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Google just paid $25 million to buy the entire '.app' web domain

Google decided to apply for new top-level domains (TLDs) way back in 2012, four years after ICANN, the organization that controls the world's domain names, decided to expand the overall number of generic TLDs.<p>Google applied for dozens at the time, including .docs, .android, .free, .fyi, .foo, and, …

Sir Roger Moore: 'I can’t drink martinis any more – but life is bliss’

Age may be catching up with the former 007, but he’s certainly lost none of his humour and charm<p>I was always in love with Sir Roger Moore’s James Bond (so much jollier than Sean Connery’s), and having met the real thing, nearly 30 years after Sir Roger handed in his 007 badge, I’m even more …

The simple reason smartphones are getting bigger

It might look funny and a bit odd, people pressing mobile phones the size of small tablets to their ears. But across Asia, Latin America, and Africa, emerging-market consumers who don’t have a whole bunch of other devices prefer bigger-screened phones, which they use as a single hub to call, text, …

SmartThings CEO: We’re keeping the platform open after the Samsung buy

Alex Hawkinson, the CEO of SmartThings, wants to keep the company’s smart home platform open and will continue developing for iOS and Apple’s HomeKit …

China approves Lenovo, IBM $2.3 billion server deal

BEIJING (Reuters) - The Chinese Ministry of Commerce’s anti-monopoly bureau has approved Lenovo Group’s proposed $2.3 billion deal to buy IBM Corp’s low-end server business.<p>Lenovo Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Yang Yuanqing (R) gestures beside Chief Financial Officer Wong Wai-ming during a …

Report: NSA Knew About Heartbleed Bug for 2 Years and Said Nothing

The NSA knew about the Internet security bug Heartbleed and regularly used it to gather intelligence for at least two years, anonymous sources told …

Which phones do world leaders use?

For years, the well-connected world leader would use nothing but a BlackBerry to get their email on the move – and it is still Barack Obama's phone of choice. He uses a model specially enhanced by the US National Security Agency. But the news earlier this month that the White House Communications …

When is software patentable? The Supreme Court is about to weigh in

Software patents have always been controversial, in large part because the dividing line between a patentable software-based invention and one that …

Adults should cut sugar intake to less than a can of Coke a day, says WHO

Adults in the UK should aim to cut their sugar intake to 5% of daily calories if they can, according to the World Health Organisation – less than the amount, for an average person, in a single can of Coca-Cola.<p>In a new draft guideline, the WHO said all people, at every stage of life, should try to …

Samsung to fix software causing accessory issues with Galaxy Note 3

After suggesting there was no correlation between the Android 4.4.2 software update for the Galaxy Note 3 and reports of third-party accessory …

Apple Preparing For Push Into Mobile Payments For Physical Goods, WSJ Reports

A long-rumored move by Apple is reportedly one step closer to becoming a reality today. The Wall Street Journal says that Apple is looking into a way to expand its mobile payments efforts into a means by which its users can pay for physical goods using iOS mobile devices via their existing iTunes …

Coming to Ikea: The Return of a Cult Stool (and More)

Just in time for spring, Ikea is introducing a new collection of pastel furniture and tabletop accessories in stores this spring. The collection is …

Chrome extensions targeted by spam firms

<b>Adware pedlars are buying extensions for the Chrome browser and adding code that hijacks searches or inserts sponsored ads, reports suggest.</b><p>Extensions are self-contained software add-ons for Chrome that add specific functions to the browser.<p>At least three extensions for Chrome are suspected of …