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20 Social Apps that Got Us Talking in 2013

As we wind down the year, The Next Web compiled a list of some of the social apps that have made some significant moves in 2013. How did we qualify what a social app was? In our mind, it was a service that had a core functionality that enabled users to interact and engage with other people, either …

Why The Wearables Revolution Won’t Be Like Smartphone ‘Dogfight’

A new book called <i>Dogfight: How Apple and Google Went to War and Started a Revolution</i> by Fred Vogelstein revealed the mechanism by which Apple …

No-Contract Apple iPhones Headed To Walmart Stores

<b>From CNBC:</b> Wal-Mart has announced that Apple's newest iPhones will be available for sale at its stores without a contract.<p>Buyers of iPhone 5s and 5c can talk, text and surf the Web on their devices via Straight Talk Wireless for a fee starting at $45 a month, according to that firm's parent …

Is Texting Actually Advancing Language?

<i>Part 1 of the</i> TED Radio Hour <i>episode</i> Spoken And Unspoken.<p><b>About John McWhorter's TEDTalk</b><p>Does texting mean the death of good writing skills? Linguist John McWhorter says that there's much more to texting — linguistically, culturally — than it seems, and it's all good news.<p><b>About John McWhorter</b><p>Linguist …

61 Languages Found On Twitter. Here's How They Rank In Popularity.

As Twitter seeks to become a global town square, it’s not surprising that there are a multitude of languages on the service. Social media research firm Semiocast has compiled an infographic that highlights the most popular language used along with a breakdown of Tweets from around the world.<p>English …

Google sets aside Hong Kong data center plans. Here’s why that’s a bit odd

As more consumers and businesses take to the cloud for email, file sharing, and other services, Google has been a beneficiary. To handle the load, it’s been building more and more data centers around the world to compute and run it all. So the news that Google is backing off its plans to build a …

Facebook: News Feed changes are aimed at 'low quality' sources

Some publishers may be justified in worrying about Facebook's News Feed changes, which are aimed at privileging smart articles over pictures of puppies. In an interview with <i>All Things D</i>, News Feed manager Lars Backstrom says that for now, the company is judging the quality of content by looking at …

Apple Hopes to Usher in New Age of Personalized In-Store Shopping With iBeacon Rollout

After months of speculation, Apple today rolled out its iBeacon technology in all of its 254 U.S. stores, allowing the company to send notifications …

Inside India’s Aadhar, The World’s Biggest Biometrics Database

India’s Unique Identification project, also known as Aadhar, earlier this week finished capturing demographic and biometric data of over half a billion residents–the largest biometric project of its kind currently in the world.<p>It’s been a multi-year effort not without its critics among privacy and …

Why developers should build on iOS before heading to Android

<i>Paul Gaubil is the chief executive and co-founder of Sensopia, the maker of home improvement app MagicPlan.</i><p>Recently, there has been much debate as to whether developers are better served beginning mobile software production iOS- or Android-first.<p>While this may be different for each developer, and …

Apple’s Lower-Cost iPhone Could Lack a Retina Display

A new research report by RBC Capital Markets analyst Amit Daryanani cites his supply chain checks when predicting a June or July launch for both the …

Apple’s ‘Find My Friends’ App Updated With Location, Notification, and Interface Improvements

Apple has released a nice (albeit minor) update for their Find my Friends app today, adding a new interface for location-based alerts. The new …

A new era of GPU benchmarking: Inside the second with Nvidia’s frame capture tools | Ars Technica

Display-level reckoning for GPUs.<p>This story was brought to you by our friends at The Tech Report. You can view the original story here.<p>We've come a …

Chinese regulator pledges to get tough on Apple warranty practices

Chinese regulators are calling for tougher protections for consumers, and Apple’s iPhone repair policies in the country are coming under its crosshairs. State press agency <i>Xinhua</i> reports that the State Administration for Industry and Commerce issued a notice to local industry and commerce …

Facebook Messenger free calls now available outside of US and UK, too

Facebook made quite some buzz when it quietly launched free calling through the Facebook Messenger app for iOS and Android. While initially available in the US and Canada, Facebook recently rolled out voice calling in the UK, too, with promise to launch in more countries. If you’re living …

Chatbots

Facebook Is Going To Release Its Own Android-Based Operating System — Reports

Facebook sent out invitations for a media event next Thursday at its headquarters which read "Come see our new home on Android."<p>This immediately set off a wave of speculation about what Facebook would announce. The initial thought was that Facebook simply had a new, updated Android application.<p>But …

Android Phones

Boot up: how Samsung won, Windows Blue's cues, iPad forecasts, and more

A burst of 10 links for you to chew over, as picked by the Technology team<p>How Samsung became the world's No.1 smartphone maker >> Businessweek<p>In …

Lenovo reportedly in talks to buy NEC's cellphone business

Japanese electronics manufacturer NEC is in talks with Lenovo to sell off its mobile phone business, cutting its losses after two years of red ink from the division. Reports from <i>Nikkei</i><i>,</i> confirmed by <i>Reuters</i> sources, indicate the two companies — already partners in a joint venture to produce PCs in …