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The complete Apple iOS 7 guide: Everything you need for a happy upgrade

You can upgrade your iPhone and iPad now with iOS 7. You probably have a lot of questions about it—here are all the answers you need.<p>Should I upgrade …

Fluential’s voice recognition tech lets your device understand you better than humans (exclusive)

Fluential claims to have devoted more than 85 “man years” of research to besting Siri.<p>Today the company announced it has closed $8 million in angel funding led by billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong.<p>Fluential has developed voice recognition technology that makes it possible for your device to …

Google could end China's web censorship in 10 days – why doesn't it?

Google is too big for China to block. Just two simple steps and Eric Schmidt will have done something we can all celebrate<p>This week, Eric Schmidt, Google's executive chairman, was quoted as saying during a speech in Washington: "We can end government censorship in a decade. The solution to …

What is Instagram’s next big thing? Messaging, perhaps

Advertisement<p>8 Comments<p>Credit: photo: (c) Pinar Ozger<p>Instagram, known as a visual communication platform, is looking for way to expand its appeal to …

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Hands On With Google Glass 2: What's New?

Last month, Google cut a one-time deal with existing Google Glass Explorers allowing them to swap their familiar futuristic facewear out for the next evolution of Google Glass. But beyond the announcement of a more robust set of developer tools—the long-awaited GDK—and a then-baffling little earbud …

The holy trail: using Trekker, Google's edge in the next mapping war

A year after it was introduced, Google's nerdy mapping-backpack is pushing into new territory<p>Christopher Fiock came to a rest. For more than four hours he and a team had mapped the Presidio of San Francisco, the former army post that is now a national park. With every step they took, the team …

One Way or Another, Big TV Is Getting Bigger. Will You Care?

Shutterstock / Stokkete<p>Can Comcast, the country’s biggest pay-TV provider, really get bigger?<p>That’s the scenario that’s floating out today, sparked …

Televisions

FCC confirms it may allow mobile calls during flight, but airlines have final say (update)

The FCC has confirmed that on December 12th, it will consider a proposal that would give airlines the option to let passengers make cellphone calls during flight. But the Commission is also attempting to head off any consumer unrest over such a change, underlining the fact that airlines (and their …

Mobile

REPORTS: Katie Couric Is Leaving ABC For Yahoo After Being Personally Wooed By Marissa Mayer

Couric joined ABC News less than three years ago, taking a $40 million deal that included her daytime talk show and a role at ABC News.<p>The new Yahoo deal, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter, "would be a much more high-profile endeavor with Couric hosting a newsmaker interview program that would be …

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Google Wallet lets you capture credit card info with your smartphone camera

The contents of your wallet are under attack. Earlier this month Coin swept in threatening to eliminate the need for all of your beloved non-cash payment methods and now Google Wallet is making it even easier to capture your plastic with its latest Android update. Along with the introduction of its …

You Can Now Buy Nest’s $129 Protect Smart Smoke Alarm

Nest’s Protect smoke alarm is now available for purchase. The $129 device comes in black or white with versions for wired power or battery.<p>The Protect measures both smoke and carbon monoxide and features several smart features, such as the ability to turn off an alarm with the wave of a hand. In …

Apple starts adding missing features back to its iWork productivity suite

Shortly after new versions of its iWork productivity suite removed popular features, Apple promised it would quickly add them back. This week the company released updates for Pages, Numbers, and Keynote for both iOS and the Mac. You may once again customize the toolbar in Pages and Numbers, in a …

Instagram May Be Launching A Private Messaging Feature Soon

Now, sources tell GigaOm that Instagram is getting ready to launch a new private messaging feature inside the visual content sharing platform, which will also include group messaging.<p>One of the most frustrating things about Instagram is the inability to contact a member privately; you have to say …

Messaging

Get ready for more Chromecast apps: Google to release SDK soon

Advertisement<p>3 Comments<p>Users of Google’s (S GOOG) Chromecast streaming stick could soon get access to many more apps: Google has invited developers …

Microsoft sells over 1 million Xbox One consoles in less than 24 hours

Sony isn't the only one that had a fantastic next-gen console launch. Microsoft has just announced that it, too, sold through one million Xbox One game systems in less than 24 hours. It's not a direct comparison, however: Microsoft launched in 13 countries, while the PlayStation 4 racked up one …

Pinterest Details Engineering Process Behind iOS 7 Redesign

Pinterest’s engineering blog has an interesting post providing a behind-the-scenes look at the development process for its iOS 7 app redesign, which went live last month.<p>Software engineer Steven Ramkumar explained the company’s plan to drop iOS 5 support, make use of the new APIs in iOS 7 and …