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Amazon is Building a Custom Kindle Store for Samsung Galaxy Devices

Amazon is Building a Custom Kindle Store for Samsung Galaxy Devices

Samsung seems to be on a roll with bagging media partnerships for its Galaxy line of phones and tablets. First music streaming service Deezer, and now it's getting a custom-built Kindle book store in a deal with Amazon. Announced Thursday morning, the service also gives Galaxy owners referred to the service (starting with ...

Report: Apple is Building a Shazam-Like Feature Into iOS 8

Report: Apple is Building a Shazam-Like Feature Into iOS 8

Apple wants to help you name that tune. The company is planning to unveil a song-discovery feature in an update of its iOS mobile software that will let users identify a song and its artist using an iPhone or iPad, said two people with knowledge of the product, who asked not to be identified because the feature isn’t ...

Twitter Adds Mobile App Install Ads, Integrated Ad-Buying

Twitter Adds Mobile App Install Ads, Integrated Ad-Buying

It looks like Twitter is hoping to earn more ad dollars from mobile app publishers and developers. The company is announcing several new features today that Vice President of Revenue Kevin Weil described as adding up to “an easy and scalable way to drive app installs and app engagement, both on Twitter and off Twitter.” ...

Apple Patents Geture-Based Screen Unlocking Tech, Similar to Android

Apple Patents Geture-Based Screen Unlocking Tech, Similar to Android

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Wednesday published two Apple patent applications (1, 2), both titled "Gesture entry techniques," that together form the basis of a device unlocking feature in which a user draws a pattern on screen with the help of illuminated discs. One patent filing deals with the system as a ...

Breeze by RunKeeper (iOS) Tracks Your Every Step

Breeze by RunKeeper (iOS) Tracks Your Every Step

RunKeeper is one of the most popular run-tracking apps for the iPhone, and on Thursday it's launching a new app called Breeze to take count of how much you're walking around, too. The app works only on the iPhone 5S and is based around its M7 motion processor, which is always collecting your steps in the background. Using ...

Airbnb Offers to Pay Hotel Taxes in NY, Hotel Lobby Declines

Airbnb Offers to Pay Hotel Taxes in NY, Hotel Lobby Declines

After years of complaining about how Airbnb doesn’t compete on a level playing field, apparently the hotel lobby in New York now wants to ensure that the peer-to-peer hospitality startup isn’t held to the same standards, especially as it relates to taxes. Airbnb has taken steps to ensure that it will be able to begin ...

A 19-Year-Old Hacker Was Arrested for Heartbleed Breach at Canadian Revenue Agency

A 19-Year-Old Hacker Was Arrested for Heartbleed Breach at Canadian Revenue Agency

Police have charged a 19-year-old man from London, Ont., in connection with the loss of taxpayer data from the Canada Revenue Agency website. Stephen Arthuro Solis-Reyes was arrested at his residence Tuesday and is charged with unauthorized use of a computer and mischief in relation to data, the RCMP said Wednesday. A ...

Better (iOS) Gives You 24/7 Access to a Personal Health Assistant

Better (iOS) Gives You 24/7 Access to a Personal Health Assistant

The latest take on telemedicine in the age of apps will launch Wednesday morning, as Better premiers in Apple’s App Store. The Palo Alto, Calif., startup of the same name has partnered with the Mayo Clinic to offer users 24/7 access to a personal health assistant, nurse line, automated symptom checker, personalized health ...

Facebook Wants to Know Where You’re “Traveling To”

Facebook Wants to Know Where You’re “Traveling To”

Serendipitous meetups with friends while traveling make us happy and Facebook wants to be the portal to that joy. So this week it quietly rolled out a new feature that lets you share where you’re “traveling to”. Facebook’s Page mentioned it on Wednesday, so I asked the company which said that after some testing, ...

BOGO Personal Branding

BOGO Personal Branding

I provided coaching for job search and personal branding last week to a very experienced executive in a small, contracting and youth-obsessed industry. The executive knows he needs to change fields but has been unable to get traction. He talked for an hour, providing snippets of successes from a long series of usually ...