Google buys startup Launchpad Toys, offers children’s apps for free

Google has acquired the startup Launchpad Toys, specializing in creative tools for children and are the developers of popular mobile applications TeleStory and Toontastic, which from now can be downloaded absolutely free!

Toontastic for iOS allows children to create drawings and animations, and then be shared with others around the world.

TeleStory for iOS is a video camera application with augmented reality that lets kids create their own shows and music videos through creative play.

While Google has not officially announced this news, it has been confirmed in the news section in the home page of Launchpad Toys, although so far no transaction amount is known.

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Steve Jobs “ring leader” in anti-poaching case


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Recently a judged proclaimed that a $324.5M settlement in an anti-poaching case that brought into the limelight a nasty scheme by Apple and Google to not hire each other workers. The ring leader was none other than Steve Jobs who was known to be very over protective. The plan was that Apple and Google would block their high end workers from getting better job offers from certain tech companies.

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Via NDTV

A federal judge has decided a $324.5 million settlement isn’t enough to cover the damages done to more than 60,000 high-tech workers in a class-action lawsuit alleging Google and Apple conspired with other technology companies to block their top employees from getting better job offers.
The ruling Friday by U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh scotches a settlement reached in April, prolonging a 3-year-old case that paints a mean-spirited picture of late Apple Inc. founder Steve Jobs and other prominent Silicon Valley executives.

G-SKILL to support DDR4 and DDR3 models at 3 GHz

Last Day of presentations at IDF13 was dedicated to memory for high end Intel platforms. This time G-Skill shows off its new DDR4 modules, after which Kingston did the same earlier, besides giving us another sample of his new optimized memory for Ivy Bridge E at 3000 MHz.

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Along with the star of the day, the core i7-4960X, and a ASUS X79-Deluxe motherboard, now G-Skill has shown its best arsenal and DDR3 DDR4 memory. The next memory technology  arrived at IDF13 with standard frequencies of 2133 MHz based on 4GB modules. This is what the Asian manufacturer G-Skill gives us along with a sample (video included below) of their models exclusive to 3000 MHz, and 1.65 volt 12-14-14-35 latencies for Ivy Bridge E.

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Via: TPU 

The Google Star Trek computer may soon become a reality

Google has a new obsession its a bit of an odd one, its Star Trek more importantly they want to create a new Star Trek computer, the Google obsession started back in 2010 when company developers began laying out the details that includes visual search as well as speech recognition components.

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Google’s transformation into the Star Trek computer will take years. But it has already made huge leaps toward building such a machine. For lots of searches today, you’ll notice Google giving you more and more direct answers. Type in “tom cruise height,” for instance, and you’ll see the diminutive star’s digits at the top of the page (5 feet, 7 inches).

Source: Slate

 

Google Nexus 10 Release date and rumors

We first heard about the possible existence of the Google Nexus 10 in July, shortly after the Nexus 7 was released, and rumours have developed from there over the past few months.

Google has an event scheduled for October 29 in New York where it’s expected to unveil the next Nexus smartphone plus it could also announce some new Nexus 7 tablets, alongside the Google Nexus 10.

We’ve not seen anything so far regarding a potential Google Nexus 10 price, but if the 10-inch tablet does exist we’d expect Google to price it keenly and undercut the competition.

Early reports said the Google Nexus 10 would sport a 10-inch display, offering up an impressive, new iPad 4 beating 2560 x 1600 resolution and 299ppi pixel density.

An image appeared on Picasa claiming to have been taken on the Google Nexus 10, and the EXIF data which accompanied the snap claimed the tablet was sporting a 5MP sensor and running a version of Jelly Bean.

Then the leaked video report, which we’ve already mentioned, revealed for information about the Google Nexus 10 – codenamed Mantra – saying that it will sport a 16:10 10-inch display with 300ppi and run Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.

Finally a leaked quick start guide which claims to be for the Google Nexus 10 shows off some crude outlines of the potential tablet, which looks like it will follow in the design footsteps of the Galaxy Note 10.1.

Source: Cnet

Nexus 7 soon to be available in 32GB versions

Nexus 7 soon to be available in 32GB versions

Google’s flagship Nexus 7 tablet has so far only been released in 8GB and 16GB versions, but that could soon change.

A series of recent leaks all point to the same thing: a 32GB Nexus 7.

First, a snapshot on Thursday of an inventory screen from U.K.-based Carphone Warehouse listed the Asus-made Nexus 7 tablet in a 32GB flavor, alongside a Samsung Galaxy 2, though it provided no hint at a possible release date for either device.

Then, on Friday, the 32GB Nexus 7 began to pop up in all kinds of places, and one retailer even provided a tentative ship date.

Source: TechRadar

How to Copy files to Google Drive faster

Google Drive is today one of the alternative ways for storing documents in the cloud is one of the most complete and easy to use. While Google engineers have proved good to their work to provide us with options users comfortable to use, there are still missing some small details that could improve user experience considerably. One such detail missing is the ability to send a file to Google Drive directly from the context menu “Send to” in Windows 7. This article provides a simple way to do so and in a few steps we can add this useful functionality.

Note, here Techhum.com we are not fans of Google Drive, but we do think that is one of the best tools available for the task, for several reasons, for ease of use, speed and storage capacity, but above all things , the interaction that can be accomplished with other enterprise services such as Gmail. But perhaps the strongest point of Google Drive is in the compatibility of mobile platforms such as tablets, smartphones, notebooks, netbooks and desktop PCs.


As mentioned above, despite the good work of the designers of Google Drive, some details has escaped them that could make your life a little easier for users to upload files to the time of service. While doing so have provided us with a desktop application, simple yet powerful, we still have to open Windows Explorer, navigate to the Google Drive folder and place the files there that we need to upload.

But in reality the task of uploading files, folders or documents in Google Drive could be much easier if we had the opportunity to do so through the context menu, clicking on the item only to show and selecting “Send To”.

Fortunately, here are the instructions to do it, just a matter of following a few steps.

 

  1. First of all, make sure you have installed and have running on your PC desktop the Google Drive application. If so, we move to the Start menu, click on “Run” and enter the following:% APPDATA% \ Microsoft \ Windows \ SendTo and click on the “OK” button.
  2. Note that this procedure will open the folder that contains the items shown in the context menu “Send to”.
  3. Once the window is opened, click on the Google Drive icon located in the “Favorites” in the left pane of the browser and drag it to a clean area of ??the “SendTo” folder in the right pane. It is important to remember not to drag any of the icons in the folder, as this will create problems.
  4. After releasing the the  “SendTo” icon, select the “Create Shortcut Here”.
  5. Note that it is possible, once in the “SendTo”, to select “New> Create Shortcut” from the context menu.

From this point on, we’ll be in a position to send files, documents or folders to your Google Drive account by clicking on any item with the right mouse button and selecting “Send to Google Drive”. Note that if we send multiple files simultaneously, we do it with the same procedure, ie pressing the Ctrl key while we select the element.

Rumours of a $99 Nexus tablet materialise – is the tablet market ready for a shake up?

Rumours of a $  99 Nexus tablet materialise   is the tablet market ready for a shake up?

Google’s $ 199 (in the US at least) Nexus 7 tablet that ASUS built for them, is not only a seriously awesome piece of technology, but it’s cheap, fast, reliable, and sports the latest and greatest mobile operating system from the Mountain View-based company, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

Now we’re hearing rumors from DigiTimes that we could see a $ 99  Nexus-branded tablet in the near future. Better yet, two new tablets – not just one $ 99 model. It would be a newer, thinner device, but we’re probably staring down the barrel of it taking some serious chops to its hardware muscle to get the price down by half of the current $ 199.

If I had to guess, we’re probably looking at the NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core SoC being ramped down, or removed – maybe to a dual-core design from a company like Qualcomm? A reduction in on-board storage? Down to 4GB possibly. We might also see this get locked into a two-year contract, too.

What would you like to see in a $ 99 Google Nexus tablet? Would you expect it to keep its 7-inch size? Or could we see a drop to 6-, or 5-inch?

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Microsoft avoided paying 4.5 Bilion dollars in taxes in the U.S.


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The technology company transferred its profits to other countries with a favorable tax.

The U.S. tax system is a loophole. And that allowed Microsoft between 2009 and 2011 to avoid payments of 4.5 billion dollars (3,400 million euros) in taxes. The got to expatriate the equivalent to 21 billion(16,200 million euros) in sales, according to report by the Senate investigations subcommittee of the U.S., which is being discussed behind closed doors in Washington.

The case of the Redmond tech firm is not unique, as indicated by the rapporteurs of the report, which also cited fiscal maneuvers made by Hewlett-Packard for the same purpose. The research examines how multinational companies transferred their operations earnings to countries where taxation is more favorable. They do it legally.

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It is a recurring theme in the Capitol, for their politically charged urgency that the U.S. has to come up with revenue sources that will reduce the deficit. In the case of these technology firms, also like Google, Apple and Cisco Systems, they are using their intellectual property rights, royalties and licensing as a channel for not being accountable to Uncle Sam.

Microsoft made the revelation saying it does nothing irregular and instead reinforced their option about the complex structure of the current tax system in the U.S.

It also states that at all times they have cooperated with the investigation. Senator Carl Levin, the same person who attacked Goldman Sachs for their subprime mortgages, however, considers that these practices are “questionable”.

The amount that is shuffled in the Microsoft case is half of the sales it has in the U.S. That money is often sent to countries such as Ireland. The panel chaired by Levin expected executives from Microsoft and HP to testify, as well as Ernst & Young and agency officials that collects taxes in the U.S..

The way that companies, especially those in the technology sector, use their foreign subsidiaries for tax benefit is an issue that Democrats and Republicans agree need to be corrected soon. The problem is how to agree on Washington to plug those holes, before exercising these companies the right to lobby government.

Sunrise: How to turn your calendar into a daily newsletter


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There is no denying the usefulness of calendar applications, which have largely replaced the similar schedule as the primary organizational tool, thanks to the convenience of being in the cloud and being available at a touch away on your smartphone. However, there is no Internet tool used more than that of emails. It is a tab or program that is opened almost all day and wherever we are, even when we are not with our device by hand, it is much easier to access than any other account, and to some extent has become the unique identifier of each individual on the Internet.

What if we combine the functionality of calendars with the convenience of email? The answer is called Sunrise.

How it works

Sunrise is a daily summary of all plans for the day, as an e-newsletter. This tool connects with our Google calendar with support for multiple accounts which gets sent to us each morning information to mail box, effectively creating an itinerary of the day.

Additionally, you may receive information such as national holidays, weather and even the moon cycle. It also uses the connection with Facebook to add event information to confirm assistance as well as the birthdays of our friends. You can access the same way LinkedIn, which gives us professional information and photos of any contact you have set a meeting with.

To activate it its very simple: just simply register with the Facebook account on the official website, and then an authorize button appears to sync with Google calendar. Finally we can do the same with LinkedIn, but is an optional step.

The first e-mail arrives the next day in the morning, and uses the time zone you have set. In the preferences tab (settings), you can add other Google calendars and select which content you want to receive daily. The tool is free and to unsubscribe just find the option in the preferences.