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Google Play Newsstand gets a widget, adds mini view for easy reading

The idea behind a magazine or a newspaper is that you will actually sit down and <i>read</i> it -- but if you only have time to glance at a few headlines, the latest update to Google Play Newsstand is for you. The content aggregator now features a "mini card" view that compresses each story down to just …

Google and Audi’s new connected cars are really just about selling you apps

Expect a lot of hype this coming year about the “connected car.” At the Consumer Electronics Show, the industry’s main event, which starts on Jan. 7 in Las Vegas, the big car firms are all due to show off how their cars are taking advantage of internet access, and Google and Audi will announce that …

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Google reportedly partners with Audi for on-board Android

The Web giant and the automaker will develop in-car entertainment and information systems based on Google's mobile operating system, the Wall Street Journal reports.<p>Google is reportedly hitting the road for its next battle with Apple for mobile OS market share.<p>The Web giant has teamed with …

Carrier site helps Americans watch out for data-hungry mobile apps

American carriers warn you when you're using a lot of data, but they don't always tell you how to avoid that usage in the first place. Thankfully, they're taking a more proactive stance with the launch of their Know My App site. The CTIA-run page shows the typical data consumption of popular mobile …

OK, Glass: Show me what's next for Google

Google Glass is expected to reach store shelves sometime in 2014. When it does, the connected headset could do more than change the wearables market: it could change Google, too.<p>December 2014 is a year away. Barring unforeseen complications, Google Glass will have gone public by then and just might …

Why Do People Keep Giving Foursquare Money?

Foursquare just raised a bunch of money, again. This time it’s a Series D round of $35M, back in April of this year it was $41M in debt financing. The company seems to keep being able to convince people there’s something of value in its global location service.<p>Over the past couple of years …

Mozilla’s Asm.js Gets Another Step Closer To Native Performance

Mozilla’s asm.js is a strict subset of JavaScript that Firefox can run significantly faster than regular JavaScript code. Thanks to the so-called OdinMonkey module for Firefox’s built-in JavaScript engine, asm.js code was running at about 2x native speed in March and this week, the organization …

Augmented Reality Is Almost Everywhere

There is less difference between our work and home devices, our tablets and our mobile phones. They are not meant for “work” or for the “home.” We just use them wherever we are. The idea of a balance or even the concept of an enterprise hardware manufacturer seems quaint.<p>The difference, really, is …

Apple Patents Integrated Heart Rate Monitor For Smartphones, Hover Touch Sensors

Apple has been issued a couple new patents by the USPTO today (via AppleInsider), including one for hover touch sensing, the likes of which we’re starting to see rolled out in Android-powered devices lately like the Samsung Galaxy S4. Another patent issued today covers an embedded heart rate …

Google Wants To Build The Ultimate Personal Assistant

Google Search is changing rapidly. Given the company’s love of small, rapid-fire updates, its sometimes hard to keep track of where the company is going, but earlier this month, at the LeWeb conference in Paris, Google Engineering Director Scott Huffman presented a pretty compelling overview of the …

What To Watch Out For From Facebook In 2014

That's a truism, of course, because the social network has more than 1 billion members: every year will be a big year for Facebook.<p>Having said that, if you're interested in how the service will evolve, how the stock will perform, and where CEO Mark Zuckerberg wants to take the app in the future, …

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