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It’s Official, The Nirvanix Cloud Storage Service Is Shutting Down

It’s official, Nirvanix is shutting down its business. The cloud storage company has scrapped its website, leaving a statement and how to get in touch with customer support.<p>The statement says customers need to actively participate in getting their data off the Nirvanix infrastructure. The company …

See 1.2 Billion Facebook Users' Photo on One Page

The fact that Facebook has more than 1 billion users is pretty insane, but things just got a whole lot crazier thanks to The Faces of Facebook, a project that visualizes over 1.2 billion Facebook users on one page.<p>The initial image that greets you is a fuzzy matrix of TV static-like dots. You click …

MLB shows us what to expect from iOS 7's new iBeacon location services

Among the lesser-touted additions to iOS 7 is iBeacon, a new feature that allows the iPhone (4S and later) to communicate with tiny, cheap Bluetooth LE sensors, enabling all kinds of location-based services. One major application is obviously indoor mapping, which has proven to be a major pain …

Now That The iPhones Are Here, What's Next For Apple?

The dazzling debut of the new iPhones last weekend, with 9 million sold, proves the Apple faithful still come out in force for pretty much anything new from Cupertino. That serves the company well when there is something new but has a downside. Consider 2012, when Apple rolled out a bevy of …

How NBA 2K14 uses real-life plays in the video game world

Coach Nick shows how a number of teams in NBA 2K14 utilize the same plays of their real-life equivalents.<p>Coach Nick spent time at the 2K Headquarters checking out all the amazing NBA 2K14 game play. He went through the sophistication of the offensive play calling and how the players run the sets …

Grand Theft Auto 5 actors share their thoughts on game's success

The voices behind <i>Grand Theft Auto 5</i>'s three-hero cast — Steven Ogg (Trevor), Shawn Fonteno (Franklin) and Ned Luke (Michael) — recently spoke with GQ about their personal connections with the game following its launch.<p><i>Grand Theft Auto 5</i> set a record after topping $1 billion in sales after three …

FAA committee thinks smartphone and tablet use should be allowed during takeoff and landing

Recall that silent rage you get when you're told to switch of your Kindle, iPod or laptop for take-off and landing, even when there's <i>nothing</i> wireless going on. Well, the FAA could be approaching a change in the rules. A 28-member committee, created by the Federal Aviation Administration itself, has …

Oracle Team USA Gets Big Data Wet

An interviewer asked Oracle CEO Larry Ellison if it was worth spending $100 million to win the America’s Cup. Ellison answered that it was much better than spending $100 million to <i>lose</i> the America’s Cup.<p>That $100 million may be low by about a factor of two, according to many estimates. Yacht racing …

Afghans tap into Twitter and Facebook as youth find their voice

Rapid rise of social media has given young Afghans fertile ground for self-expression, boosting hopes of democratic change<p>There may be too few Facebook users in Afghanistan to trigger an Arab spring-like revolution, but the rapid proliferation of social media in the country has provided its youth …

How the NSA builds social graphs of Americans with phone, email, and location records

The US National Security Agency (NSA) analyzes data from <b>phone calls, emails, location services, internet profiles, bank records, flight manifests, and more</b> to construct detailed social graphs of people, including Americans, according to a new report from the New York Times.<p>It’s helpful to start …

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Steve Ballmer’s Tearful Goodbye to Microsoft

Say what you will about Steve Ballmer as a CEO. But you can’t deny that the longtime Microsoft chief has got heart.<p>In an emotional send-off to the …

Google nabs Glass patents from Foxconn

The search giant snaps up patents, thought to relate to Google Glass, previously owned by Foxconn, ahead of a US manufacturing rollout.<p>Google has bought patents from technology manufacturer Foxconn, as the search giant continues to move forward with Google Glass.<p>Taiwan-based electronics …

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'Ads' Already Sneaking Their Way Onto Instagram

During Facebook‘s second-quarter earnings call in July, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that Instagram would feature ads “when the right time comes.”<p>After last winter’s brouhaha over a change in Instagram’s terms of service (users objected to the possibility that their photos would be used in ads, and …

Apple’s App Store Rankings Algorithm Changed To Consider Ratings, And Possibly Engagement

Apple may be testing changes to its iTunes App Store ranking algorithms, which see it taking into account app ratings and other new factors in the App Store Top Chart rankings. Whether or not the changes are more experimental in nature or indicative of a larger overhaul of how apps are ranked in …

The top 15 American cities for social media jobs (study)

Sure, San Francisco is one of the top American cities for social media jobs. And New York is hot for Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and LinkedIn marketers.<p>But some of the cities on the list might surprise you.<p>Indeed.com, the world’s biggest job site, has quite a bit of insight into which …

Supplier Continental expects self-driving cars by 2020

The German company, already with significant experience in car-control systems, expects cars to take over driving duties partially in 2016 and all the way by 2020.<p>Continental, a major automotive supplier in Germany, expects its technology research will yield self-driving cars by 2020.<p>The company …

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Google Glass Isn’t Coming To Best Buy Next Year, And It Won’t Cost $299

Even though Google Glass is out in the wild and on the heads of around 10,000 people, there are still plenty of questions about it. For a long time now, we’ve heard that Glass would retail for $299. And earlier this week, unofficial Glass evangelist Robert Scoble put a bit more oil on the fire when …

Xbox One vs PS4: All you need to know

Ahead of their release later this year, see how the launch titles, bundles and hardware for the Xbox One and PS4 compare.<p>Techradar takes a look at the latest information on the Playstation 4 and XBox One following the Gamescom gaming convention, including launch titles and bundles.<p>From the design …

Pegatron employee spies a pile of iPhone 5Cs, all warming up for September

When we spotted this photo on French blog <i>NoWhereElse</i>, we were close to dismissing this as just a bunch of iPhone 5C knock-offs (the shanzhai industry works <i>very</i> fast), just as the site also speculates. But after digging around the original poster's Sina Weibo profile, we deduced that this spy shot …

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iPhone 5S release dates, specs keep pouring in

It's up to Apple now to top or debunk the flood of iPhone 5S rumors, but many of the rumors seem credible.<p>We have iPhone 5S release dates, colors, and specs. Did I leave anything out?<p>Oh yeah, I forget to mention that they're all just rumors. But there's little left to the imagination these days …

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