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So Many Platforms, So Few Developers

As I walked around the TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon today, I talked to a lot of vendors who decided to set up tables at the event for one reason: to lure developers to use their APIs and build applications on top of their platforms.<p>In fact, I spoke to almost a dozen vendors including Evernote, …

What To Expect From Apple’s iPhone Event On September 9

Apple is hosting an event on September 9, and by all accounts it’s going to be a real barn burner. The company is set to announce new iPhones, and this much you can take to the bank, but rumors have also arisen suggesting we’ll see a brand new wearable device of some kind – the great and powerful …

The Feds Found The Silk Road’s Ross Ulbricht Thanks To A Leaky CAPTCHA

You may have heard that the infamous Dread Pirate Robets AKA Ross Ulbricht’s Silk Road was taken down thanks to a problem in his anonymous Tor server. Now, however, Brian Krebs has shown us just how the Feds found Ulbricht’s server and, additionally, the pirate himself.<p>A hole in the Silk Road’s …

Intel launches first 14-nanometre processor for thin fanless PCs

<b>Intel has launched a generation of processors with the smallest transistors ever featured in a commercial product.</b><p>The Core M chip is the first in the family of Intel's next-generation Broadwell processors.<p>Intel had initially aimed to start delivering them to computer makers last year.<p>However, …

Apple wearable to run third-party apps, big developers already seeded SDK

Apple’s upcoming wearable device, based on iOS, will run third-party applications and, furthermore, may come equipped with an App Store, according to two sources with knowledge of the new device. It is currently unclear if the App Store will be full-fledged, like on the iPhone and iPad, or if it …

8 Things Really Great Problem Solvers Do | Inc.com

Life is full of problems and challenges. Most people become proficient at working through small issues or at least skirting them. But those who are exceptionally good at solving problems have a distinct advantage on the path to success. They often become leaders among their peers. The bigger the …

Design

Former Twitter Chief Scientist Launches Steven, An Emoji-Based Social App

I can’t quite put my finger on why I keep using this new app called Steven – yes, Steven, like a boy’s name – but I do. The app itself is sort of silly – it offers you a way to log your activities and location using emoji, optionally add photos, plus view and respond to posts from other friends, …

Apple’s NFC Payments Play Could Make Its Wearable A Computing Friction Killer

Apple could be gearing up to make its so-called ‘iWatch’ a payment device powered by NFC, according to a new report from the Wall Street Journal. But including near-field communications tech in the iWatch (and the iPhone 6, too, if the report is correct) will open the door for much more than just …

So is this (finally) QE from the ECB?

The Governing Council of the ECB has announced an important package of new measures, including cuts of around 0.1 per cent in policy rates, and an …

The Evolution of ATM Skimmers

In a little over a decade, ATM skimmers have gone from urban myth to a wildly complex, ever-evolving suite of technologies that has the potential to …

Identity Theft

Amazon Opens Up Its Enterprise Cloud Storage Service Zocalo To All

Amazon today announced that it’s making Zocalo, its secure document storage and sharing service designed for enterprise use, generally available. The news comes, not coincidentally, on a day when cloud storage competitor Dropbox announced lowered pricing and storage increases for its Pro …

Dropbox Beefs Up Its Pro Feature Set, Now Offering 1TB Of Storage For $10/Month

In today’s cloud storage wars, most companies are defined by the amount of space their users get for the least amount of money. With new pricing and updates to its Pro offering, Dropbox is hoping to show that it can compete on price while also providing greater value to paying users through a …

Acorns Micro-Invests Your Spare Change

There’s a growing arsenal of apps that integrate with your daily spending habits to deliver smart tips on how to make the most of your money. BillGuard, for example, helps you combat credit card fraud and hidden merchant fees. But a new entrant to the personal finance space is looking to go the …

This is why people want to watch other people play video games

Amazon agreed to pay just shy of $1 billion for video game streaming site Twitch last night. The service, which originally launched as a spinoff from Justin.tv in 2011, has become so wildly popular that its owner’s major concern has not been how to grow the site, but how to secure sufficient …

Machines Are Taking Control of The World... Why Stop Them?

<i>Wojtek Borowicz is a community evangelist at Estimote, freelance writer and a strong believer in the Internet of Things.</i><p>That might sound like a nihilistic newspaper headline from the day before Skynet woke up and bombed us, but it’s actually pretty far from that.<p>“Europe's leading digital technology …

Venezuela’s latest ruse to tackle shortages: fingerprint scanners in supermarkets

Print this page<p>For more than 50 years, citizens of Communist Cuba have been assured access to basic foodstuffs by the <i>libreta</i>, or ration book. But the …

Chapter 1: Introduction

APIs (application programming interfaces) are a big part of the web. In 2013 there were over 10,000 APIs published by companies for open consumption …

Microservices

An Ingenious Way To Keep People From Spying On Your Password

As many a snoopy significant other knows, it’s pretty easy to figure out a smartphone passcode. On the iPhone, the numbers helpfully light up when they are tapped. But thanks to new technology, you don’t have to use the side-eye technique to compromise someone’s privacy. A snoopy Google Glass app …

Stanford breakthrough might triple battery life

Annoyed by how often your cellphone needs recharging? Stanford researchers say they've made a major step toward the "holy grail" of energy storage — a pure lithium battery.<p>A team that includes former Energy secretary Steven Chu says it's building a lithium anode battery that might give electric …

BadUSB hack may be one of the biggest threats you have seen!

comedy_nose<p>A new threat named “BadUSB” has just emerged, a name that may be a bit of an understatement. This exploit is one of the nastiest security threats we have seen in a long time. It’s dangerous, often undetectable and very hard to kill. BadUSB literally leaves current antivirus defenses …

NASA Telescope Observes Signal That Can’t Be Explained By Known Physics

NASA researchers have stumbled upon a signal in the Perseus Cluster—one of the most massive known objects in the universe—that they say can’t be …

This Google videogame is trying to drive iPhone users into advertisers’ real-world stores

What if the world’s biggest online advertising company could figure out a way to go beyond showing ads? What if it could actually get people to go into stores?<p>That’s exactly what Google has achieved with Ingress, a popular but still relatively unknown multiplayer online game that requires players …

Yahoo profit declines due to disappointing ad sales

<b>Internet giant Yahoo reported that profit decreased by 18% to $270m (£157m) during the three months to the end of June.</b><p>Revenue also fell, dropping 3% to $1.08bn.<p>Most of the decline was due to a sharp drop in digital display advertising, which plunged 8% in the second quarter.<p>"Our top priority is …

Brics nations to create $100bn development bank

<b>The leaders of the five Brics countries have signed a deal to create a new $100bn (£58.3bn) development bank and emergency reserve fund.</b><p>The Brics group is made up of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.<p>The capital for the bank will be split equally among the five participating …

Apple and IBM announce 'landmark deal' to develop apps

Once bitter rivals, US tech giants Apple and IBM have now teamed up to develop business apps and sell iPhones and iPads to corporate customers<p>Apple and IBM have agreed a “landmark deal” that will see the technology giants work together to develop apps for iPhones and iPads.<p>Under the agreement, IBM …

12 reasons why Adidas are the real World Cup champions

Adidas says it expects record football sales of £1.58bn this year, selling more than 8 million official jerseys. Here are 12 ways it dominated the corporate stage at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil<p><b>1.</b> After the German victory, team shirts went on sale on the Adidas website for €84.95 each. Within hours …

How content curation enables brands to become trusted, authoritative and helpful

As brands start to commit themselves to content marketing programmes that are as deep and enduring as any major publication, inevitably questions arise about the merits of curating and republishing content that has not been authored by the brand.<p>But what is curation and why are brands curating …

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As Android Rises, App Makers Tumble Into Google's 'Matrix of Pain'

Here's the good news for Android users: Google's app store, which has lagged behind Apple's in polish and scope, is starting to catch up. More …