Robert Trance

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The Return Of The Desktop Productivity App

Sunrise. Evernote. Feedly. Wunderlist. Mailbox.*<p>Those apps are all an integral part of my personal productivity suite, the tools that I use on a day-to-day basis. Without a desktop version, those mobile clients are useful but not transformative. But with multi-device access, they have become …

Next-generation lithium cells will double your phone's battery life

The lithium ion batteries in your mobile devices are inherently limited by the "ion" part of their name; they can safely use lithium only in the part of the cell that supplies ions, wasting a lot of potential energy. It's good news, then, that researchers at Stanford have developed a new lithium …

Google Wants Guinea Pigs for a New Medical Study. Here's Why I'd Volunteer.

With health data, the default should be to look for safe ways to share.<p>After six months of covering the merger of technology and medicine for <b>Re/code</b>, I’ve come to believe one thing very strongly: The next great insights into health and disease, and the resulting breakthroughs in diagnostics and …

That 5.5-Inch iPhone Is Still Pretty Mysterious

There comes a time in every Apple rumor’s life when it starts to feel like inevitability–when the sum of insider information, leaked images and …

Apple Stores Soon to Offer iPhones Via Carrier Early Upgrade Programs

- Jul 28, 2014<p>Late August should see the kickoff of a new program at Apple’s retail stores, which will allow customers to purchase a new iPhone via …

How DreamWorks reinvented animation software to make How to Train Your Dragon 2

Before it could make this summer’s blockbuster movie <i>How to Train Your Dragon 2</i>, DreamWorks had to build a whole new animation tool. Here’s the story of how the studio built software that lets animators work faster and more organically than ever before.<p>In the past, animation artists had to go …

iOS 8’s iPhoto to Photos app transition to ditch Journals, Books, and Slideshows

Starting in iOS 8 beta 4, which was released this past Monday to developers, Apple has begun notifying users of the soon-to-be-defunct iPhoto for iOS to migrate their iPhoto data to the totally revamped Photos app in iOS 8, as part of Apple’s new photo strategy being rolled out this fall and early …

How Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 Stacks Up A Month Later

Microsoft has a new Surface tablet/PC hybrid, and it’s a departure from their first- and second-generation versions of the Surface line, with an all-new design and a bigger, better display. The device is basically the perfect partner for Windows 8 and the Modern Windows UI, but your appreciation of …

OS X Yosemite Public Beta Now Available via Mac App Store Redemption Codes

In line with yesterday's announcement, Apple today made available a pre-release version of OS X Yosemite to consumers who signed up for the company's OS X public beta program. Public beta program members can access promo codes through the beta program website that allow them to download Yosemite …

Facebook Is Now Worth $190 Billion

Facebook is worth more than Amazon. Following yesterday’s earnings report, Facebook shares hit an all-time high in after-hours trading at $75. Price has been very stable this morning as well, confirming yesterday’s pop. Shares opened at $75.96 a share, then set a new record at $76.74. Now, shares …

Cat Pics Highlight Internet Privacy Problem

Posting pictures of your cat to the internet may seem like one of the most innocuous (and fun) things to do. But did you know that doing so can give away the location of your feline and, by extension, you too?<p>Even if you are aware of that, you may not realize exactly what can be done with that …

Google Street View Comes to Laos

Google has expanded its Street View imagery initiative in Asia after its distinctive camera-clad cars hit the roads of Laos, starting in capital city Vientiane.<p>As is so often the case with Google Maps and Street View projects in Asia, the internet giant has teamed up with the local government and …

Xiaomi's Hugo Barra Defends Apple Cloning Claims

Xiaomi’s office is still humming way past 7pm on the day after their major product launch event. Employees typically end their days at 9.30pm after working 12-hour-long days here, and this commitment doesn’t end post-event.<p>For all the work that has gone into developing its products — the company …

Apple reportedly working on 12-inch Retina MacBook and 4K display for release this year

Apple's OS X Yosemite is coming this fall, so it should be no surprise that the company is readying new hardware to go along with it. <i>9to5Mac</i> reports Apple's current projects include a 12-inch MacBook featuring a pixel-dense Retina display and "a much thinner and slightly lighter aluminum body." The …

Apple Planning Mid-September Event for 4.7-Inch iPhone 6, Timing of 5.5-Inch Model Unclear

According to <i>9to5Mac</i>, Apple is putting the finishing touches on iOS 8 in advance of a September iPhone and iOS 8 launch event. Based on current projections, Apple is unsurprisingly tentatively planning to hold this iPhone-oriented event in mid-September. In line with previous reports, Apple is said …

Apple's e-wallet could come as soon as this fall, possibly with 'iPhone 6'

A report on Wednesday claims Apple is accelerating work on a mobile payments system, or digital wallet, that could be ready by this fall, allowing …

9 ways a well-designed site will boost SEO and engagement

While web design is traditionally thought of as an artistic way to show off a brand’s image, its benefits are really much more far-reaching than that. A well-designed website can lend a helping hand to SEO efforts, increase conversion rates, and improve interaction and engagement with site …

Smartwatches Can Deliver on The Hype

It’s been a month since Google announced Android Wear at it’s annual I/O developer conference and I’ve been wearing the Samsung Galaxy Gear Live ever since it was unveiled there. It is perhaps surprising, given to me that I haven’t ditched it — instead it has become an important part of my daily …

More people than ever oppose the NSA practices Edward Snowden revealed. Why should he spend his life in prison?

The justice system would never allow Snowden to present a real defense at trial. That's just one reason to give him amnesty<p>The Guardian's riveting video interview with Edward Snowden this week ended with one of the biggest unresolved question in the debate over Snowden's decision to leak classified …

12-inch Retina MacBook now expected in late Q3 or 2015 as new 11 & 13-inch Airs enter production

Apple’s upcoming redesigned 12-inch MacBook with a Retina display is expected to ship later than expected and new 11-inch and 13-inch MacBook Air models have gone into production, according to a pair of reports from Taiwan’s Economic Daily News. The first report says that updates to both current …

Google Previews A ‘Material Design’ Inspired Look For Chrome OS

All of Google’s properties will eventually bear a look inspired by ‘Material Design‘ and Android L, and Chrome OS is part of that sweeping visual overhaul, too. A new preview posted by Google “Happiness Evangelist” François Beaufort today (via 9to5Google) shows a very early design inspired by the …

Google Maps App Will Show Cyclists the Flattest Route

It's about to get easier for cyclists to use the Google Maps app to plan the best route.<p>Google is rolling out an update to the Android version of …

This is Project Athena: A new Chrome OS interface work-in-progress

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>We stumbled on to code references for Google’s Project Athena last month and now you actually can what it is for yourself. The …

Constitutional Rights in the Digital Age

The U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision in <i>Riley v. California</i> held that the police must obtain a warrant before searching the cell phone of someone who has been arrested. This decision applied the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution -- which prohibits "unreasonable searches and seizures" -- …

We Can No Longer Unbundle Microsoft Office

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Tom Limongello is based in NYC and is VP of Product Marketing for Crisp Media.</i><p>It’s summertime, so we know there’s pressure to ‘unbundle’ ourselves from work as much as we can. Yet when something comes up, we are reminded of how little unbundled mobile apps offer in terms of …

Here’s Why This School District Chose Google Chromebooks Over Mac And Windows

Only a few old desktop PCs were located in the district's public schools, and his limited budget made it difficult to place a big order for new computers. Being in a working-class community, where 95% of the students receive free or reduced-cost lunches, most students didn't have access to …