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News Microsoft Gadgets Update : Mass Effect Franchise Creator Will Oversee Microsoft's HoloLens Game Development

HoloLens may not solely focus on gaming, but Microsoft appears to have big plans for games on the augmented reality glasses, and today it's named the man who will oversee those plans.

As revealed in a post on Microsoft's official Xbox Wire website, Casey Hudson has been named the creative director of Microsoft Studios, where he'll oversee development on games for HoloLens and Xbox, among "other awesome projects." Hudson is best known as the creator of the Mass Effect franchise at Electronic Arts subsidiary BioWare, a company he left in August to "take on a new set of challenges."
In a brief interview on the Xbox Wire post, Hudson said his "primary focus will be the creative direction of HoloLens Experiences," though he added that he "will be involved in driving a creative focus for Xbox and Windows gaming."

Hudson, who spent 15 years at EA and BioWare, said he was able to try and early prototype of HoloLens prior to its announcement, though he didn't give any indication of what kind of gaming experiences users can expect with the glasses. The veteran game designer said he will "influence the full-spectrum experience on HoloLens, from hardware to OS, to applications and games," however.

Microsoft hasn't set a release date for HoloLens, though the company has said it will launch sometime "in the Windows 10 timeframe." Windows 10 for computers and large tablets is expected to launch in the summer – possibly at the end of July – followed by a smartphone and small tablet version later in the year. A HoloLens release would likely follow that, possibly in late 2015 or early 2016.

News Facebook Messenger Update : Games May Be Next Ffor Facebook Messenger

Facebook is reportedly looking to add games to its Messenger app. The social networking giant is having talks with game developers to integrate their mobile games with Messenger, according to a report from online magazine The Information.

Facebook officially announced support for third-party app integration into Messenger at its F8 developer platform in March. Since then, the company has partnered with a small number of third-party app developers, allowing users to add photos, animations and short video clips made with these third-party apps directly to their conversations.
Recipients of these messages get a link to install the apps, or reply with an image or animation of their own if they already have the app installed. Some of Facebook’s launch partners included JibJab, Giphy, ESPN and the Weather Channel.

Facebook is now looking to add game developers to that list, according to the Information, which spoke to three people briefed on those plans. However, it’s still unclear whether games will run directly within Messenger, or whether users will merely send invitations to play in a third-party app.

Asked about these plans, a Facebook spokesperson replied that the company is currently focused on content creation apps, but that the company plans to explore other opportunities in response to developer interest. She added that apps like Talking Tom, Giphy, Sound Clips, and Bitmoji have seen more than one million installs since the launch of the Messenger platform.

Facebook’s Messenger app has over 600 million active users and is a key part of the company’s strategy to focus on dedicated apps for communication and personal media — a strategy that also drove the acquisition of Whatsapp and Instagram.

Adding third-party apps to Messenger could one day be a big money-maker for Facebook; developers regularly pay top dollar to get users to install their apps. But it’s also a way for Facebook to compete with Apple’s and Google’s app stores, which could become less relevant if consumers instead get their recommendations for new apps directly from their social networks.

News Update : Appeals Court Rules Samsung Won't Have To Pay $930 Million In Apple Patent Case

Samsung will not have to pay all of the $930 million in damages that Apple was awarded in 2012, a U.S. appeals court ruled Monday.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C., agreed with a California federal jury that Samsung violated Apple design and utility patents related to the iPhone. However, the appeals court reversed the jury’s finding that Samsung infringed on Apple’s trade dress, or the overall look and packaging of a product.

Thus, the U.S. District Court in San Jose, California, where the case was originally tried, must recalculate the portion of the settlement dealing with trade dress.
The aesthetics of an iPhone can’t be protected, the appeals court said. Apple argued the iPhone’s rounded edges, among other features related to the device’s appearance, were meant to give the smartphone a unique look.

However, the appeals court noted that Apple had made other statements claiming these features also made the phone more intuitive to use. Claims of trade dress violations must be balanced with a company’s right to conduct business by imitating a competitor’s product, according to the court. If the court allowed Apple to trademark these features, the company could have a monopoly on them.

Apple sued Samsung in 2011 alleging that Samsung phones infringed on several iPhone patents. In 2012, a federal jury sided with Apple and Samsung was ordered to pay $1.05 billion in damages, although Apple had sought $2.75 billion. The judge in the case later reduced the figure to $930 million.

News Hacking Update : mSpy Hack - 400K Customers Of Smartphone Spy Tools Hit

An investigative journalist claims that smartphone spying software service mSpy has been hacked and personal details of 400,000 of its customers have been posted on the dark web.

mSpy is a service which allows users to monitor the activities of someone else's smartphone and is advertises as a way of "keeping your children safe and your employees efficient". It lets those using it to monitor someone's location, what apps they use, see what photos they take and record every word they type or speak.
Well-known and respected journalist Brian Krebs, who specialises in cyber-security reporting and - the dark web in particular - claims that mSpy's customer database has been hacked and "a huge trove of data" has been posted on the dark web, only accessible via Tor.

IBTimes UK has seen the post on the dark web but an update published on 15 May says that downloads have been "temporarily disabled" though no reason was given. One record remains with the name, home address, email address and other details of one mSpy customer though the huge cache of data is not available.

The anonymous hacker claimms the leak is "a full database" from mSpy's website including more than 400,000 users and featuring highly sensitive information like Apple IDs and associated passwords, tracking data, payment details, photos and more security information.

Krebs, who was sent a link to the post by a source, says the Tor-based site hosts hundreds of gigabytes of data "taken from mobile devices running mSpy's products, including some four million events logged by the software".

Krebs adds that from his investigations of the data dump, one thing is clear:

"There is a crazy amount of personal and sensitive data in this cache, including photos, calendar data, corporate email threads, and very private conversations. Also included in the data dump are thousands of support request emails from people around the world who paid between $8.33 to as much as $799 for a variety of subscriptions to mSpy's surveillance software."]

IBTimes UK has been unable to independently verify that validity of the claims.

In the UK, a 12-month subscription for a single smartphone monitoring service cost £60 while a "family kit" allowing you to monitor up to five devices (smartphone, tablet, laptop, desktop etc) will cost you £531.

No evidence of a leak :

Krebs said that numerous requests for comment from the company were not returned. IBTimes UK has also contacted the company for an official comment, but at the time of publication had not received a response.

However, on Friday, 15 May (a day after the report was published) we spoke to customer service representatives in the company's London call centre and online through the company's website chat function. They said they had been briefed about the situation and had been dealing with calls from worried customers who had read the report.

The spying company is telling its customers that there had been no breach of customer data, with the representative on the phone claiming such an attack was "not actually possible" because of the security measures the company has in place.

The company was clearly aware of Krebs' report, pointing out that one of the screenshots used in the report was from a demo version of mSpy which was freely available on its website. The representatives went as far as claiming the story had been fabricated.

"There is really no evidence of the leak" representative are telling mSpy's customers before adding that customers should not worry.

When asked why this report from a respected journalist had appeared if there was no truth to it, both representatives suggested it was the work of one of its competitors out to discredit the company. "We think it is a piece of black marketing," the online representative said. They added that the report was being investigated by people authorised to do so, and its lawyers.

iCloud credentials :

mSpy is headquartered in Mountain View, California with a call centre based in London and according to its website has over 1,000,000 customers around the world.

While the company advertises its software as being aimed at protecting children, one of the main uses of this type of software has been to spy on partners believed may be cheating.

mSpy can be installed on a non-jailbroken iPhone without even needing access to the physical phone itself as long as they have the iCloud credentials – though, as mSpy helpfully points out, "monitoring features may be limited with this solution option".

The company adds: "However, there may be some instances where physical access may be necessary. If you purchase mSpy for a jailbroken iOS phone or tablet, you will need 5-15 minutes of physical access to the device for successful installation."

Customers looking to review the data captured by the spying software can log on to their very own personalised Control Panel on the mSpy website from anywhere in the world.

mSpy helps those who don't want husbands or wives finding out that they are using it by listing it as AVANGATE in bank statements

Like any app developer, mSpy is continually looking to upgrade its offering, and a recent update now allows it to monitor Snapchat, Line and Facebook Messenger.

News SmartPhones Update : Microsoft Brings Windows 10 Mobile Preview To Lumia 930 And HTC One

Microsoft has released a new preview of Windows 10 for phones featuring for the first time access to the app store, universal Office apps and support for a new range of smartphones.

When Microsoft finally releases its new operating system that has been designed to work on phones and tablets, it will be called Windows 10 Mobile, but for now, as part of its Windows Insider program, the company is continuing to refer to the previews as Windows 10 for phones.
The latest update to be released by Microsoft is Build 10080 and it brings with it the biggest update to the system we have seen so far over Windows Phone 8.1.

As described by Microsoft Gabe Aul in an extensive blog post, the latest preview of Windows 10 for phones "brings many improvements but also because it adds support for a few important phones that Insiders have been asking us about".

One of the biggest additions is access to a beta version of the Windows Store for phones, which mirrors the Windows Store available in preview builds of the desktop version of Windows 10 – though app selection and the markets where the Store are available on phones are currently limited.

Carrier billing

Microsoft has also yet to roll out one of the most interesting Windows 10 features, which is carrier billing, allowing users to buy apps and in-app content without the need for a credit card, with the cost being added to the user's mobile phone bill – a feature which is extremely important in many of the developing markets Microsoft is targeting.

Aside from the new store, Build 10080 brings Universal Office apps (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote), for the first time as well as the new Xbox app, new Music and Video apps and an updated Camera app for Windows 10.

Microsoft has expanded the range of compatible phones to include the Lumia 930, the recently released Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL and the first non-Lumia device to get the Windows 10 previews – the HTC One (M8) for Windows.

Initially Microsoft limited the preview to just a handful of Lumia devices but it has gradually increased the number of compatible phones since it began previews in February.
Windows 10 Mobile release date

Microsoft has this week revealed that Windows 10 will be available in seven different versions or Editions, with two focused at smartphones and small tablets – Windows 10 Mobile and Windows 10 Mobile Enterprise – with the latter aimed at winning a slice of the business market.

Aul also reiterated something which was first mentioned at the company's developer conference last month regarding the release date of Windows 10 on phones:

    Because we're treating Windows more like a service, this allows us to release Windows 10 on different devices and customers at different times. For phones, Windows 10 will arrive later this year – both on new devices and also upgrades for existing Windows Phone 8.1 devices. Even though Windows 10 will be arriving for phones later than it does for PCs, the underlying OS code is still the same.

There are however a number of bugs in the preview, with the most significant being one which means that MMS messages may not get through to your phone if you are out of coverage at the time the message is sent.

If you are feeling brave however, and you do want to download the Windows 10 for phones preview, here's how to go about it:

     How to install Windows 10 Previews for Phones
  • First, sign up for the Windows Insider Program, if you haven't already
  • Download the Windows Insider app from the Windows Phone Store
  • Once it finishes downloading, open the app on your phone and follow the instructions to install Technical Preview
  • Builds will come to you automatically as they are ready, after being validated by engineers at Microsoft and used on their own phones
  • Use the built-in Windows Feedback app to report problems and suggestions
  • Updates will continue all the way up to the final build that goes out to all customers
  • You can roll your phone back to the previous OS at any time

News Sony Xperia Update : Xperia Z3 Spotted Running Android 5.1.1 With New Icons And Animations In Video

While Sony is busy testing the Android Lollipop upgrade for the Xperia Z series device, a leaked video has been spotted, suggesting the Android 5.1.1 for the Xperia Z3 smartphone.

Thanks to Wayerless we now know Sony is planning the next Android version for Xperia Z3, and the video shows that Sony might skip Android 5.1, in favour of Android 5.1.1.
The video which runs slightly more than a minute, shows Xperia Z3 bearing number D6603 is running Android 5.1.1 update, which adds new animations and a shortcut bar that allows searching for available Wi-Fi networks and Bluetooth directly from the notification menu.

Apart from this, there are new icons in the settings menu which are flatter and brighter in keeping with Google's material design. And the Music app that replaces Walkman.
A couple of Android Lollipop builds such as 23.4.A.0.279 and 23.4.A.0.248 have been caught in Handtec Detection site, hinting the build template for Android Lollipop release for Xperia Z3 or, Z2 series would be 23.4.A.0.XXX.

If the latest report is to be believed, then expect the official roll-out of the new Android version for Xperia Z3 later this month or, early next month. Check out the video for more details.

News Gadgets Update : Radio - Do You Remember The Radio?

Take a good look around you and I bet you won’t find a spot for a radio. With apps on Smartphones, do we really have a place for these long forgotten devices? Like Queen sang soulfully “Radio Ga Ga”, you go ahead and refresh your memory with this romanticized version called the Philips Echo Radio Concept.


News Smart Technology Update : Color Cube Your Way For Apple SmartPhones

Colors surround us. As a creative, you obsess over color everyday but struggle when trying to match or use an exact color in your projects. Now you can finally ditch those heavy swatch books and speed up your creativity with Cube, a sleek and innovative color capturing tool that pairs with your smart devices.

A portable color sensor, Cube lets you capture the color of anything while on the go, even your skin!

Once you’ve captured a color, the Cube Companion App on smartphones let’s you record, tag and match your colors to thousands of in-built color libraries. You can even hook Cube up to Adobe Photoshop with the Cube Link desktop app and instantly match to PANTONE – how convenient is that!
Cube packs a bunch of smart functions (look them up here), including Bluetooth technology to allow you to seamlessly transfer your real-world color inspiration over to your desktop and smartphone.

Built by creatives for creatives, Cube brings a number of advantages to the creative workflow:
  • Link to Photoshop and instantly use real-world colors
  • Match color to paint brands, right there in the app
  • Correctly color-grade your photographs with real surface color readings
  • Easy spot checks to ensure color consistency
  • Capture fashion design inspirations for colorful textiles
  • Create digital color assets that pop when printed
How does it do all that? With rocket science… almost!
Housed inside the Cube is a sphere that contains a light source and a color sensor. A controlled sequence of light is shone through an aperture onto the surface, before being redirected back into the sphere toward the color sensor, capturing accurate color from any surface.

Besides being an extension for creative minds, Cube’s open ColorAPI makes it easy for developers and makers to build amazing color applications. Cube can output colors in the RGB, CMYK, HEX, LAB, and LRV color spaces, with support for multiple color profiles as well.
To sum up, Cube is here to stay as the on-the-go creative companion that captures colors at your whim!

Designer: Swatchmate [ Buy it Here ]

News Moto G Update : The All New Motorola Moto G (Gen 3) Accidentally Listed On Flipkart

Flipkart is the exclusive sales partner for Motorola phones and we have seen the Moto G selling well with its first gen and second gen variants. However, an alleged listing of the Moto G (3rd Gen) was spotted on Flipkart by GadgetRaid, most likely a placeholder for the next Moto G. The listing has since been taken down.

Apart from the fact that the 3rd Gen Moto G will come in the white colour with 8GB storage, there wasn’t much listed on the site. The model number of the listed Moto phone was AP3560AD1K8.
Leaks have suggested that the next generation of the Moto G will be a major upgrade over the 2nd gen Moto G. It is expected to come with a 5-inch or a 5.2-inch full HD display and it will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 610 SoC with 1.7GHz quad core processor paired with 2GB of RAM.

Moto G (2nd gen) recently got a price drop to Rs 10,999 which happened quite close to the launch of the Xiaomi Mi 4i, which was launched at Rs 12,999 with impressive specs. Motorola will clearly have to release the next gen Moto G, not just with impressive specs but at a competitive price point as well.

Going by the past history, the Motorola Moto G should launch in June or July. We will wait and watch.

News Social Networking Update : WhatsApp Receives Neat-And-Clean Material Design Makeover For All Android Users

Popular messaging service WhatsApp has received a major update in design and now sports a complete Material Design user interface, as it moves ahead in par with Google’s latest guidelines. The new update (build version 2.12.84) is now available to all on Google Play Store. Last month, WhatsApp had released build version 2.12.38 with Material Design for Android smartphones but at the time it was only available on the company’s website.

The new update only brings in several design changes to the user interface but no new additions in terms of functionality have been made.
Firstly, the revamped Material Design interface of WhatsApp brings in a lighter shade of green which you will spot at first sight. The top bar which includes Calls, Chats and Contacts tabs has been enlarged compared to the previous build. Icons have been reduced in size which gives it a clean and simple look.

When it comes to the Chat log, if you click on your friend’s profile picture, the image will enlarge and you will see quick options such as message, call and their detailed profile. Profile pictures now are in a circular frame unlike the previous squarish one. Your chat conversation will now appear as a speech bubble and the microphone feature gets a separate icon. Previously, when users pressed ‘enter’ to send their messages, they could accidentally click on the microphone option. With the new update, this wouldn’t be a problem any more.
The attachment icons are also more colourful and appear bigger and brighter. WhatsApp already has a huge palette of emoticons and no new additions have been made, but there have been a few design and colour tweaks. The background is now bright white, which makes the emojis stand out more prominently on the screen.

Given WhatsApp has rolled out the Voice Calling feature to all Android devices as well, this easy on the eye Material Design will only provide a further boost to its popularity.
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