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Virgin Galactic VIDEO Shows Amazing Views Space Tourists Will See From Rocket Plane

From Stephen Hawking to Justin Bieber, scores of celebrities are raring to go to space by 2014. But for those of us who don't have $250,000 to shell out for a flight aboard Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo, here's the next best thing: A new video that shows an awesome tail-cam view of the space …

The Credit Card Is The New App Platform

<i>This is a guest post written by Reid Hoffman, Ali Rosenthal and James Slavet from Greylock Partners.</i><p>Credit and debit cards are ubiquitous, but they’re mostly pretty dumb. That’s about to change. Over 170 million people in the U.S. have credit cards, and the average card holder has 3.5 of them. And …

Nearly two years after launch, Siri seems to exit ‘beta’ with iOS 7

With the iPhone 4S launch nearly two years ago, Apple introduced the Siri voice control system to its customers. At launch, Siri was a gimmicky feature at best, being released with bugs, a highly-computerized voice, sluggish content loading, and unreliable servers. In addition, Siri of 2011 was …

Bookless Public Library Opens In Texas

An all-digital public library is opening today, as officials in Bexar County, Texas, celebrate the opening of the BiblioTech library. The facility offers about 10,000 free e-books for the 1.7 million residents of the county, which includes San Antonio.<p>On its website, the Bexar County BiblioTech …

Why PS Vita TV Could Be a Game Changer

Is the set-top box one of Sony's most exciting new products?<p>Last night, Sony surprised the world with the PS Vita TV — a $99 or $150 console that …

Microsoft's Answer To Apple's Siri May Be Halo's 'Cortana'

I don’t usually dabble into the phone wars here, as I’m far more concentrated on Microsoft vs. Sony vs. Nintendo in the console game, rather than Microsoft vs. Apple vs. Google in the phone OS arena. Sometimes however, there’s crossover in unexpected ways.<p>According to a report for ZDnet, Microsoft …

Here's How Apple's Fingerprint Technology Works On The iPhone 5S

The fingerprint system, dubbed Touch ID, will let you unlock your phone by simply placing your finger on the home button.<p>We've broken down how the system works.

HP, Acer, ASUS and Toshiba all announce new Haswell Chromebooks; HP model arriving in the holiday season for $300

Intel has just announced a new line of Chromebooks that run on Haswell. Chromebooks have previously run lower-powered processors like ARM and Atom, though the Pixel did break the mold by running on a dual-core 1.8GHz Intel Core i5. Upcoming Haswell Chromebooks include new iterations from Acer and …

Why the US is turning into a subscription-based economy

Rapid changes are taking place in the way people buy things, and companies are reacting accordingly. Increasingly, the US is moving toward a subscription-based economy in which firms will focus less on selling things, and more on gaining recurring customers—a trend seen in companies like Netflix, …

Wall Street

It happened: Microsoft to buy Nokia’s devices division for $7.17 billion

After years of rumors about what former Microsoft (s msft) executive and current Nokia (s nok) CEO Stephen Elop had in mind for the world’s most …

Nexus 5-like mystery device gets approval from the FCC

If you held off on buying the Google Nexus 4 because of its maddening lack of LTE support, Google’s follow-up to the device is shaping up to be exactly what you need.<p>A phone fitting the bill of the next Google/LG Nexus has been approved by the Federal Communications Commission, as Engadget reports. …

Apple to release Mavericks OS X in late October, report says

Don't hold your breath for Apple's Mavericks OS X -- it's likely more than a month and a half away from coming out.<p>9to5Mac reports that Apple will launch the upcoming version of its laptop and desktop operating system in late October.<p>Apple announced Mavericks OS X in June. The company said it will …

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New open source tech Marathon wants to make your data center run like Google’s

There’s a new open source project called Marathon that’s designed to let users intelligently run a wide variety of their applications and services — …

iPad mini 2 shell shown off on video, same thinness as iPad 5

YouTube user UnboxTherapy has posted a new video detailing the dimensions of what looks to be the shell for the second generation iPad mini. The shell of the iPad mini appears to remain largely unchanged, but when compared to the casing for the upcoming 5th generation iPad, we can see that the two …

Evernote 5 moves past beta on Windows Desktop, available to download now

It took a little longer than two months for it to shed the beta tag, but Evernote 5 for Windows Desktop is now fully baked and ready for you to download. This major iteration of the productivity software brings a user interface that's been redesigned from the ground up, with features such as …

Sony introduces new wireless speaker and noise-canceling headphones

With the launch of its new flagship phone, the Xperia Z1 (and a slew of other products), Sony has had its hands full at IFA. But the day is still young, and there are accessories yet to be launched, like a new Bluetooth wireless speaker and a set of premium noise-canceling headphones. The …

Jeff Bezos is a hit: Washington Post staff excited by new owner

Amazon CEO receives big applause following a meeting with the paper's staff<p>Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos stood before journalists from one of the country's most storied newspapers and told them their publication can't live in the past.<p>Bezos met late this afternoon with the staff of <i>The Washington Post</i> — the …

Sony's QX Smart Lens attaches an entire camera to your smartphone

Gives a whole new meaning to the idea of interchangeable lenses<p>The rumor that once seemed too wild to be true has just become an official reality with Sony's announcement of the new QX Smart Lens series of smartphone accessories. These so-called lens-style cameras contain almost all the hardware …

Samsung’s Galaxy Gear marks official start to smartwatch war

Samsung's Galaxy Gear smartwatch will come in a variety of color band options.<p>At a press event Wednesday in Berlin, Samsung revealed three products — the new Galaxy Note 3, the Galaxy Note 10.1 and the anticipated Galaxy Gear smartwatch. There are many smartwatches out there, including the Pebble …

Apple Clearing Mac Pro Inventory With Massive Refurbished Model Sale Ahead of WWDC

- Jun 7, 2013<p>Following our earlier report that Apple’s Mac Pro retail stock is drying up at the majority of Apple resellers, it appears that Apple …

Mars-bound astronauts will print food & tools, NASA says

NASA will transport 3D printers to space so astronauts can print tools — and potentially even food.<p>NASA’s chief administrator Charles Bolden discussed the role of 3D printers during a recent press tour of the Ames Research Center. According to <i>ComputerWorld,</i> Bolden believes the technology could be …

'Call of Duty: Ghosts' tech demo reveals what next-gen soldiers (and dogs) will look like

We've seen the reveal trailer, and now the team behind <i>Call of Duty: Ghosts</i> is pulling back the curtain and providing a look at the game's robust next-generation engine. In the below clip (also screened during yesterday's Xbox One keynote), you'll see direct comparisons between characters pulled …

Netflix plans to double its original content output next year

We're just a few days away from the long-awaited fourth season of <i>Arrested Development</i>, one of the most high-profile Netflix original series to be released. Ted Sarandos, the man behind the company's ever-burgeoning original content strategy, just sat down with <i>The Hollywood Reporter</i> to talk about …

Nancy Lublin on Tackling That Toughest of Emerging Markets: Teenagers

When it comes to reaching teenagers, you have to speak their language.<p>And these days that also means communicating on the platforms they use. An …

Google’s Conversational Search Now Live In Chrome

Google has quietly rolled out its new conversational search feature in the latest version of its Chrome browser for Windows, Mac and Linux.<p>Users that hit up the Google homepage will now see a small microphone symbol in the right-hand side of the search field, as well as at the top of any page …

Google's Five-Front Assault On Apple

With Google stock surging to an all-time high of $916 and Apple’s trading 39% below its September 2011 peak, Google has positioned itself to grow — in part by taking a bite out of Apple’s customer base — on five fronts.<p>Google’s primary source of profit is search-related advertising while Apple’s is …

Epson tries its hand at high-tech glasses

SAN FRANCISCO — I'm at the Google I/O developer conference here donning a pair of wearable see-through augmented reality high tech glasses. But before you leap to any conclusions, I am not wearing Google Glass. Instead, I've put on the Moverio BT-100, billed by its maker Epson as the "world's first …

Google Glass lead industrial designer talks modular fashion at I/O 2013

This week at Google I/O 2013, the company’s yearly developer conference, the wearable technology device Glass was discussed as a scalable fashion …

Google Glass

Google Says All 2,000 Glass Explorers Have Been Invited To Pick Up Their Device

Today, Steve Lee of the Google X and Glass Team, announced that as of last week, all 2,000 developers who signed up for the Glass Explorer program at last year’s I/O conference have now been invited to pick up their devices from Google’s offices in Mountain View, New York City or Los Angeles.<p>Of …