Google’s commitment to Rich Communications Services (RCS) furthers with new acquisition


Today, Google acquired Jibe Mobile in an effort to keep up with the Rich Communications Services (RCS) standard for carrier messaging. The current state of carrier messaging around the world is outdated and unreliable, leaving many people without core features; therefore, Google acquiring Jibe Mobile, a leading provider of RCS, is meant to bring the updated standard to a global audience. This will bring group chatting, high resolution photos, and other features that are expected from messaging services to more people and devices.

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Google Photos newly updated with Chromecast support and other features

google_photos_072215Google promised some new features for its Photos app, and today they delivered by updating the Android application.

The biggest new feature is Chromecast support for getting your photos on a television or other big screen. This seems like a long overdue feature, but it goes hand in hand with the announcement of Google’s new Chromecast devices yesterday. Read more

Neo Smartpen N2 review


The Neo smartpen N2 is the perfect gadget for students who prefer to view their notes on an electronic device but prefer writing with ordinary pen and paper over a stylus. It could also work well for a number of other occasions. Its size and light weight make it feel just like any ordinary pen and the metallic design makes the Neo N2 appealing to the eye and easy to grip. But from the moment the cap comes off, a whole new level of productivity begins.

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Chinese officials open investigation into Xiaomi’s use of the word “best” in ads


A new report out of China says the Ministry of Industry and Commerce has opened an investigation into whether Xiaomi illegally used the term “best” in advertising on its web site in violation of a new advertising law. The new law went into effect on September 1st and includes prohibitions on all sorts of advertising activity, including the use of superlatives like the word “best” in advertisements. Companies that are found to be in violation may face penalties starting at $31,000 USD. Read more