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Blackberry set to release software update for older smartphones

Blackberry set to release software update for older smartphones

Washington, Feb 20 - Blackberry has announced that it will be soon releasing a software update - version 10.3.1 -for its older smartphones.

The update, which also contains bug fixes for latest models, will be essentially for products including the BlackBerry Z10, Z30, and Q10.

According to the Verge, for its QWERTY devices, BlackBerry is bringing over the extensive list of keyboard shortcuts that debuted on the Classic. 10.3.1 also brings the company's virtual assistant - BlackBerry's answer for Siri, Google Now, and Cortana - to prior BlackBerry 10 devices.

Users will be able to add reminders, compose emails, and set calendar appointments using only their voices.

Microsoft rolls out touch-friendly Office apps preview for Windows 10

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Washington, Feb 05 - Microsoft has released the preview versions of its Office applications for Windows 10 that are designed to accept touch inputs and work across phones and tablets.

According to TechCrunch, the desktop edition of office, Office 2016, will also be shipped this year.

Microsoft's new operating system Windows 10 is designed to work across all devices.

The touch friendly build was announced after Microsoft introduced Office versions for Android and iOS .

The cross-platform, touch friendly build works on phones as well as tablets. (ANI)

Google's new update to Translate app will translate printed text, speech in 'real time'

google translate updateWashington, Jan 15 - Google is set to release an updated version of its Google Translate app this week that will make it easier and faster to translate printed text and conversations, a report said.

The first update is the introduction of a new feature called Word Lens. It will allow users to just point their camera's phone at a sign or any other text and have it translated into another language, which will appear live on the screen, reported The Verge.

Microsoft's new 'Spartan' browser likely to be lightweight alternative to IE

Spartan BrowserWashington, Dec 31 - Microsoft is planning to introduce a completely new browser named "Spartan" as a lightweight alternative instead of revamping Internet Explorer with its launch of Windows 10, according to reports.

According to sources, Spartan may eventually debut on alternative platforms like iOS and Android, reported PCWorld.

Microsoft's Internet Explorer is still the most popular browser in the world, holding steady at 58 percent of the user base throughout all of 2014, according to NetApplications.

Microsoft may launch the new browser with Windows 10 on January 21, 2015 (ANI)

Google marks end of 2014 with animated doodle

googleNew Delhi, Dec 31 - Google has celebrated the last day of the year 2014 with an animated doodle that gives a re-cap of the year's major events.

Using the bright colours which make up the search engine's logo, the Doodle features an animation exploring the year's top-trending searches.

The few major happenings of 2014 that were included in the doodle were the Philae lander, 2014 World Cup, ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and Flappy Bird, along with the successful Mars Orbiter Mission. (ANI)

Microsoft may introduce Windows 10 with big changes to Internet Explorer

Microsoft may introduce Windows 10 with big changes to Internet ExplorerWashington, Dec 30 - Microsoft will reportedly introduce the Windows 10 with some big changes to Internet Explorer browser codenamed "Spartan" making it more like Chrome and Firefox.

According to CNET, Thomas Nigro, a Microsoft Student Partner lead and developer of the modern version of VLC said that Microsoft was building an entirely new browser.

Spartan will use Microsoft's Chakra JavaScript engine and Microsoft's Trident rendering engine (not WebKit), said sources.

Spartan is likely going to be a new lightweight browser of Microsoft.

Microsoft may launch the new browser with Windows 10 on January 21, 2015. (ANI)

Air China to launch direct Chengdu-Colombo flight from Feb.10

Air ChinaColombo, Dec.29 - China's national airline - Air China - will start a direct service between Chengdu, the capital city of southwest China's Sichuan province, and Sri Lankan capital Colombo from February 10, 2015.

An airline statement said that the Chengdu-Colombo service will operate four weekly flights using Airbus A330 aircraft.

The four flights will be on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays with one-way trip taking five-and-a-half hours.

This is the first service from Chengdu to a Sri Lankan city, marking an important step towards the construction of the flag carrier's Chengdu hub.

BMW to replace air bags nationwide, joining other automakers

BMW air bagsNew York: BMW has agreed to demands from the government to replace driver's-side air bags across the entire US.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has been pushing companies to recall older cars with air bag inflators made by Takata Corp. They can explode with too much force and spew shrapnel at drivers and passengers. At least five deaths have been blamed on Takata inflators.

The decision affects 140,000 BMW 3 Series cars made between January 2004 and August 2006. It says no problems with BMW vehicles have been reported.

Earlier this year the company recalled 574,000 cars in the US.

Facebook launches new feature to enhance photos by default

FacebookWashington, Dec 17 - Facebook has launched a new feature wherein the photos that people post from their phones would be enhanced by default with the app adjusting lighting, shadows and general clarity.

However, only iPhone users would be able to see the upgrade on their phones as of now. The changes that the app makes can also be removed from the photo or enhanced further.

According to the Verge, Android will soon be updated with the feature wherein the operating system's users would be able to see the default photo enhancer.

Facebook is reportedly not bringing the feature to desktop and seems interested in only improving the quality of the users' poorly shot mobile photos. (ANI)

Microsoft releases security updates for Windows, IE on Patch Tuesday

MicrosoftWashington, Dec 10 - Microsoft has released security fixes for Internet Explorer and Exchange Server in its latest series of " Patch Tuesday".

PC World reports that Microsoft has issued seven security bulletins for December, including three critical patches for Windows, Office, Exchange Server, SharePoint Server and Internet Explorer.

Wolfgang Kandek, chief technology officer for IT security firm Qualys said the first bulletins administrators needed to focus on are those that make remote code execution (RCE) possible.

The security patches released will fix the vulnerabilities in the software, thereby guarding it from attackers. (ANI)

RIL signs pact with Mexican firm for oil and gas hunt

New Delhi - Reliance Industries has signed an agreement with Mexican state-owned company, Petroleos Mexicanos (PEMEX) for cooperation in upstream oil and gas production as well as in refining business.

As per the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) "RIL will cooperate with PEMEX for assessment of potential upstream oil and gas business opportunities in Mexico and jointly evaluate value added opportunities in international markets," a company statement said.

RIL and PEMEX will also share expertise and skills in the relevant areas of oil and gas industry, including for deep-water oil and gas exploration and production.

OnePlus One with 64GB memory launched at Rs 21,999

New Delhi - Bullish on the multi-billion dollar opportunity in the Indian smartphone segment, Chinese handset maker OnePlus on Tuesday said it expects India to become its biggest market in the next few months.

At present, China is the biggest market for OnePlus, which announced its foray into India Tuesday with the launch of its 'One' smartphone at Rs 21,999.

"In the next few months, we expect India to be our biggest market, it will overtake China," OnePlus India General Manager Vikas Agarwal said.

Microsoft launches Nokia 130 in India for Rs 1,649

New Delhi - Microsoft Devices Monday launched entry level dual-sim mobile phone 'Nokia 130', having built-in music player with up to 46 hours continuous playback on a single charge, for Rs 1,649 in India.

"The Nokia 130 is a perfect device for consumers who are looking for their first mobile phone, or for those looking for a rock-solid backup phone to use alongside their smartphone," Nokia India Sales Marketing Director Raghuvesh Sarup said in a statement.

Nokia India Sales is subsidiary of Microsoft Mobile Oy.

TCS joins US-based IT industry body

Tata Consultancy ServicesWashington : Tata Consultancy Services, India's largest infotech company, has joined the US-based Information Technology Industry Council (ITI), a leading IT services, consulting and business solutions organisation, it was announced Monday.

ITI advocates on behalf of its 60 members for global policies that advance industry leadership in technology and innovation, open access to new and emerging markets, promoting e-commerce expansion, driving sustainability and efficiency, protecting consumer choice, and enhancing the worldwide competitiveness of its member companies.

Google set to roll new update to fight most infamous pirate websites

GoogleWashington, Oct 18 - Search engine giant Google is reportedly set to roll out a new stricter update to fight against the most notorious pirate sites next week.

Google said that they have now refined the signal in ways that they expect to visibly affect the rankings of some of the most notorious sites.

It's also extending this system to demoting auto-complete predictions that return results with many Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) demoted sites.

Samsung's new 5 times faster Wi-Fi will allow HD-movie download in 3 sec flat

samsungWashington, Oct 14 - Tech giant Samsung has created a new Wi-Fi standard that is five times faster than the current technology, and can transfer 1GB in just 3 seconds.

The currently prevailing Wi-Fi technology operates within the 2.4 and 5 GHz bands, and they are capable of reaching speeds of 108 MBps. However, the Samsung's new 60 GHz WI-Fi technology can transfer data as fast as a whopping 575 MB per second.

Samsung said that it will use the new 60GHz technology in a variety of products, including audio visual and medical devices and telecommunications equipment.

The Korean giant added that the new standard will be a big part of its push into the automated smarthome market.

Apple unveils new app offering easy one-handed typing on new iPhones

Apple unveils new app offering easy one-handed typing on new iPhonesWashington, Oct 12 - Apple has introduced a new app called One Handed Keyboard that allows iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users to type with one hand making it easier to handle the bigger screens.

Now, iOS 8 allows users to type conveniently with one hand on the new iPhones, reported CNET.

The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus' bigger screens make it difficult for people to type with one hand in many situations.

The newly introduced app displays the same size of keyboard iPhone users had grown accustomed to over the years.

Microsoft launches revamped MSN site ahead of next Windows OS release

MicrosoftWashington, Oct 01 - Microsoft has reportedly launched a completely redesigned MSN web portal right ahead of its scheduled Windows announcement.

New versions of its MSN apps will become available on Tuesday on its Windows and Windows Phone 8.1, reported Mashable.

The new website is built on Azure, Microsoft's cloud platform, which the company expects will increase its reliability and "agility for a cloud-first, mobile-first world."

Microsoft is scheduled to announce a new version of its Windows Operating System on Tuesday. (ANI)

Apple releases new tool to remove U2's songs

AppleLondon, Sep 16 - Apple has released a tool to delete U2's new album Songs of Innocence from the users' iTunes account six days after the company started giving away the music for free.

Some users complained about automatic download of songs from U2's album to their devices.

According to the BBC, Apple's new tool to delete offers a one-click removal button.

U2 band members earlier offered their new album 'Songs of Innocence,' for free to 500 million users of Apple's iTunes.

U2 had collaborated with Apple in the past, however, the terms of the deal for the iTunes release are not known. (ANI)

Google launches three 100$ smartphones based on Android One initiative in India

 smartphonesWashington, Sep 16 - Google has unveiled the much-awaited three new smartphones based on the Android One initiative at an event in New Delhi.

The three new handsets include, Spice Android One Dream UNO Mi-498, the Micromax Canvas A1 and the Karbonn Sparkle V, reported CNET. The three phones share similar features like, a 4.5-inch FWVGA display with a 854x480-pixel resolution, quad-core 1.3GHz MediaTek processor, dual-SIM capability, 1GB RAM and 4GB of onboard storage alongside a microSD card slot for expandability along with a 5- megapixel camera on and a removable 1,700mAh battery.



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