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Russian propaganda in the Facebook age

<i>This article is written together with Cristian Rosu, a Romanian media expert who works for Kirchhoff Consult Romania, a corporation for Public Relations and Communications. Cristian has a BA in Philosophy from the University of Bucharest. More articles and social media analyses by Cristian can be</i> …

How to Get Off iCloud and Replace Apple’s Apps

Here’s an obvious statement: Apple makes excellent phones. Here’s an obvious, but somewhat less-often spoken statement: Apple also fills those phones …

Apps

The inside story of Apple's forgotten project to change how we explore the world from our computers

Apple called it QuickTime Virtual Reality, or QuickTime VR.<p>It's one of the strangest projects in Apple history: Started during the years when Steve Jobs was busy with NeXT, it was ahead of the tech industry by decades but was unloved in its later years, and eventually was wound down.<p>"When QuickTime …

Hammered Pocket Watch for Apple Watch

Transform your Apple Watch into a classic pocket watch. This Bucardo pocket watch accessory fits into the band slots of the Apple Watch; simply slide …

The Year of the Political Troll

For Democrats who have relished the spectacle of Republican infighting, this is an uncomfortable time. On Saturday, the Nevada Democratic Party convention descended into chaos after sixty-four potential Bernie Sanders delegates were deemed ineligible. Some Sanders supporters reportedly tossed …

Democratic National Convention

The Many Myths of Making Star Wars, Busted

The creation of a saga as big and iconic as <i>Star Wars</i> has led to many tall tales about its production. While there’s a certain romanticism to the …

A Couple in Chicago

<i>On May 26, 1996, Mariana Cook visited Barack and Michelle Obama in Hyde Park as part of a photography project on couples in America. What follows is excerpted from her interviews with them.</i><p>M<i>ICHELLE</i> O<i>BAMA:</i> There is a strong possibility that Barack will pursue a political career, although it’s …

Why Apple teaches its factory workers how to write calligraphy

These classes also teach fun skills, such as calligraphy or graphic design, Apple revealed in its annual supplier report published on Wednesday.<p>The worker in the photo doing calligraphy works for Foxconn, Apple's primary assembly partner.<p>Over 558,000 employees at Apple partners took Supplier …

Google’s New Web Starter Kit Is A Boilerplate For Multi-Screen Web Development

For a long time now, Google has offered developers a set of what it believes are best practices for modern web development. Today it is going beyond just providing this information by launching the Web Starter Kit, a boilerplate kit similar to HTML5 Boilerplate that includes templates and tooling …

White Death

Listen to this episodeIn April of 1938, representatives from the USSR approached the Finnish government and expressed a concern that Nazi Germany …

Mein Kampf

Recommended Reading: Star Wars visuals and Square's data gold mine

<i>Recommended Reading highlights the best long-form writing on technology and more in print and on the web. Some weeks, you'll also find short reviews of books that we think are worth your time. We hope you enjoy the read.</i><p>The Man Who Literally Built Star Wars<br>by Jeremy Singer, EsquirePocket<p><i>Esquire</i> …

Google Appears to Be Testing a Stunning Gmail Overhaul

Google is constantly testing new designs and features, but Geek recently spotted a beautiful new visual overhaul of Gmail’s web interface.<p>The leaked images show a radically simpler inbox with less clutter and a big focus on email itself. These leaked desktop designs also match up with a previous …

Test-driving Acompli: Could an email app be reason enough to go back to the iPhone?

Is a particular email experience reason enough to switch smartphones, or even platforms? For me, the answer was yes. I recently retired my iPhone 4s and began using the native Android Gmail app on an HTC One. Why? Here are just two reasons: I can archive or respond to emails from the lock screen …

BluClik remote helps keep hands on wheel, not phone

Control your digital media in the car without fumbling with your phone thanks to iSimple's Bluetooth remote.<p>For many older cars, plugging your phone into the auxiliary audio input is one of the easiest, most universal ways to bring your digital audio library and a wide range of streaming media apps …

Gear & Gadgets

The difference between coders, programmers and engineers

April 28, 2014 | 5:31 AM<p>Embed Code<iframe src="https://www.marketplace.org/2014/04/28/tech/difference-between-coders-programmers-and-engineers/popout" frameborder="0" width="100%" height="240px"></iframe><p>Copy<br>• Close<p>Embed Code<iframe …

Silicon Valley

Big Changes Are Coming To Google Search Results -- Are You Ready?

Face it: We’ve gotten too used to our familiar search results. The simple lists, the basic titles, the easy tags and categories; they’ve all been with us since the dawn of the search engine age. 2013 saw a few changes in search engine results page (SERP) format, but for the most part, our SERPs …

U.S. Armed Forces Sickened After Fukushima Meltdown Get Help From Online Fundraising

Mike Sebourn served at a U.S. Navy base in Japan after the Fukushima nuclear meltdown, measuring radiation and decontaminating aircraft. Nathan Piekutowski spent the days after the disaster with the Marine Corps, passing out water to survivors near the stricken power plant.<p>Today, nearly three years …

UN launches e-reader initiative in Tanzania

The United Nations has launched an initiative piloting the use of e-readers in two settlements in western Tanzania.<p>The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has partnered with nonprofit enterprise Worldreader to provide four secondary schools in Tanzania with e-readers containing …

Kevin Spacey on dead dogs and deviousness in 'House of Cards'

Netflix original drama <i>House of Cards</i> has won plaudits from critics, a Golden Globe award for actress Robin Wright, and a potential third season. But in a lengthy interview with the show's star Kevin Spacey — who plays scheming Congressman Frank Underwood —<i>The Wall Street Journal</i> notes how much of a …

Review: Scrivener, the must-have software for would-be novelists everywhere

‘Writing a novel’ seems to be one of the default items on most people’s wish-lists. Most never start it, and most of those who start it never finish it, but if you want to make a serious attempt, using Scrivener would definitely be the biggest favor you could do yourself.<p>I must admit that the idea …

'Cuddle hormone' oxytocin can stimulate brain activity in autistic children

Could there be an inhaler for autism? That's a legitimate question. For years, researchers have studied the possibility that a hormone called oxytocin could help autistic people better understand social interactions. Often known as the "love hormone" or "cuddle hormone" for its ability to bring out …

7 Facebook Statistics You Should Know For An Engaging Facebook Page

<i>This post was originally published on the Buffer blog.</i><p>One of the things we focus on most at Buffer is the best time to post to Twitter and Facebook. This is because we want to help you get more engagement with your audience, which is beneficial for everyone.<p>While the best time to post is definitely …

Ex-Nokia engineers launch Jolla smartphone

Engineers who worked on the MeeGo OS for Nokia before it was ditched in favour of Microsoft Windows have launched their first smartphone since leaving the company to continue their work<p>A team of engineers who worked on the MeeGo operating system for <b>Nokia</b> before it was ditched in favour of Microsoft …

Mobile Technology

Dropbox Is All Business On The Same Day Amazon Announces Competing Product

At Dropbox’s office on Wednesday, employees milled around in ties and collared shirts–foreign attire for any Silicon Valley startup–as the San Francisco-based company announced plans for a revamped business service. It was prescient timing too, as CEO Drew Houston and his cloud storage firm prepare …