The problem of patent trolling is rooted in economics: there is little downside to filing outrageous lawsuits since it often costs the other side more to defend than settle. The Supreme Court is hearing cases that could change that. Read more »
Smartwatches and wearable health gadgets typically get or send data to the cloud via Bluetooth 4.0 to a mobile device. You could soon cut out the middleman thanks to Chrome OS host support for Bluetooth 4.0 LE. Read more »
Rideshare companies are struggling to navigate the nuances of auto insurance policies, which currently leave drivers to rely on personal insurance in between rides. Read more »
When U.S. operators start bonding together their LTE networks later this year, the Galaxy S5 will be one of the first devices in the market that can tap into their increased network speeds. Read more »
Motorola revealed that it is working on a smartwatch and follow up to the Moto X, and bringing Moto Maker to Western Europe and Mexico. Read more »
Barnes & Noble’s Nook segment took another big hit and the bookseller, which has cut 190 digital jobs, said more cuts are on the way. Nonetheless, it plans to release a new color device this year. Read more »
The challenge of the current media landscape is legion: Netflix isn’t the only streaming video provider to produce high-quality video programming, and a recent story in the New York Times shows that Netflix, among others, are being taken seriously by traditional TV producers and channels. Read more »
Investment by 3D CAD giant should give NuoDB’s NewSQL database a good foothold in design and manufacturing workloads. Read more »
It is time to re-evaluate the PaaS market in light of it’s increased meshing with the IaaS space and the entry of new players. Read more at Gigaom Research »
Plex is the latest app to add Chromecast support. Why is it that many big names haven’t yet added the Chromecast icon? We discuss that as well as new Bluetooth features coming to Chrome OS and the Samsung Chromebook 2 on this week’s podcast. Read more »
Google and Yandex, its main rival in Russia, have formed a partnership around real-time bidding for display advertising. The deal gives Google access to Yandex’s substantial ad inventory for the former Soviet states in which it operates, while Yandex’s ad clients can now bid for ads in the inventory of Google’s DoubleClick AdExchange partners. According to a blog post from the Russian firm, the two companies’ advertising pools in the region “don’t overlap much,” so both ad outfits will see a boost in inventory. Yandex reckons this “gives a new kick to competition,” as real-time bidding works better when there are more bidders and sellers.
A long awaited bill that would confirm consumers have the right to unlock their mobile devices has finally arrived — but with new language that appears to limit certain types of unlocking. Read more »
A chance connection over the internet has spawned multiple efforts to provide 3D printed hands at an extremely low cost. Read more »
Building a connected washing machine requires not only connectivity, but careful thought about the ways that connected appliances can make our lives better. Berg shows off its Cloudwash concept. Read more »
Apple has released specifications for manufacturers that wish to carry iBeacon branding, according to a report. Read more »
Media center app Plex added a bunch of additional functionality to its Chromecast integration this week: In addition to videos, Plex users can now also cast pictures and music to the TV screen. Plex also improved video playback for Chromecast, and finally added a nifty new content browsing feature that mirrors information about the media in your Plex library to the TV screen. However, Chromecast support is still only available to paying PlexPass subscribers.
More news is trickling out about Tesla’s gigafactory — Japanese battery partners could pony up $1 billion for it. Read more »
Companies using Cloudyn’s multicloud tools for comparing usage costs and assessing porting feasibility from one vendor to another are now well-equipped to not only take control of their entire cloud deployment but also efficiently move workloads to the cloud best suited for them. Read more »
The Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ features a 10.1-inch HD display and 18 hours of battery life. Read more »
Using the 3Doodler left my hand achy and tired. The Dim3W has a slimmer profile, which could make it significantly easier to use. Read more »
After first patching an SSL vulnerability in iOS 7, Apple followed with a fix for OS X. Mavericks 10.9.2 is now available and also includes support for Facetime audio calls on a Mac. Read more »
Every time SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket returns to Earth, it crashes heavily into the Atlantic Ocean. It’s a crude but effective way to cushion the rocket’s landing. SpaceX wants to make the Falcon 9′s return to Earth more gentle by adding landing legs, which eventually could allow it to land on solid ground. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk tweeted a picture of the rocket with attached legs today, and stated in another tweet that the company will begin testing the feature next month. The Falcon 9 will continue to land in the ocean for now, but use the legs to soften the impact.
Although techniques such as machine learning are taking off in the e-commerce and retail spaces as a way to display better recommendations or optimize product presentation, the smart money is still on humans getting the final say in what customers see. Read more »
Reddit is beta testing a new feature that allows users to create and update live blogs about breaking news events such as the recent uprising in Ukraine or the war in Syria — a move that could be a valuable addition to the cause of “open-source journalism” Read more »
4 AXYZ reveals the aesthetics of its additive manufactured furniture and explains how it can make a smart window smarter. Read more »
Sean Parker’s video chat startup AirTime quietly pulled off a relaunch last year, and no one noticed, until now: Erin Griffith over at Fortune reported Tuesday that the AirTime team is behind OkHello, a group video chat app. The main difference to AirTime, aside from a focus on mobile? This one may actually be working, and attracting real users – even without splashy press events.
The conflict in Syria has led to internet blackouts, but this article reveals the more pernicious censorship that’s ongoing. Most content gets through, but a focus on blocking instant messaging and scouring social networks for certain key words means that citizens are censored in their day-to-day web surfing.
Samsung passed on using the Snapdragon 800 to power its new Galaxy S5, instead opting for the newer 801 chip. Is there really that much of a difference? Actually, yes, and it’s why the Galaxy S5 has some new features and more speed. Read more »
Network functions virtualization includes many technologies that will enable communications service providers to create more agile networks and reduce operating costs. Read more at Gigaom Research »
AT&T is taking the first steps toward transforming its network into a data center. It’s not touching the cellular network — at least not yet — but it will start virtualizing its mobile core and application infrastructure. Read more »
Gigaom Research analysts take an in-depth look into the similarities and differences between MongoDB and Hadoop and best practices for deploying both in the enterprise. Join us on March 4 for a live webinar. Read more »
Enrique Salem brings his enterprise security worldview to the table to help Box win more accounts Read more »
Researchers points to a new security flaw in iOS 7 that could allow certain apps to spy on your keystrokes. Read more »
Twitter users may see something new when they search: The company announced via a blog post Tuesday that it will now include “relevant promoted accounts” in search results. (Promoted tweets have shown up in search results since 2010.) The promoted accounts will show up in Twitter’s “who to follow” recommendations. The move is clearly a way to add value for brands that advertise on Twitter – but it may turn off users looking to get the right answer to their query, not just who has paid enough to appear on top.
Well, that was quick: The Qplay TV adapter goes on sale one day after Gigaom broke the story about the device’s impending launch. Read more »
With voice, cloud-SMS provider Nexmo is moving in on its larger rival Twilio’s turf. Meanwhile Twilio is growing its messaging business globally and targeting the enterprise. Read more »
The tie-in gives Parallels the ability to offer a fully hypervisor-agnostic package for service providers looking to provide infrastructure-as-a-service, and it gives Flexiant a huge boost to its reach. Read more »
Lawmakers are seeking to ban Google Glass when driving and Google is reportedly fighting back with lobbyists. I can and do drive with Glass, so I see both sides. I’d prefer a technical solution to a legislative one, though. Read more »
The Q20 is BlackBerry’s QWERTY keyboard-equipped new flagship device, while the Z3 is a 5-inch phone aimed at users in Indonesia. The company also announced BBM for Windows Phone and Nokia X platforms. Read more »
The five-foot-tall bot can be paired with a software suite that helps officials crunch data from social media, crime reports and the robot. Read more »