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Supply pinch dogs Microsoft's Surface tablets

A dearth of Surface Pro 2 and Surface 2 tablets has persisted during the holiday shopping season, though that situation may finally be easing a bit.<p>Are the new Surface tablets flying off the shelves or just not reaching the shelves? That's not clear because Microsoft doesn't provide sales numbers, …

U.S. Tablet Sales Led by iPad in 2013 as Chromebooks Overtake MacBooks

Among "commercial channel" sales to distributors for corporate, government, and business customers, the iPad held the biggest share of sales for any tablet in the U.S. during 2013, while sales of Google Chromebooks made up a bigger percentage of the laptop market compared to Mac notebooks, …

Google's Share Of Copyright Takedown Requests Quadrupled Over The Last Year

According to file sharing news website TorrentFreak, which examined Google's transparency report, the number of takedown requests received by the search giant more than quadrupled during the last year.<p>Requests included major US media companies such as NBC Universal, Warner Brothers, Microsoft, …

Media Industry

The Future According To Samsung

The following concept video shows how that could happen.<p>The video touches on a concept called "The Internet Of Things," which is a term people in the tech industry like to throw around when they talk about connecting everyday objects to the Internet. It may sound a little like the Jetsons today, …

Tech Industry

Will The Large Screen iPad Pro Be Apple's First In A Line Of Desktop Touch Devices?

This week’s report that Apple may already be in production on a 12.9″ iPad, dubbed the “Pro,” has been the source of much speculation. In a well researched and reasoned post in ComputerWorld, Mike Elgan comes to the conclusion that it will be an “iPad optimized as a desktop touch computer for …

Notch Has No Current Plans For Wii U 'Minecraft'

While the Wii U has its fair share of problems that have resulted in relatively sluggish sales, it’s fairly easy to see it does deserve the “family friendly” crown of the trio of next generation consoles with great local multiplayer games for all ages. As such, it’s a shame that Minecraft, a game …

Here’s the question we should be asking about ‘record’ Amazon Prime member growth

This past Thursday Amazon issued a press release announcing a record-setting holiday season for the company, leading with statistic that “more than one million customers become new Prime members <b>in the third week of December</b>” (emphasis added).<p>New subscriptions were so popular, according to Amazon, …

In 2013, Share Of U.S. Mac & iPad Sales Go Down, Chromebook & Android Sales Go Up

There’s good news and bad news for Apple. The good news is that the Cupertino-based company sells more tablets in America than anyone. The bad news …

BlackBerry Pulls Latest Twitter for BB10 Update

Another small stumble for BlackBerry. The company has pulled the latest update to its Twitter app for BlackBerry 10 following user …

Marco Polo Is A Simple App For Sharing Your Location With Selected Friends

A smartphone app called Marco Polo aims to make it easier for users to find and meet up with their friends.<p>The basic mechanic of the app is pretty straightforward, and is indeed reminiscent of the children’s game Marco Polo. Instead of text messaging back-and-forth with your friends to find out …

How Snapchat Became The Breakout Consumer Product Of 2013

<b>Editor’s Note:</b> <i>Semil Shah works on product for Swell, is a</i> TechCrunch <i>columnist, and an investor. He blogs at Haywire, and you can follow him on Twitter at @semil.</i><p>Last year, as 2012 ended, I scanned the early-stage startup landscape and tried to identify one company that was a breakout for the year — …

Author of 'Steve Jobs' using online crowdsourcing to edit his new book

As a follow-up to his biography of Steve Jobs, author Walter Isaacson is writing about the origins and emergence of our modern digital era — and he's using online collaborators to make it the best book it can be. As pointed out by <i>Capital</i> and <i>TechCrunch</i>, Isaacson has posted excerpts from his new …

Snowden Plans to be More Active in 2014

You’re likely to see and hear more from Edward Snowden, the man who blew the whistle on the NSA’s controversial spying techniques, next year, according to one of his advisers.<p>Benjamin Wizner of the American Civil Liberties Union, an attorney working with Snowden, says we “can expect to see him …

There Are Now At Least 14 Digital Currencies Worth More Than $1

Bitcoin prices on the Mt. Gox exchange have climbed back up to $800. Litecoin, which bills itself as the "silver" to Bitcoin's gold and is often accepted by retailers taking Bitcoin, surpassed $1 months ago and now stands at $24.<p>But many lesser-known currencies have broken through the $1 …

Cryptocurrency

Fly Or Die: Microsoft Xbox One

Microsoft’s Xbox One is off to a great start, launching with cable TV control, bumped up graphics, and an all-new Kinect.<p>But is upgrading worth it?<p>Our own Greg Kumparak has said in his review that it’s a tough upgrade from the Xbox 360, after customers have grown accustomed to taking such huge …

2013 Was a Good Year for Chromebooks

Chromebooks experienced a surge in popularity in 2013, rising from almost nothing to claim about a fifth of the commercial laptop market.This …

Design Microsoft's Surface Into the Classroom Experience

<i>Content sponsored by Surface</i><p>Last month, we announced the Surface Classroom Design Challenge (where our own Allan Chochinov will a part of the judging …

Nokia pulls Here Maps from Apple’s App Store, claims iOS 7 changes “harm the user experience”

Nokia’s(s nok) Here Maps app have provided iOS(s aapl) users with an alternative to Apple’s built-in offering, but it looks like fans will need to …

The 10 Best Battlestar Galactica Moments For Its 10th Anniversary

The Cylons were created by man. They rebelled. They evolved. And, we became endlessly, hopelessly addicted to the space opera that has us all pining …

Snapchat Downplays Phone Number Matching Hack, Says It’s Added New Counter-Measures

Following security researchers publishing a way to match Snapchat usernames to phone numbers, Snapchat has published a skimpy statement making the hack sound impractical and noting “We recently added additional counter-measures and continue to make improvements to combat spam and abuse.”<p>Earlier …

Apple files another request to ban older Samsung phones and tablets

Apple is once again seeking a sales ban on over 20 different Samsung smartphones and tablets that were found to violate its patents last year. Though such a ban was initially rejected, last month Apple was given another chance to argue for one when an appellate court vacated the earlier ruling. …

Microsoft's 2014 makeover: It's all up to the next boss

Somebody's got to be up for this job.<p>Months after Steve Ballmer announced plans to step down as chief executive, Microsoft heads into 2014 still searching for the right candidate. In the last few months of 2013, several names of rumored CEOs-in-waiting got bandied about -- Ford CEO Alan Mulally and …

We must invest in SMEs to create a lasting recovery

The Government must focus on measures that will incentivise large businesses to invest the cash they have accumulated and to boost the confidence of small and medium-sized businesses<p>We have much to be optimistic about as we reflect on 2013, with the UK economy growing at its fastest rate for three …

Encrypted chat service Cryptocat for iPhone rejected by Apple

Encrypted chat service Cryptocat has spent the past two years blocking outsiders from reading private conversations, and now it's facing a block of its own trying to get onto Apple's App Store. Developer Nadim Kobeissi took to Twitter today to blast the iPhone and iPad maker for unjustly rejecting …

Roku player software cracked open temporarily, root now to run XBMC later

Roku's line of set-top boxes have been popular thanks to their simple controls, large set of available apps (recently expanded to include YouTube for the new Roku 3) and hardware ranging in price from inexpensive to downright cheap. Still, despite an active and encouraged developer community with …