Peter Thiel Is Returning To Disrupt SF

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team_peter We’re thrilled to announce that legendary founder and investor Peter Thiel will be joining us on stage at Disrupt SF 2014. From PayPal to Founders Fund, Thiel has set the bar for success in Silicon Valley, and this will be the second time he’s spoken at our conference. We’re glad he’s back.
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Windows Phone’s Market Share In The United States Isn’t Growing

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Screen Shot 2014-07-03 at 10.24.15 AM The latest data from Comscore regarding the United States smartphone market isn’t great for Microsoft. The company’s Windows Phone platform managed no growth, ending the May period with a 3 month market share average of 3.4%, the same level that Comscore reported for the platform in February. Android was flat, Apple picked up 0.6%, and Blackberry lost 0.6%. Android and Apple,… Read More

Oracle hopes to entice mobile developers with new framework

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Oracle is hoping it can attract more developers with MAF (Mobile Application Framework), which aims to simplify the development of cross-platform enterprise apps for smartphones and tablets.

As a result of the growing number of smartphones and tablets employees have, software vendors are increasingly focusing on how to make enterprise applications more mobile friendly. On Monday, Oracle announced updates to its Mobile Suite, which aims to do just that.

The heart of the new release is MAF, which builds on the cross-platform development tools Oracle already offers. The framework lets developers choose between the JDeveloper IDE (integrated development environment) or Enterprise Pack for Eclipse. Developers can also choose among a number of development languages, including Java, JavaScript and HTML5, when developing native Android and iOS apps, according to Oracle.

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Netflix still offers more top movies than rivals, and Hulu Plus still wins on recent TV

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Netflix offers more top movies than any of its subscription streaming rivals, according to new analysis from Piper Jaffray. Variety highlights that the company’s lineup includes 10 of 2013’s 50 best box office performers. For comparison, Amazon Prime Instant Video has just three. “Netflix is still leading by a wide margin,” said Piper Jaffray analyst Michael Olson. But it’s not all bad news for Amazon; the company offers customers a decent selection of top movies that are at least two years old. So if you don’t need the latest and greatest blockbusters, Prime Instant Video isn’t a bad way to go — but it still trails Netflix, which offers acclaimed original programming like Orange is the New Black in addition to its rotating catalog of…

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Atlassian Expands Its Enterprise Offerings With JIRA And Confluence Data Center

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FeatTour_NEW_Hero_614x378-jira-pt-hero Atlassian, the company behind developer collaboration tools like JIRA, Confluence and HipChat, has long had a strong presence in the enterprise, but the company today announced two new products specifically geared at this market. Next week, Atlassian will launch JIRA Data Center, the latest version of its JIRA project management software with high-level customer support offerings and… Read More

Pixel art games aren’t retro, they’re the future

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About half a year ago, Sony and Microsoft started trying to convince people to spend several hundred dollars on powerful new consoles. Generational shifts don’t happen that often in the video games industry, so when they do, it’s natural for people to wonder about the potential of the hardware or how eye-popping the graphics will be.

But things are a little different these days. The best game on the Xbox One right now is the frantic, blocky side-scroller Super Time Force (above), and you…

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Facebook Messenger comes to iPad

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Facebook Messenger is now fit for your iPad. An update rolling out to the App Store today adds a much-requested iPad interface to the popular messaging app, which was redesigned last fall but didn’t get a big-screen treatment. The new Messenger app is exactly what you’d expect, but super-sized. You can call, text, send stickers, videos, and start group chats. Facebook wouldn’t say if or when a version of the app built for Android tablets would become available.

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Facebook Messenger Finally Gets An iPad Version

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1 - Messenger iPad Conversation Three years after Facebook acquired Beluga and turned it into Messenger for smartphones, its dedicated chat app today got a version specially designed for iPad rather than just running as an enlarged iPhone app. Messenger for iPad features a multi-window interface showing a list of threads and your current conversation at the same time. Messenger had over 200 million users as of April… Read More

Technology has changed art, and this is what it looks like

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This summer, London’s Barbican Centre plays host to Digital Revolution, a major new exhibition that explores the impact of technology on art over the past four decades. It’s a show high on visuals and low on exposition, aiming to entertain children more than enlighten adults.

The exhibition begins with a gallery called “Digital Archaeology” that highlights key moments in the UK’s technological awakening. It features row upon row of ancient machines such as the Magnavox Odyssey, the Speak &…

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