HERE named the Official Map of Red Bull

HERE, a Nokia company, has been named the Official Map of Red Bull. The Red Bull Media House will now use HERE maps across all of its digital channels as part of the inspiring content it delivers to millions around the world.



Red Bull Media House has already begun integrating HERE maps into its wide range of websites and mobile applications. With the world’s freshest and most accurate maps, users can now find their way – either virtually or in person – even easier to action-packed events such as the Red Bull X-Fighter Finale in Pretoria, South Africa, or the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series on the Portuguese archipelago of the Azores.

The two companies are also collaborating on new consumer experiences. To re-introduce millions of F1 fans to the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria, Red Bull Media House created a stunning CGI video featuring Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo who explain the track’s specific characteristics as they dual around the circuit. With HERE’s highly-detailed maps and Advanced Driver Assistance System, viewers could so easily locate the racing track and experience the difficulty of driving it. Using these mapping technologies together for the first time gave F1 fans an even closer look into the sport they love.

Red Bull Media House is one of the world’s most innovative media companies, producing, distributing and licensing high-quality content through various digital channels. As a global leader in mapping and location intelligence, with almost three decades of experience in cartography, HERE is uniquely positioned to support this effort. Both companies share a commitment to delivering rich and immersive user experiences across every platform and every device.

“We are thrilled that a world-leading consumer, event and digital media brand like Red Bull has chosen to make HERE their official map,” said Christoph Erbenich, Chief Marketing Officer at HERE. “Location technology is driving totally new consumer experiences, and with HERE maps Red Bull Media House can tell its stories in a whole new way.”

Alexander Koppel, Chief Commercial Officer at Red Bull Media House, agreed: “With HERE we have found a partner who shares our expectation of always delivering top quality. Their innovative Location Platform provides the kind of accuracy, immediacy and quality that we strive to provide to our audiences, deepening the authenticity of the experience.”


Microsoft releases the Lumia 530 single and Lumia 530 Dual SIM

Microsoft has announced the release of a new range of its Lumia smartphone – the Nokia Lumia 530 and Lumia 530 dual sim.


Loaded with Windows Phone 8.1 out of the box, the Lumia 530 has a minimal 4GB of internal storage, supports microSD cards and comes with 15GB of OneDrive cloud storage. It is powered by quad-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 CPU.

It also comes with 4-inch 854 x 480 display powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 CPU, 512 MB RAM. It will be available in bright orange, bright green, white, dark grey.  Nokia Lumia 530 will also be compatible with Nokia Shell for Lumia 530 and Nokia Flip Shell for Lumia 530 protective covers.

The phone has no front camera bu one can use voice commands to take selfies with the main camera using the GlamMe app, and edit them up with Creative Studio.

The Lumia 530 is expected to be priced at €85  before tax and will be made available globally, with rollout beginning in select markets in August 2014.

Full Specifications


  • Processor type: Quad-core 1.2GHz
  • Processor name: Qualcomm Snapdragon™ 200
  • Main camera sensor: 5 MPmegapixels
  • Display size: 4”
  • Display resolution: FWVGA (854 x 480)
  • Maximum talk time (3G): 10h
  • Maximum standby time: 22days


  • Display

    • Display size: 4 ”
    • Display technology: LCD
    • Display resolution: FWVGA (854 x 480)
    • Touch screen technology: Capacitive Multipoint-Touch
  • Memory

    • RAM: 512 MB
    • Mass memory: 4 GB
    • Maximum memory card size: 128 GB
    • Free cloud storage: 15 GB

    Main camera

    • Main camera sensor: 5 MP megapixels
    • Main camera focus type: Fixed focus
    • Sensor size: 1/4 inch
    • Main camera f-number/aperture: f/2.4
    • Camera focal length: 28 mm
    • Camera minimum focus range: 60 cm
    • Camera image formats: JPEG/Exif
  • Power management

    • Maximum talk time (2G): 13.4 h
    • Maximum talk time (3G): 10 h
    • Maximum standby time: 22 days
    • Maximum music playback time: 51 h

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The latest new Google Maps feature might seem annoying, but it’s actually terrific

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Advertisements can certainly be annoying, but they’re not always a bad thing. Problems arise most often when ads are intrusive or irrelevant, and when they do more to pester us than inform us. In the case of Google Maps, ads can actually be quite helpful in many scenarios, and Google just announced a few changes for the ads it serves in its Google Maps mobile app that might actually enhance users’ experiences.

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Samsung sets price for its 105” 5K UHD curved TV at $120,000



Samsung Electronics on Tuesday announced the official price of its 105” curved ultra-high-definition TV-set.  

Now to get your hands on this television that has been described as the virtually most advanced television ever, you will have to pay a whopping sum of money $120,000 , that is £70.3 thousand,or €89 thousand without taxes in the U.S.


“We continue to set the bar as the UHD market leader by delivering the best picture quality, design and most immersive viewing experiences in home entertainment,” said Joe Stinziano, Executive Vice President, Samsung Electronics America during the announcement

The UN105S9W is more than just an Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels) TV. It features an aspect ratio of 21:9, and is technically “5K,” thanks to its 5120 x 2160 pixels native resolution. 16:9 inputs will stretch out; while Ultra HD movies in that aspect ratio (which would otherwise black-band on 16:9 displays), will fill the screen. And then there’s the curvature.

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Microsoft to merge different versions of its Windows operating systems into one

By Nixon Kanali

Microsoft has confirmed that it intends to merge different versions of its Windows operating systems into one huge windows platform system.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

This was announced by Satya Nadella,Microsoft CEO during the company’s quarterly earnings call.

The CEO told analysts that the company would “streamline the next version of Windows from three operating systems into one single converged operating system,” that would cover all screen sizes.

Previously, Microsoft had multiple teams producing different versions of Windows working separately from each other. But “Now,” Nadella said, they have one team with a common architecture.

Microsoft currently runs three different major versions of its OS – Windows, Windows Phone and Xbox.

Microsoft will howevr still sell different editions of its operating systems, for instance, a Windows Pro edition, a Windows Enterprise edition, a cheap one tightly bound with Bing for low-price devices.

Nadella has also promised that Microsoft  “unify our stores, our commerce and developer platforms.



Apple asks suppliers to produce up to 80 million large-screen iPhones ahead of release

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Apple Inc has asked its suppliers to manufacture between 70 million and 80 million of its two forthcoming large-screen iPhones by the end of the year,the Wall Street Journal reported.

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Its forecast for what is commonly called the iPhone 6 is significantly larger than the initial order last year of between 50 million and 60 million versions of the iPhone 5S and 5C—which had a display measuring 4-inches diagonally, these people said. Both of the coming models are expected to feature metal cases similar to the iPhone 5S and likely come in multiple colors, these people said.

Apple stuck with smaller displays on iPhones even as rival smartphone makers rolled out bigger screens and customers clamored for larger phones. Demand for larger-screen smartphones boosted Samsung, which started offering a 4.8-inch display in its Samsung Galaxy S models in 2012 and introduced an array of bigger phones.

Both iPhone 6 screens will be larger than the 4.0-inch (10.2-cm) panels on Apple’s existing iPhone 5S and 5C models.

The new phone models are also expected to feature metal cases similar to the iPhone 5S and likely come in multiple colors.



Facebook Launches Save, A Read-It-Later List For Links, Places, & Media Pages

By Nixon Kanali,

Facebook has today launched a basic feature for iOS, Android, and web called Save. This is a featurethat lets you store links from News Feed and Facebook Pages for Places, Movies, TV shows, and music to a list where you can view them later.

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With this feature you can view the items you saved at any time by going to your saved items in the “More” tab on mobile or by clicking the link on the left hand side of Facebook on the web.

Your saved items list is organized by category and you can swipe right on each item to share it with your friends or move it into your archive list.

The feature will be rolling out over the next few days, and we hope it could let people browse the feed in a shorter time without worrying about forgetting things they don’t have time to explore right away.

It will also at times show you reminders of your saved items in News Feed. For example, Facebook says it might show you links to articles you saved.

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There’s an app aimed at letting you spy on your partner, what’s next?

We’ve seen all kinds of crazy apps come and go over the past few years, and this new one which we’ll be talking about takes the whole concept strange apps to a whole new level and perhaps beyond. mCouple is something you can download on your Android and iOS devices to keep track of your partners.

So if someone thinks their significant other is cheating on them or if they’re anxious about who their partner is talking to and where he/she is going, they can take some help from this app. It works in a two-way fashion, so both the partners need to have it installed on their devices in order to take advantage of it.


Developed by a London-based firm named mSpy, its key concept is that all the history from you device will be accessible on your partner’s device. This means, any call or message you get during your day will be accessible on your partner’s connected handset without any bounds.

The same applies for contact entries made by you as well. That’s not all; its GPS tracking attribute makes it possible to track every move your partner makes. Facebook hasn’t been kept out of mCouple’s purview as well, with partners having been given the option of viewing all the Facebook chats of their significant others.

There’s a fairly simple process that’s needed in order to tie up both partners’ smartphones so as to make information accessible to each other. mCouple can be downloaded now through theGoogle Play store and the Apple App Store free of cost.

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Google Appoints Former Ford CEO Mulally to Its Board Of Directors

Google Appoints Former Ford CEO Mulally to Its Board Of Directors

By Nixon Kanali,

Former Ford President and CEO Alan Mulally who has joined Googles' board of directors. Image Source:
Former Ford President and CEO Alan Mulally who has joined Googles’ board of directors. Image Source:

Google on Tuesday announced the appointment of Alan Mulally to its Board of Directors.

Mulally, who is a veteran corporate executive of the automotive and aviation industries will serve on Google’s Audit Committee effective July 9, 2014.

“Alan brings a wealth of proven business and technology leadership experience,” said Larry Page, CEO of Google said in s statement.

Speaking during his unveiling, Mr. Mullally said he was honored to serve on the board of a global iconic company that is dedicated to enhancing our lives. “I look forward to working together with the Google board and management team to continue to deliver their compelling vision.” He added.

Mr. Mulally served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Ford Motor Company, a global automotive company, from September 2006 through June 2014. Mulally was previously a member of the board of directors of Ford and served on its finance committee from September 2006 through June 2014. 

From March 2001 to September 2006, Mr. Mulally served as Executive Vice President of the Boeing Company and President and Chief Executive Officer of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Inc. He also was a member of the Boeing Executive Council. Prior to that time, he served as President of Boeing’s space and defense business.

Mr. Mulally served as co-chair of the Washington Competitiveness Council and sat on the advisory boards of NASA, the University of Washington, the University of Kansas, the Massachusetts Institute Technology, and the U.S. Air Force Scientific Advisory Board. He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering and a fellow of England’s Royal Academy of Engineering. 

He holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in aeronautical and astronautical engineering from the University of Kansas, and a Master’s degree in Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a 1982 Alfred P. Sloan fellow.



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