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OS X Mavericks, iCloud and the rise of the populist file system

Tags wasn’t an enormous part of Apple’s WWDC keynote, but the more I think about it, the more implications that it has for the future of the file system on OS X.<p>In fact, it’s something I’ve been thinking about since a panel I was on at Macworld expo earlier this year. The topic was iCloud, App …

WSJ: Google Is Building An Android Game Console And Smartwatch

Google may be working on an Android-based game console, smartwatch, and an updated version of the Nexus Q, if reports are to be believed. According to the Wall Street Journal (paywall), the Mountain View-based company is looking to develop these products as a means to combat anything Apple has been …

Inside Google’s culture of relentless self-surveying

When Google recently admitted that the baffling brainteasers it posed to interviewees were utterly useless at predicting which ones would make good employees, it was another example of the power of what Google calls “people analytics”—the mixing of Big Data with management science to come up with …

The Workplace

The Galaxy S4 Shows Samsung At Its Strongest (And Most Vulnerable)

The answer lies somewhere in Ewan Spence’s summary of the S4 last week. Ewan says it’s all about the platform but if it is, this is Samsung’s weakness not its strength.<p>Very few of us stop to think what a modern business platform actually consists of. Modern platform strategies are rare but real …

Google Search for Android Jelly Bean gets TV Show Info, Saved Offers

Google today released an update to its Google Search app for Android, adding new features exclusive for Jelly Bean devices. You can grab the new version now directly from Google Play.<p>First up, Android’s Google Search app can now show you information about shows that you’re watching on your …

NSA Leaks Are Said to Have Changed the Ways Al Qaeda Talks, but How Much?

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Following the Edward Snowden leaks that detailed a large part of the process by which the U.S. …

The Super Secret Startup That's Going To Save Cisco Just Had Its Coming Out Party (Sort Of)

But anyone expecting details about Insieme Networks' products would've been disappointed.<p>Insieme is Cisco's response to a tech called software defined networking (SDN), which turns the high end features Cisco builds into its routers and switches into software that can run on cheaper hardware.<p>For …

Women in Tech

The $99 Xbox? Ouya's Affordable Gaming Console Aims to Shake Up an Industry

This holiday season Microsoft launches its $499 Xbox One and Sony its $399 Playstation 4. It's a big year for gaming fans and, well, a big year for …

Madden NFL

No Mailbox? No Problem. Boomerang For Android Brings Gesture-Based Email Management To Gmail Users

Baydin, the startup behind a suite of productivity add-ons for Gmail, Outlook, and Google Calendar, is today bringing its inbox management solution Boomerang for Gmail to the mobile platform. With a new app called Boomerang for Android, the company is iterating on its previously web-only …

Apps

Nvidia Shield Launch Delayed Till Next Month

Nvidia’s portable gaming device, Shield, was due to go on sale tomorrow, but the company announced today that it is delaying its launch till next …

Computer Hardware

Google Removes All The Clouds From Google Maps And Earth

Ready for your regular reminder that technology is magic?<p>Google has just rid the earth of clouds. Well, <i>Google</i> Earth, at least*. They’ve just pushed an update to the satellite imagery found in Google Earth and Google Maps, offering a higher-res (and now cloud free) view of the earth than ever before.<p>…

HP Rushing To Fix A Gaping Security Hole In A Product Companies Use To Store Their Data

The hole affects HP's StoreOnce systems, which are expensive and hold tons of data.<p>UPDATE: HP has released a security bulletin to customers. It says the flaw can't be used to access or download data, but can be used to erase data.<p>One model, the StoreOnce 4210, is currently listed for $28,271.99 on …

Information Security

Microsoft Makes 3-D Printing As Simple As Clicking “Print”

Windows 8.1 will be the first OS to provide 3-D printers native support. What does that mean to you? The app market is poised for its first 3-D printing explosion.<p>To be honest, 3-D printing technology just isn’t there yet for consumers. It’s expensive. It’s relatively lousy. And it takes a slew of …

Massive data collector Acxiom plans to reveal the dirt it has on you

One of the biggest personal data collectors around is getting ready to open its vaults to the public. According to <i>Forbes</i>, you'll soon be able to request your personal files from Acxiom, a marketing company that holds a database on the interests and details of over 700 million people. That database …

New York Times

Microsoft: Windows Phone's 160,000 Apps See 200M Monthly Downloads

Today in a blog post, Microsoft announced a price reduction to its Windows Phone developer registration cost to $19 for 60 days. The normal price is $99 per year.<p>However, that is really the least of it. In that same post, Microsoft went on to detail a number of key performance statistics for …

Intel: TV star?

Intel sees something wrong with the way Americans consume and pay for television. So this week it confirmed that this year it would roll out a live …

What’s Next in the Mobile Browser War? Actual Revenue.

Phone image copyright Vepar5<p>The 20-year war for control of the browser has spurred huge advances in desktop, and now mobile, technologies. Yet Web …

Digital Advertising

Facebook follows Google with super-tough encryption technique most services don't use

Demand for encryption apps has increased dramatically ever since the exposure of massive internet surveillance programs run by US and UK intelligence agencies. Now Facebook is reportedly moving to implement a strong, decades-old encryption technique that's been largely avoided by the online …

Jeff Williams and Bruce Sewell Cash in Apple Stock Worth Nearly $15 Million

Two filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission reveal that Apple executives Jeff Williams and Bruce Sewell each sold tens of thousands of shares of Apple stock on Monday, netting both millions of dollars.<p>Bruce Sewell, Apple’s general counsel and Senior Vice President of Legal and …

Netflix Ditches Silverlight with Support for HTML5 Video in IE11

Netflix today announced that it has finally taken the first step towards ditching Silverlight for HTML5, largely thanks to Microsoft, no less. The company has been working closely with the Internet Explorer team to implement its proposed “Premium Video Extensions” in IE11 on Windows 8.1, meaning if …