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If alien life exists on exoplanets, how would we know?

Astrophysicist Sara Seager believes she has a way to reveal the biological secrets of a ‘second Earth’ – watch the video above to see how.<p>Staring at the twinkling stars in the night sky, it’s easy to forget that those faint, distant lights are all suns. And, just like the fiery orb blazing away at …

Universe

Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest, Instagram: What Happens in One Minute on the Internet - #infographic

Data is being created all the time without us even noticing it. Much of what we do every day now happens in the digital realm, leaving an …

Inside the failure of Google+, a very expensive attempt to unseat Facebook

Create a social network or risk everything.<p>That was the original pitch for Google's Facebook rival, Google+, a refrain hammered over and over by the …

Social Media

Adblock Plus Reveals Numbers Behind Ad Whitelisting Program For The First Time

There was a bit of a user uproar when it came to light that browser advertising blocking service Adblock Plus was actually providing some advertisers, like Google, the opportunity to show some ads despite installation of its software through a whitelist program. It seemed like a straight-up …

China's Xiaomi Shipped 11M Smartphones In Q1 2014

In an indication of the rising popularity of Xiaomi devices, the Chinese smartphone manufacturer has announced that it shipped 11 million smartphones in the first quarter of this year.<p>For comparison, Xiaomi sold 18.7 million smartphones in 2013, up 160 percent from a year earlier and more than its …

Microsoft Azure Drops Storage Prices To Match Amazon’s Latest Price Reduction

Earlier this week, Amazon Web Services reduced its prices for its S3 cloud storage service and today, Microsoft is following suit with a price reduction for its own cloud storage services.<p>Locally redundant storage on Azure now matches Amazon’s prices and Azure Storage transactions are getting a 50 …

Behind in tablets, Intel pays firms to use its chips

Intel wants to be a player in the tablet market in a big way this year. One way to make that happen is to bankroll a customer's product.<p>"Contra revenue," as Intel calls it, sounds innocuous enough. One of those murky financial terms that are ignored by people outside of the investment community -- …

Holiday Survey Indicates Strong Performance In The Tablet Space By Amazon, Microsoft

This morning, online advertising network Chikita released a short report detailing the changes it saw in the tablet space after Christmas compared to the period directly before. The report shows a small decline in Apple’s tablet dominance, strong momentum for Amazon, and perhaps surprisingly, …

Intel killed its internet TV project because it couldn't make content deals

Intel spent much of the last year talking up its ambitious plan to launch an internet TV service — but its grand plans eventually fell by the wayside. Now, we're hearing why: new CEO Brian Krzanich told <i>Recode</i> that Intel's plans went up in smoke because it wasn't able to get the content it needed. …

CIOs Brand Enterprise Social Tools as Most Overhyped Technology of the Year

It’s the end of the year, and that means a plethora of stories and lists with a lot of hyperbolic words like “hottest” or “greatest” in the headline …

Mobile Devices

In Wake of Card Data Breach, Target’s Redcard Website Has Been Down All Day

When Target this morning acknowledged a security breach of data from up to 40 million credit and debit cards used in its stores over a two-week …

Identity Theft

Top Products in Two Decades of Tech Reviews

<b></b>By Walt Mossberg[Watch video at http://allthingsd.com]This is my last column for The Wall Street Journal, after 22 years of reviewing consumer …

MacBook Air

How the “internet of things” will replace the web

<i>The second in a series.</i><p>We’ve already written about why 2014 is really, finally the year that the “internet of things”—that effort to remotely control every object on earth—becomes visible in our everyday lives.<p>But most of us don’t recognize just how far the internet of things will go, from …

Internet of Things

Google Chromecast adds 10 new apps to its streaming arsenal

For users of Google's $35 Chromecast dongle, the inclusion of HBO Go was pretty much the final piece of the holy streaming trifecta (the others being Netflix and Hulu Plus). Now, however, Google's opting for quantity over quality and adding 10 new apps to its Chromecast-friendly suite. So what's in …

Adobe's Stock Up 68% Since It Dumped Stack Ranking, Will Microsoft's Follow?

On November 13, Microsoft decided to dump stack ranking — a people measurement system that forces managers to find and fire their ”worst” people every year – as word leaked that Yahoo had adopted it. Since March 2012, Adobe Systems (I own its stock) replaced stack ranking with what it calls “Check …

Apple Spends $578 Million On Rumored Sapphire Glass Feature For iPhone 6

Practically everyone reading this will have heard the reports about the lengths Apple will go to in order to ensure that its products are on the cutting edge of industrial design.<p>Well, to those reports you can add the one which suggests that Apple recently paid a total of $578 million — more than …

Business Development

WhatsApp Emerges As The Leading Mobile Messaging App

<i>Social Media Insights is a daily newsletter from Business Insider Intelligence that collects and delivers the top social media news first thing every morning. You can sign up to receive Social Media Insights here or at the bottom of this post.</i><p>The findings are based on a survey conducted by On …

Social Media

The IT triangle strategy for evaluating enterprise tech startups

There have been plenty of blog posts on why enterprise startups are “hot,” but enterprise startups can range from cloud infrastructure companies to …

Qualcomm quakes: Sources say layoffs at mobile chip giant

Qualcomm (s QCOM), the mobile chip giant that eats competitors like Pac Man munches berries, is cleaning up its middle management ranks and is said …

MediaTek tries to pretend that the Exynos 5420 doesn’t exist as it launches world’s first true octa-core processor

In a brazen attempt to look better than its competition, MediaTek has unveiled the MT6592, a processor which it is claiming is the world’s first true octa-core mobile platform. Ignoring all the fluff in the release information like “premium gaming performance” and “perfect balance of performance …

Batteries

The Idiot’s Guide to Valuing Snapchat

How do you put a value on Snapchat?<p>I’m no expert! But I do have access to a keyboard, and you’re reading, so I’ll keep typing.<p>The way I figure it: …

Social Media

Dell Loses Its First Senior Executive Since the Buyout

Now that computing company Dell has completed its $25 billion leveraged buyout, the first member of the company’s senior executive team is headed for …

Smartphone Challenger Lenovo Chimes With Apple and Samsung Strategies

Gartner has published its Q3 mobile phone and smartphone sales estimates and the figures make for very interesting reading. A total of 456 million mobile phones were sold, with smartphones now making up 55% of the total, at 250 million devices. The total number of sales for 2013 looks like being in …

Profits Become Elusive In Recycling

San Francisco, CA-Recycling is a great business, as long as commodity prices are high.<p>Waste Management, the country’s largest waste hauler and processor, has long been an advocate of recycling and reuse. Five years ago, the company recycled around 6 million tons of materials in the U.S. explained …

Dozens executed in North Korea 'for watching foreign films'

Eighty people have been executed by firing squad in North Korea for watching foreign films, it has been claimed.<p>South Korea’s JoongAng Ilbo newspaper reported that the co-ordinated public executions took place in seven separate cities earlier this month.<p>In one case, the local authorities rounded up …

Your Great Idea Doesn't Matter: This Guy Just Doubled His Business Thanks To A Product Built By Accident

Sometimes, though, you have an idea, build a company around it - and then stumble upon another, much better idea.<p>Sometimes it's that accidental idea that turns a startup into a success.<p>One example of this phenomenon is New York-based start Yext. Yext was going to be a pay-per-call online ad …

Employment

Google Glass Could Save Companies $1 Billion By 2017

Market research firm Gartner has boldly predicted that companies using Glass and similar gadgets could save $1 billion a year within three to five years.<p>Hands-free access to the Internet, cameras, conferencing and phone calls, plus something called "augmented reality" will be a big help to people …

Mobile devs: Google will officially translate your Android apps

Your Android app could soon be speaking French, Swedish, Hindi, and many more languages now that Google officially launched its mobile app translation service today.<p>Google announced that it would be opening up a translation service at Google I/O and officially released it. Developers can submit …

Facebook joins the GSM Association to stay in sync with carriers

Facebook has a vested interest in the phone world between its hundreds of millions of mobile users and the Home interface. It's only fitting, then, that the social network has just joined the GSM Association. The company tells <i>FierceWireless</i> that it wants to play an "active role" in the GSMA as an …