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Google Reader Retiring

By on March 14, 2013

Google Reader Retire

Google has announced it will kill off its RSS reader, Google Reader from July 1, 2013, citing a slow down in usage since the service launched in 2005.

Google Reader has allowed users to subscribe to the content from their favourite news and blog sites from one site similar to an inbox. The internet giant’s senior vice president of technical infrastructrue Urs Hölzle, announced today that after eight years, the service would be brought to an end.

“We launched Google Reader in 2005 in an effort to make it easy for people to discover and keep tabs on their favorite websites. While the product has a loyal following, over the years usage has declined. So, on July 1, 2013, we will retire Google Reader,” he said in a blog post.

“Users and developers interested in RSS alternatives can export their data, including their subscriptions, with Google Takeout over the course of the next four months.”

The application has largely remained the same over the years since the launch. Many other RSS applications, including FlipBoard, and Google’s Currents have turned RSS readers into more of a visual magazine-style way of catching up on news, while Reader has kept its look as more of an email inbox.

Before Google shuts off Reader, it’ll allow users to export their subscriptions out of the application using Takeout. The following are 5 alternative application which can replace the Google Reader if you continue to looking for such application:

The move comes as part of a cleaning of the house that Google CEO Larry Page announced in 2011. The cleanup has already claimed Google Buzz and Google Labs.

The company said today’s announcement will see a total of 70 features or services closed since the spring cleaning began.

The announcement will also see the end of GUI Builder for a focus on HTML service, Google Cloud Connect will be ditched in April in favour of Google Drive, and Google will end support for its Google Voice App for BlackBerry but users can still use the HTML5 app.

Google will also end support for Snapseed desktop for Windows and Mac beginning today.

For more information about the Google Spring cleaning, you can refer to their official blog

WorldPay acquires YESpay

By on March 8, 2013

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Global provider of payment and risk services WorldPay has acquired global card payments company YESpay.

 

By leveraging YESpay’s technology, WorldPay will be able to offer its UK clients a payment service, including merchant acquiring, card processing and payment terminals integrated with point of sale systems. The combined service will allow WorldPay and YESpay customers to exploit the needs of omni-channel shoppers with a single payment service operating in-store, online and on mobile. In addition, WorldPay will acquire YESpay’s businesses and assets including payment platforms and technologies, its 150 employees, based in the UK, Canada and India and over 3,000 customer relationships.

 

Financial terms of the agreement have not been disclosed.

 

YESpay provides secure internet, EMV Chip & PIN, contactless and gift card payment processing services to independent and multi-chain merchants. Through EMBOSS, the YESpay Managed Payment Service, merchants can accept integrated card payments within EPOS, kiosks, hospitality and e-commerce systems. WorldPay has 75 national and international payment methods and operates in over 40 countries worldwide.

Belkin Buys Linksys from Cisco

By on January 30, 2013

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Cisco has been moving away from the consumer electronics market segment for a while now. They ditched the Flip camera approximately two year after purchasing the developing company a while back. And now they are selling off Linksys to Belkin.

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Linksys was the arm of Cisco responsible for producing routers and wireless access points for the mass consumer. Cisco bought Linksys for US$500 million in 2003. Now, Belkin is buying the business from Cisco and the deal is expected to be concluded in March 2013.

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While no price for the sale has been announced, Bloomberg speculates that Linksys will not be able to garner the same value because the networking business is a mature market with small margins.

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Source: Bloomberg and ArsTechnica

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Google has now implemented offline functionality to another service in their web-based productivity suite, Google Drive. The latest to get this invaluable feature is Google Slides. Now users can create, edit, and present without an Internet connection. Any changes to the presentation will automatically be saved once an Internet connection is detected.

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To utilize this new feature, all you have to do is turn the “offline editing” feature on through Google Drive. Users who already have offline editing for Docs enabled, won’t need to change any settings to get this new feature. However, take note that offline editing can only be used on Chrome browsers or on machines running Chrome OS. According to the Google Drive Blog, Google Sheets will be the next service to get offline functionality.

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Google-Adwords

Calling all marketing professionals! Google is currently on the lookout for participants to take part in its Google Certification Program (GCP) Challenge for AdWords, its search engine marketing platform.

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The GCP is a program aimed at helping digital marketing professionals to improve their efficiency in Google AdWords. Upon passing, participants will become ‘Individually Qualified’ professionals and receive a certificate that endorses their proficiency in Google AdWords.

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The GCP Challenge in Malaysia will be held from January 21 till March 15, 2013. Top three GCP candidates who pass both Google Advertising Fundamentals and Search Advertising Advanced exams will be award with a smart device worth US$600. Winning the challenge also allows the participants a chance to be globally recognized.

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In order to participate:

Step 1: Visit the GCP challenge website here
Step 2: Check your eligibility for the challenge
Step 3: Register to be in the running
Step 4: Sit for your exams online between January 21 and March 15, 2013
Step 5: Submit your results here between January 21 and March 15, 2013 for a shot at winning a smart device worth US$600

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Company URLs along with individual scores must be submitted.

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All GCP Qualified Individuals whose GCP qualification expires before March 31, 2013 are welcome to join in as well. The GCP Challenge is only open to individuals employed in Malaysia.


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PhoneClean

Not enough free space on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch? Do you know that there are many useless junk files in your iOS devices that can be safely delete and free up more space?

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What is PhoneClean?

PhoneClean is a free software for Windows and Mac made to Free Up Space on iPhone, iPad & iPod touch. PhoneClean is uniquely designed to reclaim more free space on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and make all iOS devices running fast. This free-yet-magic tool will safely find and remove all kinds of iOS system junk files to cleanup and speedup your idevices, even no jailbreak is required.

PhoneClean able to clean up:

  • temp and junk files
  • cache and off-line files
  • cookie and script files
  • sync-failed media files

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How to use PhoneClean?

PhoneClean is very easy to use. Simply connect your iPhone to your computer and run PhoneClean to scan. It took just a few minutes to scan my almost full 32GB iPhone 4S.

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PhoneClean scanning page

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PhoneClean scan complete

After scanning completed, PhoneClean list out the number of files and total size. Clicking the arrow button in Detail column, you can check further information and select items to be included/excluded in clean up.

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PhoneClean scan details

PhoneClean had successfully free up 2.56 GB space on my iPhone! Mostly are app cache files. I don’t notice any app error after the clean up.

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Click here to download PhoneClean

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Throughout the past year or so, PayPal has been working to make its in-store payment platform more robust by bringing in a number of new retail partners, including Home Depot, Guitar Center, Barnes & Noble, and JC Penney. However, today the company has revealed that PayPal users can now pay for items in over 18,000 physical stores throughout the US.

 

PayPal announced today that 23 large national retailers have begun participating in PayPal Now, and the service is now available at 18,000 retail locations around the United States. PayPal Now officially launched back in May of 2012 to extend PayPal’s payment platform into physical stores. Shoppers simply enter their phone number and a pin code during checkout instead of swiping their credit or debit card.

 

The service is definitely useful for people who forget their wallets, or for those who just prefer to keep all of their transaction under one roof. There are also opportunities to earn digital coupons and loyalty points by choosing this method of payment, so there’s definitely an incentive to use the new platform other than convenience.

 

Square is obviously PayPal’s biggest competitor, with its own plans in the retail realm that includes a major partnership with Starbucks. It’ll be interesting to see where the mobile payment industry goes from here. Google Wallet is making the rounds, and while it’s not yet a well-known avenue for payments, it just could be a matter of time before we see it take off.

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The platform promises a more immersive experience, less cluttered screen, and lets you flow naturally from app to app with edge magic. When docked, the phone becomes a full PC and thin client. Because it only integrates all-native core apps without any Java overhead, Ubuntu runs well on entry-level smartphone, yet uses the same drivers as Android.

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It’s designed to make all your phone content more convenient to access – every edge has a specific purpose, so all your apps, content, and controls are instantly accessible without going through the hassle of navigating back to the home screen all the time. A short swipe from the left edge of the screen reveals your favorite apps. Also, it allows for switching of running and favorite apps speedier than any other phone.

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Web application sit alongside native apps, which means that apps like Facebook, Twitter, Google Maps, Gmail, and Spotify, are all available as they get their own icons and the same access to system notifications. On top of that, you get quicker access to all your emails, texts, calls, and social media posts. See every message as it comes in and respond in an instant; just swipe down from the top when a new one arrives and respond directly to Facebook, Twitter, email, SMS and good old-fashioned telephone calls.

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The Gallery makes it easier than ever to organize, find and share your photos. Every shot is instantly uploaded to your Ubuntu One personal cloud account, making it available on all your devices – including those running iOS, Android and Windows. Ubuntu includes native applications covering all the essentials you expect in a phone: telephony and voicemail, SMS and MMS, email, web browsing, photography, music and video.

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Apple-Waze

It’s no secret that Apple messed up big time with their own Maps app. Recently and most seriously, their app was found to have led Australian drivers into the wilderness. As a result, Australian police have warned drivers against using Apple Maps for navigation purpose. Left with no choice, Apple publicly apologized for the quality of the app and vowed to do better.

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For some time now, Apple has been rumored to be interested in acquiring Foursquare. However, the problem with Foursquare is that it sees limited use outside of the U.S. Furthermore, there’s not much to be gained with Foursquare. What good are “check-in” locations?

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With that in mind, perhaps it is not surprising that Apple is turning to Israeli developers Waze and their social GPS app. Waze has been steadily gaining popularity throughout the world thanks to its unique functionality and blend of traditional GPS mapping and social media elements. And because Waze’s maps are built based on drivers’ locations, it is far more useful than just “check-ins”. It is also the exact kind of data that Apple needs to refine its app.

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According to rumors, Apple is presently offering Waze US$400 million and a further US$100 million in incentives. Waze, however, is holding out for US$750 million.

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The billionaire shop

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It must be hard to be a billionaire. Apparently there’s no easy way to impulse buy things such as yachts, jets and real estate.

The good news, however, is there’s a new website called The Billionaires Shop, which allows you to throw millions of dollars away in a matter of seconds. Want an $8 million penthouse in Miami? Add it to your shopping cart and checkout. How about a new Ferrari Bugatti Veyron SS sports car? That will be $1,950,000.

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Bugatti Veyron SS cost about 1,950,000 euro

The billionaire shop check out

The total checkout amount is 74,100,000 euro

The concept came after the Swedish-based team, which also runs an international gambling company called Multilotto.com, realized that — like the classic comedy film Brewster’s Millions — big winners didn’t always know what to do with their cash.

“Gambling companies don’t always take care of the winners by offering advice on how to spend money,” the spokesperson said. “We wanted to change that.”

The most popular category on the site so far is its luxury yacht collection, with private jets not far behind.