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Twitter CEO Search Gains Urgency as Stock Slips, Executives Exit

Pressure on Twitter Inc.’s board is mounting.

In the three months since the company started searching for a new chief executive officer, the stock has …


iPad Pro planned for Sept. 9 debut with iPad mini 4; October pre-orders, November launch

Apple’s September 9th event is set to be one of the company’s largest events in history, as is reflected by the expansive size of its San Francisco venue. Besides a pair of new iPhones, the substantially revamped Apple TV set top box, and new bands for the Apple Watch, Apple is currently planning …

iPad Mini

The Blandification of Scalable Logos

Google introduced a new logo today. The memory of charm, but quite efficient.At first glance, it seemed exceedingly bland to me; the longer I look at …


Google’s New Logo Is Its Biggest Update In 16 Years

Google has a new logo that ditches the old serif look, and reacts to you in all contexts.

You will very soon notice that Google has a new logo that’s sleeker, brighter, and for the first time, animated. And then, you probably won’t notice it at all.

It’s been a long time since the Google we know has …


Check out this amazing manual for Atari arcade games from 1980

Atari, once the prosperous creator of popular arcade machines has mostly faded into irrelevance these days.

This beautiful, 186-page manual, for servicing your arcade machines is a peek into a different time, when Atari was at the top of its game.

Simply called “The Book” it’s an exhaustive, seven …

Arcade Games

Life After Content Blocking

By Jean-Louis Gassée Ad blocking started as an initiative by independent developers who wanted to improve our browsing experience. Now that at least …


Android Wear Watches Come To The iPhone—But No Third-Party Apps

Google brings its smartwatch platform to iOS. Part of it, anyway.

The rumors dating back to last spring were true: Google is announcing that smartwatches based on its Android Wear platform will henceforth work with iPhones as well as Android smartphones.

There are some catches. The biggest one is …

iOS Apps

How Google Stealthily Prepared Users For A New Smartwatch UI

In order to add new functionality to Android Wear smartwatches, Google first had to take some of it away.

A traditional watch face is the logical homescreen for any smartwatch. After all, we’ve worn watches specifically to glance at the time for over a hundred years. But thus far, Apple and Google …


Techmeme's Gabe Rivera: 'The home page can be really valuable'

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While publishers today constantly on the hunt for more pageviews and larger audiences, what they secretly really want is to …

Google Tells Developers How to Get Around Apple’s New Security Rules So They Can Keep Selling Ads

Apple says it cares a lot about privacy. Just ask Tim Cook.

Hence, its new iOS 9 operating system will boast a new feature, called App Transport Security, or ATS, which is supposed to require iPhone app developers to use an advanced security protocol. The idea is to keep the operating system lock …


Apple Is About To Lay Down Its TV Cards

Some of us have been waiting for Apple to drop its proverbial hammer on television for what seems like forever. A company with a strong sense of design, the ability to craft purposeful hardware and software and a penchant for cutting through the crap to deliver something you actually want to use …


Tesla Just Broke Consumer Reports’ Rating System. But That Wasn’t Its Goal.

The Tesla Model S P85D won the highest rating Consumer Reports has ever awarded.
Photo by JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images Two years ago, Consumer

Electric Vehicles

Apple Is About To Lay Down Its TV Cards

Some of us have been waiting for Apple to drop its proverbial hammer on television for what seems like forever. A company with a strong sense of design, the ability to craft purposeful hardware and software and a penchant for cutting through the crap to deliver something you actually want to use …


5 Great Free Apps For Coping With Day-Long Airline Travel

Itineraries, maps, time-killers, and more.

The only thing worse than traveling is traveling all…day…long. Between the layovers, the delays, the endless lines, it’s a wonder we don’t see more modern-day meltdowns.

Take these apps for a spin the next time you’ll be spending all day in airports. They …


At Long Last, Instagram Ends The Tyranny Of The Square

The image-sharing service now lets you go wide—or tall—for photos and videos that don't fit into its iconic square frame.

In its own way, it's been as defining a restriction as Twitter's 140-character limit. Instagram photos (and videos) come in one format: square. It forces the service's …


Almost None of the Women in the Ashley Madison Database Ever Used the Site

When hacker group Impact Team released the Ashley Madison data, they asserted that “thousands” of the women’s profiles were fake. Later, this number …

Ashley Madison

With Obi Smartphones, John Sculley Takes Old Lessons From Apple—And Pepsi—To New Places

These cheap phones for emerging markets are designed by an Apple veteran. And they'll be marketed like a cola.

John Sculley's new smartphones are not coming to a store near you anytime soon.

That's by design. The 76-year-old former Apple CEO—who ran the company in the years after Steve Jobs's ouster …

John Sculley

Amazon Curtails Development of Consumer Devices

Dozens of engineers who worked on failed smartphone are laid off as company retrenches Inc. flamed out with critics and consumers last year …


I Can't Stop Reading One-Star Yelp Reviews of National Parks

The National Park Service turns 99 years old on Tuesday. To celebrate, the Department of the Interior has waived admission fees for all NPS sites for …

Liberal News

Windows 10 automatically spies on your children and sends you a dossier of their activity

Kirk writes, "This weekend we upgraded my 14-year-old son's laptop from Windows 8 to Windows 10. Today I got a creepy-ass email from Microsoft titled 'Weekly activity report for [my kid]', including which websites he's visited, how many hours per day he's used it, and how many minutes he used each …

Microsoft Windows

An '80s Dream Come True: How Jim Henson's Digital Puppeteers Are Boosting Their Creative Output

Jim Henson had a vision of digital puppetry in the 1980s that is finally coming to fruition.

When you sit your kids down in front of Netflix to watch Word Party, an animated series debuting in 2016, the last thing they're going be thinking about is the intricacies of how it was made. And that's …

Jim Henson

Galaxy Note 5 design flaw: A backwards S-Pen can permanently damage the device [Updated]

Here's the Galaxy Note 5 with the S-Pen out.4 more images in galleryThe Galaxy Note 5 has a novel new S-Pen slot design. The Pen inserts flush into …


Faster Gogo In-Flight Wi-Fi Coming, but Not Soon Enough for Frequent Fliers

Inflight Wi-Fi provider Gogo said Monday it has received regulatory approval for a new technology that promises 20 times the bandwidth of its current service.

Anyone who has used Gogo’s often poky in-the-air Wi-Fi service knows that any increase in speed can’t come soon enough. However, the newly …


Mozilla CEO threatens to fire person responsible for anonymous hate speech on Reddit

An anonymous person complaining about "social justice bullies" at Mozilla will be fired if the person is discovered to be an employee, the company's CEO said today. Speaking at Mozilla's weekly public meeting, Mozilla CEO Chris Beard said Reddit user aioyama had "crossed the line" in a series of …


Wide adoption of self-driving cars could be only 5 years away

Self-driving cars have entered the peak phase of their hype cycle, according to Gartner’s annual Hype Cycle For Emerging Technologies report, released earlier this week. Gartner’s hype cycle measures the public’s expectations for emerging technologies as they are developed and adopted. After …

Car Tech

Uber is testing a feature similar to bus routes

As Uber continues to push for route efficiency, it’s taking inspiration from public transit.

When it comes to ride-hailing apps like Uber and Lyft, the conversation is often about how they’re an alternative to traditional cabs, but in reality, they’re also an alternative to public transport.

Uber’s …


Google OnHub’s Biggest Challenge: Making The Wireless Router Loveable

The tasteful new router could be the gateway to a smarter home, but only if people start caring about routers in the first place.

In the mind of IDC analyst Jonathan Gaw, replacing a wireless router is kind of like getting a root canal.

Even if there was a way to make the procedure more tolerable, …


Interview: NYT reporter Jodi Kantor on the Amazon story, and what she would have asked Jeff Bezos

Workers come and go at Amazon’s campus in Seattle.Amazon employees recovering from serious illnesses are told their job performance is under review. …


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