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Windows Phone 8.1: Finally, a worthy rival to Android and iOS – Times of India

NEW DELHI: It has been nearly four years since Microsoft launched Windows Phone. The OS is beautiful to look at and with its unique tile-based user interface, offers an approach to software that is fresh and modern compared to Android or iOS. The OS even forced both iOS and Android to change their approach to user interface and go for a flatter design. Unfortunately, each time we reviewed a Windows Phone device – all Lumia phones run this operating system – in the past we also found that Microsoft’s mobile operating system, while good to look at, could not match the functionality of iOS or the flexibility of Android. In fact, the early version of the OS – Windows Phone Read More

Marissa Mayer’s Secret Plan to Get Apple to Dump Google and Default to Yahoo … – Re/code

Wall Street gave Yahoo stock a big boost today — largely due to the stellar quarterly performance of China’s Alibaba, in which the Silicon Valley Internet giant has a big stake. Also encouraging was a slight increase in core revenue after many quarters of decline, although a one percent rise pales in comparison to current industry averages and is downright depressing next to the hair-on-fire recent results at both Google and Facebook. While a lot of the chatter about Yahoo’s latest financials seems focused on increasing display advertising sales — which went up two percent in Yahoo’s first quarter — sources inside the company say the big focus for truly turbocharging revenue will be an aggressive effort being led by Read More

Apple’s June Quarter Guidance Could Be Ugly – Forbes

Apple Apple is scheduled to release its March quarter results on Wednesday, April 23, and if it maintains its usual practice will provide guidance for the next quarter in its press release. After running my Apple model for the June quarter and comparing it to the Street projections for revenue and EPS I believe that the company’s guidance could be significantly below expectations. This could lead to another significant drop in the shares post earnings. (Note that my family and I own Apple shares but am evaluating the positions based upon this outlook). Revenue guidance could be between $33 to $35 billion The Street is currently estimating June quarter revenue of $38.3 billion, which has come down slightly from $38.7 Read More

BBC and Sky catch-up apps experience iOS fault – BBC News

17 April 2014 Last updated at 22:35 By Leo Kelion Technology desk editor Sky’s Now TV app provides access to a range of its TV shows, movies and sport BBC and Sky’s video-on-demand TV services have both experienced problems on iPhones and iPads. The fault appeared to be limited to iPlayer, Sky Go and Now TV on Apple’s iOS platform and began last night. Neither organisation was able to provide a full explanation when asked. However, the director of Now TV suggested that altering a device’s date setting would act as a temporary workaround. “It’s a Sky-wide issue, so it’s both our app and Read More

Stock Android Camera App Now Available on Google Play – IGN

Google has released its stock Google Camera app on the Google Play store, with a couple of neat new features included. A lens blur effect has been added, allowing you to emphasise the subject while blurring the background for a fancy SLR-style bokeh effect. Users can even change the focus subject after taking the shot. Also new is a feature that allows users to capture 360-degree photo spheres at up to 50 megapixels. The viewfinder’s been improved to eliminate “dropped pixels” – this means that the finished photograph will now be exactly what you see on the screen. Panoramas have also been polished up, allowing users to capture greater width and detail in a scene. Google Camera will work on Read More

33 great tips and tricks for iOS 7 – Macworld

Whether it’s the first time you’ve picked up an iPad or the seventeenth time you’ve pulled out your iPhone today, there are probably still some iOS 7 features and functionality that you’re not familiar with. Don’t sweat it: We’re here to help. We’ve collected some of our favorite and most useful tips and compiled them here, just for you. Make iOS 7 look nicer There are several settings you can change to make iOS 7 easier on the eyes. 1. Make the text larger and bolder: As nice as the thinner version of the Helvetica Neue font is in iOS 7, it’s not always the easiest to read. If you’re having trouble reading text on your iPhone or iPad, just Read More

Google stock sinks as mobile struggles continue – CNNMoney

A smartphone runs Google’s Android software. Investors are getting impatient with Google’ mobile marketing strategy. Google (GOOGL) shares sank 3% in after-hours trading Wednesday after the company posted first-quarter earnings and sales that missed expectations. Of particular concern was a 9% drop in payments from marketers per ad on Google sites. The challenge for Google is convincing marketers to pay as much for mobile ads as they do for desktop ads, a task that’s become increasingly pressing as Web usage shifts to smartphones. Google Chief Business Officer Nikesh Arora said in a conference call Wednesday afternoon that the company’s mobile ad revenue is being held up in part because merchants haven’t spent enough time developing their mobile sites, assuming that Read More

Google’s future phone: The modular Project Ara – CNN

(CNN) — Google is jumping into its next futuristic hardware project. This time it’s a modular smartphone dubbed Project Ara that can be customized by swapping out individual pieces, such as the battery and the camera. The company previewed the very early-stage project at a developer event in Santa Clara, California, this week. Google said the first version of the phone will likely be available in early 2015. Though the company didn’t mention a sale price, it said the devices would cost anywhere from $50 to $500 to manufacture, depending on the model. The phone will come in three sizes, ranging from mini to “phablet,” and it will run on a future version of the Android mobile operating system. A Read More