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Hive Settings: This app gives you easy access to all your Android device's settings

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Sometimes it’s the simplest of apps that really grab our attention. Hive Settings for Android is one such app, designed to make it as easy as possible to tap and tweak the settings on your device. Granted, most Android handsets already enable this, either through the drop-down notifications menu, or...
Hive Settings: This app gives you easy access to all your Android device's settings

Annoyed when Facebook tells your friends you've read their message? Here's how to turn it off

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To showcase its technology, which enables developers to create cross-browser extensions in minutes, Crossrider has built a nifty add-on that enables Facebook users to turn off the ‘read receipts’. You may remember that Facebook recently decided to show all your friends when you’ve read their messages, a feature that was...
Annoyed when Facebook tells your friends you've read their message? Here's how to turn it off

The UK's Channel 4 gives its catch-up TV service 4oD a native Android app

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Channel 4 has finally launched a native Android app for its catch-up TV service 4oD, almost a year-and-a-half after it landed on iPhone for the first time, having previously been available for iPad. As with the iOS incarnation, you can browse content on the Android version over your mobile network...
The UK's Channel 4 gives its catch-up TV service 4oD a native Android app

Virgin adds 8 new channels to its UK TV Anywhere service including ITV, and brings 3 more to mobile

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UK cable TV company Virgin Media has added 8 completely new channels to its online Virgin TV Anywhere service, and made 3 available for mobile users, bringing its total ‘live’ and ‘on-demand’ channel count to 75. The new channel additions include ITV, ITV 2, ITV 3 and ITV 4, and...
Virgin adds 8 new channels to its UK TV Anywhere service including ITV, and brings 3 more to mobile

Quora now officially embraces reviews, letting users include star-ratings with their responses

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Quora is bringing a new kind of content to its Q&A platform today, in the form of reviews. If you’re a regular user of Quora, you’ll have noticed that many of the existing Q&A pages already involve reviews, but by officially embracing a review-based structure, Quora is making it easier...
Quora now officially embraces reviews, letting users include star-ratings with their responses

Good Sort surfaces the most popular messages on your Facebook Wall since you joined

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If you’re one of those Facebook addicts that can be seen perennially punching away at their smartphone, you might like this little app. Good Sort is an iOS app that lets you sort your Facebook Wall messages by Likes, Comments or Shares, from a specific year or from all time....
Good Sort surfaces the most popular messages on your Facebook Wall since you joined

China's Sina didn't just launch a Path rival, it cloned its iOS app

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We’ve written about the rise of Path clones in China, and now the US-based social network might have just got its largest competitor after media giant Sina launched MeYou (密友), its own clone that hit China’s App Store today. The app, spotted by Technode, faithfully follows the design intricacies and principles of Path’s...
China's Sina didn't just launch a Path rival, it cloned its iOS app

This neat hack takes voice-search to Rdio via Google Chrome's new Web Speech API

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Less than a week after Google launched Chrome 25 replete with voice-recognition support via the new Web Speech API, an interesting little hack has emerged from the Rdio community that taps this very feature. Talk Radio takes voice-search to Rdio Talk Radio takes Siri-esque functionality and replicates it in your...
This neat hack takes voice-search to Rdio via Google Chrome's new Web Speech API

Mozilla Hispano pranks blog readers with phony Firefox OS Facebook phone announcement

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Happy Day of Innocents! Think of it as the Spanish version of April Fool’s day and be on the look out for your friends out pranking online. Not ones to be left out of the frivolities, Mozilla Hispano has an interesting post on its blog today. “Facebook Phone OS based...
Mozilla Hispano pranks blog readers with phony Firefox OS Facebook phone announcement

Wikimedia Commons' new iOS and Android apps make it easier to donate photos to Wikipedia

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If you’ve ever wondered where all those images come from when perusing Wikipedia, the answer likely lies in Wikimedia Commons, a project set up by the Wikimedia Foundation to create an online repository of license-free images and other media files. Now, the Wikimedia Commons project has officially unveiled its native...
Wikimedia Commons' new iOS and Android apps make it easier to donate photos to Wikipedia

Heroku loses a star as CEO and Salesforce EVP Sebastian resigns

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Byron Sebastian, the former Heroku CEO who most recently served as executive vice president of platforms for parent company Salesforce.com, has left the company, a source close to the situation has confirmed. If Sebastian’s LinkedIn profile is an accurate indicator, he’s currently farming olives. Sebastian joined popular platform-as-a-service startup Heroku...
Heroku loses a star as CEO and Salesforce EVP Sebastian resigns

Researchers' algorithm intends to get more work out of cloud database servers

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Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed an algorithm that aims to make database cloud infrastructure more efficient by pushing more similar workloads onto fewer servers, rather than distributing them as widely as possible. The premise is surprising, given that many database companies make a point of divvying...
Researchers' algorithm intends to get more work out of cloud database servers

Chime for Chrome aggregates all your notifications from Gmail, Twitter, Facebook and more

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If you have a hankering to pull all the messages from your most commonly used Web services into a single silo, then this nifty little browser extension could be what you’re looking for. Chime for Chrome aggregates notifications from Gmail, Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, LinkedIn, Quora, Github, Flickr, Foursquare and Stackoverflow....
Chime for Chrome aggregates all your notifications from Gmail, Twitter, Facebook and more

It's a kind of magic: Rovio reimagines Freddie Mercury as an Angry Birds character

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Freddie For A Day is an annual initiative celebrated on September 5, Freddie Mercury’s birthday, to raise funds for the Mercury Phoenix Trust. What do you have to do to participate? Dress as Freddie Mercury – Queen’s iconic frontman, who died of an Aids-related illness in 1991. As we approach...
It's a kind of magic: Rovio reimagines Freddie Mercury as an Angry Birds character

Skyhigh Networks gets $20M to lift IT out of the shadows

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The use of shadow IT — storing and sharing files on non-sanctioned clouds from Box, Dropbox and others, partly propelled by the bring-your-own-device trend — is not news, because it’s been going on for years despite the compliance and security problems it can pose. But IT leaders are fighting back,...
Skyhigh Networks gets $20M to lift IT out of the shadows

Boingo's updated iOS Wi-Finder app now lets you spy a Boingo hotspot at a glance and log-in automatically

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Boingo Wireless has launched a new version of its Wi-Finder app, built specifically for some of the key features in iOS 6. Founded in Los Angeles way back in 2001, Boingo provides Wi-Fi access through more than 600,000 hotspots globally, letting users access Internet on the go through a single...
Boingo's updated iOS Wi-Finder app now lets you spy a Boingo hotspot at a glance and log-in automatically

Amazon's LoveFilm gets a Netflix Queue-like Watchlist feature to save movies and TV shows for later

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Two weeks after we announced that LoveFilm’s website was getting a search makeover, the Amazon-owned movie and TV show service has unveiled a new Watchlist feature on its website, letting users add any title from its Instant catalogue to a library to watch later. From today, you’ll now see a...
Amazon's LoveFilm gets a Netflix Queue-like Watchlist feature to save movies and TV shows for later

Indian fashion e-tailer Myntra tipped to raise $25m to scale up its operations

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Indian fashion e-tailer service Myntra is reportedly set to gain an additional $25 million in investment to help it scale up and increase its reach among young Internet savvy consumers among the country’s 1.2 billion population. According to a Times of India report, existing Myntra investors Accel (which owns a...
Indian fashion e-tailer Myntra tipped to raise $25m to scale up its operations

'Beautiful Clock Widgets' brings delicious digital timepieces to Android

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Some apps set out to change the world, others are hell-bent on bringing beauty to your pocket gadgets. Beautiful Clock Widgets falls into the latter category. This little Android app does exactly what it says on the label, featuring a collection of clock widgets with the choice of additional data,...
'Beautiful Clock Widgets' brings delicious digital timepieces to Android

Google-backed Netizen of the Year Award to be voted by the public this year

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Reporters Without Borders, the France-based NGO that advocates freedom of information, has announced its annual Netizen of the Year Award which seeks to honor a Web-based blogger or cyber-dissident who has fought to defend freedom of expression on the World Wide Web. However, this year it’s taking a slightly different...
Google-backed Netizen of the Year Award to be voted by the public this year

Microsoft confirms Outlook 2013 app will arrive for Windows RT tablets later this year

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At Computex 2013 earlier today, Microsoft CFO and CMO Tami Reller finally confirmed that Outlook 2013 will be arriving on Windows RT tablets as part of the broader Windows 8.1 update that’s scheduled to land later this year. The popular desktop email client will rejoin its Office 2013 RT counterparts...
Microsoft confirms Outlook 2013 app will arrive for Windows RT tablets later this year

Netflix launches its first Flixies awards, categories include 'Best Bromance' and 'Best Hangover Cure'

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Just two days after the 84th Academy Awards came to its conclusion in Los Angeles, Netflix has announced a brand new awards initiative of its own – the Flixies. As you’d expect, the Flixies will honour all the top movies and TV shows on the streaming service, with both Netflix...
Netflix launches its first Flixies awards, categories include 'Best Bromance' and 'Best Hangover Cure'

Netflix is now fully-optimized for Windows Phone 8

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Good news for all you Windows Phone fans. Netflix has just rolled out an update to its Windows Phone app, which means it now supports Windows Phone 8 devices with 720×1280 resolution screens – before, you’d see a black-bar across the top of the screen on some phones. It’s worth...
Netflix is now fully-optimized for Windows Phone 8

DataRPM scores $250K, introduces Google-like big data searching

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More companies are realizing that analyzing their big data can lead to insights that increase revenue and produce other business breakthroughs. But getting good answers isn’t always easy, often requiring IT administrators to take charge and leaving all but a handful of business executives equipped to use software. One startup...
DataRPM scores $250K, introduces Google-like big data searching

HotelTonight announces 4 million downloads, as it checks in to Germany and Switzerland

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Same-day hotel-booking service HotelTonight has announced that it’s now available in Germany and Switzerland, its ninth and tenth countries, and is now available in more than eighty cities globally. We first covered HotelTonight way back in early 2011, when it launched initially for iPhones. It then hit Android shortly after,...
HotelTonight announces 4 million downloads, as it checks in to Germany and Switzerland

For big data analytics, recall the tried and true old-school rules

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Data analysis didn’t start with Hadoop. Companies have been working with data to get insights for decades. While technology has changed, some of the rules from the past still apply, or ought to, as data gets bigger and bigger. Jack Rivkin, an occasional blogger with deep investment experience, recently shared...
For big data analytics, recall the tried and true old-school rules

US performance rights body SoundExchange announces $1bn in digital royalty payments

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SoundExchange has announced a major milestone of $1 billion in digital royalty payments to recording artists and record labels since its inception in 2000. SoundExchange is the non-profit performance rights organization that represents the entire US recorded music industry. Prior to 1995, sound recording copyright owners (SRCO) in the US...
US performance rights body SoundExchange announces $1bn in digital royalty payments

FreedomPop brings its freemium 4G model to the home

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FreedomPop isn’t content with experimenting in the mobile broadband space. It wants to test its free bandwidth model in the residential ISP space as well. The newly minted virtual operator will begin selling a home broadband service in January, giving 1 GB of data for free each month to each customer....
FreedomPop brings its freemium 4G model to the home

Pandora users listened to 13 billion hours of music in 2012, across 1 million songs and 100,000 artists

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Internet radio and music recommendation service Pandora has announced how its 2012 fared, with users listening to more than 13 billion hours of music, across one million songs and 100,000 artists. In the process, they also created 1.6bn stations, and more than 10,000 musicians and bands notched up 250,000 unique...
Pandora users listened to 13 billion hours of music in 2012, across 1 million songs and 100,000 artists

Free storage takes a (small) hit in Google's latest house-cleaning

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Google has been on a mission ovet the past year to trim the number of products and features it supports, and the latest batch of pink slips came today. Among the soon-to-be-gone features Senior Engineering Director Yassi Matias highlighted in a Friday-afternoon blog post are separate Google storage accounts, and...
Free storage takes a (small) hit in Google's latest house-cleaning
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