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Microsoft Corp is conceiving the idea to allow Android apps on Windows given that the Android has become such a success in a short span of time. The company is split in taking the step, though. One segment of Microsoft anticipates that the company should allow Android apps to run inside its platforms to fill the app deficit. The other segment thinks that it will not be a wise choice for the company and will lead to the end of Windows.

As per reports from The Verge, running Android apps on Windows means that Microsoft will allow Android apps on Windows and Windows Phone platforms. The negotiations are still on over the topic and are said to be in their early stages at Microsoft Corp. The Windows maker’s new CEO Satya Nadella is likely to take a call over the matter soon.

If Microsoft heads with this idea, the company may use a virtualisation layer like Bluestacks’ solution to run Android applications on Windows and will provide the apps through its own customised store. Apps like Temple Run in Android version run on Windows 8 using BlueStacks.

No details are available as of now, since Microsoft is yet to make a choice. Microsoft is reportedly keeping a close eye on the performance of Nokia’s new Android smartphone that may be launched at the Mobile World Congress, this month. The performance of the new smartphone is likely to be a deciding factor for Microsoft to take this call.

A dose of Android KitKat is what we all want today. Android KitKat is a ray of hope for many as it brings a new Linux Kernel at a smaller memory footprint.

The latest version of Android, Android 4.4, was released with Google Nexus 5 and has been able to create a liking for itself since then. A major reason for rejoice with KitKat is that it has been developed to run smoothly on any device, even those that have as little as 512MB space.

So manufacturers have no excuse to exclude any device from the list. Wish to know if your phone falls in the list of devices getting Android KitKat update? Here’s the list to check out.

Sony

* Sony Xperia Z1
* Sony Xperia Z
* Sony Xperia Z Ultra
* Sony Xperia ZL
* Sony Xperia Tablet Z

HTC

* HTC One
* HTC One X+
* HTC One X
* New Desire series phones launched in 2013
* HTC Droid DNA
* HTC J
* HTC Butterfly

LG

* LG G2
* LG Nexus 4
* LG Optimus L7, L5, L3
* LG Optimus G
* LG Optimus G Pro
* LG Optimus VU

Samsung

* Samsung Galaxy S4
* Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom
* Samsung Galaxy S4 Active
* Samsung Galaxy Note 3
* Samsung Galaxy Mega (no confirmation whether the 5.8, 6.3 or both)
* Samsung Galaxy S3
* Samsung Galaxy Note 2
* Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini
* Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 & Tab 2

The troubled mobile phone maker BlackBerry still has at least one very loyal customer: US President Barack Obama.

At a meeting with youth to promote his landmark healthcare law, Obama said he is not allowed to have Apple’s smartphone, the iPhone, for “security reasons,” though he still uses Apple’s tablet computer, the iPad.

Apple was one of several tech companies that may have allowed the National Security Agency(NSA) direct access to servers containing customer data, according to revelations by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. The companies deny the allegation.

Obama fought to keep his BlackBerry after coming to the White House in 2009, though he said only 10 people have his personal email address. Neither George W. Bush nor Bill Clinton used email during their presidencies.

BlackBerry, a Canadian company formerly known as Research In Motion, virtually invented the idea of on-the-go email, but lost its market stranglehold as rivals brought out more consumer-friendly devices, like Apple’s iPhone and phones using Google’s Android software. The company recently halted plans to be sold and is trying to chart a new course by focusing on large business and government clients.

Google has launched Helpouts, a marketplace of live video-based help services it has been testing for months.

The search giant has signed on more than 1,000 service providers offering tips on computer repair, yoga lessons, health care, baking and music instruction, among other services.

People can sign up to schedule a help appointment or get an instant session. Available on the Web, Helpouts is also launching on Android

“Very often you don’t know what questions to ask,” says Udi Manber, vice president of engineering at Google.

Helpouts allows people to use their Web cams or mobile phones to show service providers what they are doing and get live feedback in a video-conferencing session.

Google’s Helpouts service uses Google+ for login, Google Wallet for payments and Google Hangouts to provide the video interactions.

Helpouts allows people to sign up for services by the minute or by the job, with varying prices. Google takes 20% of the transaction and the service provider takes the rest.

People shopping for services can check out prices, ratings, reviews and qualifications for tasks. Google offers a money back guarantee on the services.Google Helpouts service providers are by invitation only. Service providers will be available from the U.S., the UK, Ireland, Canada, New Zealand and Australia. Canadian providers will offer services in both French and English.

Encouraged by public response to its Passport Sewa mobile app for Android phones, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has now launched the application for Windows and Apple iOS platforms.

The app provides passport-related information on the smartphones. The MEA had released the android version of the app in March this year.

This is an extended service of the Passport Seva Project, executed in Public-Private-Partnership mode with IT services major Tata Consultancy Services (TCS).

mPassport Seva provides a wide variety of services such as status tracking, locating a passport office and other general information, TCS said in a release.

The application provides information on various steps involved to obtain a passport related service and related phone numbers in case of queries or concerns, it added.

The users will also be able to search for a Passport Seva Kendra (PSK) or District Passport Cell (DPC) in a district where a passport application can be submitted. This can also be searched based on PIN code. For certain states and districts, the users can search for police stations as well.

Citizens residing overseas who apply for a passport service in Indian Missions/Posts abroad can also utilise this facility for searching address and other relevant information.

The fee calculator feature of the app enables users to find out the applicable fee based on the service and mode of submission. Users can track the status of their passport applications by providing the file number and date of birth. In case the passport has been dispatched, delivery status can also be tracked.

myVegas Slots smartphone game

myVegas Slots smartphone game

PlayStudios on Tuesday blurred the line between online and real-world gambling with the release of myVegas Slots smartphone games that let players cash in on perks at Sin City casinos.

Free-to-play versions of myVegas Slots released for Apple or Android smartphones let people test their luck on virtual one-armed bandits such as those found in the Mirage, Luxor, New York New York or other MGM Resorts International properties and then use payouts to get VIP treatment in Las Vegas.

“In Las Vegas there are literally 50 tiers of service levels that few people know exist; that is the way Vegas works,” said PlayStudios founder and chief executive Andrew Pascal.

“We let people engage in content that is fun, and their level of loyalty can win them the kind of access that few people get.”

Troves of virtual chips can be cashed in for prizes ranging from buffet meals to show tickets, lodging, swimming with dolphins at the Mirage, or selecting music for the dancing fountain display outside the Bellagio.

PlayStudios has tested its social casino gaming model online and boasted that 1,00,000 players have cashed in on more than $10 million worth of real world rewards to date.

The game’s success has led to new partners including celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck and Cirque du Soleil, which stages an array of elaborate and alluring performances in Las Vegas.

MGM has been so impressed by the ability of the game to bring back old players to casinos and attract new visitors that it has ramped up resources devoted to promoting its brands in myVegas, according to executive director of corporate marketing Chris Gumiela.

“It is a big driver for us; we absolutely see more people showing up at our properties,” Gumiela said. “It is not just the gambling that makes up the Las Vegas experience, it is really the other opportunities.”

The myVegas game sidesteps the heavily-regulated world of gambling in the United States by paying players off with being treated like high-rollers in Las Vegas, while leaving the cash-betting games of chance to the casinos.

“We are not in the real-money gambling space, and frankly it is not in our mandate,” Pascal said.

“If you want to gamble, go to Vegas. A lot of people might characterize online gaming as the Holy Grail; we don’t. We think it should be left to people who understand that industry.”

The online version of the game tested for less than a year already has hundreds of thousands of players at Facebook, according to PlayStudios.

California-based PlayStudios plans to make its money from players willing to pay for extra chips to level-up faster in the overarching “meta-game” that involves virtually progressing along the famed Las Vegas strip.

“Candy Crush doesn’t have real places that you work through; we have MGM,” Pascal said, referring to a sensationally popular colour-matching game played on smartphones or tablets. “The great thing about Las Vegas is that everybody has a romantic notion of what it stands for.”

Apple used to be the clear smartphone leader with its iconic iPhone series thanks to a combination of outstanding hardware and software to match. Now, Android-based phones are arguably as good, if not better, with the likes of the HTC One, Sony Xperia Z and Samsung Galaxy S4, not necessarily in that order, giving the once-unmatchable Apple a run for its money.

Apple, needless to say, is not sitting back on its haunches, and promises a rivetting fightback with products that promise the moon.

The current position in the fight revolves around the smashing hit that Samsung Galaxy S4 has become and everyone is waiting for what Apple will do to its next in line smartphone – the so-called iPhone 6. Here is a peak at the dates and the direction Apple may well have taken to beat rivals.

While the new model is being referred to as iPhone 6, it had briefly surfaced some time ago as the iPhone Math – the screen is reportedly 4.8 inches. Also, with HTC One having come up with an outstanding camera, iPhone too is playing catch up and is reportedly targetting trotting out a special one of its own.

Release Date

The glimpse into the working of Apple Inc was given by Citi Research analyst Glen Yeung who revealed that a ‘big-screen iPhone 6’ is likely to be launched in first quarter of 2014.

But on the other hand history repeats itself people, so guess what? That’s exactly where we are going to look for a first clue as the when we might see the iPhone 6.

iPhone 1st gen   June, 2007
iPhone 3G     July, 2008
iPhone 3GS     June, 2009
iPhone 4      June, 2010
iPhone 4s      October, 2011
iPhone 5      September, 2012
iPhone 5s/5c    September, 2013

While the history books suggest that there will be an new iPhone 6 release date around September/October 2014, we have a gut feeling that Apple might – just might – shake things up a little bit and launch an iPhone 6 earlier than expected, just like it did with the iPad 4, which was launched just eight months after the iPad 3 (previous iPads were release 11-12 months apart). But for the record, the smart money goes on an iPhone 6 release date of September/October 2014.

Aereo launched its first Android app at the Google Play store on Tuesday.

The app, which was launched in a public beta, allows users in the seven markets where Aereo operates to access the cloud-based TV service from smartphones, tablets, and other devices running Android operating system 4.2 or higher. Aereo members will also be able to connect a Roku box to their Aereo account using their Android device.

The release came on the date promised earlier this month by Aereo CEO and founder Chet Kanojia.

Aereo, which launched in New York last year, uses antenna/DVR technology to let consumers watch live, local, over-the-air television broadcasts over some Internet-connected devices for $8 a month. The company laid out plans earlier this year to expand its service to 22 new US cities in the US by the end of the year, but it currently operates only in New York, Boston, Atlanta, Salt Lake City, Miami, Houston, and Dallas.

The service is expected to make its Detroit debut next week, with expansion planned for Cincinnati, San Antonio, Indianapolis, and Columbus, Ohio. A planned launch in Chicago has been delayed.The company has been a thorn in the side of major broadcast networks like NBC, ABC, Fox, and CBS (the parent of CNET). The companies have sued Aereo, claiming that the service violates their copyrights. So far, the court has ruled on Aereo’s side, saying the companies have not been able to prove copyright infringement.

BlackBerry’s BBM messenger service keeps chugging along.

The company said that BBM has racked up more than 10 million downloads in its first 24 hours.

“I’ve seen reports of apps that launched with 1 million downloads in a day, but over 10 million? Amazing,” BlackBerry executive Andrew Bocking said on the company’s blog.

BBM actually garnered 5 million downloads in its first 8 hours. The app has since zoomed to the top on Apple’s App Store, garnering mostly positive ratings.

BBM hasn’t yet shown up on Google Play, but that could be because Google doesn’t update the list as frequently. Bocking noted there have been 60,000 five-star reviews out of 87,000 total reviews.There was significant demand for the iOS and Android version of BBM, with 6 million registering ahead of time to get information on the app. There was so much interest that BlackBerry had to institute a wait list for people who hadn’t registered ahead of time.