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  • Unless somebody made a typo, Apple may be planning a 2014 refresh of the Mac Mini

    29 July 2014, 5:31 pm by: Kif Leswing

    An Apple support page for Boot Camp mentions a 2014 Mac Mini model. If Apple does release a Mac Mini refresh, it would be the system's first update in two years.…
  • StumbleUpon rolls out a UI redesign for Android with an emphasis on social notifications

    29 July 2014, 1:39 pm by: Kif Leswing

    Stumbleupon's new Android redesign introduces an activity center to the venerable link discovery service -- now new followers or shared links will trigger a notification.…
  • Two new Lumias and a high-end HTC device are rumored to round out the Windows Phone lineup

    29 July 2014, 11:40 am by: Kif Leswing

    Looks like the Windows Phone device family is going to get larger, according to a series of leaks. In the coming months, expect a high-end HTC phone and two new Lumias running Microsoft's mobile OS.…
  • BlackBerry buys “Merkel phone” security outfit Secusmart

    29 July 2014, 11:17 am by: David Meyer

    The purchase will give BlackBerry a leg up in its quest to pitch to government agencies and enterprises who want secure communications.…
  • A reminder of how ultra-cheap Androids are taking over in emerging markets — fast

    29 July 2014, 10:39 am by: David Meyer

    In emerging markets, smartphones are gaining ground based on crazily low pricing. Check out this Gadget piece about recent figures from South African retail giant Pep. In the second half of 2013, 1 percent of the pre-pay phones Pep sold were smartphones. That…
  • Qualcomm top exec Peggy Johnson said to be on her way to Microsoft

    29 July 2014, 10:09 am by: Kevin Fitchard

    Qualcomm EVP Peggy Johnson is leaving the company that’s been her home for 24 years, a source tells Gigaom. And according to a report in Re/Code, she’s departing for Microsoft to take on a high-level executive post. Johnson is the highest ranking female…
  • Apple’s Retina MacBook Pros get updates with doubled RAM and slightly faster processors

    29 July 2014, 9:30 am by: Kif Leswing

    Apple has doubled the RAM in its Retina MacBook Pros across the entire line, while also adding slightly improved processors and price cuts for select models.…
  • Sponsored post: Performance concerns with mobile applications

    29 July 2014, 8:55 am by: Gigaom

    This paper reviews some of the challenges that mobile-application developers face, presents strategies to overcome these challenges and then discusses the need to measure mobile-application performance and capture performance and demographic data in order to…
  • Android “Fake ID” flaw could allow data-stealing malware infections on millions of devices

    29 July 2014, 8:24 am by: David Meyer

    The vulnerability is of particular concern for those with old Android devices that no longer receive firmware updates. However, Google says the Play Store remains a safe place from which to download apps.…
  • How much data can one smart home generate? About 1 GB a week.

    29 July 2014, 4:32 am by: Stacey Higginbotham

    The internet of things is about data. So this week's podcast we talk to a Splunk executive who connected his home and uses the data to inform his lifestyle and purchases.…
  • Now that it’s almost officially legal, here’s how to unlock your phone on all four U.S. carriers

    28 July 2014, 7:00 pm by: Kif Leswing

    Looking to unlock your phone and take it to another carrier? Consider this post your cheat sheet.…
  • Fitbit comes to WP8, making it the only activity tracker that syncs directly to a Windows phone

    28 July 2014, 5:35 pm by: Kevin Fitchard

    Internet of things gadgets usually never stray far from Android and iOS, but Fitbit has decided to add Windows Phone to its list of supported platforms.…
  • GM puts wireless charge pads that might actually work with your phone into new Cadillacs

    28 July 2014, 1:55 pm by: Kevin Fitchard

    GM's first car capable of charging your smartphone without a cord will be a Cadillac, not a Chevy Volt. It may have taken awhile, but GM has developed a better wireless charging system supporting multiple standards.…
  • Here’s a novel way to control Android on a projector

    28 July 2014, 11:10 am by: Kif Leswing

    A new Indiegogo is selling a Android-equipped pico projector which integrates an infrared pen to approximate a touch interface. Here’s a novel way to control Android on a projector originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading….
  • Report: Carrier phone financing will come to Apple Stores this year

    28 July 2014, 9:50 am by: Kif Leswing

    If you don't want to pay for an iPhone up front, Apple Stores will soon start offering Verizon Edge, AT&T Next and T-Mobile Jump upgrades -- payment plans that allow consumers to pay off a device over its lifetime.…
  • Samsung indefinitely delays the release of its first Tizen smartphone

    28 July 2014, 8:50 am by: Kif Leswing

    Samsung intends to delay the launch of the Samsung Z, the first smartphone running Tizen, in order to shore up its app store.…
  • Mobile apps testing startup Leanplum scores $4.8M; adds marketing automation

    28 July 2014, 8:07 am by: Barb Darrow

    Startup will use funds to branch out to add mobile marketing automation to its mix of A/B testing, content management and analytics, said Co-Founder Momchil Kyurkchiev.…
  • Facebook has only “pivoted” on one kind of privacy — in other ways, it’s becoming more…

    28 July 2014, 5:36 am by: David Meyer

    When it comes to Facebook, there's privacy and there's privacy. And the way things are playing out, improvements on one kind of privacy could in effect act to the detriment of the other.…
  • Could I do 80 percent of my work on an iPad?

    27 July 2014, 12:00 pm by: Mark Crump

    How much work can you really get done on an iPad? After Apple CEO Tim Cook said he did 80 percent of his work on an iPad, I examined my day to see how much I could get done on one.…
  • There are many paths to a smart home. And that’s the problem.

    27 July 2014, 11:00 am by: Stacey Higginbotham

    People always ask me where they can buy a smart home. The answer shows how far the industry needs to come if it wants to serve mainstream consumers.…
  • Chromecast’s easy setup makes it susceptible to hacking

    27 July 2014, 10:00 am by: Janko Roettgers

    What if your Chromecast suddenly started to rickroll you? It’s possible due to a vulnerability that’s based on its easy setup process.…
  • How developers can repurpose old web graphics for new mobile platforms

    26 July 2014, 12:00 pm by: Geoffrey Goetz

    Being stuck with a graphic that was created for a different purpose or platform can be discouraging. Knowing how to resize that graphic with sharper, crisper edges can make all the difference in the world.…
  • Unlike AT&T’s disdain for Leap customers, T-Mobile is taking care of MetroPCS subscribers

    25 July 2014, 6:24 pm by: Kevin Fitchard

    AT&T and T-Mobile both claimed they were intent on preserving Cricket and MetroPCS's services when they made their respective acquisitions. But it looks like T-Mobile was the only one serious about it.…
  • Congress passes cellphone unlocking bill, Obama likely to sign it into law

    25 July 2014, 4:02 pm by: Kif Leswing

    The House of Representatives passed a bill on Friday allowing consumers to unlock their phones for the purpose of switching carriers.…
  • AWS in fight of its life as customers like Dropbox ponder hybrid clouds and Google pricing

    25 July 2014, 2:19 pm by: Barb Darrow

    AWS doesn't have the public cloud to itself anymore. It faces two gigantic competitors trying to poach reference customers and growing adoption of hybrid cloud.…
  • Play a Microsoft-made HTML5 version of Settlers of Catan in your browser right now

    25 July 2014, 1:02 pm by: Kif Leswing

    Microsoft's Internet Explorer team released a preview HTML5 version of Settlers of Catan that works on almost every modern device -- from Windows Phone to iPads and desktop computers.…
  • Verizon will start restricting LTE speeds for its heaviest unlimited-plan customers

    25 July 2014, 11:43 am by: Kevin Fitchard

    Verizon's 4G networks soon will start favoring customers who pay for mobile data by the gigabyte over customers who draw deeply from Verizon's unlimited plans. The new policies will only apply when the network gets crowded.…
  • Amazon Fire Phone teardown: You might be sending this one back for repairs

    25 July 2014, 9:34 am by: Kif Leswing

    Hoping to poke around in an Fire Phone? According to a teardown from iFixit, there's a security sticker that'll tip Amazon off that you've voided your warranty.…
  • Sharknado 2 will be terrible. But it will look cool in your house under lighting from Philips

    24 July 2014, 1:32 pm by: Stacey Higginbotham

    Ambient lighting for your television viewing may be a good reason to pick up a few Hue light bulbs. If you want to try out the experience here are two apps to download.…
  • Visa invests in wireless credit card maker LoopPay

    24 July 2014, 12:41 pm by: Kevin Fitchard

    LoopPay’s digital credit card has attracted the attention of credit card titan Visa, which may be just be looking for alternatives to plastic. LoopPay said on Thursday that Visa has made a strategic investment in the company of an undisclosed sum. LoopPay…

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