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Office 2016 for Mac brings the first overhaul of Microsoft's tools on OS X in 5 years

Microsoft’s plan to broaden the appeal of its subscription-based Office 365 service took another step forward today with the official launch of Office 2016 for Mac.<p>Already available across Windows, Android and iOS devices, the introduction of a new version for OS X – the first in five years – …

This is big: Cablevision launches Wi-Fi-only mobile phone service

Image copyright tatajantra / Shutterstock.com.Cablevision is getting ready to pick a fight with your mobile phone company. Next month, the cable …

Telecoms

Natural gas prices plunge in mild winter

Heating bills across the United States are falling this winter as unusually warm temperatures in the Eastern United States have crimped demand for natural gas as a source of heat.<p>The diminished demand has pushed prices below $3 per British thermal unit (BTU) on the futures market Friday for the …

Duet Display second screen app for iOS and OS X now available

Earlier this week we detailed Duet Display, an app that’ll turn your iOS device into a second screen for your Mac, giving you an extended display in …

Mobile TV

Hackers Can Read Your Texts Thanks to Huge Security Flaw

The global telecom network Signal System 7 helps phone carriers across the world, including AT&T and Verizon, route calls and texts. It's also …

CIA Agents Assess: How Real Is ‘Homeland’?

Homeland The TV drama accurately presents the mission, intensity, pace, contradictions and complexity of a CIA station engaged in deadly battle, say …

This Monitor Shows You Exactly How Much Power Each Of Your Gadgets Is Sucking From The Grid

Smapee lets you into the deep, dark secrets of your electric bill. Once you know what’s happening, your life–and energy use–will never be the same.<p>How much energy does your refrigerator use? Or your hair dryer, or toaster? Until recently, the only way to find out was to plug each appliance into a …

Business Development

Apple Stores Will Host Free Coding Workshops For Second Annual ‘Hour of Code’

Apple is participating in this year’s Hour of Code, the second annual worldwide event designed to help spark interest in and provide access to coding education among youth and students. Apple’s participation will involve offering free one-hour workshops at its Apple Store retail locations, during …

Sleep Deprivation Is Killing You and Your Career

The next time you tell yourself that you’ll sleep when you’re dead, realize that you’re making a decision that can make that day come much sooner. Pushing late into the night is a health and productivity killer.<p>According to the Division of Sleep Medicine at the Harvard Medical School, the …

Apple's $100 Billion Waste: Tim Cook's Single Biggest Mistake As CEO

[11/29: Update added at the bottom of this post. Also, the author was long YHOO and BABA at the time of writing]<p>I am a big fan of both Apple and Tim Cook. I have been for a while. I said Cook would do a great job as CEO 6 months before Steve Jobs died and defended his record 2 years ago when people …

Use Field Test Mode to See True iPhone Signal Strength as Numbers Instead of Bars

Field Test Mode is a hidden feature on the iPhone which allows you to see technical details of the device, the most useful of which is the true cell …

Dying for more sleep? How insomnia may kill you - Futurity

About 20 percent of adults in the US have difficulty falling or staying asleep. But those with chronic insomnia face a much greater risk of dying.

The Career Hazard You Never Expected: Your Email, Study Says

If you’ve ever emailed your boss from a cozy spot in bed at 10 p.m. or squinted to spot new work messages on your smartphone from your beach chair, you’re probably a victim of a new term coined by two psychology researchers at Northern Illinois University: “telepressure.”<p>Telepressure is the itch to …

Flying For Christmas? Avoid These Airplane Germ Hot Spots To Stay Healthy [GRAPHIC]

Flying can make you sick — literally.<p>An airplane’s full of germy hot spots. The stress of travel can wear down your immune system.<p>And simply being stuck near a coughing, sneezing fellow passenger can leave you ill, too.<p>Catching a winter cold is one of the worst parts of traveling for Thanksgiving …

Everything you need to know about iCloud Keychain

iCloud Keychain is Apple's attempt to bring password management to the mainstream. With it, your account names, passwords, and even credit cards …

Russian website posting live video streams from hacked webcams

LONDON — If you have a webcam, baby monitor or home security camera, you should probably change your password now.<p>A Russian website is collecting …

The Scary Side Effect of Skimping on Sleep

Veasey and her colleagues studied mice who were submitted to a sleep schedule similar to that of shift workers. They slept for short periods during inconsistent hours. The researchers found that sleeping for only brief periods of time caused massive brain damage: the mice lost 25 percent of the …

Microsoft OneNote for iPhone and iPad will finally sync in the background

Microsoft has pushed out a small, but not unimportant update to its OneNote applications for iPhone and iPad. In the process it fixes one of the more …

Cisco thinks outside the box with Project Squared

At today’s Cisco Collaboration summit in Los Angeles, the company discussed how the nature of work is changing to a world of bring your own device (BYOD), bring your own apps (BYOA), and work wherever you are. We see this in our research as well. Over three quarters of the IT leaders that Lopez …

ecobee3 smart thermostat can now be bough from Apple Store

Brace yourselves folks. The tech giants are bringing their turf wars out of your pocket and into your homes. Apple has now just started to carry in …

The Apple years while Steve Jobs was away

As one of the founders of Apple Computer Inc., Steve Jobs became synonymous with the brand. But his relationship with the company wasn't always so hallowed and harmonious. After internal disputes with Apple's board of directors in 1985, Jobs left the company to pursue other projects, including NeXT …

ThickButtons: iPhone Keyboard App for Fat Fingers

Apple’s move to open up system-wide access to third-party keyboards has been a huge boon for developers and users alike. While SwiftKey is perhaps the star attraction from the keyboard realm on iOS 8, there are a number of alternatives. Niche and otherwise.<p>The latest one to hit our radar is …

How Quitting Email Made My Team Communicate Better

<i>Max Nalsky is the founder and CEO of Pyrus, the workplace collaboration and productivity platform.</i><p>We operate in a world of inboxes. Everyone has his or her collection of points where other people can touch them — email, Facebook, Twitter, Skype – the list goes on. It’s easily overwhelming, and we …

A Creepy Website Is Streaming From 73,000 Private Security Cameras

It shouldn't be so easy to peer into a stranger's bedroom, much less hundreds of strangers' bedrooms. But a website has collected the streaming …

Much of the U.S. is about to go into an extended deep freeze

In a weather pattern that is eerily reminiscent of last winter’s infamous polar vortex incursions from the Arctic, the U.S. is about to be invaded by …