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Google submits plans to expand Silicon Valley headquarters

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Google Inc submitted plans on Friday for a vastly expanded headquarters at the Silicon Valley city where the tech giant is based, presenting a bucolic vision of movable structures to be built under curving and translucent canopies.<p>An artist's rendering of the proposal to …

Silicon Valley

Design firm wants this round wooden phone to be your family heirloom

See that wooden round thing above? That's a smartphone -- a real, working smartphone with a high-res screen and a camera, and not just a concept that will never come to life. Just imagining how to take calls on it without a headset or how to access websites on it is giving us a headache, but it's …

Tim Cook says terrorism should not scare people into giving up their privacy

In the second half of The Telegraph’s interview with Tim Cook, Apple CEO Tim Cook has reaffirmed his position on privacy. Cook says that whilst currently consumers do not understand the ramifications of sharing their data with third-parties, “one day they will”.<p>Moreover, Cook openly objects to …

HTC One M9 hands-on video leaks onto the internet

HTC's new flagship, the One M9, will be anything but a surprise when it is announced tomorrow at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. After a number of major leaks, a hands-on video of the new device has found its way onto the internet.<p>The video confirms everything we already knew: the M9 looks much …

Phones

She & Him Announce Covers Album, Classics, Share Dusty Springfield Cover "Stay Awhile"

<b>Update</b>: They've shared the cover, which you can see above, along with a tracklist and a streaming version of "Stay Awhile", which you can see below.<p>She & Him, aka Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward, have announced their new album <i>Classics</i>, the follow-up to 2013's <i>Volume 3</i>. The band's first record for their …

Soul Music

Sleater-Kinney - Bury Our Friends

England

Future Islands Perform With Strings and Brass for 4AD Session, Expand Tour

Future Islands have recorded an installment in the 4AD Sessions video series. They perform several cuts from this year's <i>Singles</i> accompanied by a string quartet and brass section. Below, watch performances of "Sun in the Morning", "Doves", "Light House", "A Song for Our Grandfathers", and "Seasons …

Music Festivals

Spoon Expand Tour

<i>Photo by Tom Hines</i><p>Spoon have added a handful of dates to their current tour in support of this year's <i>They Want My Soul.</i> Check out the amended schedule below. They've also announced a performance on "The Daily Show With John Stewart" that will take place October 30.<p>Read our discography-spanning …

San Diego

Kenny Chesney Preps the Big Revival Tour 2015

After parking his tour bus for more than a year, the country megastar will return to the road on his 47th birthday<p>Fresh off the triumphant debut of</i> …

Annie Lennox turns nostalgia trip into a dull ride

Annie Lennox, late of Eurythmics fame, is on shaky ground. "Nostalgia" (Blue Note), the title of her sixth studio album, is a loaded word, one which does not bode well for an artist once famous for pushing the outer edges of pop showmanship. And its premise, basically an American songbook rehash, …

Taylor Swift: 1989

When it comes to Taylor Swift and supercatchy Eighties pop gloss, too much is never enough<p>When Taylor Swift decides to do something, the girl really …

Get Reader Mode back in Chrome beta for Android

Reader Mode in Chrome beta lets you view just the text and inline images on a website, making it free from ads. Unfortunately, you now have to manually enable this feature. Read on to find out how.<p>Getting access to all the newest features in an app may come with a side of disappointment. As …

Apps

YouView boxes finally granted the BBC's new iPlayer and red button features

The BBC's extensively redesigned iPlayer has been gradually lumbering its way onto different compatible devices since it was first launched earlier this year. YouView's hybrid Freeview/IPTV set-top boxes have, until now, been sorely neglected, which is <i>somewhat</i> strange given the BBC is one of …

Sprung From The Ashes Of Formspring, Spring.me Raises $5M To Create The “Friendliest Social Network”

Spring.me, the new social network that was previously Formspring, has raised a total of $5 million in debt and equity seed funding from investors including Right Click Capital, Tank Stream Ventures, Nextec Strategic Capital, and Rubicon Project Founder Craig Roah. The company plans to use the …

Former Apple retail head Ron Johnson raises $30M for intriguing online shopping startup

Ron Johnson, who headed up Apple’s retail operations for almost 12 years, has raised $30M in funding for an intriguing-sounding online shopping service due to launch next year, reports the <i>WSJ</i>.<p>The new company is called Enjoy, and Mr. Johnson says its goal is to change the way people buy and use the …

You can soon watch a doc about virtual reality on Oculus Rift

If you'd rather that your non-game Oculus Rift experiences be nonfiction, it looks like that wish is coming your way rather soon. Next week, <i>Zero Point</i> hits Steam and it offers full 360 degree views of a Department of Defense military training camp, a beach scene and even the <i>extremely</i> crowded LA …

Create a keyboard shortcut for Yosemite's Dark Mode

With a simple Terminal command, you can create a keyboard shortcut to toggle Dark Mode on and off.<p>OS X 10.10 Yosemite introduced Dark Mode, which replaces the bright colors of the menu bar, Dock, and application's submenus with black. You can enable Dark Mode via System Preferences, but if you find …

Keyboard Shortcuts

Facebook wants to bring back the anonymous chatroom

Remember in the late '90s when you would kill time in AOL and IRC chatrooms or post on Usenet? You'd strike up conversations with strangers about subjects you were all interested in, say "The X-Files," container gardening or The Fugees.<p>Facebook wants to bring some of that community back with a fun …

Procter & Gamble plans to spin-off Duracell

Consumer product megacorp Proctor & Gamble has just announced that it'll spin-off Duracell into its own separate company. The announcement comes as part of a move to pare down brands and focus on the 70 to 80 most profitable. Though P&G said that the Duracell has "attractive operating profit …

iHeartRadio for iOS Updated with Support for CarPlay

Radio streaming service iHeartRadio has updated its official iOS app to include support for Apple's CarPlay iOS vehicle integration feature. Users can now search and play any live or favorited radio station through their CarPlay-compatible in-dash car system, and can also listen to archived …

This app will hack Continuity to work on your older Mac

Continuity is one of the best features of iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, allowing your iPhone, iPad, and Mac to all operate more seamlessly together than ever before. But there’s a problem: Continuity requires Bluetooth 4.0 LE to work, and many older Macs don’t have it.<p>But don’t despair. A new tool has …

Blloon App Encourages Ebook Reading By Letting Readers Earn Free Pages

Berlin-based startup Blloon has launched an app that aims to get more young people reading ebooks by applying a freemium model to the medium — gifting a certain number of pages (1,000) when a user signs up, so they can get started reading straight away. That’s enough freebie pages to read up to …

50 Things Nintendo Wants You to Know About Super Smash Bros. Wii U

Some of us, myself included, were worried Nintendo’s <i>Super Smash Bros.</i> for Wii U wouldn’t make 2014. But then Nintendo ska-kawed our disquiet at the …

Retrogaming

Samsung Galaxy S5 4G+ to arrive in Europe this month

Samsung has announced a new version of its Galaxy S5 smartphone, the Galaxy S5 4G+. As the name suggests, the handset is designed to offer faster 4G/LTE data speeds than the standard model.<p>Hardware wise, the Galaxy S5 4G+ shares the same display, RAM, memory, and aesthetics as the regular flagship. …

Phones

Bitcasa Ends Unlimited Storage

Reminder: there’s no such thing as a free lunch.<p>Bitcasa, a cloud storage service that initially made waves with a low cost unlimited storage offer is scrapping this option entirely — claiming it’s not being used enough to justify the high costs of dealing with a small group of what it dubs Terms of …

G3 Screen is LG’s first phone powered by in-house Nuclun processor

Remember Odin? LG’s long running in-house mobile SoC project is finally coming to fruition in a brand new G3 variant for the Korean market.<p>LG announced today the release of the G3 Screen, a 5.9-inch variant of the G3 powered by a Nuclun processor, designed by LG in-house and built by chip foundry …

Mobile Technology

Deezer Acquires Talk Radio App Stitcher

Streaming music service Deezer has acquired Stitcher, an app for listening to talk radio and podcasts. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed, but the company plans to continue to support Stitcher’s apps.<p>Sometimes referred to as “Pandora for podcasts,” Stitcher combines programs together to make …

Amazon Visa Rewards Card Now Compatible With Apple Pay

According to reports on Twitter, Reddit and <i>MacRumors</i> forums, Amazon's Visa Rewards card is now compatible with Apple Pay. Amazon reportedly enabled the feature today, moving quickly to bring the mobile payments service to consumers who were disappointed in Amazon for not supporting Apple Pay at …