Announcements

YouTube on Thursday announced the new offline feature for Indian users that allows them to download videos from the YouTube app itself for offline viewing. The update has been rolled out to both the Android as well as iOS users, three months after their official announcement during the Android One launch in September this year.

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The update has not been done On-Air and one needs to go to Play Store and update the app. [click to continue…]

Apple which purchased Beats earlier this year in May for $3 billion to optimize music streaming is doing what might seem the correct next move. According to the Financial Times Report, Apple will now bundle up its Beats music service into an upcoming version of iOS which will instantly reach its millions of users. It is expected that Beats will be re branded under the iTunes moniker when it relaunches in 2015. It also suggests that the subscription service will be launching globally which was limited only to US till now.

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The timing of this announcement is particularly interesting as Apple recently admitted that it’s sales of music downloads has declined. [click to continue…]

 

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A major talking point in the Indian Prime Minister; Shree Narendra Modi ji’s slogan for Indian development has been, IT + IT = IT. “Indian Talent” plus “Information Technology” equals  ” India Tomorrow”.

India is currently  home to about 200 million internet users. While this number may seem large, it pales in comparison to our population. The lack of infrastructure and awareness are key factors in this low number. To increase internet penetration and promote development  in India, this plan is crucial. [click to continue…]

The South Florida Company Magic Leap which is led by a successful tech entrepreneur, Rony Abovitz is promising “cinematic reality”.

Speculations are Google and other investors are planning to invest $500 Million. Andreessen Horowitz may also be one of the investors. Magic Leap already announced $50 Million funding earlier this year.

Although Abovitz and Magic Leap have been very secretive about their product specifications, they say they can deliver a more realistic 3-D experience than any current technology including Oculus Rift. Oculus Rift was bought by Facebook earlier this year for $2 billion. Is it Facebook Vs Google again?

Abovitz refrained from giving out much information due to the competition. But, Abovitz has given a teaser of how Magic Leap would be through their app called Hour Blue. The app Hour Blue was used during the Comic Con [click to continue…]

The smartphone industry giant, Samsung has developed Wi-Fi technology which will have 5 times more speed than the usual. The 60 Ghz Wi-fi technology will enable a 1 GB movie to be transferred in less than three seconds within devices. I will take more time to search that movie in my files, Samsung! While, uncompressed HD videos can be streamed easily from mobile devices and TV in real time without any delay.

Samsung has overcome this problem by making alterations to the design of the circuit and by leveraging millimeter-waves which previously were susceptible to path loss and had weak penetration properties resulting in poor signal. To support it, they are using the high performing modems and the best antennas. By doing so, Samsung’s new technology removes [click to continue…]

Over the past few weeks there have been multiple controversies running in China against Apple. First it was a campaign against Apple on Chinese local twitter alternative where furious celebrities ranted against Apple. Then it was a open advertisement from state owned Chinese TV media against Apple claiming Apple showing severe discrimination against Chinese consumers and then it was a local media house suing Apple over infringement of intellectual digital property that is being sold on iTunes by some third party vendors. Tech websites have been speculating that even when Apple is offering similar policies in China as it is in US Chinese government is intentionally trying to dethrone Apple in a move to encourage local manufacturers like Lenovo and Huawei.

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Apple’s long time rival has been Samsung in the smartphone segment but with the rumoured X Phone from Motorola things might change in favour of Motorola and away from Samsung. One of the most haunting thing about Android is lack of software updates, even the best of the flagship devices fail to provide early updates and in most of the cases totally cease to provide updates after a year or so. But the scenario is quite different for Nexus devices that are controlled by Google directly but manufactured by various OEMs. Most of the Nexus devices get an early update and are supported with timely updates for a period of two to three years. Apart from that, the stock look of Android is more appealing that the skinned version which adds unnecessary noise.

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Freemium model is on the rise and app developers including major labels are increasingly moving towards it lately. Before, there were only two category of apps in the beginning, either a free app that earns via ads or paid apps that charge a one time fee. But one major problem in paid apps is that the developers won’t earn anything once the app is purchased, to bypass this many apps are being designed in a way to push it out in high number by giving it out for free and then charge the users for nitty gritty purchases in the app. This might not ensure of a guaranteed income from all users but the overall earnings seems to be better this way.

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Apple has been sued recently by a group of people in the US claiming that Apple does not have an effective system to authenticate in-app purchases and protect users from accidental purchases. So, Apple finally updated all their App Store listings with a clear warning sign indicating that the app offers in-app purchases.

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Well, it is nothing new to hear about the vast range of applications and uses an iPad has but it is definitely new to hear a clinic prescribing an iPad app to his patients. A clinic in US, Cleveland Clinic, has launched its new iPad app named Today which basically provides access to patient’s electronic medical records (EMR), a feature to request an appointment with the clinic’s doctors, find more details about the clinic’s doctors, health and wellness tops, healthy recipes, quizzes and videos. The app is being provided for free of cost to app users but certain parts of the app like EMR and appointment scheduling are exclusively reserved for the clinic’s patients.

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WhatsApp, the popular cross platform messenger that has risen to fame on par with BlackBerry’s native system, BBM, is soon going to be moving to a subscription based model in a move to generate more revenue out from iOS users. Currently WhatsApp is running as a subscription based model on all platforms, Android, Symbian and Windows Phone, where users pay a mere $1 per year after free usage for the first year. But on iOS it is currently being offered as a one time payment app for a mere $0.99.

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