[Published on: Dec 22, 2014] As of every month, December 2014 was also full of technological tech events that I’m going to disclose in this article. Here I collected the top 10 most trending technology news of December 2014.
Look at the technology news headlines of December 2014:
Microsoft Announced to shut down clip arts from Office 2014
Microsoft announced to shutdown clip arts in its successor of Microsoft Office package, 2014. According to company – “it seems that nobody use clip arts nowadays and so that decided to stop featuring them”.
Google Chromecast Finally Launched in India
Google finally launched its widely popular Chromecast in India. The Google Chromecast will be available in Indian shopping site like Snapdeal soon at Rs 2999 only. Read – What is Google Chromecast and How to Get Started with it.
Indian Government Bans Xiaomi and OnePlus Smartphones
Indian government banned the popular Chinese company in India. But, however, the high court removed the ban from its Qualcomm based smartphone until 8 January only. As of the news, high court also banned OnePlus smartphones from selling in India.
Facebook Stopped Including Search Results from Bing
Facebook has stopped including results from Microsoft Bing search engine on its social networking site. “We’re not currently showing web search results in Facebook Search because we’re focused on helping people find what’s been shared with them on Facebook,” a company spokesperson told Reuters. “We continue to have a great partnership with Microsoft in lots of different areas.”
Bing Ties up with TripAdviser for International Hotel Booking
Microsoft ties up with TripAdviser to facilitate international hotel booking support across 22 countries including India in 14 different languages. So, users can now directly get rates, and reviews for different hotels from Bing search via TripAdviser.
Google Adds a GIF Maker on YouTube
Google adds its own GIF maker on YouTube which is the most demanding thing among users. However, Google is now testing this GIF maker and that’s why available only on certain channels. YouTube’s GIF-making option can be found under the share section, alongside share, embed, and email.
Google Launches Hindi Ads on its Display Network
It’s also a good start of Google for those advertisers who love to see their ads in Hindi language. So, Google has included Hindi ads on its display network to allow advertisers reach out to 500 million Hindi speakers across the world.
Microsoft Sold Nokia’s MixRadio to Line
MixRadio is a music streaming service which started its journey by being bundled free with Nokia’s Lumia range of Windows Phone devices and now has been sold to Japanese messaging service Line by Microsoft.
Microsoft Removed All the Snapchat Apps from Windows Phone Store
Surprisingly Microsoft has removed numerous third-party Snapchat apps from the Windows Phone Store, leaving its users adrift without any official app for the platform. However, Microsoft confirmed that the request for removal of third-party Windows Phone apps comes from Snapchat itself and hence the all Snapchat apps have been removed from Windows Phone app store.
Facebook Launched Stickered App for Messenger
A Messenger spinoff app named Stickered for Messenger launched by Facebook. The app deals largely with emoticon stickers used in the Facebook Messenger app, and the most interesting thing is that it lets users use the stickers as overlays on their snapshots. Install Stickered app from Google Play. iOS users can also install this app from here.
Google Search Starts Displaying Full Song Lyrics
As of the other features of Google like calculator, translator etc. that it directly throws below the search bar for real time use, a new feature also added. Now, users of Google will be able to see the full song lyrics on the search page without navigating to any site. Isn’t it interesting? I hope this feature will add a great vantage for you while search for any song lyrics. However, it’s not yet visible for Indian users…but may be soon.