Trello Announces Power-Ups Platform With Support for Zendesk, Giphy, and More

Trello Announces Power-Ups Platform With Support for Zendesk, Giphy, and More

Trello, a popular Web-based project management application, has just gotten more powerful. The company has announced Power-Ups Platform, a feature that enables the service to fetch information from outside sources. Some of the services that it currently supports include Zendesk, SurveyMonkey, and Giphy.

Trello announced on Monday the Power-Ups Platform. The feature gleans information and data from third-party services and directly adds them to Trello. The company has been working on this feature for quite sometime, having announced similar integrations with some services including Slack, GitHub andGoogle Drive for business users.

“Now, anyone can easily integrate with Trello or create their own custom features, either as public Power-Ups – available to the entire Business Class community – or as custom private Power-Ups for their own Business Class team,” the company wrote in a blog post.

The new services to be added to Trello includes Zendesk, which now attaches tickets and views to cards directly in Trello. Other services include SurveyMonkey, join.me, Harvest, Corrello, Elegantt, FogBugz, Giphy, Publicate.

Furthermore, Trello says that it has opened the Power-Ups Platform to developers that are looking to build their own Power-Ups. The company has made available documentations, and code examples on its developer portal.

On the sidelines, the company also announced that its user base has surpassed the 12-million count. This means that Trello saw 2 million new users join the service since October. The service is available across multi-platforms including OS X, Android, and iOS. It also supports most Web browsers includingChrome, Safari, Internet Explorer, and Mozilla Firefox. The company offers its basic service for free to users.

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Spotify Buys Music Social Network Apps Soundwave, Cord Project

Spotify Buys Music Social Network Apps Soundwave, Cord ProjectSpotify is stepping up the competition against Apple Music and major European rivals Deezer and Tidal with a pair of acquisitions aimed at making it easier to discover and share music with friends.

The Swedish music-streaming service has acquired Dublin- based Soundwave, an app downloaded more than 1.5 million times, praised by Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Wozniak and British actor Stephen Fry and invested in by Mark Cuban. It lets users explore music with private groups and see what music is trending nearby. The second purchase is Cord Project, a simple voice messaging service for phones, tablets and smartwatches. Financial details of the acquisitions were not disclosed.

Deezer simultaneously announced today it has raised EUR 100 million (roughly Rs. 740 crores) from a group of investors led by billionaire Len Blavatnik.

Spotify, with more than 20 million subscribers and a valuation of about $8.2 billion (roughly Rs. 55,724 crores), is expanding its services to win over customers as rival Apple adds to its 10 million subscriber base. Both Apple and Spotify give users access to more than 30 million songs, and charge identical monthly fees in many countries.

Streaming music is big business. Subscription and ad- supported streaming generated more than $2 billion (roughly Rs. 13,591 crores) in global sales in 2014, according to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, accounting for almost about a third of all digital music sales.

Even as artists such as Taylor Swift, Adele and more recently Coldplay have withheld new music from streaming sites, the services’ popularity has soared as consumers were attracted to the ease of use and instant access to millions of songs without having to own the collection. Spotify, for instance, doubled its subscribers from May 2014 to June 2015, and has more than 75 million users worldwide.

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Teewe-Maker Raises $3 Million Funding, to Enter Smartphone Market With Android-Based OS

Teewe-Maker Raises $3 Million Funding, to Enter Smartphone Market With Android-Based OS

On the event of its latest funding round, Bengaluru-based Mango Man Consumer Electronics, the makers of HDMI media streaming device Teewe has re-branded itself Creo. The re-branding coincides with the launch of its proprietary Android OS on Thursday.

The company launched its website Creosense.com and announced it had raised $3 million (roughly Rs. 20.3 crores) in funds from Sequoia India, Beenext Ventures, and India Quotient.

The startup will be developing a proprietary software OS based on Android, and then launching a smartphone by the first half of 2016, said Sai Srinivas, Co-Founder and CEO, Creo, in a conversation with Gadgets 360. The Android based OS will have access to the Google Play store, and the company plans to license its OS to other OEMs in India and worldwide.

“From a functional aspect our OS aims to deliver features that are not there on any other phone, with a promise of building new features on a regular monthly basis,” he said, adding that the OS will continuously evolve to provide new experiences.

(Also see: 12 Indian Hardware Startups That Are Making an Impact)

The Sequoia-funded startup had launched its first hardware device, Teewe in September 2014, and Teewe 2 in May 2015. Teewe added torrent streaming functionality through an update in late December 2015.

(Also see: Teewe 2 Review: Plug and Play Streaming Media Player)

Earlier this week, Mumbai-based MoFirst, the makers of FirsTouch OS had recently re-branded its regional language smartphone operating system as Indus OS, to go with its fund-raise of $5 million (roughly Rs. 34 crores).

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Google Unveils Virtual Tour of Buckingham Palace

Google Unveils Virtual Tour of Buckingham Palace

Web surfers will be able to peek into the gilded interiors of Queen Elizabeth II’s home in a new virtual reality tour launched by Google on Wednesday.

Buckingham Palace, the queen’s primary residence, has opened its doors to the tech giant for 360-degree photos of some of its richly-decorated rooms.

The tour can be viewed on a computer or in 3D on a mobile phone through the official British Monarchy YouTube channel one of several digital initiatives adopted by the royal household in recent years.

Visitors are welcomed by a virtual Master of the Household and then guided by curator Anna Reynolds through lavish chambers including the Throne Room.

At the end of the video, which lasts around 10 minutes, virtual visitors are also shown a secret door through which the queen arrives at receptions.

The programme is intended for schoolchildren and was created under Google’s Expedition programme.

Instead of having a virtual guide, teachers dictate the tour and highlight interesting topics for pupils.

“For schoolchildren, Buckingham Palace is one of the most iconic, magical buildings in the world,” said Jemima Rellie, director of content at the Royal Collection Trust which worked together with Google.

Jennifer Holland, Expedition’s programme manager, launched the tour at an event in London with pupils from a school in east London.

“We asked them, if you could go anywhere in the world where would you want to go and they replied Buckingham Palace,” she said.

The photos for the tour were taken last week with a 16-camera rig placed in a circle.

The virtual tour will also be available through the official British Monarchy YouTube channel.

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