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Apple's newest biz strategy: Free, free, free

In San Francisco on Tuesday, the company revealed a novel strategy -- giving away its flagship software. It may be the most natural move Apple could have made.<p>Apple revealed lots of new things on Tuesday during its product event at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco, but the most intriguing …

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Mobile app search engine Quixey finally has a mobile app

Fresh off of a new $50 million round of funding, the mobile app search engine Quixey is releasing its first app for consumers.<p>Quixey has made a name for itself with its “functional search,” which enables you search for mobile apps based on what they actually do. It’s been licensing that technology …

Cruise.me Makes Booking A Cruise Social And Not Horrendously Difficult

Although the founders of SF-based Blueseed have garnered some attention recently for their desire to turn a cruise ship into a floating coworking space for foreign entrepreneurs, booking floating vacations for everyday folks remains a surprisingly untouched area of the travel startup scene.<p>Enter …

Michael Hayden's Latest NSA Defense: Terrorists Love Gmail

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>While current NSA chief Keith Alexander may be the individual most closely associated with the …

Vodafone Hacked: Bank Details for 2 Million Customers in Germany Taken

One of Vodafone’s servers has been hacked in Germany, giving those responsible access to personal information for 2 million people who had applied for a new contract or account with the network operator.<p>Spotted by Engadget (via Bloomberg) Vodafone says the attack appears to have been carried out by …

Microsoft's 'Cortana' is like Siri for Windows Phone

Microsoft is currently testing and readying a Windows Phone 8.1 update that is believed to include a new personal assistant. <i>ZDNet's</i> Mary Jo Foley reports that the Siri-like feature, codenamed "Cortana" after the <i>Halo</i> character, will let Windows Phone users interact with a handset through voice …

Buyer beware, new health insurance exchanges create opportunity for scammers

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Credit: arka38<p>As Americans prepare to purchase health insurance on the new exchanges opening up next month, state and consumer …

WinAero StartIsGone: for those who don't need no stinkin' Start button in Windows 8.1

Does the lack of options in that resurrected Start button have you all worked up? You're not alone. In fact, WinAero has developed a solution that gets rid of the lackluster feature in Windows 8.1 with its StartIsGone add-on. The software frees up space along the task bar since the button doesn't …

Evernote Web Clipper for Chrome Gets Skitch Markup Tools and More

Until now, it’s been pretty easy to save individual webpages, PDFs and text selections to your Evernote account using the Web Clipper. The feature set was limited, but the tool was lightweight and saved you opening and closing the full-blown Evernote app every 10 minutes.<p>Today, the Web Clipper for …

The $7 Billion Tech Acquisition You Haven't Heard Of

While most of us were distracted waiting for a gold iPhone — gold! — the billionaire industrialist Koch brothers quietly made a deal to acquire an electronics company for $7.2 billion. The company they bought? Molex.<p>Molex makes component parts, which doesn't sound sexy. But it, like other …

Video game courses score big on college campuses

There are now more college-level courses and degree programs dedicated to the study of video games than ever before, according to a new report from the Entertainment Software Association. The Typing of the Dead<p>If you imagine the average video gamer as a teenage boy sinking hours of his life into …

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Microsoft offering up $200 discounts on Surface with iPad trade-in

Microsoft has recently kicked off a new campaign that offers iPad users a $200 Microsoft Store gift card to trade-in their Apple tablet. While the gift card is applicable to any item inside of Microsoft’s stores, the company is positioning the offer as push for sales of the Surface tablet. The deal …

Three quarters of smartphone users use location services, says study

Maybe Foursquare has lost a bit of its allure — who wants to be Mayor of John F. Kennedy International Airport, Terminal 5? — but a new study shows that Americans still love sharing their location to anyone (or anything) who will listen.<p>Whether getting directions, looking for the closest Thai …

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CodeBender.CC Makes It Crazy Easy To Program Your Arduino Board From Your Browser

The official Arduino IDE is a dour piece of software designed for uploading code to the ubiquitous and super-cool micro controller. It is a standalone, non-networked app that isn’t very pretty to look at. But what if you want to share code and upload programs right from your browser? That’s where …

Mote.io turns your phone into a Pandora, Soundcloud and Hype Machine remote

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>This is neat: Mote.io, a new mobile-app-meets-Chrome-extension combination that turns your Android or iOS phone into a remote …

Hacker sentenced to three years for breaching police sites

A man said to be affiliated with the hacking collective Anonymous gets prison time for breaking into police and municipal Web sites in Utah, New York, Missouri, and California.<p>After pleading guilty to computer fraud for hacking into several police Web sites, John Anthony Borell III was sentenced to …

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3-Sweep makes 3D objects from 2D photos

Watch this demo of a tool that can create 3D objects from a regular 2D image. No complex 3D modelling tools required.<p><b>Watch this demo of a tool that</b> …

Dropbox details its shift from consumer file storage to enterprise data hub

SAN FRANCISCO — Dropbox has established itself as a top cloud storage option for consumers. But that’s a tough, price-sensitive business. So the company has spent a lot of the past year expanding its focus to the enterprise. Ilya Fushman, the head of product for business and mobile at Dropbox, …

Hackers Plot 9/11 Cyber Attacks on U.S., Israel

Politically-motivated hackers recently announced a call to arms to Muslim hackers aimed at attacking U.S. and Israeli websites on Wednesday, the 12th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks.<p>The operation, dubbed #OpIsrael #Reborn, is the latest in a long line of hactivist threats against …

Google Adds Moto X Factory to Street View

Motorola said it’s bringing US smartphone production ‘home,’ and now parent company Google is opening the doors to its not-so-humble abode after it added the Moto X factory in Fort Worth, Texas, to its Street View service.<p>Now, as Engadget first spotted, 360 degree panoramic images of the …

NSA Accessed Phone Records Without 'Reasonable Suspicion' For Years, Officials Say

WASHINGTON--The National Security Agency's searches of a database containing the phone records of nearly all Americans violated privacy protections for three years by failing to meet a court-ordered standard, according to court documents released Tuesday.<p>Read more on The Wall Street Journal

Cisco buys Whiptail for $415 million as flash land grab continues

Advertisement<p>3 Comments<p>Credit: Flickr user Alexander Vaughan<p>Take an afternoon off and see what happens. On Tuesday, Cisco announced plans to buy …

Phonebloks Modular Smartphone Aims to Put an End to Disposable Devices

Phonebloks by Dutch designer Dave Hakkens is a concept that could see the days of having to throw away non-working phones long behind us, if he receives enough support and can work out the technical challenges.<p>The idea is to make smartphones modular so that if one part of it breaks, say the audio …

Microphone Turns Your Fingertip Into A Speaker

Touch your finger to someone's ear, and they'll hear your recorded message whispering to them.<p>Turn your body into another kind of wonderland: A new invention from Disney Research lets you record messages to your friends that they can hear only if you touch your finger to their ears. That is, your …

How far did the NSA go to weaken cryptography standards?

As cryptographers come to terms with recent leaks, the government's credibility is at risk<p>It started with an almost throwaway line in <i>The Guardian</i>'s bombshell NSA cryptography story. After pages of shocking revelations, the article revealed one secret document showing that the NSA had "worked …

WiFi-equipped Arduino Yun now available for $69 (video)

If you were wondering what happened to the Arduino Yun after it missed its original June release target, you can relax: it's now on sale worldwide. As promised, the $69 (€52) design combines a garden variety Leonardo board with a WiFi system-on-chip running Limino, giving owners a customizable …

What’s a Bitcoin Really Worth? CoinDesk Thinks It Has the Answer.

As I write this right now, bitcoins are being traded on Mt. Gox, the embattled but most prominent bitcoin exchange, for about $132. At the same time, …

These are the codes you need to crack to get a job as a British cyberspy

A website, canyoufindit.co.uk, just went live. It contains 28 sets of five letters and one set of three letters. There are five answers. If you get them right, you may be on your way to joining GCHQ, Britain’s signals-intelligence agency, in either the “cyber and technical operations,” “maths and …

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