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Apple Watch: Success or Failure?

Last year at about this time, Apple announced a number of new products including the Apple Watch. Without knowing the constraints Apple faced in the introduction of this watch, I was critical of the branding -- particularly the name choice. I thought it should have continued the i-single syllable …

Apple Watch

'I've never felt more isolated': The man who sold Minecraft to Microsoft for $2.5 billion reveals the empty side of success

Sklathill / Flickr<p>It's the dream of many a startup founder: Make something people love and wind up wildly rich, selling the company for billions.<p>But after you do that, what comes next? It could be a sense of hopeless isolation.<p>So says Minecraft founder Markus Persson (aka "Notch") in a strangely …

Minecraft

No One Is Safe: $300 Gadget Steals Encryption Keys out of the Air, and It’s Nearly Unstoppable

Just when you thought you were safe, a new hacking toy comes along and rocks your world. Imagine a tool exists that lets hackers pluck encryption …

Information Security

Smartphones could be charged in 60 seconds with new battery

An iPhone 6 takes around two hours to charge but could be full of power in a minute if fitted with a new aluminium battery<p>Smartphones could be charged in less than one minute after scientists at Stanford University invented an aluminium battery so powerful it could revolutionise the industry.<p>The …

Apple Watch is currently barred from going on sale in Switzerland

When the Apple Watch goes on sale April 24, one place it will be conspicuous in its absence is Switzerland: the spiritual home of the wristwatch, which Jony Ive famously (allegedly) said was “f**ked” due to the awesomeness of Apple’s upcoming wearable.<p>One possible reason? A trademark claim made by …

LG leaks Apple's plans to launch an 8K iMac this year

It appears that LG just revealed Apple's plans to release an 8K iMac later this year.<p>A press release on company's website states that Apple will get …

'DomiNations' May Just Be Better Than 'Clash of Clans'

If there’s one thing the last couple of years have taught us about mobile games, it’s that Clash of Clans is king. Supercell’s landmark base-building/ multiplayer combat game has dominated the charts for huge swaths of its lifespan, occasionally losing ground to other titles but always making its …

Luxury Lifestyle
Smartwatches

100 Years of Earthquake Data Becomes an 8-Day-Long Orchestral Arrangement

David Johnson created a program that built an orchestra composition from a century of seismic waves.<p>If the Earth's tremors were performed by a full orchestra, it might sound like creative technologist David Johnson’s “data auralizations.” Using 100 years of global earthquake data—a set that …

San Francisco
Smartwatches

Apple Just Patented 'Minority Report'-Style Gesture Controls

US Patent No. 8933876 relates to "three dimensional user interface session control." What this amounts to is using a camera to track a user's movements in three dimensions, then using that movement to control the on-screen user interface.<p>The diagrams included in the patent show the technology being …

Minority Report

These phones made the first official transcontinental call 100 years ago

Making a phone call from New York to California doesn't count as an extraordinary feat these days.<p>But pretend it's 1915. A verbal conversation …

At long last, someone has released a real ‘iPad killer’… and it’s Apple

There was never any doubt that the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus would be two of the best selling phones of the year, but Apple might have to grapple …

The Guardian Is Being Swamped With 'Dark Traffic' And No One Knows Where It's Coming From

Normally, web publishers can "see" where their readers come from. If you search for a story in Google, publishers can see that you landed on their site via a Google link, for instance. Generally, the biggest sources of incoming reader traffic are Facebook and Google.<p>But recently, a massive chunk of …

Apps

This app will hack Continuity to work on your older Mac

Continuity is one of the best features of iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, allowing your iPhone, iPad, and Mac to all operate more seamlessly together than ever before. But there’s a problem: Continuity requires Bluetooth 4.0 LE to work, and many older Macs don’t have it.<p>But don’t despair. A new tool has …

How to use Apple Pay

As expected, Apple rolled out Apple Pay to the masses today, courtesy of its iOS 8.1 update for eligible devices. Apple Pay, as you know, allows …

You can no longer add more RAM to the Mac mini

Thinking of buying Apple’s new Mac mini? Make sure you get plenty of RAM when you place your order. Unlike its predecessors, the new machine’s RAM is soldered to the logic board, so you’re unable to add your own later on.<p>Macs have never been the most flexible machines when it comes to replacing and …

New iOS 8.1 features you need to know

iOS 8.1 is now available to the public. Along with bringing Apple Pay into the wild, this major update is packed with new features that bring harmony to your iPhone and Mac workflow. Instant Hotspot and SMS Relay connect your iPhone like never before, and there are a few other sweet new features …

'Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare' Launch Trailer Shows A Very Different CoD

Activision dropped the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare launch trailer a little early, considering its November 4th release date. There are the hallmarks of what this game has shown us so far: Titanfall-style soldiers running and jumping with exosuit-aided agility, massive juggernaut suits, waves of …

Why Apple Pay May Be the Company's Most Challenging Move Yet

Justin Sullivan—Getty Images<p>Ralph Morse—The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images<p>Ted Thai—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images<p>Kristy …

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Disney rendered its new animated film on a 55,000-core supercomputer

Disney's upcoming animated film <i>Big Hero 6</i>, about a boy and his soft robot (and a gang of super-powered friends), is perhaps the largest big-budget mash-up you'll ever see. Every aspect of the film's production represents a virtual collision of worlds. The story, something co-director Don Hall calls …

Conan Gets His Hands on Preview Footage of Christian Bale as Steve Jobs

Chris Hauk<p>MacTrast Senior Editor, and self-described "magnificent bastard," Chris Hauk owns Phoenix Rising Services and writes for everyone's …

The Untold Story Of How Steve Jobs Reintroduced His Signature Design Style To Apple

Skeuomorphism is an ugly, confusing word.<p>According to Techopedia, its definition is, "a design principle in which design cues are taken from the physical world. "<p>Basically, remember how the Notes app on the iPhone used to look like a yellow legal pad or how the iBooks application on the iPad used …

Breitling

Snapchat Freaks Out Users With First Ad for 'Ouija'

Snapchat ads have officially arrived.<p>The photo sharing app's first advertisement was a 20-second trailer for the upcoming horror movie from Universal …

Infected Flight Wins The Disrupt Europe 2014 Hackathon Grand Prize, Appilepsy And Seeusoon Are Runners Up

It doesn’t get more exciting than this. Yesterday, we welcomed hundreds of hackers at Old Billingsgate in London for the Disrupt Europe Hackathon. They all have worked tirelessly for the past 24 hours in an awesome dungeon-like venue to come up with a neat, funny and smart hack. We could all feel …

A 23-year-old VC on young people being smarter

It’s been seven years since Mark Zuckerberg infamously (and supposedly) said, “Young people are just smarter.”<p>Zuckerberg turned 30 this year so, to me, he’s old. I’m 23 – just about the age Zuckerberg was when he said that.<p>To be fair, I have not reached the prestige, success or fame Zuckerberg had …