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Free voice calls have been added to the Kakao Talk application for Windows computers. The Windows version of the mobile messaging app launched in June 2013, so it has taken a little over a year for the Skype-like call system to roll out on desktops. Group and individual voice chats are possible with a maximum of five people being supported at once.
The growing popularity of stickers and Line’s involvement with them since the early days has resulted in the messaging app becoming very popular. Line has found ways to draw in revenue and expand its user base, all while still providing its primary messaging service to a group of 450 million people. Three years after launching, Line has announced that its whole family of apps has reached 1 billion combined downloads. Those apps include things like Line camera, Line Car, and Line Bubble.
Alex Kibkalo, the former Microsoft employee who leaked the code for the ARM devices version of Windows 8, has plead guilty to stealing company secrets. As a result of his guilty plea, Kibkalo will have to pay a $100 fine and serve three months in jail. The Kibkalo case is not particularly interesting given that people leak information and go to jail on a regular basis. What is interesting, however, is the way that he was caught by Microsoft.
Evernote has entered into its first ever reseller agreement with Japan’s NTT Docomo. While the company has worked with others in the past for special offers involving Evernote, selling subscriptions to the service through another company’s sales channel is something that is still completely new for Evernote.
A real-time translating application has been demoed by Microsoft at the Code Conference in California. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella brought the Skype team on-stage to show off the new Skype Translator tool that will make cross-language video and audio chats far easier than they currently are
With just a few key presses and a couple seconds of your time, you can turn your Windows XP system into one that Microsoft will actually support for the next five years. While this is not recommended, it turns out that a simple registry hack can make it so that Windows Update does not notice that your system is running XP, allowing you to receive support for a longer period of time.
China has officially banned the use of Windows 8 on all of its government and public computers. The announcement was made as part of a longer note about energy efficiency, though the ban on Windows 8 was tied to security. The Central Government Procurement Center issued the ban and made a statement about it through the state-owned Xinhua news agency. While the ban is official, details as to what security issues China is combating have not been mentioned nor was a connection to energy efficiency noted.
While it is still not entirely clear why Microsoft is trying to cut off support for Windows 8.1 in the first place, the tech giant has decided to extend its support for the operating system while it tries to move users to Windows 8.1 Update 1.
Spritz is a new speed-reading technology that cuts the time it takes to read by 80%.
Okay, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t totally addicted to Flappy Bird. I’m talking Flappy Bird practice sessions at every work lunch hour, and if a coworker even tries to talk to me, you bet they’re getting a death stare (after my game ends, of course). However, every time I boot up my Flappy Bird, I think to myself, “I wish there were things I could change.”
Although there have been many new products to hit the shelves, and with more on the horizon, certain categories are showing some age. Portable speakers and mobile accessories are a couple of examples.
In the past few weeks, we’ve seen several leaked screenshots of the upcoming Windows 8.1 Update 1, which is expected to bring in some necessary features to the operating system to make it better suited to desktop users. Well, there’s no official word from Microsoft about its launch, but that doesn’t stop the rumor mill from leaking information about the upcoming Windows 8.1 Update 1.