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It's Time to Kill the Phone Call

The phone call isn't dead. Despite what many a journalist/blogger/paranoid internet commenter might have you believe, smartphones can indeed still …

Text Messaging

A Quick Look At Google Inbox

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Brian Clay is a Utah-based tech writer and car enthusiast. He’s been happily married for two years and originally comes from North Carolina.</i><p>A few weeks ago I managed to get my hands on Google’s new app, Inbox. So far I love it, but it’s not quite ready to be my go-to email app for a …

Spotify Axes App Finder, Kills Soundrop And Its Listening Rooms

Music streaming service Spotify quietly announced in October that it would be removing the App Finder and no longer supporting apps in its desktop client, and today comes news of a significant casualty resulting from that move: Soundrop — makers of popular group listening rooms that run on Spotify, …

'Billionaires' Book Review: Money Can't Buy Happiness

<i>Billionaires: Reflections on the Upper Crust</i> by Darrell M. West (Brookings)<p>When I was fourteen I met a man with a talent for restoring a sense of …

Income Inequality

First look at Simband, Samsung's health-tracking wearable of the future

When Samsung first revealed its health-focused wearable Simband earlier this year, the still-speculative device seemed more like an experiment than …

Why We Should Be Building Wooden Skyscrapers

Skyscrapers

The Terrifyingly Transparent Texting Of The Future Is Here

It's called Beam Messenger, and it lets you see everything the other person is typing.<p>Texting feels instant, but of course it isn't: Everyone composes, recomposes, thinks better of it, deletes. Beam is a new texting app for Android with a simple hook that feels revolutionary, and not necessarily in …

Do we deserve OS updates for our Android devices?

With the official release of Android 5.0 Lollipop just around the corner, we thought we’d take a look at system updates in general. We all want the latest and greatest software that Google is pushing out, but do we actually deserve to get software updates?<p>There comes a time in the life of every …

A fond farewell to Nokia, and good riddance to that awful ringtone

Ten years ago, its mobile phones contributed 25 per cent of Finland’s growth – but a decade is a long time in tech<p>Farewell Nokia. Once one of the biggest brands in the world, it has now gone the way of Pan Am, Opal Fruits and Somerfield supermarkets.<p>This week Microsoft, which bought Nokia’s handset …

Google Details Android 5.0 Lollipop’s Major Security Improvements

Android’s newest update is coming soon, with devices running 5.0 Lollipop beginning to ship November 3. While the visual update might be the one that most users pay the most attention to, Android 5.0 also has a number of under-the-hood changes, including some major updates to the overall security …