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Google and Microsoft end patent dispute over Xbox and smartphonesThis puts to an end a patent fight that has been running since 2010, when Microsoft first accused Google's Android of using some of its patented technologies without paying royalties. Meanwhile, Motorola had been demanding royalties from Microsoft over patents used in the Xbox. This latest move seems to signal that we may be seeing a more concerted effort for more cooperati...PlatformsGoogle and Microsoft end patent dispute over Xbox and smartphones
source: | October 7, 2015, 2:32:28

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BBC finally ditching Adobe Flash in favor of HTML5 for iPlayer video playbackThe BBC is slowly moving away from Adobe's Flash plugin for iPlayer. The company has rolled out HTML5 playback support for those who'd prefer to test out the arguably more secure platform. While the BBC will provide the choice between the two options, it has noted that Flash will not be removed completely....PlatformsBBC finally ditching Adobe Flash in favor of HTML5 for iPlayer video playback
source: | October 7, 2015, 2:31:33

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Unfriending your colleagues on Facebook ruled bullyingThe ruling came after Rachael Roberts, an estate agent in Launceston, Tasmania, complained to Australia's the Fair Work Commission that her colleague Lisa Bird was bullying her, leaving her with anxiety and depression. She made 18 allegations of bullying in total....PlatformsUnfriending your colleagues on Facebook ruled bullying
source: | October 3, 2015, 1:59:38

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Firefox 41 Released, Firefox 42 In BetaThe WebRTC feature that lets users engage in instant messaging with voice and video has been improved Firefox 41. Meanwhile Mozilla is asking for help in testing tracking protection in private browsing in Firefox 42, now in beta....PlatformsFirefox 41 Released, Firefox 42 In Beta
source: | October 3, 2015, 1:56:58

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Why there will never be a year of the Linux desktopI love the Linux desktop. As far as I'm concerned, the Linux Mint 17.2 is the best desktop around. Heck, I was once editor-in-chief of a website called Linux Desktop. But today, I believe there's no way the Linux desktop will ever become the top desktop operating system....PlatformsWhy there will never be a year of the Linux desktop
source: | October 3, 2015, 1:51:33

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Amazon will ban sales of the Apple TV and Google's Chromecast later this monthAmazon is getting very serious about promoting its lineup of streaming video hardware. According to Bloomberg, no Apple TV or Chromecast devices will be available to purchase on the retailing giant starting later this month on Tuesday, Oct. 29....PlatformsAmazon will ban sales of the Apple TV and Google's Chromecast later this month
source: | October 2, 2015, 3:27:11

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How much are you worth to Facebook? About $48Facebook rules the social media ad revenue market, according to research firm eMarketer. Kim Kulish/Corbis. Did you know your Facebook profile is worth more than your Twitter handle? At least, it is in terms of ad revenue....PlatformsHow much are you worth to Facebook? About $48
source: | September 24, 2015, 23:31:48

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Twitter Loses Its Sr. Director of Engineering, Growth and International Team To UberTwitter is losing some key talent and leadership lately, which we told you about before…specifically to the company a few blocks over, Uber. Today, Akash Garg announced that he was leaving Twitter for the logistics company:...PlatformsTwitter Loses Its Sr. Director of Engineering, Growth and International Team To Uber
source: | September 22, 2015, 22:13:55

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Instagram Hits 400M Users Just 9 Months After Announcing 300MToday, Facebook-owned photograph-centric social network Instagram announced that it has hit 400 million users. This comes just nine months after announcing that it hit the 300 million mark....PlatformsInstagram Hits 400M Users Just 9 Months After Announcing 300M
source: | September 22, 2015, 22:12:46

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Twitter partners with Square to make donating to political campaigns even easierTwitter has partnered with Square to make donating to your political campaign of choice even easier. The process is pretty simple. First, the candidates will set up an account through Square Cash, and once it is verified they will be able to share a unique URL or a $Cashtag with supporters. The tweets will include a built-in contribute button, which you can click to make the contri...PlatformsTwitter partners with Square to make donating to political campaigns even easier
source: | September 19, 2015, 2:5:7

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Uber Tests Bus-Style Discounted “Smart Routes”Uber lets us trade money for time. But the cheaper the rides, the more people who will use Uber. That’s why it’s testing a way to let you pay less money for a little less convenience and a little less time saved. I recently spotted a new option in UberPool in San Francisco, and Uber now confirms it’s testing what it calls “Smart Routes.”...PlatformsUber Tests Bus-Style Discounted “Smart Routes”
source: | August 31, 2015, 2:35:57

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Getting Banned From The App Store Was The Best Thing That Happened To Us“Brace yourself, Marco…we’ve just been removed from the App Store.” With those words, I visualized everything we’d slaved over for months crumple itself into a ball of trash and — ironically — flinging itself into the bin beside me. But it hardly came as a surprise....PlatformsGetting Banned From The App Store Was The Best Thing That Happened To Us
source: | August 31, 2015, 2:34:15

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Amazon Echo now plays music, books from multiple accounts; gains BART schedulesThe Amazon Echo got a little more useful on Friday both for families and for those who live in the San Francisco Bay, California area. Folks that use BART, the regional rail line north of Silicon Valley can travel times read aloud by Alexa using the Echo's new BART Times skill....PlatformsAmazon Echo now plays music, books from multiple accounts; gains BART schedules
source: | August 30, 2015, 3:35:14

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Who’s Doing the Talking on Twitter?In the summer of 2013, Dick Costolo, the CEO of Twitter, reflected on his vision of the company as a “global town square.” The social network is “all public, real-time conversational, and widely distributed, and public is the first word in there,” he told an audience at the Brookings Institution....PlatformsWho’s Doing the Talking on Twitter?
source: | August 30, 2015, 3:29:35

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It's No Longer Hip to Be Square—on Instagram, At LeastNearly five years after it was first released, Instagram has achieved something special, something that has eluded Twitter and Facebook. With its mix of friend photos, vacation postcards, and pseudo-ads, Instagram has stayed fun, really fun. Along with Pinterest, it’s the only major social network that people actually still like to use. And on Thursday, it announced perhaps the b...PlatformsIt's No Longer Hip to Be Square—on Instagram, At Least
source: | August 30, 2015, 3:29:10

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Facebook won't promote a feminist event because of its 'profane' lanIn 1975, journalist Anne Summers published a book that was to become a vital Australian feminist text: Damned Whores and God's Police. Now 40 years on, Facebook will not promote an upcoming event by the same name because the post contains "profane" language, according to the author....PlatformsFacebook won't promote a feminist event because of its 'profane' lan
source: | August 27, 2015, 16:20:48

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