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Facebook’s new Rooms app takes us back to the days of the early net

  • 24/10/2014 at 01:09 by It's a Gadget Staff
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Facebook RoomsFacebook has announced their new app, Rooms, a service completely separate from the social network that brings back the format of message boards. Only this time, it is done for a mobile platform.

Message boards still have relevance today, but their popularity has waned in the face of changing social networks and platforms. For example, a traditional message board will still gain a community following, but not in the numbers of Reddit, which maintains a wider appeal.

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Google introduces new Inbox Gmail App, a more intuitive email client

  • 23/10/2014 at 00:03 by It's a Gadget Staff
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Google Inbox Gmail AppGoogle has announced the release of a new Gmail App. It is Inbox, an email client that they claim will “work for you”, offering a more intuitive and adaptive experience than their more traditional platform.

Through using Labs and more set features, Google has always shown a desire to improve and change their Gmail service. A big part of that has been the ability to group together messages, first by threaded emails, and then through tagging messages to keep them in a certain category. Inbox is a step beyond their past experiments.

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Microsoft has officially revealed the new Windows 10

  • 01/10/2014 at 23:26 by It's a Gadget Staff
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Microsoft Windows 10Yesterday, Microsoft made a rather surprising announcement: they are skipping right over Windows 9, and instead unveiling Windows 10.

Alright, it has to be done, because it has been a constant joke made on Twitter since the news hit: Why not Windows 9? Because 7-8-9! I know, get your groans out now. But that was an inevitable pun when it was announced that the next incarnations of Windows will not follow by numerical pattern established with Windows 7, but instead will jump ahead to 10.

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Former Microsoft chief engineer releases “Talko”, a voice call app

  • 24/09/2014 at 21:04 by It's a Gadget Staff
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Talko Voice Call AppTired of the same old conference calls? Want a new way to communicate with a team of people you wish you didn’t have to work with? Former Chief Software Engineer at Microsoft, Ray Ozzie, gets it. Now, he is releasing a new app to help you do it.

Talko is an interactive voice application that essentially gives you the ability to add a new scope to voice calls or recorded messages.

According to the app’s synopsis, we are using smartphones to connect more, but talking less and less. Voice doesn’t factor in so much thanks to text messages and social media. Which limits personal interaction and human emotion, banishing it from the conversation. Plus, it is slow and cumbersome.

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Tim Cook talks iPhone 6 and changing Apple’s focus

Tim Cook AppleTim Cook took part in an interesting interview with Bloomberg Business, where he talks about the latest iPhone 6 and 6 Plus release, the way they have changed Apple since the death of his predecessor, and more.

When Steve Jobs passed, everyone knew that Cook would take the reigns. But there was a lot of speculation about how that would change the company, and what aspects of the brand image might shift under the influence of a new mind.

The truth is, Jobs was sick for awhile before he passed. So Cook was already well involved in running things, and the collaborative nature of the company encouraged more than the vision of a single man.

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New leak gives us a peek at Windows 9 Start Menu

  • 12/09/2014 at 22:12 by It's a Gadget Staff
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Leak Windows 9 Start MenuThanks to two German tech sites, we now have our first real leak of Windows 9. It shows us a couple of the major features being implemented into Microsoft’s flagship software.

ComputerBase and WinFuture posted screenshots intended as a technical preview that were not set to launch until October. In them, we can see a couple improvements that have Microsoft moving on from the lackluster results of their previous Windows 8.

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Security firms struggle with Apple iMessage spam

  • 22/08/2014 at 23:08 by It's a Gadget Staff
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Apple and MalwareThose with Apple devices, both computer and mobile, may have noticed a growing number of spam messages being sent across the board. That is thanks to a vulnerability with iMessage, which allows spammers to easily send their “offers” to any Apple owners.

In a very short time, 30% of all mobile spam has become the domain of spammers using iMessage, the messaging service by Apple. It is a growing problem that has security firms working over time in an attempt to combat it.

According to reports, one particularly aggressive and widespread spam campaign has managed to up mobile spam in particular. All it takes is a little bit of coding and it is being sent off to Apple devices all at once.

These spam messages are usually selling something, such as knockoff designer items and accessories. Anything could potentially be sent, however, such as messages attempting to connect with “contest winners”, or collecting fake debts as a means to mine financial information. The possibilities are as endless as they are with email spam.

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