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For Nest Thermostat, Gray Markets as Focus Group

Nest, the sleek learning thermostat, is officially sold in only two countries, the United States and Canada. But it is being used in 65 countries, says Tony Fadell, the former Apple executive who is the founder and chief executive of the company. People buy them in North America and ship them to other countries. Mr. Fadell told an audience at… Read more →

Today’s Scuttlebot: Coca-Cola Hacking, and Class Photos

Some interesting items that the tech reporters and editors of The New York Times found on the Web recently. See more here. Coke Gets Hacked and Doesn’t Tell AnyoneBloomberg |  Shocker: Another major public company got hacked and didn’t tell anyone. – Nicole Perlroth You Can’t Capture Learning With a CameraAnniemurphypaul.com |  The new study hall? Students use their phones in class… Read more →

Android tablets beat out Apple iPad mini’s graphics

When it comes to Apple’s iPad Mini display, both Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD and Google Nexus 7 are better. Lots of people may have bought Apple’s new iPad mini, but that doesn’t mean that they bought the best 7″ tablet. When it comes to the display, graphics expert Raymond M. Soneira, president of DisplayMate, found that the two most popular… Read more →

Which peripherals work with Windows RT, Surface RT?

Microsoft is slowly but surely filling in answer to the seemingly limitless number of questions about Windows 8 and Windows RT that us pesky journalists, bloggers and users have been asking for years. The latest answer comes to a question I’ve posed a number of times: Were there any guidelines to which peripherals would and would not work with Windows… Read more →

Apple ponders Macs sans Intel chips

Apple is reportedly pondering a move from Intel-based Macs to its own processors. According to Bloomberg, Apple is exploring ways to replace Intel in the Mac. The aim is to use the technologies used in its iPhone and iPad products. The report is based on unnamed sources, but the move isn’t all that surprising. Apple designs its own processors. But… Read more →

Presidential Campaign Apps Get to Know You Really Well

How well does the next president of the United States know you? Depends on your apps. By virtue of what you install on your computer or cellphone, your political preferences can become part of the soup of data that ad networks can mine — in this case on behalf of the presidential hopefuls, who are making their last push for… Read more →

What’s Next for Tumblr and Instagram

David Karp, the chief executive of Tumblr, and Kevin Systrom, the chief executive of Instagram, gave some hints Monday about where their services were headed or not headed during interviews on the stage of the GigaOm Roadmap conference in San Francisco. Mr. Systrom, who recently sold his photo-sharing site to Facebook, said he was not too worried about Twitter adding… Read more →

Microsoft patent uses Kinect to detect TV audience, limit content

It doesn’t matter how much evidence you throw at Hollywood or their associated copyright enforcement agencies, piracy and the viewing of illegally acquired content will always be something they want to wipe out. A new patent application from Microsoft could well aid them in that quest. The patent has the ominous title of “Content Distribution Regulation… Read more →

Investigating Google Beyond Search – Smartphone Software

My colleague Claire Cain Miller and I wrote an article on Sunday that looked at the experience of Web companies that depend on Google and at times find themselves competing with the search giant — and the potential antitrust issues that arise. These issues have come up in a wide-ranging investigation of Google by antitrust officials in Europe, Washington and… Read more →

HP doubles down on Linux

 At LinuxCon Europe in Barcelona, Spain, the Linux Foundation, the non-profit organization dedicated to accelerating Linux’s growth, announced that HP “is making a strategic, long-term investment in Linux by upgrading to Platinum membership. Other Platinum members include Fujitsu, IBM, Intel, NEC, Oracle, Qualcomm Innovation Center, and Samsung.”  HP has long been a Linux and open source software contributor communities. Currently, HP offers Red… Read more →