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Google is becoming a wireless carrier

Soon, you will be able to buy a smartphone not through Verizon, AT&T, Sprint or T-Mobile -- but with Google Wireless.<p>Google (GOOGL) will start selling cell phone service, the company's products chief Sundar Pichai announced at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on Monday. Google will formally …

IFTTT simplifies experience with 3 new ‘DO’ apps; rebrands original app as ‘IF’

I’m a huge fan of IFTTT, the iOS app (and web app) that allows you to do really clever things completely automatically, just by creating or downloading an ‘if this then that’ rule–which IFTTT calls a ‘recipe.’ For example, if you’d like to save a copy of a photo anytime you are tagged on Facebook, …

Apps

VAIO resurrects its flagship Z series with two new hybrid laptops

Now that the independent company's got rid of those pesky excess components, it's time for VAIO to make something new. And it's not a smartphone. Yet. The PC maker has announced two new PCs here in Tokyo: the VAIO Z and VAIO Z Canvas. The latter is actually eventual final version of the prototype …

Candy Crush Saga players spent £865m on the game in 2014 alone

But in the final quarter of the year, publisher King made more money from other games as it reduces its reliance on sweet-swapping hit<p>Quarterly spending on mobile game Candy Crush Saga fell steadily over the course of 2014, but its players still spent $1.33bn (£865.2m) on in-app purchases for the …

10 Characteristics of Friendships That Keep

Yesterday my boyfriend said one of the most poignant things anyone has ever said to me: "If you are defined by the friends you keep, then you win that." He elaborated further and said, "to <i>keep</i> friends is very different from to <i>have</i> friends." He's right because for me, <i>have</i> suggests possession and …

Relationships

13 Rules for Being Alone and Being Happy About It

As you read this, I'm flying back to The U.S. from China. Alone. While I was there, I ran a marathon. Alone. I stayed in a hotel room alone (mostly). I wandered around Beijing alone. I sat down to eat at the local restaurants alone.<p>This is normal for me.<p>Sometimes, people ask, "Tyler, wouldn't you …

Happiness

Samsung Galaxy S6 display to reach onto 3 sides, report says

Samsung may offer a Galaxy S6 with a display that you can view from three sides -- the front, left and right.<p>The mobile phone maker plans to unveil two versions of its next Galaxy S phone -- one with the standard front-facing display and one with a display that extends to three sides, Bloomberg …

Matchstick, the Firefox OS Answer to Chromecast, Gets Delayed

The streaming stick now won't ship until August, rather than January or February as originally promised.<p>A startup looking to build a streaming-media stick based on Firefox OS acknowledged this week that it won’t ship the product as scheduled.<p>Matchstick, which hoped to ship its product to …

Lawmakers push feds to investigate Verizon's use of 'supercookies'

Senate Democrats are asking federal regulators to investigate Verizon's use of "supercookies" that track online activities.<p>On Friday, Sens. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) sent letters to the Federal Communications Commission and the Federal Trade …

Are You A Chromecast User? Google Has Given You A $6 Google Play Credit

To celebrate Valentine’s Day, Google is offering a $6 credit to the Google Play store for Google Chromecast owners. The credit can go towards movies, music or apps. The Google Chromecast is a thumb-sized media streaming device that plugs into the HDMI port of your TV. The Chromecast streams content …

Google Play

Dropbox's web client is now smart enough to open files directly in their native apps

Dropbox hasn't radically changed its core product in a long time, instead relying on solid stability and a steady beat of incremental updates to make syncing your files easier. One such upgrade is starting to roll out today, and it should help keep files that are commonly shared and collaborated on …

'Matt Shepard Is a Friend of Mine,' and My Son

<i>The film "Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine" is a documentary by Matt's high school friend Michele Josue, focused on sharing the story of "Matt," the person, friend and son that the world didn't have the opportunity to know when a brutal anti-gay hate crime cost him his life and turned him a</i> …