Dubai Rules announced the launch of a strategy to transform Dubai into the smart city of the future within 3 years, and that through transform of government services into smart digital services,… full story…
Facebook is buying Titan Aerospace for $60 million, Titan Aerospace produces solar-powered drones which can fly for five years without needing to land.
Facebook is planning to blanket parts of the world without Internet acces. The company would start by building 11,000 of these unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), specifically the “Solara 60″ model.
These drones can ascend to 20KM above sea level where they can remain for 5 years without needing to land or refuel.
This project is to be part of the internet.org effort to bring connectivity to rural areas in developing countries. Google has a similar project called project loon which relies on balloons.But with the recent scandals of the NSA, a question is raised…. Does the world wants to be connected?
Apple is now calling the iOS interface in Cars (launched in jun 2013) as CarPlay, and unveiling the first partners to set it in their cars are: Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo.
Siri will act as an interface for drivers to access their contacts, make calls and listen to voicemails, while also reading out messages and responding to voice commands. Apple’s Maps service will be heavily integrated with routes shown on the car’s own screen and directions given like a GPS. Digital music is also part of CarPlay, working with itunes spotify and other services.
Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8.1 update will include Cortana, a personal digital assistant similar to Siri and Google Now.
Cortana will have the ability to save information and data in a Notebook and access information such as location data, behaviors, personal and contact information, reminders, track flights or other mentions in emails, allowing it to generate notifications similar to Google Now.
Cortana will be backed by data from Bing, Foursquare, etc …. to give it some of the contextual power of Google Now.
After losing $486 million worth of bitcoins during a series of cyber-attacks on its exchange, MtGox filed for bankruptcy protection on February 28, revealing in court that it had approximately $63.6 million in debt—double its assets were worth.
update: MtGox claims: approximately 750,000 Bitcoins deposited by users and about 100,000 Bitcoins belong to Mt. Gox had disappeared in February.
Chrome 34 beta for Windows, Mac, and Linux. has an interesting new features, it allows hands free Google voice search!
All you have to do when you open a new tab or are on Google search page, is to say “Ok Google,” and then say your search term!
The feature is being rolled out gradually to US English users.
What does this exactly mean, it means Chrome will be listening or more accurately eavesdropping on you, waiting you to say the magic word “Ok Google,” to send you search results.
3 days after Microsoft announced Facebook Messenger for Windows Phone will be ready in just a few weeks, Facebook is taking out the Facebook messenger for windows PCs.
It is going to be terminated on March 3, which would probably be the time when Facebook Messenger for Windows Phone will arrive.
“We’re sorry, but we can no longer support Facebook Messenger for Windows, and it will stop working on March 3, 2014,” the message states at the top of the application. “We really appreciate you using Messenger to reach your friends, and we want to make sure you know that you can keep chatting and view all your messages on http://www.facebook.com. Learn more.”
Reddit is testing Live updates, mainly targeted to journalists, a bit in a way to compete with twitter, here’s what they are saying about it:
“Liveupdate is a new type of post on reddit. The “reporters” for a stream can post updates and anyone watching gets sent those updates in real time. Unlike with self-post or comment based live updates, there’s no limit to how many updates can be posted during the course of an event.”
To fight the Data and credit card details theft, MasterCard is testing a new features that approves purchases based on the location of the phone!
Because paying with your mobile is often more secure, especially when you are on a vacation, or traveling somewhere, Mastercard is testing a program that will only allow card-based transactions when a user’s mobile device is in a specific location.
example: if you (and your phone) are in London and someone tries to use your card in Manchester, the purchase will be declined.
It has been rumored for some time, even some speculated it’s the reason why Microsoft bought Nokia, but even-though Nokia was acquire by Microsoft, Nokia has unveiled in the mobile world conference at Barcelona 3 Android powered smartphones the Nokia X, Nokia X+ and Nokia XL .
The entry-level X model will feature a 4in (10.2cm) screen with 512MB Ram and a three-megapixel camera. The X+ will have 768MB Ram and a 4GB MicroSD card. (Nokia X will go on sale immediately in Europe for 89 Euro)
The top-end XL will have a 5in screen, a front-facing two-megapixel camera and a rear five-megapixel camera. (will go on sale in April for 109 Euro)
But don’t be fooled because by doing this MS is not promoting Android, it is simply catering for the Android Fans but at the same time forking Android by offering users access to Nokia’s own Android store, in addition to Nokia’s own collection of apps to replace Google’s default apps that are regularly found on Android devices, including various Microsoft applications.
Microsoft is also sweetening the deal by offering free bonuses to buyers including one month free calls Skype, and 1GB of OneDrive cloud storage.
The messaging service BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) will be pre-installed on the phones as well as social network Twitter’s video app Vine.