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Google Calendar update adds autocomplete to event locations

Google’s updating spree continues with a new software push for Android’s stock Calendar app. A modest update, version 201308023 adds location autocomplete from Google Maps when adding a new event to Calendar. While this new feature will likely save you a few seconds at a time, it’s the little …

MIT’s FingerReader Helps The Blind Read With A Swipe Of A Digit

At MIT’s Media Labs, researchers Roy Shilkrot, Jochen Huber and others are working on the “FingerReader,” a ring-like device that straps itself around your finger and reads printed text out loud with a synthesized voice, thanks to a mounted camera and heavily modified open source software.<p>The …

Nervana Wants to Make Special Hardware Just for Deep Learning

Its seed round of $600,000 comes from investors primarily associated with Internet companies, not chips.<p>Deep learning, the current belle of the artificial-intelligence ball, has helped products like speech recognition and image search, from companies like Google, Microsoft and Facebook, make great …

How Google Swiped Apple’s Hot New PrimeSense 3-D Tech For Project Tango

In November 2013, Apple acquired PrimeSense, a 3-D technology sensing company that could hint at the ability for future iPhones, iPads and Macs to have a Kinect-like ability to sense where users are and react to their movements.<p>Given the acquisition, you’d think Apple would be the first company to …

Imaging

Union Offers A Professional Image Blending Tool That’s Actually Easy To Use

The team at Pixite, known for making high-quality photo applications for iOS, including things like Unbound, Fragment, Tangent (an “App Store Best” in 2013), and more, is now revealing its latest creation: a photo-blending application called Union. The app lets you easily combine photos to make …

Nissan offers free electricity to entice EV customers

Though "fueling" an EV costs a pittance next to a gas-guzzler, hunting for that next compatible charging network can bring on cold sweats. Nissan Leaf buyers in 25 markets will soon be able to relax, though. A new "EZ-Charge" card will grant two years of free charging across four major networks: …

The darknet just got its first black market search engine

The network of sites known as the darknet, only accessible through the anonymizing Tor browser, resembles the early internet in many ways — including being difficult to navigate. Most users get around by clicking from link to link, accessing pages like "The Hidden Wiki" that list popular site …

Android device owners, now you can control your desktop from across the room — or the world

Google released its Chrome Remote Desktop app for Android yesterday, enabling the Android crowd to access their Mac or PC from afar. The app is a mobile extension of Chrome’s remote desktop screen-sharing service, which has enabled machine control from Chromebooks and Chrome browsers since it …

Everything You Need to Know About the Chinese Version of Twitter

The first of China’s big 2014 IPOs arrives on U.S. shores Thursday. Weibo, a Chinese social network that allows people to post real-time messages of …

LG tries to create a universal AirPlay for apps

A single tool for app developers to stream video to multiple types of TVs<p>LG today is releasing something it's calling "Connect SDK" to app developers. It's an open-source project that's designed to allow iOS and Android devices to stream video and photos to as many television devices as possible. …

How Apple Could Make the Move to 4.7" iPhone Displays

Amidst the flurry of iPhone 6 rumors coming from KGI Securities' report last week, Ming-Chi Kuo presented the first possible screen resolution for Apple's 4.7" iPhone 6. Kuo lists it as a 1334x750 Retina display with a pixel density of 326 pixels per inch.<p>Historically, Apple has been very cautious …

Yahoo is Making The Push for Tighter Integration in Apple’s iOS

• Home<br>• Apple<br>• iOS<br>• News<br>• Yahoo is Making The Push for Tighter Integration in Apple’s iOS<p>Chris Hauk - Apr 17, 2014<p>Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is reportedly …

Apple to partner with Shazam on a built-in song ID feature for iOS

Apple might be adding a new music identification feature for devices running iOS, according to a Bloomberg report that cites unnamed sources familiar with the company’s plans.<p>The feature works by using the microphone on iPhones and iPads to “listen” to whatever song is currently playing within …

Apple Makes Key Part Of Google's Experimental 'Project Tango' Phone

The world of smartphones tends to be a battle between two conflicting universes created by Apple and Google (with star player Samsung competing on Google’s side of the field), but in at least one ambitious new Google device, components from both universes can be found working together for the …

Report: iPhone to Get Built-in Song Identification Features

Bloomberg is reporting that the next version of Apple’s iPhone software — iOS 8 — will bring with it the ability to tell you which song is playing …

RunKeeper gets into the step-tracking game with Breeze

When it comes to being fit, it's really the small stuff that counts. You can go to the gym as much as you want, run five miles every morning -- but if you eat like crap, drive yourself to the corner store and take the elevator every morning to your 2nd floor office, it'll be all for naught. …

You might be able to unlock your next Chromebook with your smartphone

Can't remember your password? Someday, you might not have to. A new feature in Google's Chrome OS dev channel promises to instantly unlock a user's Chromebook whenever their phone is nearby. Unfortunately, the feature doesn't actually work. The verification tool, named Easy Unlock, offers only a …

Pinnacle Studio video-editing app comes to iPhone

This desktop staple has long been available for iPad, but now iPhone users can turn clips into polished movies with ease.<p>Your iPhone can capture full 1080p video, making it a surprisingly robust tool for all kinds of moviemaking: vacations, family events, Bigfoot sightings, or even the indie film …

Apps

After big payday for WhatsApp, more app makers resort to “growth hacking”

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>Credit: Kateryna Yakovlieva/Shutterstock<p>When Facebook(s sb) acquired popular messaging service WhatsApp for an eye-popping $19 …

Ubuntu 14.04 is ready for a world filled with high-resolution touchscreens and tablets

Has it truly been six months already? It feel like just yesterday we were kicking the tires on a fresh install of Saucy Salamander. Now Canonical is pushing out the latest version of its popular Linux distro. Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (code named: Trusty Tahr) is part of its long term support series which …

It’s mission accomplished for Google’s Fiber roll out

Advertisement<p>10 Comments<p>Google(s goog) may still have plans for the spread of its fiber-to-the home network to more cities, but on the search giant’s …

Google learns to fool its own CAPTCHA tool

Google has finally become so good at algorithms that it's cracked its own CAPTCHA technology.<p>By combining the expertise of its Street View and …

KnowRoaming review: This SIM 'sticker' makes it easy for travelers to save on data

Thanks in no small part to T-Mobile's free global data initiative, US carriers have begun to lighten the fee load when it comes time to roam. But you'll still pay an arm and a leg in many countries, and discounted plans from AT&T and Verizon, while more reasonable than they once were, require a …

Apple's iPhone-like Dashboard Interface 'CarPlay' Demoed by Volvo

In-car touchscreen systems aren't known for their great usability, but a new one modeled on Apple's iOS may prove a more worthwhile platform. CarPlay, designed by Apple in concert with car makers, was shown off by Volvo this week at the New York International Auto Show.<p>The interface will be …

Apps

Police Officers Raided Someone's Home Over A Fake Twitter Account

Police officers raided a home on Tuesday hoping to nab the person behind the now-suspended Twitter account of @PeoriaMayor — seizing computers, phones, and bringing in several people for questioning, AP reported.<p>"They brought me in like I was a criminal," Michelle Pratt, 27, told the Peoria-Journal …

Internet

Samsung's Milk Music Service Will Soon Include Ads

When Samsung introduced its first Internet radio service Milk Music in March, one of the things that stood out was that it was available free <i>and</i> without ads. That may change soon, according to information disclosed by Samsung today.<p>Nestled away in an infographic about Milk Music is a pricing plan …

An Epic 12,000-Mile Road Trip Smashes Records For Longest Electric Car Drive

Taking a Tesla out for a long, long spin, using its network of supercharging stations, shows what could be possible for many electric vehicles one day.<p>How difficult is it to take a cross-country road trip in an electric car? If you happen to have a Tesla, it turns out it’s not very hard–the right …

This Is Big: Scientists Just Found Earth's First Cousin

Meet Kepler-186f, the closest thing to our planet ever discovered—and maybe our best shot at locating life elsewhere in the universe.<p>Right now, 500 light years away from Earth, there's a planet that looks a lot like our own. It is bathed in dim orangeish light, which at high noon is only as bright …