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Twitter has announced its first social commerce addition. When Twitter hired former Ticketmaster CEO Nathan Hubbard last year to head up their “commerce team,” it became obvious they were working on something. That something is …

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Google unveils low-cost Android One smartphones
Fri, 19/09/14 – 5:29 | No Comment

Google has unveiled the first three smartphones that will form part of Android One, the firm’s initiative to bringing affordable handsets to emerging markets.

“With Android One, we not only want to help people get online, we want to make sure that when they get there, they can tap into the wealth of information and knowledge the Web holds for everyone,” stated Google senior vice president Sundar Pichai.

Manufactured by Spice, Karbonn and Micromax, each of the three handsets will feature a 4.5-inch display with prices starting at $105.

The phones will boast a 5MP front-facing camera and 2MP rear-facing camera, a replaceable battery, dual SIM card slots and a built-in FM radio. Other features include a 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek processor and 1GB of RAM.

Running on the firm’s upcoming mobile operating system Android L, the phones will be eligible for software updates as well as security patches.

They will debut in India before coming to other emerging markets such as the Philippines, Indonesia, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Pakistan by the end of the year.

To make the phones affordable, Google has partnered with other smartphone makers such as Acer, Lenovo, Asus and HTC as well as silicon chip manufacturers to use lower-cost components.

There are more than 1.75 billion smartphone users across the globe, but firms like Google still have a chance to grab the attention of five billion people without mobile devices.

Google explained that it focused on India first due to the country’s pricey data plans and hardware and limited access to apps.

Connecticut cities to have ultra high-speed internet
Fri, 19/09/14 – 5:27 | No Comment

Three Connecticut cities have unveiled plans to bring ultra high-speed internet service into the state by asking potential providers to submit information and qualifications.

Minecraft Assimilated into Microsoft for $2.5B
Mon, 15/09/14 – 23:53 | No Comment

Microsoft announced that it’s acquired the popular sandbox game Minecraft by purchasing its Stockholm-based developer Mojang. The Mojang team will join Microsoft Studios. Resistance is futile.
The terms of the agreement have Microsoft acquiring Mojang for …

Apple unveils new mobile payment service
Fri, 12/09/14 – 5:23 | No Comment

Apple has ventured into the world of mobile payments with the launch of their Apple Pay service.

Apple to offer smartwatch by early 2015
Fri, 12/09/14 – 5:22 | No Comment

In an effort to diversify its line of products, Apple unveiled its very first line of smartwatches on Tuesday.

Home Depot investigates credit card breach
Fri, 5/09/14 – 4:09 | No Comment

Home Depot is currently investigating a suspected breach of customer data, potentially making it the latest victim of retail hackings involving customer credit card information.

Fan Funding on YouTube just got easier
Tue, 2/09/14 – 10:31 | No Comment

YouTube has finally launched a long-awaited program to allow channel watchers and video fans to donate directly to the video’s content creator or owner. It works by simply popping up a sort of ad in …

Smartphone kill switch bill signed into law in California
Fri, 29/08/14 – 6:11 | No Comment

A new law that was signed into effect on Monday requires all smartphones manufactured after 1 July 2015 and sold within California to include a kill switch. This will allow users to remotely lock their phones and delete all data if they are stolen or lost.

China to trump US in e-commerce scene
Fri, 29/08/14 – 6:07 | No Comment

China’s online commerce market will likely surpass that of the United States in the next six years, according to

Online presence vital to luxury brands in China
Fri, 22/08/14 – 8:27 | No Comment

In order to effectively fight counterfeit products in China, global luxury brands should have an online presence there, according to Angie Au-Yeung, Senior e-commerce Manager of Swiss luxury goods company Richemont.

London museum to display world’s first smartphone
Fri, 22/08/14 – 8:25 | No Comment

IBM Simon, the first smartphone in the world, will be showcased in London’s Science Museum starting in October to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the device.

Google wants your children
Tue, 19/08/14 – 0:43 | No Comment

Google is revamping certain services in order to make kid-friendly versions so that it can target children under age 13 in many markets, including the United States, legally. Officially, children are not targeted or offered …

Startup wins big with app testing platform
Fri, 15/08/14 – 7:13 | No Comment

VM5 clinched the top prize at TechCrunch’s Beijing Startup competition for creating a platform that allows users to test an application without the need to install or even download it.