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So Far, There Are Only 3 Big Winners in the Smartphone Market

Apple, Samsung, and Google.<p>Benedict Evans<p>Benedict Evans has a great post describing the market for smartphones (and phones more broadly) in three charts and about 600 words. Admirable economy! Let me try to compress the argument even further.<p>If one looks at profits, only two companies make a …

Mercedes-Benz plan will put QR codes on cars to speed up rescues

We joke that most people don't like QR codes, but those codes link to a lot of information through one snapshot -- and Mercedes-Benz may just use that efficiency to save lives. The automaker is putting the symbols on vehicles so that emergency crews just need a phone camera scan for easy access to …

Jony Ive’s new look for iOS 7: black, white, and flat all over

With the grand unveiling of Apple’s next operating system for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch approaching, sources have provided detailed descriptions of what users and developers alike could expect from the software’s fresh look.<p>As we reported in April, Apple Senior Vice President of Industrial …

Foc.us gaming tDCS headset uses electrical pulses to overclock your brain

There’s a category of technology that is still more or less in the fringe – the kind designed to improve one’s own physiology, exceeding typical …

The Brain

Google Earth for Android Gets Street View Support

Google on Wednesday updated its native Google Earth for Android app with a big new feature and two improvements. You can download the new version now directly from Google Play.<p>The biggest addition is Street View support. While the desktop version of Google Earth has had the feature for a while now, …

Say goodbye to the pin: voice recognition takes over at Barclays Wealth

Barclays Wealth customers will no longer need to answer security questions and remember pin codes to use telephone banking.<p>Advanced voice recognition will detect whether a customer is who they say they are after just 30 seconds of normal conversation, the bank claims.<p>The system, which is powered by …

Banking

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Facebook Is In Talks To Acquire Waze For Up To $1 Billion

Facebook is in the final stages of negotiation with crowd-sourced traffic and navigation app maker Waze for an Instagram-sized acquisition of the Israeli company, reports local business publication Calcalist.<p>According to Calcalist reporter Assaf Gilad, who has a track record of getting things like …