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The Reasons The Ice Bucket Challenge Went Viral

(0) Comments | Posted August 19, 2014 | 4:30 PM

Take one part challenge, one part charity, sprinkle in some celebrity and cook on high with Facebook. Voilà: You have the Ice Bucket Challenge -- the viral phenomenon that's likely taking your Facebook feed by storm.
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The concept -- which you know by now consists of people...

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The Trick To Never Getting Screwed By Terrible Customer Service

(46) Comments | Posted August 19, 2014 | 8:50 AM

The hot new thing on the Internet seems to be recording an awful customer service experience and posting it online. Unlike most Internet fads, this one may actually be useful -- by helping you get better customer service.

There have been several high- profile...

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The Real Reason Facebook Is Forcing You To Download Messenger

(119) Comments | Posted August 13, 2014 | 1:23 PM

A little over a year ago, Facebook launched Facebook Home, software designed to take over some smartphones completely. It was a huge flop, but the message was clear: Facebook was on a mission to dominate the time you spend on your phone.

The company's recent

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Finally, Some Good News For Anyone Who Owns A TV Or A Cell Phone

(25) Comments | Posted August 6, 2014 | 6:01 PM

Consumers just dodged a bullet.

Actually, make that two bullets.

This week, there were two different mergers in the works that would have brought together giants of telecom and media. On Tuesday, both of those deals fell apart. Sprint decided to abandon its $32 billion plan to...

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Even Timex Is Making A Smartwatch Now

(3) Comments | Posted August 5, 2014 | 9:33 PM

If you're one of the few people who actually has a smartwatch, you know it can't do much without a smartphone. In order for most smartwatches to be fully functional, they need to be paired to the mini-computer that we carry around in our pockets and purses all the time.

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Amazon Will Pay You $1 To Choose Slow Shipping

(86) Comments | Posted July 30, 2014 | 4:58 PM

One of the best things about being an Amazon Prime member is getting free, two-day shipping.

Prime members with a little patience, however, are now getting an extra benefit: $1.

Starting Wednesday, prime members who choose "No-Rush" shipping on any order will get a $1 credit for Amazon's

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Amazon Finally Explains Why It's Fighting A Big Publisher

(35) Comments | Posted July 30, 2014 | 1:07 PM

Amazon is finally opening up about its fight with publisher Hachette.

The two companies have been embroiled in contentious negotiations over e-book pricing for months. Until now, no one was talking about the specifics of the deal.

In a post on the Kindle forum Tuesday afternoon,...

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He probado el Fire Phone de Amazon... y ésta es la razón por la que no voy a comprarlo

(0) Comments | Posted July 28, 2014 | 2:09 AM

Estos últimos días he estado utilizando el Fire Phone, el tan esperado smartphone de Amazon. No está mal…

La pantalla de 4,7 pulgadas es bastante más grande que la de mi pobre iPhone 5S. Está muy bien para leer, para mirar Twitter, Instagram y Facebook, para hacer llamadas...

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Why People Aren't Buying iPads Anymore

(617) 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

(37) 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

(3) 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

(18) 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

(19) 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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