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5 Must-Download Apps This Week: Office is Here + Snake is BACK!

We hope you didn’t come down with a case of WhatsAppitis this week and if you did, we have your recovery plan: Download these five (okay, fine, six!) apps ASAP! They’ll help you with your scheduling, your Excel-ing, they’ll help you tell stories and make photobooths on your TV. They’re just what …

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Publicly Traded Chinese PC Online Game Operators Take on Mobile Gaming

Several publicly traded Chinese PC online game companies have broken from their stance of focusing only on PC online games by recognizing the trend for the future is the mobile platform. These companies are now scrambling to reinvent themselves in order to catch the boat before newer mobile-only …

Turkey’s Twitter ban backfires: Tweets up 138%, VPN usage up, topic trends

After banning Twitter last night, the actions of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan have failed spectacularly.<p>Immediately following Turkey’s ban, Twitter issued an SMS workaround. Then, “#TwitterisblockedinTurkey” became a globally trending topic on Twitter. Into the night, usage of …

Qualcomm betting on octa-core tech and better LTE radio in China

Despite Qualcomm's odd stance on octa-core and 64-bit in the past, the company has clearly changed its mind since last week's launch of its Snapdragon 615, which includes both features. Qualcomm's marketing VP Tim McDonough, who briefly spoke to us after his meeting with Oppo at MWC, admitted that …

NFL Draft 2014: Day 2 Prospects Who Will Become Stars at Next Level

While prospects who are taken in the first round of the NFL draft are expected to develop into elite players, they are often outperformed by those who are selected in the second and third rounds.<p>Expect that trend to continue in 2014.<p>There is so much depth of talent in the 2014 class that there are …

Cap could break $150M by 2016

The 2014 NFL salary cap was set Friday at $133 million, up from $123 million last season, and league sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter it …

AT&T launches AIO Wireless MVNO with iPhone 5 plans at $55 to $70/month

.<p>As we reported last week, AT&T today launched its new pre-paid wireless MVNO called Aio Wireless with the iPhone 5 on offer, front and center. Currently, the service is only available in Houston, Orlando and Tampa but it is expected to roll out nationally over the coming months.<p>The company will …

Two can play at that game, Walmart: Target may have an MVNO in the works

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Target is Launching a T-Mobile Prepaid Service Called “Brightspot” on October 6, Here are All of the …

Sprint MVNO ‘Ting’ quietly begins supporting iPhone 4S/4 in beta, sources say iPhone 5 support ‘soon’

Ting, the Tucows-owend Sprint mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) that launched last year offering customers no contract wireless service with usage-based billing, has just started quietly supporting iPhones. Up until now, the carrier has expressed difficulties with getting access to sell the …

MVNO Disney Mobile rises from the ashes through a new deal with Zact

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Back in the mid-2000s Walt Disney decided to get into the mobile carrier business. It launched two mobile network virtual …

Dodd-Frank, Basel III and New Jumbo Loan Guidelines in Effect

One of the major factors in the great recession and real estate crisis of 07-09 was the fast and easy access to cheap jumbo loans.<p>Mortgages come in …

Massive Growth In The Consumer 'Internet Of Things' Explains Google's Purchase Of Nest Labs

Internet connections will be built in to a massive quantity of new products, from air conditioners to light bulbs and security alarms. These will become "smart devices," and will all be controlled through apps and websites, and feed data into the cloud.<p>With Nest, which makes smart smoke detectors …

Internet of Things

The next big step for cellular networks isn’t 5G. It’s the cloud

Advertisement<p>4 Comments<p>Credit: Gigaom Illustration<p>At Mobile World Congress next week we’re going to hear a lot about 5G, that amorphous term for the …

Visa and MasterCard use Android KitKat to make mobile payments easier

Visa and MasterCard are trying to make mobile payments a lot more accessible today as they both announce support for a new way to pay over NFC. Both companies are beginning to allow their cards to be stored in the cloud for NFC payments, letting even more consumers check out at stores just by …

Ericsson to show off 450Mbps LTE mobile networking

The telco company will demonstrate how a phone can simultaneously communicate over three network conduits for higher data-transfer rates.<p>Telecommunications equipment maker Ericsson will show a new variety of LTE mobile networking next week that can reach data rates of 450 megabits per second.<p>The …

Mobile

Millions Flock to Telegram Messaging App After WhatsApp Outage

Telegram, a messaging app that emphasizes privacy and security, added millions of new users Sunday, following WhatsApp's biggest outage in years.<p>The …

Netflix agrees Comcast streaming deal

<b>Netflix has agreed a deal with Comcast, the biggest internet service provider in the US, that will see its videos streamed faster and more smoothly.</b><p>The multi-year deal will see Netflix servers connected directly to Comcast's network, removing third parties that slow down streaming speeds.<p>However, …

Televisions

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All Time Favorites<p>We put Shark Tank's bizarre and amazing products to the test<p>4:02<p>The tech 'Back to the Future' predicted for 2015 -- and what it missed<p>5:50<p>Emoji dos and don'ts<p>2:49<p>Super-creepy 3D-printed cape responds to onlookers (Tomorrow Daily 248)<p>7:53<p>Behind-the-scenes of Disneyland's 60th …

Back to the Future

GSMA: Carriers will end 2013 with 176M LTE connections – almost half of them in the U.S.

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>Credit: Shutterstock / Pavel Ignatov<p>This year was a good year for LTE subscriber growth. According GSMA Intelligence, the GSM …

Fast fiber-optic broadband spreads across developed world

Double-digit growth means high-speed fiber links are becoming more common in Europe and America. Copper lines keep getting faster, though, and some network operators aren't eager to pay for upgrades.<p>Fiber-optic broadband is becoming less of a rarity.<p>Subscriptions to the high-speed networking …

Net Neutrality

BT's breakneck broadband test hits unimaginable speeds over plain ol' fiber

BT still has a long way to go until it connects all of Britain's homes to its fiber-optic network, but that hasn't stopped the company from exploring new ways to squeeze some extra speed out of it while it does. With a little help from friends at Alcatel-Lucent, BT boffins have created what they …

Akamai’s state of the internet: America gets with faster broadband, IPv6

Advertisement<p>3 Comments<p>Credit: Akamai<p>Good news, everyone! The U.S. has shot up rapidly in its adoption of high-speed broadband, up to 20 percent in …

Graphene: the next big thing in mobile displays?

Display technology is moving at a very fast pace these days. Smartphone display resolutions are already surpassing that of most television sets, and manufacturers are working hard on flexible display technology, which doesn’t appear to be too far away. But display technology isn’t all about …

Nanotech

Google is working on 10-gigabit Internet connections, executive says

Google wants to create Internet connections of 10 gigabits per second, 10 times faster than what it already delivers to customers of its Fiber service in the Kansas City area.<p>Patrick Pichette, chief financial officer of the tech giant, said it could take as long as 10 years to create the …

The FCC has a plan to save net neutrality, but no one likes it

The FCC has announced its intention to pursue a new version of the Open Internet order that was struck down by a judge last month. In a statement, agency chair Tom Wheeler says that he will begin taking public input on an updated set of net neutrality rules. The FCC will not pursue an appeal in the …

Chipmakers dream of China as they head to Spain's smartphone gala

SAN FRANCISCO/BARCELONA (Reuters) - The world's biggest mobile brands will jostle for the spotlight at the premier mobile industry event this week in Spain, but away from the glitzy displays chipmakers will be preoccupied with China, the largest mobile market on the planet.<p>From Qualcomm and Intel …

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