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Rent A Gent is a startup that lets you rent a platonic male friend for $200 an hour — here's what it's like to use

Sound familiar? It's a regular refrain for single ladies. Sometimes you can rustle up a friend, or find a date. But when that fails, we can now look to options like Rent A Gent, a site that sets you up with a professional platonic date.<p>No funny business, it claims, just a dependable (and dependably …

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Sony Xperia Z2 still alive after being submerged in salt water for 6 weeks

Well, here is an amazing tale of survival involving a Sony handset. Sony was actually one of the first smartphone manufacturers to run with the idea …

Gear & Gadgets

UK stores start putting Iconeme’s shopper-tracking beacons in mannequins

Advertisement<p>5 Comments<p>Three British retail outlets have begun using a technology called VMBeacon in their store mannequins, so that shoppers with …

How to Make Battery Power More Powerful

The lithium-ion batteries powering our lives are in need of a major innovation—or a full-on replacement. But decades of research have produced few viable solutions. Until now.<p><b>At first Amy Prieto didn't know what she was</b> looking at. The video on the laptop screen showed a pair of hands attaching a …

iOS Drops to 67% Enterprise Share, Android Grows to 32%

Apple’s iOS still rules the enterprise space, even after having fallen 5 percentage points to 67 percent of total device activations in Q2 2014. Android device activations increased the same amount to 32 percent of total activations last quarter, while Windows Phone activations remain consistent …

A Low-end 6.1-inch Sony Phablet Spotted in Benchmarks

Sony is rumored to be working on a number of handsets, including the high-end Xperia Z3, as well as a compact version of it which will offer a …

Phones

Samsung Galaxy Alpha Appears In Benchmarks

The Samsung Galaxy Alpha has turned up in the AnTuTu benchmarks, and we have some more details on the device which will come with the model number …

Electronics Industry

Shift's debit card lets you pay with both real and virtual money

Part of the challenge of Bitcoin and other virtual currencies has simply been the need to juggle different apps and cards to use every payment option at your disposal. Wouldn't it be nice if one card could handle everything? You might just get your wish. Shift Payments is testing a new debit card …

Korean phone retailers harassing women

Impending reforms to handset subsidies have retailers resorting to extreme measures, with some snatching phones from women in attempts to force them to enter stores.<p>Korean phone retailers are reportedly resorting to strong-arm tactics against women in an extreme effort to force them to become …

Customers

HTC is poised to make apps for all Android phones, not just its own

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>One of the homegrown HTC apps included on the One M8, Zoe, is a decent video remixing app with a few social features. HTC now …

Murder Suspect Asked Siri For Help Hiding The Body

• Home<br>• Apple<br>• iOS<br>• News<br>• Murder Suspect Asked Siri For Help Hiding The Body<p>Chris Hauk - Aug 13, 2014<p>A murder suspect apparently asked Apple’s virtual …

Edward Snowden Reveals NSA's MonsterMind Program

It's a cyberwar robot that always hits back.<p>In the high desert near Bluffdale, Utah, there lurks a creature made entirely of zeroes and ones. Called "MonsterMind", the project is an automated cyber weapon, perched atop the data flows into the National Security Agency's Mission Data Repository. …

How to Create Better App Icons, 6 Tips from Apple.

This is a guest post by Martin LeBlanc, the founder of IconFinder, a search engine for icons. You can follow him on twitter here<p>Shortly after the WWDC event in San Francisco in June, a plethora of iOS7 resources became available on the web. Throughout the hundreds of sessions, speakers and …

'iPhone 6' Case Giveaway and Other Prizes from MacRumors

The iPhone 6 is expected to be announced on September 9th, 2014 with an Apple Media event. The actual launch will likely take place a couple of weeks later.<p>Some of the first rumors of any new Apple iPhone seems to come from the case manufacturers. There's a huge financial incentive for case …

Vint Launches Mobile Apps for Its On-demand Fitness Trainer Platform

If you’ve always wanted a personal trainer but found the expense a little off-putting and lack the motivation to keep working out on your own, then help may be at hand in the form of Vint’s new mobile apps for iOS and Android, which promise to make finding a local training session a …

Neil Young's PonoMusic crowdfunding again, this time offering equity

High-resolution music startup trying to raise $2.5m more from backers buying stakes in the company<p>Musician Neil Young’s new venture PonoMusic raised $6.2m on crowdfunding website Kickstarter earlier in 2014. Now it’s turning to the online crowd again, this time offering stakes in the …

Drobo updated to more easily separate Time Machine backups from stored data

Drobo, a popular brand of connected storage arrays, has today issued a notable software update that should cheer up some Mac users. The company’s new drive software now more easily works with OS X’s Time Machine backup service. By default, Time Machine automatically allocates storage in external …

Vint Opens Its Peer-To-Peer Fitness Marketplace In San Francisco

Over the years, peer-to-peer services have emerged in pretty much any category that you might imagine. From lodging to transportation to errand-running to cleaning to doing your laundry, someone has built an app to connect users with others who have spare time or resources. So why not personal …

GetTaxi Is Raising $150 Million to Take On Uber

While Uber and Lyft were busy with their pissing match this week, another taxi startup just announced a new mega funding round.<p>GetTaxi, an …

Mobile Photography

WeChat Climbs to 438 Million Monthly Active Users

Tencent published its earnings today for the second quarter of 2014, revealing a new milestone for its WeChat messaging app: it has risen to 438 million monthly active users, up from 396 million the previous quarter.<p>The new figure, which covers both WeChat and Weixin – the version Tencent offers in …

The Internet Is Getting Too Big, And It's Becoming A Problem For Some Service Providers

Recent reports suggest the system that routers use to share the map of the internet with one another has grown too large for some older routers to handle — which could result in poor connectivity.<p>The problem is, older routers can only process a certain number of routes contained in this internet …

Net Neutrality

Amazon undercuts Square and PayPal with its own mobile card reader

Square's grand plan to democratize credit card payments has inspired a clutch of imitators, the latest of which is Amazon. The company has just announced Amazon Local Register, a credit card reader and app combination that'll enable small businesses to take payments they wouldn't otherwise get, as …

Edward Snowden: The Untold Story

SCROLL DOWN<p>The message arrives on my “clean machine,” a MacBook Air loaded only with a sophisticated encryption package. “Change in plans,” my …

Samsung’s Metal-Edged Galaxy Alpha Is Its Most iPhone-A-Like Handset Ever

04_SM-G850F_012_white<p>04_SM-G850F_011_white<p>03_SM-G850F_001_white<p>04_SM-G850F_003_white<p>04_SM-G850F_002_white<p>04_SM-G850F_006_white<p>04_SM-G850F_008_white<p>04_SM-G850F_005_white<p>04_SM-G850F_010_white<p>Samsung has announced a new metal-edged flagship smartphone that takes its design language a step closer to …

5 Bar Tricks You Can Do With Science

Courtesy of Tim Shaw, whose television show launches tonight<p>As Kurt Vonnegut wrote in his classic <i>Cat's Cradle</i>, "science is magic that works." The same can be applied to these seemingly magical bar tricks, which are not really tricks but based in simple physics and science. They were shown to me by …