Facebook has updated its Paper app for iPhone with a host of new features.
The social-reading app now allows users earmark special dates and birthdays for the first time with notifications.
Version 1.1 also includes photo comments if a users fancies something different instead of text. The option can be accessed by clicking the camera icon next to the comments field.
Meanwhile, nine new article covers have been added, including National Geographic, Fox News, FT and more.
To make Groups easier, Facebook Paper now displays unread counts to keep better track of posts.
Facebook Paper is only available in the US at present and can be download now from the Apple App Store.
Nike is reportedly planning to give up its hardware efforts and lay off the majority of its FuelBand team.
According to CNET, up to 55 jobs within its hardware division have been cut as part of the move, although it's unclear whether any have moved across to Nike's wider technology-focused Digital Sport division.
"As a fast-paced, global business we continually align resources with business priorities," Nike spokesman Brian Strong said in an email to employees.
"As our Digital Sport priorities evolve, we expect to make changes within the team, and there will be a small number of layoffs. We do not comment on individual employment matters."
Nike has apparently cancelled a slimmer FuelBand which was planned for autumn, but the company will continue selling its Nike+ FuelBand SE device.
"The Nike+ FuelBand SE remains an important part of our business. We will continue to improve the Nike+ FuelBand App, launch new METALUXE colours, and we will sell and support the Nike+ FuelBand SE for the foreseeable future."
Increased competition in the technology fitness sector is thought to have driven Nike's decision, as Apple looks set to introduce more sport and health-related apps in iOS 8.
The Nike Digital Tech team which runs its web software is not believed to have been affected by the changes.
Apr 20 2014
Nintendo has been hit by a lawsuit from Secure Axcess, LLC over a Wii U patent.
The gaming giant has been accused of violating a patent for "a computer providing multiple display capability where one display presents the current document and another display may show a true display of a previously opened document".
Secure Axcess is seeking "compensatory damages, costs, among other reliefs" from Nintendo Co. Ltd, Nintendo of America and a slew of other companies, according to Nintendo World Report.
The firm has previously taken legal action against Nintendo over patents relating to its DS, DS Lite, DSi, 3DS, and 3DS XL systems.
Elsewhere, Nintendo confirmed earlier this month that it is developing a new 3D entry in its flagship Super Mario series.
If the title is being planned as a Wii U release, Nintendo has suggested that it will fully utilise the GamePad controller.
The Ouya has introduced a raft of new features via its Chupacabra system update.
Users can take advantage of audio passthrough for XBMC, bringing support for AC3, DTS and AAC, after installing the software.
Other new features include a redesigned Details page with a revised look and feel, making navigation easier and page layouts less cluttered.
The console's Play section has been reorganised to make finding games easier, with new categories for purchased games and recent downloads introduced.
Bluetooth pairing, the ability to disable auto-shutoff for controllers and a range of bug fixes are also included in the update.
The Chupacabra system update is now available to download.
Cel Damage HD will arrive on the PlayStation Network as a Cross-Buy title on April 22.
Finish Line Games' remake of the Xbox original will be compatible with PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and Vita.
Cel Damage HD will feature 13 levels and six playable characters, with online multiplayer support yet to be officially confirmed.
"With Cel Damage HD, we're bringing back one of our favourite mash-ups of classic vehicle combat games and cartoon animation to give players the distinct experience of playing as if they are in a cartoon," said Finish Line co-founder Daniel Posner.
"We are excited to see how modern day fans react to this merging of mediums and we're thrilled to be giving players Cross-Buy support to allow them to play on their preferred system."
The cartoonish, car-combat game was originally released as an Xbox launch title, alongside the likes of Halo and Project Gotham Racing.
The Elder Scrolls Online's guild bank functionality has been temporarily disabled by developer Zenimax Online Studios.
The studio is believed to have suspended the feature to combat an item-duplicating exploit discovered in the multiplayer online title.
The bug was brought to light by a Reddit user, who described an error that allowed players to amass full legendary gear and billions in gold unlawfully.
Zenimax Online has already banned "thousands" of cheaters from the game, but has not officially confirmed that the suspension of guild banks was related to this.
Earlier this month, the company recommended that players use the third-party TESO Elite's Marketplace forum for trading in-game goods and services.
Elder Scrolls Online went live on PC on April 4, and will be released for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in June.
Samsung's Galaxy S5 smartphone breaks more easily than the Apple iPhone 5S, according to a report.
Insurance firm SquareTrade subjected both handsets to a battery of tests and concluded that the Android device is more fragile, despite being made of plastic and being water-resistant.
The company assessed the phones using its Phone Terminator test, which was designed by researchers at the University of California Berkeley.
It is designed to simulate the everyday hazards smartphones are subjected to, including being dropped onto concrete, submerged in water and dragged face-down across a hard surface.
The Galaxy S5 was handed a breakability score of 6, while the iPhone 5S chalked up a less fragile rating of 5.5.
"Consumers in the UK are becoming increasingly reliant on their smartphones and mobile devices," said SquareTrade managing director Kevin Gillan. "Our breakability test results allow consumers to make the most informed decision ahead of their purchases to minimise those risks.
"Knowing that your mobile device can stand up to the daily rigours of life is crucial when making a relatively expensive purchase and just in case it doesn't, having a protection plan in place can give you peace of mind when things go wrong."
The Galaxy S5 was released worldwide on April 11.
Apr 18 2014
Microsoft has rolled out an update to its Bing search engine, introducing a personalised cards system similar to Google Now.
Users will receive tailored news, weather, flights and stock updates as and when they are relevant, with fresh information pushed out as it surfaces.
When account holders are not visiting Bing directly, information will be delivered to other Bing-powered services, such as personal assistant Cortana and Bing Sports.
Microsoft has attempted to set its service apart from Google Now by offering users deeper customisation options, allowing them to set specific subject matters that interest them, such as their favourite sports team.
The service will also pick up on the user's habits organically by harnessing Cortana's learning algorithm.
Users can access the new Bing features by logging into their account and selecting the new "Interests" option.
Facebook is rolling out a new Nearby Friends feature in the US, which alerts users when a friend is close by.
When switched on, the option reveals how many miles away the person is, until you chose to share your precise location for a meet-up.
The feature is optional and users can choose whether friends, close friends, or a specific friend can see how close they are and for a set period of time.
All users must have Nearby Friends switched on to see who is nearby.
"When Nearby Friends is on, you can see when your friends are travelling if they're also using this feature and sharing with you," Facebook said in an announcement. "You'll be able to see the city or neighbourhood they are in, including on their profile."
Nearby Friends will be available to Android and iPhone handsets in the US over the coming weeks.
Apr 18 2014
Virgin Media has issued an apology to email customers who were bombarded by spam messages due to a mailing list error on Wednesday evening (April 16).
Virgin.net users who hit 'reply all' to an email from the operator about changes to Google services were able to message the entire emailing list, flooding the inboxes of some customers.
Replying users' email addresses were also exposed to all recipients due to the error, which Virgin has pledged to investigate.
"A small proportion of our customers have received an email from one of our suppliers which, if they reply-all, it is sent to a wider group," said a company spokesperson.
"We're investigating exactly what has happened and, in the meantime, advise people not to respond to this email. We apologise for the inconvenience caused."
Virgin.net has more than 135,000 email subscribers.