Matthew Banol

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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 …

Justdelete.me Wants To Help You Pull The Plug On All Those Pesky Online Accounts

It’s tiring, isn’t it? Doing everything online, I mean. Everyday you log into services tailor-made for shopping, searching, sharing, watching, chatting, curating, reading, bragging — that’s a lot of places to keep your personal information, and no one could blame you if you wanted to try to pare …

Behold, the Samsung Galaxy Golden Android flip phone

Samsung goes new-age retro with an Android-powered smartphone in a design from a bygone era. Don't look for this in the United States anytime soon.<p>Samsung must believe that good things come in pairs. Just a week after introducing the quad-core Samsung Hennessy flip phone for China, the electronics …

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Wait, what? Yahoo tops Google in US traffic

Yahoo bumps Google from the top spot on ComScore's list of 50 most-visited Internet properties, a position held by Google since 2008.<p>For the first time in five years, Google is no longer No. 1 in US Internet traffic, and its top spot was taken by a surprising competitor -- the once lackluster Yahoo.<p>…

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Jimdo offers iOS app for website creation on the move

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>The website creation firm Jimdo just released an iOS(s aapl) app so users can create and manage their sites from their iPhones …

Apple Seeks Patent For Skype-Style Away Status For Phone Calls, But Set Automatically

In a new patent filing published by the USPTO today (via AppleInsider), Apple describes a system for setting essentially an “Away/Available/Busy” style status for receiving phone calls on a smartphone device, but one that updates said status intelligently and automatically using data gathered about …

Google Solves Android Fragmentation with Stock Apps in the Play Store

For some, Android version 4.3 was a little underwhelming. At a somewhat dry, technical level there were some interesting additions; restricted profiles helped families keep track of the apps and content their children can access; support for OpenGL ES 3.0 brought higher fidelity lens flares, …

YouTubecaptions.com wants to bring professional captioning to everyone

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>Online video captioning company 3Play Media launched a new site called YouTubecaptions.com Thursday that aims to make it …

BBM for iOS and Android Gets Closer With Arrival of User Guides

We’ve known that BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) would be making its way across to the rival iOS and Android mobile platforms at some point before the end of the summer, but it would seem that reality just got one step closer with the arrival of user guides for the apps on the official BlackBerry …

Bunkr Is The PowerPoint Killer We’ve All Been Waiting For

French startup Bunkr is focused on one simple task: killing PowerPoint. To achieve this goal, the company’s well-designed web app will help you collect visual content and organize it into slides. The result is a very visual HTML5 presentation that works on your computer, phone or tablet. You can …

Lavabit founder chafes under NSA scrutiny, speaks out against govermental privacy violations

Lavabit shut down its email services a couple weeks ago in response to governmental pressure regarding NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden's account. At the time, founder Ladar Levison stated he was shutting down Lavabit because he didn't want to "become complicit in crimes against the American …

BlackBerry puts quantity over quality, lets one developer own a third of its app store

BlackBerry 10 is far from a "thriving ecosystem," and the company is doing little to fix it<p>"BlackBerry has a thriving ecosystem with BlackBerry 10." That's what CEO Thorsten Heins said this May at a developer conference before revealing that users had a choice of 120,000 apps from its still-young …

Study: playing Starcraft can increase your cognitive abilities

Real-time strategy games like <i>StarCraft</i> might not only increase a person's perceptual abilities, but also enhance their cognitive abilities.<p>In a study …

Approvals process will delay iPhone 5C launch in China until end of November – rumor

An earlier prediction by KGI’s Mingchi Kuo that the iPhone 5C would go on sale in China by the first week in October has been contradicted by a report in <i>First Financial Daily</i> claiming that the approvals process needed would push the launch date back by almost two months, to 28th November …<p>All …

OverTask for Chrome Puts Productivity in New Tabs

We’ve already given you seven essential Chrome extensions to combat too-many-tabs syndrome, but we’ve just gotten wind of another one that you might like.<p>OverTask‘s basic premise is about productivity – it lets you create tasks directly from within a new tab in Chrome. The general thinking behind …

Quip Is A Beautiful New Mobile-First Word Processor From Ex-Facebook CTO Bret Taylor

30 years later and our word processing software hasn’t evolved, not even to adapt to mobile. That changes tonight with the launch of Quip, a freemium new word processing app from former Facebook CTO Bret Taylor’s new startup. Quip works on desktop but is designed for mobile. It automatically …