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How to build a 4K Hackintosh on the cheap for fun and profit

This slideshow requires JavaScript.<p>Over the years, building ‘Hackintosh’ computers has become both a lot easier and more popular. For those unfamiliar, a Hackintosh is essentially a machine running OS X on non-Apple approved and manufactured hardware. There are many reasons to build a Hackintosh …

Nintendo Rejects All Wii U Game Pitches From Indie Devs in Japan

Nintendo is rejecting all pitches from Japanese indie developers looking to create and publish games on its Wii U console at the moment.<p>The video game juggernaut confirmed to CVG that it wasn’t accepting applications from developers based in its domestic market “at this time”.<p>The decision is in …

Tumblr Users Are Revolting Over Anti-Porn Policies

We first saw news of the petition on The Daily Dot.<p>Recently, Tumblr blocked users from searching for blogs posted under hashtag categories like #NSFW (Not Safe For Work), #Gay, #Porn, and so on.<p>Also at play: Many in the Tumblr community are still upset Yahoo bought the blogging network, and see the …

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Why Intel will continue to shrink even in the absolute best-case scenario

For years, Intel has been shrinking. Quarter after quarter (after quarter), the company’s performance has roughly tracked the dismal showing of its biggest customer, the PC industry. In the press release accompanying Tuesday’s disappointing quarterly results, Intel’s newish CEO Brian Krzanich, for …

Mobile

Could the NSA use Microsoft's Xbox One to spy on you?

Skype swore wiretaps weren't possible before recent reports. Is Kinect next?<p>You close a laptop when you're not using it. Your phone faces the inside of a pocket, a purse, or lies flat on a table. But the Microsoft Kinect, a camera that will come connected to every new Xbox One game console, gets a …

'Excel killer' Tableau moves to the cloud

Tableau Software made an announcement today it feels is its most significant since going public: It is moving to the cloud.<p>Seattle-based Tableau originally filed for its IPO in early April and promptly became a Wall Street darling. The company held a press conference to unveil its “Tableau online” …

Google and Microsoft spent a combined $3.4B on infrastructure last quarter

Advertisement<p>7 Comments<p>Google and Microsoft both announced their latest quarterly earning on Thursday, and while neither was ideal from an investor …

How Firefox OS plans to kill — not reinvent — the app store

Mozilla has posted another video about Firefox OS. Intended for app developers, the clip explains a bit about how and why distribution will work in a world without app stores.<p>In this world, the mobile web rules, and apps can be found anywhere, through any mechanism, all over the web, all over the …

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All Time Favorites<p>We put Shark Tank's bizarre and amazing products to the test<p>4:02<p>The tech 'Back to the Future' predicted for 2015 -- and what it missed<p>5:50<p>Emoji dos and don'ts<p>2:49<p>Super-creepy 3D-printed cape responds to onlookers (Tomorrow Daily 248)<p>7:53<p>Behind-the-scenes of Disneyland's 60th …

Back to the Future

All Charged Up: Engineers Create A Battery Made Of Wood

The big idea behind Joe's Big Idea is to report on interesting inventions and inventors. When I saw the headline "An Environmentally Friendly Battery Made From Wood," on a press release recently, I figured it fit the bill, so went to investigate.<p>The battery is being developed at the Energy Research …

Sorry, but the Internet doesn’t change who you really are — it reveals who you really are

Advertisement<p>7 Comments<p>The more connected we get, the more we seem to hunger for disconnection. The more devices and services we use, the more we …

The Guy Who Designed Twitter's Logo Only Made About $3

He designed it for iStockPhoto, a subscription-based site that offers thousands of pictures for customers to use in designs and other projects.<p>When the Twitter founders were browsing the site in search of a company logo, their decision to use Oxley's bird earned him three or four dollars, but it …

Press shots for the ZTE U988S leak, unveil the world's first Tegra 4-powered smartphone

It has been a little over six months since Nvidia unveiled its next-gen Tegra 4 processor. While we were genuinely impressed with its performance and especially its monster 72-core GPU, it seems smartphone OEMs were not as impressed, as most of them opted for Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 600 and 800 …

Mobile Technology

Online Learning Is Broken, And Versal Wants To Fix It

What’s wrong with online learning companies like Udemy, Lynda and their ilk? According to a new company called Versal, it’s that their lectures are boring. Low-tech, even.<p>“Existing courses are really just PowerPoints or videos,” said Versal CEO Gregor Freund. “They’re really only taking advantage …

E-books are booming in Russia, but up to 95% of all downloads are pirated copies

Despite the recent decline in reading in Russia and the stagnation of the local book market, interest in e-books continues to grow, as demonstrated by the Knigabayt E-book Expo recently held in Moscow. A recent infographic released by RBTH, indicates that 70% of Russia’s readers read ebooks, with …

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Gigaom | Barnes & Noble throws out its CEO, but that won’t save the company

Advertisement<p>Barnes & Noble (s BKS) announced late Monday afternoon that its CEO, William Lynch, is leaving after three years in the role. While …

Fugitive tweets 'catch me if you can'; caught

A woman flees to Mexico, perhaps in the belief that she won't be caught there. Her confidence reportedly spills over into a tweet. It is misplaced.<p>Being a fugitive has its excitements.<p>Why, I try to run away from myself every day, and that can be quite twisted fun.<p>However, should you be on the run …

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France removes disconnection penalty from three-strikes anti-piracy law

The most contentious part of France's three-strikes law has been the suspension clause: one (alleged) piracy offense too many and you're cut off from the internet. The country is backing off from that aggressive policy with a new decree banning disconnections. From now on, judges can only issue …

BlackBerry’s going to try to sell more phones before it agrees to sell itself

BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins put on a brave face for the company’s annual shareholder meeting today, just a few weeks after the firm reported an earnings loss that sent its shares plummeting. Heins said BlackBerry is still in the middle of its turnaround plan and asked investors for patience. He …

Mobile Technology

Pandora's PR problem: how the web radio titan became music's big villain

The company has made few friends with its pitch for lower royalties<p>When Tim Westergren says something about music, it's easy to believe him. He not only possesses rock-star good looks and a background as a pianist, but he also co-founded Pandora, the web's most popular radio service. Each month, …

A clear look at LG's upcoming Optimus G2 (update 2: video)

There's still one month to go before LG officially unveils its Optimus G successor, but thanks to an anonymous tipster, we have a pretty clear idea of what it'll look like. Similar to the G2 leaks we've seen in the past, this upcoming Android flagship falls more in line with the (LG-made) Nexus 4's …

Apple's iMessage Experiencing An Outage, Is Down

Apple’s iMessage users are reporting the service is experiencing an outage. It’s not currently clear how many are affected and whether or not this is part of a broader issue.<p>A quick search on Twitter for “iMessage down” shows that many are experiencing the issue. The first report of the problem we …

Google brings voice back to Gmail w/ new group chat features, free calls to US & Canada from other countries

<b>From 9to5Google:</b><p>When Google rolled out its new unified Hangouts messaging service, some users were disappointed that the new experience within Gmail removed the ability to place free calls within the US and Canada. Google previously confirmed that the feature would be returning and today it …

Microsoft Releases Fourth Anti-iPad Ad Highlighting Windows 8 Multitasking Capabilities

Microsoft has launched a fourth anti-iPad television advertisement, once again highlighting the iPad's inability to run multiple apps at the same time.<p>In the ad two baseball scouts using an iPad and a Windows 8 tablet vie to sign same player, with the Windows 8 user coming out on top thanks to the …

Flexible 'electronic skin' can help heal, detect touch and temperature

Surgeons could one day restore lost feeling in humans by using artificial skin that's been augmented with flexible sensors, and a new development from researchers at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology may bring that closer to reality. The research team has developed a flexible sensor that …

This phone app lets Chinese women try on plastic surgery for size

Selfies, the young American term for self-portraits taken with a cell phone, just took a new turn in China. A new version of a recent Chinese smart phone app allows users to enhance photos of themselves by widening their eyes, lightening their skin or adding long eyelashes—in other words, attempts …

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iOS 7: Designed for Apple's next billion customers

There are a lot of things that you can say about the reaction to Apple’s next version of iOS, its software for iPhones and iPads. It’s new, it’s very, very different and it’s a dramatic departure from the way Apple has approached the design of iOS over the last five years.<p>Over and above any …