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Awesome Google Features You May Not Have Known About

For example, did you know that Google can guide you through your wedding?<p>From the silly to the useful, these Google features (which we picked out of this great Quora thread) will make you love Google even more than you probably already did.

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How to Understand the Google-Apple Smartphone War

The global smartphone war is a much more complex competition than simple market-share numbers suggest, and both top smartphone platforms face challenges.<p>When thinking about smartphones — the most important digital devices today — it’s customary to think of the business as a simple market-share …

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge Finally Available In the UK

After several delays, the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge is finally available in the UK. However, there’s one catch here, it’s exclusively available from …

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Google is heading for the exits in Russia and others are likely to follow

After president Vladimir Putin called the internet a “CIA project,” this was probably just a matter of time: Google confirmed late Thursday (Dec. 11) that it’s getting its engineers out of Russia. According to tech site The Information, which first reported the news (paywall), its 50 mostly …

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Apple worked to block '100 percent' of iTunes competitors from iPods

The federal antitrust case Apple's fighting isn't looking any more favorable for the hardware giant since we last reported on it. Former iTunes engineer Rod Schultz testified on Friday that he'd worked on a project to block "100 percent of non-iTunes clients" in addition to keeping any third-party …

Workflow Is The Most Impressive Productivity App We've Ever Seen

Imagine you could create a single button on your iPhone that does whatever you want.<p>Want to order an Uber for your next Calendar event? Easy. Want a button designated for calling mom? Done. Wish you could tap a button and get directions to the nearest coffee shop? Who wouldn't? Want to tweet the …

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Amazon just entered the food delivery game

Food delivery sites like Seamless, Grubhub, and Delivery.com just got some major competition. This past week, Amazon quietly launched online takeout and delivery via Amazon Local. The service only appears to be live in Amazon's hometown of Seattle for now, but you can be certain that the company …

5 Can't-Miss Apps: Rooms, Inbox, TinType and More

Haffy<p>Inbox<p>Music Deals<p>Rooms<p>TinType<p>Between the first games of the World Series and the rollout of iOS 8.1, which finally makes Apple Pay available, you …

New York Times invests in Dutch “iTunes for news” company

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Credit: Yeko Photo Studio/Shutterstock<p>Blendle, a Dutch startup that sells access to news and other content from a variety of …

4 Reasons Amazon's Fire Phone Was a Flop

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Medium opens its social publishing platform to all Twitter users

Twitter's Ev Williams started Medium to simplify and socialize online article writing, but the service's invitation-only nature has kept many folks on the sidelines. Today, things are opening up: Medium's now accessible to anyone willing to sign into Twitter and verify an email address. Would-be …

Lost between tablet and cloud

IT IS no secret that sales of laptop and desktop computers are in terminal decline. Apple’s iPads, along with various Android tablets, are eating …

You’re Not Just The Product, You’re The Ads (And Your Friends Should Thank You)

Word of mouth, sponsored. Trusted recommendations, promoted. Reviews from friends, endorsed. This is the new lexicon of advertising. As the world learns to ignore traditional advertising online, tech giants have found a way to grab people’s attention: using your name, face, and words. Are we okay …

Amazon Web Services: should you stay or should you go?

Advertisement<p>17 Comments<p>Amazon(s amzn) Web Services is the default, go-to IT infrastructure of choice for startups, right? Right. Er, well not …

What I Learned About Facebook As A Feedback Panelist

Today when I opened Facebook, as I do every day, at some point, at least once, I was surprised to see the social network asking me for some time and input. Generally speaking, it asks “What’s on your mind?” or something similar in the status update entry field, but this was different; this was a …

The connected prison: swapping lock and key for biometrics and RFID

Public sector? Tick. New technology? Tick. Sensitive issue?<p>Tick.<p>It is hard to believe after the recent public sector IT scandals that the UK …

With $5M, Level launches a “money meter” finance app for the Uber generation

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>As companies like Uber make paying for goods and services more seamless than ever, startup Level wants to make managing …

5 fun and terrifying things about working for Jeff Bezos

Advertisement<p>5 Comments<p>Credit: Amazon<p>“If I hear that idea again, I’m gonna have to kill myself.” This, according to Brad Stone’s upcoming book <i>The</i> …

Pantech Vega Secret Note includes fingerprint reader, stylus and the kitchen sink

Don't look now, but Pantech just managed to combine five hot smartphone trends in one device. Its new, 5.9-inch Vega Secret Note centers on a fingerprint reader that hides personal info. However, that's just the start of a feature list that includes seemingly every major trick we've seen in the …

Cloud Security: Mobile Startup Lookout Gets $55M Led By Deutsche Telekom To Go Global & Target Enterprise

Mobile security company Lookout is all about protecting user’s mobile devices against malicious threats, a business that today has 45 million customers. Today it’s raising its own profile a little bit more. The startup is announcing another $55 million in funding, led by strategic investor Deutsche …

Google makes its 13th clean energy investment in 3 years

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>On Thursday Google (s GOOG) announced its 13th investment in a clean energy project over a three year period — the clean energy …

BT set to return to consumer mobile market after EE deal

BT is expected to make a return to the consumer mobile market after more than a decade after reaching a deal to run its network on EE’s airwaves.<p>The companies have announced that EE – Britain’s largest network – has won the race to operate BT’s “virtual network”, meaning a service run on another …

Third of millennials watch mostly online video or no broadcast TV

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>http://www.poynter.org/latest-news/mediawire/225528/third-of-millennials-watch-no-broadcast-tv/<p>A <i>New York Times</i> (s NYT) survey …

Instagram for Android update adds photo straightening, enhanced video control

iPhone users with Instagram version 4.1 have had the ability to straighten photos for a couple of months now, but Android smartphone owners are a bit behind the curve when it comes to sorting out crooked pics. Well, no more. The latest Android app update, which should hit Google Play sometime …

What your internet of things startup should learn from Netflix and the disaggregation of TV

Advertisement<p>7 Comments<p>The internet, standards and open platforms have allowed businesses to break up content and services into discrete and …

Facebook Removing Option To Be Unsearchable By Name, Highlighting Lack Of Universal Privacy Controls

“Who can look up your Timeline by name?” Anyone you haven’t blocked. Facebook is removing this privacy setting, notifying those who had hidden themselves that they’ll be searchable. It deleted the option from those who hadn’t used it in December, and is starting to push everyone to use privacy …

Chrome rises from 1.5% to 3% of iOS use since June 2012 launch

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>After stagnating for months, usage of Google’s(s goog) Chrome browser for iOS(s aapl) in North America is on the rise. …

This secretive startup plans to 3D print custom, affordable wood furniture

Advertisement<p>6 Comments<p>The traditional wood furniture industry has its share of problems. Faced with cheap plywood and chip wood that can be packed …

Google, SAP, Cisco & Samsung Among Potential Tech Buyers For Some Or All Of BlackBerry, Says Reuters

Google, SAP and Cisco are among a number of technology companies interested in buying up portions — or all — of BlackBerry’s business, according to Reuters, which cites several sources close to the matter. BlackBerry has also apparently asked for preliminary expressions from Intel, LG and Samsung, …