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O2 leaves 3,000 employees to their own devices, launches a major remote-working pilot

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O2 is today launching what’s it’s calling “the biggest flexible working initiative of its kind,” as it lets a quarter of its 12,000-strong workforce work remotely for the day. Employees at the UK mobile operator’s Slough HQ will carry out their daily duties as normal, except they’ll be working from...
O2 leaves 3,000 employees to their own devices, launches a major remote-working pilot

RIM wrecks its own devices, so you don't have to (video)

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Bend, drown, drop and zap? No, that's not your mnemonic device for surviving a fire, it's actually RIM's protocol for destroying their own products. In a trio of behind-the-scenes videos released today, the company's pulled back the curtain on its Hardware Support Lab's process, giving users a peek at...
RIM wrecks its own devices, so you don't have to (video)

How smartphones and tablets are fueling commerce

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Smartphones and tablets are driving both in-store and online commerce, but their roles are distinct in many ways. Nielsen shed some light on how consumers are using both types of devices to aid their shopping. Overall, 79 percent of respondents in a survey conducted in the first quarter said they...
How smartphones and tablets are fueling commerce

YC-Backed GoCardless Launches PayLinks, A Bitly For Payments

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GoCardless, the Y Combinator-backed startup founded in 2010 by Oxford graduates Hiroki Takeuchi, Tom Blomfield and Matt Robinson, is today launching a new product called PayLinks which aims to be something like a Bit.ly for payments. With its dead simple interface, anyone can create a shortened, tweet-friendly link in around 60...
YC-Backed GoCardless Launches PayLinks, A Bitly For Payments

Startup takes on cloud over-provisioning

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Cloudyn, an Israeli startup, says its new SaaS service can help businesses stop buying more public cloud services than they need. As more companies put workloads on Amazon Web Services or other public cloud infrastructure, many pay for more services than they need because it’s hard to track how many...
Startup takes on cloud over-provisioning
Facebook to Marketers, It’s Time for a Click to Action

Sidecar: A mobile app that’s trying to reinvent the phone call

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Sidecar co-founder Rob Glaser RealNetworks founder Rob Glaser, who helped usher in the era of online video and audio, now wants to reinvent the phone call as we know it. “Basically, if you think about the phone call, it has been the same thing for 50 years,” said Glaser, noting...
Sidecar: A mobile app that’s trying to reinvent the phone call
Pew: 65% of experts say most people will adopt mobile payments by 2020
DC police chief announces shockingly reasonable cell camera policy
‘Big brother’ black boxes to soon be mandatory in all new cars

Cybram 001 simulator helps doctors practice brain surgery without risking lives (video)

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Sometimes it's awesome to be a guinea pig; take for example, getting down and dirty the Consumer Preview of Windows 8. When it comes to brain surgery, however, there are no happy little accidents -- and let's face it, Bob Ross would've been a horrible surgeon. Thankfully, a new...
Cybram 001 simulator helps doctors practice brain surgery without risking lives (video)

Six scenarios where the iPad is trouncing the PC

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TechRepublic's Jason Hiner has little use for an iPad. But he's pinpointed six areas where it's become the preferred device for others and is disrupting the PC market. [Read more]...
Six scenarios where the iPad is trouncing the PC

Dropbox Has Hired Outside Experts To Investigate Possible Security Breach

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The spam attack and related possible address leak over at Dropbox may be even more serious than we originally thought. According to a message posted by the company over on its forums, they’ve now brought in “an outside team of experts” to assist Dropbox’s own security team in the investigation....
Dropbox Has Hired Outside Experts To Investigate Possible Security Breach
Twist, an app for iPhone, saves time with accurate ETAs

Windows 8 Will Come In Three Different Flavors (Two For x86, One For ARM)

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Microsoft just announced that Windows 8 will come in three different flavors: Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro and Windows RT. Windows 8 will be the mainstream consumer edition. The Pro version will bring a number of features that most mainstream consumers don’t necessarily need to Microsoft’s next operating system, including...
Windows 8 Will Come In Three Different Flavors (Two For x86, One For ARM)
DigiMo Cracks The Code: Mobile Payments With No Point Of Sale Changes
Apple shareholders: The odds are against a dividend today

MTV Takes The Beta Label Off Its Music Meter App For Finding New Artists

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MTV is unveiling an update to its Music Meter mobile app today. This is version 2.0, and also the first version to abandon the “beta testing” label, suggesting that MTV has worked out any early kinks — and is ready to make money. The app first launched in March 2011...
MTV Takes The Beta Label Off Its Music Meter App For Finding New Artists

How the Internet of Things could help us cope with severe weather

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Britain isn’t known for handling poor weather well; an inch of snow can be enough to grind the transport network to a halt. Now a project run by business and technology community Cambridge Wireless aims to explore how the Internet of Things could help the UK cope with severe weather...
How the Internet of Things could help us cope with severe weather

Microsoft Names Windows 8 Versions (You Might Want To Get Comfortable)

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News updates all day from your Fast Company editors.Late yesterday Microsoft revealed what it would be calling its upcoming Windows update. There are three versions, starting with Windows 8--the plain vanilla "one size doesn't quite fit all, at all" variety. Then there's Windows 8 Pro with boosted encryption, device managment,...
Microsoft Names Windows 8 Versions (You Might Want To Get Comfortable)

CSS filter effects get GPU-accelerated in Chrome

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Have you ever wanted to apply Instagram-like filters to HTML elements? Well, now you can. The CSS Filter Effects specification, which is backed by Adobe, defines a mechanism for applying common graphical filters to Web content. It can be used to adjust brightness, saturation, hue, and contrast. It can also...
CSS filter effects get GPU-accelerated in Chrome

TNW Pick of the Day: Indecisive? Ovoto lets you create impromptu ‘yes or no’ polls around photos

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If you ever have problems making decisions on what shoes to buy, which gig to go to or where to book your next holiday, this app will likely be right up your street. Ovoto is the product of Ireland-based social search startup HeyStaks, and it’s available to download for free...
TNW Pick of the Day: Indecisive? Ovoto lets you create impromptu ‘yes or no’ polls around photos
Xbox 360 "SmartGlass" turns phone or tablet into second controller

Wealthfront Releases New Tool to Demystify Post-IPO Stock-Selling

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Wealthfront continues to fight the New York-based, suited-up wealth management zombies with the thing Silicon Valley does best: Technology. The online financial company is making a big push to get the business of newly minted Valley millionaires. Unlike the zombies, Wealthfront is taking the non-pushy sales route, seeking to demystify the...
Wealthfront Releases New Tool to Demystify Post-IPO Stock-Selling
Xbox & Chumby hacker designs open source Geiger counter
Google Books Data Mining Reveals Mad Men's Big Historical Flaw: Business Lingo

Sweden’s Anyfi turns any Wi-Fi network into a small cell

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Iliad’s Free Mobile is shaking up France’s wireless market with a cheap mobile data service that uses millions of residential broadband Wi-Fi access points to offload 3G traffic. Why haven’t more carriers followed Iliad’s lead? Most carriers don’t have the Iliad’s ingrained advantage: it manages both its customers’ handsets and...
Sweden’s Anyfi turns any Wi-Fi network into a small cell

Ross Still Not the Boss (Yet): Yahoo CEO Selection Now Likely to Take Longer Than Many Expect

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According to multiple sources close to the situation, the selection of a CEO of Yahoo will not be announced today at its annual meeting, as many anticipate. In fact, sources said, it might take several more weeks, although that could certainly change quickly. In other words, despite a strong...
Ross Still Not the Boss (Yet): Yahoo CEO Selection Now Likely to Take Longer Than Many Expect

Une Bobine is a flexible, hybrid stand/dock/cable for iPhone

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Recently launched as a Kickstarter project, Jon Fawcett of Akron, Ohio and his new company [Fuse]Chicken have invented a flexible gooseneck accessory with built-in USB cable that doubles as a shapable stand and dock for your iPhone. The benefits of the Une Bobine (which is French for “A coil”)...
Une Bobine is a flexible, hybrid stand/dock/cable for iPhone

SK Telecom Smart Learning robots add twist to interactive learning, we go hands-on (video)

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They aren't quite up to Johnny Number Five's level of fame and stature, but SK Telecom's new "Smart Learning" robots have something it (he?) never could have dreamed of: the power of a smartphone. The mechanical critters are designed to be next-gen educational tools for our posterity, and only...
SK Telecom Smart Learning robots add twist to interactive learning, we go hands-on (video)
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