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Android Creator Andy Rubin's Next Big Google Project: Robots

Amazon’s drone delivery experiment headlined the news earlier this week, but it seems that the next generation of technology is continuing to amaze. Google has revealed that it is working to create a new generation of robots, the New York Times reports.<p>The man behind Google’s robotics effort is no …

Google Now's voice commands brought together in a useful infographic

When Google Now first arrived with Android 4.1, many folks referred to it as the Google alternative to SIRI. In reality, Google Now is much more than just a simple digital assistant, levering the full power of the web and Google’s services to provide an experience that is worlds above the …

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The iPad finally gets a great productivity suite — and it’s not from Microsoft

A new, free productivity app for iPad enables you to create and edit Microsoft Word and Excel documents with a gorgeous user interface rebuilt for the iPad. It’s the app Microsoft wishes it built — but it’s actually from a small, publicly traded company called HopTo.<p>The Campbell, Calif.-based HopTo …

Android 4.4 KitKat heading to Nexus 7 and 10 starting today

Google has just announced that Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 owners will wait no longer for their upgrade to Android 4.4, as the OTA update is starting today. To be clear, however, the new code is only rolling to WiFi-only 7-inch slates, so folks owning tablets with mobile data will have to wait. Naturally, …

Billboard: YouTube building an on-demand music streaming service with free and paid tiers

The rumor mill's been churning out tales of a forthcoming YouTube music streaming service for months now, and today <i>Billboard</i> published a new story with a startling amount of detail about it. According to unnamed sources, YouTube's working on an on-demand music service with both free and paid tiers. …

Microsoft launches Remote Desktop app for Android and iOS

Microsoft has quietly rolled out its Remote Desktop app for Android and iOS, allowing PC users to access their Windows desktop from their phone or tablet.<p>The Remote Desktop app, which can be downloaded for free from Google Play and Apple’s App Store, lets users connect to a remote PC while on the …

At Apple, gold iPhone 5S is known as 'the Kardashian phone'

No, it didn't merely have some secret code name with numbers and letters. Apparently, the (relatively) blingiest of the iPhones was associated from the beginning with, well, a lack of taste.<p>Apple employees are often accused of excessive reverence for the brand and even for themselves.<p>They are said …

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Microsoft yanks Windows RT 8.1 update after users report machine-bricking boot errors

Windows 8.1 may be exactly what Windows 8 should have been, but that doesn’t mean it’s entirely stable.<p>Microsoft announced on Saturday that it’s pulled the Windows RT 8.1 update from the Window Store after finding that it was bricking users’ device.<p>While it’s still unknown just how many devices …

Mark Zuckerberg On The Real Beginnings of Facebook

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg made his annual appearance at Y Combinator’s Startup School event for a fireside chat with Paul Graham. In this conversation, he spoke about what he first built, never being afraid of making mistakes, and the movement that the social network has become to connect …

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Apple Releases MacBook Air Flash Storage Firmware Update to Test for Data Loss Issue [Updated]

Apple today released MacBook Air Flash Storage Firmware Update 1.1 for the mid–2012 MacBook Air. The update tests the flash storage drives in these models to look for an issue that "may result in data loss" for 64 and 128GB models.<p>In most cases, the update merely installs new firmware, but in some …

Apple can read your iMessages, security firm says

French security firm says communication sent over Apple's iMessage can be decrypted, despite what the company said earlier this year.<p>In June, Apple said that communication over iMessage is protected by "end-to-end encryption," and so secure that even the company itself "cannot decrypt that data." …

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Xbox One and PlayStation 4 make AMD profitable once more

AMD is profitable again. After over a year of substantial losses, the chipmaker managed to pull in a profit of $48 million for the third quarter of 2013, on an improved $1.46 billion in revenue. Needless to say, that's very good news for the troubled company, which lost $29 million last quarter and …

Windows 8.1 now available to download

Microsoft's Windows 8.1 update is now available to download. Windows 8 users will see a notification in the Windows Store with a prompt to upgrade to the new operating system. Microsoft has added a number of improvements with this update, including built-in Bing search, smart SkyDrive syncing, and …

Microsoft's new iOS and Android Remote Desktop apps let you control a PC from a phone

Microsoft is providing a new way for iOS and Android users to access their Windows PCs today. A new Remote Desktop app is now available for both operating systems, letting you simply connect to a Windows PC and control it. While a number of third-party solutions have existed previously, including …

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Twitter Announces It Will List On The NYSE Under TWTR

Twitter has amended its S-1 filing to note that it will be listing on the New York Stock Exchange under the TWTR symbol, a detail that was omitted from the original filing. The new document was uploaded to its EDGAR archive today. There is still no valuation or IPO estimation listed in the document.<p>…

Apple Event Set For Oct. 22 With New iPads Widely Expected

Mark your calendars on your iPad that will probably soon be outdated.<p>Apple on Tuesday sent press invitations to an Oct. 22 event, confirming days of online speculation. It will be Apple's first event since Sept. 10, when it unveiled the iPhone 5S and 5C.<p>The event will be held at the Yerba Buena …

Outlook.com for Android Gets Server-Side Search, Vacation Replies

Microsoft today updated its Outlook.com app for Android with four new features, including server-side search and vacation replies. You can download the new version now directly from Google Play.<p>Microsoft says this is a “significant update” to the app, that delivers (some of) the features its users …

Hewlett Packard faces off against Microsoft

Could it be that the most interesting battle in technology is not Apple versus Google, but rather Microsoft versus its long-standing hardware partners?<p>Yesterday at the company's analyst meeting, Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman acknowledged the growing heat with Microsoft, saying, "Current, …

Jony Ive's custom-designed Leica camera took nine months and 55 engineers to build

With the Product Red charity auction headlined by Apple designer Jonathan Ive and Marc Newson fast approaching, the two men recently sat down with <i>Vanity Fair</i>to discuss their involvement. As it turns out, Ive and Newson have been friends for decades, which they assumed would lead to a fairly …

25 of the most loved brands in America are tech (survey)

The iPhone is the most beloved brand in America.<p>NewMediaMetrics released the results of its annual LEAP survey today, which indexed the 25 most loved brands in the U.S..<p>Fifty percent of them are tech, and most of these are gadgets.<p>Four of the top 25 are Apple. The company ranked as the fifth most …

11 Hidden Messages in Company Logos

When Wendy's redesigned its logo in 2013, the company insisted the word "MOM" in the collar was unintentional. But plenty of other logos contain …

Android 4.4 KitKat will let you choose your own default texting app

Android users will be able to choose third-party apps to handle their text messaging by default when the operating system's next big update, version 4.4 KitKat, eventually launches. On its developer blog, Google notes that many third-party SMS and MMS apps have already been made using workarounds …

Google Hangouts finally takes a cue from iMessage with rumored SMS support

Google Hangouts may soon get the one feature it always seemed designed to have: SMS support.<p>The addition could finally make it to Google’s messaging app with Hangouts 1.3, reports AndroidPolice, which acquired purported screenshots of the update.<p>SMS support in Hangouts seems like such an obvious …

Google Play Games: Key Player Stats, Alerts, More Cloud Save Storage

Google today announced three new features in Google Play Games Services: key player stats, alerts, and double the Cloud Save storage. In other words, the company is making it easier for developers to understand what players are doing in their game, manage their game features, and store more data in …

Forget Terabit networks; new multicore fibers could signal the Petabit age

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>Some interesting experiments in fiber optics could dramatically improve the data rates of our backbone internet networks. …

Samsung Asked The Obama Administration To Lift A Ban On Products That Supposedly Violate Apple Patents And Obama Said No

The ITC ban said a handful of Samsung's smartphones and tablets violated Apple patents and will no longer let the devices be imported into the U.S.<p>The issue is very similar to one Apple faced in August. That was when Obama overturned an ITC ban that blocked imports of some older models of the …

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Office for iPad to debut after touch-friendly Windows version

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has revealed that the company is planning to bring Office to the iPad with a touch user interface. Speaking at a Gartner event in Florida today, Ballmer said "iPad will be picked up when... there's a touch first user interface." That touch first interface appears to be …