Apple’s New Office Construction May Cost $5 Billion; $2 Billion More than Initial Budget

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Apple wanted to build an office space that will be the most advanced and most expensive office space ever built on the planet. However, the space, also known as Apple Campus 2, is likely to cost Apple more than it had initially imagined.

Bloomberg Businessweek reported that the budget of the construction has failed by $2 billion. Steve Jobs announced that the spaceship-like campus will need $3 billion to develop. But now, the budget has been increased to $5 billion making it even more expensive than the World Trade Center complex that is currently under construction. Continue reading

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The New Generation of Browsers is Coming

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The news of Google Chrome ditching WebKit and going for its own fork of WebKit engine called Blink has been floating almost everywhere on the web. Google says that it has a different way of rendering the content of a web page. And WebKit is only making it even more difficult for Chrome to function. That’s why Google decided to fork the engine and come up with its own version.

Following the Google’s path is another player in the browser war that’s not so seen in the front row named Opera. They announced that they will move to Blink and contribute to its development. When that happens, Apple’s Safari will be the only browser in the major players to use Webkit for rendering webpages. Continue reading

Google is Shutting Down Google Reader and 8 other Services

It’s easy to make Google services part of your everyday life. But apart from  Google Search and Gmail, don’t get too attached to any of them. Because when Google thinks it is not making enough money out of something, they just simply shut it down.

The same is going to happen with Google’s popular RSS reader, Google Reader.

The search giant just announced its Spring cleanup on its official blog. Among a few of other services, Google Reader is set to die on July 1. Senior Vice President of Google’s Technical Infrastructure writes that the usage of Google Reader, first launched way back in 2005, has declined over the time which has led Google make its ultimate decision to shut the service down. Continue reading

Business Insider Says Android Owners Aren’t Really Smartphone Owners

The fact that Android-based smartphones are available in all shapes, sizes, and price is the one that probably makes iPhone owners feel bad. At least, an article on Business Insider published on March 12th implies so.

B.I. writer Nicholas Carlson says that owning an Android does not really feel like using a smartphone.

He opens his article by writing that Android owners are less likely to purchase items with their phone, browse the web or watch videos compared to iPhone owners. He also writes that Android phones are too easy to get. Anyone can walk into AT&T, Verizon or Sprint store and get an Android. Even better, Nicholas pokes fun, Androids are often given away for free. Continue reading

Anger and Criticism Surfaces as People Failed to get Google I/O Ticket: All Blames on Google Wallet

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Mixed criticism and sheer anger floods Google+ and Twitter stream as people failed to get themselves a ticket for Google’s annual program, Google I/O.

Google I/O is one of the most anticipated program of the year for any developer and Google/Android enthusiasts. This year’s I/O is scheduled to be held from May 15 throughout May 17. Registration opened up this morning and all tickets were sold out in less than 45 minutes according to reports from various blogs. Continue reading

Google to Establish its own Retail Stores

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Google’s co-founder once said that he always wanted to be in hardware business. With the company’s plans to open its own retail stores across the United States for its products, he is finally getting what he had wanted.

Mashable reported that Google may soon open its own retail stores where potential buyers can walk in and test out several of its products that include Chromebook and an upcoming augmented reality glass known as Project Glass. But is it really genius to go from web store to a real world store while the world is actually doing the opposite — moving real world stores to the web? Continue reading

BlackBerry Maker Research-in-Motion (RIM) is now BlackBerry

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BlackBerry device maker’s had a rather weird name, Research-in-Motion (RIM). Not weird, if you take the meaning into account. But given the product’s name, the maker’s name is rather odd. The company probably figured that out. And now it’s rebranding itself to BlackBerry.

Canadian company RIM is officially now BlackBerry. This was announced during the official unveiling of BlackBerry 10, the company’s hard effort in surviving in the current smartphone industry.

CEO Thorsten Heins informed the audience in New York event that the company will now be called BlackBerry instead of RIM. Emphasizing on the fact that their main focus is now BlackBerry 10, CEO said, “It is one brand, it is one promise. From today on, we are BlackBerry everywhere in the world.

As iPhone continued to rise as the “real” smartphone, the rise of Android gave it a break and took more than 50% share of all smartphone industry. In this battle between iOS and Android, where Windows Phone is a relatively new player, the once luxurious and glorious BlackBerry was kind of lost. RIM, or now BlackBerry, hopes to make a strong comeback with its BlackBerry 10 operating system.

Now that the OS is finally here, we’ll get to see how good BlackBerry 10 really is.