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Psst! Wearable Devices Could Make Big Tech Leaps, Into Your Ear

It's early evening on a Thursday and you're at a networking event, balancing a small plate of appetizers in one hand. Someone comes up to you to say hello. She acts like you've met before, but you can't recall where.<p>"It's Jackie Barnes," she says.<p>"Jackie Barnes," you repeat like you remember. "It's …

Top-Secret Document Reveals NSA Spied On Porn Habits As Part Of Plan To Discredit 'Radicalizers'

WASHINGTON -- The National Security Agency has been gathering records of online sexual activity and evidence of visits to pornographic websites as part of a proposed plan to harm the reputations of those whom the agency believes are radicalizing others through incendiary speeches, according to a …

Type Your Own Animated Movie With This Crazy Software

Inside this playful screenwriting software may hide the future of filmmaking: You simply write what you want to see, and that vision plays on screen.<p>Here’s how Hollywood works today: Somebody writes a script. And especially if it’s an animated feature–a piece that will take hundreds of Pixar …

Animation

Lean UX: Applying Lean Principles to Improve User Experience

The book suggestion of this week is about UX design and how to apply the lean principles to make a better user experience. The title of the book is …

UX Design

SEC moves toward allowing crowdfunding stock offerings

The SEC's latest plans are sure to draw a crowd.<p>In this case, it's the crowd that is gathering around companies with newfangled funding schemes to help them buy stock in firms not big enough for initial public offerings.<p>The Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday voted unanimously to …

5 depressing ways the 1 percent is strangling the US economy

Once the backbone of our society, the middle class has been broken — and we have the country’s richest to thank<p>The middle class, once the backbone of a strong American society, has been broken, beaten down, pushed further and further toward poverty levels. Here are five well-documented ways that …

These are the 4 most important tech issues for lawmakers to solve

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Credit: U.S. House of Representatives<p>Technology is becoming more integrated into every aspect of life both in America and …

The Nation's 10 Richest In Tech: Zuckerberg And Ballmer Climb, Gates Still Top

This time last year, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s net worth was languishing. After his company’s disappointing initial public offering in May 2012, the hoodie-wearing executive was worth $9.4 billion, down about $8.1 billion in the three months following Facebook’s debut on the Nasdaq.<p>A lot has …

Canadian Jordan Banks tapped to lead Facebook’s new global strategy team

Facebook Inc. has tapped its top Canadian manager to lead a global team that will look for new ways the social network can serve large corporations in key industries – and increase its own revenue.<p>The move will make Jordan Banks one of Facebook's most influential strategists as the company looks to …

Building vs. buying: How Netflix streams 114,000 years of video every month

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Credit: Anna Gordon/GigaOM<p>Streaming a petabyte of video content to millions of users around the world requires some …

News Curation Platform Paper.li Raises Further $2 Million

Smallrivers, the Swiss startup behind news curation platform Paper.li, has raised further funding: $2 million from Debioinvestment, and Polytech Ventures (co-founded by the Swiss Federal Institute of Technologies where SmallRivers is based), along with existing investors/shareholders, including …

Hey mobile developers — here’s one way to make your apps more privacy-friendly

Advertisement<p>3 Comments<p>Excellent news for those who worry about the privacy implications of apps: MEF, a trade organization for mobile content and …

Lockbox Raises $2.5 Million Seed Round To Help Encrypt Your Stuff

It’s hard to trust the cloud. With the NSA coming in one end and hackers coming in through the other, complete encryption is key. That’s what Lockbox is for. The company, founded in 2008, has accepted $2.5 million in seed funding to further roll out their Client Portal and iPad app.<p>Lockbox offers …

Google acquires Android smartwatch maker WIMM Labs

Google has acquired the smartwatch manufacturer WIMM Labs, seemingly as part of an effort to bolster its own plans for wearable devices. The acquisition was first reported by <i>GigaOM</i>, and has been confirmed to <i>The Verge</i> by a Google spokesperson. WIMM Labs released its first smartwatch back in 2011, …

Visualizing The Big Data Industrial Complex [Infographic]

Behold the ever expanding rings of big data, tech’s most overhyped sector. I say overhyped, yet demand is fierce for software, hardware and consulting services that help companies process and store giant streams of varied and frequently changing information. According to research collective …

No Check In Required: Foursquare Starts Rolling Out ‘Proactive’ Push Recommendations On Android

Foursquare has been defining its app beyond the “check in” for a while now, with the addition of things like more fleshed-out personal profiles, more detailed recommendations, and the like.<p>Today, the company is starting a gradual roll out of a new version of the Foursquare app for Android that …

Facebook Updates Its Policy Documents Regarding How It Uses And Shares Your Data

Today Facebook proposed a raft of changes to its Statement of Rights and Responsibilities and Data-Use Policies, two separate documents that govern the way the company handles advertising, user data, and third-party retention of that data.<p>The updates are “proposals,” Facebook tells me, and so they …

Ready for the future of TV? Too bad the industry is still just talking

Advertisement<p>3 Comments<p>Credit: HarshPatel;Photographer<p>Judging from some of the headlines of the last couple of days, it looks like the future of …

1Password 4 for Mac ‘sneak peek’ shows what to expect this fall

Advertisement<p>6 Comments<p>Back in December of last year, Agilebits updated its iOS version of 1Password taking user feedback to heart. With a completely …

BEYOND 2013: What Will Apple Make Next?

We already have a pretty good idea of what's coming from Apple this fall: A new iPhone 5S, a plastic "cheap" iPhone, and a few new iPads.<p>But what about next year and beyond? Well, there's still a lot of talk about a computerized wristwatch and a larger iPhone. And it looks like 2014 will be the …

iPhone

Why Yahoo and Apple Want Foursquare’s Data

Foursquare is often lauded for its powerful location data. But why is it seemingly so valuable to companies like Yahoo and Apple?<p>This week, BuzzFeed reported that Yahoo was in talks with Foursquare about a possible data-sharing deal. The news comes just months after Apple senior VP Eddy Cue was …

Four Square

Unique Roof Provides Natural Ventilation in Italy

In the Italian hills, presented with the problem of having to add circulation space and a new family home to a preexisting structure, Plasma design studio has created an interesting and eye catching structure. The architects took full use of the landscape by building into the slope and having the …

Architecture

It’s Official: Being An Industrial Designer Rocks

A new report released by the National Endowment for the Arts looks at the role of industrial design in our society. Here are the highlights.<p>Today, the National Endowment for the Arts released a report taking an in-depth look into the health of the United States’ industrial design sectors.<p>Taking an …

Industrial Design

Articles about 5 unique home floors on Dwell.com - Dwell

Not only are these homes located in breathtaking places, but they also champion intriguing, open-floor plans.<p>Whether your garden grows atop a mantel, shares space with pencils on your desktop, or takes root in a backyard corner, an aptly...<p>In this series, Sebastian Mariscal designs a home in …

Prefab Homes

Microsoft: Parents with iPhones, Galaxys are embarrassing

In a new ad with a great headbutt, Microsoft mocks parents who want to take pics of the kids' play with anything but a Nokia Lumia 1020.<p>Parents can be frightful.<p>Blind to the deficiencies of their children, they idolize them to the point at which those kids join startups and think they know …

Windows Phone

The FBI wants telecom companies to install secret eavesdropping technology

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>According to interviews with government sources conducted by CNET security reporter Declan McCullogh, the FBI is pressuring …