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Why the iPhone has a mysterious little hole next to its camera?

The iPhone has a hole next to its rear camera lens. It’s easy to miss because it’s so small, and you might never have noticed it before, let alone wondered what it’s for. However, the hole actually serves a very important purpose. It is, in fact, a microphone, one of three on the device. Another is hidden under the speaker grill on the front, and another sits on the phone’s bottom edge. The

Apple adds PayPal support to its ecosystem

Apple has now added the support for online payment gateway PayPal for purchases through its ecosystem, including iTunes, the App Store, Apple Music and iBooks across iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices using a PayPal account. The PayPal support is available for users in the US, Britain, Canada, Mexico, Australia, Austria, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain. “This provides a secure and versatile payment method to meet the

Google kills Picasa, says use Google Photos

Ever since the launch of Google Photos last year, the fate of its predecessor Picasa was uncertain. It’s not uncertain anymore. The Google Photos head Anil Sabharwal announced on Friday that the company would kill support for Picasa from March this year. “We believe we can create a much better experience by focusing on one service that provides more functionality and works across mobile and desktop, rather than divide our

Microsoft's HoloLens has edge over Google Glass: Study

A comparative study of Google and Microsoft smart glasses by Britain-based market research firm Juniper Research has found that the Microsoft’s HoloLens will be better poised at dominating the market by 2020, a media report said. In a recently published report, Juniper Research said that more than 12 million smart glasses, like Google Glass and Microsoft HoloLens, will reach consumers by 2020. However, Microsoft has the upper hand because the

Sundar Pichai gets $199 million in stock grant, biggest ever given to a Google executive

Google Inc.’s chief executive officer, Sundar Pichai has been awarded a record $199 million stock grant from Alphabet, the parent company that now owns the global search engine giant as part of a recent corporate reshuffling. Google’s newly crowned CEO, India-born Sundar Pichai has received 273,328 Class C shares on February – reports Bloomberg —  that will grant him quarterly increments through 2019 should he remain on the job. The

Error 53: Apple you're malfunctioning

Since the morning, Apple has been in the news for all the wrong reasons. The Guardian has reported that an software update for iOS is disabling iPhones, which have been repaired by non-Apple authorised parties. This is a problem that iPhone users are facing all over the world. The problem, which has been technically defined as a Error 53 issue, is related to an iOS device’s Touch ID scanner. To

Twitter suspends 125,000 terrorism related accounts

Twitter has suspended over 125,000 accounts, most of them linked to the Islamic State militant group, “for threatening or promoting terrorist acts” even as handles of India-centric terrorist organizations and individuals on the micro-blogging site remain untouched. In a blog, the US-based firm said, “As the nature of the terrorist threat has changed, so has our ongoing work in this area. Since the middle of 2015 alone, weve suspended over

Indian-born Sundar Pichai is new Google CEO

One of tech’s biggest names, Google, is reorganizing under a new moniker – “Alphabet” – in a move underscoring its founders’ ambitions to pursue ventures far beyond the company’s Internet search core, from self-driving cars to cutting-edge medical research. It will still use the Google name for its popular Internet search engine, mapping service and related products. But CEO and co-founder Larry Page said on Monday the creation of the

NASA picks Sunita Williams for to fly first commercial space vehicles

Indian-origin Sunita Williams is among four “veteran” astronauts picked by NASA to fly the first commercial space vehicles, a part of the space agency’s ambitious plan to put a man on Mars by 2030. Williams, 49, accompanied by Robert Behnken, Eric Boe and Douglas Hurley, will train and prepare for commercial spaceflights that will return American launches to the US soil and further open up low-Earth orbit transportation to the

Stephen Hawking says aggression is human race's biggest failing

Stephen Hawking has said that aggression may have had survival advantage in caveman days, but now it threatens to destroy everyone. The British scientist spoke at the Science Museum while giving a tour to Californian Adaeze Uyanwah saying that the human failing he would most like to correct is aggression , the Independent reported. The 73-year-old astrophysicist feels that the human quality that would most like to magnify was empathy

Microsoft's new 'Spartan' browser likely to be lightweight alternative to IE

Microsoft is planning to introduce a completely new browser named “Spartan” as a lightweight alternative instead of revamping Internet Explorer with its launch of Windows 10, according to reports. According to sources, Spartan may eventually debut on alternative platforms like iOS and Android, reported PCWorld. Microsoft’s Internet Explorer is still the most popular browser in the world, holding steady at 58 percent of the user base throughout all of 2014, according to NetApplications.

Apple patents 'smart pen' capable of detecting hand movements

Tech giant Apple has been granted a patent for a stylus design of a smart pen capable of detecting hand movements that enables translation into digital line drawing s and text, adding into the list of their new innovations. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has patented Apple’s communicating stylus that employs accelerometers, wireless communication hardware and onboard storage to transfer hand-written notes and drawings on to the display of a digital device,