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The 250 New Emoji? Here’s What They’ll Look Like

Yesterday afternoon, the Unicode Consortium published a list of 250 new Emoji that they hope Google, Apple, Twitter and the rest will all come to embrace. Spiders! Middle fingers! “Man in business suit levitating”!<p>The problem? Except for a tiny handful of exceptions, the list of what’s to come was …

Microsoft Cuts The Price Of Its Now-Dated Surface Pro 2 Tablet Hybrid

Here’s a non-surprise: Microsoft is discounting its line of Surface Pro 2 tablets by $100 to $200, configuration depending. When Microsoft announced the Surface Pro 3, a device that has received stronger reviews by the media than its predecessors, we asked if it would continue to sell the Surface …

Evernote Business Notebook by Moleskine Offers Selective Pages Sharing

I’ve tried going digital-only for all off my note-taking needs, but in the end I always revert back to pen. It’s the physical act of writing something down that helps me to remember.<p>Evernote tackled the problem over a year ago by developing ‘Smart Notebooks‘ with Moleskine. Now it’s back with an …

Microsoft OneDrive: Chronicles

Union Offers A Professional Image Blending Tool That’s Actually Easy To Use

The team at Pixite, known for making high-quality photo applications for iOS, including things like Unbound, Fragment, Tangent (an “App Store Best” in 2013), and more, is now revealing its latest creation: a photo-blending application called Union. The app lets you easily combine photos to make …

'Hitman Go' turns cold-blooded murder into an iPad board game

A killer app<p><i>Hitman</i> is about being cold-blooded. It's a series of stealth games about sneaking around so that you can murder people, and the new mobile spin-off <i>Hitman Go</i> manages to capture that satisfying feeling that comes from expertly plotting a route, maneuvering around guards, and quietly …

Tactus Taps Wistron To Bring Its Magical Physical Touchscreen Buttons To The Masses

Tactus makes keyboards that appear out of seemingly flat glass touchscreen surfaces, thanks a fluid-based layer that reacts to electrical signals to create rises and bumps that serve as keys and buttons. It’s a magical technology, and one that you can see demoed on video in the clip below from CES …

Nissan offers free electricity to entice EV customers

Though "fueling" an EV costs a pittance next to a gas-guzzler, hunting for that next compatible charging network can bring on cold sweats. Nissan Leaf buyers in 25 markets will soon be able to relax, though. A new "EZ-Charge" card will grant two years of free charging across four major networks: …

iOS 8 Will Let Users Ask Siri, ‘What Song Is Playing?’ [Rumor]

Want to ask Siri what song is playing and get a definitive answer? In iOS 8 you might be able to, according to a new report.<p>Apple will reportedly partner with Shazam for a song-recognition feature in the next version of its mobile operating system. For those who don’t know, Shazam has been …

Android device owners, now you can control your desktop from across the room — or the world

Google released its Chrome Remote Desktop app for Android yesterday, enabling the Android crowd to access their Mac or PC from afar. The app is a mobile extension of Chrome’s remote desktop screen-sharing service, which has enabled machine control from Chromebooks and Chrome browsers since it …

Airbnb Offers To Pay Hotel Taxes In NY, Hotel Lobby Says ‘No Thanks’

After years of complaining about how Airbnb doesn’t compete on a level playing field, apparently the hotel lobby in New York now wants to ensure that the peer-to-peer hospitality startup isn’t held to the same standards, especially as it relates to taxes.<p>Airbnb has taken steps to ensure that it …

Everything You Need to Know About the Chinese Version of Twitter

The first of China’s big 2014 IPOs arrives on U.S. shores Thursday. Weibo, a Chinese social network that allows people to post real-time messages of …

China

LG tries to create a universal AirPlay for apps

A single tool for app developers to stream video to multiple types of TVs<p>LG today is releasing something it's calling "Connect SDK" to app developers. It's an open-source project that's designed to allow iOS and Android devices to stream video and photos to as many television devices as possible. …

How Apple Could Make the Move to 4.7" iPhone Displays

Amidst the flurry of iPhone 6 rumors coming from KGI Securities' report last week, Ming-Chi Kuo presented the first possible screen resolution for Apple's 4.7" iPhone 6. Kuo lists it as a 1334x750 Retina display with a pixel density of 326 pixels per inch.<p>Historically, Apple has been very cautious …

Flickr goes head to head with Instagram in total redesign of apps for iOS and Android

Since Marissa Mayer took over at Yahoo, she has made a steady push to rebuild the photo-sharing community at Flickr by overhauling its products. Today Flickr is getting its most dramatic makeover to date, with a total redesign of the apps for iOS and Android that make it a more direct competitor to …

Google Glass Could Assist Surgeons

The applications of Google Glass could soon stretch to surgical training following a successful trial by doctors in New York, though privacy issues …

Yahoo is Making The Push for Tighter Integration in Apple’s iOS

- Apr 17, 2014<p>Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is reportedly preparing detailed presentations for Apple executives in an attempt to convince the Cupertino …

The price of being webscale: Google spent $2.35B on infrastructure in Q1

Google announced its first-quarter earnings on Wednesday, which included — as usual the past few quarters — an unparalleled amount of spending on …

As Food Delivery War Heats Up, Sprig Plans To Serve Lunch

SpoonRocket is about to have some competition in the lunch on demand market. Sprig, currently dinner-only, will soon start serving lunch, according to a source who said Sprig now delivers 1000 meals per day. Sprig just raised a $10 million Series A two weeks ago, and is wasting no time in ramping …

Apple Makes Key Part Of Google's Experimental 'Project Tango' Phone

The world of smartphones tends to be a battle between two conflicting universes created by Apple and Google (with star player Samsung competing on Google’s side of the field), but in at least one ambitious new Google device, components from both universes can be found working together for the …

Polling App Poutsch Relaunches as Voice

There has been no shortage of polling apps launched in the past few years and one of the most interesting was Poutsch (we called it “Quora for polls“) but with a name that was difficult to pronounce and spell for many English speakers, it was bound to struggle. So, today it’s relaunching as …

Evernote And Moleskine Team Up To Create Smart Business Notebook

The notebook is geared toward workers jotting down notes in meetings.<p>Evernote and Moleskine are at it again. The two companies have partnered up to create a special notebook for Evernote users geared toward enterprise customers.<p>The primary difference between the Evernote Business Notebook and the …

Productivity

Google is sending dummy Glass units to prospective Explorers

Would you like to try out Google Glass before spending $1500? Unless you know somebody with a pair, you’re out of luck. But a user on Reddit has …

It’s mission accomplished for Google’s Fiber roll out

Google(s goog) may still have plans for the spread of its fiber-to-the home network to more cities, but on the search giant’s earnings call comments …

An Epic 12,000-Mile Road Trip Smashes Records For Longest Electric Car Drive

Taking a Tesla out for a long, long spin, using its network of supercharging stations, shows what could be possible for many electric vehicles one day.<p>How difficult is it to take a cross-country road trip in an electric car? If you happen to have a Tesla, it turns out it’s not very hard–the right …

Apple's iPhone-like Dashboard Interface 'CarPlay' Demoed by Volvo

In-car touchscreen systems aren't known for their great usability, but a new one modeled on Apple's iOS may prove a more worthwhile platform. CarPlay, designed by Apple in concert with car makers, was shown off by Volvo this week at the New York International Auto Show.<p>The interface will be …

Police Officers Raided Someone's Home Over A Fake Twitter Account

Police officers raided a home on Tuesday hoping to nab the person behind the now-suspended Twitter account of @PeoriaMayor — seizing computers, phones, and bringing in several people for questioning, AP reported.<p>"They brought me in like I was a criminal," Michelle Pratt, 27, told the Peoria-Journal …

Twitter's new Windows Phone beta ties into your photo collection

A handful of those eager to install the Windows Phone 8.1 preview just got an additional perk for being early adopters. <i>NokiaNewsIreland</i> has discovered an unannounced (and now unavailable) open beta for Twitter's Windows Phone 8.1 app that makes much better use of Microsoft's mobile OS than the …

Why Is Facebook Blue? The Science Behind Colors In Marketing

Turns out, something as simple as tweaking the color of a button changes user behavior or endears people to your product. Buffer’s Leo Widrich explains the importance of color in website and brand design.<p><i>Editor’s Note: This is one of the most-read leadership articles of 2013. Click here to see the</i> …

UI Design

Google Glass is now ‘try before you buy’

Google is trying to make “fetch” happen.<p>And by “fetch,” we mean making Glass appear like a normal fashion accessory. That’s what Google is trying to do with its new “try-on kit” program for potential Glass owners.<p>Apparently, Google is now permitting potential Glass owners to order a kit containing …