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This is how App Store rankings are manipulated

Image allegedly shows racks of iPhones used to download and rate apps<p>In past years Apple has said it's cracking down on the manipulation of App Store rankings through bot programs, but a recent image from Chinese social media site Weibo suggests the trade is alive and well using actual iPhones. The …

18 Libraries Every Book Lover Should Visit In Their Lifetime

If you love books, libraries are some of the most spectacular buildings in the world.<p>To celebrate these monumentally important buildings, we've complied a list of the most magnificent libraries on the planet.<p>From a library hidden in the forests of Beijing to one in Egypt that was designed like a …

6 Ways to Make an Impact in 2015 | Inc.com

A new year is a time to reconsider how you do things. It's a great time to contemplate the efficacy of your business practices and figure out what needs to be changed or improved. Do a simple assessment to determine which activities you need to start doing, which you need to stop doing and which …

Employment

10 best Steve Jobs emails

Steve Jobs has been dead three years, but his words live on -- and continue to be used against him.<p>Emails sent by Jobs have surfaced once again in a class action lawsuit brought against Apple (AAPL) for making iTunes the exclusive store for iPod music. Jobs' emails are characteristically frank, …

Apple Loop: iPhone 6 Release Dates, Apple Watch Pricing, And The iPod Classic Retires

Taking a look back at another week of news from Cupertino, this week’s Apple Loop covers the announcements of the iPhone 6, the iPhone 6 Plus, the Apple Watch, and Apple Pay; the missing healthcare software and sapphire screens; the renewed focus on iOS gaming; and we say goodbye to an old …

Square reportedly turned down $3 billion offer from Apple

Apple put mobile wallet payment platforms like Google Wallet, Square and PayPal on notice this week with the reveal of Pay, but before Cupertino decided to launch its answer to the wallet, sources tell TechCrunch the company was eyeing an acquisition of Square.<p>Square’s simplistic payments platform …

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Tim Cook Says Apple Working on Products That Haven't Even Been Rumored Yet

In an interview with Charlie Rose, Apple's CEO talks about the company's interest in TV, the legacy of Steve Jobs, and the acquisition of Beats.<p>With all the leaks around the latest iPhones and Apple Watch, it’s easy to assume that Apple can’t keep a secret anymore.<p>Easy, but wrong.<p>Apple CEO Tim Cook …

Facebook under fire from drag queens over 'real-name' rule

• Social network demands performers use their legal names • 6,800 sign petition, arguing policy can be harmful<p>Many in the drag-queen community are up in arms over a Facebook requirement that user accounts must be operated under “real names”.<p>The performers say Facebook has forced them to use their …

How to Craft a Compelling Storyline for Your Company

As mentioned in the beginning, the key to a consistent story about your business is that your entire team buys-in on what you’ve defined as your brand.<p>From the beginning, it’s important for the entire team to be involved in the process of creating your brand as well as providing their input on …

Part one of Charlie Rose’s full interview with Tim Cook now available online

The first half of the Tim Cook interview with Charlie Rose is now available to watch — in full — on the CharlieRose.com website. Cook discusses the thinking behind the Watch, purchasing Beats, partnering with IBM, how he and Steve Jobs discussed Cook becoming CEO and much more. Bitesize highlights …

Launch Of Apple's iPhone Fails To Dazzle In China's More Advanced Mobile Market

Applenew iPhone isn’t exactly getting rave reviews from those in the know about the advanced Chinese mobile market.<p>“Apple’s announcement vis-à-vis China is a non-event. The payment items that Apple introduced are not innovative at all compared to China. It’s not a breakthrough announcement,” said …

Inside The Growing Anti-Rape Technology Industry

Two weeks ago, a new nail polish that promised to detect date rape drugs took the media by storm. The product, developed by four male college students as a potential tool to address campus sexual assaults, sparked a passionate discussion about the most effective ways to tackle the issue. And …

Google Expands Further Into Biotech, Hardware With Lift Labs Acquisition

Google's distant past as simply an Internet company is one step further away.<p>The search company expanded further into its hardware and biotech realms Wednesday when it said it was acquiring Lift Labs, a small company that has built a high-tech spoon that stabilizes food for people with essential …

It's Tim Cook's Apple Now

The Tim Cook era at Apple emerged onto the public stage today in full force, and it bears subtle differences from Steve Jobs's Apple.<p>The Tim Cook era at Apple emerged onto the public stage today in full force, and it bears subtle differences from Steve Jobs’s Apple.<p>Jobs liked to say that Apple …

What Tim Cook Doesn't Think Enough People Know About Steve Jobs

However, Apple CEO Tim Cook told Charlie Rose in a long and heartfelt interview that he doesn't think that anything written about Jobs fully captures him. The one thing that Cook thinks gets left out is how Jobs was "one of the best mentors in the world."<p>"He was a great teacher," Cook told Rose. …

Say hello to the FBI's national facial recognition system

If you've ever been arrested in the United States, chances are strong that your fingerprints and criminal history are floating around in the FBI's Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System. It's apparently pretty good at what it does - it can sift through some 70 million subjects in …

Alibaba Flotation Gives Yahoo An Opportunity To Turn Things Around

Yahoo, which bought a 40 percent stake in the Chinese online giant in 2005 for $1 billion, still holds 22.4 percent of Alibaba. And the California company is expected to walk away with $7 billion to $9 billion by paring that stake down to 16.3 percent.<p>The huge public offering for Alibaba comes with …

How One Guy Used YouTube To Get Thousands Of Teens To Donate $75,000 To Charity

This weekend, Franta headlined the inTOUR LA convention in Pasadena, California, along with a dozen other YouTubers and Viners — all with hundreds of thousands (and for some, millions) of fans, followers, and subscribers across all social media platforms.<p>Franta, who makes vlog-style videos, has …

5 "Stupid" Ideas That Became Million-Dollar Businesses | Inc.com

There are only two kinds of "stupid" ideas in business: The kind that aren't pursued and the kind that don't make money. Does it really matter what anyone thinks of the pet rock when the "inventor" is laughing his way to the bank? The reality is that you don't have to create a way to change the …

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TouchPico Projector Turns Any Wall Into a Touchscreen

Handheld projectors are nothing new, but TouchPico from TouchJet offers a new twist that could be useful: the ability to turn any flat surface into …