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Ping smart wallet tells you when cards go astray

To help stop theft or loss, this Bluetooth card holder will emit sounds when cards are removed or not returned promptly. The wallet can also make noise if you misplace it entirely.<p>Being careless with your wallet or purse is an easy way to have your cash -- and your identity -- stolen. Here's a …

Credit Cards

iPad puppy training, really

Bored, over-indulged or technologically stunted pets can play on apps and hone touch-screen skills at tablet class<p>It’s difficult to remember now, but when Apple first unveiled the iPad, there was palpable disappointment about the range of the device: Customers expected a tablet with laptop …

The Most Important Part Of The Next iPhone Announcement Won't Be The Next iPhone

It seems like Apple will continue its pattern of releasing an "S" model phone as it does every other year. The "S" models always look like the last model but have some internal improvements like a faster processor and better camera. Don't expect a radical new design or a larger screen.<p>But we …

iOS

Firefox OS faces brutal road ahead

Mozilla may have figured out a way to get its shiny orange and blue Firefox phones into the hands of fans in the U.S. and U.K. But that doesn't mean that analysts are any less skeptical about its chances.<p>Can a browser transform into a phone? Firefox maker Mozilla certainly hopes so, but skepticism …

Mobile

Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Alleging App Store Monopoly

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit against Apple that alleged the company had an illegal monopoly because the iPhone does not allow users to use alternative app stores.<p>Apple had requested that the suit be dismissed because Apple doesn't set the price for paid applications and because charging …

Yes, Gmail users have an expectation of privacy

Sending email to Gmail users means you expect Google's servers will process it<p>Consumer groups are up in arms today over a motion Google made in June to dismiss a class-action lawsuit alleging that Gmail violates federal and state wiretapping laws by scanning emails at the server level. Google's …

Artist pranks LA Best Buy stores with 'useless' gadget

Five Best Buy stores unknowingly played host to a thought-provoking art exhibit that questions our obsession with gadgets.<p>Consumers visiting five select Los Angeles-area Best Buy stores last Friday encountered a "useless" gadget unlike any other.<p>Intending to inspire people to think twice about …

Shopping

NASA Finds A Pink Planet That Challenges Current Theories

About 57 light years from Earth, astronomers have discovered a large new planet, colored a deep magenta. It’s the second planet whose color has been directly observed by astronomers, the first being HD 189733b. That alone would make this find noteworthy. But equally noteworthy is the fact that the …

Circle September 10 on Your Calendar for Apple’s Big iPhone Event

Apple is expected to unveil its next iPhone at a special event on Sept. 10, sources told <b>AllThingsD</b>.<p>D: All Things Digital<p>The launch comes at an …

Kara Swisher

Steve Jobs Once Considered Killing Apple's Pro Products

Ken Segall, the creative director behind the Think Different campaign and author of <i>Insanely Simple</i>, a book about his experiences creating advertising for Apple, writes in a blog post about Apple's "evolving view of 'Pro'" that Steve Jobs once considered killing Apple's entire line of Pro …

Photograph Your House Key With This App, Then Print A Copy Anywhere

The app's creators think of it as "lockout insurance."<p>You hear myths of old-school locksmiths who are so in tune with their trade, they're able to copy a key just from looking at a photo of it. The old-school-looking guys I talked with at one local shop said they couldn't do that, but now there's …

For lung transplants, bigger is better - Futurity

JOHNS HOPKINS (US) — Oversized donor lungs may be a better, safer fit for lung …

Medicine

Researchers Finally Ask Henrietta Lacks's Family If They Can Study Her Cells

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>It's taken 62 years, but researchers finally asked Henrietta Lacks's family for consent to use her …

The iOS 7 Masterstroke? Developers Are Updating The Third Party Apps

The changing of the UI in iOS continues to intrigue me, not least because this change, and the underlying changes in the SDK, is already having an interesting effect in the development of apps for Apple‘s mobile devices. With so much focus on apps in the current climate, it’s not enough for the UI …

Apple’s iPhone charger take-back program is genius PR—and it may even boost the bottom line

It wasn’t too long ago that a scandal like the Chinese woman who was killed by a faulty, probably counterfeit iPhone charger would have been met with total silence by Apple, a notoriously close-lipped company whose crisis management playbook was usually to stonewall as long as possible, then …

Apple Store

'Game of Thrones' Cast Member Crashes Panel, Surprises Emilia Clarke With Kiss

The "Game of Thrones" panel at Comic-Con was crashed by a familiar face Friday.<p>During the 45-minute event, former "GoT" actor Jason Momoa (Khal Drogo) took the stage to lock lips with co-star — and on-air love interest — Emilia Clarke.<p>Clarke, who plays "mother of dragons" Daenerys Targaryen on the …

TV Series

Google Dedicated Today's Doodle To The Woman Who Took The First Picture Of DNA

But when Rosalind Franklin took an x-ray diffraction image of DNA in 1952, the scientist had captured more than a second of humanity. She created an image of the building block of humans.<p>This photo of DNA was referred to as Photo 51.<p>In her lifetime, Ms. Franklin received only token recognition of …

Genetics

Scientists discover what’s killing the bees and it’s worse than you thought

As we’ve written before, the mysterious mass die-off of honey bees that pollinate $30 billion worth of crops in the US has so decimated America’s <i>apis mellifera</i> population that one bad winter could leave fields fallow. Now, a new study has pinpointed some of the probable causes of bee deaths and the …

Insects

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Why the iPhone 6 is likely to come in three flavors instead of one

Rumors that Apple is looking to produce a larger smartphone gained more credence with a new report by the Wall Street Journal. It’s about time, since the iPhone’s four-inch screen is now dwarfed by other, popular options on the market.<p>But if Apple gives in to pressure to showcase a larger display, …

Flavors

Embryonic stem cells could help restore sight to blind

Scientists have shown that light-sensitive retinal cells, grown in the lab from stem cells, can successfully integrate into the eye when implanted …

xRec app brings screen recording to non-jailbroken iPhones

Screen recording directly on iOS devices has usually required the device to be jailbroken. Rather than recording sans-PC, the general solution is to hook up the iPhone/iPad to a computer and use some sort of a mirroring app then record the computer’s display. Now, the app xRec has made its way into …

Vibrating pen checks your spelling as you write

The Lernstift Linux smart pen on Kickstarter monitors your spelling as you write, vibrating when you make a mistake.<p>Spell-check can be pretty …

Spelling

A backlash over AMBER alerts: choosing between some extra sleep and finding a missing kid

Advertisement<p>10 Comments<p>We talk a lot about using technology to create more personalization — to deliver services or messages to just the right …

Verizon leak shows VZ Edge upgrade program: trade your phone in once you've paid off half of it

T-Mobile's been grabbing a lot of headlines lately with its consumer-friendly handset deals and upgrade programs, but it appears that Big Red has similar ideas. The folks at <i>Droid Life</i> have acquired a Verizon document detailing a new VZ Edge program that'll allow folks to trade in their phones once …

More U.S. Hospitals Now Guarantee Equal Care For Gay Patients

Basic gains<p>We've seen a lot of changes in gay marriage in the U.S. recently, both in law and in culture. Here's another, more fundamental, place where rules and attitudes seem to be changing. Gay-rights advocacy group Human Rights Campaign published its annual analysis of American healthcare …

Valve debuts Pipeline, a portal for teens seeking the greatest internship ever

Valve is proving its unicorn status amongst game developers once again. This time, by hiring a group of handsome teenagers to work within its secretive walls. Pipeline is the latest experiment from the company famous for resonance cascades, and its focus is prepping high schoolers for a career in …

We want privacy from the government, but we're an open book on social media

I recently trailed a friend – inadvertently – through New York City, during a Facebook chat.<p>Each message he sent via the mobile app, Facebook …

Instagram Is Being Used To Sell Stuff In Kuwait

Instead of being just a photo sharing service, it's also being used a storefront with people posting pictures of things they're selling.<p>Jason Kottke highlighted this excerpt from an interview with artist Fatima Al Qadiri, who grew up in Kuwait:<p>BR: Kuwait is a crazy mix: a super-affluent country, …

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