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How To Discover Everything Facebook Knows About You

You can't opt out of ads on Facebook without opting out of Facebook itself. But you can do a lot to control the ads you see.<p>Facebook shows you ads based on what it knows about you and what it thinks you like. It has two ways to figure this out:<p>1. What you tell it directly ( name, age, marital …

Xbox One frees up extra computing power for developers

Microsoft has opened up the amount of computing power developers can access in the Xbox One, according to an analysis of the console's software development kit by Eurogamer's Digital Foundry.<p>The SDK was made public earlier this week by hackers, claiming they did so in the name of "creativity and …

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Why Google Just Published a Windows Bug Before Microsoft Fixed It

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A new Sony Walkman is coming to CES

A sign outside the grounds of the Las Vegas Convention Center here at CES shows a new Walkman-branded product from Sony, which would mark the second hyped Walkman release in just a few months' time after the debut of the A17 last September. The new device looks like classic Sony design, featuring a …

Call+ app expands free landline calling to 16 countries

About a month ago, an app called Call+ made a pretty tantalizing offer: unlimited free calls to a few countries, with fairly easy ways to earn call time for a bunch of others.<p>If you liked the idea but didn't need to call anyone in Brazil, China or Mexico, here's good news: Call+ now gives you free …

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Apple devices hit record high in China. Samsung headed south.

Remember Benedict Evans? He’s the Andreessen Horowitz partner whose 13-minute slideshow “Mobile is eating the world” was featured here a few months …

4 things to expect from Google in 2015

Google is a powerhouse, but it's a powerhouse in transition.<p>In 2014, Google's search engine -- the largest in the world -- continued to dominate the market. In the US, the company has 67 percent of the search market on desktop computers. Globally, it's a $50 billion business in revenue annually.<p>But …

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VPN services report problems as Netflix denies crackdown

The company seems to be blocking VPNs and other tools<p><b>Update</b>: Netflix has responded to reports of problems and claims any spike in VPN errors is an accident caused by a DNS change, not a wider crackdown.<p>Netflix in the United States is not the same as Netflix in the rest of the world. Thanks to the …

Samsung is about to launch 'the most seductive TV of all time' at CES

Samsung has weird ideas about sex<p>Samsung is pulling absolutely no punches in hyping up its CES product lineup this year, but this is a level of bravado that exceeds even the typically wild levels the company is known for. Look beyond the incredibly awkward S'UHD TV branding (which probably stands …

These 5 iPhone Apps Will Make You Wildly More Creative

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What's next for Facebook?

Looking at the dizzying pace of announcements, acquisitions and new initiatives, you could be forgiven for wondering when Facebook employees will sit back and take a break.<p>Quite the contrary, one of the mottoes floating around the company's Menlo Park, Calif., offices is that Facebook is only 1 …

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Solving the world's largest Rubik's Cube takes seven and a half hours

And we think that's completely reasonable<p>If you’re still feeling a little worse for wear after the New Year’s celebrations then we have the perfect slow-paced antidote for you: a seven and a half hour video of the world’s largest Rubik’s Cube being solved. This may sound a little sluggish, but bear …

Here's what to expect from CES 2015

With 2014 now firmly in the rearview mirror, the tech industry is gearing up to start 2015 off with a bang as it gathers for the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. This grand-scale exhibition of the near future attracts thousands of companies and hundreds of thousands of attendees every …

The most exciting indie games of 2015

It's no secret that the most interesting video games of the last few years have come out of the indie games community.<p>In 2014, we've seen explosive …

Samsung: Tizen OS will power our smart TVs in 2015

Samsung's Tizen operating system will power all the company's smart TVs in 2015, the Korean electronics maker announced Wednesday, another step in Samsung's efforts to gain a foothold for the troubled OS.<p>"The way society consumes entertainment...has evolved and now includes multiple devices and …

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Snapchat Has Raised $485 Million More From 23 Investors, At Valuation Of Up To $20B

Back in the day, we reported that messaging app Snapchat* was raising over $100 million in a round led by Kleiner Perkins. And then the WSJ reported that it was $20 million, which left us wondering why a growth round would be so small in terms of total principle. Well, it turns out it’s …

Snapchat closes out 2014 by raising a ton of cash

The messaging app's valuation could be far greater than $10 billion<p>Snapchat wrapped up 2014 on a pretty good note: a privacy complaint from the FTC is now settled, and the company raised a whole ton of cash to close out the year. As most people were making plans to ring in 2015 yesterday afternoon, …

Apple fixed an annoying iPhone 6 bug that was ruining Apple Pay for some users

Some iPhone 6 owners have discovered a strange bug related to using Apple Pay after a phone restore, as detailed in a new forum thread on Apple’s …

Montblanc announces e-Strap watchband to smarten up traditional watches

As smartwatches from Apple and Google threaten to take a bite out of the market for traditional watches, older brands are stuck playing defense. But how do you add features like notifications and health-tracking to a watch that still runs on gears and springs?<p>Today, Montblanc unveiled a surprising …

Sony offering discounts and subscription extensions after PSN outage

Gamers can take 10 percent off a transaction and get five more days of PlayStation Plus<p>After a massive cyber attack took down the PlayStation network over the holidays, Sony is trying to make good with gamers: the company announced in a blog post that it will extend subscriptions for premium users …

10 awesome paid iPhone and iPad apps that are free for a limited time

Welcome to 2015. You probably spent last night spending money while celebrating the New Year, but now it’s time to start saving money again. And what …

Not quite by choice, OnePlus is creating Android phone software

Advertisement<p>4 Comments<p>Credit: OnePlus<p>Amid weeks of turmoil between its software partner and a competing phone maker in India, OnePlus now offers its …

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16 Things You Didn't Know Your New iPhone Could Do

Take advantage of all the (literally) bigger and better features right at your fingertips.

Apple Sued for False Advertising of iPhones

Apple is facing a lawsuit accusing the company of falsely advertising the storage capacity available in its iPhones, iPads and iPods.<p>The lawsuit, filed on Tuesday in the northern district of California, says that the massive data footprint of the iOS 8 operating system eats into the advertised …

10 useful Chrome extensions to try in 2015

Beste Chrome extensions<p>I’m a huge fan of adding functionality to my browser, and we’ve featured some great extensions to supercharge Chrome in the past. Here are a few more Chrome extensions that you might not have heard of, but are certainly worth a try.<p>Jot<p>If you’re constantly working in your …

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DVDs of 'The Interview' will be airdropped on North Korea

Sony's once-forbidden <i>The Interview</i> is now seemingly ubiquitous, but there's one place where you can't get it: North Korea, the country that inspired the movie (and allegedly, the hacking campaign) in the first place. If defector and activist Park Sang-hak has his way, though, North Koreans will see …

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The most anticipated tech of 2015

8 apps to help you actually keep your 2015 New Year's resolutions

New Year's resolutions are tough.<p>Though we may start the year with the best of intentions, old habits die hard and too often we're back to our old …

Top 4 tech habits you need to break right now

It's a brand new year, so why not start it off right by ditching the shackles of old habits and trying some new things to make your tech life easier? We know that old habits die hard and that's why we've also included links to show you how to handle these common practices<p>1. Using the same passwords …

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Police arrest alleged member of group behind Xbox Live and PSN attacks

An alleged member of the group claiming responsibility for the DDoS attacks that took Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network down for hours on Christmas Day was arrested this week in the United Kingdom. 22-year-old Vinnie Omari, who is believed to be a member of self-styled hacker collective "Lizard …