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Flipboard buys Zite for a smarter newsreader

Flipboard buys Zite for a smarter newsreader

Flipboard has bought rival newsreader Zite, spending $60m to bring the CNN app under its control, and with plans to integrate its technology into a single product. Zite, which CNN itself acquired back in 2011, aimed to deliver a personalized set of news articles by analyzing each user's interests, their social networks, and what they actually read. Unfortunately, it also means a death knell for the Zite app.

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Glass Traffic app throws wearables back into driver safety discussion

Glass Traffic app throws wearables back into driver safety discussion

A new traffic app for Google Glass is likely to throw the safety aspects of wearables back into question, as new hands-free technology butts heads with more traditional dashboard displays like Apple's new CarPlay. Traffic, the handiwork of Glass developer GlassVuz, fills in one of the gaps in the Google headset's navigation system, bringing real-time traffic data to the head-up display.

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Tor secure messaging client in pipeline for safer chat

Tor secure messaging client in pipeline for safer chat

Internet anonymity service Tor is working on a messaging client to offer Skype, Google Hangouts, and other IM users concerned about who might be reading their conversations a little piece of mind. Dubbed the Tor Instant Messaging Bundle, or TIMB, the app is expected to build on top of the existing InstantBird messenger, which will eventually be bundled in locked-down, encrypted form with the general Tor Launcher later this year.

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Dash app makes your dumb car smart by analyzing driving behavior

Dash app makes your dumb car smart by analyzing driving behavior

Some drivers don’t realize that they can get a wealth of information about their car from the OBDII port that is hidden under the steering wheel on most modern cars. One of the challenges is to get that information about your vehicle and driving in an easy to understand way that helps you drive greener and more efficiently. Drivers can also get information on problems with their car that might require a mechanic from the OBDII port.

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IBM wants Watson in a smartphone with app challenge

IBM wants Watson in a smartphone with app challenge

IBM is throwing open the cognitive computing power of Watson to mobile developers, setting up a new challenge to create apps that take advantage of the supercomputer's natural language processing, machine-learning, and ability to process huge qualities of data in seconds. The IBM Watson Mobile Developer Challenge, which will be accepting entries over the next three months, is looking for the best consumer and enterprise applications for the supercomputer that beat Jeopardy, as it tries to encourage adoption of its APIs.

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