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Square to Open East Coast Headquarters in New York City

3 hours 57 min ago

On the heels of opening a new massive headquarters in San Francisco, mobile payment company Square is now expanding its presence in New York City

Square, which allows users to accept credit card payments via mobile devices such as the iPhone, iPad and Android smartphones, will be opening an East Coast headquarters in the SoHo neighborhood of Manhattan this summer

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This isn't Square's first set up in New York. When it acquired design agency 80/20 in 2012, it opened a small Manhattan office, but the new space has room to fit 350 employees.

The news comes amid rumors that Square could be acquired in the near future, with both Google and Apple reportedly interested in acquisition bids. But in a statement provided to Mashable, a Square spokesperson denied acquisition talks. Read more...

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Lyft Expands, Passes Uber in Total U.S. Cities

4 hours 1 min ago

Lyft, the ridesharing service that matches regular drivers with passengers in need of a ride, expanded into 24 new cities on Thursday, the company's largest single-day expansion to date

The move means Lyft now operates in 60 U.S. cities, surpassing competitor Uber which currently operates in 46, according to Uber's website. Uber does have more cities worldwide, however, and announced its 100th on Wednesday

See also: 13 Tech Products That Stood Out in 2013

Lyft has been preparing for this launch for months, Lyft cofounder John Zimmer told Mashable. The process is more complex than simply flipping a switch on the app, he explains. To ensure supply can match the expected demand, Zimmer says that each new city will start with roughly 100 drivers, who have all been vetted by Lyft employees ahead of time Read more...

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You Can Have Lunch With Tim Cook at Apple — But It'll Cost You

4 hours 1 min ago

Apple CEO Tim Cook is willing to have lunch with you and a friend at the company's Cupertino, Calif., headquarters, but it might set you back a couple thousand dollars.

Cook is putting his time up for an online auction as a part of the 8th Annual Robert F. Kennedy Center Spring Auction for Human Rights, in partnership with The highest bidder will get a one-hour sit-down lunch at Caffe Macs, the cafe at Apple's headquarters, to discuss anything.

See also: 10 Free iPhone Apps You'll Use Every Day

While startups and entrepreneurs will likely claw at the chance to have Cook's undivided attention, the opportunity may come at a high price. Last year, Cook auctioned off a 30-minute coffee date at the Apple campus that sold for $610,000 (an all-time high for the RFK Center); it was the first time ever he agreed to a celebrity auction. According to Charitybuzz, last year's coffee date ran over the scheduled time to about an hour, with a good bit of time spent in Cook's office. This year, he's offering a full lunch meeting Read more...

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Acompli Launches App to Simplify Mobile Email

7 hours 36 sec ago

Email apps like Mailbox have gotten a lot of attention for features like gesture-based controls and and their ability to help you reach Inbox Zero

But Acompli, an email app that rolled out to the public Thursday, aims to simplify email by making it easier for users to use email while on the go.

See also: 10 Ways You're Using Gmail Wrong

The app, which currently supports Gmail and Microsoft Exchange email accounts, includes features for faster search and file discovery and a built-in calendar that allows users to switch between emails and calendar appointments without leaving the app.

Acompli CEO and cofounder, Javier Soltero says apps like Mailbox, which emphasize deferring messages, don't actually improve the experience of using email on a mobile device. Read more...

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Ask a Dev: How to Use GPS in a Hybrid App

11 hours 48 min ago

In the latest video of our Ask a Dev series, Web Developer Alex Wasner discusses how developers can use native location services in a hybrid app.

While HTML 5 gives you access to geolocation navigation to request a user's location, that expires after 24 hours, which can be annoying. Wasner recommends using Apache Cordova or PhoneGap to save a user's preferences. Cordova also allows use of native maps like Google Maps and Bing Maps.

See also: What Can IFTTT Do for You?

"The upside to this is that they have great documentation in support and really allows you to customize the look and feel of the map," Wasner says. Read more...

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How To Plan Your Summer Vacation on Pinterest

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 20:38

The snow is melting, the sun is shining, the flowers are blooming and the birds are breaking into song. At least, that's what you imagine may be happening if you're stuck inside your office

Yep, it's time to put in that summer vacation request — and start surfing Pinterest for ideas on where to go and what to do.

See also: 10 DIY Projects to Refresh Your Apartment for Spring

Pinterest's recent introduction of Place Pins may not have been intended entirely for this purpose, but they're becoming useful tools for planning getaways. Place Pins include extra details like location and contact information, along with a wanderlust-inducing photo Read more...

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Man With the Most Teslas Says Cold Weather's No Problem

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 18:59

Although the Tesla has won its fair share of fans in both the automotive and tech communities, there still remains a bit of skepticism around its ability to truly replace gas cars

Some of that skepticism is focused on the car's reliability in cold weather conditions, a topic controversially covered by the New York Times last year in a review that pegged performance issues with the Model S, in part, to cold weather

NYTimes article about Tesla range in cold is fake. Vehicle logs tell true story that he didn't actually charge to max & took a long detour.

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 11, 2013

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Facebook Passes 1 Billion Monthly Mobile Users

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 14:59

A year and a half after Facebook first announced 1 billion monthly active users, the social network has more than 1 billion monthly active users on mobile devices, too

Facebook announced the milestone alongside its Q1 earnings on Wednesday, reporting record totals for profits and active users as well. Facebook's monthly active user total is now at 1.28 billion worldwide, and has increased every quarter since the company went public in 2012

See also: Facebook Beats First-Quarter Estimates; CFO Stepping Down

Facebook reported $2.5 billion in revenue, a 72% increase over revenues from Q1 2013. That number was slightly lower than the $2.56 billion Facebook took in during the company's record-setting 2013 Q4 report from January, although that isn't uncommon as advertisers typically cut back following a holiday splurge Read more...

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Samsung Tablets Overtake Kindle Fire in North America: Study

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 13:50

Samsung is selling a lot of tablets in the United States and Canada, a new study suggests. Samsung products were the most popular type of Android tablet that Americans and Canadians used to surf the web, beating Amazon's Kindle Fire tablets for the first time, online ad network Chitika found.

As ever, Apple's iPad (all versions) was the overwhelmingly dominant tablet, accounting for 77.2% of web surfing on tablets in the second quarter of 2014. Samsung, however, finished strong at 8.3% — a leap up from its 4.7% share a year agoAmazon actually declined over the same period, dropping from 7.4% to 6.1%. Read more...

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5 Tips for Improving Your Ecommerce Revenues

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 12:43

Online shopping has created an efficient and enjoyable shopping experience for its users, and now, brick-and-mortar shops are trying to do just the same — by moving the online experience offline

Kate Spade Saturday, an innovative retailer in Tokyo's fashion-forward Harajuku district, blends its online and offline worlds with in-store technology that emphasizes social sharing. Stroll through the flagship store in Tokyo, touch any of the oversized iPads embedded into the architecture and you'll get a bottomless pool of product information, including clothing price, availability, design details and styling ideas. You can point at a coveted item, share with your social networks and ask your friends what they think about the dress that caught your eye. This kind of immersive shopping experience is exactly what the market — and the time-pressed, tech-savvy consumer — demands. Read more...

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OnePlus One Smartphone Is a Customizable Beast

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 05:22

Tech startup OnePlus debuted its first smartphone called the One, combining a sleek and customizable appearance with some really powerful specifications.

Launched under the company mantra, "never settle," the OnePlus One sports a 5.5-inch, full HD screen, a quad-core, 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU with an Adreno 330 GPU, 3GB of RAM and 16/64GB of storage

See also: Samsung Galaxy S5 vs. the Competition

The 13-megapixel camera on the back has a Sony Exmor sensor as well as dual-LED flash, and can take 4K video. The device also has a 5-megapixel camera on the front, NFC, LTE, GPS, Bluetooth 4.1, built-in stereo speakers and a 3,100 mAh battery. It weights 162 grams. Its 8.9mm frame is slightly rounded, which makes it just 4.6mm thick at the edges Read more...

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Internet Users Send 204 Million Emails Per Minute

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 04:06

A lot can happen in 60 seconds. A decent typist can write approximately 80 words, the Wright brothers can make their historical first flight five times and YouTube users upload 72 hours of footage.

While social media can create the sense that the Internet is a small town where everyone is connected and, for the most part, gets along (outside of election season), the truth is quite the opposite. The data transferred on the Internet each minute by its roughly 2.4 billion global users is vast and incomprehensible.

See also: 8 Ways Tech Has Completely Rewired Our Brains

In one minute, email users send 204 million messages, Amazon makes about $83,000 in online sales and Apple users download 48,000 apps. On the social front, Facebook users share 2.46 million pieces of content, 277,000 tweets are tweeted and Tinder users swipe left or right 416,667 times. Read more...

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Rocki Transforms Old Speakers Into Smartphone-Ready Audio Devices

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 20:00

It looks like a rock and it turns any normal speaker into a wireless speaker, but the Rocki is more practical tool than cute gimmick.

The Rocki was originally launched as a Kickstarter project back in November. Its developers were only looking to raise $50,000, but eventually came away with well over $200,000 in contributions

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The device, which looks like a tiny piece of modern art, can be plugged into any standard speaker with 3.5mm or RCA audio ports and then connected to your smartphone, tablet or PC via Wi-Fi

This means that even that old stereo component set your parents have been storing up in the attic for decades can be instantly transformed into an audio hub for your smartphone, thanks to the Rocki


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Withings Pulse O2 Fitness Tracker Monitors Your Blood Oxygen

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 18:30

As competition in the fitness wearables category continues to heat up, Withings is adding a blood oxygen monitor to its latest-generation fitness tracker as a part of an effort to stand out.

Called the Pulse O2, the company is breathing new life into its Pulse wearables lineup, going beyond the typical ingredients seen in similar products, such as tracking steps taken, sleep cycle and heart rate. In fact, the original Pulse was the first fitness tracker to record heart rate.

SEE ALSO: Samsung Gear Fit Is Beautiful, Inside and Out

Now, the Pulse O2 — which can be worn as a wristband with various band options or clipped to your clothing — uses a rear-mounted lens and light to take a deeper look at your respiratory system. Read more...

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Google Extends Glass Initiative for Nonprofits

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 14:32

Google extended the eligibility period for Giving Through Glass, an initiative the company launched in October to put its wearable computing device, Google Glass, in the hands of U.S. nonprofit organizations.

Giving Through Glass will select five nonprofits from a pool of applicants to receive the device and a trip to a Google Glass training center to learn how to use it. In addition to the wearable computer, the program will also award each of the organizations a $25,000 grant

See also: 5 Free Android Apps for Tethering

To illustrate how at least one nonprofit has already used the device to aid its efforts, the Glass team posted a video featuring World Wildlife Fund (WWF) senior research officer Sabita Malla using the device in Nepal’s Chitwan National Park to track and record the movements of rhinos Read more...

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Google Follows Facebook, Twitter With App-Install Ads in Search, YouTube

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 10:25

Since 2012, Facebook has wrung profits from app-install ads. This month, we saw Twitter follow Facebook's lead. Now Google is embracing app-install ads, too, in search and via YouTube.

The search giant announced on Tuesday that it will let app developers target Google's mobile customers based on the apps they have already downloaded

See also: How Deep Links Could Revolutionize Mobile Advertising

"For example, if you exercise regularly and use an app to measure how far you run, you might see an ad for an app that helps you measure the foods you eat and calories consumed," Jerry Dischler, VP of product management for Google's AdWords, wrote in a blog post. As a user, you're likely to see that ad within an app or via a relevant search Read more...

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Larger Version of iPhone 6 Might Be Delayed

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 09:39

A larger version of the next-generation iPhone is expected to come with a slimmer battery, but complications related to finding the right size could delay the launch of the model to as late as 2015.

According to Taiwan's Industrial and Commercial Times, and spotted by MacRumors, Apple might be pushing back the debut of its 5.5-inch iPhone 6 to next year due to issues with finding a sufficient battery slim enough to fit into the device's "very thin" design

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It's been long rumored that Apple will debut two iPhone sizes at its next smartphone launch: both a 4.7- and a 5.5-inch model, which for now is referred to as the "iPhone Air." The report notes that Apple is looking for a battery that is just 2 mm (0.08 inch) thick or less for the iPhone Air as a part of an effort to make the device as slim as possible. Read more...

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LG G Watch Will Be Water and Dust Resistant

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 02:46

LG has launched a microsite for its upcoming Android Wear-based smartwatch, the LG G Watch, showing off some of the device's main features.

The smartwatch, which was announced during Google's unveiling of Android Wear, will be water and dust resistant

See also: Android Wear: Google's Wearables Platform Is Here

It will come in two colors — Stealth Black and Champagne Gold — and it will have a screen that's "always on," though LG doesn't go into details about what that means

LG also points out that you can start voice commands by uttering "OK Google" to the device, which is expected since it's one of the standard features of Android Wear Read more...

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Americans Want Future Tech, Just Not Drones, Implants and Humanoid Robots: Study

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 22:13

Good news ahead for tech and science innovators: American's are overwhelmingly optimistic about future tech, according to a new study.

Conducted by Pew Research and Smithsonian Magazine, the study polled 1,001 adults between Feb. 13 and 18 via phone.

See also: I, for One, Welcome Our New Robot Underlings

Asking respondents a wide range of questions that covered everything from edge technology to far-out science-fiction scenarios, the study revealed a surprisingly upbeat view future tech — despite the many movies and books depicting dark technological dystopias

However, it also revealed several counterintuitive takes on developing technologies that point to the need for more research into how some of them will be deployed commercially Read more...

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Google Glass Update Adds iPhone SMS Messaging and Calendar App

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 16:30

Just a week after Google made Glass available for purchase to the entire public for one day, it unveiled a new software update for the wearable computer

The latest software update adds SMS messaging for the iPhone, and includes a Calendar Glassware app

See also: 72% of Americans Refuse Google Glass Over Privacy Concerns: Report

Scheduled to be released over the next few days, the update will allow Google Glass users to view texts from their iPhone by turning on the "show notifications" option in the Bluetooth settings on iOS. The feature is already available for Android devices

However, users will only be able to receive texts, not send them, due to what the Glass team calls "limitations with iOS." So while reading texts on the device might save you a bit of time, until you can reply to them using Glass, the feature will be less than ideal for frequent users of the wearable device Read more...

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