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Facebook updates News Feed to focus on more quality content


December 4, 2013, 4:49 IST

Silky Malhotra

Facebook updates News Feed to focus on more quality content

Facebook News feed will now display more quality content including news stories! The social networking site cites a recent survey that showed people use Facebook not only to stay connected with friends and family, but also to stay updated with the latest news.

The Facebook survey also found that people preferred reading high quality content about their favorite celebrities, sports teams as well as current events. Now, the social networking site will focus more on quality content instead from the latest meme. This means quality stories will now be showed more prominently in News Feed instead of meme photos. The update will also highlight the posts to the top of the newsfeed on which the user’s friends have commented, to create more conversation around the articles with comments.

"People use Facebook to share and connect, including staying current on the latest news, whether it's about their favourite celebrity or what's happening in the world," said the blog post from Facebook engineering manager Varun Kacholia and software engineer Minwen Ji.

"We've noticed that people enjoy seeing articles on Facebook, and so we're now paying closer attention to what makes for high quality content, and how often articles are clicked on from News Feed on mobile. What this means is that you may start to notice links to articles a little more often (particularly on mobile)."

Facebook has recently started displaying articles based on the users search history and interests. When users click on a link to an article in the Facebook News Feed they can see up to three related articles.

Facebook now has 1.19 billion monthly active users, an 18 percent growth YoY. The company reported $2.2 billion revenue in Q3,2013 an increase of 60 percent compared with $ 1.26 billion in Q3, 2012. The company's revenues from advertising grew 66 percent to $ 1.80 from the same quarter last year.

Source: Mashable

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Indians pay the most for the Apple iPhone 5S in the world: Study


December 4, 2013, 4:18 IST

Kul Bhushan

Indians pay the most for the Apple iPhone 5S in the world: Study

Apple's pricey iPhones are no less than a status symbol in India – a price sensitive market where smartphone prices start at around Rs. 5,000. Apple's latest smartphone – iPhone 5S – launched in India for over a half lakh rupees (for the lowest 16GB model.) The 64GB model costs around Rs. 71,000. Moreover, pricing for the so called 'less-expensive' iPhone 5C starts at Rs. 41,900. And now, a study reveals – we Indians pay the most for the Apple smartphone in the world.

Technology website Mobiles Unlocked has released a detailed analysis on the price of the iPhone 5S at global price index. The report says the iPhone 5S costs the Indians the most in the world when compared with their purchasing power. Indians pay about 22.3% of the national gross domestic product per capita (GDP PPP) to buy the iPhone 5S. The GDP (PPP ) refers to the measure of how much money an average person generates in each country.

According to the list prepared by Mobiles Unlocked, India is followed by Vietnam, Jordan and Philippines. China, considered to be Apple's fastest-growing market, stands fifth in the list, in terms of GDP PPP. Chinese shell out 10% of their GDP PPP.

While the iPhone 5S costs the most to Indians, it costs the least to Qatar citizens, who pay 0.76% of their disposable incomes for the device. Americans have to pay 1.36% of their disposable incomes for the phone.

The study covers 47 countries and includes the price of the 16GB model of the iPhone 5S, and prices are directly from the local Apple stores for each country or a listed official supplier from the Apple site. Also read, iPhone 4S, the most expensive in India; why so?

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LG starts rolling out G Flex in global markets

LG has announced that they will start rolling out their innovative G Flex smartphone globally starting this month. The phone will initially be available in key Asian markets and then in other regions around the world. In Singapore, you will be able t...
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Worldwide PC shipments to fall by 10.1% in 2013: IDC


December 4, 2013, 3:09 IST

Silky Malhotra

Worldwide PC shipments to fall by 10.1% in 2013: IDC

International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker report for 2013 states that PC shipments globally are expected to fall by -10.1% in 2013 and are expected to decline further by -3.8% in 2014. If the estimate turns out to accurate, this is the worst yearly fall on record for PC's till date. IDC puts the trend as 'by far the most severe yearly contraction on record'.

Overall, the report states that total PC shipments may stabilise in the long term but will remain around 300 million, which is barely ahead of the 2008 volumes. The report forecasts that shipments for consumers are declining at -15 percent for consumers, while commercial market is declining at -5% YoY. However, IDC forecasts that both commercial and consumer market will sustain a decline in 2014 and will have a flat growth rate in the longer term.

"Perhaps the chief concern for future PC demand is a lack of reasons to replace an older system," says Jay Chou, Senior Research Analyst, Worldwide Quarterly PC Trackers at IDC. "While IDC research finds that the PC still remains the primary computing device – for example, PCs are used more hours per day than tablets or phones – PC usage is nonetheless declining each year as more devices become available. And despite industry efforts, PC usage has not moved significantly beyond consumption and productivity tasks to differentiate PCs from other devices. As a result, PC lifespans continue to increase, thereby limiting market growth."

IDC's report for tablet shipments also forecasts a decline in growth to single digits by 2017. The decline is mainly attributed to consumers buying large screen smartphones. The report states that global tablet shipments will slow down to 22 percent in 2014. By 2017, tablet sales will increase to 386.3 million units a decline from the earlier IDC forecast of 407 million units.

The latest IDC report corroborates a general downward trend in PC shipments in the recent months. Earlier this year, the IDC in its report for the first quarter of 2013 said PC shipments had seen the worst ever decline in shipment numbers since the firm began tracking these numbers in 1994. Also read, The PC and its struggle for survival

Source: IDC

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Chrome apps for iOS and Android to launch subsequent month?

on December 4, 2013, 2:51 IST Abhinav Mishra Chrome apps could arrive on Android and iOS sooner than expected, as it seems Google has figured out a way to port apps to mobiles and hopes to release a beta version as soon as next month. Googl...
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VSCO Cam is now on Android

Popular iOS photography app VSCO Cam has made its debut on Android. The application launched on iOS earlier this year and a few months back the developers started beta testing with Android version with a small group of people who signed up for it. Now the app is finally available on the Play Store.

For the uninitiated, VSCO Cam is an app that lets you capture, edit, store and share photos from your phone. It has a completely custom and minimal UI that is neither native to iOS nor Android and looks identical on both platforms. The UI takes some getting used to but once you get the hang of it, it really is as simple to use as any other photography app.

VSCO Cam saves photos in its own gallery when you shoot them and you can then choose to save them in your phone’s gallery as well. The viewfinder has all the basic shooting options, along with a nice square crop if you intent to upload the image later to Instagram. Once the image is captured, you can choose to edit it using a wide range of editing options, including several well-made filters. The filters all come with an intensity adjustment to let you control their strength.

After editing, you can tap the share button to send out the image. The app provides quick access to commonly used social networking sites such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Google+ and even email so you don’t have to wade through Android’s share sheet to find the app you’re looking for. Tapping Twitter, for instance, will immediately open the image in the official Twitter app. You can also make the app open the Android share sheet using the ‘More’ button at the bottom of the list.

Along with letting you upload images to other sites, VSCO Cam also has its own little network for uploading images, à la Instagram. You’ll find dozens of great looking photos uploaded there shot using the app on a phone and you can upload yours too if you sign up. The best ones are also highlighted on VSCO’s website.

VSCO Cam app also has a store where you can purchase additional filters. The app comes with a handful built-in but there are dozens more on the store for purchase. Most of them cost 99 cents or you can buy a whole bunch for $5.99. Some are even free.

Overall, this is a very nice photography app to try out for those who take a lot of photos on their phone. Maybe you’ll find something here you’ll like that you haven’t on all those other camera apps before. VSCO Cam is available for download for free from the link below.


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KitKat running on 1.1% of Android devices, Jelly Bean grows to 54.5%: Google


December 4, 2013, 12:37 IST

Kul Bhushan

KitKat running on 1.1% of Android devices, Jelly Bean grows to 54.5%: Google

Google's latest Android version 4.4, KitKat, is now running on 1.1% of the total number of active Android devices. According to Google's updated platform versions distribution for Android, Jelly Bean's all three iterations – v4.1x, v4.2x and v4.3 – combined run on 54.5% of devices (v4.1x on 37.4% devices, v4.2x on 12.9% and v4.3 on 4.2%).

Rate of Android v4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich installations has slipped from 19.8% to 18.6%, while Gingerbread (Android 2.3) has slid from 26.3% to 24.1%.

Google's new Android dashboard that assesses installations rate of Android devices reveal a relatively quick adoption rate of KitKat. Google had launched its new Android iteration along with the new Nexus 5.

Comparing KitKat to the Android v4.3, the iteration was released in July on the new Nexus 7, but made it first appearance in the Android dashboard in October's figures, where it was running on about 1.5% of devices.

It's notable KitKat has already started rolling out to some devices such as Google Play editions of Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One, Nexus 4 and Moto X. KitKat's share is expected to grow significantly in the near future, as Samsung, HTC, Motorola and Sony plan to roll out KitKat across their devices over the coming weeks and months.

Source: Google

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RX100 ll Photos by the hitRECord Community

Sony and hitRECord have teamed up again for an exclusive photography collaboration featuring photos from the community taken on the RX 100 II. Enjoy!

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“Lights” taken by  chrismckenney


“Splish Splash” taken by Cerebis


“Sailboats” taken by abeautifulfool


“color 2” taken by Desirea


“Macaroons 1″ taken by Belcath1981

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“Striped straws 2″ by Belcath1981


 Taken by gmChrisJacobs


 Waves (patterns) taken by CaptClare


 Red and Yellow Braid taken by cerebis


 Contrast taken by fraeulein


 The Delivery taken by Laural


Passing By by spectaclephoto


 Shelby Street Bridge by KevinMaistros


 Knowledge Is Power by Laural

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UK Judge reveals details on the HTC One successor’s launch date

In today’s ruling on the patent case between Nokia and HTC, the UK high court judge Richard Arnold revealed details on the HTC One successor’s launch date. The Taiwanese company’s next flagship is said to launch in the UK in February or March 2014.

The timeframe is included into the judge’s decision which allowed HTC to continue selling its flagship smartphone in the UK (the HTC One mini wasn’t so lucky). Regarding the possibility of halting the HTC One sales, the magistrate argued that "there is a period between now and February or March 2014 when HTC is vulnerable". The aforementioned period comes from evidence submitted by Nokia.

No further details on the upcoming range-topping device from HTC were provided in the judge’s decision. Past leaks, point at HTC M8 with 5” 1080p display and Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC coming our way.

Source | Via

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Our 2-Day Holiday sale is almost here.

We’re eager to tell you more about our MotoMaker holiday price promotion (formerly known as Cyber Monday deal). This week we’ve put a lot of work into designing a simple sale that avoids rushed checkouts and frantic phone selection, so that you can take your time customizing your Moto X without racing against the clock.

Here’s how it will work:

At 12 pm EST Wednesday (12/4) and again at 12 pm EST next Monday (12/9), a customized Moto X will be $150 off the no-contract price. You’ll also get 30% off select accessories—including cases, headphones, and wireless products—when you use the promo code THANKS. We have bumped up the number of sale devices available. The promotion will last as long as quantities are available each day.

Here’s what you do:

  • Go to motorola.com/holiday2daysale and register for the promotion starting at noon EST on the two sale days. You will know right away if quantities are still available.
  • Once registered, you will be emailed a promo code within a few hours. This code is active for one week.
  • Go to Moto Maker and design your phone within the one week window (take your time and have fun!).
  • At checkout, enter your one-time promo code to receive $150 off the no-contract price in the shopping cart. (Your code only works once and for one phone.)
  • Submit your order to get rocking with your custom Moto X in time for the holidays. Moto Maker will provide an estimated delivery date while you design your product and again at checkout. You will also receive an email when we start assembling your device as well as when it ships.*
We’re excited to share this promotion with you and can’t wait for you to get your Moto X. Visit our FAQ page if you have more questions.

Follow our Twitter, G+, and Facebook for the latest on the sale.

*Shipping times are subject to parts availability.

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PlayStation Store Update

PS4 owners get a great new indie title: Tiny Brains! Also, the Vita game Escape Plan comes to PS4. Start your winter off right with Holiday Bundles from some of your favorite EA titles. Madden 25, NCAA 14, FIFA 14, Need For Speed Rivals and Battlefield 4 all have special Holiday Bundles priced at $49.99.