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Amazon added a second Fire TV device: a small streaming stick that costs $39. It joins similar streaming stick devices from Google, Roku, Microsoft, and Matchstick. Amazon’s second Fire TV is a $39 streaming stick to take on Chromecast originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Stephen Orban, a former CIO at Dow Jones and a Bloomberg veteran as well, brings an enterprise worldview with him to Amazon Web Services. AWS names Dow Jones vet to drive its enterprise game plan originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Fitibit has new trackers: The recalled Fitbit Force returns as the Fitbit Charge with an optional heart rate monitor. Next year, fitness buffs can also pick up the Fitbit Surge, which features a square-shaped LED screen. Fitbit announces new fitness trackers, including its first smartwatch originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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SwiftStack's take on OpenStack storage technology lets an organization tether together its storage infrastructure across multiple data centers. SwiftStack grabs $16M to help companies scale out storage across data centers originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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The next phase of smart home adoption will depend on capabilities and control moving from the hardware into a software layer. How the smart home will evolve originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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The cashless-society-friendly app is funded by a division of financial services consultancy Capco and doesn't charge charities anything to participate, though it does use the fundraising platform JustGiving, which charges a small transaction fee for donations. Snapdonate app uses logo recognition to make charitable giving easier over mobile originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Although some believe developers should never trust Twitter again after the 2012 API crackdown, many mobile app makers disagree. Why developers are open to Fabric even after having been burned once by Twitter originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Blendle, a Dutch startup that sells access to articles from media outlets in the Netherlands and elsewhere on a per-article basis, has closed a $3.8M Series A funding round led by the New York Times and German media giant Axel Springer New York Times invests in Dutch “iTunes for news” company originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Expecting privacy in every form of communication may create more problems than it solves. “Public by default” is the future of professional communication originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Now that I've had a chance to use Apple's newest mobile technologies, here's how Continuity, Handoff, iCloud, and the iPhone 6 Plus are working for me. Thoughts on iOS 8.1, Yosemite, and the iPhone 6 Plus originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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The week in cloud: Amazon's poor earnings cast some doubt on how much the company can continue to pour into pricey AWS cloud infrastructure. Can Amazon keep investing in AWS as losses mount? originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Companies disabling their existing NFC retail terminals just to blunt momentum from Apple Pay or Google Wallet are being shortsighted and are creating a situation that could very well backfire on them. Mobile payment misstep: CVS and RiteAid disable NFC, Apple Pay, Google Wallet originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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After a series of announcements -- in which the service said it was shutting down, being acquired by an unnamed company, and then shutting down again -- Twitpic says it has reached a deal with Twitter to maintain its photo archive and domain name Twitpic says it has reached a deal with Twitter, images and domain will continue to exist originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Laws and regulations differ from state to state, as does insurance coverage and acceptance within and without the medical field, but millions of Americans are now getting some form of care by video. Forget house calls: What doctors can (and can’t) do remotely with telehealth products originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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The highly anticipated Apple Watch carries forward many Apple traditions, including a new input method, but doesn't break with the industry in a way that raises industry angst and eyebrows. It's thinking different, but not divisive. Apple Watch is a breakthrough device that won’t polarize the wearable computing world originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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As he competition among cloud computing providers steps up, so is interest in the internet of things. More connected devices -- perhaps especially by governments rolling thousands at a time -- should increase the competitive environment as providers fight to be the best possible IoT platforms. The internet of things is becoming the next cloud battleground originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Whisper's CEO says the anonymous social network has put its editorial team on leave while it investigates claims made by the Guardian, but maintains that the newspaper's report was inaccurate and misleading on a number of points about how the service works Whisper CEO suspends editorial team, but maintains that the Guardian report is inaccurate originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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When you think of online sharing, you think about sharing your files with other people. Apple's iOS and OS X updates will show you how easy it is to to share with your other devices. How to use Apple’s Continuity, iCloud Drive and AirDrop to share files with yourself originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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With strong personalities at play and a lack of any legal recourse, companies involved with open-source projects may get more than they bargain for when harassment and even death threats occur. But in these situations, it may help to have an enforceable code of conduct to stop problems before they happen. Why companies that rely on open-source projects must insist on a strong, enforceable code of conduct originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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I upgraded from a Kindle Paperwhite to a Voyage this week. Was it worth it? Google's new Inbox app takes some getting used to but shows potential, while the Apple SIM in new iPads won't meet its full potential for consumer choice. Mobile this week: Kindle Voyage takes off; Google Inbox reviewed; Apple iPad SIM lock(ed) originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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The startups CEO believes the world needs to start quantifying its health the same way humans already are with wearable devices. Satellogic envisions a world where satellites capture live video feeds of the Earth originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Sundar Pichai just became the second-most-powerful man within Google. Sundar Pichai becomes second-in-command at Google with major reorg originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Roku wants to go public and raise as much as $150 million, but the filing could be confidential. Roku could file for IPO soon, raise as much as $150 million originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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The New York Police Department will give a smartphone to every single one of its officers in the field. Although Microsoft wasn't mentioned, it looks like many of the devices issued will be running Windows. The NYPD will give smartphones to its officers, and it looks like they’ll run Windows originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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This is why we can't have nice things. The Apple SIM that comes with the new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 was supposed to let customers switch between service providers. AT&T isn't playing along with the group though. Fenced in: That unlocked Apple iPad SIM gets locked when activated on AT&T originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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