Microsoft to Unveil a New Xbox One Model At E3

Microsoft to unveil a new Xbox One model at E3

Microsoft has trailed Sony in this console generation. To change things around a bit, the Redmond-based tech giant is reportedly going to launch an upgraded version of the Xbox One console. In addition, the company is also going to launch a refreshed Xbox One controller according to a report by Paul Thurrot, who is an expert on Microsoft.

The update is actually going to be quite a big one as Microsoft could actually call it Xbox II. The design of the controller is also scheduled to change as Microsoft will adopt a white colour scheme while retaining the layout of the current controller.

Apple Announces Release Of First Carekit Apps

Apple Announces Release of First CareKit Apps

Apple is edging its way a little further into health care with the release of new iPhone apps that patients can use to manage their own medical conditions – from diabetes to pregnancy and even depression.

While there are hundreds of health-related apps on the market, Apple wants to put its stamp on a new ecosystem of treatment programs. Rather than build the apps itself, the tech giant developed a set of software tools and templates, called “CareKit,” that health-care groups and health-tech startups can use to make their own programs.

Apple says it wanted to help developers build easy-to-use apps for patients to record symptoms, get useful information, track their progress and even send reports to a doctor. Experts say the CareKit program could help bring standards to a relatively new and unruly industry, while giving Apple a toehold in the growing health-tech market.

WhatsApp to Soon Add Call Back, Voicemail, Zip File Sharing Support

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Facebook’s WhatsApp in recent months has added a lot of features including end-to-end encryption across messages and file sharing features. A new report claims that the most popular instant messaging service is all set to add more features in the coming weeks.

Phone Radar, citing translation requests, reports that WhatsApp for Android and iOS will soon get a ‘call back’ feature which will permit users to call back friends with just a tap of button without opening the app. The button will be evident in the notification panel, alongside a WhatsApp missed call notification. The messaging service is also said to bring voicemail feature to iOS platform, according to the report.

As expected from the voicemail feature, WhatsApp will allow users to record and send voicemails to contacts. The report says that the voicemail feature will show up when user is now on a WhatsApp voice call.

Lastly, the report claims that after adding support for sending and receiving pdf files apart from Docs, Sheets, and Slides files, WhatsApp will gain zip file sharing feature. This will permit users to exchange heavy files via WhatsApp. We can expect that WhatsApp may be testing the new features with its beta testing programme members.

Google Calendar Finds Best Meeting Time Slots

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Google launched a ‘Find a Time’ feature in its Calendar service on Android. It helps users schedule meetings by automatically finding time slots that work for everyone, even for people in different time-zones, based on their availability in the Calendar. If there are no mutually available time slots, the feature suggests meetings that can most easily be rescheduled.

Facebook Profit Nearly Triples To $1.51 Billion

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Facebook announced a three-fold year-on-year rise in net profit for the quarter ended March to $1.51 billion. The growth was attributed to a 57% increase in advertising revenue to $5.2 billion. Further, monthly active users rose to 1.65 billion from 1.59 billion in the earlier quarter. Following the announcement, Facebook’s shares surged over 9% in after-hours trading.

Google Releases an Android TV Remote For iOS

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Google has released an Android TV remote app on iOS that lets users control both smart TVs and set-top boxes running Android TV. The app is pretty simple — and identical to the Android version — with a D-pad, gesture support, and voice and text search. Multiple remotes can be connected to an Android TV to take advantage of multiplayer games, and to steal back control of the TV from whomever is binge-watching Storage Wars. You can download Android TV app, which is designed for both iPhone and iPad, from the App Store today.

Microsoft gives you $12,000 in free support for Azure

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Microsoft has offered to provide clients who pay upfront for Azure would get $12,000 in free support. This is only available for client who would make a prepaid commitment to Azure resources under Azure Enterprise Agreement (EA). Microsoft will bump you up to a higher support tier for 12 months beginning on May 1. The offer comes at no extra charge and applies to new and existing customers.

The offer is Microsoft’s latest effort to entice more of its traditional customers to use Azure, especially in the enterprise, where many businesses still prefer to run their own infrastructure. Microsoft just this week launched a free Cloud Essential training bundle for IT pros who manage that infrastructure and may not yet be comfortable with the cloud.

Xamarin Software Development Kit, A New Entrant for Microsoft Open Source

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Microsoft acquired Xamarin cross platform development tool two months ago and on 27th April at Xamarin’s Evolve developer conference in Orlando, officials announced Microsoft has open-sourced the Xamarin software development kit (SDK).

In a statement released the company officials said Microsoft has open sourced and contributed to the .NET Foundation the Xamarin SDK for Android, iOS and Mac under the same MIT license used for the Mono project. The native application program interface (API) bindings for iOS, Android and Mac, the command-line tools necessary to build for these platforms, and the cross-platform UI framework Xamarin. It has to be noted that forms are all part of what’s now open sourced.

As part of the announcement Microsoft also revealed some new Xamarin Form features, enhancements to Xamarin Studio IDE, which is aimed to bring it closer to Visual Studio. One more notable inclusion is the Test Recorder Visual Studio plug-in at Evolve.

Akamai’s Revenue Shows Path Towards Cloud Service Growth

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Akamai Technologies Inc (AKAM.O), a provider of services that speed up delivery of content over the internet, reported better-than-expected quarterly revenue and profit. The company has revealed growth was helped by higher demand for its cloud security services.

Revenue from Akamai’s cloud security business, which protects websites and data centres from cyber-attacks, rose 46 percent to $80.7 million for the first quarter. It has to be noted that the company’s revenue has risen from $567.7 million from $526.5 million. This even after the company lost two of its major clients from its media delivery business.

The rise in it cloud service security business is a clear testimony for rise in the cloud services market, which is seeing major business moving from the conventional data centres to both public and private cloud.

Apple Slum for The First Time in 13 Years

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In more than a decade Apple has for the first time posted decline in quarterly revenue because of a lower than expected sales of the company’s flagship product the iPhone.

There are couple of reason stated by market experts who state a soft Chines economy the second largest market for Apple was one of the main factor. It has to be noticed that, iPhone sales were down by 19 percent year-over-year, which had a significant negative effect on its performance during the three-month period.

Apple reported fiscal second-quarter earnings of $10.5 million, or $1.90 cents a share (statement). The company made $50.6 billion in revenue. The company expects some respite during the coming months, expecting hike in sales from holiday season sales.

How Google Glass Has Helped Start-up Rack up $17 Million Funds

How Google Glass Has Helped Start-up Rack up $17 Million Funds

Augmedix Inc, a start-up that uses Alphabet Inc’s Google Glass is a provider of documentation services to doctors and other healthcare workers. It has said on Monday it had closed a $17 million funding round led by investment firm Redmile Group.

The company’s employees transcribe doctors’ notes and update patients’ electronic medical record through Google Glass. The San Francisco company, which has already raised $40 million, also said it had received investments from five US healthcare networks, including Sutter Health and Dignity Health, which together have more than 100,000 healthcare workers.

This news provides more steam to utilization of Google Glass in the field of healthcare and also paves way to other commercial use for the product.

Facebook To Soon Launch A Camera App Similar To Snapchat

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Facebook is developing a stand-alone camera app, similar to disappearing photo app Snapchat, to increase user engagement, citing people familiar with the matter.

The app, being developed by Facebook’s “friend-sharing” team in London, is in its early stages and may never come to fruition, according to the report.

The company is also planning a feature that allows a user to record video through the app to begin live streaming, the newspaper reported.

Facebook declined to comment on the report.

Microsoft’s Free Onedrive Storage To Reduce From 15GB To 5GB Soon!

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Microsoft’s OneDrive users are presently being intimated by an email explaining how their 15GB of free storage is soon going to be reduced to just 5GB. The email explains that the software giant will no longer offer the 15GB camera roll bonus activation storage that it began offering since last year.

Indeed, not a lot of Windows 10 Mobile or Windows Phone users would be happy about this. The reduction in storage means that users will have to move the excess 10GB of data (if used) elsewhere or offline before the due date.

Study Predicts IoT Security Spend To Reach $348mn In ’16

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According to research company Gartner, the global security expenditure on Internet of Things (IoT) will reach $348 million (roughly ₹2,321 crore) in 2016. This will be a 23.7% increase from last year, the company added. Additionally, the report predicted that 6.4 billion connected devices will be in use worldwide in 2016, a 30% increase from 2015.

Radon! A New Android App Shares Links Using Ultrasound

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A new Android app, called Radon, shares links between devices using ultrasonic sound waves, that are inaudible to the human ear. Users can share links with all nearby devices through the app without having to physically pair them, be on the same WiFi network or scan QR codes. However, the app does not support sharing of image and video files.

Google and Microsoft Have Found Truce, Drop Complaints Against Each Other

Google and Microsoft Have Found Truce, Drop Complaints Against Each Other

Microsoft and Alphabet’s Google have come to a comprehensive deal to withdraw all the regulatory complaints against each other, the companies according to Returns.

In an email the Microsoft Spokesperson said “Microsoft has agreed to withdraw its regulatory complaints against Google, reflecting our changing legal priorities. We will continue to focus on competing vigorously for business and for customers,”.

A similar statement from Google mentioned “… Following our patent agreement, we’ve now agreed to withdraw regulatory complaints against one another,”.

Opera Drops Microsoft Off Its Radar

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The fading away of Microsoft OS into oblivion of mobile world seems to be gathering more steam. Windows users are not to except more updates for their Opera mini browser for the Windows phone users.

Opera has recently stated that it will terminate work on its Opera Mini browser for the Windows Mobile platform. Opera has also suspended all the activities relating to new features for Opera mini browser on windows phone. The company plans to focus its efforts on the big guys, iOS and Android.

Etihad Launches Mobile App

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The United Arab Emirates national flag carrier, Etihad Airways has launched a mobile app for the iPhone that allows guests to organize and manage their journey with ease. Guests will enjoy 10 percent off on flights, and members of the airline’s loyalty programme, Etihad Guest, will accept 250 bonus miles for every booking made through the mobile app before May 30.

The app is simple to use, providing comprehensive trip management capabilities by taking full advantage of the latest innovations in mobile technology. Guests can organize their journey including booking tickets, checking-in and viewing the status of their flight. The airline also partnered with Abu Dhabi Airports Company, permitting guests to navigate their way around Abu Dhabi International Airport using indoor maps, a first in the Middle East.

Sirin Labs Set To Launch Secure Phone At $10,000 Plus

Sirin Labs set to launch secure phone at $10,000 plus

It is being dubbed the Rolls Royce of smartphones. So when Sirin Labs launches its secure smartphone this May, it will be priced in the region of $10,000 to $15,000 and will have one focus: security.

The phone might still be successful, particularly since the withering away of BlackBerry has left a vacuum none of the bigger brands have been able to fill.

“After over two years of intensive research and development, SIRIN LABS is poised to present our first product, a mobile phone built without restriction or compromise,” screams the company website. But there is not much info on the phone itself, except for the suggestion that it might be called Solarin. The phone will be launched at the company’s flagship store in London.

Ian McKellen Launches App To Bring Shakespeare To New Generation

Ian McKellen launches app to bring Shakespeare to new generation

A new iPad app intended to make William Shakespeare’s works more accessible is being launched by actor Ian McKellen and director Richard Loncraine, the 400th anniversary of the Bard’s death.

The app users see actors reading out “The Tempest”, facing the camera with no costume or staging as the text scrolls, and its developers said they hope eventually to cover all of Shakespeare’s 37 plays.