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Google Now Launches on iOS via Google Search App

On Monday, Google’s predictive search and voice recognition tool launched its Google Now service for iOS devices, as an update to its existing Google Search app. As an alternative to Apple’s own personal assistant, Siri, Google Now offers detailed updates and information custom-tailored to you. The service offers weather forecasts, traffic reports, boarding passes, sports… Read More »

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Skype comes to Outlook.com

Microsoft has rolled out a preview version of Skype for Outlook.com, the free personal email service from Microsoft, bringing voice and video calling functionality to Outlook.com inboxes.  Users will have the ability to make audio and video calls directly from their online web platform, without the need for firing up a separate Skype program. According… Read More »

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MTN launches LTE network in Uganda

On Friday, Uganda’s telecom operator MTN has launched 4G LTE network in country making it the first mobile operator in that country to do so. Popularly known as 4G, LTE provides mobile ultra-broadband internet access at the fastest internet speeds, giving customers the most seamless experience in data services. MTN’s LTE service will initially be… Read More »

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Samsung tops 2013 1st quarter sales

This week, the IDC revealed a report detailing phone sales for this year’s first quarter. According to the report, the global mobile phone market grew 4 percent from a year earlier in what it called “the seasonally slow first quarter of 2013.” And for the first time smartphones sales beat out sales of so-called feature… Read More »

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Google bans non-Play Store app updates in Android

After Facebook was found to be updating its Android app without using the traditional Google Play store’s update mechanisms, Google has clarified its terms and conditions to ensure no other developers attempt to circumvent its Google Play store. The Google Play store terms and conditions read, “An app downloaded from Google Play may not modify,… Read More »

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Location-based tweets could soon be coming to you

According to multiple sources, Twitter is in the process of testing a new feature that lets you discover tweets from people within a certain distance of your location. The idea is to surface relevant activity based on where you are in the world, serving up tweets from others around you — whether you follow them… Read More »

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Twitter, Peoplebrowsr settle data access lawsuit

Twitter and social media analytics firm Peoplebrowsr have settled their lawsuit over ‘firehose’ data that will see Peoplebrowsr have access to the ‘firehose’ through the end of 2013. Beginning next year, Peoplebrowsr will have to purchase access to the full “firehose” of 400 million daily tweets through one of Twitter’s authorised data resellers, meaning Gnip,… Read More »

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Facebook acquires Parse

Facebook Inc., which is ramping up its mobile business, has agreed to buy startup Parse, startup with a cloud-based platform of scalable cross-platform services and tools for developers, in a cash-and-stock deal valued at about $85 million, according to people familiar with the matter. Parse is seen as an obvious choice for  Facebook since it… Read More »

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Microsoft and ZTE sign Android Patent License

Just a week after announcing that it had inked an Android patent-licensing agreement with Hon Hai, parent company of Foxconn, the world’s largest contract manufacturer, Microsoft has announced yet another deal this time with t China’s ZTE, one of the world’s largest smartphone companies. While it seem odd that Microsoft is signing Android- and Chrome-related… Read More »

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