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Windows 10 Technical Preview Build ‘9879’ Touches Down Today

Short note here for all you on Windows 10: Expect a new build of the code today.<p>What’s in build ‘9879?’ We have a few ideas, but I presume that there will be more in the build than the market current expects. I hope, at least. It isn’t clear what time today the version of the preview of Microsoft’s …

Apple’s Health app can now track how drunk you are w/ updated BACtrack breathalyzers

With an update for the BACtrack Mobile and BACtrack Vio smartphone-connected breathalyzers, iPhone users are now able to share blood alcohol content results with Apple’s new Health app in iOS 8.<p>An update to the companion app for the breathalyzers, which we previously reviewed alongside the BACtrack …

Taylor Swift's Spotify Paycheck Mystery

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Facebook releases 'Say Thanks' video creation tool in time for Thanksgiving

Facebook found a surprising amount of success earlier this year when it let its users generate "Look Back" videos of their time on Facebook, and it's now rolling out a new video generator in time for Thanksgiving. The new tool is called Say Thanks, and it lets Facebook's users put together a video …

Snapchat now warns you if another app saves your photo

Snapchat is taking a small step toward actually taking your privacy seriously.<p>Starting this week, the photo-sharing app will warn you if another app on your phone is saving your pictures. Snapchatters using third-party apps will be forced to change their password. If they refuse, their accounts …

Roost's smart battery will school your old smoke alarm

If you're intrigued by Nest's Protect, but think spending $99 for a fancy smoke alarm is kind of crazy, Roost's WiFi connected 9-volt battery is worth keeping an eye on. It plugs into any old smoke alarm to make it "smart," as is the custom of our time. You'll get mobile alerts when the battery is …

How your Twitter feed will change in coming months

Get ready for your tried and true Twitter feed to take on a new look.<p>Twitter is planning new features it intends to roll out in coming months, the company said Wednesday. The changes include easier ways to share video, take public conversations private and ways to avoid missing key tweets while …

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YouTube for iOS updated with new music dashboard, ‘YouTube Mix’ mode

YouTube has updated its iOS app with support for a new music-focused view of the dashboard. The new screen features the most popular music videos and artists on YouTube, genre-specific charts, and curated playlists.<p>The new version also introduces a music playback option called “YouTube Mix” that …

Windows is vulnerable to web encryption attacks, too

Microsoft's software isn't immune to the rash of recent web encryption exploits, it seems. The company has discovered (and thankfully, patched) a Windows flaw that lets hackers use the software's Secure Channel technology, which handles SSL and TLS encryption, to compromise PCs. If you're …

BSkyB Rebrands To Become Simply Sky

BSkyB begone! The name that came into being when Sky Television merged with British Satellite Broadcasting in 1990 has finally been shelved. From now on, it’s simply Sky. With the company having completed its deal to buy Sky Italia from 21st Century Fox and snap up 57% of Sky Deutschland, “British” …

Netflix's first UK original is about the Queen and it's coming in 2016

It's been rumored for months, but Netflix has finally confirmed that it's working on its first original TV series from the UK. Given its origins, it should come as no surprise that the show is about none other than the Queen, exploring her relationships with some of Britain's most infamous Prime …

I almost killed someone with a drone

A few weeks ago, my wife, two sons, and I got out of the city and visited my in-laws. I brought along my DJI Phantom drone, the Vision 2 model. My older son is nearly two, and he loves to watch it fly, although he sometimes has to hide behind my legs in fear when it comes close during a landing.<p>I …

MCX CEO says CurrentC exclusivity deal that blocks Apple Pay will expire within ‘months, not years’

After an undeniably bad two weeks of press, MCX CEO Dekkers Davidson seems to have changed the company’s tune on CurrentC’s exclusivity policy that prompted retailers like CVS and Rite Aid to disable NFC terminals and block Apple’s iPhone 6-backed mobile payment system Apple Pay. Davidson told …

Microsoft's next surprise is free Office for iPad, iPhone, and Android

There's no such thing as a free lunch, or is there?<p>Microsoft's Office suite for iPad, iPhone, and Android is now free. In a surprise move, the software giant is shaking up its mobile Office strategy to keep consumers hooked to Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents. Starting today, you'll no longer …

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 …

Latest Firefox browser puts web privacy one button away

You may be very privacy-conscious in this era of mass surveillance, but your web browser hasn't done much to keep up -- big updates like Do Not Track and private browsing windows arrived years ago. Mozilla isn't satisfied with this state of affairs, so it's releasing a new version of Firefox that …

Why You Should Wait to Buy the Basis Peak Health Watch

Is the Basis Peak improved over the previous model? Absolutely. Should you wait to buy it? Yes.<p>In the fashion world, they ask, “Who are you wearing?” In the tech world, the question of the day may as well be, “<i>What</i> are you wearing?”<p>There are so many wearable-tech options all of a sudden. Fitbit. …

Microsoft's first Lumia defines Windows Phone's future

No more Nokia<p>Microsoft’s first Lumia device is being officially unveiled as the Lumia 535 today, a low-cost smartphone that underlines exactly where the company is heading with Windows Phone. Microsoft’s Lumia 535 isn’t all that different from the Nokia devices that have come before it, but it’s …

Will music be free in the future?

As corporations and musicians look for new ways to get our attention – and our money - what does this mean for the fans? Greg Kot explains.<p>From Taylor Swift and U2 to Garth Brooks and Iggy Pop, there has been a lot of noise in recent weeks from artists and bands testing new business models, …

Solar road opens in the Netherlands

<b>(CNN) —</b> The world's first road capable of turning sunlight into energy officially opened for traffic Wednesday in the Netherlands.<p>It's actually a 230-foot-long bike path in the town of Krommenie.<p>The road is a test route developed by the company SolaRoad.<p>"SolaRoad is a world first that will put the …

Samsung has built its own version of Apple's Continuity called Flow

The keynote of Samsung Developer Conference 2014 was a wide-ranging, 90-minute affair that touched on topics as varied as smart homes, virtual reality, and health. More traditional computing and smartphones were largely put on the back burner, but Samsung did drop some details about a new …

Americans Say They’ve Lost Control of Their Privacy — Again

A new poll shows that Americans are worried about how companies and governments collect and use their personal information.<p>A significant majority of Americans say that they feel they have lost control over the personal information that is collected by companies, and worry about sharing personal …

A Man Going Deaf Can "Hear" Wi-Fi Signals

Losing your hearing can be a frighteningly isolating experience. But instead of trying to replace the audible landscape he began losing at age 20, …

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