Apple unwraps OS X Yosemite public beta Thursday

From InfoWorld: Apple will release its first public beta of OS X Yosemite early Thursday.

Redemption codes for the beta, the first OS X preview available to the public in 14 years, will go out via email tomorrow to those who have registered with the program, which Apple unveiled last month at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC).

According to reports by people briefed by Apple, the Yosemite sneak peek will be available at approximately 10 a.m. PT, 1 p.m. ET.

Google Voice's website gets Hangouts integration, no Google+ account required

From PC World: We're still waiting to see if Google will eventually merge Google Voice with Hangouts for Android and iOS, as has been anticipated for months now. But on Wednesday, Google went ahead and did the opposite for PCs, integrating Hangouts into the Google Voice website.

The new feature makes it easier to quickly call friends, family, and coworkers when you're not close to a phone connected to your Google Voice account.

Samsung Galaxy Alpha images come to light

From CNET: While Apple is busy readying larger versions of its iPhone, Samsung is hard at work prepping a new, premium smartphone of its own -- the Samsung Galaxy Alpha. At least, that's what we've been led to believe by rumors and reports over the course of 2014.

Thanks in Part to Strong G3 Launch, LG Sells 14.5 Million Smartphones in Q2

From DailyTech: LG is definitely feeling a bit ecstatic this morning, as it has reported financial results for Q2 2014. The company indeed has plenty to be proud of considering that it sold 14.5 million smartphones during the quarter — that represents a 20 percent increase compared to the same period last year and its highest total to date.

Google to face privacy suit over new user data policy

From InfoWorld: A California court has allowed a privacy class action suit against Google to continue, though only in part.

After evaluating each claim of each sub-class in the suit, Magistrate Judge Paul S. Grewal has allowed two claims of the "Android Application Disclosure Subclass," which includes all persons and entities in the U.S. that acquired an Android-powered device between Aug. 19, 2004 and the present, and downloaded at least one Android application through the Android Market or Google Play.

Microsoft CEO affirms one Windows for all devices

From CNET: Microsoft's CEO affirmed on Tuesday that all versions of Windows will merge into one operating system for all devices.

"We will streamline the next version of Windows from three operating systems into one single converged operating system for screens of all sizes," CEO Satya Nadella said in prepared remarks during the company's fourth-quarter earnings conference call. "We will unify our stores, commerce and developer platforms to drive a more coherent user experience and a broader developer opportunity."

Microsoft Rolls Out Budget Lumia 530 to Replace Hugely Successful Lumia 520

From DailyTech: The Lumia 530 was first outed earlier this month by EVleaks, but today is its official unveil party. The Lumia 530 replaces the Lumia 520 in Microsoft’s smartphone lineup, and is predictably a budget device with specs to match.

Yahoo buys Flurry to make more money from mobile apps

From InfoWorld: Yahoo has reached an agreement to acquire Flurry, a mobile analytics company, as part of a push to grow its advertising revenue within its mobile products.

Flurry provides tools that help developers and publishers learn more about who's using their apps in order to better target them with ads. The information, including gender, age and location, helps Flurry play digital matchmaker between publishers and advertisers. The technology can be used to place banner, full-screen and video ads.

ARM's chip licensing revenue and profit keep on rising

From PC World: ARM Holdings’ chip licensing business continues to grow, the company said, reporting year-on-year increases in second-quarter profit and revenue.

Revenue for the quarter totalled £187.1 million (US$309.6 million) for the quarter, up from £171.2 million a year earlier, according to International Financial Reporting Standards. Profit rose to £68 million from £15 million a year earlier.

Verizon tops Q2 expectations as tablet demand drives growth

From CNET: Verizon's customer growth bounced back in the second quarter, thanks to a pickup in tablet and smartphone demand in the period.

The company posted a second-quarter profit of $4.32 billion compared with a year-ago gain of $5.2 billion. But Verizon's share of the profit, after excluding the cut that Vodafone that previously received, was actually $4.2 billion, or $1.01 a share, up significantly from a year-ago gain of $2.2 billion, or 78 cents a share. Excluding a one-time gain from the sale of spectrum, its adjusted earnings per share was 91 cents a share.

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