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After upgrade hiccups, Alcatel will skip Firefox OS 1.2

The Alcatel One Touch Fire, one of the inaugural phones to sport Mozilla's Firefox OS, won't get version 1.2 of the browser-based operating system -- but it will get 1.3.<p>That's the word from Mozilla and Alcatel. And although it's an inauspicious start for the browser-based operating system, it's …

Zoom's H5 brings high-quality audio recording to budget-minded pros

Are you serious about capturing high-quality audio away from a studio, but not so serious that you need a do-everything recorder like Zoom's H6? You'll want to look into the company's newly unveiled H5, then. While it should match the H6's audio quality and can use the same stereo microphone …

Canada's Wind Mobile offers unlimited US roaming for $15 extra per month

Canadians frequently have to pay through the nose to use their phones in the US; at best, they'll get a paltry 50MB of data per day. They won't have that problem for long, though, since Wind Mobile is launching an unlimited US roaming plan on February 3rd. For $15 extra per month, subscribers will …

T-Mobile Takes Tim Tebow To The Super Bowl

Back in 2011, when Tim Tebow threw that pass to Demaryius Thomas on an 80-yard, game-winning TD pass to beat Pittsburgh, 30-23, in the first round of the NFL playoffs, many thought he was on his way to the Super Bowl. Turned out, the Patriots had other ideas and beat the Broncos the following week, …

This $44 smartphone isn’t as good a deal as it sounds

South Africa’s—and indeed Africa’s—biggest mobile operator, MTN, this month released the “Steppa,” an Android phone for 499 South African rand. At present exchange rates that is a few cents over $44, and is “unlocked,” meaning the purchaser doesn’t have to buy a mobile contract. It comes with full …

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Using Leap Motion And Oculus Rift, This Game Tries To Correct Lazy Eye

Diplopia has raised more than $20,000 on Indiegogo.<p>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W5tVBfBJr-s<p>James Blaha had spent years dreaming up ways to fix his strabismus, a condition more commonly known as crossed eyes. He had contemplated using two projectors with polarized filters and lenses to send …

Twine Canvas Is Like Tinder But Based On Personality, Not Sex Appeal

Don’t judge a book by its cover. Beauty is only skin deep. It’s what’s on the inside that counts.<p>These are the mantras of millions of young singles scouring the internet for someone with whom to have intercourse, or potentially procreate. But mobile app developer Sourcebits has released a new …

How Leap Motion can use its accelerator program to … leapfrog the competition

When you build something new, you need to show people it’s worth it. In the technology world one way to do that is to find applications for your …

Silk Road Vendor Fighting To Reclaim Seized Bitcoins, Argues He Sold Legal Products

Somewhere in the $164 million worth of bitcoins held by the U.S. government, there’s a chunk of the cryptocurrency that until very recently belonged to Peter Ward, a British self-described “cybertechnohippy” and dealer in drug paraphernalia like bongs, marijuana seeds, and rolling papers. Now Ward …

Vinted’s mobile app turns your unwanted clothing into cash

Women have billions of dollars worth of unworn clothing in their closets.<p>Vinted is a mobile marketplace for secondhand clothes that puts those forsaken garments to use. Today, the startup announced it has raised $27 million in its second round of funding.<p>The money will support the …

How Nintendo Can Save Itself

Nintendo is hemorrhaging money on a flopped product and refuses to do the one thing that’ll keep it afloat. Here are some ideas for how it could improve its bottom line, without selling out.<p>The Nintendo Wii console was a massive hit. The sequel which debuted late last year, the Wii U, was a massive …

BrightFunnel Raises Funding To Build Smarter Marketing Predictions

Marketing startup BrightFunnel is announcing that it has raised a small “advisory round” of slightly less than $1 million from some big-name investors.<p>Co-founder and CEO Nadim Hossain served most recently as the vice president of marketing at PowerReviews (which was acquired by Bazaarvoice). In …

Coupons.com Files For $100M IPO On The NYSE, Trading As Coup

The march of the 2014 initial public offerings commences, with the latest one of the oldest brands on the internet. Coupons.com has just filed S-1 papers with the SEC for an IPO on the NYSE, trading under the name COUP, and raising $100 million.<p>Goldman, Sachs & Co., Allen & Company LLC, BofA …

25 years of Madden, the video game that changed football forever

In 2004, my friends and I made a rule: when we played <i>Madden,</i> no one was allowed to be the Atlanta Falcons. With them, you were unstoppable, because quarterback Michael Vick was unstoppable. Thanks to a 95 speed rating and 97 acceleration, he was the best rusher in the league and a near-lock to …

Jobs Biographer Walter Isaacson: 'Execution is What Really Matters,' Apple is the Best

Earlier this month, Walter Isaacson, the man who wrote the best-selling biography of Steve Jobs, garnered some attention when he told a CNBC interviewer that the "greatest innovation today" was coming from Google, not Apple.<p>Yesterday, Isaacson did an interview with <i>Bloomberg TV</i>, where he clarified …

Wayfair said to be raising $150M to change the way you furnish your house

The battlefields for beds and bath towels is getting fierce.<p>Home goods giant Wayfair is raising a $150 million round with a valuation of $2 billion, according to a report in Reuters. This news comes just one day after rival One Kings Lane announced closing $112 million in new funding at a valuation …

Time Warner Cable promises upgraded internet, TV service in response to rival takeover attempt

More reliable service, faster speeds, and more will come to NYC and LA under a new brand<p>Time Warner Cable has long had a rotten reputation, but now that the cable company is facing a takeover from rival Charter Communications, executives are promising that they're working to turn TWC around. A big …

Airbnb Is Testing Out An Affordable Cleaning Service For Hosts In San Francisco

Peer-to-peer lodgings marketplace Airbnb has been focused on finding ways that it can help its hosts improve the quality of experience for guests that stay in their homes. As part of this effort, the company is trialing a low-cost cleaning service for some hosts on the platform.<p>According to an …

Twitter acquires over 900 patents from IBM after infringement dispute

Like many other tech companies, Twitter has decided to buy some of IBM’s patents rather than go to court.<p>Just days before Twitter’s IPO last November, IBM claimed that Twitter was infringing on three of its patents. And while it sounded like Twitter was gearing up to defend itself, IBM announced …

As artificial intelligence grows, so do ethical concerns

Now that Google is delving even deeper into artificial intelligence, the minds behind "Don't be evil" might face real questions of right and wrong.<p>This week the Mountain View search titan snatched up DeepMind, which develops artificial intelligence software. The price tag and the specifics of the …

This is What Happens When You Teach Machines the Power of Natural Selection

Psychopathic machines? Lethal AI? These are the concepts we should be thinking about when we talk about the benefits of self-improving software. An …

How a failed clean technology could be the key to future iPhone screens

In many respects, solar startup Twin Creeks Technologies was a failure, representing the classic missteps of Silicon Valley’s efforts to back …

Apple Said To Be Focusing On Health With iOS 8 And iWatch, Following Exec Meeting With FDA

Apple’s plans for iOS 8 focus on redefining health tracking via mobile devices, according to a new report from 9to5Mac, which has a terrific track record when it comes to rumors it has sourced itself. The report details a new marquee application coming in iOS 8 called “Healthbook” that monitors all …

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 …

Whatever Happened To The War On Piracy?

It’s been a long time since the days of SOPA and PIPA, and the period when I published what remains my most popular piece to this day, “You Will Never Kill Piracy, and Piracy Will Never Kill You.” In the face of legislation that threatened the very freedom of the internet in the name of “ …

Take Your Next Flight On This Gigantic Solar Whale-Like Plane

Oscar Viñals, from Barcelona, envisioned the “AWWA Sky Whale” concept plane as a mixture of today’s current designs and future concepts that don’t …

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Talking Tech: Those 7 Minute Workout apps

PISMO BEACH, Calif. — I'm out of breath in a hotel room.<p>For the past 13 minutes, I've been doing jumping jacks, push-ups and squats, guided along by my iPhone. I feel terrific, and thrilled that I got a decent workout before starting my day out in the real world.<p>Welcome to the 7 Minute Workout app<i>.</i> …

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 …