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Google's Trojan horse: how Chrome Apps will finally take on Windows

The web alone is not enough<p>Today, on Chrome's fifth birthday, Google is announcing the rollout of what it's calling Chrome Apps. Don't feel bad if you're confused by the name. Chrome has been serving up web apps since 2010 when the Chrome Web Store opened up alongside the launch of the Chrome OS. …

Revealed: how US and UK spy agencies defeat internet privacy and security

• NSA and GCHQ unlock encryption used to protect emails, banking and medical records • $250m-a-year US program works covertly with tech companies to insert weaknesses into products • Security experts say programs 'undermine the fabric of the internet'<p>• Q&A: submit your questions for our privacy …

Why Apple ditched its skeuomorphic design for iOS7

Are you ready to join the future? That seems to be the subtext of every tech presentation of the 21st century, but for Apple, acknowledged leaders in …

With iOS 7, Apple Shows It Will Tolerate QR Codes – But Not Further Their Cause

Apple had a great big belly laugh at the expense of near field communications (NFC) at its WWDC keynote this year, but it also quietly adopted a tech that has received an equal amount of general scorn (if not more): the QR code. Apple actually built a QR code reader into iOS 7 – yes, right into the …

Siri's Going Through Puberty, but Not Fast Enough

Apple's Siri is coming of age. No, there are no signs of pop music addiction, menstruation or mood swings, but this week we saw some other strong …

Apple and Samsung -- the odd couple of the tech world

Apple is trying to steer more work to other suppliers, but that's easier said than done, says The Wall Street Journal.<p>Apple and Samsung are arch-rivals in the mobile market and in the courtroom but they still need each other to do business.<p>A story from Monday's Wall Street Journal highlights the …

Wall Street

PRISM Whistleblower Snowden is Applying to 15 Countries for Asylum

Edward Snowden, the man that blew the whistle on the NSA’s and GCHQ’s widespread internet surveillance activities is seeking asylum in 15 different countries, a Russian official said.<p>According to the LA Times, the Russian Foreign Ministry official said that Snowden met with a diplomatic official on …

Nokia solidifies mobile broadband role by buying out Siemens’s NSN stake

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Credit: NSN<p>Nokia(s nok) is buying out Siemens(s si)’s stake in their 50-50 telecoms equipment joint venture, Nokia Siemens …

Israel’s Altair gets another $25M to build its LTE superchips

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Credit: Shutterstock / alphaspirit<p>Israel’s homegrown LTE device chipmaker Altair semiconductor has raised another $25 million …

Stealth clothing is the Google Glass defense we’ve been waiting for

The surveillance age is here, and it’s tough not to feel a bit helpless about it.<p>With cameras pinned to buildings, embedded in smartphones, and floating in the sky, it’s impossible to imagine going outside and not being photographed at every turn. And the rise of Google Glass will only make it …

How Reddit moderators took down a mischievous meme kingpin

While Reddit's administrators take spamming and manipulation seriously, its official police can't realistically patrol the site's endless boroughs of cat photos, politics, and "Scumbag Steves." But the social sharing site's volunteer moderators are notoriously powerful within their own Reddit …

HP revisiting smartphones: Will they run Android, Windows Phone or BlackBerry?

Advertisement<p>8 Comments<p>After buying and then abandoning the Palm webOS smartphone platform, HP(s hpq) will reportedly re-enter the market with a …

Smart TV manufacturers subjected to 'coercive sales tactics' by Google, says ETNews

Smart TV providers who wish to use HTML5 for their streaming ecosystems have been running into a wall with YouTube, according to Korea's <i>ETNews</i>. It said Google has insisted TV makers place the app on their systems' main page and pass a Smart TV "browser conformity test" at its US headquarters, too. …

The Bing challenge: with iOS 7 and Windows 8.1, search could be Microsoft's new platform

Redmond opens up to developers to take on Google<p>Earlier this year, the head of Microsoft's search team, Qi Lu, unveiled a new approach for Bing: the concept of a broad search platform that could feed into Microsoft's own products and third-party offerings. It seemed ambitious, and certainly felt …

Amazon Expands GameCircle Services to Android Devices

Amazon expanded GameCircle, its dedicated mobile video game platform for supporting achievements, leaderboards and save game syncing, to support all Android devices for the first time today.<p>The support means that all video games available to Android devices can now integrate the service and begin …

Apple applies for 'iWatch' trademark around the world

Following months of reports about Apple’s upcoming foray into wearable electronics, the company is now seeking to trademark "iWatch" in Japan, reports <i>Bloomberg</i><i>.</i> Many are convinced that Apple is working on a smartwatch product, but so far Cupertino has kept more or less quiet — save for Tim Cook’s …

Mobile

Scientists Confirm Three Potentially Habitable Planets Around A Nearby Star

<i>Astronomers from the European Space Observatory have confirmed that there are three potentially habitable worlds around the red dwarf Gliese 667C.</i><p>Scientists at the European Southern Observatory announced today that they’ve confirmed the existence of three planets existing in the habitable zone of …

Digg Reader open to the public with web and iOS apps

It's later than Betaworks promised, but Digg Reader has finally opened up to the public and the service is integrated into Digg's iOS app too. Digg's hotly-anticipated RSS reader has been in beta for about a week, after a development period of about three months. And the new reader, on both the web …

Google And Apple May Bring Us A Console War We Didn't See Coming

Last night, the Wall Street Journal brought us news that Google has now set its sights on making its own Android-based video game console. The kicker? This is supposed to be in response to Apple doing the very same thing.<p>Google and Apple video game consoles? Are the Xbox One and PS4 dead already? …