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Michael Dell on the Dirty Little Secret About Big Data | Inc.com

On the eve of South by Southwest, Michael Dell, Austin's best-known tech entrepreneur, gave the keynote presentation at the University of Texas's Entrepreneurship Week. Dell said that taking his namesake company private once again has allowed it to accelerate its transformation into a business …

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The Oculus Rift Will Battle PS4 And Xbox One At E3

Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo….Oculus? It’s no surprise that Oculus VR has just announced they’ll be bringing the Oculus Rift to E3, as they’ve had a presence at many, many gaming events to date, and E3 will be a can’t-miss for them.<p>But now, the situation is different. The Oculus Rift is no longer just …

WikiLeaks head doesn't believe Obama is serious about NSA reform

Julian Assange doesn't think you should hold your breath for Barack Obama to deliver meaningful NSA reform. The WikiLeaks founder said during a talk at SXSW Interactive that he believes the president is beholden to the American spy agencies and not the public. According to the self-anointed …

AT&T reduces 2GB Mobile Share Value plans by $15 per month

Following up on the news that its UnCarrier rival will soon raise the cost of its unlimited data plan, AT&T is making some pricing changes of its own -- in the completely opposite direction. The base rate for the company's 2GB Mobile Share Value plan is currently $55 (that's the base price, …

This Is Why It Feels Like Apple Stopped Innovating Three Years Ago

He'd say that once, when he was a kid, he was reading a science magazine and he found an article ranking animals by the efficiency of their movements.<p>At the top of the list, there were cheetahs and hawks. Way down at the bottom, there were humans — relatively slow on their two legs.<p>But then Jobs …

HP Releases Another Cheap Android Tablet

HP has quietly announced a new tablet. Meet the HP 8. It’s a rather mundane tablet with a ho-hum screen and above par specs. It’s nothing special. But it’s cheap and cheap sells.<p>The HP 8 employs a 7.85-inch screen with a 1,024 x 768 resolution, which as Engadget points out, is a few pixels less …

Google Play Music now lets you start radio stations based on playlists

Version 5.4.1413N of Play Music brings the ability to start radio stations based on playlists that you created, a boon for those who have very particular tastes in music.<p>Previous, you could only start radio stations (playlists that are auto-generated based on tunes you listened to) from an artist …

Google is Capturing Underwater Street View Photos Around Sydney

Google has already taken its Street View photography to the Great Barrier Reef, but it’s not finished with Australia’s frequently stunning underwater geography just yet.<p>Today, it announced plans to capture the sub-aquatic landscape close to Sydney, stretching along the city’s iconic coastline …

The future of TV is coming into focus, and looks pretty great

The future of TV is here. It’s just not evenly distributed.<p>If it doesn’t seem like the American television industry is in the middle of a dramatic transformation, that’s simply because the pieces are scattered all over the place. But they are starting to come together.<p>One transformative piece …

iPhone pricing war heats up as Walmart offers 5s for $119 and Target launches iPad trade-in promotion

<i>From 9to5Toys.com:</i><p><b>Update March, 14:</b> Target just let us know it’s taking an additional 1o% off iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display in addition to the trade-in offer and gift cards mentioned below. The extra 10% off is available through Target’s Cartwheel app.<p>New Apple promotions from Walmart …

Samsung takes another crack at streaming radio with Milk

But was anyone asking for a Galaxy-only music app?<p>Hot off the launch of Beats Music, does the world need yet another music streaming service? Samsung's about to find out.<p>In January, Samsung actually shut down its streaming service for US customers — but now, it's coming back as something completely …

Soon you’ll be able to IM your waiter for a beer and a dozen wings at your favorite sports bar

Advertisement<p>3 Comments<p>Credit: Flickr / mfajardo<p>It’s the Final Four of the NCAA Men’s Basketball, but you can’t flag down your waiter among the …

Schmidt: "Pretty Sure" Google Data is Safe from Governments

In a wide-ranging session at SXSW today, Google’s executive chairman Eric Schmidt and Director of Google Ideas Jared Cohen discussed everything from Syrian dissidents to robots taking our jobs.<p>Following reports that Britain’s GCHQ had intercepted data being transmitted between Google datacenters, …

Charter customers can finally access Showtime on their mobile devices

If you thought Time Warner Cable was late to the Showtime party, think again. Charter subscribers have been waiting for access since 2011, and now it's finally here. Starting today, customers can join in with the the rest of the cable crowd and stream live (or past) episodes of their favorite …

Office Supplies Giant Staples Closing 12% of North American Stores

Staples, the largest U.S. office supplies retailer, will close up to 225 stores in North America by the end of next year because of slumping sales caused by shoppers turning to mass-market stores or going online.<p>The company's shares fell more than 14 percent on Thursday, after Staples posted …

Disney Interactive Cutting Nearly 700 Jobs

That's 26% of the video game and Internet division.<p>James A. Pitaro, Disney Interactive president, says the major cuts come as the company searches for new ways to make the Interactive segment profitable.<p>"These are large-scale changes as we focus not just on getting to profitability but sustained …

Android's co-founder is spending Google's billions hunting for the next big thing

Rich Miner strolls the halls of Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, pausing every few minutes to check out the latest gadgets on display. As one of the co-founders of Android, he is walking through a world that has been all but conquered by the operating system he helped create. Now, as a general …

Microsoft Received 35,083 Government Requests for User Data

Microsoft today revealed the number of data requests it received from various law enforcement agencies around the world in the second half of 2013: 35,083. Those requests impacted a potential 58,676 accounts, according to the company.<p>The new numbers for the second half of last year are slightly …

Two college students invented an adapter that allows 3D printers to print in full color for less than $100

Advertisement<p>16 Comments<p>Credit: Spectrom<p>3D printing is generally a monochrome affair. Full-color printers are expensive, so the more casual user is …

Google Releases Street View Imagery Of Hawaiian Beaches, The First From Its Trekker Loan Program

This embed is invalid<p>Last summer, Google announced a loan program for its backpack-like Street View Trekker cameras for organizations that want to help the company create imagery of interesting places. Today, it’s launching the first collection of these images in cooperation with the Hawaii …

Facebook Redesigns its News Feed Once More

Facebook is tweaking the design of its News Feed once more. While the social network has tried numerous layouts over the years, it seems to have finally rested on a solution that will appeal to all of its users.<p>You may remember that exactly one year ago, Facebook unveiled a redesigned News Feed …

Internet Explodes With Anger After Newsweek Outs Bitcoin Founder

Newsweek's return to print was marked by a hard lesson in the wrath of the Internet, which erupted in fury on Thursday about Leah McGrath Goodman's piece exposing a man named named Satoshi Nakamoto, who may or may not be the reclusive founder of bitcoin.<p>The Reddit subreddit r/bitcoin quickly lit up …

Spotify just bought the company that powers most online radio (update)

Spotify now owns The Echo Nest, better known as "the company that powers the vast majority of internet radio." That includes competing services like Twitter #Music, Rdio and more. But today's news doesn't necessarily mean that those services will lose support from Echo Nest's API, as Spotify's news …

Vimeo Announces $10M Fund For Filmmakers Who Distribute Through Vimeo On Demand

Vimeo says it’s making a big financial commitment — a new $10 million fund— to films distributed exclusively (for a limited window of time) through Vimeo On Demand.<p>The IAC-owned video site launched Vimeo On Demand a year ago, allowing creators to charge for access to their content. It then offered …

Amazon Debuts An Official Mobile App For Amazon Sellers

Amazon quietly launched a new mobile application designed for Amazon Sellers, the individuals and businesses who leverage Amazon’s scale to reach the company’s millions of shoppers by listing their products on Amazon’s site. Amazon Seller, as the app is simply called, offers a suite of mobile tools …