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Google Releases Nexus 5 Smartphone Silently, Some Models Already Sold Out

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Last year Google released the Nexus 4, to go along with their Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 tablets. The smartphone was a success despite its lack of LTE connectivity. Those with cellular companies that used the GSM standard (AT&T and T-Mobile in the US and most of the rest of the world) were able to buy an unsubsidized smartphone for the relatively affordable price of $299 for the 8 GB model. This year in a silent rollout, Google released the Nexus 5 (Nexus devices are typically named after their screen size). Read the rest of this entry »

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Apple Announces iPad Air And iPad Mini With Retina Display

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Apple released its first generation iPad in 2010. Since then Apple has sold 170 million iPads and changed the way we use computers. Last fall Apple started offering  a second model, the iPad mini. On Tuesday Apple announced two new iPads that will be available in time for Read the rest of this entry »

Apple’s iPhone Event: What To Expect

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Tomorrow is one of the biggest days in the world of tech. Love ’em or hate ’em, Apple will hold their annual iPhone event at their headquarters in Cupertino tomorrow at 10 am PST/1 PM EST. One thing we know for sure is that it will dominate the news cycle tomorrow. For months now the rumor mills have been churning. What do we know, what do we think we know, and what are we hoping for? Let’s discuss. Read the rest of this entry »

Say It Ain’t So: Ads Coming To Instagram In 2014

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Ever since its release in October 2010, Instagram has been gaining popularity as the preeminent social network for sharing photos. So much so, in fact, Facebook bought the app in April 2012 for a reported $1 billion. The first unpopular move happened last December when Instagram changed its privacy policy, allowing data to be freely exchanged with Facebook. After a lot of negative attention, Instagram tweaked this policy in order to ease user’s fears. Now, nearly a year and a half after being bought by Facebook, the WSJ reports that ads are coming to Instagram ‘within the year’.

With an active user base of over 150 million people, Facebook has decided it’s time to cash in on their investment.  While the logistics of these ads have yet to be worked out, this won’t be a welcome addition for fans of the app. Hopefully this is done in an elegant way and not by littering feeds with unsolicited photos and videos.

What do you think? Will ads ruin your Instagram experience? Tell us below in the comments.

‘Ping’ App Promises To Change The Way You Think About Email

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For some time companies have been trying to come up with new ways to make email more enjoyable. Orchestra Inc. came out with a great new app earlier this year called Mailbox, which helps  clean up your inbox by using intuitive swiping gestures. Ping is looking to take things a step further and revolutionize your email habits.

Ping’s goal is to turn your emails into sleek IM- like conversations. Features include being able to see when the other person is typing and custom notifications for each contact.

The iOS app will be released on September 18th with Android and Web apps to follow. Ping will be taking reservations on a first come, first serve basis in order to not overload their servers upon launch. If you want to get your hands on the app soon after its release, head on over to their website to get yourself on their waiting list today.

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Samsung Unpacked At IFA 2013

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IFA 2013 is the world’s largest consumer electronics show. It has taken place in Berlin since 1924, with over 200,000 visitors and exhibitors expected this year. Since 2011 Samsung has been announcing its Galaxy Note series of smartphones at the show. Often dubbed “phablets”, these large screened smartphones have carved out a pretty big niche for themselves. This year was no different. Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Note 3, along with a new companion smartwatch called the Samsung Galaxy Gear, and Samsung’s 2014 version of the Galaxy Note 10.1. Here are some takeaways from each product: Read the rest of this entry »

Facebook’s Stock Is Up: Is the Future Still Bright?

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For years Facebook has been the go to social network for me and most of my friends. I’ve been active on the site since early 2006, back when Facebook first started letting high schoolers on its site with an active .edu email address. Back then Facebook was cool. It was exclusive. Grandmothers and little cousins need not apply. For years I would listen to contrarians say how Facebook was played out and not a preeminent place to share their lives anymore. I strongly disagreed. How could they say that when Facebook boasted 750 million active users? Well, despite lofty goals of having every person on Earth with a profile, Facebook’s best days are behind it. Here are 5 reasons why: Read the rest of this entry »