Peter Racine

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140 Years of Menu Design

Like a starched time capsule, a menu preserves a moment — a day, the food on offer and the gastronomical aspirations of those about to consume the …

Skype's newest app will translate your speech in real time

Microsoft’s Skype software will start translating voice calls between people today. As part of a preview program, Skype Translator makes it possible for English and Spanish speakers to communicate in their native language, without having to learn a new one. It sounds like magic , but it’s the …

The 10 tell-tale signs your boss doesn’t like you

• Excludes you from important meetings, discussions, decisions. Either she forgot to invite you (which means you’re forgettable in her eyes) or it was deliberate. Either way, it’s not good.<br>• Micromanages you. If your boss is micromanaging you, it’s because he doesn’t trust you—whether his reasoning is …

OnePlus One finally available without an invite

For months now I've been referring to the OnePlus One as "the best smartphone you can't buy."<p>Now, you can buy one: as part of special holiday "offer," the company is selling the One without the need for invitation. Golly, thanks, OnePlus!<p>If it sounds like I'm poking a little fun, it's because I am. …

Conquer Insomnia In 6 Weeks? There’s An App For That–And It Could Change Your Life

There’s plenty of science behind Sleepio, now available on iOS 8, but it’s an animated professor that brings users back for weekly sessions.<p>When Peter Hames complained to doctors about his insomnia, they responded by pulling out a prescription pad. Then came the inevitable: more sleeping pills.<p>But …

Wakie, The Social Alarm Clock That Lets You Wake Up Strangers, Finally Arrives On iOS

“Hey there, I’m just calling to wake you up,” I said a little awkwardly.<p>“Thanks. Where are you from?” replied a female voice with a thick Irish accent.<p>“The UK. You’re from Ireland, right?”<p>“How could you tell?” she said wryly.<p>“The flag at the top of the screen.”<p>It took 9 months to be approved, but, …

Mexico's Carlos Slim Unseated As World's Second Richest Man By Warren Buffett

Over the past year, Carlos Slim Helú has gone from being the richest man on the planet to the third place on Forbes World’s Billionaires list. Slim, who has been the second richest person in the world since May 2013 (behind Bill Gates), was bumped down to third place on Monday by Warren …

6 essential gadgets for single people

Who needs a partner when there's technology?<p>We're not talking about a Spike Jonze-ian world of Siri-like virtual pals. We're talking about helpful …

This Disk In Your Pants Tells you to Sit Up And Breathe Into Your Belly

Breathing and sitting up straight are two elements that engineer duo Andre Persidsky and Alex Ahlund believe are key to getting a handle on stress and wellbeing. The two life-long meditators and serial entrepreneurs came together to create Prana, a patent-pending clip-on disk that monitors how your …

Email advice: How to take back control of your inbox

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/technology/1129000/1129551_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1534411834_a8fbfa94e46b2126bcec47be2c7cccc1<p><b>Are you losing control of the number of unread emails in your inboxes?</b><p>Do you feel like the working day and perhaps even the weekend could be …

Google hopes to one day replace Gmail with Inbox, promises to bring over many features in the interim

Three Inbox by Gmail engineers today answered questions as part of a Reddit AMA session. Most of the answers were tidbits we’ve heard of before, but one stood out to us: Google plans to eventually replace Gmail with Inbox.<p>In response to the question “Do you think Inbox will replace Gmail on the …

Companies Helping Consumers Find Fitting Clothes When Shopping Online, Fits.me And Clothes Horse, Complete Merger

Two companies tackling a problem with online retail – finding clothing that fit when you’re not able to try items on yourself – are today announcing a merger. London-based Fits.me, the developer of virtual fitting room solutions for e-commerce retailers and New York-based Clothes Horse, a …

8 Netflix Tricks You Just Can't Live Without

One of the main reasons Netflix is so popular is because of its simplicity. It’s painfully easy to queue up a movie on your laptop, video game …

Uber’s Android app collects an ‘uncool’ amount of data about users, security pro says

Pantelligent smart frying pan is like a GPS for your dinner

The geeky home is currently under siege from a shuffling hoard of smart gadgets. We've got smart thermostats, smart light bulbs, smart sprinklers, smart outlets, smart beds and smart refrigerators. Resistance is futile. If you're ready to just break down and embrace smart everything, there's a …

Rumor: Apple to Return to Samsung For A-Series Chips in 2015

- Nov 17, 2014<p>A new report says Apple frenemy Samsung will be producing the lion’s share of Apple’s A-Series custom processors used in the company’s …

Automatically Categorize All Your Images with PhotoTime

Orbeus, the company behind various image and video indexing tools, has added a new photo gallery alternative to the iTunes store. Using image recognition capabilities, <b>PhotoTime</b> <b>(Free)</b> identifies who or what is in the photo and groups them by keywords.<p>The current search function for photos in iOS 8 …

The Samsung Gear S Is A Smartphone On Your Wrist

Announced back in September, the Samsung Gear S is the South Korean electronics company’s sixth attempt at making a smartwatch. It’s got the specs of a mid-range phone from a few years back and runs Tizen, Samsung’s own operating system.<p>The intended appeal of the Gear S is that it can be used …

Roost's smart battery will school your old smoke alarm

If you're intrigued by Nest's Protect, but think spending $99 for a fancy smoke alarm is kind of crazy, Roost's WiFi connected 9-volt battery is worth keeping an eye on. It plugs into any old smoke alarm to make it "smart," as is the custom of our time. You'll get mobile alerts when the battery is …

Google Voice finally lets you send MMS messages through Verizon

One of the biggest hangups of Google Voice has been the absence of MMS when talking to Verizon subscribers; you couldn't <i>really</i> lean on Voice for all your messaging, even if many other carriers were onboard. Well, consider that problem solved. Voice now officially supports MMS when Verizon customers …

Goodson Leather Knife Roll

Steve Goodson is a master leather worker living in Texas who specializes in custom knife rolls. The beautifully handmade leather knife rolls are …

Smart light bulb fools burglars by pretending you're at home

There's no shortage of smart light bulbs that will save energy or set a special mood, but they don't usually do much for when you're <i>away</i> from home. What if you want to trick thieves into thinking you're still around? BeON Home might have tackled that problem with its new Burglar Deterrent. The …

Finally, you can own a 'Star Trek' communicator for just $99

Just weeks after we got to ride a real-world hoverboard for the first time, another bit of iconic Hollywood gadgetry has crossed over from science fiction to science fact, and it's great news for Trekkers.<p>Startup OnBeep's debut product is Onyx, a Bluetooth-powered team communication tool that …

Google on Android Lollipop security: Set it and forget it

The head of Google's Android mobile software security team has a little secret: Although he lives in urban San Francisco, "most days" he doesn't lock the front door to his house.<p>And he's not worried about it. While it's not clear whether Adrian Ludwig is arrogant, trusts his neighbors too much, or …

AT&T will carry LG's G Watch R in stores

LG may still be coy about when you can strap a US version of the G Watch R on your wrist, but you'll at least know <i>where</i> you can get it. AT&T has confirmed that will be "among the first" carriers to sell LG's nicer Android Wear timepiece in stores. It's not discussing the details, although it's safe …

The One App You Need On Your Résumé If You Want A Job At Google

Average pay at Google is $141,000.<p>It's relatively easy to get a job at Google, too.<p>The company is so large and has such a massive need for talent that hiring for Google is something of a headache, so if you have the right skills, Google is really enthusiastic to hear from you.<p>Especially if you know …

This App Scans Your Proportions And Mails You A Custom-Fitted Shirt

A new app called MTailor plans to change that, however, by outsourcing the measurements to your smartphone's camera.<p>Here's how it works.<p>Shirts start at $69, but that's still cheaper than other custom shirts out there, which can cost $100 and up. Also, shipping is free.<p>First, you choose the type of …

Apple Pay’s First TV Ad Is A World Series Spot From MasterCard And MLB

Apple’s new payment system is live, and Apple Pay has already garnered more attention than most mobile payment efforts to date. It also has a new ad, which aired yesterday during the opening game of the 2014 World Series, from payment partner MasterCard.<p>MasterCard’s ad accompanies its new rollout …

Meet a water heater with Wi-Fi and a little bit of AI

As much fun as it is to connect my lights, there are plenty of less sexy appliances and items that could probably benefit more from a bit of …