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Movie industry yells 'Cut!' on wearables in theaters

The dictum, "Please turn off all cell phones" at your local movie theater may soon be expanded to include Google Glass, smartwatches, GoPros, life-logging cameras, and a cast of thousands of other wearables.

By Zach Miners | 30 October, 2014 09:32

Tags: Apple, Internet-based applications and services, Google, consumer electronics, Motion Picture Association of America, internet, mobile, digital cameras

Facebook: US$15 billion of WhatsApp's value is based on what it could be

Facebook has revealed a little more about what compelled it to spend close to US$19 billion earlier this year to buy mobile messaging service WhatsApp -- a deal that had many scratching their heads at the huge sum.

By Zach Miners | 29 October, 2014 11:15

Tags: business issues, Internet-based applications and services, WhatsApp, internet, social media, Facebook, Mergers and acquisitions

Google's new Fit app plays well with Strava, Runkeeper and others

Google is aiming to keep its users healthy -- and away from Apple -- with a new app that takes a broader view of fitness tracking.

By Zach Miners | 29 October, 2014 06:04

Tags: mobile applications, Apple, Google, consumer electronics, smartphones, mobile

Bing lets you dig behind the smiley face with emoji search

Bing now supports searches with emoji, meaning you can insert or paste a range of emoji icons like hearts, smiley faces, food graphics, or any combination thereof, for some interesting, though not always useful, results.

By Zach Miners | 28 October, 2014 12:27

Tags: Yahoo, Internet-based applications and services, Google, Microsoft, social networking, internet, social media, search engines

Twitter shares fall as user growth stalls

Twitter still has work to do to gain more users, and grow its ad sales in the process, judging from Wall Street's reaction to its latest financial results.

By Zach Miners | 28 October, 2014 08:29

Tags: business issues, Internet-based applications and services, twitter, financial results, social networking, internet, social media

Startup arms cops with Internet-connected 'smart' guns

The Internet of Things has come to police guns.

By Zach Miners | 28 October, 2014 06:45

Tags: analytics, Internet-based applications and services, Internet of Things, legal, Yardarm Technologies, internet

Facebook hopes to get people talking -- using whatever name -- with Rooms app

Facebook is going old-school, with a stand-alone app for discussion boards aimed at letting users talk about shared interests without having to use their real names.

By Zach Miners | 24 October, 2014 05:48

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, social networking, internet, social media, mobile, Facebook

Twitter weaves Fabric, but will developers be drawn in?

To identity Twitter solely as a micro-blogging service could be to do it a disservice. The company wants to be much more to developers building mobile apps, and at its Flight conference on Wednesday it welcomed them in.

By Zach Miners | 23 October, 2014 11:27

Tags: analytics, Internet-based applications and services, twitter, social networking, internet, social media

Twitter brings log-in via phone number to wider app landscape with 'Fabric' platform

Twitter is opening its nest to more mobile developers, with a new service for easier app sign-ins.

By Zach Miners | 23 October, 2014 06:02

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, twitter, social networking, internet, social media, mobile

Pew survey shows women bear brunt of online harassment

As much as the Internet provides a place to connect, it's also a haven for trolls, bullies, cyberthieves and wackos. Recent incidents targeting women, including GamerGate and the iCloud nude photo leak, have brought some of the issues to the fore.

By Zach Miners | 23 October, 2014 00:47

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, Pew Research Center, social networking, internet, social media

Yahoo squeezes out some growth

Yahoo reported a 1 percent sales increase on Tuesday, a marked shift after multiple quarters of decline, though results in its critical ad business were mixed.

By Zach Miners | 22 October, 2014 10:42

Tags: advertising, business issues, Yahoo, Internet-based applications and services, financial results, internet, search engines

Your online TV watching is now being tracked across devices

Showing all viewers the same commercial six minutes into, say, an episode of "Modern Family" might soon be over. If you're watching it online.

By Zach Miners | 21 October, 2014 20:46

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, consumer electronics, nielsen, adobe, smartphones, internet, netflix, video

Obama orders chip-and-PIN in government credit cards

President Barack Obama issued an executive order on Friday to have secure chip-and-PIN technology embedded into government-issued credit and debit cards as part of a broader move aimed at stemming payment data breaches.

By Zach Miners | 18 October, 2014 12:00

Tags: Target, white house, U.S. Federal Trade Commission, security, legal, data breach, Home Depot, data protection

Snapchat rolling out non-'creepy' ads that still might get creepy

Ads are officially coming to Snapchat, in a form the company says is not "targeted," but Snapchat's own terms of service suggest it could do something very much like that.

By Zach Miners | 18 October, 2014 09:21

Tags: advertising, Internet-based applications and services, SnapChat, internet, social media, mobile

Neil Young's Pono music store has more than 600K songs 'ingested', downloads are another matter

Neil Young says he is making progress toward filling his online Pono store with millions of high-fidelity music files. He's mum, though, on exactly when people can actually start downloading and listening.

By Zach Miners | 18 October, 2014 07:01

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, Internet of Things, PonoMusic, Music and audio, internet

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