August 2014

Amazon is paying $970 million for videogame streaming site Twitch. 
As videogames become a spectator sport, Inc. AMZN +0.73% just bought the world's largest arena.
The e-commerce giant said Monday it agreed to acquire Twitch Interactive Inc., a popular Internet video channel for broadcasting, and watching, people play videogames, for about $970 million in cash.
The deal is Amazon's second biggest, and underscores the popularity of online gaming. Though little-known outside of tech and gaming, Twitch, founded in 2011, is the fourth-largest source of U.S. Internet traffic, behind only Netflix Inc., NFLX +0.36% Google Inc.GOOGL -0.33% and Apple Inc., according to network researcher DeepField Inc.
Last October, 32 million people watched the championship of Riot Games Inc.'s "League of Legends" on various streaming services, more than the series finales of television shows "Breaking Bad," "24" and "The Sopranos" put together.

Twitch could also help Amazon accelerate a push into Web video that is brought it into competition with Netflix and Google's YouTube. Twitch seized on the popularity of games like "League of Legends" and "Minecraft," developing tools to let players broadcast their game sessions to an audience of more than 55 million users and generating revenue from advertising and subscriptions.
Twitch owns technology for streaming live video capable of supporting a large number of simultaneous viewers for events like game tournaments and music concerts. Twitch accounts for nearly 2% of peak U.S. Internet traffic, DeepField said.
"In the same way that YouTube and Netflix have to develop really robust architecture to stream enormous amounts of video, Twitch had to build a similar infrastructure geared toward live gaming," David Cowan, a partner at Twitch investor Bessemer Venture Partners, said in an interview.
Google held talks about potentially acquiring Twitch as early as May, two people told The Wall Street Journal at the time. Then, Twitch hired star Silicon Valley deal maker Frank Quattrone to shop the company to other potential buyers, including Amazon, Mr. Cowan said. Google declined to comment.
Yahoo Inc. YHOO -0.79% also had expressed interest in Twitch, according to people familiar with the matter. A spokeswoman for Yahoo declined to comment.
Amazon has been making a push into gaming, including bulking up its staff of programmers at its studios in Seattle and Southern California. The company has introduced several new videogames to complement its Fire TV set-top box, introduced in April, and sells a devoted controller for gaming.
Mike Frazzini, vice president of Amazon Games, said acquiring Twitch will help the retailer round out its gaming business.
"Amazon is invested heavily in games," Mr. Frazzini said. The acquisition is "a substantial step forward as we think about games generally."
Twitch could also help Amazon expand its fledgling online-ad business. The site is most popular with young male gamers, a segment of Internet users attractive to advertisers, said Seth Bardelas, head of agency development at online-ad analytics firm TubeMogul.TUBE -2.53%
Because of this, advertisers on average pay about 85% higher prices for ads on Twitch than other video sites on average, TubeMogul estimates.
Twitch will operate as an independent subsidiary of Amazon, led by co-founder and Chief Executive Emmett Shear, 31, who studied computer science at Yale University. He frequently takes to Reddit and other sites to answer questions from the Twitch community of gamers. The company will keep its San Francisco office and all of its roughly 170 employees will take jobs at Amazon, Mr. Shear said.
Twitch emerged from, one of the earliest streaming-video sites on the Web, founded in 2006 by Justin Kan and Kyle Vogt. Other companies spawned by include Socialcam, a social-video-sharing app acquired by Autodesk Inc. ADSK +0.15%for $60 million in 2012, and Exec, a housecleaning service that sold for less than $10 million earlier this year.
Twitch raised $35 million from investors, including Bessemer Venture Partners, Thrive Capital and videogame-maker Take-Two Interactive Software Inc. TTWO -1.21%
The deal for Twitch would be less than Amazon's final price tag for online-shoe retailer Zappos, which rose to about $1.2 billion in late 2009 as Amazon's stock rose. More recently, Amazon paid $775 million in 2012 for Kiva Systems, a maker of robots for moving inventory around warehouses.
For Twitch, Amazon agreed to pay more than $100 million in additional payments if certain performance objectives are met, which could lift the final price tag above $1 billion, said one person familiar with the deal.
Amazon generally keeps its subsidiaries at arm's length, allowing them to maintain their own corporate culture and hiring standards. Zappos, for instance, still maintains its iconoclastic office culture, with events like a day for employees to wear pajamas to work.
—Alistair Barr, Evelyn M. Rusli, Rolfe Winkler and Drew FitzGerald contributed to this article.
Write to Douglas MacMillan

Neeraj Tank 

The wearable Apple iWatch will  be launched  with a  OLED display . The OLED display, which will have 320 x 320 pixels resolution will provide a great vision to its users . It is heard from source that  iWatch will have a  flexible display to compete with its other big brand smart watches like Motorola, Samsung, LG etc. Samsung the brand in technology is also working on flexible display smart watch and it will also launch in the couple of months. The Apple iWatch likely to be released at the end of September or in the beginning of the October 2014. In spite of the Apple, In the technology market Samsung Galaxy Gear, Motorola Moto 360, SonySmart Watches will also be seen till the end of this year. Apple Inc. Hired a Nike Key Designer to include a sporty look at its iWatch . The images for Apple iWatch looks a bit very interesting at the moment on the web portal. As per the images Apple iWatch seems so elegant and sporty whether it goes on men or if we talk about women.So Apple iWatch will be so impressive and smart in looks. Users have to wait a bit for the Apple iWatch to be launched in the Indian Markets. Price and other specification are not yet properly disclosed.

By Joel Santo Domingo

Mac power users, including art directors, film editors, photographers, videographers, and the like, wait for each new release of the top-of-the-line Apple MacBook Pro with bated breath. The first question is always, "is the new MacBook Pro better than last year's model?" In this case, we'd say yes, but only in that 16GB of memory is now standard, up from 8GB. Sure, the Core i7 processor is a couple of hundred megahertz faster, but that really doesn't translate into measurably faster performance overall. That said, the latest 15-inch Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display ($1,999) is still an excellent power user's laptop, a veritable object or lust, which earns our Editors' Choice nod for high-end desktop replacement laptops.
Design and Features
The 15-inch MacBook Pro's design hasn't changed from last year's model, sporting the same 0.71 by 14.25 by 9.75 inch (HWD) aluminum chassis. Weight is similar at 4.36 pounds, though imperceptibly lighter than the last iteration. Cutouts in the sides help draw in air to cool the internal components, and are in the same spots. Connections continue to be excellent, counting the system's HDMI port, headset jack, SDXC card reader, two Thunderbolt ports, and two USB 3.0 ports (one on each side). About the only thing missing that a business user could want is an Ethernet port. One can be added with a $29 Thunderbolt-to-Gigabit Ethernet adapter. Built-in 802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.0 cover wireless connectivity. The 802.11ac protocol is still uncommon in Windows laptops, though more high-end systems like the Dell XPS 13 Touch, the Dell Precision M2800 and the HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G1 (G4U67UT) support the faster wireless standard.

The backlit chiclet-style keyboard is composed of the usual excellent black keycaps with high contrast characters. It is much easier to read than the silver-on-silver keyboard on the Acer Aspire S7-392-5410. The well-proportioned, glass-covered trackpad reacts quickly to multi-touch input. There is no Mac available with a touch screen, though that's not a drawback since OS X isn't optimized for touch.The 15.6-inch IPS display has a 2,800-by-1,800 resolution, which is higher than the 2,560-by-1,440 on the Editors' Choice high-end ultrabook, the Toshiba Kirabook 13 i7s Touch, but lower than the 4K UHD 3,840-by-2,160 screen on the Toshiba Satellite P50T-BST2N01. OS X Mavericks automatically scales the screen so everything is crisp, as long as you're using applications that have been updated for the Retina display. For example, 1080p and 720p HD YouTube videos play back in full resolution in Safari and Chrome without having to zoom the video out to full screen. On-screen elements, like menu bars and windows, automatically scale to a virtual 1,440-by-900 resolution for purposes of positioning, though the images and videos within these windows appear at full resolution. Text is scaled so it looks ultra smooth on the Retina display. Contrast this with the Kirabook 13 i7s Touch and Satellite P50T-BST2N01, where you may have to adjust the scaling repeatedly if menu text looks too small or if images don't look right.
It's not always awesome on the Mac, however. If you're using an older version of a program (like Microsoft Office for Mac 2008, for example), text and images may not scale right and there will be a corresponding reduction in quality. The only unavoidable nit is that the system still doesn't have a matte screen option for folks that can't stand glossy glass.

The $1,999 base model of the 15-inch MacBook Pro comes with 16GB of system memory and a 256GB Flash Storage module (akin to an SSD on other notebooks). The system's memory isn't upgradable, but the Flash Storage is technically upgradable. We say technically because you'll have to source a compatible PCIe Flash Storage module and purchase a special P5 pentalobe screwdriver to handle the specialized screws on the bottom lid of the laptop. Ultimately, it's not otherwise upgradeable, but then again neither are most notebooks and ultrabooks these days. In addition to OS X 10.9 Mavericks, the MacBook Pro 15-inch comes preloaded with Keynote, Numbers, and Pages (iWork), as well as GarageBand, iBooks, iMovie, iPhoto, and iTunes (iLife). With iWork, you should be able to manage schoolwork and basic business work without having to buy Microsoft Office. If you discount free solutions like Google Docs, this gives the MacBook Pro a leg up on Windows laptops, which only come with trial versions of Office. The system comes with a one-year warranty with 90 days of phone support.
Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch Retina (2014) The $1,999 base model we tested comes with an Intel Core i7-4770HQ processor with integrated Intel Iris Pro 5200 graphics. Add the performance from the 16GB of memory and speedy PCIe-based Flash Storage, and you'll likely never want for power. Multimedia scores were excellent: 1 minute, 17 seconds on the Handbrake video test (which matches the Dell Precision M2800 workstation in the lead of this group), and 3:25 on the Adobe Photoshop CS6 test, five seconds faster than the second place Toshiba Satellite P50T-BST2N01.

Intel's Iris Pro graphics is on board, and it's essentially the high performance version of Intel HD Graphics. Performance has improved to the point that Apple chose to use Iris Pro graphics on its base model instead of the mid-level discrete graphics found in older iterations of the 15-inch MacBook Pro. The laptop pulled some of the fastest frame rates on our 3D gaming tests (Heaven 22 fps; Valley 23 fps) at the medium quality settings. This is at least 10 fps higher than other Windows laptops with integrated Intel graphics. Only the systems with discrete workstation graphics like the Precision M2800 and Satellite P50T-BST2N01 had faster 3D performance. If you need a boost, the $2,499 version of the MacBook Pro 15-inch comes with Nvidia GeForce GT 750 graphics and a speedier Core i7 processor.
The latest model gained 33 minutes on our battery rundown test over its previous iteration (8:55 vs. 8:22). But competitive systems like the Dell XPS 13 Touch (9:31) and the Samsung ATIV Book 9 2014 Edition (11:26) lasted even longer. In addition, the Acer Aspire S7-392-5410 and Toshiba Kirabook 13 i7s Touch both pass the 8-hour mark on the same test. This shows that the Windows competition is starting to muscle in on Apple's former dominance in battery life.
Essentially, the new 15-inch Apple MacBook Pro is a very incremental upgrade to the model released late last year, and if you already have the 2013 model, there's no need to make the move. The Apple MacBook Pro 13-Inch, Retina Display (2014) is still our recommendation if you're willing to trade screen size for portability. That said, if you're a Mac power user upgrading from a pre-Retina-Display MacBook Pro (or MacBook Air), this laptop is certainly worth it. It's worthy of our highest recommendation and Editors' Choice badge for best high-end desktop-replacement laptop.

First I want to clear up the confusion between WordPress, and
WordPress is WordPress right? Not really. There are very important differences between them.
Firstly there is WordPress – the blogging software platform. Secondly there is – the organization that provides you with free downloadable installations of the WordPress software. Finally there’s – the commercial entity that provides you with the WordPress software as a service which is ready to use. Phew!
You can download and install a free version of WordPress from yourself. Alternatively you can install it easily through some hosting providers listed here. This means that you and your hosting provider are responsible for your WordPress installation. It also means that you need to do backups, security updates and any upgrades that are necessary yourself.

The other option is where you use the WordPress blogging software hosted on servers. All backups, security updates and upgrades are handled for you by
However, there are a number of constraints which I outline below.
Here are some of the biggest surprises I got when working with

1. You Can’t Alter Page Structure

While you can change HTML in the body of your page, you have no access to the HTML of the <head> and <footer> sections of your page. You also have no access to the PHP files you would normally have access to on a self-hosted installation. What this also means is that you can’t add CSS or JavaScript links or blocks to your webpage as you normally would.
Any Javascript code added to the body of your page is cleanly removed when you update the page. So how can you add in that cool new JavaScript widget you use on all your other websites? You can’t. You are limited to whatever widgets provides you with.
When it comes to displaying multiple images there are 2 options – as a slide show and as a gallery.
Thinking of embedding an <iframe> from another site as a workaround? It won’t work. has a list of external sites it allows connections to and chances are your site is not one of them.
So how do you add custom behavior to your website? You can choose from a list of embeddable options such as YouTube and Google Maps as well as a list of supported widgets. There are a number of widgets you can use but the list is by no means exhaustive.

2. Limited Themes & Plug-Ins

Plugins are one of the many features that makes WordPress a pleasure to use. How about if you wanted to install some plugins? You can’t do it.
It’s as simple as that.
With a self-hosted site, you can install as many themes as you like and from any source such as Theme Forest. With you are constrained to the themes they allow.
There are 160 themes at the moment. Some are free and others are premium themes (cost money). With, the number of available themes is endless.
Because you can’t change the structure of the page, you are quite dependent on the structure of your theme and the features that the author allows you to change. This becomes an issue because each theme has different options you can and cannot change.
Some have footers you can change, some do not. Each has a different size header image. It can be quite tedious to find a theme that is both suitable in layout and functionality.

3. It Costs To Add Style

You’ve finally settled on a theme and now you want to change a few little things. On you need to purchase a Custom Design Upgrade to use customized CSS on your blog. Currently it sells for $30 per blog per year. It could get quite pricey depending on the number of blogs you want to customize.
For the $30 Custom Design Upgrade you get a simple text editor to update your CSS. There is no visual editor.
In addition, you are not allowed to hide the copyright information on your theme. This is fine for personal blogs but may not be for a business blog or if you are creating blogs for clients.
You also don’t have access to the mobile theme for your blog – even if you purchased the Custom Design Upgrade. This is fine if the mobile theme “just works.” But sometimes it doesn’t.
The above screen is skewed on iPhone 4 with the image border running all the way down the screen:

4. The Content and Copyright Issue

Actually, there is no issue about who “owns” the content on a site. Their TOS states clearly that they have royalty-free access to your data to promote your blog:
“By submitting Content to Automattic for inclusion on your Website, you grant Automattic a world-wide, royalty-free, and non-exclusive license to reproduce, modify, adapt and publish the Content solely for the purpose of displaying, distributing and promoting your blog. If you delete Content, Automattic will use reasonable efforts to remove it from the Website, but you acknowledge that caching or references to the Content may not be made immediately unavailable.”
There’s also the question about termination:
“ Automattic may terminate your access to all or any part of the Website at any time, with or without cause, with or without notice, effective immediately.” may also choose to place advertisements on your website. You can have these removed by paying $30 a blog per blog per year.

4 Reasons To Use

Given the above constraints, a designer might wonder why they would ever choose over a self-hosted site. Here are a few.
1. Backups – takes care of all backups for you. In their own words:
“ If a very large meteor were to hit all the servers and destroy them beyond repair, all of your data would still be safe and we could have your blog online within a couple of days (after the meteor situation died down, of course)”
2. Availability – is spread across hundreds of servers. The likelihood of all them failing at the same time is highly unlikely. This is not the case with your self-hosted installation. If it fails, all your blogs hosted on that server fail with it.
3. Security – manages security for you and also provide fixes for any security issues that may turn up. Given the spate of recent WordPress hacks this is a critical issue. This more than anything would give someone a reason to move to
Also following good security practices like securing your admin panel through SSL is a simple one-click operation.
When using, you have to install plugins to get this working or update your server to use SSL and install an SSL certificate.
4. The value bundle – You can purchase the value bundle and gain access to the most useful options such as Custom Designs and Fonts, No Advertisements, Custom domain names, and Video for a $100 per blog per year.
To sum it all up, using may be a wonderful choice for someone that wants a turnkey solution that is very easy to use.
But be careful, a site is not completely under your control and there are some very serious design limitations.


Last month, we launched Office for iPad® with the robust capabilities and familiar look and feel of Microsoft Office, plus a fantastic touch experience built for iPad. Millions of people downloaded Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for iPad and thousands sent us feature requests. Today (only 33 days later) we’re releasing the first update which includes printing (your number 1 request), SmartGuides in PowerPoint, and several other improvements.
You can read Word documents, view Excel data, present with PowerPoint, and print your documents with the free iPad apps. With an eligible Office 365 subscription1 starting at $6.99 per month, you can edit and create documents on the iPad, use Office for your PC and Mac®, and get many other benefits.

Printing, SmartGuides and more

Your top request is here! You can now print Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, and PowerPoint presentations to an AirPrintTM printer. In Word for iPad, you can choose to print a document with or without markup. In Excel, print a selected range, a single worksheet or an entire spreadsheet. Of course, you can select the pages or slides you want to print.

Print options in Excel for iPad and printed Excel worksheet
SmartGuides in PowerPoint help you align pictures, shapes, and textboxes as you move them around on a slide. With very little effort, your presentations will look beautifully designed.
PowerPoint for iPad SmartGuides
AutoFit in Excel now lets you adjust the width of multiple rows or the height of multiple columns at the same time. With just a few taps, you’ll be sure that your spreadsheet looks better and that no content is hidden.
As you might expect, this first update also includes bug fixes and stability improvements.
Keep your feedback and requests coming! We’re already working on the next update and we’re committed to keep improving the apps.
Download the updated Word, Excel and PowerPoint for iPad in the App Store today. If you want to edit and create documents with your iPad, visit to get started with an Office 365 subscription or 30 day trial.
1 Eligible Office 365 subscriptions include: Office 365 Personal, Office 365 Home, Office 365 University, Office 365 Small Business Premium, Office 365 Midsize Business, Office 365 Enterprise E3 and E4, Office 365 Government G3 and G4, Office 365 Education A3 and A4, and Office 365 ProPlus.
iPad, Mac, and AirPrint are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.

Rent the latest blockbusters from iTunes, stream music to your TV from your apple device, get apps like Netflix and Sky Sports, have a slideshow of pictures. The box is small and the remote is slick. It’s something that will look good under the TV and the remote is just trendy.
It can also act as a browser for internet on your TV. The selection of apps on the Apple TV, practically means that the Apple TV turns your TV from a standard one to a Smart TV (unless you already had a Smart TV in the first place).
Streaming content from your iPhone or Mac is kind of cool, too. The Apple TV now streams 1080P video (formerly being able to stream only 720P).
Get it all for £79 here (Roughly $100).

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This is where the Apple TV excels. It’s a little box that’s extremely simple to set up -’Plug N Play’.
There is built-in WiFi into the device, but nonetheless you get an ethernet port on the back, if you prefer to connect to the internet via a wired connection for faster data speeds.
It’s a simple design and the remote highlights the minimalism. No extra buttons that you’ll never need. With the Apple TV, what you see is what you get.
You get a nice glossy finish around the sides of the box and there is a rubber finish at the bottom of the box, so that it does not fall off a surface.

itunes movies screen1 Apple TV: Is it worth it?
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You get a Netflix-like grid layout as an interface to browse through films. Personally, I quite like the menu layout. It’s simple to use and effective. Like Netflix, it’s organised into categories. This makes it easy to find popular films at the touch of a button.
You get a nice tilted effect on the slideshows of the films at the top. This gives it a 3D impression and without it, the flat would look sort of dull.Talking of dull, there are menus without that featured part, and so it does bore me. Have a look below.
Apple TV Apple TV: Is it worth it?
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 It looks very much like iOS 5/6. I don’t like that look having had iPhones in the past and getting sick of looking at a similar style for so long. Even if Apple, were to change the black background to the iOS 7 theme, it would look more appealing. With an Apple TV, you might think it’s all about content. But we know how much Apple care about design (just look at the box itself, or look at the designs of Apple stores).
With plenty of movies to watch, you aren’t short of wondering the opportunity cost of the £80 ($100) you spent. Or are you>
For a movie selection, you might be better off getting Netflix/Amazon Prime Instant. Netflix costs £5.99/$7.99 a month. Without that you get a collection of films and TV shows via the cloud. We prefer the Cloud, so it’s one up to the alternatives.
With Apple TV, you are paying for each individual film you buy, whereas with a streaming service like Netflix you pay monthly. There is also a Netflix app on the Apple TV – but we find that it is a bit pointless. Why pay for both?  The Apple TV is not cheap. For films, you’re better off with Netflix. If you like to own movies, rather than just stream them, then the Apple TV might be for you.
Chromecast. We absolutely adore it. You can stream stuff from your laptop, phones (including iPhones, Windows Phones and of course, Android Phones) and tablet. With the Apple TV, Apple locks it down for only Apple devices. Chromecast is the friendly father to all.  It’s dead simple to set up and the best bit about is the price. It can be yours for $35/£30. Wait…a month? A year? Nope! One-off payment. That means that the Apple TV is twice the price of an Apple TV. Chromecast is more device friendly, makes your TV a Smart TV and it’s the size of a small USB memory stick. Google makes it, so you can be sure of good quality.

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Don’t worry about losing your remote down the side of the sofa. Why? Because there isn’t one. Your remote is your smartphone, tablet or laptop. If you’re using your smartphone, just imagine – if you lose it, you can just call it!
So we recommend against buying an Apple TV and going for a Chromecast!
Apple TV – Is it worth it? No.
You can purchase it here (UK) or here for US.

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