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Type your name in Google Maps and you will get alarming results

Type your name in Google Maps and you will get alarming results

People typed their names into Google Maps and were served up with some scary results. This all has come after the search giant came under fire when it was reported that searches for the term ‘nig**r king’ brought up the White House.

Google has apologized but due to the coverage many net users have started wondering what results the map application would be showing up if they searched their name.

Guardian journalist Alex Hern put his name into Google Maps and it took him to a pub where he played cards most of his weeks. Hern mentioned that according to him, he had only once been linked to the pub online.

Google launches Skrillex-designed live cases

Google launches Skrillex-designed live cases

Today, Google has announced that it has done collaboration with electronic music artist Skrillex to launch a new series of limited edition cases for Android devices and cases for the Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Samsung Galaxy S5, Samsung Galaxy S6 and Samsung Galaxy Note 4.

Google has launched smart cases for Nexus and Samsung smartphones. Skrillex has designed the first three limited edition ‘live cases’.

All three of Skrillex live case designs have been put on sale through the Google Store. They have taken on an abstract space theme, and one of them is a weird, an alien-infused case.

You have to pay $40 for Space Shield, Circuit Bae and Lil Planet each. They are available in four phone-fitting sizes for the Nexus 6, Nexus 5, Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S5.

Apple plans to Introduce New iOS app called ‘Home’

Apple plans to Introduce New iOS app called ‘Home’

Technology major Apple has revealed its plan to manage its forthcoming HomeKit-compatible accessories. The company announced that it will be managed by a new iOS app ‘Home’. Apple’s announcement has come before its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC).

According to the company, currently it has been conducting tests to check its iOS 9, which includes the Apple’s new app. The app will allow a user to set up smart home products like wireless door locks with iPhones and Wi-Fi garage door openers, as per reports.

Google could launch Photo Sharing and Storage Service at I/O Event

Google could launch Photo Sharing and Storage Service at I/O Event

American multinational technology company Google could soon announce its new online-based photo sharing and storage service. According to reports, the Google’s service could be announced at the upcoming I/O event. The Mountain View headquartered company has been rumored for some time to be working on a separate service focused on photos. The standalone service will be independent of Google+, as per the rumors.

People familiar with the company’s plan revealed that Google’s new web-based photo service will be different from Google+ social platform and not be part of it. According to the reports, the company’s new photo sharing service will allow users to share photos to Twitter and Facebook.

Google Maps shows White House when User types Racial Slur

Google Maps shows White House when User types Racial Slur

According to reports, if a user searches for a racist word and adds the word ‘house’, when zoomed in capital of United States of America, Washington, D.C., Google Maps will take the user to the home where the United States President Barack Obama and his family lives, which means the White House.

It is not revealed that why it has been happening and who is responsible for creating the search but a spokesperson of the Mountain View headquartered company said that the company has been working to fix this issue quickly. Google is trying to resolve the problem, but till the 4 am of Wednesday, the search was working.

KFC introduces impressive first grease-absorbing Bluetooth keyboard

KFC introduces impressive first grease-absorbing Bluetooth keyboard

Fast food giant KFC has recently the world's first grease-absorbing Bluetooth keyboard known as the KFC Tray Typer.

So you encounter difficulty to type or surf while eating at KFC, the company has found the perfect solution for you.

The device is basically a flexible keyboard the size of the food tray that connects with your smartphone via Bluetooth. Advertising agency ServicePlan partnered with the fast food chain of restaurants and came up with the KFC Tray Typer.

It is placed on the bottom of a food tray. According to Yahoo News, the tray cover measures just 4 millimeters thick. It is durable, water-resistant, can be recharged and packs a relatively large keyboard.

Google to feature tweets on smartphones and tablets in real time

Google to feature tweets on smartphones and tablets in real time

Search engine giant Google and social networking giant Twitter have renewed the partnership deal that ended in 2011.

The agreement would allow users to search tweets on their smart phones and tablets. This will give users the flexibility to search anything that is of their interest such as tweets by their favorite stars or news related to any event.

In a blog post, the company said, “Starting Tuesday, we are bringing Tweets to Google Search on mobile devices. You can find real-time content from Twitter right in the search results”.

The two firms had a similar arrangement dating back to 2009. However, tweets disappeared from Google search results in 2011.

NASA to start multi-phase 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge to advance construction technology

NASA to start multi-phase 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge to advance construction

A $2.25m competition has been introduced by NASA in collaboration with National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute, known as America Makes.

The competition has been kicked-off to design and build a 3D printed habitat for deep space exploration. The aim of the competition is to advance the construction technology that is required to create sustainable housing solutions both on Earth and in space. The 3-D printed habitat would also include NASA's journey to Mars.

NASA said, "Shelter is among the most basic and crucial human needs. But packing enough materials and equipment to build a habitat on a distant planet would take up valuable cargo space that could be used for other life- sustaining provisions".

X-37B Spy Plane All Set for New Mission

X-37B Spy Plane All Set for New Mission

From May 20, the X-37B spy mission will be on a new mission. Operated by the US Air Force, the spy plane looks like a smaller version of the retired Space Shuttle. Mission details remain a secret.

Phantom Works division of Boeing has designed the plane, which is a 29-foot spacecraft having a wingspan of 15-foot and also has a cargo bay measuring 7 feet in length and 4 feet in width.

The fourth test flight of the spy plane aboard an Atlas 5 rocket plane will take place between 10.45 am and 2.45pm EDT. Mission engineers will be able to tell the exact time of the launch on the day of the mission. Until now, it is said that there is a 60% chance of favorable conditions for liftoff.

Fujifilm unveils X-T10

Fujifilm unveils X-T10

Fujifilm has announced a new camera in its long line of X-series interchangeable lens cameras. The new X-T10 is practically a minor upgrade from last year's X-T1 as expected. For those who are keenly interested in digital photography and want a lightweight camera, this new launch could be an option. The camera has a new 77-point AF system in addition to an electronic real time view finder with a nearly unnoticeable small 0.005 second lag.

The new auto focus system includes the standard 49 point AF mode for precision focusing and a new 77 point area for tracking objects, moving fast in new Zone and Wide/Tracking modes. Fujifilm talked a lot about this feature in the X-T10.

AT&T sells LG’s Escape 2 at $179.99 without any contract

AT&T sells LG’s Escape 2 at $179.99 without any contract

AT&T has started selling the Escape 2 at $179.99 with no contract. LG came up with the phone after the mid-range Escape smartphone. The smartphone has a 4.7-inch curved display, which resembles the G Flex and Flex 2 smartphones, also released by LG. Its screen has a 1,280x720 pixel resolution.

The handset is a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor with 1.2GHz. The smartphone comes with 1GB of RAM with internal storage of 8GB; it is powered by Android 5.0 Lollipop, introduced recently. It has an 8MP rear-facing camera and a 1MP front-facing camera.

T-Mobile sells Nexus 6 with a $100 discount

T-Mobile sells Nexus 6 with a $100 discount

Last year, the Motorola Nexus 6 was released. And the Nexus 6 was available on Black Friday with attractive discounts. In April, Amazon sold the Nexus 6 at lower prices. And at present, the Nexus 6 is being sold by T-Mobile with a $100 discount.

Now the T-Mobile Nexus 6 could be purchased at a reduced price of $549 rather than paying usual $649 for the 32 GB model. The 64 GB variant could be purchased for $599 through T-Mobile. This variant is usually available for $699 with the carrier.

When it comes to Google, the phone is still available at its normal price tag. Buyers need not sign up a contract for a deal with T-Mobile. Users can operate the device on any carrier, once they buy it through T-Mobile.

Tim Cook’s Message to New Grads: Make this World a Better Place

Tim Cook’s Message to New Grads: Make this World a Better Place

Apple CEO Tim Cook encourages new graduates through his message on Sunday for this year's graduating class at George Washington University. He said they must understand that this is their world and they have the responsibility to change it.

He also shared during his 20-minute speech personal stories about meeting Govs. George Wallace and Jimmy Carter as a teenager growing up in Alabama. He also talked about his first interaction in the late 1990s with Apple co-founder Steve Jobs and reading history books that didn’t discuss slavery's role in the Civil Ward.

Cook said to the grads, “The world needs you in the arena. There are problems that need to be solved, injustices that need to be ended, people that are still being persecuted, diseases still in need of cure”.

US military scientists invent mobile-sized miniature drone

US military scientists invent mobile-sized miniature drone

US military scientists have come up with a miniature drone that can fit in the palm of a hand, and is ready to be dropped from the sky just like a mobile phone with wings.

The ‘micro air vehicle’ has been named after the insect that inspired its invention, the Cicada, which spends years underground before appearing in great swarms, reproducing and then dropping to the ground dead.

Aaron Kahn of the Naval Research Laboratory told AFP, “The idea was why we can't make UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) that have the same sort of profile. We will put so many out there, it will be impossible for the enemy to pick them all up”.

Researchers create ‘Supercool’ Material that glows when touched

Researchers create ‘Supercool’ Material that glows when touched

A material has been identified that crystallizes and produces light as soon as it is touched.

It has been named as an organic supercooled liquid. A video has captured the moment the material becomes extremely bright after being rubbed by a crystal. The results may prove useful in creating better memory storage systems for computers or medical sensors.

American Chemical Society has reported the research, carried out by Kyeongwoon Chung and Dr Jinsang Kim from the University of Michigan.

Researchers studied a chemical called DPP (diketopyrrolopyrrole), which has been commonly used in dyes and organic electronics applications.

The organic molecules of DPP are widely used in electronic devices such as solar cells, LEDs and transistors.

Qualcomm includes Bluetooth support for AllPlay audio streaming

Qualcomm includes Bluetooth support for AllPlay audio streaming

Semi conductor company Qualcomm has found new ways to input audio into its AllPlay WiFi streaming. The company’s new feature supports Bluetooth feature in addition to analog audio input on supported platform.

Bluetooth is a feature that has become an effective method for streaming music wirelessly to speakers input so it’s not a surprise that Qualcomm has begun supporting the device. The company also made an announcement regarding an EQ feature that will be made available to designers to add in their AllPlay enabled application.

The company has decreased the audio latency of AllPlay feature to less than hundred milliseconds in order that user home won’t produce sound like a huge echo chamber, while streaming audio to several products.

Microsoft, Google team up to Make Internet Searches more Mobile-friendly

Microsoft, Google team up to Make Internet Searches more Mobile-friendly

Technologies companies like Microsoft and Google are rivals, but now they have decided to join hands to improve experience for mobile and handheld device users. According to reports, the Redmond, Washington-headquartered Microsoft and Mountain View, California-headquartered Google have been joining forces to make mobile-friendly web browsing.

According to Microsoft, it is going to launch a new feature for Bing. Bing will make changes in its search algorithm pattern. In addition, it will search and rank mobile-friendly websites better compared to websites with desktop only version.

Reddit takes steps to end Online Harassment

Reddit takes steps to end Online Harassment

Social networking and news website, Reddit, has received numerous complaints about online harassment of its users. In addition, the recent surveys have suggested that the website’s popularity is continuously declining due to the issue. Now, the company has added some new policies that according to the company will help in reining harassment of users by other users.

Administrators, who have been managing the website, announced on Thursday in a blog post that online harassment was becoming an issue and they are not in mood to tolerate harassment of users on their website.

Question Mark over Apple’s HomeKit Launch

Question Mark over Apple’s HomeKit Launch

Launch of Apple’s HomeKit has been delayed after sources reported that the technology firm's Internet of Things software framework was experiencing delays.

Apple PR on the other hand said that the launch is on track and will be on scheduled time.

Apple was widely expected to launch its HomeKit devices in May or June this year (i.e. now), but now there are suspects that the launch is being pushed back until August or September.

The products will have to match the Apple’s security standards for integration on the proprietary framework, which for Apple, will mean smaller ‘partners’ will be sacrificing control for a small percentage of financial return.

HomeKit will connect multiple smart home devices together, allowing them to talk to the iPhone but also to each other.

Apple’s Upcoming Music Service will be called Apple Music

Apple’s Upcoming Music Service will be called Apple Music

According to reports, it has been confirmed by the technology company Apple that its upcoming streaming music service will be called simply 'Apple Music'. The company's music service will also have artist-focused social network element, the reports stated.

As per a fresh report, there will be separate profile pages for every artist within the new streaming music service. In their profile pages, artists will be able to post track samples, videos, photos and concert updates from where their fans can stream them.

While providing information on the 'Apple Music', 9to5Mac stated through the company's new service that artists will be able to share and promote their posts from other artists. In addition, users will be able to like the posts of artists and to comment on them.




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