Over 1B people used Facebook on Monday for the first time

facebookFacebook passed an important milestone.  For the first time ever, one billion people used Facebook in a single day. On Monday, 1 in 7 people on Earth used Facebook to connect with their friends and family!

Mark Zuckerberg said “A more open and connected world is a better world. It brings stronger relationships with those you love, a stronger economy with more opportunities, and a stronger society that reflects all of our values.”

Read more: https://www.facebook.com/zuck/posts/10102329188394581

Ohm Is A Smarter, Lighter Car Battery That Works With Your Existing Car

ohm-batteryOhm a lighter, smarter, drop-in replacement for your existing battery.

Most automotive batteries weigh around 40 pounds, with lead plates accounting for over half of that weight.

Ohm gets the job done while coming in at just 6 pounds.

How?

Instead of lead plates, Ohm brings in a more modern, two-part system: an EDLC supercapacitor capable of dumping enough energy to start your engine, and a set of smaller batteries (LiFePO4, which contain no toxic heavy metals) to keep things powered when the engine is off.

Oh, and its lifespan (7 years) is about twice that of a lead-acid battery (3-4 years).

Read more: http://techcrunch.com/2015/08/12/ohm-is-a-smarter-lighter-car-battery-that-works-with-your-existing-car/

Text-to-Speech for iOS is Now Available! Listen to Your Articles

pocket-appWe don’t always have the opportunity to sit down and read the amazing content we save to Pocket every day. Sometimes, our hands are simply full – we’re out for a long run, driving to work, or cooking up a storm in the kitchen.

Today, Pocket brought their Text-to-Speech feature, to iOS. It’s the hands-free way of returning to everything you’ve saved in Pocket. You can start listening from anywhere in the article, skip paragraphs with ease, and adjust the reading speed for when you want to fly through an article or let it slowly soak in. Plus, it has automatic language detection, making Listen available in all languages.

Read More: http://getpocket.com/blog/2015/07/text-to-speech-for-ios-is-now-available-listen-to-your-articles-in-pocket-2/

Microsoft confirms plans to sell Windows 10 on USB drives

Windows-10-logoMicrosoft confirmed for the first time what everyone has suspected: You’ll be able to buy Windows 10 on a USB stick and install the new OS without needing a DVD drive.

Windows 10 will be available on USB drives for purchase in retail channels shortly after launch, a Microsoft spokesperson said. The suggested retail prices for Windows 10 in the U.S. are the same as Windows 8.1.

Today, preorder pages showed up on Amazon: Microsoft Windows 10 Home for $119.99 and Microsoft Windows 10 Pro in English or Spanish for $199.99.

Read more: http://venturebeat.com/2015/07/16/microsoft-confirms-plans-to-sell-windows-10-on-usb-drives-opens-pre-orders-on-amazon/

Google’s self-driving car: After 1.7Million miles, just 11 minor accidents, none Google’s fault

google-driverless-carGoogle Inc. revealed Monday that its self-driving cars have been in 11 minor traffic accidents since it began experimenting with the technology six years ago.

The company released the number after The Associated Press reported that Google had notified California of three collisions involving its self-driving cars since September, when reporting all accidents became a legal requirement as part of the permits for the tests on public roads.

The director of Google’s self-driving car project wrote in a web post that all 11 accidents were minor — “light damage, no injuries” — and happened over 1.7 million miles of testing, including nearly 1 million miles in self-driving mode.

Read More: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/297ef1bfb75847de95d856fb08dc0687/ap-exclusive-self-driving-cars-getting-dinged-california

Read More: http://medium.com/backchannel/the-view-from-the-front-seat-of-the-google-self-driving-car-46fc9f3e6088

WhatsApp for Android now allows all users to make voice calls, iOS coming soon

WhatsApp-calling-screensNow you can make voice calls via WhatsApp. The new voice calling facility is live.

Updating to WhatsApp version 2.12.5 via Google Play does the trick. Once you’ve got the latest version, you’ll see a revamped interface with three tabs for calls, contacts and chats.

To place a call, tap the Calls tab and then the new call button at the top of your screen. Then, select a contact to ring them over WhatsApp.

The feature is slated to arrive on iOS in the coming weeks, said WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton at Facebook’s recent F8 conference.

Read More: http://thenextweb.com/apps/2015/03/31/whatsapp-for-android-now-allows-all-users-to-make-voice-calls/

Gmail banned in government offices

gmail-yahoo-banIndian government will be monitoring online activities of bureaucrats on official computers, block content which it feels is adversely affecting the productivity of the babus and also have a right to delete e-mails or internet history on such computers after intimating the user.

The measures are a part of twin notifications issued by the Narendra Modi government on February 18 by which the use of private e-mail networks like Gmail and Yahoo has now also been officially banned for all government use.

Read More: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Gmail-banned-in-government-offices/articleshow/46407967.cms

Soon You Will Start Seeing Twitter Tweets in Google Search Results

twitter-googleTwitter Inc. has struck a deal with Google Inc. to make its 140-character updates more searchable online.

In the first half of this year, tweets will start to be visible in Google’s search results as soon as they’re posted, thanks to a deal giving the Web company access to Twitter’s firehose, the stream of data generated by the microblogging service’s 284 million users. Google previously had to crawl Twitter’s site for the information, which will now come automatically from Twitter.

Read More: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-02-05/twitter-said-to-reach-deal-for-tweets-in-google-search-results

WhatsApp Is Now Available On The Desktop

whatsappDesktopToday, for the first time, millions of you will have the ability to use WhatsApp on your web browser. WhatsApp web client is simply an extension of your phone: the web browser mirrors conversations and messages from your mobile device — this means all of your messages still live on your phone.

To connect your web browser to your WhatsApp client, simply open https://web.whatsapp.com in your Google Chrome browser. You will see a QR code — scan the code inside of WhatsApp, and you’re ready to go. You have now paired WhatsApp on your phone with the WhatsApp web client. Your phone needs to stay connected to the internet for our web client to work, and please make sure to install the latest version of WhatsApp on your phone. Unfortunately for now, WhatsApp will not be able to provide web client to our iOS users due to Apple platform limitations.

Read More: http://blog.whatsapp.com/614/WhatsApp-Web