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IDC: Samsung leads smartphone shipments, up 267% year-on-year, as Nokia slides 50%

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There’s further evidence of Samsung’s meteoric rise to the top of the smartphone industry after an IDC report found it led the industry on device shipments during the first quarter of 2012, growing 267 percent year-on-year to account for 42.2 million shipments. Samsung’s figure saw it claim 29.1 percent of industry-wide...
IDC: Samsung leads smartphone shipments, up 267% year-on-year, as Nokia slides 50%

Netflix previews family profiles, shows off Super HD and 3D streaming at CES 2013

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The current leader in subscription video streaming is Netflix, and today at its Las Vegas hotel suite we saw some of the technology it's planning to stay a step ahead of the competition this year. First up was one of the most widely requested features -- the ability to...
Netflix previews family profiles, shows off Super HD and 3D streaming at CES 2013

Steam Gauge Gauges The Size/Price Of Your Steam

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The value of my Steam account is $492.65, and the sum of it requires 155.02 GB of space storage space. Awesome. And my Dad said I would never do anything worthwhile. Steam Gauge is the product of Hacker News user jprusik and is worth several minutes of your time. It...
Steam Gauge Gauges The Size/Price Of Your Steam
Facebook adds new duplicate page finder tool for admins to report unofficial pages

Q1 2012 saw more VC deals signed but less investment paid. Seed investments hit an all time high.

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The first quarter of 2012 saw an increase in the number of deals made by US-based VCs, but the value of funding was lower, according to a new report from investment measurement CB Insights. January to March saw the number investment deals closed by VC firms across the country increase...
Q1 2012 saw more VC deals signed but less investment paid. Seed investments hit an all time high.
Apple verdict cost Samsung $1 billion, but study suggests it's now 'buzzing' more than Apple

Fujitsu, NICT create indoor navigation for the blind using ultrawideband, Android phones, kind hearts

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There's no shortage of navigation outdoors, and even a little bit of help indoors, but there's been precious little aid for the blind indoors -- leaving them little choice but to move cautiously or get outside help. Fujitsu and Japan's NICT have crafted a system that gives the sightless...
Fujitsu, NICT create indoor navigation for the blind using ultrawideband, Android phones, kind hearts
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Samsung Galaxy S III OTA update adds brightness widget to drop-down menu

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While we didn't have many complaints with what Samsung offered us in its 2012 flagship, several users noted that the auto-brightness setting wasn't really making the most of that 4.8-inch screen. The Galaxy S III's latest OTA update tries to fix this by throwing in a new brightness gauge...
Samsung Galaxy S III OTA update adds brightness widget to drop-down menu

BlackBerry 10's predictive keyboard gets transplanted with Octopus Keyboard for jailbroken iOS devices

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RIM's latest on-screen keyboard effort may bear a passing resemblance to Swiftkey, but it also has us itching to see how the rest of the BlackBerry 10 UI will turn out. It looks like we're not the only ones, as Octopus Keyboard aims to bring the same slick prediction...
BlackBerry 10's predictive keyboard gets transplanted with Octopus Keyboard for jailbroken iOS devices

US military looks to social nets for intelligence strategy

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Students at a U.S. military graduate school in California are mining social media with new methods that may change the way the armed forces collect intelligence overseas. Students and researchers at the Naval Postgraduate School have tackled two projects that could begin the shift in the way intelligence is...
US military looks to social nets for intelligence strategy

What's Fueling Growth In The Fragmented World Of Messaging Apps? Immigrants.

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Even though it might seem intuitive that one messaging app will rule them all, WeChat, Line, WhatsApp and others are proving that messaging remains a stubbornly fragmented category with many geographic regions of the world seeing different leaders. KakaoTalk rules in South Korea, while WeChat dominates in China, while...
What's Fueling Growth In The Fragmented World Of Messaging Apps? Immigrants.

Adobe As The Railroad Tycoon: Apple Needs To Change Its Gauge http://tcrn.ch/b9HvCA

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Adobe As The Railroad Tycoon: Apple Needs To Change Its Gauge http://tcrn.ch/b9HvCA

Betterment Talks About The Disrupt Bump And The Future Of Investing

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Betterment, the better investment app, launched at Disrupt in 2010 and went on to manage approximately $50 million in two years. The site is essentially an investment engine. Seamless automatic deposits ensure that you drag cash over to your investment account every month and the UI is clean, readable,...
Betterment Talks About The Disrupt Bump And The Future Of Investing
Microsoft Surface Q4 sales estimated at just 1 million units

Electronic skin lets machines sense water droplets and heartbeats, wonder why they were programmed to feel

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A team of researchers at South Korea's Seoul National University have been busy developing biologically-inspired electronic skin that is capable of "feeling" subtle stimulus such as bouncing water droplets and human heartbeats. The skin's surface is covered in two interlocked arrays of 50-nanometre-wide polymeric nanofibres that act like hairs...
Electronic skin lets machines sense water droplets and heartbeats, wonder why they were programmed to feel

Flurry courts mobile developers with free crash reporting tool

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As a way to sweeten its mobile analytics product, Flurry Analytics is adding two more services to help mobile developers gauge how they’re attracting new users and how often their app crashes — and it’s adding those features for free. Both iOS and Android developers can use the Flurry SDK and will...
Flurry courts mobile developers with free crash reporting tool

NaNoWriMo progress meter uses Arduino to fight writer's block, may be its own distraction (video)

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We've all had that moment where we sit in front of the keyboard and have trouble just getting started. It can be an especially dire problem when the 30-day deadline of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) looms overhead, and that was enough for inventor Steve Hoefer to craft his...
NaNoWriMo progress meter uses Arduino to fight writer's block, may be its own distraction (video)

Facebook asks users for feedback on posts from pages in their News Feed

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Facebook has begun to survey some users about how interested they are in the page posts that appear in their feeds, according to AllFacebook. A “Facebook Feedback” module sits below some posts, asking “How interesting is this story to you?” and offering a five-star rating scale. AllFacebook says it only...
Facebook asks users for feedback on posts from pages in their News Feed

Study: most users want 4 to 4.5-inch smartphone screens

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The ideal smartphone's screen size for most prospective buyers is on the large side, Strategy Analytics determined from a study. Researchers talking to existing American and British owners found that the "sweet spot" for a phone was between four and 4.5 inches, as long as the phone was reasonably thin....
Study: most users want 4 to 4.5-inch smartphone screens

Netflix says Google Fiber is "most consistently fast ISP in America"

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Sure, you can run Speedtest.net or max out your BitTorrent download, but as we found out last month, it’s hard to get a good gauge of how fast and consistent an ISP is using real-world, high-bandwidth applications. But Netflix, as one of those high-bandwidth services, is taking matters into its own...
Netflix says Google Fiber is "most consistently fast ISP in America"

Injustice: Gods Among Us - review

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Xbox 360, PS3, Wii U, Warner Bros, cert: 16Finally a game to answer the most primal question, beloved of comic book fans everywhere - who would win in a fight between Batman and Superman? Or the Flash? Or Wonder Woman? Or any of a 24-strong roster of DC's superheroes and...
Injustice: Gods Among Us - review

EE brings its 4G to Cumbria, rural home of the signal blackspot

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We're not surprised to learn that Cumbria is a hotbed of people working from home, as we'd do the same if we had the Lake District to wander around during our lunch hour. The downside of living in an area of outstanding natural beauty, of course, is that there...
EE brings its 4G to Cumbria, rural home of the signal blackspot
CHART: The Major Retailers Most Threatened By Mobile Showrooming
CHART: These Major Retailers Are Most Threatened By Mobile Showrooming

Are Incubators and Angels Gaining Leverage On Larger VC Firms?

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Being a resident of the Phoenix area, which is a significant distance from Silicon Valley, I wasn't able to attend the Demo Day show-and-tell pitch-fest at the end of Y Combinator (YC), but luckily, other reporters were there and have been slowly releasing stories about the companies and the event....
Are Incubators and Angels Gaining Leverage On Larger VC Firms?

Daily Report: I.B.M.'s Somewhat Unsettling Quarterly Performance

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I.B.M., as the world's largest supplier of information technology to corporations and governments, is closely watched as a gauge of technology spending trends. It delivered a mixed and somewhat unsettling quarterly performance on Tuesday....
Daily Report: I.B.M.'s Somewhat Unsettling Quarterly Performance
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Facebook picks up team behind online reputation system Legit in talent acquisition deal

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Facebook is adding the two founders of Legit, an online reputation system, to its team after the startup announced that it had been ‘aquihired’ by the social network. Bay Area-based Legit’s service assesses an Internet users’ trustworthiness and is specifically designed for social marketplace services. First known as Quantifi, then...
Facebook picks up team behind online reputation system Legit in talent acquisition deal
VC cash perks up in Seattle, countering national declines
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