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Why ereaders are crumbling | Financial Times

So sales of tablets will soon overtake those of PCs, according to the new figures from IDC. But one mobile device that isn’t surging is the …

Here's Why Snapseed for Google+ is Worth Your Attention

Google announced Wednesday that it is bringing its Snapseed photo editor features into Google+, marking the company’s latest effort to make the photo technology available to more, while boosting the appeal of its social network.<p>I know what you’re thinking: ‘Google+, meh, why do I care?’<p>Well, …

Rescuing Water-Damaged Devices: Is There a Better Fix Than Rice?

Let’s play a quick game of Jeopardy, shall we? Here’s the clue: An iPhone 5, a water bottle and an energetic 2-year-old. If you answered, “What is a …

BUSTED: Recent Microsoft Windows Phone Spokesperson Jessica Alba Caught With An iPhone At Fashion Week

Last November, Jessica Alba was doing ads for Microsoft's Windows Phone.<p>Looks like she wasn't that into the Windows Phone, because she was photographed using an iPhone at New York's Fashion Week.<p>A Microsoft spokesperson reached tells us her contract expired in May, and that she still uses her Lumia …

This Google Glass baseball app brings real-time game info directly to your face

Google Glass might be the best thing to happen to baseball since Mariano Rivera.<p>Via an app called Blue, Glass can now give baseball fans real-time info as they watch games. The app, which has already been tested on an actual Glass unit during a Giants game at AT&T Park in San Francisco, offers …

Alleged iPad 5 and iPad mini 2 pictured together for the first time

Earlier this week we saw images of the alleged iPad 5 pictured with the fourth-generation tablet. Now images have leaked showing the purported …

#NeverForget: Why Brands Will Never Stop Advertising Against Tragedy

Yesterday afternoon, AT&T, on the 12th anniversary of 9/11, AT&T posted the above image on its social media accounts. On Twitter, the backlash was immediate and harsh. AT&T quickly deleted then apologized for the tweet; today, it issued a more formal apology from the company's CEO.<p>I piled onto …

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A Photographer’s Take On The iPhone 5S Camera

The iPhone 5S announcement this week was punctuated with a lot of specs and buzzwords. Much of it centered around the new Touch ID fingerprint scanner and the 64-bit processor. But the most intriguing to me was the camera advancements.<p>Apple has been putting a major focus on the camera in the iPhone …

Intel to Lay Off 700 as Massachusetts Plant Closes

Chipmaker Intel plans to close a fab in Hudson, Mass., and fire about 700 people as a result, according to a report in the Boston Globe. Intel first …

Microsoft flashbacks show what could have been

There were two good posts this week examining Microsoft’s last (lost?) decade and refuting the notion that the Microsoft(s msft) of the early 2000s …

Chrome 29 for iOS brings voice search with pronouns

Google loves to throw small-yet-sensible interface updates into many Chrome releases, and the new Chrome 29 for iOS represents a textbook example. The browser's voice search now supports contextual pronouns like "her" or "them;" ask a question and you can run a follow-up search without mentioning …

PayPal revamping its policies to better support crowdfunding

PayPal's commerce system wasn't built for crowdfunding, and that has created problems for some startups -- the company recently (if briefly) froze $45,000 of Mailpile's assets, for example. The PayPal team is determined to set things right, however, and just announced that it's reworking its …

Apple's iPhone 5s, the A7 Chip, and That 64-Bit Question

When Apple unveiled the iPhone 5s on Tuesday, the company touted as one of its tentpole features the 64-bit desktop-class processing power of its new …

Windows XP's death is quickly approaching

On April 8, 2014, it's the "end of life" for Windows XP. Now, that doesn't mean XP will suddenly stop working. You can keep using it if you want, but I wouldn't recommend it.<p>End of life means Microsoft won't be releasing any more security updates to the average user. Any security flaws that hackers …

Apple is Way Ahead but I'm Staying with Android

Apple is still way ahead of the rest of the industry. <i>Particularly</i> in how it introduces new products.<p>I’m pretty disappointed that Tim Cook doesn’t talk about the role of mobile in bringing us the future. He has the tools sitting right in front of him to do that, with the new motion sensor in the …

Google Had A Little-Known Deal With The Pentagon To Get Cheap Jet Fuel And Now It's Over

The deal allowed Google to buy heavily discounted jet fuel purchased by the Pentagon. The arrangement lasted from 2007 until August 31; NASA sponsored the bargain and opted not to renew it this year.<p>That may be because the billionaires were doing more jetsetting than they initially agreed to. The …

No fingerprint sensor required: SilentSense knows it’s you from your taps and swipes

Move over, Touch ID. Apple’s(s appl) new fingerprint sensing technology in the iPhone 5s may soon be joined by an alternative method for recognizing …

Google Street View car in 'accident'

<b>A Google Street View car hit two public transport buses and a truck in the city of Bogor, Indonesia.</b><p>Police said the car driver hit the first bus, appeared to "panic" when the bus driver responded angrily, and tried to drive off.<p>But in doing so the vehicle hit a second bus and then the truck, …

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Even If Someone Chops Off Your Finger They Won't Be Able To Unlock Your iPhone 5S With The Fingerprint Scanner

If someone chops off your finger and then tries to use the fingerprint to unlock the phone, it won't work. The iPhone 5S's fingerprint reader relies on "the living layer of skin under the surface of your finger, using an RF signal," Mary Branscombe at CITEWorld reports.<p>Via: Daring Fireball

Medical identity theft up 20 percent in the last year – report

You might want to start giving your health records and medical bills a closer look.<p>According to a new survey from the Ponemon Institute, an …

With Automatic Photo Import, Days Gets One Step Closer To Having Users Share Everything

Days by Wander launched back in May with a very difficult mission: to change the way you think about photo-sharing. While some think that pictures of your feet or coffee are too mundane for photo-sharing to Instagram or Facebook, Days asked you to share as many photos as possible, mundane or …

USB Condom protects your devices from nasty ports

Charging your phone through an unfamiliar USB port can lead to some nasty surprises on your device, but a new attachment called the USB Condom should be able to keep it safe. Made by int3.cc, the protective layer fits on top of a USB plug and cuts off access to the pins that allow it to transmit …

Windows Phone continues crusade against Apple with mocking videos (update)

Microsoft isn't done taunting Apple about those new iPhones. Not by a long shot. After trying to seize publicity immediately following Apple's latest hardware unveiling, the company is back with seven — yes, <i>seven</i> — "fly on the wall" videos that ridicule both new iPhone models. The clips bash …

How a little-noticed factory fire disrupted the global electronics supply

<i>This item has been corrected.</i><p>It was an industrial mishap barely noticed outside the arcane world of electronics supply chains. On Sept. 4, a fire engulfed a substantial portion of an SK Hynix production plant in Wuxi, China. The plant produced between a tenth and a sixth of the world’s supply of …

Like Chromecast, Roku wants to let you launch TV apps from your phone or tablet

Google's $35 Chromecast dongle garnered a lot of attention due to its low price and ease of use. It's hard to find a simpler, cheaper way to share YouTube and Netflix videos from a smartphone to a nearby television. But Roku, the set-top box manufacturer, doesn't plan to let Google go unchallenged. …

Sony’s new Smart TV stick combines Google TV apps with live TV, Hulu Plus

After previously popping up in FCC filings, Sony (s SNE) teased its new smart TV dongle late Friday afternoon (hat tip to Engadget). The Bravia Smart …

Apple’s M7 chip is the Trojan Horse for its wearable computing plans

Could the iPhone 5S’s new M7 chip be something of a trojan horse, leading the way for Apple’s wearable-tech debut?<p>As expected, Apple’s Town Hall …

Best Buy will trade you a free iPhone 5 for your old smartphone

Don’t know what to do with your old Palm Pre? If you were thinking about getting an iPhone(s aapl) you can bring it to Best Buy(s bby) this weekend, …

Google's Coder project turns the Raspbery Pi into a mini app server

Hackers and educators love the Raspberry Pi, and at least a few people at Google do too. For a year, Google has provided funding to a UK program that trains teachers on how to use the small, inexpensive computers in classrooms. This week, Google introduced Coder, a free software download built by a …

FBI Admits It Controlled Tor Servers Behind Mass Malware Attack

It wasn't ever seriously in doubt, but the FBI yesterday acknowledged that it secretly took control of Freedom Hosting last July, days before the …