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Ebola Q and A: Here's what you need to know

The Ebola news keeps pouring in.<p>Two nurses who treated the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the United States are in isolation.<p>A nursing assistant in Spain who contracted the disease has been declared free of the virus.<p>Health officials have cleared many of the people who came in contact with …

The moon-rocket playroom this dad built for his kids puts any treehouse to shame

Do-it-yourself fathers everywhere are probably scowling at Jeff Highsmith, whose Project Apollo-themed playroom built for his kids just blew the curve. No treehouse could ever compare to this.<p>Highsmith's amazingly detailed playsets comprise a command module and Mission Control in separate rooms, …

FAA Approves Limited Use Of Drones For Utility Company

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) granted San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) limited permission to use drones in parts of San Diego County. SDG&E is a Sempra Energy utility, and is the first utility in the nation to be granted FAA approval for the technology.<p>The FAA granted the company an …

Amazon Surges As It Pleads With FAA To Test Drones

Amazon had a busy week, and Wall Street is rewarding them for it.<p>Shares of America’s largest online retailer surged over 4.5% on Friday morning as the company fought for the right to test its new drone delivery program, among a handful of other initiatives taken this week. Amazon.com also took …

Is Your Internet As Fast As Advertised?

The FCC put out a big report on the state of broadband in the U.S. Statista made a chart based on the data looking at how the internet speeds for various providers in the U.S. For the most part, the providers live up to their promises.

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Washington’s Wi-Fi Friday: FCC, Senate push for more Wi-Fi in schools, more unlicensed airwaves

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Credit: gary718 / Shutterstock<p>Wi-Fi was a big topic of discussions in multiple institutions of our federal government on …

Amazon Fire Phone vs. Samsung Galaxy S5: Specs Compared

See how Amazon's first smartphone stacks up against Samsung's flagship model.<p>PCMag reviews products independently, but we may earn affiliate …

T-Mobile lost $100M due to ETFs of switching customers

During the first quarter of 2014, T-Mobile gained the most new subscribers amongst Tier 1 carriers. One of the reason for this increase was due to the carrier’s offer to pay up to $650 in Early Termination Fees to customers who switched to T-Mobile.<p>T-Mobile said in a filing recently that the ETF …

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Comcast-Time Warner Cable Merger: 7 (follow up) stories to read

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Credit: AP Photo/Douglas C. Pizac<p>It has been a few days since the news of $45 billion merger of Comcast (s CMCSA) & Time Warner …

The Incredible Rise (And Fall?) Of Candy Crush

King, the company that makes super popular game Candy Crush filed for an IPO yesterday.<p>As a result, we get to see its financial performance. As you can see in this chart from Statista, it's pretty much insane.<p>Prior to launching Candy Candy Crush, King was doing just fine, generating over $100 …

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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 …

Wake up, retailers: Amazon’s seven-day shipping means you need to regroup. Now

Advertisement<p>21 Comments<p>Credit: Corbis / Patricia Curi<p>Not to be content with creating the showrooming movement, Amazon recently announced it will …

In 2014, The Mobile Web Will Die—And Other Mobile Predictions

<i>ReadWritePredict is a look ahead at the technology trends and companies that will shape the coming year.</i><p>In 2014, the mobile Web will die. That’s right, that bastardized version of the normal Web will crawl into a shallow grave and leave us all in peace. No more websites crippled with horrible …

Learning to code? EngineHere can connect you with devs in a virtual classroom

Want to learn to code? You’ll have plenty of options to choose from, with dozens of providers promising to teach you computer programming skills in no time.<p>But Benjamin Plesser, founder of EngineHere, believes he’s found the optimal “learn to code” model. Plesser is a software developer who …

The 10 Best Buys in 2014 Motorcycles

The colder weather might signal the end of the riding season in many parts of the country, but that's no reason to stop hunting for your next bike. Many of the 2014 motorcycles have already hit dealer lotsand there are plenty of bargains no matter w<p>The colder weather might signal the end of the …

Scratch Wireless offers 'free' mobile service that uses WiFi for calls and text

If you've ever struggled with a monthly cell phone bill, you've probably looked for cheaper alternatives like prepaid plans from big box stores or startup carriers like Zact and Ting. Well, what's cheaper than free? That's exactly what Scratch Wireless aims to offer with what it claims is the …

What the World Would Look Like If Countries Were As Big As Their Online Populations

Helloooooo China!<p>The Internet we each see every day is an infinitesimally tiny sliver of the whole—the parts we have curated for ourselves, the parts our network of friends and family sends to us, and the sites that we have made parts of our routines.<p>But beyond this micro-level editing, there are …

America’s highest earners work at least 60 hours a week—more than anyone else in the world

<i>This item has been corrected.</i><p>Do Americans—and many Europeans working in American-dominated fields such as investment bank, consulting and ventures—work too hard?<p>Economic data show that in 1950, Americans worked around 1,900 hours per year. That’s now down to 1,700. But the French, who used to work …

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House Of The Future: How Automation Tech Is Transforming The Home

In the late 2000s, while he was building himself a “green” home in Lake Tahoe, Calif., Tony Fadell, one of the creators of the iPod, went looking for a thermostat, and was unimpressed by the limited features and dated technology he found.<p>Fadell teamed up with former Apple colleague Matt Rogers in …

How Google Uses Data to Build a Better Worker

For the search and advertising juggernaut, human resources is more than human<p>“I have charts and graphs to back me up. So f*** off.”<p>Not the mantra you’d expect from your typical human resources representative. But every new hire for Google’s People Analytics department, part of the company’s HR …

Dustin Pedroia robs Austin Jackson

Red Sox second baseman makes a nifty play to steal a single from Detroit's Austin Jackson in the top of the third inning.

The Internet Costs 30% Of Monthly Wages In Some Nations. Google Wants To Help.

Internet access is astonishingly expensive in some parts of the world. The International Telecommunications Union estimates that fixed broadband costs 30 percent of the average monthly wage within the developing world [PDF]. To address this, Google, Facebook, USAID and a host of top-tier tech …

Google partners with international development agencies to make internet cheap

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Credit: Flickr / ToastyKen<p>Google(s goog) is teaming up with the World Wide Web Foundation, U.S. and U.K. government …

Time Warner Cable buys high-speed fiber Internet firm DukeNet for $600M

Internet service provider company Time Warner Cable is set to acquire fiber optic network firm DukeNet in a deal with $600 million, the companies announced today.<p>DukeNet is a regional fiber network that supplies service to North Carolina, South Carolina, and five other states. The purchase will …

Schmidt: Google Now approach could work for businesses

Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt tells CIOs they need to blow up their infrastructure pronto, argues Android is secure, and covers a lot of turf.<p>ORLANDO -- Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google, said that the concepts and interface behind Google Now could be applied to corporations, …

Eric Schmidt calls Android 'more secure than the iPhone'

Google's Eric Schmidt has a reputation for raising eyebrows with his public proclamations, so this latest episode should come as little surprise — the company chairman declared during the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo that Android has a security advantage over Apple's iPhone. In comments reported by …

Google, SAP, Cisco & Samsung Among Potential Tech Buyers For Some Or All Of BlackBerry, Says Reuters

Google, SAP and Cisco are among a number of technology companies interested in buying up portions — or all — of BlackBerry’s business, according to Reuters, which cites several sources close to the matter. BlackBerry has also apparently asked for preliminary expressions from Intel, LG and Samsung, …