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Microsoft disables ‘Hey Cortana’ feature of Cortana for Android app in US

According to reports, the latest update rolled out by Microsoft to its Cortana for Android app has apparently disabled the feature which gave the app the ability to detect the ‘Hey Cortana’ hotword, to substitute the ‘Google Now’ functionality. The feature has been disabled for the US market.... read more

Talko sold to Microsoft; to be integrated into Skype

Mobile communication firm Talko announced via a blog post released on Monday that it has sold to Microsoft. The financial terms of Talko’s acquisition by Microsoft have not been officially disclosed.

The acquisition announcement implies that Talko -- a collaboration and voice chat app... read more

Telstra secures two contracts from NBN; negotiating a third one

Telecommunications group has announced that it has secured two new contracts from the national broadband network (NBN), which will together yield approximately $80 million in revenue in the first year.

Announcing the new contracts negotiated with NBN, Telstra said that one of the... read more

Google releases 360-degree VR tour of White House on YouTube

A 360-degree virtual reality (VR) tour of the White House has been released by Google on its YouTube video-sharing website, to unfold a peek at the holiday displays. The tour gives a glimpse of the holiday decorations at ‘the People’s House’ – the residence of US President Barack Obama.

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Two security researchers in Spain report new Linux vulnerability

In a security report released on December 14, ethical hackers Hector Marco and Ismael Ripoll – who work as security researchers at the polytechnic university of Valencia, Spain – revealed that they have found a brand-new vulnerability affecting the Linux systems.

The vulnerability... read more

WhatsApp service was temporarily blocked in Brazil this week; restored after 12 hours

Earlier this week, Facebook’s popular WhatsApp instant messaging service was temporarily blocked -- and subsequently restored -- in Brazil, because of an order released by a lower court in Sao Paulo.

The lower court had, on Wednesday, imposed a 48-hour ban on WhatsApp in Brazil. The... read more

Sony plans to boost battery capacities by 40% by 2020

Japanese newspaper Nikkei has revealed in a recent report that Sony has efforts underway to bring about a 40 percent boost in battery performance; and commercially introduce the high-performance batteries within the next five years.

According to the report, Sony plans to replace the... read more

Global average broadband speed increased 14% year-on-year in 2015 Q3

In its recently-released ‘State of the Internet’ report for the 2015 third quarter, Akamai has revealed that there has been a 14 percent year-on-year increase in global average broadband speed during the quarter.

As a result of the increase reported by Akamai, the average broadband speed... read more

Tencent completes its full acquisition of Riot Games

In a recent announcement, American video game publisher and developer Riot Games Inc. has revealed that bigwig Chinese Internet firm Tencent Holdings Ltd. has completed the full acquisition of the company.

Tencent had acquired a majority stake in Riot Games -- the company behind ‘League... read more

Apple, Samsung tie up with UnionPay to launch mobile payment services in China in 2016

According to reports, bigwig smartphone manufacturers Apple and Samsung Electronics have worked out separate deals with China’s biggest payment and clearing network China UnionPay Co., to launch their competing mobile payments systems -- Apple Pay and Samsung Pay respectively -- in the country... read more

IBM and Apple have released 100+ IBM MobileFirst for iOS apps

In an announcement made on Wednesday, IBM said that it has delivered 100+ IBM MobileFirst for iOS apps through its partnership with Apple.

IBM and Apple had signed an enterprise apps partnership in 2014, with the objective of rolling out new MobileFirst apps for corporate users. The... read more

Facebook’s ‘Instant Articles’ feature now available for Android users

Facebook has said in a recent announcement that it has extended the availability of its ‘Instant Articles’ feature to Android users.

The feature was launched by Facebook a few months back, and it was initially available exclusively to iOS users. Subsequently, Facebook rolled out a very... read more

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