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Samsung Aims To Reinvigorate Its Tablet Line With The New Galaxy Tab S

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 20:00
 Samsung has a new tablet family as of today, as it unveiled the Galaxy Tab S line of devices at its special event in NYC. Available in July, the Tab S comes in both 8.4 ($399) and 10.5-inch ($499) flavors in white and titanium bronze finishes with LTE-equipped models in the pipeline, and it presents a marked departure from the parade of mostly forgettable slates that Samsung has been pumping… Read More
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Former Microsoft Employee Involved In Windows 8 Leaks Given 3-Month Sentence

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 19:53
 After pleading guilty, former Microsoft employee Alex Kibkalo will pay a $100 fine and serve three months in prison for stealing trade secrets. His case picked up wide notice not due to the nature of the crime — trade leaks happen every day — but instead in terms of how he was caught. Kibkalo leaked code to a French blogger, and Microsoft took a look into that account for… Read More
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Just Tell Me What To Buy

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 19:48
 Yesterday, tech and culture website The Verge revived This Is My Next, a brand that the core team had used to transition away from their places at Engadget into their new home at Vox Media. It’s not a new site, but instead a new vertical or type of post that tries to give a concise, authoritative answer to people wondering what gadget to buy. Read More
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Intel Rises 5.5% After-Hours On Raised Q2 And Full-Year Revenue Expectations

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 19:30
 After ending regular trading all but flat today, Intel is up 5.47 percent after-hours on the strength of new guidance for its second quarter and full-year revenue, and a slight change to its gross margin. For the second quarter, Intel expects revenue of $13.7 billion, plus or minus $300 million. This is greater than its prior expectation of $13 billion, plus or minus $500 million. So, on the… Read More
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Facebook Messenger Adds Tap-And-Hold Video Sharing, Another Snapchat Feature

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 19:24
 Why tell with text when you can show with video? Facebook Messenger is diving deeper into visual communication with a new option to instantly record and send short videos, similar to Snapchat. The feature comes to iOS today and is rolling out to Android. Messenger added pre-recorded video sharing and a split-screen selfie camera in April, but now you can tap and hold the camera button to fire… Read More
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Amazon Prime Music Is Actually About Selling More Physical Goods

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 19:13
 We are entering the age of the omnibundle, where what you see isn’t what you’re paying for. Take Amazon adding a “free” music-streaming service to its $99 a year Prime club. The goal is to lure more people into Prime because its free two-day shipping encourages more impulse buying of physical packages, which is where Amazon makes real money. That’s why it… Read More
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Happiness Is A Cyber Gun

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 17:49
 We incessantly discuss gun control, argue on social media, and try to grasp why this keeps happening — why our children continue to get shot in what seems like a weekly occurrence. And yet, even with major technological strides that could solve several issues here, gun culture still hasn’t changed. There’s currently a gun for every man, woman and American child… Read More
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Taking BMW’s Electric Car Sharing Program DriveNow For A Spin Around SF

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 17:33
 When you think of car sharing, you probably think of names such as ZipCar, City CarShare, Relay Rides and Getaround. What may not come to mind is BMW. The German luxury car company is typically known for selling cars for tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars — not renting them out by the minute. Read More
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