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20 Social Apps that Got Us Talking in 2013

As we wind down the year, The Next Web compiled a list of some of the social apps that have made some significant moves in 2013. How did we qualify what a social app was? In our mind, it was a service that had a core functionality that enabled users to interact and engage with other people, either …

SecretInk Lets You Send Self-Destructing Messages Over Email Or SMS Right From Your Inbox

PowerInbox, the email platform company which merged with competitor ActivePath a year ago, is today launching technology called SecretInk that enables “self-destructing” messages that can be sent over email or SMS. The system works online or inside Gmail and other webmail services using the …

Dear NSA, there's now a Snapchat for e-mail

Self-destruction is the core value of our current times.<p>Just as we seek to destroy ourselves with our self-indulgence and our joie de vivre, we seek our private messages to be destroyed before the world's security services read them.<p>And so along comes a company called PowerInbox to assist us on our …

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Report: Apple Is Number One Smartphone Seller In Us In September

Apple’s iPhone 5s has taken the company to the number one position in the US smartphone market for the month of September, after it captured a 39 percent share of the market and overtook Samsung, according to data from Counterpoint Research.<p>Samsung has led in the US smartphone market since May, but …

AppMachine Targets Pro Developers with the Latest Version of Its Toolkit

The Dutch startup AppMachine, which provides tools that help lesser-technically skilled users build native Android and iOS apps, has launched a more fully-featured version of its software in a bid to attract professional developers.<p>Announced today, the new build of the toolkit allows devs to do …

The NSA Reportedly Bugged The UN’s New York Headquarters

As tensions mount between the United States and other countries over the NSA’s once-secret spying programs, German news magazine Der Spiegel reported earlier today that the NSA has been spying on the goings-on at the United Nations’ New York headquarters for nearly a year.<p>Der Spiegel cites a …

ESPN in talks to stream all channels online, for a price

Disney-owned ESPN has held preliminary talks to make its programming available on internet television services like the ones said to be under development by Apple, Google, Intel, and Sony. In an interview with Bloomberg, ESPN president John Skipper said the sports network is interested in selling …

New PRISM slides: more than 100,000 'active surveillance targets,' explicit mention of real-time monitoring

<i>The Washington Post</i> has revealed four new slides from its trove of top secret PRISM information, appearing to confirm some of the initial reports earlier in June about the nature of the US government surveillance program.<p>Notably, the new slides appear to confirm whistleblower Edward Snowden's …

You Have No Control Over Security on the Feudal Internet

Facebook regularly abuses the privacy of its users. Google has stopped supporting its popular RSS feeder. Apple prohibits all iPhone apps that are political or sexual. Microsoft might be cooperating with some governments to spy on Skype calls, but we don’t know which ones. Both Twitter and LinkedIn …

EFF Sues FBI, Wants Access To Records Of The FBI’s Facial Recognition Program

Companies like Facebook have been scrutinized by government regulators over the use of facial recognition technology. Now the Electronic Frontier Foundation is putting a mirror up to the government to demand the same scrutiny back. The organization is suing the Federal Bureau of Investigation over …

CyanogenMod adds encrypted messaging to help beat the NSA

In light of the recent surveillance scandals that have hit the USA and to some extent the UK, the key developers for the CyanogenMod project have been adding some new privacy features to the alternative Android firmware. First, the Run in Incognito Mode, which limits as apps access to your personal …

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iPad web browsing share hits 5-month high: a massive 82.4%

In spite of all the talk that Apple is ceding both tablet as well as smartphone market share to Google’s Android, iPad web browsing share just hit a five-month high.<p>iPad usage share increased to 82.4 percent, mobile advertising platform Chitika said today. That’s the highest since the very …

Microsoft's Xbox DRM reversal not the first: 12 tech mulligans

Microsoft changed its controversial stance on always-on connectivity and game DRM on Wednesday, a reversal that comes after more than a week of harsh criticism from consumers, press and especially competitors.<p>The move comes just a few months before the console is set to hit store shelves, and is …

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In A Newly Released Video, Steve Jobs Shows Rare Modesty

In a never-before-seen clip, Steve Jobs admits that Apple’s legacy will be buried under future innovation. We disagree.<p>Steve Jobs was known for hyperbole–using rhetoric like “magical” to sell us processors and pixels. For all of its snake oil aftertaste, the messaging ushered in an era and …

CHART OF THE DAY: Coca-Cola Is The Biggest Brand On Facebook By A Mile

Facebook recently announced that it now has more than 1 million active advertisers on its social network.<p>One way brands can reach out to people is through their brand pages. Just about every major company has a Facebook presence of some sort, but which one is the biggest?<p>The answer is Coca-Cola. By …

More data storage: how to fit 1000 terabytes on a DVD

<b>We live in a world where digital information is exploding. Some 90 per cent of the world's data was generated in the past two years. The obvious</b> …

Apple publicly charts iOS fragmentation to prove it barely exists

Apple surely loves its third-party app developers, but it doesn't love them equally. The company reserves special affection for those who optimize their apps for the latest version of iOS and its integrated services (Passbook, Game Center, Maps etc.), and we guess that's why the official iOS Dev …

Court documents reveal secret rules allowing NSA to use US data without a warrant

NSA's information gathering practices have been further detailed in court papers revealed by <i>The Guardian</i>. While the agency has continued to reiterate that it doesn't collect its data indiscriminately, the leaked papers detail several loopholes that allow it to gather data from both American and …

Woz: I feel 'a little guilty' about NSA surveillance

It's as if Michelangelo's paintings had been used to reinforce a religion he didn't believe in. Or something.<p>Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is continuing to bare his angst about the seemingly endless revelations concerning the National Security Agency's liberal use of technology.<p>Last week, he …

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GCHQ taps fibre-optic cables for secret access to world's communications

Britain's spy agency GCHQ has secretly gained access to the network of cables which carry the world's phone calls and internet traffic and has …

Barack Obama: NSA is not rifling through ordinary people's emails

Barack Obama has sought to address European concerns over internet privacy in the wake of the National Security Agency surveillance scandal, …

PRISM paranoia is officially Google’s worst nightmare

Reports of widespread government surveillance aren’t a problem for just you– they’re a nightmare for Google as well.<p>Since the initial PRISM reports dropped earlier this month, Google and other tech companies have struggled to distance themselves from the claims that they give government agencies …

What's the 'Internet of Everything' worth? $613 billion, Cisco reckons

Cisco Systems wants its customers to know that there is a huge amount of money to be made if they focus their strategy and IT budget on what the company and others call the Internet of Everything.<p>That's the idea that more than half of the people and 99 percent of the things on the planet are …

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Peering pressure: The secret battle to control the future of the internet

Advertisement<p>12 Comments<p>Credit: Peer1<p>There is a fierce battle going on to control the future of the internet, and consumers are the innocent …

The Apple iBooks Origin Story

How’s this for irony: Steve Jobs was initially opposed to entering the e-book market over which Apple is now sparring with the U.S. Department of …

Yahoo reportedly fought court order before joining PRISM

Yahoo reportedly challenged a U.S. government order to help it spy on foreign users before ultimately failing and becoming part of the PRISM, the National Security Agency's controversial surveillance program.<p>The details of the dispute were never made public beyond a heavily redacted court order …

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The NSA surveillance fallout should be a turning point for the tech industry

One of the many petitions circulating on the Internet in the wake of leaks about the US government's massive surveillance programs is aimed at major …

Crisis Of Confidence Could Spur Flight From US Tech

The dream is over. The era of US tech dominance in everything from servers, to routers, to the cloud is facing a crisis of confidence that could have far reaching impact. Trust is the basis of all commerce and the rapid realization that companies such as ATT, Sprint, Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, and …

iOS 7 is the essence of less

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.<p>And if simplicity is the ultimate sophistication, iOS 7 is very, very sophisticated.<p>The most powerful man in the room doesn’t need a loud voice. The securely rich don’t need to flaunt their wealth. The cool kids are the ones who aren’t trying to be cool. …