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Blackphone pricing and Deutsche Telekom security push bode well for mobile privacy

Want to make your mobile use more private? Then a couple of announcements coming out of this year’s Mobile World Congress may interest you.<p>For one …

Lydia Is A Fee-Free Payment App That’s Like Venmo For France

French startup Lydia looks and acts a lot like Venmo — and it’s not a bad thing. Venmo is a great way to pay back your friends in a few taps without having to pay any fee. But its main issue is that it only works in the U.S. This is where Lydia comes into play.<p>“Lydia isn’t a payment technology, …

The Samsung Galaxy S5 Is Coming… But Why Are They Announcing It In Barcelona?

So we know with certainty that we’ll hear about the Samsung Galaxy S5 today – whether it’s a launch or something else we’re not quite certain, but assume most rumors are true. But why is it launching in Barcelona, at Mobile World Congress, a crowded space full of competition?<p>First, let’s look at …

Lumus smartglasses to get EyeSight gesture recognition

BARCELONA, Spain -- One of the difficulties with wearable computing is that it can be hard to control devices that don't have a handy keyboard or touch screen attached. And that's how gesture control company EyeSight Mobile won a place in Lumus' smartglasses.<p>With the technology a person can hold …

Business Development

Verizon CEO says he expects Netflix will pay for better streaming

Has Netflix–Comcast deal set a precedent that it will have to pay for carriage on all broadband pipes?<p>It was revealed over the weekend that Netflix and Comcast had struck a historic deal: for the first time the streaming-video service would pay the cable giant in order to ensure that the huge …

Watch this superconductor puck levitate around a track, at Google Solve for X

This weekend Google held its second annual Google Solve for X event, which brings together big thinkers, inventors and innovators to show off …

Proxy adviser backs Apple in stock buyback fight with Icahn

A prominent proxy advisory service has sided with Apple, recommending to its clients that they vote against a proposal by activist investor Carl Icahn that calls on the company to initiate a $50 billion stock buyback.<p>In a report to clients Sunday, Institutional Shareholder Services said the share …

Investing

FDA Approves Pill-Sized Camera to Let Doctors See Your Insides

A bite-sized camera has been approved for use by the FDA as an alternative for patients who are unable to have a complete colonoscopy.<p>The pill-shaped …