Facebook Buys iPad Book Publisher

Facebook has acquired an iPad book maker by the name of Push Pop Press, which is known for publishing digital version of Al Gore’s book,”Our Choice”. Facebook has not disclosed details of this deal and has just stated that it is not planning to release any digital book yet.

Push Pop Press said in a public release that Facebook will not introduce its own digital publishing firm but will try to integrate Push Pop Press’ ideas and innovations that could work with its social network.

Facebook didn’t say much on the deal in its public release but only said that they were thrilled after purchasing Push Pop Press as according to it, Push Pop Press’ software has the ability to change the way people live and think.

We think that, Facebook is entering more and more ventures as the social networking giant thinks that the competition in social market is going to be very tough in future and here we are not only talking about Google+.

There are a hell lot of regional social networking sites having a large number of users and their users even prefer them over Facebook.

This move can be seen as a way of attracting new users with a safe game plan.

Do you agree?

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Sony Buys inFamous’s Developer Sucker Punch

Sony Corp. has bought game development studio Sucker Punch, the company behind inFamous and inFamous 2 series of PS3 games. Experts say that the tech giant was very pleased with the work of Sucker Punch and decided to buy it.

Sucker Punch Studio is the developer behind a number of PlayStation games as well as Sly Cooper games. It is based in Bellevue, Washington and has worked with Sony Computer Entertainment since 2000. It was acquired earlier today and it is expected that this acquisition will prove beneficial both for Sony and Sucker Punch.

It should be noted that the Sucker Punch studio is one of the elite game developers and interestingly, was founded by Microsoft employees in 1997.

inFamous is the most popular product of the company so far and if we are not wrong, the success of this game played a huge role in acquisition of Sucker Punch.

Sony Computer Entertainment has long been known for its acquisitions of upcoming game developers. Previously, in March last year, Sony bought LittleBigPlanet developer Media Molecule. The LittleBigPlanet was highly successful and even today, some people like to play it on their PS3.

Sony desperately needs to buck up its PlayStation Network as after the cyber attack which affected millions of its customers, the company lost a large number of its customers worldwide.

Will this acquisition help Sony to build its reputation again?

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Samsung Galaxy Tablet Launch Delayed In Australia Due To Apple Suit

Samsung has delayed the launch of its ambitious Galaxy Tablet in Australia as the ongoing lawsuit with Apple Inc. gathers pace. Samsung spokesman said that they are only delaying the launch till some “favorable conditions” are met.

Samsung Electronics is the biggest competitor of Apple in smartphone and tablet markets because of its cost effective products and its ability to provide better services at the minimal cost.

Apple sued Samsung Electronics in April this year over patent infringement issues. The Cupertino, California based company claims that Samsung has copied the iPhone and the iPad’s design in its Galaxy range of products.

A Sydney court has provided an injunction which prohibits Samsung to release its Galaxy Tab. Samsung has confirmed that Apple filed for an injunction but at the same time, it declared that this will not affect sales of its Galaxy tab.

This injunction cannot be lifted without agreement with Apple which means that the future of the Galaxy Tab depends completely on this lawsuit and even more on the future relations between both these tech giants.

Will Samsung reach an agreement with Apple or will the Australians be deprived of the Galaxy Tab?

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This is the kind of stuff that Microsoft shows at its meetings. Hilarious thing. Do check it out.

Google Introduces Better Search Experience For Tablets

In order to provide tablet users with a better search experience, Google has optimized its interface. This move has been made mainly to attract iPad and Android based tablet users.

This new feature has come after a series of changes that Google was adding to its other web based services like Gmail and Google+. The new design is a basic one and no extra feature has been added.

The main thing that Google has done here is to provide users with an easy to use interface by which they can access their content more easily.

It was always a little bit of trouble for touch device users to explore the content using Google as the search button earlier was small.

The redesign solves this problem as it has a larger search button with more white space and exclusive visual styles all of which are user friendly.

Google is doing its best to beat its competitors in the user interface field. Recently, it was complained that the user interface of Google+ is not as good as that of Facebook.

We seriously hope that Google keeps on improving its existing features so as to provide its users with the best.

Let us know your views about this new interface.

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Spotify Sued By PacketVideo

The collaborator of Facebook has been sued by PacketVideo over patent violations and its music streaming technology. Spotify has recently collaborated with Facebook to provide online music to its users. The lawsuit claims that Spotify violates patents owned by PacketVideo which deal with “method of streaming music over data networks”.

Tech experts were waiting for something of this type to happen as the technology used by Spotify is not unique. Users might have noticed that Spotify, apart from providing music online, has no other USP.

The Britain based online music provider company has started its US services just 2 weeks back and in that short period of time, has a lawsuit up its sleeve.

Spotify said that it will strongly present its side as it is sure that no patent has been violates. The lawsuit has been filed in the Netherlands and San Diego which claim that Spotify has “deliberately” used PacketVideo’s technology.

Spotify is strongly contesting PacketVideo’s claims as according to it, its technology is “highly innovative, proprietary hybrid technology that incorporates peer-to-peer technology”.

Though a hearing has been scheduled, still an agreement could be made outside the court.

We’ll keep you updated on this matter.

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Twitter To Introduce Paid Tweets ?

The micro blogging site Twitter has introduced a new feature which will allow users to promote their tweets by paying a certain amount of fees to the social networking giant.

These type of ads will be visible to users who follow the advertiser’s brand and will be similar to a normal tweet. As far as we know, companies have started using this feature and currently their followers have started receiving their “paid tweets”.

According to TechCrunch, Adam Bian, the global revenue chief of Twitter, said that,“We’ve found that 20 to 40 percent of users follow one or more brands on Twitter. The one problem we’ve heard from users is that when there is exclusive content or deals, there’s a chance they might miss them.”

Though this service is not a surprise as its beta version has been there since March, it is still worth noting that this is the first time that Twitter has deployed its business strategy.

Till date, users are getting tweets only from the brand they follow, but this policy may get updated in future. One thing good about this feature is that companies will have a large social platform to advertise their products.

Now it is time to talk about some issues with this feature. Technogazette has seen these type of ads and we feel that they can be easily ignored as no new feature in these ads has been used. Some users may find them similar to Facebook ads thus there is no original thought.

We’ll keep you updated on this news.

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