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We’re Already Living the ‘Internet of Things’ Lifestyle With Our Phones

We’re Already Living the ‘Internet of Things’ Lifestyle With Our Phones

There’s been a lot of talk recently about the “Internet of Things,” where all kinds of devices – everything from clothing to appliances to vehicles -- will be interconnected via the cloud. Sounds enticing, but really not much of a stretch from what’s already happening now via smartphone apps connecting us with ...

Facebook Now Lets You ‘Save’ Stories on Your News Feed

Facebook Now Lets You ‘Save’ Stories on Your News Feed

So you’re on Facebook, skimming pictures of your friends’ kids* and clicking on viral content built specifically to be skimmed on Facebook, and you find something you’d actually like to see again. How can you do that? It seems odd that Facebook hasn’t offered a solution for this one before, but now they have: The ...

Report: Nearly Half of AT&T’s Customers are on Grandfathered Unlimited Data Plans

Report: Nearly Half of AT&T’s Customers are on Grandfathered Unlimited Data Plans

People with a cellular plan that works for them tend to stick with it for a while, according to a new report from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (via Business Insider). But for AT&T at least, no plan is proving as sticky as unlimited data. 44% of AT&T customers are on grandfathered unlimited plans — that ...

How to Get the Most Out of Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited

How to Get the Most Out of Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited

So, you’ve signed up for Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited service and now you’re feeling a little overwhelmed by what’s on offer? That’s OK; it’s not often that you’re faced with the sudden availability of over 600,000 digital books to sample at once. If you’ve spent the weekend scrolling through your reading ...

Report: Yahoo Acquires Flurry, a Mobile Analytics Firm, for $300+ Million

Report: Yahoo Acquires Flurry, a Mobile Analytics Firm, for $300+ Million

Yahoo has made no secret of its ambitions and advances in mobile, earlier this month reporting 450 million monthly active users and search and display mobile ad revenues growing 100%. In CEO Marissa Mayer’s words, Yahoo is a “mobile first company.” Now, sources say that Yahoo has closed in on an acquisition that could ...

Apple Launches iTunes 12.0 for OS X

Apple Launches iTunes 12.0 for OS X

Apple just released the latest build of OS X Yosemite, including a brand new iTunes. It's only a little bit anti-climactic. Version 12.0 does indeed look a lot like Version 11.3, the version that's probably on your computer. But it's got some neat little treats nevertheless. The first thing you'll notice, of course, is the ...

Hacker: Apple Installed ‘Backdoors’ on Every iDevice to Access Data (Update: Apple Responds)

Hacker: Apple Installed ‘Backdoors’ on Every iDevice to Access Data (Update: Apple Responds)

Forensic scientist and author Jonathan Zdziarski has posted the slides from his talk at the Hackers On Planet Earth (HOPE/X) conference in New York called Identifying Backdoors, Attack Points, and Surveillance Mechanisms in iOS Devices. The HOPE conference started in 1994 and bills itself as "one of the most creative and ...

Facebook Becoming a Retailer is its Logical Next Step

Facebook Becoming a Retailer is its Logical Next Step

There’s a new internet retailer on the world’s smartphones, tablets, and PCs. It’s called Facebook. Last week, Mark Zuckerberg and company started testing a “Buy” button inside the News Feed posts and ads that turn up on the world’s most popular social network, letting users instantly pay for goods and services ...

How to Create Google Now Reminders in Your Browser

How to Create Google Now Reminders in Your Browser

One of my favorite parts of Google is getting instant responses from search results — it massively simplifies currency conversion, for one thing. So it’s interesting to see that the company now lets you create Google Now reminders right from its search box, as the Google Operating System blog explains. The feature works ...

Netflix is Testing a ‘Private Viewing’ Mode to Hide Your Guilty Pleasures

Netflix is Testing a ‘Private Viewing’ Mode to Hide Your Guilty Pleasures

We’ve all been down that road: You decide to watch some roadhouse B-movie fare on Netflix, hoping that it will be fun on some level, but it ends up just being a very bad choice — one that you and everyone sharing your account are reminded of the next day, and that your friends may even see as well, if you have chosen to ...