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Here’s the Reason Apple Inc. Will Charge More for the iPhone 6 – Motley Fool

Strangely enough, the iPhone 5c may end up having been one of the most important iPhone launches in Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL  ) history. While iPhone 5c unit sales came in below expectations, the 5c taught Apple a valuable lesson: A larger-than-expected percentage of Apple customers are willing to pay a premium for premium iPhone features. Based on the the iPhone 5c experience, Apple is probably confident it can charge $299 — on a two-year contract — for a larger-screen iPhone 6. In a maturing market, company revenue growth can come from two sources: It can capture market share from the competition, or it can charge a higher price for products. The iPhone 6 may be Read More

Hands On With Facebook’s Nearby Friends – Mashable

There’s a lot that Facebook allows you to share with your friends. On Thursday, the company added “exact location” to that list. Facebook’s new Nearby Friends feature enables you to flip a switch to start broadcasting your location with friends in the area. If you see someone nearby with whom you want to meet up, you can tap a button, and send them your exact location — complete with a map detailing where to find you. See also: Facebook Launches ‘Nearby Friends’ Location Feature for Meet-Ups IRL It’s a push from Facebook to encourage more users to connect offline. For some, the feature will simply collect dust in the corner, as willingly allowing Facebook to follow your movements is a Read More

Leaked images claim to reveal iOS 8 running on an iPhone 5S – TechRadar UK

iTunes Radio may go rogue, become own app in iOS 8 iOS 7.1 release date may arrive this week or early next iOS 7.1 may allow iPhone users to delete space-hogging installation files With Apple’s annual developer conference quickly approaching, we have little doubt that somewhere in Cupertino there are devices already running iOS 8, and a new report could very well offer our first glimpse at one of them. PhoneArena turned up a handful of images allegedly from Apple’s forthcoming iOS update, which will presumably be unleashed in just over six weeks during the iPhone maker’s Worldwide Developer Conference in San Francisco. One low-resolution image (shown below) appears to show iOS 8 running on a current iPhone 5S passed Read More

Project Ara: our best look yet at Google’s new modular smartphone – The Verge

This week in Mountain View, Google held its first-ever developer conference for Project Ara. Developed by a small team within the company called ATAP staffed with ex-DARPA engineers and some of the brightest minds at Google, Ara is a mission to make a modular smartphone. It’d be the last phone you ever needed to buy, because you’d be able to swap out everything from the camera to the display to the battery, in order to always have the exact phone you want. For ATAP and Google, the goal is to build a device that will make the smartphone accessible to the billions of people who can’t afford iPhones and Galaxy S5s. There are huge obstacles everywhere you look, and ATAP Read More

As we sweat government surveillance, companies like Google collect our data – The Guardian

As security expert Bruce Schneier (a friend) has archly observed, “Surveillance is the business model of the internet.” I don’t expect this to change unless and until external realities force a change – and I’m not holding my breath. Instead, the depressing news just seems to be getting worse. Google confirmed this week what many people had assumed: even if you’re not a Gmail user, your email to someone who does use their services will be scanned by the all-seeing search and the advertising company’s increasingly smart machines. The company updated their terms of service to read: Our automated systems analyze your content (including e-mails) to provide you personally relevant product features, such as customized search results, tailored advertising, and Read More

People who missed out Google Glasses this week can try unusable frames for free – SiliconBeat

Potential Google Glass “Explorers” who missed out on a $1,500 unit during Google’s one-day online sale this week can at least try out an unusable unit at home — for free. The loaners come in four colors and new titanium “feather-light” frame styles that also fit prescription lenses, according to a report on the Glass Almanac blog. While the program is free and Google offers prepaid return labels, potential Glass customers will have a $50 hold put on their credit cards until the unusable frames come back. People interested in the program can call 855-9GLASS9, according to the Glass Almanac report. In a statement to this newspaper Friday, Google said “We’ve heard from potential Explorers that Read More

Expensive but Worth It: Google, Red Hat – Barron’s

Many of Wall Street’s darling stocks have suffered a recent pullback, while stodgy names have shone. Facebook (ticker: (FB) is down 14% during the past month, Netflix (NFLX) 18%, and Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG) 10%. Meanwhile, Cisco Systems (CSCO), ExxonMobil (XOM), and Coca-Cola (KO) have all gained more than 5%. That doesn’t mean it’s time to buy on the dip by making a wholesale shift into glamour stocks. Last month we noted that the spread between the market’s most expensive and cheapest stocks was the widest in 13… Expensive but Worth It: Google, Red Hat – Barron’shttp://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&fd=R&ct2=us&usg=AFQjCNEn1zRWWFDMQEUrHNL6y03uVaBk9Q&clid=c3a7d30bb8a4878e06b80cf16b898331&cid=52778476483762&ei=k_FSU7K9EJG0mQKkiQE&url=http://online.barrons.com/news/articles/SB50001424053111904703704579501514151040266

Florida firefighter shared child porn on Twitter: cops – New York Daily News

MIAMI-DADE CORRECTIONS DEPARTMENT Miami-Dade firefighter Gabriel Diaz is accused of posting 16 images of underage girls having sex onto Twitter. Many of the images were reportedly shared on his work computer. A Florida firefighter was thrown into jail for allegedly sharing sleazy photos of underage girls on Twitter. Cops arrested 38-year-old Gabriel Diaz Thursday on 16 counts of promoting the sexual performance of a minor. The father of two has served Miami-Dade’s Fire Department for 17 years. He is currently on paid administrative leave, pending the outcome of the case. Diaz swears he had no idea the girls in the photos were minors, the Miami Herald reports. The Read More