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How to control which apps and System Services have access to your personal information on your iPad

One of the most important things we can do to keep us safer in this day and age is to actively take a responsible role in controlling the information we share on our electronic devices. Apple has made this somewhat easier for us by adjusting many of the iPad’s default settings to safer modes out of …

Apps

Opera now has free and unlimited VPN built into its browser

Opera has just put a free VPN feature in its browser, and users get unlimited data usage.<p>The VPN function will be available within its desktop …

Dive into the chaos of medical drama 'Code Black' with VR

The freshman drama puts you inside a bustling emergency room with a new immersive video. We speak with the creator and executive producers about virtual reality and the evolution of storytelling.<p>"Pushing the envelope on the experience for the audience is always worth an experiment."<p>David Von …

Virtual Reality

USB Type-C cable blows up a Google engineer’s computer

I was looking forward to USB Type-C becoming the standard since it’s reversible, but now I am not too sure. A Google engineer has been testing USB …

USB Type-C

London's 'walk the Tube' map reveals the real distance between stations

Londoners know it, but not all visitors do: sometimes it's quicker to walk than take the tube. The official London Underground map — designed by Harry Beck in 1933 and arguably the most recognizable transit map in the world — is a masterpiece of compressed design, but this can also make it …

England

26 Books To Inspire Your Next Epic Summer Road Trip

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Books

99 problems: Why Jay Z's Tidal streaming service became a train wreck

Tidal, the music streaming service bought for $56 million and relaunched by Jay Z earlier this year, seemed like it had everything going for it in …

YouTube tips we bet you didn't know

Want a faster way to find the content you're seeking in a YouTube video? Or maybe you just need a shortcut to the mute option? You'll wish you knew these shortcuts all along.<p>It's easy to spend hours watching YouTube videos about, well, pretty much anything. Using your mouse to adjust a setting …

Keyboard Shortcuts

Google Maps now lets you turn any location into a game of Pac-Man

Just in time for April Fools' Day<p>Your neighborhood just got a lot more interesting. Google has released a new feature for Maps that lets you turn any location into a game of <i>Pac-Man</i> — all you have to do is click the new <i>Pac-Man</i> button that resides in the lower left corner of the screen. When you do, …

Google Maps

Microsoft's New Keyboard Works on Any Device, Anywhere

How often does it happen that you need to blast out a quick email or jot down an idea, but it's too long to tap out on your phone's tiny keyboard, and you left your laptop at home or don't want to deal with getting it out and booting it up? Microsoft hopes it's quite often. The company's new …

Gear & Gadgets

Becoming Steve Jobs bio promises to set the record straight with Apple’s blessing

A new book about Steve Jobs is coming later this month, and it’s the first look at the late Apple co-founder that the company has aided in making since Walter Isaacson’s biography.<p><i>Becoming Steve Jobs</i> is written by Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli, two veteran journalists who scored interviews with …

SanDisk’s new iXpand flash drive w/ Lightning connector now comes in 128GB for $149

In addition to announcing its first-ever thumb drive with an integrated USB Type-C connector, SanDisk is also introducing a new higher-capacity version of its recently released iXpand flash drive for iPhone and iPad.<p>Featuring an integrated Lightning connector and companion app for iPhone and iPad, …

CT scan finds mummified monk inside 1,000-year-old Buddha

A Chinese statue of the Buddha dating back to around 1100 AD is more than just a statue -- it's the final resting place of a Buddhist master.<p>It seems Mexico isn't the only place in the world where you can find human body parts incorporated into religious statuary: a Chinese statue of the Buddha has …

Archaeology

'Canary Watch' legally reveals when sites get national security requests

Internet service companies like Reddit and Tumblr <i>want</i> to be transparent about user privacy. The problem is, they're sometimes forced by law to clam up when they receive specific national security data requests from agencies like the NSA or FBI. But there's nothing stopping them from saying they</i> …

This Super Slow-Mo Video Shows How Complex Cameras Are

Cameras are so ubiquitous that it’s easy to forget what amazing pieces of technology they are, high-end DSLRs in particular. Check out this 10,000 fps footage from The Slow Mo Guys if you want to see just how complex.<p>As the video explains, DSLRs use clever optical tricks to get everything done. A …

Slack's messaging platform is getting voice, video and screen sharing soon

There aren't many work collaboration tools that you'd describe as being a joy to use, but Slack, the latest startup from Flickr co-founder Stewart Butterfield, actually manages to come close. Now in addition to slick text and document collaboration (it's crazy fast), Slack will soon get voice and …

This Entrepreneur Quit His Day Job To Make A Little Rubber Thing For Your Headphones

A cursory search under “headphone management” will bring up virtually hundreds of products. Spoolee’s novel contribution to the category is a twig adrift in an ocean of competition. This seems like a small and unusual product for us to cover but there are three things that make this product stand …

Entrepreneurship

These Travel Instagram Accounts Will Inspire Extreme Wanderlust

Toronto native Tom Ryaboi—better known by his Instagram handle @roof_topper—has “been on more roofs than Santa Claus,” shooting gorgeous, …

U.S. Air Force

Xiaomi's new Mi headphones support both over-ear and on-ear experiences for $80

Unable to decide whether to go for over-ear or on-ear headphones? Xiaomi may have an ideal solution for you in the product that is a new pair of …

Consumer Tech

Bruce Springsteen Adds Legendary 1978 Cleveland Show to Concert Archives

Oft-bootlegged E Street Band performance from Cleveland's Agora Theatre officially available for first time with pristine stereo sound<p>Just over a …

The 10 Best Movies You Missed in 2014

And how to catch up with them.<p><b>You've been chilled</b> by the marriage-gone-awry suspense of <i>Gone Girl</i>, stupefied by the cinematic inventiveness of <i>Birdman</i>, and terrified by the twisted mentor-mentee relationship of <i>Foxcatcher</i>, but what about those other must-see films from 2014 that you didn't have time …

Track Down

Someone recreated the new 'Star Wars' trailer in Lego and it's fantastic

Let's talk about that Lego lightsaber<p>Maybe you've seen the <i>Star Wars: The Force Awakens</i> trailer 500 times already. Maybe you haven't — that'd be just over 12 hours, which is ridiculous. But have you seen it <i>in Lego?</i><p>That is to say, have you seen the new droid ball... in <i>Lego?</i><p>What about that new …

The Lost Tycoon

Now he has no wife, no job, and no empire, but Ted Turner may just save the world.<p>Early last year, Ted Turner seemed invincible. He was the largest shareholder in AOL Time Warner, owning around four per cent of the soon-to-be-merged companies; his celebrated name was on the door of a major …

Media Industry

7 safety tips from hackers

It's easy to get hacked. And yes, it can happen to you.<p>Follow this advice from actual hackers, and you'll be a lot safer online.<p><b>1. Turn off your phone's Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.</b> Hackers are religious about this. Keeping these features "on" all the time makes it easy for strangers to slip into your …

New Prynt case turns smartphones into Polaroid camera

As smartphones continue to up the ante when it comes to how well they take pictures and the technology used in doing so, more and more people turn to their phone as the main photo shooting apparatus of the house. Companies like Prynt realize that, and have developed a smartphone case that …

Mobile Photography

Logitech Keys-To-Go Review: Finally, An iPad Keyboard I Can See Myself Using Long-Term

Logitech has been building iPad keyboards for years – they were among the first to recognize the value of doing so, in fact. But for all their experience, and various iterations of the concept of the keyboard case, the company may have got it most right with a remarkably simple design introduced …

Defakto Detail Struktur Review: A Watch Designed With Design In Mind

Defakto is a boutique German watchmaker that creates the cases for brands with more recognition and history, but which focuses on classic, modern designs for its own imprint. The case shapes themselves are largely traditional and without flourish, with smaller diameter faces that look good on most …

Boomerang Produces High-Quality Sound

The <b>FAVI Boomerang ($79.99 on Amazon)</b> is a dual wireless Bluetooth speaker with NFC connect. It's a portable home theater for your iPad. Honestly, I was shocked at how fabulous the sound quality was when I tested it out.<p>I paired it with my iPad and chose a random movie to watch. I don't watch movies …

Gear & Gadgets

Meet ZenMate, the encryption startup that lets you watch Netflix & keep your privacy

The NSA spying program and the media frenzy surrounding it well and truly brought the subject of online security to the forefront of Internet users’ minds last summer. A blow for the credibility of many large Internet sites, the scandal did, however, provide a publicity boost for services …