NextBit to launch first smartphone this September 1

Are there too many smartphone brands in the market? Yes. Is there room for another new kid on the block? Apparently yes. Will they succeed in making even a small dent in the market or even just consumer awareness? That remains to be seen or as they say, TBD. But NextBit is banking on the fact that they have former Google and HTC vets running the company, and now that they’re set to launch their first smartphone this September, they are excited to show everyone what they’ve got.

Affiliate program may be coming soon to the Google Play Store

Monetizing the web isn’t something that most consumers think about, but really, it is a necessity for a lot of online businesses to stay afloat. Since display and pop up ads seem to be the bane of everyone’s existence, they have had to look for other forms of earning online. One of those is affiliate marketing, and companies like Amazon and Apple have “mastered this art”. Google was on it a few years ago, left, and apparently now, they’re looking at going back into the game.

Google now includes images from PDF in image search

Back in 2008, when Google first started indexing PDF files through OCR from websites to include it in your search results, it was a sigh of relief (and for some, alarm) for a lot of websites that insisted on uploading PDF files, whether it’s for academic purposes or to make things easier for people browsing their site. But it’s only now 7 years later that the images included in that particular format have now been indexed as well.

Microsoft’s Cortana app can now be set as default on Android

Cortana is still scheduled to be released for Android but before its official launch, Microsoft is doing its best to test the app and fix whatever bugs or issues that may be encountered. It’s not even a month after the beta testing program was introduced unofficially to a select group of Android users in the United States and then leaked, and the software giant is already announcing an update.

Google Hangouts updated with Material Design, app now loads faster

Google Hangouts has just been improved to allow users a more efficient way of mobile communication and messaging. Texting, talking, and video calling are the most common ways to get any message across in this day and age. With Google Hangouts 4.0 for Android, avid users of the app can greatly benefit from the new features, improved speed, and the fresh new design and aesthetics.

Google announces new holding company Alphabet; Pichai new Google CEO

Major changes are afoot in Google. In fact, the holding company Google is no more. Co-founder Larry Page announced in a post today the creation of a holding venture called Alphabet, where Google will be just one of the companies under it. Page will serve as CEO, while co-founder Sergey Brin will serve as President. Because of this, Sundar Pinchai will now become CEO of Google, as Page enthuses he has been doing such a great job managing the product and engineering side of business.

Dreamify uses Deep Dream Program to “surrealize” your pictures

If you’re already too bored with the photos that you post, but you have neither time nor the talent to manually edit your pics or do an actual photoshoot but you would still love to have surreal looking photographs, then you better download this new app called Dreamify. Using the divisive Deep Dream Program that Google launched last month, the app can transform even the most mundane pictures into works of art. Well, art in the Picasso or Dali tradition, rather than the Monet ones.

Motorola working on security patch for StageFright issue

Google was humble enough to admit that there is indeed the StageFright issue. If you haven't heard about it, StageFright is also known as an MMS messaging issue as it happens when a malicious code is triggered by an MMS, specifically those containing videos. Any malware can be inserted in the video which could then be able to access the device even before a video is viewed or played on the phone.

LG to roll out monthly security updates for Stagefright vulnerability

That Android Stagefright security vulnerability definitely got Android users worried about their devices. Who wouldn't since it's already a big issue that even made Samsung implement new security update process while Google's very own Android team immediately released a security update for Stagefright. After Google admitted that there is indeed a security issue, some of the biggest Android makers  have started to take action by announcing they will be releasing regular security updates.