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Now TiVo Bolt owners can stream TV anywhere

When I reviewed the TiVo Bolt last year I didn't mind its odd design as much as I missed some features it lacked compared to the older Roamio DVR. Now the recently-acquired company is fixing that with a software update (the full list of changes is here) it's rolling out that lets owners stream …

ASUS' Zenbo proves our robot butler dreams remain just that

Another robot wants to join your family. Announced earlier this week, ASUS' Zenbo is aimed at providing "assistance, entertainment and companionship." Like numerous home robots that have (literally) rolled out before Zenbo, it involves voice-activated commands, cameras, an internet connection and a …

Yahoo Sports app for Apple TV 4 launches w/ free live streaming, news, & highlights

Yahoo is today launching a Yahoo Sports app for Apple TV that lets users access free sports news, live streams, and video highlights that the service already offers via an iOS app and across other platforms.<p>The app will let you create custom playlists of video content from MLB, NHL, NBA, PGA, and …

Smart TV

See how each 'Game of Thrones' episode was discussed on Twitter with this data visualization

Twitter has become the unofficial second screen when it comes to watching TV, and it’s no surprise that HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones’ is one of the most-tweeted television shows on the air. This week, Twitter released a fascinating data visualization that shows how each episode was talked about on its …

Game of Thrones

Google unveils Maps beta test program for Android users

Google is now offering a beta testing program for its Maps app.<p>Any Android user can now sign up as a beta tester to explore what’s in store in the next version of Google’s mapping app. Of course, the central idea of the program revolves around identifying and reporting bugs. In case, you regret …

Android News

T-Mobile CEO John Legere fully embraces his cartoon ego in this montage

He may not be Batman, but he's trying!<p>We've given T-Mobile's CEO a lot of flak for his thirsty shenanigans over the years — including his company's reckless disregard for the principles of net neutrality — but the guy's brand is undeniably the most compelling in the wireless industry. AT&T CEO …

Instagram’s new algorithm that puts the best posts first goes live

If you’re looking at your Instagram today, you might notice something has changed: older posts from friends and other accounts you care about are now appearing above those that were shared more recently. Yes, the new Instagram algorithm that rearranges the order of posts to show you the “best” …

Algorithms

Why China’s Biggest App Has Sputtered Everywhere Else

Tencent’s effort to promote WeChat around the globe reflects mistakes that many app makers make as they go overseas.<p>Last week, my colleague Steven Millward wrote an excellent piece about China’s most popular social app, WeChat and how, despite the money owner Tencent poured into marketing via stars …

The guy who named iMac says Apple’s names are too confusing

Former Apple marketing guru Ken Segall helped launched Apple’s string of i-devices, but now he says that the company has lost its way from simplicity lately and there’s no clearer sign than the confusing naming scheme of the iPhone.<p>In a recent op-ed claiming Apple’s days of simplicity may have died …

iPhone

TiVo Bolt adds out-of-home streaming

TiVo has added the promised ability of streaming recordings from its Bolt DVR to mobile devices.<p>TiVo has announced that Bolt DVR users now can stream content iOS and Android devices outside of their homes.<p>Bolt users can now stream programming on-the-go as well as download to devices boasting either …

Smart TV

Airbnb begins testing City Hosts program to give guests guided one-of-a-kind experiences

Airbnb has long lauded their ability to give guests really unique vacation experiences that go beyond just staying in bland and forgettable hotel rooms. Now the company is looking to revitalize the entire travel experience by giving guests the option to experience city life with specialized guided …

Hospitality

Researchers take nanocars out for an open-air test drive

Nanocars, those molecular-scale vehicles that might one day carry around tiny payloads, have been zipping around in vacuum environments for awhile now. But one breakthrough the nanocar researchers at Rice University have been searching for is the ability to operate these nanomachines in ambient, …

Harvard Scientist Engineers Bacterium That Inhales CO2, Produces Energy -- A 'Bionic Leaf'

The chemist who gave us the artificial leaf has genetically engineered bacteria to absorb hydrogen and carbon dioxide and convert them into alcohol fuel.<p>When Harvard Professor of Energy Daniel G. Nocera announced he was working with bacteria last year, other scientists cautioned it would be …

University of Chicago

Meet Zenbo, the Asus robot that costs no more than a smartphone

Voice-controlled companion, whose touchscreen face shows its emotions, can entertain kids and control the lights<p>The Taiwanese electronics manufacture Asus has unveiled a home robot called Zenbo that can talk, control your home and provide assistance when needed – all for the cost of a top-end …

Robotics

2016 Internet Trends Report

The 2016 edition of Mary Meeker's annual Internet Trends report covers today's Internet growth and an in-depth look at the following:<p>• Global Internet users have surpassed 3B; India has supplanted the US as the world’s second-largest Internet market.<p>• Internet user growth remains consistent (led by …

Internet of Things

Samsung's Gear Fit 2 still looks hot as hell, now comes with built-in GPS

When Samsung takes its time to iterate on a product, wonderful things happen.<p>Samsung's new Gear Fit 2 is an improvement on the original Gear Fit in …

Airbnb announces more than 1,000 listings in Cuba

Americans' options for traveling to Cuba have been changing rapidly since late last year, when President Obama announced an historic change in the …

The HTC M8s is a cheaper version of last year's flagship phone

Or, the HTC One M8 Two<p>Thought the HTC One M9 was a little similar to its predecessor, the HTC One M8? Well, HTC's latest phone goes one further — it's a direct repurposing of the 2014 flagship at a lower price point. The M8s appears almost identical to the M8, with the same 5-inch 1080p display and …

Facebook launches collaborative clips app Riff as video war heats up

Facebook has launched another video camera app. Riff for the iPhone and Android allows collaborative looping video creation – a bit like Twitter’s Vine on steroids.<p>The free app allows one user to record a short clip similar to a Vine or Instagram video and publish it within the app or Facebook. …

Social Media

Google's about to blacklist thousands of Chinese websites

China's relationship with America's tech firms is barely friendly, but things are about to get that little bit rougher. Google has announced that it'll stop trusting the security certificates provided by CNNIC, China's Internet Network Information Center. The dust-up between the two is pretty dry, …

European antitrust authorities investigating Apple’s streaming music service even before it launches

Apple’s planned rebranding and relaunch of the Beats streaming music service has not had the easiest of rides. The launch, initially planned for earlier this year, was delayed by the departure of key execs and difficulties integrating Beats and Apple technologies. A planned $5/month price-point had …

Apple

Apple Reportedly Testing 1.5-Inch OLED Displays for Smart Watch

Japanese blog <i>Mac Otakara</i> points to a pair of reports in today's edition of Taiwanese newspaper <i>Economic Times</i> addressing rumors surrounding Apple's smart watch effort. According to the first report [Google translation], Apple has begun sampling 1.5-inch OLED displays from RITEK subsidiary RiTdisplay.<p>…