Kobo launches its own ebook subscription service
Kobo isn’t new to the ereader and ebook market, but it is new to the world of subscription ebook services. The company has launched its own ebook subscription option, giving voracious readers the option to pay a single monthly fee in exchange for access to tens of thousands of digital books. Such a service aims, no doubt, to compete with … Continue reading...
Toymail adds an app store for its cuddly mobiles for kids
 Internet of Things startup Toymail, which sells connected plush toys to parents of younger kids who want them to have a playful alternative to a mobile phone, has now launched an app store. Read More ...
Toymail adds an app store for its cuddly mobiles for kids
 Internet of Things startup Toymail, which sells connected plush toys to parents of younger kids who want them to have a playful alternative to a mobile phone, has now launched an app store. Read More ...
The court system should know as much about electronically stored information as does your teenager
 Devices that compile, analyze and store electronic information are everywhere. Known as the Internet of Things, the number of devices connected to the internet is already double the number of humans on earth. Electronically stored info from smart appliances, home security systems, fitness trackers and personal assistants are compiling a mass of info that is making its way into U.S. courts. Read More ...
Qualcomm’s big IoT plan includes Android Things OS and tiny radios
Qualcomm is pushing hard into the Internet of Things, embracing Google’s Android Things OS as well as unveiling a pair of tiny, radio-packed chipsets for connected gadgets. Announced ahead of Mobile World Congress 2017 next week, the new tech is all about making smart home kit and other connected devices more power-efficient, smaller, and smarter. For device-makers, it’ll mean speedier … Continue reading...
Here’s how much Verizon’s offer to buy Yahoo is decreasing
After Yahoo’s well-documented trouble with security breaches, we expected to see Verizon decrease its offer to buy the company’s operating business. What started as a $4.8 billion offer was rumored to drop by as much as $1 billion shortly after those breaches came to light, but last week, new reports indicated that the drop would only come in at $250 … Continue reading...
India plans to connect every village with high-speed broadband by 2018
India aims to bring high-speed digital connectivity to every village by 2018 and is keen to share expertise in the area with other nations, the government said on Tuesday. “India’s Department of Telecom, under the Universal Services Obligation (USO) fund, is working to bring high-speed broadband to every village in the country by 2018,” Telecom Secretary J.S. Deepak said at the global conference here organised by the Telecom Equipment and Services Export Promotion Council (TEPC...
Google and Microsoft will demote piracy links in UK search results
Both Microsoft and Google have agreed to demote piracy links in search results in the UK, it has been announced, in their latest efforts to help crack down on Internet piracy. This move, if it proceeds, will be a first of its kind, and will result in Google Search and Bing demoting websites in search results that give access to … Continue reading...
Men are twice as likely to complete the entire car shopping online than women
The overwhelming majority of consumers are now happy to look to the internet when researching a car to buy. However, men are twice as likely as women to feel confident enough to complete the entire car shopping journey online. According to eBay Advertising, 87% of those in the market for a new set of wheels cite the web as a crucial part of the car shopping process, whether checking price comparison sites or reading reviews. The two-part study, which polled the opinions of 1,000 US consumers who...
Men are twice as likely to complete the entire car shopping online than women
The overwhelming majority of consumers are now happy to look to the internet when researching a car to buy. However, men are twice as likely as women to feel confident enough to complete the entire car shopping journey online. According to eBay Advertising, 87% of those in the market for a new set of wheels cite the web as a crucial part of the car shopping process, whether checking price comparison sites or reading reviews. The two-part study, which polled the opinions of 1,000 US consumers who...
Project Loon now needs less balloons to deliver the Internet
Google, or rather its Alphabet parent, has given up on its plans to get drones to deliver Internet connections to remote places. That means that Project Loon, which now falls unde Alphabet’s X subsidiary, will bear the brunt of the responsibilities and expectations. Good thing, then, that the folks behind Loon have stumbled upon a method that allows these Internet-bearing … Continue reading...
Google Fiber retools its approach to providing high-speed internet
Back in October we heard that Google would be “refining” its approach to its Fiber business. Today, we’re getting more details about just what that entails, and in general, it doesn’t sound all that great for anyone who was hoping that Google Fiber would come to their city and save them from monolithic ISPs. At the very least, it sounds … Continue reading...
Verizon buys Skyward, a drone operations company
 Forget about Yahoo for a minute. Verizon just announced it has acquired Skyward, a drone operations and management company based out of Portland, Oregon for an undisclosed amount. Verizon says Skyward will help developers and businesses better create and manage drones that also happen to utilize Verizon’s mobile network services and infrastructure. TechCrunch is a property of Aol, a… Read More ...
Amazon Chime brings retail giant to the teleconferencing arena
Amazon is, of course, most famous for its retail store first and foremost, and perhaps its digital content second. But for the geekier crowd, Amazon’s name is also synonymous to cloud infrastructure through its Amazon Web Services. Powering not a few critical cloud services, AWS is venturing into the business of directly offering services, particularly for enterprises. Its latest stab … Continue reading...
Verizon resurrects “unlimited” data plan
The word “unlimited” no longer meant what it used to mean. At least not if you use it in the context of Internet data plans. Due to both technical and business considerations, carriers have often put caps on previously labeled “unlimited” plans, technically making them limited. Verizon, however, is unexpectedly changing courses a bit. After actually putting limits on its … Continue reading...
The ‘Met’ Museum of Art adds 375k images to the public domain
The Metropolitan Museum of Art has once again made a massive batch of images public domain, marking its latest release since the 400,000 images it made available back in 2014. This time around, the Met has made more than 375,000 images available under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license, doing so under the new Open Access policy. The images are … Continue reading...
Comcast’s claims of “fastest internet” draws criticism from advertising watchdog
If you happen to live in a section of the US where Comcast has set up shop, you’ve likely heard commercials where the company says it offers the “fastest internet in America” or the “fastest in-home Wifi.” As it turns out, those claims may not be entirely truthful, according the National Advertising Review Board, an advertising watchdog that’s part of … Continue reading...
Surfing internet, excess use of social media networks like Facebook can make you lose track of time
Facebook addicts, take note! Using the social networking site or surfing the web may impair your perception of time, warn researchers including one of Indian-origin. Using well-established internal clock models, researchers attempted to separate the roles of ‘attention’ and ‘arousal’ as drivers for time distortion. They found that Facebook-related stimuli can lead to an underestimate of time compared to general internet use, but that both lead to a distortion of time. In ...
Surfing internet, excess use of social media networks like Facebook can make you lose track of time
Facebook addicts, take note! Using the social networking site or surfing the web may impair your perception of time, warn researchers including one of Indian-origin. Using well-established internal clock models, researchers attempted to separate the roles of ‘attention’ and ‘arousal’ as drivers for time distortion. They found that Facebook-related stimuli can lead to an underestimate of time compared to general internet use, but that both lead to a distortion of time. In ...
Not so fast—Comcast told to stop claiming it has “fastest Internet”
Enlarge Comcast should stop saying in advertisements that it “delivers the fastest Internet in America” and the “fastest in-home Wi-Fi," according to the advertising industry's self-regulation body. The evidence Comcast uses to substantiate those claims is not sufficient, ruled the National Advertising Review Board (NARB). Verizon had challenged Comcast's advertising claims, leading to today's ruling. Comcast said today that it disagreed with the fi...