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WikiWand Makes Wikipedia Beautiful

Wikipedia is one of the Web’s most visited properties. From quantum mechanics to Laurel and Hardy, the online encyclopedia delivers good primers on just about any topic you can think of. But doesn’t the interface sometimes feel as though it belongs to a previous era? The Wikipedia of August 2004 …

The Rise of Tech Designed for Low-Income Americans

One of the pieces of advice I hear regularly for startup founders looking for a business idea is to find a problem they’re experiencing and set out to solve it. It’s excellent advice – some of the best companies have been built on that premise – but it also has an enormous blindspot.<p>If tech …

Google dominates top 10 apps, says ComScore

LOS ANGELES — There are over 2 million apps available in the Apple and Google app stores, but 10 get used more often than any others.<p>A new study from ComScore ranks them, and points out that while the favorites are heavily used, most folks rarely bother to add new apps to their phones, even though …

George Takei: Facebook 'mistakes' part of life

George Takei is the most unlikely social media master at age 77 — with 7 million "likes" on his hugely popular Facebook page.<p>But even Takei makes mistakes that are compounded in the social media world.<p>Earlier this month, Takei posted a meme on his Facebook page of a woman in a liquor story standing …

The One User Virality Test Every Mobile App Should Run

<i>Ilya Pozin is a serial entrepreneur, writer, and investor. He is the founder of online video entertainment platform Pluto.TV, social greeting card company Open Me, and digital marketing agency Ciplex.</i><p>Is your app good enough to go viral? This was the question haunting founder Aaron Patzer when he …

Apple iPhone 6 Schematics Leaked From Apple Supplier

Apple iPhone 6 is just a few weeks away, but that shouldn’t stop the rumor mill from leaking every single bit of information it can. We’ve see leaked …

Mobile Technology

Startup Founders in Southeast Asia, it's Time to Step Up

Dropifi is looking to streamline customer feedback. The Ghanian startup built a widget to replace contact forms and provide businesses with the kind of customer insights most consumers fail to fill out on websites.<p>The company was founded in 2011. Less than two years later, it became the first …

USB Type-C and Thunderbolt 3: One port to connect them all

Look around your house and chances are you have at least a few devices that use Universal Serial Bus. On average, some 3 billion USB ports are shipped each year, making it by far the most successful peripheral connection type in the world.<p>In fact, device manufacturers are so confident in the new …

Peggo Online DVR Puts YouTube and SoundCloud On your Desktop

It’s safe to say that most people have favorite YouTube audio or video content that they’d like to save for viewing offline — over and over again — and there’s a host of apps and even browser extensions that will help you do that.<p>Peggo is an easy-to-use digital video recorder (DVR) that records MP3 …

How a Norwegian public radio station is using Snapchat to connect young listeners with news

“A lot of people check their phones before they get out of the bed in the morning, and they check social media before the news sites.”<p>In 2011, the Norwegian public broadcaster NRK set the world record for the longest single television show by broadcasting a cruise ship traversing the country’s …

REVIEW: Samsung’s First Nook Tablet Is Cheap And Has One Key Advantage Over Amazon’s Kindle

Since Barnes & Noble no longer makes its own Nooks, it has teamed up with the biggest Android mobile device makers in the world to create the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook— a full Android tablet that also comes with Barnes & Noble's Nook app store and software.<p>If you're already familiar with Samsung's …

Barnes & Noble

T-Mobile dangles carrot if you bring a friend

Sprint made waves this week when it announced its new 20 GB family and $60 unlimited individual plans, but it also drew the attention of its former merger partner, T-Mobile. As with its previous call outs of AT&T and Verizon, T-Mobile and CEO John Legere took some shots at Sprint's new offerings …

U.S. undercover investigators among those exposed in data breach

BOSTON/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A cyber attack at a firm that performs background checks for U.S. government employees compromised data of at least 25,000 workers, including some undercover investigators, and that number could rise, agency officials said on Friday.<p>A man types on a computer keyboard …

Billionaire Chases T-Mobile, Bankrolls Free Internet Startup

Most telecommunications companies don’t like the idea of a free Internet, generally preferring that we all continue paying for access through fiber and cables. But a few in the industry know that can’t last forever. One of them may be Xavier Niel, the French billionaire who in a case of extreme …

Our future government will work more like Amazon

As part of Verge Hack Week, we've invited great minds from around Vox Media to contribute their thoughts on the future of everything — from food to fashion to the written word. In this installment, we welcome Vox Media product team coordinator Mike Case.<p>There is a lot of government in the United …

Appbackr's new scoring engine may help good apps emerge from the muck

Right now, selecting apps from the mobile app stores is a bit of a crap shoot. All people really have to rely on are the claims of the app maker and the user reviews.<p>Both both are deeply flawed and subjective. App makers often have no idea how to describe their apps in a simple way that helps …

Google's modular phone gets cheaper thanks to a new processor

One of the biggest challenges behind Google's modular Project Ara phone platform has been getting processors to play nicely with the technology. How do you let someone swap out the very heart of their device as easily as they would a memory card? By creating a CPU for that very purpose, that's how. …

Image of Redesigned Apple USB Power Adapter Surfaces [Updated]

A new image said to be of a redesigned Apple USB power adapter has been shared by a user on Weibo (Google Translate, via <i>Gizmobic</i>), hinting that Apple's supposed new Lightning cable may be released alongside a new charger. The power adapter appears to be more rounded compared to Apple's current …

Man jailed for filming Fast And Furious in cinema

<b>A man has been jailed for 33 months after recording Fast And Furious 6 from the back of a cinema in Walsall.</b><p>A judge in Wolverhampton ruled that Philip Danks, 25, uploaded the movie, which was downloaded 700,000 times.<p>The Federation Against Copyright Theft (Fact) claimed this meant "millions of …

Sneak Attack: Android Apps Can Spy on Each Other

Security<p>Modern operating systems "sandbox" apps so that they can't affect each other — in theory. Yet three researchers have shown that, at least in Android, one app can "spy" on another and then, at just the right moment, interfere with the targeted app's user display in order to steal passwords, …

Apps

Microsoft Research's 'DeLorean' cloud gaming system can predict your next move

System virtually eliminates lag by streaming your next action before you even do it<p>Cloud gaming may sound like little more than a marketing buzzword, but the idea of running games off of powerful servers and streaming them to small boxes under your TV is incredibly promising. You wouldn't need to …

iPhone 6 Screen Resolution Broken Down In Detail

Long-time Apple reporter John Gruber has taken on the issue of the iPhone 6 this weekend with a detailed analysis on the potential screen resolutions of Apple’s upcoming smartphones. Basing his thoughts on the existing data, with a little bit of theory and examination of Apple’s historical trends …