Top 5 Twitter features launched in 2013

Twitter rolled out a number of updates in 2013. We take a look at the top five updates/features launched by the micro-blogging website this year.

Top 5 Twitter features launched in 2013

Top 5 Twitter features launched in 2013

Twitter entered its seventh year of existence this year. In 2013, we saw Twitter making some major changes to the micro-blogging site, with a special emphasis on non-text content and on mobile platforms. Twitter also rolled out two-step log in in attempt to prevent security breaches. Features such as Twitter alerts helped users get critical information when they needed the most. We take a look at the top 5 updates/features rolled out by Twitter this year:


Twitter kicked off 2013 with Vine – a new service that lets you capture and share short (six-seconds) looping videos. Users can use Vine on their iOS and Android smartphones to capture motion and sound – giving a very GIF like experience. Twitter’s Vine prompted Instagram to launch its own short-video sharing service. Also read: Hands On With Vine

Twitter Alerts

In a bid to make the micro-blogging site more socially relevant, Twitter launched Alerts service. The new feature allows Twitter users to access critical and accurate information from credible organisations in cases of emergencies, natural disasters or situations where other communication services aren’t available.

Improved photos experience

As said before, Twitter rolled out quite a few updates to improve photos experience on the network. Now, Twitter shows previews of pictures and videos from Vine. Photos experience in embedded posts has also improved – as pictures now appear larger when embedded. Moreover, users can click the photo to check out the conversation behind the Tweet. There is also an option to interact with embedded Tweets. Also, now users can send and receive photos via direct messages.

Older tweets in search results

Twitter made it easier for users to find their older tweets on the network. Prior to the update, search results displayed about a week-old only. Now, you can search content that’s beyond the recent Tweets.

Custom Timelines

One of the most interesting features on Twitter rolled out this year is custom timelines. Similar to storify, the feature lets you create a timeline, give it a name and choose which Tweets to add manually or automatically using an API. Different from the regular Twitter lists, custom timelines, featuring tweets that users want to add in their timeline, not subsequent tweets from their authors.

In 2014, Twitter users can expect a wide range of new features. One of the most anticipated features on Twitter is ability to edit tweets. Expected to be available early next year, the edit feature help you prevent embarrassments due to erroneous posts or typo errors and wrath of grammar Nazis. Mobile users are likely to be most benefited.

Which is your favourite Twitter update this year? What new feature/features do you expect from Twitter in 2014? Let us know in the comments section below:

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Karbonn Titanium S7 now listed on Flipkart for pre-order

The Karbonn Titanium S7, a direct competitor to the Micromax Canvas Turbo and Gionee Elife E6, has been listed on Flipkart for a tantalizing pre-order price of Rs. 14,999.

Karbonn Titanium S7 now listed on Flipkart for pre-order

Karbonn Titanium S7 now listed on Flipkart for pre-order

After the launch of Micromax’s first full-HD handset, the Canvas Turbo, now Karbonn has stepped into the ring with its own full-HD smartphone, dubbed the’ Titanium S7′, which is now available for pre-order at Flipkart for Rs.14,999.

The smartphone is the first full-HD 5-inch smartphone from Karbonn, and the most powerful in their current line-up. Under the hood, the Titanium S7 will be powered by a 1.5GHz quad core processor and runs on Google’s Android 4.2 Jelly Bean operating system. It sports 16GB of internal memory, as well as a microSD memory card for expansion.

It will also feature a 13 megapixel rear shooter along with a 2MP front camera for video calling. On the connectivity front, it will support 3G connectivity, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth support, and has a built-in GPS receiver.

Much like other Karbonn smartphones, this one also has support for dual-SIM(3G+2G GSM). To everyone’s surprise, the online retailer fails to mention the on-board RAM and battery capacity.

The Titanium S7 is going to be up against the likes of Micromax Canvas Turbo and Gionee Elife E6, considering the price bracket with the Canvas Turbo priced at Rs. 19,000 and Gionee’s E6 priced at Rs.22,000, unless the Titanium S7 disappoints us with only 1GB RAM (which is highly unlikely), the S7 is basically the exact same package for a lot less.

We have provide a small table below for a quick comparison of three smartphones mentioned above.

MODEL Titanium S7 Gionee E6 Canvas Turbo
Price on Flipkart (in Rs.) 14,999 20,999 18,750
Display 5 inch(1920X1080) 5 inch(1920×1080) 5 inch(1920×1080)
OS Android v4.2 Android v4.2 Android v4.2.1
Processor 1.5Ghz quad-core 1.5Ghz quad-core 1.5Ghz MediaTek quad-core
RAM no data available 2GB 2GB
Memory expandable upto 32 GB 16GB expandable upto 32GB
Camera 13MP rear, 2 MP front 13MP rear, 5MP front 13MP rear, 5MP front

For more details check the links below:

Flipkart : 123


Samsung says it owes Apple only $52mn, not $380 mn for patent violations

Apple demands $380mn from Samsung for violating patents, Samsung defies their claim saying they owe them only $52mn. A new trial sc.

Samsung says it owes Apple only $52mn, not $380 mn for patent violations

Samsung says it owes Apple only $52mn, not $380 mn for patent violations

Samsung and Apple have locked horns again, as Samsung has said that it owes Apple $52 million instead of the $380 million that Apple claims.

As you might be aware, an American judge declared that Samsung electronics had violated certain patent protocols and copied vital features of the iPhone and iPad, such as scrolling and the ‘bounce back’ function at the end of documents.

The companies made their demands on Wednesday during opening statements of a patent trial in San Jose, California. The issue at hand here is a set of 13 older products which a previous jury found infringed upon several Apple patents. The previous jury, awarded Apple $1.05 billion after determining 26 Samsung products had violated six Apple patents.

However, a judge made the startling revelation that the previous jury miscalculated $400 million in damages for 13 products and has ordered a new trial to come to the correct figure.

“Apple lost sales because Samsung was selling infringing products,” Apple attorney Harold McIhenny told the jury. He argued that Apple’s lost profits, Samsung’s profits on the offending devices and royalties owed Apple, add up to $380 million. “In a fair fight, in a fair competition, the money they got would have and should have gone to Apple “,  said McIlhenny.

In response, Samsung’s attorney Bill Price added that consumers prefered Samsung’s devices, which operate with Google’s Android OS, because of the many differences rather than the similarities they have with Apple. Price told jury that Samsung owes Apple $52 million.

“Apple is simply asking for much more money than it’s entitled to”, said Price.

Price accepted that Samsung was guilty of copying Apple’s features, but downplayed the aspect of technology in devices. “This is a case not where we’re disputing that the 13 phones contain some elements of Apple’s property,” Price said. “That doesn’t mean Apple gets to come in here and ask for a windfall … for more than it is entitled.”

The current trial is a dispute over older products, which are not even on sale in the U.S. Another trial is scheduled again in March over Samsung’s devices currently in the U.S.

Apple has argued with courts around the world that Samsung’s Android based phones have copied Apple’s technology, while Samsung is fighting back with its own reasons that some key Apple patents are invalid and Apple has infringed upon Samsung’s technology.

Both have won and lost legal battles over the past couple of years. and analysts predict this feud to carry on for months to come.

The current trial could be a warm-up for bigger things to come in March. Apple is asking Samsung to be boycotted from selling some of its current devices in the U.S.

Source: FirstPost heduled is in March.


BlackBerry denies rumor mill suggestions about Google Play Store on BB10

The company has not released any statement to the rest of the media, but the Crackberry forum is suggesting that the company did give them a formal statement.
BlackBerry denies rumor mill suggestions about Google Play Store on BB10
The rumor mill had been at work again, the last few days, when they seemed to suggest that the Google Play Store will arrive on BlackBerry 10.2 update. However, BlackBerry have responded to those rumors on the Crackberry forums, clearly stating that this is not the case. There seemed to be multiple leaked screenshots of BlackBerry 10.2 running what seemed to be the Google Play Store, integrated within the BlackBerry OS.

“There is no planned support for Google Play on BlackBerry. BlackBerry World remains the primary source for trusted and curated BlackBerry applications and we continue to support open standards and open source tools so BlackBerry developers can continue to create great apps on any of the development platforms we support.”

It is clear that the leaked shots aren’t an indicator of the future, at least the near future. While it would obviously be nice to get another window for apps on a BlackBerry device, anyone wanting Android apps still need to take the side-loading route.

Source: CrackBerry


Motorola Project Ara announced, will let users customise their smartphones

Motorola phones

Motorola phones

Building your own PC is passé, you’ll soon be able to build your own smartphone, thanks to Motorola’s efforts.
The Google-owned company has announced Project Ara, its new free, open hardware platform for creating highly modular smartphones.
“We want to do for hardware what the Android platform has done for software: create a vibrant third-party developer ecosystem, lower the barriers to entry, increase the pace of innovation, and substantially compress development timelines,” said  Motorola Advanced Technology and Projects group, Project Ara Team, in a blog post.
While Motorola already allows users to customise some external design elements of its Moto X phones, the new project will allow users to select the look as well as internals of their own phone, and even change it when they get bored.
“Our goal is to drive a more thoughtful, expressive, and open relationship between users, developers, and their phones. To give you the power to decide what your phone does, how it looks, where and what it’s made of, how much it costs, and how long you’ll keep it,” said the post.
The Project Ara design scheme comprises of what the company calls an endoskeleton (endo) and modules.  The endo is the structural frame that holds all the modules in place, while a module can be anything, from a new application processor to a new display or keyboard, an extra battery, a pulse oximeter or some other customisable hardware unit.
Motorola is working with Dave Hakkens, the creator of Phonebloks, a smartphone concept that envisioned changeable hardware components, for the project. 
Motorola plans has planned an alpha release of the Module Developer’s Kit (MDK) for winter and says that it will also send an invitation to developers to start creating modules for the Ara platform.  

BBM for Android clocks 10 million downloads; no more waiting list

The application clocked 1 million downloads on Android the first day. But the waiting list was a bit of an annoyance, which has now been removed, for iOS as well as Android users.

BBM for Android clocks 10 million downloads; no more waiting list

BBM for Android clocks 10 million downloads; no more waiting list

BlackBerry Messenger for Android shows no signs of slowing down, with the application crossing 10 million downloads on Android alone, worldwide. However, not everyone who downloaded BBM on their Android or iOS devices could sign in immediately, because BlackBerry had deployed the waiting list method for a majority of users to ensure there was no repeat of the server load issues that the first release attempt faced. However, that test of patience has now been removed as well, with anyone downloading BBM on their smartphone can now sign up / sign in immediately.

The popularity of BBM during this initial phase of availability can be measured by the respective app stores’ rating of the app. Apple’s App Store lists BBM in the top three free apps listing, while Google Play Store has it at the top spot in the Top New Free Android Apps list, at least at the time of writing this.

BBM’s popularity on Android and iOS is critical good news for BlackBerry, particularly because the company was betting big on huge download numbers to get the cross platform BBM on the map, where Whatsapp leads at the moment.

You can download BBM on your iOS or Android device directly from the application store on the device itself.



Yahoo Mail’s Sweet 16 Is Sweet: A brand new view

Today is Yahoo Mail’s sweet 16, and to celebrate we’re making our Mail experience elegant and intuitive on desktop, iOS, and Android.

We’re introducing “conversations” for those who prefer to view emails grouped in threads. At the end of the day, being able to see an entire conversation can save you quite a bit of time. Context is king.



We redesigned Yahoo Mail to be more efficient, too. Things you do all of the time like search, starring, and deleting are now one-click actions that appear when you hover over an email. We also wanted to give you more breathing room in your inbox, so you can collapse the left-hand toolbar to be more productive.

Since it’s not a birthday without party favors, we’re making many features previously reserved for premium Mail Plus customers free. Disposable email addresses, enhanced filters and automatic message forwarding are now available for everyone. And if that wasn’t enough, we’re giving you a monstrous amount of storage, 1TB (that’s 1,000 GBs), so you have ample space for all your emails and attachments. It sure beats one of those annoying noisemakers. Current Mail Plus customers can continue to use Mail Plus and can learn more here.

Finally, we wanted to bring a little inspiration into your inbox — dress it up a bit if you will.  We’re doing that by introducing visually rich themes, including curated Flickr photos, for your browser, smartphone and tablet. Choose a new photo theme in one place, and it will apply across all your devices. After all, your inbox doesn’t have to be a plain white box with text dropped into it.



This new desktop experience is available in English in the US, Canada, UK, Philippines, Malaysia, India, Ireland, New Zealand and South Africa with more countries and languages coming soon. The mobile apps are available globally today on iOS, Android and Windows 8.




We hope you enjoy this additional inspiration, on Yahoo Mail — an inbox with a view.  Read a bit more about the new features on the Yahoo Mail tumblr.


Sygic navigation app for Android goes free; continues using MapmyIndia maps

The app was available for Rs 1399 till now, but can now be downloaded for free via Google Play Store.

Sygic navigation app for Android goes free; continues using MapmyIndia maps

Sygic, the leading offline mobile navigation brand, has announced that the India edition of the Sygic navigation app for Android has now gone free. The price of this app, till now, was Rs 1399. The application continues to use MapmyIndia’s 3D maps, and offers voice guided navigation via maps that may be stored on the device. The advantage of this is that if you have GPS connectivity, the navigation will work, since it doesn’t rely on Internet connectivity for constant map refreshes. You can read the detailed review of this app here

The Sygic app offers turn-by-turn voice navigation, 3D maps of cities and landscapes provided by Mapmyindia, voice guidance in more than 40 languages, multi-stop route planning, speed limit warning and interactive maps that you can tap on to find more information about the addresses and landmarks in the area.

“By making our advanced navigation app available to millions of users for free, Sygic is helping countries like India become a safer, more enjoyable place to travel,” said Sygic CEO Michal Štencl. “With Sygic’s offlineapp and MapmyIndia Maps, users can now take advantage of a robust set of tools that can help them effectively manage their travel plans and get them where they need to go confidently, and more efficiently.”


The Sygic application is available for most Android running Android 2.0.1 and upwards, including smartphones and tablets. You can download it from the Play Store here.

5 things we’ve learned about the future of wearables from Samsung’s Galaxy Gear

VentureBeat got an exclusive early look at Samsung’s upcoming smartwatch, the Galaxy Gear, over the weekend.

5 things we’ve learned about the future of wearables from Samsung’s Galaxy Gear

5 things we’ve learned about the future of wearables from Samsung’s Galaxy Gear

It’s a chunky, ugly block of a thing, even accounting for the fact that the model we saw (and got photos of) is just a prototype, as VentureBeat reporter Christina Farr reported.

But even in its unfinished state, Samsung’s Galaxy Gear tells us a lot about where the emerging smartwatch industry is going. Here are five conclusions we can already draw about smartwatches and wearable tech.

Smartwatches are big devices

According to our source as well as other publications, the prototype is not far from what the real thing will look like. It probably won’t have exposed screws on the front: That’s an unfinished-looking detail that might make sense on a Casio G-Shock watch, but this doesn’t fit in with Samsung’s overall approach to gadget design. It may have different colors and a different skin; it may even have a slightly different shape.

But the basics will likely be just as we reported: a 3-inch-diagonal slab on top of your wrist, with a 2.5-inch OLED screen embedded in it. It will have a camera (4 megapixels), accelerometers, Android apps, and both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth for connecting to the Internet and to your phone.

And thanks to recent court decisions, the face of the watch will probably be a rounded rectangle.

Reports on battery life differ: Our source told us it would last about 10 hours, but others are saying 24 hours of normal use and just 10 hours when under heavy use. We’ll have to wait until we have our hands on a production model and can fully test it to know for sure.

It’s not clear who wants to wear a giant, 3-inch chunk of metal and plastic on their wrist. People with skinny wrists, not so much.

That’s why many people have their hopes pinned on Apple’s upcoming news conference on Sept. 10, where they hope to see the Cupertino iPhone maker unveil its own smartwatch. Presumably Apple, even in the faded-glory Tim Cook days, would never embarrass itself by shipping something so huge and blocky as Samsung’s Galaxy Gear.

But even Apple will be limited by physics to a certain extent. As it discovered with its now-defunct square iPod Nano, the smallest you can conceivably make a touchscreen is about two inches square — and even that is a little too small to be usable. But a two-inch-square screen is still going to make for a rather bulky watch, by wristwatch standards.

Wearable tech is fitness-focused

One thing is clear: Samsung is making fitness and health tracking a big part of its push into wearable technology.

It’s a smart choice, since fitness is the route through which wearables have entered the market most successfully so far. To the extent that people are “wearing” technology, it’s been through fitness-tracking bracelets like Nike’s Fuelband, not geek-chic eyewear like Google Glass.

Nike’s Fuelbands are everywhere. Competitors, including the Fitbit Flex and the Jawbone Up, have sprouted up. The Basis watch is closer to a modern smartwatch in that it has a full-blown display.

But while they have their fans, more generic “smartwatches” like the Pebble haven’t taken off to the same extent. The Pebble enhances your experience of using a phone, but it’s not a fitness device.

Samsung’s focus on fitness stands in contrast to Sony, which has its own Android SmartWatch product (which almost no one is using, as far as I know — I’ve never seen one in the wild). Sony’s product does offer fitness apps, but it’s primarily a notification device that enhances your phone by giving you a miniature display that can alert you to incoming calls and texts, help you place calls, etc.

It turns out that people are more willing to put something on their wrist if it helps them achieve fitness goals than if it simply helps them use their smartphones.

Wearable tech is on the wrist

There’s another approach to getting people to wear technology: Embed it into something like your eyeglasses, giving you an omnipresent heads-up display.

But while Google Glass has provoked a lot of excited experimentation and speculation, it has also provoked an equally excited backlash. And “smart glasses” are far less ubiquitous than fitness bands.

The reason for that is clear: Putting something on your wrist is a smaller commitment than putting something on your head.

At a conference earlier this year, Cook made some guardedly positive comments about Google Glass.

But he said, “From a mainstream point of view, this [pointing at his head] is difficult.”

Some day, we may all be wearing heads-up displays that enable us to discreetly Google people as we meet them. But for now, the technology is simply too intrusive-looking and too odd to pass muster with the mainstream — no matter how many Vogue fashion features Google Glass appears in.

In the near term, the wrist is where it’s at for wearables.

Thanks to Samsung and the anticipated entrance of Apple into the smartwatch market, Juniper Research recently estimated that smartwatch sales would jump from 1 million units this year to 36 million in 2018. That’s a typical wild-eyed analyst guess, but it does give some sense of the potential for growth in this market.

Wearables will reshape the health industry

Wrist-mounted computers or smartwatches will eventually prove to be an enormous boon for the health industry, because of their potential to help individuals collect data on their physical activity, motivate them to exercise more, and provide health care companies with real, personal data.

Today, smartwatches and fitness bands can track physical activity through the most basic metrics, such as steps. With more sophisticated accelerometers and algorithms, the Fuelband can make a guess at what kind of activity you’re actually doing. Some devices, like the Basis watch, track heart rate.

Future sensors could enable smartwatches to track things like your blood oxygenation level, muscle activation, posture, and more. In some cases, these may require additional sensors located on other parts of your body: an oxygenation sensor on the tip of your toe, a posture sensor taped to your back, and so forth.

“I envision the iWatch as a sensor network,” Tan Rao, the founder of a wearables startup called Sensing Strip, told VentureBeat recently while speculating about a future Apple smartwatch. “The master sensor will likely be located on the wrist.”

Privacy, of course, becomes a huge issue when devices are gathering such intimate data on what your body is doing. The data becomes valuable for diagnosis, prevention, and fitness when you can share it with your doctor and your personal trainer — but you want to make sure it doesn’t get used to deny you a job, turn you down for medical coverage, or get posted to public networks without your permission.

“No one has created standards around that; no one is digging deep on the privacy side,” said Missy Krasner, an executive in residence at Morgenthaler Ventures, in the same VentureBeat article.

Wearables will need data standards

Finally, with so many competitors in the wearables sector, we need ways to connect them to one another. It’s an issue we already face with the proliferation of fitness apps: I can use RunKeeper on my iPhone, Android phone, or via a web page, but I can’t get RunKeeper’s data to sync with MapMyFitness.

Similarly, if I’m using a Nike Fuelband, I can’t get its obnoxiously proprietary “Fuel” points to translate into data that is usable by other fitness-tracking apps.

After Samsung releases a smartwatch, there will be one more player on the market providing a device that generates data. Is it too much to hope that this data will be easy to integrate into other fitness applications?

The fact that Samsung’s Galaxy Gear is Android-based suggests that interoperability might, in fact, be on its way.

But don’t hold your breath for Apple’s iWatch, if it appears next week, to interoperate with data from the Galaxy Gear — or vice versa.

What this industry needs, if it’s going to grow beyond a few niche products for enthusiasts, is some way to collect all this data, integrate it, and share it — securely, while respecting the privacy preferences of each individual — and feed it into larger health care and fitness-management programs.