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Play multiplayer games together

1) Press the start button<p>This will start AirConsole. A connect code for your smartphones will be displayed on this screen.<p>2) Connect Smartphones<p>Open …

Airconsole beat Apple to making great multiplayer mobile games

There are plenty of phone cases that turn your smartphone into a game controller, but how about an app that lets you play games in your computer’s Web browser?<p>Airconsole is a website that syncs your smartphone as a controller for the collection of Web games it offers. All you need to do to turn …

Mobile Gaming

These 10 work apps have gone bonkers in the last few months

Cloud security company Okta works with 4,000 of them, helping big companies manage employee passwords for them.<p>By analyzing the data from its 2,500 enterprise customers in 185 countries, it discovered the 10 apps that are growing the fastest among business users last quarter, from April 2015 to …

Amazon expands Dash buttons program, says the future of commerce may be preemptive purchases

And in the future, Amazon will know when your lightbulb is about to die<p>Five months after it first revealed its one-click buy-me buttons that you stick around the house, Amazon is bringing the Dash buttons out of beta and formally rolling the program out to all Amazon Prime subscribers.<p>Eleven new …

5 Reasons You Should Download a Taxi-Hailing App

For people who live in cities like San Francisco and New York, this era of on-demand transportation wars can be a fantastic time to take a regular …

The mysterious origins of punctuation

Commas, semicolons and question marks are so commonplace it seems as if they were always there – but that’s not the case. Keith Houston explains their history.<p>As readers and writers, we’re intimately familiar with the dots, strokes and dashes that punctuate the written word. The comma, colon, …

Language

How Google’s logo has evolved through the years

Google launched a new logo yesterday, its first refresh in two years.<p>While the Google logo has evolved over its seventeen-year history, it has largely stayed faithful to the original concept. However, yesterday saw Google go sans-serif, though it kept the same “flat” look it took on back in …

Graphic Design

Acer’s new $225 modular PC lets you upgrade your machine with magnetic blocks

Computing giant Acer made a plethora of announcements at consumer electronics exhibition IFA in Berlin today, some more notable than others.<p>Alongside a new tablet for gamers, a convertible Chromebook, and new smartphones, the Taiwan-headquartered tech titan unveiled a slew of new laptops and …

Acer

Father of drowned boy Aylan Kurdi plans to return to Syria

The father of the drowned Syrian boy who was photographed lying lifeless on a Turkish beach has said he is preparing to take the bodies of his two sons and wife to be buried in his home town of Kobani.<p>Abdullah Kurdi, a Kurdish Syrian who has been in Turkey for three years and previously lived in …

Aegean Sea

China shows off rising power in marking WWII defeat of Japan

BEIJING (AP) — With fighter jets roaring overhead, China's leader presided Thursday over a massive parade of tanks, missiles and troops that …

China

SmartThings Unveils A New Smart Home Hub

SmartThings’ smart home devices are getting a lot sleeker — and a lot more powerful — as of today.<p>The company today is releasing a new line of updated home sensors and a new, more powerful hub. In addition, SmartThings is rolling out a more simplified application centered around specific events and …

Samsung's SleepSense tracker shuts off the TV when you snooze

Samsung has just revealed its take on the sleep-tracking concept with a new device called SleepSense. Rather than making you wear something on your wrist at night (which is a non-starter for a lot of folks), Samsung proposes that you slip the flat, disk-like device under your mattress, like similar …

Apple May Introduce iPad Pro, iPad Mini 4 At September 9 Event: Report

Apple’s upcoming press event, scheduled for September 9, is going to be a long one, if we’re choosing to believe the rumors.<p>Alongside new iPhones and a brand new (potentially world-dominating) Apple TV 4, both of which are reported to debut at the event, we may also get an introduction to the …

Philips Launches Brighter, Expandable 'Hue Lightstrip Plus'

Philips today expanded its Hue lighting lineup with the launch of the Philips Hue Lightstrip Plus, which adds new white lighting options to the colorful mood lighting introduced with the original Philips Hue Lightstrip.<p>Like the first LightStrip, the new Lightstrip Plus is a two-meter LED-studded …

Home Automation

Snapdragon 820 mobile processor promises better performance

Chip maker Qualcomm has announced that its upcoming Snapdragon 820 processor for phones and tablets will allow for twice the performance and battery life of the Snapdragon 810, thanks to a custom built CPU core.<p>For reference, the current Snapdragon 810 is what’s powering devices like the OnePlus 2, …

Apple Planning to Launch 4K 21.5-Inch iMac in Late October

Apple will announce an updated 21.5-inch iMac with a 4K display at the end of October alongside the release of OS X El Capitan, reports <i>9to5Mac</i>. The new iMac will then begin shipping out to customers in early November.<p>A new 21.5-inch Retina iMac has been anticipated for several months, following the …

iMac

Google's new Street View app lets you add your own spherical photos

In the midst of IFA's volley of tech hardware news, Google Maps has announced a spin-off Street View app that allows you to upload your own spherical photos. Yes, you're now a human Street View car. The app lets you not only shoot photo spheres from your phone but also connect directly to spherical …

Steve Jobs Unmasked ... Finally

I've never understood this blind, ignorant and glazed-eye adoration of Steve Jobs. People who don't know him, have never met him and have little understanding of what havoc he's wreaked on ordinary people, then endlessly compare him to Thomas Edison, Nikola Tesla and the other seminal inventors in …

The all-out war between Jeb Bush and Donald Trump is reaching bizarre new heights

It was only the latest in what has been an increasingly nasty back and forth between the two Republican heavyweights — an open feud that has bordered on the bizarre this week alone.<p>Bush's Wednesday salvo was released in the form of a quiz titled, "Which candidate are you?" His campaign said it was …

Huawei's Mate S smartphone comes with Force Touch technology

It's no secret that Huawei's premium smartphones take cues from Apple's iPhone, both in design and functionality.<p>But with the Mate S, a smartphone …

A Look At Open Bionics’ 3D-Printed Robotic Hands For Amputees

Open Bionics, a startup out of the U.K. that makes bionic hands, figured out how to dramatically lower the cost of prosthetics using a combination of open-sourced 3D printing software and robotic sensors.<p>Nearly 2 million people live with the loss of a limb in the U.S., according to Amputee …

Samsung wants to track your sleep and smartly wash your clothes

The South Korean electronics giant unveils a SleepSense sleep tracker and gives more details about its second-generation SmartThings home automation device.<p>BERLIN -- Samsung is making its latest push in the effort to connect all devices to the Internet, unveiling a connected sleep-tracking device, …

Pressured by party, Trump signs Republican loyalty pledge | Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Republican front-runner Donald Trump on Thursday bowed to pressure from the party establishment and signed a pledge not to run as an independent candidate in the November 2016 presidential election.<p>U.S. presidential hopeful Donald Trump holds up a signed pledge during a press …

Donald Trump

Top 16 for 2016: Best new rides coming to U.S. theme parks

At first I thought it was too early to look ahead at the new attractions coming to U.S. theme parks in 2016, but then I realized a number of big rides have already been announced and many more are already in the planning stages.<p><b>IN THE LOOP: Sign up for our weekly theme parks newsletter</b><p>It already …

Walt Disney Company

See What the Oldest Surviving Kodak Camera Looks Like Now

Kodak camera, serial #6 Eastman Dry Plate & Film Company, Rochester, N.Y., Nov. 15, 1887. George Eastman ordered s<p>... VIEW MORE<p>Courtesy of George …

V-J Day at 70: China Mangles History and Projects A More Doubtful Future

There were only a few things wrong with the massive parade today in Beijing celebrating the 70th anniversary of V-J Day, Victory over Japan Day. The folks doing the celebrating only tangentially represent the Chinese who most actively resisted the Japanese invaders. And the celebration itself, …

Donald Trump just roasted his opponents one by one in a press conference about party unity

At an event at Trump Tower in New York City, Trump announced that he had signed a pledge not to run as a third-party candidate, which he had previously warned he would do if the Republican Party did not treat him respectfully.<p>Though Trump devoted much of his time to the pledge, he dedicated a …

Samsung to 'adjust' Galaxy S6 prices following profit drop

Samsung's quarterly results are in, and the results, especially for the company's mobile division, are not good.<p>Samsung's revenue in the second …

Samsung Struggles As Smartphone Profits Continue To Fall

This week saw Samsung post its fifth quarterly drop in profits in a row. Guidance at the start of July suggested that profits would fall by 4.2%. The actual drop was 8% year-on-year. And the biggest drag on the company line? The mobile division, which saw profits fall by 37.6%.<p>The good news is that …

Gear & Gadgets

10 Upcoming Phones to Get Excited About!