Will We Ever See The Debut Of YouTube Music?

By Noah Sterling Chris LaRosa, the head of YouTube’s “upcoming” music subscription service, is leaving the company. This setback marks yet another roadblock for the long-delayed project. Although YouTube music has been touted as a “Spotify killer,” this most recent departure makes its future all the more ominous. LaRosa is the second person in charge […]

Skype for Android Update Makes It Easier to Find Your Contacts


By Katie Nelson Skype updated its Android app Wednesday, and the 5.0 version syncs users’ address books from their phones to their Skype accounts. First, users will have to verify their phone numbers in the app to sync contacts. Then, the phone’s address book will instantly import information on the Skype contact list. Those who […]

32 Irresistible Pieces of Musical Junk Food

By Connor Finnegan Your musical diet starts tomorrow. Monday is National Junk Food Day, a holiday that gives us a free pass to indulge our cravings for greasy burgers and sugary candy. While it’s best to make a habit of consuming healthier meals on a regular basis, it still feels good to treat yourself once […]

Why Facebook and Twitter Are Embracing Ecommerce

By Seth Fiegerman Likes and retweets are fine, but the new buzz word at Facebook and Twitter seems to be “buy.” Facebook announced on Thursday that it has begun testing a Buy button that appears on ads and Page posts from a select group of businesses in the U.S. In effect, that means users can […]

This Smartwatch Concept Projects Notifications Directly Onto Your Hand

By Samantha Murphy Kelly While smartwatches could make us even more addicted to the online world, a wristband concept device called the Ritot could take constant connectivity to the extreme by projecting the time, incoming calls, emails and notifications from Twitter and Facebook directly onto your hand. The Ritot is what the company calls the […]

Edward Snowden Calls on Hackers to Help Whistleblowers Leak More Secrets

By Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai Edward Snowden made an impassioned call on Saturday for hackers and technologists to help would-be whistleblowers spill more government secrets Speaking via remote Google Hangouts video feed from Russia, Snowden addressed his comments to an audience at this weekend’s Hackers on Planet Earth (HOPE) conference at the Pennsylvania Hotel in New York […]

Did Facebook’s Slingshot Miss Its Target?

By Seth Fiegerman Slingshot began with a misfire, and hasn’t fared much better since then Facebook accidentally released its Slingshot app on June 9, then quickly removed it from Apple’s App Store. Eight days later, the social network officially released the app on iOS and Android, which lets users send playful photos and videos that […]

‘Homeland’ Producers Almost Set Season 4 in Israel

By Sandra Gonzalez LOS ANGELES — When Homeland returns Oct. 5 for a new season, viewers will find Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) in Pakistan assigned to one of the most dangerous stations in the Middle East. But for a brief period during the season’s development, producers almost took the story in a different direction that […]

Typhoon Rammasun Slams Mainland China as One of Its Strongest-Ever Storms

By Andrew Freedman Super Typhoon Rammasun came ashore over the northern tip of China’s Hainan Island on early Friday morning, eastern time, bringing sustained winds of 150 miles per hour, heavy rain and a storm surge that may have exceeded 20 feet. The storm killed at least one person on Hainan Island, having made a […]

Doctors Wrongly Prescribed Antibiotics in 30% of 2013 Flu Cases, Stays Study

By LiveScience During the 2013 flu season, more people needed antiviral medications than got them, and meanwhile, antibiotics were inappropriately given to a large proportion of patients with influenza (a viral disease that is not helped by taking antibiotics), according to a new study. The researchers found that nearly 30% of the flu patients who […]