Zach Ostler

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Microsoft Office or Google Docs?

Walt Mossberg discusses productivity suites, and how you can track your steps on an iPhone without a fitness band.<p><i>You have some tech questions, I have some answers. Every Friday, I try to resolve these mysteries, succinctly and in plain language. Please send questions to walt@recode.net. Note that</i> …

Review: Otterbox Defender protective case for iPad Air

I don’t generally like to hide away my iDevices inside cases, but there are some environments where this is at least strongly advisable – and the basket of a hot-air balloon is definitely one of those. In anything but still air, a landing tends to involve the basket being dragged across the ground …

Netflix finally comes to cable boxes in the US, but probably not the one you have

For the first time, Netflix will be available in the US from its natural enemy: cable companies<i>.</i> Atlantic Broadband, Grande Communications and RCN all announced that subscribers will be able to access the streaming service through their TiVo DVRs as soon as April 28th. Of course, that's just a …

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. …

US smartphone thefts doubled in 2013

The number of smartphones stolen in the U.S. doubled last year, with an estimated total of 3.1 million handsets being taken from their owners. That's an increase from 1.6 million stolen smartphones in 2012. Another 1.4 million phones were lost or misplaced by their owners last year, an increase of …

Google Glass Could Assist Surgeons

The applications of Google Glass could soon stretch to surgical training following a successful trial by doctors in New York, though privacy issues …

General Mills: If You Clip This Coupon, You Can't Sue Us!

The dangerous implications of a new rule at General Mills<p>General Mills, the food mega-corporation that owns Betty Crocker, Nature Valley, and basically every sweet cereal you ate and served your kids, has a startling new legal policy making it illegal to sue the company after you:<p>- download or …

Smog-busting electrostatic fields could fight pollution

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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 …

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 …

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

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 earnings call comments …

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

Gadgets<p>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 …

That’s no spaceship over Area 51. It’s a Google balloon

Google is quietly testing its “Project Loon” balloons in the skies over Nevada.<p>Project Loon is the search giant’s somewhat crackpot plan to deliver Internet access to remote parts of the world via high-altitude balloons. Google announced the plan in June, 2013 but has done little visible work since …

The Xbox One Still Lags Behind The PS4

Titanfall was supposed to change it all, but it didn’t work. So far, Microsoft announced that it has <i>shipped</i> 5 million Xbox One units to retailers. In comparison, Sony has <i>sold</i> 7 million PS4 units to customers. It doesn’t look good for Microsoft as the company doesn’t even say how many people …

Runkeeper’s Breeze Is A Beautifully Designed Step-Tracking App

As a guy running upwards of seven miles a day to get in shape for his imminent nuptials, Runkeeper is my favorite exercise tracking app, but you have to consciously remember to use it. But Runkeeper now has a new trick up its sleeve: Breeze, an activity tracker that taps into your iPhone 5s’s M7 …

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Cortana vs. Siri: Battle of the Virtual Assistants

With Windows Phone 8.1, Microsoft is taking on Siri, Apple's chatty assistant in the iPhone. In Microsoft's corner is Cortana, a brand-new virtual …

Hearthstone Is Most-Downloaded iPad App In 34 Countries A Day After Launch

Move over <i>FarmVille</i>, <i>Candy Crush</i> and all those other freemium games whose developers (presumably) sleep on top of a pile of money with beautiful ladies in it — we may have a new contender for app overlord of 2014.<p>Blizzard’s turn-based iPad game <i>Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft</i> was released Thursday, …

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Smart Headphones Could Be The Answer To Wearable Technology For The Masses

The Intelligent Headset from Danish audio specialists GN can do just that using built-in sensors that relay information to a smartphone or tablet and allow the headset to know where and what you are facing at any time.<p>"It took us under two years to develop the headphones, which are based on our …

Analysts Predict Q2 2014 Decline in iPad Sales, Slight Increase in iPhone Sales

Sales of Apple's iPad and iPhone remained strong during the holiday season with record quarterly sales reported in Q1 2014. Analyst predictions for Apple's second quarter of its fiscal year suggest iPhone sales may rise slightly, while iPad sales may decline slightly, reports Philip Elmer-DeWitt of</i> …

NASA just crashed a satellite into the moon on purpose

You might remember NASA's LADEE as the satellite where the administration tested a new broadband-fast laser communication system for sending data back to Earth. Now, however, the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer is no more, since NASA just crashed the craft into the surface of the …

Apple Ripped Off This Clock Design For The iPad And Now The Owners Have Given A Huge Contract To Samsung

The clock was originally designed in the 1940s by Hans Hilfiker and is a symbol of both the company and the country.<p>Eventually, Apple did the right thing and agreed to pay $21 million to Swiss Railways to license the pleasing analog clockface design.<p>It was a minor humiliation for the computer …

10 hidden Galaxy S5 features, according to Samsung

The Galaxy S5 has been on the market for a week now, and with dozens of reviews and hands-on posts hitting the web, fans of the device probably already know about its main features.<p>But Samsung reckons there are some hidden features on the Galaxy S5 that you might not be aware of, and helpfully …

iPhone 6 renders based on recent case leaks show off rumored edge-to-edge screen

Nowhereelse.fr has commissioned designer Martin Hajek to mockup the iPhone 6, using the most recent leaks about the upcoming device.<p>The renders, shown above, use the supposed iPhone cases pictured on Wednesday and leaked schematics from late March to envisage the look of the future iPhone. …

Gadgets: Sharpen Your Pizza Wheel

Have you ever sharpened your pizza wheel? Have ever even <i>thought</i> about sharpening it? Yeah, me either. I mean, it's not like you need a sushi knife for whacking your pizza into pieces, right?<p>So, when I saw that a pizza wheel sharpener ($14.99) existed, I was surprised.<p>But...the more I thought about …

By the Time Violent Robber Realized What That Pizza Deliveryman Was Carrying on Him, It Was Too Late

A pizza deliveryman in Buffalo, N.Y., gave a group of would-be robbers an unforgettable lesson on the Second Amendment and concealed carry on Monday.<p>Credit: AFP/Getty Images<p>As the man delivered food to a home in the area, a thug wearing a mask and a brown hoodie pulled over his face hit him in the …

Pizza Delivery Guy Throws Pizza Three Stories Up

Note: Dude drops the f-bomb but he has an accent so it totally shouldn't cause any problems.<p>This is a video of a (presumably) Domino's pizza delivery …

Fire Truck Crashes into Chinese Restaurant in LA

<b>Fifteen people were injured</b> after a fire truck crashed into <b>Lu Dumpling House</b> yesterday afternoon in the Los Angeles suburb of Monterey Park. Two fire trucks were responding to the same house fire and collided at an intersection, sending one of the trucks crashing into the Chinese …