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Venstar’s home thermostat boasts touchscreen, WiFi, and mobile app

Venstar’s home thermostat boasts touchscreen, WiFi, and mobile app

Venstar is giving the good old thermostat a techie makeover with a new Skyport WiFi Key for its ColorTouch residential thermostat. The Skyport WiFi Key allows the thermostats to connect to the company's Skyport Cloud Services, which lets users remotely monitor and control their thermostats via Venstar's mobile app. The new cloud access is compatible with the most devices, including the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch as well as BlackBerry and Android devices. It can also be accessed over the web via Macs and PCs.

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Sony’s Steve Jobs biopic signs on Aaron Sorkin

Sony’s Steve Jobs biopic signs on Aaron Sorkin

Sony has officially signed on Academy Award-winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin to pen the screenplay for the studio's Steve Jobs biopic, according to Variety. Since the Apple founder and former CEO passed away last October, there have been plenty of speculation as to whether or not Sorkin would take on the task of writing the tech visionary's life story for the big screen.

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Nielsen reports app downloads surge 28%

Nielsen reports app downloads surge 28%

Market research firm Nielsen has posted an infographic that reveals a major surge in smartphone use and app downloads over the past year. And indeed what a difference a year makes as smartphone adoption has jumped up to 50.4 percent, up from 38 percent, and the number of Android and iOS device users have more than doubled from 38 million to 84 million.

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Facebook may serve ads on third-party sites

Facebook may serve ads on third-party sites

Facebook may soon be serving you targeted ads on third-party websites. Erin Egan, Facebook's privacy head, recently announced some proposed changes to the social networks privacy policy and followed up with a question-and-answer web chat earlier today. During the session, Egan emphasized that the company's policy always allowed for serving of ads off Facebook.

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Sign Language Translator glove interprets gestures

Sign Language Translator glove interprets gestures

American Sign Language happens to be the sixth most-used language in the US and yet there are few options when it comes to bridging the communication gap between those who understand the language and those who don't. However, that may soon change with an interesting project by three engineering students from Cornell University who have developed a glove that can translate gestures into spoken letters.

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Samsung expands list for Android 4.0 upgrade

Samsung expands list for Android 4.0 upgrade

Samsung has expanded its list of devices that are set to receive the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update. The list now includes several T-Mobile devices, including the Galaxy S Blaze 4G, Galaxy S II, Galaxy Tab 7.0, and the Galaxy Tab 10.1. However, when the upgrade will arrive for those devices have yet to be revealed, and the list will continually be altered as updates are confirmed or released.

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T-Mobile announces restructuring and more job cuts

T-Mobile announces restructuring and more job cuts

T-Mobile CEO Philip Humm issued a memo today, announcing some "difficult decisions" in restructuring the company that will involve more layoffs. The struggling carrier had recently cut 1900 jobs and closed 7 call centers, following its failed AT&T merger. Now a new round of job cuts will ensue with notifications to be sent out this week to affected employees.

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Apple rumored to use Retina display in next iMac

Apple rumored to use Retina display in next iMac

Apple may be gearing up to refresh its entire Mac lineup with Retina displays. The imminent MacBook Pro refresh has long been rumored to feature the new pixel-dense screen and now the next-gen iMac looks to be getting the same treatment. The new iMacs are also rumored to feature the latest Intel Ivy Bridge processors and a noticeably slimmer design.

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Chrome 19 Stable release adds tab syncing

Chrome 19 Stable release adds tab syncing

Google has unleashed the Stable release version of Chrome 19, adding tab syncing capabilities that will allow you to access the same tabs on your smartphone from where you left off on your computer or vise versa. If you found something interesting while browsing the web at work you won't have to lose your place when you get home or go on the road.

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Foxconn denies CEO confirming Apple iTV

Foxconn denies CEO confirming Apple iTV

Foxconn is denying reports that its CEO Terry Gou confirmed any plans for the much rumored Apple television set. The China Daily reported last week that during a speech at the start of building Foxconn's new headquarters, Gou revealed that the company had already begun preparations for Apple's iTV.

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