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At COP 21, Plume Labs launches live map of air pollution around the world

As the U.N. climate summit in Paris gets underway this week, a French startup has launched a live map of air pollution to show which cities are suffering the worst. (Hint: Check out China!) The World Air Map is produced by Plume Labs, a Paris startup that debuted earlier this year. Plume pulls pollution data from monitoring stations around […]

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Tech Titans Launch Breakthrough Energy Coalition

High-tech honchos and venture capitalists from around the world — and one university — on Monday officially announced their participation in the Breakthrough Energy Coalition, a new fund to support companies doing clean energy research. The coalition will invest in electricity generation and storage, transportation, industrial and agricultural energy use, and energy system efficiency.

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Samsung unveils 2nd generation Galaxy A smartphones replete with Samsung Pay

Samsung has launched second-generation versions of the mid-range Galaxy A3 and A5 smartphones it first unveiled last October, and the Galaxy A7 it introduced in February. The refreshed Samsung Galaxy A (2016) lineup are: the 5.5-inch Galaxy A7, the 5.2-inch Galaxy A5, and 4.7-inch Galaxy A3. Both the A3 and A5 now have slightly larger […]

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TV viewing survey shows rise of tablets, decline of pay TV, and boost for ‘cord cheaters’

TV viewing habits are changing in the age of anywhere, anytime media. A survey from Tivo’s Digitalsmiths division shows the rise of tablet viewing, a decline in pay TV, and a boost in “cord cheaters,” or viewers who avoid cable subscription fees in the game by using third-party Internet services. The results show that traditional […]

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More Things, More Cyberattacks

Not a day passes without mention of the Internet of Things in the media, as it appears to expand exponentially. Roughly 6.4 billion things will be connected to the Internet in 2016, at a rate of 5.5 million new things per day, according to Gartner. More than 20 billion devices will be in use by 2020. As a result, everyone must be more cognizant of cyber-risks.

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FreshBooks takes on Square with $30 card reader that connects in-store payments with accountancy software

Cloud accounting software company FreshBooks has revealed that it’s entering the mobile-payments space with the launch of a new card reader that lets merchants accept credit card payments through a smartphone. Similar to the Jack Dorsey-owned Square, which recently filed to go public, the FreshBooks-branded contraption plugs into an iPhone’s audio jack, and is designed […]

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