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Microsoft pumps $678M into massive Iowa data center

Microsoft is reportedly investing $678 million to expand its data center in West De Moines, Iowa.<p>The expansion is expected to create 29 new jobs in the local area and has already been awarded $20 million in tax benefits. The plan, dubbed Project Mountain, was revealed by the board of the Iowa …

Snapjoy photo sharing service shut down following Dropbox aquisition

Snapjoy has announced that it'll be shuttering all of its services a mere six months after being acquired by cloud colossus Dropbox. In a blog post, the company said photos can no longer be imported into Snapjoy and the iPhone app is henceforth unavailable. If you've got images stored on the site, …

Sony and Disney begin streaming movies still in theaters in a bold move against piracy

In a bid to limit movie piracy in Asia, Disney and Sony have quietly begun testing a bold new on-demand service in South Korea which offers movies to rent while they are still playing in theaters. As noted by the <i>Wall Street Journal</i>, the two companies are the first US studios to provide consumers …

Relaxed rules for gadgets on planes expected soon

Passengers could be allowed to use their electronics during take off and landing, according to a draft report from The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recommending eased restrictions.<p>The report makes no mention of mobile phone rules but does suggest the widespread ban on other devices should …

Device Shipments Up 6% To 2.4B In 2013, Driven By Android Smartphones, Tablets Amid More PC Decline

Gartner today has released its latest figures charting its overall predictions for how IT devices — from PCs to mobile handsets — are going to perform this year and in 2014. As in years before, numbers will continue to climb: in 2013, total shipments will rise 5.9% to 2.35 billion, and will rise …

Is The New Gmail Autofiltering Inbox All It's Cracked Up To Be?

I, like many others, was hesitant when I heard Google was releasing yet another feature aimed at helping readers sort important mail from the rest. I actually held off for almost two weeks after the feature was released before strongly considering enabling it in my account, which was very unlike me.<p>…

Garmin's $650 Android navigator is one chip away from being an ugly smartphone

Nearly three years after admitting defeat in the hyper-competitive smartphone market, Garmin is edging close to the same territory with the introduction of its latest outdoor GPS unit, the Monterra. This 4-inch Android device is priced very much like a flagship phone — costing $649.99 …

Michigan’s Huron River Ventures Partners Announces $11M Fund For Energy Efficient Startups

“Ann Arbor is the natural startup hotbed,” said Tim. “We intentionally opened our first office in Ann Arbor. That’s the center of talent in the Midwest.”<p>Huron River Ventures Partners, an Ann Arbor, Mich.-based early stage venture capital firm, just announced that it recently closed the final round …

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1, 8.0 and 7.0 Coming To The U.S. July 7 For $399, $299 And $199

Samsung’s new Galaxy Tab 3 line has been official for a little while now, but U.S. availability and pricing was up in the air until today. The relatively cheap tablets are going to be $199, $299 and $399 for the Galaxy Tab 7.0, 8.0 and 10.1, respectively, and will be available from retailers …

Hard drive maker Western Digital to buy SSD experts sTec for $340M

Western Digital (s WDC), one of the oldest (and biggest) hard drive makers says that its wholly owned subsidiary, HGST will acquire Santa Ana, …

Why Social Media Isn't Doing For Us What London's Coffee Houses Did For 17th Century

There is a lot we can learn about today’s explosion of social media from the rise of coffeehouse culture in London in the 1600s, according to Tom Standage in an opinion piece in yesterday’s <i>New York Times</i>. Standage, the digital editor at <i>The Economist</i> and author of the soon-to-be-released book …

White Xperia Z Ultra leaks in all its glory ahead of tomorrow’s launch

Sony did an awful job keeping the Xperia Z Ultra (ZU) secret – we’ve learned most of its specs and features already, and we’ve also seen it in several leaked images.<p>We know that the Xperia Z Ultra will be powered by a Snapdragon 800 processor, which all but guarantees smooth performance, and that …

Which?: iPhone 5 is 'slowest smartphone'

Tests of the seven most popular smartphones found that iPhone 5 came last, processing requests at half the speed of the Samsung Galaxy S4.<p>The phones were put through a series of benchmark tests by Which? to measure processor and memory performance, which show how quickly the phone will allow photo …

Facebook’s Creepy Data-Grabbing Ways Make It The Borg Of The Digital World

The latest Facebook data breach — which exposed personal contact information that Facebook had harvested on 6 million of its users — is a reminder that even if you’re not handing over all your contact data to Facebook, it is obtaining and triangulating that data anyway. And even if you’re not on …