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iTunes Store at 10: how Apple built a digital media juggernaut

<i>Additional reporting by Greg Sandoval</i><p>Ten years ago this month, a music sector ravaged by Napster and largely ignorant of digital distribution found a savior of sorts in what was then called the iTunes Music Store. With its 99-cent unbundled songs, the service quickly became the only significant …

Apple backtracks on planned VPN changes to iPhone, iPad

Apple has backtracked on a decision it made to change how iPhones and iPads handle virtual private networking access, following the conclusion of a patent lawsuit with VirnetX.<p>VirnetX won a $368.2 million patent victory, which led to Apple announcing that it would change how users would connect to …

Even After Hacks And Bombings, Privacy Advocates Have Big Week In Congress

In light of the AP’s high-profile Twitter hacking and a vicious domestic bombing, Americans have not let fear derail privacy legislation. Just this week, the Senate advanced an anti-email snooping law and the controversial Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) is reportedly on its …

Fieldrunners 2 for Android review: Bigger and better tower defense than the original - CNET

<b>The Good</b> <b>Fieldrunners 2</b> has 20 towers to choose from. Different game modes make this more than your typical tower defense game.<p><b>The Bad</b> There's no way to see firing ranges of multiple towers at once. A training or practice mode would be nice.<p><b>The Bottom Line</b> New maps and weapons make Fieldrunners 2 …

Fake Twitter Followers: A Dirty Marketing Secret

A few weeks ago, I alerted readers to the growing problem of Twitter spam and now news comes that this is not the domain of underground players but one where large brands and stars may also be playing, purchasing fake followers to puff up their social media presence.<p>To understand how one identifies …

Apple CEO Tim Cook talks at Duke University in honor of his 25-year reunion

Apple CEO Tim Cook spent Friday and Saturday at Duke University during one of the school’s “Real Conversations with Real Leaders” sessions. Cook gave business advice from his perspective as one of the most powerful executives in the world to the crowd at his alma mater.<p>Tim Cook graduated from the …

iPhone Super-Hacker Comex, Let Go From Apple, Goes To Work For Google

If Apple couldn’t appreciate one of the most talented hackers to ever touch its products, perhaps its biggest competitor can.<p>Nicholas Allegra, a.k.a. Comex, who rose to fame as the 19-year-old creator of the JailbreakMe hacking tools for iPhone and iPad before being hired by Apple, has found a new …

iTunes is 10 years old today. Was it the best idea Apple ever had?

Steve Jobs put a new slide up on the huge screen. "We started about a year and a half ago to create a music store," the Apple chief executive told …

How Apple's Developer Conference Grew Too Big for Its Own Developers

WWDC is to Apple Developers as Coachella is to filthy hipsters: It's the year's must-attend event. Except the World Wide Developer Conference is way …

Facebook earnings will offer insight into mobile

Is Facebook managing the transition to mobile as well as Google? We'll find out this week.<p>With Google's latest financial results showing that the search giant has gotten better at managing the growth of low-cost mobile ads, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg this week will give investors a look at how …

When It Comes To Big Data Is Less More?

My oxymoronish title aside, two esteemed professors at an Ivy League school say that while those in the marketing world continue to struggle with how to handle all the data they are accumulating, they may in fact be wasting their time and more than likely need to go on what they refer to as a “data …

Living with Chromebook: Giving Google's OS a second chance

Gmail, Google Docs, Maps, Picasa, and nearly all of Google's other products don't require traditional software -- just a browser and a live Web connection.<p>The HP Pavilion 14 has the largest screen we've seen to date in a Chromebook, and could easily be mistaken for a run-of-the-mill plastic laptop.

Paranoid Android teases in-app pop-up window multitasking (video)

As advanced as multitasking gets on smartphones, many times you're still left to completely switch between apps. Paranoid Android is looking to set things into overdrive with in-app, multiple-window multitasking for its skin of Android, going beyond the similar (but limited) functionality seen in …

Samsung's Galaxy S4 Display Catches Up With iPhone Retina

The display on the new Samsung S IV, launched in many parts of the world over the past two days, is a big improvement over the SIII and, with it, Samsung now challenges the Retina display of the Apple iPhone, according to display experts DisplayMate.<p>Discussing the pros and cons of the screens …

Are Apple fans really more loyal?

Having faith in other people is often as sensible as having faith that your bus will arrive on time.<p>People are, by their very nature, mercurial. The current world of supposed sharing often makes them more selfish, as they must spend more time considering how to present themselves publicly at all …

Is The iPhone 5S Fingerprint Reader Worth The Wait?

The news last week that the next iPhone will indeed be delayed until Fall combined substantial gains by Samsung have a lot of Apple watchers in a panic. But it is too soon to declare Cupertino out for the count. Perhaps there will be some substantial advancements on the software front at Apple’s …

After long battle, Uber becomes first taxi app to get approved in New York City

Looks like New York City isn't going to hold a grudge against Uber for attempting to launch its taxi-hailing service without permission last summer. The San Francisco startup just became the first company to be approved under New York's new pilot program, which will allow selected companies to …

Samsung May Launch A Rugged Galaxy S4 This Summer, Could Counter New Moto Phones

Samsung is working on a dust-proof and water-proof Galaxy S4, which will essentially resemble the S4 but with environmental superpowers, says the Wall Street Journal. The paper also reported that Samsung is launching its next-generation Galaxy tablet in June, as well as a compact S4 at “just” …

White House launches official Tumblr page, promises 'there will be GIFs'

President Obama and his administration are no strangers to social media — there have been numerous presidential tweets, Google+ hangouts, and Reddit sessions in the past few years. Now, the president and his team are putting their mark on yet another platform: Tumblr. The White House Twitter feed …

Bizarre iMessage bug deletes last word of certain texts

Today news of a bizarre bug affecting Apple's iMessage platform is quickly spreading across Twitter. The bug appears to render the final word of certain messages sent from an iPhone or Mac invisible to both sender and recipient. Two phrases have been confirmed as affected by the issue, with one …

Adventures in hi-fi at Oswalds Mill Audio

When I dropped by the Oswalds Mill Audio (OMA) showroom/loft space, I wasn't really sure what to expect. I'd heard OMA speakers at hi-fi shows and was always impressed by the sound, but the full immersion OMA experience was a very different trip. The wildly retro-futuristic designs looked more …

20 Brilliant Bookshelves for Modern Bookworms

As the famous saying goes, <i>I like big books and I cannot lie</i>. Even though we may take in most of our reading via an iPad or Kindle these days, we are still bookworms at heart. The warmth and character of a well-worn or brand new book is hard to beat. But those books of yours need a good home. Here …

After WWDC tickets vanish, Apple touts 'Tech Talks,' videos

Programmers who waited more than two minutes to try to get tickets for Apple's 2013 Worldwide Developers Conference -- and thus missed the boat -- will be happy to know they now have some other options.<p>In the briefest of announcements, Apple said Friday that it will be "posting videos of all our …

Apple 'Hitting the Road' With New Tech Talks Tour for Developers This Fall

Apple today announced on its developer news website that it will be "hitting the road" with individual Tech Talk sessions for developers this fall (via <i>The Next Web</i>). The news comes a day after tickets for the company's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) sold out in two minutes.<p>Enthusiasm for …

Amazon is going to do to enterprise cloud companies exactly what it did to book stores

“I find it really hard to believe that we cannot collectively beat a company that sells books,” said Carl Eschenbach, the chief operating officer of VMWare, at the company’s recent annual confab with its partners and resellers. VMWare competes with Amazon to provide businesses with computing and IT …

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New Artificial Electric Skin Will Let Robots Feel for Real

There are plenty of robot arms out there, but what about robot skin to cover them in? A new kind of piezotronic transistor mesh could make for …

Undercover cops' devious new method to stop iPhone theft

If a man in a bar offers you a laptop for $70, you know it's probably stolen.<p>Yes, he might be wearing glasses and look a little like Bill Gates, but, please think, it's probably stolen.<p>Similarly, if someone tries to sell you an iPhone for a radically reduced amount, suspicion should surely be your …

Samsung Galaxy S4 shootout versus HTC One, iPhone 5

Samsung has absolutely <i>stuffed</i> its Galaxy S4's 13-megapixel camera with settings and modes, but none of that matters if the phone's image quality can't stand up to the hype.<p>And so, here is a smartphone shootout between the Galaxy S4's top Android rival, the HTC One, and another beacon of smartphone …