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Inside the failure of Google+, a very expensive attempt to unseat Facebook

Create a social network or risk everything.<p>That was the original pitch for Google's Facebook rival, Google+, a refrain hammered over and over by the …

Why Google and the FCC are bringing wireless back into the net neutrality fight

Advertisement<p>6 Comments<p>Credit: Alain Bachellier/Flickr<p>This week the Chairman of the FCC and Google both seemed to come out in favor of holding …

Looking inward

SAM is the son of immigrants from China, who came to Thailand early in the 20th century. Sitting on a bench facing Bangkok’s Chinatown, he speaks in …

A Eulogy for Twitter

The beloved social publishing platform enters its twilight.<p>We've been trying to figure out the moment Twitter turned, retracing tweets to see whether there was something specific that soured the platform.<p><i>Something is wrong on Twitter.</i> And people are noticing.<p>Or, at least, the kind of people we hang …

Manually transfer your iTunes library to a new Mac

If you wish to transfer your iTunes library to a new system, then you can do so with a few easy steps.<p>If you use Apple's iTunes for your media library on your Mac, then you might at some point need to transfer the library to a new or different system. While you can always use Apple's Migration …

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No, Thailand's protesters don't want 'less democracy'

Democracy does not begin and end with the ballot box – it's a myth that this is all about an elite rejecting the popular vote<p>As Thailand's protests intensify and a state of emergency is imposed in and around Bangkok, some have begun referring to the demonstrations as "antidemocratic", zeroing in on …

As Bitcoin prices surge past $750, a new high, U.S. agencies set to argue in favor (updated)

Bitcoin prices have exploded over the past week, and just in time: Federal agencies are gearing up to defend the digital currency’s legitimacy in a Senate hearing today.<p>The United States Department of Justice and Securities and Exchanges Commission will argue in favor of Bitcoin’s viability, with …

David Moyes tries to make his mark while spectre of Sir Alex looms large

Ferguson's presence still felt at Old Trafford as Manchester United manager struggles to lay foundations for a new empire<p>In the worst moments, a press release dropped from one of the more powerful bookmakers announcing a sudden shift on the betting-shop chalkboards, with the headline: "Ferguson 7-2 …

Apple Researching Low Power Bluetooth Hotspots for Devices Like the iWatch

Apple has filed for a United States patent detailing a system for allowing a device to access and share a remote network with a second device using the low-power Bluetooth LE protocol, reports <i>AppleInsider</i>. The patent application was published today and credits Apple engineers Daniel Borges, Jason …

Thailand's Bubble Economy Is Heading For A 1997-Style Crash

Thailand is part of the overall emerging markets bubble that I have been warning about in recent years, along with Indonesia, Malaysia and other Southeast Asian countries.<p>The emerging markets bubble started in 2009, when China launched a bold stimulus-driven economic growth strategy to counter the …

iBeacon briefing: What is it, and what can we expect from it?

With Apple’s iBeacon technology starting to see some real-world applications, we thought this would be a good time to take a brief look at what it is and what we might expect from it in future …<p>The one-sentence summary is that you can think of iBeacon as like GPS for indoor locations, your phone …

Is the 'AirPlay killer' already dead?

Miracast might be on the verge of success, but it sure feels like failure<p>It may not seem like much in the grand scheme of things, but HDMI radically simplified our home entertainment. Once, connecting devices to a television required any number of different video and audio cables — including …

Behold! Jonathan Ive's Apple

With iOS 7 and the iPhone 5C, Apple signals that the company belongs not just to CEO Tim Cook, but also to its world-famous head of design.<p>Apple is today releasing the much-anticipated iOS 7, and with it, the biggest overhaul of its mobile operating system since it debuted in 2007 with the original …

Product Design

With iBeacon, Apple is going to dump on NFC and embrace the internet of things

Advertisement<p>182 Comments<p>Credit: Thinkstock<p>At WWDC in June, Apple (s aapl) quietly announced iBeacon, one of the more prominent features of iOS 7. …

A Photographer’s Take On The iPhone 5S Camera

The iPhone 5S announcement this week was punctuated with a lot of specs and buzzwords. Much of it centered around the new Touch ID fingerprint scanner and the 64-bit processor. But the most intriguing to me was the camera advancements.<p>Apple has been putting a major focus on the camera in the iPhone …

Harvard Biz Review on Twitter: "Leadership lessons from the world's greatest coach. http://t.co/oYxsthk5c2 @anitaelberse http://t.co/slo3F0KIrF"

Replying to @<b>HarvardBiz</b><p>“@<b>HarvardBiz</b>: Leadership lessons from world's greatest coach. http://s.hbr.org/14LW6Lh @<b>anitaelberse</b> …

The real reasons Apple's 64-bit A7 chip makes sense

Don't swallow Apple's marketing lines that 64-bit chips magically run software faster than 32-bit relics. What the A7 in the iPhone 5S does do, though, is pave the way for Apple's long-term future.<p>Apple injected a lot of marketing hyperbole into its claims about the wonders of 64-bit computing when …

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The networks’ House of Cards: Kevin Spacey’s salvo and the new “Netflix effect”

Advertisement<p>5 Comments<p>The iconic poster for Netflix’s House of Cards shows star Kevin Spacey seated regally on the Lincoln Monument, blood on his …

Why I think the $7.2 billion Microsoft-Nokia deal is a terrible idea

Advertisement<p>96 Comments<p>In 2007, when Apple launched its iPhone, a few saw it for what it was — an assault on business as usual in the telecom …

Research, no motion: How the BlackBerry CEOs lost an empire

<i>Editor's note: With the now-renamed BlackBerry back in the news for all the wrong reasons, from large layoffs to an investment deal that has a new CEO stepping in, now's a good time to revisit our take on the smartphone pioneer's rise and fall. Published in early 2012, this story covers the</i> …

Making TVs smart: why most smart TVs still feel pretty dumb

Advertisement<p>5 Comments<p><i>Making TVs smart is a three-part series that looks at why smart TVs have failed to take off — and what needs to happen for</i> …

How Samsung Got Big

The cellphones were stacked up high in the Gumi factory yard and more were coming out every minute. Phones, TVs, fax machines, and other gear shattered as it hit the concrete and Samsung CEO Kun-hee Lee and his board cracked the screens and cases with heavy hammers. Then they lit a bonfire and …

Calculating The Long-Term Value Of A Bitcoin

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Joshua Seims is an angel investor and entrepreneur based in San Francisco. He is currently building a company that provides secure storage of bitcoins . Follow him on Twitter @jseims.</i><p>A big question that’s debated in the Bitcoin community is “How much will Bitcoins be worth in the long …

2013 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

The 25th annual National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest is under way, and entries will be accepted for another six weeks, until June 30, 2013. First prize winner will receive a 10-day Galapagos expedition for two. National Geographic was once more kind enough to allow me to share some of the …

Wringing out a space station washcloth makes water clingy

A fascinating video from the International Space Station shows Earthlings what it's like to wring out a wet washcloth without gravity's help.<p>Thanks to astronaut Chris Hadfield and a series of videos from the Canadian Space Agency, we've had incredible access to all aspects of life on the …

Space Exploration

Yes, you should care about Bitcoin, and here’s why

Advertisement<p>31 Comments<p>Everybody’s talking about Bitcoin these days, which is quite remarkable given the highly technical nature of the …

Wearable design, Misfit and the age of the glanceable UI

Advertisement<p>7 Comments<p>The designers at startup Misfit Wearables had a goal to make their wearable health gadget so beautiful that customers might …