Michael Amonson

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What Apple doesn’t say in its next transparency report may be more important than what it does

First they came for the librarians. Soon after the passing of the US Patriot Act in 2001, FBI agents bearing national security letters began visiting librarians. These letters compel recipients to turn over information—such as the reading and internet-surfing records of a library-user—and can be …

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That didn't take long: Google Nexus 5 sells out within minutes

Just minutes after Google announced and released the Nexus 5, its online store sold out of the black 16-gigabyte version of the smartphone.<p>Google announced the long-awaited device Thursday morning. The new gadget features a near 5-inch full 1080p HD screen and is lighter as well as slimmer than its …

The 40 Must-Have Android Apps for the Power User

For the longest time, Android was an operating system that eschewed visual flair in favour of giving flexibility and power to the user, and since third party developers took their cues from the OS itself, their apps tended to be complex and unabashedly ugly.<p>Somewhere along the way, right around the …

Eric Schmidt calls Android 'more secure than the iPhone'

Google's Eric Schmidt has a reputation for raising eyebrows with his public proclamations, so this latest episode should come as little surprise — the company chairman declared during the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo that Android has a security advantage over Apple's iPhone. In comments reported by …

On its birthday, Siri’s U.S. voice actress revealed, ‘I had no idea I would be on the iPhone’

An Atlanta woman has come forward to CNN as the U.S. voice of Siri, the built-in “personal assistant” first introduced in the iPhone 4S. Susan Bennett says she first discovered that her voice was being used on Apple’s smartphones when a friend emailed her and asked if it was her voice on the iPhone …

Здравствуйте! Flipboard Launches Russian Edition

Inside Flipboard / October 3, 2013<p>Flipboard is expanding its global reach with an edition for Russian speakers. Anyone who has their device language …

Snowden's email provider Lavabit fought government surveillance with ultra-tiny font

Earlier this summer, a few weeks after former NSA contractor Edward Snowden's leaked documents on the agency's surveillance practices were published, the encrypted email service provider he used, called Lavabit, shut itself down. At that time, Lavabit's founder Ladar Levison said he was shuttering …

EU wants all companies, ahem Apple, to use standard charger

A European Parliament committee unanimously voted to require all phone makers to sell the same type of charger. While most companies already provide the standard Micro-USB connectors, Apple doesn't.<p>The European Union has been pushing for a universal cell phone charger for years, and on Thursday it …

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With The iPhone 5S, Apple Reveals A Laser Focus On Revolutionizing The Most Lucrative Mobile Categories

As part of our quarterly update of major mobile industry trends, BI Intelligence took a first look at how the 5S and its new camera and fingerprint scanner might revolutionize several of the most lucrative mobile categories.<p>The iPhone 5S will be a bellwether for the mobile industry's future.<p>Here's …

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A New Touch for iPhone

Apple brings out a new top-of-the-line iPhone model every year, but a redesign only every other year. In the intervening cycles, the company tends to …

Google Wants to Cheat Death

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Google wants to make us all live longer, possibly forever, and doesn't see cancer as an enormous …

World's Thinnest Glass Created Accidentally By Researchers In U.S., Germany

Researchers accidentally discovered the world's thinnest sheet of glass, just two atoms thick.<p>Their chance finding — now immortalized in the 2014 edition of the Guinness Book of World Records, out this week — gives scientists a glimpse into the puzzling properties of glass, which behaves like both …

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It's Now Easier For Hackers To Crack Crazy-Complex Passwords

An update to a free online password-cracking program just made it easier for hackers to get their hands on more complex passwords.<p>When you sign up for an account on a website and create a password, that information is stored in a company database as "cryptographic hashes": strings of numbers and …

16 Smartwatches You Should Know About

With confirmation from a company exec that Samsung will formally unveil its Galaxy Gear smartwatch in just a few days time, the tech world is whipping itself into a fervor at the thought of what the South Korean electronics giant will unveil.<p>Likewise, Apple’s much-rumored and never-spotted ‘iWatch’ …

We’re on the cusp of deep learning for the masses. You can thank Google later

Advertisement<p>22 Comments<p>Credit: Google's new deep learning architectures<p>Google (s goog) silently did something revolutionary on Thursday. It open …

Google’s “20% time,” which brought you Gmail and AdSense, is now as good as dead

Google’s “20% time,” which allows employees to take one day a week to work on side projects, effectively no longer exists. That’s according to former Google employees, one who spoke to Quartz on the condition of anonymity and others who have said it publicly.<p>What happened to the company’s most …

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How Google Glass brings the ‘Google brain’ to anyone who wears it

My father used to say that some ideas are like pizza dough: they need to rest for some time until they grow.<p>I’d add to that the fact that some ideas need to find an echo somewhere before one can believe in their potential.<p>Google appears to be following both when it comes to the careful development …