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Is Apple planning its own Internet?

Apple is stitching together a network of Internet infrastructure capable of delivering large amounts of content to customers, giving the company more control over the distribution of its online offerings while laying the groundwork for more traffic if it decides to move deeper into …

Microsoft’s Bill Gates “Steps Up” To New Role As Technology Advisor: Was He Pushed Or Did He Jump?

Along with the news today that Satya Nadella will be the next CEO of Microsoft, another big change in the executive ranks: Bill Gates, Microsoft co-founder, is leaving his role as chairman of the board and is taking a new role as “Founder and Technology Advisor”. Microsoft terms the change as a …

10 Things to Know About Satya Nadella, Microsoft's New CEO

So it’s official: More than five months after Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announced his intention to retire, he has a successor. Satya Nadella, the …

What Games Are: Flappy Bird, Patterns And Context

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Tadhg Kelly is a veteran game designer and creator of leading game design blog What Games Are. He manages developer relations at OUYA. You can follow him on Twitter here.</i><p>It’s nice to know that the games industry can still surprise you and that – just when everybody thinks it’s been …

How to Check if Your App is Addictive Enough to Make Money

Making money on mobile can be a tricky thing. Having ads on your app is an option, but few companies have truly cracked the perfect mobile advertising strategy, so adding ads to your app will likely be an annoying, disruptive experience to the user.<p>Still, this doesn’t mean having ads on your app …

Facebook file-sharing app Pipe shifting from Flash to WebRTC

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Software

Leaks hint at Samsung Galaxy S5 Zoom, Active models

The Korean electronics giant will likely continue its strategy of releasing multiple variants of its flagship smartphone.<p>Looks like we might get more than theGalaxy S5from Samsung in the coming weeks.<p>The Korean electronics giant plans to release multiple versions of its flagship smartphone, just …

Mobile

Apple sued over A7 processor design by University of Wisconsin patent enforcer

Is Apple stepping on a university's toes with its A7 processor design? The Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) has filed suit against the company, claiming that the iPhone 5S, iPad mini with Retina Display, and iPad Air all benefit from an information processing system developed at the …

5 Hacking Myths You Probably Believe (Thanks to Movies)

In movies, the word "hacker" is interchangeable with "wizard." Screenwriters can have a character mutter something about "nodes" or "encryption," …

Three Steps You Can Take to Protect Yourself From Online Spying

The recent PRISM scandal has validated both the general public's growing unease with federal law enforcement agencies, and many of the fringe …

The NSA Has Been Infiltrating Online Games

Looking for terrorists in World of Warcraft<p>The National Security Agency, still under the microscope because of leaks from former employee Edward Snowden, has been straddling the line between terrifying digital panoptican and almost comically inept government institution. Now, in the latter …

BlackBerry CEO: 'Don't be fooled by the competition's rhetoric claiming to be more secure'

BlackBerry’s CEO John Chen has been on the job for about a month and has brought a heartbeat back to the Waterloo-based business. He’s already …

7 Cybersecurity Risks for 2014

With each new year, comes a new round of cybersecurity risks.<p>To help businesses best prepare for the year ahead, risk mitigation and response solutions firm Kroll has identified seven trends that indicate a changing tide in cyber standards. These changes will require organizations to take stronger …

How Cities Are Using Data To Save Lives

From Denver’s schools to Baltimore’s stretched budget, cities are creating major urban policy wins that are powered by cold, hard data.<p>Baltimore reached the lowest infant mortality rate the city has ever recorded in 2012. Denver Public School students saw test scores improve by 14% in reading and …

NSA Document From 1996 Warns Of 'Insider-Gone-Bad'

Long before Edward Snowden leaked all those secrets, the National Security Agency published a report detailing the threats posed by rogue system administrators. Whoops.<p>A story quietly titled "Out of Control," published in a special 1996 issue of the National Security Agency's professional journal</i> …

Asus' new Chromebox takes another shot at the desktop, for $179

Samsung's Chromebox hasn't exactly taken the world by storm — either because it's overpriced, underpowered, or simply not the form factor people want for Chrome OS. More likely, it's a combination of all of those factors, and not coincidentally Asus is trying to tack at least two issues in its own …

Kicksend, The Mobile-First Photo Printing App, Crosses Pond To UK, France And Germany

Y Combinator alum Kicksend started life out as a way to share large files — another file sharing app, if you will — but has since put the focus on making it easy to get photos taken on your smartphone printed. Photos ordered via the app are either printed and sent to you through the post or can be …

Facebook celebrates 10-year anniversary with personalized 'Look Back' videos just for you

As Mark Zuckerberg reflects upon Facebook's first 10 years today, he's encouraging the community he built to do the same. Starting this morning, hundreds of millions of Facebook users will receive a notification that a video summary of their life so far on Facebook is ready to watch. Each user's …

Nintendo Completes Share Buyback from Yamauchi Family

Nintendo today announced that it has completed a 9.5 million share buyback, worth 114 billion yen (roughly $1.1 billion USD), from members of the founding Yamauchi family.<p>Hiroshi Yamauchi joined Nintendo in 1949 and led the company’s transformation from a manufacturer of playing cards and board …

Read Satya Nadella's first letter to employees as Microsoft's CEO

CEO calls for focus as he warns that "our industry does not respect tradition — it only respects innovation."<p>It's official, Satya Nadella is Microsoft's next CEO, and on his first day on the job he's sent a letter to the whole staff. In the letter, Nadella speaks of what he thinks makes Microsoft a …

Saudi Arabia's religious police 'contains extremists'

<b>The head of Saudi Arabia's religious police - the "mutawa" - has admitted the force contains some extremists, and has promised to remove them.</b><p>Sheikh Abdul Latif al-Sheikh was quoted in the Saudi newspaper, Okaz, as saying that he would "eliminate" those he described as "advocates of sedition".<p>He …

Human Rights

Chinese Red Guards Apologize, Reopening A Dark Chapter

For most of the past half century, China has avoided a full accounting for one of the darkest chapters of its recent history: the Cultural Revolution of 1966-1976.<p>During that time, Chairman Mao Zedong's shock troops — Communist youth known as Red Guards — persecuted, tortured or even killed …

Winter Olympics torch relay nears end of long and bumpy road to Sochi

After being plunged to the bottom of the world's deepest lake and hauled to the top of Europe's highest mountain, the Olympic torch will finally arrive in Sochi on Wednesday evening, as it completes a gargantuan relay designed – like everything else about the Winter Olympics – to showcase Russia's …

Google, Cisco sign deal to avoid future patent squabbles

The new patent cross-licensing agreement is designed to protect both companies from patent lawsuits.<p>Google and Cisco have formed a new agreement to ward off potential patent trolls.<p>The agreement gives each company a license to the other's patent portfolio and covers a wide range of products and …

Wall Street