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Apple's new retail chief advises newbies to 'stay in your lane'

Angela Ahrendts may be the new kid in town at Apple, but she's already sharing some tips she's learned.<p>The executive, who took over as head of Apple's online and retail stores nearly two months ago, on Monday posted advice on LinkedIn for people starting new jobs.<p>Her main point: Be confident in …

Second Life is Being Rebuilt for the Next Generation

The virtual world, Second Life celebrated its 11th birthday last Friday. To the average person, Second Life is that thing they signed up for years ago, walked around for 10 minutes and never returned to again. But, the virtual world’s marketplace has been a boon for creators and now the company …

Google Play Store in 2014 - Makin' it rain

The venerable App Annie has recently compiled a report that compares statistics of the Google Play Store last year to the Play Store this year. It’s been an incredible year that has seen some unforgettable app releases and a myriad of improvements, design tweaks, and other enhancements. How has all …

Apps

Developers Look To Create Transparency With Microsoft Kinect V2

At NUI Central‘s Kinect for Windows Hackathon, a projector on the ceiling creates an image of sand and shrubbery on the ground. The terrain is supposed to be Afghanistan. After walking around on the small projected space expecting nothing to happen, a boom and a white flash hit my senses. I stepped …

Taxi medallions have been the best investment in America for years. Now Uber may be changing that.

CHICAGO — A taxicab is a car remade by government, modified dozens of ways by edicts within subsections of articles of the city’s taxi code.<p>“Everywhere on this car has been regulated,” John Henry Assabill says. “Look at it!”<p>He throws up his arms in the direction of his gold-colored 2012 Ford …

Path is back with a new messaging app that can talk to people and places

Morin's message: Path Talk, acquiring TalkTo, and an unlimited friends list<p>Dave Morin is ready to start talking about Path again.<p>After a year of keeping quiet and releasing hardly any product updates, the Path CEO is today unveiling the future of the company: a messaging app, an acquisition, and a …

eBay Launches “eBay Valet,” An iPhone App That Does The Selling For You

eBay today is expanding its lesser-known eBay Sell For Me service to mobile with the launch of a new app called eBay Valet, which promises to let eBay do the selling for you. That is, it takes every step of the selling process — from determining an item’s value to listing it online to shipping it …

Facebook's Slingshot is a Snapchat competitor that wants you to snap back

After accidentally releasing it to the world last week, Facebook has now officially unveiled Slingshot, a curious new app to come out of the company's Creative Labs division. Widely rumored as a Snapchat competitor, Slingshot certainly has an ephemeral element -- all of the photos and videos you …

Microsoft Refuses U.S. Request to Hand Over Email Stored Abroad

Microsoft is opposing a U.S. government request that would force the technology giant to hand over a customer’s email stored in an Ireland data …

Privacy

Are you ready for the next chapter of Wi-Fi? Meet 802.11ax

Now that the first wave of 802.11ac Wi-Fi routers and devices are making their way out the door, the Wi-Fi Alliance and the Institute of Electrical …

Apple Begins Rejecting Apps That Offer Rewards For Video Views, Social Sharing

Apple has begun to crack down on tools that app developers use to monetize and grow their applications, including incentivized video viewing and rewarded social sharing, as well as discovery tools that allow users to find apps inside the games they’re already playing. The move will have a …

DinnerTime App Gets Your Kids to the Table

Your job as a parent isn’t to be popular with your kids. Your job is to teach them respect and responsibility, which often requires you to firmly lay down the laws of the house. And DinnerTime <i>should</i> make this task slightly easier.<p>Picture the scene: You’re serving the last of the peas to the plate, …

Microsoft’s “Surface Watch” will reportedly work with Xbox One and PCs, not just phones

Last month Forbes suggested that Microsoft’s smart watch would work with Android(s goog) and iOS(s aapl) handsets. The supported device list may not …

Apple Echoes Dropbox, WhatsApp, Others With Raft Of New Software Features

<i>“Picasso had a saying — ‘good artists copy; great artists steal’ — and we have always been shameless about stealing great ideas.” ~ Steve Jobs</i><p>Apple announced a flood of new features for its software platforms for Macs and iPhones, many of which might feel familiar to users of apps like Dropbox, …

Motorola to Close Texas Factory for Moto X Assembly in 2014

Motorola is closing a factory in Texas that employs 700 people to assemble its Moto X smartphones, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reports.<p>The plant will be shuttered before the end of the year, throwing the future of the customizable handset – and the direction of Motorola’s future flagship …

Amazon Prime to launch music-streaming service, report says

Amazon will launch a music-streaming service this summer, according to a report that comes just one day after Apple announced its acquisition of Beats Music.<p>The rumored music-streaming service will be available to Amazon Prime members, according to Buzzfeed, which cited unnamed sources for its …

Report: Apple Planning 'Smart Home' System Debut at WWDC

Apple is planning to introduce a smart home concept at its upcoming Worldwide Developers Conference, according to a report.<p><i>The Financial Times</i> says …

Xbox One's June update adds your friends' real names and external drive support

Here are some hard facts: regardless of how proud you are of that Xbox Live handle combining your love for <i>Halo</i>, the Deftones and <i>Arrested Development</i> without subbing in numbers for letters, it's probably hard for online pals to tell you apart from xXC0rtanaSl4ve69Xx. With the June Xbox One update, …

Motorola contest pegs the price of a Moto 360 smartwatch at $249 (updated)

If you've been at all interested in Motorola's Moto 360, the biggest question has likely been the price: how much will that swanky circular smartwatch set you back? Not that much, if you believe the company's rules for a watch face design contest. The legal details set the average retail value of a …

Surface Pro 3 Makes Microsoft’s Strategy Crystal Clear

The absence of something is often as telling as its existence. When Microsoft failed to unveil the rumored Surface Mini on Tuesday and instead …

Fitbit rules 50 percent of the world's wearable market

Fitbit appears to be a tour de force in the wearable world.<p>New numbers released by analyst Canalys on Wednesday show Fitbit devices accounted for nearly 50 percent of the world's 2.7 million wearable band shipments in the first quarter of 2014.<p>Apparently, the recent kerfuffle and recall over …

Spotify CEO: I’ve always assumed Apple would offer a streaming service

If Apple does indeed reach a deal to acquire Beats Electronics and announce it this week as expected, the clock is once again counting down to offer up your take on the whole scenario before it’s actually official. Steve Jobs’ biographer Walter Isaacson got that opportunity earlier this week thanks …

Surface Pro 3 hands on: Better laptop, yes; better tablet, maybe

As I walked back from Microsoft’s Surface event earlier today, one question kept creeping into my mind: Did Microsoft(s MSFT) improve the new Surface …

Hands-on with Microsoft's Surface Pro 3

So, it wasn't the Surface Mini we were expecting. But hey, we got fresh hardware, so that's all that matters. The new Surface Pro 3 isn't the smallest tablet Microsoft has made -- in fact, it's the biggest, with a 12-inch, 2,160 x 1,440 screen. But if you think it's just a blown-up version of the …

Everything You Need to Know About YouTube Buying Twitch

What would YouTube and Google want with a website known for streaming video games?<p>That's the question on many minds after multiple reports say that …

5 inventive iOS games that wowed Leo’s Fortune designer

Bouncing, huffing and puffing through a beautifully-rendered cartoon world, avoiding jagged rolling wheels and collecting coins, <i>Leo’s Fortune</i> may just be the year’s most lovable iPhone game. But which games did its creators fall in love with?<p>Following our exclusive look inside behind the scenes of …

Intel To Release Its First 4GHz Processor

If information uncovered by Chinese website EXPreview is to be believed, Intel's soon-to-be-released replacement for its current Intel Core i7-4770K CPU will be the company’s first that ships with a clock speed of 4GHz.<p>The new CPU is part of a range of refreshed chips due to be launched some time …

Samsung may be cooking up a 13.3-inch tablet

Samsung may try to push the display envelope with a tablet sporting a 13.3-inch screen.<p>Citing information from an "inside contact" involved with Samsung's Kids Mode, GSMArena said Monday that the device would be one of three new upcoming tablets from the Korean company. Codenamed "Warhol" and …

Gear & Gadgets

Before He Died, Christopher Evan Welch Gave Us The Perfect Embodiment Of Tech-World Hubris

Just a day after Christopher Evan Welch landed a career-making role on HBO's "Silicon Valley," he received some heartbreaking news. The lung cancer he'd been battling successfully since the fall of 2010 had spread to his brain.<p>Chris was sitting with his wife, Emma, and his doctor at Memorial Sloan …

Does the next Call of Duty story have the juice to produce $1B in sales?

Call of Duty games always have the pyrotechnics and weaponry to satisfy gamers. But to generate more than a billion dollars in sales in less than a month after launch, the main story has to be good. Forced by leaks to reveal its Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare game early, Activision has clearly …