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National Geographic's Best Travel Photos 2013 - in pictures

National Geographic has picked 10 of the most stunning travel images from 2013, from their daily photo feature Travel 365

OpenDesk: a revolution in furniture design - video

OpenDesk is an open design project from up and coming designer Nick Ierodiaconou. The project unites furniture buyers with a network of local makers. Pieces are available with four different degrees of completion – from plans to flatpack and ready to assemble – according to price and ability to …

7 Gift Ideas For Technophiles Who Don’t Get Technology

Technology used to be a niche interest, a hobby for geeks. Now, in an era when we all want to send texts on smartphones, everyone is a geek. But just because we like those magical moments that technology can offer, like beaming your music wirelessly to speakers or receiving a notification when your …

Amazon to build futuristic HQ of greenhouse domes in downtown Seattle

Google keeps its employees happy with swimming pools, bowling alleys and a crazy golf course, while Facebook is building its workers a giant shed with a four-hectare (10-acre) park on the roof, in which they can work in the Californian sun. Now Amazon is joining the party of novelty headquarters – …

BlackBerry teams up with Foxconn for budget smartphones as sales continue to plunge

BlackBerry's new interim chief John Chen has just got a rude wake-up call: the company shipped only 1.9 million smartphones to retailers in Q3 compared to 3.7 million last quarter, and lost $4.4 billion. Most of the phones shipped were lower-priced BB7 models, and it lost a massive $2.6 billion on …

WeChat Launched Voice Open Platform and Speech Recognition SDK

WeChat’s <i>Voice Open Platform</i> went live last night that would enable third parties to add speech-based features to their Official WeChat Accounts, or …

Groupon iPad App Arrives in 12 New Countries, including India and UAE

Groupon‘s deal-of-the-day recommendation service is now available in 12 new markets on the iPad. Bargain hunters in the following countries can now sign-up and access the app’s tantalizing deals: Argentina, Denmark, Finland, Greece, India, Israel, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Turkey and the …

AMC's Yeah! app adds bonus content and trivia to iPad movie rentals

AMC has released an iPad app for its Yeah! online movie rental service. Yeah!, first introduced in March, gives users access to a range of "iconic films" that can be downloaded for 48 hours at a time. Though the majority of rentals include just the movie itself, Yeah!'s big draw is that it's slowly …

Apple explores customizable layers for future Apple Maps app – new patent application

We’re pretty selective in the Apple patent applications we cover here, simply because Apple patents all kinds of things for all kinds of reasons, and for every one of them that makes it into an Apple product, there are hundreds of others that never will. But this is one we think might.<p>The core …

Google could face heavy fines after EU rejects latest antitrust settlement offer

More than three years after it opened its investigation into Google's search practices, the European Commission has warned the company that time to settle the case has all but run out. According to <i>Reuters</i>, Commission antitrust chief Joaquin Almunia said today that Google's latest proposals are "not …

The Day Google Had to 'Start Over' on Android

Google was building a secret mobile product to fend off chief rival Microsoft. Then Apple announced the iPhone, and everything changed.<p>In 2005, on Google’s sprawling, college-like campus, the most secret and ambitious of many, many teams was Google’s own smartphone effort—the Android project. …