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Apple loses canny PR queen who crafted air of mystique

Katie Cotton, the woman in charge of Apple’s worldwide corporate communications is undocking from the mothership after nearly two decades of service at Apple, according to a report from Re/code.<p>Cotton has been one of Apple’s top ranking female VPs since joining the company 18 years ago and has been …

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iPad regains title as top tablet in J.D. Power rankings

Apple has regained its crown as J.D. Power’s top tablet maker in the world, according to the company’s latest U.S. Tablet Satisfaction survey.<p>Samsung knocked the iPad off the top post last year, but after surveying 2,513 tablet owners Apple came out on top in 2014 with a score of 830, dominating in …

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Outstanding Entries in the 2014 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

Take a moment and travel with us as we explore some of the most magnificent places in the world. It's already that time again, when photographers get to show off their skills by entering the 2014 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest. This year, the grand prize winner will score a …

Jim Hall on Car Styling vs. Car Design

Autoline TV is an online network dedicated to covering all aspects of the auto industry, and a recent, welcome addition to their YouTube channel is a …

Google Honors Raymond Loewy And His S1 Steam Locomotive

For the birthday of the father of industrial design, Google transformed their logo into one of Loewy’s most iconic creations.<p>There are few machines that convey speed and power better than the Pennsylvania Railroad’s S1 locomotive. A blistering steam-powered behemoth of a train, the S1 looks less …

This Programmable 6,000-Part Drawing Boy Automata is Arguably the First Computer and It Was Built 240 Years Ago | Colossal

<p>The Writer was built in the 1770s using 6,000 moving parts by Pierre Jaquet-Droz, his son Henri-Louis, and Jean-Frédéric Leschot<p>Designed in the late …

A Whole Lotta Loewy: Seminal Industrial Designer Gets the Google Treatment for His 120th Birthday

Shortly after midnight, I opened up a new tab in Chrome and started punching in a search term when I noticed what I unmistakably recognized as a faux …

Facebook's Zuckerberg Wanted To Acquire Snapchat In $1B+ Deal

As mobile messaging service Snapchat looks to potentially raise $200 million in funding, there’s word suggesting that at one point Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg had approached the company in an attempt to acquire it. Sources tell The Wall Street Journal that the offer for the startup was north of $1 …

Twitter now targeting Nov. 4 for IPO

Twitter accelerated its march toward Wall Street on Friday as executives prepared for meetings to sell potential investors on buying what so far is a conservatively priced stock.<p>The San Francisco microblogging service confirmed in an online video and other investor material Friday that it is now …

Is Google building a hulking floating data center in SF Bay?

SAN FRANCISCO -- Something big and mysterious is rising from a floating barge at the end of Treasure Island, a former Navy base in the middle of San Francisco Bay. And Google's fingerprints are all over it.<p>It's unclear what's inside the structure, which stands about four stories high and was made …

Chinese Internet Giant Tencent Goes From Snapchat “Role Model” To Potential Investor

Snapchat is looking to raise up to $200 million at a valuation of $3 billion to $4 billion and one of the potential investors that founder Evan Spiegel has talked to the most is Chinese Internet giant Tencent Holdings, reports WSJ.<p>Spiegel has referred to Tencent in the past as a “role model,” …

Mercedes-Benz Develops Nav System that Works with Google Glass

Leave it to Germany’s luxury carmakers to pick up the latest and fanciest tech gadget that comes out and find an application for the automotive …

Stay-at-Home Mom’s Adorable Food Art Rockets Her to Fame

Four years ago, Malaysian mother Samantha Lee couldn't have expected that the adorable food art she was making for her two daughters would, one day, rocket her to fame. With over 312,000 Instagram followers, as well as articles on <i>Today.com</i>, <i>Daily Mail</i> and <i>Huffington Post</i>, she's become an inspiration …

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New model of Apple’s proposed spaceship campus reveals new details about the building

New photos from the San Jose Mercury News today reveal additional details about Apple’s new campus, slated to be completed sometime in either 2015 or 2016. A scale model of the planned building was shown to The Mercury News by Apple’s CFO, Peter Oppenheimer, located at an office on the 175-acre …

Autumn in the United States

See photos of autumn in the U.S., including maple trees and other fall leaves, in this photo gallery from National Geographic.

What an eyeful: the world's most beautiful buildings

Straight away we'll say that this isn't a top 10 list. There are just far too many styles of buildings, each worthy of a top 50: sacred buildings, homes, skyscrapers, theatres...<p>Instead, this is a list showing the variety of architectural beauty across the globe - and pointing you in the direction …

The Best New Buildings Of The Year

The festival took place October 2nd - 4th at Singapore's Marina Bay Sands, which was also once a WAF Award-winning design.<p>These 29 incredible designs were winners in their respective categories, which included Housing, Villa, and Office. Among the winners are repurposed public spaces, brand-new …

The second biggest clean technology investor is an oil giant

We’ve written before about how big corporations have become increasingly important to financing green technology startups—on Oct. 10 for example, Google announced it was investing $103 million in a big solar power plant in California.<p>But the second-most active corporate dealmaker isn’t a “don’t be …

Oil & Gas Industry

Connected devices: Creating jobs and growth

If we could better control the physical world, how might we improve our lives? This question is being asked by daring mobile innovators in …

Yahoo acquihires social advertising startup 'Bread'

With the number of smaller acquisitions Yahoo has made over the last year, I have to wonder whether it’s recent purchase of startup Bread was mistaken for an item of food you can always use more of. Then again, maybe not — as Bread’s social advertising tech could prove useful to Yahoo’s ongoing …

Google just granted itself the right to use your name and photo in its online ads

Google just got a tad creepier.<p>Thanks to tweaks made to its terms of service today, Google will be able to use its users’ names and photos in select advertising beginning next month (November 11). The updated terms of service, first noticed by The New York Times, specifically allow for the company …

Social Media

The Rise Of Social Commerce, And How It Will Completely Transform The Way We Shop On The Internet

Social commerce is all about inspiration and product discovery. Sites like Pinterest, Wanelo, OpenSky, and others are more like digital catalogs or virtual malls where shoppers can browse and connect with people interested in the same products and brands. But entrepreneurs and retailers are anxious …

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14 Jeff Bezos Quotes That Show Why Amazon's Boss Is A Total Genius

He's building a mysterious 10,000-year clock in a West Texas cave.<p>Earlier this year, he bought the Washington Post for $250 million.<p>You wouldn't want to get on his bad side.<p>Bezos achieved so much success by being incredibly smart and business savvy, and so we rounded up some quotes that show his …

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Read Netflix’s Fantastic Customer Service Response To One User’s Complaint

I feel a little uneasy praising the customer service department of a multi-million dollar company for doing exactly what they’re supposed to — help people. But as anyone who’s ever spent three hours trying to get in touch with Time Warner knows, it’s rare to be treated like a human when you have a …

Why email newsletters still work — and how you can make yours better

The email newsletter model comes from some very humble roots, yet has grown into a powerful business model. As the former CEO of DailyCandy, I got …

China's Unquenchable Thirst For Oil Could Be A Currency-Market Gamechanger

But the U.S. energy production boom is bringing a sea of change to the currency markets.<p>In September, China officially surpassed the U.S. as the world's largest oil importer — 6.30 million barrels a day versus America's 6.24 million. The IEA now says Chinese oil demand will grow 3.9% in 2014.<p>The …

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Silicon Valley Companies Fight For Talent, Pay Extravagant Salaries

By Sarah McBride<p>SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Among Twitter Inc's highest-paid executives, Christopher Fry's name stands out.<p>The senior vice president of engineering raked in $10.3 million last year, just behind Twitter Chief Executive Dick Costolo's $11.5 million, according to Twitter's IPO documents. …