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Video: Google's 1Q Earnings Disappoint As Ad Prices Slip

Google's 1Q Earnings Disappoint As Ad Prices Slip

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Google's first-quarter earnings growth faltered as the Internet company dealt with a persistent downturn in advertising prices while spending more money to hire more employees and invest in daring ideas. Google's stock shed nearly 6 percent in extended trading. Although it remains highly successful, Google has been trying to adjust to a shift away from personal computers to smartphones and tablets. Google earned $3.45 billion, or $5.04 per share, in the quarter. Read More >>


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Google Camera App Brings Lens Blur Background Defocus To Any KitKat Android Devices

Google has a new standalone camera app available in the Google Play app store, and it can be installed on any smartphones or tablets running KitKat 4.4 or higher. According to Google,the new app will also be rolling out to other devices in the future. The app offers a 100 percent viewfinder to show you exactly what youre shooting without blocking the view with interface elements, and also offers a few trick modes for taking pictures including Lens Blur, Panorama, and Photo Sphere.

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Video: Smartphones May Have Gotten boring But Theyre Still The Most Interesting Tech Around

Smartphones May Have Gotten boring But Theyre Still The Most Interesting Tech Around

Its become fashionable lately to whine about how “boring smartphones have become , especially among Wall Street analysts who insist on telling us that Apple/Samsung/Microsoft/Everyone is “doomed if they dont come out with the “Next Big Thing soon. This sort of absurdity reached amazing new heights recently when Global Equities Research analyst Trip Chowdry said that Apple only had 60 days left to release an “iWatch before the company disappeared forever. Just because there wont be another major game-changer over the next few years doesnt mean that we should see smartphones as boring, however. The market for smartphones is still incredibly competitive and Apple, Google, Samsung and Microsoft will all be trying their best to one-up each other to create the coolest smartphones the world has ever seen.

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Video: Facebook To Move To Fewer But Bigger Ads On PC Website

Facebook To Move To Fewer But Bigger Ads On PC Website

Facebook Inc said on Wednesday it is switching to fewer but bigger ads on the right-hand column of the desktop PC version of its website because users respond more frequently to them. Facebook said in a post on its Facebook for Business blog, that the new right-hand display ads will be the same proportions as the so-called News Feed ads, which inject paid marketing messages straight into a user's stream of news and content, that will make advertising on Facebook simpler for marketers, since they will no longer need to use different images for different types of ads.

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Video: Google's Mobile Division To Fuel Revenue Growth In 2014 And Beyond

Google's Mobile Division To Fuel Revenue Growth In 2014 And Beyond

Google dominates the desktop search engine market with a share of over 65% in the U.S. However, with the increasing use of mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones, most of the revenue growth for Google is expected to come from its mobile search ads division in 2014. The company has close to 90% share in the mobile search industry, and it continues to monetize the smartphone universe through search ads on web browsers and display ads on its apps. Furthermore, it continues to leverage the growing popularity of its Android operating system with app sales on its Play store.

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Video: Microsoft Says Windows Will Be Free On Phones, Small Tablets

Microsoft Says Windows Will Be Free On Phones, Small Tablets

Microsoft Corp said on Wednesday it would give away its Windows operating system to makers of smartphones and small tablets, as it seeks to grab a toehold in those fast-growing markets. Microsoft's move, announced at its annual developers conference in San Francisco, is an attempt to broaden the user base of mobile versions of Windows, in the hope that more customers will end up using Microsoft's cloud-based services such as Skype and Office. It comes a week after new Chief Executive Satya Nadella unveiled new versions of Word, PowerPoint and Excel applications for Apple Inc's iPad.

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