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In countless movies that depict our future digital lives, larger-than-life dashboards loom, delivering whatever information you seek at the touch of a screen. Every data point is visually compelling, easily digestible, and able to convert into myriad formats. Microsoft took a stab at such a future […] If you want to navigate data’s deep waters, you need a dashboard originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Since the Nexus 6 was released, it’s been evident that Google’s developer flagship came very close to having a fingerprint scanner. Thanks to ex-Motorola CEO and current Dropbox COO Dennis Woodside, we know why it was eventually axed: The available fingerprint scanners simply weren’t good enough. In […] Apple is the reason the Nexus 6 doesn’t have a fingerprint scanner originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Government regulators and the taxi industry can’t stop Uber — but maybe a patent can. At least that’s the hope of Sidecar, a small rival of Uber whose founder obtained a patent related to mobile ride hailing way in 2002, and who claims he thought up today’s version of […] As Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar count patents, warning signs ahead originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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They won’t arrive in time for this week’s “historic snowstorm Juno,” but a spate of prototype autonomous snow-clearing devices (aka snow-shoveling robots) might spell relief for future events. Eight college design teams are in St. Paul, Minnesota with devices they designed to navigate and clear two snow fields in a set […] Meet your new driveway-clearing masters: Robot snowplows originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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As China’s population adopts smartphones, Apple is ready to reap the benefits. In its quarterly earnings call Tuesday, Apple is expected to announce that for the first time, it has sold more iPhones in China than in United States. Writing for the Financial Times (registration required but […] Apple said to be selling more iPhones in China than in the U.S. originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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As part of its bid to get its financials back on track, U.K. supermarket chain Tesco has been dismantling and selling off its Blinkbox digital media business. First to go was the Blinkbox video streaming service, sold to ISP TalkTalk earlier this month. Now it’s the […] Tesco sells Blinkbox Music to Guvera and kills off ebook platform originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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The stories are numerous, yet extreme, and thus widely covered. You’ve probably heard at least a few. In South Korea, one couple was so committed to their virtual baby that their actual 3-month-old died in her crib, malnourished, dirty, and all alone while her parents binged on […] Is internet addiction real? originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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London-based online currency transfer outfit TransferWise has raised a $58 million Series C round that was led by Andreessen Horowitz. This follows a $25 million Series B round just seven months ago, which included Virgin chief Richard Branson and original backer Peter Thiel (who are also […] TransferWise raises $58M in Andreessen Horowitz-led Series C originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Dish is starting to invite some first users to its new Sling TV online streaming service this week. Here’s how the service looks like on a Roku 3. Previously on Cord Cutters: VLC is coming to Android TV This is Android TV on the new Nexus […] Cord Cutters: A first look at Sling TV originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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WikiLeaks has demanded answers from Google about why the company took two and a half years to notify three WikiLeaks staffers that it had handed over their Gmail data to the U.S. authorities. told the WikiLeaks workers — section editor Sarah Harrison, spokesperson Kristinn Hranfsson and […] WikiLeaks wants to know if Google fought Gmail seizure warrant originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Cablevision is getting ready to pick a fight with your mobile phone company.  Next month, the cable operator is going to introduce a low-cost mobile phone service dubbed Freewheel that’s based entirely on Wi-Fi connectivity. Freewheel will offer existing Cablevision internet service subscribers unlimited talk, text […] This is big: Cablevision launches Wi-Fi-only mobile phone service originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Creating web content is incredibly easy — but filtering content is really hard. In late 2014, I realized I was reading too much bad content. I felt enraged by some of the articles I clicked on, because they were such a thoughtless waste of my time. […] How I audited my daily media habits and improved the way I read originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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While some Apple fan’s opinions of Microsoft are the same as most of the NFL’s opinion of the Patriots, I won’t let my past experiences with Windows deflate my takeaways from this week’s press event. I will say, though, that my general experience with Windows over […] On Windows 10, Mac gaming, and turning the battleship originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Microsoft already has a huge presence in most companies’ server rooms. And it hopes to keep it that way or at least, persuade those companies running Windows Server, SQL Server et al. to, when the time comes to move some work to clouds, to opt for Microsoft […] Amazon continues to reach into your server room originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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I am not a baker; we should get that out of the way right off the bat. So when I saw the Drop kitchen scale last winter I thought it was a great idea for mixing cocktails. The connected kitchen scale links to your iPad (must […] Drop’s kitchen scale was so easy my 8 year old could use it originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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There’s a wide range of solid podcast players for mobile devices but if you’re a Chromebook user, the pickin’s are relatively slim. Enter smarterPod, a Chrome OS extension still in its infancy but looking — and sounding — good. SmarterPod remembers your podcast subscriptions, can play files […] Need a podcast player for Chromebook? Try smarterPod originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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One of the factors in the growth of the Internet of Things (IoT)—the networking of the physical world within existing Internet infrastructure—is the rapid decline in the cost of sensors. Sensors are critical to IoT. Consider a connected thermostat: Without motion, humidity and temperature sensors, there […] Declining sensor costs open up new consumer applications originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Watching the President’s State of the Union and his calling upon Congress to enact legislation to better protect our personal information, I started wondering how much good we’ve actually gotten from regulatory compliance standards like HIPAA and Sarbanes-Oxley already in place. I knew I couldn’t dismiss […] Smog computing: Why tech biz should learn from past regulations originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Free is not a sustainable business model. Everyone knows this, especially those who lived through the dot-com bubble 15 years ago. Everyone, it seems, except for cloud storage investors. Billions of dollars have been poured into cloud storage companies that are giving away their product, with […] Sorry, Box, but free is not a business model originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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When Hilary Mason talks about data, it’s a good idea to listen. She was chief data scientist at Bit.ly, data scientist in residence at venture capital firm Accel Partners, and is now founder and CEO of research company Fast Forward Labs. More than that, she has been […] Why data science matters and how technology makes it possible originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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When choosing which phone to buy, the furthest thing from your mind is where to store your photos. This can lead to buying a phone with very little on device storage. Where to store all your iPhone photos when you run out of space originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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It was early in the 2015 NFC championship football game last Sunday when Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy was twice confronted with a tough decision: should the Packers, having put the Seattle Seahawks — owners of the National Football League’s best defense — on its […] Real-time data analytics could change sports forever originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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You might as well have called these past few days “Windows Week” because Microsoft was in the spotlight for much of it. The company publicly unveiled Windows 10 for phones, tablets, laptops and desktops on Wednesday. With Windows 10, gets even closer to a single operating system […] Mobile recap: Spartan browser; Apple Watch battery; goodbye RT originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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If you ever wondered why Pinterest took off with women and not men, we have our answer. Friday the company announced it had changed its search filtering options so that men could see results catered to their gender. In the past, when searching for workouts or clothes […] This explains why no men were using Pinterest originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Brainchild Technologies wants to build a pacifier that measures the frequency of your infant’s suck reflex, with the idea that giving parents this information via an app can help them measure their child’s brain development. Neurologists have shown a link between how often a baby sucks […] Your baby sucks. And this startup wants to tell you how much originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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