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iPhone and Android fans are raiding reviews of the CurrentC payments app

Thousands of one-star reviews have hit CurrentC in the App Store and on Google Play<p>Many retailers have been less than responsive to the Apple Pay mobile payments system. Rather than accept fees that banks charge for making the transactions, Walmart, Best Buy, and others disabled NFC in their …

'Reading Rainbow' revival is the most popular Kickstarter project ever

The hit children's reading show gained big support from Seth MacFarlane, Veronica Mars, Pebble, and OUYA<p>It's one for the record books. <i>Reading Rainbow</i>, the popular and critically acclaimed children's educational series from the 1980s, has become the most popular Kickstarter project yet in terms of …

YouTube takes on crowdfunding and e-sports rivals with donations and 60fps video

YouTube has launched a raft of new tools for video creators to lure them away from Kickstarter, Indiegogo and Twitch.<p>YouTube is taking on rival video websites with a raft of new features for video creators. The site takes on crowdfunding Kickstarter and Indiegogo with new options for donating to …

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Apple Might Finally Solve Photo Storage Hell

<b>Editors Note:</b> <i>Brenden Mulligan is a co-founder and designer at Cluster, a web and mobile app which enables users to create private social networks around interests and experiences.</i><p>We take a bazillion photos with our phones and digital cameras. The digital images mostly just sit, clogging up our hard …

Netflix receives new logo and subtle website makeover

Desktop only for now<p>The Netflix website now looks cleaner and more modern, thanks to a redesign that includes a slightly transparent top bar and a palette of white and light greys. The streaming giant's previous, white-on-red logo has also been conspicuously replaced by the simpler version seen in …

Dear Google: don't screw up Android

KitKat made the best of Android accessible to more people than ever, but what will the next version do?<p>The history of Android has always been about <i>more</i>. From its inception with the T-Mobile G1 in 2008, Google’s mobile operating system has sought to compete by having more features, higher specs, and …

Paper Isn't Catching On, And Facebook Has To Decide What To Do About It

The bigger question: Can the tech giants still make new things?<p>Facebook's mobile reader app Paper — an app that <i>TechCrunch</i> called "years ahead of its time" and <i>The Verge</i> said far surpassed the actual Facebook app — has actually lost users since its launch in February, according the web metrics …

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Computer passes 'Turing Test' for the first time after convincing users it is human

A ''super computer'' has duped humans into thinking it is a 13-year-old boy, becoming the first machine to pass the ''iconic'' Turing Test, experts say<p>A ''super computer'' has duped humans into thinking it is a 13-year-old boy to become the first machine to pass the ''iconic'' Turing Test, experts …

Apple's on-stage HealthKit goof proves it still has to earn the trust of the health community

Monday at Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference, an image flashed up on the screen behind VP of Software Engineering Craig Federighi. It was a screen shot from Apple’s new Health app (or a mockup thereof), showing a user’s blood glucose level.<p>But Apple biffed the measurement for blood glucose …

Netflix is slowly killing off Silverlight & switching to HTML5, with Safari support starting today

Netflix keeps edging away from Silverlight, Microsoft’s multimedia plugin.<p>The streaming media giant today announced that it’s switching to HTML5 video in Safari on OS X Yosemite, Apple’s new operating system for Mac. That means the Mac crowd will be able to stream Netflix videos without installing …

Microsoft says it would love to work with Apple to bring iMessage support to Windows

Over the past few months, Snapchat has been facing the consequences of a controversial redesign. Today, a new survey shows just how much that redesign has affected the public’s perception of Snapchat, but the company is also starting to rollout some changes to its app’s design…<p>expand full …

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YouTube reveals which US internet providers are best and worst at streaming

Starting today, internet providers in the United States will finally be held to account for lackluster YouTube streaming speeds. Google has brought its Video Quality Report — first launched in Canada at the start of this year — to the US, and is now ranking ISPs like Cablevision and Verizon FiOS …

What Apple is really buying with Beats

This is what you get when you make Dr. Dre a billionaire<p>All that was missing was the sound of a record needle scratch: Apple is doing <i>what</i>? But the original <i>Financial Times</i> report in early May that broke the news Apple was planning to buy Beats Electronics — giving it a billion-dollar electronics …

Apple hires Nokia's Lumia photography lead

Ari Partinen co-authored paper on PureView technology<p>Apple has hired a senior figure from Nokia's camera division. Lumia photography lead Ari Partinen, whose LinkedIn profile lists a history of working on Nokia cameras from 2007, announced on Twitter that he is making his way to Cupertino in June. …

Nostalgic Photo Series Brings Forgotten Gadgets Back to Life

Take a trip back in time — or at least pretend to, with photographs of gadgets and gizmos from our collective history.<p>Photographer Jim Golden was …

Apple's redesigned OS X reportedly debuting next month

For the past few years, Apple's desktop software has played second fiddle to iOS at its annual developer conference WWDC. According to <i>9to5Mac</i>'s Mark Gurman, who is seen as a reputable source for Apple news, that won't be the case next month.<p>It's long been speculated that OS X 10.10 will see a big …

Google embeds camera in smart contact lens

Earlier this year, Wired.co.uk wrote about Google's invention of a smart contact lens that could monitor blood glucose levels through tear fluid. …

User retention for Secret is absurdly high: Up to 90% come back

SAUSALITO, Calif. — Secret’s been around for less than three months, but it’s good enough to keep users coming back again and again.<p>“Retention can be as high as 90 percent,” Secret co-founder and chief product officer Chrys Bader-Wechseler said today at VentureBeat’s Mobile Summit conference.<p>He and …

Exclusive: this is Android TV

Every so often, some enterprising computer company will claim they’ve finally fixed the TV. They’ll talk about how they’ve turned a dumb terminal into a smart computing platform that extends your work and play to a gigantic screen. Then, we’ll watch as the idea flops because they fail to line up …

Apple Acknowledges Consumers Want Larger and Cheaper Phones

The latest internal documents coming out of the Samsung/Apple trial show some candid insight into Apple's analysis of the future of the smartphone market.<p>The documents posted by Re/code include an Apple slide deck from April, 2013 for 2014 planning. The document includes graphs showing that Apple's …

Microsoft unveils Windows in the car, battles Apple CarPlay

Microsoft has been powering a lot of different car entertainment systems over the years. Ford, Kia, BMW, Nissan, and Fiat have all used special versions of Windows to create their own interfaces and systems, but Microsoft is also focusing on its own "Metro" user interface for its Windows in the car …

Twitter preparing up to 15 new types of ads, says Wall Street Journal

Twitter plans to roll out up to 15 new types of timeline advertisements over the next six months, <i>The Wall Street Journal</i> reports. The first batch of new ad styles will reportedly debut "in a few weeks." One of those — a type of ad that allows users to quickly download smartphone apps with a tap — …

Imgur Takes Investment from Reddit and Andreessen Horowitz

Since its creation, photo sharing site Imgur has had strong ties with Reddit. Those ties are official now that Reddit has joined Imgur’s first round of funding, which is led by Andreessen Horowitz and totals a respectable $40 million.<p>Imgur has long been held up as a model for bootstrapped success, …

Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference starts on June 2nd

The 2014 edition of Apple's perennially overbooked Worldwide Developers Conference will take place at San Francisco's Moscone West convention center between the 2nd and 6th of June. Apple promises to enlighten developers about the future of iOS and OS X, offering them "the latest tools and …

Apple Joins Lobbying Group to Influence Patent Legislation

Major US companies from various business sectors have joined together to form a lobbying group that opposes pending patent reform legislation proposed by Congress, reports <i>Reuters</i>. The new Partnership for American Innovation includes Apple, DuPont, Ford, General Electric, IBM, Microsoft and …

Apple’s New Patent Wants To Make Texting And Walking A Little Safer

Sick of colliding with lampposts and the elderly whilst walking and texting? A new Apple patent for ‘Transparent Texting’ might be right up your alley, using your iPhone’s video camera to pipe through a live feed of what’s happening in the real world behind your Messages window.<p>Here is the abstract …

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'Threes' developer shows the hard work that clones and rip-offs never do

A few short weeks after superb puzzle game <i>Threes</i> was first released on iOS, it started earning clones. In a lengthy post on the game's site, <i>Threes</i>' designers recall finding the copies — straight clones, "rip-offs," and games that were "different, but not" such as <i>1024</i> and <i>2048</i>— describing a process …

If you back a Kickstarter project that sells for $2 billion, do you deserve to get rich?

Oculus's backers could have had a 145x return on their donation. Here's why that never would have happened<p>The Oculus Rift virtual reality headset raised $2.4 million on Kickstarter, no strings attached. Those donors weren’t looking for a payout; they wanted to support something they believed in, …

Philips Introduces Android-Powered 4K TVs Coming Later This Year

Google TV is likely going away entirely, to be replaced by a familiar face – Android. Philips has just unveiled new Ultra HD (4K, whatever you prefer) TVs (via 9to5Google) that will be running Google’s mobile OS when they hit stores in Q2 of this year. The sets seem to be coming to Europe and …

Mozilla staff call for new CEO to stand down over donation to anti-gay marriage campaign

Employees and volunteers at open source organisation Mozilla, which creates the Firefox browser, have called for its new chief executive to stand down because of donations to anti-gay marriage campaigns<p>Employees and volunteers at Mozilla - the organisation which promotes open source software such …