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Microsoft is laying off 18,000 workers and will end Android experiment

MicrosoftMicrosoft has followed up their email on the new productivity focus of the company with a far more alarming set of messages from Satya Nadella and Stephen Elop. It looks like a lot of people will be losing their jobs.

Just a few months after taking up Nokia and beginning their own Android experiment, Microsoft is cutting back on funding for the project. That includes the slashing of 18,000 jobs, a massive cut that could begin as early as this week. A full 12,500 of those jobs are coming directly from the merged Nokia workforce.

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Google I/O 2014 Dev Conference Highlights: Android Wear, Android Auto, Android TV and Android One

  • 25/06/2014 at 23:30 by It's a Gadget Staff
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Google I/O 2014 HighlightsGoogle I/O 2014 Developers Conference kicked off today at the Moscone Center in downtown San Francisco. With this occasion we found out new things about Android Wear, Android Auto, the further development of Chromecast and Android TV, and a new initiative, Android One.

Integration through your entire day was the focus on today’s presentations at the Google I/O event. The company is hoping to connect your entire life, from when you wake up to when you go to bed at night, with the Android brand experience.

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Facebook introduces Slingshot, latest contender for Snapchat

  • 17/06/2014 at 23:45 by It's a Gadget Staff
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Slingshot LogoAfter a little sneak peek last week that built the hype, Facebook has officially released their new Slingshot app. The second application to come out of Facebook Creative Labs, it is directly taking on Snapchat using the same concept…with a twist.

Those who have used Snapchat knows how it works. You send a video or photo, add text and send it off to a selection of contacts. They open it when they choose, see it, and can either screencap to save, or let it pass into the ether. It offers a bit of privacy for communication from those who might check your phone.

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Finally! Amazon Prime launches new music service

Amazon Prime MusicAmazon Prime users rejoice! There is now an additional feature with your membership that will allow you to access the site’s music library for free. This adds to the list of services that includes free two-day shipping, free ebook lending, and free movies and TV shows.

Music services are becoming ever more popular. Sites like 8Tracks allow you to listen to user-created playlists. Pandora and IHeartRadio provide live streaming. Now Amazon is trying to muscle in on both, providing access to their music library to stream, as well as offering playlists for members who want to stay within a specific genre.

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Apple unveils iOS 8 and the new Health app at WWDC 2014

  • 03/06/2014 at 00:06 by It's a Gadget Staff
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Apple iOS 8Apple has finally unveiled the much anticipated iOS 8, their latest version of their mobile software. They have claimed it as the biggest iOS release ever, and for good reason, in particular for developers.

In their official press release, Apple named three major features as the biggest changes for the software. These were the new health app, the iCloud Photo Library, and updates to iMessage. While these are sure to impress consumers, developers have a lot more to look forward to when it comes to working with the new iOS.

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Microsoft is now officially a major hardware company

Microsoft Nadella and Nokia ElopAfter last year’s announcement that they had acquired Nokia for $7.9 billion, Microsoft has confirmed that both the handset company’s shareholders and regulatory agencies have approved the deal.

In the past, the results of Microsoft’s mobile efforts have been mixed. The Windows Phone has its share of supporters, but the brand has never made a real dent in a market that is dominated by Apple and Android devices.

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Android had a very different face before the iPhone came around

Android and AppleA new report released in court have shown that Google’s Android phones were meant to have a very different look. Until the iPhone was released in 2007, and it became clear that changes would be needed if they were to compete.

Originally, the Android OS was going to be like many others at the time. The regular Android phone would feature a plastic keyboard for QWERTY use, and no touchscreen compatibility. Though it did state that touchscreens may be a future release.

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