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Flirting drives huge upsurge in mobile instant messaging says Deloitte

By: Tamlin Magee | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 7, 2014 7:06 pm

The rise and rise of mobile instant messaging is largely attributed to flirtatious messages among young people, according to a report.

 

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The likes of WhatsApp, Snapchat, iMessage and Facebook Messenger have enjoyed an enormous boom in usage, according to Deloitte, with some teenagers and young adults sending as many as up to 100,000 messages each year. Smartphones are naturally the primary delivery method, and in Britain, the total number of messages is expected to reach 300 billion by the year's end - up from 160 billion the year before.

 

"Teenage romance is appropriating technology for its needs," Deloitte's research head Paul Lee said. "A constant among humans is courting and they use different tools to do it. It used to be hanging on the phone, now it's instant messaging." Lee went on to say that the average person sends seven text messages a day, but this is hardly anything at all compared to instant messaging which makes up 46 messages a day, or three per waking hour.

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Gmail moves unsubscribe links to the top of emails

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 7, 2014 5:02 pm

Unsubscribe links for mailing lists are movin' on up in Gmail. It used to be that you would have to dig around at the bottom of a message from a mailing list to find the unsubscribe link. Google has now changed that with the addition of unsubscribe links at the top of the email.

 

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The point of this is to make it easier for folks to get of lists that they don't want to be on to begin with. Google was testing the feature with a limited number of users and is now rolling it out live for all users.

 

Gmail says that the new feature is better for email senders as well and makes mail less likely to be marked as spam. If the email includes an unsubscribe link, it automatically gets moved to the top next to the senders email address.

Pinterest adds messaging to allow conversations about pins

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 7, 2014 4:05 pm

Pinterest has added a new way for users of its website to talk about the things they pin. Starting this week Pinterest has added a new chat feature that allows users to talk about their favorite things without having to leave the Pinterest site or app.

 

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Pinterest is hoping that the new messaging feature will make it easier for people to chat about their favorite things without leaving the website. Pinterest says that it has over 2 million pins set each day and last year it allowed the users of its app and site to share pins with others via email and notifications on the site.

 

A group of Pinterest users dubbed Power Pinners has been working with the site to refine the product and make it ready for roll out. The messaging service lacks a persistent contact list. That is because it doesn't want to be a messaging service like others out there. Messaging will be available when you Send a Pin and choose a contact; the conversation appears in the lower left corner when the pin is sent.

Google and Barnes & Noble team to fight Amazon via same day delivery

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 7, 2014 3:04 pm

Amazon has been offering same day delivery of certain items from its website for a while now in some parts of the US. That same day delivery service is something that Google and Barnes & Noble want to compete against Amazon with so they have teamed up to make it happen.

 

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Google and Barnes & Noble will been offering book buyers in some parts of the US same day deliveries from local Barnes & Noble stores. The same day delivery service will be offered in Manhattan, West LA, and the San Francisco Bay area via Google Shopping Express.

 

Google Shopping kicked off about year ago and lets buyers in serviced areas get times from stores like Costco, Walgreens, Staples, and Target stores that can be delivered within hours of the purchase. Barnes & Noble CEO Michael Huseby views the service as a test and an attempt to link digital and physical products.

Microsoft eyes retail store near Apple's flagship Fifth Ave location

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 7, 2014 2:00 pm

Microsoft has wanted to compete directly with Apple's retail presence for a long time, but hasn't been able to pull that off. A rumor is circulating that Microsoft is set to open a large new retail store on Fifth Ave in New York City not far from where Apple has its iconic Fifth Ave location.

 

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Microsoft is eyeing a two-story building at 677 Fifth Ave that is vacant and is only a few blocks from the Apple store. Apple certainly has popular and iconic products with the iPad and iPhone among other things, while Microsoft lacks any really popular products.

 

Surface tablets continue to lose money for Microsoft. Perhaps a new retail location could help sales, but a new store near an Apple location doesn't seem to be something that would change the market.

uBeam wireless charging tech uses ultrasound to charge

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 7, 2014 1:03 pm

A woman named Meredith Perry was studying astrobiology at the University of Pennsylvania when she made an interesting discovery that allows portable electronic devices like laptops and cell phones to be charged wirelessly using ultrasound. The tech she created takes electricity and converts it into ultrasound that can be sent through the air to a receiver.

 

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The receiver on the other end captures the ultrasound and turns it back into electricity. Recently the company that Perry founded, called uBeam, created a fully functional prototype of the tech, and plans to turn it into a product for consumers.

 

With this tech, a user could be on their phone and moving around a room freely while the device is charging. The uBeam transmitter would be no more than 5mm thick and receivers for converting the sound into electricity would also be thin. The tech being used can also be used to send secure data as well. One drawback of the tech is that power can't be transmitted through walls; a transmitter is needed for each room.

It looks like Valve might have just silently launched Source 2.0

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 7, 2014 12:56 pm

Once Valve gets things into gear, it's going to be non-stop for them. We have Steam OS, Steam Controller, Steam Box, Steam Machines, Half-Life 3, and various other sequels to expect from the company. But, one of those main cogs is Source 2, the company's next generation graphics engine.

 

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Well, according to some user reports, the company has just silently launched it. Reports are coming out that Source 2 has been spotted in DotA after the alpha launch of DotA 2's Workshop Tools last night, with the entire game reportedly being shifted over to Valve's next-gen Source 2 engine. A post within a thread of Reddit reads: "So, The Workshop tools isn't just a modding platform. It's Source 2. And it's running Dota 2".

 

The post continues: "Everything in this package is a new game. It's all the Dota assets and code ported over to Source 2. That's why Hammer is different. That's why the console is different. Guys. Valve just soft launched the entire Source 2 engine". This isn't a 100% confirmation that Source 2 has launched, but Gabe Newell did tease in a Reddit AMA back in March: "The biggest improvements [in Source 2] will be in increasing productivity of content creation. That focus is driven by the importance we see UGC having going forward. A professional developer at Valve will put up with a lot of pain that won't work if users themselves have to create content".

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice movie release date moved up

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Aug 7, 2014 12:06 pm

If you are a fan of superhero movies, you will like to hear this. The Warner Bros. crossover movie that will see Henry Cavill's superman and Ben Affleck as Batman on the screen at the same time has been moved up to an earlier launch date. The original launch date for the film was May 6, 2016.

 

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The launch date for the Batman v Superman flick was moved up to March 25, 2016. The reason for the change in launch date if because that original May launch date was the same weekend that Captain America 3 is set to hit theaters.

 

Batman v Superman will see Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Jessie Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, and Jeremy Irons as Alfred. I'm looking forward to seeing both films and pushing the launch date for the Superman flick up is good news for many fans.

YouTube buys Directr mobile video app, absorbs employees

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 7, 2014 11:00 am

YouTube has announced that it has purchased a new video startup called Directr. Directr is a company that makes a mobile video app that allows small businesses to create marketing videos to help push their wares to customers. It's unclear how much the deal cost YouTube.

 

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Directr has an app for the iOS platform that is aimed at making it easy to shoot, edit, and upload short videos to the internet. Google is currently planning to add all the employees of Directr to its staff on the video-ads team.

 

Currently the Directr app has a cost associated with it, but Google plans to offer free versions of the app once the company joins YouTube. Google made another purchase this week buying a startup called Emu offering a mobile messaging service.

Monkey selfie at center of copyright battle

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Politics & Money | Posted: Aug 7, 2014 10:20 am

If you take a camera or camera phone and snap a photo, you own the copyright. What if someone else takes your camera or phone and takes a picture with it, who owns the copyright then? In that instance, it's likely the person who snapped the pic that owns copyright. If a wild animal happens to steal your phone and take a selfie, apparently the wild animal owns the copyright.

 

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This is exactly what a photographer named David Slater is finding out. Wikimedia refused to remove a photo that a monkey took of itself with his camera. The reason cited for not removing the image is that Slater doesn't own the copyright.

 

According to Wikimedia, the monkey owns the copyright because it pressed the shutter button. The monkey, in the selfie seen here, is a black crested macaque. Can a monkey own anything?

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