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Facebook Patents Point To An All-Seeing, All-Hearing Instagram Video

Facial recognition, landmark detection, and even audio cues picked up through your phone’s microphone could let Instagram Video intelligently suggest a cover frame for mini-movies or even tag them, according to recent Facebook patents. The tech could route each video to the right people and put its …

Sony Xperia Z Jelly Bean 4.2.2 update could come in mid-July

The Sony Xperia Z may get its Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean bump as early as mid-July, if we’re to believe a roadmap on Australian carrier Telstra’s website.<p>According to said page, which lists a number of phone update dates, the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean update is currently in first round testing. The …

Zeebox adds automatic content recognition for live and recorded TV shows

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>UK-based social TV startup Zeebox just rolled out an update that adds automatic content recognition (ACR) to its companion …

How FuelBand fuels Nike's bold tech ambitions

Learning from the history of technology, Nike isn't just building a clever gadget with its FuelBand electronic fitness-tracking bracelet. It's creating a platform on which other tech companies can build.<p>BEAVERTON, Ore. -- Earlier this month, Phil Black bounded onto the stage at the Tiger Woods …

Samsung unveils the ATIV One 5 Style, a Windows 8 AIO with Galaxy design

Portables aren't the only ATIV devices Samsung has in store today: Samsung's DJ Lee unveiled the ATIV One 5 Style this afternoon, an all-in-one PC with a slim 4.5mm metal frame and a Galaxy-style white bezel. From what we've seen so far, it's clearly a Windows 8 PC, and it's <i>all screen</i> (of the touch …

Samsung Unveils Galaxy S4 In Purple, Red, Brown and Pink

Samsung unveiled five new colors for the Galaxy S4, its flagship Android smartphone, at its ‘Premiere 2013′ event in London today: Blue Arctic, Purple Mirage, Red Aurora, Brown Autumn and Pink Twilight.<p>There was no word on when or where the new color variants would be available, but it’s a …

France and Spain launch probe into Google's privacy law

<b>Spain has launched proceedings against Google over five suspected serious data breaches.</b><p>Meanwhile France has given the search giant three months to rethink its privacy rules.<p>Since last year Google has been combining data from all its sites to better target adverts, a decision which the EU has said …

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Samsung’s Galaxy NX Is A 4G Android Interchangeable Lens Camera That Lets You Post To Instagram

Now that video on Instagram just got real, a connected pro camera with direct access to Android apps makes a fair bit of sense. Enter the Android-powered Samsung Galaxy NX.<p>Samsung continues to push its Galaxy brand into new devices’ types and categories, a strategy aimed at extending the success …

Microsoft considered opening online marketplace to compete with Amazon, says WSJ

Microsoft considered building an online marketplace to take on Amazon before it ultimately decided against the venture, reports <i>The Wall Street Journal</i>. Microsoft had reportedly entered into talks with both technology companies and retailers as it explored setting up the marketplace, and it had even …

Agawi Uses Its Cross-Platform Gaming Tech To Launch A Mobile Ad Unit That You Can Actually Play

Pretty much everyone agrees that mobile advertising isn’t very good (or outright sucks). Here’s an interesting solution from Agawi — an ad unit for mobile games called AppGlimpse, which functions as a playable demo for the game.<p>The startup, formerly known as iSwifter, has developed technology for …

That was quick: Adobe's Creative Cloud already pirated

The application was hacked just a day or so after it officially launched with an eye on curbing Creative Suite piracy.<p>Adobe's Creative Cloud platform, which moves its Creative Suite applications from "perpetual license" to subscription-based payment plans, was designed to reduce piracy. …

Photoful Improves On iOS 7’s Photo Gallery With A More Open, Gesture-Based App

Photoful, a new mobile application which is the rebranding and relaunch of the earlier app known as PhotoSocial, is hoping to attract iPhone users who want the Photos experience the new iOS 7 mobile operating system will offer…and then some. As with iOS 7’s re-imagined Photos app, Photoful will …

'Icebreaker: A Viking Voyage' is Rovio Publishing's First Game

Last month, Angry Birds-maker Rovio announced that it would soon be releasing "the best new games" on its own publishing label called Rovio Stars. Its first game, <i>Icebreaker: A Viking Voyage</i> was released today.<p>Our sister-site <i>TouchArcade</i> has posted a brief item about it, saying their "initial …

App Infrastructure Startup Firebase Raises $5.6M From Union Square And Flybridge

Firebase, a Y Combinator-backed startup that offers infrastructure for real-time apps, is taking the stage today at GigaOm’s Structure conference, where it’s announcing that it has raised a $5.6 million Series A from Union Square Ventures and Flybridge Capital Partners.<p>As CEO and co-founder James …

Ubuntu mobile OS now guided by an advisory group comprised of carriers

Canonical, the folks behind the Ubuntu OS, have cobbled together eight mobile service providers to guide the development of their upcoming mobile OS. While the list doesn’t include any major US carriers, Canonical notes that any “major” carrier may join this alliance.<p>As for who has currently signed …

Sprint boosts Clearwire buyout offer to $5 per share, $14 billion valuation

We're deep into a bona fide bidding war here -- Sprint and Dish are both battling for an approximately 50-percent stake in Clearwire, and as of today, that former contestant's bid makes it the new front runner. To catch you up, last month Dish offered $4.40 per share for Clearwire, following …

Colin Stretch Named Facebook’s New General Counsel as Top Lawyer Departs

Facebook announced on Thursday that Colin Stretch, a three-and-a-half-year veteran of the company, will soon take over the position of vice president …

Leap Fund offers $25 million for Leap Motion developers

Leap Motion won't ship its cutting-edge 3D gesture-control technology until July 22, but the company and one of its main investors, think that its ecosystem offers so much promise that they're starting a $25 million fund to support developers for the platform.<p>Highland Capital Partners, which led …

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Samsung intros HomeSync Lite: a personal cloud, hosted from your PC

Alongside the new PCs that Samsung announced today, the company has also introduced HomeSync Lite, a software solution that allows users to use their computers -- rather than an external device -- for personal cloud storage. As Samsung sees it, the key benefit exists with the ability to backup and …

Apple: It’s Time to Close the Book on DOJ’s E-Book Case

The U.S. Department of Justice’s e-book price fixing case against Apple wrapped up Thursday with largely predictable closing arguments from Cupertino …

How LinkedIn launched Influencers in just 6 weeks

Advertisement<p>3 Comments<p>Credit: (c) 2013 Pinar Ozger pinar@pinarozger.com<p>LinkedIn (s lnkd) has made a splash in the publishing world by persuading the …

Lenovo refreshes its IdeaPad laptops with Haswell and touch, designs unchanged

No, there's no new Yoga. You'll have to keep waiting on that. For now, Lenovo is undertaking a much more modest project: refreshing its existing notebooks with Haswell. First off, the current IdeaPad U310 Touch and U410 Touch are now the U330 and U430 Touch. Other than the difference in screen size …

Best Buy offering 'free' iPhone 5 in its trade-in promotion

The tech retailer is doing it again -- customers now have nine days in which they can trade in a working iPhone 4S or 4 and get a $150 credit for a new iPhone.<p>After Best Buy hosted an iPhone trade-in day earlier this month, the retailer has decided to do it again -- but this time, the deal will …

Siri Takes a Proactive New Role Against Apparent Suicide References

- Jun 20, 2013<p>As noted by Giga<i>OM</i>, Apple has quietly revamped the way Siri addresses possible suicide references on their iOS devices, adding an …

Egypt's revolution inspires tech start-ups

<b>Egypt's revolution in 2011 proved two incredibly important things for Egyptian youth.</b><p>Special Report: The Technology of BusinessWorking alone to come together betterInventing the question to fit your answerDigital divorce for the 21st CenturyCrowd and proudBe your own DIY PR consultant<p>First, that …

To raise your network’s IQ, don’t forget the needs of applications

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Credit: (c) 2013 Pinar Ozger pinar@pinarozger.com<p>It appears that switches and routers aren’t smart enough to determine the …

WhatsApp is in the big leagues with 250M active users

WhatsApp's active user base could be a cause for worry among some tech companies and wireless carriers.<p>The messaging service announced Thursday that it has more than 250 million active users -- making it on par with Skype, Facebook Messenger, and Twitter, according to The Wall Street …

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Hands-on with the NEC Terrain: the company's first US phone in eight years

Let's face it: no rugged phone is going to get more attention today than the Galaxy S4 Active. Just the same, NEC is showing off the Terrain, its first handset for the US market since 2005. The phone, which is hitting AT&T for $99 with a two-year agreement, is mainly aimed at the enterprise (read: …