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Twitter Dethrones Facebook as 2014′s Best Tech Company to Work For

December 11, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Sorry, Facebook — you can’t win ‘em all. Twitter took the top spot as best tech company to work for in 2014, according to job-listings and ratings site Glassdoor, ending Facebook’s three-year streak as champion. The social giant was bumped to third place, while professional networking site LinkedIn climbed to the second slot. The deciding factors? Some of the ratings on Glassdoor — which allows current and former employees to weigh in on their experience of working at a company — have said that the feel at Facebook has changed in recent years, likely due to the rapid scaling-up of the company. Also, a number of senior employees had left the company after it debuted on the Nasdaq in 2012. Of the Top 50 companies that made the list, nearly half of them were tech employers — including eBay (21), Google (6), Salesforce (22) and Apple (16). Nothing gold can stay, however. I imagine that Twitter, now a public company, will see similar scaling and departure themes, just like Facebook did in the months after its IPO

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Two Houses, One Cable TV Bill

December 11, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Q: I have a vacation home and I am paying for cable service at two houses. Is there a practical way to stream TV from one house to another and eliminate one cable bill? A: Probably the easiest option is to buy a Slingbox, a device that starts at $180. It connects to a cable box and streams the programming over the Internet to a PC or Mac, smartphone or tablet, using Sling’s SlingPlayer software. If you want to watch the streamed content at the other house on your TV screen, you can either beam it from a mobile device to the TV via a Roku or Apple TV, or purchase a small set-top box from one of several companies, like Western Digital, which build in the SlingPlayer software. Q: In my work I often visit places that don’t allow camera phones for security reasons. I currently have a BlackBerry Torch without a camera. I would like to upgrade to an iPhone or Android device. Do any of these type of phones come without a camera? A: There are no iPhones sold without cameras.

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Hungry for iBeacon (Comic)

December 9, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

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Sony Plans a 4K Fest for CES

December 9, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Sony may not use the term “4K” 4,000 times during its CES press conference and keynote. But it will surely come close. The electronics giant is betting heavily on the next big-screen technology to help reestablish Sony’s name as the kind of brand that consumers aspire to buy. “We’re [going] after the premium consumer out there,” said Sony Electronics president Phil Molyneux. The term 4K refers to screens with a resolution of 3,896 by 2,640 pixels, a significant step over today’s high-definition displays, but one that will take time to be affordable and widespread. (For more on that and other emerging TV technologies, check out this piece that my colleague Lauren Goode did from last year’s CES.) Sony already has televisions and video cameras with that resolution, and it is planning to expand into other areas, likely 4K smartphones and computers. “It’s clear people will want to generate their own 4K content,” Molyneux said in a briefing with reporters on Sunday. As for specific new products, Molyneux said we’d have to wait for CES. Molyneux said Sony is also working hard to drive down prices for the TVs and camcorders that can capture and display 4K content

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NSA Needs a Zoloft After Obama No-Show, But Here Comes Internet’s Wrecking Ball Letter

December 9, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

In a fascinating, only-in-the-Beltway story, the Washington Post is reporting that morale at the National Security Agency is in the doldrums over the controversy related to questionable surveillance techniques that has given the government a decidedly sinister image. And that apparently makes the spies very sad. “Morale has taken a hit at the National Security Agency in the wake of controversy over the agency’s surveillance activities, according to former officials who say they are dismayed that President Obama has not visited the agency to show his support,” wrote Ellen Nakashima, about the the 23 miles not traveled by the commander-in-chief, up the Baltimore-Washington Parkway to Fort Meade in Maryland, where the NSA is headquartered. “Supporters of the NSA say staffers are not feeling the love.” It’s like Fed version of “Wrecking Ball.” (Except thankfully without Miley Cyrus and twerking.) Let’s sing together: I came in like a wrecking ball I never hit so hard your code All I wanted was to break your (fire)walls All you ever did was hack me Yeah, you, you haaaaack me Not so former President George W. Bush, who was a gentleman when he paid a visit to show his support after another NSA excessive spying scandal in 2006. But President Barack Obama has gone all Liam Hemsworth-cold and the NSA is feeling wronged. “It’s become very public and very personal,” according to one former official that Nakashima quoted “Literally, neighbors are asking people, ‘Why are you spying on Grandma?’ And we aren’t.” Grandma gets a pass from smartphone invasion?

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AllThingsD Week in Review: BlackBerry’s Future and Predictions for Tech in 2014

December 7, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

In case you missed anything, here’s a quick roundup of some of the news that powered AllThingsD this week: BlackBerry interim CEO John Chen hasn’t said much since he took the reins of the once-great smartphone pioneer. But a recent C-suite shakeup and focus on emerging markets indicate that a new strategy is afoot . In a major talent grab, Facebook exec and Instagram advertising guru Emily White is leaving to become COO of Snapchat . While the Internet was abuzz when Jeff Bezos teased the idea of delivery by drone , the Amazon CEO also addressed something much more immediate in his “60 Minutes” interview last week: Small businesses that can’t compete . In its first two and a half weeks, Sony’s sold 2.1 million units of its new gaming console, the PlayStation 4. Microsoft, meanwhile, hasn’t disclosed a current sales number, but also reports record-breaking sales for its rival Xbox One, which has had one fewer week on store shelves

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Apple Wants Samsung to Pay $15 Million of Its Legal Tab, Now Over $60 Million for Current Case

December 6, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

We’ve all known that lawyers in the Apple-Samsung case have been racking up huge bills. Now we have a better idea of just how much. In court filings this week, Apple asked a federal judge to order Samsung to pay more than $15 million in legal fees, an amount it says is a fraction of the more than $60 million in outside legal bills it has racked up in the current San Jose, Calif., case. It also wants $6 million in other miscellaneous costs, such as copying and electronic filings. The request follows a trial and retrial in which Samsung was found liable for violating various Apple patents and ordered to pay hundreds of millions of dollars in damages . Now, Apple is seeking reimbursement for some of its massive legal expenses in pursuing the case. Apple says it has paid or expects to pay lead law firm Morrison & Foerster approximately $60 million and also expects to pay $2 million to a second law firm, Wimer Hale. Under the law, only certain legal expenses can be reimbursed to the party that wins a patent suit, but even under those measures, Apple says it is owed $15.7 million. A Samsung representative declined to comment, though its lawyers will no doubt argue against Apple’s motion.

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Apple Hopes to Usher in New Age of Personalized In-Store Shopping With iBeacon Rollout

December 6, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

After months of speculation, Apple today rolled out its iBeacon technology in all of its 254 U.S. stores, allowing the company to send notifications to shoppers’ phones based on their location within the store. The technology, which sends data to phones via Bluetooth Low Energy from iPhones, iPads and other third-party hardware Apple has positioned around its stores, will initially be used to prompt shoppers who have installed the Apple Store app and agree to be tracked to take certain actions. For example, shoppers who have come to the store to pick up a device they ordered online may receive a push notification-like message indicating that the product is ready and to swipe to view the confirmation. Another implementation triggers a message to shoppers when they are near the store’s accessories department and will prompt them to read product reviews and pay with the app’s Easy Pay function, which lets shoppers scan a product’s bar code with their phone and pay from the app. “We’re really excited about what iOS developers will be able to do with iBeacon, a technology we introduced with iOS 7 that uses Bluetooth Low Energy and geofencing to provide apps a whole new level of micro-location awareness, such as trail markers in a park, exhibits in a museum, or product displays in stores,” Apple said in a statement. The messaging efforts used in this initial rollout are pretty straightforward. But you could imagine Apple rolling out increasingly sophisticated use cases as time goes on, perhaps ones that recommend purchases based on current products a user owns or on online shopping behavior. But, perhaps more importantly, Apple likely views its rollout as one giant demonstration for other retailers looking to harness the power of mobile phones to give shoppers more personalized in-store visits via their own apps, whether it be special offers if a shopper spends a certain amount of time in one corner of a shop or information about products. Similar technologies have been out there for some time, but Apple’s arrival in the space will likely speed up adoption. The startup NewAer, for example, has been working on a technology similar to iBeacon for quite some time that supports both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi and which it hopes to license to brands to use in their own apps. Its founder and CEO, Dave Mathews, said in an interview with AllThingsD in the fall that Apple’s entree will legitimize the space

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Apple, China Mobile Sign Deal to Offer iPhone

December 5, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

China Mobile has signed a long-awaited deal with Apple to offer iPhones on its network, a person familiar with the situation said, an arrangement that would give the U.S. technology giant a big boost in the world’s largest mobile market. The rollout of iPhones on the world’s largest mobile carrier by users, with over 700 million subscribers, is expected to start later this month, around the time of a Dec. 18 China Mobile conference in Guangzhou, according to two people familiar with the carrier’s plans. Read the rest of this post on the original site

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Why Apple’s Topsy Buy May Be All About its Social TV Future

December 3, 2013  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Apple raised eyebrows yesterday with its curious acquistion of the social analytics firm Topsy . While many have wondered what the deal is all about, many experts believe it points in one direction: the social television space. Indeed, Apple is said to be working on a new smart TV that most industry watchers expect to be the next big hardware play from the company; Topsy Labs collects data from Twitter that potentially provides crucial insights into social media users' viewing habits. And at first glance, Apple spending $200 million for a social media data company seems baffling, and there has been a wide range of speculation about what it means.

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