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Google+ has passed 500 million members

k Google+ has passed 500 million members, the company revealed in a blog post Thursday. Of these users, 135 million are said to be actively visiting the social network each month.

Google previously announced that it passed 400 million Google+ members in mid-September and had more than 100 million monthly active users at the time.

In the blog post announcing the new numbers, Google’s SVP of engineering Vic Gundotra described Google+ as “the fastest growing network thingy ever.”

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Apple and Samsung back in court

A judge in Silicon Valley is expected to rule on a potential sales ban on Samsung products in the U.S. at a hearing.

Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. return to a Silicon Valley courtroom Thursday, as Samsung fights to get a federal judge to throw out or soften a $1.05 billion patent judgment against the Korean company.

The companies and their lawyers plan to petition U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh to reverse issues that didn’t go their way in a jury verdict issued in August. During the hearing in San Jose, California the companies are expected to squabble over the damage award, which ranks among the largest ever in cases involving intellectual property.

Samsung argues that hundreds of millions of dollars should be shaved off of the total damages, which Samsung has yet to pay.

Meanwhile, Apple is seeking $535 million more.

Let’s fight

-TechInUs 

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Windows Phone has 120k apps

We’ve heard early reports from Microsoft and its hardware partners that Windows Phone 8 has been growing much more rapidly than its predecessor, and now we may have some of our first definite numbers to quantify the growth. Speaking on Twitter, the platform’s Senior Direction Todd Brix stated that developer revenues and downloads have doubled since the November launch.

We’ve also got some news on the size of the Windows Phone Marketplace app store, which was 100,000 apps strong in June. Nokia has recently announced that the Windows Phone Marketplace is now home to 120,000 apps. Perhaps more importantly, 46 of the top 50 apps for iOS and Android are also available for Windows Phone – a vast improvement over the platform’s early days, which were marked by the notable omission of leading games and other apps.

Of course, the most critical piece of evaluating Windows Phone 8’s success is still missing – handset sales. With many consumers picking up new hardware from Nokia and HTC in the month since launch, Microsoft may be able to post some strong numbers here. One problem may be that the Samsung Ativ S, one of the five phones to launch with the new OS, has been delayed for several months for unknown reasons. HTC have also failed to bring the 8S to market in the United States, leaving just three Windows Phone 8 options for American consumers to choose between.

Still, the fact that Microsoft haven’t yet revealed handset numbers isn’t particularly telling – Like Apple, Microsoft do tend to save their biggest news items for press conferences and news events, rather than just announcing them off-hand.

Another point of interest will be the uptake of the Windows Phone 7.8 software upgrade, which is expected in early 2013. The update, which should include a number of mainly cosmetic features including upgrades to the core apps, a smaller tile size and additional theme colours, should paint a pretty clear picture of how many people are actually still using their last generation Windows Phone 7 devices since the Windows Phone 8 crowd have been released.

This article was written by William Judd. William writes for Mobile Fun, who’re getting some new HTC 8X cases in stock pretty soon. Check ’em out!

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An Xbox Surface Tablet for 2013?

Microsoft is barely escaping the headlines for a day as of late, which is of course to be expected with the likes of Windows 8, Windows Phone 8 and the company’s first tablet PC hitting the shelves. However, it is of course the third of these three that hold the most appeal for the hardcore gamer with an affinity for all-things Microsoft, as the Surface Tablet is expected to take Microsoft gaming in a whole new direction to say the least.

Having so far only received a lukewarm reception at best, the Microsoft RT Tablet has proved itself as something of a middleweight competitor, which although delivers the goods in some way still falls short in others. Its bigger brother in the form of the full-fat Windows 8 Surface Pro Tablet is expected to land in the next month or so, which has the potential to bring full-on Windows PC gaming to the tablet PC gamer like never before.

However, rumour has it that Microsoft’s ambition for the Surface Tablet range does not in fact come to an end with the elusive Surface Pro. Far from it in fact as over the course of recent weeks, stirring and whispers have grown into shouts about the prospect of a dedicated Xbox Surface Tablet arriving in the very near future.

The concept in its own right is far from a ludicrous one to say the least. According to those behind the stirrings, the Xbox Surface Tablet will make an appearing in the first half of next year and essentially bridge the gap between tablet and console gaming. The tablet itself is likely to be something of a lower-end model than the Surface Pro and perhaps even below the spec of the Surface RT Tablet, given the way in which it will in any case become one of the most expensive console accessories ever offered.

On the other hand, it may come to pass that the Xbox Surface Tablet arrives as a slightly modified version of the current Surface RT tablet, sporting tweaked and honed software as opposed to a full and frank redesign.

If any of the above proves to be accurate, Microsoft may be looking to take a leaf from the book of Nintendo following the so-far successful launch of the Wii U. Since its first appearance several months ago, the Wii U has been attracting both praise and curiosity for its tablet pc-style controllers which can enhance gameplay considerably.

If Microsoft goes one step further to offer an Xbox Surface Tablet which functions as an advanced gaming controller AND a tablet PC AND a mobile gaming device in its own right, the reception could be huge.

There is of course a big question mark hanging over the head of the idea as a whole, though it is entirely possible that the Xbox Surface Tablet may be being lined up to launch alongside the fabled Xbox 720 – also rumoured to be landing sometime during 2013. Now is clearly the time to make the most of the mobile gaming revolution and all signs are pointing to Microsoft doing exactly that.

Now may also be the time for me to prepare to sell my Xbox 360 and get ready for the next big thing.

 

This post was brought to you by Lisa Morton, who loves blogging about all things electronic and occasionally writes the odd food review.

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Vita YouTube app updated, adds new features

The PlayStation Vita YouTube has been updated, and now features a number of improvements. The app now has added channel and subscription support, improved controls, the ability to create playlists and support for closed captions, continuous playback and search filters.

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ReWack Blog Awards 2013: Nominate

Nominate your own or favorite blog at ReWack Blog Awards 2013. The winners will get a badge and some other giveaways. The finalists will get a badge.

If you wish to sponsor it, please contact us at here.

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Keep the Internet free

But starting in a few hours, a closed-door meeting of the world’s governments is taking place in Dubai, and regulation of the Internet is on the agenda. The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is convening a conference from December 3-14 to revise a decades-old treaty. Only Governments will have a say at ITU. Some proposals could allow governments to justify the censorship of legitimate speech, or even cut off Internet access in their countries.

If you agree and want to support a free and open Internet, Google invite you to join us by signing the petition at google.com/takeaction.

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Mark Zuckerberg Made $3.5 Billion Last Month

Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Facebook

Mark Zuckerberg,  (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

November was a good month for Facebook and its CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

Facebook‘s stock shot up from $21.08 a share on the first day of trading in November to $28 a share at the end of the day Friday, its highest price since July. Zuckerberg, who owns about 504 million shares of Facebook stock, gained about $3.48 billion as a result!

When Facebook first went public at $38 a share in May, Zuckerberg’s shares were worth $19.1 billion. In the following months, the stock dropped to less than half that IPO price to $17.55 in late August, pushing Zuckerberg’s net worth down to $8.84 billion.

As of Friday, Zuckerberg’s net worth was $14.1 billion and will likely only continue to grow in December.

Via: Mashable

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Facebook Stock hits $25

The Social Networking Giant, Facebook’s Stock today hit $25 for the first time since July!

Facebook stock opened at $24.94 a share on Monday and rose more than $25 in early trading, this is the first time the stock has traded above that price since the end of July.


Image courtesy of Flickr, deneyterrio.

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Samsung’s Galaxy Note II hits 5 million

Samsung has today announced that the Galaxy Note II has passed 5 million sales.  Galaxy Note II had raced to 3 million channel sales just 24 days ago, having hit that mark just 37 days after launch.

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