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We The People Demanded A Better Wireless Market, And We Got It

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Last week, Congress passed an act that is destined to restore consumer freedom to the wireless market, leading to lower prices and more competition. The Unlock Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act was signed in by President Obama and will have a comparable impact upon the market. Further, this is the first bill passed as… Read more »


Android’s Secret Options

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There are a lot of things you can tweak in Android. Probably you haven’t even bothered opening up the Accessibility settings, but given the name, you might think those are just features for people who have disabilities, but they’re actually quite useful for anyone. The Accessibility settings in Android are a lot like those on… Read more »





Brooklyn’s Birdi Raises $700k Seed Funding for Smart Air Monitor

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Birdi, a Brooklyn, NY-based hardware startup that ‘s building a smart air monitor, announced this morning that it has raised $700,000 in seed funding. Participants in this round include Jason Calacanis and Kapor Capital (his AngelList syndicate), Eric Ries, and John Galbraith. Formerly known as Canary, the company recently relocated to San Francisco and changed… Read more »


Lingua.ly Launches iPhone App for Natural Language Learning

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Lingua.ly, the digital language learning platform that utilizes content that users engage with on the web to create personalized learning experiences, is now available on iOS. Earlier this year, the company released its Android app, followed by the launch of its web app. “The availability of Lingua.ly on iOS confirms our commitment to provide an… Read more »


Starbucks New Charging Stations: Pros, Cons and Speculation

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Wireless charging is coming to Starbucks, starting with its San Francisco Bay Area stores. The coffee giant’s partnership with Duracell Powermat should cut down on brawls between latte swillers eyeing the same wall outlet. Starbucks plans to expand Powermat wireless charging over 2015, until it’s eventually available in every Starbucks and Teavana store. We salute… Read more »


Dynamically Loading Code Securely with Android

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Android has quite a number of security features that are built into the operating system that significantly reduce the frequency and impact of security issues. The system is designed so that when you build your apps with default system and file permissions, you can avoid having to make difficult decisions about security. Some of the… Read more »


Leveraging Gamification for Your Small Business

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People like to have fun, but they can also be naturally competitive. Even mundane tasks can at times be turned into a game. This idea of competition and gaming has been used by major businesses for years through loyalty and rewards programs, but the expense of such programs often prohibited smaller businesses from taking part…. Read more »


ParkWhiz Raises $10M Series B for Prepaid Parking Service

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ParkWhiz announced this morning that it has closed a $10 million Series B round of funding for its prepaid parking service. The round was led by Jump Capital. Other participants include current investors Hyde Park Venture Partners, Alexis Ohanian, Amreesh Modi, Henry Feinberg, and Hyde Park Angels. Founded in 2006, ParkWhiz offers consumers a way… Read more »


How to Disable Facebook Video Autoplay on Both Desktop and Mobile

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Facebook recently updated its features and introduced a new video autoplay option for users. With this new feature, videos and video ads on your Facebook page will be automatically played while you are browsing your newsfeed. When autoplay was first introduced, there was no settings option. If you were not interested in watching video, you just had… Read more »


10 Great Apps You Should Have On Your iPhone or Android

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Every single day, a new app hits the market. Promising some new fun, convenience, or benefit that all of the other apps on the market cannot deliver the same way this ‘new’ app can. Luckily for people who like having the best of the best when it comes to apps on their iPhone or Android… Read more »


20 Apps for Writing a College Paper

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You will hardly find a student who enjoys writing a college paper. Among all the other tasks they get assigned in college, paper writing is one of the most difficult assignments. Students run into several problems: lack of ideas problems understanding the paper’s topic problems with research problems with structure lack of knowledge about citation styles problems… Read more »