Apple could ditch Google for Bing or Yahoo next year

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Google risks losing its spot as the default search provider in Apple’s Safari browser next year, according to a report from The Information. The latest extension of a deal that’s put Google Search in the hands of iPhone owners since 2007 is set to expire in 2015, and Mountain View rivals Microsoft and Yahoo are already making a case for change with Apple’s leadership. Per the report, each company has pitched Apple SVP Eddy Cue on the idea of replacing Google as the default iOS search provider; Microsoft wants Bing to be the default option out of the box, and Yahoo is vying for the same spot.

Bing has already made inroads with Apple. It’s the search provider used by Siri, iOS’s personal assistant. And on the desktop, OS X Yosemite and…

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IDC: iPad Sees First-Ever Decline As Wider Tablet Shipment Growth Drops 7.2% In 2014 To 235.7M Units

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ipad-mini-3-feature As Apple rides a cresting wave in the stock market with its market cap now dancing around $700 billion, a dark cloud moves in from IDC. The analysts report today that full-year iPad shipments will decline for the first time in its history, amid a sluggish market overall for tablets. Apple — which ironically now offers more models of its iPad tablet than ever before — will… Read More

A Gift Guide For Watch Lovers, The Guy’s Edition

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giftguide-splash-menswatches Watches make a great gift (and I’m not just saying that because I love them and write about them.) Watches are personal items that you wear and say something about you; they are functional tools; and they can embody beautiful designs. Watch lovers tend to focus mostly on mechanical watches, which have a timelessness to them and are typically considered more prestigious that ones powered… Read More

Lumoid Launches A Peer-To-Peer Marketplace For Short-Term Gadget Rentals

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lumoid locals The introduction of Lumoid Locals should enable the company to expand its potential inventory while also allowing its users to make their gear available to others. Launching in San Francisco to start, the Locals marketplace also provides a low-touch way for Lumoid to make money while connecting customers with one another. Read More

Zendrive Lets Ridesharing And Delivery Companies Know If Their Drivers Are Distracted

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91892622_b35fcfeab2_o Zendrive, a startup that uses smartphone sensors to measure drivers’ behavior, today announced ZenFleets, its first paid service. As the name implies, ZenFleets is meant for companies that have a large number of cars on the road at any given time. With ZenFleets, businesses can track where those cars are, but more importantly, the service also tries to figure out if the driver is focused… Read More

Tumblr Overtakes Instagram As Fastest-Growing Social Platform, Snapchat Is The Fastest-Growing App

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Screen Shot 2014-11-25 at 16.57.16 With 1.35 billion active monthly users, Facebook continues to be the world’s largest social network by some margin, but  when it comes to picking up new users, it appears to have reached a saturation point. Research out today from the Global Web Index notes that Tumblr’s active user base in the last six months grew by 120%, while Facebook’s grew by only 2%. And… Read More

Get ready for calorie counts in restaurants, pizza parlors, and movie theaters across the country

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The US Food and Drug Administration announced new rules today that will oblige movie theaters, pizza parlors, and chain restaurants across the US to post calorie counts next to food items on their menus, reports The New York Times. The rules, which will take effect in a year, will also require that restaurants display the caloric content of pre-packaged alcoholic beverages like beer and wine.

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The best Black Friday 2014 deals at Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile

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If you don’t need a new TV, video game console, or computer, heading to your local carrier store on Black Friday might not be such a bad idea. Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile are all offering discounts — some of them decent — on smartphones and various accessories like smartwatches and fitness trackers. As of right now, it looks like Verizon is offering the best deals if you’re after a new phone. The Sony Z3v is an easy recommendation if you don’t mind signing on with Verizon for two years; same goes for the “free” Moto X and $99 Droid Turbo.

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Mark Cuban made billions from an open internet. Now he wants to kill it

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Over the last few weeks, billionaire and former tech executive Mark Cuban has become increasingly vocal on the subject of net neutrality. In an interview with The Washington Post yesterday, Cuban said that he was in favor of creating “fast lanes” on the internet that would ensure the quality of certain services. He’s a man who has always had plenty of opinions, and he’s certainly entitled to them, but in this case, it’s worth pointing out what a hypocritical asshat he sounds like, pushing a position that would have been a death blow to the very startup that made him so rich in the first place.

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Microsoft can’t explain why its Surface tablet needs a pen

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What can you do in 30 seconds? If it’s an advertisement for the Surface, the answer is: a lot. For the past two years, Microsoft has been showing the tablet running the full version of Office, editing photos in Adobe Photoshop, and converting into either a tablet or a notebook on the fly. But one thing Microsoft hasn’t been able to do very well in 30 seconds is explain why the Surface needs a stylus, which in an era of stroking our screens has long seemed antiquated.

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Researchers used Jackie Chan’s ‘Police Story 3: Supercop’ to improve solar cells

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As far as threequels go, Jackie Chan’s 1992 movie Police Story 3: Supercop has done pretty well for itself. It has a 7.3 rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a 6.9 on IMDb. But those ratings have nothing to do with Northwestern University researchers’ decision to purchase three copies of the flick in Blu-ray for their lab. According to them, the film was just a means to an end — a random purchase that helped them discover that the etchings that cover Blu-ray discs can actually improve the way solar cells absorb light.

“Now there’s a new purpose of unwanted Blu-ray discs.”

“Now there’s a new purpose of unwanted Blu-ray discs,” says Jiaxing Huang, an engineer at Northwestern University and a co-author of the study published today in Nature…

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VigLink Acquires Content Promotion Startup LinkSmart, Adds Another $2M In Funding

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VigLink VigLink just announced that it’s acquiring Boulder, Colo.-based startup LinkSmart. Aside from the obvious connection of having “link” in both company names, VigLink founder and CEO Oliver Roup pointed to LinkSmart’s focus on helping online publishers promote to their own content, whether it’s an important article or a sponsored story. That complements… Read More

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