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IBM launches the first enterprise apps it cooked up with Apple

Back in July, Apple and IBM announced a surprising deal in which Big Blue would help produce enterprise-specific iOS apps and provide IT support for …

China blocks private search engine DuckDuckGo

The privacy-friendly search engine DuckDuckGo has been blocked in China, company CEO Gabriel Weinberg has told Tech in Asia. Weinberg said he was …

Bye-Bye, Words: An Emoji-Only Social App Is Coming

Like it or not, pictures are becoming an bigger part of how we communicate. Reach a milestone and more smartphone users are just as likely to send out a few thumbs-up emojis or a photo on Snapchat, as they are plain old text.<p>Matt Gray and Tom Scott think it’s time to get rid of words altogether, …

The Most Ambitious Artificial Intelligence Project In The World Has Been Operating In Near Secrecy For 30 Years

IBM's Watson and Apple's Siri stirred up a hunger and awareness throughout the U.S. for something like a Star Trek computer that really worked — an artificially intelligent system that could receive instructions in plain, spoken language, make the appropriate inferences, and carry out its …

Google gently tells users to blame ISPs for poor YouTube performance

Google is now gently suggesting who users should blame when YouTube videos fail to stream smoothly. A new pop-up bar that reads "Experiencing interruptions? Find out why" is now showing under some YouTube videos when playback gets choppy. Clicking on the bar takes users to Google's relatively new …

Good grammar: r ur children txt mad?

A new study finds that texting doesn’t harm language skills, and some researchers go so far as to say that it might even help. Tom Payne isn’t convinced<p>Maybe you shouldn’t be so worried that smartphones are ruining your child’s spelling and grammar. Or, at least, there are reasons you may be less …

Marketing Students Create Concept Video for 'Google Gesture' App

<i>Correction: This video was actually created by marketing students at Berghs School of Communication, and is not made by Google, nor is Google Gesture</i> …

Hundreds of businesses in London are about to flip the switch on payments via iBeacons

In Brixton, South West London, hundreds of businesses will soon integrate iBeacons as part of one of the first real-world networks for mobile payments using Apple’s Bluetooth LE iBeacon tech.<p>In Brixton, businesses introduced a local currency in 2009 that eventually switched from paper into mobile …

Top Google Engineer Says Computers Will Be Like Humans by 2029

Innovation<p>In less than two decades, you won't just use your computers, you will have relationships with them.<p>Because of artificial intelligence, computers will be able to read at human levels by 2029 and will also begin to have different human characteristics, said Ray Kurzweil, the director of …

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Mozilla's $25 Smartphone Is a Brilliant Gamechanger

Mozilla plans to roll out a $25 smartphone by the end of the year, the <i>Wall Street Journal</i> reported Wednesday.<p>$25? For a smartphone? Sounds crazy, …

Samsung Galaxy F Poses Next To The Galaxy S5

We have already seen a number of photos of the new Samsung Galaxy F, the device was previous known as the Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime.<p>Now we have some …

Starbucks to offer wireless charging pads

NEW YORK (AP) — Soon you may not have to fumble or fight for a power outlet to charge your phone at your neighborhood Starbucks.<p>Starbucks and …

CEOs of Microsoft, HP, Intel talk future of computing

The CEOs of three of the largest technology companies in the world talked on Wednesday about their vision of the future of computing and what needs to get disrupted to get there.<p>Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich, and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella were grilled by New York Times …

Success Is Not Measured Only By Money And 'Stuff'

Believe it or not, much of the potential for success in your small business depends upon two things:<p>1. Your ability to effectively function physically, mentally, and emotionally.<p>2. How well you balance where the business stops and your personal life starts.<p>There actually are times when being one …

Snowden: Obama’s plan to reform NSA spying is a turning point

The person who triggered the furor over the National Security Agency's spying activities has given a tentative thumb's up to plans to change some of the agency's controversial methods.<p>In a statement released Wednesday through the American Civil Liberties Union, Edward Snowden called plans to rein …

IRS Rules Bitcoin Is Property, Not Currency

The IRS has officially stated that bitcoin is a property – similar to any other valuable commodity – rather than a currency. What does this mean? Not much. In short, if you pay someone in bitcoin – in the same way you could pay them in gold – the wages are taxed accordingly. It is also not …

The Comprehensive Guide to Facebook Privacy Settings

The first thing you have to realize about Facebook: Nothing you put there is truly private. Yes, you can control how users see or don’t see your …

Adobe's all-in-one photo app Revel arrives on Android

If one of the many, many photo apps on Android isn't doing it for you, Adobe's just added Revel to the fray. Though it's touting features like ease-of-use, automatic syncing, sharing and privacy for the app (which has been on iOS for quite a while), we actually found the built-in Photoshop …

Extended Volvo CarPlay Demo Video Shows Touch Scrolling, Integration With Other Car Software

Apple is showing off CarPlay at the Geneva Auto Show this week with its first crop of car makers, and so far we’ve seen it in action in Ferrari and Mercedes-Benz vehicles, but a new video gives an extended look at how it works with Volvo cars. The demo features an Apple rep taking it through …

Testing out Loop’s programmable credit card

Boston payments startup Loop on Wednesday has released its interesting take on the digital wallet to consumers, selling a programmable fob and a …

Here's why Facebook paid $19bn for WhatsApp

Facebook is buying WhatsApp, agreeing to pay $19 billion (£11.3 billion) in cash and stock for the popular smartphone messaging service.<p>Revealed …

Order Up! Food Businesses Find An Appetite For Bitcoin

Hungry for a Philly cheesesteak or a hot Reuben sandwich? That'll be about 0.001 bitcoin, please.<p>From restaurants to breweries, to even your local farmers market and lemonade stand, the popular cryptocurrency has inched its way into the food industry, as more vendors consider it a valid form of …

Apple and Google are fighting 'Flappy Bird' clones

In the wake of <i>Flappy Bird</i>'s demise, an army of clones has risen up to take its place — but Apple and Google may now be preventing that from happening. Currently when you search "flappy" in Google Play or the App Store, you'll see game like <i>Flappy Fish</i>, <i>Flappy Pig</i>, or <i>Splashy Fish</i> pop up. However, …

Kickstarter crowdfunding website hacked

<b>Online crowdfunding website Kickstarter has said that hackers obtained some of its customers' data.</b><p>The site was hacked earlier last week, but the breach has been repaired, chief executive Yancey Strickler said.<p>The hackers got some passwords, phone numbers and email addresses, but "no credit card …

Major Bitcoin company releases open source library to make it easier to build Bitcoin apps

Bitcoin, the virtual currency that approximates cash on the internet, has been around for five years now, and its popularity has soared. But although its reach has spread beyond the initial circle of very technical, very insider-y circle of cryptographers and programmers, its audience is still …

The 16 Most Interesting Things To Come Out Of Bill Gates' Reddit AMA

When Microsoft founder and billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates speaks, people tend to listen — more so these days as he is taking an increasingly larger role at Microsoft.<p>In fact, he now spends about a third of his time at the company he founded, according to an "ask me anything" thread on Reddit …

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'Flappy Bird' Creator to Take Popular Game Down

The popularity of <i>Flappy Bird</i>, a mobile game for iOS and Android, has exploded over the past few weeks. But it looks like the rush of attention and …

'Flappy Bird' Makes $50,000 A Day: Will Nintendo Take Notice?

I’m not normally one to suggest companies take legal action over IP infringement, if only because I think our system encourages overreaction.<p>For instance, I think the entire saga of <i>Candy Crush Saga</i> creator King trademarking words like “candy” and “saga” and then preventing games like <i>The Banner Saga</i> …

Four Important Things You Must Do to Protect Yourself Online This Year

2013 was a pretty crappy year for Internet privacy, wasn’t it? While Edward Snowden’s leak of the NSA’s classified documents about the electronic …