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New images compare Sony Xperia Z2’s improved display to predecessor

One of the big stars of MWC this week, aside from the GS5, has been the Sony’s latest flagship handset, the Sony Xperia Z2. In many ways the Xperia Z2 is mostly an incremental update over its predecessor but there are a few areas where Sony really took a big leap forward, such as the …

Phones

The Fingerprint Scanner On The Samsung Galaxy S5 Will Be Accessible By Developers

Samsung’s Galaxy S5 includes a fingerprint scanner embedded in the home button, and that hardware will be made available to third-party devs, the company announced today at a developer-focused event during MWC this year. That move is in stark contrast to Apple’s strategy with its own fingerprint …

Wishful thinking: Why it’d be nice if Apple created a line of Ive-designed office technology products

I have a number of friends who can’t understand why I pay what they refer to as ‘the Apple tax’: the premium paid for Apple products over alternatives that offer much the same functionality.<p>I can argue about the functionality, of course. The usability, stability and (usually!) security of OS X are …

Uber kept new drivers off the road to encourage surge pricing and increase fares

Limiting supply at riders' expense<p>Andrew Lane is a regular Uber customer with some fond memories of the service. Last year on President's Day he was the lucky rider selected for an "Ubercade" upgrade. "They sent over a free limo with secret service agents and everything. I got my girlfriend and we …

ETA For iPhone Offers A Simpler Way To Get Driving Times & Directions To Your Favorite Places

Looking for a quicker way to find the drive time between two or more points, and optionally get directions? Google Maps may still be everyone’s go-to mapping application on mobile, but a new iPhone app called ETA is launching today to offer a simpler, faster and generally less cumbersome experience.<p>…

Drop gets into the kitchen with a connected scale for bakers

Advertisement<p>3 Comments<p>Credit: Signe Brewster/Gigaom<p>In the internet of things, the kitchen often seems to be the last room in the house to get some …

When should patent trolls pay legal fees? Supreme Court reviews “objectively baseless” claims

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Credit: flickr / dbking<p>One reason the U.S. patent system is such a mess is because there’s really no downside for those who …

Square tests Pickup app for ordering ahead from local restaurants

Square wants you to know that that it's more than just a register. The company has begun beta testing Square Pickup, a new service that lets you order food and other items from local Square merchants. Pickup only works at a handful of San Francisco restaurants, <i>Priceonomics</i> reports, but could roll …

The $25 smartphone is as limited as its price suggests

Has the specs of the original iPhone, but lacks the user experience to match<p>At this year's Mobile World Congress, Mozilla is pushing its self-appointed mission to create a truly affordable smartphone with the demonstration of a $25 proof of concept device. Built by chip partner Spreadtrum, it runs …

Mobile Technology

House passes bill to let you unlock your phone, but there’s a catch

Advertisement<p>4 Comments<p>The House of Representatives passed a bill on Tuesday that says consumers have the right to unlock their mobile device for use …

Privacy

BlackBerry CEO: We're readying another flagship to win over new customers

In a candid interview with CNET, BlackBerry CEO John Chen shares his thoughts on the carriers, past problems, and T-Mobile CEO John Legere.<p>BARCELONA, Spain -- John Chen was at a recent charity event when an announcer unexpectedly called out his name and introduced him as the man who was taking over …

Google did not bid for WhatsApp

Claims that Facebook outbid Google in its $19 billion acquisition of WhatsApp are untrue, a top executive has said.<p>Google did not bid for WhatsApp, the company revealed yesterday. Suggestions that Facebook’s $19bn purchase of the instant messaging service outbid a $10 billion offer from Google are …

Sundar Pichai

Tradeshift Secures $75M To Expand Its Invoicing Platform Globally

Tradeshift, the SF-based enterprise invoicing startup that originally emerged from Copenhagen, has now closed $75 million in Series C growth funding from Singapore’s Scentan Ventures. The company will use the new funds for global expansion, including developing and growing a new partnership with …

Otter: The iOS App User Feedback Visualizer

While it’s not exactly something you’d call a consumer product, Otter App Ratings Visualizer from Mutual Mobile isn’t meant to be. But this neat little Web app <i>could</i> still give reporters, marketers and developers some interesting insights into reviews on the App Store.<p>Otter was created initially as …

Talking Dog Device Ready to Hit Market Soon

What if your dog could greet you with more than a growl, or announce the reason he's scratching at the door?<p>It sounds absurd and much like the …

Pets

Boeing's extra-secure smartphone finally reaches the FCC (updated)

Boeing said way back in 2012 that it was working on a high-security Android smartphone. Almost two years later, it appears that the company is finally close to a launch -- the hardware, identified as Black, has just passed through the FCC. It's built for AT&T's LTE and HSPA networks, and will be …