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FaceTime creator details its history, including code name

Roberto Garcia, the Apple engineer who created FaceTime, testifies that the video calling feature came out of work done for Game Center.<p>SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Venice isn't just a picturesque city in Italy. It's also the code name used for Apple's FaceTime technology.<p>Roberto Garcia, an Apple engineer …

For the first time, the majority of Americans are using smartphones — even seniors

Don’t look now, but the transition to a mobile-centric computing culture in the U.S. is now certified.<p>Let’s check some new data points that represent several crossed Rubicons in the march toward Mobile Nation:<p>For the first time, most Americans in every age group are smartphoners. According to new …

GoPro files for confidential IPO

The maker of the small, rugged action camera wants to be a media company<p>Extreme sports camera-maker GoPro's remarkable ascent from niche startup to video juggernaut continues: today, the company announced it filed for a confidential initial public offering (IPO). The process lets companies keep …

Left for dead: the mysterious disease killing thousands in Central America

A strange kidney ailment leaves scientists searching for answers<p><i>A sugarcane worker receives treatment for chronic kidney disease at his home in Nicaragua.</i><p>Ed Kashi arrived in Nicaragua last January to shoot some photos for a local nonprofit organization. At the time, it seemed like just another …

Concept Beauty #1: another successful shoot with the Sony A7, pro set up

Kate, inspired by Foxface, one of the beautiful warriors from the Hunger Games, shot with the Sony A7 and the Nikkor DC 135mm f2. I have been using …

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Watch Sample 4K Video Footage from Newly-Announced Lumix DMC-GH4

Last night Panasonic revealed their new Lumix DMC-GH4 capable of producing 4K video and seemingly aimed directly at pro video shooters. There are …

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Nikon Refreshes Coolpix Lineup with New P&S, Superzoom and Rugged Models

At the beginning of the year, Nikon usually overhauls its entire Coolpix line of cameras, releasing new point-and-shoots and bridge cameras galore in …

GoPro to Go Public? Plans to Conduct IPO of Common Stock

GoPro, basically the name synonymous with action-camera mobile HD video, is one of America's most recent super-success stories. Well, they look to be …

LG special event Feb. 13: Will the G Pro 2 be unveiled?

The device has been the subject of countless rumors over the last few weeks, which might prompt LG to show it off sooner than expected.<p>LG is slated to host a press event on February 13 where it's expected to show off the follow-up to its Optimus G Pro.<p>The company sent out invites to Korea-based …

Activision CEO: Destiny will be bestselling new franchise ever

Bungie, the development house behind the Halo franchise, might have a hugely successful follow-up ready to go this year, said Activision CEO Bobby Kotick.<p>Speaking to investors in an earnings call on Thursday, Kotick said that he believes Destiny, Bungie's new franchise, could be his company's "next …

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Google fears France's privacy notification order will ruin its homepage

Search giant requests suspension of order from French courts<p>Google is trying to avoid public shaming by asking a French court to suspend an order forcing the company to notify users of its recent €150,000 fine, reports <i>The Wall Street Journal</i>. France's privacy watchdog, the Commission Nationale de …

Wearables unlikely to topple smartphone sales by 2018

Despite being a heavily touted next big thing, wearable technology still has some way to go before it topples the mighty smartphone, according to a new report<p>The rise of connected devices, wearables and the Internet of Things is likely to contribute to as estimated 271 million connections between …

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CA Bill Requires Antitheft Technology in Smartphones

California State Senator Mark Leno is introducing a bill that would require all cellular phones sold in the state to include antitheft technology, reports <i>The New York Times</i>. This measure is being introduced as a way to curb smartphone thefts, which are on the rise in major metropolitan areas like …

Tim Cook says Apple bought back $14B in stock, is working on “new categories”

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Apple(s aapl) is betting big – on itself. CEO Tim Cook told the <i>Wall Street Journal</i> on Thursday that the company has repurchased …