Facebook hires the entire team behind Storylane

Facebook hires the entire team behind Storylane

Storylane is the latest project shutting down because the entire development team has been hired by Facebook.

The company is not acquiring the project itself which is being shut down. They are no longer accepting new users. Existing users would soon get tools to export their data which can be migrated to similar services.

Storylane spoke about the deal:

After a lot of discussions with Facebook about how our teams might work together to have even greater impact, we are announcing today that the Storylane team will be joining Facebook. This is an exciting opportunity. Facebook’s mission of connecting the world has always been at the center of our work, and like our friends at Facebook, meaningful connections are what our team is most passionate about.

Blackberry: No interest in entering into ultra-cheap smartphone market

Blackberry: No interest in entering into ultra-cheap smartphone market

Blackberry has revealed that they are working on budget segment smartphones for markets like India. But they are not going to enter the ultra-cheap phone market where devices are priced at around USD 50.

The company is making a comeback in the smartphone market with their Blackberry 10 platform. The first model Blackberry Z10 was recently launched. This one is a premium model.

Blackberry CEO Thorsten Heins said:

Understand where you are playing and resist being talked into segments that you know will not serve your purpose and will not result in shareholder value. You will not see us getting into the 50-, 60-buck phone segment. This is not BlackBerry.

Blackberry Z10 is priced similar to the Apple iPhone 5 in the Indian market. Reports say that it is selling in good numbers though exact figures are unknown.

Skype 4.6 for Apple iOS comes with new calling experience

Skype 4.6 for Apple iOS comes with new calling experience

Microsoft has updated Skype for Apple iOS devices. The latest build comes with a new calling experience.

Changelog:

New, beautiful calling experience
One-to-one chats now appear in the correct order
Option to select your message as ‘read’ with just a few taps
General fixes and improvements

Supported devices:

Skype for iPad version 4.6 supports iPad, iPad 2, iPad mini and the latest iPad with Retina Display. Skype for iPhone version 4.6 supports iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 5, plus 2nd, 3rd and 4th generation iPod Touch. iOS 5.0 or later is required on all devices.

NASA App for Apple iOS is now a universal app supporting all three devices

NASA has updated their mobile app for Apple iOS devices. The latest update is a universal app that support all three devices: iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch.

NASA App for Apple iOS is now a universal app supporting all three devices

They have updated the iPad layout completely in this release. There are some other enhancements as well:

– Redesigned as a universal app (iPhone/iPod touch and now iPad).
– iPad version is completely redesigned with new look and feel to match the iPhone/iPod touch version.
– New global search function from the home screen
– Enhanced view for missions that allows better interaction and accessibility to everything related to that mission.
– New split screen view for videos on iPad
– Easier to use feeds menu, with one touch selection
– Solar System and beyond section now on iPhone and moved to the featured section on iPad.
– Improved image browser, captions and handling of high resolution formats

Micromax A110 Superfone Canvas 2 getting optional Android Jelly Bean update

Micromax A110 Superfone Canvas 2 getting optional Android Jelly Bean update

Micromax has great news for the owners of their Micromax A110 Superfone Canvas 2 smartphone.

The company is making available Android Jelly Bean update on this phone. The catch is that the update would not be released over the air.

Users who wants the update would have to get it down at their service centers. But then, it is rare to see official updates on phone released by these local companies!

Android Jelly Bean is a pretty solid update. It added new features like Google Now and expandable notifications.

Google cutting around 1,200 more jobs at Motorola Mobility

Google cutting around 1,200 more jobs at Motorola Mobility

Google continues to trim the workforce at their Motorola Mobility unit. The latest cut would see around 1200 employees leaving the company.

This latest around also include jobs in Indian market as Google has suspended Motorola Mobility’s local operations indefinitely.

The company said:

These cuts are a continuation of the reductions we announced last summer. It’s obviously very hard for the employees concerned, and we are committed to helping them through this difficult transition.

It remains to be seen what Google has planned long term for Motorola Mobility. Right now, it feels like they are just shutting down the company in steps.

Google Search, Google Now and Google Maps now show public alerts in Japan

Google has been coordinating with government bodies around the world to issue public alerts on their platform services for a while now.

The latest collaborative effort comes from japan. The search engine giant has revealed that Japanese web users would now see public alerts issued by the government on their products including Google Search, Google Now and Google Maps.

Google Search, Google Now and Google Maps now show public alerts in Japan

Google said:

Relevant earthquake and tsunami warnings for Japan will now appear on Google Search, Google Maps and Google Now when you search online during a time of crisis. If a major earthquake alert is issued in Kanagawa Prefecture, for example, the alert information will appear on your desktop and mobile screens when you search for relevant information on Google Search and Google Maps.

Google is working with the Japan Meteorological Agency for these alerts.