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IKEA Launches Wireless Charging Furniture Collection

April 17, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
IKEA Launches Wireless Charging Furniture Collection

IKEA has rolled out its Wireless Charging collection of furniture, which has built-in Qi-enabled wireless chargers for compatible mobile phones. In addition to offering bedside tables, floor- and table lamps, desks and simple charging pads, IKEA is also selling a DIY kit that lets users embed wireless chargers into furniture of their choice. The furniture, and other items in IKEA’s wireless charging collection, ranges in price from $9.99 to $119. The Wireless Charging collection will be rolled... 

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Twitter Re-designs Home Page, Hopes To Attract New Users

April 17, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Twitter Re-designs Home Page, Hopes To Attract New Users

Twitter, hoping to attract new users, is turning its home page into a portal for news and content around dozens of topics. Twitter.com has been redesigned to make content posted to the site more accessible to people who do not have accounts with the service. Those people can visit the site, and as of Wednesday they will find 18 tabs leading to streams of content on various topics, whether it be country singers, general news, or travel guides. There’s also dozens of other curated streams of... 

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Huawei Unveils P8 And P8 Max Smartphones

April 17, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Huawei Unveils P8 And P8 Max Smartphones

China’s Huawei unveiled its flagship P8 and P8 Max mobile phones, devices that stack up against the latest models from Samsung and Apple in technical specifications if not marketing budget. The P8, which runs Google’s Android operating system, has a 5.2 inch display screen — slightly larger than the Samsung Galaxy S6, unveiled last month, and the iPhone 6 — and an eight-core 64-bit processor. Made from a single piece of metal, the phone is thinner than its rivals, with a width... 

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RadioShack Moving Forward With Plans To Sell Customer Data

April 16, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
RadioShack Moving Forward With Plans To Sell Customer Data

RadioShack plans to keep moving forward with its plan to sell its customer data, despite opposition from a number of states. The company has asked a bankruptcy court for approval for a second auction of its assets, which includes the consumer data. The state of Texas, which is leading the action by the states, opposed the sale of personally identifiable information (PII), citing the online and in-store privacy policies of the bankrupt consumer electronics retailer. The state claimed that it found... 

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Jawbone, Amex Team Up On NFC Enabled Fitness Band

April 16, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Jawbone, Amex Team Up On NFC Enabled Fitness Band

Fitness-band maker Jawbone and charge card company American Express plan to give cardholders the ability to purchase goods using a future fitness band equipped with NFC, according to a report. Neither company would confirm the new product, said to be announced this week, according to the Wall Street Journal. The report said AmEx payments won’t be possible with the coming Jawbone UP3, but will appear on a future product. Apple Watch, which last Friday went on pre-order, will also support NFC payments.... 

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Samsung Has A Team Devoted To Making Screens For Apple Devices

April 16, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Samsung Has A Team Devoted To Making Screens For Apple Devices

Samsung Electronics Co has put together a standalone team of about 200 employees to work exclusively on making screens for rival smartphone maker Apple Inc’s products, Bloomberg reported, citing people with direct knowledge of the matter. The team at Samsung Display Co, which provides screens for iPads and MacBooks, helps develop products and is only allowed to share information about Apple’s business within the group, Bloomberg said. The team, formed on April 1, also helps with sales... 

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Sprint Offering In Home Technology Set-up Service

April 15, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Sprint Offering In Home Technology Set-up Service

Dealing with a highly competitive market, U.S. wireless carrier Sprint is offering to deliver and set up phones, tablets and other connected devices for free at homes, offices and other locations chosen by the customer. The offer is limited to eligible upgrade customers, but starting in September, new customers in selected markets will be able to choose the new Direct 2 You option, when buying online or through call centers. Launching in the Kansas City metropolitan area on Monday, the program will... 

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Nokia Looking To Acquire Alcatel-Lucent

April 15, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Nokia Looking To Acquire Alcatel-Lucent

Nokia Oyj is holding talks on acquiring smaller telecom equipment maker Alcatel-Lucent, a deal that would combine the industry’s two weakest players but could pose challenges in cutting costs and overcoming political opposition. In a joint announcement, the Finnish and French companies said they were in “advanced discussions” on a “full combination, which would take the form of a public exchange offer by Nokia for Alcatel-Lucent.” The two, which have been seen as... 

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Letv Plans To Bring Mobile Phones, Streaming TV To US

April 15, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Letv Plans To Bring Mobile Phones, Streaming TV To US

Chinese company Letv plans to offer its smartphones and smart TVs to the United States later this year and to launch a video streaming service for Chinese-speaking Americans, according to statements made by the company on Tuesday. Letv said it set up a U.S. headquarters in Redwood City, California, part of the Silicon Valley tech hub, and has opened an office in Los Angeles. The company plans to hire hundreds of staff for the two locations in the coming months, JD Howard, vice president and general... 

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Activist Investors Calls For Breakup of Qualcomm

April 14, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Activist Investors Calls For Breakup of Qualcomm

Activist investor Jana Partners is urging Qualcomm Inc to consider spinning off its chip unit from its patent-licensing business to boost the chipmaker’s sagging stock price, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing a quarterly letter that will be sent to Jana investors on Monday. Jana, one of Qualcomm’s largest shareholders, is also calling on the company to cut costs, accelerate stock buybacks and make changes to its executive pay structure, financial reporting and board of directors,... 

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U.S. Government Bans Intel From Selling Xeon Chips To China

April 14, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
U.S. Government Bans Intel From Selling Xeon Chips To China

U.S. government agencies have banned Intel from selling microprocessors for China’s supercomputers, over concerns about their use in nuclear tests. In February, four supercomputing institutions in China were placed on a U.S. government list that effectively prohibits them from receiving certain U.S. exports. The four institutions, which include China’s National University of Defense Technology, have been involved in building Tianhe-2, the world’s fastest supercomputer, and Tianhe-1A. The... 

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Intel Shows Off Wire-free Laptop

April 13, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
Intel Shows Off Wire-free Laptop

Intel showed off what it has labeled the “world’s first no-wires” laptop, which has wireless charging and can connect to peripherals without cables. The prototype laptop frees users from carrying a bulky power adapter, since the laptop recharges after being placed on a wireless charging table or surface. It also connects wirelessly to external displays through Wi-Di (Wireless Display) technology, which could eliminate HDMI and DisplayPort ports. The wireless display needs to support... 

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Nokia Maybe Looking To Exit The Map Business Next

April 13, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Nokia Maybe Looking To Exit The Map Business Next

Nokia is mulling over the idea of selling its maps business known as HERE, a source familiar with the matter said late last week, pushing up shares in the Finnish company as well as its network gear rival Alcatel-Lucent. After the exit from handsets, analysts have seen little synergies between the map unit and Nokia’s mainstay network gear business. Nokia has hired a financial adviser to explore a sale of the unit, the source added. Bloomberg first reported news of the sale on Friday. A Nokia spokeswoman... 

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Apple Seeking Exclusive Streaming Deals With Musicians

April 13, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Apple Seeking Exclusive Streaming Deals With Musicians

Apple Inc has reached out to more than a dozen musicians, including British band Florence and the Machine, hoping to sign exclusive deals for some of their music to be streamed on Beats, Bloomberg reported, citing people familiar with the matter. The company is in talks with Florence and the Machine to give Apple limited streaming rights to a track from their album set to be released in June, Bloomberg said. Apple has also approached Taylor Swift and others about partnerships, the report said. Apple... 

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Facebook Launches Standalone Messenger Web App

April 10, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Facebook Launches Standalone Messenger Web App

Facebook has rolled out a standalone Messenger app for chatting on the web outside of Facebook.com. The move is Facebook’s attempt to create a dedicated hub for chats on the web as it incorporates many new features into the Messenger mobile app and grows its use. Facebook users can still chat with others as they would normally do on Facebook.com. But the new web app, accessible at Messenger.com, is aimed solely at messaging, without other distractions like the news feed or profile pages. To... 

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