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Yahoo Unveils Livetext Mobile Messaging App

July 31, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Yahoo Unveils Livetext Mobile Messaging App

Yahoo unveiled a mobile messaging app that combines texting with live one-on-one video. The app, named Livetext, is video calling with a twist: there’s no audio. To communicate, users type texts and emojis that are overlaid onto the screen during the call. The app’s format might sound restricting, but Yahoo says Livetext will help users to communicate more freely. The lack of audio, the company says, removes inhibitions that people might feel when they otherwise receive video calls in... 

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Samsung Plans Price Cut For Galaxy S6 Phones

July 31, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Samsung Plans Price Cut For Galaxy S6 Phones

Lukewarm demand for its flagship Galaxy S6 smartphone and higher marketing costs led Samsung Electronics to another quarter of declining sales and profits in the April to June period. In the key smartphone market, an area led by Samsung until recently, the popularity of Apple’s iPhone 6 and 6 Plus handsets and the rise of lower-cost phones from Chinese vendors squeezed Samsung at both the high and low end of the market. The company said Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge sales were lower than expected. It... 

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Uber Jumps Into Car Leasing Business

July 31, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Uber Jumps Into Car Leasing Business

Uber Technologies has rolled out its own auto leasing subsidiary in an effort to secure more drivers, injecting the fast-growing ride services company directly into the financial services sector for the first time. The move by Uber, announced as a pilot project, follows the end of its partnership with Banco Santander’s U.S. lending unit earlier this year. Uber announced the initiative but disclosed few financial details, though it said it would offer both new and used cars. Uber launched a... 

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Workhorse Wants In On The Drone Delivery Business

July 30, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Workhorse Wants In On The Drone Delivery Business

Workhorse, a truck maker based in Loveland, Ohio apparently wants in on the drone package delivery business. Workhorse isn’t as high profile as Amazon or Google, but it demonstrated an eight-rotor delivery drone designed to work with its electric trucks and use some of the same battery technology. “Our concept is, you have a package-delivery drone that rides on top of a truck as the driver goes about his day, and helps to pick off outliers on his route to help cut down on the cost of... 

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Twitter Woes Continue, User Growth Rate Slows

July 30, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Twitter Woes Continue, User Growth Rate Slows

Twitter Inc’s shares continued to drop after the microblogging company said its number of monthly average users grew at the slowest pace since it went public in 2013. “This is unacceptable and we’re not happy about it,” Jack Dorsey, who stepped in as interim chief executive on July 1, said on a call with analysts. Twitter said it had 304 million core users in the second quarter, up from 302 million in the prior quarter. Twitter’s struggles to increase its audience worries... 

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Nokia Unveils Virtual Reality Camera

July 30, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Nokia Unveils Virtual Reality Camera

Finland’s Nokia, once the world’s largest mobile phone manufacturer, has debuted a spherical camera designed for making 3D movies and games that can be watched and played with virtual reality headsets. The device, showcased at an event in Los Angeles, takes video and audio in 360 degrees with eight sensors and microphones, and is the first from Nokia’s digital media solutions business — one of its new focuses for future growth. Nokia is going through restructuring after... 

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NSA To Lose Access To Bulk Phone Data In November

July 29, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
NSA To Lose Access To Bulk Phone Data In November

The U.S. National Security Agency will no longer have access to the bulk telephone records data it has collected at the end of November, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence announced . Congress voted in June to rein in the NSA’s mass collection of U.S. phone metadata, which includes information such as the timing and location of calls. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, also known as the FISA court, then gave the NSA 180 days to wind down the program. The Director... 

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Facebook Invites More Mobile Operators To Internet.org

July 29, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Facebook Invites More Mobile Operators To Internet.org

Facebook is inviting additional mobile operators to join Internet.org, its project to bring Internet access to poorly connected parts of the world. Internet.org turns one year old this week, and Facebook says it’s ready to scale the project to reach more people. The company is making it easier for more mobile operators to join the project by launching an online portal where they’ll find technical tools and best practices to help them get started. So far, Facebook has been working with... 

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Car And Pedestrian Collision App Coming Soon

July 29, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Car And Pedestrian Collision App Coming Soon

A safety system that links vehicles and smartphones to stop those heart-stopping near misses between cars and pedestrians could be standardized by the end of this year. The technology involves smartphones broadcasting data over a short-range radio channel to nearby cars, so the cars can determine if a collision is likely. Unlike today’s radar-based systems, this has the ability to warn around blind corners and can alert both the driver and pedestrian. It’s being developed by engineers... 

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Samsung To Sell Monitor That Can Wirelessly Charge Smartphones

July 28, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Samsung To Sell Monitor That Can Wirelessly Charge Smartphones

Samsung Electronics wants to unclutter your home with a monitor that can wirelessly charge smartphones and other mobile devices. The SE370 monitor will come in 23.6-inch and 27-inch formats and is the industry’s first to have an integrated wireless charging station, the South Korean manufacturer said Monday. But your phone will have to support the Qi wireless charging standard, which was developed by the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) and is supported by makers such as Samsung, Sony, LG, HTC... 

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Massive iPhone Counterfeiting Operation Shut Down In China

July 28, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Massive iPhone Counterfeiting Operation Shut Down In China

Police in Beijing have raided a factory that made more than 41,000 fake iPhones worth as much as 120 million yuan ($19 million), including some that reached the United States, and have arrested nine suspects in the counterfeiting operation. Apple is one of the most popular brands in China, where authorities have stepped up efforts in recent years to dispel the country’s reputation for turning out counterfeit goods. Officials have taken stiffer action to enforce intellectual property (IP)... 

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Best Buy To Begin Selling Apple Watch In August

July 28, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Best Buy To Begin Selling Apple Watch In August

The Apple Watch will go on sale at stores of Best Buy Co Inc, the largest U.S.consumer electronics chain, starting Aug. 7. The Apple Watch and Apple Watch Sport models will be sold at more than 300 Best Buy stores in time for the holiday shopping season, a spokeswoman for Apple Inc  said. “Customers love Apple Watch, and we are thrilled to begin offering it at Best Buy,” she said in an email. Best Buy is the first retailer to sell the watch outside of the Apple retail store. “The... 

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Apple Offering Free Beats Headphones For Back-to-school Promo

July 27, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Apple Offering Free Beats Headphones For Back-to-school Promo

Apple launched its annual back-to-school promotion in the U.S., switching the deal to a free pair of Beats headphones for customers who buy eligible Macs. The promotion launched later this year than in the past: In 2014, for example, Apple started its back-to-school campaign July 1. Buyers who purchase a qualifying Mac between now and Sept. 18 receive a $199.95 credit toward a a pair of Beats Solo2 On-Ear Headphones, which list for that amount. Alternately, the credit can be applied to a pair of Beats... 

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Unpatched Vulnerabilities Uncovered In Mobile IE

July 27, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Unpatched Vulnerabilities Uncovered In Mobile IE

Security researchers have provided details about four unpatched vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer for Windows Phone because Microsoft has not moved quickly enough to fix them. The flaws could potentially be exploited to execute malicious code on computers when users visit compromised websites or open specially crafted documents. They were reported through Hewlett-Packard’s Zero Day Initiative (ZDI) program. HP’s TippingPoint division, which sells network security products, pays researchers... 

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Cloud Services Behind Amazon’s Rising Revenue

July 27, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Cloud Services Behind Amazon’s Rising Revenue

Amazon.com Inc’s shares surged more than 20 percent last Friday, adding more than $46 billion to the company’s market value, after strong growth in the e-commerce giant’s cloud business drove a surprise quarterly profit. The company’s market capitalization soared to more than $270 billion, overtaking that of Wal-Mart Stores, the world’s biggest retailer. Revenue from Amazon’s cloud operations – Amazon Web Services (AWS) – nearly doubled in the second... 

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