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Open Whisper Systems has released version 2 of its Signal secure calling app for iPhone. This is an important iteration, as it introduces secure text messaging that’s compatible with the outfit’s TextSecure app for Android — for now, Open Whisper Systems’ secure voice app for Android, […] Signal secure comms app for iPhone gains TextSecure compatibility originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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BlackBerry has launched a touchscreen-only smartphone – its first since the Z3 a year ago — called the Leap, which will be reasonably affordable at $275 off-contract when it goes on sale this April. The handset has a five-inch display and will reportedly go on sale […] BlackBerry shows off affordable, touchscreen-only Leap handset originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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The internet of things will disrupt the hell out of your business and you best start preparing your business to meet that change by preparing to deal in information as opposed to physical goods, according to Charlie Peters, an executive senior vice president at Emerson. This […] The internet of things will rock your business and here’s how originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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So much for net neutrality: Netflix has struck a deal with Australia’s iiNet ISP to exempt its traffic from iiNet’s broadband caps. This means that iiNet subscribers will be able to watch as much Netflix as they want, without the fear that their viewing will lead […] Netflix won’t count against iiNet broadband caps in Australia originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Citizenfour, the acclaimed Edward Snowden-centric documentary (and recent Academy Award winner), is now available to watch online for free at Thought Maybe. The film traces the origins of how Edward Snowden leaked numerous top-secret NSA documents and his meetings with filmmaker Laura Poitras and journalists Glenn […] Updated: Snowden documentary pulled from site (but here’s where you can still pay to watch it) originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Virtual reality could be the next big platform, and it is drawing some big names to match. Oculus confirmed today it has hired Mary Lou Jepsen, the former head of the display division at secretive hardware laboratory Google X. An Oculus spokesperson declined to say what […] Mary Lou Jepsen, formerly of Google X, takes job at Oculus originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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“Be careful about changing patent law — it could harm innovation,” is a favorite talking point for those who oppose plans to reform to America’s troubled patent system. But what if the opposite is true? What if it’s the status quo, in which patent trolls sock productive companies with abusive lawsuits, […] Patent trolls hurt R&D say scholars in letter to Congress originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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When the Nexus 6 handset arrived late last year, it came with full data encryption enabled out the box. Google also pushed its hardware partners to do the same at first, but now appears to have quietly changed the requirement with a strong recommendation to enable encryption […] Google backtracks on Android 5.0 default encryption originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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After months of rumors, Tinder has finally unveiled its premium feature, announcing the news with a blog post. If you’re not satisfied with the free version, you can pay the company $10 a month for a few added features: Rewind and Passport. With Rewind, people can “undo” a […] Here’s what the new Tinder Plus looks like originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Electric car company Tesla Motors says it’s now deployed 2,000 of its fast chargers at close to 400 Supercharger stations (380 according to the latest annual report). Tesla’s Superchargers can give Tesla cars 170 miles of range in 30 minutes, and the company doesn’t charge for […] There are now 2,000 Tesla superchargers out there originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Some of the new phones launching at Mobile World Congress are sporting fingerprint scanners, but a new device from ZTE uses a very different biometric security measure to lock its screen. Using technology from Kansas City-based EyeVerify, the ZTE Grand S3 uses its front facing camera to check you […] You unlock this smartphone with your eyes originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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A team of researchers from Stanford University and Google have released a paper highlighting a deep learning approach they say shows promise in the field of drug discovery. What they found, essentially, is that that more data covering more biological processes seems like a good recipe for uncovering new drugs. Importantly, […] Google, Stanford say big data is key to deep learning for drug discovery originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Apple released a beta version of its OS X Yosemite software on Monday, making it publicly available to all Mac hardware owners for the first time, says iMore. Aside from expected stability fixes and performance enhancements, OS X 10.10.3 provides a first look at Photos for OS […] Now available: OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 beta with new Photos app originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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YouTube viewers are getting their dose of March Madness this year in the form of short clips of game highlights as the action unfolds and video recaps of all 67 games, which will be made available as part of a new NCAA March Madness channel. The channel […] March Madness is coming to YouTube with a new NCAA channel originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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A new project that combined satellite data, airplane mapping data, and on-the-ground field data of the forests of the Pacific Northwest over several decades could help researchers better manage future forest insect outbreaks across the globe. The project, published in the journal of Forest Ecology and […] This data project could help save forests being destroyed by insects originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Ready to buy a house? Google would like to help you get a good mortgage: New job listings suggest that the search giant is looking to bring its mortgage comparison tool to the U.S. market as part of its Google Compare service. has helped would-be homebuyers […] Google is looking to bring a mortgage comparison tool to the U.S. originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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A federal judge has agreed to put the brakes on an investigation into Google by Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood after the company complained that Hood’s inquiry was an illegal censorship campaign cooked up by Hollywood. In a Monday ruling, U.S. District Judge Henry T. Wingate issued an order […] Judge halts movie industry-backed probe against Google originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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At Mobile World Congress on Monday Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg took the stage with three executives from carriers in developing countries to talk about the progress of Internet.org and its attempts to connect the world’s unconnected with free Facebook use. You would expect this kind of thing […] Zuckerberg’s Internet.org feels the love (and fear) from carriers originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Meet Podo. It’s a Bluetooth-enabled camera that fits easily in the palm of your hand, and connects to your Android or iOS device. There’s not a lot to say about this device, other than a certain class of people will probably really, really see the value […] Podo: It’s like a selfie stick that you just stick to things originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Lots of companies can perform cost analysis of cloud-based instances; Krystallize Technologies says it does much more. The Austin, Texas–based startup delves deeper into what’s going on with cloud workloads and compares how a given job will do across Amazon, IBM SoftLayer, vCloud Air, Microsoft Azure, CenturyLink, etc. […] Getting the real dope on your cloud deployment originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Intel announced its plans for 2015 at Mobile World Congress on Monday and one of its bigger announcements is that its long-awaited mobile-focused system on a chip will ship in devices before the end of the year. As more smartphones start to be powered by Intel-designed […] What you need to know about Intel’s new mobile chips originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Uber will be publishing a quarterly magazine for its drivers in six of its markets — New York City, Ohio, Boston, Oklahoma, Chicago and San Francisco. According to Business Insider which reported the news first, the print magazine will have articles on best driving practices and […] Uber enters the media game with a magazine for its drivers originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Last year, SanDisk released 128GB memory cards for phones and tablets; this year, it’s following up with a 200GB card. Called the Ultra microSDXC UHS-I, Premium Edition , the tiny card can store 20 hours of full HD video and transfer up to 1,200 photos in one […] SanDisk intros a small 200GB microSD card with a big price originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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PayPal is buying Paydiant, a startup that provides the mobile payments and loyalty technology used by many big-name retailers use in their apps, for an undisclosed amount. PayPal also announced on Monday that it plans to start selling a near-field communications (NFC)-enabled version of its Here […] PayPal acquires Paydiant, puts NFC into its Here readers originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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If it feels like we’re in the midst of robot renaissance right now, perhaps it’s because we are. There is a new crop of robots under development that we’ll soon be able to buy and install in our factories or interact with in our homes. And […] You can’t program intelligent robots, but you can train them originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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