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Walmart considers asking customers to deliver its packages

In order to lower the cost of getting packages to its online shoppers, Walmart is considering turning to other customers to take care of the deliveries, reports <i>Reuters</i><i>.</i> In an interview, Walmart.com’s chief executive Joel Anderson reportedly said that he sees "a path to where this is crowd sourced," …

Apple Patents iPhone With Wraparound Display, Including Designs That Plug Together Voltron-Style

Apple has a new patent filing just published by the USPTO today, first spotted by AppleInsider, which details a wraparound-style AMOLED display that could make it possible to create an iPhone that’s almost entirely screen, with touch gestures and virtual buttons replacing physical ones completely. …

Congress adds cyber-espionage review for government tech purchases, scrutinizes Chinese products from Lenovo, Huawei

Huawei's having a tougher time getting its network tech into the US, but Congress is apparently looking to shore up its security with other Chinese manufacturers too and has added a new purchase review law for NASA, Justice and Commerce departments of the government. <i>Reuters</i> reports that these …

U.S. Writes Its Worries About Buying IT Gear From China Into Law

The U.S. government officially remains concerned about the possibility of cyber attacks from China. And it has quietly imposed new restrictions on …

Cybersecurity

Galaxy S4 preorders get under way in the U.K.

Every major U.K. network is expected to sell the Galaxy S4, but EE is currently the only one that can offer it on a 4G contract.<p>The Samsung Galaxy S4 is now up for preorder in the U.K., giving hopeful shoppers the chance to throw money Samsung's way ahead of the phone's official launch on April …

Mobile

Samsung Reportedly Debuting Stores-Within-A-Store At Best Buy Locations For Galaxy S4 Launch

Samsung will reportedly be launching Samsung Stores in select Best Buy locations ahead of the Galaxy S4’s U.S. launch, a new report from Geek.com claims. The new sections, which will occupy spots close to the mobile department, will feature Samsung branding throughout and highlight a number of …

Apple to slash iPad Mini shipments, claims report

iPad Mini shipments to retailers will reportedly be cut to as few as 10 million for the second quarter, according to DigiTimes.<p>Apple will reportedly trim iPad Mini shipments for the next quarter, according to tech-news site DigiTimes.<p>Citing industry sources who provide parts for the tablet," …

iPad Mini

Samsung Galaxy S 4 heads to AT&T for $250 on contract, pre-orders begin April 16th

Just two days ago, T-Mobile's potty-mouthed CEO John Legere gave us a tentative May 1st launch date for Samsung's Galaxy S 4 on that network. And now, AT&T's making its S 4 plans public, opening up pre-orders for the device on April 16th. Subscribers that sign-up for a two-year plan will be able to …

Samsung's militaristic culture and the leaders behind it

At some of Samsung's Korean facilities you can find K-pop playing from speakers disguised as rocks, or a sign reading "Go! Go! Go!" in English, or old recordings of chairman Lee Kun-hee popping on and off of overhead loudspeakers in the halls. Samsung's culture, history, and rise into its major …

Verizon FiOS Is The Best Cable Bundle, Says Consumer Reports

Cable companies routinely score lower in customer satisfaction than almost any other consumer service, and a large part of that is the fact that most …

Will Your Twitter Account Get You Fired?

A new service offers helpful analysis.<p>You should <i>probably</i> have a sense already of whether your Twitter account might get you in trouble at your job. Like, complaining about the stupidity of your boss on social media? Not the most excellent idea! But if for some reason you are just not a very …

New York City Subways Are Getting A New Touchscreen Network

In 2011, the MTA installed similar high-tech touchscreens, dubbed "On the Go!" travel stations, at five subway stations throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens.<p>Now, the MTA has partnered with Control Group and CBS Outdoor to deploy up to 90 additional digital kiosks in New York subway …

Ebay pushes into emerging markets

Ebay is preparing a push against Amazon and into developing markets that could see its online marketplace handle $110bn (£72bn) of sales within three …

Samsung GALAXY S 4 mini tipped on hero’s heels

If you were pumped up about the Samsung GALAXY S 4 revealed earlier this month but found its massive display to be just a bit too much to swallow, …

Galaxy S4

Social App MeetMe Introduces In-Feed Advertising With Flurry Partnership

Social discovery service MeetMe is ramping up the advertising in its smartphone app.<p>CEO Geoff Cook told me via email that the app was already running ads, for example at the top of the screen, but its mobile monetization efforts have been more focused on payments. The new ads, which are being …

Google's #ifihadglass campaign isn't going as smoothly as hoped

There’s one very logical reason why Google opens almost all their projects and services as a limited beta before exposing them to the world. The more …

BlackBerry Kills It With Impressive Margins And Stellar Z10 Deliveries

With even less than a full quarter in the market, BlackBerry’s new Z10s had an impressive performance, at least compared to estimates. The company formerly known as Research in Motion announced on Thursday it shipped one million new BlackBerry 10 devices as it continues to roll out its new products …

Following its new iPhone campaign, Apple shares ‘Why you’ll love an iPad’

Following up on its recently launched “Why you’ll love an iPhone” campaign,” Apple has begun a similar strategy for its iPad and iPad mini tablets. Alongside a redesigned iPad website, Apple’s new “Why you’ll love an iPad” page lists some of the awards and reasons for why customers use the iPad and …

CHART OF THE DAY: The Difference Between What You Share And What People Want To Read

The stories people share aren't necessarily the stories their friends want to read, according to data from 33Across, which tracks links for online publications.<p>It found that people are sharing science related content more often than any other content category. However, science content is clicked on …

Mozilla Takes Aim At A Global Duopoly With Firefox OS And The Open Web

The giant Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona was drenched this year in orange, the official color of Firefox, the world’s second most popular Web browser. Its booth was swamped, and its harried pitchmen ran around in tangerine sneakers because this year Barcelona was a coming-out party …

In Emerging Markets, Samsung Is King--While Nokia And BlackBerry Are Not Dead Yet

Among the nearly 130 million people in the U.S. who own smartphones, Apple hasn’t lost any ground, even gaining market share through January 2013. But in the developing world, Samsung is the phone of choice, according to a new report from mobile marketing firm Upstream.<p>Removing price from …

Damaged undersea internet cable causes widespread global service disruption

A cut to the largest internet cable that connects Europe and Asia caused severe service disruption that stretched from from Africa to Pakistan.<p>Chief …