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Zuckerberg, wife gift $120M to CA schools

MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, are donating $120 million to public schools in the San Francisco …

Google Will Now Remove Europeans From Search Results Upon Request

Europeans can now request that their personal information be removed from Google online search results.<p>Earlier this month, a landmark European Union …

PicTricks emerges from beta to let real humans fix your photos

So you have a poorly lit, badly composed photo. Join the club. Despite exponential growth in the quantity of photos shot for social networks, blogs and personal albums, it seems the quality of those pictures has not improved.<p>PicTricks, an online service that just emerged from an extended beta, …

This augmented reality motorcycle helmet could save your life

"I was in early morning traffic when an inattentive driver hit me from behind and I was thrown from my motorcycle." Ryan Shearman, founder and CEO of FUSAR Technologies, tells me at Augmented World Expo 2014. It's the kind of thing that could happen to any motorcyclist -- and indeed, happens too …

Sensibo wants to make your dumb air conditioner smart

Crowdfunding a solution for more efficient A/C<p>Intelligent temperature control is becoming increasingly popular, in part thanks to the success of smart devices like the Nest Learning Thermostat. Over at Indiegogo, an Israeli startup is looking to fund Sensibo, its attempt at appending smart …

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Facebook CEO Zuckerberg gives $120M to Calif. schools

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, are donating $120 million to the San Francisco Bay Area's public school system.<p>The couple's gift will be spread over the next five years and is the biggest allocation to date of the $1.1 billion in Facebook stock the couple pledged last …

Xbox One to Let You Share Screenshots on Social Media

ETA still unknown.<p>Exit Theatre Mode<p>Microsoft's Phil Spencer has revealed Xbox One owners will soon be able to share their screenshots directly on …

Samsung Launches Kids' Subscription Service In Southeast Asia

As Android phone manufacturers increasingly fight for the attention of consumers, Samsung is taking to content subscription services in a bid to lure potential users.<p>After taking a big step into the music-streaming fray with the launch of its own mobile app called Milk Music, and entering the …

Why We Need Infographics (and How to Make Them Great)

<i>Alexander Huls is a freelance writer who has been writing about pop culture for over five years. His work has appeared in the New York Times, the Atlantic, National Post, Film School Rejects, and more. This post was originally published on the Shutterstock blog and has been reprinted with</i> …

Additive Analytics Launches New Tools To Help Patients Compare Surgery Costs

TechCrunch first met Additive Analytics when the health data startup launched Maternity Compare, a site that helps parents find trustworthy obstetricians. Now Additive Analytics’ founder Laura Hamilton has created two new products to help patients compare the costs of non-emergency surgical …

Nokia Lumia Smartphones added to Microsoft's Online Store in the UK

Take a virtual wander through Microsoft’s online store in the UK and you’ll notice three Windows Phone handsets have been added to its digital shelves.<p>As Engadget reports, the Nokia Lumia 630 (our review), Lumia 1320 and 1520 (our review) are now being stocked for customers to drool over and …

Europe demands driverless cars be driveable

The latest in a long line of breezy promotional videos from Google has landed. This time, it was the company's self-driving vehicle project that took …

Mobile app developers get whipsawed by rising marketing costs in April

Oh, the agony of mobile marketing costs. App marketing costs rose in April as mobile app developers poured more money into acquiring new users on mobile devices, according to a report by mobile marketing firm Fiksu.<p>That will lead to more fretting over the rising cost of user acquisition, which …

Google's car could be the best thing ever for privacy on the road

Ducking the police may be a lot easier in the future<p>On January 2nd, 2013, David Eckart lived through a nightmare. After being stopped in a Walmart parking lot, New Mexico police asked Eckart to step out of his car, and patted him down. They searched his car without his consent. He was handcuffed, …

Security experts in high demand at major US companies

Big companies including JPMorgan Chase and Pepsi are bringing on chief information security officers to limit their exposure to major hacks.<p>The recent rash of corporate hacks has scared major companies into investing more into security experts, a new report from Reuters says.<p>Several big US …

Hacking

13 Google Search Tricks That Make Life A Whole Lot Easier

You <i>think</i> you know how to Google? You don't know how to Google.<p>Even the most seasoned Googler might not know every tip and trick available with just a few extra keystrokes in the search bar. Consider this your instructions manual for the world's most popular search engine.<p>Define A Word<p><b>The Scenario:</b> …

Turning greenhouse gases into mobile phone cases

New technology takes GHGs from the atmosphere and turns them into an eco-plastic claimed to be stronger and less expensive that oil-based plastics<p>Forget old-style alchemy. A California-based tech company has come up with something far cooler than just turning dull metal into shiny metal. Using a …

Sustainability

Samsung updates its first Galaxy Gear smartwatch to replace Android with Tizen

Samsung’s first smartwatch was widely panned by critics, but the company isn’t giving up on the device.<p>With its latest update, Samsung is replacing the Galaxy Gear’s Android operating system with Tizen, its home brewed open source OS, SamMobile reports.<p>The upgrade won’t change the Gear’s interface, …

Microsoft to gear up its own smartwatch -- report

The watch will sync with iPhones, Android devices, and Windows Phone handsets and could launch as early as this summer, says Forbes.<p>Microsoft may be aiming to carve out a slice of the growing smartwatch market.<p>The software giant is prepping a smartwatch that will monitor your heart rate and sync …

Wearable Tech

Meet Raptor, The New Running Robot That Will Smother Your Soul In Fear

Another day, another bipedal robot that will eventually run you down and crush you! This new robot, called the Raptor, can run 26 miles an hour without falling over and even jump over obstacles.<p>The robot, created by the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, has a balancing tail and …

This Algae Battery Could Power A Tesla With 200X The Charge

In a small lab, near a lake at the edge of West Berkeley, sits the prototype of what could revolutionize battery power as we know it. The secret to this power? Algae.<p>OK, just hang with me here. Lots of research has already been done on algae’s possible power capabilities. Prototype creator Adam …