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Google sincerely thinks that Google+ is the future of Google

It’s common currency in internet punditry circles that Google won the battle to dominate search while Facebook won the battle for social, and that Google+ is just a failed competitor to Facebook. But Google hasn’t given up.<p>It has been clear for a while now that, to make up for the fact that not …

Digitally simulated worm wriggles for the first time (video)

It's relatively easy to simulate life in an abstract sense, but it's tricky to do that cell by cell -- just ask the OpenWorm Project, which has spent months recreating a nematode in software. However, the team recently cleared an important milestone by getting its virtual worm to wiggle for the …

Computers at CES 2014: Chromebooks and hybrids, plus the birth of Steambox

The laptop and desktop of today is far removed from the models spotlighted at CES even a few years ago. Modern laptops are slimmer and lighter, and run longer, while nearly all new Windows PCs, including all-in-one desktops, have touch screens -- a practical requirement for the Windows 8 operating …

Meet Re.mu, The Social Network For Idealistic Style Lovers From Plurk’s Founder

Remember Plurk, the social network once considered a rival to Twitter, along with other microblogging sites like Heello, FriendFeed and the late Rejaw? Plurk is still trucking along with 10 million users (and recent funding from W.I. Harper) and now its founder, Alvin Woon, is working on Re.mu, his …

Tegra Note 7 gets updated with Android 4.3 and camera enhancements

A few things were missing from NVIDIA's Tegra Note 7 when it launched a month and a half ago, but the company promised that users would get a timely update that filled in some of the holes. That refresh, which includes Android 4.3 and a handful of other enhancements, is coming out to the $200 Tegra …

China Unicom launches a cloud of its own

Watch out Amazon: China Unicom just launched what Web Hot Review is calling a “full-service” OpenStack-based cloud under the Wo-Cloud brand.<p>The …

2013 was a lost year for tech

All in, 2013 was an embarrassment for the entire tech industry and the engine that powers it—Silicon Valley. Innovation was replaced by financial engineering, mergers and acquisitions, and evasion of regulations. Not a single breakthrough product was unveiled—and for reasons outlined below, Google …

Dark Tower: A Mac Pro Review Roundup

The first wave of reviews for Apple’s new built-in-the-U.S.A. Mac Pro workstation landed this week, even as the machine’s ship date slipped …

Christmas Shopping Rush Adds 1 Million More Amazon Prime Members

Amazon has revealed that it added more than one million new Amazon Prime members in the third week of December alone as shoppers pushed to finish their Christmas shopping ahead of the big day yesterday.<p>The growth in the service, which gives members free two-day shipping on a wide selection of …

Researchers show why the NSA's phone metadata is far from anonymous

Since the first of many leaked documents showed that the NSA has been gathering phone records en masse as part of its anti-terrorism program, there's been an ongoing fight over just what these records reveal. To supporters, the metadata collection is a limited system that's rarely queried and …

PlayStation Plus gets three of 2013's best games for free in January, including 'Bioshock Infinite'

Sony is kicking off 2014 by giving some of this year's best games to PlayStation Plus subscribers. <i>Bioshock Infinite</i>, <i>DmC: Devil May Cry</i>, and <i>Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons</i> will be added to the PlayStation Plus Instant Game Collection throughout the month of January. That's on the PS3 side; <i>Don't Starve</i> …

Keen On… Innovation: Is Silicon Valley Losing Its Mojo?

Perhaps best known for his definitive book about Facebook, David Kirkpatrick is one of tech’s smartest and best informed writers. He now runs a media startup called Techonomy, which — through a series of annual conferences in Detroit and Tucson — focuses on the impact of technological innovation on …

Twerking, what the fox says, and selfies: The biggest social media moments of 2013

In spite of rampant government and corporate surveillance, the lemmings of social media remained undeterred this year in their quest to share, share, share.<p>And all we got out of it was this lousy Harlem Shake. And a major life moment for Miley Cyrus. And a big reveal on what the fox says.<p>Here are …

Can’t Create a Nintendo ID? Nintendo Says That’s Because Its Network Is Flooded

For the record, when Nintendo’s 3DS update dropped a few weeks ago, I had no problems pulling it down, connecting online, linking up with my Nintendo …

Apple's iOS Completely Blew Away Google's Android For Shopping On Christmas

IBM put out a press release about what it saw during Christmas. It's not good for Android:<p>iOS vs. Android: As a percentage of total online sales, iOS was more than five times higher than Android, driving 23 percent vs. 4.6 percent for Android. On average, iOS users spent $93.94 per order, nearly …