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The selfie won't die — in fact, it just got its own social network - TODAY.com

Today<p>A new social network only lets you upload self-portraits. Its name? Selfie, of course.<p>Look at me, at a Beyoncé concert! Look at me, with the Pope! Look at me, at a funeral! Look at me, in class while my teacher is going into labor! Yes, 2013 is the year of the selfie — but that doesn't mean …

Dear Google, What’s Wrong With You?

Dear Google: What’s wrong?<p>I ask because last weekend, while in San Francisco, I asked Google Maps for “hot chocolate mission” — and was promptly directed to an ARCO station in Fremont, 40 miles away. Similarly, last month I searched for “coffee” while in the Embarcadero Center, one of the denser …

'Minecraft' partners with Twitch for built-in streaming

The 13 million people who play <i>Minecraft</i> on PC will soon have an easier way to share their in-game experiences. Today at the Minecon convention in Orlando, developer Mojang and streaming service Twitch announced a new partnership that will allow players to stream content on Twitch directly from in …

After listing Nexus 5 at an outrageous $799, Best Buy settles for $100 markup

Buying a Nexus 5 without a contract at Best Buy is going to be expensive. Very expensive. The massive US retail chain has priced off-contract purchases at an eye-popping $799.99 according to a new Sprint listing on its website. That's for the 16GB model, which sells for $349 at Google Play. Even …

Too good to be true? Airo wristband says it tracks calories consumed, not just burned

Advertisement<p>7 Comments<p>All kinds of new health trackers monitor your activity to tell you how many steps you’ve taken and the number of calories …

Are iPhone 5c sales low or supplies high?

KGI’s Mingchi Kuo, an analyst with a solid track-record, and the man who came closest (almost) to calling opening weekend sales of the iPhone, now believes Apple shipped ‘just’ 11.4M iPhone 5c handsets in September, rather than the 17M he had earlier forecast, reports <i>Business Insider</i>.<p>Kuo is now …

Is Samsung planning to introduce the Galaxy S 5 in January?

Advertisement<p>9 Comments<p>Will Samsung’s next big Galaxy go into orbit soon than expected? A report on South Korean news site Naver suggests that …

Apple iPhone 5S Users Complain About 'Blue Screen Of Death' Error

The Apple iPhone 5S was released three weeks ago and is distinguished from its predecessor by having silver or gold color options, a built-in fingerprint sensor and a 64-bit Apple A7 processor. Unfortunately, the iPhone 5S has an issue that has not been seen before in previous Apple products. The …

25 of the most loved brands in America are tech (survey)

The iPhone is the most beloved brand in America.<p>NewMediaMetrics released the results of its annual LEAP survey today, which indexed the 25 most loved brands in the U.S..<p>Fifty percent of them are tech, and most of these are gadgets.<p>Four of the top 25 are Apple. The company ranked as the fifth most …

Japanese Manufacturers Ramp Up Production as iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C Launches Loom

Screen manufacturer Japan Display and inductor coil provider TDK have fully ramped up production levels in order to meet the parts demand for Apple’s upcoming iPhone 5S and lower-cost iPhone 5C, according to a report from Japanese newspaper <i>Nikkei</i> [Google Translate] (via <i>CNET</i>).<p>Japan Display Inc. …

LG G2 available from US carriers this month

LG made a big to do for the new G2 smartphone last month, but it didn't say when you would be able to actually buy it or how much it would cost. Today, Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile have announced that it will be available for purchase starting this month. Verizon customers will be able to get first …

The Death Of Nintendo Has Been Greatly Under-Exaggerated

I love Nintendo. I love Nintendo. I love Nintendo.<p>I feel the need to say that over and over again to begin with because this post will inevitably be read by some as some sort of anti-Nintendo screed. I know that because every single time I write anything <i>mildly</i> critical of Nintendo, groups of folks …

Zuckerberg: I wish Parse had been around when I started Facebook

SAN FRANCISCO — Talking about his social network’s early days, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said he started out with an $8,000 budget and all the responsibility of building his own backend.<p>“In retrospect, man, I wish Parse was around back then,” he said.<p>More from Parse Dev Day<p>Parse: 100K+ apps & …

Moto X comes to Sprint, US Cellular tomorrow

The Motorola Moto X has been available for purchase from AT&T and Verizon for almost two weeks, but those who've been waiting for it to come to Sprint will be able to join in on the fun tomorrow, September 6th. Like Verizon, Sprint will be selling it for $199.99 with contract and is only offering …

Google is waging war on apps that attack, infiltrate and steal from your phone

Late last month, Google made sweeping changes to its policies for developers on Play, the official store for apps that run on Android, Google’s smartphone operating system. The changes, which among other things affect how ads are displayed and permissions sought, are meant to make Android safer so …

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Overwhelming majority of web users have tried covering their digital tracks

Pew Research Center recently conducted a survey with 792 web users, and found that the urge for privacy is more common than it seems. A full 86 percent of respondents had covered their digital tracks in some way, whether it was with encryption software or simply by using a browser's incognito mode, …

Could We See A Finnish Smartphone From Nokia In 2016?

Microsoft’s purchase of Nokia’s handset business is going to be talked about for days, weeks, and probably years to come. The narrative talking place just now is one of Microsoft buying Nokia, but a closer look reveals more twists and turns could be ahead for what remains of Nokia in Finland. …

Autumn is just a better life

Apple snagged 20 percent of its iPhone buyers from Android

The iPhone maker also captured three times as many customers from Samsung as Samsung did from Apple, says a new report from CIRP.<p>Apple seems to be doing a good job at wooing customers away from other mobile platforms, at least according to a survey conducted by Consumer Intelligence Research …

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Goodbye Microsoft Tag, we hardly knew you (and that was the problem)

Advertisement<p>6 Comments<p>Microsoft(s msft) is ending its Tag program on August 19, 2015, terminating a half-dozen year run at offering an alternative …

Report: Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear to ship soon after September launch

Advertisement<p>7 Comments<p>On September 4, Samsung is widely expected to debut the Galaxy Note 3 and possibly a smartwatch called the Galaxy Gear. …

'Plants vs. Zombies 2' Review: Growing Strong

While I’m not a big mobile gamer, it’s not out of spite or some sense of superiority about “filthy casuals” who spend their time playing Angry Birds while I’m hunting hats in Team Fortress 2 on my $2000 gaming rig. Rather, it’s just that the often simplistic nature of the most popular games just …

This just in: Oldsters use Pinterest and Instagram more than teens do

Score one for the grownups! New data from the Pew Research Center shows that while teens dominate pretty much all the social networks in existence, adults still reign supreme on Instagram. And when it comes to Pinterest, adults <i>bury</i> the teenyboppers.<p>Get off my lawn! and other things people in my …

Why Apple is eyeing gold for the new iPhone

If you've noticed #iphonegold showing up all over Twitter, there's a good reason.<p>The Internet on Monday lit up over reports that the next iPhone, set for unveiling on Sept. 10, could be available in black, white and gold. If Apple does indeed launch a gold iPhone, it would be the first color added …

CHART OF THE DAY: iPhone Buyers Are Younger, Richer, And Better Educated Than Samsung Smartphone Buyers

For the past couple of years, Samsung has been mocking Apple in its advertising.<p>One of the overt messages delivered repeatedly is that Apple's iPhone is no longer hip. It is for old dorks. Samsung is for the hipsters, says the advertising.<p>Well, the latest data from Consumer Intelligence Research …

Thai Villagers Arrest a Google Street View Driver, Thought He Was a Spy Photog

On your own mental list of “most perilous jobs,” chances are Google Street View driver doesn’t make it very close to the top. But one of Google’s own …