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Lego Minecraft arrives, sudden drop in productivity expected when the UPS man gets here

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Minecrafters, commence running through the streets screaming "It's here!, It's here!" as Lego's homage to the world-building game is now available to buy. The Cuusoo-developed project features Steve, a Creeper and 480 bricks, including plenty of 1x1 tiles to recreate the pixelated landscape we know and love. It costs...
Lego Minecraft arrives, sudden drop in productivity expected when the UPS man gets here

WordPress updates its Android app, delivers Kindle Fire and Nook support

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WordPress has updated its native Android application for smartphones and tablets, delivering features from its version 2.0 update and making them available for owners of Amazon’s Kindle Fire and B&N’s Nook Color/Tablet. WordPress’ for Android v2.0.5 sees the blogging app gain post editor and geotagging improvements but understandably, the focus...
WordPress updates its Android app, delivers Kindle Fire and Nook support
Counting the cost: the hidden price of coal power

Is BitTorrent Done? Major Torrent Sites Consider Shutting Down

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For nearly a decade BitTorrent sites have ruled the file-sharing landscape. In recent weeks, however, worry about the future has increased drastically among the owners of some of the largest torrent sites. Yesterday, BTjunkie closed its doors for good, and TorrentFreak has learned that at least two other sites in...
Is BitTorrent Done? Major Torrent Sites Consider Shutting Down
Apple to demo new TV OS at WWDC next week

This INSANE Graphic Shows How Ludicrously Complicated Social Media Marketing Is Now

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Maybe here's the reason General Motors went "mental" and pulled its Facebook ad budget. Digital marketing is confusing—really confusing—as this insane graphic shows (below). Trying to navigate through the various new social media categories, blogs, sharing sites, and social media firms is an absolute mess. This depiction of the digital marketing...
This INSANE Graphic Shows How Ludicrously Complicated Social Media Marketing Is Now

Rovio Releases "The Croods" Game, Inspired By The Dreamworks' Animated Film

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Rovio has just released it’s latest game, based on the Dreamworks animated film “The Croods”. The Finnish based mobile gaming company partnered with Dreamworks to make the game a reality, using the same characters and premise in the game as you might see in the movie. It’s quite simple:...
Rovio Releases "The Croods" Game, Inspired By The Dreamworks' Animated Film

The Future Of RIM: “BlackBerry Isn’t For Everyone”

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Today is BlackBerry Jam, RIM’s developer conference or WWDC equivalent. It’s RIM’s moment to redefine, rejuvenate, and re-establish itself in the world. Whether or not the company can pull it off, however, is an entirely different matter. BlackBerry 10, RIM’s brand new platform, has been delayed, run into naming issues,...
The Future Of RIM: “BlackBerry Isn’t For Everyone”

Scosche bassDOCK blasts Weezer from any iPad, available now for $150

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If you're having trouble wading through the pool of iPad dock prospects, we're about to add another to the mix. Scosche has announced that its bassDOCK for both iPad models is now shipping. The dock will blast "My Name is Jonas" from a pair of 1.6-inch stereo speakers and...
Scosche bassDOCK blasts Weezer from any iPad, available now for $150

Holy Moly: Bible App ‘YouVersion’ Hits 50 Million Downloads

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Newfangled social and gaming apps are popular and all, but it turns out that content dating back thousands of years can still more than hold its own in today’s tech landscape. YouVersion, a Bible reading app made by nationwide Christian megachurch LifeChurch.tv, has crossed the 50 million download mark...
Holy Moly: Bible App ‘YouVersion’ Hits 50 Million Downloads

AT&T, Google Among The Biggest Online Advertisers — comScore

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As part of its 2012 US Digital Future in Focus whitepaper, comScore looked at the online ad landscape and found a mix of old and new names. The report includes a list of the top 10 display advertisers in the United States (all of this data is US-only), as measured...
AT&T, Google Among The Biggest Online Advertisers — comScore

Forrester: No Android Tablet Has More Than 5% Share vs iPad. How Does Amazon’s Kindle Fire Compare?

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On the eve of what may well be the launch of a brand new iPad from Apple comes some new analysis from Forrester Research on the current competitive landscape in tablets — or lack thereof, as the case seems to be. In short: despite the rush of tablets that have...
Forrester: No Android Tablet Has More Than 5% Share vs iPad. How Does Amazon’s Kindle Fire Compare?

Survey: Weigh in on the Honeywell-Nest lawsuit

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The news on Monday that thermostat giant Honeywell slapped startup Nest with a lawsuit for patent infringement throws an unexpected wrinkle in the landscape of the smart thermostat this year. These connected energy devices — often overlooked but finally getting some attention in 2012 — have been poised to be...
Survey: Weigh in on the Honeywell-Nest lawsuit

Facebook's new widescreen Photo Viewer going live for more users

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Facebook began testing a rather — ahem — inspired new design for its Photo Viewer earlier this month, taking significant visual cues from Google+. If you'd like to get a look at it for yourself, you may be in luck: the new viewer appears to be rolling out to...
Facebook's new widescreen Photo Viewer going live for more users

Logitech launches the Solar Keyboard Folio, protecting your iPad and charging whilst you work

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Logitech today unveiled the latest in its solar-powered accessory range, launching the Solar Keyboard Folio to provide new iPad and iPad 2 owners with a slim and robust Bluetooth keyboard that draws its power from light, but also doubles as a protective case. The Solar Keyboard Folio has been adapted...
Logitech launches the Solar Keyboard Folio, protecting your iPad and charging whilst you work

Viber Updates iPhone, Android Apps To Version 2.2: Group Messaging, Improved UI, Enhanced HD Calling

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Viber has just released version 2.2 of the app for both Android and iPhone, bringing some much-requested features to the platform for the very first time including group messaging and improved call quality. The UI has also been significantly improved, which should please Viber’s growing user base. In May, we...
Viber Updates iPhone, Android Apps To Version 2.2: Group Messaging, Improved UI, Enhanced HD Calling

Google's Earth Day doodle reflects planet's complexity

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To mark the 43rd Earth Day, Google produces one of its most complex and subtle animated doodles, reflecting our planet's ever-changing landscape. [Read more]...
Google's Earth Day doodle reflects planet's complexity

Adobe Expands Its Social Analytics Lineup With Adobe Social

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Must be something in the air. Less than a day after Google announced that it’s adding social media reports to Google Analytics, Adobe is unveiling its own social analytics tools. Even though the company is best known for design software like Photoshop and development technologies like Flash, Adobe also pitches...
Adobe Expands Its Social Analytics Lineup With Adobe Social

Acer unveils 11.6-inch Iconia W700, 10.1-inch W510 Windows 8 tablets

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And the flood of Windows tablets begins! With only four months or so to go before Microsoft finalizes the OS, we had a feeling Computex 2012 would bring lots of Win8 devices, and it looks like we won't be disappointed. Acer just used its press conference here in Taipei...
Acer unveils 11.6-inch Iconia W700, 10.1-inch W510 Windows 8 tablets

Amazon Taps Eucalyptus as Private Cloud Partner

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In June of 2010, Amazon CTO Werner Vogels argued against the private cloud, but today Amazon is tacitly acknowledging the need for businesses to run their own cloud. The cloud giant announced today an agreement to work with Eucalyptus to help customers migrate workloads between private clouds and Amazon Web...
Amazon Taps Eucalyptus as Private Cloud Partner

Acer Iconia W700 Windows 8 tablet ships this month with a cradle and keyboard included, starts at $800

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Acer was one of many companies to preview its Windows 8 devices at Computex this summer, showing off its Iconia W700 tablet along with the W510. As the release date for Microsoft's much-anticipated OS draws near, Acer is announcing the slate once again, this time with full pricing and...
Acer Iconia W700 Windows 8 tablet ships this month with a cradle and keyboard included, starts at $800

Will CNN buy Mashable for $200M? (rumor)

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CNN will reportedly buy social media blog Mashable for more than $200 million, according to Reuters blogger Felix Salmon. Salmon said that a source told him that CNN will announce the deal on Tuesday. We are checking with Mashable for confirmation but are unable to confirm anything at the moment....
Will CNN buy Mashable for $200M? (rumor)

Uh Oh, Microsoft's Surface Tablet Is Getting Some Awful Reviews (MSFT)

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The reviews are in for Microsoft's Surface tablet. And the verdict is not good.  The most scathing of the reviews we've read so far comes from Josh Topolsky at The Verge.  Here's a sampling of what he has to say: "It's also not very useful on your lap -- unless you...
Uh Oh, Microsoft's Surface Tablet Is Getting Some Awful Reviews (MSFT)

Nielsen: U.S. Consumers App Downloads Up 28% To 41; 4 Of The 5 Most Popular Still Belong To Google

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With smartphone penetration now at 50 percent in the U.S., the world of apps is seeing a knock-on effect in their popularity: according to a new report from Nielsen, mobile consumers are downloading more apps than ever before, with the average number of apps owned by a smartphone user now...
Nielsen: U.S. Consumers App Downloads Up 28% To 41; 4 Of The 5 Most Popular Still Belong To Google

Apple's iPad driving e-commerce as market shifts from desktop-based purchases

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A new study claims the rapid rise of tablet computing is not only driving e-commerce, but is changing the market's landscape, prompting many traditional retailers to respond by revamping their online storefronts to accommodate devices like Apple's iPad....
Apple's iPad driving e-commerce as market shifts from desktop-based purchases

Messaging Service WhatsApp To Extend Subscription Model To iOS This Year, But Don't Hold Your Breath For A Desktop App

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WhatsApp, the popular mobile messaging app that eschews advertising in favor of a paid model, is getting ready to bring its iOS app in line with the apps it makes for other platforms by turning it into an annual subscription service. Jan Koum, WhatsApp’s CEO, says that the company is...
Messaging Service WhatsApp To Extend Subscription Model To iOS This Year, But Don't Hold Your Breath For A Desktop App

As Aereo threatens to alter TV landscape, major networks promise a fight

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For consumers who want to cut their cable cord and get all of their television from the Internet, there's been a major obstacle: It's hard to get live sports and local news. Now a Web start-up, called Aereo, is offering to remove that last barrier with a simple method. It...
As Aereo threatens to alter TV landscape, major networks promise a fight

After Groupon, digital marketing firm Blue Calypso hits rival Living Social with a patent lawsuit

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Following lawsuits against Groupon, digital marketing firm Blue Calypso is now targeting rival LivingSocial with its latest patent lawsuit. According to the company, US Patent Nos. 7,664,516 and 8,155,679 are specifically being violated, which are supposedly used in Blue Calypso’s ”state-of-the-art digital marketing platform.” Diving deeper, the 7,664,516 patent was filed all the way back...
After Groupon, digital marketing firm Blue Calypso hits rival Living Social with a patent lawsuit
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Android & iOS Eat Away At RIM’s Share In North America; Globally, Nokia Devices Dominate

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Independent mobile ad network InMobi released its Q1 2012 Ad Data report for North America this morning, covering the mobile ad landscape for the first part of the year. Not surprisingly, the report found the top two mobile operating systems were, again, iOS and Android, each with a sizeable chunk of market...
Android & iOS Eat Away At RIM’s Share In North America; Globally, Nokia Devices Dominate
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