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T-Mobile Takes Tim Tebow To The Super Bowl

Back in 2011, when Tim Tebow threw that pass to Demaryius Thomas on an 80-yard, game-winning TD pass to beat Pittsburgh, 30-23, in the first round of the NFL playoffs, many thought he was on his way to the Super Bowl. Turned out, the Patriots had other ideas and beat the Broncos the following week, …

This $44 smartphone isn’t as good a deal as it sounds

South Africa’s—and indeed Africa’s—biggest mobile operator, MTN, this month released the “Steppa,” an Android phone for 499 South African rand. At present exchange rates that is a few cents over $44, and is “unlocked,” meaning the purchaser doesn’t have to buy a mobile contract. It comes with full …

Mobile

How Nintendo Can Save Itself

Nintendo is hemorrhaging money on a flopped product and refuses to do the one thing that’ll keep it afloat. Here are some ideas for how it could improve its bottom line, without selling out.<p>The Nintendo Wii console was a massive hit. The sequel which debuted late last year, the Wii U, was a massive …

Nintendo

25 years of Madden, the video game that changed football forever

In 2004, my friends and I made a rule: when we played <i>Madden,</i> no one was allowed to be the Atlanta Falcons. With them, you were unstoppable, because quarterback Michael Vick was unstoppable. Thanks to a 95 speed rating and 97 acceleration, he was the best rusher in the league and a near-lock to …

Qualcomm Buys Massive Palm, iPaq And Bitfone Patent Portfolio From HP

Is Qualcomm preparing for the revival of the personal digital assistant? The San Diego-based Qualcomm just announced that it has acquired 1,400 patents from HP covering Palm, iPaq and Bitfone patents and pending patents.<p>It’s unclear how many are from each portfolio, but Qualcomm just made a big …

Facebook Hilariously Debunks Princeton Study Saying It Will Lose 80% Of Users

Last week Princeton researchers released a widely covered study saying Facebook would lose 80% of its users by 2015-2017. But now Facebook’s data scientists have turned the study’s silly “correlation equals causation” methodology of tracking Google search volume against it to show Princeton would …

Facebook’s Plot To Conquer Mobile: Shatter Itself Into Pieces

Swiss Army knives don’t cut it on mobile. Packing in too many features creates apps that seem bloated and slow. Perhaps more than any company, Facebook has struggled to adapt its busy website to the small screen. But through a talk with Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg and its Messenger team in …

Apple Said To Be Focusing On Health With iOS 8 And iWatch, Following Exec Meeting With FDA

Apple’s plans for iOS 8 focus on redefining health tracking via mobile devices, according to a new report from 9to5Mac, which has a terrific track record when it comes to rumors it has sourced itself. The report details a new marquee application coming in iOS 8 called “Healthbook” that monitors all …

As artificial intelligence grows, so do ethical concerns

Now that Google is delving even deeper into artificial intelligence, the minds behind "Don't be evil" might face real questions of right and wrong.<p>This week the Mountain View search titan snatched up DeepMind, which develops artificial intelligence software. The price tag and the specifics of the …

Artificial Intelligence

Twitter acquires over 900 patents from IBM after infringement dispute

Like many other tech companies, Twitter has decided to buy some of IBM’s patents rather than go to court.<p>Just days before Twitter’s IPO last November, IBM claimed that Twitter was infringing on three of its patents. And while it sounded like Twitter was gearing up to defend itself, IBM announced …

This is What Happens When You Teach Machines the Power of Natural Selection

Psychopathic machines? Lethal AI? These are the concepts we should be thinking about when we talk about the benefits of self-improving software. An …

How Chipotle is going to serve burritos faster, and faster, and faster

Lines snaking out the door at lunchtime have long been a bottleneck to growth at US burrito chain Chipotle. But the company has a plan—a four-step plan, to be exact.<p>The chain managed to speed up service by six transactions per hour at peak times this past quarter (a significant increase compared to …

Burritos

A Blackmailer Acquires Popular Twitter Handle, Commits A Near-Perfect Crime

<i>Updated January 29 at 3:52 p.m. with comment from GoDaddy appended at end of post</i><p>Naoki Hiroshima, a developer of social apps like Echofon and Cocoyon, was used to people trying to steal his rare Twitter username, @N. He regularly received password reset instructions from people who were trying to …

Box Said To Have Filed For IPO, Could Go Public As Early As April

Cloud-based storage company Box is said to have filed an IPO, according to an initial report from Quartz, later followed up by confirmations from The Wall Street Journal and Forbes. It did so quietly, filing the paperwork recently (possibly at the beginning of this week), according to the reports, …

More Republicans Push For Fixing, Not Repealing, Obamacare

A rift is growing between Tea Party activists and other Republicans over health care.<p>Some influential conservatives are now saying the Affordable Care Act is too entrenched to repeal.<p>Take the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, an influential business lobbying group. When the ACA passed in 2010, the chamber …

U.S. Issues Keystone XL Pipeline Environmental Review

The State Department says that production of Canadian tar-sand crude, which has a bigger greenhouse gas footprint than other types of oil, is unlikely to be increased if the Keystone XL pipeline goes ahead — and therefore would do little to contribute to climate change.<p>In the Final Supplemental …

Former Christie Ally Alleges Governor Knew About Lane Closures

David Wildstein, the former New Jersey official who oversaw the George Washington Bridge lane closings that caused traffic havoc for the city of Fort …