Google Is About to Make Your Wireless Carrier a Lot Less Relevant

Google Is About to Make Your Wireless Carrier a Lot Less Relevant

Google’s new wireless service will automatically switch you between T-Mobile’s network and Sprint’s network depending on which signal is best.

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Google’s New Phone Service Bridges Cell and Wi-Fi Gaps

Google’s New Phone Service Bridges Cell and Wi-Fi Gaps

Google is inviting a small number of people onto its new phone service, Project Fi. The company wants to show wireless can be both cheaper and better.

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Using Satellites to Stop Deforestation Before It Happens

Using Satellites to Stop Deforestation Before It Happens

Environmentalists are turning to artificial intelligence and satellites to combat forest destruction in real time—that is, in time to stop it.

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Facebook’s WhatsApp Will Be How the World Makes Phone Calls

Facebook’s WhatsApp Will Be How the World Makes Phone Calls

WhatsApp is the world’s most popular smartphone messaging app, letting more than 800 million people text on the cheap. But it’s evolving into something more.

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Google’s Search Update Will Remake the Web in Its Own Image

Google’s Search Update Will Remake the Web in Its Own Image

“Mobile-geddon” it’s not. But Google’s latest changes to its search algorithm are a reminder of how Google uses its market power to accelerate change.

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Tech Time Warp of the Week: When Samsung Tried to Woo the West With Boomboxes

Tech Time Warp of the Week: When Samsung Tried to Woo the West With Boomboxes

As this ad from the early ’80s shows, Samsung was so unknown in the West that its pitch boiled down to “names don’t matter.”

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Small Packages of Code Are the Biggest Thing in App-Making

Small Packages of Code Are the Biggest Thing in App-Making

Instead of building big, monolithic applications, developers are increasingly stitching apps together using small chunks of open source software.

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The Netflix of China Is Invading the US With Smartphones

The Netflix of China Is Invading the US With Smartphones

When I describe LeTV as the Netflix of China, Mark Li corrects me. “It’s the other way around,” he sats. “Netflix is the LeTV of the US.”

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