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Viber for Windows Phone 8 gets a fresh UI, better integration with Viber Desktop

VIBER UPDATES WINDOWS PHONE VERSION WITH IMPROVED DESKTOP INTEGRATION, REDESIGNED USER INTERFACE Viber 3.1 For Windows Phone Ensures Calls Are Transferred Seamlessly To Desktop Platforms; Update Also Includes Multiple Enhancements And New Features LONDON – October 29, 2013, Viber released an upgraded version for Windows Phone 8 today that provides significantly improved integration with Viber Desktop, along with multiple additional enhancements. The improved integration with Viber Desktop ensures seamless call transfers between Windows Phone 8 and Desktop (PC and Mac computers running Viber).The new version also includes the following new features: Select new backgrounds from an all new Background Gallery Windows Phone 8 Live Tiles, which let you pin your favorite conversations to your Start screen and see them update ... Read More »

Transporter Sync turns your external hard drive into a personal, secure cloud locker

New Transporter Sync Delivers the Convenience of Dropbox for All Your Data, With Total Privacy And No Monthly Fees – For Only $99 in the US and £78 in the UK Transporter Delivers First Unlimited, Private Cloud Storage Device for All of Your Photos, Music, Movies and Documents Santa Clara, Calif. – Oct. 29, 2013 – When it comes to digital data, nothing is more important to consumers than their photos, videos and personal documents. Keeping them safe, easily accessible from every device, or sharing them with family and friends has always been an expensive and complicated proposition. Until now. Just in time for the holidays comes Transporter Sync, a new and simple way to sync, access, protect and share ... Read More »

Nielsen adds Web viewers to its TV ratings

(CNN) — A TV show can be wildly popular online, inspiring binge-watching marathons and feverish Twitter chatter, but it’s still the number of people turning in via a regular television set that are counted most by networks. In a sign of our increasingly connected age, the Nielsen Company will finally add streaming viewers to its influential ratings of who’s watching what on TV. The new ratings will collect data on people who watch their sitcoms, dramas and crime procedurals on computer, tablet and smartphone screens. Nielsen first announced it was testing programs to track streaming viewers in April. In mid-November, it will release a software development kit that clients can use to figure out who’s tuning in online. Nielsen ratings ... Read More »

Olympus Stylus 1

Manufacturer description: The Olympus Stylus 1 is a premium superzoom camera with a larger-than-average 1/1.7″ BSI-CMOS sensor. The Stylus’ 28-300mm lens is one of its standout features, with a constant F2.8 aperture. The design of the camera is strongly inspired by the OM-D E-M5, and also features a high resolution EVF, tilting touchscreen LCD, ‘hybrid’ control dial, ND filter, and Wi-Fi with smartphone control. Source Article from Stylus 1 digital imaging products: Digital Photography Review ( latest 50 digital imaging products from Digital Photography Review ( Home Camera Read More »

Mozilla starts crowdsourcing data to help devices find your location without GPS

Mozilla’s got a full plate between browsers, Firefox OS and a mess of other projects, but that hasn’t stopped it from starting a new initiative. The software community has set up the experimental Mozilla Location Service to collect crowdsourced geolocation data from public WiFi networks and cellular towers. According to the outfit, devices with weak or non-existent GPS capabilities will be able to determine where they’re at with the help of the service. Anyone interested in contributing will need to download the MozStumbler app for Android, walk around and upload data. Mozilla’s aware you’d be handing over personal location info by using the application, so it’s vowed to improve privacy all around. There’s no word of an iOS counterpart ... Read More »

Motorola’s ‘Project Ara’ modular smartphone setup switches out hardware like apps

We were intrigued by the Phonebloks concept phone that teased the ability to switch out a handset’s components the way most users change ringtones, and now Motorola is putting its resources behind it. In what Motorola calls Project Ara, the advanced Technology and Products group is working with Phonebloks creator Dave Hakkens on an “endoskeleton (endo) and modules.” Announced this evening on the company blog by Paul Eremenko, the company says it’s already “done deep technical work” and is opening the process up to the community and volunteers (aka Ara Scouts, sign up here) to begin designing hardware modules. Its stated goal is to do for hardware what it says Android has done for software: create a vibrant third-party ... Read More »

Plex Cloud Sync beta stores your media across multiple online services

As good as Plex Sync may be at keeping media libraries in harmony, it’s not very helpful to mobile Plex users who can’t always store or stream large files on their devices. After today, they won’t have to worry. The company has just launched a beta version of Cloud Sync, which saves streaming-friendly content in third-party cloud storage services like Box, Dropbox and Google Drive. Any metadata carries over, and users can even spread their media across multiple providers; they can reserve one host for movies and another for photos, for instance. Cloud Sync is only available to PlexPass subscribers, but the required (and much faster) new Media Server release is available to everyone. ... Read More »

With new iPads on the way, Wall Street homes in on iPhones

The first buyer of the iPhone 5S in Sydney, Australia, last month. (Credit: Seamus Byrne/CNET) Apple reports its fourth-quarter earnings on Monday, and once again all eyes are on the iPhone. That’s not a new story for Apple’s financial health, the bulk of which is fueled by the now six-year-old product line. But this quarter’s special. It includes, for the first time, two new iPhones — the 5S and 5C. Those phones hit store shelves last month and only eight days of initial sales are included as part of this quarter. Still, with a record 9 million phones sold in the opening weekend, Wall Street’s anticipating that Apple will post its highest-ever fourth-quarter revenue as a result. Apple’s expected to ... Read More »

Apple dig of the week: Is Microsoft ‘confused’?

Surface Pro 2. (Credit: Brooke Crothers) Is Microsoft confused? It is if you think hybrids are confusing. Apple’s CEO Tim Cook made a thinly disguised dig at Microsoft this week. Here’s what he said (without mentioning Microsoft by name) at Apple’s event this week in San Francisco. They’re confused; they chased after netbooks. Now they’re trying to make tablets into PCs and PCs into tablets. Who knows what they will do next…what I can tell you is that we have a very clear direction. Invoking netbooks is a nice rhetorical trick as that conjures up crummy devices powered by bloated Microsoft software. That set the stage for his next comment: trying to turn laptops into tablets and vice versa. Microsoft ... Read More »

Apple’s plan to wipe out disc drives is nearly complete

Apple’s old Mac Pro, with two optical drives. It now has zero. (Credit: Apple) The disc drive is dead — or it’s at least issuing a triumphant death rattle. Not in PCs just yet, but certainly in Apple’s Macs. Earlier this week Apple introduced updated versions of its MacBook Pro with Retina Display, alongside an all new Mac Pro. What wasn’t updated was Apple’s line of non-Retina MacBook Pros, the only Apple devices that were still sporting a disc drive. In fact, Apple axed the 15-inch version and trimmed the non-Retina line to a single, 13-inch machine. The company has whittled away at product lines like this in the past, and it’s usually a sign of imminent extinction. All this ... Read More »

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