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Amazon’s Supply Reordering Service Gets Integrated In Nearly A Dozen More Household Devices From GE, Samsung, Oster And More

Amazon this morning announced a significant expansion of device partners that will support its Dash Replenishment Service – the initiative that enables connected household devices to monitor their supply levels and automatically reorder when those supplies run low.<p>For example, printers can reorder …

Automation

You can’t help but be attracted to this magnetic Lightning cable

From the 1st century to today, you could say the magnet is one component of technology that has <i>stuck</i> around.<p>With that bad pun out of the way (two if you count the headline), a Hong Kong company is using the simple magnet to make the charging of our smartphones easier and faster. The MagCable is a …

Klink launches social media platform and iOS app offering cash in return for photo views

Posting your panoramic landscapes to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and other social networks is fun: nothing beats the instant gratification of praise and thumbs-up from friends and family. But one thing that probably won’t happen is any sort of financial renumeration.<p>No, you’re not in it for the …

Uber’s India rival starts recognizing drivers with the cleanest cars

Ola, Uber’s main rival in India and the country’s dominant car-hailing app, is going to start recognizing drivers who keep their cars clean, based on customer feedback. It recently started categorizing cars in Delhi by fuel type, allowing users to choose compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles when …

Apple CEO Tim Cook talks privacy and dodges car questions in NPR interview

A few weeks after he was a guest on Stephen Colbert's <i>Late Show</i>, Apple CEO Tim Cook has made another media appearance, this time on public radio in the United States. Cook was a guest on NPR's <i>All Things Considered</i>, answering questions posed by host Robert Siegel during an 8-minute segment during …

Privacy

Google Patents Holograms For Glass, Which Could Involve Magic Leap

Today Google published a patent application for using holograms in a head mounted display like Google Glass. It would effectively let Google create augmented reality experiences that superimpose computer-generated imagery (CGI) atop the real world. Filed in March 2014, the patent shows Google’s …

Augmented Reality

Tweetbot 4 for iOS brings redesigned universal app to iPads

The latest Tweetbot update for iOS might be a massive update for the whole platform, but it's iPad users who'll benefit the most from the changes. Since it's introducing a universal app for all iOS devices, iPad owners will finally be able to enjoy the interface that's long been available for the …

YouTube Kids gets Chromecast support and curated playlists

YouTube Kids has got an update on Android and iOS with a few useful features, including Chromecast support and curated playlists.<p>In addition to beaming videos to your TV, you can now explore playlists curated by collaborators like National Geographic Kids, Kid President and Geena Davis. Amy …

13 of the best Android apps from September 2015

Coming off the back of the summer holidays always make September a busy month and this year it was no different.<p>From useful spam fighting options arriving for Gmail to movie tracking and the launch of a huge repository of online tutorials across a range of subjects.<p>We’ve sorted the wheat from the …

Vodafone's Call+ lets you share photos and maps while you chat

Regular phone calls are simple affairs: just one voice on either end of the line. If you want to share anything other than a quick natter, like a meet-up address, some other communication tool is required. Not with Call+, though, Vodafone's new service that brings multimedia sharing to the humble …

Tim Cook: Apple isn’t interested in sharing your data

Tim Cook participated in a recent interview with NPR’s Robert Siegel, in which he reiterates Apple’s stance on user privacy, discusses what it would take for Apple to bring its overseas cash pile back into the U.S. — and comically avoids talking about the Apple Car.<p>You can listen to it below.<p>The …

Elon Musk and SolarCity unveil ‘world’s most efficient’ solar panel

The sun is a virtually endless supply of energy that goes mostly untapped. The solar panels you see covering the roofs of an increasing number of …

Microsoft's Surface Pro 4 and Lumia event: what to expect

Microsoft is kicking its holiday season off with a press event in New York City next week. Normally you’d expect the company to announce a couple of devices, but this event is going to be unusually huge for Microsoft. The dream of Windows 10 running across multiple devices is finally coming alive, …

Surface Pro

Android TV Gets HBO, Showtime, CBS, Disney And More

As the definition of “watching TV” moves further away from meaning “paying for cable,” a number of major tech companies, including Apple, Amazon, Google, Roku and others, are angling to make their streaming media player the connected TV box of choice for those cutting the cord. Google actually has …

Televisions

Ex-Google employee owned google.com for one minute

Using Google’s new domain buying service, Sanmay Ved purchased world’s most popular website for $12 before transaction was cancelled<p>A man was able to successfully buy google.com, the domain name for the world’s most popular website, for $12 (£7.90), minutes before the company contacted him to say …

SEO

A New App Called Soon Organizes Your Everyday Bucket List

Your friend tells you about a great new TV show they’re watching on Netflix, or a new restaurant that you <i>just have to try</i>. If you’re like me, you tend to pop open the Notepad app on your phone and jot down this information for later…And then you promptly forget about it.<p>A new mobile application …

Apps

Elon Musk elaborates on his proposal to nuke Mars

He wants to create two tiny pulsing suns over the Martian poles<p>A few weeks ago, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk was likened to a James Bond villain after he announced his idea to nuke Mars on <i>The Late Show with Stephen Colbert</i>. He said it was the most rapid way to induce climate change on the planet. Now the …

SolarCity

Why NASA's Mars Missions Last Long After Their Expiration Dates

Two words: conservative engineering.<p>NASA's Mars Opportunity rover was supposed to last 90 days on the red planet. That was 11 years ago, and it's still roving. The Mars Odyssey orbiter had a stated two-year mission, starting in 2002. Today it still collects data and acts as a communications hub for …

Why Instagram rushed to adopt Apple’s 3D Touch technology

With the introduction of Apple’s latest iPhone models, one of the most interesting features is its 3D Touch. This enables a so-called “Peek and Pop” feature that lets users press on the screen lightly to launch a quick pop-up window that offers a glimpse of the content.<p>Naturally, once it was …

Apps

Robot Taxi aims for self-driving car service by 2020

A new challenger in the self-driving car space emerges, with an ambitious goal.<p>Robot Taxi, Inc., has announced that it will begin testing a taxi …

Why Jack Dorsey Is Ready to Save Twitter

How he went from CEO reject to CEO savior.<p>On a fall day in 2010, Jack Dorsey stepped before his staff at Square, his payments startup, to deliver a pep talk at its weekly all-hands meeting. He was dressed in a rakish dark Prada suit and tie that was much more Don Draper than Silicon Valley …

Silicon Valley

Google could face a $1.4b fine in India for rigging search results

Google is being investigated by the Competition Commission of India (CCI) after the agency received complaints that the search giant abused its dominant market position and rigged search results, reports The Economic Times.<p>If found guilty, Google could face a fine of up to 10 percent of its income; …

GoPro wants you to make short videos on your action camera

So you want to put your latest action camera footage on Instagram or Vine, but you'd rather not transfer the entire video to your computer or phone just to produce a seconds-long highlight. What to do? As of today, GoPro has an easy answer. It's rolling out a trimming feature that produces short, …

Apple Pay transaction limit rises in the U.K.

There’s no logical reason why Apple Pay transaction costs should be limited, but in the U.K. users have been stuck with a limit of £20 ($30) since the service first debuted in July.<p>Thanks to the rise of people using both Apple Pay and contactless cards in general, however, that number has now been …

Super-simple spending tracker: My Finances for iPad

The generically named My Finances app for iPad is an easy way to track everyday expenses and generate simple, clear reports that will show you what you’re spending your money on. In a world of automated and complicated finance apps, My Finances does one thing and does it easily and well.<p>I had a …

Apps

Adobe Flash is finally dead

Adobe Flash, the world’s most hated software, is finally dead. Technically, it’s been on its way out for years, but today it received one of its final blows which will go down in history.<p>Google officially killed Flash advertising in its browser. As of September 1, any advertising that uses the …

Adobe Flash
Mobile Technology

Seagate launches 8TB enterprise hard drives

Seagate is unveiling a whole family of 8-terabyte hard disk drives for enterprise applications. The new drives will address markets such as enterprise computers, network-attached storage, and “kinetic hard disk drives.”<p>The aim is to lower the total cost of ownership for storage in a variety of …

Nintendo opens digital download store on Amazon

US Amazon users can now buy Nintendo titles like <i>Super Smash Bros.</i> for 3DS and Wii U through a digital download space on Amazon. According to the page, you can purchase one of the 61 titles listed, including <i>Mario Kart 8</i>, <i>Splatoon</i> and <i>Yoshi's Island</i>, then just click the Nintendo Network link on the …

With iOS 9, Apple Maps will deserve another look

Apple Maps. Just typing the words can drive fear into the heart of any iOS lover.<p>OK, that might be a <i>little</i> extreme, but for the many users who were …