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BLU Studio 5.5 smartphone carries big screen, $179 off-contract price

Is that big-name giant smartphone way beyond your price range? No problem: BLU Products has just shipped the Studio 5.5, one of the more affordable large phones that we've seen in a while. The Android 4.2 device won't impress with its 854 x 480 resolution, quad-core MediaTek chip or 4GB of …

Amish Community Not Anti-Technology, Just More Thoughtful

Many outsiders assume the Amish reject allnew technology. But that's not true.<p>One Amish man in Lancaster County, Pa., checks his voicemail about four times a day. His shop is equipped with a propane-powered forklift, hydraulic-powered saws, cordless drills, and a refrigerated tank where milk from …

You Ask, We Answer: More Of Your Questions About The Affordable Care Act

The Oct. 1 launch of the new health insurance exchanges is now less than two months away, and people are starting to pay attention to the changes these new marketplaces may bring to the nation's health care system.<p>We know it's confusing, so we're spending part of the summer and fall answering at …

Why the US is turning into a subscription-based economy

Rapid changes are taking place in the way people buy things, and companies are reacting accordingly. Increasingly, the US is moving toward a subscription-based economy in which firms will focus less on selling things, and more on gaining recurring customers—a trend seen in companies like Netflix, …

Wall Street

Texas soon to hit grim milestone: 500th execution

The planned execution of a 52-year-old woman has reignited a debate over the use of the death penalty. Texas has killed far more inmates than any other state.<p>HUNTSVILLE, Texas — Texas, the nation's most prolific executioner of criminals, is about to put its 500th inmate to death since the mid-1970s.<p>…

Why the Indian rupee is on a downward spiral and nobody knows how to stop it

The US Federal Reserve’s stimulus exit timeline shook the global economy. In India, the situation is particularly dire: its stock markets experienced the sharpest fall in almost two years, bond prices fell so much that trading had to be halted, and the value of the rupee fell to a record low. The …

Economy

Entrepreneurs-in-residence bring startup mentality to big firms

The technology giants that rule their industry – from Apple to Google, Twitter to Facebook – were once lean startups, making bold decisions that helped shape their identities.<p>As they became multinational corporations, elements of the entrepreneurial spirit were diminished, a trend many companies …

Two revisions in 24 hours: That’s how bad India’s economic statistics are

China has been grabbing the headlines of late for the shoddy state of its statistics. It seems India wants its share of the limelight. In a feat unlikely to be matched anytime soon, India corrected its factory output data twice in 24 hours.<p>The original press release on Wednesday stated that the …

India

What Sets The Google Cloud Platform Apart From The Rest

There is a misperception about the new Google Cloud Platform that the company put into general availability last week at Google I/O. It’s not a brand new platform. It’s what Google has used for years. It is Google’s foundation. It is what makes Google, Google. And now it’s open for the first time …

Oracle Software Chief Thomas Kurian: 10 Strategic Cloud Computing Insights

As cloud computing surges into the mainstream of business-technology strategies and deployments, plenty of questions are still swirling around regarding security, time to value, public versus private, lock-in, cost, and more.<p>For businesses, these questions are reasonable as cloud adoptions grow …

There Is In Fact A Tech-Talent Shortage And There Always Will Be

For America to maintain its fragile role as the most innovative nation on earth, it must perpetually attract the world’s best and brightest. There will always be trailblazing engineers who stay in their home country, leaving the United States one notch below its potential. Yet, on the heels of …

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Comparing the Successes of Instagram and Camera+

Apps will make you fantastically wealthy. Everyone knows that. Build an app, launch it, and watch the millions of dollars in sales, the press coverage, the buyout deals and the rest of it all roll into your life like a cresting wave.<p>Or not.<p>“The most intimate digital technology festival on the …

Meet The Guy Who Helped Google Beat Apple's Siri

For all the attention lavished on Siri, the often-clever voice-driven virtual assistant on Apple’s iPhone, Google’s mobile search app lately has impressed a lot more people. That’s partly thanks to Google Now, its own virtual assistant that’s part of that app, which some observers think is more …

Abercrombie & Fitch Refuses To Make Clothes For Large Women

They want the "cool kids," and they don't consider plus-sized women as being a part of that group.<p>Abercrombie is sticking to its guns of conventional beauty, even as that standard becomes outdated.<p>Contrast Abercrombie with H&M, another favorite with the teen set, who just subtly introduced a …

Abercrombie & Fitch

Google's Innovative New Business Model For Google Glass

Google Glass has plenty of novelty about it. When Google Ventures teamed up with two venture capital firms, KPCB and Andreessen Horowitz, to fund the Google Glass ecosystem, apart from the excitement of wearable computing we also witnessed the emergence of a new kind of business model and a new …

Ten Years Later: Lessons From the Applied Semantics’ Google Acquisition

Image copyright undrey<p>Ten years ago today, my business partners and I sold Applied Semantics to Google. At the time, it was Google’s largest …

Dining Rooms

Facebook goes mobile-first with its latest developer tools

Facebook has just unwrapped the latest version of its mobile SDK for iOS as well as some new features for its mobile tools. Reps for the company are calling these changes “the next evolution” of the company’s mobile-first strategy.<p>The new tools should, the company says, make it easier for mobile …

How Yahoo delivered — or didn’t — on its promise to focus on mobile

Yahoo and mobile. We’ve been hearing for months now that Yahoo wants to focus on mobile. But during the company’s earnings call today, did that focus shine?<p>Late last year, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer told techsters her big gameplan for the company: Making Yahoo accessible and relevant to a mobile-first …

Google Play now at 90% of iOS app store downloads; iOS still holds a 2.6X revenue lead

Google Play is quickly catching up to Apple’s App Store, both in download numbers and in revenue.<p>In November 2012, Apple’s iOS App Store took in four times the revenue of Google Play. In the first quarter of 2013, iOS app revenue still led, but by a lower multiple: 2.6 times as much. And Google …

Check out these outstanding additions to our HealthBeat 2013 conference

Technology is transforming health care more rapidly than ever before. That’s why VentureBeat is putting together our first-ever HealthBeat conference.<p>Today, we’re announcing the latest additions to our speaker lineup. These experts will help you learn what’s new in health IT, digital health, …

Apple has shed the equivalent of a Google or a Microsoft since September

Apple stock has been hammered today, dropping almost 6 percent (or $25/share), as investors are taking cues from an important Apple component supplier, Cirrus Logic, which forecast lower-than-expected sales of its chips for the iPhone and iPad in the coming quarter.<p>That means that Exxon Mobile, …

Tumblr’s CEO on killing its editorial team, not monetizing like Google & YouTube

Tumblr’s CEO David Karp has been in the spotlight as of late, especially in the blogosphere. A little over a week ago, he published a blog post announcing the killing of Tumblr’s Storyboard, and subsequently, the end of the only 1 year old Tumblr editorial team.<p>There was clear backlash in the media …

Here are 5 mobile startups that build businesses, not apps

SAN FRANCISCO — During his keynote discussion at Demo Mobile, Vinod Khosla said that “mobile is central to everything.” Whether you are interested in selling boutique clothing, creating a community of sports fans, or publishing media about beer, having a mobile presence is key. The fourth session …

These 5 mobile startups want you to have more fun, dress better, drink more beer

SAN FRANCISCO — Friendship today just isn’t friendship unless you are constantly texting, tweeting, following, liking, and taking photos evidence of your shared activities. During the final pitch session at Demo Mobile, five startups presented social products that seek to help people communicate, …

Touch devices to drop to $200, says Intel CEO

Prices of touch devices based on future Intel chips are set to drop like a rock.<p>Touch laptop prices are headed south. Way south, according to Intel executives.<p>The price of Intel-based touch devices, including laptops, will sink to price points that penetrate inexpensive tablet territory. These new …

Hewlett Packard

Mashery CEO: Intel’s buyout will expand its horizons

Chip maker Intel has agreed to purchase API management startup Mashery for an undisclosed amount, and the startup will be folded into Intel’s Services Division.<p>Intel posted worse than expected earnings yesterday, which launched more talk about the decline of PC sales. But some forget that Intel …

Ignore your dull family, says new Facebook Home ad

Admit it, your family is just awful. Your Facebook friends are more important and interesting, says a new Facebook ad.<p>You know those self-centered, self-regarding people who just have to look at their cell phones during dinner?<p>Facebook loves them. Facebook admires them. Facebook wants to promote …

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