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Insert Coin: GPS Cookie leaves a trail of breadcrumbs wherever you go (video)

<i>In Insert Coin, we look at an exciting new tech project that requires funding before it can hit production. If you'd like to pitch a project, please send us a tip with "Insert Coin" as the subject line.</i><p>Richard Haberkern's pretty much got this Kickstarter thing nailed down. The Soundlazer and …

Samsung reportedly not alone in cheating Android benchmarks

Samsung has come under fire this week for allegedly inflating the benchmark scores for the Galaxy Note 3 among other Android devices, but -- shocker -- the company is not alone in enhancing scores. <i>AnandTech</i> just published a report that shows ASUS, HTC and other companies using the same "benchmark …

Google Maps design gurus to speak at RoadMap 2013

Advertisement<p>6 Comments<p>One of the quiet trends unfolding right in front of our eyes is the marriage of the physical and digital worlds. It is one of …

TC Cribs: ModCloth, Where Playing Dress-Up Is All In A Day’s Work

Welcome back to a new episode of TechCrunch Cribs, the video series that steps inside the gates of the hottest technology companies around to get a good look at the places, people, and oftentimes pets behind the web’s most popular products.<p>It’s not often that visiting a tech startup inspires you to …

Nokia Here software to load offline map updates incrementally

When Microsoft acquired Nokia's devices and services business, it left the Here maps platform behind. However, that doesn't mean it's been abandoned. In fact, the Finnish company announced today that the mapping service will receive an update that'll allow for incremental updates to offline maps. …

D-Wave's quantum computer overcomes key math challenge, doesn't silence skeptics

D-Wave has long wanted to show that its quantum computing technology is the real deal, and it may have just come closer to proving its case. The company now says that its computer has calculated Ramsey numbers, or solutions to optimization-based math problems that are sometimes difficult to find …

Microsoft explains how it built a better Kinect, boosted accuracy without sacrificing performance (video)

The Xbox One's improved Kinect device is looking like an enormous leap ahead of its predecessor, but getting it there wasn't easy. Designing it took a joint-effort between Microsoft's research division and the Architecture and Silicon Management (ASM) shop, according to Redmond's <i>TechNet</i> blog. It …

Google 'Hummingbird' algorithm to elevate niche websites

Google's new Hummingbird algorithm could create a more even playing field for ‘the long tail’ of website publishers, and help Google to rival Apple Siri in voice search, says Ovum analyst Gerry Brown.<p>Last week, Google announced a brand new algorithm for its search engine, called Hummingbird. …

Google buys human-gesture recognition start-up Flutter

<b>Google has bought a start-up that develops gesture-recognition software.</b><p>Flutter, founded three years ago in San Francisco, detects simple hand signals via webcam, using them to control apps such as iTunes and Netflix.<p>The acquisition has caused speculation that Google will integrate the technology, …

Startups

Data roaming charges: how to avoid big costs abroad

<b>You would have a shock if you received a £5,858 phone bill following a trip abroad.</b><p>That's what Claude Douglas from Aldershot got because he forgot to turn off the data roaming function on his handset.<p>Smartphones and tablets automatically seek out mobile connections in order to install updates so …

Telecoms

Vertu Constellation hands-on, we handle the £4,200 fashion phone - Pocket-lint

There are moments in tech when we're left wondering, "What the heck?" And Vertu's latest Constellation smartphone is definitely one such moment. As …

Mobile Technology

Samsung may have spied on sealed Apple-Nokia documents to aid patent deals

If you're going to horse-trade on patents, it might help to know how much other companies have paid for them, no? Samsung has now been accused of corporate spying for exactly that purpose. The company's legal negotiator, Dr. Seungho Ahn, apparently told Nokia that its terms with Apple "were known …