Ubuntu-maker Canonical had an idea: Create a smartphone to show off its forthcoming mobile OS. But how would it make it? Crowd-funding of course. Namely, an Indiegogo campaign to raise a whopping $32 million, along with a price of over $800 for any user that wanted to actually buy the software. This wasn't going to be any phone, but the best phone ever, with a sapphire screen and a processor like no other. Unfortunately, sometimes, even the best ideas fail, as CNN reports.
The Verge reports that a Japanese site has published pictures of what they are claiming is the new iPhone, due to be announced by Apple in September. The phone, according to the site, ASCII, looks a lot like the iPhone 5, but is available in a gold/champagne color sure to appeal to the more blinged out stylistas.
A UPS store in San Diego is offering a 3D printing service, part of the company's test to see if the burgeoning technology can be successfully applied in a retail context. Now, there's another store in D.C. offering the same, and the company plans to open up four more 3D printers in stores in the U.S. in the new few months. But what is it like for shop owners to figure out the tech? The Atlantic investigates.
1 billion people use Facebook. But for Mark Zuckerberg, that's not nearly enough. The NYT reports that the Facebook co-founder, along with a few other officials, have got together to start an effort to cut the cost of delivering Internet to places all over the world. Other companies, like Samsung, Nokia and Qualcomm are working with Facebook on the project, called Internet.org. One way they hope to achieve their goals is by simplifying phone apps and making phones need less battery power to operate.
Music streaming service Spotify is talking to brands to test a "follow" button so users can be pushed content like branded playlists -- a lot like Spotify's version of a Facebook page or Twitter account. Ad Age reports that the test will be a marketer version of an existing feature that Spotify has for bands, media companies and record labels.
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