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The best tablets of 2013: A year of refinement, not revolution

While 2012 was a knockout year for tablets — with the introduction of the iPad Mini, Nexus 7, and Microsoft Surface — 2013 is actually somewhat boring in comparison.<p>Yes, tablet sales continued to grow steadily (up 53 percent from 2012, says Gartner), but this year is more about evolving last year’s …

Social Media’s Cold, Hard Reality: It Still Doesn’t Drive E-Commerce Sales, IBM Says

Shutterstock / Andrew Williams<p>Last year, IBM poured some cold water on social advertising when it said social sites like Twitter and Facebook had …

Why Chinese smartphone clones may not be a good deal after all

Nobody loves a bargain like I do. So when a reader asked me what I thought about buying "knock-off" smartphones in China, I was intrigued.<p>After all, I've bought my share of counterfeit handbags in New York's Chinatown. But when you're talking about electronics and cell phones, to be specific, you …

Twisted iOS hit 'Badland' now on Android

The dark and beautiful <i>Badland</i> was one of our favorite mobile games when it hit iOS earlier this year (we even named it a Best New App), and now Android gamers can finally see what the hype is about. Developer Frogmind had previously announced its Android intentions back in August, and today the …

Facebook Testing Timehop-Like Feature to Surface Past News Feed Posts

Grufnik/Flickr<p>Facebook is getting the slightest bit more nostalgic.<p>The company is trying out a new feature inside of the News Feed that lets users …

Google 'spins invisible web' with user data, Dutch watchdog says

Google's practice of combining user data from its different services without user consent violates Dutch data protection law, the country's privacy watchdog said Thursday.<p>A 2012 overhaul of Google's privacy policy gave the company the right to "combine personal information" across multiple …

Mall of the future? eBay's new storefronts can gather your data

We're going to take this technology and the idea of using glass and move it out of the mall -- on the bus, train, at the airport. Anywhere people are waiting, congregating, or milling about."</br > --Steve Yankovich, eBay's vice president of innovation and new ventures