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Do Cellphone Videos Help Police or Get in the Way?

November 2, 2012 7:55 am | by When a New York police chase and shoot-out went on YouTube, got picked up by news outlets and confiscated by police on the scene, the issue zoomed again into the spotlight. | Comments

One of the surest signs of something big happening today is seeing crowds gathering, with the ubiquitous mobile devices raised in the air to capture a video of the situation. Sensational scenes almost don’t really happen if they aren’t recorded by everyday people and put online. But the tendency to record everything leads to sticky conflicts between police and the people they are sworn to protect and serve, complicated by the viral speed and ease of technology.

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Apple Loses Rights to Sell iPhone Brand in Mexico

November 2, 2012 7:48 am | by Apple can no longer continue selling iPhone-branded products in Mexico, as of a Thursday ruling by courts in Mexico City. | Comments

The court ruled against an injunction by Apple requesting that a Mexican company with the registered name iFone cease using their brand, in order to avoid possible confusion among customers. The Mexican company had registered its brand in 2003, four years before Apple’s registration for the iPhone brand name in the country, El Universal reports .

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Commuters Use Online Carpooling to Comply With Post-Sandy Road Rules

November 2, 2012 7:12 am | Comments

After Superstorm Sandy ripped through the East Coast, commuters in the Tri-State area were left stranded with few options. The mass transit system, crippled by flooding and debris, is slowly coming back on line. Until everything is up and running, however, daunting delays are discouraging straphangers from their regular routine.

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What Will It Take to Get the Internet Running, After Sandy?

November 1, 2012 11:11 am | Comments

Hot water and infrastructure weren’t the only things affected by Monday’s storm. Hurricane Sandy took down New York City-based media companies Huffington Post , Gawker and BuzzFeed . The three brands house their servers with Datagram, located beside Battery Park, where the flooding hit a record high of about 14 feet.

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How to Use Your Tablet as a Second Monitor

November 1, 2012 11:08 am | Comments

Dual monitors are increasingly becoming the norm for today’s hyper-connected workstations. Whether you’re trying to keep track of different browser tabs at work or you need more on-the-go workspace for your business trip, a tablet can act as a handy second monitor and a boon to productivity. Tablet use is certainly on the rise.

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Long Islanders Use Facebook, Google Docs to Find Love Ones Post-Sandy

November 1, 2012 11:06 am | Comments

Whether looking for a skillful barber or a top mobile app, crowdsourcing has become a staple of information gathering in the digital age. So, it’s no surprise that Long Island communities, greatly affected by Hurricane Sandy ‘s destructive path, have taken to Facebook and Google Docs to seek information and share status updates.

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Hurricane Sandy Won’t Stop the iPad Mini Launch

November 1, 2012 11:04 am | Comments

Hurricane Sandy crippled most of New York City when it rolled into town earlier this week, but that won’t stop Apple from continuing with its highly-anticipated iPad mini launch on Friday at its flagship location. Although the city’s Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) transportation has been running limitedly — preventing many commuters from getting to work and where they need to go — the company is continuing with the iPad mini launch as planned.

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Apple Reprimanded for Grudging Notice That Samsung Didn’t Copy iPad

November 1, 2012 11:00 am | Comments

  A UK judge has reprimanded Apple for the “untrue” and “incorrect” notice it posted to its UK website acknowledging a ruling that Samsung’s Galaxy tablets did not infringe on a design patent for the iPad. Apple was originally ordered to issue a simple notice to correct perceptions that Samsung had copied Apple’s products after a UK court ruled in Samsung’s favor on Oct.

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Wilocity WiGig Technology to Power Multi-Gigabit Wireless Connectivity in Dell Ultrabook

November 1, 2012 7:08 am | Comments

Heralding a new era in high-speed wireless connectivity, Wilocity , the leading developer of 60 GHz multi-gigabit wireless chipsets, today announced that it is jointly providing tri-band wireless chipsets with Qualcomm Atheros , Inc., for Dell’s first WiGig™ enabled Ultrabook for business, the Latitude 6430u.

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Waze Now Lets You Know When Your Friends Will Arrive

November 1, 2012 7:05 am | Comments

Now when you head out to meet friends, you can see real-time ETAs for everyone you’re meeting as well as see who has already arrived and parked at your destination using Waze . The social GPS and live traffic app released a new version for iOS and Android Wednesday with newly designed maps, moods and interface as well as new social features for keeping up with your friends while you’re on the go.

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Kim Dotcom Announces Mega, a Cloud-Based Online Storage Service

November 1, 2012 6:50 am | Comments

Kim Dotcom , best known as the founder of (now defunct) file sharing service Megaupload , has announced a new project called Mega. The service, previously referred to as “ Megabox ,” will enable users to store their data in the cloud, with support for encryption and cross-account folder sharing.

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Google Adds ‘Public Alerts’ to Search and Maps for Sandy, Other Disasters

October 31, 2012 8:22 am | Comments

Shortly after launching a crisis map for Superstorm Sandy , Google has rolled out “Public Alerts” on Maps and Search. The service provides warnings for natural disasters and emergency situations, such as Sandy, which hit the northeastern U.S. on Monday night. Public Alerts , which Google announced in a blog post Tuesday, aims to show “relevant weather, public safety and earthquake alerts” from the U.

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Big Jambox Is a Wireless Win for Music Fanatics

October 31, 2012 8:14 am | Comments

If your special someone is fed up with wires, it’s time to give him or her an updated (and blissfully wireless) sound system. The Big Jambox is a wireless speaker system that connects to music players via Bluetooth and can last up to 15 hours on a single charge. Created by Jawbone, the portable player comes equipped with a built-in microphone that can amp conference calls through FaceTime , GoogleTalk and Skype .

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Powerless New Yorkers Find Creative Ways to Charge Gadgets

October 31, 2012 7:39 am | Comments

Hurricane Sandy knocked out power for most New Yorkers below 39th Street. But an outage didn’t deter those iPhone-Android-clenchers and Wi-Fi -seeking nomads. Many people trekked uptown to (creatively) make use of power sources. Chase ATMs were crammed full of people who brought extension cords.

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Apple Delays iTunes 11 Launch

October 31, 2012 7:34 am | Comments

If you’ve been looking forward to iTunes 11’s big launch this month, you’ll be waiting a little longer. Set for an October release, Apple now plans to push that launch back a month, instead launching the next version of the music software in November. “The new iTunes is taking longer than expected and we wanted to take a little extra time to get it right,” Apple’s Tom Neumayr said in a statement to All Things D .

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