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Tsuyoshi Nishikawa and his wife Rina look every bit the modern Japanese couple as they walk cheerfully along a street in Tokyo’s sparkling Marunouchi district.
The stylish pair live in Saitama prefecture, just outside the capital. Mr. Nishikawa, dressed in a crisp navy jacket and suede shoes, works …Japan
In a quiet bankruptcy court in Charlotte, N.C., closed to all but court personnel and people who’d signed strict confidentiality orders, attorney Garland Cassada laid out the inner workings of one of the longest-running and most lucrative schemes in the American litigation business.
Arguing for a …Asbestos
Intel Corp. (INTC) is in talks to buy Altera Corp. (ALTR) in a deal that would be the chip-making giant's largest takeover ever.
Terms of the potential deal and its timing couldn't be learned, and it is possible there ultimately won't be one.
With a market capitalization of $10.4 billion before The …Intel Corporation
With the launch of the highly-anticipated Apple Watch just a month away, Apple has already updated a set of pre-existing apps, fine-tuned for the wearable device. However, only a select group of credible companies have been given the privilege to start early, as regular developers will have to wait …Apple Watch
A new Chrome extension for Meerkat brings features from the mobile app to the Web so you don’t need to jump onto your phone to be fully immersed in a stream.
Meerkat Plus, an unofficial extension for Chrome, adds chat to the Web interface, along with the ability to like, retweet or comment on a …Plugins
Plex, the popular media server application, has just received a major update on Android. Version 4.0 brings a revamped user interface with Material …Plex
Silicon Valley is enamored of “disrupters,” those shrewd, brave men — it is almost always men — who are hailed for enduring years of ridicule and risking everything to shake up the conventional order.
Now, in Ellen Pao, the Valley has found its newest disrupter. And the conventional order she has …Silicon Valley
We knew Pebble's recent Kickstarter endeavor was doing well. Earlier this month the Pebble Time became the most successful Kickstarter product ever when it passed the $13.4 million mark. Now, the funding period is over and Pebble Time has raised a total of $20,338,986 from 78,471 backers. The …Kickstarter
Are you a Periscope or a Meerkat?
A month ago, that question didn’t make any sense, but boy what a difference a month can make.
On Thursday, Twitter launched Periscope, its standalone livestreaming app, to rival the incumbent industry leader, four-week-old Meerkat, a similar app that took off at the …Meerkat
Earlier this month, Facebook announced that it would be "making page likes more meaningful" by nixing inactive accounts. So if your page had 10 million likes, 1 million of which were from inactive accounts, you suddenly dropped down to 9 million. This is far from the first time that Facebook has …Facebook
Edward Snowden can now add "artist" to his resume. Or, more accurately, "person tangentially responsible for the creation of art." The Victoria & Albert Museum in London is hosting an exhibition next month that features a smashed MacBook Air and Western Digital hard drive that once contained leaked …Art
Micron and Intel, and separately Toshiba, have revealed that solid state drives (SSDs) as large as 10 terrabytes will be available to manufacturing partners as early as next year.
Ultimately, it’s still pretty early days for the multi-layer chip technologies that make such capacities possible, but …Intel Corporation
Google is working on an exciting new feature for YouTube: videos you can't watch! Blame your shitty computer and internet connection.YouTube has been …YouTube
We Heart It, a visual bookmarking service popular with teenaged girls, is transforming itself into a messaging app with the launch of new feature called Postcards.
In a previous era, young girls sat around with fashion magazines and scissors and cut out their favorite inspirational images, turning …Women's News
Razer's entry into virtual reality may not be as ballsy as HTC's or Samsung's, but it could be just as important. Back in January the gaming manufacturer revealed Open Source Virtual Reality (OSVR), a project that offers a hardware design and software framework that anyone can build VR devices and …Virtual Reality
Justin Bieber jokes will flood the Internet Monday night when Comedy Central premieres a “roast” of the pop singer.
Unfortunately, most of the chatter will come via text even though sarcasm, vocal cadence and other keys to making a one-liner punch are best captured on video. It's just that videos of …Web 2.0
Mobile job discovery service Jobr has updated its iPhone app with a redesigned interface and new features. It’s also launching on Android today.
In addition to a new look, the updated iPhone app now adds the ability to sign up via Facebook, import your resume and customize every aspect of it to …iPhone
This morning saw dueling announcements in the world of live-streaming apps. Twitter finally pushed Periscope to the public, and Meerkat announced it had raised a pile of cash with strong connections to Hollywood. Right now Meerkat has the hype, coming off a strong SXSW and high-profile celebrity …Meerkat
Live-streaming apps are the thirstiest of all media. A Facebook post wants a like, a tweet begs for favs, and a snap means little without a response. But for sheer drop-everything, look-at-me arrogance, nothing beats the push notification that says "LIVE NOW." I’m doing literally anything, the …Periscope
Just 11 months after HTC's longtime chief of design, Scott Croyle, was revealed to be leaving the company, one of his former allies who stepped in to fill the void has also departed. HTC has confirmed that Jonah Becker has left the company, having previously served as its head of product design. …HTC
Biology-inspired robotics company Festo has revealed its latest animal robots -- cooperative ants and lightweight butterflies.
The family of animal …Robots
Jia Yueting, the billionaire founder and CEO of Chinese internet video site Leshi TV (LeTV), has compared Apple to the Nazis in a poster teasing the launch of LeTV's new smartphone. The image was posted to Jia's verified Weibo page (with more than 5 million followers) and shows a cartoon Adolf …Asia
YouTube introduced videos that play at 60 frames per second last year and ones viewable in 4K resolution in February. Now, the website is starting to experiment with videos that are both silky smooth and ultra high-def. TechCrunch has spotted a low-key, semi-secret playlist comprised of only six …YouTube
There's Twitter, but no Facebook yet
Pre-orders for the Apple Watch don’t begin for another two weeks and sales don’t begin for four, but the App Store team has already approved two dozen third-party apps for the new device.
The list below, scraped from the App Store by 9to5Mac’s Zac Hall, was …Apple Watch
Remember Plague, the social sharing app with the slightly off-putting name that picked up some steam at the end of last year? We called it ‘Tinder for information” at the time and marvelled at its rapidly growing user base.
Now it’s had a confusing name change, rebranding as Plag**, and added a …Realtime
Vines are about to start looking a bit nicer. Over the "coming days," the Vine app will start to roll out support for higher quality videos — Vine's blog post suggests that it's bumping the resolution of each video up from 480p to 720p, which is a decent improvement. Of course, the videos still …Vine
The trend toward anonymous social applications may be on the downswing for some, but others believe there’s still a place for online discussions where users don’t have to reveal their real identity. Case in point: Cloaq, the anonymous app where users never had to provide an identifying piece of …Social Networks
Using Periscope, Twitter's new app for live streaming, but can't find any streams worth watching? A new account run by the service may be able to help.
The app has launched Periscope TV, a curated account that retweets links to broadcasts from celebrities, journalists and other notable users.