Garrick Wager

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Apple TV is finally getting voice dictation

tvOS 9.2 beta 3 adds Bluetooth keyboard support, folders, and more<p>The latest tvOS beta issued to developers on Monday has introduced a long awaited feature to the new Apple TV: voice dictation.<p>One of our biggest complaints with the fourth-generation Apple TV at launch was text entry. The fact that …

Google's Skybender And Ericsson's 150Kg Phone Are First Signs That 5G Is Coming For Real

The terms “5G” and “smart home”, have something in common. We’ve been hearing them for years, now, at industry events and press conferences. But while the latter technology has still some way to go before becoming mainstream, the former could arrive sooner than expected.<p>According to a recent report …

Northern Europe

Today's the first day to form crowdfunding stock exchanges for the masses

For companies that want to match start-ups with small-time investors, today is the first day to ask for permission from federal regulators -- and one local firm wants to be at the front of the line.<p>Santa Monica's StartEngine plans to announce this morning that it has applied to the Securities and …

Crowd Funding

Apple reportedly building secret research team to develop virtual and augmented reality tech

During this week’s earnings call, Apple CEO Tim Cook answered a question on virtual reality by saying “I don’t think VR is a niche…It’s really cool and has some interesting applications.” It looks like Cook’s statements have some background to them. According to a new Financial Times report, Apple …

Augmented Reality

Google Fiber testing home phone service to bundle with TV, Internet

More than three years ago, Google Fiber launched with gigabit internet and TV, but has, to date, stayed away from voice services due to regulatory hurdles.<p>That may soon change.<p>The Washington Post reported today that Google is sending out invitations to try its new home phone service to members of …

Google Fiber

You Soon Might Be Able to Sidestep One of Cable TV's Biggest Ripoffs

We can only hope<p>If you’re sick of shelling out money to your cable provider every month for the privilege of renting the set-top box you need to …

Tim Cook basically admitted that the price of iPhones may be too high for a world that's getting poorer

He basically admitted that one of the reasons iPhone sales are in decline is Apple's policy of trying to charge the highest prices it can in order to protect its record-breaking profits.<p>This is the heart of the problem for Apple this year: Cook is trying to raise prices while admitting that …

South-east Asia

4K Blu-ray has already lost to streaming

It may seem a tad hyperbolic to say this, but 4K Blu-ray could very well be the holy grail of home theater technology. Finally, a disc that makes movies look almost as good as they do in theaters, where many films are projected digitally in 4K. It crams in four times the resolution of existing …

Netflix just torched NBC’s delusional take on the future of TV

I’ll admit that I was pretty taken aback earlier this month when I read the delusional ramblings of NBCUniversal president of research and media …

Most Game Developers Believe in Virtual Reality, But Aren't Developing for It

Most virtual reality developers are developing for Oculus Rift.<p>I'm going to need a catchphrase to explain my main issue with virtual reality, because it's going to come up a lot in 2016. Maybe something like, "it's about the content, stupid," or maybe just "content, content, content," in the style …

Netflix to Shut Down Proxy Access from Other Countries

If you access the U.S. version of Netflix from another country via a VPN or other type of proxy that spoofs your location, you’d better hurry up to …

Google's creepy plan to kill the password

In the grab bag of Google/Alphabet's big projects for 2016 is Project Abacus. It's basically the company's plot to kill the password in cold blood, by replacing it with smartphone user authentication via an uncrackable collection of biometric readings.<p>Abacus would lock or unlock devices and apps …

Apple may owe $8bn in back taxes after European commission ruling

The commission’s crackdown on multinational corporations extended to tech giant in investigation that revealed potentially illegal use of Ireland tax shelters<p>Apple may owe $8bn in back taxes from its use of potentially illegal tax shelters in Ireland.<p>The European commission’s recent ruling against …

Europe

Users Complain of Fourth-Gen Apple TVs Spontaneously Waking Up and Turning on Connected HDTVs

It looks like I owe an apology to my cat, because it apparently IS possible for an Apple TV to wake up and turn on the TV all by itself.<p>Well, i …

Nintendo confirms it will launch its first smartphone game in March

We’re a matter of weeks away from seeing Nintendo software on non-Nintendo devices.<p>The publisher’s first smartphone game is coming in March, Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima wrote in an editorial for Japanese newspaper Mainichi Shimbun (via industry analyst Serkan Toto). Kimishima wrote this …

Nintendo

Twitter crashes to new lows

Twitter shares fell to a new all-time low on Wednesday.<p>The stock has dropped on every trading day in 2016, and fell more than 5% to as low as $18.47 per share in morning trade — a level it has never reached before.<p>The only news on the company Wednesday is that analysts at Mizuho initiated coverage …

Social Media

There’s one big way Netflix is actually spending less money on content in 2016

Netflix has said it will spend $5 billion on content in 2016, but there is one important way it will actually spend less, according to analysts at Merrill Lynch.<p>In a note on Tuesday, the analysts wrote that the price Netflix spends on content <i>per subscriber</i> will likely decline in 2016. Netflix …

11 signs it's time to quit your job

And some quit a job to start their own business, which to me is the best reason of all. (Keep in mind there are compelling reasons to hang on to your full-time job as long as you can while you get your startup going, which is at least initially easy since you can start a company in just a few …

CES 2016: Popular Mechanics Editors' Choice Awards

We spent the week walking the hallways of CES searching for the forward-thinking designs that will change our lives. Here are our favorite items from CES 2016.<p>What a crazy year already! CES 2016 is a perfect mix of that past and future. Vinyl's back with a vengeance. Tablets are cool again, and so …

All the best tech we saw at CES today

The International CES has kicked into full gear and Tuesday was filled with some of the best gear we've seen yet.<p>Whether it was monster TVs, elegant …

How I sold everything to start a business from scratch while I travel the world

I held the key to the U-Haul in my hands.<p>It was the only key I had left after I returned my apartment key to the landlord and sold my car. That was the first of many moments I would have over the next few months in which I asked myself, What were you thinking?<p>I was moving to a tropical island to …

3 things Amazon and Netflix got right this year

The two consumer-facing tech stocks have more than doubled in 2015, serving up beefy returns as the meat in the middle of the FANG sandwich.<p>Amazon and Netflix investors weren't lucky.<p>They were smart. They bet on companies revolutionizing the way we shop and consume entertainment, and those wagers …

LG Cloud file sync app for iOS, Android, PCs, TVs shutting down on December 30

LG is shutting down much of its LG Cloud service for syncing photos, videos, music, and documents across devices on December 30.<p>The app for PCs, iOS, Android, and LG Smart TVs will be going away on that date, and the service will no longer sync with the Gallery, Music, and File Manager apps on LG …

Apps

Microsoft launches its festive Xbox One Countdown sale with massive savings on games

Microsoft has launched the Xbox One Countdown sale, which sees a wide collection of games for both Xbox 360 and Xbox One discounted over the festive …

LG webOS 3.0 Smart TV Operating System Unveiled Ahead Of CES 2016

This week LG has unveiled a new version of the former smartphone operating system that now resides on LG’s rage of smart TV systems in the form of …

30 experiences everyone should have before they turn 30

For many it means that you're no longer in the hard-partying, bad decision-making stage of your life, for better or worse.<p>Before you turn the big 3-0 — or even if you already have — here are 30 things you should do, from adrenaline-pumping activities to experiences that help you grow.<p><i>Additional</i> …

Why Apple should be scared of Facebook's and Google's messaging apps

Companies like Facebook, Google, Atlassian, and Slack are expanding their messaging apps beyond merely sending text, video, and audio and into something a little bit more like an operating system.<p>On Tuesday, for example, The Wall Street Journal reported that Google is working on a new chat app that …

Twitter has been granted a patent for a social media drone

The San Francisco-headquartered company reportedly had a patent request approved last week for a drone that takes photos and videos that can be shared on user accounts.<p>According to the patent filing, Twiter users would be able to control the drone's movement and stream what it films.<p>Twitter was …

A startup founder is launching her Twitter recommendation app in 12 US cities over the next 12 weeks

Madeline Parra, founder and CEO of the London-based recommendation app Twizoo, is launching her app in 12 US cities over the next 84 days as part of a "digital road trip".<p>Twizoo draws on Twitter's feed of real time data to serve up suggestions on the best places to eat and drink.<p>The app is …

Microsoft will let anyone use the cloud technology behind the Xbox

Responding to a question on Twitter, Spencer said that "Azure services are available to any game, even other platform's exclusives." He continued that Microsoft "wouldn't keep [a developer] from using [it]."<p>Azure is a cloud-based platform that allows developers to build, develop, and deploy …