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Spotify had no idea how much you'd hate its logo color

Spotify quietly changed the tone of its green last month and it drove people insane, wondering if they were imagining it or if something was wrong with their phones.<p>The company’s lead designer, Tobias van Schneider, wrote in his personal email newsletter today what happened when the company changed …

Spotify

8 experiences you should try on Google Cardboard right now

Taking those first steps into a virtual world<p>Adult Swim Virtual Brainload<p>Mercedes VR for Cardboard<p>Proton Pulse<p>Tilt Brush Gallery<p>YouTube 360 videos<p>Jack White: Third-D<p>InMind VR<p>The North Face: Climb

Virtual Reality

This pizza box doubles as a movie projector

Movie-and-pizza night usually means having to retreat to the TV in the living room, but not if you live in Hong Kong. Ad firm Ogilvy & Mather HK has built the Pizza Hut Blockbuster Box, a pizza box that turns into a projector at the drop of a hat. All you do is pluck a lens out of the protective …

Amazon's true brilliance shone this week in a tale of three clouds

This was earnings week in the tech industry, but the one report everybody was waiting for came out on Thursday.<p>That's when Amazon broke out detailed financial results from Amazon Web Services, its cloud computing business, for the first time.<p>That's when the world discovered that Amazon is making …

Jeff Bezos

Fortune.com

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This Could Be Apple's Secret Apple Watch Strategy

In Apple CEO Tim Cook’s words, the Apple Watch is “incredibly beautiful.” But some are saying it’s “incredibly unnecessary.”<p>Apple followers haven’t …

Hands-on with HP's Pro Slate 8 (and the giant 12-inch one) and its crazy stylus

We've been intrigued by the idea of the HP Pro Slate 8 and 12 since they were announced, and after checking them out at MWC 2015, we're really kind …

Here's an App That Explains #TheDress, Once and for All

Has your office lost its collective mind about The Dress? Whip out this app and let color science stop the madness.<p>Color is relative, as the whole world knows after a picture of a striped dress crushed the Internet last night. Friends and family members divided sharply on the question. Politicians …

UK government wants to bring 3G and 4G coverage to London Tubes

In the future, you might be able to tweet, read your emails and stream music on the London Underground without using Virgin Media's WiFi service. As part of new proposals to boost the capital's economy, the UK government has revealed its desire to bring 3G and 4G connectivity to the entire Tube …

EasilyDo gets an upgrade with Salesforce integration

EasilyDo’s smart assistant for Android and iOS received a business-focused upgrade today, which aims the lives of enterprise users a little easier.<p>Primarily, the newly launched Business Edition focuses on Salesforce integration and will automatically log any contacts in the user’s phonebook or …

Apps

A Closer Look at Google and Mattel’s Updated View-Master

Now kids are getting in on the virtual reality bandwagon<p>One of the biggest announcements at Toy Fair 2015 was a partnership between tech giant Google and toy giant Mattel. The two teamed up to revamp the old View-Master system, turning the nostalgic children’s toy into an augmented reality/virtual …

Infosys Acquires SaaS Provider Panaya In Deal Valued At $200M

Consulting and IT services provider Infosys announced today that it will acquire Panaya, an enterprise resource planning (ERP) software company. Worth an enterprise value of about $200 million, the deal is expected to close by the end of March.<p>Infosys, which is based in Bengaluru, India, said that …

IBM makes a big bet on software-defined storage and hybrid clouds

IBM believes in the hybrid cloud, and now it’s backing that with software and a promise.<p>First, the promise: IBM is committing to spend $1 billion to develop its software storage portfolio over the next five years. As a down payment on that, it’s releasing a new software package called IBM Spectrum …

Pitching Digital Transformation

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Jaap Bloem is a principal analyst at VINT (vision, inspiration, navigation, trends), the Capgemini SogetiLabs trend lab, specializing in impact and risk analysis for technology-driven business practices.</i><p>Convincing business executives to wisely invest in digital transformation by …

Augmented Reality Without The Glasses

The term Augmented Reality is typically defined as an enhanced version of reality created by the use of technology to overlay digital information on an image of something being viewed through a device. This device is almost always thought to be Google Glass or some variant. So now that Google Glass …

Augmented Reality

This Austin startup thinks it can help IT leaders help each other

Ah, the IT department. Relegated to the role of resident crank, IT will never be the sexiest branch of the company tree. It is, however, absolutely …

Innovation

A Rare Look Inside A Massive Bitcoin Mine

Bitcoin mining is not a pretty business. It requires lots of specialized servers that are essentially unusable for normal computing and lots of cooling. But when you bring thousands of miners together in the same room, things really get ugly.<p>Motherboard has some fascinating footage of a bitcoin …

Exclusive: Pivotal CEO says open source Hadoop tech is coming

Image copyright Pivotal CEO Paul Maritz / Jakub Mosur.Pivotal, the cloud computing spinoff from EMC and VMware that launched in 2013, is preparing to …

Big Data

Amazon Just Admitted It's Making Less Than You Think

Investors need to wise up to Amazon's accounting games.<p>Shares of Amazon AMAZON.COM INC.<p>surged after the company reported its fourth-quarter earnings …

Podshare Taps Into Social Travel With The Funniest Crowd-Funding Video Ever

We interrupt our normal programming to remind everyone that as well as tech startups, VC and big tech news, TechCrunch loves to cover tech culture. If communities and having a roof over your head fall into that camp, then, goddamnit, so should a project like PodShare, which has tapped into the tech …

Cloud monitoring category gets busier

Image copyright Solarwinds.Server monitoring gets hotSolarWinds, which monitors multi-vendor technologies running in house, last week bought Librato …

Solar Wind

Once $399 A Year, Google Earth Pro Is Now Free

Lots of people have dabbled with Google Earth to fly around their neighborhood or poke around a 3D version Paris. But how many dropped $400 (per year!) for a Pro subscription?<p>Not a ton, it would seem. At least, not enough for Google to keep counting on it as an income source.<p>Google has just nixed …

Now, Even Artificial Intelligence Gurus Fret That AI Will Steal Our Jobs

It’s easy to find lots of people who worry that artificial intelligence will create machines so smart that they will destroy a huge swath of jobs currently done by humans. As computers and robots become more adept at everything from driving to writing, say even some technology optimists such as …

Artificial Intelligence

iTunes 12 updated with Yosemite Notification Center Widget

Apple updated iTunes to version 12.1 with a new Notification Center Widget.<p>The new iTunes Widget lets you see what’s playing, skip ahead to the next song and buy songs if you’re listening to iTunes Radio.<p>Apple says the update also improves the syncing performance of iOS devices.

Apps

Why Apple Selling Fewer iPads Is Actually A Huge Achievement

Why do we critique Apple for building a product with longevity?<p>iPad sales are down, technically. Apple still sold 20 million of them last quarter, but Wall Street says a company like Apple is never supposed to sell less of anything. And so when Apple sells 4% fewer iPads in 2014 (and 18% fewer in …

Watch people lose their minds when subjected to the Tesla P85D's 'insane' mode

When Elon Musk first showed off the Model S P85D, Tesla's high-end all-wheel-drive electric car, he said that his company wanted to reach the kind of acceleration achieved by the world's greatest supercars. With the help of a dash camera, some unsuspecting victims, and the car's ability to …

Microsoft’s Revolution deal is the latest proof the company is serious about open source

A significant percentage of Microsoft’s revenue comes from the sale of proprietary software like Office and a little thing called Windows. Despite that legacy, though, the technology giant in the past year has made a point of championing free, open-source software, and yesterday’s acquisition of …

Microsoft Visual Studio

The Untold Story Of The Invention Of The Game Cartridge

How a forgotten company’s 1970s technical breakthrough launched a billion-dollar business and helped spawn a new creative medium.<p>Consider the humble video game cartridge. It’s a small, durable plastic box that imparts the most immediate, user-friendly software experience ever created. Just plug it …