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Recommended Reading highlights the best long-form writing on technology and more in print and on the web. Some weeks, you'll also find short reviews of books that we think are worth your time. We hope you enjoy the read. How Palmer Luckey Created the Oculus Rift by Taylor Clark, Smithsonian Maga

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There are a few things you can count on when Apple releases a new iPad: it will be thinner, it will be faster and there will be a LOT of hyperbole. Amidst the claims of magical devices, record-breaking sales and \"very cool stuff\" there are also a lot of numbers. Here's a closer look at the big dig

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Apple wants developers to start tinkering and creating apps for its new smartwatch ASAP. So, the company's launching WatchKit in November, a few months before the upcoming wearable starts shipping early next year. WatchKit, along with HomeKit and HealthKit, is part of the company's larger effort t

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Still playing Words with Friends? Well, then Zynga's rewarding your loyalty with a huge update on the app's fifth birthday, complete with a redesigned interface and new features. The New Words with Friends (yes, it's been renamed, as well) doesn't only look flatter than its predecessor, it also co

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Whatsapp has always had a pretty low-key business model: your first year on the service is free, and every year beyond that'll cost you a whopping $1. Now that the ink is dry on its $22ish billion buyout deal with Facebook, is the social juggernaut planning to change things up? Maybe, but accordin

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Do you use third-party apps like Outlook that access Apple's iCloud but don't support two-factor authentication? You'll now be forced to enter a specific password for each one. Following a notorious celebrity hack, Apple updated iCloud with an extra security layer used to protect accounts by sendi

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Well, that was quick: it's only been three days since Facebook cleared the last, decidedly European hurdle to closing its $19 billion Whatsapp acquisition (which is now worth closer to $22 billion thanks to FB's surging stock price), and it's already made things official with the SEC. Regulators i

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Adobe has offered mobile apps with a variety of tools for quite some time. With the arrival of the new suite that accompanied Ink and Slide earlier this year though, it became clear the creative software outfit wanted to equip those slates and smartphones to do useful work. At Adobe Max 2014, the

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According to a report by The Information, you may be seeing a few more Google apps preloaded on future Android devices. Confidential paperwork on new contract requirements details raising the amount of pre-installed software. Under the new guidelines, the number is set to total up to 20 apps-- mor

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Happy Sunday, and welcome to another edition of Feedback Loop! By now, you're probably sick of hearing about the Apple Watch. Thankfully, though, our community members have some great discussions for you this week. To kick things off, we're talking about the implications Microsoft's potential purc

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Google promised that Android apps would eventually make their way to Chrome OS, and, well, here they are - the search giant announced that the first batch has just gone live in the Chrome Web Store. We knew that Vine and Evernote were on the short list of Android apps to make the leap, but there's

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Apple has unveiled its long-rumored wearable, and with it a third-party tool chest called WatchKit. For starters, the initiative will help developers integrate compatible apps with the Watch's Glances screen, and do so from day one. It's also part of a larger mindset in Cupertino, including HomeKi

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Uber, the on-demand car startup that's apparently twice as valuable as SpaceX, apparently isn't satisfied with just one paltry mobile app. That's why it finally did what many Silicon Valley prognosticators thought it would: it launched a free API (application programming interface, if you were cur

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Facebook Messenger for Windows Phone hasn't always been quite as feature rich as its counterparts on other platforms -- it's just over five months old now, after all -- but the social giant is quickly trying to close that gap. Case in point: the latest Messenger update finally packs the ability to

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