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Why Is Facebook’s App Asking To Read Your Text Messages?

Over the last month or so, a few keen-eyed Android users may have been startled by some peculiar permission requests when they tried to update their Facebook app. One request asks to “read your text messages (SMS or MMS).”<p>That’s not exactly the kind of language users are likely to find reassuring, …

On Guccifer, the hacker who revealed George W. Bush's secret bathroom art

While Edward Snowden has earned both praise and criticism for his massive leak of NSA documents, hackers like Guccifer don't often concern themselves with such high-minded goals as digital privacy. Instead, he'd rather revel in leaking juicy tidbits from the lives of the most powerful. Adrien Chen, …

This iPhone case lets you answer calls while it's closed

Both LG and Samsung have phone cases that let you take calls without exposing your screen to the elements, but what if you have an iPhone? As of today, you can check out Moshi's SenseCover. The iPhone 5 and 5s flip case includes both a preview window as well as a touch strip that lets you answer …

Human-powered translation service Transfluent raises $2M, announces 900pc sales growth

It’s been a while since I last covered the Finnish online translation service Transfluent — in late 2012, they picked up $1 million in angel funding …

Rovio Denies Providing Angry Birds User Data To The NSA, Points Finger At Third-Party Ad Networks

A new report originating from the ongoing Snowden document trove presents the terrifying possibility that our casual gaming habits offer government surveillance agencies a look at some key personal data, including but not limited to age, location and even sexual orientation. Angry Birds is cited by …

Under Fire (And Arrest), Charlie Shrem Resigns From Bitcoin Foundation

The Bitcoin Foundation, an organization dedicated to evangelizing the crypto-currency, is distancing itself from a bitcoin exchange founder accused of laundering money to online drug dealers.<p>The foundation said that it and Charlie Shrem, who was arrested on Tuesday for scheming to sell over $1 …

Tumblr is censoring #gay searches—and it’s probably Apple’s fault

If you type “gay,” “lesbian,” or “bisexual” into the Tumblr search on the iOS app nothing comes up, even though there are plenty of posts with those tags floating around Tumblr. The censorship, which went into effect the same day as the site-wide porn ban, looks like Tumblr is filtering out an …

Apps

TVs injure a child every half-hour

It seems that people don't think carefully about where they put their televisions these days.<p>The more televisions there are around the house, the more small children risk being injured -- or even killed -- by them.<p>Indeed, 215 children in the U.S. were killed by televisions between 1990 and …

You can be the Audiophiliac for a day

The Audiophiliac blog is almost six years old. I've written about everything from Spotify to dynamic range compression; from atrocious sounding music to the 30-year-old iPod; from the man with 230 turntables to 3D printing LPs and even a guy who makes boom boxes out of old suitcases, (not to …

Apple envisions touch screen to control your car's key features

Apple is trying to integrate itself even further into your car with a freshly patented dashboard touch screen.<p>Granted Tuesday by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, a patent dubbed "Programmable tactile touch screen displays and man-machine interfaces for improved vehicle instrumentation and …

Xbox One chief product officer admits big mistakes in messaging

Xbox One chief product officer Marc Whitten admitted that Microsoft made mistakes in communicating its policies on digital rights to its consumers, according an IGN interview.<p>The mistakes started on May 21, when the company announced its next-generation console, and then those missteps multiplied …

Russia aims to open floating nuclear power plant in 2016

Russia is a big place with lots of remote outposts. Getting power to those far-flung places can be a challenge. That's why Russia has hatched a plan to create floating nuclear power plants, essentially putting them in port to supply energy to locations that need power but can't build a traditional …

Take a Trip Down Music-Startup Memory Lane. Don’t Trip on All the Craters.

Thanks to Jason Herskowitz for popping this into my feed this morning: A collection of digital music companies’ logos, circa 2007. It comes from …

Kara Swisher

From beginner to selling my app in the app store in 2 months

I’ve read many posts in the past asking how to get started learning to code, or asking what people should do next after they’ve finished Code Academy. I wanted to give my story thus far to help others get started, because I’m currently on a “progress high” from how exciting it is to make an app.<p><b>“No</b> …

How the Pentagon Could Destroy All Monsters

PM would like to offer the following advice when taking down massive reptiles that have bad intentions.<p><i>"James Cameron's Story of Sci-Fi" airs tonight on AMC at 10 PM Eastern. The third episode of this six-part series focuses on space monsters and how they've been portrayed in science fiction.</i><p><i>(This</i> …

Military

A 360TB disc that holds data for more than 1 million years?

In the future, we might be able to save our history to a glass storage medium that could potentially outlive humankind. The new type of memory also touts mind-blowing specifications, such as 360TB per disc data capacity and the ability to withstand extreme temperatures up to 1,832 Fahrenheit.<p>By …

The Pentagon’s Atlas robot is the new, metallic face of disaster rescue

The disaster rescuer of the future looks a lot like the Terminator.<p>On Thursday, DARPA unveiled Atlas, a new humanoid robot that could change the way government organizations respond to disasters like the recent wildfire in Prescott, Arizona or 2011’s nuclear crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear …

Apple Plans To Investigate Reports That A Woman Was Shocked To Death By Her iPhone 5

The news comes from statements an Apple spokesperson made to the Hong Kong-based publication South China Morning Post. We've reached out to Apple for confirmation, and we will update if the company responds.<p>The woman was reportedly killed from an electric shock when she picked up her iPhone 5 to …

iPhone 5

The Man Who Predicted Google Glass Forecasts The Near Future

Google Glass isn't even available to the public yet. But the wearable technology that packs a tiny computer into a lightweight frame has already faced mockery, condemnation, fear and threats of regulation. As NPR's Steve Henn reported in May:<p>"Right now, Google Glass might be the world's worst spy …

CHART OF THE DAY: The Depressing Truth About Battery Technology

Here's an old chart that sadly still holds true today.<p>While computing power has taken off, battery life has languished.<p>Christopher Mims republished the chart today at Quartz. It came from a 2005 report by Joseph A. Paradiso of MIT.<p>Mims asked if there was an update to the chart. He was told there …

Batteries

Star Citizen Unveils New Ships As Crowdfunding Approaches $10.5 Million

<i>Star Citizen struts its stuff with a new ‘car commercial’ as the game races toward $10.5 million in crowdfunding.</i><p>Cloud Imperium Games, the Chris Roberts led studio behind upcoming space simulator <i>Star Citizen</i>, is aiming directly for your wallets.<p>The studio has already topped $10 million in …

Gallery: April 2013's Hottest Gadgets

15 More Tech Skills That Can Instantly Net You A $100,000+ Salary

Now we've got 15 more to add to the list, from a salary survey done by Global Knowledge and TechRepublic. The research was conducted in late 2012, based on a survey of 9,500 tech professionals.<p>This survey asked these folks how much they earned and which IT certifications they had. That's a little …

Employment

Apple Is Preparing Such Big Changes To The iPhone Software That Engineers Are Using Special Filters To Hide Their Screens

He says the "word on the street" is that engineers inside Apple who are authorized to carry around new iPhones have a filter on their screen so that the side viewing angles are diminished. (Think about one of those filters people put on their desktop screens at work.)<p>The filter on the iPhone screen …

iOS

Following its new iPhone campaign, Apple shares ‘Why you’ll love an iPad’

Following up on its recently launched “Why you’ll love an iPhone” campaign,” Apple has begun a similar strategy for its iPad and iPad mini tablets. Alongside a redesigned iPad website, Apple’s new “Why you’ll love an iPad” page lists some of the awards and reasons for why customers use the iPad and …

Damaged undersea internet cable causes widespread global service disruption

A cut to the largest internet cable that connects Europe and Asia caused severe service disruption that stretched from from Africa to Pakistan.<p>Chief …

Cuban video game recreates revolutionary history

Cuban programmers have unveiled a new 3D video game that puts a distinctly revolutionary twist on gaming, letting players recreate decisive clashes …

Apple launching Final Cut Pro X campaign to win back skeptical professional users

Apple is beginning a campaign today to win back the video-editing community that abandoned its flagship video-editing software after the release of its controversial Final Cut Pro X. The LA Times reported that following several updates to the software over the last two years to fix some of the …

Apple to slash iPad Mini shipments, claims report

Apple will reportedly trim iPad Mini shipments for the next quarter, according to tech-news site DigiTimes.<p>Citing industry sources who provide parts for the tablet," Taiwan-based DigiTimes claims that iPad Mini shipments for the second quarter will fall to between 10 million and 12 million units. …