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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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Google has officially started to roll out guest mode for Chromecast, making it possible to connect to a nearby Chromecast without being on the same Wifi network as long as the network owner permits it. Chromecast product manager Jagjit Chawla explained the feature this way in […] Chromecast gets guest mode, thanks to cool ultrasonic tech originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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On Thursday, Sweden’s biggest internet service provider, Telia, said that its network had suffered an attack earlier this week from hackers who were apparently trying to target a gaming company. Reports suggest the target was Electronic Arts (EA), which runs some Battlefield services out of the […] Gaming service hack attack whacks thousands of Swedish bystanders originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Jawbone has started offering a program to businesses offering them bulk discounts on Jawbone fitness trackers. Jawbone’s next move: selling fitness trackers to businesses originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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In its continued effort to attract users for its apps and services, Microsoft released six of its MSN apps for Android and iOS devices on Thursday. Previously, the titles were specific to Windows and Windows Phone but this year, Microsoft broadened its approach of rolling out numerous apps […] Microsoft’s MSN apps make the move over to Android and iOS originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Happy holidays, early, from Product Hunt. The self-described “Reddit for products” has introduced a few new tools that diehard fans have been asking for. First up: You can now bookmark the cool stuff you come across. The site’s aficionados were resorting to other services, like Trello, […] Make your own Product Hunt collections and bookmarks originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Datto is buying Backupify so it can offer a full range of data recovery services regardless of where that data sits. Both companies deal with data backup and recovery, but Backupify’s strength, according to  CEO Austin McChord is protecting SaaS objects — data in Docs, orwhile […] Datto buys Backupify to build out data protection portfolio originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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The next big chip cycle for Qualcomm and the mobile device makers that use the company’s chips is nearly here: Expect phones and tablets using the new 64-bit chip from Qualcomm in the first half of 2015. Aside from faster clock speeds and more power efficiency, […] Zoom zoom: Qualcomm’s next phone chip boasts 450 Mbps downloads originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Uber has suspended its operations in New Delhi, India, so it can conduct a review of its driver vetting and rider feedback mechanisms. This follows the rape of a passenger by an Uber driver and marks a rare occasion on which the taxi firm has done […] Uber halts Delhi services to review driver vetting procedures originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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Mobile game video platform Kamcord just raised another $15 million in funding: Kamcord’s Series B is led by Japanese game publisher GungHo, with Tencent and Wargaming also participating. Kamcord allows players of mobile video games to record their gameplay, and more than 1.3 million players have already shared […] Kamcord nabs another $15 million for mobile game videos originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

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