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CIA confirms the world's worst kept secret: Area 51 is real

407-page document explains the site as a base for secret spy planes<p>After almost sixty years, and a ridiculously high number of pop culture references, the CIA has finally confirmed that Area 51 is real. As <i>The Atlantic Wire</i> reports, the revelation comes from a recently declassified document that …

This Is The Best Ad Campaign In App History

What better way for an anti-social app to get noticed than by insulting its target audience? London-based app design studio ustwo has just put up a pair of billboards in the hipster heartland of Shoreditch, East London, a stone’s throw from where its own studio is based, which brazenly proclaim: <i>You</i> …

Indonesian Instagram-Clone PicMix Gets Monetization Right From The Start

At first glance, the similarities between PicMix and Instagram are obvious. Both apps are photo sharing platforms with simple, square Polaroid-esque aesthetics, and display photos from friends in streaming feed.<p>But while Instagram is figuring out how to monetize, Indonesian startup, PicMix seems to …

How Samsung Got Big

The cellphones were stacked up high in the Gumi factory yard and more were coming out every minute. Phones, TVs, fax machines, and other gear shattered as it hit the concrete and Samsung CEO Kun-hee Lee and his board cracked the screens and cases with heavy hammers. Then they lit a bonfire and …

Diablo III players collectively burned 4.7B calories (infographic)

Here’s something you might not know: One mouse click burns 0.00142 calories. In action-role-playing PC games like Diablo III, you’ll click that mouse literally <i>thousands</i> of times. And according to developer Blizzard Entertainment’s statistics (assuming one monster death equals one click), all that …

Everything you need to know about the Xbox One (so far)

The mad scientists at Microsoft have finished building their next-gen creation and finally unveiled it to the world today. It’s a multimedia powerhouse that is ready to go head-to-head with Sony’s PlayStation 4. The Internet is buzzing with a confusing mess of details, so we decided to gather …

Xbox 360’s Kinect causes trouble for users during next-gen livestream reveal

Xbox 360 Kinect owners had some trouble today watching Microsoft's Xbox One reveal due to device's response to "Xbox" commands spoken during the livestream.<p>Several users took to Twitter to document their problems, which included pausing, opening Xbox Live or quitting the stream entirely. Polygon's …

Lenovo's IdeaPad Yoga 11S, the true successor to the Yoga 13, is finally on sale

Lenovo's IdeaPad Yoga 13 has been one of the most popular Windows 8 machines, combining an ultrabook's design and specs with a rotating, back-bending touchscreen. But the smaller Yoga 11 was underpowered by comparison, running Windows RT on an ARM processor. As of today, though, Lenovo is rolling …

Meet the Dudes Behind Dots, the iPhone Game of the Moment

By now you may have heard about Dots, the free mobile game that is singlehandedly responsible for at least a 27 percent decline in U.S. workplace …

iOS and Android Tripled the Games Revenue of Sony, Nintendo et al

Research firms IDC and App Annie have again joined forces to release their second quarterly report on mobile gaming, the key takeaway being that tablets and smartphones continue to dominate the handheld console space, making three times more revenue in Q1 2013.<p>Apple led the pack, overtaking the …

Facebook might have a billion users, but at least 10% of them aren’t human

This is James. He’s on Facebook. He has no idea what Facebook is. Because he’s a dog.<p>There are at least 100 million other accounts on Facebook like James’s—pets, brands, toasters. Yet Facebook appears to include them in the figures of “monthly active users,” which it lists in its quarterly …

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BILL GATES IS THE RICHEST MAN IN THE WORLD AGAIN

Bill Gates is once again the world's richest man, according to Bloomberg News.<p>It says Gates has taken the lead from Mexican magnate Carlos Slim thanks to Microsoft's rising stock price. It's at a 5-year high trading at ~$34 a share.<p>Bloomberg's Billionaire Index hasn't yet updated to reflect Gates' …

Facebook news feed too peaceful? Auto-play video ads are coming

Try all you want, you can't hide your love of auto-play ads from Facebook execs.<p>Facebook presumably heard how much we all enjoy auto-playing video …

Facebook's Mobile Ads May Be Annoying — but You'll Be Able to Hide Them Soon

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p><i>Original:</i> Facebook users are starting to get agitated with the social network's mobile ads — and …

Taco Bell Just Snapchatted A Bunch Of Customers

Taco Bell has become the first major brand to venture into the latest social media darling: Snapchat.<p>Yesterday the fast food chain tweeted that fans should follow it on the app, which allows people to send pictures that self-destruct in 10 seconds, for a fun surprise.<p>The message? An announcement …

Alone together: will one messaging app rule them all?

Great, I’ll text you later! Never mind, I’ll WhatsApp you later, or are you using Kik now? Ah, I remember, you switched to Viber. Just Facebook me, ok?<p>If you’re using a phone to send friends a quick message, it’s now more likely that you’re using one of these chat apps instead of SMS. In fact, …