Dain Ramnauth

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Technology and Worship -- And Worshipping Technology

I’ve often wished there was an easier way to switch my devices into a sort of “Sabbath mode.”<p><i>A version of this essay was originally published at Tech.pinions, a website dedicated to informed opinions, insight and perspective on the tech industry.</i><p>Something I’ve been thinking about quite a bit …

Apple Acquires U.K.-Based Speech Technology Startup VocalIQ

VocalIQ has been working on new spoken interfaces that could be used in cars, wearables and Internet-connected devices in the home.<p>Apple has acquired a U.K.-based artificial intelligence company that is developing a more natural, human way for machines and people to communicate.<p>VocalIQ has been …

Wishbone App Hopes the 'Hot or Not' Business Model Isn't Done Just Yet

Facebook or Twitter?<p>The idea behind “hot or not” is still hot, apparently.<p>Science, the LA-based incubator run by former MySpace CEO Mike Jones, is having some early success with Wishbone, a simple “hot or not” style voting app with a more family-friendly approach. <i>Ice cream with sprinkles or sauce?</i> …

Here are the secret apps that only Apple employees get to use

When a prototype iPhone 4 was carelessly left in a bar by an Apple employee, the company quickly scrambled to retrieve it, fearful that journalists and competitors could use it to find out what goes on during the making of a new product.<p>Apple employees are given access to a suite of apps to help …

WileyFox Swift mini-review: Probably the best budget Android smartphone in the UK [Video]

The budget smartphone tier is getting more interesting as every month goes by. What you can get for your money on a low budget these days is fantastic. And it gets better every time any company releases a new competitive low-end phone. While some might look to the likes of the Moto G, or Alcatel …

Phones

Google is now Alphabet, the owner of Google

The paperwork is filed and it's official: Google has restructured itself into Alphabet. As of the close of business today shares of the old Google are now part of Alphabet, which counts Google as a subsidiary. On our end, this doesn't change much -- unless you're a big fan of <i>Ingress</i> or <i>Pokemon</i> -- …

Amazon dropping Apple TV and Chromecast is understandable, but dumb

Amazon has told its marketplace resellers in an email that it will no longer be selling Google’s Chromecast streaming TV adapter or Apple’s new Apple …

Motorola confirms Marshmallow plans, no love for US carriers' Moto X (2014)

After Google announced Marshmallow and the new Nexus family, HTC was the first 3rd party OEM to chime in on its plans for Android 6.0. Now it is Motorola’s turn. In an official blog post, Motorola detailed some of the best features found in Marshmallow and also gave a list of the devices confirmed …

Mobile Technology

Apple has an idea that would change the iPhone's screen as we know it

While these alterations have been substantial — such as the move from the glass back of the iPhone 4/4S to the all-aluminum design of Apple's most recent iPhones — the basic form factor has stayed the same.<p>However, Apple has an idea that would radically change the way you use your iPhone.<p>The …