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Digital Video And OTT Poised For Dramatic Growth

If you had any doubt about just how much internet delivered video was changing the entertainment economy – the latest data from Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC) consulting will open your eyes wide.<p>In the next seven years, the Entertainment and Media Outlook report that predicts that television’s …

Your Guide to the Oculus Rift VR Headset

We explain everything you need to know about the Oculus Rift development kit.<p>PCMag reviews products independently, but we may earn affiliate …

Android 4.3 Will Include Options to Control Individual App Permissions

We got our first look at Android 4.3 earlier this week, and while we didn't see too much that thrilled us, word of a new hidden Permissions Manager …

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Meet the top 20 Instagram photographers (gallery)

San Francisco art director Michael O’Neal (@Moneal) is fond of saying that a photo-sharing app called Instagram changed his life.<p>O’Neal discovered the app after relocating from New York to San Francisco. He perused the city, took photographs with his iPhone, and shared the best stuff on Instagram. …

Best New Apps: Frontback

Nearly the entire concept of Frontback resides in its name. Snap a picture with your iPhone’s front camera, then another with your back camera, and boom: a frontback is born. As app creator Fred della Faille puts it: "Your face is the caption." There’s a dumb fun in using this app that recalls the …

Advertising on Instagram: Unacceptable or Understandable?

Facebook execs have been upfront about the fact that at some point, Instagram will include advertising.<p>The timeline remains a mystery. Based on CEO …

Android 4.3 Jelly Bean Source Code Suggests 4K Support For Future Devices

The market for 4K Ultra HD displays has yet to really take off thanks to the lack of supporting content, high prices, and general newness of the …

Fitbit Flex or Jawbone Up: Which is the better fitness companion for your wrist?

Advertisement<p>27 Comments<p>Credit: Jawbone Facebook<p>As the summer goes on, so does the war for the ultimate fitness accessory and iPhone(s AAPL) …

Breaking into the smart home of the future

Advertisement<p>3 Comments<p>Credit: Stacey Higginbotham<p>You don’t need to follow technology very closely to know that startups are aggressively pursuing …

Before Chromecast, Google tested another streaming device with motion gesture tech

Google’s new Chromecast stick might already be a hit in terms of early sales, but it might not be the first streaming media device the company was planning to offer consumers.<p>Apparently there was another streaming gadget that Google demoed to a select few during the Consumer Electronics Show back …

The smartphone market’s huge Q2 growth is awful news for big brands

Market research giant IDC recently announced surprisingly strong spring smartphone numbers. Global smartphone volume growth topped expectations …

How mobile and social are changing conferences

<i>This sponsored post is produced by Bizzabo.</i><p><b>Mobile/Social Shatters the Established Paradigm</b><p>In this day and age, technology is moving forward at breakneck speeds, constantly evolving and advancing exponentially. Time goes on, and many of the technological advancements that we once saw as state of the …

Flexible sensor sheet is so light you can’t tell you’re wearing it

Being able to monitor a person’s health while allowing them to go about their daily lives can be tough. You need sensors that can be attached to the …

The Next Wave of Ads Knows Everything About You — Before You Do

Welcome to the world of inference advertising, which relies on targeted ads that use your smartphone's geo-location and social history to serve …

Android’s next big feature may be real-time language translation

Google is building a mobile translator that will one day make traveling around the world a breeze. Hugo Barra, Google vice president of product …

FindIt Launches A Universal Search App For iPhone With A Visual Twist

FindIt, a new mobile application offering universal search across emails and files stored in the cloud, is today making its official debut. With the FindIt app for iOS, you can quickly connect your Gmail, Dropbox and Google Drive accounts, and then proceed to search by keyword, person, time or file …

Are We Really That Crazy About the Remote Control?

When Google announced the Chromecast this week, I didn’t expect the traditional remote to have such vocal defenders.<p>Google’s $35 dongle allows you to …

Hands-on with the Leap Motion Controller: Cool, but frustrating as hell

Hotly anticipated gesture-recognizing device doesn't quite do it for us yet.<p>I've spent about two days with the Leap Motion Controller, a Kinect-like …

An App to Unload Your Leftover Food Sounds Genius

It's a scientific fact that all food (except pizza) tastes worse the next day. That Peking Chicken is not going to be very appetizing tomorrow, which …

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Watch People Use Leap Motion's Gesture Controller for the First Time

When computers were new, people interacted with them via punch cards. Then came the keyboard, and soon after, the mouse. More recently, touchscreens …

Best Windows 8 apps this week

<b>Thirty-ninth in a series.</b> The total number of new apps in Windows Store still lingers at around the 2,000 mark. While that may not sound that bad on …

Star Apps: Hot Chelle Rae

Hot Chelle Rae isn't a household name yet, but it's not for want of trying. The rockin' Nashville four-piece, best known for multi-platinum singles "Tonight Tonight" and "I Like It Like That," off their sophomore album "Whatever" (which guaranteed them a Best New Artist win in 2011), have toured …

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TECH NOW: smart apps for today's connected kids

Kids and mobile devices can be a tricky combination. Spills, sticky fingers and drops aside, I worry a lot about what's safe, appropriate — and which of the now tens of thousands of apps labeled "educational" are actually good for young minds. With help from a dozen young app-testers, ages 2-16, …

Today's Apps Gone Free: Bellyfish, Splashtop Personal, ProCam XL And More

Just keep swimming in Duello's endless distance game, Bellyfish. We also have a business app that allows you to access your computer remotely, and a …

Today's Best Apps: Running For Weight Loss Pro And Craigsmo

The App Store takes delivery of hundreds of new apps per day. The overwhelming scene makes it possible to easily overlook an exciting game, valuable …

One In Ten Transactions At Starbucks In U.S. Is Made On Smartphones

<i>Mobile Insights is a daily newsletter from BI Intelligence delivered first thing every morning exclusively to BI Intelligence subscribers. Sign up for a free trial of BI Intelligence today.</i><p><b>Mobile Payments Play Big Role In Starbucks Sales Growth (Wall Street Journal)</b><br>Starbucks recorded a company-best …

New app could curb underage drinking by spotting fake IDs

Kids these days. It just keeps getting harder for them to misbehave without being spotted.<p>A new iPhone app released in July aims to help stop underage drinking by making it easier for bartenders and bouncers to spot fake IDs. Users with the barZapp app simply point their iPhone cameras at the bar …

This Could Be The Startup That Brings The Internet Of Things To The Mainstream

But more recently, we've become surrounded by Internet-connected devices that talk to each other.<p>Companies like LG and Samsung are working on smart TVs, refrigerators, dish washers, and a handful of other smart appliances for the home.<p>Startup Zonoff wants to help big electronics manufacturers and …

With Technology, Less Is Definitely Not More

We have ventured away from clunky WordArt and outlandish Myspace layouts, into the age of sleek and simplistic design aesthetics. But sometimes our …