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Exclusive: Chat is Google’s next big fix for Android’s messaging mess

How the successor to SMS will take on iMessage<p>A top-tier Android phone can cost upwards of a thousand dollars, and for that money, you’ll get some amazing features. It will have a stellar screen, top-flight camera, gobs of storage, and an absolutely atrocious texting experience.<p>It’s a problem. In …

Apps

Microsoft is experimenting with underwater data centers

Is data better down where it's wetter?<p>When your laptop or your smartphone gets hot, you know it's crunching a lot of data. So you can imagine the amount of heat generated by the racks upon racks of servers that store and process the world's digital lives. Keeping these data centers cool is such a …

Scuba Diving

The Top 20 Must-Do Adventures In California

Written by Anna Cohen, Contributor and Explorer for The Outbound Collective<p>When you think of California, the first things that come to mind might be movie stars, avocados, and tech. But if you love outdoor adventure, then California has so much more to offer. With the Sierra Nevada Mountains, …

LogMeIn buys LastPass for $125 million

Remote computer-access company LogMeIn has acquired popular password-management company LastPass for $125 million, LogMeIn says in a statement today. The company says the deal is "expected to close in the coming weeks."<p>According to the statement, LogMeIn is planning to merge LastPass with another …

This Robot-Run Indoor Farm Can Grow 10 Million Heads Of Lettuce A Year

In a single day, the farm can harvest 30,000 heads of lettuce. On a traditional farm, a field of the same size can grow about 26,000 plants–but only …

Aquaponics

These 10 work apps have gone bonkers in the last few months

Cloud security company Okta works with 4,000 of them, helping big companies manage employee passwords for them.<p>By analyzing the data from its 2,500 enterprise customers in 185 countries, it discovered the 10 apps that are growing the fastest among business users last quarter, from April 2015 to …

Apps

10 Surprising Facts About LEGO

You're never going to look at your favorite toy the same way again.<p>Like Easy-Bake Ovens and Troll dolls, you probably remember these famous plastic bricks fondly from your childhood. But did you know the first one was made in 1932 and out of wood? Didn't think so. Here are a few more facts you …

Calcium From Supplements or Dairy Doesn't Strengthen Bones, Study Finds

A new study should put the final nail in the coffin for any lingering beliefs that calcium supplements are good for you.<p>The new study finds that people over 50 don’t get stronger bones either by taking supplements or from eating extra servings of calcium-rich foods such as dairy products.<p>The …

To Catch A Bomb-Maker

This is the story of a little-known FBI forensics lab and how it changed the war on terror<p>The insurgent began with a cordless phone—one of the knockoffs of a Chinese-built Senao so popular in northern Iraq. Hunched over a worktable somewhere near the refinery town of Baiji, about 150 miles north of …

Terrorism

The One Thing That Apple Understands is Photography

Only a Luddite would still categorize Apple as a computer company. Indeed, the company officially changed its name in 2007 dropping “Computer,” and …

iPad

The CEO of a $30 billion company explains why tech companies overwork their employees

But long before he came to EMC and then to VMware, he was a rising star at Intel, with Andy Grove as his mentor.<p>He came to media attention in those Intel days for preaching to other techies about the importance of work-life balance.<p>Literally preaching. He's a dedicated Christian that goes to church …

Employment

Here Are 22 OC Things You Have To Do In The OC

Welcome to the OC, bitch.

5 Big Mobile Design Trends of 2015

I remember the predictions back in the late 2000’s:Mobile internet will outstrip ‘desktop’ use by 2014 - The GuardianThey sounded a little outlandish …

Slack Is Just The Tip Of The Iceberg For Enterprise Tech

Slack’s valuation soared to $2.8 billion in less than two years, and has doubled in the past six months alone — all without any big marketing campaigns. The startup’s adoption curve and rave reviews are something many founders and investors dream about, but few actually achieve.<p>Enterprise startups …

Startups

Node.js and io.js are settling their differences, merging back together

Earlier this year, a number of Node.js developers started their own fork of the framework, io.js, after a public spat with the “steward” of the framework, Joyent.<p>Today, the Linux Foundation has announced that Node.js and io.js will officially merge codebases under a new entity: the ‘Node …

JavaScript

Apple’s Spaceship campus hits a snag as contractors leave project

Is trouble brewing for Apple’s forthcoming Spaceship campus, set to be opened by the end of 2016?<p>According to a recent report, Apple’s initial contractors for the project — DPR Construction and Skanska USA — are parting ways with Apple, and will be transitioned off the build over the next several …

Employment

CodeFights Scores $2.4 Million To Turn Coding Practice Into A Game

A startup that turns practicing your programming skills into a game, CodeFights, has just raised $2.4 million in seed funding to further develop its real-time, social game where developers can participate in “code battles” versus either a timed clock or other opponents directly. While the site has …

Google Shopping

Amazon Cloud Drive now stores unlimited files for $60 per year

Amazon thinks it has a way to entice you away from the likes of Dropbox or Google Drive: real, honest-to-goodness unlimited internet storage. It just launched two Cloud Drive plans that let you upload as much as you like, with the primary difference being <i>what</i> you can upload without worrying about …

Adobe Launches Document Cloud, A Subscription Service For Acrobat, EchoSign And New Apps

Over the last two years or so, the news around Adobe has mostly focused on its Creative Cloud, so it’s easy to forget that the company also has a huge business in the document space with Acrobat. Now it’s putting renewed emphasis on the product with the launch of its Document Cloud.<p>At the center of …

Apps

Leading tech investors warn of bubble risk 'unprecedented since 1999'

Billy Gurley and Fred Wilson, who backed Uber and Twitter, say Silicon Valley investing in too many losing ventures<p>Two of the world’s leading tech investors have warned the new wave of tech companies and their backers are taking on risk and burning through cash at rates unseen since 1999 when the …

Get those software patents fast: take advantage of special U.S. patent programs

Obtaining a patent has traditionally been a long process, which is particularly burdensome for software patents. But it doesn’t have to be that way.<p>As of March 2014, the average time between filing of a patent application and having that application examined by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office …

Apple Forgets to Renew SSL Certificate, Breaking OS X Software Update [Fixed]

Several readers have noted a strange error message appearing when trying to perform software updates from the Mac App Store.<p>An Error has occurredThe certificate for this server is invalid. You might be connecting to a server that is pretending to be "swscan.apple.com" which could put you …

Kill The Hamburger Button

That little three-lined button is the devil. Whether you call it a side menu, navigation drawer, or a hamburger, hiding your features off-screen behind a nondescript icon in the corner is usually a poor mobile design choice. Interaction theory, A/B tests, and the evolution of some of the top apps …

Why Google doesn’t care about college degrees, in 5 quotes

Google isn’t big on college degrees, although the search giant is inundated with applicants touting perfect GPAs from Ivy League schools.<p>Google’s chairman and head of hiring, Laszlo Bock, has given a few insights in the <i>New York Times</i> on how he sorts through a multitude of bright applicants.<p>The …

Side Drawer Navigation Could Cost Half Your User Engagement

<i>Anthony Rose is co-founder and CTO of</i> <i>zeebox</i><i>, the social network for TV.</i><p>So, you have a mobile app where there are more pages or sections than can fit on a mobile screen at once. Your first thought might be to create a tabbed design, with a row of tabs along the top or buttons along the bottom.<p>But …

Waze Founder Hints Investor Pressure Forced Sale to Google

Google completed its acquisition of Waze last June, but only now has the price tag that it paid for the Israel-headquartered social mapping startup and a hint at why the company sold out been revealed.<p>A blog post on LinkedIn from Noam Bardin, who is CEO and co-founder of Waze, confirms that Google …