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ReadWriteWeb is a blog that provides analysis of web products and trends. One of the world's top 20 blogs, ReadWriteWeb speaks to an intelligent audience of web enthusiasts, early adopters and innovators.

ReadWriteWeb was founded on April 20, 2003 by Richard MacManus and is now one of the most widely read and respected blogs in the world. It is written by a team of Web enthusiasts.

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    HTC Has A New Flagship Smartphone, Wearable And VR Headset On Show

    1st March 2015 19:24

    HTC One M9It's been a busy day for HTC announcements as Mobile World Congress kicks off in Barcelona. The company has revealed its new flagship phone for 2015, a fitness-focused wearable, and a virtual reality headset developed in partnership with Valve.First, the long-rumored HTC One M9. The handset brings with it a 5-inch 1080p screen, Android 5.0 Lollipop, the next-generation Snapdragon 810 octa-core CPU and 3GB of RAM. In terms of design, it looks similar to last year's One M8,…

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    Take That, Apple! Samsung Unveils Its Own Pay-With-Your-Phone System

    1st March 2015 19:10

    Samsung has announced its new mobile payments system, unsurprisingly called Samsung Pay. It will apparently only work at first with the company's latest flagship phones, the new Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge. Those phones launch on April 10; Samsung says the payments system will go live in the second half of this year. In terms of managing payments in retail stores, Samsung Pay boasts one major advantage over Apple’s competing system. While Apple Pay requires near-field communication (NFC) pads…

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    Samsung's Galaxy S6 And Galaxy S6 Edge Get Glassy And Curved

    1st March 2015 19:06

    Samsung has launched its two new flagship smartphones for 2015 at a special event at Mobile World Congress. The Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 Edge offer a stack of hardware and software improvements over last year's Galaxy S5, as the company looks to slow down the momentum of Apple's iPhone.Samsung ditched the plastic of earlier handsets in favor of a premium metal and glass finish, with the extra curved screen space of the S6 Edge the only major difference…

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    Twitter's Latest Anti-Harassment Measures Still Don't Do The Trick

    27th February 2015 22:05

    Twitter has taken some additional steps to help users deal with online harassment, it announced Thursday. Too bad they still fall well short of what's needed.Give Twitter credit for trying, though. Its first change lets users report impersonation and disclosure of personal details—i.e., "doxing"—even if they aren't the ones directly targeted. That's important because bystanders may see improper posting of personal information before victims do, and because individuals subject to extensive harassment often find it easier to hand off the…

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    Node.js And IO.js May Be Approaching Reconciliation

    27th February 2015 18:28

    After three months of internecine conflict, the popular open source JavaScript framework Node.js may be nearing a reconciliation with dissidents who created a rival version.Mikeal Rogers, a former Node core contributor and current community lead of that rival, IO.js, posted a proposal for healing the breach late Thursday in the IO GitHub repository. “A lot of questions have been coming our way about what a merger of the node.js and io.js projects might look like,” Rogers wrote. “People in both projects…

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    Why Every Watch Will Soon Be Smart

    27th February 2015 15:29

    Time and activity tracking on one face.The biggest gadget makers are getting into watches, and now watch makers are starting to respond. Mondaine is the first of the major Swiss manufacturers to release a watch with extra smarts—primarily activity tracking—and the company will be showing it off at the Baselworld trade show in March in a few weeks' time.The Mondaine Helvetica No 1 Smart can track number of steps taken, distance travelled, and sleep quality. It features a second activity…

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    Can We Please Stop Fighting The Native vs. Web App Wars?

    27th February 2015 14:50

    James Long, a developer at Mozilla (and proponent of the web), insists that the mobile Web will never compete with native app development. Ever. While Long is intentionally provocative with his prophecies, he may also be correct.At the same time, it's increasingly clear that this debate does not matter. At all.Forrester insists that we'll go back to the future; that "[n]ative apps [dominated] client server days, but Web apps took over" and "History will repeat itself in mobile." Maybe. But if…

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    Apple's Going To Talk More About Its Watch On March 9

    27th February 2015 14:46

    Apple has just set a date and time to reveal more about the Apple Watch.The company Thursday sent out invitations to an event on March 9 at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater in San Francisco. The invitations simply say “Spring Forward,” which many are interpreting as a pun on traditional watch technology (or, alternatively, daylight savings time).Apple first announced the smart watch during a September press conference, then informed attendees it wouldn’t be available until spring. In January,…

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    Facebook Lets You Write In Whatever Gender You Want

    27th February 2015 14:00

    Thursday, Facebook announced the addition of a free-form field to the Gender options area in Facebook profiles. The new "custom" option space allows users to write in any description they want—whether "dog-loving master of bro-associated domains" or "cheese-eating king." Facebook explains the change in a post on the Facebook Diversity Page, noting that if you don't identify with available gender identities offered, you can add your own. People “can add up to ten gender terms and also have the ability to…

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    Pebble: It's Time To Preview Our New App Development Tools

    26th February 2015 22:59

    Thursday, Pebble released a preview of its software development kit for its new smartwatch platform and Pebble Time device. With SDK 3.0, the company touts the ease with which developers will be able to create new apps for Pebble Time, or let older apps take advantage of the new color screen. The preview features documentation for the new Timeline APIs as well, an emulator to test apps and a migration guide, to help them in the process. See also: Hear From Pebble's Eric Migicovsky At Wearable World…

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    FCC’s Landmark Vote Means ISPs Can't Mess With Your Internet Traffic—For Now

    26th February 2015 21:27

    A landmark vote Thursday morning by the Federal Communications Commission ruled in favor of upholding net neutrality. In other words, Internet providers will not be permitted to slow, block or prioritize online traffic in exchange for fees. And they are not too happy about this."The action that we take today is an irrefutable reflection of the principle that no one, whether government or corporate, should control free and open access to the internet,” FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said regarding the…

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    LG's Latest Watch Ditches Android Wear ... And The Smartphone

    26th February 2015 17:50

    The Urbane LTE includes a SIM slot and NFC.Just days after unveiling the stylish-looking Urbane smartwatch, LG has announced a second model. The Urbane LTE runs software based on WebOS, rather than Android Wear, and doesn't require a phone connection at all—it takes its own SIM and can make and receive calls.We've seen smartwatches that can operate as standalone devices before—notably the Samsung Gear S—but this is the first to offer high-speed 4G LTE connectivity. In terms of physical looks,…

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    Sesame Offers The Latest, And Perhaps Cheapest, Take On The Smart Lock

    26th February 2015 17:01

    The latest variation on the "smart lock"—one that secures your front door until you open it with your smartphone—is here. Candy House's Sesame adds a few new twists, including an inexpensive starting price (though only for those who snap up the few remaining offers in its Kickstarter), simple assembly and functions that will unlock your door via a special knock or secret passphrase.The smart locking system launched on Kickstarter Wednesday. More than 570 people backed it on the first day,…

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    The New Moto E: Is It Us, Or Are Budget Smartphones Getting Good?

    25th February 2015 20:54

    Motorola just launched a new version of its Moto E mid-tier smartphone on Wednesday, and its predecessor would be proud.The latest model is almost a dead ringer for the original, except that the previous swappable backplates have transformed into color bands lining the outside of the phone. It also boasts 4G LTE, a larger display and a price of $150, unlocked. See also: Motorola Launches A Phone For Your BudgetIt's a bump in price over the original, but it’s still the…

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    Why Fitness Bands Will Continue To Thrive In The Smartwatch Era

    25th February 2015 18:43

    The wearable you can wear all the time.It's getting more and more difficult to tell the difference between a fitness tracker and a smartwatch. In September, Pebble added activity monitoring features to its devices, while both of the new trackers Fitbit launched in January can tell you what time it is.Then there's the upcoming Apple Watch, which is first and foremost a smartwatch but comes with a slew of health and fitness features too. Is there any real distinction between…