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World's First Eye-Tracking PC Accessory to Launch in 2013

January 2, 2013 5:37 am | Comments

Eye-tracking technology has been slowly emerging as a viable technology the last couple of years, and it comes in real handy when you want to know which parts of a Facebook profile people actually look at . One of the leaders in the space, Tobii, is set to bring the tech to consumers in 2013 with a peripheral that works with any Windows 8 PC.

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Apple May Already Be Testing the New iPhone and iOS 7

January 2, 2013 5:34 am | Comments

Apple undoubtedly has plans for a new version of iOS and a successor to iPhone 5 , but now we have the first signs that the Cupertino giant is already testing them in the real world. According to developer logs The Next Web has seen, Apple is testing a device with a new, "iPhone 6.1" identifier running iOS 7.

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Apple Touts 'Do Not Disturb' Feature in New Ad Right After It Malfunctions

January 2, 2013 5:32 am | Comments

Apple's ads have already gotten off to a bad start this year. The company put out a new ad on New Years Day touting the Do Not Disturb feature that comes with the latest version of iOS, which lets users mute incoming calls and alerts while the device is locked for a designated period of time.

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Avis Buys Zipcar For $500 Million

January 2, 2013 5:30 am | Comments

Eager to get a piece of the nearly $400 million car-sharing market in the U.S., Avis announced Wednesday that it was buying Zipcar for $12.25 per share or around $500 million. The agreement is a 49% premium over Zipcar's closing price on Dec. 31, and is expected to formally conclude in spring 2013.

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Drone Wars: Berkeley Considers Ban On Robotic Aircraft

December 28, 2012 6:37 am | Comments

The city of Berkeley, Calif., this week took the first steps toward a ban on drones as the autonomous aircraft deployed in the war on terrorism are being embraced for local law enforcement. The debate over creating a No Drone Zone in this famously left-wing stronghold is likely to be repeated across the U.

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RIM Is Generating Cash by Shrinking the Company

December 24, 2012 12:15 pm | Comments

RIM reported poor operating results on Thursday, Dec. 20, with revenue down 47% year over year, Blackberry shipments down 51% year over year to 6.9 million units and its subscriber base shrinking for the first time from 80 million to 79 million users.  RIM did generate $958 million in operating cash flow in the November quarter but a large amount was driven by lower inventories.

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Why Did Adobe Acquire Behance?

December 24, 2012 12:10 pm | Comments

Scott Belsky, CEO of Behance, Investor, and Author I can only answer this from Behance's perspective…As we considered the prospect of joining Adobe, a few things struck us most: Connecting  the creative community is the best way to  empower  the creative community . The creative industry has always been plagued with inefficiency and disorganization.

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Instagram Hit With Class Action Lawsuit

December 24, 2012 11:55 am | Comments

After Instagram announced revised terms of service last week, the Facebook -owned photo-sharing service caused many users to suspect the company was going to begin selling user photos without compensation. It also announced a mandatory arbitration clause, forcing users to waive their rights to participate in a class action lawsuit except under very limited circumstances.

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NYC's Tech Community Lends Culture and Code to Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts

December 24, 2012 11:52 am | Comments

While Hurricane Sandy has faded from the headlines, the relief effort to help those affected by the storm is still very much in progress. It is a massive endeavor, involving numerous organizations of varying formality, and its sheer size can sometimes get in the way of the efficient dispatching of help.

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8 Things I Learned About Tech in 2012

December 24, 2012 9:28 am | by This year flew by, and we all learned a lot along the way -- especially in the world of tech. Herewith, my personal list of the eight vital lessons of 2012. | Comments

1. The Death of Steve Jobs Adversely Affected Apple Apple  " style="color: #0c74a6; text-decoration: none;" data-crackerjax="#post-slider">stumbled badly with its Maps app , whose icon hinted at the app's incompetence: It was directions for driving off a bridge. The app was a huge embarrassment for Apple, something that probably wouldn't have happened if Steve Jobs had remained at the helm.

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Was NASA's New Space Suit Inspired by Buzz Lightyear?

December 24, 2012 9:27 am | Comments

A prototype space suit developed by  NASA  wouldn't look out of place on the set of  Toy Story . That's because the suit, called Z-1, bears an uncanny resemblance to the intercosmic uniform worn by Buzz Lightyear. For the uninitiated, Buzz is the "space-ranger" star of  Toy Story , a popular computer-animated film franchise.

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$140,000 Kickstarter Project Learns: Don't Mess With Apple

December 24, 2012 9:21 am | Comments

How would you like a portable battery that could charge any kind of phone -- including the latest iPhones -- without any kind of adapter. That was the whole thrust of  Pop , a rechargeable battery that would have built-in cables for almost every kind of port, the Lightning connector included.

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Transparent Speaker Shows Off Sustainable, Minimalist Design

December 24, 2012 9:18 am | Comments

It's tough to find  speakers  that blend with the decor in every room of a house, but one sound system aims to do just that. The Transparent Speaker, designed by Swedish-based company  People People , is a see-through glass box that highlights its black drivers -- one 6.

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Apple's Patent-Pending Passbook Updates Could Transform Shopping

December 24, 2012 9:15 am | Comments

A newly discovered patent application hints that Apple is planning to update its  Passbook digital-coupon storage app with Near-Field Communication (NFC) technology. This means future iPhone and iPod touch products may come with location-based technology that displays relevant coupons and gift cards as soon as you're near a store.

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How Ex-RIM Employees Are Fueling Ontario's Startup Scene

December 24, 2012 9:13 am | Comments

Research in Motion , maker of the once-treasured but now beleaguered BlackBerry , is in trouble. RIM cut 5,000 jobs -- 30% of its workforce -- this past summer. Its most recent earnings report beat expectations but still isn't much to celebrate, as subscriber numbers are down and the report shows nearly a 50% drop off in sales since the same quarter last year.

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