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This quick test shows if your ISP is secretly throttling your internet speeds

While the Title II classification of ISPs as common carriers was a victory for all, there is growing concern that ISPs could go on with business as usual with clever tricks designed to skirt the rules of the classification.

While knowingly stepping outside the boundaries of the Title II …

Internet

Verizon vulnerability made it painfully easy to access customer info

On the off chance you've experienced some sketchiness with your Verizon home internet account over the past few weeks, we might just know why now. As first reported by BuzzFeed, a vulnerability in Verizon's customer service systems meant that attackers could have duped their way into the accounts of …

Verizon

Wal-Mart will test new subscription service to rival Amazon's Prime

The world’s largest retailer will begin testing a subscription service for unlimited shipping like Amazon’s Prime this summer, as it looks for way to re-accelerate its digital sales growth.

Wal-Mart Stores WMT is developing a new tool to fight back at Amazon.com AMZN . The world’s largest retailer …

Fortune 500

AOL deal may power Verizon’s soon-to-debut video streaming service

With its acquisition of AOL, Verizon has a big opportunity to deliver hyper-personalized video ads to an increasingly mobile audience. But the AOL deal also could play a powerful role in Verizon’s soon-to-launch video streaming platform, OnCue.

Verizon acquired Intel’s flailing video streaming …

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Lily Isn’t a Drone — It’s A GoPro That Follows You Around

Meet the friendliest drone on the market.

Lily is a brand-new drone coming to market that makes drone photography easier than anything else out there.

That’s because the drone is made to follow around its user completely automatically — no controller necessary — tracking a GPS wristband and following …

Drones

Amazon’s delivery drones might stalk you to make a drop-off

Talk of Amazon’s delivery drones scarcely goes off the boil for more than a few weeks before some new bit of news or development brings them right back into the headlines.

The problem with the whole scheme, however, is while the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) is slowly making changes to rules …

Amazon

Amazon's newest delivery frontier: Customers' car trunks

Dive Brief:

Amazon has partnered with DHL and Audi to test a program that will deposit packages in the trunks of customers' cars.
• Amazon Prime …

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Everything Microsoft announced at Ignite 2015

Today Microsoft is making a whole bunch of announcements about its enterprise tooling at the 2015 Ignite conference in Chicago. Here’s a roundup of all the news out of the show.

Microsoft previews organizational analytics in Office Delve, coming later this year

Microsoft today showed off at its …

Build Developer Conference

Apple iOS 8 security problem puts mobile devices and apps at risk of crashing via Wi-Fi - Dallas Business Journal

Run away! In an affected area, an iPhone automatically connects to the rogue Wi-Fi network and won’t let the user switch it off or work offline. …

Security

My Apple Watch arrived today. Here are my first impressions

It’s here. And I’ve been playing with my Apple Watch for about an hour.

I have the white Sport model. It wasn’t my first choice. I or ered it because this was the version that had the best chance of being delivered today and not some much later date.

That syncing feeling

Nothing was special about the …

Samsung's Galaxy S5 Could Have Leaked Your Fingerprints to Hackers

Your fingerprint is a more valuable security resource than your password—you can change a password, after all. So it’s worrying to hear that …

Samsung

This amazing secret trick will give any Android phone a huge speed boost

We could spend all day counting all of the things that make Android a great platform, but for real smartphone enthusiasts, the operating system’s …

Phones

Jawbone’s brand new fitness tracker moonlights as a digital wallet

Jawbone on Thursday unveiled brand new fitness trackers meant to better compete against some of the upcoming hot wearable devices, including an even …

Fitness

Walmart And Target Being Crowded Out Online By Amazon Prime

As Amazon Prime debuts its one- and two-hour delivery program in cities across the U.S., new data suggests the e-commerce giant’s annual subscription service is starting to crowd out online competitors like Walmart and Target , despite the best efforts of these big-box retailers.

Market research …

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New aluminium battery for smartphones can be charged in a minute | Reuters

U.S. scientists said they have invented a cheap, long-lasting and flexible battery made of aluminium for use in smartphones that can be charged in as little as one minute.

The researchers, who detailed their discovery in the journal Nature, said the new aluminium-ion battery has the potential to …

Batteries

Lowe's: The Home Improvement Retailer Of The Future

In other blogs I’ve looked at how cutting-edge companies like Amazon and Apple are getting closer to their customers by using consumer data to take the friction out of the purchasing process. That’s why you may be surprised that one of today’s leading lights in the retail space is actually a home …

The Future

Amazon's Dash button--Not an April Fools' joke

Never, ever want to run out of coffee, toilet paper, razors or trash bags again? Amazon has a button for you.

The online behemoth launched Amazon Dash on Tuesday. Although that was one day before April Fools', it actually is a real product, the company says.

Dash is a small oval electronic device …

Spylight for iOS lets you buy the clothes from your favorite TV shows

Have you ever been watching a TV show or a movie and wondered where you could buy the clothes? Well, Spylight is the answer.

Spylight is a nifty new app for iOS that allows you to “shop the screen” quite literally. There are two ways you can do it – by holding your phone up to the TV while the show …

TV

Why Netflix Chose NGINX as the Heart of Its CDN - NGINX

In the few years since its introduction, Netflix’s online video streaming service has grown to serve over 50 million subscribers in 40 countries. …

Nginx

Samsung says foldable-screen smartphones could be out next year

Curved displays on smartphones have finally hit the mainstream. Sure, you may not have one in your pocket just yet, but between models like the LG G …

Samsung

Amazon says the FAA is so slow, the delivery drone it approved is already obsolete

Last week the Federal Aviation Administration finally gave Amazon permission to begin test flying its delivery drones outdoors. But in testimony before a Senate subcommittee today, Amazon argued that the government wasn't moving nearly fast enough. "This approval came last Thursday, and we’re eager …

Amazon

The fall of cable is coming

Cable is amazing. For as much as people justifiably rag on cable providers, the actual content and breadth of channels is absolutely mesmerizing. …

TV

The Algorithm That Tells the Boss Who Might Quit

Employers want to know who has one foot out the door.

As turnover becomes a bigger worry—and expense—in a tightening labor market, companies including Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Credit Suisse Group AG and Box Inc. are analyzing a vast array of data points to determine who is likely to leave a post.

The …

Employment

Amazon’s Drone Delivery Dreams Just Took a Step Closer to Reality

But don't expect a drone on your doorstep anytime soon

Amazon’s hopes of delivering shipments to customers via drones got a little more real Thursday as federal regulators granted the company approval to test its unmanned aircraft.

The Federal Aviation Administration gave Amazon’s drones what’s …

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