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App.net goes gratis, announces invitation-only free accounts

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Since its inception, App.net has been working hard to improve its growing platform, giving all of its paid users a 10GB bucket of cloud storage and opening up its File API so devs could use the data stored there. Today, folks wanting in on the fledgling social platform can...
App.net goes gratis, announces invitation-only free accounts

Play Magazines receives UI overhaul to match Music and Books apps

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It was only a matter of time before Google got around to cleaning up the clumsy 3D interface of its Play Magazines app. With both Books and Music already sporting a spiffy new design, we're happy to report that its periodicals portal is now just as flat and user-friendly....
Play Magazines receives UI overhaul to match Music and Books apps

Foursquare updates its Android app to bring back points and add categorization for venue images

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Foursquare, the ubiquitous check-in application, has been updated for Android devices. The latest changes seem to be pleasing users already as the points system has returned for check-in detail pages. As one reviewer over on the Google Play page put it “Back to points – back to 5 stars”. Other...
Foursquare updates its Android app to bring back points and add categorization for venue images

3Doodler is a $75 3D-printing pen eagerly awaiting your Kickstarter funding (hands-on)

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In April of last year, former MakerBot COO Samuel Cervantes launched the Solidoodle, a $500 3D printer. We were a bit taken aback by the price point -- after all, his former company's product had seemingly set the standard for consumer-facing 3D-printer pricing at around $2,000. We're hoping you've...
3Doodler is a $75 3D-printing pen eagerly awaiting your Kickstarter funding (hands-on)

Refreshed ASUS Zenbooks with 1080p IPS panels and (probably) Ivy Bridge are real, coming to Taiwan in June

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We've already seen spec sheets suggesting that ASUS's 11.6-inch and 13.3-inch Zenbooks are being fattened up for a major update, but now Engadget Chinese has glimpsed the new devices in their cold aluminum flesh. Tentatively called the UX21A and UX31A, they both have 1920 x 1080 IPS panels with...
Refreshed ASUS Zenbooks with 1080p IPS panels and (probably) Ivy Bridge are real, coming to Taiwan in June

Microsoft Demos Super-Fast Touchscreen, But Will It Ever Make It To Market?

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As solid as modern touchscreens are, there’s very often an subtly apparent sense of disconnect when you try to use one. According to Paul Dietz of Microsoft’s Applied Sciences Group, it all comes down to latency — he notes average touchscreens have a latency of a 100ms, which yields...
Microsoft Demos Super-Fast Touchscreen, But Will It Ever Make It To Market?

Chinese AirBnb Clones Get Millions In Funding - From American Investors

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The cheap sleep bazaar in Asia keeps growing, even as AirBnb itself seeks to expand there. Domestic tourism in China hit a record high in 2012, with 3 billion trips. And as of yesterday the hipsters of Shanghai and Shenzen (aka "cultured youth") will have more lodging options similar...
Chinese AirBnb Clones Get Millions In Funding - From American Investors

IE9 more popular on weekends than weeknights, breaking with IE’s long-held usage patterns

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According to StatCounter’s collected browser usage data, Internet Explorer 9 is an anomaly among its franchise brethren: IE9 is more popular on weekends than on weeknights. For some time, the rule was simple: people used Internet Explorer at work, as they had to, but at home they used Firefox and other alternatives (this...
IE9 more popular on weekends than weeknights, breaking with IE’s long-held usage patterns

BlackBerry Z10 "Off to a Better Start Than Lumia 920"

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More preliminary evidence that the new BlackBerry Z10 is off to a better start than some had foreseen: A pair of research notes lending further credence to early reports of strong demand for BlackBerry’s first BlackBerry 10 handset. Bernstein analyst Pierre Ferragu and Barclays’ Jeff Kvaal on Monday shared details...
BlackBerry Z10 "Off to a Better Start Than Lumia 920"

The iPad Mini's Cannibalization Effects: Overpowering Or Overblown?

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The iPad mini seems downright hungry, and it has a taste not just for other small tablets on the market, but for its larger brethren, the iPad with Retina Display. Or at least, that’s what some analysts are saying, with expectations of the iPad mini’s cannibalization effect on existing iPad sales ranging...
The iPad Mini's Cannibalization Effects: Overpowering Or Overblown?

LaCie d2 upgrade melds Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 in one external desktop drive

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We have Thunderbolt drives, and we have USB 3.0 drives. They've usually had to remain separate on full-size drives, however, which could make a refresh of LaCie's d2 something of a milestone -- it's purportedly the first desktop external drive with both Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 interfaces (as well...
LaCie d2 upgrade melds Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 in one external desktop drive

Hoppit Launches The World’s First Ambience Search Engine For Restaurants

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Finding a good restaurant – even in a city you’ve never been to – has never been easier. Thanks to Yelp, Urbanspoon and its various brethren, a good place to eat is generally just a few clicks away. What if you want to find a restaurant with a very specific...
Hoppit Launches The World’s First Ambience Search Engine For Restaurants

Samsung Galaxy S 4 vs. Galaxy S III: what's changed?

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We live in an age of comparison, as we ruthlessly stack up one device against its brethren to determine which one will find its way into our affections. As is our way, we have searched deep within Samsung's Galaxy S IV to find out in which ways it exceeds...
Samsung Galaxy S 4 vs. Galaxy S III: what's changed?
HTC And Sprint Officially Unveil The New EVO 4G LTE

Kinect for Windows goes live with new hardware

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Kinect for Windows sensor announced Just as Steve Ballmer promised when he mentioned a 1 February launch at CES, the Kinect for Windows Software Development Kit (SDK) is now officially available, alongside dedicated hardware for the motion gesture platform. The Kinect for Windows sensor looks just like its Xbox...
Kinect for Windows goes live with new hardware

Music streaming service Deezer brings third-party app discovery to smartphones and updates its API

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Deezer, a music streaming service which competes with the likes of Spotify and Rdio, has just announced a number of developer-focused changes; the company is launching third-party app discovery on mobile devices, and is updating its API to bring Deezer-powered apps into its social bar. Third-party app discovery is coming...
Music streaming service Deezer brings third-party app discovery to smartphones and updates its API

Daily Wrap: The "Not on Facebook" Movement and More

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Alicia Eler explores the not on facebook movement. This and more in today's Daily Wrap. Sometimes it's difficult to catch everything that hits tech media in a day, so we wrap up some of the most talked about stories. We give you a daily recap of what you missed in...
Daily Wrap: The "Not on Facebook" Movement and More

Review: Amazon Is Gunning For Every Other Tablet Out There With The New Kindle Fire 8.9-Inch

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Features: 8.9-inch HD screen (1920×1200 pixels) HDMI-out Video, Music, and Magazine Viewing Full Kindle Store, Free Movies With Prime MSRP: Starts at $299 Pros: Screen comparable to the iPad’s TI OMAP4470 processor offers strong performance Parental controls Cons: Suffers from just-another-big-tablet syndrome LTE version is pricey A bit bulky as...
Review: Amazon Is Gunning For Every Other Tablet Out There With The New Kindle Fire 8.9-Inch

Panasonic's Lumix lineup grows: DMC-G5 Micro Four Thirds, DMC-FZ200 superzoom and DMC-LX7 hands-on and sample shots

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It's been nearly half a year since Panasonic's Lumix series of cameras got any new members, but today the company is introducing three more shooters to the family. First up is the DMC-G5, the latest addition to the company's Micro Four Thirds lineup. It's the successor to the G3...
Panasonic's Lumix lineup grows: DMC-G5 Micro Four Thirds, DMC-FZ200 superzoom and DMC-LX7 hands-on and sample shots

Observing the software-defined network in the wild

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Software defined networks may not be as commonplace as their virtualized computing and storage brethren, but they’re out there in there in the field. On Tuesday at GigaOM’s Structure Europe conference. Big Switch CEO Guido Appenzeller, Schuberg Philis Managing Director Pim Berger and Nicira CEO Steve Mullaney discussed how SDNs...
Observing the software-defined network in the wild

AVADirect and Eurocom laptops hop on the GeForce GTX 680M bandwagon

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NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 680M has made an impact in Alienware and Origin PC laptops so far. Some of us like our mobile gaming a little more barebones, however, and both AVADirect as well as Eurocom are taking their turn at carrying the graphics powerhouse in portables using heavily customizable,...
AVADirect and Eurocom laptops hop on the GeForce GTX 680M bandwagon
For the first time, Apple’s iOS generates more web traffic than Mac OS X

Sprint's white EVO 4G LTE reportedly set for July 15th release, BOGO on Epic 4G Touch in tow

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Are you a Sprint customer with a penchant for LTE technology and white handsets? If so, listen up. Intel leaked to blog TechnoBuffalo seems to indicate that the Now Network's very first LTE-toting albino handset will be hitting store shelves on July 15th; obviously, we're talking about HTC's latest...
Sprint's white EVO 4G LTE reportedly set for July 15th release, BOGO on Epic 4G Touch in tow
Tokyoflash releases the Kisai Logo, treads the line between confusing and amazing (video)

Klouchebag is a wake up call for people who care about their Klout score

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If you’ve been following the “social reputation” space, you’ve probably heard about Klout. The service attaches a score to you based on your online activities. Apparently, this score means something to a small subset of people. Needless to say, some companies are actually relying on this type of scoring during...
Klouchebag is a wake up call for people who care about their Klout score

Tablets can interfere with implanted defibrillators, stop hearts

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Bloomberg is reporting on a 14-year-old student in Colorado who found herself presenting data to the Heart Rhythm Society meeting in Denver this week. Gianna Chien's study of the effects of an iPad 2 on implanted cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) is making some waves among the medical community because it appears to demonstrate...
Tablets can interfere with implanted defibrillators, stop hearts
HP Innovates The Staid Workstation PC Into A Shiny, Happy, All-In-One Machine

Giada intros i35G mini PC with Intel's Cedar Trail, NVIDIA GT 610 graphics

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It's only been a little over a month since Giada first introduced that itty-bitty, Ivy Bridge-loaded i53 mini PC, but the outfit wants to have something for everyone and is now announcing a lesser-specced i35G series. Although not as powerful as its i53 brethren, the i35G's got some nice...
Giada intros i35G mini PC with Intel's Cedar Trail, NVIDIA GT 610 graphics

LG Optimus L9 hands-on (video)

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Though LG didn't have any more to add to the L-Style series to offer the world? Behold the L9. Announced yesterday, the device made an appearance on the IFA show room floor this week, boasting a big and bright 4.7-inch IPS display that makes the its brethren looking downright...
LG Optimus L9 hands-on (video)

Braven's budget-friendly Bluetooth speaker to debut on QVC for $100

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With its sleek styling and double act as a portable USB charger, there's plenty to like about Braven's line of Bluetooth speakers. Indeed, we listed the 625 in our back to school guide earlier this year as an alternative to the pricier Jambox. But if you were hoping to...
Braven's budget-friendly Bluetooth speaker to debut on QVC for $100
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