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Google-Owned Bump and Flock Shutting Down on January 31

In September, Google acquired the mobile contact and file-sharing service Bump, but said that there weren’t any plans to shutter the company. Well now three months later, things have changed. In a blog post, company CEO and co-founder David Lieb announced that Bump and its second product Flock will …

California tests natural disaster early warning system

<b>An early warning system for earthquakes, tsunamis and floods is being trialled in the US.</b><p>Scientists are using GPS technology and other sensors to detect the impending threat of natural disasters.<p>The network is installed in Southern California and has already helped scientists to alert emergency …

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iPhone users smartest, Test of Wits says. BlackBerry? Sorry

You are your smartphone, and your smartphone is you.<p>It is, by now, an accepted wisdom that your choice of pocket computer says more about you than perhaps even you might articulate.<p>These pages are evidence that such a choice elicits a competitive element. So might I present a supposedly objective …

Plex website relaunches as Plex.tv, one-stop home for all of its media streaming abilities

Plex has grown rapidly over the last few years and its increased focus as a cloud service for your pictures, videos and music has resulted in a relaunching of the main website. Now hosted at Plex.tv, it ropes in the four disparate sections of the previous website, bringing features like Plex Pass …

Google, Apple Nab 345 Patents That May Govern Your Next Car

What will your next car be like? Google, Apple and other giants of the smartphone business have plenty of ideas. In fact, Google alone has 310 U.S. patents relating to areas such as car-based smart devices, navigation and route guidance. Apple has another 35. Meanwhile, five other smartphone …

WSJ.com revamps tech page as competitor ReCode launches

Two veteran journalists who previously worked for The Wall Street Journal launched a new technology news site Thursday, triggering the newspaper to revamp its technology page on WSJ.com.<p>The new site, ReCode.net, is run by Revere Digital, a media startup founded by Kara Swisher, a former <i>WSJ</i> …

Google To Close Bump And Flock, Its Recently Acquired File Sharing Apps

Bump and Flock, the file sharing apps Google acquired last fall, will be shut down by the end of this month. Both apps will stop working and be removed from Google Play and the App Store on January 31, Bump confirmed on its blog today.<p>Google bought Bump Technologies, which make both apps, back in …

Motorola’s Flagship Moto X Gets A Permanent Price Cut

Let’s be real here: there’s a decent chance that you picked up a new smartphone at some point during the holidays, so you’re off the market for at least a little while longer. As it turns out though, you may have been better off waiting a bit.<p>In a show of New Years magnanimity (or, you know, a ploy …

Skype hacked by Syrian Electronic Army, told to “stop surveillance”

The Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) has voiced some loud opinions on the social media platforms of its latest victim, Skype. The hacker collective …

Snapchat, Skype have security breach

SAN FRANCISCO — Several million Snapchat usernames and phone numbers were apparently leaked online late Tuesday night.<p>Several outlets including The Verge reported that 4.6 million usernames and phone numbers were posted as a downloadable database by so-far anonymous hackers. The site where the …