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March 28, 2014

BlackBerry Will Go Back to Its Roots, Focus on Phones with Physical Keyboards

“The focus is going to be very keyboard centric,” BlackBerry CEO John Chen told Reuters in a new interview published today. For over a year now, BlackBerry has been trying to push consumers smartphones that have looked and felt more like an Apple iPhone or your average Android device than a traditional BlackBerry devices of yore. Devices like the BlackBerry Z10, the Z30, and the upcoming Z3 are all flat, candy bar style phones with nothing but big touch screens, forcing users to instead tap away on a screen to get work done. [...]

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March 28, 2014

Japan’s Nikkei Predicts Two iPhone 6 Models Coming in September

There’s one thing we know for sure: Apple will definitely make an iPhone 6. There’s another thing we know mostly for sure: Apple will probably be releasing it sometime between now and 2015. Other than that, it’s all rumor and speculation, but that doesn’t stop us from scrutinizing every new ounce of possible information for some bit of truth or insight.

Today’s no exception. A report out of Jappan’s Nikkei newspaper says that the timetable for the iPhone 6’s production pegs its release window as slated for this September. If [...]

 
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March 28, 2014

Here’s Why the E-Commerce Industry is Pushing Bitcoin Into the Mainstream

Editor’s Note: This article is part of our Founders Series where we get insights and analysis from founders of various different companies in the tech industry.  Craig Vodnik is a co-founder and the vice president of operations at cleverbridge – a global full-service e-commerce provider for more than 300 international software and SaaS corporations like Acronis, Avira, Dell, Malwarebytes and Parallels. He is also the author of “Building Keystones,” a digital e-commerce [...]

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March 28, 2014

Band Using Silent Tracks on Spotify to Fund Tour

Los Angeles-based Vulfpeck is a funk band, but you wouldn’t know it by listening to the group’s latest album, Sleepify.

That’s because the entire album is silent.

It contains ten tracks, each about thirty seconds long. Not one contains a single note, or sound, or anything.

According to CNET, the group earns half a cent each time a track is played, equalling up to about five cents per album stream.

And if you keep the album on repeat while you sleep, as Vulfpeck asks, you could ultimately [...]

 
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March 27, 2014

Microsoft Announces Office for iPad…and Why it’s Too Little, Too Late

Well, it’s finally happened: Microsoft followed through on yesterday’s predictions and formally announced Office Suite for iPad.

And unless you have or intend to get a subscription to Office 365, there’s really no good reason to download it.

But before we dive into that, let’s cover the basics of Microsoft’s announcements today. As expected, the company pulled back the curtain on a touch-optimized version of its premier productivity software applications, including Word, Powerpoint, Excel, and all the rest of the [...]

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March 27, 2014

Driving Smarter: One Year In Automatic is Improving Our Driving Habits

About a year ago I pre-ordered the Automatic Smart Driving Assistant after seeing it talked about on Twitter, a number of months past and then in early August it finally showed up on my doorstep.  My early experiences with the Automatic were very positive, the Automatic is easy to install into your car and getting it connected to your smartphone isn’t much more difficult. And now, after using it for quite some time I can say the Automatic has definitely been a worthwhile purchase, my driving habits have improved which means [...]

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March 27, 2014

Amazon Invites Press to April 2 Event for ‘Video Business': Streaming Box On the Way?

That long-awaited Amazon streaming box may finally be making its way to your TV.

Photo credit: Re/Code

The folks at Re/Code got their hands on an invite to an April 2 event, sent by Amazon VP Peter Larson. We’ve embedded the image to the right.

As you can see, Amazon plans on talking about its “video business” at the event. This could go a few different directions.

The first and most obvious reason for the event is the Amazon streaming box. There were rumors that the [...]

 
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March 27, 2014

Obama Proposes Plan to End NSA Metadata Collection

This week, President Barack Obama has outlined his proposal to put a stop to the bulk collection of phone metadata. According to a post on the Verge, the president’s proposal will ultimately end the NSA’s routine collection of metadata, and instead the data will be held by the phone companies themselves. To acquire any specific records, the government will have to obtain permission from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.

The difference here, of course, is that now the data won’t simply be collected by the government en [...]

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