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Somehow, Pebble is making a better smartwatch than gadget giants like Samsung and Sony

Samsung is a multibillion company with 425,000 employees and a massive supply chain. Pebble is 40-strong and fueled by $10 million in Kickstarter money.<p>So you might be surprised at which one is making the better smartwatch.<p>On Wednesday, Pebble unveiled the latest steps in its effort to take over …

Microsoft Starts Taking Office On The Web Seriously

Earlier this week, Microsoft updated its Office 365 suite with a couple of new features and licensing terms. Overall, the update was very much in line with the other 100 changes Microsoft had made to its subscription-based Office version for consumers and businesses, but one feature stood out. …

Judge orders Samsung to explain why it shouldn't be fined for leaking secret Apple docs

A judge has determined that Samsung probably violated a court-ordered agreement to keep Apple documents secret, the latest snit in the epic patent battle between the companies that started in the summer of 2012.<p>Judge Paul Grewal asked to look over the documents himself last month. Now, "having …

Teens Are Deserting Facebook, And They're Heading To Places Where Their Parents Can't Find Them

Their gradual exodus to messaging apps such as WhatsApp, WeChat and KakaoTalk boils down to Facebook becoming a victim of its own success. The road to gaining nearly 1.2 billion monthly active users has seen the mums, dads, aunts and uncles of the generation who pioneered Facebook join it too, …

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Apple Reportedly Developing Large Curved Screen iPhones For Late 2014, Better Touchscreen Sensors

Apple is said to be working on two curved display iPhone models for the “second half of next year,” according to a source speaking to Bloomberg, with a likely release planned for the third quarter, as well as better touchscreen sensors that introduce fine pressure sensitivity for later devices to …

HTC denies reports it's shutting down factories to save money

After being unceremoniously dumped by Beats Audio in September and recording its first quarterly loss this month, HTC is finding itself having to downsize. A Reuters report this morning tells of the closure of "at least one" of HTC's four main handset manufacturing lines, reducing its production …

SkySQL Raises $20M To Support Open-Source Relational Database MariaDB

SkySQL has raised $20 million to deepen its support for MariaDB, the fast growing open-source relational database and the emerging database of choice for Wikipedia. The round was led by Intel Capital with participation from California Technology Ventures, Finnish Industry Investment, Open Ocean …

Wireless charging war gets more interesting, as Qualcomm joins Qi

Wireless charging standards are a bit of a mess. There are at least three standards bodies vying to be the correct way to wirelessly send power to your devices: the Power Matters Alliance (PMA) favored by AT&T and Starbucks, the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) backed by Verizon, and the Alliance …

Fights erupt at Apple iPhone launch in California

At least two arrests were made in Pasadena when a ploy to get homeless people to queue up for the new iPhones went spectacularly wrong.<p>An overnight campout for the new iPhone became chaotic when two men were arrested for fighting outside an Apple Store in California, and a man's plan to hire …

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Facebook hopes AI can help it better understand the content of your posts

Facebook is using an artificial intelligence method called deep learning to analyze data collected from its 1 billion users in a new way. The goal of the project — which is run by an eight person group known as the "AI team" — is to understand the meaning and importance behind the things users …

'Prsm' is the social network that knows everything about you, courtesy of the NSA

Social media fragmentation is a real problem in the modern landscape. Foursquare may let you check in at a restaurant, and your Netflix queue may go to Facebook, but who's keeping track of the calls you make from your cellphone or Skype number? What service will give a group of interested strangers …

Baidu Buys Majority Stake in Nuomi

Baidu’s efforts to extend its business beyond search have led the company to yet another acquisition.<p>Baidu, proprietor of China’s largest search …

If Internet.org Succeeds, The Developing World Will Gain Billions In Online Work

<i>This is a guest post by Gary Swart, CEO of oDesk, an online marketplace for hiring virtual workers.</i><p>On Tuesday, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg announced the launch of the Internet.org initiative, a partnership that aims to make Internet access available to billions of people worldwide.<p>Some are …

What It's Like To Use An App That Claims To Make You Happier And Healthier

That's a tall order for an app, but it's exactly what Inner Balance aims to do.<p>HeartMath explores the relationship between the human mind and the human heart by researching what's called heart/brain coherence. In plain language, they look at how well your heart can communicate with your brain.<p>The …

Heart Rates

Google blocks Chromecast app that let you stream your own videos (update)

Google hasn't provided a clear answer on whether Chromecast will eventually let users stream their own local videos and music to the TV screen. But if early updates for the $35 dongle are any indication, the company doesn't want third-party developers trying to deliver that functionality. The most …

Apple, Samsung Don’t Have to Publicly Disclose “Exceptionally Sensitive Information,” Court Says

When Apple and Samsung head back to court this November for the second phase of their high-stakes patent trial, they won’t have to publicly reveal …

Facebook now lets you embed posts anywhere on the web

Following Twitter, Instagram, and others, Facebook has officially added the option to embed status updates, photos, or videos from its users on any site. Until now, reposting something that had been written on Facebook usually required taking a screenshot or copying the text, leaving its source …

Facebook teams with tech giants for internet.org initiative to connect 'the next 5billion people'

Ericsson, Nokia, Qualcomm and Opera on board, but Google missing from efforts to boost web access in developing countries<p>Facebook may be reaching 1.15 billion people a month, but the social network has grander ambitions to connect many more people. The main barrier: whether they have internet …

NASA Finds A Pink Planet That Challenges Current Theories

About 57 light years from Earth, astronomers have discovered a large new planet, colored a deep magenta. It’s the second planet whose color has been directly observed by astronomers, the first being HD 189733b. That alone would make this find noteworthy. But equally noteworthy is the fact that the …

Apple Reported to Announce Next iPhone on September 10

Speculation about the next iPhone -- presumably called the iPhone 5S -- have been mounting over the last few months, and now, a launch date may be at …

What is Facebook doing at a hacker convention in Vegas?

The social network pays the underground a visit<p>If you're a fly-by-night computer hacker who prefers IRC to Instagram and goes by your handle instead of your real name, a company like Facebook is basically The Man. But the social network is back at Def Con, the long-running hacker convention that …

FBI Can Remotely Activate Android Smartphone And Laptop Mics, WSJ Reports

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the FBI employs a number of high-tech hacker tactics in its efforts to round up information on suspects, including the ability to remotely activate microphones on Android devices and notebook computers, according to one of its sources who is described as a …

Michael Dell and Silver Lake Reach Last-Minute Buyout Deal

Michael Dell and the private equity firm Silver Lake have raised their offer to take Dell Inc. private to $13.75 a share, with a 13-cent-per-share …

Google sets Internet record with 25 percent of U.S. traffic

In an average day, more than 60 percent of all Web-enabled devices exchange traffic with the tech giant's servers. That means Google is now bigger than Facebook, Netflix, and Twitter combined.<p>It's no surprise that Google is leaps and bounds ahead of other companies when it comes to search, but …

Internet

Vertical Industry Marketing Gains Momentum But Requires A Learning Curve

Vertical-based marketing offers a huge opportunity for growth, but it requires a deep understanding of a particular business segment that goes beyond …

17 Ways Marketers Can Leverage Facebook Graph Search

Shares 5K<p>Are you using Facebook Graph Search as a marketing power tool?<p>If you knew more about your Facebook fans, how would that improve your …

Marketing

All of These Google Chromecast Ads Are Awesome

Lots of smart people I know are very, very excited about Chromecast, Google’s new TV-streaming gadget.<p>I think it’s pretty cool, too. But only as an …

Facebook Doled Out $67 Million in Stock for Parse

Here’s a hint of how much regard Facebook has for its platform.<p>On May 10, Facebook handed out two and a half million shares of Class A stock to …

More than 80% of children lie about their age to use sites like Facebook

The UK advertising watchdog has criticised the lax age verification systems used by websites such as Facebook, after finding that more than 80% of …