Google Shifted Navigation On Its Search Results Page (Again)

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Google designers just can’t seem to make up their minds. The left-side navigation on Google search results page was first introduced in May 2010. On November 7 2012, the navigation was shifted to the top (above the search results).

Slightly over a month later, the designers have second thoughts (or third thoughts). Now, the navigation is moved back to the left.

THEN: Navigation on Top

NOW: Back To The Left

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Return Of The 40 Years Old Videogame: Pong World By Atari

Pong, a classic in the videogame industry, is celebrating its 40th anniversary. To commemorate the milestone, Atari releases Pong World, an iOS game tailored for mobile gaming. Download here.

The new iOS game is the Grand Winner of the PONG Indie Developer Challenge, the Game & Guide reports:

The $50,000 grand prize winner of the Pong Indie Developer Challenge, Pong World is a reimagined take on the pop culture classic and the first-ever official new PONG game for smartphones and tablet devices. In the game, players choose one of many Pong paddles and battle against opponents on various themed boards, experiencing the game in either classic mode or all-new gameplay modes including Blitz and Hotseat.

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What Do Singaporeans and Kristen Stewart Have In Common? Emotionless

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Singapore is the world’s most emotionless society, according to a Gallup survey of 152 countries. The economic powerhouse of Southeast Asia is behind countries like Georgia, Lithuania, Russia, Madagascar, Belarus, Kazakhtan, and Nepal.

Another Southeast Asian nation, Philippines is the world’s most emotional society, ahead of El Salvador, Bahrain, Oman, Columbia, and United States.

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Most Beautiful Pages on New Google+

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Google+ released new UI on April 11, 2012. Brands can now post bigger photos and each Page comes with a cover photo – either display a select group of photos or a panoramic picture, among others.

Hoping to inspire brand people on Google+, I’ve compile a non-exhaustive collection of the most beautiful Pages in new Google+ UI (see below). Let us know which ones are your favorites. Any good ones are missing from this collection?

Google+ Pages Collection

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Counter-Strike on iPhone and A Truckload of Bullshit

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I was about to spend $1.99 on a new iPhone game called Counter Strike. The game developer, Top Best Adult Entertainment, described it the “ORIGINAL Counter Strike is FINALLY Available on the iPhone.” Playing CS on my iPhone sounds like an awesome weekend plan!

Before clicking on the buy button, I checked the reviews. The app has 8 reviews (so far) with only one star rating in App Store (US).

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Android’s Robot Overtakes Opera and Safari as World’s Most Popular Mobile Browser

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Robot, Android’s native browser has become the most popular mobile web browser, overtaking Opera’s mobile browser, as revealed by StatCounter’s data.

StatCounter’s mobile browser stats for the period Feb 2011 to Feb 2012 shows that both Robot and Safari, the iPhone’s native browser, are growing in terms of popularity. However, the Android browser saw an impressive growth, overtaking both Nokia’s browser and Safari in May 2011, and most recently overtaking Opera as well.

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Huawei: We’ve Created the World’s Fastest Smartphone

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Last month at 2012 International CES, Huawei unveiled its world’s slimmest Android smartphone. Now, at the 2012 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Huawei is stake its claim as the creator of the world’s fastest smartphone – the Huawei Ascend D quad, powered by the Huawei’s K3V2 quad-core 1.2GHz/1.5GHz processor. It also boast the most compact design among 4.5-inch smartphones (ultra-thin frame measuring 64mm narrow and 8.9mm slim) and comes with Huawei’s proprietary power management system which provides up to 30% in energy savings.

Other notable features include:

  • 4.5-inch 720P high definition touchscreen
  • Industry’s most powerful 32-bit true color graphic processor
  • 330 PPI (pixels per inch) screen providing crystal clear display even under direct sunlight
  • Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound and Audience earSmart™ voice technology
  • Camera: 8-megapixel BSI rear-facing, 1.3 megapixel front-facing and 1080p full HD video-capture and playback capabilities
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DEMO Asia 2012: Confirmed Speakers

DEMO Asia 2012 has just announced speakers and sages for its upcoming conference in Singapore.

Speakers

  • Jeff Clavier @jeffclavier : Founder and Managing Partner of SoftTech VC, one of the most active seed stage investors in Web 2.0 startups.
  • Robert Kim – Director (Consumer Infocomm) of Singapore’s Infocomm Development Authority, where he plays industry development role in the areas of start-ups/entrepreneurship, online gaming and digital media.
  • Philip Lim Feng – Chief Executive Officer, Exploit Technologies Pte Ltd
  • Adeo Ressi @adeoressi – Founding Member, TheFunded.com, an online community of 12,000 CEOs to research, rate, and review funding sources worldwide. He’s is also the CEO of Founder Institute.
  • Michael Yap – Deputy CEO & Executive Director of Interactive Digital Media Programme Office, Media Development Authority, Singapore
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Huawei Unveils the World’s Slimmest Android Smartphone

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At the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas today, Huawei unveiled the Ascend P1 S, which it claims is the world’s slimmest smartphone.

Running on the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system, the Ascend P1 S is only 6.68mm thin; in comparison, the Motorola RAZR is 7.1mm thick and the Samsung Galaxy S II is 8.49mm thick. In addition to its super slim form factor, the Ascend P1 S is also the fastest and most compact smartphone in its class, with a dual-core 1.5GHz TI OMAP 4460 Cortext-A9 processor with 1GB of RAM.

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User Experience as a Disruptive Force in Today’s Telecom Industry: Huawei

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Over the past twenty years, the information age has developed at a rapid pace, and various technological transformations and applications have grown in both scope and variety. Today, the exponential growth of digitized information, combined with the skyrocketing popularity of mobile networks, has led to a surge in the sheer volume of digital content. Concurrently, as the digital divide has become smaller, people around the world are now able to freely share information and communicate with each other with fewer barriers.

This new digital era is marked by an important new factor: user experience. Users have the ultimate say in steering the development of the industry so it is vitally important that they are equipped with the means with which to quickly and easily access mobile networks. This in turn drives current and future industry development, which will result in a flourishing information age.

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Mobile VoIP Users Tripled in 2011

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Mobile voice over IP (VoIP) usage is on the rise with the number of subscriber tripling in 2011, growing from 9 million in 2010 to 29 million, according to a new report from In-Stat.

According to the report, with the increasing market, thanks to the expanding number of smartphone users, many providers are introducing services, which includes to some degree, mobile VoIP.

The report quotes Amy Cravens, a senior analyst at In-Stat as saying: “While VoIP is a well-defined market, mobile VoIP is still in its infancy, with most offerings only being developed over the past several years, and because it’s in its nascent stage, there are significant opportunities for companies to develop the market.”

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