Microsoft says CEO Ballmer to retire in 12 months

NEW YORK — Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, who took over the world’s largest software company from founder Bill Gates 13 years ago, said Friday that he will retire within the next year. Microsoft Corp. did not name a successor, but the company said it is forming a search committee, which will include Gates. Ballmer will …

Top 10 Apps for Week 34

Here are the Top 10 apps from Apple App Store and Google Play Store for the week ending August 23 Apple App Store iPhone: Paid: Asphalt 8: Airborne (Gameloft) Afterlight (Simon Filip) Flipgram (Flipgram LLC) InstaTiling (EyeTap Soft) OfficeSuite Professional (Mobile Systems) iTunes Radio (Digital-Minds S.A) Free Music Download Pro (ASPS Apps) Burger Shop (GoBit, …

Just Desserts

By Elisabeth Baumgart I’M starting to have a huge craving for Napoleones. For those who have been living under a rock and have not heard about this wonderfully sinful treat, Napoleones are layered puffed pastries filled with custard cream and glazed with white sugar on top. It’s every calorie-conscious person’s nightmare and secret dream-come-true all

‘Boyfriend Tracker’ app raises stir in Brazil

RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazilians were outraged when they learned their country was a top target of the U.S. National Security Agency’s overseas spying operation, with data from billions of calls and emails swept up in Washington’s top secret surveillance program. Yet when it comes to the cloak and dagger effort of catching philandering lovers, …

Yahoo passed Google in US Web visitors in July

NEW YORK — For the first time in more than two years, more Americans visited Yahoo’s websites than Google’s in July, according to data from research firm comScore Inc. ComScore said Wednesday that Yahoo Inc.’s websites saw 196.6 million unique U.S. visitors last month, while Google’s sites had 192.3 million. The last time Yahoo was …

Review: Haswell laptops deliver on long battery

NEW YORK — Just in time for the back-to-school season, new laptops with extended battery life are hitting store shelves. What these laptops have in common are microprocessors that belong to a new family of Intel chips called Haswell. The chips consume less power than previous generations and promise a 50 percent boost in battery …

Silicon Valley keenly awaits latest Lego robot kit

SAN JOSE, California — Few are more excited about Lego’s new Mindstorms sets rolling out next month than Silicon Valley engineers. Many of them were drawn to the tech sector by the flagship kits that came on the market in 1998, introducing computerized movement to the traditional snap-together toy blocks and allowing the young innovators …