posted 3 days ago on gigaom
Facing dwindling software profits after a meteoric rise to the top of the smartphone sales chart, Samsung may have to make difficult decisions to cut services that are draining the bank. ChatOn could be among the first in some regions. Report: Samsung pulling the plug on ChatOn messaging service originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

Read More...
posted 3 days ago on gigaom
How is working with social media data relevant and accessible in the context of application development? How can working with social media data be made valuable as well as both economically and technically feasible? Find out by joining Gigaom Research and our sponsor DataSift for a free analyst webinar on Thursday, December 4. Gigaom Research webinar: Social media data in application development originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

Read More...
posted 3 days ago on gigaom
Meet robots that can clean solar panels without water for dry, dusty places. This Israeli startup makes robots that dry clean solar panels originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

Read More...
posted 3 days ago on gigaom
The Intelligence and Security Committee report into the murder of Lee Rigby claimed that the failure of an unspecified company to alert authorities to the killer's murderous desires was the "single issue" that stopped MI5 stepping up surveillance on him. UK soldier murder report blames web firm for not policing users originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

Read More...
posted 4 days ago on gigaom
Andrus Ansip has expressed worries over the apparent watering-down of EU net neutrality proposals in their final stage of development. But what will the outcome be? EU digital chief sides with Obama in defense of net neutrality originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

Read More...
posted 4 days ago on gigaom
Offshore wind energy generation always seems to be a distant reality, for the United States at least. But the development pace could pick up with the planned auction of over 742,000 acres off Massachusetts that could produce enough electricity to power half of the homes in that state, said the U.S. Department of Interior on Monday. This auction could triple U.S. offshore wind energy real estate originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

Read More...
posted 4 days ago on gigaom
ZIRX, one of the new on-demand parking apps to emerge in the last six months, has just expanded to Los Angeles. It's following closely on the heels of its competitor Luxe, which announced its LA move last week. The parking wars are heating up. On-demand parking war heats up as Luxe’s rival ZIRX comes to LA originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

Read More...
posted 4 days ago on gigaom
According to a recent presentation, BuzzFeed reaches more millennial video viewers than most of the major U.S. television networks, and it gets five times as much traffic from social as it does from search BuzzFeed says social rules and it is bigger than most TV networks originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

Read More...
posted 4 days ago on gigaom
While some Google Nexus devices are still waiting for Android 5.0, Motorola continues to chug along with software upgrades. An over-the-air upgrade for Verizon’s version of the 2014 Moto X is now available, says Android Central, with Lollipop arriving on phones Monday afternoon. I checked a […] Got a Verizon Moto X 2014 edition? Android 5.0 is ready for you originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

Read More...
posted 4 days ago on gigaom
It is striking that Apple, for all the rave reviews it gets on its gadgetry and OS, is still a laggard when it comes to cloud and related services. One reason Apple’s cloud stinks: it’s an organizational orphan originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

Read More...
posted 4 days ago on gigaom
The ongoing uproar over the ethically challenged Uber has brought about calls to delete the service. And to my surprise, some people are actually doing this: I've already seen a few friends boast on Facebook that their Uber app is no more. Delete Uber if you want, but it still has your data originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

Read More...
posted 4 days ago on gigaom
Publishing platform startup Medium has open sourced a data visualization tool the company used to look at internal data. The tool, called Charted, is free, easy and actually pretty useful if you have simple data-analysis needs. Medium open sources a data visualization tool that’s pretty handy originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

Read More...
posted 4 days ago on gigaom
Instead of designing the next band, watch or other gadget for activity tracking, could a shirt do the same thing? Yes it can, as evidenced by OMSignal, a biometric smartwear product that works with a corresponding iPhone app. This shirt just started tracking my heart and breathing rate originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

Read More...
posted 4 days ago on gigaom
As the NH7 Weekender festival kicks off on Saturday in Delhi, India, not just attendees, but the bands and artists taking the stage are coming armed with the FireChat app. Artists use FireChat to chat with their fans at music festivals originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

Read More...
posted 4 days ago on gigaom
What China does to curb its emissions is good both for the environment and for tech companies looking for a large market. So it's worth paying attention to a report released Monday that argues that the world's largest polluter could double its renewable energy use between 2010 and 2030 by investing $145 billion annually. Why China’s big plan to cut emissions is good for tech business originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

Read More...
posted 4 days ago on gigaom
Yik Yak has reportedly raised a whopping $62 million in venture in a round led by none other than Sequoia. This funding round matters because it brings the previously ignored company front and center in Silicon Valley. Yik Yak raises funding to face a surprising competitor: Twitter originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

Read More...
posted 4 days ago on gigaom
It looks like as if an app preinstalled on Sony smartphones called Backup & Restore has been compromised by a group calling itself the "HeArT HaCkEr Group." Hackers replace Sony’s backup app on Google Play originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

Read More...
posted 4 days ago on gigaom
As data center operators hone in on power options that increase reliability and provide power cost predictability over decades-long time scales, fuel cells have advantages that will allow them to compete. How fuel cells are finding a home in the data center originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

Read More...
posted 4 days ago on gigaom
ESPN is looking to launch a subscription service for cricket fans in time for the Cricket World Cup next February. ESPN reportedly looking to launch Cricket subscription service originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

Read More...
posted 4 days ago on gigaom
The biggest challenge that many traditional media companies face isn't about giving up print for digital, or designing better websites or apps -- it's about finding ways to change their culture to be more agile and promote experimentation It’s not just about print vs. digital media — it’s about culture originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

Read More...
posted 4 days ago on gigaom
On Monday, T-Mobile added several new music apps to its list of Music Freedom services, including Google Play Music and SoundCloud. The program allows users to stream music from various services without data usage counting against subscribers' monthly data allotments. T-Mobile adds 14 music apps that don’t count against data caps originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

Read More...
posted 4 days ago on gigaom
Although Google's Nexus 9 has a great tap-to-wake function, the Nexus 6 doesn't; at least not yet. Google could enable it in the future but if you can't wait -- and don't mind rooting your phone -- you can get it now. Here’s how to add tap-to-wake on your Nexus 6 originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

Read More...
posted 4 days ago on gigaom
Facebook Look Back videos posed a pretty thorny infrastructure challenge, largely due to time constraints. The team had three weeks to get the job done. How Facebook whizzes made “Look Back” videopalooza happen originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

Read More...
posted 4 days ago on gigaom
An emerging market of products addresses the limitations of packet routing in traditional wide area networks with a “dynamic-path management” technology that is based on programmable network devices. How new networking technology can overcome the limitations of traditional WANs originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

Read More...
posted 4 days ago on gigaom
Samsung Electronics, the world's biggest smartphone maker by volume, has had a string of disappointing quarters, mostly due to declines in its mobile division. Now it looks like mobile head and co-CEO J.K Shin could be on his way out, according to a new report in the Wall Street Journal. Samsung poised to give smartphone division to smart home chief originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

Read More...