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Why Amazon is like the cable company of the future

This week, Amazon announced plans to bring online grocery shopping to Los Angeles with a new service called Amazon Prime Fresh. For $79, Amazon Prime already gives customers two-day shipping and access to thousands of streaming movies and TV shows. But for a $299 annual fee, Prime Fresh members can …

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Acer now eying wearable tech too

Acer is looking at wearable technology as its next big opportunity, a high-level executive told tech Web site Pocket-Lint.<p>The wearable technology market could be worth billions of dollars to the industry, ST Liew, president of the smartphone business group at Acer, told Pocket-Lint in an interview. …

Beating Up Cyber-Bullies: FireHost Takes Another $12 Million

Things are getting real for cloud hosting company FireHost. The firm just raised a $12 million D-Round of funding and intends to use that cash to seek new enterprise clients by acting as cloud security evangelists.<p>The company makes over $20 million per year serving a list of clients that includes …

Groove Playlist Generation App Tops 85,000 Downloads In One Day After Going Free

Groove is a Canadian-made mobile app that’s tearing up the charts, reaching a top 1o spot in over 30 countries, and climbing to number 1 in the Canadian app store over other music apps including Rdio and Songza. The app is part of Montreal-based FounderFuel‘s latest cohort, and in move that’s …

Scientists, the web is becoming your oyster

The digital tools and services remaking media, commerce, education, and most other parts of our lives, are finally starting to stream into …

MakerBot's Replicator 2 joins Amazon's newly launched 3D printer store

Granted, it's not a 3D printer in every home, but it's surely a step in the right direction. MakerBot announced today that its Replicator 2 will be joining Amazon's new 3D Printer Store, a central location on the site for devices, accessories, books and the like. The store features a number of …

Google Fiber Could Reach 8 Million Homes By 2022

How much would it cost Google to become a significant broadband provider and how quickly could that happen?<p>Google’s steps to expand its superfast 1-gigabit-per-second Internet service to Austin, TX and Provo, Utah have prompted financial analysts to fire up their spreadsheets in search of an answer.<p>…

U.S. schools not making the grade when it comes to education technology

Here’s a bit of disappointing but not-so-surprising news: according to a new report from the nonprofit think tank Center for American Progress (CAP), …

The tech behind Kinect and how it will control your living room

LOS ANGELES -- At first I thought I had misunderstood him, so I made sure to reply slowly. "So you're saying Kinect is going to blast IR signals at your living room, and they're going to reflect off walls and stuff and bounce back to control all of your devices?"<p>"That's correct," Marc Whitten …

The First Microsoft Surface Tablet Was Made With Cardboard And Duct Tape

In hindsight, we now know that the device hasn't rocked the world with killer sales, or filled consumers and businesses with an unquenchable desire for Windows 8.<p>But think back before the announcement was made. Microsoft was going to risk its relationships with its most important partners, PC …