Mobile Payments: Starbucks Finds Success in Simplicity

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When we hear of using smartphones to pay for goods, we often think about Google Wallet, ISIS, PayPal‘s new initiatives, or Square, but Starbucks is the rising star and one that has found success in this emerging, yet volatile, market. The retail coffee chain’s app, which is used to pay for beverage and food purchases […]

New Gmail Adds Category Tabs to Tame Inboxes

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Google will once again attempt to tame the inboxes of users across the world. This time it’ll attempt to do so with a newly revamped user interface for the company’s Gmail on iOS, Android and web versions. The changes, which were announced earlier today on the company’s Official Gmail Blog, will seek to address the clutter of […]

Tim Cook: More Design Continuity Between Software, Hardware and Services

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Though Tim Cook didn’t expressly reveal anything new regarding the future of Apple’s iOS mobile platform or the desktop Mac OS X operating system, the CEO did give us some insight about the executive shuffle at Apple and what that means for consumers. When asked about senior vice president of iOS software Scott Forstall’s departure, […]

How to Setup Two-Step Authentication on Twitter

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After spending most of last fall and early spring defending its users from attacks by hackers who looked to exploit the ubiquity of Twitter’s login functions and turn users online persona’s against them, Twitter is now stepping up to the plate.. This week the social networking service, became the latest company to add support for […]

Microsoft Tries to Send an Olive Branch to Google

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After Google demanded that the Microsoft-developed YouTube app for the Windows Phone 8 platform be taken down as it violates Google’s terms of service, Microsoft is attempting to make peace with its rival. Microsoft has responded to Google’s demands by meeting some of Google’s requests, but not all of the company’s demands surrounding YouTube. Google […]

Thieves: Don’t Even Try to Steal a Galaxy S4

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At the CTIA trade show, LoJack had announced that its mobile security software will be launching soon for Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S4 that will help users recover a lost or stolen phone. The difference between LoJack’s solution versus others on the market–like Apple’s popular Find My Phone for iPhone and iPad devices–is that LoJack will […]

3 Ways Yahoo’s Flickr Can Threaten Facebook

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If Facebook is a life diary, Instagram a repository for low resolution and filter-blasted images, Twitter a public SMS database, and Google+ a Twitter meets photo network, then Yahoo is clearly differentiating its Flickr service as a serious tool to photographers that is more accessible now than ever. At a New York City unveiling last […]

YouTube Caught In the Middle of Google-Microsoft War on Windows Phone

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Microsoft and Google have both been fighting a very public Cold War ever since Google announced that it won’t be releasing any official apps for Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 platform and discontinued ActiveSync so Windows Phone users won’t be able to synchronize contacts and calendars from Gmail, and now the latest battlefront has shifted over […]

Google Redefines Mapping Experience

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Google is redefining the mapping experience for Android, iOS, tablets, and desktops with the new introduction of Google Maps at the Google I/O developer conference. Google says that it now provides over 15 billion kilometers of turn-by-turn directions and it’s working to improve that experience with additional imagery, photos, and user-submitted photo spheres captured with […]

Aereo Brings Streaming TV To Atlanta iPads on June 17

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Today Aereo announced it will expand its service to a third city, Atlanta in June. On June 17, those in Atlanta who signed up for information about the service coming their city will finally have the chance to sign up. A week later, on June 24, Aereo will open to everyone in the Atlanta area. […]

Google I/O: Don’t Expect Major Hardware Announcements Or Changes to Android

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Google’s I/O developer conference this year will be a big event for Google and for Android devotees, but don’t expect any major hardware announcements or revolutionary changes to the Android operating system. Android’s new chief Sundar Pichai had sat down in an interview with Wired to hint at what to expect at Google I/O, which is […]

ABC Streaming Live Shows to Mobile App This Summer

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Disney-owned ABC will begin streaming live television shows to its mobile app (currently available on iOS and Windows 8/Windows RT) starting this summer. The feature will initially come to New York and Philadelphia markets first, where users of the mobile app will find a “live” button to tune into live broadcast television. The feature will expand gradually […]

Apple Streaming iRadio Service Launch May Be Delayed

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Apple may be facing opposition from some of its content partners surrounding the terms it had proposed for the rumored iRadio music streaming service in a move that could delay the summer launch. iRadio is positioned as a streaming music service that would compete in the same space as Pandora and Spotify, and though it […]

Adobe Creative Suite Moves to the Cloud

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With the June 17th introduction of the latest version Adobe Creative Cloud, Adobe will move its entire Creative Suite of applications to the Cloud. Adobe Creative Cloud already requires users to purchase monthly and yearly subscriptions to gain access to programs from the company that have traditionally been available offline. These programs include things like […]

Samsung Galaxy S4 v. HTC One: Feature-by-Feature Showdown Before You Buy

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You’ve probably read extensive reviews of the competing Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One Android flagships and are still indecisive about which one to take the plunge on, and we’re here to help. Fortunately, for users looking at either top-of-the-line flagships for 2013 in the Android camp, both are great devices and it would be […]

Skype Debuting First on BlackBerry Q10 Before Z10

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Skype is making good on its promise to be a cross-platform video chatting service and will debut its application to the new BlackBerry 10 platform next month in it arrives on the BlackBerry Q10 first before making it to the Z10 at a later date. The Skype app will be available on all four major […]

Samsung: Knox Security Suite Won’t Arrive in Time for Galaxy S4 Launch

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When I had reviewed the Galaxy S4 for Sprint Nextel’s U.S. network, I had noticed the curious omission of the Knox security suite that Samsung is actively promoting to gain enterprise and government customers to adopt the phone, and now we know why. The Galaxy manufacturer has confirmed that its Knox suite won’t be made […]

Samsung Galaxy S4 Review

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The introduction of the Galaxy S4 flagship by Samsung is one of the more polarizing releases recently from the Android smartphone-maker. On one hand, Samsung has fine tuned the Galaxy S3 and added some 160+ new features on the Galaxy S4, including welcomed additions such as a larger battery, refined styling, larger and higher resolution […]

Did Google Update Google Voice in Preparation for Babel Unified Messaging?

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With rumors about Babel–which has also been referred to as Babble in the past–Google’s update to its VoIP-like Google Voice service may indicate that the company is preparing for a broader unified messaging service. Babel is intended to unify Google’s many disparate messaging services and provide a common, threaded notification for users to stay on […]

$15/month Internet Makes Your Audi Easier on the Budget

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Audi announced a cheaper version of its Audi Connect service that provides unlimited 3G wireless Internet in your vehicle for $15/month. WiFi access in-car is a growing trend, and Audi was the first company to offer it integrated within the vehicle without a dealer add-on module. Now, they are trying to make a statement by offering […]