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Nexus 5: Revisited! (What's on my Phone)

Apple to Require New App Store Submissions to be 'Optimized for iOS 7' on February 1

Apple has published a new announcement for developers on its dev center website notifying them that all new App Store submissions must be built with the latest version of Xcode 5 and optimized for iOS 7.<p>Starting February 1, new apps and app updates submitted to the App Store must be built with the …

Apple only the 16th best tech company to work for, say employee reviews

Apple dropped to only the 16th best tech company to work for, and 35th overall, in Glassdoor’s annual ranking of the 50 Best Palaces to Work – down from 3rd in tech and 10th overall last year.<p>Based on over half a million reviews written by employees, Apple took 35th place, with fifteen tech …

Mars One invites school pupils to design first mission

<b>The first private spacecraft to land on Mars will carry experiments designed by students and school pupils, the firm behind the project has said.</b><p>Mars One plans to send a robot lander similar to Nasa's Phoenix to test water purification and solar power modules.<p>The Dutch-led firm hopes to establish a …

Samsung ships 10 million Galaxy Note 3s; see which of its other phones have crossed the 10 million mark

Samsung on Tuesday announced that global shipments of its Galaxy Note 3 smartphone have surpassed the 10 million mark just two months after its …

Pope Francis Named TIME Person Of The Year

Many thought that the only logical choice for Time Person Of The Year would be NSA leaker Edward Snowden, but the magazine chose the popular new pope who has criticized modern capitalism.<p>Here's Nancy Gibbs of Time:<p>"At a time when the limits of leadership are being tested in so many places, along …

AT&T chief: We can't keep doing big subsidies on phones

AT&T's top executive says the era of big subsidies for devices is coming to an end, as wireless operators can no longer afford to fund a constant smartphone upgrade cycle.<p>Speaking at an investor conference in New York City on Tuesday, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson said that with smartphone …

Obama and Republicans unite for 'Hour of Code' computer literacy campaign

Pro-programming initiative encompasses more than 33,000 schools across 166 countries<p>Today marks the launch of the "Hour of Code," a massive publicity campaign to promote computer science education in schools across the globe. As the <i>Wall Street Journal</i> reports, the approximately $1 million campaign …

The Best Android Launchers You Can Download Today

We love Android devices as much as the next person, but sometimes the vanilla Android experience leaves us wanting a little more. Thankfully, it’s possible to change the whole look and feel of your Android device with only the minimum of effort – and no need to root.<p>Android launchers, or home …

SpaceX Launches First Major Communications Satellite

The private SpaceX venture has successfully launched its first major communications satellite into orbit atop an upgraded version of its Falcon 9 booster.<p>As NPR's Geoff Brumfiel reports, "SpaceX has launched small payloads into low orbits and even made deliveries to the International Space Station, …

Moon Turnips? NASA Takes Gardening to New Heights

The hyper-local food trend is really big right now. And apparently, NASA wants to make sure astronauts don't miss out. The agency recently announced plans to grow cress, turnips and basil on the moon.<p>And to protect the plants from the harsh cosmic radiation and the moon's lack of atmosphere, NASA …

The next USB plug will finally be reversible

Work has begun on a new generation of USB that will break compatibility with existing connectors in order to improve ease of use and allow for thinner devices. The new connector, called Type-C, is an addition to the existing USB 3.1 specification and is expected to be finalized by the middle of …

The Amount Of Computing Power Dedicated To Mining Bitcoin Has Gone Parabolic

Bitcoin mining is becoming a serious business.<p>This chart, from Bitcoin wallet service and block explorer Blockchain.info, shows the amount of computational power worldwide dedicated to Bitcoin mining — the process of maintaining the public ledger of all Bitcoin transactions, and of being rewarded …

Yahoo to NSA: Get off my lawn, too

Yahoo wants to keep the NSA out, just like Google.<p>The media company announced today that it will be rolling out heavy, 2048-bit key encryption across all of its products and covering all of Yahoo’s data center communications between servers.<p>The stronger security was inspired by a national security …

Netflix ditches Webkit to roll out slick new UI for smart TVs, Roku boxes and game consoles

Netflix (s NFLX) rolled out a big revamp of its user interface for smart TVs and connected devices Tuesday night, moving away from a grid of box shot …

Google and Microsoft agree steps to block abuse images

<b>Leading search engine companies Google and Microsoft have agreed measures to make it harder to find child abuse images online.</b><p>As many as 100,000 search terms will now return no results that find illegal material, and will trigger warnings that child abuse imagery is illegal.<p>PM David Cameron has …

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 …

Google: Government Requests for User Data Have Doubled in Three Years

Google has released details of requests it receives from governments for information on its users, noting that the number has more than doubled since 2010.<p>In the update to its Transparency Report, now on its eighth iteration, Google says that part of that increase is down to the growth of its …

Thanks, Snowden! Now All The Major Tech Companies Reveal How Often They Give Data To Government

<b>Graphic credit: David Lada.</b><p>Google has been pumping out a transparency report for years, telling its users how often the feds and local law enforcement ask for information about its users. Up until this year, it was one of the few companies that did so. Then NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden …

This 23-year-old’s open-source project, a server running on Raspberry Pi, gives the middle finger to Google

For most of us, Google shutting down Reader was annoying. For Jacob Cook, it was a call to arms.<p>He’s now building an operating system that anyone can use to replace all of the services that Google provides — or any other cloud company, for that matter. Email, chat, file sharing, web hosting: With …

Only six people managed to enroll in health insurance on Healthcare.gov's first day

Just six people were able to successfully enroll in health insurance through Healthcare.gov, the government's online marketplace, during the first 24 hours it was live. Just 242 people were able to enroll on the second day.<p>That's according to new documents released by the House Oversight Committee, …

Tech Companies Write Congress Begging For Surveillance Reform

A day after the Washington Post reported that the NSA has infiltrated the links between Yahoo’s and Google’s data centers where data travels unencrypted, six tech heavyweights wrote a letter to Congress begging for surveillance reform. Apple, Microsoft, Google, Yahoo, Facebook and AOL signed their …

Reports that NSA taps into Google and Yahoo data hubs infuriate tech giants

Google and Yahoo, two of the world's biggest tech companies, reacted angrily to a report on Wednesday that the National Security Agency has secretly intercepted the main communication links that carry their users' data around the world.<p>Citing documents obtained from former NSA contractor Edward …

Motorola unveils Project Ara for custom smartphones

Motorola has announced a new initiative to help smartphone users take handset customization beyond ringtones, wallpaper, and body colors to its very form and function.<p>The Google-owned handset company on Monday announced Project Ara, a free, open hardware platform for creating highly modular …

Mobile Technology

Top NSA officials leaving spy agency

A U.S. intelligence official confirms that NSA director Army Gen. Keith Alexander and his top deputy, John "Chris" Inglis will be departing over the next six months, but said neither one is being "pushed out."<p>Reuters first reported the impending departures, noting that it will give President Obama …

Google data shows threat of Android malware is massively overblown

<i>Qz</i><p>Malware is a topic that critics of Android often like to bring up in discussion, sometimes attaching ominous sounding statistics such as Four Out of Five Malware Menaces Choose Android. Contributing to the atmosphere of distrust, security firms regularly issue reports describing far-reaching …

Mobile Arms Race: Windows Phone Vs. BlackBerry vs. Andriod vs. IOs