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Scientists show that gene editing can 'turn off' human diseases

Gene editing has already been used to fight diseases, but there's now hope that it might eliminate the diseases altogether. Researchers have shown that it's possible to eliminate facial muscular dystrophy using a newer editing technique, CRISPR (Clusters of Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic …

Genetics

Line Gets Updated With Video Calls And Snap Movie Feature

Japanese messaging service Line is moving beyond just texts and stickers to include video features, as it continues introducing new (and more creative) ways of communicating in its march to become a content platform.<p>The latest version 3.9 of Line has been updated with video calls, which are …

Sales Of Xiaomi's Flagship Mi-2 Smartphones Pass 10M Units

The appetite of the Chinese for smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi’s devices has been voracious. The company just announced via Twitter that the total sales of its flagship Android-based smartphone Mi-2, and its variants Mi-2S and Mi-2A, have exceeded 10 million units since they were released 11 months …

What Does Prem Watsa See in BlackBerry?

Chris Hughes | © University of Waterloo, Graphics, Photo/Imaging<p>With the announcement of its proposed $4.7 billion takeover bid, Fairfax Financial …

iMessage for Android looks like a great way to compromise your security

A new messaging app on the Android Play Store has been stirring conversations this month, and its name should be enough to tell you why: it's called iMessage Chat. Promising to allow Android users to communicate via Apple's iMessage, this app goes to great lengths to emulate the look and feel of …

Apple 'has been developing iGlasses since 2006'

Apple has been working on a product similar to Google Glass for more than half a decade but the project was sidelined by the popularity of the iPod and iPhone, one of the company's former executives has claimed.<p>Tony Fadell, ex-head of Apple's iPod division, said the concept was "the craziest thing" …

Galaxy S5 metal casing rumoured, flex-screen Note 3 too

Samsung's next smart phone could arrive sporting a swanky metal jacket, if fresh rumours are to be believed.<p>The South Korean tech giant is …

Line messaging app update adds distinctly Vine-ish Snap Movie feature

Line is all about stickers. Or adorable mascots. Or stickers of said adorable mascots. But this time around, it's looking to tap into that rich Vine vein of short video-clip sharing. Initially on iOS (but Android will get the feature soon), you can now craft a 4-10 second short, with the ability to …

Tech rivals join on NSA, immigration

They trash each other in the marketplace and sue each other in courts.<p>But lately, tech companies and their leaders have been holding hands to fight for things they care about in Washington, from immigration reform to National Security Agency damage control.<p>The shift represents a growing political …

Google's dilemma: A faster but fragmented Web?

Google wants a Web that looks very different from today's. Instead of more or less static sites, perhaps spiced up with a new comment popping up on your Facebook page, Google wants Web apps that are indistinguishable in performance and sophistication from native programs like high-end games or …

Software

Security Concerns Abound Over Unofficial Android iMessage App That Uses Chinese Servers To Process Data

An unauthorised app that lets Android users chat on Apple’s closed iMessage network is causing a big stir. It’s had viral downloads in the tens of thousands amid claims that it could be spreading malware; but the Chinese developer who developed the app tells us everything is cool.<p>[TechCrunch has …

Teardown Shows iPhone 5S Costs at Least $199 to Build, $173 for the 5C

New iPhones always gladden the hearts of the analysts at the research firm IHS, because it means it’s time to tear the phones apart.<p>This year’s …

Apple Swipe Keyboard Patent Shows Cupertino Knows Typing On iOS Is “Tedious”

Apple’s iPhone needs a much smarter keyboard. I’ve said it before, but here’s evidence Cupertino itself realises that hen-pecking individual letters is a “tedious task”. Apple’s US patent 8,542,206 (spotted by AppleInsider) describes an alternative text input method for iOS that incorporates a …

Sprint and Techstars team up for mobile health startup accelerator

Kansas City just added another tech-related feather to its cap: On Tuesday, Sprint (s S) and Techstars announced the launch of a new mobile …

Simplee nabs $10M to bring a PayPal-like portal to medical billing

Simplee, a Palo Alto-based startup trying to remake medical billing, has raised $10 million in a Series B round led by the Heritage Group. The round, …

With LiveAd, Ustream Customers Can Promote Their Video Content With Interactive Ads

Live video company Ustream has been quietly transforming itself, according to co-founder and CEO Brad Hunstable, who said the company has switched from being an ad-supported media business to a technology provider that makes money from software-as-a-service subscription fees.<p>Today Ustream is …

HP, allies launch Mopria to keep printers relevant in mobile era

As the computing industry expands its attention beyond PCs to smartphones and tablets, one technology has struggled to keep up: printing. But a new alliance of printer makers and others called Mopria hopes to change that.<p>The group, which includes Hewlett-Packard, Canon, Samsung, and Xerox so far, …

Mobile

Apple launches faster iMacs with 802.11ac WiFi, Pro graphics, improved Flash

<b>Update</b>: <i>Apple has issued an EFI firmware update for the new machines, to cure a black-screen issue when using Boot Camp while both an external optical drive and USB thumb drive are connected.</i><p>Apple has launched an updated line of iMacs with faster processors, improved graphics, faster 802.11ac WiFi …

Meet Studio, The App That Launched A Million Designers And Counting

There’s no doubt that photo-sharing is hot, but among the hundreds of services out there tackling the space, there hasn’t been an app that has made a splash in photo-sharing in this post-Instagram world. Until Studio.<p>In one month on the App Store, Studio has hit 1 million downloads with over 1.3 …

Google adds remote lock and password reset features to Android Device Manager

Android users can now remotely lock down a misplaced or stolen device from the web. Google has rolled this critical feature into Android Device Manager, which launched last month with location tracking and remote wipe functionality. Now the web tool lets you lock any Android smartphone running …

Quest For The Perfect Playlist: iTunes Radio, Pandora And Spotify

With the recent release of iTunes Radio, Apple threw its hat into the streaming radio ring. And for all the discussions over features and pricing of the service compared to established competitors like Pandora and Spotify, what music lovers ultimately care about is hearing songs they like. Radio …

Causes Relaunches As A Social Network For Social Good Action, Not Shallow Clicktivism

Click a link, click a petition, feel better without making a difference. That was the old Causes. Today, the new Causes launches to reactivate its 186 million registered million users. It’s an independent civic social network pushing education, donations, and pledged behavior changes, rather than a …

Babbel's subscription-based language learning apps arrive on the iPhone

Avid users of Babbel's iPad apps, feel free to give your tablet a rest. The full versions of the Spanish, English and French learning apps have arrived on the iPhone, with more languages to follow. If you'd rather not shell out the $22 fee for a three-month subscription, however, you'd better …

With “Autofill,” Facebook Is Making It Easier For You To Buy Stuff On Your Smartphone

Facebook rolled out a limited trial of its new mobile payments service yesterday with a select list of retailers and users. Autofill connects whatever payment details users have entered into their Facebook to the details that an online retailer requires, effectively simplifying the process of …

Mobile Payments

Apple removes iPhone 5s in-store pickup option

Just two days ago my colleague Kevin Tofel was told that Apple was planning to introduce an in-store pickup option for the iPhone 5s. That plan went …

China smartphone shipments set to hit 450 million in 2014

China's smartphone market is set for an explosion over the next year, according to new data from research firm IDC.<p>By the end of this year, total smartphone shipments in China will hit 360 million, according to data obtained by Reuters from IDC. Next year, that figure will rise to 450 million, …

Mobile

Google Apologizes for 11 Hours of Gmail Issues Affecting 29% of Emails

Gmail users yesterday experienced quite a lengthy outage, lasting up to 11 hours for some. Google today has apologized for the issues (including messages arriving slowly and unavailable attachments), which it calculates affected almost a third of emails that route through its servers.<p>Google notes …

NSA accused of hacking into India's nuclear systems

According to Edward Snowden's cache of documents, the NSA has been delving deeper into India's servers than many could have imagined. <i>The Hindu</i> is reporting that, in addition to the usual PRISM snooping, the agency also vacuumed up data on the country's nuclear, political and space programs. The …