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The Smartphones That Will Herald The End Of Their Platform

With a careful look back at the history of any recent major mobile platform, it’s possible to identify the handset that drove the platforms to success. It’s also possible to see the handsets where it started to go wrong. With half an eye on history, are any of today’s leading smartphones signalling …

BlackBerry hit by shareholder lawsuit claiming company misled investors

A class action lawsuit has been filed against BlackBerry by a shareholder, claiming the company misled investors about its future, including how the BlackBerry 10 smartphone line would fare against competitors.<p>The lawsuit seeks to represent thousands of shareholders who purchased BlackBerry stock …

Apple CEO Tim Cook Reflects on Second Anniversary of Steve Jobs’s Passing

Today marks the second anniversary of the death of Apple founder Steve Jobs.<p>His successor, Apple CEO Tim Cook, said today on Twitter that he’ll mark …

Back on the Bright Side: Silicon Valley in Vermont

Why did this company end up on the shores of Lake Champlain, rather than on the San Francisco Bay or Puget Sound?<p>Before I got derailed with the modern nullification follies, my wife and I were describing some of the surprising successes of people, ideas, and organizations in Burlington, …

500px photo-sharing app gets iOS 7 update, new looks and features

It might not excite as many as 150 million people, but the 500px update for iOS 7 could make a lot of its avid users' weekends. To keep up with the crowd, the photo-sharing network has refreshed its app's looks, getting rid of its unsightly black bezel for an edge-to-edge design accented with …

Careful what you tweet: Police, schools tap social media to track behavior

Marketed to police department, BlueJay Twitter-monitoring tool "has no IT requirements," explains the sales literature. "All you need is Internet and a browser." Also, $150 a month.<p>A teenager who claimed "sarcasm" after talking on Facebook about shooting up a kindergarten spent months in jail this …

Native vs. HTML5: How the auto industry is forcing change for the mobile web

<i>Michael O’Shea is the CEO and president of Abalta Technologies.</i><p>Today’s mobile apps are mostly native. However, in a lot of ways, HTML5 is a goldmine waiting to be discovered by developers. It has the ability to “build once and deploy to many,” meaning any device with a web browser can support them. …

How Apple has changed since Steve Jobs

Since Steve Jobs passed away two years ago Saturday, Apple has experienced no shortage of scrutiny.<p>Investors, the media and the public alike have targeted the company, accusing it of failing to innovate. Critics claim the company has lost its edge, merely updating existing products and not creating …

World Trade Center becomes tallest US building at 1776 feet

<i>(Photos: NBC News)</i><p>A crane lifted the last of a 408-foot tall spire on top of One World Trade Center on Friday, a capstone to an emotional 12-year effort to replace the twin towers destroyed by terrorists.<p>See more photos and read the complete story.

Matt Lauer shares awesome view from WTC spire

TODAY’s Matt Lauer opens Friday’s broadcast with a breathtaking (and, according to Savannah, stomach-churning) view from the top of One World Trade Center as workers prepare to lift the final pieces of the spire that will take the tower to its full height of 1,776 feet.

‘Incredibly emotional’: Watch spire top One WTC

Cheers erupt as the final pieces of the spire are put into place atop One World Trade Center, an accomplishment more than six years in the making. TODAY’s Matt Lauer reports from 1,500 feet in the air, saying he feels “a certain sense of personal pride” to see the spire completed.