The Tech Bet

  Friday, 14 Feb 2014 | 3:25 PM ET

A good time to be wild about weather

Source: Know Snow | iTunes

At 17, Scott Pecoriello has built a reputation with an app that Connecticut residents can turn to for important information.

The brainchild of the high school junior, who has a passion for weather research, is Know Snow, which predicts school delays and closings in Fairfield County three to four days before a storm with 90 percent accuracy.

Pecoriello began building the app last October and finished in December. One of his most difficult tasks was getting Know Snow into the Apple store. Now that it's there, it has about 800 users and is available for free on Android and iOS.

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  Thursday, 13 Feb 2014 | 8:02 AM ET

High-tech V-Day gifts for your sweetheart

Posted By: Erika Santoro

Flowers, chocolates and jewelry are traditional Valentine's Day gifts, but there are a few options for tech-savvy gift-givers looking for some newer ways to express their love, according to one tech expert.

Bing Food & Drink, a free digital cookbook app for Microsoft Windows 8, switches to "hands-free" mode to allow a user with sticky fingers to go through their favorite recipe without ever having to touch the tablet, said Andrea Smith, technology editor at Living in Digital Times.

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  Wednesday, 12 Feb 2014 | 3:30 PM ET

Twitter tests a new look

Posted By: Christina Medici Scolaro

Twitter's latest experiment is with a new look.

The social network, which is continually striving to evolve its product, a few months ago changed how users can log in directly from an iOS or Android app and how they can share photos. Just a month ago, it tweaked its design.

Twitter is known to use testing phases before committing to any new release. In its latest, the company has begun looking at yet another visual redesign of its profile pages.

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  Tuesday, 11 Feb 2014 | 3:49 PM ET

Possible pitfalls of the Google-ComScore ad deal

Posted By: Althea Chang

A deal between Google and ratings company ComScore intended to better target advertising might backfire if marketers don't like how consumers respond to ads.

The partnership with ComScore aims to let Google and advertisers on its sites track specific data on user demographics to help advertisers reach their intended audience.

"It could lead to people pulling or changing ad campaigns" much more quickly, as companies would get Google users' feedback about ads in minutes instead of days, said Senior Editor Scott Stein.

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  Monday, 10 Feb 2014 | 4:34 PM ET

Sequel to 'Flappy Bird' unlikely, analyst says

Posted By: Althea Chang

Short-lived mobile game sensation "Flappy Bird" has been taken off Apple's App Store and Google Play following a series of tweets by its developer.

"I can call 'Flappy Bird' is a success of mine. But it also ruins my simple life. So now I hate it," the game's developer, Nguyen Ha Dong, tweeted Saturday.

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  Friday, 7 Feb 2014 | 8:00 AM ET

High fashion meets high-tech on the runway

Posted By: Erika Santoro

From the Google Glass featured at the Diane Von Furstenberg show last year to Rebecca Minkoff's Stelle audio clutches, high-tech is joining haute couture more and more. Here are some fashion-forward accessories to watch for on runways this year.

The Epiphany Eye Wear, a stylish alternative to the Google Glass, can capture "point of view" videos with audio that can be shared on social networking sites, says Jesse Draper, CEO of the Valley Girl Show. It also stores up to 32GB of data and features computerized transition lenses.

The trendy glasses have its limitations, though. For a hefty $399, the Epiphany Eye Wear doesn't have a display for a user to playback the videos they record and has no voice recognition capabilities.

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  Thursday, 6 Feb 2014 | 3:45 PM ET

Amazon's got game—it buys Double Helix

Amazon has bought game developer Double Helix, the maker of the Killer Instinct on Xbox One.

"Amazon has acquired Double Helix as part of our ongoing commitment to build innovative games for customers," the company said in a statement confirming the purchase.

(Read more: Xbox One, PlayStation 4 split December, holiday sales)

The deal has some wondering where exactly Amazon plans to go with its gaming strategy, and it may revive rumors that the company is preparing to release its own gaming console.

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  Wednesday, 5 Feb 2014 | 3:16 PM ET

New Paper app a game changer for Facebook: Expert

Posted By: Althea Chang

Facebook's new Paper mobile app is gaining traction in Apple's iTunes store, and it's a game changer for the social network, which is working on new ways to let users interact with each other, according to one tech expert.

Paper, which pulls news feed updates and news stories into one place, may look like Flipboard, another app that organizes news updates, but it's been developed with social media in mind first, instead of focusing on news first, according to Mark Spoonauer, editor in chief of Laptopmag.com.

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  Tuesday, 4 Feb 2014 | 3:12 PM ET

Microsoft CEO decision puts focus on the cloud

Posted By: Althea Chang

Microsoft named company insider Satya Nadella as its CEO on Tuesday, highlighting the role of the tech giant's cloud computing business as a part of its future.

"Satya's got the right background to lead the company during this era," said Microsoft founder Bill Gates. "There's a challenge in mobile computing. There's an opportunity in the cloud. And the various business groups he's worked in—he's driven innovation, gotten architectures put together that really meet the needs of our customers."

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  Monday, 3 Feb 2014 | 2:49 PM ET

Apple iWatch coming this year: Analyst

After last year's launch of Samsung's Galaxy Gear smartwatch, Apple could be coming out with its own wearable device, and it may eventually be more popular than than Samsung's, one analyst suggests.

Apple's smartwatch will be far from first to market, but if any tech company gets the smartwatch right, it'll be Apple, according to Alex Gauna, managing director at JMP Securities. Gauna said that an Apple iWatch could be introduced along with the iPhone 6 later this year.

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