Monthly Archives: September 2014

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus take a beating in first ever drop test video


13 Google Chrome extensions you should know about


Google Chrome is a great browser made even better by options for customization. What makes Chrome a really personal browser is the huge catalog of extensions that you can add to it, making your web experience even better.

The Chrome Web Store features thousands of apps and extensions for the Chrome browser. There are tons of apps for leisure and for a more productive workday. Here’s a sampling of extensions that you probably haven’t heard of before, but that are likely to become must-haves for you.

Improve security

Online security is a major concern for individual users and corporations. Avast Online Security blocks malicious content and trackers, prevents phishing and notifies users about a site’s reputation. The interface lets you customize your security preferences, in case you need cookies or other services to comfortably browse a given site.

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HTTPS Everywhere layers the Hypertext Transfer Protocol on…

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Alibaba, expected to be the largest IPO in US history, has priced its shares


After weeks of waiting, Alibaba has set the wheels in motion for its highly anticipated upcoming IPO on the American market. The Chinese e-commerce company, which competes globally with the likes of Amazon and eBay, will pricing its shares between $60 and $66. With the company selling 320.1 million shares, that means it hopes to drum up $20.1 billion in funds, which would make it the largest IPO in U.S. history. The IPO fund manager, Renaissance Capital, compared Alibaba’s IPO to previous big hitters like Visa and Facebook.


Alibaba’s road show will most likely start next week, according to a New York Times source. The IPO itself is expected to be priced Thursday, September 18 for “trading on Friday” on the NYSE, based on Renaissance’s analyst blog.

To fulfill its mission of global dominance, [company]Alibaba[/company] needs more capital. Its choice to go public in America — instead of Hong Kong — suggests that…

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Internet of Things absolute aanjager voor draadloos verbonden devices


m2m-simcityHet Internet of Things is de absolute aanjager voor de enorme stijging die wordt verwacht van het aantal draadloos verbonden devices. Dit stellen de specialisten van ABI Research.

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Web bank Holvi tests API for integrating other services with its platform


The Finland-based web bank Holvi, which recently gained a license to operate across Europe, is testing an application programming interface (API) that will make it possible to integrate with other services such as Dropbox and Mailchimp.

I last covered Holvi a couple years back, when it was preparing for its European rollout. The bank offers a comprehensive package of team-friendly services including web stores, payments, invoicing, budgeting and so on, and is touting for business among makers, freelancers and small businesses. As accounts can be set up quite quickly, it’s also good for projects (the Slush Festival has long used Holvi.)

[company]Holvi[/company] CTO Tuomas Toivonen gave me an example of the kinds of integration users can expect: A fashion blogger may put a Holvi widget into the blog so she can sell merchandise online. When she does so, she will receive both the money and information about the transaction…

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