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As Google slowly preps the Chromecast ecosystem, waves of new apps are on the way

HBO Go, Songza and Pandora are about to get more company on Chromecast, according to a <i>Gigaom</i> interview with Google's VP of product management Mario Queiroz where he stated additional waves of apps are coming soon. A public release for the Chromecast SDK -- which should allow developers to build and …

Google Says That Despite Changes, Marketers Can Still Track Open Rates In Gmail

A recent change to the way that Gmail displays images will have an effect on marketers, but it won’t be as dramatic as others have suggested, according to a Google spokesperson.<p>The company announced earlier today that when Gmail users open an email with images, they’ll no longer have to click the …

Ubuntu coming to high-end smartphones during 2014

Canonical announced the launch of Ubuntu for phones back in January, but other than the unfortunate Ubuntu Edge episode there hasn’t really been much news about the fledgling mobile version of the popular Linux distribution. However, Mark Shuttleworth, the founder of Canonical and its product …

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iOS 7.1 likely to unlock Apple’s upcoming iOS in the Car feature

In July, we reported that Apple was already at work on iOS 7.1 and that it would build in support for the upcoming iOS in the Car feature:<p>We also understand that Apple is already at work on a point update (perhaps iOS 7.1 or 7.2), and this new version will begin building in support for iOS in the …

Samsung promises 'differentiated' smartphones based on its camera expertise

Samsung has instigated a small corporate reshuffle that could potentially have big implications for its future smartphones. The company has shunted its digital imaging unit sideways so that it sits under the giant umbrella of the mobile division, in the hope of combining "technical know-how" in …

Apple’s Black Friday deals go live in UK & other EU countries with discounts, not gift cards

While Apple’s Black Friday deals started going live in Australia and elsewhere today with Apple Store Gift Cards in place of traditional discounts, it appears Apple will be offering discounts and not gift cards in at least some countries. The UK, France, Germany and other European Apple Online …

As Nadella And Mulally Lead In Microsoft’s CEO Hunt, The Internal/External Debate Continues

According to Bloomberg, the potential pool of candidates being considered for the role of next CEO of Microsoft has narrowed, at least for the moment. Ford CEO Alan Mulally and current Microsoft executive vice president Satya Nadella are said to be the two front-runners.<p>If true, it’s hardly a …