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Microsoft Warns Windows 7 Has Serious Problems

Windows 7 runs on 55% of all the computers on the planet, but according to news this week that is actually a bad and potentially dangerous thing. Says who? Actually Microsoft…<p>Speaking to Windows Weekly in a round table with Leo Laporte, Thurrott.com’s Paul Thurrott and ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley, …

Leo Laporte

Discovering Minecraft in 2015

Better late than never, right?<p>Minecraft's incredible popularity is well documented, and utterly fascinating. This primitive-looking but hugely …

Minecraft

This is why phones tend to land screen down when we drop them

Buttered toast tends to land butter-side down when you drop it. This piece of wisdom is not just another one of Murphy’s adages. It’s a fact, proven mathematically by Robert Matthews, a physicist and professor at UK’s Aston University.<p>Now Professor Matthews applied his prodigious physics knowledge …

Mobile Technology

10 things in tech you need to know today

<b>1. Google is about to test something secretive across all of the US— and it sounds exactly like its Project Loon balloons.</b> The company has asked the FCC for a license to test experimental radios starting on January 1st.<p><b>2. Raspberry Pi has launched an insanely small and cheap new computer.</b> It's …

Raspberry Pi

Formula E announces 'Roborace,' the first driverless car race series

Formula E has just partnered with investment company Kinetik to kick off the world’s first driverless car racing series.<p>Formula E, the first electronic car circuit race, uses electric cars capable of approximately 140 miles per hour. The new series, dubbed Roborace, will pit 10 teams — with two …

Microsoft's Cortana iPhone app rolls out to beta testers

Less than a month after kicking off the Cortana for iPhone beta signups, Microsoft has started rolling out the app to people who showed interest in testing it. As <i>TechCrunch</i> points out, the early build is being distributed through TestFlight, a developer-focused service that lets iOS users try …

How Microsoft Spent $91 Billion in 12 Months

A woman walks by a sign at Microsoft headquarters in Redmond, Washington. Image credit: Microsoft.<p><b>Microsoft</b>'s fortunes may be ebbing, but it still generates a ridiculous amount of money. Over the last 12 months, it earned $91 billion in revenue, ranking 26th among S&P 500 companies. What does the …

New Google Doodle Honors Prolific Mathematician George Boole's 200th Birthday

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Google Doodle

Texpand for Android saves you keystrokes unintrusively

Filling forms or typing long messages can be a pain on mobile devices, and sometimes you don’t have much of a choice. Texpand aims to lighten your load by expanding text shortcuts as you type, in just about any Android app.<p>All you need to do is create a few shortcuts and enter the phrases you want …

DJI has launched a drone that's also a flying computer

Not content with the processing power aboard its regular model drones, DJI has announced Manifold – an aerial drone with a computer attached.<p>It’s not really aimed at the average end-user, unless that end-user happens to be a developer that wants to create apps for drones with DJI’s ‘Onboard …

Drones

DJI wants you to build sentient drones with its tiny computer

DJI has created a computer called Manifold that extends the capabilities of its Matrice test drone. It's a platform for developers to build on, which DJI says can turn drones into "truly intelligent flying robots that can perform complex computing tasks and advanced image processing." Think of it …

Huawei’s Honor handsets getting Android 6.0 Marshmallow update in February 2016

Huawei’s Honor brand is part of the company’s strategy to release affordable products with great specs in a brand that’s a little more global-friendly. In other words, English speakers won’t struggle to pronounce ‘Honor’ like they will ‘Huawei’. Its latest phone, the Honor 7 impressed me a lot for …

Jawbone Files Countersuit Against Fitbit In “Frivolous” Patent Infringement Case

The war continues apace in the world of wearable fitness trackers. Jawbone — which makes fitness trackers, speakers and Bluetooth headsets — has filed a counterclaim against Fitbit in a patent infringement case brought by the latter company against its rival in September.<p>In the countersuit — …

Genomics

Google teaches its self-driving cars to be extra careful around children

Google's self-driving cars are quite careful around people, but especially so when children are around, the company revealed in a blog post …

Google May Be Behind Billboard Ads. But Ads Aren't Behind Alphabet's Ambitions for Cities.

Why Alphabet's Sidewalk Labs isn't going to be an ad company.<p>Google is playing around with outdoor ads in the U.K., though the company says its plans to sell billboard space there is just an “experiment.”<p>But Google might be using outdoor ads to help get another part of its business off the …

New York City

Procreate version 3 adds iPad Pro and Apple Pencil support, new brushes, more

Popular drawing app Procreate has today released version 3 of their iPad app ($5.99) with a whole host of new features. This includes new brushes (including quick brush previewing before committing to canvas drawing), motion blur and perspective blur, simplified tap gestures and much more.<p>Perhaps …