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The nine companies that know more about you than Google or Facebook

You probably assume Google and Facebook know everything about you. You may not have heard of a group of companies who possibly know even more. They’re called data brokers, and their business is collecting and selling personal data—typically without your knowledge or consent—that are used to verify …

Mobile Devices

The Nice N Sleazy punk music festival - in pictures

Getty photographer Christopher Furlong captures the atmosphere at the Nice N Sleazy punk and ska music festival in Morecambe

Medium Updates iOS App to Support iPad

The blogging platform from Twitter co-founder Ev Williams now runs on the iPad in full-resolution glory.<p>PCMag reviews products independently, but we …

iOS Apps

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Google+ Stories Is an Automatic Scrapbook For Your Vacation Photos

Google announced a new tool that will automatically create a digital scrapbook of your vacation photos.<p>Google+ Stories, which will begin rolling out …

Ebay hack Q&A: should I change my password? What could happen?

Ebay's announcement that a database holding the personal details of users – potentially all 223 million worldwide – was hacked raises a number of serious questions.<p>It's the biggest reported hack ever in terms of the number of people affected, but does not affect financial data, which is stored …

Facebook Can Now Listen To Everything You Listen To

Facebook has unveiled a new feature that lets people share what they're watching or listening to without having to type or speak a single word.<p>On Wednesday, May 21, the site announced a new opt-in audio recognition system that will be incorporated into its mobile app in the coming weeks. The …

EBay's Massive Security Breach: What It Means for You

eBay is the latest victim of a cyberattack — and if you are one of the 145 million users with an active account, or even one of the many millions …

Yahoo’s Geek Goddess

As one of Google’s highest-ranking women, Marissa Mayer became a Silicon Valley superstar, but inside the search giant her dazzle sometimes wore thin, with colleagues rebelling against her imperious style. In the wake of Mayer’s jump to run the struggling Yahoo, Bethany McLean asks whether she will …

Original Observer photography: November

Photography,Culture,Jenna-Louise Coleman,Doctor Who,Fashion,Ranulph Fiennes,Ellie Goulding,Courtney Pine,Ruth Wilson,The Beatles,Rugby union,Boxing,Carl Froch,Naomie Harris,Ferran Adrià<p>Naomie Harris, Ellie Goulding, Richard Osman, Jenna Coleman and the great Harry Dean Stanton all feature this …

Australia's Infinite Stairway to Heaven

<i>Diminish and Ascend</i> is a sculptural installation by artist David McCracken that, from certain angles, looks like a never-ending staircase. Part of the annual event known as Sculpture by the Sea in Bondi, Australia, the staircase is one of the most eye-catching pieces at the outdoor exhibition this …

Wikipedia is now drawing facts from the Wikidata repository, and so can you

Wikidata, a centralized structured data repository for facts and Wikimedia’s first big new project in the last 7 years, is now feeding the …

Amazing De-Blurring Feature Coming to the Next Photoshop

It looks like the product developers in the Adobe offices have been working hard to bring improvements and new features to their popular line of …

BT to launch install-your-own fibre this summer

BT is planning to allow consumers to install their own fibre broadband equipment later this year.<p>BT Wholesale currently sends an engineer to install …

Amazon Shows Off Its First TV Shows, and Wants to Know What You Think

This is the time of the year when the TV networks show off the programs they’ll be running next fall, via glitzy invitation-only presentations for …

Adobe Lightroom 5 review: first look

Adobe has unveiled the beta of Lightroom 5, allowing users to get a sneak peak of the photography software before its final release.<p>Users of …

Chromebooks grab only 0.02% market share

This Is How Your Gmail Should Work

The iOS Gmail app went through a huge overhaul late last year that brought with it much more functionality and a better interface but those changes haven't translated to every Gmail app.<p>Designer Paul Burke has dreamt up this great Gmail concept that deeply integrates Google's Siri-like service …

These Are the First Videos Being Shot With Google Glass

It's been a long wait, but the very first videos shot with Google Glass out in the wild are finally starting to pop up on the Internet. Some of them …

YouTube adds support for live streaming on iOS with latest update

When Coachella streamed its concerts on YouTube this weekend, iOS users may have been disappointed to discover that the YouTube app didn't support live broadcasts. Now, Google is adding live event streaming to iOS, albeit a little late. Version 1.3, which just went live on the App Store, includes …

500PX Announces Redesigned Portfolios

In a blog post today, 500PX announced an upgrade to their portfolios. For those not in the know, Portfolios are basically a website. I’ve got one for …

Flipboard Attracts 500,000 Magazines, 3 Million New Users in 2 Weeks

Two weeks after launching Flipboard 2.0 with a user-generated magazine feature, the company has announced that readers have created over 500,000 curated publications.<p>Flipboard magazines are curated collections of content that users can share. Though creators don’t have much control over the …

The rotten side of Bletchley Park: a photo story

Britain's computing heritage is literally rotting away. One of the most famous buildings at Bletchley Park -- or what should be famous, at least -- …

Google lets users make digital wills for their data

What happens to your Gmail when you die? Now it's up to you: Google has unveiled a new service to manage your digital assets after your death.<p>Google …

Facebook Home Hit with Poor Reviews as 48% of Users Award It 1 Star

<b>Update:</b> After reaching out to a Google spokesperson, they’ve told us us that only those who have installed the app are able to leave a review, proving that the reviews are from legitimate users who have tried Facebook Home and are disappointed in how it turned out.<p>—<p>Facebook released its new Home …

Microsoft's Office for iOS, Android: Not until fall 2014?

An alleged roadmap for Microsoft's two-year wave of coming Office updates implies Office for iOS and Android may be further away than many industry …

Software

Exclusive: Microsoft's next Xbox will take over your TV, interact with your cable box

The fight for the living room continues<p>Microsoft is investing in TV in a big way with its next Xbox console as part of a fight for the living room. Multiple sources familiar with the company's Xbox plans have revealed to <i>The Verge</i> that Microsoft will introduce a feature that lets its next-generation …

EE: 'We'll double your speed, but we won't double your data'

After announcing that it would be doubling the speed and capacity of its 4G network, we were hoping EE would also give its data allowances a boost - …

Customers

Intel Thunderbolt doubles speed to 20Gbits/sec

Intel has upgraded its Thunderbolt interconnect to 20Gbits/sec, unveiling the next-gen controller named Falcon Ridge.<p>Thunderbolt is Intel's superfast …