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Apple, Move Into Phablets Or Lose Out To Windows

Having created the tablet market with the iPad, Apple has been woefully slow into Phablets. As yet it does not have a large screen smartphone (a plus 5.6 inch display). But unless Apple acts quickly the Phablet market will shape up into a two horse race, without iOS.<p>According to a new report from …

Ex-Googlers' Startup Shape Turns Hackers' Code-Morphing Tricks Against Them

For decades the information security industry’s default analogy has been virus versus antivirus, a futile race to detect hackers’ weapons as they constantly mutate. Now a few security veterans are flipping the game: Deciphering a shape-shifting chunk of code is about to become the attacker’s …

Watch this: Firefighter creating Google Glass app to help save lives

Advertisement<p>3 Comments<p>Patrick Jordan isn’t just a Google(s goog) Glass Explorer; he’s a firefighter and a developer based in North Carolina. That …

Instagram Is The Fastest-Growing Social Site Globally, Mobile Devices Rule Over PCs For Access

Pinterest may have passed Twitter in popularity in the U.S. according to new figures out last month from Pew, but globally the social network to watch may be Facebook-owned Instagram. According to research published today by the GlobalWebIndex, Instagram is growing the fastest of all social media …

Engineering Students Built a Face-Tracking Marshmallow Cannon

A group of four Olin College engineering students decided they wanted to build a pneumatic-powered face-tracking marshmallow cannon. The goal? Get the gelatin treat inside the target’s mouth. Introducing the Confectionery Canon:<p>The majority of the device is made out of acrylic, but there are also a …

Google Is Making A Smart Contact Lens

By now, we’re all familiar with the idea of wearable health trackers. But we’re used to seeing them on our wrists. If Google gets its way, the next batch of wearables may be worn in your eyes.<p>The company’s experimental wing, Google[x], announced on Thursday its plan to test a prototype of a smart …

Amazon Wants To Ship You Products BEFORE You Order Them

Amazon is considering plans to try and ship you items before you actually order them.<p>While this might sound like an underwhelming attempt to follow …

Korean rumor suggests iWatch has 1.5-inch curved OLED, set for summer launch

Korean website <i>DDaily</i> has run and then pulled a story claiming that the iWatch display would be made by LG, and comprises a 1.52-inch plastic OLED (P-OLED) display. P-OLED would tend to suggest a curved display.<p>The report also claims that the smartwatch would enter mass-production in the third …

Nest’s Tony Fadell Says Any Changes To Device User Privacy Policy Will Be Opt-In, Transparent

Nest CEO Tony Fadell was at DLD in Munich today, giving his first on-stage interview since his company was acquired by Google in a massive $3.2 billion deal last week. Fadell and Nest had already made clear that the acquisition wouldn’t change how Nest treats user data, but he went a step further …

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FORTUNE — Venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz is in the process of raising around $1.5 billion for its fourth fund, <i>Fortune</i> has learned.<p>This would be very similar in structure to the $1.5 billion fund raised by Andreessen Horowitz in early 2012, which included a $900 million fund for …

Google Alerts Gets Card-Based Redesign

It seems Google hasn’t forgotten about Google Alerts after all. The news bulletin service has remained untouched for a long period of time, but now it is sporting a new look after getting a substantial redesign.<p>Google has introduced a new card-style layout, made headlines more prominent and — …

China’s risky mortgage lending is tacking a credit bubble onto a real estate bubble

China has a chronic debt problem. And its soaring housing prices—Beijing’s were up 18.3% in July compared with last year—are getting fairly bubbly. That cocktail is mighty similar to what caused the United States financial crisis—so could a US-style sub-prime debacle happen in China?<p>Many say no. …

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At Last, Violin Memory Files for $173 Million IPO

Violin Memory, the flash storage company that has been raising money like crazy, just filed to raise about $173 million in an initial public …

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Aussie Startups Looking Up To Brighter Future

Mike Cannon-Brookes, co-founder of enterprise software company Atlassian, is a role model for future Australian entrepreneurs looking to scale their businesses and expand internationally. Not too many new businesses raise their first round of funding after eight years of starting up, and at $60 …

Billionaire Investor Ackman To Dump J.C. Penney Shares After Losing Estimated $700 Million

His bet on the beleaguered department store has gone horribly awry since his initial investment in October 2010.<p>Billionaire hedge fund investor Bill Ackman, who this month resigned from the J.C. Penney board after a bitter and ugly public battle with his fellow directors, is preparing to unload his …

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