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Germany won’t be renewing its Verizon internet contract, blames the NSA

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Unsurprisingly, Germany wasn’t too happy when it discovered that the NSA had spied on them. So how did they respond? By cutting ties with Verizon.

The German Ministry of the Interior will not be re-upping with Verizon for internet service after its contract with the provider will end in 2015. Read more »

ESPN app reaches 1.7 million simultaneous viewers for USA-Germany game

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Some say that soccer will never be popular in America, and that may be true, but the numbers from ESPN’s mobile app suggest otherwise.

The USA-Germany game reached 1.7 million viewers, on the ESPN app alone during the World Cup game between the two countries. Read more »

Buy a cardboard VR kit for $20

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One of the treats offered from Google to developers at the end of the company’s keynote yesterday, along with a free smartwatch, was a VR kit made out of cardboard called, #cardboard.

Well if you’re sitting at your computer, grimacing in envy because you weren’t one such developer at I/O, then you’re in luck, because you can purchase an unofficial kit yourself for $20. Read more »

Verizon apologizes for ending Chromebook Pixel LTE service early

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One of the perks of buying Google’s expensive Chromebook Pixel was that users would get 100mb of Verizon’s 4G LTE data for two years with a purchase of the laptop.

Well Verizon went ahead and cut off the service prematurely, and people were not happy. Read more »

Erase yourself from Google searches with forget.me

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The internet is an amazing and magical place. You can find information on everything and anyone.

Unfortunately this means that if you have an online web presence, people will be able to find you and your information online. That’s where forget.me comes in. Read more »

Google will start making its own domain services

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Sure, you’ve been able to buy domains from Google for a while, but they weren’t actually from Google; the company would just handle the transactions.

Well now if looks like that’s going to change, and Google will be offering it’s own web hosting services. Read more »

You can now pick up Google Glass in the UK for 1,000 quid

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If you’re on the other side of the pond and wanted to pick up a pair of Google Glasses, well now you’re going to get your chance.

Google is willing to sell you a pair of their beta tech-spectacles, but it’ll cost you £1,000. Read more »

US House of Representatives votes to gives NSA less power

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NSA spying on cell phones isn’t exactly news, but it is still shocking to know the amount of power the government agency has.

So that’s why it is refreshing and surprising to see that the US House of Representatives has voted to limit the access the NSA has to our data. Read more »

Z Launcher: an Android launcher developed by Nokia

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Before Nokia announced that its future smartphones would be powered by the Windows Phone OS, there was a lot of speculation as to whether or not the Finnish manufacturer would make the move over to Android.

Nokia has technically, released an Android handset with the Nokia X, but it is hardly a flagship phone. A portion of the Nokia team that did not transfer to Microsoft as part of the deal has decided to work in the Android sphere after all, by creating the Z Launcher. Read more »

Apple quietly outs a $1,099 iMac with lower specs

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Love the iMac but is the $1,299 baseline price tag a little too much for you to swallow?

Well then you’re in luck, because the Cupertino-based tech giant just announced a $1,099 entry-level version of their all-in-one desktop computer. However, the lowered priced brings a few technical compromises. Read more »

Charge your Nokia Lumia just by putting it in your pocket

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Wouldn’t it be cool if your phone juiced up every time you placed it in your pocket?

Well thanks to a fashion designer and the Nokia DC-50 wireless charging plate for Lumia phones, you can now make this a reality. Read more »

Nokia was forced to pay a ransom to Symbian kidnappers

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Before Nokia smartphones were powered by the Windows Phone OS, Symbian was the trademark platform that ran on the company’s devices.

Symbian and Nokia were synonymous with one another; and at one point it was the dominant mobile phone OS on the market. With such popularity also comes unwanted attention, and for Nokia, it was in the form of code-snatching criminals. Read more »

US Government cracking down on navigation apps

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So you may or may not know this, but the US Transportation Department believes that it has the authority to regulate the traffic and navigation applications that you use on your smartphone, and is now pushing hard to get Congress to agree.

A new proposed transportation bill will give the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration the right to “set restrictions on the apps and later order changes if they are deemed dangerous.” Read more »

Cue is a $199 at home medical lab you use with your smartphone

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Imagine a world where you can test yourself for the flu, check your fertility, or a vitamin deficiency at home with your smartphone.

That’s the world that the creators of the Cue are envisioning. Read more »

Microsoft gets allies in call to end US warrants for overseas data

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We recently wrote about Apple’s shady Irish tax practices, and that the US government was looking into the risky business.

Well Apple isn’t the only company that is saving a boatload of tax money by bringing business into Ireland, and it looks like other corporations are asking the US to stop issuing warrants to investigate their overseas operations. The company leading the charge? Microsoft. Read more »