Big news in instant messaging Facebook Messenger Facebook social network as it is now accessible to all without necessarily having a Facebook account!
Simply download the application, giving his name and phone number and your address book is immediately synchronized to find other users with whom Facebook Messenger chat and exchange photos.
In a first step, update Facebook Messenger application will be deployed on Android and iOS later on. With this new feature, Facebook attack not only SMS but also other services sector as WhatsApp, KIK or even BBM.
Microsoft has released the Outlook.com app for Android. It is, as you would expect, an email client for your Outlook (previous Hotmail) account. What you wouldn’t expect is just how badly made this app from Microsoft is.
Just looking at the screenshots above you can see what is wrong with the app. It looks like it went into development when Gingerbread came out and since then no one told Microsoft about ICS and Jelly Bean. This is confounding as other recent apps from Microsoft, such as OneNote Mobile and SkyDrive are actually pretty good.
Functionality-wise, the app is fine, but then, so is the stock mail client in Android. It even supports push mail, which leaves you with the question, why would you ever download this atrocity from Microsoft?
Update: Technically the app is developed by Seven Networks on behalf of Microsoft but it still has Microsoft’s stamp of approval on it so they are just as responsible for this terrible app.
The latest stable release of the popular Chrome for Windows browser from Google now has full GPU acceleration enabled for video decoding.
Dedicated graphics chips draw considerably less power than CPUs when watching videos, which means that your laptop will last that much longer. In Google’s own tests, with GPU video acceleration enabled the battery lasted 25% longer when watching 1080p videos on YouTube.
Another update brought by this release is a quicker way to access permissions for any website you visit with Chrome. Instead of having to dig through a settings menu for the permissions of a particular website, simply clicking on the new padlock icon in the address bar will give you access to all the permissions available for the current website you’re visiting.
If you have Chrome already, then the update should roll out to you automatically. Otherwise, Chrome for Windows can be found here.
Via : Chrome
Google has done some minor modifications to their SERP (search engine results page). The new design mostly involves rearranging the navigation controls around. As you can see from the screenshot above, the navigation controls, which previously could be found on the side, have now been moved up top. This works fine for usual web search but poses new problems for image search.
Earlier when you made an image search on Google, you would see options for image size, image type, etc. on the sidebar and you could quickly click them. In the new layout, these additional options are hidden inside a drop down menu called Search tools. Opening it reveals other options, such as Any time, Any size, Any color, etc., so you then have to click on those to access the submenus. So essentially your one click process has now turned into a three click process.
Moving the navigation controls up top has freed up space on the side. The image view fills it with image results, so you now have images spanning the entire width of your browser window. Web searches, however, just show blank white space on the side, which looks remarkably like Bing now.
There seems to be an issue with the ads for now because of which you won’t see them on the side anymore but that’s probably a temporary issue.
Gauging the quality of a restaurant or store through star ratings is often just slightly more reliable than picking blindfolded; one undercooked stir fry may tank the ratings for what’s otherwise a stellar eatery. In that sense, Foursquare’s revamped Explore for iOS users is a long-overdue replacement for an old concept. Rather than let the overly emotional guide our decisions, the update assigns ratings from a 10-point system based on how many people check in, how many are regulars and the number of tips or likes — in short, the degree to which people actually like to visit. Imagine that. Foursquare hasn’t said when Android and other platforms will see the Explore switchover, but it shouldn’t be too long before everyone knows where the local hotspot is without a few exceptions spoiling the rule.
Evernote brings up an update to its iOS app and accompanied the software release with an announcement of a collaboration with Moleskine. Oh yeah, you heard it right. The digital note-taking application has teamed up with the analog sketchbook maker to produce the Evernote Smart Notebook. Designed specifically for the Apple’s iPhone and iPad software, the notebooks allow users to snag written notes or drawings right off the paper and archive them with the app, making them searchable and organized for future reference. So where exactly does the tech angle come in ? First, pages are lined using a dotted pattern that is optimized for the upated mobile software.
With the new Page Camera feature, photos of pages are shot and automatically given a proper contrast adjustment. The add-on also finds the aforementioned dots are corrects a skewed photo. Last but certainly not least, each Smart Notebook comes with a set of Smart Stickers. Evernote will now recognize each of these and apply the appropriate tags before sorting. While the stickers come with pre-defined tags, they are customizable to accomodate your particular sensibilities. These pseudo-digital Moleskines will be available in both pocket (3.5 x 5.5 inches / 8.89 x 13.97 cm) and large (5 x 8.25 inches / 12.7 x 20.96 cm) sizes, will includes a 25$ and 30$ price tags once they hit stores October 1st.
You can pre-order yours now, on to the link below.
Sources : TechC, Evernote