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Zut alors! SEO outlawed in France (so avoid Il Giardino in Cap-Ferret)

Il Giardino in Cap-Ferret gags French blogger Caroline Doudet. A French bar got fed up of its lousy reviews, so it fixed its food and service. No, wait, the other thing: It took a food blogger to court, to shut her up....

17 Siri tips for Apple's iOS 7

While you wait for Apple's iOS 8 Siri improvements it makes sense to make sure we're getting the best from what the voice assistant already offers through these short tips. Ear for Siri Use the Play/Pause button on your earphones...

Katharine the white shark crashes research site's servers

Katharine, a 14-foot electronically tagged white shark, has become so popular with visitors to a shark-tracking site that she's now routinely crashing servers.

Google pays $500 million to buy satellite maker Skybox Imaging

Google stands to gather massive amounts of geographic data for information as wildly diverse as the health of farm fields and congestion of parking lots, by purchasing the super-smart satellite imaging and analytics company Skybox...

Apple's iBeacon gets fun

Apple's iBeacon location technology used to be ignored or used on boring retail applications. Now it's showing up in consumer apps and being deployed in increasingly fun places.

WWDC 2014: Apple's plan to save high street retail

Blink and you could have missed it, but Apple's plans to save retail were hidden among hundreds of announcements at WWDC -- soon every digital consumer experience geek will be knocking on Cupertino's door. Opening the...

iOS 7: Using your iPhone to get the milk

Apple's iOS lets you create contextual reminders to do things when you reach places -- great for remembering essential but often forgotten tasks. [ABOVE: Based on an image by GCD on Flickr] Location, location, location Apple...

iOS 7: Making Find My Friends useful and less creepy

If you or a friend has that problem of never turning up on time and leaving you waiting, Apple's Find My Friends app may help. In this short report I'll show you how. Privacy Find my Friends uses iOS 7's location features. I...

QuickPoll: What worries you most about the Internet of Things?

As the Internet of Things continues to take shape, what worries you most?

Nokia's $100M investment suggests a focus on 'Connecting cars'

For years, Nokia sold mobile phones with the slogan "Connecting people," but following the sale of its phone business to Microsoft, the company is looking for the next big thing.

Will Facebook location sharing be a turn on?

Location sharing with Facebook notifications. For anyone using Facebook who has ever felt the need to go off somewhere and be left alone, there is good news! A new Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) feature called Nearby Friends -- which...

10 cool Bluetooth devices for iOS and Android

The smartphone is the new computer, and wireless peripherals are popping up everywhere from your kitchen and your car to sports equipment and even dog collars.

Deutsche Telekom and Rimowa's smart suitcases have integrated tracking

Deutsche Telekom's T-Systems have along with luggage maker Rimowa developed a line of suitcases with GPS, Wi-Fi and GSM to help users keep track of them.

Open source challenges a proprietary Internet of Things

The only limit to the Internet of Things isn't imagination or technology. It's interoperability. And the Linux Foundation thinks that's an issue it can help fix.

Geneva Motor Show: Apple's CarPlay pimps your ride (Updated)

Apple is going to pimp your ride when Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo are expected to introduce new vehicles with built-in iPhone support at the Geneva Motor Show this week. [ABOVE: If the view outside your window looks like...

Court rules it is OK for drivers in California to check mobile maps

An appeals court in California ruled that it is legal for a person to hold his phone to look at a map application while driving, though he is prohibited from "listening and talking" on the phone unless it is used in a hands-free mode....

Smart highways and driverless cars coming in 2030 -- for real?

Crowds at Mobile World Congress clamored to see in-car infotainment systems that will soon be connected to the Internet via wireless networks around the globe.

Driverless shuttle aimed at campuses, inner cities

A driverless shuttle vehicle unveiled at CES can carry up to 10 people, learning any new route with a single trip and responding to rider stops when requested.

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