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Predicting Windows' future: One core, many versions

Recent remarks by a Microsoft exec who noted there won't be three different Windows variants in the future have set off a storm of speculation -- just about all of which is dead wrong.<p>Microsoft Executive Vice President Julie Larson-Green recently told attendees of a UBS technology conference that …

Windows Phone

Instagram Business Lead Emily White to Be Named COO of Snapchat

Emily White, the Facebook executive in charge of bringing advertising to its Instagram photo-sharing unit, is leaving to become COO of Snapchat.<p>The …

Social Media

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The Esoteric Symbols Behind User Interfaces, Explained

Power? Bluetooth? USB? You’ve seen their symbols. Here’s where they came from.<p>We already know where the @ symbol came from, but what about every other strange glyph that appears across our gadgets and user interfaces? While we may have learned to identify the power symbol or the Bluetooth …

Moto G Review: Motorola Bridges The Gap Between Cheap And Good In Smartphones

Motorola has done its best to deliver a premium experience with an affordable price tag with the Moto G, the little sibling to the higher priced Moto X. Both phones have Google’s stamp all over them, and share a surprising amount in common besides that, too. Best of all, the Moto G is a phone that …

Marvel Comics debuts female Muslim superhero

Move over Black Widow and step aside She-Hulk: Marvel Comics is introducing a new superhero - a 16-year-old Muslim-American girl named Kamala Khan, to reflect the growing diversity of its readers.<p>The character, who will be the new Ms Marvel, lives with her conservative Pakistani parents and brother …

Facebook pulls beheading video

Facebook backs down in row over beheading video, less than a day after David Cameron leads criticism of "irresponsible" site<p><b>Facebook</b> pulled a beheading video late on Tuesday following worldwide outrage over its lifting of a ban on such gory images and footage.<p>The social networking site was adamant …

Internet

Samsung Buys Share Of Gorilla Glass Maker Corning

Corning has been at the forefront of glass technology for over a century, but recently they’ve become known as the maker of the very tough and flexible glass that protects your smartphone screen. Now, Samsung is going to own 7.4% of the company, and the two have signed deals that should assure the …

Apple and Facebook ramp up lobbying efforts, but still trail Google

Search giant spent $3.4 million on lobbying US legislators last quarter, according to latest disclosures<p>Google still leads consumer technology companies when it comes to lobbying legislators on Capitol Hill, but Facebook, Apple, and others are increasing their efforts. The search giant spent $3.4 …

Apple's newest biz strategy: Free, free, free

In San Francisco on Tuesday, the company revealed a novel strategy -- giving away its flagship software. It may be the most natural move Apple could have made.<p>Apple revealed lots of new things on Tuesday during its product event at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco, but the most intriguing …

Microsoft Office

The New Mac Pro: Who's Going to Buy A $3,000 Apple Desktop?

When it comes to Apple’s new Mac Pro, there’s at least one thing we can all agree on: This desktop computer looks like no other on the market. Yet the way this sleek, anodized aluminum cylinder resembles a future-forward, space agey trash can isn’t really the point—at least not for the animators, …

Pirate Bay co-founder fights hacking case extradition

The Pirate Bay co-founder Gottfrid Svartholm Warg has launched a formal appeal in the hacking case that could see him deported to from Sweden to Denmark, where he could face up to six years in prison.<p>The appeal is likely to delay the extradition, which was due to go through next week.<p>Warg is …

Ubuntu launches on mobile – but without some key elements

Advertisement<p>5 Comments<p>Thursday sees the release of Ubuntu “Saucy Salamander” 13.10, the first version of the Linux distribution to explicitly …

Stephen Elop was Nokia's second choice for CEO, says ex-chairman

Stephen Elop left Microsoft just over three years ago to become the chief executive of Nokia, but he wasn't first choice for the job. Jorma Ollila, ex-chairman of Nokia who led the search for a new CEO in 2010, claims that he interviewed five candidates in the US for the job, <i>The Wall Street Journal</i> …

Clive Thompson Explains Why Technology Is Actually Good For You

Clive Thompson, technology writer and author of the new book "Smarter Than You Think," stopped by HuffPost Live to talk with Alyona Minkovski about a technologically advanced future that is not all doom and gloom.<p>"There's been a lot of concern, a lot of books arguing lately that we're only getting …

BLU Studio 5.5 smartphone carries big screen, $179 off-contract price

Is that big-name giant smartphone way beyond your price range? No problem: BLU Products has just shipped the Studio 5.5, one of the more affordable large phones that we've seen in a while. The Android 4.2 device won't impress with its 854 x 480 resolution, quad-core MediaTek chip or 4GB of …

Want the iOS 7 look on Android? Check out iLauncher

Advertisement<p>9 Comments<p>Android(s goog) fans that are intrigued by the look and feel of iOS 7(s aapl) can get a similar experience though iLauncher. …

Dell Builds Better Tablets But Can't Impress Its Own CEO

This must be a surreal time at Dell HQ. Despite being on the brink of a privately-funded takeover by its founder and CEO — a man who is convinced of the need for a radical change of direction — the company is pressing ahead with scheduled product launches at a brisk pace.<p>No fewer than four new Dell …

Apple Accuses Samsung of Sharing Confidential Nokia Patent-Licensing Details

Apple has asked a California court to sanction Samsung for inappropriately sharing with its executives a confidential patent-licensing deal shielded …

Intellectual Property

Facebook Adds Flickr, Pinterest, Tumblr And Instagram Content To Its Home Lock Screen To Drive More Users

In September, when Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg spoke about the progress of Facebook’s Home Android launcher at TC Disrupt, he mentioned that users would soon start to see content from Instagram and other third-party apps on the lock screen, in addition to Facebook posts. Today, it’s beginning to …

1 in 5 U.S. school districts now using Chromebooks says Google VP

Advertisement<p>19 Comments<p>Not everyone is warming up to the idea of Google(s goog) Chromebooks, but the education market seems to be. Chromebooks are …

Bing partners with Pinterest to add image collections to search results

It's no secret that Bing has been waging an uphill battle to stay relevant, and now, Microsoft is hoping that its partnership with Pinterest will be enough to win you over. The Bing team's latest effort combines its own search results with a new feature: image collections, a supplement that …

Bing is better than Google? Bunkum, says Freakonomics

On its Bing It On site, Microsoft claims people prefer Bing to Google search by almost 2 to 1. Bing the other one, say the academics.<p>Googling is one of those habits.<p>You know, like flossing in the living room or changing your underpants every other day.<p>Yet Microsoft's search engine has Binged on and …

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Snowden's email provider Lavabit fought government surveillance with ultra-tiny font

Earlier this summer, a few weeks after former NSA contractor Edward Snowden's leaked documents on the agency's surveillance practices were published, the encrypted email service provider he used, called Lavabit, shut itself down. At that time, Lavabit's founder Ladar Levison said he was shuttering …

Bridging the Gap Between IT and Your Business

For the past several years we have watched with increasing dismay at the increasing chasm between information technology (IT) groups and their business counterparts. From where we sit, both sides have legitimate beefs: IT complains that, despite the increasing penetration of technology into every …

Where is wearable tech headed?

Advertisement<p>7 Comments<p>Imagine a small adhesive strip that can collect intimate biological data and tell your smartphone that you need to apply …

The Great Suspender Automagically Kills Off Memory-Hungry Chrome Tabs

Just a quick heads up to a fantastic Chrome extension I’ve been using of late: The Great Suspender.<p>I’m sure there are others out there, but this is the one that has worked for me and it has dramatically improved my Chrome and overall computer experience.<p>The Great Suspender effectively allows you to …

Apple's most important introductions: Tim Cook, Craig Federighi, and Jony Ive

Apple's iPhone PR blitz puts the focus on its executive team<p>Two new iPhones arrived in stores this morning, accompanied by the usual fanfare in the press and lines at retail stores around the world. As it has done for decades now, Apple has granted high-profile interviews to a few favored outlets, …