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OS X 10.9.1 pushing to developers with focus on mail and graphics

OS X 10.9.1 pushing to developers with focus on mail and graphics

Apple is said to have already seeded OS X 10.9.1 internally and it looks like the same update has begun arriving for registered developers. This one has been sent out as build number 13B27 and as one would expect, there has yet to be any timeline given in terms of a public push for 10.9.1. For now though, Apple appears focused on Mail, Graphics and VoiceOver with this update.

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Samsung Galaxy Gear Manager update expands notifications to all apps

Samsung Galaxy Gear Manager update expands notifications to all apps

Samsung has rolled out an update for the Galaxy Gear Manager app today. And with this update, they seem to have addressed one of the frequent complaints. This update improves the notification experience. Gone are the days of having notifications from a select few apps as this update will allow you to toggle notifications on and off for any of the apps you have installed on your smartphone.

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Google seeing more government requests than ever before

Google seeing more government requests than ever before

Google released their latest Transparency Report today. This marks the eighth such report, with the seventh having come back in late-April. That last report brought mention of a record high number of government requests and this time around the report is arriving with a similar description. Details coming from Google point towards how "requests from governments for user information have increased by more than 100 percent." That is, from when Google began sharing these bi-annual reports in 2010.

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2014 Corvette heading to drivers with optional Competition Sport seat

2014 Corvette heading to drivers with optional Competition Sport seat

In an effort to give Corvette owners what they prefer, Chevrolet will be offering a few different seat options with the 2014 models. Specifically, those picking up a 2014 Corvette will be able to choose between a Standard GT or Competition Sport seat. According to Chevrolet, these two are options are "similar to the everyday comfort of a well-tailored suit vs. the support offered by compression apparel athletes wear."

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Isis Mobile Wallet launches nationwide with three carrier support

Isis Mobile Wallet launches nationwide with three carrier support

Coming off a rather long testing phase, Isis Mobile Wallet has launched nationwide today. The digital wallet service is arriving with support from three of the big four US carriers and basically means users will be able to make mobile payments with their NFC-equipped smartphone. The catch of course, having a supported device and finding a location that will accept mobile payments.

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Google Glass profitability: The Fancy claims first to mark

Google Glass profitability: The Fancy claims first to mark

Google has been improving Glass with regular updates, and they have also recently opened up the Explorer program quite a bit. This has also come along with v2.0 hardware which brings with it promise of support for prescription lenses and a mono earbud. But perhaps more important here is the expanding and now remote Explorer program because with more users we should see more apps and more development.

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Apple’s former Siri chief now building SAMI for Samsung

Apple’s former Siri chief now building SAMI for Samsung

Luc Julia was director of Apple's Siri project. This was a role he held for roughly 10 months, however he left Apple last year. Julia ended up going over to Samsung. Officially, Julia is a vice president at Samsung's innovation lab and while the natural thought would be that he is working on improvements to S-Voice, there is a bit more. Julia is actually working on something called SAMI (Samsung Architecture for Multimodal Interactions), which takes things a bit further.

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Qualcomm Q4 2013 earnings bring another round of increased revenues

Qualcomm Q4 2013 earnings bring another round of increased revenues

Qualcomm is powering many smartphones these days, one of which includes the recently released Nexus 5. In that case we are looking at a 2.26GHz Snapdragon 800, however there are many others such as the HTC One, which sports a Snapdragon 600. While we mention that quite a few devices are running on Qualcomm power these days, that just speaks to their Q4 2013 earnings report, which in this case is showing a revenue of $6.48 billion.

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