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Comcast app lets customers track service techs in real time

To avoid forcing customers to sit at home waiting for their cable fix, ComCast today unveiled a mobile app that lets customers track where service techs are in real time.

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Apple to Xiaomi: Easier said than done to become top smartphone vendor

A day after China's Xiaomi said it wanted to become the world's number one smartphone vendor, an Apple executive weighed in and told the Chinese company to be patient.

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Court shuts down tech support 'scams' targeted by FTC

A federal court in Florida has temporarily shut down two "massive" telemarketing operations that allegedly conned tens of thousands of consumers out of millions of dollars by tricking them into fixing nonexistent computer errors.

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Google program can automatically caption photos

Next time you're stumped when trying to write a photo caption, try Google. The search giant has developed a machine-learning system that can automatically and accurately write captions for photos.

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Nokia makes a consumer comeback with N1 Android tablet

Nokia is once again developing mobile devices, and this time the company is using Android. The N1 tablet has a high-resolution 7.9-inch screen and a 5-megapixel front camera.

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Cisco crashes the enterprise mobile party with new collaboration app

Cisco will package and deliver enterprise collaboration capabilities via a mobile and Web app built to replicate the ease of use of consumer software but designed for ad hoc, workplace team interaction.

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Mobile 4K video gets wired to TVs

USB 3.1 will support the MHL 3 specification, which can stream 4K mobile video transfers from mobile devices

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Fujitsu embeds data in LED light for smartphones to detect

Just aim a smartphone camera at a lit object and an app calls up relevant information

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Is Google Glass extremely boring or simply DEAD?

Google Glass. A subject on the minds (and not on the faces) of many bloggers this weekend. Why is Glass no longer as exciting as it used to be?

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Rise of the celebrity tech entrepreneur

It's no secret that Silicon Valley wants to invade Hollywood with disruptive Internet-based content distribution systems and computer-generated everything. But now Hollywood wants to invade back.

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Key to productivity: A good place to gossip

Detailed analysis of office worker activities shows those who hang out and talk are far more productive than loners

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Online video moguls team up to set standards, meet growing demand

Some of the most powerful companies in video networks and delivery plan to define an open architecture for streaming video as part of a new alliance that includes Cisco Systems, Comcast, Ustream and Yahoo, but not Netflix or YouTube.

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How Apple, Samsung and BlackBerry are fighting to win the enterprise

Samsung Electronics' deal with BlackBerry and Apple's efforts to make it easier to configure and deploy massive numbers of iPhones highlight how the smartphone makers are battling for supremacy among enterprise users.

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Nexus 6 reviews: Google's Android 5.0 phablet is bigger, but better?

'Shamu' shows its enormous face: The Nexus 6, Google's huge Android 5.0 phablet is here, so it must be time for one of Richi's random review roundups. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers tread the thin line between love and hate.

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Top workplace tablet in U.S. runs on Windows

U.S. companies use Windows tablets slightly more than iPads and Android tablets, according to a recent Harris poll of IT decision makers.

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Motorola and LG vie to be first with Android 5.0 update

The race to upgrade smartphones to Android 5.0 is on, with LG Electronics and Motorola vying with Google's Nexus devices for bragging rights.

Managing BYOD expenses: How to get it right

BYOD programs haven't always saved money. But, handled correctly, they can.

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Lumia 535 edges Moto E with more storage, front camera

With the Lumia 535, Microsoft has delivered a worthy successor to the successful 520 that stacks up well against tough Android competitors like the Motorola Moto E, which the smartphone beats on several fronts.

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