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  • Earlier this year, I wrote about how I expected 2014 to be the Year of the iPad for me. In the article, I focused on two main things: music-making and writing. Today, I’m going to review those goals and ...

  • Marketing’s war with social media rages on. In one corner, you have the Twitterverse—a temperamental beast that never sleeps, is always hungry, and changes shape on a minute-by-minute basis. In the other ...

  • This week Amazon Web Services continued its enterprise-focused feature push with new resource groups and a tag editor for EC2 instances, which means that IT people at big companies (or even smaller organizations) ...

  • Now that I have an Android Wear watch that can keep up with my daily running, I’ve been on the lookout for a solid set of Bluetooth headphones. I typically run while listening to music and my Sony Smartwatch ...

  • After months of waiting, Google now seems to be moving quickly when it comes to unlocking Chromebooks with trusted Android devices. Mention of the feature appeared as far back as April and finally arrived ...

  • Quite a few companies are reclaiming mobile app development these days. Some are moving outsourced development in-house, and others are consolidating line-of-business development projects under a single ...

  • Where is enterprise infrastructure headed in 2015? @ Gigaom - Sat, Dec 20, 2014 3:00 PM EST

    The enterprise industry is another year older … and hopefully somewhat wiser. Here’s what enterprise watchers should expect to see in 2015. More cyber attacks Sadly, this is an easy one. As bad as 2014 ...

  • The first intergalactic war will be started by spoilers @ Gigaom - Sat, Dec 20, 2014 1:30 PM EST

    While I was living in South Africa, I bought a limited edition DVD of Star Wars: A New Hope that featured the original theatrical release of the film. A friend and I were working on a parody of the movie at ...

  • These iOS tips will help you take better iPhone photos @ Gigaom - Sat, Dec 20, 2014 12:00 PM EST

    With smartphones like the iPhone replacing point and shoot cameras, taking the best photos possible on a device that was not originally designed to be just a camera can have its challenges.

  • The DJI Inspire 1: finally, a drone that flies well indoors Gigaom - Sat, Dec 20, 2014 11:00 AM EST

    A drone carrying mistletoe at a TGI Friday’s clipped a photographer on the nose earlier this month, drawing quite a few rounds of “well, duh!” It sounds like a stupid idea. But flying drones indoors makes ...

  • On Docker, CoreOS, open source and virtualization Gigaom - Sat, Dec 20, 2014 10:00 AM EST

    In early December, container-specialist Docker was gearing up for its Amsterdam conference and the debut of its new orchestration services and Docker Enterprise product line. But before Docker co-founder ...

  • There were some interesting developments across multiple platforms this week: Microsoft started its rollout of Lumia Denim software, Apple outlined 64-bit app deadlines, and BlackBerry officially launched ...

  • With Tidal, Sonos adds its second HD music service @ Gigaom - Fri, Dec 19, 2014 6:44 PM EST

    HD music subscription service Tidal launched on Sonos Friday: Tidal is now available to Sonos owners in the U.S. and Canada, and the company announced that it plans to launch in the U.K. soon. Tidal’s ...

  • Medium hires its first head of content advertising @ Gigaom - Fri, Dec 19, 2014 6:33 PM EST

    Medium has hired someone to develop its native advertising partnerships, the first such role for the company. As Mathew Ingram previously reported, the blog company is expanding its content advertising, ...

  • GetGlue successor TVtag is shutting down Gigaom - Fri, Dec 19, 2014 6:33 PM EST

    Social TV service TVtag, which was previously known as GetGlue, is shutting down at the end of the year. TVtag announced the shutdown in an email to users Friday afternoon, which stated that users had ...

  • Internet radio service Pandora is striking back against former members of the band The Turtles, claiming that the musicians’ lawsuits — which seek a new set of royalty payments for songs dating from before ...

  • Internet radio service Pandora is striking back against former members of the band the Turtles, claiming that the musicians’ lawsuits — which seek a new set of royalty payments for songs dating from before ...

  • Two studies published this week provide even more evidence that deep learning models are very good at computer vision and might be able to tackle some difficult problems. The study on computer vision, ...

  • Here’s how Sidecar took the lead in the carpool race Gigaom - Fri, Dec 19, 2014 4:53 PM EST

    It’s been four months since Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar officially launched their carpool features. And although all three rideshare companies have marketed their new carpool feature to the masses, one of ...

  • The teenagers behind two of the most popular photography accounts on Twitter -- Earth Pics and History in Pics -- have used their viral success to start a media company aimed at helping others license ...

  • Back in September, Reddit announced a new $50 million round of funding, but what raised the eyebrows of many redditors and crypto-geeks alike was its plans to distribute 10 percent, or $5 million, of that ...

  • Chromebooks get an always listening “OK Google” command @ Gigaom - Fri, Dec 19, 2014 3:02 PM EST

    Over the last year, Google added the “OK Google” hotword to both the Chrome browser and Chrome OS computers. It works well but there’s a catch: You need to be on a new, blank tab before speaking. Now, ...

  • The smart lock looks to be one of the most promising smart-home technologies in 2015, thanks to technology improvements, user convenience, and lower costs.

  • Hulu adds Fargo and other cable shows, looks more like Netflix @ Gigaom - Fri, Dec 19, 2014 2:51 PM EST

    Hulu doesn’t want to leave all the good shows to Netflix and Amazon: The streaming video services has signed deals with 20th Century Fox and MGM to make Hulu the exclusive subscription home for a number ...

  • Crowdfunding sites have been teasing us with inexpensive 3D printers for a year now. But in the end the first modern desktop 3D printer that costs less than $500 came from Taiwan, not Kickstarter or Indiegogo. ...

  • Another year, another report from the Federal Communications Commission on the state of competition in the U.S. mobile industry, and as has been the case in the last four years, the FCC didn’t actually ...

  • T-Mobile will pay $90M over bogus charges on customer bills @ Gigaom - Fri, Dec 19, 2014 1:09 PM EST

    The FCC on Friday announced a $90 million settlement with T-Mobile, making it the latest phone carrier to pay a penalty for “cramming,” which involves adding unauthorized charges to customers’ bills for subscriptions ...

  • FBI: Sony hack was North Korea’s work Gigaom - Fri, Dec 19, 2014 12:06 PM EST

    The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation has officially pointed to North Korea as the culprit behind the hacking of Sony Pictures Entertainment — an incident that was allegedly connected with a now-pulled ...

  • Elon Musk: Tesla battery swap now working in beta in California @ Gigaom - Fri, Dec 19, 2014 11:39 AM EST

    Will Tesla soon start offering its customers the option to quickly swap out discharged batteries with charged batteries on long road trips? On Friday Tesla CEO Elon Musk said via Twitter that battery swapping ...

  • Stripe meets IFTTT: Payments now act as app triggers @ Gigaom - Fri, Dec 19, 2014 11:37 AM EST

    If you’re a app developer or online merchant that uses Stripe to process your customers, you can now get some pretty nifty alerts thanks to a partnership between Stripe and If This Then That. For instance, ...

  • Skilled hackers caused serious damage at a German steel mill sometime during this year, according an annual security roundup issued Wednesday by the country’s Federal Office for Information Security (BSI). ...

  • RunKeeper updated to use the GPS in Sony Smartwatch 3 @ Gigaom - Fri, Dec 19, 2014 11:25 AM EST

    RunKeeper, a popular exercise tracking app for Android and iOS, quietly announced in November it would support the dedicated GPS in Android Wear watches. After providing the function to beta testers for ...

  • You know what I’d really like to do for my lunch break today? I’d like to wait in line. That $12 SoMa salad will just taste so much better if I feel like I’ve worked for it. I’m kidding, of course. No ...

  • Samsung Galaxy J1 looks to be a budget-friendly Android Gigaom - Fri, Dec 19, 2014 10:45 AM EST

    After focusing so strongly on flagship handsets like the Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Note 4, Samsung is watching its top-selling smartphone crown start to slip. The company has always offered a range of devices ...

  • Red Hat’s success aside, it’s hard to profit from free @ Gigaom - Fri, Dec 19, 2014 9:46 AM EST

    Red Hat, which just reported a profit of $47.9 million (or 26 cents a share) on revenue of $456 million for its third quarter, has managed to pull off a tricky feat: It’s been able to make money off of ...

  • Profit and positive cash flow keep BlackBerry moving forward @ Gigaom - Fri, Dec 19, 2014 9:31 AM EST

    Despite falling smartphone sales and lower revenues on services, BlackBerry eked out a $0.01 per share profit it its most recent fiscal quarter. It also managed to put more money in the bank, creating a ...

  • Emmanuel Abbe, assistant professor at Princeton University, has won the inaugural Bell Labs Prize. In line with the Shannon theory, Abbe demonstrates that there is a cap on our ability to compute data ...

  • How NASA launched its web infrastructure into the cloud @ Gigaom - Fri, Dec 19, 2014 8:00 AM EST

    Among U.S. government agencies, the adoption of cloud computing hasn’t been moving full steam ahead, to say the least. Even though 2011 saw the Obama administration unveil the cloud-first initiative that ...

  • Samsung cans cross-platform ChatOn messaging service @ Gigaom - Fri, Dec 19, 2014 5:17 AM EST

    As predicted last month, Samsung is pulling the plug on its ChatOn messaging service. The Korean news service Yonhap reported on Friday that will axe the service on February 1, quoting the company as saying ...

  • Report: Google wants to build Android Auto directly into cars @ Gigaom - Thu, Dec 18, 2014 7:53 PM EST

    If you want to buy a car that gets all of its entertainment, navigation and other data directly from Google, you may have your wish in the next year or two. Citing sources familiar with Google’s plans, ...

  • The unthinkable has occurred: Uber has compromised with a local government, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal. Uber has agreed to suspend its operations for three months in Portland, Oregon, ...

  • We did it! We 3D printed in space @ Gigaom - Thu, Dec 18, 2014 6:26 PM EST

    Stuck in space without a part you desperately need? That’s not such a big deal anymore, thanks to a 3D printer that arrived at the International Space Station last month. 3D printer startup Made In Space ...

  • Flickr has abruptly ended a service that allowed people to buy canvas or wood prints based on pictures that appeared in its Creative Commons gallery, the photo sharing site announced on Thursday. The decision ...

  • It seems as though there are more mistakes, hoaxes and journalistic failures than there have ever been, but former Reuters media critic Jack Shafer argues they are just easier to spot now

  • McDonald’s was one of the first retail locations I used for Google Wallet back in 2011, so it’s not surprising to me that the fast-food retailer is among the early adopters for beacon technology. A news ...

  • Microsoft filed a lawsuit on Thursday against a bogus tech support service that allegedly used the company’s name to persuade victims, many of them seniors, to pay hundreds of dollars for worthless advice ...

  • It’s safe to say that Docker has had a momentous year with the container-management startup gaining a lot of developer interest and scoring a lot of support from big tech companies like Amazon, Google, ...

  • Good news if you own a Lumia 830, 930, Icon or 1520 smartphone: Microsoft said Thursday it has started to roll out the Lumia Denim software update in some regions. Aside from adding Cortana, Microsoft’s ...

  • There’s more to speech recognition apps than Siri, Cortana or Google voice search, and a San Francisco startup called Expect Labs aims to prove it. On Thursday, the company announced it has raised a $13 ...

  • US Cellular gets into the connected home biz @ Gigaom - Thu, Dec 18, 2014 2:18 PM EST

    Regional mobile carrier US Cellular announced a new home automation and security service called OnLook, which looks to be aimed squarely at AT&T’s Digital Life and other smart-home-in-a-box services.s ...

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