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MIT’s new AI can keep streaming video from buffering

The "Pensieve" system automatically adjusts video quality based on network conditions<p>Buffering and pixelation are the scourge of streaming video. It ruins the experience for viewers, robs advertisers of revenue as said viewers tune out, and causes technical headaches for streaming services which …

Why I refuse to delete old, unused apps from my iPhone

When it comes to apps on my iPhone, I'm guilty as charged: I'm a hoarder.<p>There's nothing wrong with being a digital hoarder so long as you don't let …

The 20 Most Influential People in Tech Right Now

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5 Things New Managers Should Focus on First

One of the most exciting — and frightening — career transitions comes when you face the prospect of a management role for the first time. Over my career of building businesses, advising CEOs, and, most recent, exploring the philosophies and beliefs of 100 of the world’s most respected leaders for …

How Google embarrassed Apple

Google's new Pixel phone launched to positive reviews, largely because of the phone's new digital helper called Google Assistant.<p>As I wrote in my review of the new Google Pixel, it's relatively easy to make a high-end smartphone these days. The real challenge is lighting it up with unique software …

14 innovations that improved the world in 2014

These aren't just gadgets that charge your devices faster or "groundbreaking" apps — they have potential for lasting impact. They can change the …

5 more apps that make you say 'Wow!'

There are approximately 1.3 million apps available for our smartphones and tablets. Many are simply a bad idea. Most are average in use or scope. Fortunately, some very innovative developers have changed the way we used to do things for the better. Here are five mind-boggling apps that I know …

Engineering information and data analytics

Knovel provides faster access to answers, better data discovery and a more tailored experience to help solve engineering problems.<p>Actionable …

Twitter Changes Its Web Font; Cue a Twitter Freakout

Twitter changed its primary web font for user profiles on Friday, moving to a sleeker and narrower look.<p>The new font is Gotham Narrow SSm. Gotham …

Apple confirms WWDC 2014 keynote to be held Monday, June 2nd at 10 AM PT; new hardware likely

This morning, Apple revealed the schedule for next month’s Worldwide Developers Conference. To start things off, an Apple keynote will be held from 10AM to 12PM on Monday, June 2nd at Moscone West. Apple typically holds keynote addresses to kick off WWDC, but this schedule serves as the first …

The Five Tough Truths Of Cybersecurity Software

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Ted Schlein is a general partner with Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers</i><i>. Earlier in his career, he brought to market the first anti-virus software for commercial use at Symantec and also served as the founding CEO of Fortify software, now an HP company.</i><p>Building a successful security …

Smart Apps Are Great, But Do They Know Too Much?

This story originally appeared on CNBC<p>A rising class of apps called smart apps promise to make users' lives easier by essentially acting as personal assistants. Yet, users may be uncomfortable with the amount of personal information required to make them work.<p>Smart apps learn a user's behavior by …

Live blog: Apple WWDC 2014

Twelve months of Apple(s aapl) rumors are coming to a close thanks to the company’s WWDC 2014 event. Well, at least until the <i>next</i> 12 month cycle …

HP's back-to-school portables include convertible Windows laptop-tablets, Android notebooks, and Chromebooks.

Hewlett-Packard is announcing a line of consumer laptops, Chromebooks, and tablets today for the consumer market. The new devices feature hybrid designs and operating system choices that fit the way consumers work and play.<p>The line-up shows that HP is spreading its bets across Windows 8.1, Android, …

An Introvert's Guide to Networking

<i>Andrea Deets is the Lead Writer at Crew, an invite-only network connecting short-term software projects with handpicked developers and designers. This post originally appeared on the Crew blog.</i><p>Once I was making oatmeal in the microwave in my dorm and two of my other flatmates came in…<p>I never cooked …

Google to Retire Chrome Support for Windows XP Users in April 2015

Google today announced it will stop supporting Chrome on Windows XP in April 2015. This means the company will stop providing regular updates and security patches a year after Microsoft does the same for its aging OS on April 8, 2014.<p>Interestingly, Google is billing this as an “extension” of …

Ebook subscription startup Oyster expands to iPad and opens to all; some stats from Scribd

Oyster, the Peter Thiel-backed startup that aims to be a Netflix (s NFLX) for ebooks, was iPhone-only and invite-only for its first six weeks. On …

Nike Not Apple Takes The Lead In Wearables

Much has been written here and elsewhere on the future of wearable devices. From Samsung’s initial Galaxy Gear smartwatch to Glass from Google and other devices from Pebble, Fitbit, MetaWatch, Jawbone and others, there are more than a few companies looking to crack the code on this up and coming …

Adidas announces new smartwatch for runners, available on November 1st for $399

Just a day after Nike launched the Fuelband SE, Adidas' head of interactive, Paul Gaudio, has just announced a new smartwatch at GigaOm's Mobilized conference in San Francisco. Primarily aimed at runners, he said that it'll have GPS and will not only measure speed and distance but also provide …

Lenovo unveils its first 8-inch Windows 8.1 tablet, available later this month for $299

Lenovo is the latest PC maker to take advantage of Windows 8.1's improved support for smaller displays. After teasing an 8-inch Windows tablet at Computex earlier this year, Lenovo is launching its Miix 2 Windows 8.1 device later this month. It's one of the latest tablets to use Intel's quad-core …

LinkedIn Launches a Set of Mobile Recruiting Products

LinkedIn unveiled two new mobile recruiting products on Wednesday morning, continuing the company’s push into bringing its site and services to …

The iPad mini with Retina display and the new iPad: here's what to expect

All signs point to new tablets at Apple's October 22nd event<p>Tim Cook may have promised last year that Apple was going to "double down" on secrecy, but recent iPhones and iPads have all been heavily leaked prior to their official announcements over the past couple of years. And the leaks have only …

Twitter picks the New York Stock Exchange for its IPO

As Twitter continues to move closer to its IPO, more details of its plans are becoming clear — today, an S-1 form filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission revealed that Twitter will list on the New York Stock Exchange. That confirms a rumor from a few weeks ago that said the company was …

Apple reportedly cuts production of iPhone 5C as market opts for pricier 5S

Apple(s aapl) has reduced its fourth-quarter orders for the new iPhone 5C due to relatively weak demand, according to multiple reports. A poor …

BlackBerry shows flicker of life: KPMG buys 3,500 smartphones

BlackBerry is alive and kicking. Really.<p>That would be the reasoning behind a release issued by the company on Wednesday touting a commitment to its BlackBerry 10 platform by KPMG. BlackBerry said that KPMG's Italian operations have ordered 3,500 BlackBerry 10 devices and have committed to using …

Twitter announces Twitter Alerts for SMS and push notifications during emergencies

We just saw Twitter broaden its use of push notifications for tweets it thinks you might find interesting, and the social network is now also expanding their use for a more serious matter. The company has just announced a new Twitter Alerts feature, which it says will deliver "accurate information …

Google Search adds support for hashtags, pulls related info from Google+

The latest way Google is working social media into its search engine is with the use of familiar hashtags, but at least for now that doesn't include direct results from competitors like Facebook and Twitter. Available initially to users in the US and Canada, searches that include hashtags (like …

Gmail for Android update brings cleaner conversation view and improved multi-select

Google's made quite the habit out of improving its Gmail offering, and for those relying on the Android app in order to access their email, you'll find a pleasant new update available starting today. The refreshed build ushers in a cleaner conversation view, as well a number of additional design …

Amazon brings MP3 purchasing to its Cloud Player for PC app

The Mac version is still only promised to be coming soon, but Amazon has today delivered a fairly big update to its Cloud Player for PC application. It now boasts an integrated MP3 store, which will let you browse and purchase music without having to visit Amazon's website. Naturally, all purchases …