Jan Brevin Jao

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iPad Air 2 announced with Touch ID fingerprint sensor and 'world's thinnest' body, available for $499 next week

Apple is introducing the iPad Air 2, a new version of its wildly popular tablet with a Touch ID fingerprint sensor and an even thinner body. The new tablet has the same look as its predecessor but is only 6.1mm thick — down from 7.5 mm on the original iPad Air, an 18 percent reduction. This new …

iPad Air 2 hands-on: the same, but different

I just spent some time with Apple's new iPad Air 2. As all the leaks suggested, it looks almost exactly the same as the original iPad Air, although it's a bit thinner, has an optically-bonded display, a much-improved camera, a new A8X processor, and a TouchID sensor in the home button.<p>One thing …

Gamer captains an amazing starship from his living room

Using a custom rig that includes three projectors, this gamer has transformed his gaming space into a full-sized cockpit for Elite: Dangerous.<p>Elite: Dangerous is due for full release on December 16 (it's currently playable as an unfinished beta), and for space adventurers, it's going to be amazing. …

Living Rooms

Google Glass To Get Intel Inside, Says New Report

Google Glass will get an Intel-powered overhaul in its next generation, according to The Wall Street Journal. The report says Google Glass with Intel inside will arrive in 2015.<p>The WSJ’s sources says an Intel chip will replace the Texas Instruments processor which currently powers Glass. The …

HTC One M8 and M7 update to Android 5.0 Lollipop

This morning HTC has tapped in with final upgrade approval for both the HTC One M7 and HTC One M8 for Android 5.0 Lollipop. The first devices that …

Android News

Mark Zuckerberg defends free Facebook, fires back at Apple and Ello

When Tim Cook published an open letter in September to address iCloud privacy and security concerns, he said free online services treat <i>you</i>, the consumers, as product. Even newcomer Ello, which is dubbed the anti-Facebook, has a manifesto that ends with: "You are not a product." Well, those sharp …

First Cortana for Windows 10 desktop screenshots and video leak

Microsoft today brought its Cortana virtual assistant to France, Germany, Spain, and Italy, albeit in alpha form. Yet the really exciting news comes from unreleased Windows 10 builds: Cortana running on the desktop.<p>Both Neowin and WinBeta have posted the first screenshots of the desktop version of …

Here Are Microsoft's New Robot Security Guards

Microsoft recently installed a fleet of 5-feet-tall, 300-pound robots to protect its Silicon Valley campus. The robots are packed with HD security cameras and sensors to take in their organic, protein-based surroundings. There's also an artificial intelligence on board that can sound alarms when …

The Only Way To Save Samsung's Dying Mobile Business

• <b>Samsung's smartphone shipments were down 8.2% on a year-over-year basis last quarter, according to IDC.</b> It was the only top-5 smartphone shipment that saw a contraction in smartphone shipments.• <b><br>The decline in phone shipments hit Samsung's bottom line.</b> Its profits were down 60% last quarter. That was …

Fitbit Charge: A solid fitness tracker you shouldn’t buy

It’s been more than a year since the ill-fated Fitbit Force tracker was pulled off shelves due its allergy-inducing wristband. Despite the ailment, …

Zuckerberg is on shaky ground criticizing Apple’s business model

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has gone on the attack against Apple, calling its products overpriced, and its views on Internet privacy “ridiculous.”<p>Back in September as the furor over the leaked celebrity photographs raged, Tim Cook took a little shot at the Internet advertising business when he …

This Giant Tree Protects Urban Wildlife By Keeping It Floating Away From Dangerous People

City waterways could provide more space for new habitats in which urban nature can flourish.<p>As cities sprawl and get more crowded, most don’t have much space left for urban wildlife–at least not on land. A Dutch architect plans to begin using city waterways to build floating habitats for …

Habitats

5 Modern Magazines to Celebrate Art Basel in Miami Beach

Jenn de la Vega / December 3, 2014<p>Art Basel showcases new contemporary artwork with galleries and performance art in Basel, Hong Kong and Miami …

Apple May Be Reintroducing The 4-inch iPhone

Although the reports are unsubstantiated, returning to the small smartphone market would be a good move for Apple.<p>According to the Electronic Times of Taiwan, the supply chain for Apple production in 2015 includes the components for a smaller handset than the iPhone 6.<p>The report states that Apple …

Typhoon Hagupit Makes Landfall in Philippines as 1 Million Flee

Typhoon Hagupit downed trees and knocked out power as it swept across the Philippines, lashing a region that was still recovering from a typhoon last year that killed thousands.<p>Sustained winds dropped to 100 mph with gusts of up to 121 mph, according to the weather bureau, PAGASA, down from the 130 …

Natural Disasters