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Apple CEO Tim Cook Teases 'Big Plans' For 2014

Apple CEO Tim Cook sent a memo over the weekend to employees reflecting on 2013 and talking about the upcoming year of 2014, according to 9to5Mac, which got its hands on a copy of the email.<p>Interestingly enough, Cook teased some “big plans” for 2014:<p>We have a lot to look forward to in 2014, …

Five disappointing things about the iPhone 5S

Is it too soon to start building an iPhone 6 wish list?<p>Because the iPhone 5S, which Apple announced today (along with the cheaper iPhone 5C) to the surprise of no one, represents perhaps the least exciting and most disappointing iPhone update yet.<p>Indeed, just as the iPhone 4S was little more than …

YouTube co-founder Hurley: loosen copyright rules around video

YouTube co-founder Chad Hurley had some choice words for channels seeking copyright protection on video-sharing sites. People should be able to see …

Microsoft settles accounts with former Windows boss Steven Sinofsky, sending him away with $14M

Today an SEC filing broke the news that former Windows boss Steven Sinofsky has settled up with Microsoft, coming to an agreement that for a firm chunk of stock and a generous vesting schedule, he will essentially go quietly into the night.<p>Sinofsky does well under the agreement, with part of his …

Moto X Details Revealed: Colors, Wallpapers, Engravings Will Be Customizable at U.S. Factory

Motorola's upcoming phone called the Moto X will allow users to fully customize the look of the device with different colors and an engraving, …

The US Pirate Party Is Working On A Way To Get Around The NSA's Surveillance

Like many third parties, the Pirate Party supports some uncommon ideas. But with the hullabaloo surrounding the NSA's secret surveillance program PRISM, one of its goals sits at the forefront of everyone's mind — online privacy.<p>"Captain" (but really chairperson of the national committee) …

Why Amazon is like the cable company of the future

This week, Amazon announced plans to bring online grocery shopping to Los Angeles with a new service called Amazon Prime Fresh. For $79, Amazon Prime already gives customers two-day shipping and access to thousands of streaming movies and TV shows. But for a $299 annual fee, Prime Fresh members can …

Woz talks iOS 7 and PRISM in an off the cuff airport interview

Steve Wozniak, a technology icon for his work at Apple, is an elder statesman in the industry; he’s a person whose opinion carries measurable weight. Recently, in an airport, the fine folks of FayerWayer caught up with Woz to talk over iOS 7’s new features, and the NSA’s PRISM program.<p>Whatever the …

The Best Explanation Yet Of How The NSA's PRISM Surveillance Program Works

The report reaffirms what we already know, specifically that "the NSA copies Internet traffic as it enters and leaves the United States, then routes it to the NSA for analysis," and it also shores up a few things about how PRISM works.<p>First, it clears up the controversy around the assertion that …

Google puts down Facebook and Microsoft to be named most transparent of them all

PRISM not only challenges our trust in the U.S. government but also our trust in the companies that are secretly supplying the government with our data.<p>In the wake of revelations about PRISM , Google and Facebook are locked in a pissing match over which company is the “more transparent.”<p>News came …

Lucas And Spielberg Predict “Massive Implosion” Of Hollywood Caused By Tech Industry

George Lucas and Steven Spielberg aren’t so bullish on the future of the film industry. At a talk at USC, the pair agreed that it’s on track to have a “massive implosion”. At the core of their argument: there just isn’t enough time in the day for consumers to support all the films released in …

What Waze Adds To Google: A View From Waze's CEO

When Google confirmed earlier this week that it had bought Waze for what we understand to be more than $1 billion, a senior exec in Google’s geo-location division talked about Waze’s community of users several times. He described it as the service’s “DNA.” This is because Waze’s core asset would be …

China Wants To Be Home To World's Next Tesla

China’s government will shift its financial support of the electronic vehicle niche market and pump more resources into research and development, the Minister of Science and Technology said on Friday.<p>Beijing is getting savvy about the global auto market, a market it now dominates in terms of number …

Wall Street pay for Stanford MBAs is exploding, while Silicon Valley salaries plateau

Not that the tests matter, but Stanford’s soon-to-be MBA holders will be taking their final set of final exams this week. The exams are irrelevant for at least one reason: most second-year students have jobs lined up by now. Stanford’s Graduate School of Business reported that 78% of last year’s …

Google Glass Drops Facial Recognition (For Now)

Google is ducking, for now, some of the most profound questions about privacy and Google Glass with its decision not to include facial recognition in the device. “As Google has said for several years,” Project Glass said in a Google+ post, ”we won’t add facial recognition features to our products …

Microsoft's Windows XP is still kickin' -- do you use it?

Microsoft's XP operating system is still used on more than a third of the installations out there, according to figures from Net Applications. Is it really still that popular?<p>XP was released in August of 2001, more than a decade ago. It got a new lease on life when its successor, Vista, was …

iOS 7 May Include AirDrop Wireless File Sharing Capabilities

According to <i>9to5Mac</i>, Apple is internally testing versions of iOS 7 that include AirDrop drag-and-drop file sharing capabilities.<p>First introduced with OS X Lion, AirDrop is a Finder function that allows Mac users to share files with other Mac users without the need for a Wi-Fi network or storage …

ARM unveils Cortex-A12 CPU and Mali-T622 GPU in expectation of a mid-range boom

Few trend-spotters would disagree with the following prediction from ARM, but it's worth laying it out anyway: Of the 300 million mobile devices sold in 2010, the majority cost over $400. Within the next two years, however, these "crazy money" products (as a spokesperson described them) may …

How Samsung Got Big

The cellphones were stacked up high in the Gumi factory yard and more were coming out every minute. Phones, TVs, fax machines, and other gear shattered as it hit the concrete and Samsung CEO Kun-hee Lee and his board cracked the screens and cases with heavy hammers. Then they lit a bonfire and …

Social Is Not A Destination

There has been much discussion recently about the relatively poor performance of Facebook in the stock market and the increasing focus Google is putting on tying Google+ in its existing services. The two are taking different approaches to social networking: For Facebook, your social network sits on …