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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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New Android security flaw could lead to stolen financial details

Android LogoA new flaw in Android security could potentially leads to stolen financial and personal details. It is all thanks to a “fake ID” style malware system that can sneak into other apps, undetected.

For some time, Android has been criticized for their lax approach to third-party app security. Fake applications, or those that only claim to provide a service but actually do nothing, have been featured in the past as “top apps” recommended by Google Play.

Now, a much bigger issue has been uncovered. A new form of malware could be using those apps to gain access to your information.

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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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