Erwin Andres Ortiz Paiva

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A look at Apple’s insanely ambitious tree-planting plans for its new spaceship campus

While construction crews work furiously to finish Apple’s mammoth new headquarters in Cupertino this year, another critical piece of the campus’ design is taking shape 100 miles to the east.<p>In a cluster of East Bay nurseries, Apple has been growing more than 4,600 trees, which are nestled in large, …

Santa Clara

¿Por qué los árboles de la ciudad crecen más rápido que los del campo?

Las ciudades no parecen, a primera vista, los lugares más apropiados para el desarrollo de la vegetación.<p>Sin embargo, según un nuevo estudio de la Universidad Técnica de Múnich, Alemania, los <b>árboles</b><b>, curiosamente,</b> <b>crecen más rápidamente en las urbes</b> y zonas metropolitanas que en bosques o áreas …

Muere Charles Manson, el siniestro líder del clan que asesinó a Sharon Tate y otras 6 personas en dos sangrientas matanzas

El nombre de Charles Manson deja indiferente a pocas personas en Estados Unidos.<p>O fuera de sus fronteras.<p>Para muchos, el líder y cerebro de la llamada familia Manson, un grupo que cometió sangrientos asesinatos en una espiral de violencia durante dos noches de agosto de 1969 en Los Ángeles, …

Xiaomi announces Piston 3 Pro in-ear headphones for $22

Xiaomi is known for selling its hardware at aggressive prices and its new Piston 3 Pro in-ear headphones are no exception. The wired headphones will be available for CNY 149, the equivalent of around $22, from November 11.<p>The headphones feature a diamond-cut aluminium sound chamber and anodised …

Consumer Tech

The Yi M1 is a gorgeous mirrorless camera at a rock-bottom price

Before I get into this review, I want to get one thing straight. <i>I am not a photographer.</i><p>I didn’t study photography at school. I haven’t done any classes. I don’t have a side-gig shooting weddings and bar mitzvahs. I have a relatively decent Nikon DSLR which I primarily use for product review photos …

Xiaomi's first US product is the Mi Box, a $69 Android TV streamer

Xiaomi’s venture into the U.S. market starts today with the Android TV-powered Mi Box. Announced at Google I/O earlier this year, the $69 device is …

8 common Amazon Echo problems and how to fix them

Amazon's Echo, Tap and Dot speakers are feature-packed and constantly improving, but they're not perfect. Here are some common problems with the connected speakers and how to fix them.<p>When they work as intended, Amazon's Echo, Dot and Tap speakers are quite impressive and save the hassle of having …

Xiaomi's first laptop is the $750 Mi Notebook Air

It wouldn't be a Xiaomi event if it was just announcing one product. In addition to the new Redmi Pro smartphone, the Chinese company threw in a huge surprise by launching its first-ever laptop line, the Mi Notebook Air, running on Windows 10. It comes in two sizes -- the powerful 13.3-inch and the …

Consumer Tech

Xiaomi Mi Box "coming soon to the US" - here are some details

As I/O 2016 marches on, Google took some time to tell us about new Android TV and Google Cast devices coming to the market, and it was exciting to see Xiaomi listed. The search giant didn’t say much in their blog post, but nothing is stopping Xiaomi from giving us more details. They are, after all, …

Mobile Technology

Apple leaves iOS 10 kernel wide open in hunt for flaws

Apple’s first iOS 10 beta ships with an unencrypted kernel that will make it easier to hunt down flaws in its code. This gives the company a greater chance of eliminating possible holes before the final version is made available to all this fall.<p>With public versions of iOS, the kernel is encrypted …

iOS

​iOS 10's new approach to apps: Don't open them at all

Commentary: The future of Apple's iOS approach moves to quick access everywhere. It may be a sign of iPhone and iPad experiences to come.<p>My first impressions of iOS 10, seeing it up close, were of those smart notifications that now pop up whenever the phone is lifted. No button-pressing necessary. …

The Ultimate Adult's Guide to Snapchat

Before I begin, apologies are in order. To the 310 million monthly active Snapchat users, many of whom are in their teens and early 20s: Sorry, but …

Xiaomi unveils its first drone — and it costs just $450 for a 4K video model

Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi officially unveiled its first drone today, ending a week of teasers about it, and the low price of the product might bring some serious competition to the space.<p>Like other Xiaomi products, the company didn’t actually create the Mi Drone itself. Instead it is working …

Xiaomi Mi Drone Release Date, Price and Specs - CNET

With the Xiaomi Mi Drone, the Chinese company keeps doing what it does best: promising tech with high-end specs and performance at incredibly competitive prices.<p>Outside of China the company is best known for its smartphones, but it has been building a lineup of related devices such as the Yi action …

Microsoft discounts Dell’s XPS 13 by 31.4 percent to celebrate Pi Day

Today is Pi Day, and Microsoft is celebrating the mathematical constant with some impressive deals on Dell laptops. In keeping with the Pi theme, Microsoft is taking 31.4 percent off Dell's latest XPS 13, so it starts at just $685.31 instead of $999. Only the base Core i5 model receives the big …

Get to know the Galaxy S7's Always-On Display

A feature we're sure to see more of this year is a display that never truly powers off. Let's take a closer look at Samsung's version.<p>According to Samsung, the average smartphone owner checks his or her device nearly 150 times a day: A quick press of the power button to view the time here, and …

Apple Watch knows a heart attack when it sees one

If you’re not feeling great, it may not hurt to take a quick look at your Apple Watch. In fact, it saved one builder’s life.<p>62-year-old Dennis Anselmo was working last August when he suddenly “felt all over the place.” While taking a break, he checked his heart rate on his recently purchased …

Smartwatches

Microsoft will allow Xbox gamers to play against PS4 and PC players

Microsoft is announcing a big new feature for Xbox owners today: cross-network play. It's something the software giant has hinted at for years, and now it seems the reality of PS4, Xbox One, and PC players playing the same game together might finally happen. Developers building games for Xbox One …

Netflix is adding a data saver option on Android [Updated]

Netflix uses a lot of data. That’s fine and dandy when you’re on your laptop using Wi-Fi, but with most mobile plans limited to specific allotment of gigabytes, it can be a problem. Thankfully, the company is working on a solution.<p>Netflix now offers a beta channel on the Play Store, where the …

Mobile World Congress

How Alphabet became the biggest company in the world

Since Google restructured to become Alphabet it has almost doubled its total value – despite its products remaining the same as ever<p>Silicon Valley – and Wall Street – have a new king. Alphabet, the company formerly known as Google, looks set to become the world’s largest publicly traded company on …

Fluance Fi70 Bluetooth speaker Release Date, Price and Specs - CNET

Canadian audio company Fluance, known for making high-performing speakers at modest prices, has something new and slightly unusual for sale: the giant $500 Fi70 Bluetooth speaker. It's billed as the first wireless speaker to house dual 8-inch drivers and has a hole in its middle. No word yet on …

(Update: 70M phones sold) Xiaomi misses expectations, makes investors wonder and worry

<b>Update: 01/15/2016:</b> Following reports about Xiaomi’s sales figures, the company has officially revealed that it sold “over 70 million” smartphones in 2015. This announcement confirms that Xiaomi missed its yearly sales goal of 80 million handsets, which was already downgraded from a lofty 100 …

Mobile

The truth about Ultra HD 4K TV refresh rates

Today's Ultra HD 4K TVs are all marketed with "motion," "action" and "clear" numbers that start at 240Hz and go up from there. They're all basically made up. Here's the real story.<p>There's a simple rule of thumb for companies that market electronics: When it comes to specs, a higher number is …

The Smart AC Control from tado° lets your iPhone control your existing air conditioner

There are a wide range of devices available for consumers today that are internet and smartphone connected. It is often a struggle to decide whether to upgrade existing products with an add-on or make the investment in a new release that has these features built-in. Upgrading can be hit or miss and …

Home Automation

Here's how your iPhone home screen has changed through the years

Most people remember the polarizing flat design of iOS 7, but it can be tough to remember all the little changes that happened throughout the entire evolution of Apple's iPhone software.<p>From the first time Apple announced the App Store to the unveiling of Siri, here's how the iPhone's homescreen …

iOS

2K Australia closes its doors

The last major AAA studio operating out of Australia is closing down.<p>2K Australia -- the game development studio that brought us the BioShock series, The Bureau: XCOM Declassified and, most recently, Borderlands: The Pre Sequel -- has officially confirmed that it will be permanently closing the …

Allo’s low-cost iPhone bike mount adds a speaker (and safety) to your ride

Advertisement<p>3 Comments<p>Cycling is a great exercise, but it’s certainly not the safest if you’re wearing headphones while biking on busy roads. Enter …

Jawbone Streamlines Its Headset Offering With The New Era

Bluetooth headsets, as anyone without a popped collar will tell you, are often items of last resort for the average cellphone user. But Jawbone makes pretty good ones, and their new Era headset aims to be their best yet. More importantly, the company that helped define the headset market alongside …

This Tech-Infused Bed Is So Much Better Than Your Bed You’ll Wonder Why You Even Bother Sleeping

If you’re going to spend a cool eight grand on a bed, said bed might as well come with all the bells and whistles. And believe me, this bed comes …

Anki Drive update offers new upgrades and weapons for its robotic slot cars

One of the most exciting aspects of Anki Drive's robotic race cars is that much like a video game, each vehicle can be upgraded with different boosts and items over time. Now, thanks to Anki's first major software update, the cars can get more goodies than ever. Indeed, the update lets each …