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Samsung is now producing the A9 chip for Apple in Austin, Texas, Korea IT News reported on Friday. The outlet says the A9 chip will use a 14 nanometer FinFET process and should greatly help Samsung’s semiconductor division, which has lost some of Apple’s chip business in […] Chips for next year’s iPhone reportedly being produced now originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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The German high court has denied an attempt by two of the country’s opposition parties to have NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden visit Berlin to testify before the Bundestag, Germany’s parliament. The Karlsruhe court reportedly said that the suit was an administrative issue that had to go […] German court denies Snowden visit bid originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Android fans will find a Google Fit software update waiting for them, and those who have an Android Wear watch will get a little something extra with the app: An experimental feature for offline support. The latest version of Google Fit on the phone has your […] Google Fit gains offline Android Wear support, 100 activities originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Here's a nice surprise if you like your tablets with a side of 4G service: T-Mobile has started selling the LTE Nexus 9. It's the first time a version of Google's latest tablet equipped with a modem has gone on sale. The first LTE-equipped Nexus 9 goes on sale at T-Mobile originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Never has the gap between a flawless technology experience and a closed ecosystem loomed as large as the gap between the Amazon Echo and the Ubi personal computer. While Amazon’s Echo works beautifully and is a gorgeous cylinder that is ready to hear and (attempt to) […] Amazon’s Echo is a good listener but a wretched assistant originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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This past week, Qualcomm's been beginning to reveal what its new flagship smartphone and tablet chip can do. If you're buying a new phone in the next year, pay attention: There's a good chance these features end up in your next handset. 5 things to expect from Qualcomm’s flagship mobile chip in 2015 originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Google is to close its Russian engineering office, according to a report in The Information. Google’s Russian engineers will be offered jobs in other countries or in other departments, the Financial Times noted. The company is not saying why it is shutting its Moscow engineering office, […] Google to close down Russian engineering operations originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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The Chinese web giant Baidu will buy a stake in Uber worth up to $600 million, according to sources quoted by Bloomberg. The ride-booking company, which raised $1.2 billion earlier this month to give it a valuation of $40 billion, is currently pushing into China, where […] Uber gets investment from Baidu to aid China push, report claims originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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New Relic detailed on Thursday the pricing of its upcoming initial public offering. The company plans on offering 5 million shares of common stock on Friday, with a share price of $23.00. New Relic’s New York Stock Exchange symbol will be NEWR. According to the company’s […] New Relic sets the price: $23 a share to raise $115M at Friday’s IPO originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Companies delivering packages or farms mapping acres and acres of fields might not want to stop at one drone. A fleet can get things done faster. But how do you keep them safe and effective while working as a group? PixiePath, a drone software startup that […] For the drone fleet conductor comes PixiePath originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Virtual reality headsets have all drifted toward a similar ski goggle-like form. But exactly how we interact with them is still evolving. There are handheld joysticks and treadmills, but the ultimate input device is our own hands. Oculus, the virtual reality wunderkind that was bought by Facebook […] Oculus boosts its computer vision team with trio of acquisitions originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Hortonworks CEO Rob Bearden spoke to Gigaom to lay out his take on the Hadoop market leading up to the company's IPO, which will likely happen next month. Hortonworks sets its IPO price; CEO says Hadoop is ready to explode originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Marco Polo may be one of the most ambitious shows Netflix has produced thus far — but will it also be its biggest flop? One could certainly think so after reading a few reviews. The streaming service is set to release the entire first season of […] Does it matter that reviewers don’t like Netflix’s Marco Polo? originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Facebook is thinking about introducing a type of “dislike” button, but it’s not sold on the idea. During a public Town Hall Q&A Thursday, Mark Zuckerberg said the company has been considering new variations on the like button for some time. “There are more sentiments people […] Facebook is considering adding a type of “dislike” button originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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LinkedIn introduced small but significant changes to its homepage design Thursday, simplifying its newsfeed and highlighting some interaction features that will come to all users next year. The shifts in the design bring the connection element of the service front and center, encouraging users to build their relationships with […] The new LinkedIn homepage is all about the warm fuzzies originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Just last night, I was wondering why I couldn’t find the main Amazon app in the Play Store. I was looking to install it on my new Moto X and spent 10 minutes digging around until I found Amazon Shopping. The “shopping” part was new to […] Google makes Amazon pull, replace its app in the Play Store originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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You can’t buy a Windows Phone with bitcoin, but now you can buy Minecraft for that phone with bitcoin. Microsoft announced today that it will now accept bitcoin (via BitPay) as a payment method for digital purchases, like Xbox games or Windows Phone apps. It’s limited […] Microsoft embraces bitcoin payments for digital purchases originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Earlier this week, a key feature of Transmit for iOS was deemed by Apple to violate its terms of service. So Panic, makers of the file transfer app, actually had to remove the “send files” function, a pretty important part of any file transfer software. Luckily, […] Don’t Panic: Apple reverses stance on iCloud Drive in Transmit originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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As this past summer showed, all the big cloud players are gung-ho on workplace collaboration. After all, if you’re already storing tons of documents, it makes sense to layer features on top of those files so that people will stick with your product and not bail to another system. […] Dropbox’s Project Harmony aims to make Office docs easier to edit originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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It's easy to see the downside of citizen journalism when right-wing bloggers attack rape victims, but those same tools have also been used to expose government secrets and reveal crucial information about dictatorships and terrorist groups Citizen journalism and vigilantism are two sides of the same coin originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Police in Canada don’t need a judge’s permission to search a suspect’s cell phone so long as they follow certain steps, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled on Thursday in a split decision that comes as a setback for privacy advocates. The case concerned a jewelry heist in which […] Police can search cell phones without warrant, Canada rules originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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PlayKids, the video subscription service that focuses on kids under five, launched the iOS version of its app in China Thursday. PlayKids wants to win over Chinese consumers with local kids titles like Mumu Tribe, Our Friend Xiong Xiaomi and Dinobob. PlayKids head of international expansion […] PlayKids is taking its children’s video service to China originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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From a group of seven finalists, Emmanuel Abbe, assistant professor at Princeton University, has won the inaugural Bell Labs Prize. Having presented their work on December 9th, contestants vied for cash prizes as well as the opportunity to develop their ideas with researchers at Bell Labs. Sponsored post: Bell Labs announces $100k prize winner originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Ford is replacing the much-reviled MyFord Touch with a new infotainment system based on Sync AppLink, its more successful in-dash connected car platform. The new system will be called Sync 3, and it will start rolling off lots in model year 2015 Fords and Lincolns and […] Ford axes MyFord Touch, replacing it with a new in-dash system originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Even though I’ve been using the Sony Smartwatch 3 for nearly a week, I’m still learning about little features that aren’t readily advertised by Google or its Android Wear partners. The latest one is using the watch to control my Chromecast, which is actually easier and quicker on […] Hidden talent: Using Android Wear to control a Chromecast originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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