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Option XYFI is 'world's smallest' personal hotspot -- we go hands-on!

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Option's XYFI (pronounced ex-WiFi) was announced earlier this week with little fanfare but piqued our interest with its claim to being the world's smallest personal hotspot. We had an opportunity to look and discuss it at a quiet table at MWC today, a nice change from a showy booth....
Option XYFI is 'world's smallest' personal hotspot -- we go hands-on!
Why Sony needs to be flexible on PS Vita download pricing

Review: MuLab is a little known gem of a digital audio workstation

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At first glance, MuLab from MuTools might appear to be one of those simple, feature-deprived efforts you see from a multitudes of software vendors trying to cash in on Garage Band's success. However, just a few minutes with the free edition of this audio recording and MIDI sequencing program,...
Review: MuLab is a little known gem of a digital audio workstation

Twitter founders launch a blogging platform, Kevin Rose blogs about peeing

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We may have spoken too soon about Kevin Rose reaching a certain level of maturity*. On Medium, the latest product from Twitter founders Biz Stone and Evan Williams, Rose has broken the seal** with an inaugural post about peeing. Peeing with Al Gore, but still — peeing. Medium is...
Twitter founders launch a blogging platform, Kevin Rose blogs about peeing

Actually, $3.5 Billion For Spotify Isn't COMPLETELY Insane (AAPL)

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Earlier today, we reported that Spotify is shopping around for a new fundraising round and asking for a valuation of $3.5 billion. At first glance that seems completely nuts. The company does not own its core asset -- the music it's "selling" is all licensed from third parties, and...
Actually, $3.5 Billion For Spotify Isn't COMPLETELY Insane (AAPL)
Review: ifrogz vs iWood iPhone cases - does wood work?

Google's long awaited Nexus 4 Wireless Charger arrives for $59.99, looks like half of an 8-ball

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Google’s Nexus 4 Wireless Charger is now available for sale in the Google Play store. For $59.99, customers can charge their Nexus 4 device wirelessly using the Qi inductive charger. The company says that it expects orders to begin shipping in less than one week.   At first glance, one...
Google's long awaited Nexus 4 Wireless Charger arrives for $59.99, looks like half of an 8-ball

Why Ouya's $99 gaming console faces challenges in its attempt to challenge the status quo

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With the launch of a Kickstarter campaign for its $99 console today, Ouya enters the market at a strange time for video games. The current console cycle is one of the longest ever seen – and yet consumers don’t seem to be crying out for new hardware. The growth in...
Why Ouya's $99 gaming console faces challenges in its attempt to challenge the status quo
YC-Backed Swish Makes Selling Simpler For Inventors And Creators

Review: Blurity photo de-blurring utility tries to bring CSI one step closer to real life

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The idea of taking a blurry photo and making it sharp again sounds exciting. Like speech recognition, it is one of those technological visions that firmly belonged in the realm of futuristic fantasy just a few short years ago. But while powerful, reliable speech recognition is here, image de-blurring...
Review: Blurity photo de-blurring utility tries to bring CSI one step closer to real life

The Latest iPhone 5 Leak Shows You May Soon Be Making Credit Card Payments With Your Phone (AAPL)

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At first glance, the latest part leak for Apple's next iPhone doesn't appear to show much more than what we've already seen several times over the last few months. But some closer inspection by the Japanese blog Macotakara shows that the device may include a special chip that will let...
The Latest iPhone 5 Leak Shows You May Soon Be Making Credit Card Payments With Your Phone (AAPL)

Ink for iOS is as minimal as a drawing app can be, but it's great fun

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Sometimes it feels like the minimalist app design movement can go a bit far. I was so torn over super-simplified iOS writing app Pop last year, that I interviewed its designer about whether he was taking the whole concept of minimalism to unnecessary extremes. Well, his latest app might have won me...
Ink for iOS is as minimal as a drawing app can be, but it's great fun

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite hands-on

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Of course, today's event wasn't just about the Fires. Amazon's still got a dog in the devoted e-reader race as well. The big news here, of course, is the company's entry into the world of lighted E Ink readers -- coming several months after the release of Barnes &...
Amazon Kindle Paperwhite hands-on

What Is Novell Worth? $2 Billion, Apparently

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Elliott Associates, L.P., a hedge fund with a significant position in shares of Novell, after the close of trading in U.S. stock markets today placed an unsolicited offer to buy the open source-focused software company for close to $2 billion. The offer places a high valuation on Novell, and is...
What Is Novell Worth? $2 Billion, Apparently

Startups kick asana with nerd yoga

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Dave Sevenoaks is upside down. Around him a group of software developers and startup founders are poised precariously on their elbows with their legs extended vertically into the air, in an advanced yoga posture sometimes called Feathered Peacock. “I love doing hand stands and other inverted postures,” Sevenoaks says. “It makes...
Startups kick asana with nerd yoga

Nintendo's newest portable announced: the 3DS

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With the Nintendo DSi XL landing in the offices of the gaming press this week, Nintendo saw fit to announce its newest product in its portable line: the Nintendo 3DS. The company gave limited details via a press release in Japan; we know the system will use two screens,...
Nintendo's newest portable announced: the 3DS

Mozilla Readies Major Firefox Redesign As It Ponders What The Browser Of The Future Should Look Like

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“Maybe we shouldn’t even call it a browser anymore,” Mozilla’s VP of Firefox engineering Jonathan Nightingale told me a few days ago. “‘Browser’ is really an antiquated word. People don’t really browse all that much anymore.” Instead, he argues, we now mostly use our browsers to access sophisticated web apps,...
Mozilla Readies Major Firefox Redesign As It Ponders What The Browser Of The Future Should Look Like
Outgrow.me: All the best Kickstarter projects you can buy, in one place
Simple.TV's unique DVR is a cord-cutter's dream (but isn't for everyone)
Amazon begins selling its own 'Basics' Lightning cables then mysteriously pulls them in the US

ARAIG is an exoskeleton suit that gives players instant feedback for every shot taken in-game

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As Real As It Gets (ARAIG) is a new Kickstarter project that hopes to give players a more immersive and realistic video game experience by delivering sound and feedback through a multi-sensory bodysuit. The peripheral, spotted by Polygon, is equipped with 16 vibratory sensors across the torso, 16 on the...
ARAIG is an exoskeleton suit that gives players instant feedback for every shot taken in-game
AppHero Raises $1.8 Million For App Recommendation Service Which Learns Your Interests From Facebook
Expect Labs Taps Nuance's Voice Recognition Tech In A Bid For Better Conversation Analysis

Tumblr continues its quest for original content, sending out a call for paid freelancers

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More than any other social network, Tumblr has blurred the line between what a media company does and what a technology company does. Or, to piggyback on a metaphor of Buzzfeed’s Jonah Peretti, Tumblr both drives the trains and owns the railroad tracks.  Sure, Twitter and Facebook have journalism managers...
Tumblr continues its quest for original content, sending out a call for paid freelancers

BlackBerry Z10 gets clip-on speakerphone, charger bundle and cases galore

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No launch of a new flagship is complete without a few new accessories to go along with it. While RIM is still banking big on the NFC-powered Music Gateway, it wasn't about to let the Z10 sit around with no new friends to keep it company. Obviously, a BlackBerry...
BlackBerry Z10 gets clip-on speakerphone, charger bundle and cases galore

ET deals: $549 for Dell Inspiron 14z Core i5 ultrabook

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At first glance, some of us more tech savvy folk might be quick to dismiss the common ultrabook. It's a slim piece of aluminum with a low voltage processor and SSD cache, what's the big deal? The big deal is that an ultrabook offers a good all-around computing experience, and...
ET deals: $549 for Dell Inspiron 14z Core i5 ultrabook
Square Gets In-App Loyalty Cards And A Minor Facelift

Meet Chefs Feed, the anti-Foodspotting

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Running a restaurant recommendation app is not necessarily as glamorous as one might think. Especially when you’ve made a conscious decision to limit your contributors to the superstars of the food world. When Jared Rivera founded Chefs Feed with his brother Steve Rivera in 2011, he was living the foodie...
Meet Chefs Feed, the anti-Foodspotting
Web developers: Watch out for Meteor!

Nightsky - review

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Nintendo 3DS; Nicalis Inc; £8.99; Nintendo eShop downloadReading this on mobile? Click here to viewSilhouetted against a set of serene multi-coloured sunsets and introduced only by a lonely paragraph or two of text, NightSky is an unusually atmospheric and beautiful set of physics puzzles that involve rolling a ball from...
Nightsky - review
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