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Siri might ditch Nuance so it can finally understand what you’re saying

For many people, Siri has been more of a nuisance than an empowering personal assistant since debuting on the iPhone 4s in 2011. Sure, she’s received some upgrades and is getting even more in iOS 8, but fancy new features mean nothing if she can’t understand what you’re saying.<p>Siri’s favoriting …

Apple stopping development of Aperture and iPhoto for OS X

Back at WWDC, Apple showed off a preview of a new Photos app for OS X — and now it seems that new app will replace Apple's longstanding iPhoto and Aperture software for photo editing on the desktop. First reported by <i>The Loop</i>, we've confirmed that Apple will replace both iPhoto and its …

Hackers use weak passwords just like everyone else

Analysis by security researchers at anti-virus firm Avast has revealed that hackers appear to be using weak passwords just like everyone else. Using a sample of nearly 40,000 passwords collected from years of analyzing malware, Avast’s Antonín Hýža found that only 10 percent of passwords were …

Apple is reportedly looking for a 'friendlier' head of public relations

Apple's been without a public relations chief since the end of May, and is still looking for a replacement. Now the company is said to be looking for a "friendlier, more approachable," person to fill that spot. Citing sources, <i>Recode</i> says Apple has been reviewing two internal candidates from its …

J.J. Abrams trolls 'Star Wars: Episode VII' leakers with Millennium Falcon prop

J.J. Abrams isn't happy about the <i>Star Wars: Episode VII</i> set leaks over the past few days, but he's having some fun while trying to keep fans guessing about what will and won't end up in the movie. In a photo posted by his production company, Bad Robot, a memo written by Abrams addresses images that …

How to create a test partition for the OS X Yosemite beta | Ars Technica

What to do if you want to try the software without relying on a beta every day.<p>Apple announced OS X Yosemite at its Worldwide Developers conference …

Millennium Falcon appears to take shape in new 'Star Wars: Episode VII' spy shots

We knew that Han and the rest of the classic <i>Star Wars</i> crew were returning for <i>Episode VII</i>, and now it appears that Han's ship of choice is coming along for the ride too. <i>TMZ</i> has new photos of a huge prop under construction, and by all means it looks just like the Millennium Falcon. It's still far …

Meet the new Apple

While I watched Apple's WWDC 2014 opening keynote on Monday morning, I couldn't stop thinking about the infectious mixture of fun and confidence everyone onstage seemed to be exuding. It was something new for this era of Apple, and it felt like a mirror image of the announcements being made. The …

Twitter quietly changes its font from Helvetica Neue to Gotham

Weeks after rolling out its new profile design to all its users, Twitter's made another big change to how its site looks. Today the company said it's dropped Helvetica Neue for Gotham, a font that was used heavily in Barack Obama's first presidential run, as well as by <i>GQ</i> magazine, which ordered the …

Apple iMessage update may fix bug that keeps texts in purgatory

Apple plans to address a notorious iMessage bug that prevents people who switch from an iPhone to some other phone from receiving certain text messages, reports <i>Recode</i>. The issue has existed for pretty much as long as iMessage has, but it recently came to attention again after <i>Lifehacker</i>'s Adam Pash …

Why Twitch could be the best $1 billion Google ever spends

Forget search, Google wants to monopolize your online video<p>My Juggernaut was surrounded by enemies on all sides. In dire straits after losing most of his allies, he was being targeted for a Walrus Punch to complete the kill. But then I Omnislashed. Two dead enemies later, my digital hero was …

Netflix launching in six more European countries this year

Expansion includes Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Belgium, and Luxembourg<p>Netflix is planning to expand to Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Belgium, and Luxembourg in late 2014. While the company intends to offer subscribers the full smorgasbord of on-demand movies, television shows, …

iOS 7.1 code indicates Apple working on Siri for Apple TV

Code found within the iOS 7.1 SDK suggests that Siri is headed to the Apple TV in future. Pierre Blazquez first found the reference on Friday. 9to5Mac has since confirmed that the code does exist in both iOS 7.1 and iOS 7.1.1’s files. The reference does not exist in 7.0.6.<p>The file is a supporting …

Users finding first-generation Apple TVs unable to connect to iTunes Store

Some users of the first version of Apple’s set-top box are reporting that their devices are suddenly unable to connect to the iTunes Store, according to a 19-page discussion thread (via MacRumors) on Apple’s support website. A backend change is likely responsible for this problem, though Apple …

Amazon acquiring digital comics platform Comixology

Amazon has just announced that it's acquiring Comixology, the highly successful digital comics platform. "We've long admired the passion Comixology brings to changing the way we buy and read comics and graphic novels," said Amazon VP of content acquisition and digital publishing David Naggar. "We …

Ubuntu One storage and music service shut down by Canonical | Ars Technica

Canonical’s cloud service wasn't making enough money to survive.<p>Canonical today said it is shutting down Ubuntu One file services, removing users’ …

Yes, Apple is taking 30% of every Office 365 subscription purchased through Office for iPad

When Microsoft announced its Office for iPad apps earlier today, it confirmed that the software will require a subscription to Microsoft’s $99/year Office 365 service for most functions. If you don’t have one already, you can get a subscription directly through the Office apps for the regular price …

'Threes' developer shows the hard work that clones and rip-offs never do

A few short weeks after superb puzzle game <i>Threes</i> was first released on iOS, it started earning clones. In a lengthy post on the game's site, <i>Threes</i>' designers recall finding the copies — straight clones, "rip-offs," and games that were "different, but not" such as <i>1024</i> and <i>2048</i>— describing a process …

Someone has finally made a better case for the iPad mini than Apple

TwelveSouth's SurfacePad is a good-looking and functional alternative to the Smart Cover<p>Finding a good case for my iPad mini with Retina Display has been a bit of a struggle — many agree that the best one on the market is made by Apple, and frankly, it's not all that great. The Smart Case does a …

4chan user devises a way to bank through GameStop

Forget Bitcoin banking. One intrepid 4chan user has found a newer, cooler way to bank: spending his entire paycheck on pre-ordering games from GameStop, and then "withdrawing" money when he needs to by canceling one of his pre-orders.<p>"GameStops are just as prevalent as banks in my town and I work …

Ralph Bakshi's son discovers lost footage from 'Lord of the Rings' animated film

It's not <i>The Lord of The Rings</i> that most audiences identify with today, but Ralph Bakshi's 1978 animated film was an impressive feat for its time. In creating the film — the first full-length adaptation of Tolkien's classic — Bakshi went with a strategy that combined both traditional cel animation …

Report: EA Games server compromised, hackers stealing Apple ID, credit card & Origin account info

<b>Update:</b> EA said in a statement that it’s investigating the reports (via TheVerge):<p>“Privacy and security are of the utmost importance to us, and we are currently investigating this report… We’ve taken immediate steps to disable any attempts to misuse EA domains…”<p>According to a report from internet …

Macs in the Box: The Incredible Mac Collection of Marion Stokes. Now For Sale.

Are you a Mac collector? An Apple investor? Do you like to buy old computers still new in their original packaging? If so, do we have a storage locker for you!<p>Marion Stokes was a librarian, activist and local access television producer from Philadelphia. Recently she made news for her incredible …

Twitter gives up on encrypting direct messages, at least for now

The company has a reputation for fighting government data collection. So why did it suddenly drop plans to protect private messages?<p>Twitter has shelved a project that would have made it more difficult for the government to intercept users’ private messages without a court order, sources tell <i>The</i> …

Microsoft is winning on Mac as Office for iPad looms

Nearly two years after the launch of Microsoft's Surface tablets, we're still waiting for a fully touch-optimized version of arguably the company's most important product: Office.<p>For iPad users, though, the wait is about to end.<p>While it might seem odd for Microsoft to launch an iPad version of …

Valve's revamped Steam Controller feels less traditional than it looks

Just a few short days after revealing its revamped Steam Controller, Valve is letting gamers and developers try it out for themselves on the GDC 2014 show floor. As Valve revealed last week, the new controller does away with the proposed touch screen and instead adds eight front-facing buttons, …

'Queen of GitHub' who quit over gender harassment offers details of alleged bullying

Julie Ann Horvath, the designer and developer who publicly quit the popular programming platform GitHub over claims of gender harassment, has given <i>TechCrunch</i> more details about what she describes as a bizarre and abusive work environment.<p>The story is convoluted and stretches back over months. …

Mark Zuckerberg called President Obama to complain about NSA surveillance

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg published a harshly worded blog post today criticizing US government surveillance and calling its activities a threat to the internet. Zuckerberg says that most people and companies have worked together to make the internet a secure space, and that "this is why," he …

Alleged iOS 8 screenshots reveal Healthbook, TextEdit, and Preview apps

A pair of screenshots reportedly sourced from Apple's unannounced iOS 8 were posted to a Weibo account today. One of the images reveals several new apps, including the previously-rumored Healthbook and mobile versions of Preview and TextEdit — two apps that have been staples of OS X for …

Microsoft confirms new version of Office for Mac coming this year

According to a new report from Computerwoche (via Macworld), Microsoft representatives have apparently confirmed that a new version of Office for Mac will arrive this year. The update would be the first major release of Office for Mac since Office Mac 2011 released almost four years ago.<p>The news …