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Why People Aren't Buying iPads Anymore

(0) Comments | Posted July 23, 2014 | 4:39 PM

Last week, a colleague of mine went to the Verizon store to get a new phone. An hour later, he walked out with a new smartphone and a free Android tablet.

That's how cheap tablets have become: Verizon will give you a free one when you sign...

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I Tried Amazon's Fire Phone -- Here's Why I Won't Buy It

(31) Comments | Posted July 22, 2014 | 8:59 PM

I've been using the Fire Phone, the long-anticipated smartphone from Amazon, for the last few days. It's a fine phone ...

The 4.7-inch screen is significantly bigger than one on my puny iPhone 5S, and it's been a pleasure for reading, browsing Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, and making calls...

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Netflix Is Going To Start Selling Gift Cards In Stores

(2) Comments | Posted July 21, 2014 | 8:04 PM

You may soon be able to get a Netflix subscription at your neighborhood grocery store.

The streaming video service announced in a letter to investors Monday that it's going to start selling physical gift cards in "select stores" in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Germany -- a small...

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Americans Won't Stop Loving Amazon, No Matter What It Does

(35) Comments | Posted July 16, 2014 | 12:01 AM

A bitter public feud with a book publisher, eviscerating segments by Stephen Colbert and reports of terrible warehouse working conditions don't seem to be having much effect on how Americans feel about Amazon, according to a new survey.

Amazon, the world's largest...

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Google acaba com pornografia em anúncios

(0) Comments | Posted July 10, 2014 | 6:28 PM

O Google acaba de ficar um pouco menos "NSFW".

Na última semana, o Google proibiu anúncios que, nas palavras da empresa, “promovem descrições gráficas de atos sexuais”. Eles incluem não só a “pornografia hardcore” como qualquer representação de “masturbação” e “atividade sexual genital, anal e oral”.

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Amazon Sued For Making It Way Too Easy For Kids To Spend Money

(65) Comments | Posted July 10, 2014 | 4:58 PM

A federal agency just filed a lawsuit against Amazon for letting children make purchases too easily on mobile devices without their parents' approval.

In a complaint filed Thursday, the Federal Trade Commission alleged that the retailing giant has unlawfully charged customers millions of dollars for kids' "in-app purchases"...

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Amazon Really, Really Wants This Book War To End

(37) Comments | Posted July 8, 2014 | 6:34 PM

Amazon just offered some authors a deal that sounds too good to refuse: A full 100 percent of proceeds from the sales of their ebooks.

"If we sell a book at $9.99, the author would get the full $9.99, many multiples of what they would normally get," David Naggar, Amazon's...

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Google macht es schwieriger, Pornos zu finden

(0) Comments | Posted July 4, 2014 | 4:41 PM

Weniger Pornos bei Google: Diese Woche hat Google Werbung verbannt, die „grafische Darstellungen von sexuellen Handlungen“ beinhalten. Darunter fasst Google nicht nur harte Pornografie, sondern auch Wörter wie „Selbstbefriedigung“, „genital, anal und orale sexuelle Aktivität“.

Das bedeutet: Webseiten, die diese Art von Material anbieten, werden künftig nicht mehr in...

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Google Just Made It Even Harder To Search For Porn

(101) Comments | Posted July 3, 2014 | 4:57 PM

Google just got a little less NSFW.

This week, Google banned advertisements that, in the words of the company, "promote graphic depictions of sexual acts." These include not only "hardcore pornography" but any depiction of "graphic sexual acts" like "masturbation" and "genital, anal, and oral sexual...

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Amazon Is Fixing An Annoying Flaw With Fire TV

(16) Comments | Posted July 1, 2014 | 7:30 AM

If you own an Amazon Fire TV, you may be in for a big surprise from your Internet provider.

A bug in Amazon's new set-top box -- it allows you to use your TV to stream Netflix, play games and, of course, easily buy movies and...

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Google Just Announced Its Master Plan To Own TV

(28) Comments | Posted June 25, 2014 | 3:39 PM

You love your Android phone. But will you love your Android TV?

Google seems to think so. On Wednesday, the company announced Android TV, an operating system for Internet-connected televisions, game consoles and set-top boxes.

Like Android, the mobile operating system that Samsung, LG, HTC, Motorola and many other...

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What Amazon Doesn't Want You To Know

(18) Comments | Posted June 24, 2014 | 1:11 PM

Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos sure doesn't like to get specific with numbers.

Apart from the phrase "Fire Phone" itself, the phrase "tens of millions" could have been the one he uttered most frequently as he stood on stage in Seattle last week to announce the company's...

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What It's Like To Use Amazon's New Phone

(10) Comments | Posted June 19, 2014 | 9:18 AM

SEATTLE -- The man from Amazon held the phone a few feet in front of a box of raisin bran, like he was going to take a picture of it. Immediately, silver dots appeared on the phone's screen, magically dancing around the edges of the box. Within an instant, the...

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Amazon's Smartphone Is Just Too Expensive

(81) Comments | Posted June 18, 2014 | 6:10 PM

SEATTLE -- Amazon's new smartphone features some cool new technology, but probably the most surprising thing about the device is its high price.

Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s founder and CEO, revealed the price of the Fire Phone at the end of a press conference here on Wednesday, sparking a...

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Amazon Announces A 3D Phone Called 'Fire Phone'

(95) Comments | Posted June 18, 2014 | 1:56 PM

SEATTLE -- Amazon is officially in the smartphone business.

Confirming months of rumors, the world's largest online retailer unveiled on Wednesday its long-awaited smartphone, the Fire Phone.

"The phone is gorgeous," said Jeff Bezos, Amazon's founder and CEO, to an auditorium full of journalists, analysts and Amazon customers. "I...

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The Time Amazon Stabbed A German Knife Maker In The Back

(45) Comments | Posted June 16, 2014 | 7:40 AM

Amazon has been in the news lately for its tough negotiation tactics, refusing to accept presale orders for certain books from the publisher Hachette as well as some new DVDs and Blu-rays from Warner Bros. as it attempts to get more favorable contract terms...

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After 2018, Your PC Won't Be The Main Way We Get Online

(238) Comments | Posted June 10, 2014 | 8:05 AM

For as long as the Internet has existed, the vast majority of its traffic has come from people connecting with their laptops and desktops.

That's about to change.

In 2018, global Internet traffic will be almost evenly split: People using desktops and laptops will account for about half of...

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Cable Companies Are The Worst: Study Confirms

(153) Comments | Posted June 6, 2014 | 8:50 PM

More than half of people would quit their cable company if there were actually a decent alternative, according to recent study. However, there could soon be even fewer companies out there.

Consulting firm cg42 conducted an online survey of over 3,000 current and former customers of the top...

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Why A Sprint-T-Mobile Merger Would Be Terrible For Customers, In 1 Chart

(36) Comments | Posted June 5, 2014 | 4:17 PM

Americans have only a handful of options when it comes to deciding who to go with for mobile phone service.

If Sprint and T-Mobile have their way, we could have even fewer.

The two wireless companies are reportedly close to a $32 billion merger. Sprint, the larger...

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The iPhone's Fingerprint Scanner Is About To Get Really Useful

(34) Comments | Posted June 4, 2014 | 7:30 AM

Wouldn't it be cool to log into your banking app on your smartphone using your fingerprint instead of that string of capital letters, numbers and symbols known as your password?

For iPhone owners, those days could be near.

Apple announced on Monday that it's opened up Touch ID, the...

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