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China's new app law drives away unlicensed taxis

In a bid to stabilise and fine-tune the country's thriving taxi app industry, China's Ministry of Transport has ordered all taxi-hailing apps operating in China to exclude private vehicles from their app platforms. This means that private cars and drivers without taxi licenses are no longer able to …

Why choosing the right airplane type is crucial in the wintertime

When searching for a flight between the U.S. and Europe, you may typically seek out one with the cheapest airfare or the airline with the roomiest …

Microsoft's next surprise is free Office for iPad, iPhone, and Android

There's no such thing as a free lunch, or is there?<p>Microsoft's Office suite for iPad, iPhone, and Android is now free. In a surprise move, the software giant is shaking up its mobile Office strategy to keep consumers hooked to Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents. Starting today, you'll no longer …

Why @Evleaks is Giving Up Reporting Phone Scoops

Sunday is the quietest news day of the week for the tech industry, but Evan Blass — the man behind @evleaks, a Twitter account that regularly breaks news of upcoming phones and announcements — picked today to announce his “retirement” from reporting phone scoops.<p>That’s great news for Samsung, HTC, …

How a relaunch saved Foursquare from certain death

Foursquare’s pivot may have saved the company, early adoption stats reveal.<p>Back in May, Foursquare announced a startling new direction: a complicated plan to split itself into two separate services, with a namesake app for discovery and a new check-in app called “Swarm.” The news, of course, sent …

GE starts rolling out Pivotal’s big data technology to its own customers

General Electric(s ge), which has touted the potential advantages of applied big data for a few years and last year put its money where its mouth was …

Surprise! Twitter Ad Partnership Research Says Twitter Ads Are Great (And Boost Sales).

More data on the efficacy of tweets to marketers.<p>Last year, in an effort to prove that TV was the perfect medium to show off Twitter’s efficacy, the San Francisco social communications company created The Social TV Lab with giant media buying agency Starcom MediaVest Group to measure the impact of …

Yandex Acquires Online Auto Classifieds Company Auto.Ru For $175M

Russian search engine company Yandex has announced that it has acquired Auto.ru for $175 million. Auto.ru runs the largest catalog of online auto classifieds in Russia with more than 400,000 listings for cars and car parts, which are added by dealers and private sellers. Auto.ru also keeps readers …

'US Only': 2 Words That Make Most Early Adopters' Blood Boil

There are two words that strike fear into the heart of most* early adopters around the world: ‘US only.’<p>Yes, there’s nothing we hate more than to read about a cool new app or gadget only to discover that it’s only available in the USA. Seriously, it’s infuriating. <i>*Since most people in the world</i> …

Siri Is For Sale: Will Apple, Samsung Fight Over Nuance?

While Apple and Samsung battle for mobile phone supremacy, Carl Icahn may be hoping their rivalry will drive up the price of one of his largest holdings.<p>The legendary activist investor has accumulated a 19% stake in Nuance Communications, the speech-recognition firm behind Apple’s Siri, and now …

T-Mobile’s CEO Is Pissed That The Amazon Phone Will Be Exclusive To AT&T

T-Mobile’s John Legere, ever the Un-CEO, has thrown yet another tantrum in the wake of rumors suggesting the new Amazon phone may be an AT&T exclusive. Because he’s crazy. But he’s also right, as such exclusive deals hurt both the consumer and the industry.<p>The WSJ broke the news this morning that …

These Scientists Just Sent Smells Via Smartphone

We all agree that the main thing missing from your smartphone experience is the ability to send smells.<p>Right?<p>Well, anyway, a startup called oPhone …

​Symbian was once held ransom for several million euros, and Nokia paid it

Long before Nokia took up residence at Microsoft and became enamored with Windows Phone, the company had another mobile OS to care for: Symbian. For a while, it was the most widely used smartphone OS in the world, and according to a Finnish TV station, being its custodian was no easy task: In 2007 …

Tetris Is 30 Years Old Today

30 years ago today Tetris was launched by Russian Scientist Alexey Pajitnov, the first version of the game was developed on an Electonica 60.<p>The game …

Spacepants: App store's hit game was made by 12-year-old

A game made by a 12-year-old developer in just two months has been named one of the "best new games" on Apple's App Store.<p>Spacepants, developed by Sam Smith, can now be found on the front page of the app store, sandwiched between the Family Guy game, "The Quest for Stuff", and the New York Times …

Rumor: Apple’s “iWatch” to Launch in October, Will run iOS 8, w/Curved OLED Touchscreen

- Jun 6, 2014<p>A new report from Japanese business newspaper Nikkei says Apple’s much-rumored “iWatch” smartwatch is expected to see an October launch, …

An Anonymous Rich Person Is Hiding Money All Around San Francisco

If you live in San Francisco, be on the lookout for some mysterious white envelopes -- they may contain $100 bills.<p>An anonymous person is dropping off sums of money around the city and then tweeting hints about the locations in a project called "Hidden Cash."<p>The person behind Hidden Cash told The …

Flipkart Raises $210M In New Funding From DST Global And Returning Investors

Flipkart, India’s largest e-commerce company, announced today that it has raised $210 million in a new funding round led by DST Global, with returning investors Tiger Global, Naspers, and Iconiq Capital also participating. The announcement comes on the heels of last week’s news that Flipkart will …

Inapp Translator: An Easy Way to Translate Text on Android

Life can be tough for monolinguists at times. While English is often seen as the internet’s de facto <i>lingua franca</i>, serving as a cross-cultural bridge, the fact remains many languages are used across the digital spectrum which can lead to communication glitches.<p>There are, of course, many tools …

Report: Apple Planning 'Smart Home' System Debut at WWDC

Apple is planning to introduce a smart home concept at its upcoming Worldwide Developers Conference, according to a report.<p><i>The Financial Times</i> says …

Inhabitat's Week in Green: hybrid Batmobile, self-cleaning fish tank and an anatomical Barbie

Clean tech fans were thrilled this week when Germany proved it's possible to power the world with greener energy by announcing that 74 percent of its energy was recently met with renewable sources. But if you still have doubts about the future of renewable energy, a new report from the …

Apple reportedly 'freaked out' about the drunken Dr. Dre video

When Dr. Dre drunkenly proclaimed himself the first billionaire in hip-hop, tacitly confirming Apple’s $3.2 billion Beats acquisition, we didn’t expect the folks at Camp Apple to be thrilled.<p>But, apparently, they seriously freaked out when they saw that video.<p>Dre’s boast is one of the reasons Apple …

Long-Delayed Connected Device Tile Finally Starts Shipping

The Bluetooth-powered lost item finder called Tile, which last summer raised $2.6 million via crowdfunding, has finally begun shipping, the company now claims. Early backers may be a bit skeptical, given the delays the company experienced since raising a significant round of funding many months …

The Crazy Genius Behind Solar Roadways

Here’s an idea crazy enough that it just might work: Pave the streets with solar-powered panels that have their own built-in heat and LED lights. That’s what Scott and Julie Brusaw hope to accomplish with their ongoing Solar Roadways project, which they just funded through a hugely popular …

Chat App Company Kakao is Merging with Korean Web Firm Daum

Kakao, the Korea-based company behind the Kakao Talk mobile messaging app, is merging with Daum, the country’s second largest internet portal. The news is surprising, since Kakao had been tipped to go public before 2015 at a valuation of over $2 billion.<p>The Yonhap News Agency reports that the …

AUGMENT Is A Stylish, Lightweight Charger And Case Set For iPhones

Keeping your iPhone fully powered is a pain, especially if you like running a lot of battery draining apps. Mophie’s popular cases can hold a charge forever, but they are bulky. Separate battery cases are more lightweight, but they usually attach with a cord and dangle awkwardly from your phone …

10 things you shouldn't expect big data to do

Many business leaders have embraced big data initiatives expecting miracles, only to discover that big data introduces new complexities -- and that …

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'Adorkable,' anyone? Tweet a new word into the dictionary

The Oxford English Dictionary made news late last year by naming . Not to be outdone, the Collins English Dictionary wants to promote one word from popular Internet use into its mainstream dictionary, and it's letting word fans decide.<p>Collins has called for a Twitter vote to pick a new word. There …

Apple now letting UK customers trade in their iPad at retail stores

Seven months after it began letting customers trade in their iPhones at its retail stores, Apple's expanded its Reuse and Recycle programme to include iPads. From today, anyone with an iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad 4 and iPad mini can walk into an Apple Store, hand over their tablet and receive credit …

Second world war in Google Street View

Nazis march through Paris, London weathers the blitz and Hiroshima faces devastation as our Street View specialist Halley Docherty takes us back to the cities of the second world war