Archive for August 30th, 2012

Samsung to ship first Windows Phone 8 in Q4

BERLIN: Samsung will ship its first Windows Phone 8 model in the fourth quarter, a company spokesman said, after the firm unexpectedly unveiling the device on the sidelines of Europe’s top consumer electronics fair in Berlin.

The South Korean firm has come under pressure to innovate after losing a US patent battle with Apple Inc.

A US federal jury last week found Samsung had copied critical features of the iPhone and awarded Apple $1.05 billion in damages. Apple is now seeking speedy bans on the sale of eight Samsung phones, moving swiftly to turn legal victory into tangible business gain.

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Google starts new feature to remind friends’ b’day

NEW YORK: Google has started a new feature on to remind its users about the birthday of any of their Google+ friends.

The reminders will appear on Google.com instead of Google’s social networking site Google+.

In a Google+ blogpost, Google’s Irene Chung said “starting today (August 28), you’ll see a reminder on Google.com when someone in your circles has a birthday! From there it’s easy to share a fun message, photo, or video with the birthday gal or guy.”

Chung said at first birthday reminders would only be seen for people searching in English on Google.com.

“We’ll be rolling this feature out gradually over the next few days,” Chung said.

The feature can be seen on top right corner of the Google.com. The birthday notification comes with a “Say happy birthday” link where users can leave a message for their friends.

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