Square Register, Sans Payments And Hardware, Now Works Globally On Android And iOS

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 Last week, when Square started pre-orders for new chip-based card-reading hardware to upgrade its older mag-stripe readers, we noted that it seemed only a matter of time before the company would finally turn on more international services, where the newer chip-based system reigns supreme. Now it looks like that’s just what Square has quietly started to do. Updated Square Register… Read More Read more »

Update: Jolla Crowdfunds $380K+ To Build An iPad Alternative

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 Finnish smartphone startup Jolla has revealed the next step in its hardware journey: it’s making a tablet, albeit The Jolla Tablet will be crowdfunded. So this is mostly a pitch for pre-orders right now, with the price-tag starting at $189 for the first 2,000 pledgers. Read More Read more »

Microsoft lost the last decade. Here’s how Satya Nadella plans to win the next

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Ask the average person what they love the most about the technology they own, and there's a good chance they'll mention a beautiful Apple gadget, a seamless software experience designed by Google, a flashy device from Samsung or any number of fun and cool apps. Microsoft , while certainly not absent from the mix, is a few levels down. The company is still very successful, and Windows is still everywhere (the OS runs on 91.5% of the world's desktop PCs), but Microsoft products — both hardware and software — simply aren't thought of in the same way. See also: Was Windows 8 a Mistake? Microsoft Seems to Think So Read more... More about Microsoft , Windows , Office 365 , Satya Nadella , and 10 Read more »

Fitbit trackers disappear from Apple’s online store

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Apple has officially removed Fitbit from its online store; a search for "Fitbit" on Monday yielded no results. Reports began circulating last month that Apple would pull the popular fitness tracker from its shelves. The news came as Fitbit expressed skepticism of Apple's HealthKit fitness platform, giving repeated remarks that it was "evaluating" HealthKit but was in no rush to integrate into the platform. See also: 14 Hot Fitness Gadgets to Make You Sweat Image: Screenshot, Apple While the fitness wristbands are still available for purchase on the shelves at some Apple Stores, according to reports , you can no longer purchase them online . Read more... More about Apple , Wearables , Wearable Tech , Tech , and Apps Software Read more »

Amazon Echo is another step toward commoditizing your personal life

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The 4-minute video introducing Amazon's Echo seems at first like a parody or a glimpse into some dystopian vision of the near-future. The premise: A seemingly normal family of three brings what looks like a white noise machine into their homes. Echo is actually a speaker, but it also listens to what you're doing. Not all the time, though. Amazon is quick to point out early on that Alexa — the Siri-like voice recognition device Echo employs — only listens when you use a chosen "wake word." It's not clear though when it stops listening since it's also "always on" and can listen from across the room. (Amazon reps could not be reached for clarification on that point.) Read more... More about Business and Amazon Echo Read more »

The top 10 viral ads for October

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October is the spookiest month of them all, filled with candy, costumes tricks and treats. However anybody attempting to push anything Halloween-related didn't quite hit their mark this month because October's most viral ads tackled more serious issues such as feminism and transportation safety See also: The Top 10 Viral Ads of September There were of course some less serious ads that made it to the top 10 this month, but Unruly 's list of most viral ads puts FCKH8.com's potty-mouthed princesses at the top of their list. The spot tackles the serious issue of society's sexism, especially in the workplace and asks the question: Which is more offensive? Swearing children or sexism in society? Read more... More about Advertising , Lists , Ugc , Business , and Videos Read more »

[Update] Bitcoin Brothers Aim To Disrupt Bitcoin Mining With New, More Powerful, Supercomputers

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 After over two years in stealth mode, the bitcoin mining supercomputer manufacturer, Bitcoin Brothers is launching its hosted bitcoin mining services, powered by what the company claims are better, stronger machines to make the mining of bitcoin more efficient. Read More Read more »

HP and Gilt Groupe unveil fashion-focused smartwatch

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First teased back in August , Hewlett-Packard's new smartwatch was finally unveiled on Friday, and it looks pretty good Crafted through a partnership between HP and fashion designer Michael Bastian, the MB Chronowing looks exactly like a traditional watch, but also delivers email, stock market updates, calendar information, sports updates and text notifications See also: Microsoft officially announces wearable after early app release The water-resistant device is available with three interchangeable straps (leather, rubber and nylon), has a battery life of up to seven days and is controlled via an app that is accessed through iOS or Android devices. Read more... More about Mobile , Fashion , Style , Hp , and Hewlett Packard Read more »

10 Incredible Works of Art Made in Microsoft Excel

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While most see Microsoft Excel as endless blank rows and columns, others view it as a platform to bring their artwork to life. Many have managed to push the limits of the spreadsheet-making software that most of us try to avoid at all costs. From landscape masterpieces to recreations of our favorite video game characters, Excel has been unexpectedly used as a drawing tool to create some of the coolest illustrations. See also: 6 Entertaining Games Made Entirely in Microsoft Excel Below, we've put together 10 incredible works of art made in Microsoft Excel. 1. Japanese art by Tatsuo Horiuchi Image: Imgur, saezP Read more... More about Microsoft , Art , Features , Design , and Spreadsheet Read more »

Don’t Open Random PowerPoint Presentations From Strangers Right Now (Or Ever, Really)

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 Heads up! In what feels like a throwback to the late 90s/early 2000’s, Microsoft has discovered one helluva bug in Microsoft Office. Executed properly, the bug could be exploited to take over your entire system running just about any version of Windows. You can find Microsoft’s full disclosure on the bug here, but here’s the bulk of what you should know: This bug is being… Read More Read more »