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BlackBerry pulls latest Twitter app update

BlackBerry pulls latest Twitter app updateWashington, Dec. 29 : BlackBerry has pulled the latest update to the Twitter app for BlackBerry 10.

The struggling company said Twitter version 10.2.2 has been removed from BlackBerry World due to user reported issues.

It added that the company would actively investigate and provide an update here when Twitter 10.2.2 has been reposted.

According to CNET, version 10.2.2 of the app, which was just released on December 17, brought several enhancements, including BBM connectivity, timeline photo previews, and improved search and reply functions.

Roku 3 versus Apple TV

Roku 3 versus Apple TVRoku 3 and Apple TV are two of the most popular streaming video devices. Giving these devices to friendly and family members as Christmas gifts will definitely not a bad idea. Let's have a look at both of these devices to make a selection easier.

The latest version of Roku, the Roku 3, is available for $100. It works all major video services with the exception of Apple's iTunes.

Hackers hit Washington Post for third time over past three years

Hackers hit Washington Post for third time over past three yearsThe Washington Post has confirmed that it recently suffered a hacking attack in which hackers gained access to the paper's Relevant Products/Services as well as employee user names & passwords.

The Washington Post said that it had urged all of its employees to change their user names and passwords, though the extent of the data stolen by hackers wasn't immediately clear.

The paper also revealed that Mandiant, the cyber security contractor that monitors the paper's networks, notified the company about the hack.

Apple starts accepting orders for its all-new Mac Pro

Apple starts accepting orders for its all-new Mac ProApple Inc. on Thursday, Dec. 19, officially announced the availability of its all-new Mac Pro. While the new PC, which has been redesigned from the inside out, can be ordered now, but the shipping will started only by December 30.

The new Apple Mac Pro boasts the latest Intel Xeon processors, PCIe-based flash storage, ultra-fast ECC memory, dual workstation-class GPUs, and PCIe-based flash storage.

Facebook acquires sports data start-up SportStream

Facebook acquires sports data start-up SportStreamFacebook, the world's leading social-networking site, on Wednesday confirmed that it had acquired a San Francisco-based start-up called SportStream that enables users to analyze data related to social media mentions of sports.

Founded nearly 18 months ago and owned by entrepreneur Paul Allen, SportStream allows broadcasters and content editors to collect, filter and put on view sports data in real-time.

Twitter reportedly testing a new feature called “edit”

Twitter reportedly testing a new feature called “edit” Social-networking site Twitter is reportedly working on a new feature called "edit" that would allow users to make changes to their tweets even after they have been published, The Desk reported.

Citing anonymous sources, The Desk reported that the new feature would allow users to edit their already published tweets. However, sources "close to the project" also said that the new feature would offer a limited time period to make small changes in the published tweets.

Yahoo’s Weather App now available on iPad

Yahoo’s Weather App now available on iPadInternet search giant Yahoo Inc has finally made its award-winning weather app available on the Apple's iOS-based iPad tablet.

Adam Mathes, director of mobile weather products management at Yahoo, said that the new app would offer immediate smart summary of weather information along with photography on the larger screen.

Announcing the availability of the app on the iPad, Mathes said, "We've created a spectacular new design that takes advantage of the larger screen. You'll immediately see a smart summary of weather data along with curated photography."

Oculus raises $75 million to market its virtual reality headset

Oculus raises $75 million to market its virtual reality headsetOculus VR has successfully raised $75 million in the Series B round of funding led by venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz to market its eagerly-awaited virtual-reality headset for video games, called Oculus Rift.

Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe said that the infusion of most recently secured funds into the venture and the leadership and experience of Marc Andreessen would help the venture to take the final steps towards its ultimate goal of enabling consumers to reap the benefits of virtual reality everywhere.

Twitter testing out new ‘Nearby’ feature: report

Twitter testing out new ‘Nearby’ feature: reportTwitter, one of the world's most popular social-networking services, is reportedly testing a new feature that lets users to see tweets posted in their local area in real time.

The feature, which has been aptly named "Nearby," shows a map of tweets posted by other users in the local area in a separate column in the company's native app. According to a report by the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), it shows tweets from other users regardless of the follow relationship among them.

Google might develop its own server chips

Google might develop its own server chipsInternet giant, Google might be planning to design and develop its own server chips in an attempt to increase the compatibility between its hardware and software in various devices.

Google has said that it will reportedly use technology from ARM Holdings Plc to develop its own chips. The move will be a major setback for Intel, which supplies chips to Google. Google is the fifth largest customer for Intel but if Google starts producing its own server chips, it will impact Intel's revenues.

Users still facing issues with Yahoo Mail

Users still facing issues with Yahoo MailAccording to several reports, a number of users of the revived Yahoo Mail are still facing problems in sending and/or receiving mail, accessing certain folders or even the entire service and outages.

Yahoo Mail had undergone a major redesign in October in order to compete better with rival, Gmail. However, the service was disrupted with technical failure soon after the redesign. The head of Yahoo Mail, Jeff Bonforte is facing criticism from the users and others due to the continuing issues with the service.

Google to takeover robot maker, Boston Dynamics

Google to takeover robot maker, Boston DynamicsInternet giant, Google has announced the acquisition of a maker of robots called, Boston Dynamics, which is the latest in a series of acquisitions in the industry.

Google has acquired eight robot companies just this year as part of its strategy to increase its presence in the industry and improve its capabilities. Google is aggressively looking to expand its robotics division with new investments and acquisitions. The latest acquisition will allow the company to integrate, Boston Dynamics, which produces robots for the military.

Delhi HC allows Nokia to sell Chennai plant to Microsoft

Delhi HC allows Nokia to sell Chennai plant to MicrosoftNokia Corp is finally able to transfer its Indian assets to Microsoft as part of its $7.2-billion deal with the Redmond-based tech giant as the Delhi High Court has directed the Income-Tax (I-T) authorities to revoke the freeze on the handset maker's Indian assets.

Indian tax authorities had frozen the Finland-based handset maker's Chennai plant after the company failed to pay tax dues it incurred on handsets made at the factory.

U.S. overall videogame sales rise to $2.74bn in November

U.S. overall videogame sales rise to $2.74bn in NovemberU. S. videogame industry enjoyed a year-on-year increase of 7 per cent in total sales to $2.74 billion in November this year, fresh stats released by the NPD Group showed.

Hardware sales jumped 58 per cent to $1.327 billion, while sales of accessories increased 17 per cent to settle at $327.4 million between 3rd and 30th of November. Hardware sales were mainly boosted by launches of new consoles.

Liam Callahan, an analyst at NPD, said that November 2013 marked the best month ever for hardware sales.

Instagram all set to announce rumored private messaging feature

Instagram all set to announce rumored private messaging featureFacebook-owned Instagram is all set to hold a press event in New York. The company has so far revealed no details about what the event would offer, but swirling rumors suggest that the event would be used to announce a new private messaging feature.

The company announced the press event last week, inviting media persons to "share a moment" in the Instagram team. 

Many observers are of the view that the new messaging service would be called 'Moments' and that it would be integrated into the main Instagram application.

Microsoft tries to lure Gmail users with new Outlook.com import tool

Microsoft tries to lure Gmail users with new Outlook.com import toolRedmond-based tech giant has announced the release of a new tool that it has purposely designed to tempt Gmail users to migrate to Outlook. com.

The new tool, which had been built into Outlook. com, offers a very easy-to-use step-by-step guide on how to transfer messages and contacts from a Google Gmail account to Microsoft's Outlook. com. It will preserve the structure of Gmail users' inbox, including read/unread status of their emails.

Google marks Grace Hopper’s 107th birthday with special doodle

Google marks Grace Hopper’s 107th birthday with special doodleGoogle on Monday posted a special doodle on its homepage to celebrate the 107th birth anniversary of Navy Rear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper, who is credited with pioneering computer programming language.

Born on December 9, 1906, Ms. Hopper is also credited with popularizing the term "debugging" after spotting a real moth in her computer.

Square unveils slimmer credit card reader

Square unveils slimmer credit card readerPayments firm Square on Monday introduced the world to its new credit card reader that boasts a 45 per cent thinner profile than its predecessor.

The new, slimmer Square Reader, which allows users to accept credit card payments on most iOS-based devices, has been developed by a team of engineers led by former Apple employee Jesse Dorogusker.

Respawn reveals two new Titanfall titan classes

Respawn reveals two new Titanfall titan classesRespawn Entertainment used the recently held Spike TV VGX awards event to release a video clip providing new details about its eagerly anticipated first-person shooter - Titanfall.

The video showed off Hammond Robotics, the producer of heavy-weapons mechs. It features heavily-armored, robot-like mechs having success in inflicting great damage on enemy units.

The video revealed a new Titan called the Ogre, a mech that is much different from the others we have seen in previous video recording of the game. The Ogre titan class is more shatterproof.

Anonymous hackers plead guilty to PayPal DDoS attacks

Anonymous hackers plead guilty to PayPal DDoS attacksThirteen defendants who had been slapped with charges of launching distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks at PayPal in 2010 pleaded guilty in a California federal court, the U. S. Attorney's Office in San Francisco confirmed recently.

The defenders had attacked PayPal using DDoS method, which is also known as the Low Orbit Ion Cannon, as part of "Operation Payback" to teach PayPal a lesson for the subsidiary eBay's refusal to process payments for whistleblower site WikiLeaks.




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