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Apple's iPhone-like Dashboard Interface 'CarPlay' Demoed by Volvo

In-car touchscreen systems aren't known for their great usability, but a new one modeled on Apple's iOS may prove a more worthwhile platform. CarPlay, designed by Apple in concert with car makers, was shown off by Volvo this week at the New York International Auto Show.<p>The interface will be …

100GB SurDoc cloud storage available for free, SSL encryption and Android support included

Android users looking for more cloud storage options should check out SurDoc’s plans that offer 100GB of free storage complete with Android support and “military-grade SSL security encryption.”<p>There are plenty of cloud backup services out there, some more popular than the others, but SurDoc’s plans …

BLU Life Pure features 5-inch 1080p display and 13-megapixel camera, priced at $349

Following its introduction of the Life Pro last month and both the Studio 5.0 II and Advance 4.0 earlier this week, BLU Products has now added …

Overstock.com Reportedly Plans To Accept Bitcoin In 2014

Overstock.com is moving to accept Bitcoin as payment in 2014, the CEO told The Financial Times. Apparently the retailer has the ambition to become the first major online retailer to accept the digital currency. And it very well could be. No other major retailer has announced a similar plan yet. …

Snapchat Messes With Its Magic — New Update Lets You See One Photo A Day Twice

In 2003, Mel Karmazin, at the time, the head of Viacom, visited Google to learn more about what was then a young, but quickly growing company.<p>The story of Karmazin visiting Google is told in detail in Ken Auletta's Googled, <i>The End Of The World As We Know It</i>.<p>Karmazin was appalled to find out that …

Media Industry

Justice Department publishes 191 pages of evidence against Kim Dotcom and Megaupload

The US Department of Justice unsealed a summary of the evidence it has collected against Kim Dotcom, Megaupload, and other alleged conspirators on Friday. The 191-page document lays out details on how Megaupload and its associated sites, employees, and operations — termed the "Mega Conspiracy" — …

Music-Discovery Service ExFM Pulls the Plug

After a four-year-run, music startup ExFM is throwing in the towel.The company, which operates a music-discovery website, as well as iPhone and …

Startups

Four China Mobile Websites Have Apple Information

<i>Update: Thank you to commenter “Radar The Kat” that there are now 10 China Mobile websites with Apple information provided by @MichDuss in Canada.</i><p>There are four China Mobile websites that are either taking orders or have some sort of information on Apple products. While there hasn’t been an …

Former Windows Leader Steven Sinofsky Presents 10 Mega Trends In Tech For 2014

Sinofsky is one of the smartest people in tech. He's currently working a partner with venture firm Andreessen Horowitz, and as an executive in residence at Harvard Business School.

Harvard Business School

Mozilla’s Asm.js Gets Another Step Closer To Native Performance

Mozilla’s asm.js is a strict subset of JavaScript that Firefox can run significantly faster than regular JavaScript code. Thanks to the so-called OdinMonkey module for Firefox’s built-in JavaScript engine, asm.js code was running at about 2x native speed in March and this week, the organization …

Here's What It Looks Like When You Send A GoPro Camera To The Stratosphere

Earlier this month, Maxime Dehaye launched a weather balloon into the sky from France. It reached an altitude of just under 15 miles and hit temperatures as low as -25° F.<p>In addition to a number of sensors to take atmospheric readings, the balloon was also towing a GoPro camera. Here's a look at …

GoPro

Microsoft gifts 20GB of extra SkyDrive storage to Windows Phone users for a year

Microsoft is distributing some holiday cheer to Windows Phone owners today with an email inviting them to activate a bonus 20GB of SkyDrive storage. The bump in cloud storage will be active for a year and users are given until the end of January to claim their slice of it. SkyDrive has grown …

Snowden revelations spook Hightail's cloud-computing customers

PARIS -- The revelations of former NSA contractor Edward Snowden about governmental spying are gumming up the business of cloud computing.<p>That's the opinion of Brad Garlinghouse, chief executive of Hightail, whose business is helping companies share and track documents and their employees to …

Silicon Valley investor wants to split California into six states

SAN FRANCISCO -- Technology investor Tim Draper is trying to drum up support to split California into six states, one of them being Silicon Valley.<p>His argument for redrawing the California map: The state is underrepresented in Washington. He's looking to get an initiative on the California …

Associated Press News

Google Play Music for iOS Gets 'I'm Feeling Lucky' Radio and More

The recently launched iOS version of Google Play Music has received an update bringing it up to par with its Android and browser-based counterparts and giving it an iOS 7-flavored visual refresh.<p>The (excellent) I’m Feeling Lucky Radio feature is now in place, offering up a selection of music you’ll …

Amazon Bought GoPago’s Mobile Payment Tech And Product/Engineering Team, DoubleBeam Bought The POS Business

Last week, we wrote about how Amazon had quietly acquired mobile payments startup GoPago. Today, some more details about the deal: A source close to the situation confirms that Amazon bought the technology and the engineering/product team of GoPago, but none of the existing point of sale business …

How to Take Your Publishing Brand International in 2014

<i>Mick Rigby is the CEO Yodel Mobile, where he brings more than 20 years of experience as a strategist in advertising and marketing.</i><p>We’ve almost reached the tablet-to-PC tipping point where the cheaper, more portable tablet form factor is becoming the de facto device for browsing and consuming online …

Neil Young’s Pono Music won’t launch at CES

Pono, the digital music company founded by music legend Neil Young, is delaying its launch: A Facebook(s fb) post penned by Neil Young himself that …

Ryan Seacrest Wanted a Keyboard for His iPhone, So He Invested $1 Million in One

Well-known entertainment personality and producer Ryan Seacrest said he had invested in a startup, which he also co-founded, that makes a keyboard …

CES

Rumor: Samsung preparing to release Galaxy Tab 3 Lite in January 2014

Just yesterday we reported on a rumor that claims Samsung is gearing up to release several new Galaxy devices in Q1 of 2014, two of which are said to be ‘lite’ devices: the Galaxy Note 3 Lite and the Galaxy Grand Lite. Now we now have word of a third new low-end device as well, the so-called Galaxy …

Android 4.4.1 focuses on camera improvements for Google’s Nexus 5

Nexus 5 owners who aren’t too happy with their phone’s camera should get some relief — and better pictures — soon. Android 4.4.1 addresses some of …

Bitcoin Gets Valued: Bank Of America Puts A Price Target On The Virtual Tender

Virtual currency Bitcoin has no central authority, no national allegiance and no easy tracking mechanism. While enthusiasts have lauded it as an escape from the man (aka. the banks and government), detractors have argued that the system opens the door for money laundering, drug trading and even …

Filing Indicates Snapchat Is Looking To Raise $54.5M At Around A $2B Valuation

According to a filing uncovered by VC Experts, Snapchat has authorized a new share class called Series C Preferred. The class of 1.6 million shares is set to be valued at $34.0893 each, according to a comment the group provided to Business Insider, or $54.54 million in total.<p>The funding pegs the …

NOMURA: We Still Believe Alan Mulally Will Be Microsoft's Next CEO

A Ford board member said,"Alan is staying through the end of 2014 and that's all I know."<p>Mulally said, "I love serving Ford ... I have no change to the plan."<p>The board member's comment sounded like a fairly strong statement that indicates Mulally will not join Microsoft. As a result, Microsoft's …

Microsoft

Foursquare 7.0 Brings Scannable Design And Expands Proactive Recommendations To All Users

Way back in the ancient prehistory of 2009, Foursquare made its first foray into push notifications, at a time when using push at all was still rare. Two years later, it made an attempt to capitalize on those notifications with a vision of an app that would alert you proactively when you were near …

DARPA creating giant folding space telescope from plastic wrap-like material

Sending large pieces of high-density glass into space is an expensive and tedious endeavor, which is why a new project from the US Defense Department has turned to plastic instead. The US Department of Defense's Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) today announced a new plastics-based orbital …

At MailChimp, data science works behind the scenes

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. — Data science doesn’t need to look cool. It doesn’t need to use trendy technologies, either. What it ought to do is solve problems.<p>And data science has done that for MailChimp, in a variety of applications, as company data scientist John Foreman showed during a presentation …

This Popular Flashlight App Has Been Secretly Sharing Your Location And Device ID

The Android app Brightest Flashlight has been installed between 50 million and 100 million times, averaging a 4.8 rating from more than 1 million reviews. Yet its customers might not be so happy to learn the app has been secretly recording and sharing their location and device ID information.<p>On …

Hands on with the $2,500 24-carat gold HTC One

I’ve held a lot of smartphones in my day. Expensive ones too, like the $1,800 Porsche Design P’9981 BlackBerry Bold. But today marks the day that I …