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Facebook Acquired Fitness-tracking App 'Moves'



It has been reported today that Facebook has just acquired the motion and fitness tracking app Move which is available on both iOS and Android devices.


The news came from the app itself, and they say the app will continue to work as usual, and it will not change even after the company comes under the leadership of the social networking giant.

Today, we’re delighted to announce that Facebook has acquired our company and the Moves app. Since we launched Moves, we’ve been focused on running a simple and clean activity diary that millions of people have enjoyed using.
Now, we’re joining Facebook’s talented team to work on building and improving their products and services with a shared mission of supporting simple, efficient tools for more than a billion people.
The press release doesn’t mention the price figure Facebook paid for the app, but we doubt its a big number. Facebook recently acquired the popular cross-platform messaging app WhatsApp for a whopping $19 billion, as well as Instagram, and both these services are running independent. So, its good to see that Moves will continue to operate as a standalone app as well.

For those of you that use the Moves app – the Moves experience will continue to operate as a standalone app, and there are no plans to change that or commingle data with Facebook,” the company said in a press release.
Source: MovesEngadget
Thursday, April 24, 2014

Facebook Reports First Quarter 2014 Results


Recently, Facebook reported their financial results for the first quarter of 2014, which looks quite impressive. The company reports their revenue rose to $2.5 billion in the first quarter of 2014 from $1.4 billion in the same quarter last year, a 72 percent increase.
Another interesting figure is the revenue from advertising, which increased to $2.27 billion, a 82 percent increase compared to the results from the same quarter last year.
Facebook’s business is strong and growing, and this quarter was a great start to 2014,” said Mark ZuckerbergFacebook founder and CEO. “We’ve made some long term bets on the future while staying focused on executing and improving our core products and business. We’re in great position to continue making progress towards our mission.”
The numbers look very impressive, and it shows the company is making a positive progress in the market. In addition, the company also mentioned in the report that monthly active users of the social network rose to 1.28 billion, an increase of 15 percent year-over-year, as well as mobile user base crossing 1 billion.
Lastly, Facebook has announced the company’s CFO David Ebersman has decided to step down, and will be replaced by David Wehner, the former CFO of Zynga. You can take a look at the complete fiscal results from the source link below.
Source: Facebook

Apple reports $45.6 billion revenue for Q2 2014: 43.7m iPhones, 16.3m iPads, 4.1m Macs, 2.7m iPods


Apple announced their Q2 results reporting stinger than thought earnings of $11.62 per share on sales of $45.6 billion and also revealed a surprising sales figure for Apple TV devices which has now pasted 20 million units. Not bad for a product that started out as a “hobby” for Apple.
Apple also revealed that iPhone sales have been stronger than some expected with 43.719 million units sold, up 17%, however iPad devices sold 16.35 million units, down -16% which is lower than expected.
Apple CEO Tim Cook explained : “We’re very proud of our quarterly results, especially our strong iPhone sales and record revenue from services,”-”We’re eagerly looking forward to introducing more new products and services that only Apple could bring to market.”
“We generated $13.5 billion in cash flow from operations and returned almost $21 billion in cash to shareholders through dividends and share repurchases during the March quarter,” said outgoing CFO Peter Oppenheimer. “That brings cumulative payments under our capital return program to $66 billion.”
Apple’s (AAPL) share closed on Wednesday at the bell for $524.75 but after the results gained more than $40 in after hours trading.
• Revenues: $45.642 billion, up 4.7% year over year
• Profits: $10.223 billion
• Earnings per share: $11.62, well above consensus
• Gross margin: 39.3% (well above guidance)
• iPhones: 43.719 million units, up 17%, better than expected
• iPads: 16.35 million, -16% (lower than expected)
• Macs: 4.136 million, up 5%
• iPods: 2.761 million, down 51% (as expected)
• iTunes, Software and Services: $4.573 billion, up 11%
• Accessories: $1.419 billion, up 3%
• Revenue guidance for Q3: $36 to $38 billion
• GM guidance: 37%-38%
Source: Fudzilla : CNN Money

Viber for iOS Gets A Major Redesign and New Features


Viber is a very popular VoIP application which is available on all major mobile platforms, and was recently acquired by a Japanese company Rakuten for $900 million.
Recently, the folks at Viber pushed an update for its iOS application, bumping it to version 4.2, and introduced a totally revamped design, which goes with the look and feel of the new iOS 7. It’s been over six months since Apple released the new OS, but it’s still a good thing that Viber is catching up with it.
It’s not just the redesign, Viber 4.2 also brings a number of new handy features to the app, including the ability to send multiple photos and videos at the same time, block any number or contact and much more.
“This is the first time we are introducing a new look and feel for Viber. Our goal was to create a simple and friendly interface but at the same time establish a solid foundation for future updates,” Talmon Marco, Viber CEO.
Here’s the complete change log of the new Viber for iOS:
  • A complete redesign, compatible with iOS 7
  • Send multiple photos and videos at the same time
  • Block list – now you can block any number or contact
  • Send longer video messages
  • Bug fixes
If you’re a regular Viber user, head over to the iOS App Store and grab the application. Let us know if you like the new design and interface of the app.
Source: ViberEngadget

Intelligent Portable Solar - First Solar Kickstarter in Japan



Working Prototype Seeking Support for Japan Launch



Tokyo, Japan – April 14, 2014 - Power8, a company formed by Italian entrepreneur Vincenzo Lufino, has announced success in producing what it believes will be the most powerful ultra-compact solar power kit on the market. Designed in Japan with intelligent features to solve several specific shortcomings of current portable solar power offerings, Lufino is also proud of Power8's high level of style and quality. The 4w combination panel and storage unit fits in your pocket and can charge an iPhone 30% an hour and an iPad 7% an hour. The super small and stylish storage unit doubles as a water resistant flashlight, comes in a choice of five colors, and holds enough charge to bring an iPhone from zero to 100%.






"I was immediately turned on to solar power after experiencing the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011," said Lufino. "Especially technology that you can take with you and keep you mobile. But none of the products I tried worked as well as they could, and for simple reasons having to do with power management, which can be solved with intelligent features of the Power8 design. I designed the Power8 kit with two smart technologies to eliminate needless shutting off due to intermittent sunlight and to allow charging the device and battery at the same time. I also believe if you look at what's on offer today, there is a lack of style and convenience in the kitting. I've designed something you will want to carry around with you when you travel, and the pieces form a nice whole."



Lufino created several prototypes until a mass-production model was achieved last year. He intends to ask Kickstarters for support at this critical stage, which is believed to be a first for a solar product designed in Japan.



"It's really Italian designed," said Lufino. "But I had tons of input from my Japanese team, colleagues, and friends who bring the Japanese sense of quality and functionality. Now I have something that looks good, is very dependable, and can be used as well in the city, on outdoor adventures, and in emergencies."





The Power8 team is now working on a Kickstarter campaign that will highlight the stylish features as well as describe a new level of reliability and functionality that ensures continuous charging under changing conditions.





"We plan to launch the campaign by the end of April," said Lufino. "The Power8 portable solar power kit is ready and works as designed, and we have filmed it in action. I think this is another advantage we have over other crowdfunded solar products. The design is done, we have covered our manufacturing bases very thoroughly, and we're ready to deliver."



Why the name Power8? The 8 is the symbol of infinity stood on end, representing the energy that, for all practical purposes, is infinitely available from the sun.





Vincenzo Lufino was born in Italy but has lived in Japan for the past 15 years. He is also the founder and CEO of Ecotech Japan, an IT service provider, and SafeCasa, an emergency supplies distributor and retailer.


For more info visit ecotechjapan.com
Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Infographic: Getting to know Google



Founded in California in 1998 by Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Google is a hugely successful American Multinational Corporation employing over 30,000 people worldwide. Larry Page and Sergey Brin met at Stanford University and they founded the company in a local garage.

Google literally has the power to make a company a lot of money by their ranking algorithm. A high ranking on Google can mean the difference between success and failure for an online company. The algorithm is said to be made up of over 200 ranking factors and SEO companies worldwide are daily trying to understand this.

Google is certainly a major part of our daily lives; it is even recognised as a verb in all the major
dictionaries. While it does have rivals, none will have the influence or market share that it has. For a company formed in 1998, they have a chequered history already with an abundance of acquisitions throughout the period. With a share price of $85 from their IPO in August 2004, the share price is now an astounding $1158.72 (as at March 26th 2014).

 This infographic explores the history of Google which is marked with an abundance of innovations and acquisitions. It charts other aspects of the company such as the name, the people behind the corporation and some interesting facts and possible prospects for the future.


Google Glass Now Displays iPhone SMS Messages




The latest update to Google Glass now enables owners to view text messages from their Apple iPhone device directly on the Google Glass screen, in a similar way to the feature that is already available to users of Android smartphones.


Once you have paired your Google Glass eyewear with your iPhone it will appear as a notification on Glass screen. However you still won’t be able to reply from Glass due to some limitations with the iOS operating system says Google.
Google has also rolled out a new Calendar Glassware which is now available on the Glassware tab in MyGlass. Once this has been enabled it will allow you to see your agenda to the left of the home screen. Also simply tapping a calendar card from your timeline will allow you to change the title, time, location, and RSVP as well as delete the event or dismiss it from your timeline.
If the new Google Glass updates are not available to you already, Google says that the updates will be rolling out during this week.
Source: Google

The Savvy Guide to Saving Money on Energy Bills



Like many people, there seems to be too much month at the end of your money and so it is imperative that you start saving money on your energy bills. As one of the main expenses of the household, saving money on this is vital to a healthy bank balance. The cost of living is constantly rising, so by being savvy with your money and by shopping around for better deals, you are subsequently giving yourself a great quality of life. After all, who doesn’t want more disposable income at the end of every month?



Of course, for some of us money is an object. For those of us who need to cut back on their expenditure, there are cheaper methods of insulation. 

Thick curtains, good quality Change Providers:
It seems that in this thoroughly modern age, loyalty does not pay. The best deals are given to new customers, so be another companies new customer. This has the potential to save you hundreds year on year. Energy companies tend to change their prices twice a year, so you are likely to be in for a price hike at least once during your time with that company. Moreover, those who opt for duel fuel from one provider are likely to save more money too. Switch around and shop for a better deal. See what the competition holds. Likewise, by switching to a smaller company, you have the potential to save a small fortune. Check out Duke Energy in Ohio, who can offer great rates.
Turn It Off:
Turn all electrical items off if you are not using them. It seems to be fairly commonsensical to do so, but so many of us leave our gadgets and electrical items plugged in and on stand-by even if we’re not using them.
High Cost Insulation:
Have you considered that your home may be a black hole for heating and energy? Insulation is the key to ensuring that you are not wasting more energy than you need to be. Should you have old doors, windows and a lack of insulation in general, you will be wasting more energy than you think. It may be worth investing in new windows and doors, as well as cavity wall installations to save yourself a potential fortune.
Cheap Insulating Methods:
carpet and buying draft excluders means that you can save money on your energy bills. While draft excluders may not be the sexiest item on your shopping list, the possibilities of spending the extra money you have saved is endless.
Boiler Checks:
One of the most expensive ways to see good energy go to waste is through your current boiler. While the old boiler may hold some sentimental attachment, it is time to let go. Invest in a new boiler. The initial outlay may be more costly, but having an overall efficient boiler is a great way to save money. Boilers have energy ratings, so it may be worth doing some desk research to see which boilers are the best for investing in.
Watch the savings coming flooding in, giving you more money to buy the things you love.



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Monday, April 21, 2014

Audi RS7 Dynamic Edition Announced


Audi has taken the wraps of a new special edition version of the Audi RS7, the Audi RS7 Dynamic Edition, it will go on sale this summer in the US and will retail for $146,045.
The Audi RS7 Dynamic Edition will come with a range of special features, which include performance DRC suspension, carbon fiber elements and more.
The Audi RS7 Dynamic Edition will come with a range of new features, which include performance DRC suspension, carbon fiber elements and more.“The Audi exclusive RS 7 dynamic edition exemplifies just some of the personalization options that are possible through our Audi exclusive program”, said Filip Brabec, Director of Product Planning, Audi of America. “The combination of our most powerful RS model ever and the added customized elements make this a truly special car to drive and to behold.”
The exterior is highlighted by Tornado Red brake calipers with RS 7 logo and 21-inch Gloss Black wheels. Carbon fiber splitter, diffuser and carbon fiber engine cover further underline the performance character of the exclusive RS 7. Four exterior colors are available to complement the exclusive design elements: Ibis White, Suzuka Gray metallic, Daytona Gray pearl, Phantom Black pearl.

You can find out more info about the new Audi RS7 Dynamic Edition at the link below.

Source Audi, Autoblog
Thursday, April 17, 2014

Yahoo to replace Google as Apple’s default search




Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer’s has a few internal projects to bring the company forward and one of them is pretty ambitious: getting Apple to replace Google with Yahoo as its default search engine for iOS. That is a very ambitious goal. It seems very unlikely.

The information comes from inside sources that spoke to Re/code, who claim that Mayer is heading the project. Apparently to pitch the idea to Apple, Yahoo prepared “detailed decks” to help win over Apple executives.
A few executives are apparently already aware of the plan, but nothing official has been presented to Apple yet. The source says that Yahoo’s lack of applicable technology at this time is a hurdle toward meeting this very ambitious goal.
One source said, “This is the aim of the whole effort here, to grab the pole position in iOS search. It will take more than pretty pictures though to convince Apple to give up Google, given its focus on consumer experience being top-notch. But Marissa wants it very badly.”
Source Slashgear

Porsche 918 Spyder In Action


Porsche have released a new video of the Porsche 918 Spyder in action, in the video be get to see what Porsche Works Driver, Patrick Long, sees behind the wheel.
The video shows Patrick Long driving a hot lap of the Circuit of the Americas, in Austin, TX, and we get to see the Porsche 918 Spyder in both all electric modes and sport hybrid modes.
Multi-time Champion Patrick Long, Porsche Works Driver, utilizes all the systems of the new plug-in hybrid Porsche 918 Spyder for a hot lap of the new Circuit of the Americas in Austin Texas. Watch as the Porsche 918 exits pit lane under all-electric mode, accelerates under sport hybrid mode, and uses the hot-lap button on the back straight at 170mph.
The Porsche 918 Spyder has a o to 60MPH time of just 2.5 seconds, and it can reach 124MPH in just 7.2 seconds, it has a massive 887 HP V8 engine which is combined with two electric engines.
Source Autocar

Sony 4k Bravia TVs Pricing Announced


Sony has announced the pricing for its latest 4K Bravia TVs, which the company first announced at CES 2014 back in January.
Prices for Sony’s 4K Bravia TVs will start at $2,099 for their 49 inch model, all the way up to $24,999 for their 85 inch model.
The new line-up of 4K Ultra HD TVs give consumers more 4K Ultra HD TV options than ever before.  Using a combination of unique Sony technologies, these models offer a superior picture quality than standard 4K resolution. Sony’s 4K X Reality™ PRO picture engine can upscale a variety of content regardless of source to beautiful 4K resolution; while TRILUMINOS™ Display’s wide color spectrum works in unison to reproduce lifelike color, a heightened 
sense of depth and accurate shading to ensure the highest quality picture.
Sony’s X-tended Dynamic Range PRO technology provides a screen with higher peak brightness and deeper blacks to deliver a truly brilliant picture quality.
There will be a total of nine different models in the Sony Bravia 4K TV range, they will be available to pre-order shortly and will hit the stores in June in the US.
Source Sony

Google Glass Public Units Sold Out


Google made Google Glass available to the public for the first time yesterday, the device was available to buy for $1,500 yesterday only.
Now Google has revealed that they managed to sell all of the Google Glass devices that were allocated for the public, although they did not reveal home many Google Glass Units were sold.
Welcome to our new Explorers! All spots in the Explorer Program have been claimed for now, but if you missed it this time, don’t worry. We’ll be trying new ways to expand the Explorer program in the future. You can sign up below to stay updated. That’s all for now, folks.
It looks like Google has plans to offer Google Glass to everyone again in the future, although the company has yet to reveal any details on this.
Source GoogleThe Next Web
Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Google Glass Kit Kat Update is Released


Google Glass will go on sale today to the general public, it will be available for one day only, and anyone will be able to purchase the device in the next twenty four hours.
Ahead of the general sale of Glass, Google has released the Android Kit Kat update for Google Glass, and this brings a range of new features to Google’s wearable device.
You’ve been asking us when the next round of updates were coming. Well, they’re coming later this week! We know it’s been a little while, but this is a big one and we think it’s well worth the wait. Here’s what you’ll find in the new release:
KitKat for Glass – Our most exciting update is subtle, but big. We’ve been working on a significant upgrade to a new version of the Glass software. It’s not a change you can see, but it brings improved battery life and makes Glass more reliable and easier to update in the future. And now that Glass runs Android KitKat, developers can write Glassware using the latest Android SDK goodness, along with new features from our GDK.
The update brings a range of new features to Google Glass, which include updates to photos, although Google has decided to remove video calls from Glass for now.
Source Google
Tuesday, April 15, 2014

iPhone 6 Front Panel Leaked



The photo shows an iPhone 5S next to what is reported to be the iPhone 6 front panel, and as you can see from the photo, it is considerably larger than the iPhone 5S.


The photo of the alleged iPhone 6 front panel was posted on Weibo, and this is said to be the front panel for the 4.7 inch version of Apple’s iPhone 6.
The iPhone 6 is said to come in two different sizes, one with a 4.7 inch display which will apparently launch in September, the other with a 5.5 inch or 5.7 inch display that will launch later in the year.
The iPhone 6 will come with Apple’s second generation 64-bit mobile processor, the Apple A8, it will also come with a new version of Apple’s mobile OS, Apple iOS 8, this is expected to launch in September along with the iPhone 6 and the Apple iWatch.
We are expecting the display of the iPhone 6 to come with sapphire glass, this is something that Apple is also apparently using for the Apple iWatch display.
Source Gforgames

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