T-Mobile CEO John Legere Says Without The iPhone, A Carrier “Is Shit”

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John Legere It probably goes without saying, but: carriers love them some iPhones. For anyone who comes into the store with an iPhone in mind, the two-year contracts pretty much write themselves. Carrier execs would rarely speak too bluntly about that fact, though; Apple is already chipping away at their stronghold (see: Apple taking app distribution out of the carrier’s hands, things like Apple… Read More

Apple CEO Tim Cook: Apple Pay Activated 1M Cards In 72 Hours

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Screen Shot 2014-10-27 at 8.34.36 PM This evening at a Wall Street Journal technology conference, Apple CEO Tim Cook said that in its first 72 hours, Apple Pay activated 1 million cards.
That figure indicates that Apple Pay is picking up traction outside of the technology, early-adopter set. Apple Pay competes with rival offerings from Google, among others, alongside traditional payment methods.
Paying for goods with your… Read More

India’s Snapdeal Snaps Up $627M Led By SoftBank To Supercharge Its Marketplace

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Screen Shot 2014-10-28 at 02.37.29 A big day for e-commerce startups in India, and a double boom for Japan’s SoftBank. Snapdeal, founded four years ago as a marketplace for third party retailers in India to sell goods online, has raised an additional $627 million from SoftBank Internet and Media to continue building out its business in the country, both organically and through acquisitions. It’s thought to be… Read More

The new Area 51 is Alienware’s radical take on the gaming desktop

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Alienware’s newest desktop PC has arrived in the form of the Area 51 — a behemoth hexagonal tower made to better serve gamers looking for top-line performance. It ships with the new Intel Haswell-E 6- and 8-core processors, and appears to be an apt successor to the company’s long line of purpose-built gaming boxes.

Starting at $1699 and available to order tomorrow, the Area 51 is equipped to allow all sorts of customization, like the ability to fit five hard drives (SSD or HDD) and three…

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Alienware’s new graphics amplifier and laptop make portable high-end gaming possible

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The dream for many PC gamers has always been to have a portable machine that can also handle the latest graphics-intensive releases, and Alienware has come up with a solution that moves that dream closer to reality with the Alienware Graphics Amplifier. Released alongside the Alienware 13 — the company’s newest gaming laptop — the near-8-pound, $299 box is meant to live on your desk, ready to be plugged into any time you feel the need for that extra GPU boost that a laptop just can’t provide….

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Kim Kardashian West On Oversharing, Adopting New Platforms, And BlackBerry

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Kim Kardashian West If you told a random member of the tech media a year ago that one of the biggest names interviewed by Kara Swisher at her own conference in 2014 would be Kim Kardashian West, you’d probably receive a dumb look and a quick dismissal. Yet that’s exactly what happened at today’s Code/Mobile conference, where the reality TV and social media star reflected on the role of mobile… Read More

James Franco shows off the Motorola Droid Turbo in mildly unsettling viral ad

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Motorola hasn’t officially announced the existence of its upcoming Droid Turbo smartphone yet, but the Kevlar-coated device has appeared all over the internet, with leaked images showing the Android phone’s red and black variants. With the Droid official Twitter account posting teasers for the Turbo, it can only be a matter of time before the phone gets an official release — even actor James Franco has one.

Franco — poet, polymath, and star of pot comedy Pineapple Express — appears of a new viral ad for the Droid Turbo. The 30-second clip shows Franco being filmed by a fan as he’s riding a bike in a button-down shirt. He engages in small-talk with the unnamed cameraperson, flashing her a sinister grin, before peeling off into the…

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Wealthfront Closes A Big New Round As Competitors Crowd The Wealth Management Market

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13939853121_a78af39f4d_k The automated wealth management firms (known as “robo-advisors”) that are bringing algorithmically enhanced services to the stodgy world of retirement planning are gearing up to go Terminator as competition intensifies.
In what’s sure to be the first shot in a salvo of big new rounds for these (no-longer) startups, Palo Alto, Calif.-based Wealthfront has raised roughly $70… Read More

A new project from Apple and Google alumni aims to fix an annoying Android problem

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Thanks to the built-in features in most games and apps, it’s become increasingly difficult to lose something you’re working on. Your phone or tablet can suddenly explode, but if you had an internet connection, there’s a good chance you’ll be able to get right back to what you were working on with some other device. One thing that hasn’t changed though is the juggle involved in switching between an app or game on a phone and tablet. Your data may be syncing up behind the scenes, but not every app does it, and you still hunt down the app, open your file, and remember what exactly you were doing.

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Twitter Has No Short-Term Plans To Monetize Vine

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Twitter headquarters in SF Twitter has no short-term plans to monetize Vine, a social product that it purchased in its infancy.
The information was shared during the company’s earnings call, following a quarterly financial report that included stronger-than-expected third-quarter performance but soft guidance and user growth that investors found troubling. Twitter is down more than 10 percent in after-hours trading. Read More

Nextbit Unveils A Dead-Simple Way To Sync, Store Data Across Multiple Mobile Apps, Devices

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Screen Shot 2014-10-27 at 2.56.31 PM So the last time I talked to Nextbit, they had raised $18 million from Accel Partners and Google Ventures and had put together a veteran team made out of early Android folk who helped build Google’s mobile OS into what it is today. But they refused to share anything about what they were working on. Now after building up a team of 22 people from Android, HTC and Dropbox, they’re… Read More

Twitter’s Next Targets For Monetization Are Logged Out And Casual Visitors

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twitter-analytics Twitter reported 284 million average monthly active users in its Q3 earnings today, but with growth down over last month, during the its call the company diverted attention away from MAUs by focusing on another, much bigger number: that of Twitter visitors who are either “logged out”, or not registered at all. “Are they monetiseable?” CTO Anthony Noto… Read More

US updates Ebola monitoring guidelines after controversial quarantine

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The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is issuing new guidelines for how states should deal with people at risk of contracting Ebola. The CDC now recommends that those with a high risk of exposure voluntarily isolate themselves and agree to be actively monitored for symptoms. Few people in the US will fall into the high-risk group, as the CDC defines it as people who have cared for an Ebola patient without protective equipment and people who have been stuck with a needle used by someone else exposed to the virus.

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