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Just four months until we can understand dogs! Dog-to-English translator to become a reality

Anxious to know what your dog is thinking? The wait could soon be over as a ‘dog-to-English’ translator is set to become a reality in just four …

Is Disruption So Common We Don't See It Any More?

A few years ago, the term <i>disruption</i> was itself disruptive. Analysts used this term to showcase the big macro changes in the marketplace; Organizations started using this term to showcase how their products would cause changes in that marketplace. But in 2014, has disruption become so commonplace …

Pirate Bay plans new 'anti-censorship' browser

The Pirate Bay's own PirateBrowser web browser has been downloaded more than 2.5m times since its launch in August 2013, but the filesharing site is already working on a successor.<p>PirateBrowser was designed to help people access The Pirate Bay and other torrent services even if they were blocked by …

Netflix’s Cloud Architect Adrian Cockcroft left to join Battery Ventures

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Credit: Pinar Ozger<p>Adrian Cockcroft, the chief architect of Netflix’s cloud services and possibly the most visible man in …

Inside Southeast Asia's 'Budget' iPhone Market

Apple is often critiqued for failing to address the mid- and lower-end of the handset market, since this segment of devices is taking off with strength in emerging markets. Yet, despite the company’s focus on high-end pricing for the iPhone — a major reason why iOS users spend up to ten times more …

Camera makers are desperately trying to stay a step ahead of smartphones—and failing

The best camera, experienced photographers say, is the one that’s with you—and the truth of that adage is spelling doom for many of the world’s camera brands, who are desperately trying to stay afloat as their businesses are eroded by the omnipresent smartphone.<p>The average point-and-shoot has …

Cameras

China's Latest Food Scandal: Fox-Tainted Donkey Meat

Walmart has yanked the compromised meat, a venerated dish in parts of the country.<p>As if a nasty bribery scandal in Mexico was not enough to deal with, Walmart is now embroiled in a fox-meat scandal in China. Over the holidays, I watched <i>Fantastic Mr. Fox</i>, and now just can’t help but imagine Walmart …

The Best iOS And Android Apps Of 2013

Congratulations, Planet Earth! We made it another 365 days without crashing into the sun. Go team!<p>It’s the end of the year, and that means three things: booze, ridiculous sunglasses with numbers on them, and lists. Lots and lots of lists. You’ve seen our list of best/worst gadgets of the year. Up …

GymPact, The App That Pays You For Working Out, Relaunches As Pact With New Diet Features

GymPact, the app gives you money if you make your fitness goals, has a new name, Pact, and two new diet-oriented features for the New Year.<p>We covered GymPact when it first launched a year ago and again in June when it received $850,000 in funding from the founder of Guitar Hero. It recently secured …

Israeli Startup Mines Data To Solve Global Water Crisis

<i>Note: the story was updated on January 1 to remove a reference to Thames Water</i><p>U.S. intelligence services agree: A major global water crisis is less than ten years away. Some time in the second decade of second millennium, countries important to the United States will start to suffer shortages and …

Shopify Revamps Its iOS App With A Focus On Payments And Store Management

Ottawa-based ecommerce player Shopify introduced a totally redesigned version of its iOS mobile app today, with a new core concept that focuses on helping merchants do more to manage and run their stores from their devices. And in keeping with their new strategy post-gigantic raise, the company is …

Developer Spams Google Play With Ripoffs Of Well-Known Apps…Again

It’s not uncommon to search the Google Play app store and find a number of knock-off or “fake” apps aiming to trick unsuspecting searchers into downloading them over the real thing – especially when the app in question isn’t yet available on Android. But one developer <i>really</i> went out of his or her …

Codecademy Crosses 24 Million Unique Users

Codecademy now has over 24 million unique users taking its free coding classes via the Web and its recently launched Hour of Code iOS app.<p>According to the Wall Street Journal, Codecademy breezed past the milestone last month, adding 16 million new users in the previous 12 months.<p>In addition to …

Snapchat confirms leak of 4.6M usernames, doesn’t apologize

Two days after hackers used a publicly known API to download and publish a huge database of Snapchat usernames and phone numbers, Snapchat has finally responded.<p>Granted, the leak happened late New Year’s Eve, and yesterday was a holiday, so Snapchat’s response isn’t as slow as it might otherwise …

Analysts: Amazon About To Get Serious Competition In The Cloud

Amazon Web Services (AWS) clearly leads the Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) market and by some distance. But whether developers should follow AWS largely depends on where they want to go, according to new research from Forrester. Not only does this require a choice between Platform-as-a-Service …

Cheerios drops genetically modified ingredients

Under pressure from consumers and activist groups, General Mills says it will stop using genetically modified ingredients to make its original Cheerios cereal.<p>While the oats used to make Cheerios have never contained any genetically modified organisms (GMOs), the company did make changes to its …

Berkshire may fall short of Buffett's 5-year goal for first time

Warren Buffettprobably missed his target for the first time in 44 years.<p>Berkshire Hathaway Inc., his $292-billion company, is poised to report that it failed to increase net worth more rapidly than the Standard & Poor's 500 index during the last five years, according to analyst estimates. It would …

Investing

Oil futures settle more than 6% lower for the week

SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — Oil futures declined on Friday to lose more than 6% for the week, as an expected recovery in Libyan production and …

FireEye acquires Mandiant in $1bn deal

<b>Cyber security company FireEye has acquired Mandiant, a firm known for responses to network breaches, in a deal worth more than $1bn (£608m).</b><p>Mandiant rose to prominence last year after it alleged that a secretive branch of China's military had stolen data from more than 100 global firms.<p>The deal, …

Cybersecurity

Android under attack: rivals unleash nuclear patent hell against Samsung, Google

Advertisement<p>60 Comments<p>Credit: Shutterstock / Sergej Khakimullin<p>The mobile patent wars appeared to hit an apex in 2012 when Apple and Samsung …

Begich: Ted Cruz Never Asked for My Vote

Head­ing in­to the gov­ern­ment shut­down fight, Re­pub­lic­ans thought they had a secret weapon in the form of red-state Demo­crat­ic sen­at­ors, …

Republicans