The 21 games that should be installed on every iPhone

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The iPhone is home to some of the best portable video games ever made. Unfortunately, they must be downloaded from one of the worst digital marketplaces. Farming simulations and clones too often dominate the App Store’s best selling list. Unusual and inspired games are left to fight for short stints on the coveted front page.

Too many of the best games for iPhone are victims of an out of sight, out of mind economy. After a game’s launch, it sinks into the quicksand of mobile gaming junk…

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Vine on Xbox One brings quirky six-second videos to your TV

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Microsoft’s Xbox One app platform might not be open to all developers, but the company has been slowly rolling out a variety of apps in recent weeks. A Reddit app arrived in August, and then Plex debuted earlier this month, and today Vine makes its way to Microsoft’s console. Although Twitter’s Vine app has unearthed a number of stars who can be very creative with just six seconds of footage, the app has largely be confined to smartphones instead of living room TVs. Vine is launching on TV for the first time thanks to the Xbox One app, in a move that speaks to the ever-changing way people are consuming videos.

While the Vine experience on a smartphone is a personal experience where you sign in and follow friends or popular Vine…

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Mark Zuckerberg donates $25 million to fight spread of Ebola

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The international effort to contain the spread of the lethal Ebola virus has gone quite poorly so far, with over 4,000 deaths attributed to the disease so far and new transmissions reported in recent days in the US and Europe. As health care workers battle the outbreak on the front lines in various countries, a public outcry has sprung up surrounding the lack of funding available for research and treatment. But more money for the Ebola fight has just been contributed by a surprising source: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. As observed by the Hollywood Reporter, Zuckerberg announced on his Facebook page earlier today that he and his wife Priscilla Chan, a physician, have made a $25 million donation to the US Centers for Disease Control and…

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Phonio Lets Celebrities Call Their Fans On The Phone, Raw And Unfiltered

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Phonio Feature No one feels special for following their favorite musician on Facebook or Twitter. Social media has become impersonal mass media. But Phonio wants to make the celebrity-fan connection as intimate as a call with your best friend. Phonio launches today to let stars ring the cell phones of all their fans at once and talk to them, heart-to-hearts. Celebs offer up their Phonio phone numbers that… Read More

The Sonos Boost Expands Your Musical Reach

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10482492_max-2 Wireless music player maker, Sonos, has released the Boost, an add-on to their system that allows Sonos devices to work up to 50% further than the standard Wi-Fi range – 90 feet as compared to about 60 feet for the average Wi-Fi hotspot. The Boost device also improves signal intensity and, more important, creates a dedicated network for Sonos devices, protecting from the vagaries of… Read More

Ireland closing a tax loophole that saved billions for Apple, Google, and Facebook

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Over the last decade many of the biggest tech companies in the world have opened headquarters in Ireland. Companies like Google, Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and many more were no doubt drawn by the smart programming talent and availability of awesome pubs. But another big factor was a tax loophole known as the “double Irish” that allowed company with a headquarters in Ireland to make royalty payments to a separate subsidiary registered in Ireland but officially housed anywhere on the globe with a favorable tax rate. So Google, for example, has a Dublin office with around 2,500 employees, but most of the revenue booked in Ireland is then paid as royalties to a separate subsidiary, headquartered for tax purposes in Bermuda.

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Google For Work Gets New Support Options

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products-hero It’s not always easy to get support from Google (just ask anybody who ever had his AdSense account suspended for nebulous reasons), but over the course of the last few years, the company has slowly expanded its customer support programs, especially for its paid productivity services. More than two years ago, for example, the company launched 24/7 phone support for Google Apps subscribers. Read More

An App That Lets You Converse With The Deaf, No Sign Language Necessary

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safe_image Transcense is a new app that accurately translates conversations in real time so the deaf and hard of hearing can participate in meetings, presentations and conversations. Founders Thibault Duchemin, Pieter Doevendans and Skinner Cheng, all deaf themselves, say one-on-one conversations are easy. Either they are speaking with someone who can sign or they can just read lips. However, it’s… Read More

Meet Chelsea Manning’s official portrait artist

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Ever since Bradley Manning announced her transition to identifying as Chelsea Manning, nearly every outlet has used the same photo to illustrate the incarcerated private: a grainy black-and-white selfie in which Manning sits in a driver’s seat, her face framed by a platinum wig, her expression frozen somewhere between an uncomfortable smile and a steely glare.

That image was never meant for the masses — it was attached to a private email Manning sent to her therapist and her commanding…

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Is this Google’s Nexus 6?

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What looks to be an official product render of the Nexus 6 has leaked today, and it basically confirms everything we’ve heard to this point: Google had Motorola build a really big Moto X. The image was published by @evleaks and unsurprisingly shows Google’s latest handset running Android L. The device’s metal band appears to have a slate or blueish color, which could help differentiate it ever so slightly from Motorola’s regular flagship.

But really, just looking at it will be enough to do that; a rumored 5.92-inch display means this phone is downright huge. Motorola has apparently moved down both the power button and volume rocker to make reaching them a bit easier, but it remains to be seen what software customizations — if any —…

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