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How to Use Google Plus

While Google Plus isn't quite in the same league as Facebook, it's growing fast—in May 2013, Time reported that Google Plus had approximately 190 million active members. Ready to sign up? Learning how to use Google Plus is easy, especially if you already have a Google account.<p><b>Adding Yourself to</b> …

FCC Close to Approving SoftBank Bid for Sprint

Thumbs and Ammo<p>After eight grueling months, SoftBank President Masayoshi Son is about to clear the final hurdle between him and his goal of turning …

Wireless

iOS 7 Is Designed To Be Easy To Understand But Hard To Copy

Jony Ive explained in the video that introduced iOS 7 at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference that the new design was both familiar to existing users and yet a totally new experience of the iPhone. There has been criticism of both the familiarity (nothing really new here) and the ad hoc nature …

Sony to extend SmartWatch line with a variety of models and price ranges?

Sony is apparently planning to extend the SmartWatch family with more models and is already looking for suppliers in Taiwan for the product, says Digitimes.<p>Whenever we cite Digitimes, we have to offer this caveat – the Taiwanese publication got a lot of things right over the years, but they messed …

Smartwatches

Which?: Galaxy S4 wins battery life test

Samsung's Galaxy had the longest battery life in a test of seven popular smartphones, with twice the call time of the low-ranking iPhone 5.<p>Each phone's battery life was tested for call time and internet use by Which? and the Samsung Galaxy S4 was a clear winner in both categories.<p>The popular phone …

Now Entering North Verizon: See a Map of The Corporate States of America

Each of the 50 states is distinguished by a corporation or brand that best represents it. The brands are all based in the states they stand in for, …

Branding

Clippers, Celtics Officially Agree to Deal for Head Coach Doc Rivers

Doc Rivers is slated to become the next head coach of the Los Angeles Clippers.<p><b>UPDATE: Tuesday, June 25, at 5:25 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford</b><p>CBS Sports' Ken Berger reports more details from the agreement:<p><i>---End of update---</i><p><b>UPDATE: Tuesday, June 25, at 5 p.m. ET by Kyle Vassalo</b><p>The Celtics have released an …

SoftBank's Massive $21.6 Billion Offer To Buy Sprint Knocks Dish Out Of Contention

Dish said it still saw "strategic value" in a merger with Sprint but that it would not submit a revised offer by Tuesday's deadline owing to Sprint's decision to terminate due diligence and accept a SoftBank offer.<p>"We will consider our options with respect to Sprint, and focus our efforts and …

Dish Billionaire Ergen Lets Sprint Go To SoftBank And Its Billionaire CEO

SoftBank moves closer to acquiring Sprint Nextel after Dish Network said it won’t make another bid for Sprint. By dropping the pursuit of Sprint, Dish’s billionaire chairman Charlie Ergen will allow Sprint to slip to another billionaire chief, SoftBank’s Masayoshi Son.<p>Son is within striking …

Sprint caves: Ups its Clearwire bid to $5 a share. It’s your move, Dish

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Sprint ups Clearwire offer, appears to nail acquisition down

Sprint will pay $5 a share for Clearwire, up from the $3.40 it originally offered and Dish Network's bid of $4.40.<p>Sprint said it will acquire the 50 …

Dish Network

Clearwire agrees to new, higher Sprint offer

Sprint Nextel has offered and Clearwire has accepted a bid of $5 per share for the struggling wireless network provider, raising the stakes yet again in an expensive bidding war between Sprint and satellite service provider Dish Network.<p>The new offer boosts Sprint’s willingness to pay by nearly 50 …

Telecoms

New Clearwire bid from Sprint tops offer from Dish

Sprint seems to have gained the upper hand today in the ongoing tug-of-war over Clearwire after submitting a bid to purchase it at $5 per share.<p>A …

Dish confirms it is abandoning Sprint takeover bid

Dish Network put the last nail in the coffin of its unsolicited bid for Sprint Nextel.<p>Earlier this week, the satellite TV provider said that it was dropping its effort to buy Sprint in order to focus on its acquisition of upstart wireless provider Clearwire. In a regulatory filing Friday, the …

Softbank is confident their purchase of Sprint will close in July

It seems the ongoing struggle for Softbank to acquire Sprint may be near an end. Dish Network has bowed out, after their offer was rejected by the Sprint board. Softbank improved its offer for Sprint marginally, laying the groundwork for another multinational carrier. That improved offer injected …

Doc Rivers is abandoning the Celtics and that shouldn't be OK

Doc Rivers signed a five-year, $35 million contract in 2011 to coach the Celtics. He's only fulfilling two of those years as he's jetting to the Los …

Brandon Roy: 'My Basketball Days Are Numbered. That's No Secret'

In case there was any doubt left, Brandon Roy has all but confirmed that he's done playing basketball in the NBA. Roy played for the Minnesota Timberwolves this past season, although that's a bit of an overstatement.<p><b>UPDATE: Monday, June 24, at 7:55 a.m. ET by Ethan Norof:</b><p>Roy was misquoted the first …

Are Championship Hopes or Money Luring Dwight Howard to Houston?

The 2013 NBA offseason is going to be fueled with storylines from start to finish, but few will be more intriguing than what happens between Dwight Howard, the Los Angeles Lakers and the Houston Rockets.<p>In 2012, Houston made it clear that Howard was on its radar. It compiled draft picks galore in …

Ranking the Best 5 Draft Picks in OKC Thunder History

The Oklahoma City Thunder have only been a team since 2008, but they have evolved from a helpless lottery team into a powerhouse contender seemingly overnight.<p>However, it wasn't quite as sudden as you may think. We know that the core of the Thunder consists of Kevin Durant, Serge Ibaka and Russell …

Teams the Miami Heat Need to Be Worried About in 2013

The Miami Heat are one championship away from truly becoming the next great dynasty in NBA history, and I'm sure LeBron James and Co. wouldn't mind adding that to their resume.<p>Their second of back-to-back titles was harder than the first, and that's going to be true for their third in as many years.<p>…

Clips, Celts reach deal for Rivers

After days of wrangling, negotiating and posturing, the Los Angeles Clippers have agreed in principle to a deal with the Celtics for coach Doc …

NBA

Will Miami Heat break up 'Big Three'?

MIAMI -- For Pat Riley and the Miami Heat, this was always about establishing -- and maintaining -- a dynasty.<p>That was the priority during a …

NBA

New iOS App Lets You Record What You Heard Five Minutes Ago

Have you ever wished that you could record something that already happened? Your kid’s first words. That perfectly timed comeback. The email address your boss told you to have those important documents sent to within the next 10 minutes. If only there was a way to record the important bits of your …