posted 1 day ago on techmeme
Devindra Hardawar / Engadget: Samsung Gear VR for Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge pre-orders start April 24 from Best Buy website  —  You can pre-order Samsung's new Gear VR for Galaxy S6 on April 24  —  If you just snapped up a Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge, it won't be too long until you can get your hands on Samsung's new Gear VR headset.

Read More...
posted 1 day ago on techmeme
Stephanie M. Lee / BuzzFeed: Apple shares list of must-have apps for Watch, including Twitter, Instagram, New York Times, Mint, Citymapper, Strava, and more  —  Apple Thinks You Should Use These Apps On The Apple Watch  —  As the App Store for the Apple Watch goes live today, Apple reveals which apps it thinks are must-haves.

Read More...
posted 1 day ago on techmeme
Tom Fairless / Wall Street Journal: Internal policy document reveals EU is considering creating a powerful new regulator to oversee Internet platforms, many of which are US-based  —  EU Considers Creating Powerful Regulator to Oversee Web Platforms  —  New body would oversee a swath of mainly U.S.-based Internet companies

Read More...
posted 1 day ago on techmeme
Bloomberg Business: Twitter launches Highlights, a feature in its Android app that curates about a dozen of the most interesting tweets into a personalized digest  —  Twitter Tries to Tone Down the Chirping  —  An update called Highlights edits feeds to about a dozen tweets  —  Twitter today looks pretty …

Read More...
posted 1 day ago on techmeme
Todd Spangler / Variety: Facebook Lines Up 7 Branded-Content Video Partners Including Vice, Disney  —  Facebook teamed with seven media partners — including Vice Media, Disney's Oh My Disney digital division and Electus Digital — to pitch marketers on developing sponsored video content for the world's No. 1 social service.

Read More...
posted 1 day ago on techmeme
Jon Russell / TechCrunch: Xiaomi unveils Mi 4i for around $205 in India, with 5-inch Full HD display, 13MP camera, Snapdragon 615, and LTE  —  Xiaomi's New Mi4i Packs A Gamut Of High-End Features Into A $200 Smartphone  —  Xiaomi today took the wraps of off its newest smartphone, the Mi4i, at an event in New Delhi, India.

Read More...
posted 1 day ago on techmeme
Mike Shields / Wall Street Journal: Google launches free tool to help AdSense publishers recommend more articles to their readers  —  Google Edges Further Into Hot Content Recommendation Sector  —  Google has rolled out a new free product designed to make it easier for Web publishers to get people to stick around on their sites longer.

Read More...
posted 1 day ago on techmeme
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land: IAB: Search Was 50% Of US Digital Ad Spend In 2014, Desktop Still Bigger Than Mobile  —  The figures are in, and once again, search marketing is a powerhouse.  According to the IAB, search made up 50% of all digital ad spend last year in the United States.  —  Over on Marketing Land …

Read More...
posted 1 day ago on techmeme
Kim Zetter / Wired: How to Detect Sneaky NSA ‘Quantum Insert’ Attacks  —  Among all of the NSA hacking operations exposed by whistleblower Edward Snowden over the last two years, one in particular has stood out for its sophistication and stealthiness.  Known as Quantum Insert, the man-on-the-side hacking technique …

Read More...
posted 1 day ago on techmeme
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch: P2P Lending Site Funding Circle Raises $150M Led By DST At A $1B+ Valuation  —  Time to make way for another startup juggernaut out of the financial world.  Funding Circle — a London-based peer-to-peer platform for small businesses to get loans, and investors to put up money to finance those loans …

Read More...
posted 1 day ago on techmeme
Robert McMillan / Wall Street Journal: Amazon will provide financial information on Amazon Web Services for the first time in its quarterly earnings report on Thursday  —  Amazon to Offer Window Into Web Services Business  —  When Amazon.com Inc. reports its quarterly earnings Thursday, it will, for the first time …

Read More...
posted 2 days ago on techmeme
Thomas Fox-Brewster / Forbes: Samsung Galaxy S5 Flaw Allows Hackers To Clone Fingerprints, Claim Researchers  —  Biometric information is about as personal as data gets.  But Google's Android partners are still failing to protect it, as researchers from security firm FireEye will discuss this week at RSA …

Read More...
posted 2 days ago on techmeme
James Niccolai / PCWorld: Google integrates Box file storage into Chromebooks, upgrades Chromebox for Meetings  —  Google boosts workplace efforts with Box integration for Chromebooks, better Chromebox videoconferencing  —  Google is stepping up its efforts to target the enterprise, with new hardware …

Read More...
posted 2 days ago on techmeme
Amir Mizroch / Wall Street Journal: European Commission to unveil “single digital market” proposal May 6, to unify laws on tax, data, copyright and more across member states, to compete with US  —  Europe's Plan to Compete with Silicon Valley  —  SOFIA — On May 6, the European Commission will unveil its proposals …

Read More...
posted 2 days ago on techmeme
Josh Constine / TechCrunch: First official look at Operator from Expa, an app that lets you message a human expert to assist in making “high-consideration” purchases  —  First Look At Uber's Co-Founder's Shopping Concierge “Operator”  —  Operator wants to “unlock the 90% of commerce that's not on the Internet”, CEO Robin Chan tells me.

Read More...
posted 2 days ago on techmeme
John Paczkowski / BuzzFeed: Delayed Apple Watch Preorders Shipping Earlier Than Expected  —  Late May, June preorders now preparing for shipment...  Apple  —  Apple has some good news for early adopters who ended up with an Apple Watch preorder ship date of late May or June.  You may be unboxing Apple's first-ever wearable sooner than you think.

Read More...
posted 2 days ago on techmeme
Erin Griffith / Fortune: Facebook sees 4B video streams each day but has offered investors few details on monetization  —  Facebook video: Big on growth, little on details  —  A year ago, Facebook FB was not a destination for video content.  Now, the social media company sees four billion video streams each day …

Read More...
posted 2 days ago on techmeme
New York Times: Select fashion boutiques in major cities will stock Apple Watch in store on Friday  —  The Apple Watch Arrives in Stores (Just Not Its Own)  —  Rumors of the Apple Watch's unavailability have, it turns out, been slightly, if not greatly, exaggerated.  —  In further evidence …

Read More...
posted 2 days ago on techmeme
Wall Street Journal: FCC Staff Recommends Hearing on Comcast-Time Warner Cable Merger  —  Hearing designation order would be setback for deal plans  —  Federal Communications Commission staff recommended that the regulatory agency designate Comcast Corp. 's proposed acquisition of Time Warner Cable Inc. for a hearing …

Read More...
posted 2 days ago on techmeme
Jessica E. Lessin / The Information: Jonathan Rosenberg, former SVP of products at Google, takes over robotics division temporarily  —  Rosenberg Takes Over Google Robotics, Temporarily  —  Google's robotics unit—the former pet project of Andy Rubin—has had its leadership shuffled as it remains in limbo.

Read More...
posted 2 days ago on techmeme
Gabe Aul / Blogging Windows: Microsoft releases new Windows 10 Technical Preview build with new Mail and Calendar apps  —  Windows 10 Technical Preview Build 10061 now available  —  Today we are releasing a new Technical Preview build for PCs - 10061.  This build will be available to the Fast ring, and will be delivered via Windows Update.

Read More...
posted 2 days ago on techmeme
Ina Fried / Re/code: Google's Wireless Service: What It Means for Consumers, Google and the Carriers  —  Earlier today, Google officially announced its plans to offer its own wireless service under the Project Fi moniker.  —  As expected, the effort taps three networks: LTE networks from Sprint and T-Mobile along with a heavy dose of Wi-Fi.

Read More...
posted 2 days ago on techmeme
Office Blogs: Outlook for Android comes out of preview  —  Today we are excited to announce we have removed the preview label from Outlook for Android.  —  In January, we released Outlook for iOS and a preview of Outlook for Android.  At the time, the iOS version of Outlook was ahead of the Android version in terms of features and performance.

Read More...
posted 2 days ago on techmeme
Ron Amadeo / Ars Technica: How Google's Project Fi pricing stacks up to the competition  —  Is Google's new wireless service the cheapest out there?  It depends.  —  Google just announced Project Fi, its new MVNO wireless service for the Nexus 6.  Google hopes to shake up the industry with its control of the hardware, software, and network.

Read More...
posted 2 days ago on techmeme
Chris Bryant / Financial Times: Amazon partners with Audi for pilot program delivering packages to trunks of customers' vehicles in Munich, Germany  —  Amazon to deliver parcels to Audi boots  —  Amazon customers will be able to order parcels delivered directly to the boot of their car under a pilot scheme launched in Germany with carmaker Audi.

Read More...