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9 Outstanding Apps for Adding Text to Your Photos

Add text to photos<p>Text on pictures — that’s the idea behind messaging, poster art, greeting cards and scenic displays. And font freaks (you know who you are) will always be on the lookout for ways to add text into snapshots and vacation photos. Happily, dressing up your photos with text can be done …

FCC wants to protect citizens from Stingray-style cell phone trackers

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>Credit: Thinkstock/Tomasz Wyszoamirski<p>Devices known as Stingrays, which can secretly track and record phone users by mimicking …

Microsoft Research Launches Code Hunt Game to Teach Programming

Microsoft Research today launched Code Hunt, a browser-based game for anyone interested in learning how to code by playing. The premise is straightforward: the player must write code to advance in the game.<p>The built-in tutorial introduces you to the game:<p>Greetings, program! You are an experimental …

Mobile speech recognition can give thumbs a rest

It's common knowledge that you can use your voice to get information from your phone. From the weather forecast to local restaurants to actress Kristen Bell's height (5-foot-1), iPhones and Android phones will either show you or tell you what you want to know. Whenever someone in my family asks a …

iPhone 6 concept w/ 5.7″ screen, 3D stereo camera, new features

Yet another iPhone 6 concept. This one, posted by Mindspi Vision, imagines an illuminated bezel, home button, and Apple logo on the back, a 3D stereo camera with optical zoom, an all aluminum body, and a 5.7-inch display. A full video of the renders below:

Why Google doesn’t care about college degrees, in 5 quotes

Google isn’t big on college degrees, although the search giant is inundated with applicants touting perfect GPAs from Ivy League schools.<p>Google’s chairman and head of hiring, Laszlo Bock, has given a few insights in the <i>New York Times</i> on how he sorts through a multitude of bright applicants.<p>The …

South African police take Oscar Pistorius’s iPhone to Apple after failing to crack passcode

The <i>International Business Times</i> reports that three detectives investigating the killing of Oscar Pistorius’s girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp have flown to Apple’s HQ in Cupertino to seek assistance in accessing the athlete’s iPhone.<p>Prosecutors want to access its SMS and WhatsApp messages as evidence for …

Silicon Valley investor wants to split California into six states

SAN FRANCISCO -- Technology investor Tim Draper is trying to drum up support to split California into six states, one of them being Silicon Valley.<p>His argument for redrawing the California map: The state is underrepresented in Washington. He's looking to get an initiative on the California …

Silicon Valley

What Will It Take To Find Life Elsewhere In The Universe?

The Hubble and James Webb space telescopes won't find life beyond the solar system. With funding and support, here's what might.<p>The sky was hazy and overcast above Cape Canaveral, Florida, on the morning of July 8, 2011. A light breeze from offshore cooled off an estimated 750,000 onlookers braving …

Universe

Samsung's teased curved phone may not be what you think

Can't wait to own a phone you can bend? Hold your horses. That technology isn't here quite yet.<p>If Samsung's reveal of a forthcoming smartphone with a curved screen sends shivers down your spine and visions of bendable handsets dancing through your head, you may want to rein in your excitement.<p>While …

Mobile Technology

Windows Phone continues crusade against Apple with mocking videos (update)

Microsoft isn't done taunting Apple about those new iPhones. Not by a long shot. After trying to seize publicity immediately following Apple's latest hardware unveiling, the company is back with seven — yes, <i>seven</i> — "fly on the wall" videos that ridicule both new iPhone models. The clips bash …

Music Maker Jam: A Fun Way to Mix and Make Music on Android

Berlin-based developers Magix have been producing software since 1993, including the perennially popular Music Maker production tool for Windows.<p>Now, Magix has introduced a music-making app for Android smartphones and tablets, a follow-up from the version that’s already available for Windows …

Motorola Debuts New "Lazy Phone" Ad Campaign For The Moto X With Three Hilarious Videos

HTC paid a pretty penny to sign Robert Downey Jr. for their new ad campaign aimed at completely redefining their brand, but we're still left …

Apple’s secretive Boston office working on Siri’s speech recognition; perhaps a Nuance replacement?

For a few months, Apple has maintained a secretive office near the MIT campus. Now, Xconomy reports the company has been hiring notable speech recognition talent to use the location as a speech recognition research office.<p>Apple has assembled a small team of notable names in speech technology and is …

OS X Users Hit by Ransomware Websites Posing as FBI Notices

<i>Malwarebytes</i> takes a look at a method cyber-criminals have begun using to target Mac users with "ransomware", hijacking the user's browser with a notice demanding payment of $300 in order to release control of the application. While similar malware has affected Windows systems for a number of …

LG Optimus G Pro due in 40 more countries this quarter, probably not the UK (updated: definitely not)

Having earned some respect here in the US and on its home turf, the LG Optimus G Pro is about ready to hit stores in Europe, Russia, the Middle East and Latin America. Reasons to be interested? The big, user-replaceable battery is certainly one, while the remarkably good 1080p 5.5-inch IPS LCD …

From beginner to selling my app in the app store in 2 months

I’ve read many posts in the past asking how to get started learning to code, or asking what people should do next after they’ve finished Code Academy. I wanted to give my story thus far to help others get started, because I’m currently on a “progress high” from how exciting it is to make an app.<p><b>“No</b> …