Windows Phone 8 to get support till July 2014: What this could mean
  Microsoft has revealed that the Windows Phone 8 OS will get support in the form of updates till July 2014, while that period will be extended till September 2014 for Windows Phone 7.8. The Verge spotted the newly defined support period for the latest version of Windows Phone on the Microsoft Support website. The July 2014 date will mean that updates for Windows Phone 8 will cease about 21 months after it was first officially released at the end of October 2012. Windows 7.8, on the ot...
Smartwatch Fever Hits Samsung Too, As It Races Apple
Can the S-Watch beat the iWatch? Samsung is, according to its EVP of mobile, actually working on a smartwatch, and has in fact been "preparing the watch product for so long.” Lee Young Hee wouldn't be drawn on the specifications, arrival date or price for the device in an interview in Seoul, but said that the watch was "definitely one" of its upcoming products. Though this is but a tiny sliver of information, it's got the tech press all a-quiver. The implication to some is clear: Samsung i...
BackupAgent In The Netherlands Gets $2M From Moscow's Runa Capital To Go Global
BackupAgent, provider of cloud backup technology from The Netherlands, has won a $2 million investment round led by Runa Capital in Moscow to strengthen its global footprint and develop its platform. Previous investor Solid Ventures also participated in the financing. BackupAgent’s cloud backup software is designed for service providers, hosting providers and telcos that want to offer a backup service to their SME customers. The software is platform-agnostic and can handle large laptop/desktop e...
Skype for Windows Phone gets People Hub integration, HD video support
Microsoft has released an update for Skype for Windows Phone preview with a bunch of new feature...
Apple Patents An Augmented Reality System That Turns The World Into A Shareable ‘Pop-Up Video'
Apple has been awarded a patent today (via AppleInsider) that describes an augmented reality (AR) system that can tag real-world items in a live video stream and display information about them in a HUD overlay. It sounds exactly like Pop-Up video in practice: turn your device to focus on Rick Astley, for instance, and get a pop-up picture of the singer belting out “Never Gonna Give You Up.” The patent describes an AR system for iOS devices, which can be used in a variety of different...
iSteve: Funny or Die to debut Steve Jobs comedy biopic starring Justin Long
The Funny or Die website is about to release comedy biopic iSteve, described by its creator as a "very silly" look at the life of Steve Jobs. Writer-director Ryan Perez said it took him three days to pen, with most of the source material coming from Wikipedia.
Second part of Tyranny of King Washington DLC for Assassin's Creed III out now
The second episode for Assassin's Creed III's three-part Tyranny of King Washington DLC is out now. The episode, dubbed The Betrayal, is available on the Xbox 360 and the PC right now, while PlayStation 3 owners will be able to grab it......
HTG Explains: Why Free, Ad-Supported Apps May Be More Expensive Than Paid Apps
Free, ad-supported apps have two hidden costs: They use your phone’s data connection and battery power to download and display ads. In the long run, using a free app may be more expensive than buying the paid version. If you have a phone with a huge battery and an unlimited data connection, you may not be too concerned about this. But if you’re like most people, you may just want to pay the 99 cents for the app rather than paying for the app in additional data and electricity use. ...
Pope Francis I Ordained In St Peter's Vatican Square
President Obama sent Joe Biden to represent. He joins a crowd of about 340,000. Around 340,000 people have gathered in Vatican Square to attend the inauguration mass for the new Pope. Francis I, formerly known as Jorge Mario Borgoglio, chosen last week by his fellow cardinals, has already begun his Papal address, which he is delivering in Italian, a day after his first tweet from the @Pontifex account, started by his predecessor, Benedict, but mothballed after the latter's shock resignati...
Ex-Googlers Launch Sift Science, A Fraud-Fighting System For Websites, Backed By $5.5M In Funding From Union Square, First Round, YC & Others
Sift Science, a Y Combinator-backed startup founded by former Google engineers, is today launching its fraud-fighting service based on machine learning – a system designed to adapt to the ever-changing techniques used by criminals online. The company is also announcing $4 million in Series A funding, led by Union Square Ventures. As a part of the funding, Union Square’s Albert Wenger is joining the company’s board. Sift Science had previously raised $1.5 million in seed funding...
The Digital Self: We all lose with the Web’s last bandits behind bars
The Internet once promised to level the playing field, and give power to the little guys. But the recent prosecution of so-called "hackers" proves that very little has changed: We are still powerless, no matter how loud we can shout.
Samsung exec confirms smartwatch development
When screenshots of Samsung's rumoured Galaxy Altius smartwatch le...
ORIGOSafe: A new system that helps prevent texting while driving
  Texting and driving together is dangerous. But, many of us are tempted to do that despite knowing the grave consequences. Well, there is no more need to risk your and others lives, as a company in the U.S. have come up with a system that will prevent people from texting while driving. Before starting the car, driver needs to insert his/her smartphone in the system called ORIGOSafe. As a user drives the car, the device charges the phone, and only allows making and receiving phone call...
Street View reaches new heights: Google releases new imagery for mountain peaks around the world
Google has just rolled out new Street View imagery for some of the highest locations in the world, including panorama shots from the peak of South America's highest mountain and images taken at Mount Everest Base Camp.
Pinterest begins rolling out new look to all users
A couple of months after trying out a cleaner, smooth looking interface with a smal...
How To Quickly Print Multiple Gmail Messages From Chrome
We’ve discussed about plenty of Chrome web store applications in our blog. Today we are going to discuss about a new extension called “Gmail Print All” for Chrome. We all know Gmail is one of the most used web based email services on the Internet. Many companies and individuals depend on Gmail for their daily... ...
Up close with Bowers & Wilkins new Z2 and Zeppelin LCM speaker docks
We visited Bowers and Wilkins in San Francisco for the unveiling of its latest generation of speaker docks, including the new lightning-connected Zeppelin, A5 and A7 speakers, plus the brand new Z2.
Shroud of the Avatar Kickstarter campagin reaches goal, developers announce stretch goals
Richard Garriot's Kickstarter project – dubbed Shroud of the Avatar: Forsaken Virtues – has reached its funding goal of $1 million. With 19 more days to go, the team has announced the...
With Chirpify, You Can Now Buy Products Through Facebook Comments
The social commerce outfit lets consumers purchase goods on Twitter, Instagram, and now Facebook, simply by typing "buy." What's the value of a Sponsored Post on Facebook, or a Promoted Tweet on Twitter? Both are advertising tools designed to drive user engagement--and, presumably, sales--for brands, yet neither is easy to measure in terms of the product sales they end up generating. That's the problem social commerce Chirpify is trying to solve through its flagship technology, which allow...
ARM CEO Warren East Stepping Down; President Simon Segars Stepping Up
Warren East, the executive who has seen UK semiconductor juggernaut ARM Holdings through some of its most explosive growth, is stepping down. He had been with the company since 1994. He is being replaced by insider Simon Segars, who is currently president of ARM. One of ARM’s most important deals over the years has been supplying design and equipment to Apple for its wireless devices, although that deal appears to have ended at the end of last year. More to come. Release below. ARM HOLDIN...