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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Technology

Samsung sees its lowest profit in two years as smartphone sales languish

Less than a minute ago - Engadget
When Samsung took the time to update investors ahead of its upcoming quarterly earnings report, it warned 'weak demand' for phones and an increased marketing spend could hit the company hard. That report hit today, and it's as bleak as the company by Matt Brian

Sony makes money on movies and games, but not on smartphones

35 minutes ago - Engadget
It wasn't long ago that Sony, almost inexplicably for a company of its size and heritage, was losing money everywhere it went. After a few years of pain, however, things have begun to look up, with the company posting a first quarter net profit of by Daniel Cooper

Facebook-Backed Nonprofit Brings Free Internet to Zambia

1 hour 16 minutes ago - Wired
In an effort to help those left behind join the digital age, Internet.org---the Facebook-backed nonprofit organization---is releasing an app providing free access to a handful of core services to people in Zambia

Why the Security of USB Is Fundamentally Broken

1 hour 16 minutes ago - Wired
Computer users pass around USB sticks like silicon business cards. Although we know they often carry malware infections, we depend on antivirus scans and the occasional reformatting to keep our thumbdrives from becoming the carrier for the next digital epidemic. But the security problems with USB devices run deeper than you think: Their risk isn’...

Internet.Org’s App With Free Access To Facebook, Google, Wikipedia, Local Info Launches In Zambia

1 hour 25 minutes ago - Techcrunch
 85% of the 5 billion people without Internet simply can’t afford data plans. So Facebook’s accessibility initiative Internet.org today launches its Android and web app for the developing world with free data access to a limited set of services including Facebook, Messenger, Wikipedia, and Google Search (through a surprising partnership). It a... by Josh Constine

Shazam takes its music discovery powers to the Mac

1 hour 25 minutes ago - Engadget
Shazam has already covered ground on mobile platforms such as iOS, Android and Windows Phone 8, but now it is prepared to bring its media identification software to more devices. And it all starts with Apple's line of personal computers. The newly by Edgar Alvarez

Entrepreneurs Tackle Earthquake Safety, Urban Planning Tech In SF’s EIR Program

2 hours 11 minutes ago - Techcrunch
While heavily-funded companies like Airbnb, Lyft and Uber capture the spotlight as companies that controversially shape city life around transportation and space, cities and their governments have a whole bunch of behind-the-scenes needs too. That’s the premise behind San Francisco’s entrepreneur-in-residence program, which pairs tech founders... by Kim-Mai Cutler

Google Fiber hardware is being streamlined: fewer boxes, same functionality

2 hours 56 minutes ago - Engadget
Remember that new Google Fiber box we spotted in the FCC last month? It's almost here. According to Kansas City residents in Google's beta program, a new router is on the way that combines the service's existing network and storage boxes into a by Sean Buckley

HTC's latest J Butterfly is a supercharged One M8 in a waterproof body

2 hours 45 minutes ago - Engadget
Japanese carrier KDDI has just announced a new HTC J Butterfly, a handset which resembles the HTC One in specs but with features aimed at its home market. Like a lot of new Sony and other Japanese devices, the 5-inch, full HD handset is waterproof, by Steve Dent

Abodo Raises $1.25 million for its upscale apartment service for college students

3 hours 30 minutes ago - Venture Beat
Above: Alec SlocumImage Credit: Courtesy Alec SlocumIt is hardly unique, but it just may work. Abodo, a niche virtual service targeting college kids looking for more than just a cheap flophouse to live in, secured $1.25 million in venture funding Wednesday in a round backed by American Family Ventures, 4490 Ventures, and Lakewest Venture Partners... by Richard Byrne Reilly

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