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LG launches its new Music Flow system

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LG today has taken a step forward in home audio optimization with the introduction of its new LG Music Flow system.

By combining its new Music Flow Player app and a wide range of new speaker units, Music Flow is set to help you easily create a robust multi-room home audio system, sans any wires. Read more »

Upcoming YouTube Music Key to bring ad-free background audio with offline playback for a price

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It seems Google is working on a new subscription service for YouTube, called YouTube Music Key. With this service, users will be able to listen to music videos on YouTube without any ads, in the background or even when they are offline, by paying the monthly subscription fee.

YouTube currently has one of the largest library of music videos on the internet but often you just have to listen to the music without watching the video and the YouTube player on mobile won’t let you play audio in the background. There are also other things to worry about, such as ads and not being able to play without an internet connection, all of which YouTube Music Key will solve. Read more »

Twitter intros Promoted Video ads

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If you’re getting sick of seeing “promoted tweets” in your Twitter timeline, well, get ready for Promoted Video ads to show up in there too. Twitter has announced a beta run of a new service that lets advertisers promote videos.

It works in basically the same way as the promoted tweets that have been available for a few years now – but combining those with a video card. So, in your timeline the Promoted Video ads will look just like a regular tweet that has a link to a video in it (and which you can play in-place on the Web or in the Twitter apps for mobile). Obviously though, below you’ll see that “Promoted by” mention as you do for promoted tweets. Read more »

HTC One (M8) Duo Camera effects can now be shared online

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Today HTC’s published an update to its Gallery app in the Play Store. This update enables owners of the One (M8) to use the new Duo Effects Gallery, which is a Web viewer that lets you share the interactive viewing experience of the Duo Camera’s effects with anyone.

This Web interface lets people you’ve shared your works of art with change the focus point in an image, as well as choose which part of the picture has effects applied. UFocus, Foregrounder, and Dimension Plus effects are now shareable with whoever you like. Read more »

‘Leak’ lets you send email anonymously

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Leak is a new service that lets users send anonymous email to others. You just have to go to the website, enter the person’s email ID, choose if want to be identified as a friend, co worker, family member, friend of a friend or just ‘someone’, type out your mail and send it.

The other person will receive the email from Leak, which does not, in any way, reveal your true identity other than how you chose to be described. This allows you to be open with them without revealing who you really are. Read more »

Google allegedly planning on separating Photos from Google+

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After unlinking Hangouts from Google+ in the recent past, it seems Google is now planning on doing the same with its photos service. Currently available as part of the Google+ social network, the Photos service will soon become independent, according to Bloomberg.

After it becomes an independent service, users can access it separately without needing to have a Google+ account. It would still continue to be available to Google+ users. Read more »

Bolt, new instant messaging app from Instagram, now available in select countries

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We talked about the Bolt service a few days back. The app is now officially available on iOS and Android, but only in New Zealand, Singapore, and South Africa for now.

Bolt lets you have a group of close friends that you can instantly send photos or videos to. Just tap on their contact name and it takes a photo and sends it. You can press and hold on the contact name to send a video. Just like with Snapchat, the photos and videos are not sent and are removed from your device when you swipe them away. Read more »

Apple acquires BookLamp to improve its iBooks service

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Apple has acquired BookLamp, a startup that has been developing big data style book analytics services. The deal is said to have cost the Cupertino giant somewhere around $10 million to $15 million.

BookLamp is known for their work with Book Genome Project, a platform that allowed users to find suggestions for books to read based on natural language analysis of other titles. Read more »

Explore Nearby sneaks into latest Google Maps

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Google is currently updating its Maps app on Android devices to version 8.2. Upon release we saw the changelog and it had biking elevation info, voice actions in navigation, better My Places menu but Google didn’t say anything about the Explore Nearby page.

Explore Nearby has been sighted by a couple of users and it manifests via a shortcut right next to the GPS button in the Maps interface. When you select it you’re taken to a separate menu that gives you information on where you are, what’s the weather and lists points of interests, broken down by the time of day. Read more »

Amazon unveils Kindle Unlimited subscription for $9.99 per month

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Amazon has made a new service official today. It’s called Kindle Unlimited and it provides all-you-can-read access to 600,000 books in the retailer’s portfolio, and it also lets you listen to thousands of audiobooks.

All of this costs $9.99 per month, hence why many people are calling it a ‘Netflix for books’. Read more »

Free group video calls now possible on Skype for Windows tablets

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Skype has announced a new update today, and this one enables you to do free group video calls if you use a Windows tablet or a “2 in 1 device” (which presumably refers to convertible laptops).

You have to be running Windows 8.1 on your device, though, as Windows 8 isn’t supported. If you do qualify, however, using this feature seems to be very straightforward. Read more »

Microsoft shows off Lumia 1020 and cloud services in latest video

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Microsoft has released a new video that show the Lumia 1020 in action, along with its various cloud services working together.

The video shows a guy trying to restore an old bike for his dad and how he uses Microsoft products to achieve that. We see the Lumia 1020, the Microsoft Surface Pro 3, OneDrive and even OneNote in action. Read more »

Windows Phone’s Cortana gives Argentina the edge over The Netherlands

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Microsoft’s spanking new voice assistant that premiered on Windows Phone 8.1, Cortana, predicts that Argentina has the edge over The Netherlands in today’s World Cup semi-final clash at Sao Paulo’s Arena Corinthians stadium.

If you ask Cortana on your phone which team will win in the match Cortana will do some clever behind the scenes match to tell you the most probable outcome. And for the upcoming Argentina – The Netherlands clash it thinks it’s a close call but still favoring the Argentinian side. Read more »

New UI for Google Drive starts rolling out online

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Google Drive is getting a new interface, and we’re not talking about apps in this particular case. Rather, the Web-based Drive is the one getting the new coat of paint. The new design has already started rolling out to users across the world.

It brings with it a new default view that uses a thumbnail grid instead of a list, a shiny big red New button that combines uploading stuff to Drive with creating new documents, and desktop-like selection tools. Read more »

After 10 years of service Google shuts Orkut down

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Guess what – Google+ isn’t Google’s first go at a social network. Back before social networks were as popular as today, around the same time when Facebook was just getting started after Myspace paved the way, there was Orkut. The social network didn’t really leave a big mark in its 10 year tenure but has been used widely in Brazil and India.

Now that Google’s Google+, YouTube and Blogger are moving forward and luring users by the quarter Google, and Father Time, have finally caught up to Orkut. The service will be shutting down on September 30 of this year and effective today isn’t accepting new registrations. Read more »