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  • Amazon Has Turned On Carrier Billing For Apps, First In Germany With O2

    17 September 2014, 2:18 am by: Ingrid Lunden

     Amazon, the e-commerce giant that recently added smartphones to its growing mobile empire, is now turning on another element to bring more users and usage into its mobile business. It will now enable carrier billing, so that when people buy paid apps…
  • Microsoft Shakes Up Its Board, Boosts Its Dividend 11%

    17 September 2014, 12:24 am by: Alex Wilhelm

     Microsoft has announced two coming board departures, two board additions, and a boost to its dividend.…
  • Cozy Makes Its Rental Management Service Free

    16 September 2014, 9:58 pm by: Kyle Russell

     Cozy, a Google Ventures-backed service that make the rental process easier for landlords and tenants, has made its current feature set available to all clients for free. In a blog post, Cozy CEO Gino Zahnd says that making these features free will bring in a…
  • Apple’s iPhone 6 And 6 Plus Cases Offer Comfort And Light Protection With Few Concessions

    16 September 2014, 9:05 pm by: Darrell Etherington

     Apple launched both its new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus today, and along with the new smartphones it also debuted new cases for each. The follow the simple precedent Apple set out when it created the iPhone 5s leather cases: simple, solid color designs that…
  • SwiftKey’s Predictive Keyboard App Is A Free Download On iOS

    16 September 2014, 9:02 pm by: Natasha Lomas

     Rejoice, long-time iOS users, for you can finally throw off the shackles of the native Apple keyboard — cursing its erratic autocorrect habits for (hopefully) the last time — as you download a third party keyboard adventure of your choice, including…
  • iPhone 6 Plus Review: The First Truly Well-Designed Big Smartphone

    16 September 2014, 9:01 pm by: Darrell Etherington

     Apple is launching not one, but two premium smartphones today, and the iPhone 6 Plus is the one many probably were skeptical even existed just a few short months ago. With a screen size measuring 5.5-inches across the diagonal, it’s well into the territory…
  • iOS 8 Review: Refinements And Relaxed Limitations Add Up For A Better Experience

    16 September 2014, 9:01 pm by: Darrell Etherington

     Apple’s iOS 8 is arriving tomorrow, and while it isn’t as overtly dramatic a change as iOS 7 was last year, it’s still a big update with lots of new features and tweaks. Using it on the new iPhone 6 hardware revealed lots to love in the new mobile OS…
  • iPhone 6 Review: Meet The New Best Smartphone

    16 September 2014, 9:01 pm by: Darrell Etherington

     Apple has two new iPhones debuting today, including the iPhone 6. The iPhone 6 is the heir apparent to the flagship line of Apple smartphones, as it comes in at the same price point as the iPhone 5s, but Apple has done something new this year by introducing…
  • The FCC Received 3.7 Million Net Neutrality Comments

    16 September 2014, 6:25 pm by: Alex Wilhelm

     And lo, the final tally: As of Monday night, the FCC had received a total of “approximately” 3.7 million comments on its notice of proposed rulemaking concerning net neutrality and the open Internet. That’s quite a haul. Read More
  • Codenamed “Moments”, Facebook Has Built An App For Super-Private Sharing

    16 September 2014, 5:27 pm by: Josh Constine

     Facebook has failed repeatedly to get us to use complicated lists and privacy settings to share intimate moments with just our closest friends and family. It’s clumsy and confusing doing that with the same composer for blasting News Feed updates to…
  • NASA Partners With Boeing And SpaceX To Send Astronauts Up In Space Taxis

    16 September 2014, 5:23 pm by: Sarah Buhr

     NASA has announced a deal with SpaceX and Boeing to build space taxis to shuttle astronauts to the International Space Station. This deal will end NASA’s reliance on expensive Russian crew transport by 2017. The cost was a whopping $71 million per seat.…
  • Zero To One: How Blake Masters Went From Being Peter Thiel’s Student To Co-Author

    16 September 2014, 4:24 pm by: Billy Gallagher

     In the spring of 2012, Peter Thiel taught a class called CS 183: Startup, at Stanford. One of the students in Thiel’s class, Blake Masters, posted detailed notes on his personal blog that became an instant hit in the tech community.…
  • Our Four Favorite Startups From The StartX Summer 2014 Demo Day

    16 September 2014, 4:14 pm by: Kyle Russell

     StartX, the Stanford-funded and affiliated incubator, just held the first demo day at its new Palo Alto-based office space. In an hour, twelve startups pitched their wares to investors and the press, showing products and services that range from a…
  • Researchers Create A Kindle eBook That Can Hack Your Amazon Account

    16 September 2014, 3:40 pm by: John Biggs

     A fairly nasty flaw – the ability to run a script in the title text of an eBook – could compromise the security of your Amazon account. The flaw, which reappeared recently after being patched in October, allows hackers to embed programs right into an…
  • Time Spent In Apps Up 21% Over Last Year

    16 September 2014, 2:41 pm by: Sarah Perez

     While there may be an upper limit as to how many apps people interact with over the course of a month, new data from mobile marketing platform Localytics out this morning shows that the time spent actually using apps is increasing. In fact, the average time…
  • Citrix Acquires Virtual, An Android And iOS Virtualization Company

    16 September 2014, 2:24 pm by: Matthew Panzarino

     We’re hearing from a reliable source that Citrix has acquired a little company we wrote about back in July called Virtual. The firm, manned by an impressive set of software hackers, claimed to be able to virtualize both Android and iOS completely enough to…
  • LittleBits Announces BitLab, An App Store For Hardware

    16 September 2014, 2:21 pm by: John Biggs

     Have you ever wanted to build a banana piano? Or make a robotic cockroach brain out of LEGO? With LittleBits now you (potentially) can. The company has just announced something called the BitLab, a contest merged with a crowd sourced technology system that…
  • Microsoft Brings OneNote To Android Wearables

    16 September 2014, 1:56 pm by: Alex Wilhelm

     I suppose that wearables are the new place where cross-platform tools and services must reside. Today Microsoft brought OneNote to Android Wear devices. You can now OneNote from your watch. If you want to. Read More
  • DataFox Pushes Its Business Intelligence Service Into Beta

    16 September 2014, 1:19 pm by: Alex Wilhelm

     Last week at Disrupt SF, DataFox pitched what it called a “predictive intelligence” service, aimed at bringing a wealth of data concerning corporations — their landmarks, hiring trends, funding and valuation — to everyone. For a deep dive into how…
  • Envoy Brings In $1.5 Million To Kill The Lobby Sign-In Book

    16 September 2014, 1:17 pm by: Alexia Tsotsis

     When you think about things that need to be disrupted, the entryway sign-in booklet is probably the last thing on your mind. And yet. Having spent four years at Google and three years at Twitter as a backend engineer, Larry Gadea started building Envoy, an…

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