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Striiv Fusion is a smartwatch and fitness tracker in one, for just $55

While wearables have yet to completely hit mainstream, they seem to be marching in that direction. We’re seeing more and more wearables, particularly smartwatches and activity/fitness trackers. Looking for an all-in-one solution that can act as a smartwatch, activity tracker and yet doesn’t cost a …

Wearable Tech

Hulu's former chief shows how he'll take on YouTube

If you've been wondering exactly how former Hulu CEO Jason Kilar would take on internet video heavyweights like YouTube, you now have your answer. Kilar's startup, Vessel, has both opened the doors to video producers and revealed just how you'll use the service when it's open to the public. There …

BuzzFeed CEO Jonah Peretti: 'It's not just a site, it's a whole process'

<i>BuzzFeed</i> <i>announced today that it’s acquiring the talent team behind mobile app developer Hyper IQ, a significant investment in building native apps for a publisher that’s traditionally been web- and social-first.</i><p>That’s a big tech story, and I spent an hour talking to<p><b>Nilay Patel: It sounds like you</b> …

Facebook now auto-enhances photos posted from iPhones

Facebook is taking a page out of Google+'s playbook, and is now automatically editing photos posted to the social network from mobile …

Hackers Win: Sony Cancels Dec 25 Release of 'The Interview'

Sony has just announced that it is cancelling the December 25 premiere of The Interview amid pressure from hackers and following the four top theater chains in the US backing out from showing the movie.<p>The full statement by the company reads:<p>“In light of the decision by the majority of our …

Hangouts for Gmail brings back the status update

Back when Google Talk ran Gmail-based chats, a handy custom status window made sure all your colleagues and pals knew what you were up to. When Hangouts took over, the tool fell by the wayside. Well, now it's back. Hangouts in Gmail allows you to deliver that info once more, just like you would on …

Agricultural-tech startup FarmLogs raises $10M

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Credit: Natural Resources Conservation Service Flickr, creative commons<p>A good deal of modern farming is being done in the …

Android Wear puts Inbox by Gmail updates on your wrist

You may have to give up a few things from Gmail to use Google's task-oriented Inbox email app, but smartwatch support isn't one them. The company has updated the app (on Android) to bring Android Wear support, letting you check mail, send replies and mark completed items from the comfort of your …

Can BlackBerry Catch A Break?

BlackBerry just announced the Classic, a phone that looks warped into 2014 via 2009. While by all rights it appears to be solid QWERTY solution in a non-QWERTY world, it’s hilarious that the company announced their latest and greatest on the eve of what could be the opening of the Cuban embargo …

Top 12 Most Amazing Sculptures in 2014

Let's look back on the year and check out some of the most amazing sculptures in 2014. Who “wow-ed” us with their ingenuity? What sculptures made us do a double-take? Today, we present to you twelve sculptures that stood out because of the materials the artists used, the way the sculptures …

Art

Report: China Has 270 Million Android Users

The number of daily active Android users in China has surpassed 270 million, according to a new report from Baidu, China’s dominant search company. To give an idea of the significance of that number, Google announced in September that it had activated a total of 1 billion Android devices to date — …

Bitcoin Black Friday: 250 retailers band together to accept Bitcoin (and fight payment fees)

More than 250 retailers are banding together in Bitcoin Black Friday so that you can buy your Christmas tree, holiday flights, authentic Moroccan rugs, and booze, or pay for your next hot date, all with privacy and safety … in Bitcoin.<p>The goal is more widespread adoption of Bitcoin which, the …

Acer C720P Chromebook helps show why Microsoft is attacking Google

If you're trying to figure out why Microsoft has been attacking Google with its Scroogled campaign, look no further than the new Acer C720P Chromebook.<p>The Acer C720P is a $299 laptop that comes with a touchscreen. It's the first touchscreen Chromebook that costs less than $1,000.<p>It's also a huge …

Consumer Tech

Let Me Tell You Something About The Internet Bubble ...

Matt Yglesias makes an important point here: Almost everyone talking about how there's a tech bubble these days has no recollection of what the late '90s was like. It was orders of magnitude more crazy.<p>Let me just share some observations, memories, and personal experiences from that time.<p>- The …

World Trade Organization

Bitcoin value soars above $1,000 on Mt. Gox exchange

The digital currency's rapid rise in value -- one Bitcoin traded for around $200 in November -- underscores its increasing popularity.<p>The dollar value of a single Bitcoin is on the rise.<p>Mt. Gox, a popular exchange for Bitcoin traders, has seen the conversion rate on its service explode over the …

Cryptocurrency

These companies could be watching everything you buy this holiday shopping season

If last year is anything to go by, Americans will spend over $60 billion in the four days from Thanksgiving, this Thursday (Nov. 28), to the end of the weekend. That doesn’t include “cyber Monday,” when merchants put up post-Thanksgiving deals online; Adobe reckons Americans will spend another $2.3 …

Identity Theft

AT&T's Galaxy S 4 starts receiving Android 4.3 (again), Galaxy Gear gets compatibility update

Earlier this month, AT&T began rolling out Android 4.3 to its variant of the Galaxy S 4, only to have it pulled in order to focus on "potential improvements." Here's the good news: the Rethink Possible carrier today started the process of, once again, bringing the Jelly Bean updates to Samsung's …

Time To Move To Hong Kong: U.S. Internet Is Stupidly Slow, Report Finds

On the eve of this traditional American holiday, we've got some news that may be obvious to those who've ventured to grandparents' and relatives' houses where the Internet is less-than-speedy: Download speeds in the U.S. suck, a new report confirms.<p>Network diagnostics company Ookla on Tuesday …

The fall (and rise?) of Yahoo: How the web giant crumbled and built some great tech in the process

Advertisement<p>16 Comments<p>Credit: Flickr / Yahoo<p>At one point not so long ago, Yahoo (s yhoo) was one of the top technology companies in the world. “The …

Yet another European country says that Google is breaking the law

The Netherlands is one of the most liberal societies in the word, and one that treasures openness. Many people don’t close the curtains in their windows; passersby are simply expected to resist the temptation to look in. But today the Dutch concluded that Google has been doing a lot more than …

Europe

How Tech Companies Can Help Overcome Chinese Censorship

Want to maintain access to China? Make your services indispensable to the country's economy.<p>LINE is an instant messaging chat application produced by a Japanese subsidiary of Naver, the biggest Internet company in South Korea. It boasts dizzying numbers for a tech company that’s only two and a half …