Is Twitter Going to Join the Google Family?

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Is Twitter Going to Join the Google Family?

Is Twitter Going to Join the Google Family?

A new report suggests that search giant Google is in talks to by social networking platform Twitter.

According to sources speaking to CNBC, the “social media company is engaged in conversations with potential suitors that are said to include Google and Salesforce.com, among other technology companies.”

While we’re all familiar with Google through its search engine and Android operating system, Salesforce may not be as well known to consumers. But it is a giant back-end tech company, with huge cloud computing reach for businesses and customer services platforms.

From a consumer standpoint however, Google’s potential as a buyer is the most intriguing of the two rumored parties.

It’s struggled over the years to have a strong social media proposition, with Buzz canned and Google+ never hitting the heights of its competitors. Twitter on the other hand does have a large userbase, but has seemed relatively directionless in its platform updates of late, and has consistently struggled to monetise. There’s win-win potential for both parties here, should a partnership occur.

We’ve reached out for comment from Twitter regarding the rumor and will update this piece once we hear back from the company.

Source: TechRadar


Muzo – The First Noise-Blocking Device Looks Promising for the Silence Lovers

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Muzo - The First Noise-Blocking Device

Muzo – The First Noise-Blocking Device

If you want to detach yourself in a personal mood and don’t want the clatter around you to interrupt, the new personal zone creator might be a perfect device for you.  The noise-blocking device ‘Muzo’ is an Intelligent acoustic device that creates your Personal Zone of Silence.

By creating a personal sound field, the device promises to block out the noise in your surroundings and replace it with a soothing soundscape.

When you stick the Muzo to a flat surface like a window, it sends vibrations into the surface and uses it as a large speaker membrane to create a noise-blocking sound field. It can be set to three different modes:

  • Serenity, which creates a silent environment by using an anti-vibration system to prevent the surface from vibrating
  • Sleep, which should make your sleep better by playing a soundscape
  • Secret, which uses voice-masking sounds to create a bubble of privacy

When it’s activated, the sound levels can be adjusted in a smartphone app, customizing the experience for your specific situation.

Source: TheNextWeb


Google Renounces Project Ara

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Google Renounces Project Ara

Google Renounces Project Ara

Those who were eagerly waiting for Google’s forthcoming modular Android smartphone to come to the market, might become disappointed on the latest report that Google has put an end to the most anticipated Project Ara.

Google’s Advanced Technology and Project (ATAP) division, which moved over from Motorola, previously revealed that Ara phones are going to be available soon in different sizes. But now Google has quit this project and the first-ever modular phone is not going to see the daylight.

However, Google was always unsure about its Project Ara but the news came as a surprise as we saw Google putting its efforts to push the project forward earlier this year at I/O conference. They also promised a developer version later this year and a consumer device to be released next year at the conference.

If Google would not have closed Project Ara, it would have been the first Google self-build device. The rumours also tell us that the Google’s Nexus branding might also morph into Pixel branding. Announced three years back by Motorola, Project Ara was handled by Google’s Advanced Technology and Project Group, but it seems that they have also laid down their weapons.

Source: TechVoize


How to Replace your Samsung Galaxy Note 7 in Australia

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How to replace your Samsung Galaxy Note 7 in Australia

How to replace your Samsung Galaxy Note 7 in Australia

After reports that some Samsung Galaxy Note 7 devices have been catching fire, Samsung has decided to halt sales and recall any device that has been bought so far. Additionally, the US government has initiated an official Note 7 recall, which will affect approximately 1 million devices.

So if you’ve just got your hands on the new smartphone, read on to find out how you can replace your Samsung Galaxy Note 7.

Although so far it appears that only 35 devices have been affected, Samsung has deemed the risks high enough to start a costly global recall, so we’d highly recommend you return your Note 7 for a replacement or a refund.

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 owners in the Australia should ring Samsung’s customer service team on 1300 362 603, and they will take you through the process of returning your Galaxy Note 7 for a replacement.

Samsung might dispatch devices for Australian customers to arrange returns soon. However, we’d recommend using the number above to get in contact first.

You can also start a live chat on Samsung’s support website to talk to someone immediately.

In the US you can call the customer service team on 1-800-726-7864 (1-800-SAMSUNG), and in the UK the number to call is 0330 7261000.

If you bought the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 in a store and are concerned you can take it back there for more advice.

Samsung will also be launching websites that let you enter in your device’s IMEI number (found in Settings > About Phone) to find out if your Note 7 needs replacing.

Source: Techradar