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FCC vote on incentive auction plan could further open broadband competition
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission will reserve a significant amount of spectrum in its upcoming auctions of the television band for...
Facebook wants to help you meet friends offline
Facebook now has its own take on location sharing -- an optional feature that periodically broadcasts people's locations to their friends.
Microsoft's Outlook.com now imports Yahoo Mail
Microsoft said Thursday that it will now import Yahoo Mail via Outlook.com, providing a front door to another major email provider.
With Google Glass, the doctor can see you now
Emergency room physicians at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center are four months into a pilot program where they are using Google's computerized...
Small businesses could benefit from wireless industry 'kill switch' plans
The kill switch application wireless carriers and device manufacturers plan to make available next year for new smartphones could benefit small...
Google revenue jumps 19 percent but still disappoints
Google reported a 19 percent increase in revenue for the first quarter, but results from its advertising business were mixed.
Lavaboom builds encrypted webmail service to resist snooping
A new webmail service called Lavaboom promises to provide easy-to-use email encryption without ever learning its users' private encryption keys...
Teardown: Galaxy S5 parts cost 21% more than iPhone 5S
The Samsung Galaxy S5 comes with an "astronomical" cost for materials of $251.52 for the 32 GB version, according to a teardown estimate by...
Telefónica starts exchange for targeted mobile ads
Telecom operator TelefA3nica has launched the first mobile ad-exchange platform to use the operator's customer demographics and real-time...
Yahoo sales sag with mixed results in ads
In an indication that CEO Marissa Mayer is not yet seeing dramatic results from her efforts to turn the company around, Yahoo's sales dipped...
SAP users rattle sabers over charges for user-friendly Fiori apps
SAP user groups are stepping up pressure on the vendor over the fees charged for its user-friendly Fiori applications, saying they should be included...
Buying Google Glass today? 7 things you should know
Not one of the approximately 8,000 Google Glass Explorers but wish you were? If so, today is the day pick up a pair, but there are a few things you...
Microsoft kicks off sales of lower-priced Office subscription in bid for iPad dollars
Five weeks after announcing a lower-cost subscription to Office, Microsoft today started selling Office 365 Personal to consumers.
USB Type-C: Simpler, faster and more powerful
The next generation of USB cables, the Type-C, will offer faster data streams, an increased ability to power devices, and better ease of use.
Connected stuff is catching on -- just don't call it IoT
Many organizations today are looking for things that talk to the Internet. Sensors, cameras, medical equipment and even snowplows are on that wish...
With a Wi-Fi cloud service, Ruckus aims to help hotspot owners make money
The latest entrant into cloud-based Wi-Fi plans to apply the technique to public Wi-Fi hotspots, helping enterprises and service providers to better...
Your no-fuss, fail-safe guide to protecting Android devices
As Android's popularity continues to climb, it's increasingly joining the workplace. In its early days, Android had little in the way of...
Would Amazon dare to make a phone? Of course
The idea of an Amazon smartphone, reportedly in the works for a September release, may seem far-fetched or foolhardy but isn't that big a stretch...
Facebook's government request report adds Instagram -- duck face and all
Better think before you post that Instagram selfie -- a government could want it.
FTC implores WhatsApp to keep its promises on privacy in Facebook deal
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission on Thursday cleared a path for Facebook's acquisition of WhatsApp to proceed, though it called on both...