Google has unveiled a novel version of its Maps web service, which it says has been rebuilt from the ground up. The redesign aims to personalize the product, deciding what to label to best match each user's happiness. It also features new icons highlighting businesses running ads and promotions, which superimpose the map.
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The Blackberry Messenger app is to be presented as a download to run on rival platforms. Blackberry said it would initially offer texts, photo messages and group sharing functions on devices running Google's Android and Apple's iOS operating systems from the summer. It added it planned to roll out screen sharing, voice and video calls all without charge later in the year.
Blackberry chief executive Thorsten Heins revealed the surprise news at the end of his presentation at the firm's annual developers conference in Orlando, Florida. Blackberry said it would initially offer texts, photo messages and group sharing functions on devices running Google's Android and Apple's iOS operating systems from "the summer".
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The US government has demanded designs for a 3D-printed gun be in use offline. The order to remove the blueprints for the artificial gun comes after they were downloaded more than 100,000 periods. The US State Department wrote to the gun's designer, Defense disseminated, suggesting publishing them online may violate arms-control regulations.
Even though the files have been removed from the company's Defcad site, it is not clear whether this will discontinue public accessing the blueprints. The Pirate Bay has also publicized its links to the files via social news site Reedit suggesting several people will get hold of the blueprints. Also, many links to copies of the blueprints have been uploaded to file-sharing site the Pirate Bay, making them broadly accessible.
According to EU officials, Google-owned Motorola Mobility abused its position in Germany's mobile marketplace when it filed a patent injunction against Apple. Motorola won an injunction over Apple products that used patents connecting to data communication technology in February 2012. Motorola's innovation is deemed crucial to the GPRS data broadcast standard used by GSM cellular networks across the world.
Apple offered to pay Motorola a license fee for with the patents; however the two companies could not agree on a price. Several models of the Smartphone, and the iPad, were detached from sale on Apple's German website - but were still obtainable in other stores in the kingdom. The EU opposition Commission argued that Motorola sought an injunction despite Apple's apparent willingness to enter a concurrence.
US scientists have developed a method to embed radio frequency detection chips on to paper that they say is faster, cheaper and offers wider applications than current methods. The patent-pending technology uses laser beams energy to exactly move the ultra-thin chips. Antennas are also fixed with the same method.
The method could be used to prevent fraud as well as supply a new sense to the term paper trail. The findings are presented at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers conference on RFID in Orlando, Florida. According to Head of the project Prof Val Marinov the process is twice as fast as current methods of manufacturing and is cheaper as there is less material used and the equipment is less expensive.
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Twitter has unveiled an innovative music app which will propose tracks based on who you follow on the social network. Songs can be played indirectly in the app via services such as Radio, Spotify and iTunes. The software displays songs your friends are now listening to - as well as suggestions from artists.
According to Twitter's Stephen Philips it uses Twitter activity, including tweets and engagement, to perceive and surface the most popular tracks and rising artists. Many companies have tried to hit into the probable of social suggestion for music. At its launch, the late Steve Jobs supposed that we think this will be really popular very fast because 160 million people can switch it on today.
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The website Gransnet, an online society for the over-50s, is launching a chain of local sites. The novel service has received money from the Nominet Trust, a charity which funds technology projects with a social intention. Ofcom figures propose that 7.5 million UK adults have never been online, and two fifths of those are aged over 75.
Many older people in the UK are still not online, leaving them potentially isolated and at a difficulty. Baroness Lane-Fox supposed she hoped the local Gransnet service, which will contain information about events, classes, volunteering opportunities and other activities applicable to specific areas, would offer an incentive for older people to get online. Author Kathy Lette, TV presenter Judy Finnegan and actor Timothy Spall are among the high-profiles who have contributed to the Gransnet website.
The initial mobile phone call was completed 40 years ago yesterday, on 3 April 1973.Marty Cooper, a senior engineer at Motorola, called a rival coworker at other telecoms company and announced he was speaking from "a 'real' cellular phone”. A report accepted by the International Telecommunication Union found that there were six billion mobile phone subscriptions worldwide in 2012.
Martin Cooper, now aged 85, is well-known as the "father" of the mobile phone. He was also satisfied to have been one tread ahead of the competition. According to Dr Mike Short CBE, former president of the Institute of Engineering and Technology and Vice President of Telephonic Europe, in 40 years we've moved quickly from the mobile phone as a businessman's tool, through consumerisation and internet access to all being connected.
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The internet around the world has been slowed down in what security experts are describing as the biggest cyber-attack of its type in history. A row between a spam-fighting set and hosting firm has sparked reprisal attacks affecting the wider internet. It is having an impact on popular services like Netflix - and experts worry it could rise to affect banking and email systems. Five national cyber-police-forces are investigating the attacks.
Spamhaus, a group based in both London and Geneva, is a non-profit association which aims to assist email providers filter out spam and other unwanted content. To do this, the group maintains a number of blocklists a database of servers known to be being used for spiteful purposes. Recently, Spamhaus blocked servers maintained by Cyber bunker, a Dutch web host which states it will host anything with the exception of child pornography or terrorism-related material.