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UK teen launches Thinkspace, seeks to bring software development to high schools around the world

Thinkspace, an organization created by sixteen-year-old James Anderson, seeks to “inspire the next generation of app developers” through dedicated coding zones in high schools across the globe. Anderson formally launched Thinkspace this month with campuses in Plymouth and Northern Ireland.<p>Anderson …

Google Hangouts upgrade removes ability to host Google Voice calls on your computer

Google new Hangouts messaging service is quite impressive — it takes Google's old and neglected Talk service and upgrades it with always-on communication, support for images, video calling, and much more. But for all of the improved service that Hangouts offers, if you upgrade the Google Talk …

Developers From Nearly Every Continent Will Be Attending WWDC 2013

Every year Apple holds its Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco, California. It’s the only time out of the year that third-party App Store developers can meet with Apple engineers face-to-face. For the indie dev making apps out of his home office, WWDC is Mecca. Besides the knowledge …

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Google TV: silent but not forgotten at I/O 2013

Android is coming to our TVs, but has Google already lost the battle for the living room?<p>It's easy to miss the Google TV booth here at I/O 2013, hidden in the corner of the third floor. That may not be an accident: there was apparently no room in the company's sprawling three-and-a-half-hour …

Samsung responds to GS4 storage complaints, might free up space through 'further software optimization'

After being taken to task by the BBC's consumer rights show, <i>Watchdog</i>, Samsung says it's looking into reducing the memory footprint of its TouchWiz features on its flagship Galaxy S 4. A spokesperson told <i>CNET UK</i> that Samsung, "appreciate(s) this issue being raised," and that it is "reviewing the …

Apple to add Galaxy S4 to second California suit

We certainly saw this coming. According to the FOSS Patents blog, run by patent expert Florian Müeller, Apple has decided to add the Galaxy S4 …

Washington State Courts Hacked: 160,000 Social Security Numbers Potentially Accessed

Hackers may have grabbed as many as 160,000 Social Security numbers and up to one million drivers license numbers from the Washington State Administrative Office of the Courts, according to information provided on the Court’s website yesterday. The hackers responsible for this breach used a flaw in …

For Developers, Google Glass Looks To Be A Fascinating But Slightly Limited Platform

Last week, Google finally released the developer guides and other necessary documents that will allow developers to write apps for Glass. In some respects, the so-called Mirror API may have been a disappointment to developers who were expecting to run full-blown augmented-reality apps, but even in …

Google may deactivate Glass Explorer Edition if you try to sell it

Google has laid out some pretty specific guidelines on what developers working on "Glassware" apps will be able to do, but it turns out owners of the Google Glass Explorer Edition will be facing some limitations as well. As spotted by <i>Wired</i>, the Terms of Sale for the device specifically state that …

Evernote to expand push into hardware with 'magical' devices

Evernote is best known today as a cross-platform note-taking service, but someday it could branch out into making devices of its own. In an interview published today at <i>PC World</i>, Evernote founder and CEO Phil Libin says hardware is on its way — beginning with Evernote-branded devices the company …

Solar Panels Now Make More Electricity Than They Use

And by 2020, the solar industry will have completely "paid back" the energy it took to produce the world's panels.<p>Solar panels make energy, but they take energy to make, too. And, until about 2010 or so, the solar panel industry used more electricity than it produced, according to a new analysis. …

The 25 Best-Paying Companies For Software Engineers

Engineering talent is scarce, so companies are willing to pay big bucks to keep them happy.<p>Which companies pays their engineers the most?<p>Jobs review site Glassdoor helped us pull the top 25 companies around the world that pay their US-based software engineers the most.<p>The highest paying company …

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GOP reaches out to Silicon Valley

Congressional Republicans are looking for a legislative ally: Silicon Valley.<p>In a trip this week to California, Rep. Kevin McCarthy, the No. 3 House Republican, is leading a half-dozen colleagues on a tour of its star technology companies, including Google and Facebook, in the hope the tech giants …