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Wickr Is The Messaging App You'll Turn To If Snapchat Screws Up Again

Nico Sell is an entrepreneur and privacy advocate who co-founded Wickr, an app for sending and receiving self-destructing messages. If the description stopped there, you'd probably decry it as a Snapchat knockoff. It's just not. The comparison is laughable.<p>The gist of the app is similar, however: …

These Women Are Building The Software That Quietly Runs The World

When it comes to computer-related jobs, men outnumber women at a rate of about 4 to 1.<p>And when it comes to the open-source software industry, women are even harder to find. A recent study found that 1 out 10 open-source programmers are women (about 10%), and that's up from 2007, when only 2 out of …

Bill Gates Just Revealed His Goal For The Rest Of His Life

For the past five years, Bill and Melinda Gates have published an annual letter, modeled on Warren Buffett’s legendary Berkshire Hathaway shareholder missives, which help set the global philanthropic agenda. This year, they’ve taken a different tack: rather than list their foundation’s wins, losses …

How To Protect Against PrisonLocker, The Next Major Malware Threat

Just when you’ve guarded your computer against CryptoLocker, there’s a newer threat that’s capable of holding gigabytes of your computer’s data hostage at a time.<p>Unlike Cryptolocker, which was custom-made for one ring of thugs, any criminal with $100 and a computer can easily purchase a copy of …

2013: Both a Ho-Hum Year and a Great One for Tech

Douglas Engelbart, inventor of the mouse, on December 9, 1968 -- when only computer scientists who were paying attention knew that he was inventing …

The Hottest Startups Of 2013

On the search for the hottest startups of 2013 we sifted through more than 300 entries, looking at nominations submitted by founders, investors and FORBES writers. The nine companies chosen in conjunction with comments from our judges were either founded or first gained significant traction in the …

What is Android?

Android has evolved a lot over the years and has quickly become the dominant mobile platform across the globe. While most of us know exactly what Android is, and how to use it, there are still a number of folks that are new to Google’s mobile OS, finally ditching that old-school mobile phone or …

The Most Important Apps That Shaped Mobile In 2013

<i>ReadWriteReflect offers a look back at major technology trends, products and companies of the past year.</i><p>As the explosive trajectory of smartphones adoption approaches an asymptote, mobile apps are riding high. Once an unassuming term for a curious, smallish sort of phone program, the app is now …

5 lessons we learned about data science in 2013

Most people know what marketing executives do every day. They try to catch people’s attention through email, ads, tweets, and press releases. As for data scientists, well, their work is not nearly as well understood.<p>That’s been slowly changing this year as companies slowly loosen up about letting …

Tomorrow's Business: 2014 Tech Predictions Roundup

<i>In 2014, hybrid cloud comes of age, flash opens up new business models, and autonomous cars are more than just a science project.</i><p>As the end of the year races towards us, the tech press loves to entertain us with prediction of what the <i>next</i> year will look like. Here are just a few that caught my eye …

Archos will debut multiple 'Pebble-like' smartwatches at CES, starting at less than $50

There's one more interesting nugget in today's jam-packed Archos press release. Alongside the home tablet, scale, weather system, activity monitor, et al. is a very brief mention of a smartwatch -- a "selection of" smartwatches, actually. There's not much info here, save for the fact that at least …

Veteran Microsoft Engineer Jon DeVaan Leaving After Almost 30 Years

Jon DeVaan, a Microsoft engineer and executive who has spent the better part of three decades at the company, is set to leave the software giant on …

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Eric Schmidt: my biggest mistake at Google was not anticipating social

Even billionaires can get a bit wistful when a new year rolls around. In an interview with <i>Bloomberg</i> about 2014 predictions, Google's CEO-turned-executive-chairman Eric Schmidt took a moment to reflect on past mistakes. Well, <i>mistake</i>, really. "At Google, the biggest mistake that I made was not …

The best apps to make and save you money

Install the best money apps on your smartphones and tablets - here is Telegraph Money's pick of the bunch<p>If you are one of the millions who use a smartphone or tablet – perhaps one recently opened for Christmas – there is a good chance you have already downloaded several apps to make your life a …

These Apps Will Help You Make 2014 Less Filthy

This year, several notable apps that connect users with house cleaners have launched or gained traction. These include Homejoy, Exec and laundry service Prim. There are a lot of benefits to hiring a professional cleaning service but, unfortunately, I live outside the area covered by these apps. …

The NSA Can Reportedly Gain Backdoor Access To A Slew Of Tech Products

The National Security Agency knows no boundaries — and has tools for spying that span computers, keyboards, firewalls and servers, or nearly all the security architecture created by major tech companies. That’s according to German news magazine Der Spiegel, which got its hands on an internal NSA …

December's Best Android Apps

With December 2013 now consigned to the history books, we thought we’d take a retrospective look at some of the more notable apps to hit our radar over the past month. So without further ado, here’s a quick snapshot of some of the best Android apps to hit Google Play in recent weeks.<p>VSCO<p>VSCO Cam is …

7 Key Tech Trends From China In 2013

2013 was a year that saw exciting things happen in China’s tech scene — and there have been certain key trends that stood out in particular.<p>As the world’s largest smartphone market continues to grow, mobile devices probably took pole position among the top trends of this year — and as Chinese firms …

The Biggest Apple Stories Of 2013 [Year In Review]

2013 was an enormous year for Apple. Yes, there were hyped keynotes galore, fabulous new products, record breaking sales, and much, much more. But 2013 was about more than just hardware for Apple Inc. During Tim Cook’s second full-year reigning over Apple we saw the CEO really settle into his role …

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December's Best iOS Apps

December (and 2013) will soon be a distant memory, so we thought we’d take a retrospective look at some of the more notable apps to hit our radar over the past month. So without further ado, here’s a quick snapshot of some of the best iOS apps to launch in recent weeks.<p>Codecademy<p>If you want to …

Pachube founder launches a Google-like search index for the internet of things

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Here’s an interesting question. When we have tens of millions of connected devices, how will we find the ones we need? Not in …

Google Employees Confess The Worst Things About Working At Google

Well, take a look at this Quora thread, which is being used by current and former Google employees to dish the dirt on working for Big G.<p>We've edited some of the standout comments into this excerpt.<p><b>Everyone is awesome, so they can hire the very best people to do even the most mundane jobs.</b><p>"The …

Post-Funding Round, Skycure Launches Its Mobile Hacker Detection Software

Last year we covered the news that Skycure – a Bring Your Own Device security startup – had raised $3 million in a round lead by Israeli VC Pitango. It’s now launched a new suite of threat detection software that it says monitors network traffic to address suspicious behaviour on user devices. Its …

Wolfram Alpha Launches Problem Generator To Help Students Learn Math

If you’re studying math or science, you are probably pretty familiar with Wolfram Alpha as a tool for figuring out complicated equations. That makes it a pretty good tool for cheating, but not necessarily for learning. Today, the Wolfram Alpha team is launching a new service for learners, the …

Facts And Figures On China's Richest

The 2013 edition of the Forbes China Rich List published today identifies a record 168 billionaires from the country, surpassing the previous high of 146 in 2011 and last year’s total of 113. The increase adds to China’s standing as a country with one of the world’s fastest-growing number of …