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Google Launches Helpouts

Helpouts, Google’s fusion of Google+ Hangouts, Google Wallet, and its identity tools is now live. A ‘Helpout’ is a Hangout-like video chat, but instead of speaking with a friend, you are connected to a purported expert in whatever it is that you need help with. The tagline that Google has come up with for Helpouts is “real help from real people in real time.”

November 5, 2013 Author: Lubov Cholakova

KitKat Promises Android for All

Google's newest version of its mobile operating system, Android 4.4 KitKat, doesn't deliver a huge list of transformative design and feature changes, like what we saw when Ice Cream Sandwich was introduced. Instead, KitKat's main purpose is to usher in a strategy from Google to get the latest Android version on all Android devices, both premium and low-end.

November 5, 2013 Author: Lubov Cholakova

Google Debuts Parental Controls For Chrome

Google is officially beginning to roll out parental controls in its Chrome web browser in the form of a new “Supervised Users” feature that is live now in the beta channel for early testing ahead of its expected public release. The option allows a user, most likely a parent, to lock down the Chrome browser running on their device in order to allow and block access to certain websites, enable SafeSearch for filtering Google search results, and maintain a history of the websites visited, among other things.

October 23, 2013 Author: Lubov Cholakova

Apple's iOS 7.0.3 Arrives

Alongside new iPads and Macs, Apple on Tuesday quietly released an iOS update that brings new features and fixes others. iOS 7.0.3, which went out as a free update today, brings back iCloud Keychain -- a feature that was originally slated to launch with iOS 7, but did not make it into the final release.

October 23, 2013 Author: Lubov Cholakova

Apple Pushes New Version Of OS X Mavericks GM

The consensus is that Apple currently plans on announcing the details of OS X Mavericks availability and pricing during this week’s event in San Francisco. We’re hearing that, in order to kill some last-minute bugs, a quiet update has been made to the Gold Master version of Mavericks previously shipped out to developers.

October 21, 2013 Author: Lubov Cholakova

Windows 8.1: New Features, but Same Problems

Microsoft is hoping for a Windows 8 do-over with version 8.1 of the operating system, but this reboot likely isn't enough to change buyers' opinions. Windows 8 was the first major redesign of the storied Windows OS in years, and its launch was accompanied by a loud and splashy campaign. For consumers, however, that largely amounted to a lot of background noise.

October 17, 2013 Author: Lubov Cholakova

Microsoft Announces Update 3 For Windows Phone 8

Yesterday Microsoft announced its third update to Windows Phone 8. This is the set of new features and upgrades that will carry the smartphone platform through the holiday sales cycle. Included among the new set of code is support for faster processors, larger screens, higher resolution displays, better Internet sharing, and a set of quality of life changes that will be welcome to current handsets owners.

October 15, 2013 Author: Lubov Cholakova

Google App Engine Adds New Starter Package

Google App Engine has added a new starter package to speed iOS development. The new service,  Mobile Backend Starter for iOS, is designed to speed the development of connected mobile apps without writing server-side code. The new service allows users to store data in the cloud and share it between users.

October 10, 2013 Author: Lubov Cholakova

Microsoft Promises Quick App Approvals

After a public face plant regarding the release of its operating system update to developers, Microsoft announced that applications built for Windows 8.1 will be approved no more than five days following their submission, once the new build of Windows becomes generally available.

October 10, 2013 Author: Lubov Cholakova

New Google Maps Regains Support For Multi-Destination Trips

The big, still-in-Beta Google Maps overhaul brought a bunch of new shiny stuff, from its new fullscreen interface to drastically improved public transportation integration. It also lost some features, though – and when you take away things that people have been using for years, those people get sad. One of the features that got washed away in the refresh: multi-destination trips.

October 10, 2013 Author: Lubov Cholakova