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Always on, location aware: Google's Field Trip app is a pocket tour guide for Android

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While Google’s long had a penchant for travel, the company’s purchase of Zagat might get its first showings today as Google releases an app called Field Trip. From the New York Times report, the app will be constantly running in the background, triangulating position via cell phone towers, to provide...
Always on, location aware: Google's Field Trip app is a pocket tour guide for Android

University of Cambridge chip moves data in 3D through magnetic spin

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Chips that have 3D elements to them are very much real. Moving data in 3D hasn't been truly viable until now, however, which makes an experimental chip from the University of Cambridge that much more special. By sandwiching a layer of ruthenium atoms between cobalt and platinum, researchers found...
University of Cambridge chip moves data in 3D through magnetic spin

LG tells the story behind QSlide multitasking, won't be mad if you tweet at the same time (video)

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LG's been stepping up its mobile game recently, with the Optimus G being the firm's clearest display of podium-position ambitions yet. And just like its regional neighbors, it's getting in on the "explaining-ideas-behind-concepts" video action. In this clip we see senior research engineer, Sebastian Hochan Song, explain the inspiration...
LG tells the story behind QSlide multitasking, won't be mad if you tweet at the same time (video)

Brazilian court forbids mobile carriers to sell phones when tied to a contract

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Mobile operators in Brazil are now forbidden to sell phones that are tied to a one-year contract, the Brazilian tech blog Conteúdo Nerd reports. This is the result of a court decision announced last Friday, which will see disobeying companies pay a hefty daily fine of R$50,000 (US$25,100). According to...
Brazilian court forbids mobile carriers to sell phones when tied to a contract

#Me: Instagram Narcissism And The Scourge Of The Selfie

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Those of us who use Instagram everyday like to think of it in glowing terms. Not only is it a rapidly-growing social media success story, but it's a place where we can go to see gorgeous, often creatively composed imagery. Our friends are there, documenting their world for us and...
#Me: Instagram Narcissism And The Scourge Of The Selfie

Betaworks launches Swirl: A group photo sharing app that wont make your eyes bleed

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With the rise of photo sharing services like Instagram, countless startups have tried to create the perfect “group photo sharing” app. And while I absolutely hate nearly every app that fits this category, idealistically speaking, there are plenty of reasons to keep an eye on this space. Allowing anyone to easily create...
Betaworks launches Swirl: A group photo sharing app that wont make your eyes bleed

New York's real-world 'Sim City'

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Multi-player computer game used to plan changes to New York...
New York's real-world 'Sim City'

Facebook Gifts Get Real: Users Will Be Able To Present Friends With Physical Gifts

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Gone are the days of dishing out miniature icons posing as virtual presents on Facebook. Instead of the standard “congratulations!” wall post users will soon be able to comment and include real-world gifts for any occurrence. The new commerce-based Facebook Gifts that users can purchase... Please visit Marketing Land for the full article....
Facebook Gifts Get Real: Users Will Be Able To Present Friends With Physical Gifts

University of Glasgow makes 3D models with single-pixel sensors, skips the cameras (video)

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Most approaches to capturing 3D models of real-world objects involve multiple cameras that are rarely cheap, and are sometimes tricky to calibrate. The University of Glasgow has developed a method that ditches those cameras altogether. Its system has four single-pixel sensors stitching together a 3D image based on the...
University of Glasgow makes 3D models with single-pixel sensors, skips the cameras (video)

Review: Bitdefender Internet Security 2013: Excellent protection, user-friendly interface

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Bitdefender Internet Security 2013 ($70 for one year and three PCs, as of 12/19/12) may just be everything that you'd want in a security suite. This program, which earned the highest rating in both our real-world attack test and our system cleanup test, has a user-friendly interface that will...
Review: Bitdefender Internet Security 2013: Excellent protection, user-friendly interface

New MacBook Air software issue artificially limiting 802.11ac transfer speeds

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In its extensive review of the new 2013 MacBook Air, AnandTech notes an issue with the machine’s new 802.11ac WiFi capabilities that it says is limiting the faster Wi-Fi chip’s potential. While it was able to get an average of 533Mbps using the iPerf networking tool, Anand found real...
New MacBook Air software issue artificially limiting 802.11ac transfer speeds
Social | 'Pics of My Homies' Is Changing Facebook's Search Engine

The 3D display that tracks your head for a true holographic effect

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When you go to a movie projected in 3D, you’ll often see grown men and women swiping in the air as if they could touch the images floating in front of them. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could actually interact with the objects in 3D space? Even better, what...
The 3D display that tracks your head for a true holographic effect

Is Windows 8 Already In Trouble? Survey Says Most Win 8 Users Prefer Win 7

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Are even early adopters of Windows 8 reluctant to fully commit to the new operating system? A growing undercurrent of grumbling may indicate that that's the case. According to a survey by Hong Kong-based ForumsWindows8.com, more than 53% of the site's users prefer Windows 7 over Windows 8. Only 25%...
Is Windows 8 Already In Trouble? Survey Says Most Win 8 Users Prefer Win 7
Swipe iPhone case features built-in screen cleaning system, tripod mount

Polaroid to make Socialmatic Camera a reality for fans of Instagram, recursion

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Instagram owes its distinctive identity to Polaroid's OneStep cameras; it's now time to return the favor. Socialmatic has signed a deal for a production, Polaroid-branded version of its 2012 Socialmatic Camera concept you see above, which translates the mobile app's retro icon to a real-world, instant-print shooter. While technical...
Polaroid to make Socialmatic Camera a reality for fans of Instagram, recursion

The Broadcastr Team Launches Its 'Next Evolution': Spun, A Local News App That Connects Content To Real-World Locations

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Here’s an app with a different take on personalized news — Spun, which delivers a mix of professional content relevant to your city. Spun was created by the same startup behind Broadcastr, an app allowing users to create audio content and pin it to real-world locations. Broadcastr is still available,...
The Broadcastr Team Launches Its 'Next Evolution': Spun, A Local News App That Connects Content To Real-World Locations

Building the search engine of the future, one baby step at a time

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Larry Page once described the perfect search engine as understanding exactly what you mean and giving you back exactly what you want. It’s very much like the computer I dreamt about as a child growing up in India, glued to our black-and-white TV for every episode of Star Trek. I...
Building the search engine of the future, one baby step at a time

Live now: digital-telepathy's founder answers questions via video. Get involved!

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Got a question for Chuck? Use the chat feature above to get it answered live. Chuck is the founder of the user experience design company, digital-telepathy. He helps startups, web designers, entrepreneurs and large organizations improve the user experience of websites by making them easier to use. He has the...
Live now: digital-telepathy's founder answers questions via video. Get involved!

Do Klout Perks carry any real-world weight?

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You may be more than the sum of your parts, but to Klout, you're just a number. The analytics company monitors your interactions on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and beyond. It then sorts through the data to generate a numeric score that purportedly "measures a person's overall online influence" on...
Do Klout Perks carry any real-world weight?
Retailers must hop on the connected consumer bandwagon before it's too late

Beat up Obama, Romney in 'Infinity Blade' creator's new political game

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The next game from the creators of Infinity Blade will allow players to assume the role of a cartoon Barack Obama or Mitt Romney and beat up their opponent in a political debate using weapons, not words. The free iOS game Vote!!! awards players with a score that can...
Beat up Obama, Romney in 'Infinity Blade' creator's new political game

LG trolls elevator passengers to show off how 'lifelike' its new IPS monitors are [Video]

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For technology manufacturers, there’s no better way of showing off what your new product can do than deploying it in a real-world environment, where people can see for themselves. To show off its new IPS monitors, LG combined nine of its displays, arranged them in a three-by-three grid, and fix...
LG trolls elevator passengers to show off how 'lifelike' its new IPS monitors are [Video]

BMW and Thermaltake's Level 10 M gaming mouse is real, costs $100

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Thermaltake and BMW DesignworksUSA's Level 10 M gaming mouse has made the transition from concept to reality. Unlike its teasing appearance in January, the unit now has some real-world specifications, including five programmable keys and a Z-key that'll change your gaming profile on the fly. The optical unit's DPI...
BMW and Thermaltake's Level 10 M gaming mouse is real, costs $100

CitySocialising goes mobile and becomes Citysocializer, helping you tap social scenes wherever you roam

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Founded in 2007 by former BBC producer Sanchita Saha, CitySocialising may not be a name that immediately rolls off your tongue when discussing social networks. But the London-based company has carved a niche for itself in the UK for those wishing to take their online networking offline into the real world,...
CitySocialising goes mobile and becomes Citysocializer, helping you tap social scenes wherever you roam

With "Experts," Klout Wants to Make Influence Matter in Online Q&A

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For some time I’ve thought that Klout, the social startup that aims to measure online influence, makes a certain amount of sense as a business product. The ability for a brand to keep track of the social reach of consumers could be useful, perhaps in catering to them with offers...
With "Experts," Klout Wants to Make Influence Matter in Online Q&A

8 Real-World Stories Of Why Startups Fail

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Failure: it's a common theme among start-up founders. In the Silicon Valley, it's almost a badge of honor. But for all the dire statistics out there, what are the real reasons some start ups don't make it? And what lessons can we learn from them? We asked 8 (now) successful...
8 Real-World Stories Of Why Startups Fail

We asked the experts: How do you do YouTube?

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Everyone uses YouTube – but how, exactly, are people engaging with the site? I’ve been wanting to ask a random assortment of users — from creators to mothers to execs to kids — how they consume YouTube since I read the following quote in a New York Times piece about...
We asked the experts: How do you do YouTube?

Cofounderly Is A Couples App For Founders. Yes, Really.

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You’ve probably heard plenty of comparisons between founding a startup with someone and being in a relationship (heck, there’s even a service called FounderDating). Well, TheIceBreak has taken those comparisons to heart with a new iPhone app called Cofounderly. When I describe this as a couples app for co-founders, I...
Cofounderly Is A Couples App For Founders. Yes, Really.

Sony Xperia Z spotted early on CES show floor

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The Sony Xperia Z has seen its fair share of pre-CES leaks, so it comes as no surprise to us that the 5-inch, 1080p smartphone is ready to take the show by storm at tomorrow's press conference. We've been waiting for some real-world evidence of the device's existence, however,...
Sony Xperia Z spotted early on CES show floor
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