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Apple Opens OS X Beta Seed Program to Everyone

Apple Opens OS X Beta Seed Program to Everyone

Apple is suddenly taking a much more open approach to testing its desktop operating system. For the first time in years, the company is inviting regular consumers to help test upcoming OS X software updates before they're distributed publicly. Apple says the OS X Beta Seed Program will allow anyone to "test-drive beta ...

Google’s ‘Stars’ May One Day Make Bookmarking Useful

Google’s ‘Stars’ May One Day Make Bookmarking Useful

Google is testing a new favoriting service for its Chrome browser. Called Google Stars (although the Google Collections name has also been used in the past), the new option appears to still in very early testing, but it does let users star “items” on the Web as well as add them to folders. Once saved, these “items” ...

Report: The Windows 8 Start Menu Returns in August

Report: The Windows 8 Start Menu Returns in August

Microsoft revealed earlier this month that the Start Menu will return to Windows 8. While Microsoft is keeping the timing for its return vague, sources familiar with the company’s plans tell The Verge that the Start Menu will likely be available in a second update to Windows 8.1 currently scheduled for August. ...

Hardware is Very Hard: Why Wearables Aren’t Working (Yet?)

Hardware is Very Hard: Why Wearables Aren’t Working (Yet?)

If all of the companies that make activity-trackers were on some sort of leaderboard right now, who would be winning the race? None of them. The news yesterday that Nike had laid off members of its FuelBand division, and may not release future versions of the device, underscores the challenges players in this space have ...

Yes, Netflix And Hulu Are Starting To Kill Cable

Yes, Netflix And Hulu Are Starting To Kill Cable

Cable companies, you've been put on notice. Cord cutting -- ditching your steep monthly cable or satellite bill and instead watching video online -- is on the rise, according to a new report from Experian Marketing Services. In fact, some young adults may never even pay for cable TV in their lifetimes. The number of ...

General Mills Backs Down From Forced Arbitration Policy

General Mills Backs Down From Forced Arbitration Policy

It’s OK to like Cheerios on Facebook, or to download a coupon for Haagen-Dazs — you can still sue the company that makes them. That’s the message from food giant General Mills, which has backtracked on a policy that seemed to require customers to agree to arbitration if they interacted with the company and its brands ...

Samsung Slugs It Out With Apple For Consumers

Samsung Slugs It Out With Apple For Consumers

In the South Korean industrial town of Gumi, about a 45-minute helicopter ride southeast of here, Samsung Electronics factory workers, nearly all of them young women, are methodically applying the finishing touches on Galaxy S5s. The launch of Samsung's newest flagship smartphone on April 11 was a little over a week away, ...

Beats Bites the Bullet, and Starts Selling Subscriptions From Apple’s App

Beats Bites the Bullet, and Starts Selling Subscriptions From Apple’s App

Apple has a crazily powerful digital store, used by hundreds of millions of customers. But if you want to sell something there it will cost you: In almost every case, Apple keeps 30 percent of the purchase price on whatever its users buy. Beats Music, the new subscription music service that launched in January, figures ...

Nike Fires Majority of FuelBand Team, Will Stop Making Wearable Hardware

Nike Fires Majority of FuelBand Team, Will Stop Making Wearable Hardware

Nike is gearing up to shutter its wearable-hardware efforts, and the sportswear company this week fired the majority of the team responsible for the development of its FuelBand fitness tracker, a person familiar with the matter told CNET. "As a fast-paced, global business we continually align resources with business ...

Airbnb Offers to Pay Hotel Taxes in NY, Hotel Lobby Declines

Airbnb Offers to Pay Hotel Taxes in NY, Hotel Lobby Declines

After years of complaining about how Airbnb doesn’t compete on a level playing field, apparently the hotel lobby in New York now wants to ensure that the peer-to-peer hospitality startup isn’t held to the same standards, especially as it relates to taxes. Airbnb has taken steps to ensure that it will be able to begin ...