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Facebook Announces Anonymous Chat App 'Rooms'

Facebook today announced the release of a new anonymous sharing app called <i>Rooms</i>, which will allow users to create an anonymous invite-only chat room based around any theme.<p><i>Rooms</i> is a standalone app that is not integrated with Facebook and does not require a Facebook login. No personally …

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To the moon and back: Lunar mission tests China's space program

Up, up and away. Way away -- to the moon, in fact.<p>China launched an experimental spacecraft early Friday that is scheduled to orbit the moon before returning to Earth, a first for the country's ambitious space program and considered a precursor to a planned mission to the moon.<p>The unmanned …

Apple Sounds Off on GT Sapphire Debacle

Plus, Bale as Jobs, Chromebook sales "surge" and Ikea’s homage to "The Shining."<p>// HAPPENING TODAY<p>Amazon, Microsoft, Comcast and Pandora all report earnings.<br>• The 13th anniversary of the debut of the iPod, recently consigned to the “other products” category of Apple’s quarterly financial …

10,000 Mobile Apps later and What we learned.

<b>tldr:</b> <i>We downloaded 10,000 mobile apps this year and we’re sharing insights on how we found them, examined them, lessons we learned about building</i> …

Product Management

Alan Lightman on Our Yearning for Immortality and Why We Long for Permanence in a Universe of Constant Change

<i>“We suffer from a hallucination, from a false and distorted sensation of our own existence as living organisms,”</i> Alan Watts wrote in contemplating how our ego keeps us separate from the universe. <i>“It is almost banal to say so,”</i> Henry Miller observed, <i>“yet it needs to be stressed continually: all is</i> …

Apple Just Passed a Massive Milestone

It took a few days, but Apple’s blow-out quarterly earnings report — driven by strong iPhone and Mac sales and bolstered by the largest stock …

Wall Street

Calling 911 On Your Cell? It's Harder To Find You Than You Think

Today's mobile phones can do almost everything a computer can. But we still need them for their most basic purpose: making phone calls — especially in emergencies.<p>Yet existing technology can't always pinpoint a caller's location, particularly when a 911 caller is indoors.<p>The Federal Communications …

Amazon Takes $170 Million Writedown on Weak Fire Phone Sales

Yikes<p>Amazon said in a conference call following the release of a disappointing third-quarter financial report that it would take a $170 million charge “primarily related to Fire phone inventory valuation and supplier commitment costs.” Translation: The Fire phone has been a disappointment.<p>The …

A Developer Says Apple Sent Him Screenshots Of Porn In Order To Confirm How Easy It Is To Search For Porn With His App

In a Medium post, developer Carl Smith has a detailed story about how his app was denied access to the Apple Store because of how easy it was to search for porn (and find it) using the app.<p>In order to prove this to Smith, Apple allegedly sent him a screenshot of a man masturbating.<p>And, there was no …

Classic Macs turned into modern furniture

The Apple Power Mac G5 was a classic computer of the early millennium, but for all of its strengths — besides its gorgeous design, it was the fastest Mac in Apple's lineup when it was released in 2003 — it didn't last: the G5 family was retired in 2006 for the Mac Pro. The rest is recent …

New York doctor becomes fourth to be diagnosed with Ebola in US

Doctor who returned to US from West Africa with a fever tests positive for Ebola at a New York City hospital<p>A doctor who recently returned to the US from treating Ebola patients in West Africa has become the fourth person in the country to be diagnosed with the disease.<p>Craig Spencer, 33, who …

Jimmy Iovine talks genesis of Beats and Steve Jobs in acceptance speech at Revolt Music Conference

Apple’s Jimmy Iovine was at the first annual Revolt Music Conference this week to accept a “SFTB award” (named after Drake’s lyric “started from the bottom now we here”) for his climb to an executive position in one of the most valuable companies in the world after starting out as an audio engineer …

Wait, you can still smoke in an American office?

Reynolds American, the maker of Camel and Pall Mall cigarettes, told employees Wednesday that it will ban smoking in its offices and buildings …

Will Your Next Best Friend Be A Robot?

Robots can already vacuum your house and drive your car. Soon, they will be your companions.<p>The Japanese crowd sits hushed and somber as the character on stage turns away from his co-star, an actress seated on the floor in front of a small table. He lowers his head, then turns to face the audience …

How Successful People Handle Toxic People

Toxic people defy logic. Some are blissfully unaware of the negative impact that they have on those around them, and others seem to derive satisfaction from creating chaos and pushing other people’s buttons. Either way, they create unnecessary complexity, strife, and worst of all stress.<p>Studies …

Apple launches new service allowing local businesses to get listed on Apple Maps, solicits indoor mapping partners

Apple has launched a new web service called Maps Connect that allows small business owners to manage their listings on Apple Maps along with a tool for setting up indoor positioning in select areas. Companies can enter their own listings and verify via a phone call or email address.<p>The …

China is staging a nationwide attack on iCloud and Microsoft accounts

China got its first official shipments of new iPhones last week, but a new report from web censorship watchdog Great Fire indicates Chinese users may be facing an unpleasant surprise when they try to connect to Apple services at large. As of last night, the Chinese firewall is blocking all local …

Apple's iOS 8.1 hits Monday with Apple Pay, iCloud photo library

The latest update to Apple's mobile operating system has hit the market.<p>iOS 8.1, which Apple unveiled at its iPad and Mac event on Thursday, brings back "the beloved camera roll," as Apple software head Craig Federighi described it, and marks the debut of the iCloud photo library. It also adds …

Apple Pay

Monica Lewinsky: I was in love with Bill Clinton

Woman at centre of America's biggest sex scandal says she wants 'to give purpose to my past' by campaigning against a toxic internet culture<p>Monica Lewinsky has said she "fell in love" with Bill Clinton during a tearful speech describing the pain of being made into a figure of global humiliation.<p>In …

Amazon’s new Kindle Voyage is getting surprisingly glowing reviews

Amid the usual hysteria surrounding Apple’s latest slate of multifunctional products—the iPad Air 2, the Apple Watch, the iPhone 6—tech writers are collectively lauding a single-task device that’s not from Apple but from Amazon: the new Kindle Voyage e-reader.<p>The Voyage, Amazon’s successor to the …

Kindle Fire

Hey, McFly! Hoverboard available on Kickstarter for $10,000

Want a hoverboard before Marty McFly (who looks just like Michael J Fox) arrives in October 2015 to fly one around his town square? Arx Pax, a small company from Los Gatos, California, is now offering the real thing - although don’t expect to do much travelling on it.<p>Ever since Michael J Fox took …

13 must-own apps for transforming your phone into the ultimate toolkit

The best utility apps are designed to make your hectic life a little bit easier, and maybe even more enjoyable.<p>From apps that makes budgeting beautiful to ones that let you know the exact minute it’s going to rain, there’s something for every lifestyle.<p>We’ve collected the best of the best in this …

Dan Loeb: Apple Pay Is Actually Great News For PayPal

In it, he writes that he's optimistic about a spun-out PayPal — even though everyone is going nuts over Apple Pay.<p>Here's what he said:<p>PayPal is a high‐growth business with significant opportunities to expand its existing market and margins while pursuing new paths in financial services for …

Hong Kong protesters plan march after fruitless talks with government

Hong Kong protesters planned to march to the home of the city's Beijing-backed leader on Wednesday to push their case for greater democracy a day after talks between student leaders and senior officials failed to break the deadlock.<p>Demonstrators have occupied main streets in the Chinese-controlled …

Hong Kong

Apple iCloud 'hacked' in China

Internet censorship lobby group blames Chinese authorities, but other experts are unable to say who is to blame<p>Apple’s iCloud service in mainland China has been hacked, according to reports.<p>The perpetrators of the cyber- attack are allegedly able to access customers’ usernames, passwords and other …

China

Google launches support for Security Key, a simpler kind of two-factor authentication

It just got a little easier to log into Gmail. Today, Google launched support for Security Key, an open standard that lets you log in to an account with a physical device, usually in the form of a USB. The device takes the place of the six-digit confirmation codes currently used by Google's …

Hands-On With The Nexus 6 And Android Lollipop

Smack dab in the middle of last week, Google announced two new pieces of shiny: the Nexus 6 phone, and the Nexus 9 tablet.<p>Alas, both announcements came by way of blog post, rather than the standard fanfare-filled physical event — meaning no one actually got to <i>touch</i> the devices.<p>Until now!<p>While the …