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Google beat Facebook to the punch in Titan Aerospace acquisition

Published by on Apr 15th, 2014, No Comments

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Last month we caught wind that Facebook wants to buy Titan Aerospace in order to bring internet to more people around the world. The company’s solar drones would be able to stay in the air for years at a time and deliver satellite internet from above.

Google has beaten Facebook to the punch, though. Google has just agreed to buy Titan Aerospace and according to the Wall Street Journal Mountain View hopes to use these long-lasting autonomous vehicles to assist its Project Loon project, which would have been a direct competitor to the solar drones.

Facebook, on the other hand, went ahead with another drone company called Ascenta. Check out the official press release from Titan Aerospace: (more…)

Twitter brings pop-up notifications

Published by on Apr 11th, 2014, No Comments

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It certainly is a heavy news week for Twitter. Earlier in the week, we reported about Twitter’s redesign that looks awfully like Facebook, and now they are rolling out a new way of sending users notifications when they are on the web.

The notifications are real-time, but you will also receive a pop-up when going to Twitter.com in the case that there are any messages, replies or retweets. You’ll be able to favourite, retweet and reply to interactions directly from notification windows. (more…)

Apple may be planning to take Siri offline

Published by on Apr 8th, 2014, No Comments

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Big tech acquisitions seem to be dime a dozen these days, and Apple has made another interesting one. Apple acquired an automatic speech recognition (ASR) technology company called Novauris Technologies. The company has historical ties to the core technology and patents behind Siri. (more…)

Microsoft announces Skype TX – studio quality for broadcasters

Published by on Apr 8th, 2014, No Comments

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Off all the things Microsoft has announced lately, this is the only one that completely caught us off guard. The company from Redmond unveiled Skype TX, a new version of its VoIP service geared toward broadcasters.

The technology used was developed by an acquired company – Cat and Mouse – and offers higher-quality audio and video output for media professionals. (more…)

Windows Phone coming to cars with co-pilot Cortana

Published by on Apr 7th, 2014, No Comments

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Major moves from Google and Apple to bring their software to the automobile industry has inevitably led to Microsoft also having to push in that direction. Windows have no equivalent to Apple’s CarPlay at the moment, but that might change real soon.

In a presentation at the Build conference, the software giant showed off Windows in the Car. It is still a conceptual platform, but with massive potential it seems. It would adapt Windows Phone’s apps and basic functions to in-vehicle interfaces. (more…)

AfricanUp – Connecting a continent on the rise

Published by on Apr 3rd, 2014, No Comments

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Startups, investors and tech hubs listen up – the newly launched AfricanUp platform will soon become your new best friend.

AfricanUp is a platform geared towards helping startups, technology hubs and accelerators connect with each other, as well as helping investors find startups. All in all, AfricanUp is a platform for the technology eco-system at large to tell the world it’s story.

AfricanUp is the brain child of South African entrepreneurs Paul Cartmel and Nic Haralambous. Through a connection between the power of New Media Lab’s Lenticular technology, and Haralambous’ business-development, AfricanUp was born.

Haralambus has said that the idea with AfricanUo is not to revolutionize the tech industry, but rather to just get down to basics and offer a platform for startups to connect with investors, accelerators and more:

“There’s no need to reinvent the wheel when launching a platform like AfricanUp. Our goal isn’t to build a revolutionary technology business. Our goal is to connect startups, founders, investors and accelerators from around the world,” he said.  (more…)

WeCam – video calling app that connects all your social networks

Published by on Mar 27th, 2014, No Comments

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All you social networking addicts, listen up – this new app is right up your alley and will definitely make your life easier.

Meet WeCam; a new, video calling app that connects all of your social networks in one place. Yes, that’s right, with WeCam you can have all your social networks in one place, and chat to your friends face-to-face.

WeCam is any social networking junkie’s dream. It allows you to connect your Facebook, Twitter and Google+ accounts in one place, while giving you the option to live video chat with your friends.

The video chat function is integrated with these social networks when you sign in with your account. With this activated, you can chat, face-to-face with any of your contacts on Facebook, Twitter or Google+ (more…)

Emojis to become more ‘racially diverse’, says Apple

Published by on Mar 26th, 2014, 2 Comments

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Whether you’re an avid emoji-user or prefer to express yourself solely with words, you should’ve noticed by now that the standard, iOS emoji range offers a lot of different emojis – the only problem is, they are mostly of white people.

The issue of the ‘predominantly white’ emojis has reared it’s head a couple of times, with people asking why there are not many emojis that depict people of colour. So it should come as no surprise that the issue has been brought up again. Although this time around, Apple has responded.

There have been many outcries over the past year by people, and even celebrities like Miley Cyrus and actor Tahj Mowry, to diversify the standard iOS emoji range. However, it wasn’t until MTV Act blogger, Joey Parker, sent an email directly to Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook, that an official response was given.  (more…)

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