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WTF Is Waze And Why Did Google Just Pay A Billion+ For It?

The tech industry has seen its fair share of acquisition whoppers lately, with Salesforce acquiring ExactTarget for $2.5 billion this month, and Yahoo putting the icing on its acquisition spree by snatching up Tumblr for $1.1 billion. But the news today that Google is buying popular iOS map and …

IBM’s new radio chips could help unclog wireless data networks

IBM has been pushing the limits on its hybrid silicon germanium chip technology for years, and next Tuesday it is announcing the fifth generation of the technology that is aimed at relieving communications bottlenecks.<p>As consumers and carriers try to jam more data over wireless networks, the …

What Happens When You Wear Your Computer? D11 Speakers Sound Off.

Your smartphone is an incredibly powerful computer that fits inside your pocket.<p>So, what happens when you put that technology on even smaller …

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Microsoft launches website directly contrasting Windows 8 tablets and the iPad

Recently Microsoft launched a website that directly compares and contrasts Windows 8-based tablets and Apple’s iPad. As Tom Warren of The Verge notes, the method is similar to prior and past ‘laptop hunter’ commercials.<p>The comparisons are mostly fair; Microsoft admits that its Surface RT tablet …

Intel launches Haswell processors: here's what you need to know

Longer battery life and enhanced graphics for your next Windows 8 portable<p>Last year, Intel's Ivy Bridge processors provided a modest but very welcome speed bump, just in time for all of the crazy transforming computers which heralded the launch of Windows 8.<p>This year, the company's new Haswell CPUs …

Microsoft Details Its Plans For Making Windows 8.1 More Attractive To Businesses, Adds New BYOD Tools, Selective Remote Wipe & More

Windows 8.1, which will launch in preview on June 26th, isn’t just about bringing the Start button back. For Microsoft, it’s also an opportunity to get businesses of all sizes to take another look at an operating system they have mostly ignored. Today, at its TechEd conference in New Orleans, the …

Passwords on Your Skin and in Your Stomach: Inside Google’s Wild Motorola Research Projects

Asa Mathat | D: All Things Digital Motorola’s Dennis Woodside and Regina Dugan<p>Entering a password is so irritating and clumsy that only about half of …

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What I think of Salesforce’s decision to buy Exact Target for $2.5 billion

Salesforce, the San Francisco-based company that started out as a customer relationship management (CRM) business is continuing its transformation …

It was Apple's way or the highway, e-book execs say

NEW YORK -- Two publishers testified this week that their e-book deals with Apple played a key role in their decisions to change digital book terms with Amazon and other retailers, giving weight to the government's antitrust case against Apple.<p>David Shanks, CEO of Penguin Group USA, and Carolyn …

Checklist: All the reasons Yahoo is going to acquire Foursquare

Kara Swisher of AllThingsD has just made a convincing case that Yahoo is at least thinking about acquiring Foursquare, the location-based social network. Swisher has her own reasons for believing a deal could at least be on the table—including the fact that Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is such a big fan …

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Nokia 41-megapixel 'EOS' video demo shows camera lens in detail

We've seen a number of images of Nokia's "EOS" 41-megapixel Windows Phone leak in recent days, but a new video shows the camera in a lot more detail. Originating from the Vizileaks Twitter account, the video shows the lens shutter opening and closing on Nokia's upcoming handset. An XX-megapixel …

The Laws That Make It Easy for the Government to Spy on Americans

With all of the new disclosures in the last 24 hours about surveillance by the National Security Agency and the FBI of both telephone and Internet …

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Why Microsoft is failing with Windows RT (and what it can do about it)

<i>Jack Gold is the founder and principal analyst at J.Gold Associates.</i><p>Rumor has it that Microsoft is thinking about dramatically reducing prices on Windows RT tablets to stimulate sales. Considering the fact that RT hasn’t sold well against the competition, this is not surprising. But I believe this …

Amid Data Controversy, NSA Builds Its Biggest Data Farm

As privacy advocates and security experts debate the validity of the National Security Agency's massive data gathering operations, the agency is putting the finishing touches on its biggest data farm yet.<p>The gargantuan $1.2 billion complex at a National Guard base 26 miles south of Salt Lake City …

With iPad Mini Keyboards, It’s (Literally) the Little Things

I’m typing this column on an iPad mini, using an accessory physical keyboard. Despite my best efforts to maintain a normal typing posture, my hands …

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What's The Best Tool For College -- A MacBook Or iPad? And Wait...What About Windows 8?

I’m sure you’ve heard the news by now: computer sales have been plummeting and it’s forecast that sales of tablets will outpacePCs as soon as 2015. Is this the end of the PC as we know it? Far from it. In fact, for evidence, just ask today’s high school seniors.<p>This week, all three of my kids are …

Apple’s new operating system presages the fusion of desktop and mobile software

“Trendsetter” isn’t a word often used to describe Microsoft these days, but for once it’s apt. First Google, and now Apple, have revealed that they are following Microsoft’s “Windows Everywhere” vision into a future of personal computing where desktop operating systems look and function like, and …

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Apple shows off major design overhaul for iOS 7

Apple(s appl) has announced a major overhaul of iOS 7 on Monday at the company’s WWDC event, totally refreshing the design and feel of the interface. …

Apple announces iOS 7, 'biggest change' since the introduction of the iPhone, coming this fall

Apple has officially taken the wraps off of iOS 7 at its Worldwide Developer Conference today. iOS 7 is the latest version of Apple's mobile operating system that debuted back in 2007 on the original iPhone. According to Apple CEO Tim Cook, iOS 7 is the biggest change to the platform since the …

How upgradable is the new Mac Pro?

In a move similar to its release of the PowerMac G4 Cube, Apple has issued a radical new design for its upcoming replacement for its Mac Pro systems. While unique and attractive, one of the key features for the Mac Pro has been expandability so professional users can customize its hardware to meet …

Take A Good Look At Apple’s New iOS 7 With These Early Screenshots

iOS 7 was announced today officially at WWDC 2013, and it brings a lot of visual changes to Apple’s mobile OS, plus a host of new features and functionality as well. The official release is still a few months off, but one enterprising developer, Brian Roizen, has posted a fairly extensive …