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App Store Hits 1 Million Apps Milestone, with More than 500K iPad Apps

This weekend Apple’s iOS App Store hit another major milestone – one million apps available. As reported by MacRumors, Apple has now approved over 1.4 million apps since the App Store launched in 2008 and there are now over 1 million available to install.<p>There are over 500,000 apps designed …

With Release Of iOS 7.1 Beta 3, Apple Favors Circular Buttons, Changes To Phone & “Power Off” Screens

Apple is continuing to tweak the interface to its iOS 7 mobile operating system, it seems, as today’s release of the iOS 7.1 beta 3 build indicates. In this latest update, the company has revamped the phone dialer, in-call screen, and power off screen, with a tendency to favor circular buttons …

Here’s What The iPhone 6 & iPhone 6c Might Look Like Running iOS 8 [Gallery]

It’s at least six months until Apple reveals iOS 8, and probably nine months until we see the iPhone 6 for the first time, but that hasn’t stopped Eric Vasille of iPhonesoft from imaging what the iPhone 6 and iOS 8 will look like.<p>And what does he imagine? On the hardware-side of things, a larger …

Why 2014 will be Apple’s year of big reveals

2013 was a very Apple-y year, in that incremental improvements were pretty much all Apple rolled out. This kind of refinement and polish is one of the things the company does best. It’s easy to forget, for example, that Steve Jobs once unveiled a version of the Mac OS in which the only major …

Best iPad Apps of 2013

2013 has been another memorable year for the iPad App Store. The number of apps designed specifically for the iPad hit the 500,000 milestone this year and is now well on its way to 600,000. By now, there are excellent iPad apps for just about any purpose. From heavy-duty productivity and business …

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Mapping Happiness In American Cities, Using Twitter

Using Amazon’s Mechanical Turk and about a zillion tweets, these maps correlate happiness and location.<p>Back in 2009, a group of University of Vermont researchers published a surprising paper in the <i>Journal of Happiness Studies</i>. In it, they outlined the process of determining the saddest day in …

In A Post-Amazon World, E-Commerce Site Wayfair Wants To Win At Selling Home Goods And Furnishings

Taking on Amazon when it comes to e-commerce can be a futile effort. There are only a handful of e-commerce companies that have successfully been able to build a billion-dollar-plus business in e-commerce (without having physical stores) in a post-Amazon world. Zulily is one of those companies. …

The One Big Question About RSA and Its Relationship With the NSA

Last week, the Internet security world was jolted by a Reuters report detailing a secret $10 million payment to the security company RSA from the …

Apple’s 2013: Acquisitions, Free Software and Incremental Updates

Apple had a relatively quiet 2013, especially from a product perspective. While the company did update most of its devices, those developments, with the exception of the Mac Pro, were largely incremental. However, two moves did stand out: the transition to a free model with software like OS X, …

MIT engineers have invented a JARVIS-style home automation system

The home automation systems of tomorrow won’t look anything like they do right now. In the future, you wont have to whip out your smartphone and fire …

Home Automation