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Mark Zuckerberg spends $30 million on four homes to ensure privacy

It's not uncommon for celebrities to buy the properties next to their homes to ensure privacy, but usually when they do this, the neighboring homes are already on the market.<p>But when you're Mark Zuckerberg and worth $19 billion, you can usually find a price that your neighbors would be willing to …

Real Estate

Yes, Apple Is Working on a Fix for the iOS 7 Lock Screen Hack

Apple<p>When it debuted Wednesday, iOS 7 brought with it a slew of bug fixes to Apple’s mobile operating system, but it brought a new vulnerability as …

iOS

Apple's Newest Device - NOT what you think!

Why did Google deny it had a new logo when it totally had a new logo?

Earlier this month, a reporter spotted a new version of Google’s logo buried in the code of the company’s Chrome browser. That, alas, qualified as news in the tech industry, especially because the new logo was two-dimensional, or flat, which is the hottest trend in web design right now.<p>So we called …

Graphic Design

The man who transformed Nintendo, Hiroshi Yamauchi, has died at 85

Hiroshi Yamauchi, the man who transformed Nintendo into a videogame giant, has died at 85. A Nintendo spokesman tells <i>BBC News</i> that the company is today mourning the "loss of the former Nintendo president Mr Hiroshi Yamauchi, who sadly passed away this morning."<p>When Yamauchi became president of …

Ballmer sees Microsoft's 'almost no share' in mobile as an opportunity, regrets mistakes

Speaking at Microsoft's financial analysts meeting today, CEO Steve Ballmer was refreshingly realistic about the company's struggles in smartphones and tablets. "Mobile devices. We have almost no share," he admitted on stage, before noting he didn't know whether to be enthusiastic over his …

Hyperkin Retron 5 combines ten consoles into one on December 10 for $99 (updated)

We love what the Hyperkin Retron 5 brings to the table, namely compatibility with <i>ten</i> classic gaming system cartridges: NES, Famicom, Super NES and Famicom, Sega Master System, Genesis and Mega Drive, and Game Boy original, Color and Advance. The problem is, Hyperkin's played coy about it's price …

iOS 7 bug enables user to bypass lockscreen, send emails and status updates (update: Apple response)

The moment operating systems become available to the public is also the moment millions of people have the opportunity to hunt around and find bugs. And, it appears that at least one rather critical bug has already been discovered in iOS 7. A keen-eyed user found a way to bypass the …

Apple's Jony Ive discusses iOS 7 in rare interview, but says he'd 'like to design cups'

Apple chief of design Jony Ive is rarely seen publicly outside of the bright white room he sits in for polished videos on the design of the company's latest products, but he and other executives are granting media interviews ahead of the new iPhone launch tomorrow. Ive has long been the key man …

Flat-out: the best new apps for iOS 7

Apple just released its “biggest change” ever to iOS — and it’s hard to argue with the company’s phrasing. From top to bottom, every corner of the operating system looks different, even if it all still acts pretty much the same.<p>But there’s one area where iOS 7’s bright and colorful new look will …

Should You Upgrade to iOS 7? A Guide

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>For those of you opting out of buying one of the two new iPhones coming out this week, there's still …

Facebook-owned Parse adds analytics, more third-party tools to developer platform

Parse is also tacking on a pair of new cloud modules for facilitating the integration of a Parse-made app with third-party services.<p>One of <b>Facebook</b>'s …

Why PS4 And Xbox One Will Be The Biggest Console Launch Ever

The Xbox One and the Playstation 4 should have a few cards stacked against them. They’re being launched at a time when huge swaths of their target demographic already carry around powerful, gaming devices in their pockets, they’re very expensive in an era when even fancy games are going …

Galaxy Note 3 first phone to feature ugly new Micro USB 3 port

A new port means potentially faster transfers and charging<p>With all the news coming from its big event yesterday, Samsung glazed over the importance of one new feature of its Galaxy Note 3 — it's the first phone we know of that uses USB 3.0. The benefits of the switch to the more modern standard are …

Samsung's Galaxy Gear is a smartwatch like no other

On sale for $299 in the United States from early October<p>The Galaxy Gear, Samsung's latest foray into the smartwatch category, is now official and it's quite unlike anything you've seen before. Yes, it's a smartphone accessory that can pick up notifications, control music playback, and keep time …

Is Apple working on a 6-inch iPhone?

Advertisement<p>10 Comments<p>Apple(s aapl) is expected to launch two new iPhones next Tuesday, which will be a first for the company. But Cupertino might …

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows review: shredded

Out of the Shadows is a barely playable letdown.<p>The turtles deserve better than <i>Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows</i>.<p>The cartoon/action figure/video game property from the '80s was staged for a console comeback in <i>Out of the Shadows</i>. It's a third-person brawler with an RPG-lite leveling …

Google's Trojan horse: how Chrome Apps will finally take on Windows

The web alone is not enough<p>Today, on Chrome's fifth birthday, Google is announcing the rollout of what it's calling Chrome Apps. Don't feel bad if you're confused by the name. Chrome has been serving up web apps since 2010 when the Chrome Web Store opened up alongside the launch of the Chrome OS. …

Google’s strategy to take over computing continues: Chrome apps “For your desktop”

Advertisement<p>5 Comments<p>On the official 5th birthday of Google’s Chrome browser, Google introduced Chrome apps for Windows desktop users. The new “For …

Google

The Death Of Nintendo Has Been Greatly Under-Exaggerated

I love Nintendo. I love Nintendo. I love Nintendo.<p>I feel the need to say that over and over again to begin with because this post will inevitably be read by some as some sort of anti-Nintendo screed. I know that because every single time I write anything <i>mildly</i> critical of Nintendo, groups of folks …

YouTube teases new logo on Facebook and Twitter

But the current one is here to stay<p>YouTube has surreptitiously unveiled a striking new logo that does away with the plump, simplistic lettering that it's used for years now. In its place, the new logo features a two-tone red and white design that largely focuses on a flattened play icon, with thin …

The real plan for Google Glass may be to sell it to businesses, not consumers

Yesterday evening in New York City, Google’s Glass team threw a party. It brought together “Explorers” and “Influencers”—the lucky few people who got to try out the computerized glasses Google is developing. Over cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, the diverse crowd gushed about the joys and dissected …

Sergey Brin

Here’s Why Microsoft Coming To Foursquare’s Salvation Might Make Sense

Rumors that Foursquare is looking to take on a strategic investment from a large technology company kicked up a gear when several sources have reported that Microsoft is perhaps the potential suitor, and, to quote Dina Bass of Bloomberg, the talks are “advanced.”<p>What the hell, you might be …

Why Twitter’s new Conversations view is a big deal and why it matters for its IPO

Advertisement<p>15 Comments<p>Credit: Rani Molla<p>No one in Silicon Valley has any doubt that San Francisco-based Twitter is on a road to a public offering. …

Social Media

Apple begins training support staff on iOS 7 & iTunes Radio, preparing for customer surprise

Apple has started training its AppleCare technical support staff on the changes and feature-set of iOS 7, according to multiple AppleCare employees. These people say that training began today, and AppleCare employees are required to complete the iOS 7 training by the second week of September.<p>The …

The Very Best Of Steve Ballmer -- In Videos

On Friday morning, Microsoft announced that chief executive Steve Ballmer would be retiring within 12 months after running the company for 13 years.<p>While his departure seemed inevitable considering the software maker's slide, there's one thing Microsoft will find very hard to replace: His …

Keith Rabois: Google Glass Has 'Zero Chance' of Being Mainstream

Khosla Ventures’ partner Keith Rabois appeared on Bloomberg TV today to talk about a variety of things, but there’s one particular piece that caught our ear. In the nearly eight minute conversation, he said that there was ‘zero chance’ of Google Glass ever becoming mainstream.<p>Glass is Google’s …

Copygram Is A More Beautiful Way To Browse Instagram on the Web

Browsing Instagram from the firm’s Android and iOS apps is lovely. It’s super smooth, all of the photos are gorgeous to look at and the use of white space is thoughtful and effective, yet reserved.<p>Instagram on the Web, meanwhile, kind of sucks. On the home screen, photos look lost at sea, stranded …