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Seven technologies predicted in Dave Eggers’ dystopian new novel that already exist

Novelist Dave Eggers takes a dim view of Silicon Valley’s techno-utopia. His new book, <i>The Circle</i>, is a 500-page grump about the dangerously seductive powers of internet culture and all the gormless catchphrases that go with it: transparency, openness, sharing. In the book, one single company, …

Datawind’s Sub-$50 Android Tablet Hitting The UK Soon, Next-Gen Device Matches iPad Specs On Paper

The Datawind Aakash tablet made headlines when it promised to deliver a full-featured Android device for just under $50 a couple of years back, and now the company and the device have shared some new info regarding their progress at Wired’s 2013 London event. Datawind CEO Suneet Tuli revealed that …

Facebook, Microsoft, Google and Others Want a Debate in the UK about the Reach of Internet Snooping

Five of the Web’s largest and most influential companies (Facebook, Microsoft, Google, Yahoo and Twitter) have called for a debate in the UK about the extent to which Internet use is monitored by security agencies, following the ongoing revelations about the powers that the NSA and GCHQ already …

Why iPhone longevity means iOS carrier activation share doesn’t resemble sales

There was a lot of confusion yesterday when Verizon’s results were discussed, with more than one commentator confusing activations and sales. For the record, what Verizon announced was that 51 percent of its <i>activations</i> were iPhone, not 51 percent of its phone <i>sales</i>.<p>If you doubt the importance of …

Retina iPad Mini coming at next week’s Apple event, analyst says

Peter Misek of Jefferies & Co says that Apple will be launching an iPad Mini at next week’s Apple Event in San Francisco, the “we still have a lot to cover” event.<p>“Our checks indicate that the Mini Retina is having production issues, but [we] think Apple is more likely to launch in CQ4 with fewer …

Google failing to protect you from bad BBM apps, experts say

Fake BBM Android apps are still fooling phone fans looking for the official BlackBerry Messenger app. So why hasn't Google done something about the …

Apple taken to court over unwanted iOS 7 install download

A California man is taking Apple to court over what he says were "unwanted" downloads of iOS 7 onto his family's gadgets.<p>Mark Menacher, a resident of Poway, Calif., filed a small-claims complaint against Apple's CEO Tim Cook in the Superior Court of California in San Diego on Thursday, asking for …

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Data storage company Nimble Storage files for $150M IPO

Nimble Storage filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission Friday to raise up to $150 million in an initial public offering.<p>Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley are the major underwriters in the IPO, the company told the SEC. Nimble intends to go by symbol “NMBL” on the New York Stock Exchange. …

SoftBank Snags $1.26 Billion Stake in Brightstar

Japan’s SoftBank said on Friday that it is investing $1.26 billion to take a majority stake in wireless distributor Brightstar as part of an effort …

Microsoft makes Xbox 'Games with Gold' a permanent service

Microsoft's making a limited-time program that gives paid Xbox Live subscribers free games an ongoing fixture of its online service.<p>The company announced the news in a blog post on Friday, adding that its users have spent more than 120 million hours playing the games it's given out as freebies.<p>The …

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35% of Americans now own a tablet, Pew says

Thirty-five percent of Americans own a tablet and 24 percent own an e-reader, according to the latest study from Pew Internet Research.<p>Pew documented a big jump in tablet ownership. In November 2012, 25 percent of Americans owned a tablet. The findings illustrate the democratization of tablet …

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Amazon listings hint at new Apple TV

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>There’s no rumor like an Apple (S AAPL) TV rumor: Refreshed Apple TV hardware could be available as early as next week, if we …

Voxeljet: From 3D printed James Bond cars to a wildly successful IPO

Voxeljet is probably the only 3D printing company that has the approval of both investors and James Bond.<p>The German company, which makes large format commercial 3D printers, made a strong public debut on Friday. While Voxeljet priced its 6.5 million shares at $13 each, trading pushed their price up …

Hands-on with NVIDIA's Gamestream, the evolution of Shield's PC streaming tech (video)

NVIDIA Shield's PC streaming tech is impressive, but NVIDIA's Gamestream tech is <i>even more</i> impressive: employing the Shield's HDMI-out port, games can not only be streamed to the Shield, but also to your living room TV. The functionality goes live on October 28th and officially takes PC streaming on …

Why the government unpublished the source code for Healthcare.gov

When the government first launched Healthcare.gov as an informational site back in June, open source advocates were delighted to hear that the code would be available for anyone to see on the public programming library GitHub. "This new flagship federal .gov website is 'open by design, open by …

Piracy site IsoHunt to shut down and pay $110m

<b>IsoHunt, a popular website offering BitTorrents of mostly pirated material, is to shut down following a court settlement.</b><p>The site's owner, Canadian Gary Fung, has agreed to pay $110m (£68m) to the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA).<p>MPAA chairman Chris Dodd said the move was a "major step …

Google and Abandoned NYC uncover the city's secrets with Field Trip app

Starting today, users of Field Trip for iOS, Android and Glass will be able to experience some of New York City's forgotten -- and occasionally creepy -- locations as Google's Niantic Labs brings Abandoned NYC's content to the app. Normally, Field Trip functions as a convenient mobile tour guide, …

Web browser remote Mote.io adds support for Plex, TuneIn and Google Play

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Mote.io, the Chrome extension that turns your phone into a remote for your web browser, just added support for the Plex media …

Uber leads the way as VC deals jump 12% in Q3: $7.8B invested in 1,005 startups

The $258 million invested in on-demand car service Uber led the way this past quarter as venture capitalists poured $7.8 billion in 10,005 deals in the past three months.<p>The big surprise? Software.<p>The overall numbers are up 12 percent from the second quarter and up slightly from 2012 numbers, but …

Grand Theft Auto V accounted for 50% of all games software sold last month—and that’s bad news

<i>This item has been corrected.</i><p>Two sets of numbers out this week show just how quickly the ground is shifting in the videogame industry. Figures from the NPD Group, released monthly and watched closely, show a bumper September for videogame retail sales. Total US sales came in at $1.08 billion across …

Mark Zuckerberg Will Join LinkedIn, Dropbox Founders At "Dreamer" Hackathon To Reignite Immigration Reform

The Facebook CEO will join LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman, Dropbox CEO Drew Houston, and Groupon co-founder Anthony Mason at a tech event for undocumented immigrants in San Francisco in November.<p>Mark Zuckerberg will join the founders of other top tech companies who are part of his immigration …

Google Partners With Facebook To Let DoubleClick Clients Buy Retargeted Ads On FBX

Google and Facebook are getting a bit friendlier despite their social networking competition. Google’s DoubleClick ad buying software will soon allow clients to buy retargeted ads on Facebook. FBX, Facebook’s retargeted ads platform, has become a major player in the 16 months since launch, and …

eBay CEO on “Cautious” Holiday Outlook: We Didn’t Mean to Sound So Negative

Asa Mathat / AllThingsD.com<p>EBay’s stock price is down more than five percent since the close of market on Wednesday — the day that eBay reported its …

Google Tests Prompting Gmail Users to Sign Into Chrome

Google has started testing a new “Sign in to Chrome” prompt that shows up when users of the company’s browser sign into Gmail. Google has confirmed this is a test, but wouldn’t go into any details. A Google spokesperson instead gave TNW a boilerplate statement: “We’re always experimenting with new …

Apple recalls last year's MacBook Air due to faulty SSDs

Apple has just announced that it is recalling certain models of last year's MacBook Air lineup — if you have an Air with either a 64GB or 128GB SSD drive, your drive could be faulty and in need of replacement. The company has pushed a firmware update out to the Mac App Store which tests your drive …

How Nintendo is taking advantage of the lull before the PS4/Xbox One storm

Advertisement<p>13 Comments<p>Credit: Nintendo<p>After a rough couple of years, Nintendo should be patting itself on the back. The latest sales report by NPD …

U.S. Cellular Gets The iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c on November 8th

U.S. Cellular, the 5th largest wireless network in the US, has announced today that it will get the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c on November 8th. Subscribers on the network have been champing at the bit for the announcement and Twitter is full of folks complaining that they still hadn’t announced a date …

Is it easier to pirate movies or stream them? New website aims to find out

Often times the most pirated movies each week can't streamed or rented online to begin with. That's according to piracydata.org, a new website that — simply by pointing out the lack of convenient viewing options — is trying to shift some responsibility for rampant internet piracy back to content …

NYSE to conduct 'dry run' ahead of Twitter's IPO

In a move to seemingly avoid technical glitches that marred Facebook's IPO, the New York Stock Exchange will hold a test run later this month.<p>Here's another one to file under "lessons from Facebook's IPO": the New York Stock Exchange plans to hold a "dry run" ahead of Twitter's initial public …

Dell Venue 8 Pro Windows 8.1 tablet and refreshed XPS 15 now available online

Dell introduced us to its Venue 8 Pro Windows 8.1 tablet and Haswell refresh of the XPS 15 earlier this month, and starting today both products -- along with two Venue Android slates -- are available online. The Venue 8 Pro, you may recall, offers an 1,280 x 800 IPS display, an Atom processor and …