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Apple could be ditching Google as its default search engine, report says



News broke last week that Yahoo would replace Google as the default search engine on Firefox browsers. Now another — more powerful — company might also be ditching Google.

Apple‘s contract with Google is almost up, and in 2015 the Cupertino tech giant will be free to nix another connection with perhaps it greatest competitor in favor of another option, according to The Information

Yahoo and Microsoft are already vying for the tech giant’s…

New smartphone app promises easy eye testing worldwide



LONDON — The team behind a smartphone-based portable eye examination kit have just launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise money for new innovation.

Peek comprises a smartphone app and low-cost adaptor that enables professional eye examinations anywhere in the world. Developed by a team of eye care specialists, software developers and product designers, it aims to increase access to high-quality eye care worldwide.

The tools…

Piper Kerman and Larry Smith of ‘Orange Is the New Black’ discuss social media and more



We talked digital with couple Piper Kerman and Larry Smith, who are both appearing at the upcoming Mashable Media Summit on December 5, from 2:10 – 2:40 p.m. Kerman has been lauded for the success of her memoir Orange is the New Black, which is now a hit series on Netflix. Smith has found success as the founder and editor of SMITH Magazine, and he’s also known for his Six-Word Memoir project, which is now in its eighth year.

Eventbrite - Mashable Media Summit: Formats of Creativity

Q: How has digital impacted storytelling for you?
A: Larry: I loved…

3 great smartphones to look for on Black Friday



If you’ve been holding out all year from getting a new smartphone, you made a wise move: All the new fall models are finally available, and they’re some of the best phones we’ve seen in years. From big batteries to big screens to big specs, this season’s smartphone harvest has something for everyone.

Here are our picks for the top phones for the 2014 holiday:

Good: Droid Turbo ($199 with a 2-year contract for 32GB)

Motorola Droid Turbo

With the

Report: Sony planning an e-ink smartwatch



Sony is working on an e-ink smartwatch for a possible release in 2015, Bloomberg reported Wednesday, citing sources familiar with the matter.

According to the report, the watch will have both its face and wristband covered with e-ink material, giving it the ability to completely change its appearance. Don’t expect it to be a feature-laden powerhouse, though: The emphasis will be on style, not specs

The report offers no other…

Sony Pictures data breach may have been an inside job: Report



After a reportedly massive data breach, Sony Pictures appears to remain at the mercy of hackers who have threatened to share “top secrets” with the public.

The hack was so wide-reaching that the company’s computer system has been completely shut down, according to reports. And now it appears the hackers may have had help from Sony Pictures staffers in penetrating the system.

The Verge reports it was able to reach a…

iPad had first full year of decline in 2014, report says



The tablet market may be in even worse shape than we thought.

When the dust has settled, 2014 is expected to be the first full year iPad shipments have declined each quarter. That’s according to a new report from research firm IDC.

The drop in sales is part of a larger trend that IDC describes as a “massive deceleration” in the worldwide tablet market. The company predicts tablet sales worldwide will still have grown overall in 2014,…

Watch out, Oculus: Apple is hiring a virtual reality developer



It’s not exactly a surprise that Apple is reportedly working on projects related to virtual reality. But it is becoming increasingly obvious now that the Cupertino tech giant has posted a job listing for a virtual reality developer

The app engineer will design “next generation software experiences” and “create high performance apps that integrate with Virtual Reality systems for prototyping and user testing,” according to the listing

You can now edit Microsoft Office documents from within Dropbox



Dropbox just made good on its earlier promise of integrating its mobile apps with Microsoft Office

The cloud storage company updated its iOS (App Store link and Android (Google Play link) apps on Tuesday with new Microsoft Office support that allows users users to open documents, spreadsheets or presentations stored in their Dropbox accounts and edit them with Office apps.

Users can take advantage of this…