Google announces Chromebooks. To launch Chrome OS powered laptops by June 15

Google today finally unveiled its plans for Chrome OS-powered laptops, which the company is calling Chromebooks.

Sundar Pichai, Google’s VP of product management for the Chrome web browser and Chrome OS, gave a quick overview of what to expect from Chromebooks yesterday at the company’s I/O developer conference.

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The advantages of Chromebooks over traditional laptops include instant on capabilities; always being connected to the web with built-in mobile broadband; an all day long battery; the ability to access files from anywhere; and built-in security capabilities.

Most importantly, Chromebooks will get faster over time since they will automatically download system and app updates. That flies in the face of what consumers normally expect from their computers, which typically slow down thanks to malware, program bloat and the like.

Since many have been asking about Chrome OS’s offline capabilities, Pichai confirmed that the company is developing offline versions Gmail, Google Calendar and Docs. He also reiterated that there are plenty of apps on the Chrome Web Store that work offline.

Pichai went on to unveil two new Chrome OS devices from Samsung and Acer. The Samsung Chromebook features a 12.1-inch display, 8-second boot times and an 8 hour battery, while the Acer model offers a smaller 11.6-inch screen and 6.5 hours of battery life.

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Live right now: Day 2: Google I/O Keynote





Live right now: Day 2: Google I/O Keynote. Click the above image to watch it Live

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Adobe releases Photoshop CS5 apps Eazel,Color Lava & NAV for Apple's iPad

Adobe’s three Photoshop CS5 companion applications for iPad — Adobe Ezel, Nav and Color Lava — are now available for purchase on the App Store.

Adobe’s new Creative Suite 5.5 was released last week with iPad support for Photoshop, but users have not yet been able to take advantage of that functionality. That changed on Tuesday, Adobe’s applications became available on the App Store.

The three applications, which range in price from $1.99 to $4.99, require Adobe Photoshop CS5 version 12.0.4. Features of the new applications include:

Adobe Eazel ($4.99): Takes advantage of cutting-edge painting technology, lets digital artists create rich realistic paintings with their fingertips and introduces a new kind of interaction between “wet” and “dry” paints. These paintings can then be sent directly to Photoshop CS5 for compositing or for taking the artwork further.

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Adobe Color Lava ($2.99): Allows creative professionals to use their fingertips to mix colors on the iPad, creating custom color swatches and themes to transfer back into Photoshop.

Adobe Nav ($1.99): Increases workflow efficiency by letting users select and control Photoshop tools using the iPad as the input surface, customize the toolbar, browse and zoom in on up to 200 open Photoshop files or easily create new files.








More companion applications are expected with Adobe’s new Photoshop Touch Software Development Kit. It allows developers to create mobile and tablet applications that interact with Adobe Photoshop CS5 and Photoshop CS5 Extended software.

The Photoshop Touch SDK and new scripting engine allow Android, BlackBerry Tablet OS and iOS applications to drive an interact with Photoshop on the desktop. While other platforms are supported, the first Photoshop Touch Software Development Kit products are only available for Apple’s iPad.

Source : via Appleinsider



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NOKIA integrates Linkedin app on Symbian

Nokia users and social networking professionals have something to smile about. The mobile device manufacturer announced on Tuesday a new LinkedIn application for Symbian. Nokia users can now add business contacts to their network immediately rather than waiting to get onto a computer.

This new LinkedIn app brings a deep LinkedIn experience to the
Nokia N8, Nokia E7, and Nokia C7 series of smartphones.

LinkedIn for Nokia includes a full, rich feature set designed to bring the most useful features of LinkedIn to your Nokia smartphone.

The application features six modules, each with a user experience designed from the ground up for Nokia devices:

• Updates: View and share crucial business intelligence and updates with your network. Perfect for those spare moments between meetings.

• Search: Search across over 100 million global professionals, and get the answer back in seconds. Nokia has implemented a unified search across both your direct connections and the entire LinkedIn network.

• Connections: LinkedIn is your address book in the cloud. Get quick access to any of your connections to get their up-to-date profile information, and the ability to send them a message immediately.

• Invitations: Why wait to get back to your desk? Accept outstanding invitations immediately and invite people to connect wherever you are.

• Inbox: Stay up-to-date with your LinkedIn messages and communicate with professionals within your network.

• Reconnect: You can’t leverage your network if you don’t build it. Now you can build your network from anywhere, in seconds.

The LinkedIn app is available to users of the Nokia N8, Nokia E7 and Nokia C7 series of smartphones. To try it for yourself, visit the Ovi Store.


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Bing is now Default Search & Map for Research In Motion

At RIM’s annual Blackberry World last week, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announced on stage a new alliance between Microsoft and Research in Motion.

Blackberry devices will now use Bing as the preferred search provider in the browser, and Bing will be the default search and map application for new devices presented to mobile operators, internationally.

Bing is also now shipping as the default search experience, and map app, for the newly released BlackBerry Playbook.

This move is likely to signal the end of Blackberry Maps, the proprietary mapping application developed by RIM.

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Microsoft to buy Skype for $8.5 Billion.

The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that Microsoft–in what would be its most aggressive acquisition in the digital space–was zeroing in on buying Skype for $8.5 billion all in with an assumption of the Luxembourg-based company’s debt.

All Things Digital has confirmed it. Read it here
Software giant Microsoft’s decision to buy the VoIP and Mobile VoIP operator Skype for $8.5 billion represents an important tipping point for the voice communications industry and will accelerate changes that are already afoot in both the fixed, desktop and mobile voice markets

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SMS spam: more people will be using apps to send text messages in the next few years

Apps may be all the rage in the mobile phone space, but they’ll never kill SMS – in part because more people will be using apps to send text messages in the next few years.

That’s according to Juniper Research, who says that revenues from A2P (application to person) SMS will top $70 billion by 2016 – which is also the year A2P messages will start making more money than traditional person-to-person SMS.

Part of the reason for that is that the valuation of SMS is getting lower all the time as cellcos offer bucket plans to stay competitive. Also, says Juniper’s Daniel Ashdown, players within the mobile messaging ecosystem will be shifting their strategic focus “from communication between individuals, to sending and receiving service-enabling messages”.

Put another way, it’s SMS broadcast made easier than ever before. Which is undoubtedly handy for users, as well as companies that want to leverage SMS for various services (Juniper lists financial services, advertising, marketing, business administration, ticketing and television voting as potentially hot A2P items), but this also raises another issue: SMS spam.

There was a time when SMS spam was impractical due to costs. That’s been changing as cellcos started offering unlimited bucket plans and web services appeared making it possible to blast text messages to multiple phone numbers on the cheap. Even so, it was jarring when – at a recent GSM Asia-Pacific conference – Alan Ranger, Cloudmark’s mobile marketing VP, said that spammers are turning from email to SMS as a spam platform because there’s more money in it.

Also, SMS spam is more likely to reach recipients. Spam accounts for 99% of all emails sent, but the filtering technology (whether at the ISP level, the client level or the web-service level) is so good that 98% of that spam never makes it to your inbox.

SMS spam filtering is more primitive by comparison, in part because it’s not always easy to identify, and often users don’t have a way to easily report spam to cellcos. Until recently, “report as spam” wasn’t even an option in your SMS menu (and still isn’t, depending on how old your phone is or what model you just bought). Hence the GSMA’s Spam Reporting Service initiative, which is working on a way to not only make SMS spam reporting easier, but also give cellcos a way to monitor spam reports in real time and track spam attack trends as they unfold.

That will come in handy, since A2P texting is likely to make spam filtering even more of a necessity for cellcos.


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iPhone App: AirRun: Outsource Jobs to iPhone Users

AirRun is a location-based community job hub for iOS devices. This socially-driven app lets you outsource anything and gives a ton of job opportunities to people looking for work. The jobs or services you can request are only limited to your creativity.

Hire cheap labor for the tasks you don’t want to do yourself.

With AirRun, users can be seekers or runners. Seekers create jobs, specify the pay for the services they’re requesting and select applicants to fulfill their requests. Runners can locate nearby tasks on a map, apply to complete jobs and get compensated for their services, all via the application.

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Facebook and Google are planning to buy or tie-up with Skype

Facebook and Google Inc are separately considering either buying the company or forming a joint venture with Skype after the web video conferencing service delayed its initial public offering, two sources with direct knowledge of the discussions told Reuters .

Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg has been involved in internal discussions about buying Skype, according to one of the sources. Another source said Facebook had reached out to the Luxembourg-based company about forming a joint venture.

Google has also held early talks for a joint venture with Skype, the second source said.

A Skype deal could be valued at $3 billion to $4 billion, the first source said. Skype’s IPO is expected to raise about $1 billion, several other sources said.

The discussions are in early stages, and it is not clear which option the companies favor, the first two sources said.

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Apple IPad2 Official TV commercial

Apple’s iPad 2 is the second coming of the tablet that defined the genre. It’s thinner, lighter and faster than its predecessor, but otherwise essentially the same,




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