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With competitors like Snapchat and WhatsApp continuing to grow and expand the range of their features, Twitter is rolling out a new group direct-message offering as well as a hosted video feature it hopes will make it more competitive Twitter tries to up its game with group messages and native video originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Bluetooth headsets aren’t the hottest smartphone accessory, but a new Bluetooth headset on Indiegogo, called Bluewire, packs enough features that it’s worth another look even for users who don’t need hands-free calling. Bluewire looks like a fairly standard, albeit chunky, hands-free Bluetooth headset. But it charges wirelessly […] Bluewire is a Bluetooth headset with a kitchen sink of features originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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If someone asked me what my top five utilities for computers, phones or tablets were, Pushbullet would easily be on the list. The app let different devices work together before Apple enabled Handoff and Continuity, for example, sending texts, calls, notifications, files and more from a phone to […] Super-useful utility, Pushbullet, launches for Mac, Safari, iPad originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Lockitron, one of the first companies that used crowdfunding to create a connected home product back in 2012, has stopped shipping its initial product to focus on an improved version that will cost less and offer a better user experience. Backers who were expecting the original […] Lockitron revamps its smart lock with a price cut and new design originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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A new investigation shows the scale of surveillance on U.S. highways is more extensive than many previously imagined, thanks to a license plate database that allows federal and local law enforcement to watch cars and even drivers in real time. According to documents reviewed by the Wall Street Journal, the […] License plate data lets cops spy on US drivers at record rates originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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The Death of Traditional Data Integration How the Changing Nature of IT Mandates New Approaches and Technologies Live Webinar 1/28/15 10AM PST / 1:00PM EST Join two industry thought leaders and pioneers, Dave Linthicum, SVP, Cloud Technology Partners and Gaurav Dhillon
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Although there are several third-party gamepads for iOS devices, Apple could yet build its own. This week, the company was granted a patent for a gaming accessory that it first filed back in 2008, according to Patently Apple. The patent describes a type of shell for […] Patent grant suggests Apple considered own gamepad for iPhones originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Cloudbees, the PaaS company that’s transitioned into a continuous integration company, now has $23.5 million in Series D money to fund expanded sales and marketing in more geographies. “We want to scale up and scale out,” Cloudbees CEO Sacha Labourey said in an interview. “To scale up we’ll […] Cloudbees rakes in $23.5M to fund mo’ marketing originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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The U.K. telecommunications regulator Ofcom has called for international industry standards on privacy in the internet of things. On Tuesday the regulator published an outline of its approach to the developing internet of things, largely based on responses to a call for input that it made […] Internet of things needs global privacy push, says UK regulator originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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While the European Union dithers over EU-wide net neutrality, some European countries are marching on regardless. On Friday Slovenia’s regulators nailed carriers Telekom Slovenije and Si.mobil for violating net neutrality principles, and on Tuesday Dutch regulators fined KPN and Vodafone for similar violations. The latest ruling, […] Dutch and Slovenian regulators nail carriers over net neutrality originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Facebook’s outage early on Tuesday, which also took out linked services such as Instagram and Tinder, was down to a technical issue caused by the company itself rather than external factors. The outage affected users around the world. According to a technical note, the outage lasted […] Facebook: Downtime was caused by an internal boo-boo, not a hack originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Almost two years ago, the Norwegian browser firm Opera ripped out the guts of its product and adopted the more standard WebKit and Chromium technologies, essentially making it more like rivals Chrome and Safari. But it wasn’t just Opera’s innards that changed; the browser also became […] Opera founder unveils feature-rich Vivaldi power browser originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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  For those of you who love talking about radio protocols listen all the way through for our guest on this week’s podcast because Sujata Neidig, of the Thread Group and Freescale Semiconductor, doesn’t disappoint. She digs into the hardcore details about how the Thread protocol […] This week’s podcast unravels the secrets of Thread and HomeKit originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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All those carefully crafted images of snowscapes will have to stay locked up for a bit, East Coasters, because Facebook and Instagram are down. I’m not clear what any of you on the East Coast would be doing on Facebook at this hour, given how much […] Silent night: Facebook, Instagram go down for Snowmadgeddon originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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A team of scientists has figured out a way for a standard silicon chip to tackle quantum entanglement — a phenomenon in which multiple particles are connected to each other and act in uniform, regardless of how far apart they are. The scientists’ findings were detailed on […] Scientists create quantum entanglement on a silicon chip originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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The Supreme Court is now on YouTube — sort of. A clandestine video from the court has turned up on the popular video-sharing platform, showing moments of last week’s outbursts in which protestors harangued the Justices about a controversial decision about corporate free speech. The protestors were hauled away and charged […] Forget TV, let’s put the Supreme Court on YouTube originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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When Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman announced plans to split the company in half in October, she said she would stay on as CEO of Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and Don Weisler would fill that role HP Co. which will continue HP’s venerable printer-and-PC franchise. Now more seats in the two companies […] HP names more execs in its dual company strategy originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Google’s Nexus Player has arrived in stores: Starting this week, the Android TV-based streaming box is being sold by Best Buy, Fry’s and Walmart, as well as on the websites of Amazon, NewEgg, Staples and TigerDirect, according to a Google+ post penned by Google’s Nexus team. […] It’s official: Google’s Nexus Player now available in stores originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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I recently saw The Imitation Game—the movie about the British mathematician and pioneering computer scientist Alan Turing. I won’t spoil the movie for you if you haven’t seen it, but I wanted to discuss the question Turing brought up seven decades ago in his paper Computing […] Sponsored post: Perceptive Intelligence: The future of cognizant machines and devices originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Microsoft is claiming strong cloud-and-mobile growth in its second-quarter earnings release. The company which is playing catchup in cloud now claims a $5.5 billion run rate there, up from the $4.4 billion it claimed last quarter. On Monday the company reported diluted earnings per share (EPS) of […] Microsoft cites key cloud and mobile segments for good Q2 originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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All eyes are on New York, where along with a massive incoming storm, Uber is rolling out its emergency surge pricing cap. On Monday, there was a flurry of coverage by media outlets from Bloomberg to Time, with some saying this marks, “a chance for Uber Technologies Inc. to show […] Uber’s first test of crisis surge cap went unnoticed in October originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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One downside of having products that require cloud services in order to work is that the physical objects can suddenly become obsolete. Over the weekend, Dropcam announced a “legacy camera replacement program,” which means that older Dropcams will stop connecting to the Dropcam service on April 15 — rendering them mostly useless, […] Nest to replace old Dropcams for free before they go dark April 15 originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Members of the U.K. House of Lords who last week introduced amendments to an anti-terror bill that would have essentially brought back defeated surveillance legislation, have withdrawn the amendments after a spirited debate in the House. The amendments had been added to the Counter-Terrorism and Security […] UK Lords kill attempt to sneak in new surveillance laws originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Programmers of malware software have found a new way of making their exploits pay: A newly-discovered scam downloads malware to unsuspecting users’ computers and then makes those machines watch YouTube videos to cash in on the video service’s partner program. The malware, dubbed Trojan.Tubrosa, was able […] Malware makers try to cash in with fake YouTube views originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Now that Microsoft has opened up the floodgates to try the Windows 10 Technical Preview, you’re itching to give it a go, right? So am I, so I attempted to get the latest software through the Windows Insider program. These days, I’m using the $229 HP Stream […] Got a low-cost laptop? Windows 10 upgrade may take some effort originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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