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Google Now gets new features in latest Search update

Google has been rolling out new functionality to quite a few of its services lately, including full-size photo support for Google+, improved …

New clues into the existence of dark matter

For Chris Hadfield and other astronauts aboard the International Space Station, the high-energy particles that come flying at them from deep space and pass through their equipment and their bodies like subatomic bullets are a hazard and a menace.<p>For scientists, they are cosmic gold.<p>Now researchers …

Dark Matter

Vdio streaming TV and film service goes live in the US and UK

Streaming music firm Rdio has a new sister company: Vdio, a digital service for buying and renting TV shows and films.<p>Vdio is launching first in the …

60-inch Apple TV to come out later this year

60-inch Apple TV will sell for $1,500 to $2,000, analyst says. The 60-inch Apple TV will also have wireless 'mini-iTVs' that can receive video around …

Microsoft threatened as smartphones and tablets rise, Gartner warns

Microsoft faces a slide into irrelevance in the next four years unless it can make progress in the smartphone and tablet markets, because the PC …

Google Is Forking WebKit to Create a New Rendering Engine For Chrome and Opera

Google announced last night that it's going to stop using WebKit—the rendering engine currently used by the likes of Safari and Chrome to display web …

Pandora announces March 2013 audience metrics

Pandora is an online streaming music service that has turned out to be one of the most popular music streaming services online. Pandora has been …

Pandora

Viddy Co-Founder Chris Ovitz to Depart Company

After a rocky year of high-level departures and staff cuts, social mobile startup Viddy will soon lose a key member of its team.<p>Chris Ovitz, …

Forget the economy, the PC slump is here to stay warns Gartner

Tablets and smartphones will squash traditional PC and laptop sales in a trend that looks unlikely to slow down any time soon, analysts predict, with …

Apple Patents A Convertible MacBook Design, And Street View Navigation That Can Go Inside Buildings

A couple of new Apple patent applications published today (via AppleInsider) show how the company might be thinking about competing with recent innovations from other big tech companies with similar, but different designs. The first is a filing that describes a convertible MacBook design, with a …

From touch displays to the Surface: A brief history of touchscreen technology

The beginnings of capacitive, resisitive, and multitouch screens.<p>It's hard to believe that just a few decades ago, touchscreen technology could only …

3Doodler scores over $2.3 million on Kickstarter

One of the coolest projects that I’ve seen turn up on Kickstarter in recent memory was the 3Doodler pen device. The pen uses small sticks of plastic …

Apple's iMessage encryption hindering DEA's ability to wiretap suspects

A leaked document from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has revealed Apple's iMessage service is hindering its ability to eavesdrop on drug suspects' communications. Obtained by <i>CNET</i>, the DEA's intelligence note — titled 'Apple's iMessages: A Challenge For DEA Intercept' — highlights that …

Apple vs Samsung war moves to retail as Best Buy plans to open 1,400 ‘Samsung Experience Shops’

When we heard late last month that Samsung planned to open Apple-style ‘store-in-store’ locations within Best Buy retail stores it was still only rumor. Today Samsung and Best Buy have made things official for its plans to roll out 1,400 “Samsung Experience Shops” in Best Buy retail stores across …

Apple aims to outdo Google's Street View

Apple may be eyeing its own "Street View" type navigation system and one that offers a key benefit over Google's version.<p>Published today by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Apple's "3D Position Tracking for Panoramic Imagery Navigation" patent filing describes a navigation technology that …

Panoramic Photography

Bill Gates and Paul Allen together again

Thirty-two years ago, Microsoft co-founders Bill Gates and Paul Allen took a picture together, surrounded by the computers of the time. It was 1981 and Ronald Reagan had just become president of the U.S. In June of that year, Microsoft incorporated in Washington state, and in August IBM introduced …

Apple stays on top in U.S. smartphone market, study says

When it comes to smartphones in the U.S., Apple remains on top, a new study from ComScore says.<p>During the three months ended in February, Apple held onto its title as the No. 1 smartphone vendor in the U.S. the market tracker said. The Cupertino, Calif., company controlled 39 percent of the market, …

Apple puts age ratings front and center on app product pages

What it won't solve is the problem of graphic user-generated content.<p>Apple has pushed the age ratings for its App Store apps to the top of the …

PC Sales Shrink, Tablets and Phones Dominate in Four-Year Tech Forecast

As if we needed any more data pointing to the rise of mobile devices and the decline of traditional PCs, market research firm Gartner is out today …

Apple's Spaceship HQ Is Getting a Downgrade From Absurd to Just Plain Extravagant

Back in 2011, when Steve Jobs announced his plans to build a spaceship-like Cupertino HQ for Apple, we all knew it was going to be one ridiculously …

Tim Cook

Microsoft announces weekly “Red Stripe Deals” on apps and games

We know you can never get enough of app deals, and Microsoft seems to be pretty adamant about that too, which is why they have announced what they’re …

NASA puts Mars rover on a month-long hiatus

For the first time since its descent onto the red planet, the Mars rover Curiosity is getting a little alone time.<p>The rover and NASA scientists are having a communication breakdown, of sorts. But, not to worry, no hurt feelings are involved. The issue is that the sun has got in the way.<p>Once every …

Mars Rover

Mark Zuckerberg Talks Home, the Future of Sharing and Life Outside Facebook

On the day Facebook launched its new software for Android, Home, WIRED scored an interview with Mark Zuckerberg in order to chat about the product …

Mark Zuckerberg

Watch this: Google explains how to create Glass experiences

Google is taking the mystery out of writing services for Glass. Today, the company posted its SXSW presentation on the topic (video below), in which senior developer advocate Timothy Jordan walks us through a high-level overview of the Mirror API, the interface that developers will use to get their …

Chrome will officially leave WebKit for Blink in 10 weeks

Google has given the first indication as to when it will release its first Blink-enabled builds of its Chrome browser, confirming that it will enable its new rendering engine in Chrome 28. Answering questions submitted by the Chrome developer community in a Q&A video panel, Chrome developer …

Apple’s iPhone Continues To Show Strong Growth In The U.S., Samsung And Android Adoption Slow

Apple’s trajectory in the U.S. smartphone market over the past little while has been an upwards one, with the company gaining more and more iPhone subscribers every month. During the three-month period covering November 2012 to February 2013, Apple added 8.9 million new iPhone subscribers according …

REUNITED! This Time, Jeff Bezos Bets on Henry Blodget.

Henry Blodget and Jeff Bezos, together again!<p>As Blodget explains on his own site, the Amazon CEO is personally leading a $5 million investment round …

Apple Close to Signing ‘iRadio’ Deal With 2 Record Labels

- Apr 5, 2013<p>CNET is reporting that Apple is close to signing a deal with both Warner Music and Universal Music Group for its rumored ‘iRadio’ music …

Two new Microsoft Stores opening today, three more this month

Microsoft is continuing its efforts to roll out more of its Microsoft Stores across the US and Canada. The company announced that they’re opening two …

Windows Phone

Apple to develop digital wallet in next year or two, says analyst

Apple may finally step its toes into the digital wallet world over the next year or two, forecasts Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster.<p>The analyst believes a payment option for iOS users may launch with the iPhone 6 in the first half of 2014. Apple will use a technology other than or in addition to …