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Hands On With Bolt, Instagram's Snapchat Competitor

Instagram Bolt launched today with a catch; you have to be in New Zealand, South Africa or Singapore to install. An unusual rollout strategy, but it’s the first time I’ve ever been in one of the first countries for an app like this!<p>Bolt’s premise is pretty similar to Snapchat: send images to your …

How an oil engineer created Auto-Tune & changed the music industry

Before inventing Auto-Tune, the software that would change the music industry forever, Andy Hildebrand was a research scientist in the oil industry.<p>Working for Exxon Production Research and then Landmark Graphics, a company he co-founded, Hildebrand developed software for processing data from …

SocialRank Adds New Twitter Analytics

Twitter analytics service SocialRank, which was launched in February by two ex-Dwolla staffers, has undergone a significant upgrade in order to help brands and companies get more value and insight from their social media.<p>The original version of the service helped brands — and, in fact, any user — …

Secret machine could solve Apple’s sapphire glass woes

Apple has been struggling to produce enough sapphire displays in time for the iPhone 6, but after going straight to the source of the freakishly indestructible glass – GT Advanced Technologies – MIT has learned of the company’s plans to use a giant machine that may solve all of Apple’s sapphire …

Mozilla Names Chris Beard CEO

A foundation veteran takes over as CEO.<p>The open source Mozilla Corporation named Chris Beard as its new CEO.<p>Beard had served as CEO on an interim basis following the departure of Brandan Eich. Eich’s tenure as CEO was cut short earlier April after a controversy over his political contributions to a …

Homer for iPhone lets you peek at the apps your friends use

Ever had the urge to peek at your friends' phone screens, whether it's to learn about their favorite apps or simply pry into their digital lives? Well, you can now do that without having to either strike up an awkward conversation or get overly nosy. PayPal co-founder Max Levchin and the HVF crew …

China's Baidu Is Working On A Self-Driving Car Concept That Sounds Less Terrifying Than Google's

Baidu, a Chinese search giant, revealed to The Next Web that it's working on its own concept that sounds like it will make a lot more sense than Google's version.<p>Baidu's car would be highly autonomous, instead of fully driverless. The idea is that it could operate by itself, but that the driver …

Microsoft Is Back To Bashing Apple In Latest Advertisment

In Microsoft’s latest TV spot, the company stacks its voice assistant against Apple’s . Spoiler: Microsoft’s wins.<p>The commercial features Siri on an iPhone 5S and Cortana on a low-end Lumia 635, where Microsoft’s voice assistant handles requests involving people and locations. These are tasks Siri …

Apple Loop: iPhone 6 Launch Dates, iWatch Patents, And Where To Find Those MacBook Stickers

Taking a look back at another week of news from Cupertino, this week’s Apple Loop covers Apple’s Fall launch events, mobile payments in the next iPhone, a potential iWatch patent, thoughts from the Q3 2014 earnings call, potential security holes in iOS 6, OSX 10.10 previews, and the new stickers …

David Attenborough's next 3D nature doc and new VR experiences are coming soon

The 3D hype may have died down from its peak a few years ago, but Sir David Attenborough is continuing to make use of the technology (check after the break for a video explaining some of the infatuation with it) for his critically acclaimed nature documentaries. The latest one is <i>Conquest of the</i> …

Apple acquired BookLamp startup for $10-15 million earlier this year (update: confirmed)

Apple acquired a company called BookLamp earlier this year for somewhere between $10-15 million, according to information uncovered by TechCrunch.<p>The Idaho-based startup created what was referred to as “Pandora for books,” including a system known as the Book Genome Project that could recommend …

This Is What Makes Cisco CEO John Chambers Cry (And It's Not What You Think)

He thinks of the top five players, only two or three will be around in a "meaningful" way in as little as five years, Cisco included.<p>"If we don't disrupt ourselves, if we don't have the courage to change, if we don't change before the market forces us to, we'll get left behind," he told attendees …

This Is How Drastically Your Windows Computer Has Changed Over The Years

We've come a long way from the aging, chunky monitors we used to play "The Oregon Trail" in elementary school.<p>And, as computers have become slimmer and more sleek, so has the software that goes along with it.<p>Here's a look at how Windows has changed throughout the years.

The 20 Most Beautiful And Clever Tech Logos

We've put together this list of the best, most beautiful tech company and product logos, spanning from startups to more-established companies.<p>Let us know in the comments if we skipped any other great ones.

Nvidia's New Product Is A Shield Tablet With Tegra K1, Designed For PC And Android Gaming

<i>[Update: The lead rings true, and the details remain the same. Nvidia officially announced the Shield Tablet today, and beyond what I reported it does have some unique "firsts." It's the first tablet to natively support Twitch streaming, the first tablet with Nvidia's Shadowplay gameplay recording,</i> …

Google Has a Huge New Business You Probably Don’t Know About

This post is in partnership with Fortune, which offers the latest business and finance news. Read the article below originally published …

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Google Launches iOS Version of 'Ingress' Augmented-Reality Game

Google finally brought its popular sci-fi-inspired augmented-reality game <i>Ingress</i> to iOS Monday, nearly two years after the game first launched on …

Tim Cook to employees on IBM partnership: ‘I’m really excited to see it take off’ (Memo)

Earlier today, Apple and IBM announced an expansive, long-term partnership to integrate Apple’s iOS devices into the Enterprise with big data software powered by IBM. The partnership will allow for IBM to sell iPads and iPhones to its Enterprise customers, and the duo are also working on jointly …

Google hires former Ford chief Alan Mulally as it develops self-driving car

Google is hoping its Android software will become the standard platform for everything from messaging to media in cars<p>Google has appointed former Ford chief executive Alan Mulally to its board of directors, as it develops a self-driving car and tries to get its software into more vehicles.<p>Mr …

Is The Apple-IBM Union A Death Knell For Blackberry?

Watch out Blackberry, the iPhone is coming to eat your lunch — again.<p>Blackberry has already ceded the consumer smartphone market to Apple and others. The company has rebounded by refocusing on their core enterprise customer. But now Apple wants a piece of that business too — and it has another rich …

Airbnb's new logo looks a lot like this other company's logo [updated]

<i>Updated at 3:10 p.m. Pacific with comment from Airbnb and Automation Everywhere.</i><p>Influential German designer Erik Spiekermann just noticed something interesting about Airbnb’s new logo.<p>In some ways, this curvy letter A resembles the A logo of an 11-year-old IT automation company called Automation …

BlackBerry Gets Siri-ous With a Voice-Enabled Assistant

BlackBerry is planning a Siri-like voice-enabled assistant, the company revealed Wednesday.<p>Like Siri and Windows Phone's Cortana, BlackBerry …

Ashton Kutcher Touts Taptalk To His 16M Twitter Followers

Actor and investor Ashton Kutcher has endorsed photo and video messaging app Taptalk to his 16 million-plus Twitter followers, telling them it “just secured homepage real estate on my phone.” It’s not clear whether he has become an investor in the Berlin-based startup, but Kutcher has been known to …

Meet Google's Security Princess

As Google's top hacker, Parisa Tabriz thinks like a criminal—and manages the brilliant, wonky guys on her team with the courage and calm of a hostage negotiator.<p>"Security Princess" is Parisa Tabriz's official title at Google. Seriously. And yes, you can google that. "'Information Security Engineer' …

Google Glass pioneer joins Amazon

SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — Google just lost a key member of its Google Glass team to rival Amazon.<p>Babak Parviz, who was spearheading the tech …

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