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Utest gets $43M to test your apps in the real world

As apps become more important to businesses, so does the ability to make sure those apps work properly.<p>Utest, a company that has developed a unique form of crowdsourced app testing “in the wild,” announced today that it has raised an additional $43 million in a fifth round of funding led by Goldman …

Spill Launches iOS and Android apps, Expands 'Empathy Engine'

Spill, an ’empathy engine’ where students can anonymously share their problems with others in order to receive advice, has launched its first mobile apps for iOS and Android devices today, as well as expanding the reach of the service beyond college students to include high school students and …

Apple patents dynamic, motion-sensing iOS interface & 3D video editing

On Tuesday, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted Apple two separate patents.<p>Filed in 2007, Apple U.S. Patent No. 8,631,358 defines a “variable device graphical user interface,” which would compensate for movement of a (presumably iOS) device with software adjustments.<p>The patent mentions …

Why is everyone disappointed by Google buying Nest?

It's a match made in heaven, unless you're on the outside<p>Google's bombshell $3.2B acquisition of connected-home company Nest Labs makes simple sense on paper: Nest CEO Tony Fadell says he'll gain the ability to scale his business without worrying about cash or infrastructure, while Google gets a …

Review: Evomail+ is not the Mail replacement it tries to be

Evomail launched in 2013 as one of the many new contenders in the iPhone email client market. Today Evomail 2.0 (now branded “Evomail+”) has been released to the public. The update features a redesigned interface to blend in with iOS 7’s new aesthetic.<p>But is a redesign and an improved feature set …

Moment lenses are the latest attempt to make your smartphone's camera better

Smartphone have essentially changed photography as we know it. The always-with-us devices have enabled more people to take more photos than ever before. The top four most popular cameras on Flickr bear this out: they are all iPhones. But as popular as smartphones are for taking pictures, they are …

Apple Begins Hiring for Arizona Sapphire Plant with Focus on iPhone and iPod

Apple yesterday posted a trio of job listings (via <i>9to5Mac</i>) for positions located in Mesa, Arizona where the company is building a sapphire manufacturing plant. The facility is to be owned by Apple and run by sapphire producer GT Advanced Technologies, although the new job listings confirm that …

Study shows Galaxy S III is Samsung’s most popular phone

There’s a ton of Samsung smartphones out there, but do you ever wonder which model is the most popular? The results might surprise you: Online ad …

Feds Can't Enforce Net Neutrality: What This Means For You

In a landmark ruling Tuesday, a federal appeals court has struck down key parts of the Federal Communications Commission's open-Internet rules, effectively ruling that the federal government cannot enforce net neutrality. Put more simply, it can't require that Internet service providers treat all …

Startup CEO salary: how much do founders pay themselves?

If you’re a startup founder, how much should you pay yourself? Not very much, according to data that Compass has shared with The Next Web.<p>Hate spammy ICOs and crappy cryptocurrencies?So do we.VISIT HARD FORK<p>The company collected salary data from 11,160 startups around the world that use its …

Spinach Dinosaurs To Sugar Diamonds: 3-D Printers Hit The Kitchen

From cool casts for a broken arm to impressive replicas of Michelangelo's <i>David,</i> 3-D printing has come a long way in the past few years.<p>In fact, the technology is moving so fast that 3-D printers might be coming to your kitchen this year — or at least, to a bakery or bistro down the street.<p>A company …

Lomography Konstruktor review: the $35 camera you build yourself

As camera-makers trim their point-and-shoot lines in the face of encroaching smartphones, one company is keeping the faith and doing what it's done for the past three decades. Lomography's wide range of film cameras dates back to the early ‘90s, when some students in Vienna discovered the potential …

The 100 Apple employees Google just acquired by buying Nest

By January 14, 2014<p>Nest, maker of internet connected gizmos for the smart home, is a good fit for Google in many ways. But that Google just paid $3.2 billion for a company that has only two products—a thermostat and a smoke detector—seems a bit much. Why the super high valuation? It could be that …

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Google Drive introduces activity streams to help you monitor your files

The Google Drive team said today that it is rolling out an activity stream to help you monitor changes to your files and folders. A new ⓘ button that appears at the top right corner of the screen gives you access to the stream, which notes actions taken on files and folders in your Drive, and who …

Umoove Launches iOS Game To Make The Case For A Face-Tracking Gesture Interface On Mobile

Umoove is a mobile-focused Israeli startup that plays in the eye- and face-tracking space. It’s a nascent area of tech development, with smartphone maker Samsung adding a basic eye-tracking feature to its Galaxy S4 flagship device last year (aka Smart Scroll). While a head-tracking patent filing …

Stylish screensaver recreates the iOS 7 lock screen experience on your Mac

Want to bring iOS and OS X even closer together than they already are? Christian Heudens has recreated the iOS 7 lock screen to your Mac as a free downloadable screensaver. The thin fonts look great on a Retina Display. It’s a neat way to give your Mac a bit of individuality and make your …

Here’s What Steam’s New Virtual Reality Interface Looks Like

Early this morning, Valve announced that they were working on a new interface for Steam, custom-tailored for virtual reality headsets like the Oculus Rift.<p>Unless you’re a super-ultra-mega early adopter and have a Rift nearby , it can be kind of hard to picture what such an interface might look …

Kim Dotcom announces the launch of his Internet Party in New Zealand

No matter what you think of Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom, you have to admit that he has a talent to rally the masses — and now, Dotcom wants to take …

Facebook Paper expected to soon deliver news on mobile

Facebook is getting ready to launch a digital newspaper of sorts, and it's appropriately named "Paper," according to Recode. Paper could be delivered before the end of January, the blog reported.<p>The application is said to be for mobile devices and is similar in nature to the popular social news …

Wearable craze adds skin sensitivity to the list of considerations for gadget buyers

We were quite impressed with Jawbone Up24 when we reviewed it. But, a few weeks later, things soured a bit when an editor developed a rather unpleasant rash from the device. Turns out it's not all that uncommon a reaction. While the usual list of concerns for gadget buyers focuses on specs, …

Let’s talk about robots: Google’s Nest acquisition brings AI to the smart home

In the hours after Google announced its agreement to purchase Nest Labs for $3.2 billion, the companies involved in the smart home sector saw their …

Chrome 32 Launches With Tab Indicators For Sound And Video, Improved Malware Blocking & New Win8 Metro Design

Google today released the latest stable version of its Chrome browser. Version 32 includes many of the features that recently arrived in the beta channel, including improved malware blocking and tab indicators for when a site is playing sound, accessing the webcam and sending video to your …

Rumors suggest Nexus 10 successor to debut Android 4.5

<i>Editor's note: After we posted this story, evleaks deleted the original tweet and followed up with another tweet that read, "Pulled the 'Nexus 10' tweet. Was sent to multiple publications, along with slightly differing 'corroborating evidence.' Signs of a hoax."</i><p>The next-generation of Nexus 10 could …

Moto G Google Play Edition now on sale, starts at $179

Google(s goog) added a Google Play Edition of Motorola’s Moto G to its online Play Store on Tuesday. The Play Edition of the Moto G runs an …

Tim Cook 'Incredibly Optimistic' About New Partnership with China Mobile

Just a couple of days before the iPhone launches on China Mobile, the world's largest carrier, Apple CEO Tim Cook participated in a media event with China Mobile Chairman Xi Guohua in Beijing, where <i>The Wall Street Journal</i> reports that Cook discussed how "incredibly optimistic" he is about Apple's …

The existential threat to bitcoin its boosters said was impossible is now at hand

A doomsday scenario that has long been dismissed by bitcoin’s biggest boosters is now a clear and present danger. At 3am ET this morning, a single bitcoin mining collective known as Ghash.io reached 45% of the computing power of all global bitcoin miners, just six points short of the 51% that would …

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Samsung promises a 'back to basics' rethink for the Galaxy S 5

Samsung has admitted that the public didn't see much difference between the Galaxy S III and S4 smartphones and said the S5 would likely pack a substantially different design. Exec Lee Young Hee told <i>Bloomberg</i> that the new flagship will go "back to basics," adding that "mostly, it's about the …

T-Mobile helps you write your carrier a ‘break-up letter’ with a new Facebook tool

Yesterday T-Mobile took the lid off phase 4 of its uncarrier initiative, providing a way for families to leave other networks for T-mobile without having to worry about paying off the early termination fees — as T-Mobile will foot the bill. Being the fun company that T-Mobile is, they not only are …

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Twitter Toys With Ways To Boost Engagement With ‘@AchievementBird’ Experiment

Twitter has begun experimenting with an account, called @AchievementBird, that will direct message you ‘achievements’ that you earn with your tweets. The account is protected but has granted follows in the past few days.<p>Once you’re on the list, the account will occasionally send you messages about …