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Nokia Asha 501 relaunches Asha touch with a hint of MeeGo

Nokia Asha 501 relaunches Asha touch with a hint of MeeGo

Nokia has announced its latest handset for developing markets, the Nokia Asha 501, relaunching the Asha touch series and borrowing some of MeeGo's usability for a mass audience. Arriving in India, Latin America, and Africa from late June, and priced at just $99 pre-tax and subsidies, the Asha 501 debuts a new interface with a twin-pane homescreen, pulling apps into one view and then - a side-swipe away - notifications and recently-used items into a second, Fastlane view.

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Google games gets new chief as Noah Falstein joins team

Google games gets new chief as Noah Falstein joins team

Google has quietly found itself a Chief Game Designer, installing Noah Falstein - who counts LucasArts, Dreamworks Interactive, and more among his past employers - as its new head of gaming. Details of Falstein's new role, which was revealed on his LinkedIn profile, are still unclear, though it would seem likely to include social gaming as the company has tentatively embraced in Google+, as well as potentially evolving to games for Google Glass.

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Google tax questions resurface as staff spark suspicion

Google tax questions resurface as staff spark suspicion

Google and its auditor will be quizzed a second time on allegations of tax avoidance in the UK, it's reported, after investigations into whether the search giant misled a government committee turned up some inconsistencies. Google's own London staff - not to mention its customers - believe they're responsible for the sort of sales that would make the UK division liable for a far larger tax bill, Public Accounts Committee head Margaret Hodge reportedly confirmed to Reuters, despite Google VPs arguing that the only sales to UK clients happen from the company's Dublin branch in Ireland.

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Intel Media VP of Engineering retires shortly before product launch

Intel Media VP of Engineering retires shortly before product launch

Intel Media's Vice President of Engineering, Jim Baldwin, recently left his position at Intel Media, just months before the company is set to debut its Web TV service. An Intel Media spokesperson told GigaOM that "Baldwin left Intel Media to pursue opportunities outside the company.", however GigaOM discovered through Baldwin's Linkedin page that he has retired. Losing a key player shortly before its product is set to launch is sure to be unsettling for Intel Media.

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Digital assistant Sherpa looks to take on Apple’s Siri

Digital assistant Sherpa looks to take on Apple’s Siri

A new digital assistant has arrived in town, and she's looking to steal Siri's job. Her new name is Sherpa and she just arrived to North America today. Right now, she's only offering her services to Android users, but eventually, she'll be aiding Apple's iPhone users as well. You will be able to use her on both your phone and your tablet. After testing out her services, she's actually much more useful than I expected.

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Symantec security report reveals attacks up and spam down

Symantec security report reveals attacks up and spam down

Symantec has published its 2013 Internet Security Threat Report, revealing data about the state of the Internet and the threats in it. According to the security report, small and medium businesses have seen the greatest increase in threats, with over all targeted attacks in 2012 jumping to 42-percent, with 31-percent of those attacks being aimed at companies with less than 250 employees.

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Evernote Hello for iPhone updates with passcode lock, improved contacts

Evernote Hello for iPhone updates with passcode lock, improved contacts

Evernote is one of the most popular note-taking apps around. However, it does a whole lot more than just hold your notes. There's a bin-full of apps that Evernote has, one of which is Evernote Hello -- an app that helps you remember the people you meet, and it received a big update today that gives users passcode lock capabilities, better business card scanning, and improved contacts.

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