LG Lifeband wristband photo leaked?

CNET Update needs more high-tech bangles:

In this episode of CNET Update:

- Get an early peek at LG's WebOS TV and the Lifeband Touch wristband -- both which may be shown off at CES next week.

- Bump your phone one last time as Google kills the file-sharing app later this month.

- See if Winamp will be reborn with a new owner.

- Watch for Sony to come out with its first Windows Phone by mid-2014.

- Buy a no-contract customizable Moto X for less.

- Learn how Netflix is testing a cheaper subscription plan for some … Read more

Review: Bump eases transfer of contacts, apps, and photos to another gadget

Bump gives you a fresh, fun, new way to transfer your contacts, files, or anything else from your phone to another gadget. In addition to moving items between your own devices, it's a great way to exchange contact info. with others as long as they have the app installed, as well.

The idea behind this app is that you can transfer files by tapping your phone with another phone, tablet, or even a computer. These files can be anything from your contact information to an app suggestion and can even be a photo, song, or video. The only catch … Read more

Google buys Bump as wireless sharing heats up

CNET Update wasn't much into Bumping:

In this episode of Update:

- Reminisce the days of Bump, now that Google bought the tap-to-share app. Expect wireless file sharing to be a popular topic when Apple's AirDrop feature launches Wednesday on iOS 7.

- Collaborate easier with new tools coming to Box, which may rival other note-taking apps like Evernote.

- Spot Twitter #Music playlists on Spotify and Rdio.

- See how Sprint's "One Up" plan measures up to other early upgrade plans. And if you're considering switching to Sprint, the carrier will cut $100 off the price of a new phoneRead more

Google buys Bump for app to share content with a tap

Google has purchased Bump, makers of smartphone apps for wirelessly sharing files, photos, and contacts, for an undisclosed sum. Bump CEO and co-founder David Lieb made the announcement in a blog post and tweet Monday morning. Google confirmed the buy to CNET.

Founded in 2008, Bump raised roughly $20 million in funding from a collection of renowned venture firms including Andreessen Horowitz and Sequoia Capital before it was picked up by Google. A source told AllThingsD that the deal was valued between $30 million and $60 million.

"We strive to create experiences that feel like magic, enabled behind the … Read more

Facebook bumps up unread posts

CNET Update bumps up the big stories:

In this episode of Update:

- Learn why you'll be seeing more stories in your Facebook News Feed.

- Trade in any third-party charger for an Apple one at half the cost.

- Pay $5,000 less for a Chevy Volt, the latest jolt in the electric-car price war.

- Prepare your wrist for Samsung's Galaxy Gear smartwatch.

- Apply for jobs on the LinkedIn app without a resume.


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Review: Bump is the ultimate file transfer and sharing tool for your iPhone

Bump manages to not only make sharing files fun, but also it streamlines the process of moving files between your phone and computer in a way that few could have dreamed up. While most of the functions in Bump are based on its illustrative name, there are numerous other options built into the app--far more than you can sort through in your first sitting.

Bump does a lot. Its core functionality is to transfer files between phones and computers. The interface for doing so is intuitive, and even a bit astounding. Simply tap the phone to the spacebar on your … Read more

The 404 1,253: Where there ain't nothing wrong with a little Bjork and grind (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- New app helps prevent Icelanders from sleeping with their relatives.

- Dudes: stop making the same face in every photo, or, a gentleman's guide to the selfie.

- Support 404 listener Jacob's run for Boston this weekend!… Read more

Bump for iPhone loses iTunes music sharing

Bump, the application that lets users share everything from contacts to photos and files, no longer supports iTunes music transfers.

The company announced the feature loss yesterday in its App Store update, saying, "we're sorry, but we are no longer permitted access to iTunes audio files on the device." Bump didn't say why it was forced to remove the feature, but it's likely that Apple took issue with its functionality.

Previously, users were able to share iTunes tracks with other Bump users. The audio files could also be shared on computers.

It appears that the … Read more

Great expectations for next PlayStation

Watching Friday's CNET Update can earn you a trophy:

It's likely that Sony will show off a new PlayStation at its event on Feb. 20, and CNET's Jeff Bakalar takes a look at what to expect -- and what the PS4 needs. There is also a report of a new PS4 controller, with images obtained by Destructoid.

Also in today's tech news roundup:

- Skype has a new feature that lets users leave a video message for a friend when they are offline or on another call.

- Facebook is filtering Graph Search results when it … Read more

Bump turns your phone into your universal thumb drive

Since it's always hard to find a USB stick when you need one, Bump thinks your phone should become your universal thumb drive.

Starting today, Bump, whose app enabling two people to swap photos and contact details simply by bumping phones together has been downloaded more than 125 million times, is making it possible to quickly and easily move files between iPhones or Android phones and any computer -- in either direction.

Last May, Bump added a feature letting people send photos from their iPhone or Android device to their computer. But the transaction could go only one way … Read more