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So Apple doesn’t collect as much data as Google. Maybe it should

Originally posted on Gigaom:

Apple CEO Tim Cook’s Wednesday-night privacy manifesto might have succeeded in placating consumers wary after the recent celebrity iCloud-hacking scandal, but it was less successful as a swipe (and a not-too-subtle one at that) at the company’s fiercest rival, Google. Apple might want to paint Google as the poster boy for big data and ad-supported services, but that doesn’t make Google’s strategy any worse or mean that Apple isn’t picking and choosing when to follow the same strategy itself.

Missing amid all the talk about the types of data [company]Apple[/company] doesn’t collect or analyze is any reference to the benefits that derive from a company’s practice of analyzing user data. This isn’t a love letter to [company]Google[/company], so we can spare the details of its various products and features. But suffice it to say that as the demands on our time and attention continue to increase — and we start strapping computers…

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New Traffic Radar Gun that Will Detect When Drivers Are Texting

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We all have heard about the speed limited imposed by the Traffic police for anyone driving in Nairobi, 50km/h it is. Police will be able to detect using their radar guns if you have gone beyond the required limit.

Well, what about a gadget that can tell if you are texting behind the wheel. According to an article published on yahoo, A Virginia-based company called ComSonics is developing a new type of radar gun that can actually detect whether text message radio frequencies are being emitted from passing cars and which ComSonics says is “close to production.”

As the topic of distracted driving continues to gain nationwide attention, ComSonics isn’t the only company attempting to create at technology designed to temper it.

Third-party apps for Android and iOS, like DriveScribe and DriveOFF, detect when your car is moving and will block all incoming notifications on your phone. And an activity-reporting app called Canary can be installed on young drivers’ phones to let parents know when their kids are calling or texting while driving.

Apple itself has been sitting on a filed patent for a “driver handheld computing device lock-out” to keep iPhone owners from texting while on the road. As for when or how exactly this feature would be rolled out to iOS or the company’s new CarPlay system, that’s anyone’s guess.

It’s yet to be determined whether law enforcement in Virginia or anywhere else will adopt ComSonics’ texting-detection gadget.

Extracted from yahoo 

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Twitter makes profiles on the iPhone more beautiful

Social site Twitter has made what it calls one of the  biggest update to profiles to date for iPhone users. The update features a fresh new design, the updated profiles focus on your bio, Tweets and photos, making it easy for you to get a glimpse into the people you care about on Twitter, the company said.

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With this new update, iPhone users will be able to see a bio as soon as they get to the profile The timelines for Tweets, photos and favorites are easy accessible from anywhere in that profile.

The new profiles will be available for everyone using iOS 7. Also, the company is updating the app to take advantage of iOS 8. Users will now be able to interact directly with push notifications from Twitter, meaning you can Retweet, favorite, follow and more, directly from these notifications if you have iOS 8.

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Source: Twitter 

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Wiko introduces an exciting range of Smartphones in Kenya

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Wiko, the No. 2 smartphone vendor in France has launched its portfolio of 10 phones in Kenya.  Kenyan consumers will now be among the first in Africa to enjoy the “French touch” experience that has become a phenomenal success story across Europe.

Speaking during the launch, Marcel Van de Pas, International Business Director, Wiko said, they were delighted to bring the Wiko brand to Kenyan consumers.

For those who interested in cutting edge technology, it doesn’t get any better than the flagship model: Highway. It is one of the first smartphones in the market that uses 2.0 GHz Octa-Core technology. The Highway’s exceptional features include the Android KitKat 4.4, super bright 5” FHD screen, 16MP back camera and 8MP front camera. A smartphone that guarantees superior speed and performance, the Highway is one of the best smartphones available in Kenya.

For the fashion-conscious Rainbow is a real lifestyle technology statement. With a 5” HD screen, 1.3GHz Quad-Core and 8MP camera to capture all those social moments, Rainbow defines Wiko’s French chic with a sleek design and a burst of colour options.

First time Smartphone users can opt for Wiko’s Goa, Sunset, Fizz and Lenny for the most user-friendly smartphone experience. In this range, Lenny is a remarkable choice with 5” FWVGA screen, 1.3GHz Dual-Core processor and a 5MP camera.

“Wiko is confident that the combination of stylish design, technology, quality and pricing will be a huge success here.” Marcel Van de Pas added

Wiko is also launching a range of beautifully designed high quality feature phones for the first time phone user in Kenya.

With Wiko now available in Kenya, this is an exciting time for all Smartphone consumers in the country with a wide range of beautifully designed products.

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New Facebook News Feed to emphasize on fresh Trending topics

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Facebook has announced that yet again it would be making changes to its News Feed. This time round, the company wants to put more emphasis on fresher content. The new Facebook News Feed algorithm will now highlight posts according to timelines.

According to a blog post on Facebook’s News blog, One way we show timely content higher-up in News Feed is to show people stories about things that are trending as soon as they occur, so you can immediately know what your friends or favorite Pages are saying about the stories of the day.

This new changes are specifically aimed towards making users engage more, and become more active in trending topics.

”This means that when a friend or Page you are connected to posts about something that is currently a hot topic of conversation on Facebook, that post is more likely to appear higher up in News Feed, so you can see it sooner”  Facebooks’ software engineers Erich Owens and David Vickrey stated in the blog post,

Early tests of a small percentage of posts has shown that this update on average leads to a more than 6% increase in people engaging with these stories. Meaning more users aither like, share or comment on that topic.

Facebook says that the changes will be rolled out gradually over the next few weeks.

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This awesome Apple Watch wireless charger concept has hidden powers

Originally posted on BGR:

Apple is months away from releasing the new Apple Watch, so the device’s actual retail box is still a mystery. However, The Die Line features a concept from Design Packaging’s designer Evelio Mattos, who has come up with a clever retail box-wireless charger combination for the smartwatch that will also double as an iPhone dock that will be able to charge the watch and a smartphone at the same time.

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Apple creates tool for removing free U2 album from iTunes library after public reaction (U: Eddy Cue comments)

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Tim Cook and U2 announced that the band’s new album “Songs of Innocence” would be automatically gifted to Apple’s over 500 million iTunes users last week following the announcement of the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, but many iTunes users were not happy with seeing music from U2 added to their iTunes libraries (even for free).

While iTunes supports a way to “hide” previous purchases, the complaints and confusion apparently grew loud enough to warrant a dedicated support site for permanently removing the free U2 album from iTunes purchase history. Apple says once you remove the free album from your iTunes purchase history and library, you will need to “get it again” if you decide you want it. The U2 album is available for free until October 13th next month when the album will then be available for sale at various retailers. View below for information on how to remove…

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Microsoft to launch Windows 9 on September 30th

Microsoft is expected to show off an early version of Windows 9 on September 30.
Microsoft is expected to show off an early version of Windows 9 on September 30.

By Nixon Kanali, 

September 30th is the day will showcase an enterprise technology preview of its next version of Windows, the Windows 9. The company has already started sending out invites asking people to join them to see what was next for the enterprise and Windows.

Many of these new Windows features have already leaked out in recent months. For instance We know that there’ll be a new Start menu, a Notification Centre, and a virtual desktop feature. The recently leaked  Start Menu showed that  users will be able to either enable it, or use the Metro UI as it’s currently available.

The invitation however does not give details on whether the company will give out the Windows Threshold tech preview at the event. The Verge however reports that Microsoft is expected to deliver a “Windows Technical Preview” at the event or soon after so that developers and enterprise customers can evaluate a number of changes the company is making

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Google to make YouTube videos available offline In India

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Google is planning to make YouTube videos available offline in India, allowing people to save on download charges for watching their favourite videos, the Business Standard has reported.

With this service, users can download their favourite videos, save them and watch them later without downloading it again and in turn, save on recurring data download charges.

“YouTube is popular here. You watch some videos again and again. How awesome would it be if you could keep watching them again and again without having to pay for data, and take the videos with you wherever you go?” Google Vice President Product Management Ceasar Sengupta said.

According to industry reports, the online video consumption is pegged at over 3.7 billion videos per month in India.

Comscore reports that, the total online video audience in India saw growth of over 70 per cent in 2013 with the average viewer watching 18 per cent more videos and spending 28 per cent more time viewing.

Video consumption on mobile phones has also been growing steadily in the country. YouTube alone gets over 60 million unique users a month and about one-third of the traffic coming from mobile phones.

India is the first country where Google has launched its Android One smartphones, in partnership with handset makers Micromax, Karbonn and Spice. Other countries like Indonesia, Bangladesh and Philippines will follow in the coming months.

Source: Business Standard

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Over 4 million people pre-ordered the iPhone 6 on the first day

Originally posted on Gigaom:

If you stayed up late to preorder the latest iPhone on Friday, September 12, you weren’t alone: Apple announced Monday that iPhone 6 pre-orders were record-setting despite online store issues, with over four million phones claimed in the first 24 hours. That’s twice as many pre-orders as Apple touted in 2012 with the launch of the iPhone 5.

Apple didn’t share the breakdown between iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus pre-orders, but the iPhone 6 Plus was in short supply less than an hour after pre-orders began and current ship estimates land somewhere in October. If you still want the biggest iPhone, “both models” will be available for “walk-in customers” at Apple and carrier stores this Friday, September 19, starting at 8 a.m. local time, but I suspect you won’t be able to stroll in at 8:05 and pick up an iPhone 6 Plus.

Apple also announced the…

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