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How to get the touchscreen Retina MacBook Pro of your dreams

How to get the touchscreen Retina MacBook Pro of your dreams

By on July 30, 2014 at 2:15 PM.

Apple has never been all that keen on the idea of releasing a MacBook with a touchscreen, even if it has been toying with the idea of releasing a larger “iPad Pro.” Just because Apple isn’t going to release a touchscreen MacBook, however, doesn’t mean that a bold entrepreneur on Kickstarter won’t give it a shot. A new Kickstarter projected called Modbook Pro X is trying to raise $150,000 to build a massive MacBook-tablet hybrid that even utilizes one of Steve Jobs’ most hated accessories — the stylus. More →

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Nintendo 3DS Doomed

How ‘Last Blockbuster Syndrome’ dooms empires like Nintendo

How ‘Last Blockbuster Syndrome’ dooms empires like Nintendo

By on July 30, 2014 at 1:50 PM.

For years, Nintendo has believed it could reject smartphone and tablet apps, yet still flourish. The reason for this delusion is familiar — it’s the toxic Last Blockbuster Syndrome that doomed the consumer electronics divisions of Motorola in 2004 and Nokia in 2007. Often at the start of a massive trend shift in consumer electronics, dominant dinosaurs get one massive hit built on a nearly obsolete paradigm, and that allows them to be lulled into a comfy trip to the grave. More →

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Why Is Comcast So Bad

This is what Comcast instructed employees to do following viral-call-gate

This is what Comcast instructed employees to do following viral-call-gate

By on July 30, 2014 at 1:25 PM.

Comcast’s customer care service is a mess, as many affected customers and even former and current employees will attest, no matter what the company says in public. It all became even clearer following that customer call that was recorded by a certain tech personality, and which quickly went viral, as it revealed that Comcast is desperately trying to put a stop to service cancellations. The company took immediate action by apologizing for the incident and explaining its customer care policies publicly. Internally, the company served its employees a new memo supposed to be a reminder of its “customer interaction policy.” More →

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Samsung Galaxy Alpha Release Date

Samsung to unveil the metal smartphone we’ve been waiting for on August 4th

Samsung to unveil the metal smartphone we’ve been waiting for on August 4th

By on July 30, 2014 at 1:00 PM.

Samsung’s first metal smartphone is reportedly releasing in less than a week, but don’t get too excited — it’s not going to be as great as you hoped. SamMobile reports that the upcoming Galaxy Alpha is going to be unveiled on August 4th, or roughly a month before Samsung takes the wraps off its highly anticipated Galaxy Note 4. More →

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BlackBerry Beta Zone

Want to test pre-release BlackBerry products, BlackBerry fans? Here’s your chance

Want to test pre-release BlackBerry products, BlackBerry fans? Here’s your chance

By on July 30, 2014 at 12:35 PM.

BlackBerry fans, this is the moment you’ve been waiting for. In a memo sent to some customers earlier this week, BlackBerry announced that its most loyal users will soon be able to test pre-release BlackBerry products ahead of launch. The program is open to a limited number of BlackBerry device owners who are registered in the free BlackBerry Beta Zone, which currently has more than 400,000 registered members. More →

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Indiegogo TouchPico Android Projector

This tiny Android projector puts an 80-inch touchscreen on your wall

This tiny Android projector puts an 80-inch touchscreen on your wall

By on July 30, 2014 at 12:12 PM.

TouchPico is an Android-powered pico projector that’s about the same size as the Galaxy S4, and it can turn any surface, including a wall, into a touch-friendly 80-inch screen. With 28 days left in its Indiegogo campaign, the TouchPico has already raised more than $96,000 in pledges, topping its $55,000 funding goal. More →

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How Undersea Internet Cables Work

The insane process of connecting the world through undersea Internet cables

The insane process of connecting the world through undersea Internet cables

By on July 30, 2014 at 11:51 AM.

We’ve oohed and ahhed over interactive maps that detail the world’s mysterious network of undersea Internet cables, but a new report over at Builtvisible is taking things to an entirely new depth. The exhaustive account looks at the entire history of the process, ranging from experiments in the 1840s to a rash of undersea surveillance taps in the 1970s. Today, there are 263 active cables that carry upwards of 95 percent of global Internet traffic, with 22 new drops planned for the coming years.

Hungry for a few more nuggets from the report? More →

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Worst Tech Rip Offs 16GB iPhone

Is the 16GB iPhone ‘the biggest ripoff in tech?’

Is the 16GB iPhone ‘the biggest ripoff in tech?’

By on July 30, 2014 at 11:30 AM.

Are Apple and other smartphone manufacturers straight-up gouging you when it comes to smartphone storage? LaptopMag’s Mark Spoonauer seems to think so and he makes a case that there is no real reason that a 32GB smartphone should cost a full $100 more than a 16GB smartphone. More →

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Virgin Mobile Custom Prepaid Plan

This is the amazing prepaid smartphone plan you’ve been waiting for

This is the amazing prepaid smartphone plan you’ve been waiting for

By on July 30, 2014 at 11:09 AM.

Virgin Mobile on Wednesday announced a new bold prepaid plan that may give certain smartphone buyers exactly the kind of tools they may have been dreaming of. Subscribers will be able to customize their Custom plans on the go, including number of voice minutes, messages and data allowance per month, via a special app that will let them make as many changes as they require. More →

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iPhone Tilt Gestures

New app brings Fire phone’s tilt gesture controls to your iPhone

New app brings Fire phone’s tilt gesture controls to your iPhone

By on July 30, 2014 at 10:48 AM.

Thanks to our exclusive reporting earlier this year, there was absolutely nothing about Amazon’s Fire phone that came as a surprise — including the public’s reaction to the handset. The handset definitely has some unique features such as Firefly, tilt controls and the 3D effects in the user interface, but none of them appear to be helping to move a significant amount of inventory at this point.

Now, users can get a bit of a taste for what the Fire phone has to offer without actually buying one, because a new free app adds some simple tilt gesture functionality to the iPhone. More →

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Best Buy CEO Joly Interview Tablets

Former BlackBerry CEO’s bold prediction might actually be coming true

Former BlackBerry CEO’s bold prediction might actually be coming true

By on July 30, 2014 at 10:27 AM.

Was former BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins actually right about tablets? While we laughed at Heins’ prediction last year that tablets would be dead in just a few years, there’s now some evidence to suggest that he might have been onto something. In an interview with Re/code, Best Buy CEO Hubert Joly says that tablet sales at his stores have been absolutely plummeting this year while PC sales have actually experienced a rebound in the wake of Windows XP’s demise. More →

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Colbert Reviews Kim Kardashian Hollywood

The funniest thing you’ll see today: Stephen Colbert reviews the Kardashian game

The funniest thing you’ll see today: Stephen Colbert reviews the Kardashian game

By on July 30, 2014 at 10:06 AM.

Kim Kardashian: Hollywood is the name of a mobile game that took app stores by storm earlier this year, despite the fact that it doesn’t really bring any actual value to gamers who may be on the constant lookout for new releases for their smartphones and tablets. What the game did do, however, was boost the share price of Glu Mobile by 50% last month, adding more than $100 million to its market cap, with some reports saying that Kardashian herself stands to make some $85 million from the title, which is available as a free download. More →

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Best Free iPhone Apps

8 awesome paid iPhone apps that are free right now (a $20 value!)

8 awesome paid iPhone apps that are free right now (a $20 value!)

By on July 30, 2014 at 9:45 AM.

We’re halfway home, and what better way to celebrate hump day than with a whole bunch of nifty paid iPhone and iPad apps that are on sale for free? Today, we have eight great paid apps for you to check out, and they’re worth a combined $20. If you act fast, however, each and every one of them can be downloaded without paying a dime. More →

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