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source: http://www.engadget.com/2013/09/25/google-shopping-express-app-expansion/?utm_medium=feed&utm_source=Feed_Classic&utm_campaign=Engadget&ncid=rss_semi

DNP Google Shopping Express intros new mobile app, expands Bay Area service

Google began testing its new same-day delivery service, Shopping Express, with a limited trial for San Francisco customers back in March, and it’s apparently proven successful enough for an expansion. Starting today, residents of the greater Bay Area — from San Francisco to San Jose — can streamline their to-do list by having local stores deliver straight to their doors. Included on the list of participating retailers are national giants like Target, Toys R Us, Walgreens, Staples and Whole Foods (just to name a few), though some smaller businesses will also take part. The service is also expanding to mobile phones, as Google is launching a new Shopping Express app for both Android and iOS devices; with it, you can search for items, browse different stores and place orders from your phone. For more information, check out the source link below.


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Wednesday, September 25th, 2013 news No Comments

New Zealand Parliament bans software patents with a 117-4 vote

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2013/08/28/new-zealand-bans-software-patents/

DNP New Zealand bans software patents after a landslide vote in Parliament

After five years of debate and a 117-4 vote, New Zealand’s Parliament has passed a bill that says computer programs are not considered inventions and are therefore ineligible for patents. However, the phrasing of the bill is flexible enough to provide some leeway. Since “products or processes” are understood to be patentable inventions, software that is integral to the implementation of a process designed to improve hardware can be included in the terms of a patent application. The text of the bill, intended to replace the outdated Patents Act of 1953, states, “Protecting software by patenting is inconsistent with the open source model, and its proponents oppose it. A number of submitters argued that there is no ‘inventive step’ in software development, as ‘new’ software invariably builds on existing software.” You can come to your own conclusions on the matter by checking out the bill at the source link below.

 

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Thursday, August 29th, 2013 news No Comments

Teachers on Pinterest initiative could make lesson planning halfway enjoyable

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2013/08/13/teachers-on-pinterest-project-planning/

Teachers on Pinterest initiative could make lesson planning halfway enjoyable

Oh, education. So necessary, but so grueling. Particularly for oodles of grade-school instructors who are forced to swallow their fresh-out-of-college ambitions and fall into the system if they ever hope to level up in academia. We’ve seen glimmers of hope here and there, with certain schools getting outside of their comfort zones long enough to try new methodologies, and Pinterest’s latest project certainly holds a lot of promise. Teachers on Pinterest is a hub that showcases a variety of lesson plans and teaching tools, and through a partnership with Edutopia, it’s hoping to build out a full-bodied community for instructors. Hit up the source link below for a closer look, and remember: teachers rule.

 

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Tuesday, August 13th, 2013 news No Comments

Lavabit, supposedly Edward Snowden’s email service of choice, shuts down

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2013/08/08/lavabit-shuts-down/

It looks like Edward Snowden is going to have to find a new email service as the one he supposedly used — Lavabit — has abruptly closed its doors. The company’s owner, Ladar Levison, posted an open letter on the site today, saying, “I have been forced to make a difficult decision: to become complicit in crimes against the American people or walk away from nearly ten years of hard work by shutting down Lavabit.” Levison also claimed to be unable to speak to the specifics surrounding the situation, stating that a Congressionally approved gag order prevented him from doing so. While Lavabit’s situation seems pretty dire, it might not be curtains just yet. In his message, Levison stated that he would take his fight to reinstate Lavabit to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. To read the missive in full, head on over to the source link below.

 

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Thursday, August 8th, 2013 news No Comments

Google’s One Today Android app now open to all US-based philanthropists

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2013/07/11/google-one-today-android-app-nonprofit-donations/

Google's One Today Android app now open to all USbased philanthropists

“Do a little. Change a lot.” That’s the motto behind One Today — a Google-built app that launched a few months ago to those who requested an invite. Now, however, it’s free to download for all Android users in the United States, enabling those who do to donate a dollar per day (or more, of course) to an ever-changing list of nonprofit organizations. Each day a new project will be showcased, replete with details on what it’s about, who it’s helping and how it’s operated. Naturally, you’ll be able to make your donations public on Google+, and you can keep a log of your charitable givings within the app itself — ideal for tax writeoffs. There’s still no word on when it’ll go global, but statesiders can hit the source link to begin their download.

 

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Thursday, July 11th, 2013 news No Comments

Groupon launches Breadcrumb iPad app, vows to not be a typical POS

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2013/05/14/groupon-breadcrumb-pos-ipad-app/

Groupon launches Breadcrumb iPad app, vows to not be a typical POS

Yesterday, Groupon POS appeared in the iTunes Store, but was quickly pulled. Now we know why. Breadcrumb POS, which is the official name of yesterday’s leaked point-of-sale iPad app, is now officially available, bringing a simple interface and a handful of financial incentives. The application, which can be downloaded for free, charges vendors a credit card processing fee of 1.8 percent plus 15 cents per transaction, assuming you’re swiping plastic from MasterCard, Visa or Discover. In an effort to get small businesses signed up, however, Groupon is offering to cover the fees on the first $5,000 in credit card transactions, a savings of $90 by our calculations, plus whatever you’d be paying per swipe

The app enables you to log transactions, manage menu items and issue refunds, in addition to processing credit cards and emailing receipts. The POS uses Breadcrumb Payments for processing, with deposits posting within 24 hours, and can be paired with a card swiper and optional printer (you can email receipts if you’d prefer). There’s also free 24/7 telephone support, should you run into any issues while using the system. Breadcrumb POS won’t replace the more sophisticated Pro version, which is available starting at $99 per month, and retailers will still be able to use the Groupon Merchants App for redeeming vouchers and processing supplemental payments. If the new Breadcrumb POS sounds like a fit, snag some more info at the source link below.

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Tuesday, May 14th, 2013 news No Comments

Microsoft’s next Office update is codenamed ‘Gemini,’ could ship this fall

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2013/03/27/microsoft-office-gemini/

Blue is to Windows as Gemini is to Office. Any questions? Well, that’s unfortunate — we don’t have a ton of answers. What we do know, courtesy of some top-notch ZDNet reporting, is that Microsoft’s next Office release is codenamed “Gemini,” and that it could be making its way to your desktop by the end of this year. The site quotes a potential fall ship date, at least for the first release, which is set to include new versions of Excel, OneNote, PowerPoint and Word. Rumor has it that the next version will be somewhat platform-independent, and will rely heavily on the Office 365 subscription concept. Beyond that, there isn’t really much to share, but you’re welcome to hit up our source link for a few more (minor) details.

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Wednesday, March 27th, 2013 news No Comments

T-Mobile details its no-contract Simple Choice plans: starting at $50/month for unlimited talk, text and 500MB unthrottled data

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2013/03/26/t-mobile-details-its-no-contract-simple-choice-plans-starting-a/

TMobile details its UnCarrier plans TKTK

T-Mobile already let its new “UnCarrier” plans loose on its website without much fanfare this past weekend, but it’s now finally talking a bit more about them at its big launch event in NYC. Dubbed Simple Choice, the new plans all of course do away with the traditional two-year contracts, and they all start with both unlimited talk and text. The differences come with the data options: the basic $50 a month plan will get you 500MB of high-speed data with rates throttled down to 2G speeds after you hit that limit. Heavier data users can opt for 2GB of unthrottled data for an extra $10 per month, while fully unlimited 4G data will set you back an extra $20 a month (or $70 total). A second line will run another $30 on top of that, with each additional line costing $10 apiece. Not surprisingly, the carrier is also making a big marketing push to promote its new approach. You see its first commercial after the break, and find a full breakdown of the plans at the source link below.

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Tuesday, March 26th, 2013 news No Comments

Google Giving helps bring 15,000 Raspberry Pi units to UK school children

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2013/01/29/google-giving-raspberry-pi/

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It’s not every day your class gets a visit from a tech bigwig like Eric Schmidt. Google’s executive chairman paid a visit to a UK school, alongside Raspberry Pi co-founder Eben Upton. The duo were there to talk code, an appearance that coincided with the announcement that a grant from Google Giving will be bringing 15,000 Raspberry Pi Model Bs to kids in that country. The companies will be working alongside six educational partners to decide precisely whose hands those little computers will end up in. More info on the program can be found in the source link.

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Tuesday, January 29th, 2013 news No Comments

Google Shopper adds push notifications, new UI and more with 3.0 update

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/11/08/google-shooper-update-ui-push-notification-sales/

Google Shopper adds push notifications, new UI and more with 3.0 update

Google Shopper has just gotten the bump to version 3.0 with an update that brings a roster of fresh features, including a new UI with speedier navigation and larger images. In addition to the fresh coat of paint, the app sports a brand-new sales screen, image-focused search results and product ratings provided by GoodGuide. Page and Co. have also thrown in push notifications to keep users abreast of new features and content, and an area to showcase retail promotions. Itching to start penny pinching? Hit the source link below for the download.

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Thursday, November 8th, 2012 news No Comments

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