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Try this, Apple: Xbox greets PlayStation 4 with a nice tweet

There's too much fighting in the world.<p>Wars are everywhere. And then sporting and business entities co-opt the postures and the language, making themselves look faintly silly.<p>How unusually pleasant, then, for Xbox to offer simple congratulations to Sony on the launch of its PlayStation 4.<p>The Xbox …

Steve Ballmer: Here's The Real Reason I'm Leaving Microsoft

In it, he gives his fullest explanation for why he's stepping down as CEO of Microsoft.<p>It sounds like Ballmer decided it was time to leave after getting a certain amount of nudging from his board members.<p>In January, Ballmer was laying out his plan to combat the rise of the iPhone and Android to his …

Steve Ballmer

Reports of bricked PlayStation 4s surface after launch

After its launch on Friday, the PlayStation 4 has come under fire from some gamers who say their units have been dead on arrival. The most troubling reports describe a so-called "blue light of death" syndrome, in which the console's light bar flashes blue but never outputs a video signal or boots …

Dash is a free coding course that'll teach you how to make CSS robots

General Assembly has launched a new online service that teaches basic web development for free, in your browser. It's called Dash, and it lets users learn how to use HTML, Javascript, and CSS by working through four projects of increasing difficulty.<p>As you progress through the projects — starting …

Apple Developer Center back up and running after security intrusion

More than a week after pulling its Developer Center offline following an attempted security breach, Apple has brought the portal back online this afternoon. The company promised a complete overhaul of its developer systems after the intrusion last Thursday, which Apple publicly reported after days …

Google+ Local for iOS will be pulled on August 7th after being integrated into Google Maps

Google+ Local for iOS, Google’s mobile search and discovery app, will cease to exist on August 7th, just over one year after it made its appearance on iPads and iPhones.<p>According to an email from the Mountview company (h/t Engadget), Google+ Local for iOS will no longer be available as a standalone …

Samsung dominates, Apple stalls in Q2 global smartphone shipments

The second quarter of 2013 brought more good news for Samsung but less so for Apple, at least as far as smartphone sales go. But the year isn't over yet — in fact, the toughest fight is yet to come.<p>Tracking firm IDC's numbers on global smartphone shipments for April through June show huge growth: …

Android Phones

Zynga CEO Don Mattrick On How He Plans To Fix Zynga

Zynga’s new CEO Don Mattrick is conducting a top-to-bottom review of Zynga as he seeks to turn around the struggling social gaming company.<p>Mattrick, in his first earnings call as CEO after leaving his post as head of Microsoft‘s entertainment division, said he has been a fan of Zynga since he met …

Court stops scientists from publishing codes that could wirelessly lockpick Porsches

Three cryptography experts from a Dutch university have cracked the codes used to start luxury cars such as Audis, Bentleys, Porsches, and Lamborghinis, knowledge that could allow anyone with the right tools to wirelessly lockpick a $300,000 car. The researchers were preparing to publish a paper in …

Best Buy, Amazon, GameStop, and Walmart selling the new Nexus 7 four days early

Having already launched its pre-orders ahead of the official Nexus 7 announcement, Best Buy is keeping up the habit of preempting Google by making the new Android slate available early. Announced for a July 30th launch in the US, the 2013 Nexus 7 is actually shipping out to Best Buy pre-order …

Cowboys Stadium becomes AT&T Stadium in multimillion-dollar deal

Cowboys Stadium is dead. Today it was announced that, effective immediately, the home turf of one of the NFL's most storied teams has been renamed AT&T Stadium. It's rumored to be a multimillion-dollar deal, but neither side is putting an exact figure on the sponsorship. Rather, AT&T contends that …

Yahoo Updates Fantasy Football iOS App With Mobile Drafting

Yahoo has updated the iOS app for its incredible popular Fantasy Football product for the 2013 NFL season with mobile drafting, a much-requested feature. Before, fantasy team owners were required to use a full-sized computer to conduct a fantasy draft, while now players will be able to draft from …

Google's New Nexus 7 Fails to Attract iPad Owners

According to electronics buyback site Gazelle.com, while Google's newly introduced Nexus 7 has proven to be a popular upgrade choice for users who already own the current version of the tablet, it isn't attracting iPad owners.<p>The site told <i>TechCrunch</i> that after the new Nexus 7 was unveiled, there …

Facebook Doled Out $67 Million in Stock for Parse

Here’s a hint of how much regard Facebook has for its platform.On May 10, Facebook handed out two and a half million shares of Class A stock to …

Apps

Google Dedicated Today's Doodle To The Woman Who Took The First Picture Of DNA

But when Rosalind Franklin took an x-ray diffraction image of DNA in 1952, the scientist had captured more than a second of humanity. She created an image of the building block of humans.<p>This photo of DNA was referred to as Photo 51.<p>In her lifetime, Ms. Franklin received only token recognition of …

Genetics

Time Warner Cable CEO Glenn Britt to retire. Your network speeds will still suck

Time Warner Cable, (s TWC) which is often in head-to-head combat with smaller cable companies like Charter Communications for being the worst cable …

Want to get the Firefox OS phone? You can sign up for presale now

Geeksphone, makers of the Peak+, are now taking preorders for the lava-hot Firefox OS phone.<p>Geeksphone originally started out with two developer preview models, Keon and Peak, which are both fairly low-end on the smartphone spectrum and with an unsubsidized price of under $200.<p>The Peak+ is the more …

Google abruptly ends 'limited' Netflix promotion for Chromecast buyers

Google is no longer including three free months of Netflix with Chromecast purchases. Just one day after introducing its minuscule streaming device, Google has quickly ended the promotion that made Chromecast's already cheap $35 price seem like even more of a bargain. "Due to overwhelming demand …

Google’s Chromecast Offers Another Way to Get Content From Mobile to TV

Google on Wednesday announced plans for Chromecast, which the company says is an easier way to get video and other content from a mobile device to a …

Chromecast vs. AirPlay: how do they compare?

Can Google finally take on one of Apple's best features?<p>Google's new Chromecast HDMI stick is a lot of things: it's a simple new way to bring internet video to your living room after the company stumbled with Google TV, it's a new platform for content creators like Netflix, and it's an interesting …

New Nexus 7 display may offer preview of iPad Mini to come

The new Nexus 7 may offer a sneak preview of the Retina display on a rumored update to the iPad Mini.<p>Google's 7-inch tablet's 1,920x1,200 display is not unlike what is expected to appear on the iPad Mini Retina, Richard Shim, an analyst at NPD DisplaySearch told CNET.<p>In short, the Nexus 7 boasts a …

Google Translate homepage adds handwriting input, makes sense of your atrocious penmanship

Mountain View's machine translation service does a <i>pretty good job</i> of sussing out the meaning of copy / pasted text from around the web, but what if you need to translate something you <i>can't</i> put your cursor on? Google's got that covered too: handwriting input. Users of the tool's mobile app have been …

What Google's Chromecast Has That All the Other Web-to-TV Devices Don't

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Google today announced a new Internet-to-television device, a well-developed area of technology that …

Nokia sales chief says Lumia marketing is still a work in progress (interview)

The Nokia 1020 is the best smartphone camera I’ve ever used. This is something I can say with complete confidence after spending a few hours with the device this week and looking at more of its sample pictures today.<p>But Nokia’s problem so far hasn’t been smartphone technology — it’s been getting …

Kepler spacecraft should pin down 'alien Earth' planets despite glitch

NASA's planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft should be able to achieve its primary mission goal regardless of whether or not it can bounce back from a recent malfunction, researchers say.<p>Kepler launched in March 2009 on a 3.5-year prime mission to determine how common Earth-like planets are throughout …

Microsoft cuts price on Surface RT tablets by up to 30 percent

Microsoft cut the prices on its Surface RT tablets on Sunday by as much as 30 percent as the company tries to boost lackluster sales of the in-house tablets.<p>The software giant's entry-level 32GB model without a touch keyboard was reduced from $499 to $349, while the 64GB model's price was also …

YouTube's massive Los Angeles studio helps creators make better videos, for free

There's no doubt that Google has been focused on making YouTube more than just a source for home-made, user-generated videos. Over the last few years, YouTube launched original channels aimed at distributing professional-caliber video across a wide variety of subjects, and the company added paid …

Dual-SIM HTC Butterfly s certified for China, comes with removable back cover

It's a given that HTC will eventually launch its new Butterfly s in China, but will it be a dual-SIM version like the One Dual variants offered over there? The answer is yes, according to a filing in TENAA's database. This particular "9060" device comes with WCDMA radio, meaning it'll be picked up …

Why Microsoft’s reorganization closes the books on an era of computing

Nothing ever stays the same. On more than one occasion, it has taken Microsoft, one of the most important engines powering the rise of the technology …