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The most efficient way to track packages on Android

Here's the best solution you'll find for tracking packages on Android.<p>Tracking packages, monitoring their every movement from the vendor to your front door, can feel a bit like an addiction at times. Once you have the tracking number, you're either refreshing the respective carrier's tracking page, …

Apps

NextGuide Web replaces your DVR interface with your web browser

As television channel counts have ballooned, there's more programming than ever out there — but the hardest part can actually be finding something decent to watch. NextGuide Web, launching today in a closed beta, tackles that problem directly from your web browser. If the name sounds familiar, it's …

Hangouts is 'the future of Google Voice,' full calling functionality will return to desktop soon

Google's new unified messaging platform, Hangouts, has made some worry about the future of Voice, the company's web-based phone service. Google has now clarified that full Voice functionality will soon be part of Hangouts. Users discovered that an update to the Gmail web app disabled the ability to …

The first GIFs? Prehistoric rock carvings become 'animated' under sunlight

Prehistoric human artwork is simple but breathtaking, as anyone who has seen some up close or in movies such as Werner Herzog's 2011 documentary <i>Cave of Forgotten Dreams</i> can attest. But now archaeologists say that there is more to it than meets the eye: a group of rock carvings in the Italian Alps …

First Impressions: Dell XPS 18 Portable All-in-One

Recently, Dell hasn’t led the pack when it comes to inspired design language and eye-popping hardware. This isn’t to say Dell hasn’t been churning out reliable products, but nothing that’s made an indelible impression or pushed the envelope. Two notable exceptions spring to mind, however: Last …

Samsung next gen 5G wireless service hits 1 Gbps in testing

Samsung Electronics has announced that it has been testing next-generation 5G wireless service in one of its in-house testing centers. Samsung …

Watch Newt Gingrich’s Embarrassingly Hilarious Video On Renaming Cell Phones

Thank you, Newt Gingrich, for this YouTube gem; I think America needed a good laugh. Last week, the former Republican presidential front-runner and moon colony-enthusiast called upon the wisdom of the Internet to come up with a term for an Internet-connected phone, apparently not knowing that they …

Closed-captioning glasses get big rollout to cinemas

More than 6,000 Regal cinema screens are about to become a lot friendlier to deaf and hearing-impaired moviegoers with the introduction of special closed-captioning glasses made by Sony.<p>Google Glass isn't the only pair of high-tech specs making a splash on the personal viewing scene. Sony …

Google Glass

How a Bitcoin Transaction Actually Works

At this point, you probably have a working understanding of what bitcoins are (at the very least your handle of bitcoins is like how you can kinda, …

Bitcoin

10 Things The Samsung Galaxy S4 Can Do That The iPhone Can't

When the phone first came out, reviewers criticized Samsung for shoving too many complex and glitchy extras in the phone.<p>But there are some features in the GS4 that do work well and could be useful, and you won't find them in the GS4's chief rival, the iPhone.<p>Let's take a look at some of the best …

Gear & Gadgets

BitTorrent goes legit with new ‘gated’ file format

Users forced to pay or register before downloading<p>DJ Kaskade.<p>Kazaa. LimeWire. Napster. There are hardly any widely used filesharing sites that didn't try to "go legit" at some point after being dinged for facilitating piracy. It doesn’t usually work. Napster, for example, no longer exists; it was …

Is This the New Google Maps?

Google is supposedly working on a redesign of Google Maps that'll kill the all familiar sidebar and replace it with a full screen map. It's a cleaner …

Nike FuelBand 2 reportedly adds heart rate monitor and BT 4.0

Nike‘s second-gen FuelBand fitness monitor will include heart-rate tracking and Bluetooth 4.0, insider sources claim, as well as the ability to feed …

Caesars Palace confirms ban on Google Glass-wearing gamblers

World famous Las Vegas casino Caesars Palace has confirmed that patrons won't be allowed to wear Google Glass when gambling. Previous statements had indicated that the heads-up display would be permitted on the casino floor as long as it wasn't being used to film. However, in a statement to <i>The …

What does Samsung’s S-Voice assistant think of Siri?

Despite having access to a pretty powerful voice-enabled, predictive search engine with Google Now, Samsung is still pushing ahead with its own ‘S Voice’ app to try and provide a unique Siri-like experience on its devices. We’ve seen many comparisons of how Samsung might have borrowed from Apple …

DOJ: We don't need warrants for e-mail, Facebook chats

An FBI investigation manual updated last year, obtained by the ACLU, says it's possible to warrantlessly obtain Americans' e-mail "without running afoul" of the Fourth Amendment.<p>The U.S. Department of Justice and the FBI believe they don't need a search warrant to review Americans' e-mails, …

Surveillance

DOJ docs reveal Facebook and email digging without a warrant

The US Department of Justice and FBI can read your email, Facebook and Twitter messages, and other electronic content without needing a warrant …

Teradata gets into the in-memory biz to take on SAP’s HANA

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Credit: Shutterstock / Hellen Sergeyeva<p>Data analytics veteran Teradata will not let the new era of data-analysis architectures …

Network security doesn't have to curb flexible and mobile working

The lines between business and personal life are becoming increasingly blurred as smartphones and tablets are routinely used for business purposes. …

Apple: Google Is Not a “Friend of the Court” in Samsung Case

In Apple’s sprawling legal battle with Samsung, Google is hardly an impartial party. It’s the author of the Android mobile operating system that the …

Samsung Galaxy S 4 teardown reveals extent of homegrown parts

Certainly, the biggest smartphone launch of 2013, so far, has been the official launch of the new Samsung Galaxy S 4 smartphone. As we all expect …

Samsung Galaxy

A look inside Netflix and how Reed Hastings built a streaming empire

<i>Bloomberg Businessweek</i> today ran a feature story on Netflix and its CEO Reed Hastings, providing perhaps the best look yet at the inner workings of the streaming service. Among the interesting tidbits, we now have a definitive number for just how large Netflix's content catalog is; the company's …

Google Earth enters fourth dimension, highlights humanity’s heavy hand | Ars Technica

Satellite imagery lets you follow terrain changes over time.<p>Roughly four years ago, Google engineers started working with the US Geological Survey to …

Hacking back: cops and corporations want cybersecurity to go on the offensive

Law enforcement agencies and private companies don't always get along, but one occasion where they frequently come together is to complain that their networks are being penetrated by a seemingly continuous stream of cyber attacks. Whether it's the relative nuisance of DDoS attacks from hacktivist …

The White House opens the data floodgates, and now the real work will begin

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>Credit: Flickr user Tom Lohdon<p>President Obama on Thursday signed an executive order making open data the default policy for …

Now Is a Horrible Time To Buy a Laptop

So your trusty laptop is starting to show its age. No one can blame you for wanting a new one, but we've got just one piece of advice: <b>WAIT</b>. This is a …

MacBook Air

Facebook reportedly in talks to buy Waze for $1 billion

The social network could be eyeing a purchase of the Israeli company known for its socially informed navigation app, according to business-news site Calcalist.<p>Facebook may be aiming to spend anywhere from $800 million to $1 billion to acquire Waze, an Israel-based company that offers a socially …

Windows Phone