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U.S. Tablet Sales Led by iPad in 2013 as Chromebooks Overtake MacBooks

Among "commercial channel" sales to distributors for corporate, government, and business customers, the iPad held the biggest share of sales for any tablet in the U.S. during 2013, while sales of Google Chromebooks made up a bigger percentage of the laptop market compared to Mac notebooks, …

Android 4.4 KitKat update for Galaxy Ace, Fit, Mini and Gio unofficially available via CyanogenMod 11

The Android 4.4 KitKat update is now unofficially available on several older Samsung Galaxy devices including the Ace, Fit, Mini and Gio.<p>Samsung is yet to release the KitKat update for several of its flagship devices let alone older models, but since Google’s Android 4.4 OS version is compatible …

Microsoft's 2014 makeover: It's all up to the next boss

Somebody's got to be up for this job.<p>Months after Steve Ballmer announced plans to step down as chief executive, Microsoft heads into 2014 still searching for the right candidate. In the last few months of 2013, several names of rumored CEOs-in-waiting got bandied about -- Ford CEO Alan Mulally and …

Victoria

This small Vancouver Island town punches way above its weight thanks to its status as <b>British Columbia's</b> capital and its location perched on the ocean. Its streets are dotted with locally owned cafés and restaurants, bohemian shops, and about a dozen craft breweries. Long, quiet stretches of beach …

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Can Salesforce.com Grow Into a $10 Billion Company?

Shares of cloud software company Salesforce.com got a bit of a jolt today, as an analyst made the case that the company could continue growing like …

For HP, new “phablets” could be the first step towards a mobile comeback, of sorts

Perhaps the third time will be a charm for Hewlett-Packard(s hpq). At the turn of the century the company used Windows software first in personal …

Apple To Go Large In 2014 With iPhone 6 In May And iPad Pro in October

Now that the ink is drying on Apple's deal with China Mobile, supply chain rumors are emerging about Apple’s next significant product releases. Digitimes reports that according to “sources from the upstream supply chain,” Apple is planning to release a 5-inch iPhone 6 “phablet” this coming May and …

HP reportedly may launch cheap, big smartphones by the end of this year

Reporting on HP's desire to return to the smartphone market, sources tell <i>The Information</i> that the company plans to release new six- and seven-inch phones by the end of the year. The devices will be aimed at such emerging markets as India, China, and the Philippines, and will be sold off contract …

IBM acquires Aspera with an eye on big data…or not

According to Derrick Harris, “IBM on Thursday announced plans to acquire Aspera, a startup whose protocol technology is used to transfer large files …

Wispy designs from Microsoft partners breeze past Apple

<b>commentary</b> Psst...Microsoft laptop partners are ahead of Apple on critical design metrics like weight.<p>So, how will that play out in 2014? A snapshot of today's lightest, edgiest designs should give us an idea (I'll put aside a discussion of competing operating systems and pricing for this</b> …

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DigitalOcean’s cloud surpasses Amazon Web Services in one category

While Amazon Web Services keeps adding features to its large and well-used cloud, other public cloud businesses are growing, too. DigitalOcean, a cloud vendor focused on winning business from developers, is pointing to some pretty strong growth by one measurement in recent months, even in …

Best iPad Apps of 2013

2013 has been another memorable year for the iPad App Store. The number of apps designed specifically for the iPad hit the 500,000 milestone this year and is now well on its way to 600,000. By now, there are excellent iPad apps for just about any purpose. From heavy-duty productivity and business …

Google and Apple gear up for next mobile battle

Smartphones will be talking to their users and the tech giants Google and Apple are determined to have the edge<p>Google has predicted its dominant web search engine will mean it will beat Apple in the race to turn the smartphone and other devices into intelligent, voice-controlled personal assistants.<p>…

Amazon: 5 bold predictions for 2014

Amazon spent 2013 attempting to wow us and, for the most part, succeeded.<p>This year saw the debut of Amazon's Mayday customer service button -- the marquee feature for its newest line of Kindle Fire tablets -- the revival of the US Postal Service through Sunday delivery, and, of course, the frenzy …

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Best designed Android apps – Google’s new picks

The Android Design team from Google HQ published a new list of Android apps that “go above and beyond the guidelines” when it comes to design.<p>Google first published a Beautiful Design collection in July, praising apps like Pattrn, Pocket, Flipboard, or Pinterest, for their masterfully crafted …

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This nifty database shows how apps suck up your data plan

Apps actually come at a greater cost than the price tag on the app store: drains to battery life and data plans, especially from resource-heavy …

2013: The Year You Wore I.T. Well

Wearable computing still sounds pretty futuristic, but something amazing happened this year: A lot of wearable tech went on sale for real.<p>My first computer was portable: A tiny Sinclair ZX-81 the size of a small hardcover book. Well, I say portable…the unit was tiny and you’d have to carry the …