Software giant Microsoft has acquired ‘Skype’, an Internet communication company in $8.5 billion and announced the acquisition on October 14, 2011. It has been the largest ever acquisition deal for Microsoft to buy the amazing brand that is used extensively by millions of people around the world to stay connected with family, friends and clients. Skype has more than 600 million people as their registered users. It is expected that Skype CEO ‘Tony Bates’ will head the Skype Division in Microsoft for bringing together the best of Microsoft and of Skype.
In the future, it is expected that Skype will be integrated across different Microsoft products to broaden Skype’s reach and make it as a fundamental way for people to communicate online. So, may be in the next release of Windows Operating System, users will be able to use Skype and communicate using this great VoIP service.
Google Buzz, a social networking and micro-blogging tool from internet giant ‘Google’, which was launched in February 2010 will be out of service within few weeks. Google announced this news on October 14, 2011 as a measure to focus solely on Google+. Earlier this year, Google announced that it may shutdown some of the products and services which are not widely used and may merge few of its services into existing products as additional features. In June 2011, Google launched Google+, another social networking platform which received a good response from users. Because of wider acceptance, Google is planning to focus on Google plus to make it more appealing and discontinuing older service ‘Buzz’.
According to the official Google Blog, “People won’t be able to create new posts after the shut down, they will be able to view their existing content on their Google Profile, and download it using Google Takeout.” Apart from Google Buzz, Google will also discontinue few other products, Code Search, Jaiku, iGoogle’s social features from iGoogle and some other products will be replaced by other products.
Will shutting down Buzz can help Google+ create a buzz?
HTC, the smartphone maker recently launched HTC EVO 3D, the amazing 3D smartphone which does not require you to wear 3D glasses to experience the 3D magic. HTC EVO 3D operates on Android 2.3.3 (Gingerbread) operating system with 1.2 GHz Qualcomm dual-core processor. It features a 3D 4.3-inch 960 x 540 px SLCD display with dual 5 megapixel rear cameras, which are capable to capture both conventional and 3D images and videos.
EVO 3D comes packed with 4GB of internal memory and expandable to 32GB via microSD card. With the built-in mobile hotspot functionality, the HTC EVO 3D allows you to connect up to eight Wi-Fi enabled devices to enjoy the benefits of 4G speeds.
So, go ahead and buy this amazing smartphone to experience the all new 3D world without glasses.
Facebook released the long awaited app for iPad. It also incorporated support for social games on the mobile versions of its online service. Now, you can easily play games, chat and do much more using the facebook app on this amazing mobile device. Users can also play their favorite games in full-screen mode. Facebook, which already surpassed Amazon in earnings, will be able to generate even more revenue with the help of iPad app. Similar to PC experience; users on Facebook app will have the same experience and will receive alerts in their news feed.
As per the official statement, the iPad app will offer enhanced photo-viewing capabilities and messaging capabilities. It is expected that Apple will help Facebook to promote the new application by featuring it prominently in its App Store.
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For game addicts and kids, who always love to stick with their game consoles, this list will be handy to find some of the best games for Xbox 360. Xbox 360 is a video game console produced by Microsoft that competes with Sony’s PlayStation 3 and Nintendo’s Wii. It was unveiled by Microsoft in May 2005 and it still holds its market share very well with over 53 million Xbox 360 consoles sold worldwide.
This seventh generation video game console also allows users to compete online with other users using its integrated Xbox Live service. Xbox 360 comes packed with bunch of features that includes integrated 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, 5 USB 2.0 ports, 250 GB hard drive and a special AUX port. When Xbox was launched, ‘Call of Duty 2‘ was the best selling game, sold over a million copies.
Below are some of the best Xbox 360 games for kids:
• Cars – Racing Game; Single/Multi player game
• Spider Man – Action/Adventure; Single/Multi player game
• Lego Star Wars – Action/Adventure; Single/Multi player game
• Harry Potter Series –Adventure; Single player game
• Open Season – Adventure; Single/Multi player game
• Kung Fu Panda – Action/Adventure; Single/Multiplayer game
• Kinect Sports – Sports; Single/Multiplayer game
• Viva Pinata – Life Simulation; Single player game
Though, the above list of games is prefect for kids but they are not limited to just kids, even adults will also like playing these fun games and ease their stress level.
After the differences in agreement with twitter, Google’s Realtime Search was down in July 2011. Twitter discontinued the access to its warehouse of data and without twitter stream of results and updates, the product was less useful. Google’s real time search used to gain much traffic especially during major world events, which displayed relevant data from Twitter, Facebook and other social media services in real time.
But now Google is confident to bring back this feature and is actively working to add the data from Google+ and other real time sources. Now, we have to wait and watch when Google will start its real time search after integrating the Google plus results.
Timothy D. Cook, famous by the name ‘Tim Cook’, the current CEO of Apple Inc., was born on November 1, 1960 and joined Apple in March 1998. Steve Jobs, the creator and soul of Apple, resigned from the post of CEO on August 24, 2011 and recommended Tim Cook’s name to replace his role. Tim Cook was already serving as a COO (Chief Operating Officer) and was responsible for the company’s worldwide sales and operations. Before joining Apple, Tim was serving as the Vice President with Compaq.
Tim Cook is an industrial engineer who earned his MBA degree from Duke University in 1988. He also headed Apple’s Macintosh division and played a key role in ensuring the development and innovation to an increasingly demanding marketplace. Now, Tim Cook is expected to unveil the much awaited iPhone 5 in October this year. Though, the news is still not confirmed and it is expected that there could be other devices (new iPod or iPad 3) as well along with iPhone 5.
So, what do you think – Can Cook successfully replace Jobs? Let us know your opinion.
Netflix is a service provider for on-demand internet streaming media in the United States, Canada and few other countries. So, whenever you want to watch your favorite movie, just logon to Netflix and enjoy the Netflix movie on your favorite screen like laptop or a projector. Netflix was established in 1997 in California and started its subscription-based digital distribution service in 1999, and by 2009, it had a collection of 100,000 titles of DVDs and offers a flat rate DVD-by-mail in the United States. Currently, Netflix has more than 20 million subscribers and planning to expand its services into the European and Latin America market.
Netflix is the biggest source of North American web traffic which accounts for more than 24 percent of aggregated traffic, as reported by Sandvine. It does not support playback on Linux PCs, but the Linux-based Roku devices and Android operating system which uses the Linux kernel are supported. Netflix offers its Internet video streaming (“Watch Instantly“) of selected titles to computers running Windows or Mac OS X and to compatible devices like Microsoft Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii and Sony PS3 console; Apple iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, Android 2.2 and 2.3 devices, as well as Apple TV and Google TV.