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Techie News | April 19, 2014

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38% Brits opting for Galaxy S5 are former iPhone owners

April 18, 2014 |

A popular mobile trade-in site CompareMyMobile reports that almost one third of individuals who trade in their smartphones to upgrade to Samsung Galaxy S5 are former owners of iPhone.

The company saw a 210 percent rise in customers who trade … Read More

OnePlus One will go on sale soon, but on invite-only

April 18, 2014 |

OnePlus, a new player in the smartphone arena, will launch its first smartphone OnePlus One on April 12 and it will be available for sale shortly afterwards but only on an invite-only order process.

The Chinese startup has announced in … Read More

Facebook’s Nearby Friends connects mobile users

April 18, 2014 |

Facebook has begun rolling out a new feature dubbed Nearby Friends which will help users know which of their friends are nearby.

Nearby Friends is an opt-in feature and helps users find out how close they are to their friends’ … Read More

Pandora faces lawsuit over pre-1972 recordings usage

April 18, 2014 |

Music streaming service, Pandora, has been sued by some of the major U.S. music companies for failing to pay royalties for the use of recordings made before 1972.

The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages and an immediate halt to Pandora’s “massive … Read More

AMD beats Q1 earnings targets, but reports net loss of $20 million

April 18, 2014 |

Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) on Thursday announced the financial results for the first quarter of 2014 to have exceeded expectations, reporting a strong revenue growth of 28 percent year-over-year, but reported a GAAP loss of $20 Million ($0.03 per share), … Read More

Samsung: Milk Music’s ‘$3.99 premium service’ coming soon

April 18, 2014 |

It hasn’t been long since Samsung launched Milk Music – a free Internet radio service without ads. And the Korean electronics giant has already revealed that it is “soon” going to add a price tag with an all new premium … Read More

European Media Tycoon: ‘We are afraid of Google’

April 18, 2014 | | One Comment

One of Europe’s leading media tycoons has accused Google of abusing its monopoly position in the digital sector to build up a ‘superstate’ free of anti-trust and privacy laws.

Mathias Dopfner, chief executive of Germany’s Axel Springer SE publishing house, … Read More

Microsoft’s Xbox One: 5 million unit shipped and counting

April 18, 2014 |

Microsoft on Thursday announced that its next-gen console Xbox One has shipped more than five million retail units since its November launch.

However, the five million figure accounts for only the number of consoles sent out to retailers and not … Read More

Michaels Stores’ security breach affected over 3 million credit cards

April 18, 2014 |

Michaels Stores on Thursday confirmed that there was a security breach of certain payment card processing systems at its US stores and its subsidiary, Aaron Brothers.

Michaels Stores Inc, one of the US’s biggest art and crafts retailer firms, had … Read More

Twitter starts pushing mobile app-install ads

April 18, 2014 |

Twitter on Thursday announced a new advertising platform through which it intends to grab a share out of the increasing app advertising vertical. The microblogging site said the new mobile advertising suite will make it easier for advertisers to promote … Read More

Apache OpenOffice surpasses 100 million download mark

April 18, 2014 | | One Comment

The Apache Software Foundation on Thursday announced its Apache OpenOffice suite has been downloaded a massive 100 million times within just 2 years.

The leading free and open Source office document productivity suite, Apache OpenOffice, is currently available in 32 … Read More

Dropbox bags startups Loom and Hackpad

April 18, 2014 |

Days after revealing its first photo sharing app Carousel, Dropbox has announced the acquisition of Loom, a cloud photo-sharing service, popular among the iOS users.

Also joining Dropbox is the Hackpad, a collaborative documents startup that is expected to boost … Read More

Ubuntu 14.04 LTS pegged as ‘cost-effective replacement for Windows XP’

April 18, 2014 | | 2 Comments

Canonical has announced the latest Ubuntu 14.04, a Long Term Support (LTS) edition for Linux servers and desktops, claiming it to be a “cost-effective replacement for Windows XP.”

The Ubuntu 14.04 release dubbed the “Trusty Tahr,” available from Thursday 17 … Read More

Affordable Nokia X gets price cuts in India

April 18, 2014 |

Nokia has reduced the pricing of its Android powered Nokia X smartphone by Rs. 900 (~£10) in a bid to boost sales in one of its largest markets.

Nokia X was launched in India at Rs. 8,599 (£90) placing it … Read More

Zynga outs FarmVille 2: Country Escape for iPhone, iPad and Android devices

April 17, 2014 |

Zynga has released a new version of its popular farming title FarmVille and has aptly named it FarmVille 2: Country Escape.

Zyanga’s ‘new chapter of FarmVille on the go’ will effectively allow users to experience farming not only through Facebook, … Read More

Nokia Lumia 2520 sales suspended due to faulty charger

April 17, 2014 |

Nokia has halted sales of its Lumia 2520 tablet in European countries following discovery of a faulty charger which could give electric shock to users.

The travel charger in question is AC-300, which is an exclusive charger for the Lumia … Read More

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