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At Facebook’s F8, Messenger Platform excites developers who see the boost it may give their apps

SAN FRANCISCO — With its announcement today of the Messenger Platform, Facebook argued it could be a very big deal for developers, and judging by the reaction of some of the very people who will be making apps and experiences that integrate with platform, they seem to think so too.<p>At its F8 …

Chatbots

Best of Travel: 16 More Things We Loved

Even if they didn’t snag the tippy-top spots on our 2015 Best of Travel list, these outstanding runners-up still deserve an award for being the best in their respective fields.<p>Want to see the wildlife of Uganda or ride a camel in the Sahara? The outfitters here have you covered. Seeking endless …

Adventure Travel

Canary's DIY security gadget promises lower insurance bills

On sale now, the all-in-one home monitoring device is discount eligible for anyone with State Farm homeowner's or renter's insurance.<p>Nearly two years after a hugely successful crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo, the Canary all-in-one home monitoring device is available for sale online and at major …

Home Automation

15 Best Travel Experiences for Night Owls

When you think of late-night fun, chances are clubs in big cities like New York, Berlin, or Miami come to mind. And while it's true that there are plenty of up-all-night diversions in those locales, there are also plenty of alternative evening adventures awaiting travelers, both in cities and …

Europe's 8 Most Picturesque Towns

From the islands of the Mediterranean to the peaks of the Alps, Europe's postcard-perfect towns continue to inspire travelers with distinct architecture preserved from 1,000 years ago. Filled with plenty of charm, many of these treasured areas contain historic ruins, cobblestone streets, and …

European Travel

110 reasons to buy the Apple Watch

A lot of people are excited about the expected launch of the Apple Watch in April. But there are also still enough people who don’t see the point of having another gadget – a wearable, with questionable battery life – when they’ve already have an iPhone in their pocket.<p>An often heard argument goes …

Smartwatches

5 Easy Places to Feel Like a Backpacking God

Who hasn't wanted to break loose with nothing but a backpack? To one day sit with your grandchildren on your knees as you thrill them with stories of how you rode a surly Yak deep into the Himalayas, or crossed the Andes on a bus with a howling meth addict for a driver.<p>But what if you can't just …

Apple just posted the best quarter in corporate history

Apple posted the biggest profit in corporate history last quarter after selling a record number of iPhones.<p>Apple (AAPL) sold 74.5 million iPhones in the last three months. That helped Apple's profit soar more than 37% to $18 billion. That's larger than Gazprom's $16.2 billion profit during the …

Television Industry

Banks Beware: TransferWise Raises $58 Million To Go Global

TransferWise, a money transfer startup that uses peer-to-peer technology to charge significantly less than banks to send money abroad, has raised $58 million in new funding from venture capital giant Andreessen Horowitz, and at a valuation of $1 billion according to the <i>Financial Times</i>. Andreesen’s …

Venture Capital

Here’s everything Samsung, the biggest tech company in the world, announced at CES

LAS VEGAS — The biggest technology company in the world, Samsung, trotted out a wide array of new and sort-of-new products and services during a packed press conference at the Consumer Electronics Show on Monday.<p>What we didn’t see<p>Many, like me, found the presentation to be an underwhelming showing …

Infographic Reveals the 20 Most Popular Sites Every Year since 1996

With the current popularity of sites like Google and Amazon, it would seem like they were always just part of the web. But, that’s not the case. This infographic shows the 20 most popular sites in December every year starting from 1996. An Internet analytics company called comScore compiled the …

Dot-com

Why Mercedes’s Self-Driving Car Is So Much More Tempting Than Google’s

Mercedes-Benz just dreamed up the first tempting self-driving car. And in the process, they show us all what Google was missing.<p>A man pulls his cellphone out of his pocket and hits a button. A glowing vehicle pulls up that looks like it was carved from a single block of silver. The door opens …

BMW's Self-Driving Car Parks Itself And Picks You Up When You're Ready To Go

While Audi may have won all the cool points for sending one of its self-driving cars on a 550 mile trip to Las Vegas for CES, BMW also has a few tricks up its sleeve.<p>On the top floor of a Las Vegas casino garage, the company demonstrated how a modified version of its BMW i3 electric car can …

Autonomous Cars

Six Customer Trends That Will Build Or Break Your Business

<i>Here are six trends in customer expectations and behavior that have</i> <i>affected your business in the past year and will continue to do so moving forward. Have you adapted to these yet? If not, I suggest you step on it.</i><p><b>Customer Trend #1: The Demand</b> <b>for the Instantaneous</b> <b>and the Expectation of …

Here's The Biggest Mystery In Tech As We Head Into 2015

There's always going to be other mysteries and surprises, but for the most part, we have a sense of how things are going to work out for the other companies.<p>Google will do Google-y things.<br>• Facebook will keep cranking.<br>• Twitter will fight to get new users.<br>• Amazon will keep losing money.<br>• Microsoft will …

3 Reasons Why The Auto Industry Should Be Terrified Of The Google Car

The first prototypes of its adorable and potentially groundbreaking self-driving vehicle started rolling off the assembly line.<p>Over the next few years, we're likely to see them tooling around California's roads as Google strives to make fully autonomous cars a reality.<p>For the most part, the …

5 Predictions For The World In 2039

You will probably live to see a time when we can make backup copies of your brain.<p>Natalia Hatalska says there are two types of people in the world: those “who take one day at a time” and “those who have a vision, look far ahead [and] see its opportunities and threats.” She puts herself in the …

European Union

The best iPad apps of 2014

From Pixelmator and Auxy to Microsoft Word and Gruff Rhys, the best apps for Apple’s tablet in the last 12 months<p>• The best iPhone apps of 2014 • The best iPhone and iPad games of 2014<p>1. Pixelmator<p>If you want more from a photo-editing app than simple filters and cropping, Pixelmator is just the …

The best iPhone apps of 2014

From SwiftKey and FireChat to Replay Video Editor and Silent Text 2: the best new iPhone apps that the App Store had to offer this year<p>• The best iPad apps of 2014 • The best iPhone and iPad games of 2014<p>1. SwiftKey Keyboard<p>The most popular keyboard-replacement app on Android made the leap to iOS …

Can Panasonic's 'e-Cockpit' Make You A Better Driver?

Everybody wants to stay connected in their car, keeping information, entertainment and friends close at hand at all times. But most of the infotainment systems in today’s cars are overly complicated to use, with too many screens and multiple layers of commands, adding to driver distraction.<p>Now …

Caribbean Adventures Worth Leaving Your All-Inclusive For

Sometimes you need an adventure that gets your heart thumping, a thrill to remind you that deep down inside you're still as fun and gutsy as you were when you were 20. These Caribbean adventures are the adrenaline-awakening experience you're looking for. They'll have you sweating through your …

Move Aside Apple and Google, Alibaba is Entering the Connected Car Space

Alibaba’s name conjures images of an Arabian night and a kind, smart person who helped people in his village prosper. The Alibaba of our world is opening doors (Open Sesame) to small- and medium-sized enterprises across the globe in a manner no one ever dreamed of. However, Alibaba of the 21st …

Artificial intelligence could spell end of human race – Stephen Hawking

Technology will eventually become self-aware and supersede humanity, says astrophysicist<p>The development of artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race, Professor Stephen Hawking has said.<p>The famous astrophysicist said he believed technology would eventually become self-aware and …

Skype founder backs Wire, the 'best possible communication tool'

Backed by Skype co-founder Janus Friis and a team of tech veterans, the freshly launched Wire aims to be more than a regular chat service. It is a marriage of its competitors' most popular features, including the ability to "ping" contacts. In an interview with <i>The Guardian</i>, Skype co-founder and …

How will the 5G network change the world?

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Internet of Things

Homescreen, Screeny and other awesome new apps you need to check out

Apps

New Details On Apple's Giant-Sized iPad Might Have Just Leaked

Japanese magazine Mac Fan just published schematics that reportedly show the tablet's design, and blog Mac Okatara posted a copy of the document online (via MacRumors).<p>According to the image, Apple's giant tablet would include a 12.2-inch screen and would measure 305.3 x 220.8 x 7mm.<p>This would make …

New Facebook Rules Will Sting Entrepreneurs

Network to Remove Unpaid Plugs in User News Feeds<p>Chrisy Bossie built a $100,000-a-year gemstone e-commerce business by sharing information about her products on her company’s Facebook page several times a week.<p>“Steals in the Shop! I have a TON of new 36-inch-long necklaces, most priced at $15, …

Entrepreneurship

12 best iPhone apps of 2014

Between iOS 8 and the iPhone 6, 2014 may have been one of the best years yet for iPhone users.<p>But killer updates from Apple aside, there was no …

China's Google will launch a smart bike later this year

What's the next hot connected gadget category? Forget watches, we're thinking <i>bikes</i>, judging by the overwhelming interest in crazy, innovative new models like Teague's 'Denny' e-bike. Chinese search giant Baidu is all over that with the Dubike, a non-motorized bicycle equipped with regenerative …