Top 10 Tech Stories from June 2013

by · July 3, 2013

We read the technology and Internet related news so that you don’t have to. This month’s list highlights the news that were the most eye-catching ones to us. We hope you enjoy these and don’t feel shy to share your views on what technology and internet related news caught your eye.

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novedades-esperadas-2011_1_7397201. E3 – The Gaming Event of the Year: E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo) is an annual convention where the hottest video games of the year are shown. E3 2013 was held on June 11-13 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Press conferences for Microsoft’s Xbox One, Sony’s PlayStation 4, Nintendo’s WiiU, Electronic Arts, Ubisoft and many more were held during this event. Each conference showcased a wide collection of games and services each company would be providing over the course of the year. [Read More]

2. Facebook announces Instagram video in new rival to Vine: The new feature, titled Video on Instagram, will be accessed by an icon on the bottom right corner of the app, and you’ll be able to record up to 15 seconds of video, using your choice of 13 new filters exclusively for the service. In addition to filters, Instagram has introduced a stabilization feature called Cinema. [Read More]

3. Apple WWDC Keynote 2013: iOS 7, Mavericks, and more: Apple hosted its 2013 Worldwide Developers Conference keynote, where they introduced several new pieces of innovative technology as well as improvements on current Apple products. Chief among them, the debuts of the wholly-redesigned iOS 7 and OS X Mavericks. [Read More]

New-myspace-wall4. MySpace Is Dead. Long Live Myspace: The new Myspace, which first came online in late 2012 as a music-discovery service with the support of Justin Timberlake, officially launched to the public this month. At the same time, the old capital-S MySpace is no more, departing for that big social network in the sky (although all user content will still exist on the new site). “One artist in particular, Steve Angello, summarized what we were really focused on,” explains new co-owner Tim Vanderhook. “He said, ‘MySpace used to be my home. Most artists want it to be their home on the web, but I want a single place to house my profile, music, videos and fans, and a feedback system to make me better at what I do.’ That sums up the vision of Myspace.” [Read More]

5. Firefox gets into the smartphone business: A new smart phone operating system is joining the fray. Mozilla released a phone running its new Firefox OS in Spain on Monday, joining leading mobile operating systems Android and iOS, as well as smaller players Windows Phone and Blackberry. [Read More]

6. Teenager beats tech giants to launch world’s first smart WATCH that makes calls and comes with a built-in camera:  A group of college students from India – including a designer who is just 17 years old – has beaten the likes of Apple, Google and Sony to launch the world’s first fully featured smartwatch. Called Androidly, the device comes with Bluetooth, GPS, Wi-Fi and a camera built-in. The £150 watch can also be used as a phone to make calls and send texts using a phone SIM card and packs up to 16GB of storage. [Read More]

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7. Sony’s 6.4-Inch Xperia Z Ultra Can Be Used Underwater: Sony announced the Xperia Z Ultra Tuesday during the Mobile Asia Expo in Shanghai, a handset that pushes the limits both when it comes to screen size and thinness. The Xperia Z Ultra is waterproof. The phone has an IP55 rating, making it not only water-resistant, but enough so that it can actually be used for things like shooting video underwater. [Read More]

8. British Airways testing luggage tags made of electronic paper: British Airways has announced plans to test reusable luggage tags made from electronic paper. Flight information can be transmitted to the tag via the ticket holder’s smartphone, using data from the airline app stored after digital check-in. If tests are successful, the tags will launch in 2014. [Read More]

squaremarket_610x3399. Square challenges Amazon, eBay with online marketplace: Square, the mobile payments startup best known for its credit card readers, is branching into e-commerce to take on the likes of eBay and Amazon. The company on Tuesday launched Square Market, an online marketplace that allows merchants to sell their wares online without the expense of building and maintaining their own sites. The marketplace allows sellers to create a profile, manage their product listings, and add photos. Merchants can then use social media such as Twitter or Facebook to alert buyers to deals on the marketplace. [Read More]

10. BlackBerry launches Secure Work Space for Android, iPhones: BlackBerry officially launched a service late Monday that allows Apple and Android users to separate personal data and company information on the same device. Managed through BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 (BES), Secure Work Space creates a container to keep corporate applications such as e-mail, calendar, contacts, and tasks separate from users’ personal apps. The service is designed to prevent data leakage — including copy and paste — between the Secure Work Space elements and the rest of the device. [Read More]

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