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Say goodbye to Micro$oft – the new Microsoft is all about openness

Remember Metro apps? Those restrictive, full-screen only programs that used to come from the Window Store? If you’re running Windows 8 or 8.1, those …

7 stealthy tips and tricks for Apple Watch

So, you just got your shiny new Apple Watch and you’ve doubled down on learning how to use its all-new interface. That should keep you busy for a while.<p>There are still a few things that you might not know about it, however, especially these not-so-obvious tips and tricks for Apple Watch we’re going …

Apple Watch

Medium Is Building The Future Of Brand Storytelling

Medium is a website that exists in the space between a number of inherent contradictions.<p>The blogging platform is ostensibly democratic in that …

Social Media

Freshdesk Raises $50 Million To Keep Pace With Zendesk And Salesforce In Customer Service Cloud

When startup Freshdesk raised $31 million dollars last June, the company said it was preparing for the bubble around enterprise tech valuations to burst. Now less than a year later, Freshdesk has gone back to the well for another $50 million—but this time, it’s looking to keep pace.<p>That trimming to …

Startups

How we got our first 5 million users … with no marketing budget

We didn’t have the money. So we got creative.<p>Chances are if you’ve just started a tech company, you won’t be in business for long. As many as 90% of …

Lightroom 6 arrives with performance improvements and new tools

Adobe’s latest version of the photo editor is no revolution<p>Photographers and photo editors are about to hear some long-awaited news: Lightroom 6 is now available. It's available as part of an Adobe Creative Cloud subscription — where it's called "Lightroom CC" — and as standalone software. But the …

Tutorials

The Complete Guide to Medium for Marketers

<i>This post first appeared on Buffer.</i><p>Imagine starting a blog with zero overhead. Imagine having a place online to write your thoughts, tips, and learnings and share with a built-in audience and an immediate potential for viral traffic. Imagine a really great writing app.<p>Hate spammy ICOs and crappy …

Infographics

Mind-boggling images from 25 years of the Hubble Telescope

NASA launched the Hubble Space Telescope, 25 years ago this week, on April 24, 1990. The $2.5 billion project has transformed the way the public and …

SocialRank Launches Instagram Analytics Tool

It’s debatable whether Instagram has outstripped Twitter in terms of active users, but what’s certain is that brands and individuals love the photo-sharing social network.<p>What many of them don’t love is the lack of useful tools for understanding more about their followers. That’s where SocialRank …

Social Media

Facebook says its latest News Feed change is for users. But as always, it's to make Facebook more money

I'm not precisely sure when, but at some point Facebook stopped being a mere social network and became the most important media company in the …

Social Media

An Astronaut Reveals What Life in Space Is Really Like

Dan Winters<p><b>There’s no way</b> to anticipate the emotional impact of leaving your home planet. You look down at Earth and realize: You're not on it. It's …

Worse

I’m Marco Arment: a programmer, writer, podcaster, geek, and coffee enthusiast.<p>Amazon announced this week that it’s increasing the price of Amazon …

When Your Boss Is Too Nice

Yes, it can be pleasant to work for someone who is kind and thoughtful but there’s a difference between bosses who are pleasant to work for and those who avoid conflict at all costs. Managers in the latter category don’t give tough feedback, shy away from going to bat for their teams, and give in …

Why Good Managers Are So Rare

Gallup has found that one of the most important decisions companies make is simply whom they name manager. Yet our analysis suggests that they usually get it wrong. In fact, Gallup finds that companies fail to choose the candidate with the right talent for the job 82% of the time.<p>Bad managers cost …

World of Warcraft beats trolls in fight over 1996 “virtual worlds” patent

A Boston court delivered a big blow Thursday to a company that claims to own “virtual worlds,” rejecting claims that game maker Activision(S atvi) …

Everything You Need to Know About the Bitcoin Protocol

<i>This research is courtesy of Sander Duivestein, professional speaker and trendwatcher at VINT, the International Research Institute of Sogeti, and Patrick Savalle, founder and technical director at Mobbr crowd payments.</i><p>Bitcoin is big news again. The digital cryptocurrency is on the frontpage of …

25 years after inventing the web, Tim Berners-Lee invites users to help draft global “bill of rights”

Tim Berners-Lee, the British scientist who effectively invented the web with a proposal 25 years ago, has used the anniversary to establish a …

Developers overwhelmingly liked the iOS 7.1 changes – how about you? [Poll]

Back in January, when Apple released the third beta of iOS 7.1 to developers, we asked them what they thought of a whole bunch of specific changes, and whether they preferred the iOS 7 or 7.1 versions. Developers overwhelmingly favored the changes.<p>You can see below how developers voted on the …

Japan in the 1950s

After Japan surrendered in 1945, ending World War II, Allied forces led by the United States occupied the nation, bringing drastic changes. Japan was disarmed, its empire dissolved, its form of government changed to a democracy, and its economy and education system reorganized and rebuilt. Years of …

Computer Genius Builds Language That Lets Anyone Calculate Anything

Controversial mathematician Stephen Wolfram is about to release a programming language with the goal of being able to quickly do just about any calculation or visualization on just about any kind of data a person could want.<p>Wolfram, creator of the widely used mathematical software Mathematica and …

Synology gets even better w/ version 5.0: Why every Mac & iOS user should have a DiskStation

I’ll admit, I’ve never felt the need to purchase network-attached-storage (NAS) hardware for storing and accessing my media or backing up my files. These days most of my content, from photos and movies to back ups of important files for work, are already stored in the cloud. My photos are (supposed …

Cotton Candy

ClearSlide Raises $50M From The Social+Capital Partnership, Greylock To Help Make Sales Presentations More Effective

ClearSlide, a SaaS company that helps make sales representatives more productive, has raised $50 million in Series C funding led by The Social+Capital Partnership with all current venture investors, including Greylock Partners, Bessemer Venture Partners, and Felicis Ventures participating in the …

Smarterer Lands $1.6M To Bring Its Skill Testing And Assessment Technology To The Enterprise

In an effort to usher in the post-resume era and make the job application process less of a headache, Smarterer developed a platform that provides job searchers with an easy way to show off their skills to employers. Through its crowdsourced, online quizzes, candidates can measure their skills …

42, An Online Platform Bringing Big Data To Brick-And-Mortar Retailers, Makes Its Debut

Y Combinator-backed online retailer platform and former TechCrunch Disrupt participant, 42, is today making its official debut. The company, founded only a year ago, is working to turn raw point-of-sale data into actionable insights for brick-and-mortar businesses that can help them boost their …

WhatsApp: The inside story

In early December, Wired's editor David Rowan spent three days with the WhatsApp founders and was given unprecedented access to them and their …

The Experimental Enterprise

Being data-driven is a hot phrase: but what does it mean in practice? It’s not about finding analytical fairy dust that you can sprinkle to make everything better, but a deep-rooted approach to operations, innovation and competition. Creating an organization designed for data-informed decision—the …

Apple Patents Autocorrect Review System, Language Auto-Detect For Mobile Messaging

Apple has patented a system that could greatly reduce the volume of material available for blogs like ‘Damn You Autocorrect,’ should it ever make its way to shipping software. AppleInsider spotted the filing with the USPTO today, which describes a way in which autocorrect changes are highlighted to …

Twitter Acquires Over 900 IBM Patents Following Infringement Claim, Enters Cross-Licensing Agreement

Twitter announced today that it has acquired over 900 patents from IBM, and that it has entered into a cross-licensing agreement with the Internet services and software company. IBM had issued a complaint against Twitter previously for patent infringement, as reported in an S-1 filing ahead of the …