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Apple: Apple has pulled a marjiuana-centered game from the App Store after it had cracked the number-one spot in the charts, according to adWeek. No reasons were given, but the same app is also pulled down from Google Play.
Codecademy: Codecademy has translated its popular learn-to-code platform into three new languages namely (French, Spanish or Portuguese) and formalized partnerships in five countries. Now everyone can learn to code and language will not pose a barrier.
Facebook: Facebook is rolling out a “Privacy checkup” feature in coming days that will use simple graphics to explain to users who sees the information they post. In addition, the company will also will change the default settings for new users from “Public” to “Friends only,” a move that will spare new users from having to navigate Facebook’s often-byzantine privacy menus. Seems like Facebook is getting serious about privacy…
Google: The search giant developed a 7-inch tablet that can capture 3D images. The device will have two back cameras, infrared depth sensors and advanced software that can capture precise three-dimensional images of objects. No details if this would be made available for public.
HP: HP is expecting to cut up to 16K jobs due to weak earnings. Nearly all of HP’s major product departments saw revenue drop on year-over-year basis, with few exceptions. Software overall remained flat, but sub-departments like Software-as-a-Service along with Licensing both ticked up a few points.
New Oriental: The Chinese leading private education provider New Oriental teams up with up with BestTV, a digital content provider, to offer digital educational content via IPTV. BestTV’s IPTV service covered 20 million Chinese families and smart TV covered 30 million as of the end of 2013. I’m not sure why New Oriental is doing this because most of its competitors are moving to building online education platforms.
Osmo: Osmo is a gaming device that bridge the gap between digital gaming and real world play. The device lets the iPad recognise small objects placed in front of it. The idea is to let kids play games that make use of physical tabletop objects as well as the software on the tablet. Examples include games that use word tiles, puzzle pieces, or involve drawing on paper. If you are a parent, you would want to take a look at the video.
Thailand: Mobile data usage in Thailand surge after the country goes into military coup. DTAC, the country’s 2nd largest telco revealed that the mobile data usage surge nearly 25% since the coup started. This is likely to due to the media blackout instructed by the military and citizens seek for alternative news online.
Samsung: The Korean consumer electronics giant is planning to release a virtual reality headset for its phones and tablets. It will have an OLED screen and is expected to work with Android games. No further details were given.
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