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Why a smartphone 'kill switch' won't stop phone theft

Posted April 17, 2014 - 2:58 pm

Yesterday, wireless industry group CTIA announced a partnership between many of the major smartphone makers and all of the leading U.S. wireless carriers that's designed to enable smartphone "kill-switch" functionality on handsets sold in the United States after July 2015.

With Google Glass, the doctor can see you now

Posted April 17, 2014 - 2:42 pm

Emergency room physicians at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center are four months into a pilot program where they are using Google's computerized eyeglasses to help treat patients.

33 great tips and tricks for iOS 7

Posted April 17, 2014 - 2:36 pm

Whether it's the first time you've picked up an iPad or the seventeenth time you've pulled out your iPhone today, there are probably still some iOS 7 features and functionality that you're not familiar with. Don't sweat it: We're here to help. We've collected some of our favorite and most useful tips and compiled them here, just for you.

Galaxy S5 deep-dive review: Long on hype, short on delivery

Posted April 17, 2014 - 2:32 pm

Samsung's Galaxy S5 carries a powerful lineage -- but it no longer stands out in a sea of thoughtfully designed competitors.

Samsung and Amazon customize Kindle app, offer free e-books

Posted April 17, 2014 - 7:52 am

Users of the new Kindle for Samsung app will get up to 12 e-books for free a year, as Samsung Electronics joins forces with to boost the content on its mobile devices.

Twitch not content being the idiot box of gaming, expands to sales and funding

Posted April 17, 2014 - 6:03 am

Streaming your games for others to watch on Twitch is a big fad these days, but it looks like the company is taking the first tentative steps towards branching into other areas.

Strong PS4 sales create supply problems for Sony

Posted April 17, 2014 - 12:16 am

Sales of Sony's PlayStation 4 platform have surpassed 7 million units worldwide but supply problems are continuing, the electronics giant said.

Connecting for Good wrestles Kansas City's digital divide

Posted April 16, 2014 - 10:03 pm

Google Fiber's arrival in the metro area prompts a groundswell of interest in connecting more homes to the Internet.

10 ways Apple could make iOS's Notification Center great

Posted April 16, 2014 - 9:36 pm

When Notification Center arrived in iOS 5, we greeted it with a sigh of relief. No more alerts lost to the ravages of time, easy access to all of our notifications in a single place, and even a handy way to get a look at the weather or stock info.

Two more states eye drone use limits

Posted April 16, 2014 - 9:34 pm

Louisiana and Pennsylvania could become the latest states to impose restrictions on the use of commercial drone aircraft over their airspace.

Teardown: Galaxy S5 parts cost 21% more than iPhone 5S

Posted April 16, 2014 - 9:30 pm

IHS says Samsung's new phone costs $251 for materials, $51 more than the retail cost of a carrier-subsidized unit.

MIT grad students seek to bankroll a power brick replacement

Posted April 16, 2014 - 8:59 pm

If these guys can get off the ground, you can tell your power brick to hit the bricks.

Apps that fight our distracted driving habits

Posted April 16, 2014 - 5:44 pm

Here are some of the apps and tools I would recommend trying out if you want to try making your phone conscious of your driving.

Google revenue jumps 19 percent but still disappoints

Posted April 16, 2014 - 5:29 pm

Google reported a 19 percent increase in revenue for the first quarter, but results from its advertising business were mixed.

Net neutrality ruling complicates US transition to IP networks

Posted April 16, 2014 - 2:18 pm

The transition from copper-based telephone systems to IP networks in the U.S. could become swept up in political fallout as the FCC figures out how to regulate such networks in ways that will appease the courts.

German researchers hack Galaxy S5 fingerprint login

Posted April 16, 2014 - 8:19 am

It took just four days for German researchers to trick the Samsung Galaxy S5's fingerprint scanner into accepting a mold of a fingerprint instead of a real finger.

Telefónica starts exchange for targeted mobile ads

Posted April 16, 2014 - 7:54 am

Telecom operator Telefónica has launched the first mobile ad-exchange platform to use the operator's customer demographics and real-time location data to serve targeted mobile ads, the company said on Wednesday.

Leak: Amazon learns nothing from Nintendo; develops phone with 3D display

Posted April 16, 2014 - 6:33 am

Did you think the 3D craze had run its course? Me too. Apparently Amazon didn't get the memo.

MIT Media Lab project plots history's most popular personalities

Posted April 16, 2014 - 6:15 am

According to a new dataset, the big names in technology lag well behind actors, politicians and athletes in terms of global cultural significance

Microsoft's Chinese partner confident Xbox can compete against Android consoles

Posted April 16, 2014 - 1:21 am

More low-end Android gaming consoles are coming to China. But Microsoft's local partner isn't worried, and expects the Xbox to sell well as a high-end gaming product.

Yahoo sales sag with mixed results in ads

Posted April 15, 2014 - 5:11 pm

In an indication that CEO Marissa Mayer is not yet seeing dramatic results from her efforts to turn the company around, Yahoo's sales dipped slightly in its first quarter, amid some gains in its search advertising business.

Use private mode to hide pictures on the Samsung Galaxy S5

Posted April 15, 2014 - 2:17 pm

Here's how you can use private mode to hide pictures and other files on the Samsung Galaxy S5.

SAP users rattle sabers over charges for user-friendly Fiori apps

Posted April 15, 2014 - 12:59 pm

SAP user groups are stepping up pressure on the vendor over the fees charged for its user-friendly Fiori applications, saying they should be included as part of the substantial annual maintenance costs customers already pay, particularly given SAP's dismal track record with interfaces for its Business Suite ERP software.

USB Type-C: Simpler, faster and more powerful

Posted April 15, 2014 - 11:50 am

The next generation of USB cables will be easier to use and able to push more data faster.

Universal apps herald cheaper Windows Store prices

Posted April 15, 2014 - 11:44 am

Universal Windows apps will bring with it universal pricing--which, at least for the Windows Store, will mean the option of lower prices for all. And it's live now.
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