take a look?

Emojli is here, care to take a look?

The newly announced inbound messaging app Emojli is a unique social media platform that will allow users to communicate only through emojis (emojis, aka smilies, are used to express different ideas and emotions). What’s more, to use this new platform one would need to have an emoji as his or her username. Emojli is a brainchild of Tom Scott and Matt Gray. Scott and Gray believe that users can take part in meaningful conversations using emojis and are assuring that the app will soon become a reality. Although it’s not yet known when exactly the messaging app will be launched,…

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Google acquiring Baarzo, the video search startup

Google acquiring Baarzo, the video search startup

It’s only been a few days since Google owned Nest (the digital thermostat manufacturing startup acquired by Google for $3.2 billion) acquired Dropcam for $555 million, but the advertising giant is all set to make another acquisition. This time, the company is planning to acquire the video search startup Baarzo. What’s more, according to the technology news website TechCrunch, information provided by a third source is suggesting that Baarzo has already been acquired by the tech biggie. Google acquired YouTube for $1.65 billion in an all-stock transaction. So, it’s obvious that the company will keep on looking for ways to…

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Facebook takes on auto-sharing menace

Facebook takes on auto-sharing menace

Recently, Facebook has made a significant change to the way the social networking site operates. Facebook users can now say goodbye to annoying posts about Spotify songs that other users are listening or what pictures they (other users) like on Instagram; and all these have been possible due to the social media giant’s decision to cut the auto-sharing menace. Last month, Facebook announced that it will be cutting down on news feed updates that third party apps (Instagram, Spotify etc.) automatically share. The social networking biggie even said that it will request developers to eliminate the “auto-sharing” feature from their…

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Intel launches messaging app that allows people to talk through avatars

Intel launches messaging app that allows people to talk through avatars

After becoming the leading manufacturer of desktop and laptop processors, Intel is now making headlines by launching a messaging app. The company has named the app Pocket Avatars; it is a mobile messaging application. Users can use the app to send video messages to friends. However, what makes this app special is that the video messages sent through it contain 3D avatars that relay the user’s facial expressions. The app uses Intel’s facial recognition features (a project that Intel was already working on) to copy gestures such as nodding, blinking, raising eyebrows. Reports suggest that an advanced version will soon…

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YouTube about to remove indie artists from its database

YouTube about to remove indie artists from its database

YouTube has issued warning to indie artists including big names such as Arctic Monkeys, Adele. According to Google’s video-sharing website, these artists will have to sign up for its paid streaming service if they want to continue to share their videos on YouTube. YouTube is planning to begin testing its new streaming service shortly. Two of the most prominent features of this new service are: offline support and ad-free playback. However, YouTube’s actions may not bear well for independent artists. Robert Kyncl, the head of content and business operations at YouTube, stated that the company has managed to ink deals…

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Twitter rewarded for keeping private things private

Twitter rewarded for keeping private things private

Twitter has recently been rewarded for keeping private things private. Last Wednesday, when the Online Trust Alliance (OTA) released its Online Trust Honor Roll for the year 2014 it was found that Twitter has got the top spot for the second consecutive year Out of the 800 websites examined this year, only 29% managed to make it to OTA’s Honor Roll. According to OTA, they shortlisted 800 websites based on information obtained from a range of resources including the FDIC, Comscore, Alexa, government rankings and Internet Retailer’s Top 500 Guide. The members’ list of OTA includes big names like network-infrastructure…

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