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Verizon doubling FiOS speed to 300Mbps

Verizon doubling FiOS speed to 300Mbps

Verizon announced today that it will be doubling the speed of its already blazing FiOS home Internet service. The fiber optics service was boasting 150Mbps downlink and 35Mbps uplink speeds, but soon those speeds will be boosted to 300Mbps downlink and 65Mbps uplink. That's much faster than any other cable offering and faster than many of the wireless routers in our homes.

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Intel Ultrabooks, tablets to get free WiFi access

Intel Ultrabooks, tablets to get free WiFi access

Intel is planning to add "enhanced connectivity" to some of its Ultrabooks and tablets. It has partnered with Devicescape to offer its WiFi management tool, which will make it easy to connect to nearly 8 million public WiFi hotspots. This means that Ultrabooks and tablets that feature Intel's Smart Connect Technology will be able to automatically connect to Devicescapes Curated Virtual Network (CVN).

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Mary Meeker presents latest Internet Trends at D10

Mary Meeker presents latest Internet Trends at D10

Mary Meeker, a partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers (KPCB), presented her latest Internet Trends report at the All Things Digital D10 conference this morning. Meeker's annual state of the web presentation has always been a highlight of the conference, delivering a comprehensive summary of what's happening in tech. This year it's a massive 112-slide deck focused on mobile adoption and its resulting requirement of re-inventing business models.

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Photosynth app finally hits Windows Phones

Photosynth app finally hits Windows Phones

Microsoft's popular Photosynth panorama stitching tech has finally reached the company's own Windows Phone platform. The photo app was released over a year ago on iOS but was oddly missing from WP7. Microsoft admitted that the app required some deeper access to the phones hardware, which was not available at the time.

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Volvo completes first self-driving convoy in Spain

Volvo completes first self-driving convoy in Spain

Volvo recently unleashed a convoy of self-driving cars on a public motorway in Barcelona, Spain during normal traffic. The convoy successfully completed a 125-mile trip in what is considered the world's first public test of this kind. The endeavor is part of the Sartre project (Safe Road Trains for the Environment) that believes vehicle convoys can reduce fuel consumption and accidents.

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NuForce launches 2-inch Cube all-in-one speaker

NuForce launches 2-inch Cube all-in-one speaker

NuForce, makers of consumer and professional audio solutions, has launched a new all-in-one portable speaker called the Cube. The tiny device measures only 2-inches tall and manages to pack in three functions. It offers great sound and acts as a headphone amplifier as well as a USB Digital Audio Converter (DAC).

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RIM to writedown unsold BlackBerry, PlayBook inventory

RIM to writedown unsold BlackBerry, PlayBook inventory

RIM may be faced with a another writedown as its unsold BlackBerry smartphones and PlayBook tablet inventory continue to rise. RIM's unsold devices have risen by two-thirds in the past year, making for a possible writedown of as much as $1 billion when its financial quarter ends this Saturday.

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Facebook’s Face.com buy confirmed

Facebook’s Face.com buy confirmed

Facebook is definitely buying Face.com, according to multiple sources familiar with the matter. Rumors of the deal quickly spread following Facebook's IPO and it's believed that the two companies have been in talks for quite some time. Sources expect the deal to be around $100 million and that lawyers are currently hammering out the details.

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Redux: Dark Matters for Sega Dreamcast surpasses funding goal

Redux: Dark Matters for Sega Dreamcast surpasses funding goal

A Kickstarter campaign for a brand new video game called Redux: Dark Matters has managed to surpass its funding goal, now reaching just over $40k. What's unique about this video game project is that the developers are promising to offer a version of the game for the Sega Dreamcast. Fans of the retro console can pledge $65 to receive the limited edition Dreamcast version, only 1000 copies will be made.

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Steve Jobs’ 1974 Atari memo up for auction

Steve Jobs’ 1974 Atari memo up for auction

Sotheby's is getting ready to auction a Steve Jobs' memo on June 15 for as much as $15,000. The memo was written to Atari in 1974 when Jobs was 19 years old and employed by the company to work on game design. Jobs was reportedly forced to work at nights at Atari due to his clashes with colleagues.

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