Google Drops Compute Engine Prices By 10 Percent

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Google data center Earlier this year, Google announced massive price drops for all of its cloud computing services that were quickly matched by Amazon, Microsoft and others. Today, during Google’s Atmosphere Live event, the company’s senior VP Urs Hölzle announced yet another — but smaller — round of price drops centered around the company’s Compute Engine cloud computing service.… Read More

Windows 10 Technical Preview now available to download

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Microsoft only unveiled Windows 10 to the world yesterday, but you can already download a preview version of the new operating system today. The Windows 10 Technical Preview is designed for enthusiasts, developers, and enterprise customers to evaluate the latest changes to Windows. Microsoft has created a special insiders program to deliver regular updates throughout the Windows 10 development cycle, and those who sign up will get the very latest software to test.

It’s an unusual move for Microsoft, but one that it plans to capitalize on by looking closely at feedback from those who opt to install the early version of Windows 10. Microsoft is releasing Windows 10 Technical Preview as an ISO download, meaning you can install it in a…

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Next-Generation Email Platform Inbox Rolls Out Open Source Apps, Details Its Hosted API Pricing

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dark_lockup Inbox, the email startup founded by Dropbox and MIT alums offering modern APIs that allow developers to build new applications on top of email’s aging underpinnings, is today taking steps to make it even easier for developers to get started with the launch of open source email apps. The company is also announcing the pricing for its hosted version of the Inbox API for the first time… Read More

Garmin Announces A New Running Watch, The Super Smart Forerunner 920XT

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cqk2c0wv959eq5y0hbte Running watches can either be dead simple – see Timex’s Ironman line – or complex. Garmin usually errs on the side of complex. Their latest running watch, the 920XT, will be available before the holiday and promises enough bells and training whistles to help you go from couch to (probably not) a 100 miler in a few weeks. The new Forerunner looks similar to the previous… Read More

You Can Now Download The Windows 10 Technical Preview

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windows_product_family_9-30-event-741x416 Morning, everyone, have some fun: You can download the Windows 10 technical preview here. The new code is only a partial look at the coming operating system, something which Microsoft told TechCrunch again, and again yesterday. It does start to field a perspective at what Microsoft has in mind for its new platform, however: An environment where touch and more traditional mouse and keyboard… Read More

Quantcast Acquires Ad Personalization And Retargeting Company Struq

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struq Quantcast is announcing that it has acquired Struq, a London-based company that offers cross-device retargeting and personalization for advertisers. Quantcast may be best known for its data about Internet traffic, but it seems to have built a thriving ad business as well. The company’s announcement emphasizes the ways in which Struq technology can expand Quantcast’s ad platform,… Read More

Microsoft’s new Sway app is a tool to build elegant websites

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Microsoft is launching Sway today, a new app that’s part of the company’s Office family of products. It will sit alongside the regular Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote apps as a rich content creation tool. In its most basic form, Sway allows anyone to create a beautiful website from just images and text without any effort, and it’s all what you see is what you get (WYSIWYG) — a modern and simple version of FrontPage. Despite that, Microsoft is taking an interesting approach with Sway, using the company’s powerful Azure cloud servers to suggest page layouts and quickly render content on the fly.

Sway will format pictures and text in a way that its algorithm feels is appropriate, even picking colors from photos to apply to the site….

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Sprint fights AT&T by doubling shared data plans through October

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Sprint is trying to one-up AT&T on data plan offerings — again. Over the weekend, AT&T began a promotion that doubles the data offered in its largest family share plans, and now Sprint is striking back by making its plans offer twice as much as that. Sprint’s new plans offer 60GB per month for $130, 80GB for $160, and 120GB for $225, though additional per-line fees will raise those prices if you’re already a customer. For comparison, AT&T’s plans offer 30GB for $130, 40GB for $150, and 60GB for $225, and that’s before per-line fees too.

This whole doubling battle started back in August, when Sprint made a big deal about some new data plans that it said offered double what you’d find on AT&T and Verizon for the same price. AT&T’s new…

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This bent iPhone 6 poster is perfect

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Billboards can be big and unwieldy things. Sometimes big things need to bend a little to fit into the limited space of our puny little planet. And sometimes the thing that’s being advertised is so perfectly in sync with the billboard’s shape as to require no further explanation.

The massive advert for the iPhone 6 above is purportedly from Berlin — a place where Samsung also maintains a big presence — while the promotional poster below comes from a store in the Netherlands. We can’t yet verify the legitimacy of either image, but that’s really beside the point. Either they’re delightfully grand examples of self-sabotage or incredibly witty visual satire. Both work for us.

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Estate Assist Wants To Provide Estate Planning For The Social Media Age

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7910370882_eeaed9b952_k Contemplating the end of life freaks me out and as such, I’ve never put together a will. But then I’m young, healthy and I don’t own much so I can’t say I’ve felt the need to. Most Americans don’t actually. Over half of adults with kids don’t plan their estate, according to a 2012 Rocket Lawyer survey. But who lets Facebook or your other social… Read More

Rowl Raises $4M To Help You Find The Heart Of Saturday Night (Or Any Night)

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Coldplay Concert Auckland Is your inbox cluttered with too many messages from clubs in your area notifying for all the shows coming up, but not the RIGHT shows coming up? Can you never figure out when the hell that band that plays that song that you like on Spotify will actually be in Baton Rouge, Boise, or Dubuque? Or get your friends to come out with you to just hang? Well Rowl has raised $4 million in fresh… Read More

Yahoo Tests A New Homepage Highlighting Magazines, Talent… And Twitter

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yahoo1 For the past year or so, Yahoo has been working through a major design overhaul under CEO Marissa Mayer, and it looks like it has now started testing out new formats for its biggest property of all, Yahoo.com. From the looks of tips that we’ve received from readers, and a handful of others on Twitter, the new site will sport a much cleaner look, with a collapsable vertical menu bar… Read More

Houzz Raises $165M Series D Funding Round Led By Sequoia To Fuel International Expansion

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homepage1 Houzz, the fast-growing home-remodeling site, today announced that it has raised a $165 million Series D round led by Sequoia Capital, one of its early backers. Existing investors Oren Zeev, New Enterprise Associates, GGV Capital and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers also participated in this massive round, as well as new investors DST Global and T. Rowe Price. As Houzz co-founder and CEO… Read More

Thanks To A Partnership With Gimbal, Urban Airship’s Push Notifications Get Smarter About Location

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urban-airship-logo Push notification company Urban Airship is announcing a partnership with Gimbal, the beacon technology company that spun out of Qualcomm earlier this year.
The end result, according to Urban Airship CMO Brent Hieggelke (who answered my questions via email), is a more precise approach to targeting promotional push notifications, one that uses Gimbal’s proximity beacons as well as… Read More

Capital One Debuts A New Mobile Wallet App, Designed To Work With Apple Pay

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banner-digital-wallet Just ahead of Apple Pay’s public release, a top credit card provider, Capital One, has rolled out a new mobile wallet app for cardholders that will work with Apple’s forthcoming mobile payments platform to provide users with detailed information on their Apple Pay transactions, in addition to balance rewards access, and other features. The app was soft launched on iOS earlier… Read More

Watch the first full trailer for Ridley Scott’s biblical epic ‘Exodus’

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If the first teaser for Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods and Kings showed us just how somber the movie is portraying Moses’ story, the first full-length trailer, which has just been released, really starts to show us why. This is the first solid look at Scott’s next movie, and it’s a good one: there’s no denying that it’s an action-packed biblical epic, but it appears that there’s a lot more to it than just the action. And, when the action does hit, it looks pretty great too. The movie is out on December 12th.

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