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10 Apps That Will Make Your Android Phone A Whole Lot Better

Android launchers allow you to make your phone even more personal and catered to your specific tastes.<p>A launcher is essentially a home screen replacement for your Android phone.<p>You can turn them on or off whenever you like, which means you can change the look and feel of your phone's software at …

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Instagram’s Bolt is late to the photo-sharing app party and might ruin your selfie

For those of you waiting on the edge of your seats with anticipation, the moment has arrived. Instagram’s accidentally leaked picture and video …

Ford Plans To Replace BlackBerries With iPhones Beginning This Year

Ford is going to start switching its employees over to iPhone, beginning with moving 3,300 staffers from BlackBerry devices to iPhones by the end of the year. Over the course of the next two years, approximately 6,000 employees will get iPhones, replacing their existing flip phones, but ultimately …

An Electric Bus That Recharges While You Step Inside

Batteries can’t solve the problem by themselves, because they don’t last long enough to make it through an entire day of circling city routes. But a …

Xiaomi Mi4 Gets Taken Apart

Earlier in the week the new Xiaomi Mi4 was announced, and now we get to have a look at what is inside the company’s latest smartphone, thanks to some …

Galaxy S5 video capabilities showcased in impressive short film

Samsung wants to convince you that you too can shot great video on your smartphone, especially if said smartphone happens to be a Galaxy S5.<p>A new short film titled “Sunrise to Sunset” is showcasing the Galaxy S5’s video shooting capabilities, including HDR and Full HD video, and we have to say …

Firefox Android beta puts Instagram feeds straight into your browser

Firefox has already shown off an Android launcher and is now trying some spiffy personalization features for its Android browser. The latest beta flaunts a new class of "panel" add-ons with home page feeds like Pocket, Wikipedia, Instagram and more. Firefox has also released a new set of APIs for …

How DreamWorks reinvented animation software to make How to Train Your Dragon 2

Before it could make this summer’s blockbuster movie <i>How to Train Your Dragon 2</i>, DreamWorks had to build a whole new animation tool. Here’s the story of how the studio built software that lets animators work faster and more organically than ever before.<p>In the past, animation artists had to go …

The battle for virtual reality: Google, Samsung, Sony and Oculus VR

Back in June, Google revealed Cardboard: an open-source attempt at mobile virtual reality. Heck, even the "hardware" is open source -- here are instructions to make your own, right now!<p>But the concept is more than a low-tech solution to mobile VR. It's emblematic of Google's approach to virtual …

Google has run away with the web search market and almost no one is chasing

Search represents the largest digital advertising market—almost $50 billion last year globally, according to PwC, compared to just $34 billion for display ads—and is growing roughly 10% a year. But Google so thoroughly dominates the search industry that few are even bothering to challenge it …

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The Pirate Bay makes it even easier to torrent on the go

Regardless of what you may be searching for on The Pirate Bay, it wouldn't hurt to be doing so with style and ease of use. In consideration of this, the popular (and controversial) torrent-sharing property has launched a brand new mobile site, featuring a rather subtle, less clustered look that …

You can now buy an Amazon Fire Phone in the US

As promised, the Amazon Fire Phone is now available in the US. The new, premium handset is available exclusively on AT&T for either $649 (32GB) or $749 (64GB) without a service plan. Cheaper handset prices are on offer, provided you take out an applicable AT&T contract.<p>The smartphone could be a …

Apple Will Ditch Several User Features For Its New All-Powerful Photos App

While the Photos app is currently being tested by Apple's retail employees, users testing out the latest beta version of iOS 8 have begun receiving notifications about the dramatic changes coming soon to Photos, including the removal of several user features like Journals, Slideshows, and Book …

Here's Why The Do-It-Yourself Smart Home Market Will Reach $7.8 Billion By 2019

Back in January of this year, Google shocked the smart home world when it announced days after CES that they would acquire Nest, the fast-growing smart thermostat and connected device company started by Tony Fadell.<p>While the $3 billion plus the company paid was an eye-popping sum to many, there’s a …

This App Tells Google Glass Users Where To Dock A Citi Bike

Could a Citi Bike experience tailored to Glass users be a boon for the program? Or would it create some serious Glass-inspired road rage?<p>After a spring launch last year and long chug through the bitter winter, Citi Bike, New York’s bike share program, is on faltering financial ground. But just as …

Google’s Chromecast Turns One, Boasts Over 400M Casts To Date

Google launched the Chromecast exactly one year ago today, and the $35 streaming stick has made some impressive progress in the intervening 365 days. The media player has added a ton of features, but Google also revealed that it has powered over 400 million Casts thus far, which involve users …

Google Voice now lets you call people using Hangouts

Google Voice is now providing the option to make calls with Hangouts. Alex Wiesen divulged the update through the company's social networking platform, noting that the new functionality does not require a G+ account and works "even if you aren't using Hangouts in Gmail." The feature can be accessed …

More Samsung Galaxy Alpha Photos Leaked

Yesterday we saw some photos of the new Samsung Galaxy Alpha, and now we have a couple more of this new variant of the Galaxy S5 smartphone from …

Airbag fault on 1M recalled Jeeps getting second look from NHTSA

<b>UPDATE:</b> <i>Here is the statement we received from Chrysler regarding NHTSA's query: "Chrysler Group LLC advised the National Highway Traffic Administration of the six reports and, in accordance with the Company's long-standing practice, is cooperating fully with the resulting investigation. Customer</i> …

Yahoo to scrub Google, Facebook from Flickr log-ins

Yahoo's plan to remove Facebook and Google log-ins across its many sites and services has hit its next phase.<p>The company on Friday announced that as of June 30, users of its photo-sharing service Flickr will not be allowed to log in via Facebook or Google. Those who log in to Flickr with Google or …

An Interview with Steve Souders: Web Performance Leader at Google, Yahoo! and Now Fastly

<b>To start, please tell us a bit about yourself, your background and what you’re up to these days?</b><p>I should start by saying that I’ve always been …

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Report: Google Looking To Purchase Songza For $15 Million

According to a report from the New York Post, Google is reportedly in talks to purchase Songza, a popular music streaming app, for $15 million.<p>Songza …

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