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Google Now Launcher adds support for more devices

A small update rolled out for the Google Now Launcher last week. The app itself remains largely unchanged, but a couple of interesting modifications to the launcher’s compatibility listings on Google Play have been observed.

Closely lets people find their friends

A German startup is developing an app that automatically informs you of your friends’ whereabouts.

Indiegogo iOS app reaches US after Canadian launch

Crowd-funding platform Indiegogo has just released an iOS mobile app. While Canada has been enjoying the service for a month, this launch is meant for the rest of the world. Yes, Indiegogo has gone international.

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Majority of businesses continue using Windows XP

Though Microsoft has pulled its support for Windows XP, a surprisingly large number of businesses are still running the aged OS in their operations.

TOR was compromised in early 2014

The TOR encryption service serves as one of the bastions of computer security, but it isn’t without flaws. Earlier this year, an anonymous attacker likely managed to collect data about people who were seeking hidden services. It is possible other parts of the network have also been compromised.

Hangouts separates from Google+, integrates with Apps

Google+ birthed two incredibly satisfying products: Google+ Photos, and its video meetings service, Hangouts. While the latter could not previously be accessed without a Google+ profile, that requirement is now a thing of the past.

Microsoft’s virtual assistant Cortana adds Foursquare integration

In February of this year, Microsoft invested $15 million in Foursquare. In exchange, Foursquare agreed it would offer their assistance to Microsoft in regards to the latter’s products and services.

Russia to award £65k to any security expert capable of cracking TOR

The Russian Interior Ministry is offering a reward of 3.9m rubles, or £65,000, to any security expert who can crack the anonymous online network, The Onion Router (TOR).

Tiempo simplifies time tracking to allow for worry-free work

Tiempo, a free app for iOS, Android, and the web, allows companies and individuals to easily track employee hours, thus expediting the process of paying employees.

Kakao Talk bringing free calls to desktop

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.

Line apps reach 1 billion downloads

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.

Windows 8 leaker given 3-month sentence

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.