Pokemon Go is go in Europe, officially launching in Germany

From CNET: The whole world seems to have gone nuts for Pokemon Go, but if you're in Europe you haven't been able to officially play the hit mobile game -- until now. It's available in Germany on iPhone and Android, with other countries to follow.

European players have been playing the game, but it required jumping through the hoops of setting up a US iTunes account to play unofficially, or loading the files required onto an Android phone from a PC.

Google hires team from online content sharing service Kifi

From PC World: The team at Kifi, the developer of a service for users to save, collaborate and chat on online content, have joined Google’s Spaces group.

The deal appears to be an 'acquihire' by Google, in which the team from Kifi joins it, without the Internet giant acquiring the company.

Google granted more time to answer Android antitrust charges in EU

From CNET: The European Commission has been investigating Google's business practices around its Android mobile software, and now the search giant has an extra six weeks to respond to the commission's allegations, according to a report Tuesday by Reuters.

Seagate will cut 6,500 staff despite uptick in hard disk demand

From InfoWorld: Seagate Technology will cut about 6,500 jobs worldwide, or 14 percent of its workforce, with most of the cuts in manufacturing jobs, it said Monday.

The data storage maker had said in June that it was aiming to cut 1,600 employees, or 3 percent of its global workforce, by the end of the September quarter to trim costs, but the new announcement suggests that the company feels the need to reduce costs further as its hard disk drives battle in a slowing PC market amid the emergence of flash storage in devices.

Google's Project Fi boosts data speeds when traveling abroad

From CNET: Google's experimental wireless carrier, called Project Fi, already works for US users traveling abroad, without them having to pay more for international plans. But on Tuesday, the search giant said it wants to sweeten the pot for people using Fi while traveling by revving up international data speeds. (Google still doesn't offer Fi to users based outside the US, though.)

Skype for Business will translate meetings into 40 languages

From PC World: Microsoft is bringing the dream of the Star Trek universal translator to businesses later this year with the launch of a new beta feature that offers live captioning of Skype for Business meeting broadcasts in 40 languages.

Using Microsoft's Bing Translator technology, speakers will be able to talk in one of a handful of supported native languages, and their viewers will be able to view computer-generated text translation of what's being said.

Twitter increases maximum gif size to 15MB

From CNET: Epic giffage is now possible on Twitter. The microblogging platform has quietly increased the maximum size for gifs from 5MB to 15MB. There has been no official announcement, but the updated Twitter help page now reads, "Photos can be up to 5MB; animated GIFs can be up to 5MB on mobile, and up to 15MB on web."

Qualcomm's Snapdragon 821 is its fastest mobile chip yet

From PC World: A mobile chip faster than the one in flagship smartphones like Samsung’s Galaxy S7 and LG’s G5 will start appearing in handsets this quarter.

The Snapdragon 821, announced by Qualcomm on Monday, is an incremental upgrade to the Snapdragon 820. In addition to mobile phones, it’s also aimed at tablets, drones, robots and virtual reality headsets.

The Snapdragon 821 is about 10 percent faster than its predecessor. It is also more power-efficient, meaning batteries in smartphones and phablets will last longer.

Microsoft finally moves Mac Office apps to 64-bit

From InfoWorld: Microsoft has released an early 64-bit version of Office 2016 for the Mac, giving adventurous users a chance to finally make the move off 32-bit, as their Windows colleagues have long done.

"The Mac Office team has been working on the transition and we're currently preparing to release the Office apps in full 64-bit," the Office for Mac team announced in an undated post to a company blog.

Facebook clarifies live video policy, will allow graphic video streams in some cases

From PC World: Facebook will allow its users to livestream violent or graphic video under certain circumstances, the company announced in a statement released Friday.

In the statement, the social media giant stated that, “if a person witnessed a shooting, and used Facebook Live to raise awareness or find the shooter, we would allow it.” On the other hand, the company will not allow such videos to be used “to mock the victim or celebrate the shooting.”


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