Rick BroidaIDG News Service

For more than 20 years, Rick Broida has written about all manner of technology, from Amigas to business servers to PalmPilots. His credits include dozens of books, blogs, and magazines. He sleeps with an iPad under his pillow.

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ChatOn shutdown highlights Samsung's software woes

Buyers of its Galaxy smartphones and tablet continue to prefer Google and third party apps

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Simpler M2M connectivity promised as Sierra Wireless buys Swedish company

Together they will manage machine-to-machine devices and connections from one user interface

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Microsoft helps boost Android, iOS app performance with offline access

The company is offering a new developer tool to make offline access easier to implement

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Amazon Web Services updates console to simplify management

The company hopes to streamline management with resource groups and Tag Editor tool

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Today's Hot Deals: Lenovo laptop for $449, Xbox One headset for $39, and more

Today's hottest offerings also include steep discounts on a 55" Samsung Smart TV, a 32" Vizio TV for $199, and some software deals to boot.

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LG preps webOS 4K TVs with souped-up performance

Users will be able to watch 4K movies and TV series from Netflix and Amazon

Amazon promises one-hour delivery in Manhattan, more locations on the way

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The super-fast shipping costs $7.99, while people willing to wait another hour won't have to pay extra

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The top five smartphone disappointments of 2014

The new iPhones should have had a better front camera and the Moto G should have had LTE, among other disappointments

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Microsoft helps crack developer problems with Bing-based tool

The Bing Developer Assistant now works with C#, but more languages are on the way

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How tech companies can lead the shift toward renewable energy

Sustainability starts in the workplace. Here's how to make conservation and environmental awareness a part of your company philosophy.

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BMW wants your smartwatch to park your car for you

Cars will be able to find a parking place on their own by 2020 with the help of sensors and digital plans

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Apple, Xiaomi win big as Samsung's smartphone struggles continue

A showdown between Samsung and Chinese will spur on better smartphone designs going forward

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Facebook's Oculus VR adds hand tracking, 3D modelling know-how with acquisitions

Oculus VR, developer of the Rift headset, has expanded its virtual world by acquiring specialists Nimble VR and 13th Lab

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Vodafone-connected bus shelters aim to improve mobile coverage, speeds

Deal with advertising company JCDecaux expected to boost mobile performance in Germany, UK and other countries

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Jolla sells 7,200 Sailfish OS tablets, starts adding extra features

Jolla promises to start shipping its Sailfish OS tablets in the second quarter of 2015.