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Google Street View $1.4 Million Fine

Google slapped with yet another fine over Street View

April 4th, 2014

Google was handed a 1 million euro ($1.4 million) fine yesterday by Italy and has already paid it, according to Reuters. This time, Google received a fine for complaints related to its Street View program— in 2010, people complained that the cars were not easily recognizable as Google Street View cars.

Faster Public Wi-Fi Technology

New tech could put an end to overcrowded public Wi-Fi hotspots

April 4th, 2014

Chipmaker Qualcomm announced on Thursday that it would support MU-MIMO (multi user-multiple-input multiple-output) in its upcoming network equipment and mobile chipsets, according to PC World. Simply put, this means that we will hopefully soon run into fewer overcrowded public Wi-Fi signals.

HTC One (M8) adoption report

After one week of sales, the HTC One (M8) might already be in trouble

April 3rd, 2014

Last week, HTC launched the HTC One (M8), its successor to the first-generation HTC One, and we called it “the best Android phone the world has ever seen.” Similarly, we called the HTC One the previous year’s best all-around phone. Despite the great design on HTC’s flagship phones, they never do as well on the market as flagship …

Apple touchscreen patent

New Apple tech could revolutionize touchscreens

April 3rd, 2014

Apple was recently awarded a patent that would allow its touchscreen devices to detect how hard the user presses on the display. The patent, first noted by Apple Insider, uses a technology called frustrated total internal reflection, or FTIR, along with current capacitive touch sensors to determine force applied to the screen.

Samsung innovation

Samsung decides it wants to innovate

April 2nd, 2014

Samsung has a reputation for being a copycat. Heck, Apple is currently suing Samsung yet again for infringing five of its patents. But according to a report from Bloomberg, Samsung is looking to shed its “fast follower” image and become recognized as an innovator instead.

Gmail 10 Year Anniversary

It’s been 10 years since Gmail changed email forever

April 1st, 2014

Ten years ago today on April Fool’s Day 2004, Google launched Gmail, the game-changing email service that was anything but a joke. When Google launched Gmail, it revolutionized the way people use email. It launched with 1GB of free storage and encouraged people to archive e-mails instead of deleting them. This was a major improvement over …

Microsoft exec team departure

Key Microsoft Office exec is following Ballmer out the door

March 31st, 2014

Ever since Windows 8 was released in October 2012, Microsoft has undergone a massive internal reorganization. Shortly after Windows 8 was released, Windows chief Steven Sinofsky left the company. Then in mid–2013, former CEO Steve Ballmer announced his “One Microsoft” strategy that left many of Sinofsky’s close colleagues with unclear roles. Soon after this strategy …

Samsung factory accident kills worker

Carbon dioxide leak kills worker at Samsung factory

March 27th, 2014

A worker died at a Samsung factory in Seoul after carbon dioxide was mistakenly released, according to Korean news agency Yonhap News. The factory’s fire extinguishing system accidentally released carbon dioxide after it malfunctioned when it detected a fire, killing the 52-year-old worker. As Engadget notes, this is not the first factory accident has had: In …