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Microsoft Announces Office 365 Video, Streaming Service For The Enterprise

November 21, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Microsoft Announces Office 365 Video, Streaming Service For The Enterprise

Microsoft unveiled Office 365 Video, a YouTube-like streaming service where enterprises and large organizations can post in-house video content for communication and training. “Office 365 Video provides organizations with a secure, company-wide destination for posting, sharing and discovering video content,” said Mark Kashman, a senior product manager with the Office 365 team, in a blog posting. Kashman touted Video as a tool for internal communications, citing the examples of new-employee... 

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eBay Re-vamping Its Local Delivery Program

November 21, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
eBay Re-vamping Its Local Delivery Program

EBay Inc is making over its local delivery program and extending more logistics options to smaller merchants that make up the bulk of the e-commerce giant’s sprawling base of marketplace sellers, according to one of its executives. More of eBay’s smaller sellers, including some with annual sales under $100,000, will allow shoppers to buy items online that can be picked up in stores, an option now used by big companies such as Best Buy Co Inc and Toys ‘R’ Us. EBay also plans... 

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Apple To Bundle Beats Music Into iOS

November 21, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Apple To Bundle Beats Music Into iOS

Apple Inc will bundle the subscription music service it acquired from Beats into its iOS operating system early next year, according to an article by the Financial Times. The inclusion of the paid-for Beats service in an iOS software update, which would instantly make it available on millions of iPhones and iPads, could happen as early as March, the daily reported, citing people familiar with the situation. The move will mark the company’s first big push into subscription music, at a time... 

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Nokia Launches N1 Tablet

November 20, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Nokia Launches N1 Tablet

Finland’s Nokia unveiled a new brand-licensed tablet computer which is designed to rival Apple’s iPad Mini, just six months after the company sold its underperforming phones and devices business to Microsoft for over $7 billion. Nokia, a name which was once synonymous with mobile phones until first Apple and then Samsung Electronics eclipsed the Finnish company with the advent of smart phones, said the manufacturing, distribution and sales of the new N1 tablet, will be handled under... 

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WhatsApp Adds End-to-End Encryption

November 20, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
WhatsApp Adds End-to-End Encryption

Stepping up efforts to keep its users messages safe from prying eyes, WhatsApp announced that it now supports end-to-end encryption for messages sent between users. The end-to-end encryption comes thanks to a collaboration between WhatsApp and Open Whisper Systems, an open-source development company focused on secure communications. Facebook-owned WhatsApp has more than 600 million users who log in monthly, making Open Whisper’s encryption deployment the largest ever in the area of end-to-end... 

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IBM Unveils Verse, New Enterprise Email Product

November 20, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
IBM Unveils Verse, New Enterprise Email Product

IBM is going up against cloud-app juggernauts Google and Microsoft with its next generation e-mail client, called Verse, designed to enrich email with social media and analysis. “We felt we could leverage analytics to build an experience that understands your priorities,” said Jeff Schick, general manager of IBM social solutions, of the app that launched as a private beta on Tuesday. “We had the opportunity to reduce clutter and create priority, and to help people be more efficient... 

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Snapchat To Offer Mobile Payments Service

November 19, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Snapchat To Offer Mobile Payments Service

Mobile messaging company Snapchat is rolling out a new service that wil allow users to send money to each other, in a partnership with online payments company Square. The service, dubbed Snapcash, allows Snapchat users to link their debit cards to their account and quickly send money to a contact by starting a chat on a smartphone, typing in a dollar sign and an amount and hitting a green button, Snapchat explained in a post on its official blog. The move marks the latest sign of expansion plans... 

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Facebook Said To Be Launching Social Network For Professionals

November 19, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Facebook Said To Be Launching Social Network For Professionals

Facebook Inc’s professional version of its social network geared towards businesses will launch in the next few months, a person familiar with the matter revealed to Reuters. The world’s No.1 Internet social network with 1.35 billion monthly users has been quietly testing a version of its website aimed at workplace collaboration. The service, dubbed Facebook at Work, allows users to exchange messages and share documents using Facebook’s scrolling news feed and other familiar features... 

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Intel Goes Upscale With New MICA Bracelets

November 19, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Intel Goes Upscale With New MICA Bracelets

Soon to be released bracelets with technology from Intel Corp and design cues from fashion brand Opening Ceremony will connect the wearer with Facebook, Google and Yelp via an AT&Tdata plan,no smartphone necessary. Called My Intelligent Communication Accessory, or MICA, the snakeskin bracelets are aimed at fashion-conscious women and are an attempt by the two companies to stand out in a growing field of often-clunky smartwatches and fitness brands that have yet to catch on widely with consumers. “We... 

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Facebook Launches Privacy Basic, Put Users In Control

November 18, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Facebook Launches Privacy Basic, Put Users In Control

Facebook wants its users to manage their own privacy. The social network has launched Privacy Basics, a page set up to offer users advice and how-to tips to make sure they have the level of privacy they want for their Facebook profiles. Facebook also is giving users an early look at changes the company plans on making to its terms of service, data policy and cookies policy. Users have a week to make comments or suggestions about what’s coming. “Over the past year, we’ve introduced... 

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Has Google Glass Reached The End Of The Line?

November 18, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Has Google Glass Reached The End Of The Line?

After two years of showing up at high-profile events wearing Google Glass, the gadget that transforms eyeglasses into spy-movie worthy technology, Google co-founder Sergey Brin arrived recently to a Silicon Valley event noticeably bare-faced. He’d left his pair in the car, Brin told a reporter. The Googler, who heads up the top-secret lab which developed Glass, has hardly given up on the product — he recently wore his pair to the beach. But Brin’s timing is not propitious, coming... 

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Rocket Internet Intends To Launch At Least 10 New Start-ups In 2015

November 18, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Rocket Internet Intends To Launch At Least 10 New Start-ups In 2015

Rocket Internet the global e-commerce investor, plans to launch at least another 10 start-ups in 2015 and said it would work more closely with Facebook on advertising. Rocket Internet, whose shares have had a bumpy ride since listing last month, said its 12 most successful companies saw average growth in gross merchandise volume — a measure of sales made through online marketplaces — of 104 percent in the six months to June 30. It also announced a global agreement with Facebook, which... 

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Microsoft Rolls Out Skype For Web

November 17, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Microsoft Rolls Out Skype For Web

Microsoft announced that it is launching a beta of Skype for the Web, allowing browser-based video chats that don’t require a separate app. “We’ve made Skype available on computers, mobile phones, TVs and even games consoles,” wrote Jonathan Watson, Skype product marketing manager for Microsoft, in a blog post. “Expanding to different platforms has helped us grow to over 2 billion daily minutes (that’s over 33 million hours) of voice and video calls…. Now,... 

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Better 911 Call Location Finding Coming To Mobile Phones

November 17, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Better 911 Call Location Finding Coming To Mobile Phones

Emergency responders will be able to better locate callers who dial 911 on their cellphones from indoors as the U.S. wireless industry improves caller-location for the majority of such calls in the next few years. Historically, satellite and other technologies have helped emergency responders find people who called from outdoors, while landlines commonly automatically provided dispatchers with an address. Cellphone calls from indoors, however, have been tougher to locate because walls weaken signals. Verizon... 

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Vudu Joins Disney Cloud Movie Service

November 17, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Vudu Joins Disney Cloud Movie Service

Walt Disney Co’s cloud-based movie storage service will allow customers to add purchases from Vudu, an online store operated by Wal-Mart Stores Inc, a Disney official announced on Friday. Films bought on Vudu will be integrated with the Disney Movies Anywhere service starting on Tuesday, Jamie Voris, Disney Studios’ chief technology officer, said at an event where the company highlighted mobile initiatives. Disney is building the service as studios try to steer movie fans to digital... 

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