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Here's what it will take for African countries to emulate the 'Asian Miracle'

It is a debate of particular relevance in Africa, which is home to a large number of countries in the Third World category.<p>It also has some of the fastest-growing economies in the world.<p>In recent years, economists have used the terms "developed countries" to denote First World and "emerging …

A deadly day at school: Two killed in college campus shootings in Texas and Arizona

Two unrelated shootings at universities in Arizona and Texas on Friday left two students dead and four injured, continuing a skein of campus violence following last week's rampage at an Oregon community college that killed nine.<p>The shooter in the Texas Southern University slaying remains at large, …

You Too May Be A Victim Of Developaralysis

Dear developers: Do you feel insecure because you’re only fluent in a mere eight programming languages used across three families of devices? Does exposure to yet another JavaScript framework make you shudder and wince? Have you postponed a pet project because you couldn’t figure out which cloud …

Google and Microsoft are using the cloud to track climate change

Data.gov is getting a whole lot greener thanks to its new section dedicated to climate information. The new channel is the product of President Obama's Climate Data Initiative (PDF), and pulls information that can help predict the effects of climate change and prevent any damage that may result. …

Happy Birthday: World Wide Web to Turn 25

In 1989, Bart Simpson made his television debut, Danielle Radcliffe was born and Sir Tim Berners-Lee proposed an “information management” system that would allow people to access pages hosted on computers across the globe.<p>Yes, Harry Potter is (almost) the same age as the World Wide Web, which turns …

It’s not just about China and America—smaller countries want to wage cyberwar too

America’s Department of Defense yesterday released its annual report on China’s military capabilities (pdf). The report includes “electronic warfare” and “information dominance” as part of a larger campaign it says is an “essential element, if not a fundamental prerequisite” of China’s defense …

Cybersecurity

YouTube Trends Map shows most popular videos across U.S.

You can now compare your taste in YouTube videos with the rest of America.<p>Unveiled on Tuesday, the new YouTube Trends Maps displays a graphic of the United States showing which videos are the most popular in specific areas of the country. Hovering over different regions displays a thumbnail of the …

Developing For Android Is Much Easier Now, Animoca Claims

Software quality assurance testing on Android devices is far easier than it was just a year ago, at least according to one of Asia’s largest mobile app developers, Animoca.<p>The Hong Kong company has produced over 300 apps since it started two years ago, and just shot past 150 million downloads …

Facebook Must Make Home A Layer Atop Your Widgets And Homescreen, Not A Replacement

“Where did my Android go?” is the common refrain of Facebook Home user reviews. We want the widgets and old homescreen we’ve meticulously curated. That’s why Facebook needs to preserve and offer quick access to the phone we’re used to if it’s going to make Home a hit. Facebook’s reading the reviews …

More hints of Google Now for the desktop appear before Google I/O

Last month we saw hints that Google Now could be coming to the web, and now it looks like we could see deeper integration than we thought.<p>François Beaufort points us to Notification Center pop-ups being developed in a recent Chromium build, much like the Gmail notifications offered by its web …

CHART OF THE DAY: The Unstoppable Rise Of Over-The-Top Mobile Messaging

<i>This chart comes from Business Insider Intelligence, a new research and and analysis service focused on the mobile and Internet industries. Sign up for a free trial here.</i><p>Instant messaging apps are an even more potent force in the mobile ecosystem than we thought.<p>In our most recent report on mobile …

Marissa Mayer Says The Work From Home Ban Was 'Well-Received Inside The Company'

Speaking at Wired's Business Conference, Mayer said, "I didn't mean for it to become an industry narrative." People working remotely was "not right for us, right now," said Mayer.<p>The ban kicked up a huge conversation about people working remotely.<p>Mayer says she recognizes that people working alone …

Attack hitting Apache sites goes mainstream, hacks nginx, Lighttpd, too

Linux/Cdorked backdoor exposes 100,000 Web visitors to potent Blackhole exploits.<p>Security researchers have uncovered an ongoing and widespread attack …

Elon Musk Is Talking To Google About An Autopilot System For Tesla

Entrepreneur and Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk has revealed today that he’s been in talks with Google to develop an ‘autopilot’ function for his company’s electric cars.<p>Bloomberg reports that Musk has been in discussions with Google over “self-driving technology” currently being developed over at …

Time for Nokia to Switch to Android? CEO Stephen Elop Says It’s Windows Phone or Bust.

It has been well over two years since Nokia leapt from its burning platform into a Microsoft-designed lifeboat that CEO Stephen Elop said would carry …

Nokia takes on iPhone 5, Galaxy S3 in latest Lumia video

Nokia is taking the fight to Samsung and Apple in a new video posted to YouTube.<p>Dubbed "The Hurricane," the video follows a roller coaster going around its track as it's being filmed by Nokia's new Lumia handset, the Lumia 928, as well as by Apple's iPhone 5 and Samsung's Galaxy S3. Thanks to the …

iPhone 5

Eric Schmidt on the Future of Android, Motorola, Cars and Humanity

Eric Schmidt is a man with a lot to say.<p>He just penned a 300-page book covering, you know, the future of technology and humanity. Speaking at last …

Apple requests Android source code documents from Google in ongoing Samsung patent suit (update: Apple wins)

<b>Update:</b> Bloomberg reports Apple has now won an order granting its request for Google to provide more information about its process of turning over documents in an ongoing lawsuit with Samsung:<p>U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul S. Grewal in San Jose, California, ordered Google within two days to disclose …

Nokia teases global event for Thursday

Nokia has something "colorful" up its sleeve for Thursday, though the company is mum on the details.<p>The Finnish phone maker said Wednesday that an event is taking place in New Delhi, India, and teased it by asking if you're "ready to add some color to your week?"<p>A live global Webcast of the event …

Mobile Technology

Apple Targets Android Source Code Search Documents in Suit Against Samsung

As the ongoing court battles between Apple and Samsung continue, <i>Bloomberg</i> reports that Apple has become more aggressive in pushing for Google to turn over Android-related documents that may be pertinent to the case. Apple argues that Google's refusal to reveal the search terms it is using to find …

Google Earth for Android Gets Street View Support

Google on Wednesday updated its native Google Earth for Android app with a big new feature and two improvements. You can download the new version now directly from Google Play.<p>The biggest addition is Street View support. While the desktop version of Google Earth has had the feature for a while now, …

Google Translate For Android Can Now Interpret 16 Additional Languages By Camera, Adds Phrasebook Support

One of the coolest features of the Google Translate for Android app is that you can just point your camera at a text, tap the word you want to translate and get a translation back. Starting today, this feature supports 16 additional languages. Those are Bulgarian, Catalan, Danish, Estonian, …

Boot up: Google v Amazon, Galaxy S4 build cost, luminous plants! and more

A burst of 10 links for you to chew over, as picked by the Technology team<p>Godzilla vs. Mothra, the sequel >> Fortune Tech<p>Former eBay manager and now …

Nokia hedges its commitment to Windows Phone with new Asha platform and $99 phone

Two years ago, Nokia underwent a major software reboot in abandoning its old Symbian ways and moving to Microsoft's Windows Phone operating system. Alongside that switch in the high-end segment, the company also introduced an unpretentious understudy OS it called Asha, which spawned a variety of …

Sony returns to profit for first time in five years

Electronics giant Sony reported a return to annual profits for the first time in five years, boosted by the fluctuating yen and sale of its assets, including a Manhattan skyscraper.<p>The struggling <b>Japanese company reported earnings</b> of 43.03 billion yen (£280.5 million) in the year to March, reversing …

OpenTable For Android Gets Better Google Maps Integration, Booked Reservations To Calendar And Improved Navigation

If you’ve been using OpenTable to reserve tables at your favorite restaurants, the latest update for Android will help you discover new places to eat a little better and keep track of everything you have going on. It also got some of that Holo design lovin’.<p>The company announced the Android update …