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UP24 Review: Jawbone's Newest Activity Tracker Ups the Ante

I’ve never been very good at getting to sleep early. I consider it a hangover from a period of my life that was spent playing poker for a living. Professional poker does strange things to sleep patterns if you do it for long enough.<p>I’m also fortunate enough to work for one of the world’s best …

Facebook's latest government report reveals which countries censor its News Feed

Facebook today released its second global government transparency report, covering the period between July and December of last year. Apart from the regular numbers pertaining to government requests for user data, the social network is now — for the first time — revealing how often countries have …

Android KitKat uptake slower than Jelly Bean, North American web traffic suggests

In October, Google revamped Android with the KitKat version, but few devices run the newest software yet. In fact, web traffic data in North America …

Facebook Received 28,147 Government Requests in H2 2013

Facebook today revealed the number of data requests it received from various law enforcement agencies around the world in the second half of last year: 28,147. Those requests impacted a potential 38,256 accounts, according to the company.<p>Since Facebook only released its first report in August 2013, …

Samsung’s Galaxy S5 and new Gear gadgets now available globally

Samsung’s next wave of mobile gadgets are here.<p>The company announced this morning that the Galaxy S5 smartphone, Gear 2 smartwatch line, and Gear Fit activity monitor are now available in stores across 125 countries.<p>The Galaxy S5, Samsung’s latest flagship Android smartphone, packs in a fingerprint …

Dropbox: Condoleeza Rice appointment won't alter privacy pledge

Dropbox CEO Drew Houston sought to quell the uproar over the appointment of former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to the company's board of directors, saying in a blog post Friday that Rice's appointment won't change its stance on privacy.<p>"There's nothing more important to us than keeping …

With Its New Samsung App, Health Startup Lark Moves Away From Hardware

Among the freebies included in Samsung’s just-released Galaxy S5 was a new app from Lark, a health startup that’s been pretty quiet for the past year or so.<p>In fact, co-founder and CEO Julia Hu told me that Lark has been “pretty much in stealth mode” as it worked on the new app. The vision, she …

Los Angeles wants to become the largest city with free Wi-Fi

Flickr – djandywdotcom<p>Time Warner Cable has had a tense relationship with the city of Los Angeles and its residents for several years now if not longer.<p>On February 14, 2011, the Lakers and Time Warner Cable signed a $3 billion, 20-year cable television agreement, which took effect in Fall 2012 but …

Google exec: We never copied iPhone features for Android

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Google engineers have never copied Apple's iPhone features for use in Android, an executive from the software giant said Friday during testimony in the Apple v. Samsung patent-infringement trial.<p>Hiroshi Lockheimer, Google vice president of Android, walked the jury through early …

Carriers block Samsung Galaxy S5 Download Booster feature

When Samsung first announced the Galaxy S5 one of the big software features it touted was Download Booster, a feature that uses both Wi-Fi and LTE to make downloading files faster, but as with so many things, most U.S. carriers block the feature on their versions of the phone.<p>AT&T, Sprint, and …

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EU funds 3D-printed 'smoothfood' for care homes

The European Union is funding a project to develop 3D-printed "smoothfood" for people in care homes who suffer from problems related to mastication …

If Comcast gets TWC, three out of four Americans could get a broadband cap

As regulators attempt to sift through the possible public harms and benefits of Comcast’s(s cmsca) $45.2 billion plan to buy Time Warner Cable(s …

Portable Robot Printer Is Like A Roomba That Squirts Ink

“What is a printer?” asked Zuta Labs, then reimagined it as the Mini Mobile Robotic Printer, as small as your hand.<p>Designed by Zuta Labs and now on Kickstarter, the Mini Mobile Robotic Printer is one for the mobile age. It cleverly sheds the bulk of consumer printing by re-imagining what a printer …

Box Defeats Preliminary Injunction In OpenText’s $268M Patent Infringement Case

Some positive legal news for Box, the cloud services company that is preparing for an IPO. A judge has denied a motion for a preliminary injunction of one of its products — originally requested by the Luxembourg-based subsidiary of Canada’s OpenText, one part of a larger, $268 million patent …

Hear Palmer Luckey explain why Oculus VR joined Facebook

Last month's news that Facebook bought startup Oculus VR for $2 billion spurred many loud and often furious reactions from gamers and especially those who participated in the project's initial Kickstarter. If you're among those wondering what's next for Oculus and haven't been convinced by the …

Cloudflare Challenge proves 'worst case scenario' for Heartbleed is actually possible

Many already thought that the "Heartbleed" security flaw in OpenSSL could be used to steal SSL keys from a server, but now there's proof. This is important because if someone stole the private decryption key to servers used by any of the many web services that used OpenSSL, then they could spy on …

5 rules for using the Internet after ‘Heartbleed’

You know the lock icon that pops up next to URLs to tell you a website will keep your information safe? It turns out it has actually left your …

NBC's iOS app can now send shows to your TV, sort of

The big US broadcasters like to tout the strength of their mobile TV apps, but actually viewing the apps' content <i>on a TV</i> has frequently proven elusive. That's a rather glaring omission, don't you think? Some credit is due to NBC, then, as it recently updated its iOS app with AirPlay support. …

Marissa Mayer wants Yahoo to be big in mobile. Meet Aviate

"There's no other interface you touch more in your life than the home screen of your phone."<p>Mark Daiss, co-founder, Aviate<p>"We hope to make Aviate a central part of our Android-based experiences in 2014 (and beyond)."<p>Adam Cahan, SVP of mobile and emerging products, Yahoo

Inflight Internet is About to Get Faster: Gogo Introduces 2Ku Satellite-Based Communication

Inflight internet in the United States is often constrained by two variables: bandwidth and coverage area. Gogo, the internet provider for the lion’s share of today’s flights, operates most connections on an air-to-ground (ATG) network, and if a flight goes out of range of one of those antennas, …

Sony's Project Morpheus 'Validated' By Facebook's Oculus Purchase

The Oculus Rift has grown into a formidable technological force, even before it’s publicly released, now that it’s been acquired by Facebook. It will probably be a direct competitor to Sony’s recently announced “Project Morpheus” VR system, and you would think the whole scenario could turn into a …

This Is What Someone Thought the iPad Would Look like, in 2004

Before the iPad or even the iPhone was released, there were years of speculation on what portable products Apple would release.<p>Just like they do now, people on the Internet created renders back in 2004 of products they thought Apple would release. We stumbled across an old concept from 2004 on the …

Two-factor authentication: A good first step after Heartbleed

Yes, you should switch your passwords for services affected by the Heartbleed security vulnerability. But you can do better than that.<p>Some of today’s most popular web services let users enable a two-step, or two-factor, sign-on process that can apply an additional layer of authentication by asking …

Meet ThinkUp: Your personal social media guru

If you’re a heavy Twitter or Facebook user, you know just how many social media tools there are out there that promise to help track your activity’s performance online.<p>There’s TwitterCounter (owned by The Next Web) for tracking how many followers you have, Klout for giving you a social media ‘rank’ …

The "New" White House Policy on Security Bugs Changes Nothing

A supposed change in how the government treats security vulnerabilities like Heartbleed leaves open a tempting loophole to turn them into weapons.<p>Let’s take stock of where we are with the Heartbleed vulnerability.<p>We now know that it can be used to hijack the private keys used to encrypt traffic to …

Alleged Images of iPhone 6 Chassis and Manufacturing Molds Surface

A new set of leaks showing alleged manufacturing molds and chassis sketches of the iPhone 6 have surfaced on Chinese microblogging site Weibo [Google Translate, via <i>GforGames</i>].<p>The photos are said to come from a factory belonging to Apple manufacturing partner Foxconn, as the first set of images show …

Facebook’s decision to spin off Messenger is the smartest, safest choice

Social media companies are in a bind when presenting on mobile: While Facebook (s fb), Twitter (s twtr) and their assorted peers have structured …

Samsung's latest smartphone monitors your heart

• Samsung's last smartphone watched your eyes; its new one will also listen to your heart. The Korean company's new flagship Galaxy S5 packs a heart rate monitor and will track your motions and monitor your steps, as part of a push into the health and fitness market. The innovation comes after …