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15 September 2014

Bing Apps will rebrand to MSN Apps, coming soon to iOS and Android

The other day I was at Microsoft’s swanky office in Dubai for a session on the new MSN portal which was launched on Monday. There were some interesting bytes of information which made for a very interesting little one on one discussion.



Justin Dewhirst who is the regional Executive Producer for Microsoft’s Information & Content Experiences Group in the Growth Markets (EMEA) was there to run us through the new MSN portal which is now live on the following URL – The portal has been reimagined and redesigned to be a mobile first, cloud first relevant site. With MSN portal, Microsoft has tried to reassert its web [...]

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15 September 2014

Google Play Newsstand now available in India, Russia, Spain And Netherlands


Google officially extended its news reader service Google Play Newsstand in India, Russia, Spain and Netherlands today.

Among the Indian publications that will be offered include Times Internet’s Indiatimes, Zigwheels, Luxpresso, Healthmeup, MensXP, iDiva, NDTV’s NDTV Movies, NDTV Gadgets, NDTV Sports, Anandabazar Patrika’s ABP News & ABP Majha,, HT Media’s Mint, Hindustan Times & Desimartini, Jagran, ESPN Cricinfo and TV9 Telugu.

Magazines include India Today, Vogue India, GQ India, Cosmopolitan India and Business Today.

Play Newsstand was introduced by Google in November last year, by combining two of its services – Google [...]

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2 August 2014

Bing Vision being dumbed down with WP Cyan

Bing Vision is being dumbed down with each successive Windows Phone update it is receiving. This sounds really awkward, it’s the first time I’m reporting on a feature being devolved. Bing Vision if you know about it is a little eye like icon that appears below when you hit the search icon on the phone and reach for Bing.

On Windows Phone 8 it was supposed to be essentially what Amazon Fire Phone offers today with it’s dedicated button. Bing Vision would scan barcodes, QR codes, Microsoft tags, books, Cds and DVDs and fetch information regarding it. The feature was pretty darn good and I’ve used it quite a lot, not as much, but I thought it was [...]

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29 July 2014

Facebook urging users to download Messenger

Facebook is urging its users to download the Messenger app on their smartphone to continue to be able to chat with each other as it looks to pull the plug on the feature in the Facebook app. This means that social network messaging service will become a standalone feature accessible only through a dedicated app.

All of this will happen in the coming week itself. While one will continue to see pending message notification in the Facebook app, tapping it will take users straight to the Messenger app.

In the next few days, we’re continuing to notify more people that if they want to send and receive Facebook messages, they’ll need to download the Messenger app. As [...]

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