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QuickBooks Competitor Xero Raises $150 Million to Take On Intuit

With QuickBooks, Intuit has basically owned the small-business accounting software market in the U.S. for quite some time.<p>But an announcement today …

Apple’s A7 chip again made by Samsung, camera by Sony and non-descript ‘M7’ chip by NXP

<i>Images via Chipworks</i><p>Back in July, Mark reported that some code in iOS 7 showed that the 64-bit A7 would be made by Samsung. If that weren’t enough, Anandtech reported that they also believe that Samsung made the A7 last week after their iPhone review.<p>The evidence was pretty strong but we now have …

How Google Glass brings the ‘Google brain’ to anyone who wears it

My father used to say that some ideas are like pizza dough: they need to rest for some time until they grow.<p>I’d add to that the fact that some ideas need to find an echo somewhere before one can believe in their potential.<p>Google appears to be following both when it comes to the careful development …

DOJ demands Apple terminate publisher deals and rival e-bookstore restrictions (updated)

In a decisive move in the legal battle surrounding Apple's fishy e-book pricing practices, the US Department of Justice has issued a proposed remedy aimed at leveling the playing field. The terms of the proposal, which requires approval by the court, call for an end to Apple's deals with major …

Consumer Technology news, analysis, how-to, opinion and video.

Are you sitting down? Probably. The results of anonymous, aggregated, global Fitbit user data reveals that the U.S. needs to seriously step up its …

Breaking into the smart home of the future

You don’t need to follow technology very closely to know that startups are aggressively pursuing smart home products. Whether its locks, thermostats …

Will Privacy Concerns Stop Or Stunt The Power Of Predictive Analytics

The power of predictive analytics in the age of Big Data is super-cool, but will privacy concerns stop or stunt it's adoption? Watch this episode of …

Chinese scalpers booking up all Genius Bar appointments & selling online

<i>Beijing Morning News</i> reports that local ticket scalpers have found a new way to make money on Apple: booking up all available Genius Bar appointments and then offering them for sale online.<p>Ticket scalpers usually make their money by buying large quantities of event tickets as soon as they go on …

iOS 7 beta 4 seeded to developers: Tweaks to Lock screen, Spotlight, Phone, Folders, Siri

Three weeks following the previous seed, Apple has released iOS 7 beta 4 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch to registered developers. The release follows Apple’s Developer Portal going back online late last week following an 8 day outage. The new seed is available via the over-the-air Software Update …

Cisco Pays $2.7 Billion for Security Player Sourcefire

Networking giant Cisco Systems said today that it will pay $2.7 billion for Sourcefire, a security equipment company based in Columbia, Md. The deal …

Networking

From $1M to 50 bucks: Apple’s iAd Workbench is finally an ad marketplace that makes sense

Two years ago, Apple debuted iAd with the goals of transforming how ads look, work, and sell, charging massive seven-figure sums for allowing brands the privilege of ushering in a brave new world of mobile advertising and capturing almost half of the mobile ad market.<p>Predictably, iAd iFlopped.<p>This …

Dating app Tinder briefly exposed the physical location of its users

Tinder, the popular mobile dating app that matches people based on how they rate each other’s photographs, briefly exposed the physical location of its users to other people on the service.<p>The location information wasn’t visible in the app. But the data files sent to each user’s phone, which could …

Apps

How Firefox OS plans to kill — not reinvent — the app store

Mozilla has posted another video about Firefox OS. Intended for app developers, the clip explains a bit about how and why distribution will work in a world without app stores.<p>In this world, the mobile web rules, and apps can be found anywhere, through any mechanism, all over the web, all over the …

Analysts: Google cloud revenue hit $200M last quarter and will keep expanding

Google (s goog) has been hitting the right notes to entice more developers, companies and enterprises to move workloads onto the Google Cloud …

Apple gearing up iPhone 5S for output this month, analyst says

Apple is gearing up to start iPhone 5S production later this month as part of a plan to make 15 million of the devices, Jefferies analyst Peter Misek said in a note Monday morning.<p>The latest speculation about the iPhone 5S -- which remains the fodder of rumor and expectation, as Apple has kept mum …

Apple investigates iPhone electrocution death in China

Apple is investigating the death of a woman in China who was allegedly electrocuted by her iPhone, in the latest public relations setback for Apple in its second-largest market.<p>Ma Ailun, 23, was found dead holding her plugged-in iPhone 4, with burns on her hand and foot, according to media accounts …

Apple Reportedly Signs Deal with Samsung for 14-nm A9 Chips Starting in 2015

<i>The Korea Economic Daily</i> reports that Apple and Samsung today officially signed an agreement that will see the two companies working together on future A-series chips for Apple's iOS devices, with the deal specifically covering A9 chips based on a 14-nanometer process node starting in 2015. The …

Quora for iOS Adds Draft Answer Saving And Predictive Question Search

Quora, the question and answer social network, has released an update for its iOS app today to not only help users find pre-existing questions, but also save drafts of their responses and posts. The company hopes that this feature will help make finding information much faster and easier.<p>With …

Apple picks up Digital Dash touch screen dashboard patent that could improve iOS in the Car

A new Apple patent published today by the United States Patent and Trademark office (via <i>AppleInsider</i>) could show some of Apple’s future plans for bringing iOS to the car through its partnership with various car manufacturers. Earlier this year at WWDC, Apple showed off its new iOS in the Car …

New for app developers in iOS 7: text to speech, motion effects, background downloads, free in-app purchases, more

We’ve reported on a number of big improvements coming to iOS 7 for both app developers and accessory manufacturers already. Yesterday we reported first on the new blinking and smiling detection features available to camera and photo app developers, and earlier this month told you about some of the …

Adobe Acquires Conversational Marketing Platform Neolane For $600M In Cash To Bolster Its Marketing Cloud

Adobe today announced that it has acquired Neolane, a conversational marketing company with an annual revenue of just under $60 million, in a transaction that’s worth $600 million in cash. Neolane was founded in 2001 and is currently headquartered in Paris, France, with offices around Europe, North …

Tech News & Analysis - Wall Street Journal

Dow Jones, a News Corp company<p>News Corp is a network of leading companies in the worlds of diversified media, news, education, and information …

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Engine Yard Advances Multi-Cloud PaaS With Support for Windows Azure

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - Jun 26, 2013) - Engine Yard, the leading Platform as a Service (PaaS), today announced that it is further enhancing …

Workday Shares Rise on New HR Tools, and Despite Oracle-Salesforce Tie-Up

Aneel Bhusri<p>Shares of Workday, the cloud-based human resources software company, are up by nearly three percent today on a pair of positive research …

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Still Afraid Of The Cloud? Start Using It Right

<i>The following guest post is by Gabriel Shaoolian, founder of Blue Fountain Media.</i><p>There’s no doubt the “era of cloud computing” foretold by Bill Gates (and many others) is here. The cloud has taken the world by storm, with everyone from small business owners to large organizations (as well as …