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Google's Chrome Web Browser Is Killing Your Laptop Battery

There is a problem with Google Chrome on Microsoft Windows that is potentially very bad news for laptop users. It can drastically affect battery life, and even slow down your computer.<p>So, why is Chrome eating through your battery quicker than other internet browsers? The problem is down to …

Microsoft's Bing Shows US School Rankings

If a school’s national ranking is one of the key criteria you have in mind when selecting a school for your kids, Microsoft’s Bing is making it easier for you.<p>The search engine now shows school ratings, rankings and academic indicators directly in Snapshot. This means that when you search for a …

Twitter Acquires CardSpring To Power In-Tweet Commerce And Offers

Twitter just announced it’s acquired CardSpring to enable “in-the-moment commerce experiences.” CardSpring is an application platform that lets developers build card-linked offers electronic coupons, loyalty cards, and virtual currencies that work with credit cards and other types of payments. …

Startup Investment Funds Spring up in Southeast Asia

What a past few months it has been for Southeast Asia’s startup scene. Now, venture capitalists are setting aside funds for young technology companies in this part of the world.<p>The relatively sparse opportunities for funding mean that startups in Southeast Asia often take routs that differ from …

4 Wi-Fi Tips from Former Apple Wi-Fi Engineer

Alf Watt, former Apple Wi-Fi engineer and creator of iStumbler, joined us on this week's Mac Geek Gab 509 to talk all things Wi-Fi. The episode …

Bell Labs Hits 10Gbps on Copper Lines

Bell Labs set a new record with its "XG-FAST" connectivity, but it'll be awhile before we get it.<p>PCMag reviews products independently, but we may …

goTenna wants to keep you connected when there is no WiFi or cell service

goTenna, the portable radio antenna that allows you to communicate with others without the need of a WiFi connection or cell network, is taking “off-the-beaten-path” to the next level. We’ve already seen various types of communication apps for Android; Walkie-Talkie apps are not uncommon, nor are …

Communicate

Vevo's Android App Gets a New UI and Better Discovery Options

Vevo has released an update for its Android app that brings it in line with the iOS version by ushering in a new UI and features designed to make it easier to discover new videos.<p>Announced today, the app has a new Home screen with a real-time feed of premieres, original Vevo shows, recommended …

CEO Chen explains why businesses shouldn’t even think of fleeing BlackBerry for Android

So now that Google is working with Samsung to push its Knox mobile security system out to a wider number of Android phones, is BlackBerry CEO John …

Windows/Android dual-boot Console OS aims to support Surface Pro 3

Console OS, an Android-based operating system designed to run on Intel PCs has announced that it will try to support all three members of Microsoft's …

Surface Pro

Surface Pro 3 software updated to address Wi-Fi issues, improve battery life

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>Credit: Microsoft<p>Microsoft shared details of the latest Surface Pro 3 software update on Tuesday, saying it is now rolling out …

Retailers are excited about beacons, but how fast will they drain your smartphone battery?

Advertisement<p>7 Comments<p>If beacons — proximity radios using Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology — are successful at connecting the online and …

Modular smartwatches may one day be just as good-looking as the Moto 360

In case you haven’t heard of it, Blocks is a U.K. company aiming to build modular smartwatches that can better suit the needs of wearable buyers …

Your Android May Be Broadcasting Your Location (and How to Stop It)

Do you own an Android device? Is it less than three years old? If so, then when your phone's screen is off and it's not connected to a Wi-Fi network, …

Android Isn't an OS Anymore. It's a Lifestyle.

During Google's achingly long keynote today, the company made one thing clear: Android isn't a choice, it's a lifestyle. It's not just the open-source software that powers your smartphone or tablet anymore, it's now the interface for your car, the entertainment navigation for your television, the …

Android Auto

Rakuten just launched a $100M fund for startups. Here’s why the company is more than just ‘Japan’s Amazon’

As Alibaba prepares for its IPO and Tencent aggressively pushes its WeChat messenger all over the world, it’s easy for folks in the west to forget …

First Look at Wink Hub: A Foolproof Home Automation Center

Another day, another product is added to the ever-growing “smart home” industry. Just last week, GE announced a $15 smart LED bulb along with a slew of other “connected” devices from its partnership with invention company Quirky.<p>Still, ask an average person if they’ve heard of Quirky and you might …

New Google Play Services 5.0 rolls out, updating Androids without a new version of Android

Advertisement<p>6 Comments<p>Credit: Janko Roettgers/Gigaom<p>You probably won’t notice it but if you have an Android phone, it should be getting a …

Android News

Bonobos Raises Another $55 Million To Expand Its Online-Offline Shopping Experience

Online clothing retailer Bonobos has raised a $55 million Series D round of funding led by Coppel Capital. With the funding, the company plans to expand its offline presence as a way to introduce new customers to the style and fit of its clothes, while also showing off new offerings to existing …

How to use Google Maps offline mode on iOS, Android

Save Google Maps for offline access, so you can navigate the roads even when you're off the grid.<p>The moment your phone reads "No service," Google Maps suddenly drops out. That is, unless you've saved your maps for offline access. With this feature, you can store large map areas for guidance, even …

Japanese E-Commerce Giant Rakuten Launches $100M Global Investment Fund

June is barely over, but Rakuten has already had a busy year. In addition to purchasing messaging app Viber for $900 million, the Japanese consumer Internet conglomerate also made investments in several companies based in Southeast Asia or Japan, including Carousell, Visenze, Coda Payments, and …

Anti-surveillance Blackphone handset starts shipping

Advertisement<p>5 Comments<p>Blackphone, the first consumer-grade handset explicitly marketed as a privacy guardian, has begun shipping.<p>Revealed at the …

The CoreOS revolution continues as the startup takes $8M

Last year some guys at a startup called CoreOS got a crazy idea: The time had come for a new server operating system.<p>How dare they! Just a few companies make server operating systems that millions of companies and developers depend on. Canonical. Microsoft. Oracle. Red Hat. SUSE.<p>Well, investors …

8 startup funding rounds in Asia last week (June 16 2014)

You guys might have noticed last week a lot more about Indian startups on <i>Tech in Asia</i>, and that’s because we have a new addition to our family – …

Venture Capital

21 startups in Asia that caught our eye

Here’s our newest round-up of the featured startups on our site this week. If you have startup tips or story suggestions, feel free to email us or …

What Singapore entrepreneurs can learn from Israel

In May 2014, I was part of a business study trip to Israel to learn about what earned them the moniker “Start-up Nation”. At any point in time, there …

Ikea built a website inside Instagram

Russian ad agency exploits mobile app to sell furniture<p>To help push Ikea's intensely odd PS 2014 collection, the furniture seller's Russian division hired ad agency Instinct to build a marketing campaign within Instagram. Navigating to the Instagram account ikea_ps_2014 on your smartphone — it …

Two US Government Agencies Are Working Together To Lower The Cost Of Installing Wi-Fi In Schools

The FCC recently announced that it intends to commit $1 billion in 2015 to help bring in-school Wi-Fi to 10 million students who currently lack the technology. Today, the agency announced a partnership with the U.S. General Services Administration that will allow participating schools to secure …

China to Spend $5 Billion on Microchip Industry

The Chinese government is spending almost $5 billion on a new fund to support the country’s microchip industry, as China moves to bolster what it has …

China