Reese Stoffo

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Apple Handles 'Several Billion' iMessages and 15 to 20 Million FaceTime Calls Daily [Updated]

During today's annual stockholders meeting, Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed (via <i>Bloomberg</i>) that 40 billion iMessages and 15 to 20 million FaceTime calls are made daily. That number suggests iMessage has grown exponentially over the course of the last year as usage numbers were at two billion messages …

UK Spies Considered Using Kinect, Microsoft 'Concerned'

The Guardian reported this morning on details of Optic Nerve, a secret British spying program in which the government reportedly targeted as many as 1.8 million Yahoo users, collecting millions of webcam images–-including a number with nudity.<p>It turns out that the GCHQ—the British surveillance …

Apple TV is Apple’s fastest-growing product

Apple TV generated more than $1 billion in hardware and content sales last fiscal year, CEO Tim Cook just revealed. That makes Apple TV the company’s fastest-growing product, according to estimates by analyst Horace Dediu.<p>Apple has long referred to its set-top box for television sets as a “hobby,” …

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The sheer size of Tesla’s massive battery factory could be a game-changer in many ways

Advertisement<p>17 Comments<p>Credit: Courtesy of Tesla<p>Electric car maker Tesla Motors (s TSLA) hasn’t just blazed its own trail when it comes to designing …

Amazon is reportedly working on a music-streaming service

Amazon does much more than dominate the online-shopping space. With its Prime instant video service, complete with original series and exclusives, the company has taken on Netflix -- and it looks like challenging Spotify and other music services is Amazon's next step. According to sources who spoke …

Apple Explains Exactly How Secure iMessage Really Is

Millions and millions of people use iMessage every day. But how many people know <i>exactly</i> what’s going on behind the scenes, or what happens to a message once you send it?<p>Maybe a handful. Up until now, the vast majority of what we knew about iMessage’s inner workings came from reverse engineering and …

Google Hangouts for iOS gets a complete redesign

Google's cross-platform messenger app got a nice update today that includes a major redesign for iPhone and iPad. Google Hangouts for iOS 2.0 boasts a flat new look consistent with iOS 7 and enables picture-in-picture video calling for the first time. You can now send video messages of up to 10 …

Google gives $6.8 million to San Fran program that funds free transit for low-income youth

As noted by The Verge, Google is donating $6.8 million to fund the Free Muni for Low Income Youth program that provides over 31,000 children in San Francisco with free access to transit. The donation will fund the program for approximately the next two years according to the report. The news …

Why China is still the dumping ground for the world’s electronic refuse

This week, Chinese officials announced the successful raid on three gangs responsible for smuggling in over 72,000 tonnes (79,366 tons) of illegal electric waste—the detritus from computers, cell phones, fans, and other appliances thrown away in Japan, the US, and Europe. Officials said it was the …

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