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We were expecting a major reboot of the Galaxy S line, and that’s what Samsung gave us Sunday Night at Mobile World Congress in the form of the S6 and S6 Edge. The two new phones represent a major and stunning redesign of the Samsung line, […] The Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge: A new look for Samsung and a new wallet originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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I lead a mobile sedentary lifestyle. I’m not someone who travels a lot or needs to visit multiple sites during a workday. I like, as George Carlin once said, to bring all my stuff with me. This has created its own challenges. Keeping multiple devices in sync […] My thoughts on the iPhone 6 Plus, five months later originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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If you need proof that cloud deployment stories can touch off religious disputes, my recent report about @Walmartlabs deploying 100K cores of OpenStack to run the retail giant’s e-commerce operations is Exhibit A. This is, by any measure, a massive private cloud, and some readers were incredulous that would go […] For retailers the buy-or-build cloud decision looms large originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Raphael Pirker, the entrepreneur behind Team BlackSheep, asked me if I saw the birds. Tilting my head up at the foggy skies above the hills of Moraga, California, I couldn’t see them — my view didn’t change, no matter which way I turned my head. I […] When drones and virtual reality come together in an out-of-body experience originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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The latest figures from NPD, by way of BetaNews, show that Google Chromebooks are continuing to sell well in the U.S. The research firm estimates that in 2014 Chromebooks accounted for 14 percent of all laptop sales for both the commercial and retail channels; up 85 […] Chromebook sales still on the rise originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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HTC announced its long-awaited wearable on Sunday at Mobile World Congress. It’s called the Grip, and it’s a joint effort with Under Armour, the sportswear and now-fitness software brand. The Grip doesn’t run Android Wear or other any major smartwatch platform. It can serve phone or calendar […] HTC launches Grip, a fitness band for Under Armour’s Record app originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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HTC revealed its next flagship, the HTC One M9, at Mobile World Congress on Sunday. Take a close look: If you’re not careful, you might end up mistaking it for its predecessor, the HTC One M8. It’s clear that the HTC One M9 is an evolutionary […] No big changes for the HTC One M9, and that’s a good thing originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Back in 2012, I suggested that for some, a tablet may replace a smartphone within the next few years. Fast forward to present day and Huawei is thinking the same: The company introduced a 7-inch tablet with cellular voice capabilities alongside its Android Wear smartwatch that […] Huawei debuts a 7-inch phone and its first Android Wear watch originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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As companies stop just talking about big data, and start applying it to business, the conversation shifts back and forth from tools to the data itself. Two years ago at Structure: Data we hosted a Mapping Session on data markets that pointed out a lot of missing pieces […] Jump-starting marketing tech adoption by bundling data originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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During a visit to Silicon Valley earlier this month, President Obama described himself as “a strong believer in strong encryption.” Some have criticized the president for equivocating on the issue, but as “strong believers” ourselves, we’ll take him at his word. Obama isn’t alone; everyone is […] Why 2015 is the year of encryption originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Cracked screens, dead batteries and water damage — sometimes you simply can’t avoid a trip to the Genius Bar to get your broken Apple device back in working order. You may have heard the rumors that Apple is in the process of overhauling the way that Genius Bar appointments […] How to avoid long waits at the Genius Bar before you get there originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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I last made an internet friend in middle school, when so few people used AIM that my real-life friends and I traded contact lists and began chatting strangers. One time a boy asked for my number and called my house. I panicked a few seconds in […] How I became my cat’s social media manager, and found a community in the process originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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This week the FCC passed new rules on net neutrality, which were essentially designed to limit the ability of internet service providers (ISP) to either slow down or boost the speeds of websites. While many experts praised the ruling, not everyone seemed thrilled by the outcome. […] 5 reasons the FCC might be wrong about net neutrality originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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After selling one million of its original Pebble watches, the company is zigging when the competition is zagging. Pebble Time is the next product in the line, and while it adds new features and a new interface, the watch isn’t likely to be confused with either […] Mobile recap: Pebble Time; Pixel 2 coming; Apple Watch questions originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Tinder is working on building itself an ad unit, according to Re/Code sources. The dating company contacted both Facebook and Twitter to discuss a potential advertising partnership. There’s no more information on what these advertising units could look like, but Re/Code speculated that local bars or […] Report: Ads are one step closer to coming to Tinder originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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The White House has released a draft of the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights Act of 2015. It outlines the steps companies need to take to tell people what data they’re collecting and what they’re doing with that information. It also suggests data opt-out options for […] Here’s a draft of the consumer privacy “Bill of Rights” act Obama wants to pass originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Uber suffered a data breach in 2014 that affected 50,000 Uber drivers across the U.S., the ride-sharing startup disclosed in a statement on Friday. The company determined on September 17, 2014 that a third party could have accessed one of its databases. After Uber “changed the […] Uber discloses data breach that may have affected 50,000 drivers originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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China apparently wants to one-up the U.S. and the U.K. when it comes to urging technology companies to install security backdoors and break their encrypted documents and user communications in the name of national security. Reuters reported on Friday that a newly proposed Chinese counterterrorism law […] Proposed Chinese security law could mean tough rules for tech companies originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Look at the list of Android Wear partners and you won’t see Huawei there. Maybe the list needs an update. And while we’re at it, the folks who manage signage at Barcelona’s airport might want to check their schedule: They have advertisements appearing that show the […] Huawei leaks its own Android Wear watch early in Barcelona originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Apple’s going to reveal more about the Apple Watch on March 9, but CEO Tim Cook has already started dropping hints during a trip to Europe. The latest tidbit comes from The Telegraph: The Apple Watch will be able to start a car. Which cars? That’s a […] Think you’re locked into a mobile OS now? Wait until it runs your car originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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This week’s podcast was all about security and how we can design things to tell us more about how connectivity changes them from mere appliances into networked computers — and all the risks that can bring. John Kestner, a principle with Supermechanical, a design firm that […] Connected door knobs are lying to us originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Panasonic shared a few more details on its Firefox-OS powered TVs this week, announcing that Firefox OS will be used for six different models in its 2015 line of TV sets. The company still didn’t say when exactly these TVs are going to be available, or […] Panasonic details plans for Firefox OS TVs originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Tesla is moving incredibly fast on getting its massive battery factory built. According to the company’s recent annual filing, Tesla plans to produce batteries in the factory as early as 2016 for its Model S and Model X cars initially. So yeah, next year. The site […] Tesla’s gigafactory will make batteries in 2016 for Model S & X originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Amazon Web Services and Rackspace are warning their customers of upcoming reboots they’re taking to address a new Xen hypervisor security issue. In a premium support bulletin, Amazon said fewer than 10 percent of all EC2 instances will require work but the affected instances must be […] Xen security issue prompts Amazon, Rackspace cloud reboots originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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Lenovo’s credibility took a big hit this month, courtesy of the Superfish scandal: Pre-installed adware on Lenovo computers resulted in a risk to user privacy and security. The company has since apologized but is now going an extra step, bringing some solace from the incident. Lenovo says […] One positive from Superfish: Less bloatware on Lenovo’s new PCs originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…

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