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You Love Pinterest. Find Out Why The Police Do, Too

Plenty of people use Pinterest to find things — purses, posh hotels, eggplant parm recipes — but the rightful owner of a charm bracelet stolen 30 years ago? Leave that to the police.<p>In February, when an officer in Redwood City, Calif., discovered bags of stolen jewelry in the trunk of a car during …

Laptop mode finally returning to the ASUS PadFone line

When we last hung out with ASUS CEO Jerry Shen, the exec expressed his support for bringing back the keyboard dock to the PadFones, which would mean you'd get three form factors with one product: a phone, a tablet and a laptop. Now, we have a leak confirming that this is definitely in the works. …

A computer program to write your essays

By David Brancaccio and Dan Abendschein<p>April 30, 2014 | 8:53 AM<p>A writing professor at MIT has developed a computer program that writes a college essay in one second, after you input a few key words and it actually scores pretty well on an online grading system meant for actual human student writing.<p>…

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Oculus denies John Carmack stole VR tech from his former employer

When word came out last week that Oculus VR Chief Technology Officer John Carmack was being accused by his former employer of stealing intellectual property for use in his new gig, the nascent Facebook subsidiary only issued a cursory statement: "It's unfortunate, but when there's this type of …

Google’s KitKat is now on 8.5% of Android devices, up by 37% in one month

Google released new Android OS growth rates today, and like last month, KitKat jumped in market share significantly. Month over month, adoption of Google’s latest Android release is up by 37% (comparatively).<p>Google estimates that KitKat, also known as Android 4.4, now runs on 8.5 percent of all …

Samsung’s new Tab S tablets will feature 2560×1600 AMOLED displays, fingerprint sensors - leak

Samsung is going to launch a brand new line of Android tablets soon, according to a credible report. Dubbed Galaxy Tab S, these devices will feature powerful specifications, fingerprint sensors, and high definition AMOLED displays.<p>The report comes from a source of <i>Sam Mobile</i>, a site that has often …

CM11 M6 out now for 50 devices; Milestone releases to replace Stable

On Sunday, the CyanogenMod team began pushing out the M6 release of CyanogenMod 11, based on Android 4.4. Moving forward, the plan is to release milestone versions of CyanogenMod every two weeks, replacing the old Stable/Release Candidate system.<p>At the time of this writing, CM11 M6 builds are …

Paranoid Android's Notification Peek available to all, ported as APK

The new builds of Paranoid Android are slowing building up an impressive list of features, and one of the best looking ones is Notification Peek. But if installing custom ROMs is a little bit too much hassle just to try it out, fear not. Zhe Lu, a Computer Science student, has kindly ported the …

Oculus: Not A Single Line Of ZeniMax Code In Any Oculus Products

Oculus today responded pretty forcefully to allegations that John Carmack, the creator of Doom, violated his non-disclosure agreement with ZeniMax when he joined Oculus shortly before the company was acquired by Facebook for $2 billion. According to Oculus, “there is not a line of ZeniMax code or …

VC Fred Wilson: By 2020 Apple Won’t Be A Top-3 Tech Company, Google And Facebook Will

Fred Wilson of New York’s Union Square Ventures, one of the top tech investors around, believes that by 2020, the biggest tech company in the world — Apple — will cease to be the most important, and won’t even be in the top three.<p>Speaking at today’s TC Disrupt conference in NYC, he predicted that …

Researcher claims iOS 7 (including current 7.1.1) does not encrypt email attachments, Apple aware of issue

Security researcher Andreas Kurtz has discovered that versions of iOS 7, including iOS 7.1.1 (the current release), iOS 7.1, and iOS 7.0.4 do not encrypt email attachments in the bundled Mail application. This is an issue itself, but more worrisome as iOS, according to Apple, is supposed to encrypt …

A Former Tumblr Exec Admits The Site Is Struggling To Find Revenue

David Karp and Marissa Mayer Mike Nudelman/Business Insider Ads have been rolling in Tumblr for 10 months now, since Yahoo acquired David Karp's social blogging platform in May 2013. But Yahoo has not once reported any significant revenue attributed to the $1.1 billion deal.<p>Today, we got a partial …

Snakable’s New USB Charging Cable Will Never Need Duct Tape

If you’ve ever owned a USB charging cable (and if you’re reading TechCrunch, odds are you have), then you’ve encountered the problem that Snakable wants to solve. That is, after repeated use, the cable breaks, the wires are exposed, and then, more often that not, the cable itself becomes …

Mozilla’s crazy plan to fix net neutrality and turn broadband into a utility – and why it could work

Advertisement<p>39 Comments<p>Credit: Gigaom illustration<p>Well here’s an interesting twist on the net neutrality debate. Mozilla, the open source foundation …

Leaked Images Show Major, Upcoming Android Phone With Sharpest Screen Ever

Here are some more leaked images of the G3, the new flagship phone coming from LG at the end of the month.<p>The phone's screen is said to have the highest resolution ever made for a device of this size. Like other LG phones, the power and volume keys will be on the back but have been redesigned to …

Sony blows away record with 185TB cassette tape

Cassette tapes may have faded into oblivion long ago, but magnetic tape storage still has a key role to play behind the scenes. Extremely high density tapes are used by corporations and government agencies for archival purposes because they're cheaper, more power efficient, and more reliable than …

iOS 7 Security Flaw Leaves Stored Email Attachments Unencrypted [Updated]

Apple states that it uses data encryption to protect email message attachments, but a report from security researcher Andreas Kurtz, via <i>ZDNet</i>, claims iOS 7.0.4 and later does not include this security feature.<p>Kurtz detected this flaw in iOS by accessing the file system on an iPhone 4 running iOS …

Samsung’s new AMOLED tablet will reportedly be called Galaxy Tab S

Samsung is working on its next high-end tablet that will ship with a high-res 2,560 × 1,600 AMOLED display, according to SamMobile. The slate will reportedly be called the Galaxy Tab S and will be available in two models (8.4- and 10.5-inch). Like Samsung’s Galaxy S5, its new tablet will also …

John McAfee launches Chadder, a new encrypted private messaging app

Antivirus software pioneer John McAfee has launched a new messaging app called Chadder, with a focus on encryption and security.<p>The app is produced by Future Tense Private Systems (FTC), a company founded by McAfee that has previously developed the Dcentral1 app, in conjunction with Etransfr. FTC …

Tools, Tips, and Tricks to Create Successful Social Video Content

Video content is staging a takeover of the Internet. By 2017, Cisco projects that video will account for 69 percent of all Web traffic. The majority of that traffic will come from non-PC devices, including tenfold increases in smartphone and tablet usage.<p>To capitalize on those numbers, you must …

Surprise! That Wild Rumor About Apple EarPods With Biometrics Sensors Was A Fake

Shocking, just absolutely shocking: the wild rumor claiming that Apple was developing new “EarPods” headphones that included integrated heart rate and blood pressure sensors, which had everyone buzzing, turns out to be fake. According to an anonymous Tumblr from the Secret post’s creator (he/she …

Pwnie Express turns the Nexus 5 into a powerful white hat hacking tool

Part of the magic of Android is the flexibility of the platform when it comes to customization and modding. With a little ingenuity, you can transform your Android-powered devices into just about anything — including a sweet hacking tool.<p>That’s exactly what Pwnie Express did to the Nexus 5, which …

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Yahoo Decides It Won’t Honor Browser ‘Do Not Track’ Settings

- May 5, 2014<p>Add Yahoo to the list of websites that could give a shit less about your privacy settings. The company has reversed its previously …

Facebook To Give Page owners Detailed Video Metrics and Analytics

Facebook announced a number of new video metrics today that will allow brands and advertisers to better understand how their clips are performing on the social network.<p>Before now, Facebook Page owners have only been able to see the number of people who begin watching their videos. In the future, …

Apple Considering 'Full Health and Fitness Services Platform' Modeled on the App Store

Apple allegedly is looking beyond the iWatch wearable device and may be creating a new health and fitness ecosystem modeled on its successful iOS App Store, claims a mobile health executive who recently spoke to <i>Reuters</i>. Similar to the iOS App Store, this new platform may allow companies to develop …

Amazon now lets you shop through Twitter

Ever feel compelled to buy a product based on less than 140 characters worth of information about it from a friend or tastemaker? Amazon's betting that you will, and it's launching a new service today to let you add items to your shopping cart straight from Twitter. After connecting your Twitter …