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Steve Ballmer's Advice for Startups

Steve Ballmer joined Microsoft in 1980 as the company’s first business manager, going on to replace Bill Gates as CEO in 2000. Before becoming CEO, his roles at Microsoft included senior vice president of sales and support, senior vice president of systems software and vice president of marketing. …

Intel's Processor Roadmap Leaves Uncertainty for Apple's 2014 Mac Updates

With Apple's Mac lineup beginning to show signs of aging, consumers are no doubt starting to wonder when they can expect updated models to hit the market. Apple's product update cycles are in large part driven by availability of new processors, so it pays to take a look at Intel's roadmap to see …

How Most Anyone Can Find Photos Of Secret Government Sites

Last August, Jeffrey Lewis saw a North Korean propaganda video, posted in April 2012, which showed its missile launchers holding intercontinental ballistic missiles, shot from an oddly-shaped building.<p>He was curious. So with a team of students, he modeled what the building would look like and …

Blizzard to fund competitive gaming at the college level

The world of competitive gaming revolves around young players, but it's not always easy for them to participate -- many of them are college students without the resources to host large tournaments. They'll soon get a helping hand from Blizzard, however. The <i>StarCraft II</i> developer is now promising …

DARPA publishes all its open source code in one place

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, sponsors a lot of technology through grants to universities and private labs, with projects running the gamut from robots to electroencephalography caps, to software and new programming languages. A lot of that knowledge is open source, but …

How Yahoo Can Get Its Search Mojo Back From Microsoft

Yahoo reportedly wants out of a deal that ties its search services to Microsoft, and is preparing new technological initiatives to reclaim its position in the search market.<p>According to Kara Swisher at Re/code, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is pushing two new initiatives called “Fast Break” and …

Apple’s Radical New File System May One Day Replace The Mac’s Finder [Patent]

A new Apple patent describes an invention that may one day replace the Mac’s Finder.<p>Referring to a method for classifying documents in such a way as to allow for a multi-dimensional graphical representation of their contents, the patent would move away from the way information is currently …

How “Candy Crush” is ruining the economy

The video game’s makers want to trademark the word “candy.” Behold: The sorry state of intellectual property law<p>Anyone who has played the game "Candy Crush Saga" for more than a few minutes has probably, at least on a subconscious level, grappled with the bankrupt soul of modern video-game …

This Apple iWatch Concept Design Is Simply Incredible

This story originally appeared on Business Insider<p>Everyone's hearts go aflutter at iWatch rumors, the supposed wearable wrist computer that Apple could launch as early as this year.<p>A designer named Todd Hamilton took a stab not only at what the still-speculative watch might look like, but how it …

Apple has the Mac to thank for its next generation of devices

When Apple introduced the Mac 30 years ago, it was already a successful computer company with the Apple II, a product that would continue to be successful for years after the launch of Apple's new darling. If it had taken the approach Microsoft had with Windows 1.0, and later Windows 8 and Surface, …

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Apple gushes on 30 years of making Macs

This year signifies the 30th anniversary of the Macintosh computer, and who better to reflect on this achievement than the almighty creator Apple? Cupertino has dedicated a corner of its website to such a retrospective, the focal point of which is an inspirational video starring several fans who …

4 Smart Designs For New Cities That Can Withstand Any Storm

Without serious preparation, most cities will be overwhelmed by rising waters. Here are some ideas for how to deal with climate change, from protective wetlands to shipping container reefs.<p>Since most cities are built next to water, the risk of floods threatens more people than any other natural …

MakerBot CEO: Replicator Mini 'like when people saw first iPhone'

Our whole goal is to make it friendly, superaffordable, and low stress. Then people just do it. They're not held back." --Bre Pettis, CEO of MakerBot

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30 Under 30: The Brightest Young Stars In Video Games

Every year, the reporters at Forbes look for up-and-coming stars in the industries we cover. We search for people who are doing groundbreaking work, disrupting traditional business models, and establishing themselves as leaders. You can see the results today in a package of stories we call 30 Under …

iPhone 6: Reviews, Details and Bending Problems

Design<p>Measuring in at 4.7 and 5.5-inches, the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus dwarf earlier iPhone models, but at the same time, the two phones became Apple's thinnest yet, measuring in at <b>6.9 and 7.1mm</b>, respectively. For comparison's sake, the iPhone 5s was 7.6mm thick.<p>According to Apple, the …

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Apple Acquires Rapid-Fire Camera App Developer SnappyLabs [Update: Confirmed]

Apple has acquired the one-man photo technology startup SnappyLabs, maker of SnappyCam, sources tell me. [Update 1/5/2014 9:15am PST: Apple confirms the acquisition.] The startup was founded and run solely by John Papandriopoulos, an electrical engineering PhD from the University Of Melbourne who …

Noted: A Simple Gesture-Based Note-Taking App

With the likes of Evernote, Simplenote and Drafts long-established in the note-taking app realm, any new entrant to the busy space really has its work cut out for it before things have even started.<p>But Denver-based development agency Tack has recently entered the fray with Noted, a beautiful, …

Obama administration mulls loosening tech hiring rules after ObamaCare rollout

The Obama administration, stung by the failures of the HealthCare.gov rollout, is considering loosening hiring rules for technology specialists and creating a new federal unit dedicated to big tech projects, officials said.<p>The steps, some of which President Barack Obama could announce this quarter, …

The Best iOS And Android Apps Of 2013

Congratulations, Planet Earth! We made it another 365 days without crashing into the sun. Go team!<p>It’s the end of the year, and that means three things: booze, ridiculous sunglasses with numbers on them, and lists. Lots and lots of lists. You’ve seen our list of best/worst gadgets of the year. Up …

The Hottest Startups Of 2013

On the search for the hottest startups of 2013 we sifted through more than 300 entries, looking at nominations submitted by founders, investors and FORBES writers. The nine companies chosen in conjunction with comments from our judges were either founded or first gained significant traction in the …

The top memes and viral videos of 2013

<b>A lot has changed since last year's round-up of the biggest viral hits, in which we met Grumpy Cat, the "overly attached girlfriend" and the One Pound Fish man.</b><p>As we begin to think back to this year, it's less "come and have a look, one pound fish..." and more "come and have a look... at our …

Flurry Finds Christmas App Download Spike Continues, But Lessens As People Get Used To Smartphones

Mobile analytics and ad platform Flurry has released its annual report on the state of app downloads over Christmas for 2013, and as is usually the case, consumers clearly went crazy for apps this year. Unwrapping a new iPad will inevitably prompt a spike in software downloads, but Flurry is …

Paul Graham Proves Sexism in Tech Is Still a Problem

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Once again, Y Combinator cofounder Paul Graham's mouth has landed him in hot water. The loose-lipped …

Here’s what to expect from augmented reality in 2014

Like mobile payments, augmented reality apps have so far been the type of thing that’s great in theory, less great in execution.<p>2013, however, might have turned that around. Or at least that’s what Ambarish Mitra, cofounder and CEO of augmented reality company Blippar, argues. With devices like …

Free online Android programming course starting next month

An online university will start a free online Android programming course next month, offering interested applicants the first notions needed to create apps for smartphones and tablets running Google’s mobile operating system.<p>Spotted by a <i>reddit</i> user, the eight-week long course offered by the …

13 of The Best Memes From 2013

The power of the collective conscious of the Internet is most clearly reflected in memes. These ideas or styles, which can take the form of anything from an image to a misspelt word, spread from person to person in the online world all across the globe, with a lot of them eventually reflected in …