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'Dreamer' dies trying to rescue Harvey flood victims

Alonso Guillen drove more than 100 miles south from his home in Lukfin, Texas, last week,determined to help those trapped by<p>Hurricane Harveyflooding in the Houston area.<p>But he and another man disappeared after their boat capsized in a flood-swollen creek Wednesday,and relatives began searching for …

Extreme Weather

Web App Searchlet Lets You Perform Multiple Searches Without Opening A Gazillion Tabs

At any given moment during my working day, I have browser tabs open for my email account, Feedly, TechCrunch, WordPress, Convo, Twitter, Google Calendar, Reddit, Pinterest and Facebook. That’s in addition to all the sites I am using for research (or to procrastinate) and desktop apps like Skype and …

The Most Important Apps That Shaped Mobile In 2013

<i>ReadWriteReflect offers a look back at major technology trends, products and companies of the past year.</i><p>As the explosive trajectory of smartphones adoption approaches an asymptote, mobile apps are riding high. Once an unassuming term for a curious, smallish sort of phone program, the app is now …

The Fastest Way to Remove All the Photos from the iPad Camera Roll

Deleting a single photo from the iPad Camera Roll is easy. Deleting a handful of photos – say 20 or so – is also pretty simple to get done. But if you have got hundreds or even thousands of images in your Camera Roll, there’s not an easy or quick way to remove them all right on the iPad …

Bringing Inexpensive Mobile Access to Researchers in Antarctica

While cellphone networks have managed to cover large swaths of the six most-populated continents, making a call from Antarctica isn’t so easy.Now, …

Antarctica

Single-Use Credit Cards Could Have Lessened Pain For Target Shoppers

As many Target shoppers have found in recent days, our latest credit card statements come with unexpected surprises. At my home, that means a charge of $897.59 from Sprint Wireless on December 9 based in Littleton, Colorado. That’s enough for two high quality smartphones – great gifts for the …

If Everyone Is Buying Chromebooks, Who Is Using Them?

The rise of the Chromebook has Microsoft worried, as Forbes’ Jason Evangelho explains. A recent study by the NPD Group says that the Chromebook platform has reached 9.6% share in North American business and institutions, and 21% of the associated notebook sales market. But if the Chromebook …

Why T-Mobile's New Global Roaming Plan Might Be An Industry Game-Changer

Getting stuck with big bills for global smartphone data roaming is about the dumbest thing one can do these days. The best advice I can give Americans traveling abroad, when it comes to smartphone data use, is to get a SIM card for a local operator when you hit the ground. Or consider a prepaid …

Amazon’s Rough Christmas

Amazon may have had one of its best Cyber Mondays in reported history, but it doesn’t mean that the holiday shopping season went off without a hitch.<p>The company had some trouble getting all of its orders delivered on time for Christmas, after promising customers the same speedy delivery as usual. …

Samsung, Apple in talks to end patent battle, report says

The two tech giants are reportedly attempting to hammer out a royalties deal that could finally end their ongoing patent dispute.<p>Samsung and Apple are trying again to come together on a possible patent accord, according to a new report.<p>Despite a two-year legal battle that appeared to have no end in …

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Eric Schmidt admits Google missed on social & says it’s his fault

While discussing his predictions for the future of tech, Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt looked into the company’s past and said he should have predicted how big social would be.<p>“The biggest mistake that I made was not anticipating the rise of the social networking phenomenon — not a mistake …

Yahoo Ends 2013 With No Apps In Apple’s Top 100

Yahoo put a lot of effort and investment toward presenting a new Yahoo to the world in 2013, with much of it hinged on improving its mobile business. There have been significant updates to old apps; over a dozen mobile-related acquisitions (out of a total of 28) to pick up talent, technology and …

Power play: why your electric bill may be changing soon

In the near future, power companies may have to decouple electricity use from prices<p>Americans are buying bigger homes, using more appliances, and firing up more data centers than ever before. You’d expect electricity demand to skyrocket accordingly, but the trend is actually the opposite. Total …

Archos will debut multiple 'Pebble-like' smartwatches at CES, starting at less than $50

There's one more interesting nugget in today's jam-packed Archos press release. Alongside the home tablet, scale, weather system, activity monitor, et al. is a very brief mention of a smartwatch -- a "selection of" smartwatches, actually. There's not much info here, save for the fact that at least …

73% of US Online Adults Use Social Networks; 71% Use Facebook

Almost three-quarters of US adult Internet users (73 percent) now use a social networking site. Furthermore, some 42 percent of online adults in the country now use multiple social networks.<p>The latest figures come from Pew Research Center’s Internet Project. Unsurprisingly, Facebook continues to …

Chromebooks overtake Android tablets and Macs in US business sales

Chrome OS is at last gaining some momentum -- among US businesses and schools, anyway. The NPD Group reports that Chromebooks represented 9.6 percent of all computing devices sold through American commercial channels in 2013, or enough to surpass the market share of Android tablets, Windows tablets …

Mobile App Growth Is Now In DECLINE

For those of you who believe the mobile economy is still in gold rush/bubble territory — an industry whose greatest growth years are in front of it — think again.<p>Flurry, one of the larger mobile ad companies, measured device activations and app download traffic over Christmas and discovered that …

Online, But Off The Grid: Why 27% Of Online Adults Skip Social Networks

Over one-quarter of those who log on belong to a completely different internet.<p>This morning, the Pew Research Center social media report revealed that 73% of online adults now use some form of social networking site. It's a large figure, and one that continues to show just how well these platforms …

Social Media

Four New Tech Trends That Should Be Huge In 2014

Obviously, the most interesting events of 2014 can't be predicted. They will be left turns that no one expected. In 2013, it was things like Edward Snowden, the contract system admin who leaked secret documents about the NSA's spying tactics. Or Google buying eight robotics companies including one …

The Science Behind Upworthy's Miraculous Virality [Slide Deck]

While Buzzfeed and Business Insider took years to build their readerships, Upworthy was able to amass a comparable audience numbering in the millions, in a period of a few months.<p>Most people associate the site's growth with headlines like "Imagine Trying To Pay Bills On Little Money. Then Imagine …

People Sext When They Don't Really Want To, Study Finds

“Not tonight, honey, I have a headache” can spare lovers from sex. But it won’t save them from sexts.<p>While headlines proclaim young adults are hooked on the joys of sexting, a forthcoming study examining the practice has found college-age sexters in committed relationships frequently engage in …

Hey, Chromebooks Are Doing O.K.

It’s time that Chromebooks got a little respect.<p>The question of whether people are buying these cheap, lightweight laptops came up again recently …

OneNote for Android updated with new widget and multi-window support

Microsoft is updating its OneNote Android application today, adding some useful features to its note-taking app. While OneNote has previously supported simple widgets with quick access to photos, audio, and new notes, the latest update now includes a widget to display recent notes on the home …

iOS vs. Android: The psychology that fuels the phone wars (video)

With the help of a psychology pro, Adventures in Tech explains why we get so fiercely competitive about our operating systems.<p>It's a battle that threatens to rend the Internet asunder with its forum-fraying ferocity: iOS vs. Android.<p>But why do we get so worked up over our operating systems? The …

The best apps to make and save you money

Install the best money apps on your smartphones and tablets - here is Telegraph Money's pick of the bunch<p>If you are one of the millions who use a smartphone or tablet – perhaps one recently opened for Christmas – there is a good chance you have already downloaded several apps to make your life a …

Microsoft's OneNote Android app updated with native sharing and widgets

Since its major overhaul back in July, Microsoft's OneNote Android app has languished while the company built out the Windows version of its note-taking tool. That changed today after Microsoft pushed live a new update to the Play Store, which includes new sharing and widget features that Microsoft …

App Store Downloads and Revenue Surpasses 50% Growth on Christmas Day 2013

According to a new report from App Store analytics firm Distimo (via <i>The Next Web</i>), Apple's App Store once again experienced a great spike in interest on Christmas day, with revenue increasing by 56 percent and the number of total downloads rising by 53 percent.<p>The firm tied the increase in …

The NSA Can Reportedly Gain Backdoor Access To A Slew Of Tech Products

The National Security Agency knows no boundaries — and has tools for spying that span computers, keyboards, firewalls and servers, or nearly all the security architecture created by major tech companies. That’s according to German news magazine Der Spiegel, which got its hands on an internal NSA …

Social media is not a zero-sum game and Facebook isn’t going anywhere so get used to it

This has been a particularly rich year for internet hoaxes, but no less rich for the hoax’s less malicious but equally damaging cousin: the inaccurate report that goes viral on social media before the accurate version has a chance to catch up. And so it’s apt that this year’s last “oh, that’s not …

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