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Kickstarter hits $1 billion in pledges

UK News - Tue, 03/04/2014 - 12:53

Popular crowdfunding site Kickstarter, which allows startups to raise funds to transform their ideas into realities, has finally hit the $1-billion-mark in pledges.

On Monday, the company said in a statement that it had received its billionth dollar in pledges. The crowdfunding platform also said in the statement that a total of 5.7 million people had thus far pledged money to various projects posted on the platform.

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Zynga announces three new mobile games

UK News - Tue, 03/04/2014 - 12:48

Social gaming giant Zynga on Monday announced three new mobile games, viz. Farmville 2: Country Escape, New Words with Friends, and New Zynga Poker.

The "FarmVille 2: Country Escape" game, which is already available PC, challenges gamers to raise crops in a coastal setting on their mobile devices like smartphones and tablets. It has rewards system similar to that of existing FarmVille 2. It also offers "Social Control" options to prevent you from spamming all your friends and family with your progress. What makes it more worthwhile is that it works offline.

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Google Glass wearer attacked in San Francisco

UK News - Mon, 03/03/2014 - 09:11

A woman was verbally and physically assaulted as well as robbed outside a bar in San Francisco, California because she was wearing Google's high-tech internet-compatible spectacles called Google Glass.

Sarah Slocum, a social media consultant, said that some Google Glass haters threw things outside the Lower Haight bar and when she ran after one of them another person stole her purse and cellphone wallet.

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AT&T selects two cities for trialing transition away from copper landline phones

UK News - Mon, 03/03/2014 - 09:08

Network provider has selected Alabama's Carbon Hill and Florida's West Delray Beach for trialing transition of the company's copper wire line customers to phone service delivered wirelessly or over internet.

The planned trials will have to get approval from the U. S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC). If all goes as planned, the company will carry out transition of all of its landline customers over to wireless or VOIP (voice over internet protocol) delivery for phone service.

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Fitbit band allows Netflix users to automatically stop video playback when user falls asleep

UK News - Sat, 03/01/2014 - 10:00

Popular streaming service Netflix has reportedly created a new wearable device that would automatically stop video playback when the user falls asleep.

The new wearable device, dubbed the Fitbit band, picks up and analyzes the user's movements to determine when the user is falling asleep. It then automatically stops the show he/she is watching through Netflix.

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Internet has become the norm in past 25 years

UK News - Sat, 03/01/2014 - 09:53

The Internet world is enthusiastically waiting to celebrate the first quarter century of the World Wide Web (WWW) as it is turning 25 on 12th of March this year. While the exact date of the creation of the WWW is quite debatable, it is widely believed that the WWW was born on 12th of March 1989.

The Pew Research Center on Thursday released a survey report showing how far the web has come over the past two and a half decades.

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Google Now Launcher lands in Play Store

UK News - Fri, 02/28/2014 - 13:19

The Google Now launcher, which was launched for the Nexus 5, is now available to more Android-based devices, thanks to its availability through the Google Play Store.

Google on Thursday brought the same launcher to its digital store Google Play as a free download.

The Google Now Launcher provides the company a way to update the home screen experience without any need to update Android operating system. The etch giant has applied this philosophy to some of its applications like Gmail and YouTube.

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EC examining ‘free’ games with in-app purchasing

UK News - Fri, 02/28/2014 - 07:21

In a bid to better protect consumers, particularly children, against unexpected costs from in-app purchases, the European Commission (EC) is going to hold a meeting with game developers and executives from Apple and Google.

The Consumer Protection Corporation and member states of the European Union have long been condemning various forms of misleading advertising in games. Consumer activists have been arguing that the use of the word 'free' should only be allowed for only those games that are indeed free.

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Google not giving much importance to college education while hiring employees

UK News - Thu, 02/27/2014 - 10:38

Tech giant Google Inc is looking at what its potential employees are capable of doing and not at their college degrees.

Laszlo Bock, senior vice-president of people operations at Google, noted in an interview that the company had determined that grade point averages (GPAs) were worthless as a criterion for hiring.

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Contagious airborne virus can infect Wi-Fi: research

UK News - Thu, 02/27/2014 - 07:05

Widely used Wi-Fi networks can be infected with a virus that spreads like a real airborne infection in a densely populated area, a new research has revealed.

A team of researchers at the University of Liverpool have successfully shown that a virus capable of infecting Wi-Fi networks can spread as efficiently as the common cold. They simulated an attack on Wi-Fi networks in Belfast and London by a virus called "Chameleon" and found that it could spread quickly between homes and businesses.

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