March Madness fans, here's how to play Facebook Messenger's secret basketball game

Facebook quietly added a new mini basketball game to its Messenger app this week as a treat for fans chatting about March Madness (or basketball in general).

Spotify agrees to pay $21 million to artists in unpaid royalties

After being slammed with lawsuits left and right, Spotify comes to agreement with the National Publisher's Music Association to pay $21 million in unpaid royalties to music publishers and songwriters.
Social Media

Twitter may be keeping its 140 character limit after all, CEO says

While Twitter has rumored to be doing away with the 140 character limit, CEO Jack Dorsey says the rumors have been greatly exaggerated, as the 140 character limit is here to stay. But is Dorsey telling the whole truth?

Developer survey shows growing preference for OS X

As part of a survey where more than 50,000 programmers were asked about their various habits with regards to developing, over a quarter voted OS X as their favorite operating system, beating out Windows for the first time.

Oops: In Lavabit case, Feds forgot to redact ‘’

Lavabit's owner Ladar Levison wasn't allowed to say who the feds were targeting when they requested his secure email company's private SSL keys, as he was under threat of contempt and faced possible jail time. Now he doesn't need to.
Virtual Reality

The Oculus Rift was never going to include Touch controllers at launch, Luckey says

According to Oculus founder Palmer Lucky, adoption of the headset will take multiple years, and the company was never going to include the Touch hand-tracking controllers at the launch of the headset.

Best app deals of the day! 10 paid iPhone apps on sale for a limited time

Everyone likes free apps, but sometimes the best ones are a bit expensive. Now and then, developers put paid apps on sale for a limited time, but you have to snatch them up fast. Here are the latest and greatest apps on sale in the iOS App…

LG’s telling developers how to make Friends, because more modular phones may be coming

The LG G5's modular design is exciting, but it's going to need more than the two modules already announced if it's going to succeed. LG's preparing to release development kits to help other companies produce them, and outlined plans on how…

Alcatel's rumored Windows-powered Idol 4 Pro looks to be a beast of a phone

A new smartphone popped up on GFXBench, and it looks to be Alcatel's rumored high-end entry in the Windows 10 Mobile space, the Idol 4 Pro. Based on the info, the Idol 4 Pro looks to be a big, powerful handset.

Next TAG Heuer smartwatch may launch in 2017, possibly joined by Hublot and Zenith models

The sequel to the TAG Heuer Carrera Connected smartwatch may not arrive until 2017, at which time it may be joined by connected models from the Hublot and Zenith brands, according to several reports.

The Smart Touch is Tissot’s connected watch, but it’s not really that smart

Tissot's the latest Swiss watch maker to launch a connected watch. It's called the Smart Touch, but it doesn't run Android Wear, and instead connects to your phone to provide GPS directions, weather updates, and time zone control.

Pope Francis all set to bless Instagram

Pope Francis is gearing up to flip the switch on his own Instagram account. Launching this weekend, @franciscus will run in tandem with the pope's @pontifex Twitter account, which now has more than eight million followers.
Social Media

Instagram users are already angry over new Facebook-style feed

It's too early to call it a full-blown backlash, but a new petition railing against Instagram's decision to ditch chronological feeds already has more than 100,000 backers.
Social Media

Twitter's algorithmic timeline is here to stay, here's how to turn it off

Twitter has enabled its algorithmic timeline by default, but it can easily be turned off. All you have to do is head to settings and uncheck a box, after which your posts will be ranked chronologically once again.

If the FBI wins, Apple’s engineers may quit rather than break iPhone encryption

Should the FBI prevail in court and Apple is ordered to create a backdoor, there may be another obstacle for the FBI -- the engineers. Sources say several engineers have already vowed to quit, if the government forces their hands.

Spec showdown: iPad Pro vs. Surface Pro 3

Apple is ready for the iPad to compete with Microsoft's Surface line. Does the iPad Pro bring the hardware needed to compete, or is the Surface Pro still the tablet of choice for those who need a serious mobile machine?

Michael Kors jumps on smartwatch bandwagon with new Access collection

Michael Kors will finally offer a smartwatch. Announced at Baselworld in Switzerland, and based on Android Wear, Michael Kors Access caters to both women and men with glamorous and sporty looks.

T-Mobile adds YouTube, Google Play Movies and more to Binge On program

Today, T-Mobile announced nine new video providers added to its Binge On program, allowing customers to stream more video content without it affecting their monthly data cap. YouTube, Google Play Movies, Red Bull TV are among those added.