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Are iPads and tablets bad for young children?

Four small preschool children are sitting in a semi-circle around their teacher, in a large, bright room in a Georgian house in Bath. The nursery belongs to the Snapdragons chain, one of the first in the UK to offer iPads to its children soon after the tablet was launched in April 2010. The shelves …

TeamLab, A Canvas-Based Document Editor, Wants To Send Microsoft Office 365 Back To The Drawing Board

Online document editors such as Google Docs, and Zoho Docs, have long-promised a browser-based alternative that will finally let you eradicate Microsoft Office from your desktop. But for more complex document editing and complete compatibility with Microsoft’s incumbent file formats, it’s fair to …

The Best iOS And Android Apps Of 2013

Congratulations, Planet Earth! We made it another 365 days without crashing into the sun. Go team!<p>It’s the end of the year, and that means three things: booze, ridiculous sunglasses with numbers on them, and lists. Lots and lots of lists. You’ve seen our list of best/worst gadgets of the year. Up …

“Bored” With Traditional Releases, Beyoncé Puts Out A New Album In Secret

Surprise! In the early hours of Friday morning, Beyoncé unexpectedly released a new self-titled album full of 14 songs and 17 music videos. The “visual album,” currently exclusive to iTunes, temporarily shut down the service as people rushed to download it.<p>In a statement, Beyoncé said she is …

Contextual Lockscreen Cover Hits Google Play Boasting Less Battery Drain And 100 More Upgrades

Cover is bringing its situation-aware lockscreen to more Android users today after its beta test launch six weeks ago. It’s now available in the Google Play store to Android 4.1+ users in the US, Canada, and Europe. Cover’s 100 new improvements include cutting down battery drain and being better at …

Why Nokia Is Building an Android Phone and Why Microsoft Might Not Kill It

So, is Nokia really working on an Android-based phone, and would Microsoft really go ahead with such a device?<p>The answer to the first one is …

Android Phones

Microsoft offers free gifts with online exchange

Combine Christmas with "Let's Make a Deal," and you get the concept behind Microsoft's latest holiday promotion.<p>It's a classic game show conundrum: keep the gift you're given or swap it for a chance at winning something better. That's the idea behind Microsoft's new online gift exchange.<p>Each day …

Shopping

Omate TrueSmart Smartwatch 2.0 puts full Android phone on your wrist (pictures)

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Android Phones

BitTorrent Sync doubles users in a single month, growing '2 times as fast as Dropbox'

On Nov. 5, BitTorrent Sync, the free “private cloud” solution to syncing files between your desktop, laptop, and mobile devices, hit one million users. Today, the company announced that it has hit two million users.<p>And the company says it’s growing twice as fast as Dropbox.<p>BitTorrent Sync is …

Telepathwords: How Bad are Your Passwords?

Choosing an effective password that’s easy to remember and type, as well as hard to guess for would-be fraudsters, is a perennial problem. But it’s one that the folks at Microsoft Research are trying to tackle with an experimental tool called Telepathwords.<p>Armed with an arsenal of data on common …

Fake tech support scam is trouble for legitimate remote help company

<img src="http://cdni.wired.co.uk/138x138/a_c/ars.png" alt="Ars Technica" style="float: right;"/><p>Fraudsters who use remote desktop support programs …

Online backup services: why, how & which?

Macs make automated backup childishly easy: simply plug in an external hard drive and OS X will ask whether you want to use it as a Time Machine disk. Say yes, and you’ll then get fully-automatic, hourly, versioned backups without doing anything further.<p>Unplug it to take your MacBook out & about, …

Mote.io turns your phone into a Pandora, Soundcloud and Hype Machine remote

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>This is neat: Mote.io, a new mobile-app-meets-Chrome-extension combination that turns your Android or iOS phone into a remote …

6 ways to delete yourself from the internet

Finally ready to get off the grid? It's not quite as simple as it should be, but here are a few easy-to-follow steps that should point you in the right direction.<p>If you're reading this, it's highly likely your personal information is available to the public. And by "public" I mean everyone …

Internet

Parallels Access: Run Mac and Windows Apps Like They Were Made for iPad

<b>Parallels Access</b> is a new iPad app launching tonight – that promises to let you experience Mac and Windows applications as is they were made for the iPad. It ‘applifies’ your Windows and Mac apps to make them feel as it they’re native iPad apps.<p>The app is published by Parellels, the makers of the …

Every Tech Ad You’ve Seen, in One Funny Video

Given that we’re going into product launch season, this CollegeHumor clip is nicely timed. Also, it’s the Friday before Labor Day:<p>CollegeHumor’s …

Windows Phone

China's Tencent Is Giving Away 10TB Of Free Cloud Storage

Yesterday we reported that Chinese tech giants Baidu and Qihoo 360 are currently courting users with 1TB of free space, putting the free space given by Dropbox, Box and Microsoft to shame.<p>Today another Chinese tech company Tencent has upped the game, offering a jaw-dropping 10TB worth of free …

20 of the Best Apps Released in August 2013

As August draws to a close, we thought we’d take a retrospective look at some of the more notable apps to hit our radar over the past month.<p>From Android through iOS and onto the Web, here’s a quick snapshot of some of the best.<p>New on Android<p><b>Tunester</b><p>Tunester is a minimalist, gesture-based …

Enblink turns Google TV into a home automation hub

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>Talk about teaching an old dog new tricks: Dutch hardware startup Enblink has built a simple dongle that turns any regular …

Android Restricted Profiles Vs. iOS Parental Controls

When Google lifted the lid on its new flavor of Android in October 2012, one feature in particular stood out.<p>With Android 4.2, users were at last able to set up individual user accounts – much like a PC – so that mum, dad and all the kids could create their own little personalized worlds for their …

The Answer to "What Is My Password Again?"

Sure, people know they shouldn’t use the same password for their online accounts. But the fear of forgetting a password when it’s needed leads many …

Information Systems

How to Overcome Bad Lighting and Bad Backgrounds as a Wedding Photographer

Bad light and a poor location can quickly derail a shoot. But it doesn’t have to be that way. These obstacles can be overcome through smart placement …

Landscape Photography

iPhone 5 The ‘Most Hated Handset’, Galaxy S4 The Most Loved [Report]

Apple’s iPhone 5 is “the most hated handset” currently available, receiving the most criticism on social networks, reports British tabloid <i>The Daily</i> …

iPhone 5

5 Lessons Every Startup Founder Should Learn

No matter your education, founding a company is going to school you. Take these lessons to heart before you get hit with the books.<p>Your idea is probably not new<p>There are very few new ideas. Whatever idea you have come up with, someone else is already working on it, because most ideas and companies …

New rumored Galaxy Note 3 image hits the web, shows entire handset

Galaxy Note 3 concept<p>Shortly after seeing a purported Galaxy Note 3 image hit the web, a second such image has been published – see picture below.<p>Unlike the first image, which only showed only a section of the screen, the second one shows the entire handset. However, we still can’t confirm whether …

Galaxy Note

Master These Five Lightroom Sliders and Your Photos Will Pop

Have you ever opened up Lightroom (or any other professional level editing program) and said, “Oh my – where do I start?” If so then this post is …