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  • Twitpic's last-minute deal with Twitter keeps your old photos safe

    25 October 2014, 4:12 pm by: Jon Fingas

    Twitpic may not have avoided an untimely demise, but you won't have to worry about some of your older Twitter photos disappearing into the void. The defunct hosting company has reached a last-minute deal that will have Twitter take over both the Twitpic web…
  • Drug stores drop Apple Pay and Google Wallet to push their own payment tech

    25 October 2014, 2:27 pm by: Jon Fingas

    If you're bent on using Apple Pay or Google Wallet for your shopping, you may have to be finicky about your choice of drug stores. Both CVS and Rite Aid have shut off their support for NFC-based payments just days after Apple Pay went live. Try to tap your…
  • Amazon has made its Appstore for Android obsolete

    25 October 2014, 2:39 am by: Michael Gorman

    Since its creation, the Amazon Appstore stood apart, banned from being offered in the official store for Android apps, Google Play, until now... sort of. When Amazon recently updated its main Android app, it got a new "Apps & Games" department that duplicates…
  • The Nexus 9 wasn't designed to be an iPad killer

    24 October 2014, 3:30 pm by: Brad Molen

    The Nexus 9 wasn't designed to be an iPad killer; it was designed to inspire Google's Android partners to create one instead. Though you'd be forgiven for thinking otherwise: It was announced one day before the iPad Air 2 and mini 3, comes with a powerful…
  • Canadians now have faster mobile data than you

    24 October 2014, 2:41 pm by: Andy Bowen

    Our Canadian neighbors have already been given a taste of Rogers' extremely data-friendly LTE, but now the carrier is officially rolling out its LTE-Advanced network across 12 different cities. In fact, it's the first North Amercian carrier to launch an LTE-A…
  • Queen Elizabeth II takes to an iPad to send her first Tweet

    24 October 2014, 8:39 am by: Ben Gilbert

    Queen Elizabeth II of England is pretty seriously old-school. She casually signs her name, "Elizabeth R." (the "R" stands for "Regina" or, in English, "Queen"). She wears killer matching outfits (as seen above) that would be at home in 1962. But she's also not…
  • Microsoft is finally dropping the 'Nokia' from Lumia

    24 October 2014, 4:00 am by: Aaron Souppouris

    Over a year after the acquisition was first announced, Microsoft is officially replacing the Nokia Lumia brand. In a blog post today, the software giant revealed its upcoming smartphones will now be known as Microsoft Lumia. The new Microsoft branding will…
  • Judge formally bans Aereo from streaming live TV to devices

    23 October 2014, 11:47 pm by: Mariella Moon

    Aereo can no longer relay TV shows to its customers using its teeny-tiny antennas (for now, that is), according to US District Judge Alison Nathan. It's been a while since the Supreme Court decided that the service violates the law by "transmitting…
  • LG's next phone will be the first with one of its own CPUs inside

    23 October 2014, 10:24 pm by: Richard Lawler

    LG has been trying for years to catch up to Samsung and Apple in phone sales, and its next step on that path is to make a device with an LG CPU inside. The G3 Screen phone that it's releasing this week in Korea will have an eight-core "NUCLUN" (pronounced…
  • Facebook's anonymous Rooms is a chat app that feels like the old days

    23 October 2014, 2:54 pm by: Chris Velazco

    Facebook's new Rooms app is weird, and it isn't long after installation that you figure out why. You don't log in with your Facebook credentials. Your profile picture appears nowhere. It doesn't tap into your contacts. If Rooms' iOS-only App Store listing…
  • Hailo's app now lets you pay for cabs you've flagged on the street

    23 October 2014, 2:52 pm by: Jamie Rigg

    Hailo reported just last week it was pulling out of North America, where it could no longer effectively compete against its rivals. On this side of the pond, however, Hailo's kicking off its third birthday celebrations with the announcement of more positive…
  • NYPD is getting equipped with over 40,000 mobile devices

    23 October 2014, 2:04 pm by: Edgar Alvarez

    Thanks to a massive $160 million investment, the New York City Police Department is on its way to receive a combination of up to 41,000 smartphones and tablets. Known as the NYPD Mobility Initiative, which will be mostly financed by criminal asset funds…
  • Travelocity apparently saves the best deals for iOS shoppers

    23 October 2014, 1:32 pm by: Edgar Alvarez

    Like with most everything, online shopping has its pros and cons. One of the best elements of going the digital route, though, is that you usually end up saving more money than at a brick-and-mortar store. Having said that, according to a recent study by…
  • Uber brings on-demand flu shots to Boston, NYC and DC for a day

    23 October 2014, 12:27 pm by: Chris Velazco

    If there's one thing on-demand car startup Uber likes more than ferrying people around, it's trying to grab people's attention with kooky promo stunts. Uber for barbecue? Uber wedding packages? Pairing riders with attractive lady drivers? Been there, done that…
  • Android Wear's latest update adds GPS support and offline music playback

    23 October 2014, 12:00 pm by: Brad Molen

    Android Wear, Google's four-month-old wearables platform, is off to a good start. But like all nascent systems, there are still plenty of areas that need some TLC. It's got a lot of features and developer support, but it's practically useless if you want to…
  • Google plans to make a component store for its modular phone

    23 October 2014, 11:01 am by: Edgar Alvarez

    Project Ara is surely one of the most exciting things Google is working on right now -- at least from the ones we're aware of. Better yet, given how young it is, chances are it will only keep getting better and more interesting. While speaking at a Purdue…
  • Google Now wants to help protect your eyes from eclipses

    23 October 2014, 5:54 am by: Mariella Moon

    Google Now has just added more cards to its ever-increasing arsenal, and this time, they'll help you prepare for eclipses and possibly dangerous situations. The new eclipse card lists almost everything you need to know about the phenomenon, including what it…
  • 'SimCity BuildIt' lets Canadians play urban planner before anyone else

    23 October 2014, 2:18 am by: Timothy J. Seppala

    While Canada is the brunt of countless jokes, it seems like our friendly neighbors to the north have the last laugh this time. At least when it comes to playing SimCity on the go, that is. The folks at EA have recently soft-launched SimCity BuildIt on Android,…
  • Yahoo's mail app has notifications for flights and events too

    23 October 2014, 1:37 am by: Mariella Moon

    Yahoo has just released a new Mail update for iOS and Android that integrates event and travel notifications within the app... whoa wait, why does that sound familiar? Another tech company with a name that starts with a G might have announced something similar…
  • Hybrid Play clips turn playground toys into videogame controllers

    23 October 2014, 12:58 am by: Mariella Moon

    A group of developers thought it would be fun to merge playground activities with mobile gaming -- so they did. They've created a system called Hybrid Play that lets kids (or adults, no judgment here) control games on their phones with see-saws, swing sets and…
  • Xiaomi is moving some of its users' data out of China

    22 October 2014, 7:43 pm by: Chris Velazco

    Xiaomi's a force to be reckoned with in China -- its new phones routinely sell out online in seconds -- but its influence is steadily growing outside its native home. That's why the company's infrastructure has been quietly shifting these past few months, and…
  • Microsoft Android Wear app lets you search Bing by twisting your wrist

    22 October 2014, 6:40 pm by: Jon Fingas

    Slightly irked that you have to say "OK Google" whenever you want to use voice search on your Android Wear smartwatch? Microsoft, of all companies, is coming to your rescue. The developer is leading a trio of experimental Android releases with Torque, an app…
  • AT&T's focus on connected cars is beginning to pay off

    22 October 2014, 6:04 pm by: Brad Molen

    It's no secret that the US wireless market is saturated, and that most people who want a mobile device have already purchased one by now. Naturally, this means that the national players in the industry are looking for other points of revenue to aid future…
  • Google Earth for Android is now faster, better at 3D exploration

    22 October 2014, 4:50 pm by: Chris Velazco

    Heads up, Android fans: Google Earth for your phones is about to get a lot better. That's what the folks in Mountain View are promising, anyway -- they've released an update to the app brings with it snappier performance and improved labels for maps (you'll…
  • Bank of America issues refunds after double-charging Apple Pay users

    22 October 2014, 4:17 pm by: Jon Fingas

    Went on a spending spree with your Bank of America debit card the moment Apple Pay hit your iPhone? You might be in for a (brief) shock. The bank is now issuing refunds after it charged at least some Apple Pay users twice when they made purchases at retail…

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