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November was marked by the released of the two most anticipated gaming consoles: The PS4 & Xbox One. However, this month would not have been complete without the NSA hacking somebody. Moreover, the news that Winamp is shutting down has the tech world mourning. And did you hear Twitter is now public on Wall-sTWEET and Snapchat turned down Facebook and Google? In case you missed these and other cool tech stories, here is the tech news recap for November 2013.
November Top Tech News, Rumors, Releases And Highlights
- The first ever YouTube Music Awards happened this month. Did you watch them?
- Google Analytics now giving you tips on how to speed up your site.
- Facebook rolls out new ‘Like and Share’ buttons.
- The social network Twitter started offering shares on the New York Stock Exchange with an initial IPO price of $45.10 on November 7, 2013. ($26 was the target IPO valuation)
- Facebook and Microsoft are offering cash to “friendly hackers” who can hunt down web bugs in the name of security.
- Google Maps For Desktop Update: Traffic data from Waze integration, Pegman is back with 3D “Earth tours.”
- RIP Blockbuster: All its 300 remaining U.S. stores are set to shut down by early January 2014.
- 20-inch tablet? Welcome Panasonic’s Toughpad tablet. Yours for only $6,000.
- Apple is preparing to offer in-store repairs: Replace broken screens, cameras and other parts.
- The NSA just released a smartphone app.
- Facebook testing a 5 star rating system on pages.
- Rumor: Apple reportedly working on iPhones with larger, curved glass screens for 2014. How do you like this idea?
- You now must have a Google+ account to be able to comment on a YouTube video
- Google Glass gets musical: “Okay Glass, listen to…”
- Just in time for the holidays, Sony’s PlayStation 4 and Xbox One is now on sale.
- Twitter launches ‘Custom Timelines’ that lets users create collections of tweets of their interest areas.
- Social Media has overtaken porn as the #1 activity on the Web.
- Snapchat turns down Facebook’s $3 billion acquisition offer. Google’s 4 billion offer to Snapchat wasn’t high enough either.
- Facebook updates its Messenger app to look more like SMS.
- Dropbox users can now switch seamlessly between business and personal accounts.
- Why did this take so long? Google and Microsoft block search results that are linked to child pornography.
- Firefox is getting a brand new look (again).
- LinkedIn introduces ‘LinkedIn Showcase Pages’. It’s a new way for companies to highlight individual brands/products.
- Google officially announces a physical Wallet Card that can be used at ATM’s and MasterCard locations.
- Windows phone users: Instagram is finally available for you.
- After 15 memorable years of playing music for millions of users, Winamp will play its last tune on December 20, 2013.
- Apple wins patent dispute against Samsung involving technology used in iPhone and iPads. And they are rewarded with $290 Million!
- UNLOCKED iPhone 5S is now available in Apple’s online store.
- Instagram may add ‘messaging feature’ in next update. Would you welcome this feature?
- Chrome Users: You can now use hands-free voice search on Google.com
- What is Google’s latest algorithm update? Learn what changed with the introduction of Hummingbird and what it means for your business.
- Shopping for a new gadget this holiday season? Here’s a review of the best tablet to meet specific needs.
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