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Netflix says NBC's streaming figure claim 'doesn't reflect any sense of reality'

Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos used his appearance at the Television Critics Association to criticize NBC researcher Alan Wurtzel for releasing “remarkably inaccurate data” about how often its shows are being streamed.<p>Last week, Wurtzel outlined research done by NBC in association with …

Wikipedia Turns 15. Will It Manage to Make It to 30?

After 15 years, Wikipedia has become one of those Internet services that is so central to the online world that it’s hard to imagine what life would …

What's really standing in the way of drone delivery?

How can the drone industry move beyond these restrictions? Paul Misener, Amazon’s vice president for global public policy, believes tech companies only need a chance to prove they can fly safely. "I would say we need regulatory permissions," Misener said, opportunities to fly autonomously with …

Drones

The Gun Issue Even the NRA Won’t Touch

Black Americans are considerably more likely to receive felony charges than white Americans with similar crime records. Only the felon can’t have a …

Yes, pot is stronger today, but not for the reasons you think

Taboos about drugs are lying shattered across the U.S., like broken debris after a party. But even as some states have begun to decriminalize or legalize marijuana, there is an argument that is making some Americans hesitate.<p>They ask: Aren't many drugs, even pot, much more potent today than they …

Cannabis

Samsung strikes deal to produce Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 processor

Samsung announced today that it's begun mass production of chips using the second generation of its 14nm process, the technology that will power both the company's own Exynos 8 Octa processor and that of a major rival: Qualcomm. The Snapdragon 820 will be manufactured by Samsung, using the new 14nm …

Microsoft no longer supports Internet Explorer 8, 9 and 10

Although PC users love to hate Microsoft's Internet Explorer, the software is credited with helping millions of people enjoy their first taste of the web. The browser is not as popular as it once was, but Microsoft has continued to support older versions in order to safeguard users. For people …

Gadget makes your $10 earbuds sound like $200 headphones

What if those lame EarPods that Apple included with your iPhone could sound like top-of-the-line headphones?<p>I'm no audiophile, but even I can hear a clear difference between cheap headphones and high-quality headphones. That is, until I plugged my crappy headphones into the new BoomStick.<p>A tiny $99 …

Consumer Tech

Tesla's new rival just revealed the first glimpse of its concept car

The secretive electric-car startup Faraday Future is building the suspense for its concept car ahead of its big reveal next week.<p>The company published a video on Wednesday teasing its first vehicle, expected to be chock-full of high-tech features. Faraday plans to reveal the car on Monday evening …

Electric Vehicles

Samsung Pay will support online shopping in the US next year

Samsung's mobile payments system will add support for online shopping in the US next year, according to a report from <i>Reuters</i>. That means customers will be able to make purchases on their phone, likely through retailers’ mobile apps, with only their fingerprint. Samsung also plans on expanding …

Samsung is adding SmartThing hubs to its 2016 HD TVs to control connected devices

Your next Samsung HD television could be a hub that ties all the connected devices in your home together. The Korea-based electronics manufacturer revealed today that its 2016 smart TV lineup will contain SmartThings sensors, making it Internet of Things (IoT)-compatible.<p>The company will be …

Samsung Galaxy S7 dimensions seemingly revealed in new schematics leak

Yesterday, a report stated Samsung would look to make the regular and ‘Edge’ versions of the Galaxy S7 in two different sizes. While the Galaxy S7 would features a 5.2-inch screen, it’s reported that the S7 Edge will have a larger 5.5-inch display with curved secondary screens on either side of the …

Nothing says Christmas like another Flash exploit

Flash is basically dead, but like a rotting corpse full of disease and bacteria, it's still capable of doing harm. Yesterday, Adobe released an emergency patch for the software with a number of bug fixes for "critical vulnerabilities," including one exploit the company says is currently being used …

Software

Samsung to integrate SmartThings control into its smart TVs

Samsung has big things planned for the home automation space next year it seems. The company has just announced that its entire line-up of 2016 smart TVs will be internet-of-things ready and can connected up to the company’s SmartThings platform.<p>In case you missed it, SmartThings is an open IoT …

Flash had more than 300 bugs reported in 2015 alone

Flash has long been known as the bane of the Web because of its performance issues and security flaws. Even with less than a week to go before the year is out, another vulnerability has been discovered and thankfully, patched.<p>As with several other Flash gaffes, Adobe noted that the flaw could …

Disability

UK government wants to become a 'smartphone state'

The UK’s Digital Economy Minister Ed Vaizey has taken to Twitter to tap the crowd for ideas ahead of the government drafting its next five year tech strategy.<p>Having ploughed millions into East London’s ‘Tech City’ and wandered around the world with ‘Great Britain’ flags flying, the government is …

Samsung files patent for new Smart Ring

Samsung could be set to launch a new smart ring accessory that would allow you to control various smartphone, TV and home automation system features directly from your finger.<p>A new patent filed with the US Patent & Trademark Office reveals one potential use which is a smartphone recognising the …

Home Automation

SmartThings And Samsung Team Up To Make Your TV A Smart Home Hub

Samsung and SmartThings are buddying up to introduce Samsung’s latest line of Smart TVs, complete with SmartThings platform integration so folks can use their TVs as an interface to control the home.<p>There is no shortage of internet-connected devices out there, from standard security systems and …

Samsung Pay Will Launch Online Payments In the U.S.

Samsung Pay plans a major expansion in the United States next year. Users will be able to make purchases on websites with Samsung Pay, which puts it into more direct competition with services like Paypal, Reuters reports. The mobile wallet platform will be also available on lower-end Samsung …

Samsung Pay

Apps that show the amazing potential of 3D Touch

Although I’ve found the iPhone 6s’s 3D Touch to be a very cool feature, it’s not something that I would call essential to my everyday experience. …

Apple spent 2015 in beta

Everything needs more focus and more time<p>The <i>Gizmodo</i> headline last week was blunt, in the way that the best Giz headlines are blunt: Everything Apple Introduced This Year Kinda Sucked. It's worth reading; it is surprisingly easy to make the argument that everything on Apple's huge list of new …

The new Apple revealed itself in 2015

Apple became the next version of itself this year.<p>A changing public face<p>Among the biggest changes was how Apple presented itself. Specifically, more of its executives spent more time in the public view, granting access, often proactively.<p>This year, CEO Tim Cook did a lot of interviews by Apple …

Apple Watch

9 Tech Gadgets You Wish You Could Afford

At first, you'll say, "Who needs to spend that kind of money on this kind of gadget?" Then you'll say, "I want that!" Here's a look at nine items …

It makes perfect sense for Apple to kill the iPhone's headphone jack

The latest iPhone rumor is that Apple might get rid of the 3.5 mm audio jack next year.<p>Eliminating a connector that's used by countless headphones, speaker systems, and other peripherals would certainly create huge blowback for Apple.<p>The reaction would probably be even more volatile than when the …

3 essential apps for your new iPhone

Apple bundles many of the core services — calling, texting, camera, news — with iOS, but that still leaves some big holes that can be plugged by downloading third-party apps.<p>Here are three essential apps for any new iPhone user to download right away.

23 Life-Changing Apps We Downloaded This Year

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Six questions about your phone's battery answered

Battery life is a perennial problem for smartphone owners. While our handsets have become faster and more powerful over the years, smartphone batteries often last less than a day under heavy use, or even moderate use after a few months.<p>The lithium-ion battery has been around for more than two …

13 bad habits you should break in 2016 to be more productive

Being more productive is about working smarter, not harder, and making the most of each day. While this is no easy feat, getting more done in less time is a much more attainable goal if you're not sabotaging yourself with bad habits.<p>Following are 13 things you should stop doing right now to become …

5 Android Productivity Apps to Help You in 2016

New year, new you? The power to supercharge your 2016 is already in your hands! These apps will make you a force to be reckoned with come January, so invest some time to make sure you're ready to hit the ground running.<p><b>SwiftKey</b><p>SwiftKey is a free app which is probably the best third party keyboard …

The best Android apps of 2015 – live-streaming video goes mainstream

From Periscope, Google Photos and Dubsmash to Apple Music, YouTube Gaming and Ninja Jamm, the 25 best new Android apps of the year<p>Let’s be blunt: the vast majority of apps used by the vast majority of smartphone owners were not released for the first time in 2015.<p>Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, …