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After PRISM, 'Boundless Informant' tool comes to light

The stream of leaks revealing the U.S. National Security Agency's secrets carries on with the public outing of a powerful intelligence tracking tool.<p>In a fresh wave of documents obtained by The Guardian, the details of the NSA's data mining tool "Boundless Informant" are laid out for the world to …

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Google can predict a movie's success before release

Google has already proven surprisingly adept at predicting Oscar winners with search data, and now it says it's figured out how to predict box office results too. With between 90 and 92 percent accuracy, Google can tell how much money any picture will make during its first two weeks in theaters — …

In His Own Words: Why Steve Jobs Decided to Create the iPad

- May 31, 2013<p>Despite initial criticism (albeit brief) when the iPad was first released, there can be no doubt that the device has been insanely …

Google Won’t Approve Glass Apps That Recognize People’s Faces… For Now

The potential creep factor of Google Glass is something that the search giant has to mitigate as best it can if it wants that kooky head-worn display to become a mass-market sensation (and even that may not be enough), but a recent announcement highlights the search giant’s commitment to, well, do …

10 Mind-Blowing Facts About Google

Given the size and scope of such a company, the Quora community had no problem providing a number of little-known yet surprising tidbits.<p>With all its tech excellence (which runs from Google Glass to the self-driving car to the internet's most beloved search engine), here are 10 mind-blowing facts …

Google Glass

Galaxy S4 camera beats the iPhone 5's in DxOMark benchmark

The camera on the Samsung Galaxy S4 has topped the iPhone 5’s in recent tests by the prestigious camera experts at DxO Labs.<p>Considered an industry standard, DxO’s benchmark suite DxOMark provides independent camera and lens image quality measurement and ratings.<p>DxO Labs has recently put the Samsung …

Samsung Galaxy

Functional Apple 1 auctioned off for $671.4K, sets new record (updated)

With $671,400, you could buy roughly 2,040.7 base-model iPad minis before taxes. One unnamed buyer, however, just laid that amount out for a single Apple 1 from 1976. Auctioned through Cologne, Germany-based Auction Team Breker Sotheby's, the price beats out its $640K record from another unit last …

Google's New Trend Visualizer Is a Truly Beautiful Thing

Google's been logging data about hot trends ever since you started tip-tapping search terms into its front page, but now it's gone and made it look …

Google Glass OLED Samsung display tipped for consumer model

Google’s consumer version of Glass will use Samsung OLED displays, reports out of South Korea have claimed, with the possibility of flexible panels …

Surprise! Mozilla can produce near-native performance on the Web

We put Mozilla's JavaScript subset—asm.js—to the test.<p>In a bid to make JavaScript run ever faster, Mozilla has developed asm.js. It's a limited, …

NASA funds 3D food printer, pizza is the first item on the menu

Last week we had lab-grown burgers; this week it's powdered pizza. NASA's gotten in on the synthesized food action by awarding a $125,000 grant to Anjan Contractor, head of Systems & Materials Research Corporation, to develop a 3D food printer. The first device Contractor plans to build under the …

Samsung rumored to roll out fingerprint scanning on future Galaxy devices

It seems Apple isn’t the only company working on fingerprint scanning technology. It looks like Samsung is also getting into the biometrics business …

The man who 'nearly broke the internet'

The day Sven Olaf Kamphuis parked his huge orange Mercedes van with its German numberplates outside Bar Javis, in the Catalan town of Granollers, the …

The Galaxy S4 Is Samsung’s Fastest Shipping Smartphone Ever

Samsung’s new Galaxy S4 handset is on track to become the company’s “bestselling” smartphone. As long as you define “bestselling” as “bestselling to …

Is computing speed set to make a quantum leap?

Our imagination is stretched to the utmost," wrote Richard Feynman, the greatest physicist of his day, "not, as in fiction, to imagine things which …

Google's Five-Front Assault On Apple

With Google stock surging to an all-time high of $916 and Apple’s trading 39% below its September 2011 peak, Google has positioned itself to grow — in part by taking a bite out of Apple’s customer base — on five fronts.<p>Google’s primary source of profit is search-related advertising while Apple’s is …

The Internet of Things: In action

<i>The following is a guest post by Lauren Fisher of Simply Zesty.</i><p>By 2015, six billion objects in the world will be connected to the internet. While it may seem tricky to grasp as a concept, the internet of things is nothing simpler, and more stunning, than objects being connected to the internet. At …

What the Future Looks Like Inside SRI: the Lab that Brought us Siri

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Robert Scoble, Startup Liaison Officer at Rackspace, is working on a book with Shel Israel about the how sensors, wearable computers, and other technologies will change our future, titled “Age of Context.” That got them invited to visit SRI International, Silicon Valley’s most</i> …

Tumblr deal is Marissa Mayer’s first real attempt to make Yahoo hip again

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer has made her first major move to try to make Yahoo cool again. The Wall Street Journal reports that (paywall) Yahoo’s board today approved a $1.1 billion deal to acquire blogging site Tumblr. The deal, first reported by AllThingsD, is meant to attract younger users who see …

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This 18-Year-Old's Invention Could Make Your Future Phone Instacharge

While you are hanging out on the Internet (in your underwear, maybe?) on a Saturday, kids that are smarter than either of us are out there getting …

The World's Fastest Wi-Fi Puts Your Sluggish Router to Shame

For the most part, we're all happy if we can get Internet that's fast enough to stream some HD video. But faster is always better, and a new, …

Google+ and Glass just got the upgrade for lifelogging everything

If you’re still laughing at Google+, and at Google Glass, then it might be time to stop; Google has just shown that they’re its next route to …

BILL GATES IS THE RICHEST MAN IN THE WORLD AGAIN

Bill Gates is once again the world's richest man, according to Bloomberg News.<p>It says Gates has taken the lead from Mexican magnate Carlos Slim thanks to Microsoft's rising stock price. It's at a 5-year high trading at ~$34 a share.<p>Bloomberg's Billionaire Index hasn't yet updated to reflect Gates' …

Android Phones Will Soon Automatically Know If You Are Walking, Driving, Biking

We're watching the keynote going on live right now.<p>One cool new thing is a set of tools called Google Services, which are tools Android developers can use to make apps.<p>One new tool is called Activity Recognition. It can automatically figure out if the user is walking, driving, or biking. This will …

Android Phones

Here’s a sign mass-market drones are about to take off: Google just invested in their future

<i>This article has been corrected</i>.<p>Drones have a terrible reputation, mostly because they have become a byword for death and destruction. But drones can be used for non-lethal means as well, such as this project to protect rhinos from poachers in India.<p>Many expect those non-lethal uses to spread—but …

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Google pushes Android tablets for the classroom

Google's new education initiative, Google Play for Education, is designed to put more tablets into K-12 classrooms, the company said Wednesday at its Google I/O developers conference.<p>The new store launches this fall. It enables teachers deploy an app or an e-book to all of their students' tablets …

Apps

Here’s the real theme of Google I/O: Service unification between Chrome and Android

So much for my hardware predictions of what to expect at Google I/O(s goog). Instead of an updated Nexus 7 tablet or a new Chromebook model, Google …

Google Stock Price Closes At 52-Week High Of $915 On First Day Of Google I/O As Apple Takes Another Drop

Google’s stock price came close to its 52-week high on the first day of Google I/O today, hitting $915 per share at close. In comparison, Apple today dropped 15 points to close at $428 per share, 277 points off its 52-week high.<p>This morning, Google stock jumped to $909 per share from its opening …

This is the new Nexus: a first look at Samsung's Galaxy S4 with stock Android

The best cellphone hardware has been crippled by manufacturer and carrier bloatware and skins, and Google's Nexus lineup has been hamstrung by a lack of LTE and somewhat inadequate specifications. But we've just gotten a look at the big surprise of Google's I/O keynote, a Samsung Galaxy S4 running …