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How To Downgrade From iOS 7 Beta To iOS 6 In Two Steps

We’ve already told you why you probably shouldn’t install the new iOS 7 beta; it’s not just that the icons suck, but there are good reasons why beta releases should be avoided if you’re not a developer — particularly if you plan to use them on your primary device.<p>But if you went ahead and did it …

iOS 7 to include standardized game controller support

For the first time since Apple opened the App Store in 2008, it’s explicitly opening up iOS to hardware game controllers, enabling console-like gaming experiences to be powered by its mobile devices. The implications are big: game developers will be able to target all controllers that conform to …

Teardown violates Google Glass's right to privacy

Wonder what makes Glass tick? So did electrical engineer Star Simpson and software engineer Scott Torborg, who took their Torx drivers and spudgers to Google’s headset in order to find out. There aren’t a whole lot of surprises inside the teardown — Glass is powered by a dual-core TI OMAP4430, has …

Introducing iOS 7 GUI PSD

Eager to start prototyping your next iOS 7 app? Wait no more! Today we would like to share a first version of our iOS 7 GUI PSD with all the …

Sydney's Harbour Bridge transformed into a massive LED interactive light show

Last week, Sydney's Harbour Birdge was lit up as a part of the city's annual Vivid Sydney festival — which see many of the city's landmarks shod in rainbow hues. But the Bridge took things a step further than other displays around the city by giving the public a chance to choose the colors shown in …

Amazon launches single sign-on service, allows for easy in-app purchases

Amazon has launched a simple way for users to sign into apps and make in-app purchases with Login with Amazon, a new single sign-on service that works with all of its users’ accounts. The system works like Facebook Connect and Google+ Sign-In, allowing users to click a button and enter account …

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Best New Apps: Google Hangouts

Everything we wish iMessage would be<p>I've tried WhatsApp, GroupMe, Kik, Google Voice, LINE, Trillian, and basically every other messaging app you can think of — I've even tried using Skype as an IM service, because at least my parents know what Skype is. I'd given up on finding an app that had all …

Potential Gmail for Android redesign with new navigation bar revealed in Google I/O slide

It looks like Google has a redesigned version of Gmail coming up, if a slide shown off during a developer event at Google I/O last week is any indication. As spotted by <i>Android Police</i>, a slide during the "Structure in Android App Development" talk showed off Gmail for Android featuring the new …

Yahoo reportedly nearing $1.1 billion deal to acquire Tumblr

Yahoo is on the brink of acquiring Tumblr for $1.1 billion in cash, according to a new report. <i>All Things D</i>, which first broke the news that a deal was in the works, says Yahoo's board will meet on Sunday to consider an all-cash offer for the popular blogging platform. The deal would be Yahoo CEO …

Charlotte Bobcats to change name to Hornets, according to report

The Charlotte Hornets appear to be back in business. The Bobcats are reportedly ready to change the franchise's name.<p>The Charlotte Bobcats have begun the process of changing the team name to the Hornets, according to CBS Sports. The Charlotte Hornets played in North Carolina as an expansion team …

Google offers new App Engine features to chase after Amazon's cloud computing dominance

PHP support and a new storage solution strengthen Google's hand<p>In the market for cloud infrastructure, Amazon Web Services (AWS) dominates, powering websites and applications like Netflix, Reddit, and Dropbox, and raking in massive revenues — estimated to grow to $8.8 billion this year. But there …

Google Play now lets all developers respond to user reviews

Relations between those who build mobile apps and their customers are getting a leg up today with Google’s announcement that all developers will now be able to reply to user reviews in the Play store. The company made the announcement on the Android Developers blog, discussing best practices like …

Bill Gates: Steve Jobs was better at design than I was

In an emotional interview on "60 Minutes," the Microsoft chairman speaks of visiting Steve Jobs in his last days and marveling at how well he understood the concept of brand.<p>When the sense of personal competition has gone, when time has passed, the memories become more acute and more …

Google unifies Gmail, Drive, and photo storage: all users now get 15GB of shared space

Since launching Drive last year, Google has offered users 5GB of free Dropbox-style storage for documents and their Picasa / Google+ photos — but Gmail has long had its own, separate 10GB of storage. Now, Google is unifying storage across its products, something that should automatically make Drive …

Amazon releases standalone Cloud Player music app for PC, Mac version coming soon

Amazon is today launching Cloud Player for PC, a desktop app that lets users natively play any music they've purchased from or stored with the online retailer — no web browser required. Any songs, albums, and playlists that have been added to your account are fully accessible from the standalone …

Kindle finally getting a color screen? Amazon buys Liquavista display company

Samsung sells off the flexible screen maker after only two years<p>Samsung's been teasing its flexible, full-color display technology since 2011 when it acquired Liquavista, but it never actually shipped in a consumer product. One of the few companies that still has a viable e-reader business, Amazon …

Google Play Games allegedly leaks with achievements, cloud saves, and in-game chat

Google may be preparing to unveil an Android gaming service in the vein of Xbox Live or iOS' Game Center. That's the indication from a leaked build of Google Play Services obtained by <i>Android Police</i>, which appears to reveal several details about a platform to be known as Google Play Games. The file …

三组照片,看各代苹果 iPhone 拍照效果对比

Camera+ 的官网上公布了用苹果 iPhone 一代 / 3G / 3GS / 4 / 4S / 5 拍摄的三组照片,分别对应 静物、远景、夜间 三个比较典型的拍照环境。你可以很直观的看出每一代苹果 iPhone 拍照效果的进步。近 20 张照片,我这不全传到 苹果fans 博客了,只放一张吧。 …

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BitTorrent goes legit with new ‘gated’ file format

Users forced to pay or register before downloading<p>DJ Kaskade.<p>Kazaa. LimeWire. Napster. There are hardly any widely used filesharing sites that didn't try to "go legit" at some point after being dinged for facilitating piracy. It doesn’t usually work. Napster, for example, no longer exists; it was …

Fitbit Flex review

For a little over a month, I've been getting off my subway one stop early and walking the rest of the way home. I've been playing soccer twice a week, and trying to drink eight glasses of water every day. I've been running more, eating better, but still not sleeping nearly enough.<p>I've been testing …

Gmail for iOS update lets users automatically open links in Chrome, YouTube, or Safari

Google has been putting serious work into building a full ecosystem on iOS, and today it's adding a couple of much-needed tweaks to Gmail in an App Store update. Instead of bringing up a web page inside Gmail when the user clicks a link, it will open the separate Chrome app instead, adding a …

Adobe announces first hardware, the Project Mighty smart stylus and Napoleon ruler

Adobe has just announced its first hardware initiative, a pressure sensitive stylus and an electronic ruler that will tightly integrate with its software applications. The company's Project Mighty stylus and Napoleon ruler have been showcased connecting to an iPad and iPhone over Bluetooth. The pen …

Dropbox launches developer conference to stay ahead in the storage wars

For Dropbox, adding another 100 million users means integrating with an ever-increasing number of devices and services. For that, it needs an army of willing developers. And while Dropbox already connects with thousands of apps, the company will try to extend its reach by holding its first-ever DBX …