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Facebook’s $19 Billion WhatsApp Acquisition, Contextualized

Facebook just announced it’s buying WhatsApp, a global messaging platform with 450 million MAUs, for approximately $19 billion. It’s one of the biggest tech acquisitions since HP bought Compaq for $25 billion in 2001.<p>It means that WhatsApp, which raised a comparatively measly $8 million since its …

This supersonic jet is too fast for windows

Spike Aerospace is in the midst of building the first supersonic private jet. And when the $80 million (£47.9 million) S-512 takes off in December …

Catchr Catches People Using Your iPhone While You’re Not Around

Ever wondered if somebody you thought you could trust is going through your phone when it’s out of sight?<p>That’s the (all too pertinent) premise behind Catchr, a new app designed to give users peace of mind while they are away from their iPhone. While the app won’t protect against “leaky apps” or …

Apps

6 Gorgeous Concept Photos Of The Big-Screen iPhone 6

A few weeks ago, The Wall Street Journal reported that Apple plans to release two new iPhones with bigger screens this year.<p>The first device will have just under a 5-inch screen, likely 4.7 inches to keep the same size ratio the 4-inch iPhone 5S has. The second phone will have a very large screen, …

Mobile Technology

Former WSJ Apple reporter has a dreary take on life at Apple after Steve Jobs in this excerpt

Former WSJ Apple reporter/scoopster Yukari Iwatani Kane is coming out with a new book called <i>Haunted Empire: Apple After Steve Jobs ($12.74 Amazon/$14.99 iBookstore).</i><p>We’re not sure how the book reads quite yet but this excerpt of her <i>New Yorker</i> piece via <i>Fortune</i>, doesn’t take on a very optimistic tone …

Shopping app lets you beam payments to old-fashioned cash registers

Remember Mobeam's barcode scanning trick? It looks like it just found a new home: the Clutch app. The digital shopping app can now beam credit card loyalty card numbers, ticket info, coupons and gift card data to the regular laser scanners used at most retailers. The catch is, of course, that this …

Scentee's smelly smartphone notifications are now available worldwide

If you were crestfallen when you heard that Scentee's fragrance-emitting smartphone add-on would be hard to get outside of Japan, you can relax -- it's now available worldwide through the company's site. The perfume plug-in sells for $35 by itself (plus a whopping $30 in shipping), while scent …

Wallgram Turns Instagram Photos Into iPhone Wallpapers

If you’re anything like me, you’ll change your iPhone’s wallpaper on a regular basis to keep things fresh, but finding a good one isn’t always easy. At least that <i>was</i> the case — until Wallgram came along. Wallgram isn’t just another photo bank full of images; it uses Instagram photos uploaded by …

iOS

Sheryl Sandberg Among Youngest Women Billionaires As Facebook Shares Climb

In her book <i>Lean In,</i> Sheryl Sandberg detailed her negotiations with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg as she was being scouted for the position of chief operating officer. Poised to become the social network’s number two, the Harvard MBA noted that she was “dying” to accept the job but was “afraid of …

Facebook to launch standalone news app ‘Paper’

Facebook is launching a new standalone mobile news app called Paper that features a slick new look and content creation tools.<p>Why is Facebook concentrating solely on a news feed app? Well, the company definitely understands that its news feed is one of the most vital components overall. It’s one of …

Google Glass, Now With Prescription Lenses and Hipper Frames

Google Glass is ambitions and unlike anything that's come before it. The headset also has a lot to overcome. Today, the search engine king may have taken a big step in the right direction.<p>Whether it's the prohibitive price tag, the nerdy look of the glasses, or the social awkwardness of talking to …

Wearable Tech

This iPhone case lets you answer calls while it's closed

Both LG and Samsung have phone cases that let you take calls without exposing your screen to the elements, but what if you have an iPhone? As of today, you can check out Moshi's SenseCover. The iPhone 5 and 5s flip case includes both a preview window as well as a touch strip that lets you answer …

There is no one Twitter experience — there is only your Twitter experience

Advertisement<p>6 Comments<p>Credit: Thinkstock / Moodboard<p>As any social platform expands and reaches the online equivalent of middle age, there are often …

We're All Doomed: Using Your Smartphone Before Bed Can Cause Cellphone 'Hangover'

So, we already knew that using our smartphones too much alienates us from actual human beings. Here’s another reason we should probably chill out …

Android Top on Smartphones Sales in Key Global Markets

Android continues to hold court over the rest of the mobile industry in almost every global market, according to a new report from Kantar Research.<p>The data shows that devices running the Google-owned operating system accounted for at least 50 percent or more of sales in the US, Europe, Latin …

The 2 Teenagers Who Run the Wildly Popular Twitter Feed @HistoryInPics

Meet Xavier Di Petta and Kyle Cameron, ages 17 and 19, whose ability to build a massive audience from nothing may be unparalleled in media today.<p>There is a new ubiquitous media brand on Twitter.<p>No, I'm not talking about Pierre Omidyar's First Look Media or BuzzFeed or The Verge, or any other …

Smartphone Use At Night Hurts Sleep And Workplace Productivity: Study

Sure, we know that screen time right before bed is bad for sleep. And turns out, using your smartphone late at night also makes you feel depleted in the morning, thereby making you less focused and engaged at work, according to a small new study.<p>The study, published in the journal Organizational …

Flexible Sapphire Glass And Simpler OS Will Make iWatch More Fuelband Than Gear

Tim Cook acknowledged in an ABC interview yesterday that Apple has something big going on in Arizona concerning sapphire glass, but stopped short of admitting that a forthcoming iWatch might be a major beneficiary of the new material. A number of other factors conspire to make me think that to be …

South Korea's 5G Network Will Let You Download a Full Movie in a Second

South Korea has announced a $1.5 billion plan to upgrade its network to 5G capability by 2020.<p>“We helped fuel national growth with 2G services in the …

Bored of your normal résumé? Sumry wants to replace it with an interactive timeline

Looking for a job and sending out résumés is a full-time job in itself, and in order to make yourself stand out from the crowd you might be considering adding some flourishes to your existing CV.<p>However, tweaking that existing Microsoft Word template isn’t going to cut it. According to Sumry, a …

As Mac Turns 30, Apple Still Lives Under Its Glow

There’s a moment when Steve Jobs is officially introducing the first Macintosh that has now become iconic. He’s talking up the specs of the machine at the Apple shareholders meeting 30 years ago today and then shows off an ad for the computer where we see someone unzip a case and pull the machine …

Here Are 24 Countries Where Windows Phone Outsells The iPhone (And Why It Does)

Statistics may say Windows 8 is a flop but, contrary to popular opinion, Windows Phone is far from down and out in the battle for our mobile affections. In fact in many parts of the world sales are rocketing past the iPhone.<p>This month Microsoft broke these areas down country by country and …

Caribu: Bedtime Stories When You're Away From Your Kids

If you’ve got kids, you’re probably well-versed in reading them a little story before they head off to the land of marshmallow clouds. But equally, if you’re a working mum or dad, you may often miss out on putting them to bed, either due to being tethered to the office, or staying away for the …

Google's ready to give away over $2.7 million to folks that hack Chrome OS successfully

But not if you hack from the comfort of your own home. Instead, you'll have to travel to the CanSecWest security conference in Vancouver this March to showcase your skills at Google's Pwnium 4 competition. For those who aren't familiar, Google's been holding these Pwnium contests for years as a …

Carl Icahn adds another $500 million into $AAPL, total now at $3.6 billion and closing in on 1% ownership

Just yesterday, activist investor Carl Icahn revealed that he has invested another $500 million into AAPL stock. Just around 24 hours later, Icahn has posted on Twitter that he invested <i>another</i> $500 million. That brings his total investment into Apple stock to $3.6 billion. This means that he is …

iPhone 5s Owners Using 20% More Cellular Data Than Last Year's iPhone 5 Owners

Owners of the iPhone 5s, Apple's latest flagship smartphone, are using significantly more data than iPhone 5 owners consumed last year -- twenty percent more, according to a new research report from JDSU (via <i>TechCrunch</i>), in what the writer of the study called an "unprecedented increase" in uplink …

Apple Is Working On Two Larger iPhones, Per WSJ

History really does repeat itself.<p>Just like previous rumor seasons, Apple is reported to release two phones later this year. Except this time around, they will have larger screen.<p>Citing people familiar with the matter, the WSJ reports that one iPhone model will sport a 4.5-inch display, and the …

Smart Jewelry: 5 Gadgets To Keep Notifications At Your Fingertips

The introduction of the revamped and grown-up Pebble Steel marks a new era of runway-ready smart wearables. From Google Glass to smart watches, mobile technology is aiming to integrate with accessories people might actually want to wear.<p>Jewelry may just be the forefront to the next wave of wearable …

Report: Teens love Instagram, but aren’t abandoning Facebook

Advertisement<p>4 Comments<p>Credit: Shutterstock / noporn<p>Throughout the bulk of 2013, a few key speculation narratives about the growth of social media …