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IDC released its latest global tablet market share numbers, and Samsung is looking good

For a while, it looked like Apple was going to utterly dominate the tablet market forever. Xooms, Xyboards, and Transformers came and went – accomplishing little more than building the world’s biggest collection of store shelf dust. But today Android slates have grown in quality and quantity, while shrinking in screen size and price. In the first quarter of 2013, they continued to eat into the iPad’s market share.  Read More

OneLeap is a web-based networking platform designed to bridge the gap between entrepreneur...

The world is brimming with good ideas, but presenting them to the people who are in a position to make them happen presents a formidable challenge. OneLeap, launched earlier this year, is a web-based networking platform designed to fix this situation by bridging the gap between entrepreneurs, investors, influencers and top-tier executives, while raising money for charity in the process.  Read More

The Freefold commuter travel system is said to maintain the shape of a business suit jacke...

If you're the kind of businessman who travels cheek to cheek with commuters on the metro or subway – or who cycles to work – then you'll know that by the time you change into your once-pristine suit at the office, it can look more like a "before" image from a steam iron commercial than something fit to impress the boss. Tony Higson's crusade against creases started with Suit Commute, and is now about to enter the next phase with Freefold.  Read More

The Moo NFC business card offers users a more alluring experience than manually typing in ...

UK-based printing company Moo has given its business cards a post-smartphone remix by creating a design which imbeds a near-field communication (NFC) chip within, enabling it to interact with NFC-equipped smartphones.  Read More

App.net is to social media what Amazon Web Services is to the rest of the web

Can you imagine a service like Twitter without advertising, spammers and URL shorteners? Without clunky official clients, and without hostility towards the third-party ecosystem? The 12 strong team at App.net can, and they think enough people are willing to pay for such a service to make it work.  Read More

Penny Arcade's mockup of its website, minus all advertising

Advertising is the bread and butter of most content-based websites these days, but many readers still view them as just a necessary drawback for the sites to continue running. Even widely popular sites like Penny Arcade rely on advertising for most of their profits ... but maybe not for much longer. The folks behind the video game culture webcomic recently started a Kickstarter campaign asking fans to donate money in exchange for removing advertising from the website and producing more comics and other content.  Read More

The Apollo dress shirt from Ministry of Supply uses NASA space suit technology to regulate...

So you're looking dapper in your snappy business suit as you head out into the afternoon sun to walk a few blocks to your next meeting but by the time you arrive you're a good deal less fresh than when you set off just moments before. Your expensive new super white cotton shirt is stuck to your back and something nasty is taking to the air around you. This is precisely the kind of scenario that the Apollo shirt from Ministry of Supply was designed to combat. The wrinkle-free dress shirt makes use of NASA technology to help regulate body temperature, while also neutralizing pit-pong and adapting to the movement of the wearer.  Read More

Internet retailer, Kogan, has implemented a new 'Internet Explorer 7 Tax' on customers who...

Getting some members of the public to keep up with new technology can be almost as difficult as getting your brand to cut through in the ultra competitive Internet marketplace. Australian online electronics retailer Kogan is attempting to kill those two birds with one stone by implementing an "Internet Explorer 7 Tax" on customers who use the outdated browser when they make purchases.  Read More

Following Facebook's astonishing US$1 billion acqusition of mobile photo-sharing app Insta...

Following Facebook's astonishing US$1 billion acqusition of mobile photo-sharing app Instagram, Gizmag asks whether a take-over of the service, which is free to download and use and which eschews in-app advertising, was inevitable; and ponders whether free services are a fool's paradise.  Read More

After previously filing for bankruptcy protection, Kodak has now announced that it will ce...

After making and selling cameras for over 120 years, the Eastman Kodak Company announced yesterday that it plans to stop producing its “dedicated capture devices” – in other words, its digital cameras, pocket video cameras, and digital picture frames. The company plans on phasing out the products throughout the first half of this year. This news doesn’t come as a surprise, as Kodak filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection just last month, at which time it announced that it would be undergoing a “reorganization” in order to focus on its most valuable business lines.  Read More

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