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Amazon Buys Speech-Recognition Company Ivona

January 24, 2013 11:36 am | by Reuters | Comments

Amazon.com Inc said on Thursday that it acquired speech-recognition company Ivona Software, a sign the world's largest Internet retailer may be looking to develop more services similar to Apple Inc's Siri voice-based search product. Amazon did not say how much it paid for Ivona and an Amazon spokeswoman declined to comment on a purchase price.

Google asks FCC for Wireless Spectrum, But Don't Get Too Excited

January 24, 2013 9:59 am | by CNET | Comments

Google has petitioned the Federal Communications Commission for permission to apparently conduct testing on, well, something. But it's not a new wireless service that some have hoped it would be, CNET has exclusively learned. Steven Crowley, a wireless engineer, discovered the application, which was filed by Google last week.

Attention Technology Entrepreneurs—TechLaunch Still Wants You

January 24, 2013 9:31 am | Comments

Banking on the successful graduation of its inaugural class and capped off by an exciting Demo Day on November 14, TechLaunch is once again inviting aspiring tech entrepreneurs with a vision – and a great support team – to apply for a coveted position in the 2013 LaunchPad 2 program, slated to begin in May and culminate in mid-September...

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Nokia Pulls Off A Profit, Holds Out Hope For The Future

January 24, 2013 7:51 am | by CNET | Comments

Nokia might be down, but it's certainly not out. The company today reported its fourth-quarter earnings, and offered up performance that might make its doomsayers think twice. During the fourth quarter, Nokia was able to generate a profit of 202 million euros ($269 million), a massive gain over the 1 billion euros the company lost during the same period in 2011.

Unlocking Cellphones Becomes Illegal Saturday in the U.S.

January 23, 2013 11:00 pm | by TechNewsDaily | Comments

The clock to unlock a new mobile phone is running out. In October 2012, the Librarian of Congress, who determines exemptions to a strict anti-hacking law called the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), decided that unlocking mobile phones would no longer be allowed. But the librarian provided a 90-day window during which people could still buy a phone and unlock it. That window clos...

Logitech Swings to Third-Quarter Loss on Weak Global PC Market

January 23, 2013 10:56 pm | by Reuters | Comments

Logitech, the No. 1 maker of computer mice, swung to a third-quarter loss from a year earlier and said it would divest non-strategic products, as it continues to be hit hard by weakness in the global PC market. Struggling to adapt to a market increasingly dominated by touch-screen tablets and smartphones which do not need mice, it posted a net...

Foxconn International Shares Drop 4 Percent After Profit Warning

January 23, 2013 9:39 pm | by Reuters | Comments

Shares of Foxconn International Holdings Ltd (FIH) (2038.HK), the world's biggest contract maker of cellphones, fell more than 4 percent after the firm said it expected to record a net loss for 2012 as a result of low demand from its major clients. The last time FIH was in the red for the full year was 2010, when it reported a net loss of $218.3 million as key clients...

Tim Cook Dances Around the Apple TV Question - Again

January 23, 2013 6:24 pm | by CNET | Comments

Apple CEO Tim Cook had a bit of deja vu today when an analyst asked him to expound on Apple's future contributions to the TV industry. "There's a lot we can contribute in this space so we can continue to pull the string and see where it leads us," he said during Apple's first quarter earnings call today, after remarking on the growth of sales for the Apple TV device.

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Pebble Smart Watch Starts Shipping Today

January 23, 2013 1:54 pm | by Christina Warren | Comments

As promised at CES 2013, the Pebble smart watch starts shipping Wednesday. Pebble is the most successful Kickstarter project of all time, raising more than $10 million from nearly 70,000 backers. The watch works in conjunction with your smartphone, making it easy to see who is calling, control your music and receive notifications.

Apple, Google, and the e-mail trail in the no-poaching case

January 23, 2013 12:56 pm | by CNET | Comments

Apple, Google, Intel, Adobe, and other companies had agreements in place during the mid-2000s not to steal employees from each other and other technology players, court documents suggest. A series of e-mails posted today by The Verge point to a paper trail of apparent non-poaching agreements among a variety of companies.

Will the Google X Phone Be Shatter-Proof?

January 23, 2013 12:53 pm | by Pete Pachal | Comments

Google reported its quarterly earnings yesterday, and although the company's Motorola division posted a big loss, executives pointed out that the hardware maker had a 12- to 18-month product pipeline already in place when Google acquired it in 2011. That roadmap is now nearing its end, and attention is turning to what comes after — specifically, the...

RIM Offers Early Taste of BlackBerry 10

January 23, 2013 11:56 am | by Samantha Murphy | Comments

Ahead of its BlackBerry 10 launch later this month for its new line of smartphones, Research In Motion (RIM) announced on Wednesday the latest version of its mobile management solution for businesses. The BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10, which is now available for download, will run on BlackBerry 10 smartphones and is compatible with Android and iOS devices.

Smart Brakes Stop This Truck from Squashing You Like a Bug

January 23, 2013 10:30 am | by Mashable | Comments

Cruising along at on the open road in your sweet ride is the stuff of romance movies and car commercials. Until that squirrel runs in front of you, you slam on the breaks and the semi truck behind you kisses your bumper at 40 MPH. It's not a pretty picture. Volvo, the automaker best known for deliriously safe vehicles...

Google Rises As Mobile Advertising Concerns Ease

January 23, 2013 10:21 am | by Reuters | Comments

Shares of Google Inc rose 6 percent in early trading on Wednesday as an improvement in the company's core search business in the fourth quarter allayed concerns that its growth would slow as advertising moves on to smartphones and tablets. Google does not break down revenue for mobile advertising but its average cost-per-click, which measures the...

5 Password Generators for Maximum Online Security

January 22, 2013 5:42 pm | by Mashable | Comments

Don't be one of those people with lame passwords. We want to help you to pick super secure, ninja-style passwords that will keep you safe online. These five free tools generate passwords with punch. Check them out in the gallery above and be sure to bookmark the service that suits you.

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