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Dan Seifert / The Verge:
Verizon to launch its own app store to compete with Google Play, claims report   —  Verizon is going to launch its own app store in an effort to compete with the Google Play Store on Android devices, claims a report from The Information.  The new store will be available globally and is the result …
Aug 20, 2014, 10:55 AMIn context
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Samsung's first Nook tablet arrives at Barnes & Noble today for $179   —  Samsung is becoming Barnes & Noble's first partner to create a Nook-branded tablet today with the unveiling and release of the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook.  The name is a mouthful, but it basically means that the tablet …
Aug 20, 2014, 9:45 AMIn context
Dan Seifert / The Verge:
Sharp's Aquos Crystal: a 5-inch, 720p, edge-to-edge display smartphone lacking premium specs   —  Sharp's new phone for Sprint looks like something out of a sci-fi fantasy  —  And it's only $239  —  This week, Sharp, Softbank, and Sprint announced a new line of devices called Acquos Crystal …
Aug 19, 2014, 7:50 PMIn context
Ellis Hamburger / The Verge:
Mailbox for Mac Beta: fast, offers drafts, yet buggy   —  I burned through my inbox with Mailbox for Mac  —  The king is dead, long live the king  —  Email, right guys?  Some love it.  Some hate it.  Some are trying to replace it.  But the fact is, we all use it.
Aug 19, 2014, 1:30 PMIn context
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
The team behind webOS TV jumps to Pebble to design the next generation of smartwatches   —  Pebble is dead-serious about competing in the face of Android Wear and whatever Apple is presumably working on.  To that end, the company has just announced that it has hired Itai Vonshak as head …
Aug 18, 2014, 2:40 PMIn context
Ben Popper / The Verge:
Nextdoor now adopted by one in four neighborhoods in the US   —  The anti-Facebook: one in four American neighborhoods are now using this private social network  —  Neighborhood gossip and community policing thrive on Nextdoor  —  It was early in the morning when the flooding hit The Knolls …
Aug 18, 2014, 1:05 PMIn context
Dante D'Orazio / The Verge:
Germany recorded John Kerry, Hillary Clinton phone calls ‘by accident’   —  Secretary of State John Kerry and his predecessor, Hilary Clinton, were both caught up in German spy efforts, says a new report.  According to German weekly Der Spiegel, the country's foreign intelligence agency …
Aug 16, 2014, 11:25 AMIn context
Josh Lowensohn / The Verge:
Latest audit on two Chinese Apple suppliers finds labor, health violations   —  Apple says it's made “meaningful improvements” since the 2013 inspections.  —  A new report from the Fair Labor Association (FLA) on two facilities run by of one of Apple's manufacturing partners has found numerous violations …
Aug 15, 2014, 10:00 PMIn context
Casey Newton / The Verge:
SmartThings' acquisition by Samsung: “all about scale”, but will remain independent   —  Why did SmartThings sell to Samsung?  —  Making every home a smart home  —  It was just two years ago that home-automation company SmartThings began life as a Kickstarter project.
Aug 15, 2014, 2:55 PMIn context
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Comcast, Time Warner Cable withdraw funding for dinner honoring FCC's Clyburn   —  Comcast and Time Warner Cable today withdrew their respective contributions towards a dinner that will honor FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn next month.  The Kaitz Dinner is an annual event hosted …
Aug 14, 2014, 6:15 PMIn context

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