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Apple, Google appeal judge’s rejection of $325M “no-poaching” settlement

Four big tech companies embroiled in a Silicon Valley hiring controversy are appealing a judge’s decision to reject a settlement that would have seen …

Two years later, a huge back door in iCloud is still wide open

Here we go again: The latest hacks to hit the headlines have everyone cringing at the thought of how shoddy our Internet security really is.<p>And yet the companies involved can’t seem to fix the problems at their roots.<p>Hackers break into a host of celebrities’ iCloud accounts and steal naked photos: …

How to create HDR images using only Photoshop layer masks

Slide back and forth to compare<p>Creating an HDR image is typically involved with a quite time-consuming workflow that consists of merging, …

This Is Why Nothing Online Is Totally Hacker-Proof

In the world of digital security there is unsafe, and there is safer, but no one is hack-proof. Jennifer Lawrence and other celebs may have been …

Social Issues

Apple, Google, Intel, & Adobe resume settlement talks w/ employees in ongoing anti-poaching case

Reuters reports that Apple, Google, Intel, and Adobe have resumed settlement talks in the ongoing lawsuit with employees over anti-poaching hiring practices. The news comes following a judge in the case rejecting an earlier $324.5 million settlement reached between employees and the companies last …

The Fair Labor Association Delivers Its Findings On Two Apple Supplier Facilities

Back in 2012, Apple signed up for the Fair Labor Association’s voluntary audits in order to bring more transparency to its production practices and supplier partnerships. Today, the FLA released a new report, which contains an audit of two facilities operated by supply partner Quanta in Changshu …

5 Ways IBM's Smart Chip Will Revolutionize Technology

It's tiny, it's mighty, and it mimics the brain. Here's how IBM's new smart chip will bring about big tech advances.<p>To most people, a computer is nothing more than a functional box. You can use it to surf the Web, stream a movie, and maybe crunch some numbers at work, but the thing doesn't have a …

Artificial Intelligence

Reimagining Finder’s ‘Get Info’ dialog for OS X Yosemite

With Yosemite, OS X is getting its biggest visual overhaul yet, courtesy of Apple design head Jony Ive. But not everything is changing. Case in point: OS X’s File Inspector function.<p>Shown when you right click on a file in Finder and click ‘Get Info,’ Inspector shows you the nitty-gritty details of …

9 Outstanding Apps for Adding Text to Your Photos

Add text to photos<p>Text on pictures — that’s the idea behind messaging, poster art, greeting cards and scenic displays. And font freaks (you know who you are) will always be on the lookout for ways to add text into snapshots and vacation photos. Happily, dressing up your photos with text can be done …

There is more to mobile web development than just HTML, Javascript and CSS

There are three main technology choices to consider when building apps for smart devices; web, native, and hybrid.<p>Web apps are built and deployed to …

An Upcoming iPhone Feature From Apple Will Completely Transform How You Use Apps

Apple calls it Extensibility, and it basically allows your apps to share both information and functionality with one another, which means less time spent switching among apps.<p>Let's say you have a favorite app for editing your photos, such as Adobe Photoshop Express.<p>Before Extensibility, you would …

Inside the Huge Solar Farm That Powers Apple's iCloud

Apple has a wide-ranging plan to keep its ever-expanding empire green—but it has a few holes.<p>The skies are threatening to pour on the Apple solar farm, but as the woman in charge of the company’s environmental initiatives points out: The panels are still putting out some power. Apple is still …

Responsive design leads to 34% mobile traffic boost for United Way

When United Way Bay Area (UWBA) and Morweb CMS teamed up to turn a simple website into an immersive user experience, the journey and the results were exactly what they’d hoped for.<p>About 90 percent of new online ventures fail within the first 120 days, according to economists and business experts. …

Lessons Learned On App Design For Fast-Growth Markets

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Alan Mamedi is the co-founder and CEO of Truecaller. He is based in Stockholm.</i><p>One of the typical mistakes developers make is thinking that because they’ve had success in one corner of the globe, they should be able to employ the same strategy to drive adoption elsewhere. The truth of …

15 Real Tech Company Interview Questions You Will Probably Be Asked (And How To Answer Them)

The question was: You are shrunk to the height of a nickel and your mass is proportionally reduced so as to maintain your original density. You are then thrown into an empty glass blender. The blades will start moving in 60 seconds. What do you do?<p>Answer: Lots of variants but one is that you jump …

iPad Art and Photography app

<b>Pixels.com</b> is an app for viewing and purchasing artwork that uses the iPad’s camera to allow you to see how the artwork will look on your own wall. The app is based on the pixels.com website for artists, photographers and art collectors. Artists and photographers upload their images and pixels.com …

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The Details About the CIA's Deal With Amazon

A $600 million computing cloud built by an outside company is a "radical departure" for the risk-averse intelligence community.<p>The intelligence community is about to get the equivalent of an adrenaline shot to the chest. This summer, a $600 million computing cloud developed by Amazon Web Services …

No One Is Paying Attention To The Way Wireless Companies Could Destroy Internet Freedom

But the irony is the debate around net neutrality largely ignores the wireless industry. As much of our computing shifts to mobile devices like smartphones and tablets, wireless carriers are increasingly becoming the primary gatekeepers to the web.<p>Two recent moves by AT&T and T-Mobile have net …

The top 15 smartphones you can buy right now

OK, so it <i>usually</i> doesn't cost as much as a car, but a smartphone is still an important lifestyle purchase. And it will probably be at your side 24/7 (if you're anything like us). There's always a bit of hemming and hawing, for sure, but we've distilled the options down to a short list of the top …

The Chromebook gains and Microsoft responds

More evidence this week showed that the Chromebook continues to make inroads into traditional Windows markets. And Microsoft is responding.<p>First, let's look at a report that came out this week from market researcher NPD.<p>Sales of chromebooks -- inexpensive laptops that run the Google Chrome …

How one man bypassed internet congestion and fixed his Netflix streaming

On today's internet, the shortest route is sadly not always the best<p>Colin Nederkoorn, a startup CEO living in New York City, was unhappy with his Netflix service. He pays Verizon for FiOS service that promises 75Mbps down. But when he tried to stream video, it was a miserable experience, with …

Comments To The FCC Regarding Net Neutrality Slow As Deadline Approaches

The Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) initial comment period regarding its notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) on net neutrality regulations ends in around seven hours. Instead of seeing a final surge in submissions, however, it appears that the influx in missives from the public to the …

With 1 million comments, U.S. net neutrality debate nears first marker

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. companies, consumer advocates and citizens submitted more than 1 million comments to the Federal Communications Commission, drawing contentious divisions on the issue of net neutrality as the first deadline to comment approached Friday.<p>The FCC will continue collecting …

The US Decides Everything Digital Is Not Protected By The Fourth Amendment

The government issued the statement in briefs filed last week as a part of an ongoing conversation between the U.S. and Microsoft about what sort of data is protected and where.<p>Ealier this year a New York judge ruled that U.S. search warrants are good on all digital information, even if that data …

Not all creepy: 3 important findings from Facebook’s emotional experiments

Facebook is in hot water for manipulating user’s emotions for mass study that explored the contagious effects of positive and negative news stories. The Wall Street Journal reports that the well-publicized experiment was just the tip of the iceberg for Facebook’s fast research data science team. …