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Lego combines physical and virtual world to avoid kids' 'zombie gaze'

Lego, the Danish maker of the namesake toy bricks known to kids all over the world, has figured out what appears to be an ingenious way to combine the physical world of their traditional building blocks with the virtual world of app games.

By Loek Essers | 20 June, 2014 00:34

Tags: mobile applications, lego, mobile

Intel ventures into 3D mobile chat app that tracks faces, moods

Intel wants to inject passion and excitement into mobile chat through a new app that relies on face-tracking technology to assess facial expressions and mood.

By Agam Shah | 20 June, 2014 00:30

Tags: mobile applications, intel, mobile

The real 'fire' in Amazon's smartphone? A shopping spree

You'd be forgiven for thinking Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos wants to compete with other phone makers with his company's new Fire smartphone. But forget the multiple cameras and pretty 3-D-like effects, the device is really about selling more stuff.

By Zach Miners | 19 June, 2014 09:59

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, e-commerce, amazon.com, social networking, internet, mobile, video, mobile applications, services, Apple, Google, consumer electronics, Telephony/conferencing, smartphones, social media

E-health for pets? Smart collar can send health alerts to vets

PetPace's new smart collar is making it easier for veterinarians to track the well-being of pets and keep in touch with owners.

By Lucas Mearian | 19 June, 2014 06:39

Tags: applications, Emerging Technologies, Mobile device management, hardware systems, big data, software, data mining, mobile

Oregon closer to suing Oracle over Obamacare website woes

Oregon is taking more steps toward suing Oracle over its work on the state's disastrous health-insurance exchange website, Cover Oregon.

By Chris Kanaracus | 19 June, 2014 06:23

Tags: application development, applications, legal, Civil lawsuits, CIO role, it strategy, software, IT management, Oracle, services

BlackBerry makes Amazon app store part of rescue plan

The BlackBerry 10 OS will soon have Amazon's Android app store built-in, in a bid to increase the number of apps available on the smartphone and allow BlackBerry to focus on enterprise software as it tries to stay afloat.

By Mikael Ricknäs | 19 June, 2014 00:43

Tags: BlackBerry OS, application development, amazon.com, consumer electronics, Mobile OSes, smartphones, software, mobile, mobile applications, Blackberry

Report: Neither iOS nor Android inherently more secure than the other

Apple's tight vetting of mobile applications gives it a security edge over Android, but there are still several ways for attackers to steal data from iOS devices, a mobile security company warned in a report Tuesday.

By Jeremy Kirk | 18 June, 2014 14:02

Tags: Android OS, Apple, Google, applications, telecommunication, security, ios, Mobile OSes, mobile

Facebook takes aim at Snapchat with new Slingshot app

Facebook has launched a new photo- and video-sharing app called Slingshot that's aimed squarely at popular cool-kid Snapchat.

By Zach Miners | 18 June, 2014 04:31

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

Report: Oracle in talks to buy hospitality tech vendor Micros for more than $5 billion

Oracle is reportedly close to buying hospitality and retail technology vendor Micros Systems for more than US$5 billion in a deal that would be its biggest since the purchase of Sun Microsystems several years ago.

By Chris Kanaracus | 18 June, 2014 03:34

Tags: business issues, applications, hardware systems, software, internet, industry verticals, IT management, Micros, Mergers and acquisitions, Oracle

Salesforce takes a shot at Zendesk, Freshdesk with Desk.com upgrade

Salesforce.com wants to be the go-to option when small and medium-sized businesses decide they need better customer support software, with a series of updates to its Desk.com application.

By Chris Kanaracus | 17 June, 2014 22:03

Tags: applications, Customer Relationship Management, Assistly, Salesforce.com, Zendesk, FreshDesk, software, Desk.com, internet, cloud computing, Portals

Box buys cloud storage startup for streaming technology

Box has acquired Streem, a cloud storage and file-sharing startup that specializes in large media files and that has developed innovative technology for streaming that type of content.

By Juan Carlos Perez | 17 June, 2014 05:53

Tags: applications, storage, software, internet, cloud computing, Software as a service, collaboration, Box.net

Microsoft launches a service to help predict the future

Microsoft will soon offer a service aimed at making machine-learning technology more widely usable.

By Joab Jackson | 17 June, 2014 04:03

Tags: applications, Microsoft, software, data mining, business intelligence

Microsoft releases a browser just for developers

Developers can try out new features of the next version of Internet Explorer using a test edition Microsoft has released for their use.

By Joab Jackson | 17 June, 2014 01:01

Tags: Development tools, application development, applications, Microsoft, browsers, software

Attensity Q makes it easier for businesses to drink from the Twitter firehose

In the NLP (natural language processing) business for a while, Attensity sees an opportunity to get new customers with Q, a visualization tool it says can help non-technical users like marketers find insights in oceans of social media data.

By Chris Kanaracus | 17 June, 2014 00:01

Tags: applications, Attensity, software, data mining, internet, business intelligence, data warehousing

June updates cripple some customers' Office 2013

Microsoft last week confirmed that the June 10 updates for Office 2013 left some users holding crippled software that refused to run.

By Gregg Keizer | 16 June, 2014 23:02

Tags: App Development, applications, Microsoft, Desktop Apps, software

Pinterest ramps up location search

Six months after adding its Place Pins feature, Pinterest is improving the search technology around the location pins.

By Zach Miners | 14 June, 2014 05:10

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, applications, telecommunication, ios, Maps, social networking, internet, social media, mobile, mobile applications, Pinterest, Android OS, Google, Mobile OSes

New Apps security feature causes Google user confusion

Google confused end users and triggered a spike in support calls to Apps admins with the initial rollout of a security feature for the cloud suite.

By Juan Carlos Perez | 14 June, 2014 02:05

Tags: Google, applications, e-mail, software, internet, cloud computing, Software as a service, collaboration

Priceline will eat up OpenTable for a $2.6 billion tab

Online travel site Priceline is adding restaurant bookings to its menu of offerings with the US$2.6 billion all-cash acquisition of OpenTable. The deal has been approved by the boards of both companies and is expected to close in the third quarter.

By Chris Kanaracus | 14 June, 2014 00:38

Tags: business issues, Internet-based applications and services, applications, OpenTable, software, internet, industry verticals, cloud computing, Internet service providers, Mergers and acquisitions, Priceline

Firefox risks user backlash by adding search box to new tab page

Mozilla has pulled a "Chrome" by adding a search box to the new tab page in Firefox 31, which is slated to ship in final form on July 22.

By Gregg Keizer | 13 June, 2014 21:40

Tags: applications, Microsoft, bing, software, Internet Search, internet, search engines, Firefox, Yahoo, Apple, Google

Large SAP customers are eager to enter the Cloud, survey finds

Some of SAP's largest customers plan to nearly double what they now spend on Cloud deployments in the next year - good news for a company that is trying to position itself as a key player in that market according to research commissioned by IT services provider, HCL.

By Chris Kanaracus | 13 June, 2014 06:20

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, applications, enterprise resource planning, SAP, software, HCL, internet, cloud computing, Timken, SuccessFactors

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