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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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Sony hasn’t debuted a handset at this week’s Mobile World Congress, but it does have a new high-end Android tablet coming in June. The Xperia Z4 tablet boasts a 2560 x 1600 resolution screen, is fully waterproof and has an optional Bluetooth keyboard that turns the 10.1-inch […] Sony’s new Xperia Z4 tablet has a slick docking keyboard originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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NXP Semiconductor has agreed to purchase Austin, Texas-based Freescale Semiconductor in a deal valued at $11.8 billion, creating a $40 billion chip giant that will be a dominant supplier for the internet of things. Both companies are large chip providers in automotive and sensor markets as […] NXP to buy Freescale for $11.8B to create chip giant originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Apical, a company best known for the years of work it has spent contributing imaging tech to camera lenses inside smart phones and security cameras, has now devised a computer vision program for the smart home and business. The company calls its innovations Spirit and ART […] In a data coup, Apical analyzes visual data without the video originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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The number of Android Wear downloads has crossed the into the one to five million range on Google Play, suggesting that around one million people are wearing smartwatches powered by Google software. Last month, estimates of 720,000 Android Wear smartwatches shipping in 2014 were reported, causing […] Amid new watches, Android Wear crosses 1M downloads originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Cyanogen has quietly become the most important company working on Android not named Google. On Monday, it announced a new partnership with chip giant Qualcomm which will result in Cyanogen’s version of Android being pre-installed on Qualcomm’s reference designs. Given that Asian smartphone manufacturers often heavily […] New Qualcomm deal opens the door for more Cyanogen-powered phones originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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A year after forming their wireless partnership, Intel and Franco-American network builder Alcatel-Lucent say they’re ready to start moving the mobile network from the cell tower into the data center. At Mobile World Congress on Monday, the two took the wraps off a new networking architecture […] Intel, Alcatel-Lucent unveil their cloud mobile network originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Mobility, digital-work culture, and collaboration own the ever-evolving work-media landscape in 2015, and influence the business tools we use each day. How work media tools are shaping business in 2015 originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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It’s true: Hewlett-Packard is buying Aruba Networks, and its campus Wi-Fi expertise, for about $2.7 billion, exclusive of cash, both companies said early Monday. The per-share price is $24.67 in cash. From the press release: Together, and will deliver next-generation converged campus solutions, leveraging the strong Aruba […] Yup: HP’s buying Aruba for about $3B originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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For the third time in a year, Google has a new leader for its social network, Google+. And in keeping with the trend of trios, Google+ is getting split into three different products: Streams, Photos and Hangouts. Google VP Bradley Horowitz is taking the reins of […] So long Google+. Hello Streams, Photos and Hangouts originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Google’s long rumored move to becoming a wireless carrier took one step closer to reality on Monday. At Mobile World Congress, Google’s second-in-command executive Sundar Pichai confirmed that Google is working on a becoming a mobile virtual network operator, and revealed that the Google MVNO will […] Google’s MVNO is launching in the “coming months”: Sundar Pichai originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Since antibiotics were first developed at the start of the twentieth century, they have saved millions of lives (penicillin alone is estimated to have saved 200 million lives and counting), rendering a large number of deadly infections mere annoyances as people work their way through the prescribed dosages. […] How scientists are fighting antibiotic resistance originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Qualcomm has developed its own fingerprint sensor for smartphones with the aim of tapping the increasing demand for biometric security on phones. Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Sense ID, announced on Monday at Mobile World Congress, isn’t the usual capacitive touch pad we’ve become accustomed to seeing on high-end […] Qualcomm has a fingerprint ID technology that uses ultrasound originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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The secure mobile company Silent Circle, which last week raised $50M and bought out the joint venture behind its Blackphone handset, has unveiled a new version of that device — though prospective customers have a bit of a wait on their hands. The Blackphone 2 will […] Silent Circle shows off more powerful Blackphone 2 privacy phone originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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I’ve got to hand it to Jolla – despite significant teething problems, the upstart Finnish mobile-maker has clung on, using crowdfunding campaigns and general community-mindedness to maintain interest around its alternative OS, Sailfish. And now Jolla has done something really clever: at Mobile World Congress in […] Jolla and SSH push Sailfish Secure as “European alternative” mobile OS originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Microsoft has unveiled a couple new handsets, the Lumia 640 and 640 XL, at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The phones themselves are pretty low-priced for their decent specifications, but what’s particularly interesting about them is the degree to which they’re delivery devices for Microsoft’s services. […] Microsoft’s new budget Lumias are all about the services originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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