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iOS 8: Apple considers Notification Center + Messages tweaks, removing Game Center app

Besides adding new Maps, Healthbook, and iTunes Radio applications, Apple plans to enhance and refine the functionality of some of its current pre-bundled applications and features for iOS 8. Here is a list, provided by sources, of some of the refinements Apple is <i>considering</i> for select applications …

PayPal's new policies are more crowdfunding friendly

Last year, PayPal promised to overhaul its policies after getting flak for freezing huge amounts of crowdfunding funds, and today it's announced those changes. By the looks of it, PayPal has been working closely with crowdfunding websites to verify each campaign that wants to use its services. If …

Pocket Drone Ends Its Crowdfunding Campaign Just Shy Of $1 Million In Pledges

The AirDroids Pocket Drone is a soaring success. Keep reading for more bad puns.<p>The Hardware Battlefield contestant’s Kickstarter campaign just ended with the company raking in over 2,000 preorders for the Pocket Drone. The campaign ended with $929,212 in pledges, becoming the most popular drone …

Strava unifies running and cycling apps; adds new audio updates, social features

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Fans of Strava on both Android(s goog) and iOS(s aapl) should be happy today as the exercise tracking app got a huge update — …

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Nokia Says It’s Disappointed With Indian Court Ruling That Rejected Asset Transfer To Microsoft

Nokia’s transfer of its Indian manufacturing unit and other assets in the country to Microsoft is facing a legal hurdle that could force the Finnish phone maker to take some extreme steps including potential shutdown of the plant.<p>If the Indian manufacturing plant is not transferred to Microsoft, it …

Xbox One's Skype app gets first refresh: contact filtering, longer chat logs and more

Skype for Xbox One -- or as we like to call it, <i>SuperSkype Extreme</i> -- is getting its first update today. Tired of looking through offline contacts to find out if Larry's online? This update allows for filtration by availability! Tired of Larry lying about things he said last week? This update adds …

Samsung Galaxy S5 Zoom details allegedly come to light

The camera-centric Galaxy S5 spinoff could be among Samsung's first to employ its hexa-core processor.<p>The camera-focused Samsung Galaxy S5 Zoom, a variation on the forthcoming Samsung Galaxy S5, could feature a 20-megapixel rear camera and a hexa-core processor, according to new benchmarks.<p>Thanks …

HoverChat For Android Lets You Message Your Friends Without Switching Screens

HoverChat, the first Egyptian Y Combinator startup and makers of an SMS replacement application currently available for Android smartphones, is focused on making messaging more of a multi-tasking experience. The app also has a familiar look: its avatars, called “hoverheads,” are a lot like …

With 1M pre-orders in China, the Nokia X could be a hit after all

Advertisement<p>9 Comments<p>Credit: Nokia<p>In just a few days since orders began, the Android-powered(s goog) Nokia X(s nok) handset quickly hit a …

Google Now Gains Support for Cricket with Live Updates

The Google Search for Android app received multiple updates this week, but the changelog showed nothing; now the company has revealed this release is all about cricket. You can download the new version now from Google Play.<p>Just in time for ICC World Twenty20 in Bangladesh, Google Now can now give …

Target Warns Data Breach Could Be Worse Than Reported So Far

The company has so far said that some 40 million payment card records were stolen along with 70 million other customer records during a massive cyberattack over the holiday shopping season.<p>For example, the SEC filing noted that when the company initially identified the intrusion in mid-December …

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Affordable Asus Chromebox Cloud PC Fires Shot Across Microsoft's Bow

Recently I spent some quality time testing (and tearing down) the new Asus Chromebox small form factor Chrome OS PC. This little 5×5-inch brick runs Google's latest Chrome operating system and the model I tested was based on an Intel Core i3 dual-core (Haswell) processor, 4GB of 1600MHz RAM and a …

The “Stolen” Mt.Gox Data Contained Malware That Robbed Users Of Bitcoin

Security researchers at Securelist have found that the data “stolen” from Mark Karpeles’ computer actually contained a BTC-stealing Trojan that masqueraded as a back-end app for managing Mt.Gox trades. The app searched user directories for Bitcoin-related files – wallet.dat and bitcoin.conf – and …

Google | The Next Web

All stories in Google<p>How Google and Apple solve one of photography's biggest problems<p>Google Photos yesterday upped its AI game by allowing users to cobble together slideshows of their favorite images with a ...<p>Bryan Clark<p>Google taught AI to multitask with an intense gaming sesh<p>Google's DeepMind …

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Uber Expands Insurance Coverage for Ridesharing Drivers

SAN FRANCISCO — UberX on Friday expanded the insurance coverage it offers to ridesharing drivers, a step toward easing regulators' and lawmakers' concerns and creating broader acceptance of the services.<p>Ridesharing companies such as UberX, part of black-car service Uber, allow members of the public …

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The working Lego keyboard of your nerdy dreams is here

A Lego builder tackles the challenge of crafting a working keyboard out of Lego bricks and has to make some entertaining substitutions for traditional keys.<p>Back in 2005, Lego tinkerer Jason Allemann attempted to build a prototype of a working keyboard out of Lego using the membrane from a curved …

How to get Amazon Prime for half the price

Amazon announced it is raising the price of its Prime membership to $99, but some students and (perhaps) less than honest consumers can get the …

How the Web is Powering The Revolution Underway in Personal Finance

<i>Vincent Turner is the founder and CEO of Planwise.</i><p>In September 2012, I had intended to write a post on how the Internet has changed personal finance. Instead, I discussed that it had yet to, given that some fundamental building blocks to enable that change were only at a nascent stage.<p>Some 18 …

Net transition triggers GOP backlash

The Obama administration’s decision to relinquish oversight over the group that manages the Internet’s architecture has raised an early red flag with Republicans, who blast the move as a threat to free speech.<p>The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers has managed the Web’s domain-name …

Who Needs Kickstarter? Exercise Sensor Moov Raises $1 Million In 15 Days

When Meng Li and Nikola Hu stopped by the FORBES office to demonstrate their wearable sensors last month, Hu spent much of the interview punching the air and running in place. A laptop placed on the table graphed the speed and form of his punches, benchmarking his performance against that of a …

Titanfall, the game that will ruin all other shooters and win over customers for the Xbox One

Titanfall launched earlier this week with a year’s worth of hype behind it and was received with much excitement from the gaming community. Gamers flooded online as it launched at midnight in the US, taking the game’s dedicated servers offline seemingly immediately.<p>Call of Duty changed the way we …

Who is winning the 'crypto-war'?

<b>In the war over encryption between the NSA and privacy activists, who is winning?</b><p>Ladar Levison sits exhausted, slumped on a sofa with his dog Princess on his lap. He is surrounded by boxes after he moved into a new house in the suburbs of Dallas, Texas, the previous day.<p>He describes his new home as …

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NSA system designed to attack 'millions' of computers -- report

The US government designed computerized hacking tools to automate the process of compromising computers with attacks that let it harvest data before it is encrypted, new documents show.<p>Through an operation called Turbine, the NSA crafted an automated system designed to hack "millions" of computers, …

Google rolls out a new option to curb in-app purchases in Android games

Following a recent lawsuit, and inquiry by the European Commission about protections for in-app purchases, Google's begun offering new controls for shoppers on its Play Store to restrict how those transactions are made. A new version of the Play Store adds the option to require a password each and …

Tableau Preps $345M Offering, Less Than A Year After Its Gangbusters IPO

Tableau Software would like some more, please. The company, less than a year after its IPO that spiked 64 percent in its first day, plans to sell $345 million in Class A shares to the public.<p>Here’s what’s fun: That sum is greater than what the company raised in its IPO. That total, $254 million, …

Predictive tech is getting smarter and more pervasive — but more controversial, too

We’re seeing the biggest change in how we interact with computers in years. And it’ll mean much less input from you.<p>Apps like Google Now, Tempo AI, and others represent the first wave of “predictive technology.” These are apps and services that are smart enough to fetch information for you — before …

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One armed robbery suspect remains at large, another arrested

Police have identified a man arrested following an armed robbery Saturday in Alpharetta, but are still looking for another man in connection with the …

Ukrainian hackers claim they took down NATO websites ahead of secession vote

Ukrainian hackers are claiming responsibility for a cyberattack that brought down a pair of NATO websites today, in an act of protest against Western powers on the eve of a major vote that could see a portion of Ukraine handed over to Russia. The hacktivist group, Cyber Berkut, says that it took …

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