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Everything you need to know about Amazon’s crazy Black Friday doorbuster deals

8 hours 54 min ago

Amazon has announced its Black Friday 2014 sale plans, joining the many other retailers competing fiercely for customers’ business on the most important shopping day of the upcoming holiday season. The giant retailer said in a press release that it plans to offer users eight days of Black Friday deals, with a new deal being listed every ten minutes starting with November 21st. For more great Black Friday deals, visit our Black Friday 2014 hub! Amazon will offer buyers “three coveted Deals of the Day on both Thanksgiving and Black Friday, in addition to the “thousands of limited-time Lightning Deals” it’ll offer online (see the source links beneath this post). Amazon Prime members will also receive 30 minutes of early access to “select Lighting Deals, including

GE appoints former IBM, EMC execs to software leadership posts

8 hours 55 min ago

General Electric, which is bulking up its technology unit to focus on the industrial Internet, names a former EMC exec CTO of GE Software. A former IBMer is now VP of software research at GE Software.

Pebble updates Android app with full notification support

9 hours 8 min ago

This week, Pebble released an update for its Android app that finally provides support to push every notification that hits your phone to your Pebble watch. In addition to full notification support, the Android app has been completely rewritten for faster performance and better stability, bringing it more in line with the experience Pebble offers on iOS. Pebble says the updated app will initially be available to 10 percent of its Android users, with the rest of the rollout happening gradually over the next few weeks.

Six Clicks: Best wearable gift purchases for this holiday season

9 hours 15 min ago

The wearable market continues to develop with activity trackers and smartwatches available in prices ranging from $50 to $300 or more. Matthew offers up six wearables across the pricing spectrum for you to consider.

Video: This is what Android Lollipop looks like on the Galaxy S5

9 hours 19 min ago

Google’s latest Android update, Android 5.0, is hotly anticipated for a number of reasons. The most obvious is the bold new look of Material Design, which uses bright colors, layering and subtle shadows to create a user experience akin to interacting with real physical materials. The new look rockets the Android platform into the future, and it is supported by a number of great new features such as multiple user support, a new notification system and battery life improvements. The wait for Lollipop is painful indeed, but now we can tide you over with an in-depth video that gives you an early look at Android 5.0 running on a Galaxy S5. DON’T MISS: This is one of the best new features in Android

I drove the Mirai, Toyota's massive bet on hydrogen power

9 hours 26 min ago

The most remarkable thing about driving the Toyota Mirai is how unremarkable it is.

Five ways the Apple iPhone 6 Plus excels as a traveling companion

9 hours 35 min ago

After making seven business trips since the iPhone 6 launch, Matthew has thoroughly tested many phones on the road, on the water, and in the air. The Apple iPhone 6 Plus continues to rise to the top.

Walmart’s pre-Black Friday sale kicks off with huge savings

9 hours 45 min ago

After announcing on Wednesday that it’ll offer a week of extended pre-Black Friday deals starting November 21st, with special prices on some hot items including the iPad Air 2 and iPhone 6, Walmart has kicked off it’s big sale with official prices on other electronics that tech fans might be looking for this holiday season. For more great Black Friday deals, visit our Black Friday 2014 hub! While Walmart will no longer be tricked into selling users a PlayStation 4 for as cheap as $90, the company does have an interesting deal for gamers looking to pick up the console, as seen in the following list: $389 16GB iPad mini 3 with $100 Walmart gift card $399 PlayStation 4 with $50 Walmart gift card

Staples' Black Friday sale starts Sunday, includes $49 Kindle and $99.99 Beats headphones

9 hours 45 min ago

Staples will be kicking off its Black Friday sales this Sunday, November 23rd and running the deals through Black Friday itself. The big box office supplier will give shoppers 20 percent off of anything they can fit in a Staples bag on Sunday through Tuesday, and 25 percent off of a single in-store item on Wednesday the 26th.

Facebook at Work: Here's what you need to know

9 hours 47 min ago

If the social network decides to make its foray into the enterprise world, here's what it needs to do.

With Assembly, anyone can contribute to open-source software and actually get paid

9 hours 49 min ago

The open-source movement has produced some of the most widely utilized software in the world, a huge economic value driven by a widely dispersed community who believe contributing good work is often its own reward. Outside of the world of computer science, however, these strategies are still relatively niche. A San Francisco startup called Assembly is trying to change all that, by evolving the open-source model to easily incorporate disciplines outside coding and to include a shared profit motive as well. Today the company is announcing a $2. ...

The Vergecast 128: Stephen Elop, king of thieves

9 hours 49 min ago

It was a week of learning and growth on the Vergecast. Specific lessons included who actually owns Nokia, who has used an Apple Watch, what qualifies as a varsity sport, the merits of Pitch Perfect, and just how little of the 90s Sam remembers.

Adobe's got Photoshop running in Chrome

9 hours 50 min ago

Using Photoshop usually requires lugging a typically cumbersome, expensive computer around, and changing that experience has been the dream of many creatives for years. As we found out back in September, it's a problem that Adobe has been actively working with Google to solve. The two companies have been working together for almost two years to bring Photoshop to the browser, and they finally have a working version called Photoshop Streaming that they're letting educational institutions apply to test over the next six months. ...

Victoria Ying is helping bring back classic Disney style

9 hours 51 min ago

Disney's animation studio is experiencing a renaissance. Thanks to films like Frozen and Big Hero 6, the company is once again at the forefront of the industry. Much of it has to do with stellar writing and renewed focus on characters, but art is also a big part of it; Disney's latest movies have a certain style that harkens back to the company's classics. And it's artists like Victoria Ying who are helping lead the charge.

Airlines eye tech partners to tap customer data

10 hours 1 min ago
By Victoria Bryan ANTWERP Belgium (Reuters) - Airlines are seeking to work more closely with travel technology companies to mine customer data for ways to generate more revenue beyond ticket sales, emulating other industries already using such methods. While retailers have implemented ever more ingenious ways to make better use of customer data, both online and offline, many airlines have been slower off the mark, only recently looking to harvest more profitably the wealth of information provided by their frequent-flyer loyalty schemes. ...

Aereo files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

10 hours 1 min ago

Aereo has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection after months of grasping at straws in attempts to stay afloat following its loss to cable giants in the Supreme Court this June. Aereo says that the proceedings will allow it "to maximize the value of its business and assets without the extensive cost and distraction of defending drawn-out litigation in several courts." Aereo doesn't state whether it hopes to emerge from the proceedings, but it doesn't seem like there are many places it can go from here.

Stay in touch with Microsoft with the Windows Feedback and Insider Hub apps

10 hours 15 min ago

Greg Shultz takes a look at Windows Feedback and Insider Hub, two apps to help you stay in touch with Microsoft until the next build of the Windows 10 Technical Preview is released in early 2015.

How to boost Nexus 6 performance… and why you can’t do it just yet

10 hours 19 min ago

Google’s recently released and hard-to-find Nexus 6 is likely the company’s best Nexus smartphone to date, but it can of course still be improved. In fact, when looking at storage performance, AnandTech discovered that because the Nexus 6 comes with full data encryption, its read and write memory performance has taken a significant hit. FROM EARLIER: Why the government keeps telling you iPhone encryption will eventually kill a child “[One factor affecting the results of the benchmarks on the Nexus 6 specifically is Android Lollipop’s Full Disk Encryption (FDE). Android has actually had this ability since Android 3.0 Honeycomb, but Lollipop is the first time it’s being enabled by default on new devices,” the publication wrote. “When FDE is enabled, all writes

Compared to iOS, Android Lollipop adoption rates suck

10 hours 23 min ago

Pop quiz time. Thirteen days following the release of iOS 8, adoption rates had hit 40 percent. What do you think the adoption rate for Android 5.0 Lollipop was after the same period of time?

Zero Day Weekly: WhatsApp, Blackphone, Citadel hits password managers

10 hours 24 min ago

A collection of notable security news items for the week ending November 21, 2014. Covers enterprise, controversies, reports and more.