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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. …

Bait-and-switch

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 …

Amazon

Comcast could get dragged kicking and screaming into joining Apple’s TV service

Despite initial reports that content from NBCUniversal (which is owned by Comcast) won’t be a part Apple’s rumored TV streaming service, contract …

TV
Microsoft Windows

Open Source Works. Just Ask Facebook

Facebook's latest open source project is already winning over the likes of Dropbox and Netflix.The post Open Source Works. Just Ask Facebook appeared …

Facebook

Dyson invests $15m in technology that may double smartphone battery life

Dyson is investing $15m in a new type of battery that promises to double smartphone battery life and allow electric cars to drive over 600 miles per charge.

The British vacuum company was alerted to the University of Michigan spin-off called Sakti3, which has developed next generation solid-state …

Batteries

One company is trying to sell a smartwatch that powers phones, tablets, TVs, and more

Near the end of 2013, a company called Neptune came out with a crazy idea: build a playing card deck-sized smartwatch that could run without a smartphone. It accomplished that feat at the expense of being large and ungainly, making Android Wear behemoths like the Moto 360 look svelte by comparison. …

Tablets

Disney’s $1 Billion Bet on a Magical Wristband

If you want to imagine how the world will look in just a few years, once our cell phones become the keepers of both our money and identity, skip …

Walt Disney Company

How Netflix Reinvented HR

Artwork: Freegums, Good Vibrations, 2011, acrylic on wood, 8′ x 15′

Sheryl Sandberg has called it one of the most important documents ever to come out of Silicon Valley. It’s been viewed more than 5 million times on the web. But when Reed Hastings and I (along with some colleagues) wrote a …

Human Resources

USB Type-C: I've Never Been So Excited About a Dumb Little Port

The future of cables is finally coming and it's god damned fantastic. Welcome to USB Type-C.By now you've no doubt heard how USB Type-C is the single …

Google Fiber

Adopting Microservices at Netflix: Lessons for Architectural Design

In some recent blog posts, we’ve explained why we believe it’s crucial to adopt a four-tier application architecture in which applications are …

Box buys small security startup to court more risk-averse clients

Fresh off its IPO in January, Box has made its first acquisition of the year, buying a small security startup called Subspace, the company said on Wednesday. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but all seven Subspace employees will be joining Box and the startup will be closing up shop …

Startups

Google confirms Android Pay: a mobile payments layer 'anybody can build on'

Google has announced that it's working on a new mobile payments framework named Android Pay. Speaking at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Google exec Sundar Pichai confirmed that this would not be a new product for users, but an "API layer" that allows other companies to support secure payments …

Google

Samsung's new Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge put design first

Following countless leaks and endless teasers, Samsung has officially announced the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge smartphones. The pair of S6 phones succeed the Galaxy S5, Samsung's prior flagship announced one year ago, and will be available across the world starting on April 10th. All four major US …

Samsung Galaxy

Your First Look at Google’s Reconfigurable, See-Through HQ

Our first look at Google's new headquarters.The post Your First Look at Google’s Reconfigurable, See-Through HQ appeared first on WIRED.

Google

More people use mobile devices to buy groceries than any other retail category

When it comes to buying stuff online, most people still prefer PCs. But mobile is becoming an increasingly important sales channel for one particular …

Groceries

Google Wallet Is Now Poised To Compete with Apple Pay After Its Deal with Softcard

Google has completed an agreement with U.S. wireless carriers AT&T, Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile to pre-install its Google Wallet payments app on …

Google

Neptune Duo puts a phone on your wrist and a screen in your pocket

We’re now used to the idea of smartwatches relaying information from our phones to our wrists. The Neptune Duo is turning the concept on its head: it’s a wearable smartphone with a secondary display you can stash in your pocket.

The Neptune Duo consists of two parts. The Hub is a device you wear on …

What is HTTP/2 and is it going to speed up the web?

The web is about to get faster thanks to a new version of HTTP – the biggest change since 1999 to the protocol that underpins the world wide web as we know it today.

Hypertext Transfer Protocol is familiar to most as the http:// at the beginning of a web address. It governs the connections between a …

Protocol

Hackers Stole Hundreds of Millions in Massive Malware Bank Heist

In what may be one of the biggest bank heists to date, hackers have apparently siphoned hundreds of millions of dollars from over 100 banks in 30 …

Kaspersky Lab

Watch Ford engineers and designers gush over the incredible new GT

It'll be many months before we see the new GT on streets, but Ford's new supercar — which was just announced at NAIAS in Detroit — is going to get plenty of screen time leading up to the launch. That's thanks in part to Microsoft, which has partnered with Ford to make the GT its "cover car" for …

Detroit

Software That Turns Your Lego Masterpiece Into a Digital Building

Lego X, a new project that uses a set of networked Lego bricks to build digital 3-D files.The post Software That Turns Your Lego Masterpiece Into a …

Lego

Here’s how to unlock your phone under the new rules

New rules governing U.S. wireless carriers went into full effect on Wednesday, although many carriers had been following the guidelines for nearly a year. These new rules are part of a voluntary “consumer code for wireless service” administered by CTIA, the main wireless trade association. All four …

RadioShack's bankruptcy provides Amazon with a huge opportunity

Amazon has long been subject to speculation of a move into bricks and mortar. It isn't the first "pure play" online retailer to mull over a physical presence either. Ebay has also been linked with a store presence, and has even experimented with short-lease "pop up shops" to gauge interest. But if …

Amazon

Samsung rejects concern over 'Orwellian' privacy policy

Users of Samsung’s Smart TV devices have raised concerns over the device’s privacy policy, which seems to suggest that they should not discuss any sensitive topics in their living room while the television is plugged in.

The warning relates to the product line’s voice recognition services, which …

Privacy

SMS vs. Push notification vs. Email: When should your app use what?

This post is first in a new series titled, 'Future of Communications,' and is brought to you by Nexmo.

A main concern for many companies is evaluating the best communication technique to increase customer engagement. How do you convince customers to interact with your product in the most contextual …

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