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If a recent sales estimate is in the ballpark, then Amazon hasn't sold many Fire Phones at all. So how do you explain that it is the best-selling on-contract handset on Amazon? It’s not just the Fire Phone: Looks as if Amazon doesn’t sell many on-contract phones at all originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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A Whirlpool executive lays out the company's road to connected appliances and the promise of the "undiscovered future" of the smart home. Whirlpool thinks it knows what we’ll need in our smart homes. Here’s how it will make it real originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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With iPad sales slowing, now might be a good time to boost them with a bigger iPad. The idea makes sense for several reasons and Bloomberg's sources peg early next year as the date for a 12.9-inch Apple tablet. Why it would make sense for Apple to debut a larger iPad in 2015 originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Square is making its already simple consumer payments network that much easier to use with a new SMS feature that lets you send funds to anyone with a mobile phone number. Square Cash now supports peer-to-peer payments sent via text message originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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A handful of new research projects from Google, IBM and the Allen Institute for AI highlight the ongoing quest to build computer systems capable of analyzing written language based on understanding concepts rather than just keywords. Researchers are cracking text analysis one dataset at a time originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Asus has already teased a shadowing image of its first smartwatch in advance of next week’s IFA event in Berlin. SlashGear noticed that the Google Android Wear partner offered more device details on its official Facebook page with a sketch of the watch, along with some handwritten notes. […] This Asus smartwatch actually looks stylish originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Zync Render is used by many post-production shops in and around Hollywood to add special effects or enhancements to movies. Google now is laying claim to that for use on its Google Cloud Platform. Google buys Zync and its rendering tools for its Google Cloud Platform service originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Plenty of apps are adding Chromecast support these days, but two of them are worth singling out: NPR added the ability to cast audio to the iOS and Android versions of its new NPR One app, which the broadcaster launched just a month ago as a new […] NPR One and Watch ABC apps get Chromecast support originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Looking for another way to keep up with all our content? Gigaom Alerts is ready for a public beta stage. Gigaom site news: Introducing Alerts, an easy way to get the stories you care about originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Instagram's latest filter isn't about color or light -- it's about time. You can now create image stabilized videos with Hyperlapse, a standalone app for shooting timelapse videos. With new app Hyperlapse, Instagram’s latest “filter” is timelapse originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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... and proposes a standard metric to measure server CPU utilization and incentives to minimize the use of idling boxes. This metric, along with existing PUE scores, could help stop the bleeding. NRDC slams slacker servers as huge waste of energy originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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In a large program in Nevada last Summer, EcoFactor's data analytics beat the competition. This energy data company is using connected thermostats to slash air conditioning originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Google continues to use its Google+ social network as a way to backup and share photos and videos taken on mobile devices. The latest feature is an dead simple way to upload videos from Google+ to YouTube. It just got a lot easier to upload Google+ videos to YouTube originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Many journalists probably see Reddit as an internet sideshow filled with nerds discussing video games, but GM Erik Martin makes the point that it's also a great way to find people who care about the stories journalists are writing about, and that's a useful resource Reddit isn’t just for arguments about duck-sized horses — it’s a resource more journalists should pay attention to originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Eyefi, the company that lets you pop a Wi-Fi enabled SD card into a traditional DSLR camera, has built an If This Then That integration that will make it easier to dictate how and where photos are shared. Pics taken from the DSLR get sent to […] Photographers rejoice, Eyefi gets IFTTT integration originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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No more exchanging complicated cryptographic keys: BitTorrent's file synchronization and backup app Sync now lets you share folders with simple web links. BitTorrent’s Sync gets a major revamp, now lets you share files with clickable web links originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Look at these shots from the Napa earthquake -- they show how a new generation of lightweight consumer drones offers a way to assess damage and survey emergency scenes. Citizen’s drone video shows damage of Napa earthquake originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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T-Mobile is determined to find the right tablet plan to lure more 4G slates to its network. On September 3 it will start matching its customers' smartphone data allotments on tablets for $10 a month. T-Mobile tweaks its tablet data prices again, matching your smartphone plan for $10 originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Does a $100 price cut on Surface 2 signal the beginning of the end for Windows RT? It's easy to think so but there are few reasons that Microsoft's RT strategy might not be done quite yet. Does a $100 Surface 2 price cut mean the end of Windows RT? Not necessarily originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading….

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Run by a German charitable organization called dotHIV, the new domain will see 0.1 U.S. cents donated to an HIV or AIDS charity each time someone clicks on a relevant address. New .hiv domain aims to raise funds for HIV and AIDS organizations originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading….

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The Q20, a phone that combines the classic button-heavy Blackberry approach with the modern BB10 operating system, may not come out in 2014 as previously expected. No Blackberry Classic Q20 in 2014, according to leaked internal document originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading….

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For some resource-intensive jobs, there's no subsitute for bare metal. Now IBM SoftLayer will let you pay for that by the hour. IBM SoftLayer will now rent you bare metal servers by the hour originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading….

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Verizon is the last major U.S. carrier to get the VoLTE ball rolling but the wait is nearly over. Soon, the company will introduce Advanced Calling 1.0 with video calls and HD Voice across its LTE network. Video and HD Voice over LTE on the way to Verizon in the “coming weeks” originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading….

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California finally passed a kill switch law for cell phones. Here's a quick explanation of how it works, and why not everyone is thrilled about it. Mobile phone “kill switches” to be law in California, but critics worry about misuse originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading….

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LG's G3 Stylus phone may look a lot like the G3 flagship, but looks aren't everything. The phone adds a digital pen for note taking while using lesser hardware all around -- particularly in the 5.5-inch display and its 960 x 540 resolution. LG teases the G3 Stylus: A mid-range note-taking handset originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading….

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