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10 of the most Jaw-Dropping Hotel Photos EVER

By Kristen McKenzie, HotelsCombined.com<p>Here at the HotelsCombined office, we've all gotten pretty used to staring at stunning hotel images -- with over 400,000 hotels in our database, sorting through scenic pics of luxury villas and infinity-edge pools has become standard daily fare.<p>However, there …

Snapchat Is 70 Percent Women

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Xbox One chief product officer admits big mistakes in messaging

Xbox One chief product officer Marc Whitten admitted that Microsoft made mistakes in communicating its policies on digital rights to its consumers, according an IGN interview.<p>The mistakes started on May 21, when the company announced its next-generation console, and then those missteps multiplied …

What I learned from researching almost every single smart watch that has been rumored or announced

Smart watches! I sure hope you like them, because literally everyone is developing one. And yet, given the vanishingly small proportion of watches that are “smart,” clearly, something is holding them back. Here are the trends that jumped out when I undertook a more or less comprehensive catalog of …

Smartwatches

Boot up: Microsoft v Google org chart, Uber pricing, dance better!, and more

A burst of 8 links for you to chew over, as picked by the Technology team<p>The Microsoft Reorg v Google: lots of engineering, no ads & social or search …

Potto is an International Lottery for your Smartphone

TrafficGem CEO Manchul Ko founded the company in January of this year having previously spent three years as as a global marketing manager for a utility app development company.<p>Thinking that mobile games needed a new approach to getting organic users, he decided to start his own business. Ko …

New Nexus 7 to sell up to 8 million units in 2013 depending on who you ask, report says

<i>HP Slate 7 (left) vs Nexus 7 (right)</i><p>A new report from Asia seems to indicate that there’s a difference of opinion regarding new Nexus 7 sales between Taiwan-based vendors and supply chain makers in the region.<p>The new Nexus 7 is expected to arrive later this month – different reports (also from …

Time to get your butt off the couch: Fitness app market to grow 63 percent by 2017 [report]

The already wide world of sports and fitness apps is projected to grow by 63 percent over the next few years, according to a report this week from …

The internet of things may drive you nuts before it makes things better

The scariest thing anyone has ever said to me about the internet of things wasn’t about the NSA spying on my gadgets or that someone might hack my …

The 25 Best Tech Companies To Work For In 2013

With help from Glassdoor.com, we've put together a list of the 25 tech companies whose own employees rate them most highly.<p>The reviewers account for culture, lifestyle, and what you can learn while working there.<p>All the reviews and ratings taken into account are from the past 12 months, and only …

Employment

Samsung S4 Lines Up iPhone 5S And Moto X For Price War

The start of the week saw a lot of speculation about the future of the smartphone. Has it peaked/ has it not? Well, maybe, but competition is intensifying anyway, particularly on price in the high and mid ranges.<p>It looks like Google will soon put $500 million into launching a new Motorola …

Former Microsoft Office manager learns how to dance in a year, becomes a YouTube hit

Former Microsoft employee Karen X Cheng quit the software maker over a year ago, with a farewell resignation video based on Don McLean's American Pie. During her year away from developing Microsoft's Office software, Cheng has learned to dance. She's detailed her daily progress and now says people …

Amazon Sold Out Of Launch Day PS4s And Xbox Ones

For all the fuss surrounding which console is going to dominate the other this holiday season, both the PS4 and the Xbox One are already selling up a storm. Retail giant Amazon says that both consoles have now reached their allocation cap for launch, meaning that they can no longer guarantee day …

The coating that makes iPhones touch sensitive is running out

No, iPhone screens are not magic. They are coated in a transparent material called indium tin oxide that senses when a finger makes contact.<p>ITO comes …

A new Blackboard? 4 ways the ed tech giant’s new CEO hopes to win back market share

As the giant among learning management systems (LMS) for higher education, Blackboard is an easy target. And as its market share has dropped and …

eBay releases Exact iOS app, a shopping portal for customized 3D-printed products

Despite dropping prices in the 3D printer market, not everybody's able to get a MakerBot and print the objects of their desire. Today, however, eBay's launching a way -- aside from trekking to MakerBot's brick and mortar -- for folks to get their 3D printing fix. It's called eBay Exact, an iOS app …

Google’s new virtual reality game is going to bring audiences to ads in real life

Have you ever played Ingress? Probably not, because it’s still in closed beta release and on an “invitation” policy. The game is produced by Google and goes under the label of Niantic Labs. It’s a virtual reality game that uses augmented reality to defend your city and conquer the warring faction. …

Virtual Reality

Ubisoft CEO Doesn't Think Xbox One And PS4 Will Be The Last Console Generation

Moments after Microsoft and Sony announced their new consoles, analysts’ attention began drifting past a busy launch window to the speculative future of yet another generation of video game consoles. Looking at the beastly machines on offer at E3, it was as if people couldn’t help but wonder: “are …

Scoop: Intel’s upcoming TV service is going to be called OnCue

Intel’s (s INTC) TV service, which the company’s Intel Media unit plans to launch before the end of the year, is going to be called OnCue, GigaOM has …

Survey shows Apple and Google are no longer America’s tech sweethearts

Market research from YouGov BrandIndex shows that Apple and Google have both fallen off the list of the 1o best-perceived brands in the US. Apple actually failed to make the cut for the second half of 2012, while Google came in last place. But this time, Google’s been knocked off the list by …

U.S. Dept. of Defense

Soon There Will Be Google Glass for Everyone and Everything

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Now that Google Glass is a much-talked about, much-hyped tech thing, the pseudo-clones have already …

AT&T Acquires Leap Wireless for $1.19 Billion

AT&T has announced a deal to purchase prepaid carrier Leap Wireless for $15 a share. The arrangement will include continuation of Leap’s Cricket brand.<p>Leap had roughly 5 million subscribers. Rumors of the deal first surfaced over a year ago.<p>AT&T appears to be paying quite a premium for the …

AddThis Launches Smart Layers, Giving Websites Social And Personalization Tools That Adapt To Mobile

AddThis has released a new platform called Smart Layers, which it says can improve traffic and engagement by just adding a single line of code.<p>President and CEO Ramsey McGrory told me that Smart Layers both improves on the publisher tools that AddThis was already offering and introduces some new …

AT&T’s Leap Wireless deal is yet another sign of the sector’s consolidation

AT&T, the second largest US mobile carrier, has agreed to acquire smaller competitor Leap Wireless for $15 a share in cash. The deal, an important step for AT&T in its hunt for wireless spectrum, is another sign of consolidation in the US wireless telecom sector.<p>AT&T had been studying a Leap deal …

Telecoms

PlayStation 4, Xbox One pre-orders sold out at most major retailers

If you're eager to be one of the first gamers to get your hands on the PlayStation 4 or Xbox One but haven't pre-ordered either console yet, you might be in for a rude awakening.<p>While major video game retailers like Amazon and GameStop had already begun halting pre-orders for particular editions of …

Wall Street

There Are More Eyes on Your Facebook Posts Than You Can Even Imagine

A recent report from Stanford University and Facebook suggests we consistently underestimate the size of our audience on social media.<p>Whether you’re a ninja, guru, or mere mortal user of social media, you’ve likely guessed how many people read your Facebook posts. Among the estimation techniques …

When I Say Jump … Marissa Mayer Gives Yahoo Employees Up Fitness Bands

It’s clear that CEO Marissa Mayer has been trying to get the employees of Yahoo to start moving faster to innovate. And now, she is also doing it …