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The iPad Air is Dead. Long Live the iPad.

Well, my prediction early last month that the iPad Air line would be retired was half right. The name is now gone, but I thought at the time that Apple would shift to an all Pro iPad lineup this Spring. However, thanks in part to the comments of several users of non-Pro iPads, I came to see how …

Medium's subscription offers all-you-can-read stories for $5

We knew that subscriptions were coming to the popular blogging platform, Medium. But, we didn't know the full details of what'd be included or the price. For $5 a month you'll get access to exclusive pieces of writing, site features before anyone else sees them, an offline reading list and ad-free …

7 new graphic design tools to make your life easier

The graphic design software scene is very dynamic right now, with new tools being released all the time. Some of these new and updated apps could …

14 apps every modern gentleman should have on his phone

But it could also be so much more than that, if only you have the proper tools in your utility belt.<p>We've put together a list of the most useful apps every modern gentleman should have on his phone.<p>From showing you how to cook to telling you how to survive in the event of a snakebite, these apps …

Adobe’s New Algorithm Makes Super Difficult Selections a Cinch

Adobe Research has been working on some pretty interesting photo and video editing features, but their latest research might just revolutionize photo …

Tutorials

Vudu can turn your old DVDs into HD digital copies, and all you need is a smartphone

Walmart-owned Vudu is taking yet another step to simplify its disc-to-digital program. Starting today, all you need to “convert” DVDs and Blu-rays collecting dust on your shelf into streaming digital movies you can watch anywhere is the case they came in and your smartphone. To be a little more …

Get more from your Apple TV with these 7 tricks

Use Apple's black box like an expert<p>It might be hard to believe, but the Apple TV has now been with us for more than 10 years. In that time, it's gotten a lot smaller and a lot smarter—and it has a few tricks up its sleeve that you might not know about. Here are seven tips to improve your Apple TV …

Apple acquires automation app Workflow and makes it free

Apple has acquired Workflow, an automation app for iOS that lets you connect apps and create quick shortcuts to actions like texting a contact to let them know you’ll be late for your appointment, find a convenience store near you, make PDFs from Web pages and record an audio note to yourself …

Google app v6.2 beta reveals more about Google assistant and teases 'Ok Google' hotword setting for Auto and Maps navigation mode [APK Teardown]

Article Contents<p>Google has been on a roll this week with app updates and there have been some pretty cool new features, not the least of which makes …

Google

Google gets 113,668 copyright takedown requests an hour in game of cat and pirate

Google’s playing a cat and mouse game with link-sharers on the Web and the search giant is increasingly swamped with takedown requests from rights holders, or those acting on behalf of them, mainly in the music and film industries.<p>In the company’s latest copyright transparency report, it revealed …

Digital Age

10 things in tech you need to know today

<b>1. Uber says it has had "fewer than 170 complaints" of sexual assaults involving rides in three years.</b> The ride-sharing app is responding to an investigation from BuzzFeed.<p><b>2. Microsoft is trying to bring back the '80s with its Windows 10 strategy.</b> It is developing an entirely new platform, the …

25 Rooms Transformed Beyond Belief

Interior Design

Wow! Facebook's New Reactions Are Here, but Still No Dislike Button. Sad!

Wow! Haha! Sad!<p>Wow!<p>Facebook has been testing alternatives to the company’s now-famous “Like” button for a few months, and it’s ready to bring those alternatives to the masses.<p>The company is rolling out new reactions like “wow,” “sad” and “haha” to U.S. users beginning Wednesday and the rest of the …

12 Fictional Journeys Any World Traveler Will Envy

Visit Marfa, Mallorca, and Paris -- all without canceling your Seamless order.<p>A shift in perspective, or at least a quick, cool dip into the mind of another person, is the objective of travel, and also of reading great books.<p>So if you’re both knowledge-hungry and couch-bound, pick up a road trip …

New Windows 10 Devices Showcased at Mobile World Congress

This week I’m in Barcelona, meeting with partners at Mobile World Congress, the world’s largest mobile trade show. Our more personal computing vision …

​Sony is done with the Xperia Z range

When Sony announced three new Xperias earlier this week, it wasn't really apparent where they fit into its grander smartphone plans. Turns out, the X, XA and X Performance are its future.<p>Since 2013 Sony's flagships have been defined by the letter "Z." We've seen over 10 smartphones with the label, …

Phones

Huawei just made the tablet I’ve been waiting for Apple to build

From the moment you touch this convertible laptop, you immediately realize this is not your run of the mill Windows 10 machine. In fact, your mind …

Intel Corporation

Clearing Google's hurdle, Brave's ad-blocking browser arrives

Despite troubles convincing Google that its app is legit, Brave Software's browser is now available to anyone who is sick of annoying mobile ads.<p>Apple added Brave for iPhones and iPads to its app store on Friday, but Google rejected the app twice before publishing Brave for Android devices in the …

Digital Advertising

Apple reportedly wants Congress to decide on iPhone encryption case

Apple will argue this week that the issue of whether it should assist the FBI in accessing a locked iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters should be decided by Congress, rather than the courts, the AP reports. According to documents detailing Apple's upcoming arguments in the case, …

Privacy

Microsoft’s new Android keyboard gives you quick access to contacts and files

Listen to Spotify without a phone using this tiny device

Streaming music while you’re running, walking and cycling isn’t nearly as painless as it needs to be. If you’ve ever accidentally ripped out your earphones mid-jog then you know what I’m talking about. Exercise is meant to give your brain a break from the nuisances on the end of your phone, not …

Microsoft just came up with a brilliant way to switch between apps without ever visiting your phone's homescreen

Microsoft's latest experimental free Android app is the "Hub Keyboard," a custom phone keyboard that literally puts information at your fingertips.<p>In addition to letting you tap a message as you would normally, Microsoft's Hub Keyboard also lets you tab through your documents, contacts, e-mail, and …

The Future Of Tangible Interfaces: 5 Insights Backed By Science

How much do we really know about what makes an interaction pleasurable for a user? These researchers are quantifying the guessing game.<p>Last week, researchers came together in the Dutch city of Eindhoven for the 10th International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction. The …

Apple is still waiting to hear whether it can build a secret €850 million data centre in an Irish forest

The proposed facility in County Galway, Ireland, would be shrouded by trees and power many of Apple's most important services across Europe, including the iTunes Store, the App Store, iMessage, Maps, and Siri.<p>Apple received planning permission from Galway County Council last September for the data …

Microsoft's big plan to dominate Android and win mobile is coming together

In a blog post announcing the milestone, Nick Parker, the man in charge of relationships with smartphone makers, wrote that Microsoft had been "working hard to win over the hearts and minds of our partners and customers," culminating in 74 original equipment manufacturers signing up.<p>The partners, …

Apple is unlikely to include noise-canceling headphones with the iPhone 7

The note covers Cirrus Logic, a key Apple supplier and one of the companies most likely to benefit if Apple were to ditch the traditional headphone jack, as is expected, which would force headphones to connect through Bluetooth or Apple's proprietary Lightning connector instead.<p>According to Blayne …

Mobile Technology

Satya Nadella uses this app to run Microsoft — and now it will reach more people than ever

Power BI was the first product Microsoft released after CEO Satya Nadella took the reins last year, and he's repeatedly pointed to data management and analysis as a major focus area for the company.<p>Today, that focus accelerates with the announcement of a new feature that lets customers embed Power …

Vaio wants to be the premium Windows laptop maker

Vaio has been slowly making its way back into the US after splitting off from Sony, and today it's taking a big step with the introduction of three more laptops targeted at pros — or, really, anyone who wants a higher-end machine. Of the three, the highlight is the Vaio Z Flip, which includes a …

Beyond design trends: Timeless user interface techniques

Access to better internet connections and design tools are giving designers more flexibility to use techniques – such as video, custom typography and animation – that were off-limits a few years ago.<p>We are already starting to see some of the tactics that are likely to dominate the design scene, and …

UI Design