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AT&T makes case for $48.5 billion merger with DirecTV

In statement to FCC, firm says without deal neither company can compete against rival cable giants.<p>The only way for AT&T or DirecTV to compete with cable giants Comcast and Time Warner Cable is for the two companies to merge. At least that's what AT&T and DirecTV have said in a public interest …

Net Neutrality

AT&T customers can connect their GM 4G cars to shared data plans for $10 a month

Advertisement<p>5 Comments<p>Credit: Gigaom / Kevin Fitchard<p>If you were thinking about buying one of General Motors’(s gm) new-fangled 4G cars this summer …

Verizon quietly unleashes its LTE monster, tripling 4G capacity in major cities

Advertisement<p>41 Comments<p>Credit: Flickr / V&A Steamworks<p>We’ve already logged a few sightings of Verizon’s powerful new LTE network in New York and …

Netflix says Netherlands has the fastest broadband

The video-streaming company ranks the European country No. 1 when it comes to streaming speed, thanks to its Internet service providers.<p>Netflix has crowned the Netherlands as the country with the fastest video-streaming times, the company said in a blog post Monday.<p>After crunching its November …

Televisions

Cloud To Dominate Data Center Traffic Within The Year, Cisco Study Predicts

Cloud traffic will represent more than two-thirds of global data center traffic by 2017 and will have grown more than fourfold from 2012 to 2017. Already, cloud-based traffic is poised to comprise the majority of traffic within the next few months.<p>That’s the conclusion of the latest, and third …

Microsoft launches Remote Desktop app for Android and iOS

Microsoft has quietly rolled out its Remote Desktop app for Android and iOS, allowing PC users to access their Windows desktop from their phone or tablet.<p>The Remote Desktop app, which can be downloaded for free from Google Play and Apple’s App Store, lets users connect to a remote PC while on the …

Watch out, PayPal: Amazon's following the money

Tech companies like Google, Apple, and Facebook may be trying to dethrone PayPal as your default digital wallet. Here's why Amazon could have the best shot.<p>PayPal needs to watch its back. Amazon is coming for its digital payments crown.<p>The introduction of "Login and Pay with Amazon" on October 8 …

eCommerce

Healthcare.gov is sending insurers wrong data, turning an automated process into a manual one

The problems with the new government healthcare marketplace continue to multiply. Health insurers are now complaining that applications submitted through Healthcare.gov are deeply flawed, producing duplicate enrollments, spouses listed as children, missing required data, and more, according to <i>The</i> …

35% of Americans now own a tablet, Pew says

Pew Internet Research reports a notable spike in tablet ownership, which is up 10 percent from a year ago among Americans.<p>Thirty-five percent of Americans own a tablet and 24 percent own an e-reader, according to the latest study from Pew Internet Research.<p>Pew documented a big jump in tablet …

Demographics

Realistic Oil Paintings by Alyssa Monks

The Art of Alyssa Monks.<p>Selected oil paintings by Alyssa Monks. The selection shows very realistic portrait paintings of bathing or showering women. …

Garmin D2 delivers wrist-friendly GPS for pilots

Garmin has almost everyone covered in the watch category: runners, hikers, swimmers, even golfers have their own wrist-worn devices from the consumer GPS pioneer. Now pilots can be added to the growling list of people with their own specialty Garmin wearable. The D2 Pilot Watch includes all the …

What Happens If An Astronaut Floats Off In Space?

In short: he's in trouble.<p>In the film <i>Gravity</i>, which opens this month, two astronauts are on a spacewalk when an accident hurtles them into the void. So what would actually happen if you went, in NASA's terminology, "overboard"?<p>NASA requires spacewalking astronauts to use tethers (and sometimes …

Why Depression Ruins Your Memory

It can impede the brain's ability to encode different, but very similar, memories, a process called pattern separation.<p>Depression has been linked to memory impairment, but being depressed doesn't affect all types of memory uniformly. A new study suggests that people with depression can remember the …

Brigham Young University

Eye Contact: Not As Persuasive As We Thought

A new study finds more eye contact makes people less likely to agree with a persuasive argument, especially if they're already skeptical.<p>Here's a lesson straight out of my high school speech class: When making an argument, make eye contact with your audience. Connect with people. Stare deeply into …

Public Speaking

Associated Press News

The iPhone Is a Bigger Business Than Coca-Cola and McDonald's Combined

And Google. And Microsoft. And Home Depot.<p>Eric Chemi, head of research for <i>Bloomberg Businessweek</i>, pulls an amazing stat. iPhone sales in the last year exceed <i>all revenue</i> to Microsoft, Amazon, Comcast, or Google. The iPhone alone outsells Coca-Cola and McDonald's, perhaps the world's two most famous …

How to hire millennials—and weed out the bad ones

<i>This originally appeared on LinkedIn. You can follow Lesley Jane Seymour here</i><p>Yes, I hear you complain about them every day: Those millennials, they ask about vacation time in the first interview! They get a bad cold and disappear for days! They want my job after a week in their job! “Who do these …

Employment

Little fingers love big touchscreens: Kids favor tablets over smartphones for games

This may not be a shocker, but kids overwhelmingly favor the big touchscreens of tablets over smartphones when it comes to playing games, according to mobile analytics firm Mixpanel.<p>The data from 15 billion mobile transactions a month shows that 77 percent of kids favor gaming on tablets compared …

Machine language: how Siri found its voice

GM Voices is nestled on a rolling, leafy road in Alpharetta, Georgia, an affluent suburb of Atlanta. A recording studio specializing in voice-over work, it produces narration for corporate training videos, voicemail system prompts, and the like — not exactly sexy stuff, but steady, and for the best …