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Kwikset Kevo review: This brainy smart lock just isn't brawny enough - CNET

<b>The Good</b> The <b>Kwikset Kevo</b> packs a lot of subtle smarts into a little device. The indoor/outdoor sensor worked flawlessly, never once letting us in when it shouldn't have.<p><b>The Bad</b> The SmartKey deadbolt at the heart of the Kevo is too easy to break for a lock that costs $219. Also, phones that aren't …

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Inside Twitter's epic, 'chaotic' journey from day one to IPO

Once upon a time, Twitter was "a shitshow," according to a new report from <i>Business Insider's</i> Nicholas Carlson and Alyson Shontell. The report chronicles the "chaotic" journey leading up to the company's imminent IPO, which was reportedly filled with numerous internal power struggles, a few CEOs, …

Spiders force Toyota to recall 800,000 vehicles

Toyota has announced a voluntary recall of some 803,000 cars due to airbags inadvertently deploying — and the blame appears to be spiders inside the air conditioning units. Toyota's recall notice states that some 2012 and 2013 Camry, Venza, and Avalon vehicles are experiencing problems with their …

Wolfram Alpha adds a wealth of Siri-accessible Pokémon info to its database

If you're a Pokémon fanatic, there's a new source to go to get all of the info on the Pokémon universe you could ask for: Wolfram Alpha. The massive "knowledge engine" has just added a huge set of Pokémon data, including physical characteristics, stats, and images. "In many ways, Pokémon are an …

Is it easier to pirate movies or stream them? New website aims to find out

Often times the most pirated movies each week can't streamed or rented online to begin with. That's according to piracydata.org, a new website that — simply by pointing out the lack of convenient viewing options — is trying to shift some responsibility for rampant internet piracy back to content …

NSA facility where Snowden worked was reportedly waiting on updated security software

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has exposed numerous secret surveillance programs with new revelations coming on a regular basis, but it turns out it may have been easier for him to procure those documents than intended. Reuters reports that the NSA had begun to install new anti-leak software made …

Twitter the latest tech company looking to play tax avoidance shell game

Two weeks after Twitter filed the paperwork for a planned billion-dollar IPO, we learn that it's poised to take advantage of the same international tax loopholes as other large firms like Apple, Google, and Amazon. Citing Twitter Ireland documents, <i>Valleywag</i> reports that the company has all the …

Microsoft says Windows Phone Remote Desktop app will join iOS and Android counterparts

Yesterday, Microsoft released Remote Desktop apps for iOS and Android that let smartphone users control their Windows PCs on the go, but there was no Windows Phone version in sight. Fortunately, it's something the company is working quickly to fix. According to <i>The Next Web</i><i>,</i> a Microsoft spokesperson …

Surface 2 on sale early in the UK

Microsoft's new Surface 2 tablet isn't supposed to go on sale until October 22nd, but one British retailer is selling it early to customers. Retail chain Argos listed the Surface 2 tablets on its own website this week, allowing customers to purchase them online and pick them up in store. Verge …

The Law of Urination: mammals take 21 seconds to pee

Research sheds new light on the science of relief<p>Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have discovered a new golden rule: every mammal takes about 21 seconds to urinate. Patricia Yang and her co-authors dubbed it the "Law of Orientation" in a paper published this week, and they say it …

How the man who inspired 'Memento' changed our understanding of memory

Henry Gustave Molaison was a man who couldn't make memories. Better known to neuroscientists as "HM", the late Molaison suffered from seizures as a young man and struggled to lead a normal life, but things took a dramatic shift after he received a lobotomy in August 1953. Doctors removed large …

Watch Anthony Howe's hypnotic 3D art go from conception to reality

"I was bored with everything being static in my visual world," artist Anthony Howe told The Creators Project about his new work — a series of so-called "kinetic sculptures." These kinetic sculptures are hardly static — thanks to the wind, they move in mesmerizing patterns that The Creators Project …

Twice as many people buying iPhone 5s as iPhone 5c (latest claim)

With no word from Apple on the breakdown of its record-breaking iPhone sales between 5s and 5c (and no word expected during the company’s earnings call either), everyone is posting their estimates.<p>First to the punch was Localytics, who used iPhone connections to mobile and web apps to come up with …

Apple finally finds new Head of Retail: Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts. Will begin in Spring 2014, run Online Stores too

Apple today announced that it has <i>finally</i> filled the role of Senior Vice President of Retail: the Cupertino tech giant has hired Angela Ahrendts. Ahrendts is leaving her role as CEO of fashion retailer Burberry to take the top Apple retail job. Ahrendts will also lead Apple’s online stores. She will …

Google’s Sparrow mail app updated for the first time in months with new icon, iOS 7 fixes

Despite being bought out by Google, the replacement mail app Sparrow has now been updated for iOS 7. Whilst the developers behind Sparrow never said that work on the app had ceased, this was the implied meaning of Sparrow’s thank you letter still visible on the Sparrow website. Until today, the app …

Google Maps for iOS updated w/ quick access to navigation, new languages, & more

Google updated its Google Maps app for iPhone and iPad today with a few new features as the app moves to version 2.3.4. Google says the updated app includes “Faster access to navigation,” which includes new overviews for traffic and routes.<p>The updated app also includes a new Tips and Tricks section …

Apple to hold London satellite stream of Oct. 22 event, private stream for employees

Earlier today, Apple announced that it will be holding its fall event on October 22nd. The event will take place at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, California. However, like in some past years, Apple will hold a simultaneous event to cater to media not located in the United …

YouTube for iOS updated with ability to choose video quality on Wi-Fi, iOS 7 improvements

YouTube has updated its app for iPhone and iPad today to version 2.2.0 and with it comes a few performance enhancements and new features.<p>One highly requested feature that YouTube is making available in the latest version of the iOS app is the ability to select video quality, much like you can on …

Apple’s Cupertino ‘spaceship’ campus given go-ahead (final rubber-stamp vote in Nov)

Cupertino City Council last night voted unanimously to approve Apple’s planning application for the circular campus building first presented to council members by Steve Jobs in 2011, in what was to turn out to be his last public appearance before his death. It was Steve Jobs who nicknamed the …

Apple’s first warehouse was Steve Jobs’ bedroom as seen in this rare 1976 image

A recent auction of an Apple 1 computer has allowed an image to surface of 50 cardboard boxes containing early Apple computers from 1976 in a rare photo believed to be taken by Steve Jobs himself, according to <i>The Daily Mail.</i> Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, of course, built the first Apple computers …

Thinner ZAGG backlit keyboard case for upcoming iPad 5 appears

Ahead of Apple’s October 22nd iPad-focused event, major accessory maker ZAGG seems to be getting its offerings in order for the new Apple tablets. The company posted a listing for an iPad 5 keyboard case on its website this week, and the images for the case clearly show an iPad with a …

Real Racing 3 iOS app updated w/ Ferraris, HUD customization, new tracks & challenges

EA’s popular Real Racing 3 app for iOS gets a nice update today that introduces Ferraris into the game for the first time. On top of new cars from Ferrari including <i>the FF, the 458 Italia, and the V12-powered F12berlinetta</i>, version 1.40 also brings new tracks, time trial challenges, and the ability …

Apple slightly increases prices of iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c in France

First noted by iGen.FR, Apple has slightly raised the prices of the iPhone 5s and 5c in France. As shown above, the increase ranges between €10 for the 16 GB model, €12 for the 32 GB model and €18 for the 64 GB model. In terms of dollar value, when converted, these changes are equivalent to a rise …

Possible move to A7 chip/Touch ID will boost appeal of iPad in the enterprise sector, says analyst

Deutsche Bank’s Chris Whitmore argues in an investment note that Apple’s expected use of the 64-bit A7 chip will make the iPad a much more appealing proposition for the enterprise market.<p>Enhanced security & 64-bit architecture should drive enterprise penetration We believe enhanced security …

Here come the iPhone 5s ads, touting Touch ID and Gold color option

Apple appears to be changing gears from its previous Designed by Apple in California campaign following the release of the new iPhones. Apple’s latest full page ad is appearing in this week’s edition of the New Yorker and this time around focuses on the new fingerprint sensor and Touch ID feature …

Apple begins dressing up Yerba Buena for Oct. 22nd iPad event

Ahead of its October 22nd iPad and Mac event, Apple has begun dressing up the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Fransisco with banners. While the banners have just begun going up, it is easy to see that the banner will match the theme of the event’s invitation: fall-inspired leaves. We’ll …

Apple reiterates it cannot read user iMessages, has no plans to do so

<i>Update: Fresh Apple statement added</i><p>The immunity of iMessages from government surveillance has been cast into doubt by QuarksLab security researchers presenting at the Hack in the Box conference in Kuala Lumpur.<p>A leaked DEA document had pointed to the impossibility of intercepting iMessages even …

Google Hangouts for iOS adds outgoing and incoming voice calls through Google Voice

The Google Hangouts app for iPhone and iPad got a significant update to version 1.3 today. The update introduces Google Voice integration that allows incoming calls to your Google Voice number and outgoing calls to U.S. and Canadian numbers. Also included in the new version is the ability to see …

Sketchy photos want you to believe Touch ID is coming to the new iPads

Independent reports from CTechCn and 2014 News claim that Touch ID, which debuted last month in the iPhone 5s, will make its way to the iPad 5 and iPad mini 2. The new Apple tablets are scheduled to be announced this upcoming Tuesday at Apple’s media event.<p>Of course, both sets of photos should not …