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Microsoft Moonraker was Nokia’s smartwatch before it was killed

While Apple was working on its Watch, Nokia had its own ideas about smartwatches. Sources familiar with Nokia's plans tell <i>The Verge</i> that the Finnish company was developing a "Moonraker" smartwatch that leveraged many of the aesthetics of the modern Windows Phone design. Working prototype devices …

7 reasons why you should develop apps for Android rather than iOS

There are multiple operating systems powering our mobile devices today. For both indie developers and large companies, there is a critical question that needs to be answered before development begins: what platform should be targeted first? For larger companies, with more resources, development can …

Android News

Parrot unveils 13 new minidrones to tackle air, sea and land

Well, here's a fun surprise! Parrot has just revealed a pile of inexpensive new minidrones, 13 in all, including one that tackles a new medium: water. That hybrid UAV/Boat is called the Hydrofoil Drone, and is joined by a couple of new 'Jumping' drones and a new flying model, the 'Airborne.' Parrot …

Uber Is Raising $1B To Crack China, Soon To Be Its Largest Market Worldwide

Uber may be on the wrong end of a 95 percent-plus marketshare that its chief rival Didi Kuaidi enjoys in China, but the country is on track to overtake the U.S. and become the U.S. firm’s largest market before the end of 2015. That’s according to communications leaked to the Financial Times (pay …

The Beginning Of The End For Terrible Wi-Fi On Planes

Internet on the plane doesn't feel magical anymore, just slow and expensive. That could soon change.<p>Ever wonder why, in 2015, Wi-Fi on U.S. airplanes is still terrible, or expensive, or both? Or completely nonexistent, as is the case on one in five domestic flights? Does it have to be like this? …

New White House Technology Officer Poses A Brain Teaser

Help Alice and Bob out of a jam<p>A week ago Monday, Princeton professor Ed Felten accepted a job at the White House as Deputy Chief Technology Officer. It’s a long title for a simple mission: translating complex questions about technology into useful advice for the president. How did Ed end the first …

Time-lapse Mining from Internet Photos [SIGGRAPH 2015]

Time-lapse Photography

What an Act! Rosetta Probe Spots Rare ‘Balancing Rocks’ on Comet

Three rocks on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko seem to be balanced on their tiptoes in a cosmic pas de trois, as seen in images sent back by the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft.<p>One of the rocks measures 100 feet (30 meters) across, with its pointy end apparently perched on the rim of a …

Space

Tumblr encourages users to speak up about mental health issues

A lot of people turn to social media to vent and say how they really feel when they can't do so in real life. That's the reason Facebook has suicide prevention tools and why Tumblr has launched a new initiative called "Post It Forward." The project encourages users to share their personal stories …

Samsung may owe Apple a lot less than $930M, appeals court finds

The court rules that Samsung did violate some of Apple's design patents, but finds the Korean company did not copy the overall packaging of the product.<p>Apple may not wind up with the full $930 million in damages awarded to it in 2013 following a major patent skirmish with Samsung.<p>In 2011, Apple …

Owe

Jay Z slams YouTube, Spotify, and Apple during Tidal concert

During the concert, Jay Z took the opportunity to respond to critics of Tidal. Skeptics have even included fellow famous musicians like Mumford & Sons, Lily Allen, and Death Cab for Cutie singer Ben Gibbard, who told The Daily Beast that Tidal "is going to fail miserably" because of it's approach …

Lily Allen

Apple readies first significant Apple Watch updates, ’TVKit’ SDK for Apple TV

Nearly a month after the release of the first-generation Apple Watch with Watch OS 1.0, a proven source has disclosed a collection of upcoming Apple Watch software and hardware updates. Currently in development, the features seek to enhance Apple Watch security, connectivity with other Apple …

Smart TV

What it's like using the best Android phone in the world for a month

Samsung's latest flagship device, the Galaxy S6, has been out for about a month and a half, and it's one of the most highly rated phones out there. Most consider it to be the best Android phone in the world.<p>Here's what it's actually like to use from a real life owner's perspective.<p><b>Design</b><p>Samsung has …

Phones

The Light Phone Is The Anti-Smartphone

The Light Phone is the opposite of every other phone in existence. It is thin, light, lasts 20 days on a charge, and literally does nothing but make and answer calls. It’s as if the makers of the Sports Illustrated Football Phone had studied the timeless teachings of William Walker Atkinson and …

Kathie Lee Gifford

OnePlus expects to sell 3 to 5 million smartphones this year

OnePlus may not be a household brand quite yet, but the company is anticipating that its global smartphone sales will reach between 3 and 5 million units this year. Not bad for a small company with only a single product on the market right now. Bloomberg’s video report (above) contains some other …

Mobile Technology

Google’s Snapseed app got much worse in version 2.0

Available for both iOS and Android, Google’s Snapseed has long been one of my favorite on-the-go photo retouching apps. After a year without updates, …

Tinder Cuddles Up To Instagram In Latest Update

Tinder released an update today that integrates directly with Instagram, letting users scroll through the Instagram profiles of their potential matches within the app itself.<p>Tinder now also supports common connections, letting users see the degree to which they’re separated from a person based on …

Retina MacBook Teardown Reveals iPad-Like Battery Connector, Details Force Touch Trackpad

After Apple revealed the new 12-inch Retina MacBook at its March "Spring Forward" event, the performance and speed of the sleek-but-slightly-underpowered machine came into question by many. Unlike the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro, the Retina MacBook comes with an Intel Core M Processor and provides …

MacBook Air

EU alleges Google's abuses hurt consumers, innovation

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's escalating legal attack on Google is likely to ignite a debate about whether the Internet search leader makes life more convenient for consumers or abuses its power to squeeze out rivals who might have something better to offer.<p>The contrasting views of Google's …

Margrethe Vestager

Nat Rothschild is funding a new Uber alternative for London

Maaxi is an iPhone and Android app that lets users order a black cab ride, which is then shared with others travelling on a similar route.<p>Rothschild, who is the heir to his family's multi-billion dollar fortune, provided seed funding for Maaxi.<p>Uber has a similar carpooling service called UberPool …

Transportation

3 things NOT to do if there's an emergency on your plane

Last month an Air Canada jet on its approach to Halifax Stanfield International Airport in Nova Scotia struck an antenna array that sheared off its landing gear. Fortunately, all 138 people made it off the plane after it skidded off the runway.<p>A few weeks earlier, a Turkish airliner skidded off a …

Surface 3: A tiny PC that gets the job done

The Surface 3 is a remarkable piece of hardware that could not have existed a year ago.<p>Microsoft's new PC-tablet is just a hair bigger and heavier than Apple's iPad Air, yet it is a full PC that runs all the Windows software you're accustomed to -- including iTunes, Chrome, Office, and the slew of …

Gear & Gadgets

Facebook admits it tracks non-users, but denies claims it breaches EU privacy law

Social network claims privacy report commissioned by the Belgian privacy watchdog ‘gets it wrong multiple times’ over what Facebook does with user data<p>Facebook has admitted that it tracked users who do not have an account with the social network, but says that the tracking only happened because of …

Problem Solver: Jasper Morrison’s New Desktop Charger

Oh, to live–and to travel–with fewer cords. As I pack my own tangle of electrical snakes for a weekend away, I’m dreaming of a more streamlined …

All six Star Wars movies now available on iTunes

As announced, Disney has today released all six Star Wars movies as digital downloads on iTunes. The collection is priced at $89 as a bundle. Each movie can be downloaded separately for $20 a piece.<p>As part of the promotion, Apple has also launched a special collection featuring films, apps, TV …

Science Fiction

Amazon can finally test its delivery drones in the US

Amazon's drone team must have heaved a collective sigh of relief: the company only had to wait a few weeks for the FAA's approval this time. The agency has officially granted Amazon's request to test its new UAVs in the US on Wednesday, April 8th. If you recall, the company's previous request spent …

These signs say Nintendo is giving up on the Wii U

A lot of people are excited about Nintendo’s future. The immediate future, however, looks a bit rough.<p>The Japanese gaming giant made waves last month with some exciting announcements, but it’s clear its current console, the Wii U, is becoming an afterthought for the company. Despite only being a …

Retrogaming

Apple Watch Edition is totally untouchable in 38 states

Want to try on the super-fancy $10,000 Apple Watch Edition? You might have to do a bit of driving, because in a whopping 75 percent of the United States, it’s totally impossible to demo the solid gold Apple smartwatch.<p>Only 12 states (and the District of Columbia) have Apple Stores taking …

Smartwatches