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What’s Hot on the Tech Blogs

Being an entrepreneur means having the need to constantly update one’s knowledge on the latest innovations and trends. Every day, every week, there is always something to look forward to.  Here’s a recap on the lates updates you might find useful and valuable for your businesses.

Techcrunch

Facebook In Talks To Acquire Drone Maker Titan Aerospace

Facebook, one of the primary backers of the Internet.org initiative, which aims to bring affordable Internet access to the 5 billion people in the world who still lack connectivity, is in talks with a company that could help further that agenda. TechCrunch is hearing that Facebook is buying Titan Aerospace, makers of near-orbital, solar-powered drones which can fly for five years without needing to land. According to a source with access to information about the deal, the price for this acquisition is $60 million*. Read more…

Basis Goes To Intel For Around $100M

Intel has won the Basis auction, we’re hearing, at a price of around $100 million, according to one source. A second source pegs the deal at closer to $150 million.

Basis makes wristwatch health trackers, capturing 7 percent of the market versus competitor Jawbone’s 21 percent. As Intel was all about the  wearables this year at CES, we’re assuming that this buy is an attempt to further its foothold (wristhold?) in the space. Read more…

Zynga Reboots Three Of Its Biggest Franchises on Mobile

Under fresh leadership from new CEO Don Mattrick, Zynga has gone back to the drawing board on some of its biggest money-makers.

Today, the company is unveiling upcoming revamped versions of Zynga Poker and Words With Friends along with a brand-new mobile-first version of its biggest hit FarmVille. It’s a critical time for Zynga, which is trying to revive momentum after losing out on mobile platforms to younger rivals like Finland’s Supercell. Read more…

Mashable

 Android Blows Past iOS in Global Tablet Market, Report Says

Ever since Apple released its first-generation iPad in 2010, iOS reigned supreme as the top tablet operating system of choice. But, just as Android smartphones have cut into iPhone sales around the world, Android tablets are finding upward success in the global market.

According to a new report from Gartner, Android tablets saw a much larger growth in tablet sales last year than any other operating system, rising from 53.3 million units in global sales in 2012 to 121 million in 2013. Read more…

This Bluetooth Ring Is Like a Magic Wand on Your Finger

We’ve seen interactive rings that receive alerts from your smartphone and even rings that will give you the current time in a unique way, but a new ring leapfrogs the rest by acting as a full-on control mechanism.

On its exterior, Logbar’s Ring device looks like nothing more than a silver ring, but packed inside the device are electronics that allow it to recognize your finger gestures and control any number of devices. Read more…

Apple Announces CarPlay Infotainment System

Apple has announced CarPlay, an in-car infotainment system that lets you connect your iOS device with your car.

The new system — actually a rebranding of Apple’s “iOS in the Car” — will be shown at the Geneva Motor Show, held from Mar. 6 to 16, 2014. Read more…

Techmeme

This is Cortana, Microsoft’s answer to Siri

Microsoft’s upcoming Windows Phone 8.1 update will include Cortana, a personal digital assistant designed to rival Siri and Google Now. Sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans have revealed to The Verge how Cortana  looks and operates, replacing the built-in Bing search functionality on Windows Phone 8.1. While the feature is named after the Halogame series, Cortana will take the form of a circular animated icon instead of a female character. Cortana will animate when it’s speaking or thinking, forming a personality not dissimilar to Apple’s Siri. Read more…

Dish just secured rights to launch an internet TV service

Dish and Disney confirmed a Wall Street Journal report that they’ve reached a retransmission agreement late Monday, and they did so with a bang: Not only does the agreement force Dish to turn off automated ad skipping for ABC shows, it also gives Dish the rights to include ABC and ESPN programming “as part of an Internet delivered, IP-based multichannel offering,” according to a press release. Read more…

Microsoft wants Xbox Live to power Android and iOS games

Xbox Live is primarily used in Microsoft’s consoles and Windows or Windows Phone games for achievements, friend lists, and game matchmaking. While Microsoft has experimented with achievements on  iOS and Android recently, the company is planning to push Xbox Live cross-platform in a big way soon. Read more…

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