Sarah Tan

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How to see the Northern Lights on a budget

Want an unforgettable trip on the cheap? You don't get much more spectacular than the Northern Lights – here's how to see them for less than £250 …

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BlackBerry turns its enterprise talents to mobile payments

As BlackBerry’s(s bbry) smartphone sales continue to suffer, most people believe it should shift gears and become a platform and services company. …

BlackBerryesque Typo iPhone case hit with sales ban

BlackBerry has squashed Ryan Seacrest's BlackBerryesque Typo iPhone case, at least for the time being.<p>A US district judge in San Francisco granted this week a preliminary injunction -- i.e., a temporary sales ban -- against the $99 Typo, which grafts a physical keyboard onto an iPhone.<p>BlackBerry is …

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Kickstarter backers get nothing from Oculus sale

Venture capital firms Spark Capital and Matrix Partners made a 2,000 percent return on their early investments in Oculus VR Inc., the virtual-reality company acquired last week by Facebook for $2.3 billion. It's a potent reminder of how profitable a timely bet on a startup can be. Nine thousand …

Make or break: travelling as a couple

Travelling as a couple can present unique challenges (and advantages) on top of the exhilaration and standard stress that accompanies long-term travel. Will it make or break the relationship? What happens when one person wants to go to the Full Moon Party and the other wants to jungle trek?<p>Like …

Cow computing? Scottish company creates wearable sensors for cows

Call it cow computing. Or cow chips. Scottish startup Silent Herdsman has raised £3 million ($4.9 million) to create remote sensors for livestock farmers.<p>The wearable collars are part of the giant trend toward wearable computing and the Internet of things, which will provide a huge amount of data …

Telegram Hits 35M Monthly Users, 15M Daily With 8B Messages Received Over 30 Days

Telegram, the mobile messaging app that offers secure communications created by VK.com co-founders Nikolai and Pavel Durov, today announced a new milestone in its traction, which has increased considerably since Facebook acquired rival WhatsApp: The app hit 35 million users, and TechCrunch has …

Netflix Sinks After Apple-Comcast Streaming TV Talks Revealed

Netflix stock has been on a tear for most of the last year, as investors become increasingly optimistic about the future of online video streaming as a viable and growing business model. But Netflix’s success may have put a target on its back.<p>On Monday, Netflix shares sank nearly 8% after a Wall …

Mozilla Appoints JavaScript Creator Brendan Eich As Its New CEO

Last April, Mozilla announced that Gary Kovacs was stepping down as the organization’s CEO and that it would start looking for a replacement. At the time, Jay Sullivan took over as acting CEO in the midst of a number of leadership changes at Mozilla. Today, after almost a year of looking for a new …

Microsoft renames ‘Windows Azure’ as ‘Microsoft Azure’

In his first public remarks as Microsoft’s new CEO, Satya Nadella promised Microsoft is readying itself for a cross-platform future. In addition to actually supporting an open ecosystem of devices and service, that also entails rebranding services so they <i>seem</i> open, too.<p>Microsoft intends to rebrand …

It’s Official: Disney Acquires Maker Studios For At Least $500M

Media conglomerate Disney has taken a big step to embracing the new digital world of video, announcing the acquisition of YouTube network Maker Studios for $500 million, along with a potential $450 million in performance-based earn outs. The acquisition, which was first reported by Re/Code, …

Fast Food by Phone: Wendy's Joins Mobile Payment Crowd

Wendy's is rolling out a program that lets customers pay using their smartphones, following a similar plan unveiled by Burger King this week.<p>The Wendy's Co., based in Dublin, Ohio, has been testing the mobile payment option over the past year and said the majority of its roughly 5,800 U.S. …

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Ping Identity’s new deal logs you into all your cloud apps from your smartphone (exclusive)

Andre Durand, founder and chief executive of identity-management company Ping Identity, respects the idea that we use our smartphones for everything.<p>Now his company has made mobile devices into a tool for logging you in to all of your cloud-based services in one shot. Rather than building that …

Report: Apple considering iTunes Store for Android & on-demand streaming service

According to a new report from <i>Billboard</i>, Apple is considering launching an iTunes Store app on the Android platform to combat declining music sales on the digital platform. The report also says that Apple execs are in talks with high level label executives to discuss debuting an on-demand streaming …

Artificial Intelligence startup Vicarious grabs $40M from Zuckerberg, Musk, Kutcher, & others

Vicarious, a company that produces artificial-intelligence technology, has closed a fresh $40 million round of funding today that includes a handful of notable investors like Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, Tesla founder Elon Musk, and actor/investor Ashton Kutcher.<p>Vicarious’ tech focuses on …

Pocket prototype for Android Wear smartwatches saves stories to bigger screens

Now that Google has a preview of the Android Wear smartwatch platform, the app makers and service providers will start to follow. Pocket is among the …

FireChat lets you text friends, even without a signal

FireChat sounds fairly conventional from the get-go.<p>It's a new iPhone app that lets you chat and share photos with nearby users — anonymously, if you so choose. But instead of relying on global positioning or cell tower triangulation to plot you and others on a map, FireChat relies on Bluetooth and …

Google Wants Everyone To Stop Hating On Glass

All social issues aside, Google Glass is an impressive kit of technology. However, that might not be enough to secure its future. The novel PR campaign that is the Google Glass Explorer program seems to be failing. So much so that Google has started firing back at Google Glass haters with a series …

Chinese Tech Giant Alibaba Thinks This Is the Next WhatsApp

Alibaba Group, the Chinese Internet giant that already has businesses similar to Amazon, eBay and PayPal, wants a piece of the messaging space too. …

President Obama may ditch his BlackBerry for an Android phone (update)

President Obama has long complained that his job doesn't permit the luxury of carrying an iPhone. Prior to his election, Obama owned a personal BlackBerry that was replaced with a custom, highly-secure model once he reached office. But it seems Obama may have the chance to switch to Android before …

Leap Motion Lays Off 10% Of Its Workforce After Missing On First Year Sales Estimates

Leap Motion won a lot of buzz early on for its motion controller, which is designed to make it possible for users to interact with their computer through gestures alone. The early buzz and pre-order interest led to a lot of growth, with the company swelling to 120 employees at its peak. But …

The smartwatch race is on: LG’s G Watch to arrive before the Moto 360

Following speculation that Google(s goog) and LG were partnering on an Android smartwatch, LG confirmed it on Tuesday by announcing the LG G Watch. …

Android extending to wearables – meet Android Wear

Google just announced Android Wear, a program that brings the power of Android to smartwatches and other wearable devices. Google will be working with consumer electronics makers and other companies to bring a lightweight and fast version of Android to wearables everywhere, and it all starts with …

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Goggles Bring Virtual Reality Closer To Your Living Room

Going back to ancient times, the aim of storytellers has been to immerse us in an experience — of another place, time or point of view. This past week at the South by Southwest film, music and technology conferences in Austin, storytellers and great technologists showed off new ways to take us …

Steel Diver: Sub Wars Review

Addition by Sub-traction<p>Steel Diver: Sub Wars is Nintendo’s first foray into free-to-play game design, and I have to admit that going in I expected …