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9 things you should never do at a party, according to a longtime butler

Do you go in for the handshake? Should you start eating despite the host's absence?<p>Author Charles MacPherson answers these and other burning questions in his new book, "The Pocket Butler: A Compact Guide to Modern Manners, Business Etiquette and Everyday Entertaining."<p>Having served as a butler for …

uBeam’s Ultrasound Wireless Charging Is Real, And About To Be Really Funded

What if wireless power at a distance actually worked? It does. uBeam invented a way to wirelessly send energy up to 15 feet away with ultrasound.<p>What if you could slap a wireless charging case on your phone and charge it while you move around or use it? uBeam invented that too. While early uBeam …

Anti-Muslim 'Killing Jews Is Worship' Ads Set To Go Up On NYC Buses, Subways

Posters with the message “Killing Jews is Worship that draws us close to Allah” next to a photo of a man with a keffiyeh wrapped around his face may soon be plastered on New York City subways and buses, after a federal ruling on Tuesday cleared the way for their placement.<p>The posters are not …

Religion

Seattle Business Owner Raises His Workers’ Minimum Pay to $70,000

A Seattle entrepreneur on Monday delivered a startling message to his employees — he is raising the minimum pay for all of his employees to $70,000, while reducing his own pay to the same amount from about $1 million.<p>Dan Price, the founder of Gravity Payments, said he increased the minimum pay to …

Employment

Microsoft 'building first new web browser for 19 years'

Microsoft is reportedly planning to launch an all-new web browser code-named Spartan alongside Windows 10<p>Microsoft is planning to release an entirely new web browser in the vein as Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox under the code name Spartan, according to new reports.<p>The new browser will be the …

Software

Hackers recreate fingerprints using public photos

A German hacking group claims that it can recreate your fingerprints from the other side of the world.<p>At a cybersecurity convention in Hamburg last week, the "Chaos Computer Club" demonstrated how it can mimic a fingerprint just by analyzing photographs.<p>Fingerprints have been recreated from smudges …

Samsung's Plan To Replace Android Has Hit A Snag, And Now Things Are Looking Bad For Next Year

After watching profits tumble this year due to increased competition from other Android phone makers, Samsung sits at an odd inflection point. It can pump out pricey, generic Android phones and watch cheaper phone manufacturers continue to eat its lunch, or it can start innovating in software and …

North Korea blames US for Net outage, calls Obama a 'monkey'

The state's ruling body points the finger at Washington for continued Internet disruptions amid its dispute with the US over the Sony hack -- and hurls insults.<p>North Korea on Saturday blamed Washington for disrupting its Internet connectivity, while again denying US government accusations that it …

Sony Pictures

Hackers Take Credit For PlayStation Network And Xbox Live Outages On Christmas

Gamers who received new consoles for Christmas might find themselves unable to connect and play with friends, thanks to a coordinated attack by hackers who claim to have taken down the two largest gaming networks. On what might be the biggest gaming day of the year, a hacker group called Lizard …

The best iPad apps of 2014

From Pixelmator and Auxy to Microsoft Word and Gruff Rhys, the best apps for Apple’s tablet in the last 12 months<p>• The best iPhone apps of 2014 • The best iPhone and iPad games of 2014<p>1. Pixelmator<p>If you want more from a photo-editing app than simple filters and cropping, Pixelmator is just the …

Apple updates Macs without asking, but it's to foil hackers

Apple is pushing out its first automatic security update to protect your computer from being taken over.<p>Apple is updating its Macs to guard against hackers taking control -- the first time a Mac update has been sent out automatically without requiring your permission.<p>The automated security update …

Apple

Critical flaw leads Apple to push OS X update for first time

Advertisement<p>14 Comments<p>Credit: Apple<p>Apple has pushed an automatic update to Macs for the first time, in order to fix a critical vulnerability in the …

Sony Threatens Legal Action Against Twitter, Users Over Hacked Emails

Sony previously told publishers including the New York Times and The Hollywood Reporter to stop publishing the "stolen information" released by hackers.

Internet

10 days with Facebook Paper. I'm Still Using it, Are You?

When Facebook launched Paper for the iPhone last week, I was skeptical. The company’s social network is a huge, lumbering machine with a vast array of moving parts; to create such a simple redesign, surely Facebook had to compromise and leave out some of its core features?<p>To test this theory, I’ve …

Front Desk Raises $4M Series A Led by Floodgate To Expand Its Mobile Business Management Service

Front Desk, a software as a service platform and mobile business management tool that can handle things like scheduling, payments and client management, today announced that it has raised a $4 million Series A round. This round was led by Floodgate, with participation from existing investors, …

Skype finally syncs notifications across all platforms, remedying its biggest flaw

Skype is rolling out a multi-platform update that it promises will make for a more seamless experience across multiple devices, and rectifies one of the most frustrating parts of using the chat platform.<p>Announced in a blog post today, Skype said it was revamping its platform for its “mobile future” …

Search

FORTUNE — In recent weeks, the arrest of Bitcoin Foundation’s Charlie Shrem and the near collapse of Mt. Gox, the world’s largest Bitcoin exchange, have added plenty more debate over the virtual currency’s survival and future. Of all the talk, however, what’s often overlooked is that the payment …

Open source OS Tizen gains 15 more allies; Sprint rejoins the list

In the world of mobile platforms, Tizen's but a new entry that's been through some tough times since its inception. The circle of 36 companies (aptly called the Tizen Association) backing up the open source OS is putting up a good fight, though -- it even just welcomed 15 new members to its number. …

Ready to break the internet? Netflix’s “House of Cards” premiere is a big test of how video gets to you

“My wife and I like to lay in bed and watch Netflix,” Tom Wheeler, chairman of the US Federal Communications Commission, said the other day. But when their internet connection slows down, breaking up the video feed, Wheeler’s wife is incredulous: “You’re chairman of the FCC,” she says to him. “Why …

Net Neutrality

AngelList Tests Job Post Charges, For Successful Hires You Pay 10% Salary Or .25% Equity

When AngelList — the network for young startups to find funding and employees — announced a $24 million round of funding last year, it noted that it had already helped 3,000 people find jobs through free listings. Now, it’s experimenting with ways to charge for them.<p>Today, a message has been …

Apple begins flat redesign of iWork for iCloud, adds shared password protected docs & new editing features

<b>Update:</b> Some users are reporting that after opening a document in iWork for iCloud, that document is unable to be opened in the Mac or iOS versions of iWork.<p>Apple has just pushed out an update to its iWork for iCloud web apps that brings a redesign for some elements of the three apps and a long …

Opera’s Former CEO Launches Vivaldi, A New Community Site And Email Service

After Jon von Tetzchner left Opera in 2011, things went quiet around the company’s former CEO and Opera itself quickly went into a different direction under its new leadership. As part of that change, the company decided to shut down its My Opera community by March 1, 2014.<p>My Opera launched in 2001 …

Google's ready to give away over $2.7 million to folks that hack Chrome OS successfully

But not if you hack from the comfort of your own home. Instead, you'll have to travel to the CanSecWest security conference in Vancouver this March to showcase your skills at Google's Pwnium 4 competition. For those who aren't familiar, Google's been holding these Pwnium contests for years as a …

PCs are dying, so Logitech pivoted to tablets—and had a surprisingly profitable quarter

It’s been a tough few years for Logitech. The high watermark in sales of PC accessories for the iconic computer mouse and keyboard maker was way back in the last quarter of 2007. So what’s behind the company’s surprisingly strong most recent quarter?<p>Two things: One is that it has cut costs to …

Profit

Apple rolling out iWork updates for Mac, iOS and iCloud

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Apple(s aapl) on Thursday released a number of updates to its iWork suite of apps for Mac, iOS and iCloud. Chief among these …

Microsoft's Q2: record $24.52 billion revenue and 3.9 million Xbox One sales

Microsoft has published its Q2 2014 earnings report, and the company has made $6.56 billion in net income on $24.52 billion in revenue. Revenue has increased by 14 percent from the same period last year, and net income increased by 2.8 percent.<p>For consumer-related revenues, all eyes are on four …