Warning: trigger_error(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected the timezone 'UTC' for now, but please set date.timezone to select your timezone. in /home/themoney/public_html/includes/database.mysql.inc on line 135

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Warning: trigger_error(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected the timezone 'UTC' for now, but please set date.timezone to select your timezone. in /home/themoney/public_html/includes/database.mysql.inc on line 135

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Warning: trigger_error(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected the timezone 'UTC' for now, but please set date.timezone to select your timezone. in /home/themoney/public_html/includes/database.mysql.inc on line 135

Warning: Table './themoney_2011new/watchdog' is marked as crashed and last (automatic?) repair failed query: INSERT INTO watchdog (uid, type, message, variables, severity, link, location, referer, hostname, timestamp) VALUES (0, 'php', '%message in %file on line %line.', 'a:4:{s:6:\"%error\";s:14:\"strict warning\";s:8:\"%message\";s:134:\"Declaration of views_handler_filter::options_validate() should be compatible with views_handler::options_validate($form, &$form_state)\";s:5:\"%file\";s:84:\"/home/themoney/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/handlers/views_handler_filter.inc\";s:5:\"%line\";i:607;}', 3, '', 'http://www.themoneytimes.com/taxonomy/term/24/all/feed', '', '54.159.24.159', 1455057247) in /home/themoney/public_html/includes/database.mysql.inc on line 135

Warning: trigger_error(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected the timezone 'UTC' for now, but please set date.timezone to select your timezone. in /home/themoney/public_html/includes/database.mysql.inc on line 135

Warning: Table './themoney_2011new/watchdog' is marked as crashed and last (automatic?) repair failed query: INSERT INTO watchdog (uid, type, message, variables, severity, link, location, referer, hostname, timestamp) VALUES (0, 'php', '%message in %file on line %line.', 'a:4:{s:6:\"%error\";s:14:\"strict warning\";s:8:\"%message\";s:130:\"Declaration of views_handler_filter::options_submit() should be compatible with views_handler::options_submit($form, &$form_state)\";s:5:\"%file\";s:84:\"/home/themoney/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/handlers/views_handler_filter.inc\";s:5:\"%line\";i:607;}', 3, '', 'http://www.themoneytimes.com/taxonomy/term/24/all/feed', '', '54.159.24.159', 1455057247) in /home/themoney/public_html/includes/database.mysql.inc on line 135

Warning: trigger_error(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected the timezone 'UTC' for now, but please set date.timezone to select your timezone. in /home/themoney/public_html/includes/database.mysql.inc on line 135

Warning: Table './themoney_2011new/watchdog' is marked as crashed and last (automatic?) repair failed query: INSERT INTO watchdog (uid, type, message, variables, severity, link, location, referer, hostname, timestamp) VALUES (0, 'php', '%message in %file on line %line.', 'a:4:{s:6:\"%error\";s:14:\"strict warning\";s:8:\"%message\";s:148:\"Declaration of views_handler_filter_node_status::operator_form() should be compatible with views_handler_filter::operator_form(&$form, &$form_state)\";s:5:\"%file\";s:100:\"/home/themoney/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/modules/node/views_handler_filter_node_status.inc\";s:5:\"%line\";i:13;}', 3, '', 'http://www.themoneytimes.com/taxonomy/term/24/all/feed', '', '54.159.24.159', 1455057247) in /home/themoney/public_html/includes/database.mysql.inc on line 135

Warning: trigger_error(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected the timezone 'UTC' for now, but please set date.timezone to select your timezone. in /home/themoney/public_html/includes/database.mysql.inc on line 135

Warning: Table './themoney_2011new/watchdog' is marked as crashed and last (automatic?) repair failed query: INSERT INTO watchdog (uid, type, message, variables, severity, link, location, referer, hostname, timestamp) VALUES (0, 'php', '%message in %file on line %line.', 'a:4:{s:6:\"%error\";s:14:\"strict warning\";s:8:\"%message\";s:62:\"Non-static method view::load() should not be called statically\";s:5:\"%file\";s:63:\"/home/themoney/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/views.module\";s:5:\"%line\";i:906;}', 3, '', 'http://www.themoneytimes.com/taxonomy/term/24/all/feed', '', '54.159.24.159', 1455057247) in /home/themoney/public_html/includes/database.mysql.inc on line 135

Warning: trigger_error(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected the timezone 'UTC' for now, but please set date.timezone to select your timezone. in /home/themoney/public_html/includes/database.mysql.inc on line 135

Warning: Table './themoney_2011new/watchdog' is marked as crashed and last (automatic?) repair failed query: INSERT INTO watchdog (uid, type, message, variables, severity, link, location, referer, hostname, timestamp) VALUES (0, 'php', '%message in %file on line %line.', 'a:4:{s:6:\"%error\";s:14:\"strict warning\";s:8:\"%message\";s:130:\"Declaration of views_plugin_row::options_validate() should be compatible with views_plugin::options_validate(&$form, &$form_state)\";s:5:\"%file\";s:79:\"/home/themoney/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/plugins/views_plugin_row.inc\";s:5:\"%line\";i:134;}', 3, '', 'http://www.themoneytimes.com/taxonomy/term/24/all/feed', '', '54.159.24.159', 1455057247) in /home/themoney/public_html/includes/database.mysql.inc on line 135

Warning: trigger_error(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected the timezone 'UTC' for now, but please set date.timezone to select your timezone. in /home/themoney/public_html/includes/database.mysql.inc on line 135

Warning: Table './themoney_2011new/watchdog' is marked as crashed and last (automatic?) repair failed query: INSERT INTO watchdog (uid, type, message, variables, severity, link, location, referer, hostname, timestamp) VALUES (0, 'php', '%message in %file on line %line.', 'a:4:{s:6:\"%error\";s:14:\"strict warning\";s:8:\"%message\";s:126:\"Declaration of views_plugin_row::options_submit() should be compatible with views_plugin::options_submit(&$form, &$form_state)\";s:5:\"%file\";s:79:\"/home/themoney/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/plugins/views_plugin_row.inc\";s:5:\"%line\";i:134;}', 3, '', 'http://www.themoneytimes.com/taxonomy/term/24/all/feed', '', '54.159.24.159', 1455057247) in /home/themoney/public_html/includes/database.mysql.inc on line 135

Warning: trigger_error(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected the timezone 'UTC' for now, but please set date.timezone to select your timezone. in /home/themoney/public_html/includes/database.mysql.inc on line 135

Warning: Table './themoney_2011new/watchdog' is marked as crashed and last (automatic?) repair failed query: INSERT INTO watchdog (uid, type, message, variables, severity, link, location, referer, hostname, timestamp) VALUES (0, 'php', '%message in %file on line %line.', 'a:4:{s:6:\"%error\";s:12:\"user warning\";s:8:\"%message\";s:569:\"Table './themoney_2011new/watchdog' is marked as crashed and last (automatic?) repair failed\nquery: INSERT INTO watchdog\n (uid, type, message, variables, severity, link, location, referer, hostname, timestamp)\n VALUES\n (0, 'filefield', 'FileField was trying to display the file %file, but it does not exist.', 'a:1:{s:5:\\"%file\\";s:19:\\"files/Twitter_5.jpg\\";}', 4, '', 'http://www.themoneytimes.com/taxonomy/term/24/all/feed', '', in /home/themoney/public_html/includes/database.mysql.inc on line 135

Warning: trigger_error(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected the timezone 'UTC' for now, but please set date.timezone to select your timezone. in /home/themoney/public_html/includes/database.mysql.inc on line 135

Warning: Table './themoney_2011new/watchdog' is marked as crashed and last (automatic?) repair failed query: INSERT INTO watchdog (uid, type, message, variables, severity, link, location, referer, hostname, timestamp) VALUES (0, 'php', '%message in %file on line %line.', 'a:4:{s:6:\"%error\";s:12:\"user warning\";s:8:\"%message\";s:569:\"Table './themoney_2011new/watchdog' is marked as crashed and last (automatic?) repair failed\nquery: INSERT INTO watchdog\n (uid, type, message, variables, severity, link, location, referer, hostname, timestamp)\n VALUES\n (0, 'filefield', 'FileField was trying to display the file %file, but it does not exist.', 'a:1:{s:5:\\"%file\\";s:19:\\"files/2048_game.jpg\\";}', 4, '', 'http://www.themoneytimes.com/taxonomy/term/24/all/feed', '', in /home/themoney/public_html/includes/database.mysql.inc on line 135

Warning: trigger_error(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected the timezone 'UTC' for now, but please set date.timezone to select your timezone. in /home/themoney/public_html/includes/database.mysql.inc on line 135

Warning: Table './themoney_2011new/watchdog' is marked as crashed and last (automatic?) repair failed query: INSERT INTO watchdog (uid, type, message, variables, severity, link, location, referer, hostname, timestamp) VALUES (0, 'php', '%message in %file on line %line.', 'a:4:{s:6:\"%error\";s:12:\"user warning\";s:8:\"%message\";s:571:\"Table './themoney_2011new/watchdog' is marked as crashed and last (automatic?) repair failed\nquery: INSERT INTO watchdog\n (uid, type, message, variables, severity, link, location, referer, hostname, timestamp)\n VALUES\n (0, 'filefield', 'FileField was trying to display the file %file, but it does not exist.', 'a:1:{s:5:\\"%file\\";s:21:\\"files/flappy-bird.jpg\\";}', 4, '', 'http://www.themoneytimes.com/taxonomy/term/24/all/feed', '' in /home/themoney/public_html/includes/database.mysql.inc on line 135

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Warning: Table './themoney_2011new/watchdog' is marked as crashed and last (automatic?) repair failed query: INSERT INTO watchdog (uid, type, message, variables, severity, link, location, referer, hostname, timestamp) VALUES (0, 'php', '%message in %file on line %line.', 'a:4:{s:6:\"%error\";s:12:\"user warning\";s:8:\"%message\";s:567:\"Table './themoney_2011new/watchdog' is marked as crashed and last (automatic?) repair failed\nquery: INSERT INTO watchdog\n (uid, type, message, variables, severity, link, location, referer, hostname, timestamp)\n VALUES\n (0, 'filefield', 'FileField was trying to display the file %file, but it does not exist.', 'a:1:{s:5:\\"%file\\";s:17:\\"files/selfies.jpg\\";}', 4, '', 'http://www.themoneytimes.com/taxonomy/term/24/all/feed', '', &a in /home/themoney/public_html/includes/database.mysql.inc on line 135

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Warning: Table './themoney_2011new/watchdog' is marked as crashed and last (automatic?) repair failed query: INSERT INTO watchdog (uid, type, message, variables, severity, link, location, referer, hostname, timestamp) VALUES (0, 'php', '%message in %file on line %line.', 'a:4:{s:6:\"%error\";s:12:\"user warning\";s:8:\"%message\";s:573:\"Table './themoney_2011new/watchdog' is marked as crashed and last (automatic?) repair failed\nquery: INSERT INTO watchdog\n (uid, type, message, variables, severity, link, location, referer, hostname, timestamp)\n VALUES\n (0, 'filefield', 'FileField was trying to display the file %file, but it does not exist.', 'a:1:{s:5:\\"%file\\";s:23:\\"files/gameloft-Idea.jpg\\";}', 4, '', 'http://www.themoneytimes.com/taxonomy/term/24/all/feed', '&#03 in /home/themoney/public_html/includes/database.mysql.inc on line 135

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Warning: Table './themoney_2011new/watchdog' is marked as crashed and last (automatic?) repair failed query: INSERT INTO watchdog (uid, type, message, variables, severity, link, location, referer, hostname, timestamp) VALUES (0, 'php', '%message in %file on line %line.', 'a:4:{s:6:\"%error\";s:7:\"warning\";s:8:\"%message\";s:137:\"Cannot modify header information - headers already sent by (output started at /home/themoney/public_html/includes/database.mysql.inc:135)\";s:5:\"%file\";s:46:\"/home/themoney/public_html/includes/common.inc\";s:5:\"%line\";i:153;}', 3, '', 'http://www.themoneytimes.com/taxonomy/term/24/all/feed', '', '54.159.24.159', 1455057248) in /home/themoney/public_html/includes/database.mysql.inc on line 135
Digital Entertainment http://www.themoneytimes.com/taxonomy/term/24/all/feed en Samsung enters 105-inch curved TV race with LG: Who will win? http://www.themoneytimes.com/featured/20131220/samsung-enters-105-inch-curved-tv-race-lg-who-will-win-id-1701713763.html <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Samsung Electronics Co. announced in a statement Thursday that it will unveil a 105-inch curved TV at the U.S. Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January. The television maker’s announcement came several hours after LG Electronics Inc. announced its own mammoth Ultra HDTV for the consumer market next year.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.themoneytimes.com/files/imagecache/picturethumb/Curved%20TV.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-picturethumb imagecache-default imagecache-picturethumb_default" width="180" height="113" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Samsung Electronics Co. announced in a statement Thursday that it will unveil a 105-inch curved TV at the U.S. Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January. The television maker’s announcement came several hours after LG Electronics Inc. announced its own mammoth Ultra HDTV for the consumer market next year.</p> <p>LG and Samsung, which are the world's top television makers, announced their curved, large-screen TVs in separate announcements yesterday.<br /> First LG took to the flight to announce that they will showcase world’s first curved, 105-inch ultra-high definition (UHD- also known in the industry as 4K) television (model 105UB9) at CES in Las Vegas, which begins this January 7.</p> <p>South Korean electronics giant Samsung shot back later in the day with its own announcement, saying it will unveil its ultra-HD TV with curved screens that measure a vast 105 inches on the diagonal at CES 2014.</p> <p>"We are happy to unveil the 105-inch Curved UHD TV, the culmination of Samsung's advancements, following the world's first Curved UHD TV at IFA 2013. You will experience a true curved TV optimized for consumer viewing environments at CES 2014", HS Kim, VP of Visual Display Business, Samsung, is cited by online tabloids as speaking on the television.</p> <p>According to reports, the two companies said their 105-inch curved UHD TV be made of LCD panels and boast of an11 million pixel screen resolution (5,120 pixels wide and 2,160 pixels high) with 21:9 aspect ratio. The upcoming gargantuan TVs sport the sharpness four times the regular HD television sets.</p> <p>"It enables users to access viewing information on the side of the screen without blocking any of the ongoing action," LG is said to have bragged in its statement.</p> <p>"The Samsung 105in Curved UHD TV adopts a new proprietary picture quality algorithm that delivers optimised colour and greater feeling of depth," Samsung said in its own statement.</p> <p>The Korean TV maker said its 105-incher behemoth will come equipped with "Quadmatic Picture Engine" technology, which it claims delivers all content in UHD-level picture quality no matter what the source is.</p> <p>Both LG and Samsung haven’t revealed how much their gigantic curved TV sets will cost.</p> 105-inch curved TV consumer market curved Digital Entertainment India large-screen TVs LG Electronics Samsung Electronics Technology television maker Top Story U.S. Consumer Electronics Show (CES) Ultra HDTV Fri, 20 Dec 2013 07:52:22 +0000 NeelamGoswami 1701713763 at http://www.themoneytimes.com Sony PlayStation 4 launched in India for Rs 39,990 http://www.themoneytimes.com/featured/20131219/sony-playstation-4-launched-india-rs-39990-id-1701713760.html <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The highly-awaited <a href="http://www.themoneytimes.com/node/1701713692">PlayStation 4</a>gaming console is finally going to hit the Indian market. The Japanese technology mammoth Sony officially launched its new generation video gaming console <a href="http://www.themoneytimes.com/node/1701713646">PS4</a> Wednesday at an event in New Delhi.<br /> The latest edition of Sony’s popular gaming console will be available across the country from January 6 onwards with a price tag of Rs 39,990, the company officials said at the event. </p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.themoneytimes.com/files/imagecache/picturethumb/sony-playstation-4-india.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-picturethumb imagecache-default imagecache-picturethumb_default" width="180" height="180" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The highly-awaited PlayStation 4 gaming console is finally going to hit the Indian market. The Japanese technology mammoth Sony officially launched its new generation video gaming console PS4 Wednesday at an event in New Delhi.<br /> The latest edition of Sony’s popular gaming console will be available across the country from January 6 onwards with a price tag of Rs 39,990, the company officials said at the event. </p> <p>A successor of Sony's 7-year-old best selling console PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 is the company's eighth-generation gaming console, which already got a flying start in select global markets last month. After its launch in US in November, the company has so far sold more than 2 million units of its $399 console- as of 3 December. </p> <p>“It is an exciting time for all of us at PlayStation. After a successful launch across the US and European markets, we are putting in all our energy to introduce the PS4 to Indian consumers,” PlayStation India country head Atindriya Bose said. “India launch is happening ahead of introduction in the Japanese market, which speaks about our commitment to the market here.” </p> <p>Sony PlayStation 4 console’s biggest rival in the video gaming industry is <a href="http://www.themoneytimes.com/node/1701713196">Microsoft’s Xbox One</a>, which is priced higher at $499. The American software giant has not yet made any announcements about Xbox One gaming consol’s launch in India. </p> <p>Sony has an estimated 1.8 million PlayStation users in India. Now with the launch of PS4, the Japanese gaming giant is set to gain hold of the video gaming segment in the Indian market.</p> <p>“Though I can’t share exact sales targets, but we are confident of showing similar numbers as PS3 in the third year (of its sales),” Bose said.<br /> Specifications of PS4</p> <p>The new Sony gaming device is powered with semi-custom eight-core AMD-based x86-64 CPU architecture and backed by Semi-custom AMD Radeon GPU. It also features DualShock 4 controllers with two built-in touch pads and a light-bar to identify the player. It also features a 500 GB hard drive, an advanced 8GB GDDR5 RAM and built-in Blu Ray drive. In addition, the PS4 offers WiFi connectivity option, HDMI out, Aux, Bluetooth, a Gigabit Ethernet port and two USB connectors.</p> <p>What makes the PS4 different from other consoles is that it can download games in the background, even when the device is powered off. </p> 990 Digital Entertainment Gadgets India Japanese technology mammoth Sony new generation video gaming console PlayStation 4 gaming console ps4 PS4 price tag of Rs 39 Sony’s popular gaming console Top Story Thu, 19 Dec 2013 05:58:24 +0000 NeelamGoswami 1701713760 at http://www.themoneytimes.com Use ‘Google Naps’ to find ideal dozing locales http://www.themoneytimes.com/node/1701713900 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Google is armed with the mission of making the useful information available and accessible to all. The behemoth’s platform is now being used to enable users find ‘sleep spots’ where they can catch a few winks. </p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.themoneytimes.com/files/imagecache/picturethumb/Use%20%E2%80%98Google%20Naps%E2%80%99%20to%20find%20ideal%20dozing%20locales_0.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-picturethumb imagecache-default imagecache-picturethumb_default" width="180" height="117" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The service termed as ‘Google Naps’ appears and is in fact pretty similar to ‘Google Maps’. All that the user needs to do is just enter the name of a place. Lo and behold, the map of the place opens and has indicators on good ‘resting places’.</p> <p>So then, a business traveler from Australia has come out of a grueling meeting but finds himself in alien territory. The need of the hours is to hunt for a nearby, comfortable snoozing locale. What to do? ‘Google Naps’ provides the answer.</p> <p>The parody map provides options like open fields, beds and benches as possible dozing spots. The Google Naps use a ‘Pegman’ to plot such spots.<br /> Pegman lying on the green rectangle, Pegman on a seat and Pegman under covers indicate a field, bench and bed respectively. </p> <p>Google is using ‘crowdsourcing’ to add on the locations. Anyone can add a napping spot on Google Naps by filling up the requisite details.</p> <p><strong>‘A Joke, A Parody’</strong><br /> Google Naps is being developed in the Netherlands based creative agency Venour. The maps of that country are thus replete with ‘nap spot’ indicators.</p> <p>While the extent of the usage of the service is debatable, the developers of the application have claimed it to be just a joke, a parody. </p> <p>Little surprise then a boat in the Atlantic Ocean appears as a dozing spot on ‘Google Naps’. </p> <p>“Hello, please don’t be mad this is just a joke, a parody. We don’t mean to damage your brand or anything, we just want to bring a smile on the faces of Google fans. So please don’t take this to court, we only have a few hundred Euros in the bank," reads a message from the developers. </p> <p>On a serious note, the developers would be hoping that Google finds the idea worthwhile, takes it forward and develops a full-fledged App out of it. </p> <p>Edited by Neelam Goswami on 30-03-2014.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-imagecaption"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Google Naps, a parody site, enables users to find the ideal dozing spots outside of home and office. </p> </div> </div> </div> Digital Entertainment dozing Google Maps Google Naps Internet joke nap spots Pegman sleep Technology Technology The Money Times newsletter Top Story United States Sun, 30 Mar 2014 08:49:05 +0000 Jamie Anderson 1701713900 at http://www.themoneytimes.com Airtel Pocket TV app goes live for Android smartphones, tablets http://www.themoneytimes.com/node/1701713897 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Digital TV and DTH service arm of India’s leading telecom operator Bharti Airtel has launched a mobile app, called ‘Pocket TV,’ that the company claims would transforms the way consumers watch television.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.themoneytimes.com/files/imagecache/picturethumb/airtel-pocket-tv-app.jpg" alt="Airtel DTH for smartphones" title="Airtel DTH for smartphones" class="imagecache imagecache-picturethumb imagecache-default imagecache-picturethumb_default" width="180" height="135" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Indian telecom operator announced Wednesday the launch of Airtel 'Pocket TV' mobile app which will enable the company’s digital TV subscribers to watch their favorite TV programs while on the move.</p> <p>Now available as a free download on Google Play Store, the next-generation Pocket TV app is loaded with over 150 Live TV channels and offers streaming of more than 10,000 hours of video content. The app also lets its subscribers watch earlier episodes on more than 13 channels. This service is currently limited to existing Airtel Digital television subscribers who will also have to pay Rs. 60 a month to subscribe to the service.</p> <p>The App comes with a recommendation zone that allows you to see most viewed, newly added and top rated content. You can set alarms for TV shows you want to watch in the future and filter channels and videos by genre as well.</p> <p>Although the Airtel Digital TV app is currently available for all smartphones and tablets that run Android version 2.1 or above, the telecom behemoth is expected to introduce the app soon on the iOS and other platforms.</p> <p>Airtel’s Pocket TV app may face tough competition from the similar apps recently launched by rivals DishTV and TataSky for both Android and iOS users. Both digital TV services boast over 12 million and 11 million customers, respectively. </p> <p>After installing the app on your smartphone, all you have to do to activate the service is sending the SMS <ADD TV> to 54325 from your registered mobile number. </add></p> <p>So, what are you waiting for? Install the Airtel Digital TV app, and enjoy the whole new exciting experience of watching TV!</p> <p>Edited by Neelam Goswami on 29-03-2014.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-imagecaption"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>After installing the app on your smartphone, all you have to do to activate the service is sending the SMS <ADD TV> to 54325 from your registered mobile number. </add></p> </div> </div> </div> airtel Airtel Digital television subscribers Airtel ‘Pocket TV’ androids Bharti airtel Digital Entertainment digital tv digital TV subscribers DTH service India mobile app Personal Technology smartphones Technology Technology telecom operator The Money Times newsletter Top Story Sat, 29 Mar 2014 09:50:55 +0000 NeelamGoswami 1701713897 at http://www.themoneytimes.com Twitter may remove '#' and '@' symbols http://www.themoneytimes.com/featured/20140323/twitter-may-remove-and-symbols-id-1701713889.html <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The micro blogging site Twitter may be killing two of its important and iconic features, hashtags and @reply symbols, according to several tabloid reports, citing a Twitter news head.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.themoneytimes.com/files/imagecache/picturethumb/Twitter_5.jpg" alt="Twitter remove # tags" title="Twitter remove # tags" class="imagecache imagecache-picturethumb imagecache-default imagecache-picturethumb_default" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>For now, the hashtag is the main way to connect with a topic or keywords in a Tweet, while @reply is the only way to connect own tweet to another account. Using the @reply symbol you can send a notification to the desired person by mentioning his or her name in your tweet. </p> <p>The entire media circuit is abuzz with reports that the social media platform will soon do away with these two core features to simplify Twitter usage and attract new users. </p> <p>Citing Vivian Schiller, head of news at Twitter, BuzzFeed reports that Twitter is planning to turn off hashtags and @reply features.</p> <p>Schiller recently hinted Monday at the Newspaper Association of America mediaXchange 2014 conference in Denver about the company’s plans to remove the aforesaid features, as reported by BuzzFeed.</p> <p>The report says that Schiller termed at-replies and hashtags as “arcane" and suggested that "Twitter might soon move them into the background of the service."</p> <p>However, Schiller rubbished the <a href="http://www.buzzfeed.com/" target="_blank">BuzzFeed</a> report and took to her Twitter account to back off of her comments.</p> <p>In response to a question whether Twitter is phasing out hashtags and @- replies, she replied "not at all." </p> <p>Twitter itself tried to clarify Schiller’s comments, saying she was reverberating what Twitter CEO Dick Costolo had said in the company’s recent earnings conference call. It is to bented here that Costolo did not specifically mentioned @ and # symbols during the call conference in February.</p> <p>He had stated, “By bringing the content of Twitter forward and pushing the scaffolding of the language of Twitter to the background, we can increase high-quality interactions and make it more likely that new or casual users will find this service as indispensable as our existing core users do.” </p> <p>For now, everybody is confused over Twitter's plans for the shutter of its core @-replies and hashtags components, but as Schiller advised in a Twitter post, “There's a lot of creative thinking going on around how to make <a href="http://www.themoneytimes.com/tags/twitter/">Twitter</a> more and more intuitive. Watch this space.”</p> <p>Edited by Neelam Goswami on 23-03-2014.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-imagecaption"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Citing Vivian Schiller, head of news at Twitter, BuzzFeed reports that Twitter is planning to turn off hashtags and @reply features.</p> </div> </div> </div> Digital Entertainment iconic features India Technology Technology The micro blogging site Twitter The Money Times newsletter Top Story Twitter @reply symbol Twitter hashtags Twitter news head Sun, 23 Mar 2014 16:28:07 +0000 NeelamGoswami 1701713889 at http://www.themoneytimes.com “2048” Game: The addictive successor to Flappy Bird http://www.themoneytimes.com/featured/20140322/%E2%80%9C2048%E2%80%9D_game_addictive_successor_flappy_bird-id-1701713888.html <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>While the phenomenally successful game Flappy Bird may hit the app store again sooner or later, a new puzzle game has already begun wooing gaming geeks.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.themoneytimes.com/files/imagecache/picturethumb/2048_game.jpg" alt="2048 game" title="viral 2048 game " class="imagecache imagecache-picturethumb imagecache-default imagecache-picturethumb_default" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The game called 2048 is said to be the latest sensation in the world of addictive gaming.</p> <p>Created by a 19-year-old Italian programmer Gabriele Cirulli, the number-crunching puzzle game is similar to iPhone game Threes and Candy Crush for math geeks.</p> <p>In its report, CNET describes the 2048 game as “slightly similar to Threes or Candy Crush for math geeks and it takes only a minute to understand it.” </p> <p>Cirulli launched the web-based game on March 9 and three days after the game was released he tweeted that thousands of gamers were playing it at one moment. By March 16, the gaming geeks had collectively spent an estimated 520 playing the 2048 in its debut week.</p> <p>The game seems tough to understand at first glance, but it is very easy to play. The game is played in a four by four grid, combining and adding similar numbered tiles together using the arrow keys on your keyboard for the web version, or swipe across the screen to move the tiles with the same number. When touched, the same numbered tiles merge into one tile and add the numbers. The player doesn’t win until a 2048 tile is created. </p> <p>The 2048 game appears to be the latest addictive gaming sensation as barely a week after its launch the game has had dozens of its clones, ranging from Doge2048, 3D 2048, Tetris mashup, and even a Flappy Bird-themed 2048 game.</p> <p>Although the game is Web-based, but a mobile version is also available. Gamers can play it on their handsets via http://git.io/2048, or download the game from the Google Play store. </p> <p>Don’t worry, you need not to be a math genius to play the 2048 game. So, all we can say enjoy the 2048 online or on your phone whenever you want!</p> <p>Edited by Neelam Goswami on 22-03-2014.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-imagecaption"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The game is played in a four by four grid, combining and adding similar numbered tiles together using the arrow keys.</p> </div> </div> </div> 2048 game android games androids Digital Entertainment Flappy Bird Gaming online game smartphone games smatphones Technology Technology The Money Times newsletter Top Story United States web-based game Sat, 22 Mar 2014 09:59:26 +0000 NeelamGoswami 1701713888 at http://www.themoneytimes.com Gamers rejoice! Flappy Bird is coming back! http://www.themoneytimes.com/featured/20140320/gamers_rejoice_flappy_bird_coming_back-id-1701713884.html <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Seems like the maker of the uber-addictive Flappy Bird game is regretting his decision of pulling the plug on his money-minting game, and now planning to bring the mobile game back online.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.themoneytimes.com/files/imagecache/picturethumb/flappy-bird.jpg" alt="flappy bird again" title="flappy Bird is back" class="imagecache imagecache-picturethumb imagecache-default imagecache-picturethumb_default" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Vietnamese game developer, Dong Nguyen, took Flappy Bird down in February when it was at the peak of its popularity. At the time, Nguyen admitted that the chart-topping mobile game was earning him some $50,000 a day from ads. </p> <p>Nguyen cited the game’s addictive nature that propelled him to take it off from Apple’s iTunes Store and Google’s Play Store. </p> <p>“Flappy Bird was designed to play in a few minutes when you are relaxed. But it happened to become an addictive product. I think it has become a problem. To solve that problem, it’s best to take down Flappy Bird. It’s gone forever,” he previously told Forbes. </p> <p>He continued, “My life has not been as comfortable as I was before. I couldn’t sleep. I don’t think it’s a mistake, I have thought it through.”<br /> Slightly more than a month after killing the Flappy Bird, Nguyen confirmed Thursday the comeback of blockbuster Flappy Bird in a Twitter post. </p> <p>However, he didn’t give any specific date for the comeback, only saying that it will not be anytime soon.</p> <p>In a Twitter conversation, when asked by a fan whether or not he would be putting the game back on the App Store, he replied: “Yes. But not soon.”<br /> Initially launched last year in May, Flappy Birds is still among the biggest selling games in 2013 with approximately 50 million downloads to date.</p> <p>While Nguyen has made it clear that he’ll be launching Flappy Bird again, he hasn’t yet decided when.</p> <p>With Flappy Bird coming back, we wonder if the game continues to enjoy its global phenomenon status. The game may face stiff competition from Flappy Bird clones that flooded the Apple iOS app store soon after the <a href="http://themoneytimes.com/node/1701713826">death of this number one app</a>.</p> <p>Edited by Neelam Goswami on 20-03-2014.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-imagecaption"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>While Nguyen has made it clear that he’ll be launching Flappy Bird again, he hasn’t yet decided when.</p> </div> </div> </div> android games Digital Entertainment Flappy Bird Flappy Bird coming back India smarphone games Technology Technology The Money Times newsletter Top Story Thu, 20 Mar 2014 11:28:58 +0000 NeelamGoswami 1701713884 at http://www.themoneytimes.com Apple adds “Sharing Selfies” section to iTunes App Store http://www.themoneytimes.com/featured/20140314/apple-adds-%E2%80%9Csharing-selfies%E2%80%9D-section-itunes-app-store-id-1701713875.html <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Apple Inc., the maker of iconic iPhone, has added a section to its App Store that is solely dedicated to the apps ideal for taking the self-portrait-style pictures. </p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.themoneytimes.com/files/imagecache/picturethumb/selfies.jpg" alt="Sharing selfies on iphone" title="Sahring Selfies fir iphone" class="imagecache imagecache-picturethumb imagecache-default imagecache-picturethumb_default" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Selfies, or photographs that smartphone users take of themselves, is a growing trend among social media-obsessed teenagers. These days, several social networking platforms are buzzing with different kinds of selfies. Selfie, the 'Word of the year' in 2013, has finally earned Apple’s attention.</p> <p><a href="http://www.themoneytimes.com/tags/apple-inc-0" target="_blank">Apple Inc.</a>, the maker of iconic iPhone, has added a section to its App Store that is solely dedicated to the apps ideal for taking the self-portrait-style pictures. </p> <p>The Cupertino, California-based American multi-national tech company introduced the featured section, titled "Sharing Selfies," for all the Apple users Thursday evening, March 13. </p> <p>The section, available both on the mobile and the desktop version of Apple’s App Store for iOS devices, includes 12 different applications, including SnapChat, Facetune, Everyday, Picr, Frontback, Frontflash, Shots among others.</p> <p>Selfies have been all the rage over the last year. The use of the term selfie has gone up a staggering 17,000% in the past year, prompting the Oxford Dictionaries to choose it the word of the year for 2013.<br /> The Oxford Dictionaries defines selfie as “a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a <a href="http://www.themoneytimes.com/tags/facebook" target="_blank">social media website</a>.”</p> <p>Recently American standup comedian Ellen DeGeneres's Oscar super-star selfie created a rage. DeGeneres's super-star selfie which included Hollywood A-listers Jared Leto, Jennifer Lawrence, Channing Tatum, Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Ellen DeGeneres, Kevin Spacey, Bradley Cooper, Brad Pitt, Lupita Nyong’o and Angelina Jolie, created a world record with a stupendous number of retweets. The mega selfie even crashed the social media site Twitter once.</p> <p>Edited by Neelam Goswami on 14-03-2014.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-imagecaption"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The section includes 12 different applications, including SnapChat, Facetune, Everyday, Picr, Frontback, Frontflash, Shots among others.</p> </div> </div> </div> apple app store apple applications Apple Inc. Digital Entertainment Facetune Frontback Frontflash iOS devices iTunes App Store mobile and the desktop version Picr selfie selfies Snapchat Technology Technology The Money Times newsletter Top Story United States Fri, 14 Mar 2014 11:24:32 +0000 NeelamGoswami 1701713875 at http://www.themoneytimes.com Idea Cellular, Gameloft unite to offer digital, social games to mobile users http://www.themoneytimes.com/featured/20140311/idea-cellular-gameloft-unite-offer-digital-social-games-mobile-users-id-1701713869 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>India’s third largest telecom operator, Idea Cellular has entered into a partnership with Gameloft, a global publisher of digital and social games, to offer Idea users quality gaming experience.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.themoneytimes.com/files/imagecache/picturethumb/gameloft-Idea.jpg" alt="Smartphone apps" title="smartphones apps" class="imagecache imagecache-picturethumb imagecache-default imagecache-picturethumb_default" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Idea boasts of more than 130 million subscribers in the country. As is obvious, the Idea’s collaboration with Gameloft will allow Idea users access to multiple games developed by the latter company.</p> <p>The partnership will allow Idea subscribers to avail new exciting gaming content from Gameloft Game Store, the company’s wide portfolio of games, and also from Idea’s mobile portal. </p> <p>Idea users can avail gaming programs on a regular basis through the unique <a href="http://www.gameloft.com/subscription-conditions/" target="_blank">Gameloft Club subscription</a>. What’s more? As an inaugural offer, the Club subscribers will also be given a chance to download one bonus game from Idea and Gameloft portals in the first month of their subscription.</p> <p>In a statement, Sashi Shankar, Chief Marketing Officer, Idea Cellular said, “The mobile phone is increasingly becoming the most preferred infotainment device for users in India. Gaming is one of the fastest growing and a popular category of service used on the mobile platform. Idea is the first mobile operator in India to bring out the best in gaming programs for mobile users, through our tie up with Gameloft.” </p> <p>“We are delighted to partner with Idea Cellular, to bring Gameloft’s best titles and most popular licenses to their subscribers,” added Sarabjeet Singh, Country Manager for Gameloft India. “This partnership will enable Idea customers to enjoy high quality games from Gameloft for their JAVA &amp; Android devices without the hassles of credit card billing. Also, Idea will be the first operator in India to launch our popular Gameloft Club games subscription service, which provides great value to consumers."</p> <p>The Idea customers having mobile internet connection on their handsets can get access to the Gameloft Game Store. The service will be available for both internet-enabled prepaid and postpaid Idea users. The new feature can also be accessed on budget phones with GPRS network and 3G-capable <a href="http://www.themoneytimes.com/tags/smartphones">smartphones</a>.</p> <p>The Gameloft and Idea tie up also allows users to play popular games like Asphalt, Modern Combat and Real Football, Gangstar and N.O.V.A.: Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance. </p> <p>edited by Neelam Goswami on 11-03-2014.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-imagecaption"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The partnership will allow Idea subscribers to avail new exciting gaming content from Gameloft Game Store, the company’s wide portfolio of games, and also from Idea’s mobile portal. </p> </div> </div> </div> Digital Entertainment Gameloft Gaming Idea and Gameloft Idea users India smartphone apps smartphone games smartphones Technology Technology The Money Times newsletter Top Story Tue, 11 Mar 2014 05:09:22 +0000 Natalie James 1701713869 at http://www.themoneytimes.com Samsung launches ads free music streaming service, 'Milk Music' http://www.themoneytimes.com/featured/20140308/samsung-launches-ads-free-music-streaming-service-milk-music-id-1701713865.html <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Samsung is gearing up to launch a new free music service for its Galaxy smartphone users. The South Korean gadget maker unveiled the service, dubbed “Milk Music,” on Friday, March 7, 2014 in the US.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.themoneytimes.com/files/imagecache/picturethumb/samsung%20Milk%20Music.png" alt="Samsung Milk Music" title="Samsung Milk Music" class="imagecache imagecache-picturethumb imagecache-default imagecache-picturethumb_default" width="180" height="153" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.samsung.com/us/showcase/milk/" target=_blank">Samsung’s Milk Music</a> service offers some 200 ad-free genre-based radio stations and 13 million songs to US customers with Samsung Galaxy devices. </p> <p>“Milk introduces a fresh approach to music that reflects our innovation leadership and our focus on creating best-in-class consumer experiences,” said Gregory Lee, President and Chief Executive of Samsung Telecommunications America. </p> <p>“We’re offering consumers amazing, rich music experiences built around what matters most to them and their lifestyle.” </p> <p>With the launch of free Milk Music service, Samsung has entered the already crowded online streaming music industry where it will face tough competition from the likes of Pandora, Spotify and Apple’s iTunes.</p> <p>"We feel that while the music space is very competitive there is room for improvement," said Daren Tsui, vice president of music at Samsung Media Solutions.</p> <p>According to the electronic giant, Milk is designed to be easy to use, fast and highly customizable. It features a large wheel quite similar to an old-fashioned radio tuner and allows users to browse music channels by genre. Users can add their favorite stations to a ‘My Stations’ section, and can also tag individual songs as favorites. Milk is powered by the radio service <a href="http://www.slacker.com/" target="_blank">Slacker Radio</a>, which operates its own streaming music service.</p> <p>The app is compatible with Samsung's Galaxy phone series including the Galaxy S4, Galaxy SIII, Galaxy Note 3, and Galaxy Note II handsets. For the <a href="http://www.themoneytimes.com/featured/20140121/stare-your-samsung-galaxy-s5-unlock-it-id-1701713759.html" target="_blank">Galaxy S5</a>, the app will be available in April. </p> <p>Perhaps the best thing about this app is that it’s free and won't include advertising! So, what are you waiting for, download Milk Music from the Google Play store quickly!</p> <p>Edited by Neelam Goswami on 08-03-2014.</p> Android Digital Entertainment free music service Galaxy Galaxy smartphone online music service Samsung Smartophone apps smartphones Technology Technology The Money Times newsletter Top Story United States Sat, 08 Mar 2014 12:08:45 +0000 Natalie James 1701713865 at http://www.themoneytimes.com Faulty router caused 4 hour WhatsApp outage; Jan Koum apologises http://www.themoneytimes.com/featured/20140223/faulty-router-caused-4-hour-whatsapp-outage-jan-koum-apologises-id-1701713842.html <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>WhatsApp experienced server issues on Saturday, mere three days after social network behemoth Facebook declared it was lavishing a whopping $19 billion on it.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.themoneytimes.com/files/imagecache/picturethumb/whatsapp_0.jpg" alt="whats app down" title="whats app down" class="imagecache imagecache-picturethumb imagecache-default imagecache-picturethumb_default" width="180" height="124" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The five-year-old WhatsApp currently has about 450 million users globally, two-thirds of those subscribers use the app daily. The service, most heavily used in India, Spain and Brazil, allows users to share text messages, photos and videos with other WhatsApp users. Due to the outage, the users were unable to access the mobile messaging app.</p> <p><a href="http://themoneytimes.com/featured/20140220/facebook-buys-whatsapp-us19-billion-id-1701713838.html"target="_blank"> WhatsApp</a> confirmed the outage Saturday afternoon by tweeting that the company was “currently experiencing server issues. We hope to be back up and recovered shortly.”</p> <p>Two hours later, co-founder Jan Koum said in an email that “we had a server outage, should be OK now.” Shortly after, the company tweeted, “WhatsApp service has been restored. We are so sorry for the downtime…”</p> <p>On Sunday, Koum issued an apology in an e-mail and blamed a faulty network router for Saturday’s four-hours-long outage of the app. He further wrote the router caused a cascading failure that affected the messaging app servers.</p> <p>“We are sorry about the downtime,” wrote Koum. “It has been our longest and biggest outage in years. It was caused by a network router fault which cascaded into our servers.” </p> <p>Kuom further assured that their engineers are working on new measures with its service provider to make sure that such problems do not occur again.</p> <p>“We worked with our service provider on resolving the issue and making sure it will not happen again.”</p> <p>Meanwhile, in related news it has been reported that WhatsApp’s outage resulted in another messaging app Telegram’s membership gain.</p> <p>Thanks to the outage of WhatsApp, millions of new users signed up for Telegram Sunday afternoon, sending the app to the top 5 positions in the App Store and also making it the numero uno iPhone app across 48 different countries. Let us await what the future brings out for us with these <a href="http://www.themoneytimes.com/featured/20140225/what%E2%80%99s-new-whatsapp-voice-calling-id-1701713844.html">smartphone applications</a> in their hustle to be the most popular app.</p> <p>Edited By Neelam Goswami on 24-02-2014.</p> Digital Entertainment Facebook acquires WhatsApp server issues social network behemoth Facebook Technology Technology Top Story United States Whatsapp WhatsApp outage Mon, 24 Feb 2014 05:41:00 +0000 Natalie James 1701713842 at http://www.themoneytimes.com BlackBerry Messenger update offers free voice calling facility for Android, iPhone users http://www.themoneytimes.com/featured/20140215/blackberry-messenger-update-offers-free-voice-calling-facility-android-iphone-user <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Blackberry on Friday rolled out the much-awaited update for its popular instant messaging app BBM with a plethora of new features. The updated Blackberry Messenger is now available for Android, BlackBerry 10 and iPhone users, allowing them to make free voice calls to other BBM contacts.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.themoneytimes.com/files/imagecache/picturethumb/BBM-app.jpg" alt="Blackberry Messenger update - Make free voice calls " title="BBM users now can make free calls- new BBM update" class="imagecache imagecache-picturethumb imagecache-default imagecache-picturethumb_default" width="180" height="101" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>A whole lot of new features in the latest version 2.0 of BBM messaging app include BBM Voice, BBM Channels, Dropbox, and Glymse-powered location sharing option, with voice calling being the major one.</p> <p>According to Blackberry’s official blog, the BBM Voice will allow Android and iPhone users to make direct free voice calls to their BBM contacts over a Wi-Fi or via cellular networks.</p> <p>As of BBM Channels, the blog post explains this feature in the Blackberry Messenger provides message-board style group interactions between the users on a variety of topics like hobbies, sports, automobiles, entertainment, lifestyle and others. </p> <p>“Today’s announcement gives Android and iPhone customers the rich experience of BBM Voice and BBM Channels – two great ways to connect with friends, family and colleagues, to build out communities around shared interests, and to follow your favourite people and brands,” BlackBerry President (Global Enterprise Solutions) John Sims said, as quoted by The Financial Express.</p> <p>The free voice call feature already facilitates Blackberry handset users to make free voice calls to their contacts.</p> <p>The new Blackberry Messenger comes packed with over 250,000 channels, created by large international brands like Coke Indonesia and USA Today as well as regional ones like Airtel, Firstpost.Com and Cafe Coffee Day.<br /> BBM 2.0 will also have Glympse, a location sharing feature that will allow users to share their location for limited period of time. </p> <p>What’s more, Blackberry Messenger users on Android and iPhone as well as BlackBerry smartphone users will also be able to share images, contacts, documents, calendar items and much more with a single click.</p> <p>And for those who love texting using emoticons, or smileys, there are 100 new ones added to the updated BBM 2.0 app.</p> <p>Blackberry had rolled out its instant messaging service BBM last year in October on rival platforms, and within days of the launch it had managed to garner 40 million new Android and iOS users.</p> <p>Edited by Neelam Goswami on 15-02-2014.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-imagecaption"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>BBM messenger users now can make free voice calls to other BBM contacts. </p> </div> </div> </div> Android BBM contacts BlackBerry Blackberry 10 Digital Entertainment instant messaging app BBM iphone users latest version 2.0 of BBM messaging app make free voice calls Technology Top Story United States updated Blackberry Messenger Sat, 15 Feb 2014 05:33:19 +0000 NeelamGoswami 1701713832 at http://www.themoneytimes.com Snapchat hacked again! This time gets a smoothie attack http://www.themoneytimes.com/featured/20140214/snapchat-hacked-again-time-gets-smoothie-attack-id-1701713831.html <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.themoneytimes.com/files/imagecache/picturethumb/snapchat%20smoothie%20attack.jpg" alt="Dont click, smoothie may hack your snapchat accounts" title="SnapChat users being attacked by smoothie" class="imagecache imagecache-picturethumb imagecache-default imagecache-picturethumb_default" width="180" height="165" /> </div> </div> </div> accounts being hacked Digital Entertainment India smoothie attack snapchat users Technology Top Story Fri, 14 Feb 2014 06:04:33 +0000 Natalie James 1701713831 at http://www.themoneytimes.com Beware, a new Snapchat bug can crash your iPhone http://www.themoneytimes.com/featured/20140209/beware-new-snapchat-bug-can-crash-your-iphone-id-1701713822.html <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>SnapChat is a photo-messaging app that has become immensely popular among tweens, teens and young adults. If you have an iPhone or an Android-based smartphone you must be fairly busy right now, presumably browsing stuff or photo-messaging your friends. But beware, the photo-sharing app has been found to have a bug that can crash your smartphone.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.themoneytimes.com/files/imagecache/picturethumb/Snapchat_0.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-picturethumb imagecache-default imagecache-picturethumb_default" width="180" height="114" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Reportedly, a security researcher has found a new vulnerability with SnapChat that can make it possible for hackers to launch a denial-of-service (DoS) attack and freeze and crash iPhones.</p> <p>According to Spanish security researcher Jamie Sanchez, who discovered the bug in photo-sharing app, the new weakness in Snapchat''s messaging system allows a hacker to send thousands of messages to a single individual in a matter of seconds, overloading the user''s message inbox and causing his iPhone to freeze and crash.</p> <p>In case of an Android device, the tidal wave of messages makes the device significantly slower, though it won''t fully reboot. Overwhelmed by thousands of messages, the app prevents iPhone users from doing anything else through the app until the messages have been processed.</p> <p>In his bog post, Sanchez, who works for Spanish and Latin American telecom giant Telefonica, said that he did the research in his spare time. "To conduct the proof of concept I only used two account [sic] I registered, from and iPhone and an Android phone. I haven''t used it against any user. Well, I only used it to show the attack to the LA Times reporter : )," Sanchez wrote in his blog.</p> <p>According to the Times of India, “Sanchez complained that Snapchat has no respect for cyber security research community, which was proved recently when the service did not pay much heed to researchers'' warning about a security hole that could expose user data. The researchers ultimately published phone numbers of about 4.6 million users to prove their point."</p> <p>Snapchat, meanwhile, has issued a statement saying they were working to resolve the issue and that they would be reaching out to Sanchez.</p> <p>“We are working to resolve the issue and will be reaching out to the security researcher who publicized the attack to learn more,” Snapchat said in an official statement, as reported by TechCrunch. </p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-imagecaption"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>New Snapchat vulnerability can crash your iPhone</p> </div> </div> </div> Android-based smartphone browsing stuff crash iPhone crash your smartphone Digital Entertainment image-messaging app iPhone photo-messaging your friends photo-sharing app Snapchat Snapchat bug Technology Technology Top Story United States Sun, 09 Feb 2014 13:33:20 +0000 NeelamGoswami 1701713822 at http://www.themoneytimes.com WhatsApp reaches 430m users, Processes 54bn messages everyday http://www.themoneytimes.com/featured/20140123/whatsapp-reaches-430m-users-processes-54bn-messages-everyday-id-1701713802.html <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Growing at an impressive pace, WhatsApp has amassed 430 million active users. This is according to the co-founder and CEO of the increasingly ubiquitous global messaging service Jan Koum.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.themoneytimes.com/files/imagecache/picturethumb/whatsapp.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-picturethumb imagecache-default imagecache-picturethumb_default" width="180" height="132" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Announcing the impressive figure at the DLD conference in Munich, Germany, Koum revealed that WhatsApp has around 430 million active users at the moment, of which 30 million are new users.</p> <p>Koum also revealed that some 50 billion messages are exchanged daily on WhatsApp platform, thanks to the number of active users that has doubled in just 10 months.</p> <p>One thing Kuom reiterated during the DLD conference was that the company would continue to remain ad-free, avoiding advertising and games or other “gimmicks” like disappearing photos like some of its counterparts.</p> <p>"The important thing is focus," said Koum. "We just want to focus on messaging. If people want to play games there are plenty of other sites and also a lot of great companies building services around advertising."</p> <p>The mobile focused messaging company set a record on New Year''s Eve, processing 54 billion messages in a single day. According to the company, a whopping 18 billion messages were sent, and 36 billion were received by users on New Year''s Eve, breaking its own previous record of 27 billion both incoming and outgoing messages processed in a day in June last year.</p> <p>This <a href="http://www.themoneytimes.com/featured/20140220/facebook-buys-whatsapp-us19-billion-id-1701713838.html">smartphone application</a> was founded in 2009 by Koum and Brian Acton, both ex-staffers at Yahoo, WhatsApp is the Santa Clara, Calif.-based company that provides a smartphone app for Android, BlackBerry, iOS, Symbian, and Windows Phone. The mobile messaging app delivers text messages, as well as both images and audio and video files. </p> Digital Entertainment global messaging service Technology Top Story United States Whatsapp WhatsApp active users WhatsApp co-founder and CEO Jan Koum Thu, 23 Jan 2014 11:11:48 +0000 NeelamGoswami 1701713802 at http://www.themoneytimes.com
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