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Amazon Is Expanding Its R&D In Cambridge, U.K., With A Focus On Prime Air Drones And Speech Tech

Amazon is expanding its R&D operations in Cambridge, U.K., with a plan to staff out a large research lab — expanding on the foothold it acquired when it bought Cambridge-based speech tech startup Evi Technologies two years ago, TechCrunch has learned.<p>Cambridge is feted for its world-class …

Startup working to turn hoverboards into reality

LOS GATOS, Calif. (AP) — The more your knees quiver, the more the 90 pound board you're perched on, floating above a pillow of air, seems about to …

Rdio Lowers Family Subscription Plan to $5 P/P

Less than a month after Spotify announced it was introducing family subscription plans, Rdio has revealed that it’s lowering the price of its own family plans to $5 for each extra subscriber.<p>Rdio was one of the first music-streaming service to launch family subscription plans, way back in 2011. It …

Update now, Windows users: Microsoft patches critical (and old) security flaw

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Microsoft has issued emergency patches for a flaw that affects all supported versions of Windows. It’s a nasty one – a …

Apple’s Health app can now track how drunk you are w/ updated BACtrack breathalyzers

With an update for the BACtrack Mobile and BACtrack Vio smartphone-connected breathalyzers, iPhone users are now able to share blood alcohol content results with Apple’s new Health app in iOS 8.<p>An update to the companion app for the breathalyzers, which we previously reviewed alongside the BACtrack …

Windows 10 Technical Preview Build ‘9879’ Touches Down Today

Short note here for all you on Windows 10: Expect a new build of the code today.<p>What’s in build ‘9879?’ We have a few ideas, but I presume that there will be more in the build than the market current expects. I hope, at least. It isn’t clear what time today the version of the preview of Microsoft’s …

Apple's Wallet Killer Is Already Making An Impact At Whole Foods

Apple Pay may have represented about 1% of all Whole Foods transactions in the 17 days since Apple launched the service on Oct. 20, according to estimates from Mike Dudas, the former mobile commerce lead at Google, PayPal, and Braintree/Venmo.<p>Dudas calculated his estimates off Whole Foods …

Apple blocks malicious software Wirelurker on iPhones

Apple says it has blocked Wirelurker, the first piece of malware able to infect iOS devices and applications which have not been jailbroken.<p>Identified by security researchers Palo Alto Networks on Wednesday, the malware has been spotted shipping alongside pirated copies of Chinese Mac apps, before …

Possible Apple-Alibaba partnership could lead to greatly accelerated rollout of Apple Pay in China

The potential partnership between Apple and Chinese ecommerce giant Alibaba could facilitate a far more rapid rollout of Apple Pay in the country than if Apple goes it alone, suggests a piece in the <i>WSJ</i>. Tim Cook first revealed that he was in talks with the company at the <i>WSJ Digital</i> conference last …

Oculus VR's software development kit for mobile is now available

When Oculus VR hired away legendary programmer John Carmack from id Software, there was a specific intention: Carmack's commitment to virtual reality, specifically as it pertained to mobile VR. The first major fruit of Carmack's work over the past year is now available for you to download, as …

Snapchat now warns you if another app saves your photo

Snapchat is taking a small step toward actually taking your privacy seriously.<p>Starting this week, the photo-sharing app will warn you if another app on your phone is saving your pictures. Snapchatters using third-party apps will be forced to change their password. If they refuse, their accounts …

Yahoo acquires video ad platform BrightRoll for $640M in cash

Today Yahoo announced it has acquired ad giant BrightRoll for “approximately $640 million in cash” to bolster its existing video ad business.<p>BrightRoll will continue to operate independently “with Yahoo’s additional investment and global support.” The deal is expected to close in the first quarter …

Spotify CEO to musicians: Do you want 'zilch' or $2 billion?

An artist in the range of Taylor Swift could make more than $6 million a year from Spotify at its current size, the music streaming service's chief executive said Tuesday in a rebuttal to the criticism he's faced the past week.<p>"Our interests are totally aligned with yours," Daniel Ek told musicians …

Mobile Devices

Xiaomi Dials Into India; Looks At Manufacturing Locally

Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi, which recently became the global number three seller of smartphones, and which was co-founded by billionaire Lei Jun in 2010, started selling its phones in India less than four months ago. Unlike in China, the company doesn’t have–as yet–its own e-commerce store in …

Amazon Cloud Chief Andy Jassy Dismisses Talk of Price War

Forty-five price cuts from Amazon suggest it's not the one being hurt by competition.<p>It’s not yet noon on a busy Wednesday in Midtown Manhattan, and Andy Jassy, the head of Amazon Web Services — the retail giant’s cloud computing unit — wants a hot dog.<p>Based in Seattle, the Westchester County …