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The iPad Pro Doesn’t Need A Physical Keyboard

A real keyboard once seemed like a given for a larger iPad, but recent developments suggest otherwise.<p>Unless you’re one of the DJs, filmmakers, or other wildly creative folks from Apple’s iPad commercials, you probably can’t imagine doing real work without a real keyboard.<p>Mundane as it may be, the …

Apple Plans To Put Touch ID Inside iPhone's Display, Eliminating Home Button

The basic hardware design pattern of the iPhone has remained fairly consistent since 2007. The current-generation iPhone is visually miles ahead from …

U.S. Supreme Court rejects Google patent appeal over Street View

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Google Inc will have to defend claims that its Street View mapping software violates patents held by Vederi LLC after the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to take up the company’s appeal.<p>A Google Street View car is driven down a street after a media event in Riga August …

Google just entered the race to build the future of media with a big new project called 'News Labs'

Now Google is entering the race with "News Lab," an effort led by Steve Grove to collaborate with entrepreneurs and journalists and "build the future of news." Grove says his global team will arm journalists with tools — such as Earth, YouTube, and Maps — and data for news stories.<p>Google Trends, …

Facebook is getting so good at recognizing people it doesn't even need to see your face anymore

If you’re the type of person to upload photos to Facebook in huge batches, you know just how useful automatic tagging can be. But Facebook’s constantly improving its facial recognition, and now it’s gotten so good that it doesn’t even need to see your face anymore.<p>According to New Scientist, …

Celebs are bowing down to Taylor Swift for convincing Apple to pay artists

Taylor Swift's open letter to Apple stating that the company should pay artists during its three-month free trial of Apple Music was a bold move, and …

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Facebook to launch standalone news app ‘Paper’

Facebook is launching a new standalone mobile news app called Paper that features a slick new look and content creation tools.<p>Why is Facebook concentrating solely on a news feed app? Well, the company definitely understands that its news feed is one of the most vital components overall. It’s one of …

Nemesis: Something new is coming from CyanogenMod

Speculation runs from a new set of customizations for the CM everyone knows and loves (possible), to AOSP for the iPhone (unlikely), to a new custom …

Google's conversational search arrives with new Chrome

Google is enabling a more naturally spoken question-and-answer interface to its search service for people with a new version of Chrome.<p>Google demonstrated conversational search at Google I/O a week ago, a style of search designed to be more like natural human speech than the technically constructed …

Xbox One vs. PlayStation 4: the next console war pits living room against cloud

Microsoft and Sony's consoles are alike, but their visions diverge<p>We think of video game consoles as being principally about, well, the games. But when the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 went head-to-head in 2006, it wasn't games that truly determined the victor. What eventually drove the Xbox 360 to …

Apple Named World's Most Valuable Brand for Third Year in a Row

Millward Brown today released its annual BrandZ study of global brands (<i>via AllThingsD</i>), which found Apple to be the world's most valuable brand for the third straight year.<p>Although Apple topped the list once again, its brand value only increased 1% to $185 billion, which is not as impressive as …

[Deal Alert] Amazon Offering AT&T HTC One And Sprint Galaxy S4 For $129.99

Now that the big spring phone releases are out of the way, you can make an informed decision on any pending purchases. The HTC One and Samsung Galaxy …

Gigaom | How to make Twitter the ultimate news ticker

Advertisement<p>It’s been a tumultuous several weeks for Twitter, Reddit and the social web, during which we’ve seen both its great potential and …

New MacBook Air imminent?

Signs may point to a refresh of Apple's popular MacBook Air. Possibly next month.<p>AppleInsider said Friday that at large online retailers like MacConnection, stock has vanished for the popular 13.3-inch Air with a 1.8GHz processor and 256GB solid-state drive.<p>That said, Best Buy has stock, but it's …

More PC woes: AMD tanks, Windows 8 misfires in Europe

Maybe the PC isn't dead, but it's definitely showing signs of old age.<p>Shares of Advanced Micro Devices were off more than 12 percent Thursday on a downgrade from Goldman Sachs. And the PC market in Europe saw a sharp decline in the first quarter, according to Gartner.<p>Goldman downgraded AMD's stock …

SMS integration coming to Google+ Hangouts

This week at Google I/O, Google announced it's beefing up Google+ Hangouts by introducing a one-on-one chat feature, access to chat history, and a standalone app. But how about adding some real red meat, like say, SMS integration?<p>Never fear, hardcore messaging carnivores -- it's on the way.<p>So says …

Google’s Upcoming Maps App Includes Smarter Venue Search, Waze-Like Rerouting

It wasn’t that long ago that iPhone users were cheering about the release of Google Maps for iOS.<p>Now Google is readying its next update to the Maps …

Why Would Anyone Ever Switch from Spotify to Google's New Music Service?

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>As expected, Google unveiled its new streaming music service at their annual I/O developers …

Watch this: the Google I/O 2013 keynote in three and a half minutes

From Hangouts to Maps, Google announced a host of new features across a variety of products during its 2013 I/O keynote. But if you missed watching it live, combing through all three-and-a-half hours of the event may require a bit more effort than you're willing to put in. Luckily, we've picked out …

Google has rebuilt Maps from ‘ground up,’ with iPad version coming this summer

We knew Google would unveil new updates on Google Maps today at I/O, but we didn’t expect it to be <i>this</i> substantial. Google claims it has completely rebuilt Maps with a new interface, search abilities, and faster performance.<p>You can request access to a preview of the new Google Maps here.<p>One big key …

Google unveils Hangouts: a unified messaging system for Android, iOS, and Chrome

Can Google catch up to the world of seamless mobile messaging?<p>After years of waiting for Google to tie its disparate communication services together, the company has today announced, at Google I/O, a unified messaging system simply called Hangouts, available for Android, iOS, and the web using the …

Facebook Home flagship phone, HTC First, may be discontinued

Facebook Home has suffered since launch.<p>Facebook’s HTC First, the smartphone herald of Facebook Home, will be discontinued by carrier partner AT&T, …

BlackBerry to live stream BlackBerry Live 2013 tomorrow, fun starts at 9am EST

BlackBerry Live 2013 is a day away and the company will be announcing “what’s next.” If you can’t make the physical event, BlackBerry has you covered …

Being Too Generous Could Hurt Your Relationships. Here's Why

When my younger sister was in college, she needed help with the down payment for a new car. I wrote her a check—coincidentally, her birthday was just …

Verizon Galaxy S 4 to launch in stores on May 23rd

We know how painful the wait for the Galaxy S 4’s launch is for you Verizon customers out there, but it’s looking like you customers out there won’t …

T-Mobile raises iPhone 5 down payment by $50, device now costs $150

After a month of offering the iPhone 5 for $100 down, T-Mobile has quietly increased the upfront cost by $50. Even with the price hike, it's still less expensive than on most other carriers, but some type of warning would've certainly been appreciated. As for the rest of T-Mobile's new pricing …

Microsoft: Chrome Extension, Firefox Add-on Hijack Facebook Accounts

Microsoft has discovered a new piece of malware in the form of a Google Chrome extension and Firefox add-on that can hijack Facebook accounts. It does not appear that there are equivalent plugins for Internet Explorer nor Safari.<p>The threat, detected by Microsoft as Trojan:JS/Febipos.A, was first …

Facebook Home finally hits 1M download mark

A month after its release, Facebook Home has reached 1 million downloads, according to download numbers at Google Play.<p>It hit the milestone just days after Facebook's director of mobile engineering told reporters that Home had been downloaded "just about" 1 million times. The app's page was updated …