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There are 12.5 unprotected versions of the average American’s personal information on the web

Safe Shepherd is a company that searches the web for all the public records available on Americans, and then presents them in a dashboard. Try it for yourself—it’s free—and the results are almost guaranteed to be unnerving. The information is mostly innocuous, and includes your address, phone …

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University of Georgia stops plant photosynthesis to generate solar power

There's a more efficient way to harvest energy from the backyard than by wiring up hapless critters. Researchers at the University of Georgia have proof: they've discovered a way to generate electricity from plants through hijacking the photosynthesis process. By altering the proteins inside a …

The Money Shot

The sale of Instagram to Facebook for a cool billion in the spring of 2012 was the ultimate Silicon Valley fairy tale: 18 months from launch to offer. But, for co-founder and C.E.O. Kevin Systrom, it was more of a roller-coaster ride, with several missed opportunities, at least two “aha” moments, …

Twitter Is Hiring To Get Into The News Business

But now the company is gearing up to take it a step further.<p>Twitter recently posted a job listing seeking someone to lead up its news and journalism department.<p>We first saw the news on The Guardian.<p>"You will be responsible for devising and executing the strategies that make Twitter indispensable to …

Leaked Microsoft 'memo' says next-gen Xbox won't require constant internet connection

The long-running, controversial rumor that Microsoft's Xbox 360 successor would demand an internet connection for all aspects of its functionality has finally been put to rest. <i>Ars Technica</i> is today reporting that an internal Microsoft memo — which it claims was sent to all employees working on the …

Grow First, Ads Later: Facebook’s Strategy For Desktop, Mobile, And Now Instagram

When you’re spreading like wildfire, why douse the flames to make a few bucks? Facebook’s willingness to wait on advertising helped its site and mobile apps grow massive, and now it’s applying the same strategy to Instagram. Wall Street is clamoring for Facebook to earn back the $700+ million it …

Bloomberg: Jony Ive’s new software design role could lead to delays for iOS 7

Not much news coming out of a new Bloomberg piece today on Sir Jonathan Ive’s new software design role. Earlier this week, 9to5Mac first reported on some big upcoming changes to iOS spearheaded by Ive based on multiple sources who have seen or been briefed on the new “flatter” OS. While echoing …

These Laser-Cut MacBook Lids Will Take Your Mac Décor To An All New Level

Putting a sweet decal on your MacBook’s lid is cool and all, but if you’re looking to take things to another level with your MacBook decorating skills, maybe you you should try cutting some artwork into it with a laser.<p>The process of laser cutting artwork into your MacBook’s lid isn’t easy, but the …

'Drop' is a finger-twisting minimal masterpiece from 'Minecraft' creator Notch

Markus "Notch" Persson, the man behind <i>Minecraft</i>, has launched a new browser game called <i>Drop</i>. While the stark graphics are based around a cube, that's about the only similarity you'll find with his previous block-building sensation; <i>Drop</i> is a game about typing speed and word play. One by one you type …

The story behind Google's fleet of campus bikes

A <i>Wired</i> report takes a detailed look at the bicycle culture that pervades Google's campus. The company's vast collection of bikes for employee use is fairly well-known by now. The company keeps 1,300 bikes at its Mountain View campus—around one per five workers—as well as some more bizarre models …

LG’s first flexible OLED phone due before the year is out

LG plans to launch a flexible OLED smartphone before the end of the year, the company’s VP of mobile has confirmed, though it’s unclear to what …

Mobile

Samsung Mobile boss says not to worry about which CPU is in Galaxy S4

The head of Samsung Mobile and the co-CEO of Samsung Electronics J. K. Shin has told buyers that it doesn’t matter which processor is running in their new Galaxy S4 and that most people won’t notice a difference, nor will they really care. The new Samsung Galaxy S4, which is launching this week, …

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Huawei backs out of US network equipment market, citing 'geopolitical reasons'

Following last October's Congressional report stating that Huawei’s networking equipment poses a national security risk, the business group in charge is announcing plans to back out of the US market, reports <i>IDG</i>. On Tuesday, Carrier Network Business Group CTO Li Sanqi announced that "apparently, due …

If You Pre-Ordered Google Glass, Here’s What To Expect Once Your Number Is Called

If you were one of the people who signed up last year at Google’s I/O conference to be a part of the “Glass Explorer” program, you might be getting your instructions on how to actually…purchase the thing and get it into your geeky little hands.<p>In case you weren’t sure, Google Glass is real, and …

Hopscotch for iPad Makes Coding Kid-Friendly

More and more schools have been ramping up STEM education — science, technology, engineering and math — in the classroom. Even the White House has …

Tech Is Letting Go Of The Follower Count

The Internet's popularity metric of choice is growing increasingly irrelevant. But what comes next?<p>In the early days, Facebook and Twitter felt a bit like games. Search and find old friends! Follow people indiscriminately with the hope of guilting strangers into following you! Use hashtags, jump on …

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This Is How Your Gmail Should Work

The iOS Gmail app went through a huge overhaul late last year that brought with it much more functionality and a better interface but those changes haven't translated to every Gmail app.<p>Designer Paul Burke has dreamt up this great Gmail concept that deeply integrates Google's Siri-like service …

Could Kickstarter's Policies Trigger An IRS Tax Audit?

On April 1st, 2013, Kickstarter released a “tax guide” for project creators that will lead thousands of creatives to fall under IRS tax audits as well as their contributors. The tax guide started with the best intentions, but the execution is beyond wrong. This is a WARNING to all Kickstarter …

Google Glass Packaging Looks a Lot Like Apple iPhone Packaging

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>The first few hundred Google Glass headsets are now in the hands of the luck "Explorers" who coughed …

WhatsApp grows bigger than Twitter

WhatsApp, the almost free messaging app, now has more users than Twitter and carries more messages than Facebook, according to its chief executive.<p>The service has attracted more monthly users than the 200 million claimed by Twitter, Jan Koum told a <b>technology conference</b> on Tuesday. He did not …

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Ubisoft Montreal CEO: next-gen consoles will blur all the lines and create new ways to play

With over 2000 staff and a range of triple A games, Ubisoft Montreal is one of the largest and consistently most interesting mainstream developers in …

Future iPhone Displays Could Use Sapphire Crystal Instead of Glass

- Apr 12, 2013<p>While Apple’s designs always get high marks for pure aesthetic value, the company has often been criticized over the durability of …

Verizon announces contract changes regarding upgrade eligibility

Verizon has just announced that it will be making a few changes concerning upgrade eligibility for customers under two-year wireless contracts. It also announced changes that affect the discontinued New Every Two program and the shared upgrade option that is available for all its …

Analyst: iPhone 5S Will Have Larger Camera, New Fingerprint Technology, Same Screen Size

Topeka analyst Brian White today issued a new research note summarizing his thoughts on the phone he calls the iPhone 5S, expected to be released this summer. Most notably, he seems to have reversed his prior assertion that the next iPhone will have multiple screen sizes, noting that at a trade …

Startup CEO Wields Small Antenna In TV Streaming Battle

A top executive at News Corp. dropped a bombshell this week when he said the company is considering taking Fox's over-the-air network to cable. The announcement follows a court win for a startup company that streams broadcast channels online.<p>That startup's CEO, arguably the most feared man in …

Apple eyes future devices with flexible displays

A flexible-display iPhone or iWatch may be on Apple's to-do list after all.<p>The company has already shown interest in flexible devices by filing a few patent applications aimed in that direction. A recent job ad and still more patent filings provide further hints that the technology is on Apple's …

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Even the Twitter Elite Say It's OK to Hate Twitter Now

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>For a while now, every time some curmudgeon came along to complain about "how terrible Twitter has …

CHART OF THE DAY: Facebook Dominates Social Logins — But Google Is Closing The Gap

When users on the web are asked to log in to a site, they most often choose Facebook over Twitter, LinkedIn or Google rather than registering anew, according to data from Janrain, which tracks social logins.<p>Facebook has become hugely dominant as the social login of choice but Google gained some …

LinkedIn Elicits Gasps, Cheers For Talent-Spotting Algorithms

In the next few months, expect lots of cheers, dismay and debate about LinkedIn’s newest big idea: customized alerts that tip off recruiters to “People You May Want to Hire.” These handy lists — fueled by advanced computer algorithms with built-in learning capability — will be tantamount to digital …