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Apple Store Point Of Sale Systems Go Down Again Today, Outage Continues

Some Apple Stores have had their point-of-sale systems go down repeatedly today, TechCrunch has learned. There was an extensive outage early Thursday morning and there has been an ongoing outage this evening in some stores.<p>Reports from our sources and from Twitter corroborate that there is some …

FCC Chairman Wants Carriers to Start Unlocking Phones Pronto

Federal Communications Commission Chair Tom Wheeler told the cellphone industry on Thursday that it is time to take action to ensure consumers can …

Net Neutrality

Amazon's 1,263 Patents Reveal Retailing's High-Tech Future

Retailing powerhouse Amazon.com seldom pulls back the curtain on its high-tech operating secrets. This recent, minimalist interview with Amazon executive Andy Jassy is a case in point. But there’s one place where the online retailer is garrulous as can be: its filings with the U.S. Patent …

Sears to convert old Auto Centers into... Data Centers?

You can buy pretty much anything from Sears, but we doubt it's your first-choice destination for server capacity. That's likely to change if Ubiquity Critical Environments, the company's IT infrastructure arm, gets its way. The outfit is considering turning old Sears Auto Centers into server farms …

How Amazon is building substations, laying fiber and generally doing everything to keep cloud costs down

Advertisement<p>13 Comments<p>If there’s anyone still left wondering how it is that large cloud providers can keep on rolling out new features and lowering …

Cloud Computing

Come On, Apple Fans, It's Time To Admit That The Company Is Blowing It

The message was clear:<p>Apple is getting its clock cleaned by Samsung, which is now by far the dominant smartphone maker in the world. (Samsung had 32% of the global market in Q3, the same share as a year ago. Apple, meanwhile, had only 12% of the market, down from 14% a year ago.)<p>Yes, both companies …

Henry Blodget

Android vs. iOS Development: Fight!

The eternal startup question “Android or iOS first?” grows ever thornier, with news that Android’s market share exceeds 80%. But never mind the managers and non-technical founders: what do <i>developers! developers!</i> think of that divide? Whoever makes life easier for them gains a sizable edge.<p>And by …

Steve Ballmer: Here's The Real Reason I'm Leaving Microsoft

In it, he gives his fullest explanation for why he's stepping down as CEO of Microsoft.<p>It sounds like Ballmer decided it was time to leave after getting a certain amount of nudging from his board members.<p>In January, Ballmer was laying out his plan to combat the rise of the iPhone and Android to his …

Steve Ballmer

Apple's Schiller: Samsung gained ground thanks to copycat tactics

The head of marketing for Apple says Samsung beat out rivals such as Motorola and Nokia because the latter two companies didn't copy Apple as much.<p>SAN JOSE, Calif. -- It pays to copy Apple. Well, kinda.<p>Phil Schiller, head of marketing at Apple, testified Friday in court here that the reason Samsung …

Two simple reasons to consider the iPad Mini Retina

It's pretty easy to make a case for the iPad Mini Retina. In fact, I can boil it down to two reasons.<p>Wondering whether the iPad Mini Retina is worth it? Here's two good reasons.<p>This could be one of the shortest reviews of the iPad Mini Retina you'll ever read. But then, give me one strong reason to …

Reports of bricked PlayStation 4s surface after launch

After its launch on Friday, the PlayStation 4 has come under fire from some gamers who say their units have been dead on arrival. The most troubling reports describe a so-called "blue light of death" syndrome, in which the console's light bar flashes blue but never outputs a video signal or boots …

From Static To Suggestive: Nokia’s Earthmine-Powered Vision For The Future Of Maps

N<p>okia is preparing to become a very different animal. The company whose name is still synonymous with mobile phones in certain parts of the world will — barring a last-minute bout of nerves from the company board — hand off its devices & services unit to Microsoft early next year in exchange for …

The 10 Companies Paying Americans The Least: 24/7 Wall Street

24/7 Wall Street: This summer, thousands of fast-food workers in the United States went on strike in cities across the country, demanding their wages be increased to $15 an hour and the ability to unionize. To no one’s surprise, they didn’t get it. As of 2012, an estimated 4.7% of hourly workers …

New FCC chairman Tom Wheeler starts term on pro-consumer note

All eyes are on the former lobbyist as he starts five-year term<p><i>Tom Wheeler (pictured right) at his nomination.</i><p>There are few jobs in the US government with more power to help or harm the country's tech landscape than the chairmanship of the Federal Communications Commission, the agency that …