Henry Valdes

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Switchmate Lets You Control Your Light Switches From Your Phone, No Rewiring Required

From scrappy startups to mega giants like Philips and GE, it seems like everyone wants to build a smart lightbulb. After all, who <i>wouldn’t</i> want to be able to flip off that light they left on downstairs from the comfort of their bed?<p>Smart lightbulbs have one massive, glaring fault though: as soon as …

London will be a 5G city by 2020, promises Boris

As London becomes the bright shining center of the European tech scene, it's only natural that the city would like to maintain its place at the top of the pile. That's why mayor Boris Johnson is pledging that London will roll out a 5G network across the city by 2020. It's part of a long-term …

Amazon Launches a Portal Dedicated to Customizing 3D-printed Products

Amazon has introduced a new portal on its site that is designed to bring together and highlight 3D-printed products for sale on the platform.<p>The company said that the marketplace is home to more than “200 unique print on-demand products” – including toys, fashion accessories and home furnishings – …

EU antitrust body clears Apple's $3bn Beats deal

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's antitrust authority has cleared Apple's $3 billion deal to buy Beats Electronics, which makes headphones and …

Samsung postpones launch of Tizen smartphone

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Samsung Electronics Co. said Monday it is delaying sales of its first Tizen-powered smartphone in the latest setback to the …

Microsoft pits Siri against Cortana in new Windows Phone 8.1 ad

Microsoft is focusing on Apple’s Siri digital assistant in one of the first Windows Phone 8.1 commercials. It’s another return to the Mac vs. PC war, as Microsoft chooses to mock Siri in an effort to showcase Cortana for the first time. The new commercial sees an iPhone 5S pitted against a low-end …

Apple Stores to Allow Customers to Purchase iPhone Through U.S. Carriers' Early Upgrade Programs

Apple Retail Stores will soon allow customers to purchase an iPhone through U.S. carrier early upgrade programs including AT&T Next, Verizon Edge, and T-Mobile Jump, reports <i>9to5Mac</i>. Apple is aiming to implement the new initiative right before the launch of the iPhone 6 this fall, as both Genius Bar …

Verizon 4G LTE users to be subject to 'Network Optimization,' report says

Previously, only 3G users were tapped for optimization -- what some say is throttling -- designed to avoid clogs. But a report says that's changing.<p>Verizon Wireless is making a quick but potentially major change to the way it handles clogged networks.<p>Starting October 1, Verizon will expand its …

4G LTE

Congress restores consumers' right to unlock phones

Consumers will soon be able to free their cellphones from the grip of wireless carriers thanks to final legislation that Congress passed Friday allowing mobile devices to be unlocked.<p>President Obama said he looked forward to signing the bipartisan measure that cleared the House, which the wireless …

Traditional animation meets gaming in ‘Cuphead’

Have you ever wanted to walk into a 1930s cartoon? If so, <i>Cuphead</i> is here for you. Previewed briefly during the Microsoft Xbox Press Conference last …

South Korea's Game Addiction Law could treat games like drugs and alcohol

The debate surrounding video games has escalated due to the South Korean government's impending Game Addiction Law, which would see games regulated like drugs or alcohol.<p>You may have realized by now that Korea is a haven for gamers. Games like Starcraft and more recently, League of Legends, have a …

eSports

Report: Microsoft lists Batman: Arkham Knight Xbox One release for February

The U.S. Microsoft Store lists the release date for Rocksteady Studio's <i>Batman: Arkham Knight</i> on Xbox One as Feb. 24 2015.<p>Publisher Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment originally said that the game was slated to launch in fall this year on Windows PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. According to a …

World of Warcraft Player Hits Level 90 Without Leaving Starting Zone

Talk about the ultimate grind: a World of Warcraft player managed to reached the highest level in the game, 90, without ever leaving the starting …

Starbucks baristudents should beware the green mermaid bearing gifts

The genius of the Starbucks brand is that it makes the mass produced seem totally personal. Go to any Starbucks anywhere and your unique, personalized double-shot vanilla Frappuccino will come out with the exact same consistency and taste as it would at any other Starbucks locale, with your name …

Starbucks offers to part-fund online degree course for US employees

Coffee chain replaces existing tuition funding scheme with one that enables staff to graduate from Arizona State University<p>Starbucks is rolling out a programme that would allow its workers to earn an online college degree at Arizona State University at a discounted rate.<p>The coffee chain is …