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  • Check Out The Ways Apple.com Got Much More Elegant Over Time

    2 September 2014, 9:51 pm by: Jillian D'Onfro

    More than anything else, Apple is known for its meticulous focus on sleek, beautiful design. That's why it's interesting to see how the company slowly transformed its own homepage, from its ugly beginnings to its current minimalism.  Thanks to The Internet…
  • We Still Don't Have Assurance From Apple That iCloud Is Safe (AAPL)

    2 September 2014, 8:39 pm by: Steve Kovach

    In a statement Tuesday, Apple said the hack that caused nude photos of celebrities to leak was not the result of a widespread attack on its iCloud system. Instead, the hackers targeted the accounts of individual celebrities. Here's the statement: We wanted to…
  • Google Offers A Very Important Security Feature, And You Should Enable It Right Away (GOOG)

    2 September 2014, 8:38 pm by: Karyne Levy

    Over the weekend, several celebrity accounts were hacked, and nude photos of them were leaked online. There could have been many ways that the hackers might have gained access to the photos, including via iCloud, as well as other cloud services, such Google…
  • Apple's iPhone Payment Platform May Be Coming To Nordstrom (AAPL)

    2 September 2014, 7:20 pm by: Sam Colt

    Apple is in talks with Nordstrom to bring its soon-to-be-announced payment platform to the retailer, according to a report by Bank Innovation's Ian Kar. According to the report, Nordstrom recently updated its payment terminals so they would be compatible with…
  • People Are Already Finding Amazing Uses For Hyperlapse, Instagram's New Time-Lapse Video App

    2 September 2014, 7:02 pm by: Karyne Levy

    Last week, Instagram announced its latest app, called Hyperlapse. Hyperlapse allows you to take time-lapse videos, without the need for fancy, expensive equipment. It's really easy to use, and has a beautiful interface. You push one button to record the video,…
  • Game Developers Are Finally Stepping Up To Change Their Hate-Filled Industry

    2 September 2014, 6:38 pm by: Karyne Levy

    The game industry has been in the spotlight for the past week, with several incidents of harassment and sexism making headlines. And now the game developer community has had enough.  Andreas Zecher, an indie game designer who works for Spaces of Play, has…
  • The Leaked Photos Of McKayla Maroney Were Taken When She Was Under Age, And Reddit Is Freaking Out

    2 September 2014, 5:20 pm by: Maya Kosoff

    McKayla Maroney, a member of the U.S. women's Olympic gymnastics team in 2012 at age 16, was among the celebrities whose pictures were part of this weekend's massive nude photo leak. After learning that Maroney may be underage in her leaked photos, Reddit…
  • An Enormous House Fit For A Silicon Valley Billionaire Just Sold For Nearly $29 Million

    2 September 2014, 4:37 pm by: Madeline Stone

    An enormous estate in Hillsborough, California has sold for $28.8 million, Curbed SF is reporting. The 36,000-square-foot home is very castle-like, with Gothic doorways, art galleries, and 13 fireplaces.  Still, the house has all of the amenities you would…
  • AOL’s Brand CEO Is Going To Be The New Leader Of The Company's Venture Fund

    2 September 2014, 4:30 pm by: Maya Kosoff

    Susan Lyne, the CEO of AOL’s brand group, is stepping down, according to Re/code. Lyne will now head up an AOL-owned venture fund that promotes women-fronted digital startups. The "fully funded" and "relatively dormant" venture fund is tentatively called…
  • What It's Like Working For Uber: Awesome And Stressful With 100-Hour Weeks

    2 September 2014, 4:27 pm by: Alyson Shontell

    What is it like working at today's hottest startup, $17 billion Uber? It's awesome — in a stressed-out, always-working sort of way. Former employee Melanie Curtin says she used to "daydream about leaving Uber" all the time. She spent a year in the company's…
  • CHART OF THE DAY: Chinese Smartphones Are On The Rise

    2 September 2014, 4:25 pm by: Dave Smith

    In the second quarter of 2014, five of the biggest Chinese smartphone makers — including Huawei, Xiaomi, Lenovo, Coolpad, and ZTE — accounted for about 75 million worldwide shipments. Samsung, the world’s largest smartphone manufacturer, had only shipped…
  • Emerging Payment Technologies Will Create New Winners And Losers In The Giant Credit Card Industry

    2 September 2014, 3:44 pm by: John Heggestuen

    The credit and debit card ecosystem is much bigger than MasterCard, American Express, and Visa.  Scores of companies play different roles in the system as intermediaries, most of them as merchant-facing vendors that provide the technology and services that…
  • Facebook And Google 'Degrade Our Humanity,' Says 4chan Founder (FB, GOOG)

    2 September 2014, 3:43 pm by: Nicholas Carlson

    A couple years ago, 4chan founder Chris Poole gave a speech arguing that Facebook and Google "degrade our humanity." He said this because Facebook and Google do not allow users to be anonymous. Poole's argument was that by forcing users to go be their real…
  • REPORT: 'Grand Theft Auto V' Is Coming To PS4, PC, And Xbox One Nov. 18

    2 September 2014, 3:16 pm by: Dave Smith

    Based on several product listings on the online retailer Newegg, which have since been removed, IGN says the bestselling cross-platform adventure “Grand Theft Auto V” will hit the PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 on Nov. 18. Rockstar Games, the developer…
  • iPhone 6 Case Makers Are Going All In On The Rumors (AAPL)

    2 September 2014, 2:57 pm by: Sam Colt

    The iPhone 6 doesn't come out for another week or so, but don't tell that to the case manufacturers out there, because they're already selling cases on Amazon. We've known for weeks that Apple will debut the new iPhone on Sept. 9. Press recieved invites to the…
  • Tim Cook Could Have Another Trick Up His Sleeve To Sell More iPads To Businesses (AAPL)

    2 September 2014, 2:50 pm by: Julie Bort

    Apple is expected to announce its biggest iPad ever in early 2015, according to a Bloomberg report from last week. That could be part of CEO Tim Cook's two-pronged approach to convince enterprises to finally ditch their Windows PCs and go Apple devices,…
  • Google Exec Megan Smith Joining The White House As Its New CTO Is 'Basically A Done Deal'

    2 September 2014, 2:47 pm by: Jillian D'Onfro

    Megan Smith, VP of Google's secretive "moonshots" research lab Google X, has definitely been selected to be the next CTO of the United States, Fortune's Dan Primack reports. Yesterday, Bloomberg named Smith as a top candidate, but Primack says the appointment…
  • APPLE STATEMENT ON CELEBRITY HACKING: Our Systems Weren't Breached (AAPL)

    2 September 2014, 2:36 pm by: Alyson Shontell

    Apple has issued a statement about the 100-plus celebrity iCloud accounts allegedly hacked for nude photos. Dozens of nude photos were first released on anonymous message boards AnonIB and 4chan over the weekend. There are a lot of theories about how this…
  • 'Reverse Showrooming': Bricks-And-Mortar Retailers Are Fighting Back Against Amazon And Others

    2 September 2014, 2:15 pm by: Emily Adler

    In the past few years, as online shopping exploded and smartphones became the norm, the showrooming phenomenon — consumers using their phones to comparison shop in stores — seemed poised to gut the revenue of offline retailers. But now a recent report from…
  • Google Just Rebranded 'Google Enterprise' As The Far More Approachable 'Google For Work' (GOOG)

    2 September 2014, 2:00 pm by: Jillian D'Onfro

    Google announced Tuesday that it's rebranding its line of enterprise products — like Gmail for businesses and Google Cloud Platform — as "Google For Work" instead of the old, more unwieldy "Google Enterprise." In a blog post about the rebrand, Google…
  • Uber Will Continue Running In Germany, Even Though The Country Just Banned The Service

    2 September 2014, 1:29 pm by: Rebecca Borison

    Though a Frankfurt court has officially banned Uber in Germany, the ride-sharing startup has decided to keep its drivers on the road while it appeals the ruling. Over the summer, Uber has faced a lot of challenges in the EU, and in particular Germany, with…
  • The Company That Makes The Cheap Android Gaming Console Ouya Is Reportedly In Sales Talks With…

    2 September 2014, 1:28 pm by: Jillian D'Onfro

    The company that makes the cheap, Android-based gaming console Ouya is in sales talks with multiple Chinese companies including Xiaomi and Tencent, as well as U.S. players like Google and Amazon, Re/Code's Kara Swisher and Eric Johnson report. The…
  • All The Ways Your Kids Can Now Customize Their Toys

    2 September 2014, 12:53 pm by: Rebecca Borison

    Kids used to have a fairly limited choice when buying their own My Little Pony. No more. Imagine getting to decide exactly what color your pony's hair is. Or what the saddle looks like. Now kids can customize their own unique toy, thanks to the innovations…
  • Here's How Upgrading To iOS 8 Could Mess Up Some Of Your Apps

    2 September 2014, 12:41 pm by: Julie Bort

    Apple will soon release iOS 8, and if you have a relatively new iPhone or iPad, you'll be able to upgrade to it. By all accounts, it sounds like people will love it. But some of your installed apps could have problems if the app developer took a wait-and-see…
  • When Is The iPhone 6 Coming Out? Probably Sept. 19 (AAPL)

    2 September 2014, 12:21 pm by: Dave Smith

    Apple has issued invitations for its Sept. 9 event, and we already know what the iPhone 6 models will look like for the most part, so now only one major question remains: When will the iPhone 6 actually hit stores? Based on years past, the iPhone 6 will likely…

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