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Facebook Dispels Any Remaining Confusion: You Are Its Product

In a proposed update to its data use policy, Facebook outlined new features that it says will make sharing information easier, but which also clear up any misconceptions you might have had about what you mean to the company. Yes, you are the product.<p>Facebook, Now With More Faces Recognized<p>You might …

Pressy: the one-button Android controller so cool it was Kickstarted in under a day

If Kickstarter had a 24-hour funders club, Pebble and the Bolex Camera would be welcoming Pressy today. In under a day, the multifunction Android controller has more than doubled its $40,000 goal (raising $108,435 from 4,889 backers as of this writing) and with 45 days left to go, the numbers keep …

Vine gets better with age: How screens, speed and networks are changing the future of online video

Advertisement<p>3 Comments<p>Earlier this morning when sitting in the San Diego Airport while waiting for my flight, I did what most people do these days …

New Facebook report shows over 25,000 government requests for user data worldwide

Facebook is opening up its ledger of government probes for user information, revealing over 25,600 separate requests in the first half of 2013. Today, the company launched its "Global Government Requests Report," a chart laying out how often various countries order Facebook to give up data about a …

Windows 8.1 is officially finished, but everyone has to wait until October 18th

Microsoft is confirming today, after recent reports, that the company has completed Windows 8.1 and is releasing it to manufacturing (RTM). The finalization of the Windows 8 update means that hardware partners can now ready systems running Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1 for release on October 18th. …

Apple TV updated with Vevo, Disney Channel, Disney XD, Weather Channel, Smithsonian apps

Today, Apple has issued an over-the-air update to the Apple TV that brings several new content apps. Notably, in line with expectations, an app for the Vevo Music Video service has arrived. Also new are Disney Channel and Disney XD apps.<p>With Apple’s deep partnership with Disney, it is about time …

GarageBand for iPad: Creating Songs with ...

• <b>Author:</b> Robert Brock<p>GarageBand for iPad is truly a revolutionary tool that inspires the music maker in anyone by making song creation simple and fun. In this book you'll see how to use GarageBand's unique tools make it easy to explore the musical concepts of rhythm, chords and melody—even if you’ve …

After Syria chemical allegations, Obama considering limited military strike

As the West looks ready to act against Syria, accused of using chemical weapons against its own citizens, here are 10 instances when America has intervened, sometimes without authorization from the United Nations.<p>Since the Vietnam War, the United States has engaged in several military …

How Instagram for iOS straightens your photos

Although Instagram for iPhone has included the option to straighten images for some time, an engineering post published yesterday details how the Instagram team made it possible. Clicking on the icon in the app's post-processing menu uses data from your phone's accelerometer and gyroscope to …

Japan to introduce internet 'fasting camps' for addicted kids

Japan is planning to introduce Internet "fasting" camps staffed by education experts who will help children overcome their addiction to the online world.<p>More than 500,000 Japanese children between the ages of 12 and 18 are believed to be addicted to the internet, although the ministry of education …

Facebook introduces shared photo albums you can build with friends

Facebook has introduced a new feature that allows multiple contributors to build a single photo album. Up to 50 friends can collaborate on an album, …

Apple Patents Smart Home And Media Center Remote Control Via iPhone

The fabled Apple television set is still a fable, lo these many years after it first was whispered into the waiting ear of an analyst or blogger, but today Apple has secured a new patent (via AppleInsider) which could renew interest in rumors of Apple’s television plans, since it describes an …

Samsung Galaxy Note III camera rumored to pack 4K video capture, high-quality audio playback

What are you going to add to a smartphone series that's <i>already</i> gone big-screen, <i>already</i> has a stylus and already offers up a decent battery life? According to the <i>Korea Economic Daily</i>, Samsung believes adding a heavy-duty camera upgrade to 4K should do the trick. The news site's source (identified as …

Microsoft's Surface 2 could drop the 'RT' moniker

AdDuplex has spotted what it believes could be a pair of new Surface tablets accessing its Windows ad network. The advertising network says it "regularly" sees devices named "Microsoft Corporation Surface 2" and "Microsoft Corporation Surface with Windows 8.1 Pro" viewing its ads. The former device …

Logitech's latest wireless gaming mouse runs for 125 hours on a single AA battery

How many buttons does a gaming mouse really need? Who needs an 8200 dpi sensor, anyways? With Logitech's first new gaming mouse in a while, the Logitech G602, it's all about the batteries. Certainly, the $79.99 peripheral has 11 fully programmable buttons, the chassis feels well-sculpted to the …

99designs Finds Best Alternative Yahoo Logo

Yahoo announced earlier this month that it will introduce a new corporate logo on September 5, and that prompted the folks at crowdsourced design site 99designs to challenge its users to come up with a redesign — giving them full freedom to iterate on the Yahoo logo.<p>99designs announced the winner …