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iBeacon brings home the iBacon on your mobile while you shop

Proximity-based mobile promotions are hitting Australian malls as iBeacons push out offers to your phone while you're walking past the store.

By 7 April 2014

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Target offers free holiday shipping, wish lists for the first time

The increasing reach of Amazon has brick-and-mortar retailers changing their game plans. The latest is Target, who for the first time is offering free shipping.

By 23 October 2014

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New York -- home of smartphone shopping during funerals

A survey probing when people in different cities use their smartphones to shop reveals results that some might find deadening.

By 10 October 2013

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Activist investor pushes for Yahoo-AOL merger

In an open letter to Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, the investment management firm Starboard makes its case for the oft-rumored pair-up.

By 27 September 2014

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Why the Bash bug will be a big headache

Don't shrug off the Bash security flaw. Bridget Carey explains how hackers could use it to attack various computer systems -- and even lightbulbs. Also, Amazon is crafting smart-home devices and Apple offers a fix for its botched iOS 8.0.1 update.

By 26 September 2014

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Alibaba's Jack Ma willing to work with Amazon

Following the Chinese company's historic IPO, the co-founder talks about his ambitious with his US e-commerce rival.

By 20 September 2014

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Qualcomm CEO: 8B new smartphones will hit the market over next 5 years

The mobile-chip giant also unveils new software-development kits for LTE Broadcast and for its Vuforia augmented-reality software, designed for digital eyewear like Samsung's Gear VR.

By 19 September 2014

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Does iOS 8 make sense as a smart home platform?

Apple's new iOS is built to control the connected home. How does it stack up against other would-be smart home platforms?

By 10 September 2014

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A horror novel hidden in an IKEA-like catalog

Horrorstör doesn't look like a traditional horror novel, but it promises a chilling look at what it's like to be a modern worker.

By 6 September 2014

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CNET / Samsung IFA 2014 Competition: We have a winner!

We had many great entries in our search for unique and creative uses for your smartphones. Here's the big winner plus some of our favourite finalists.

By 28 August 2014