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Video: Cirque du Soleil Does Its Thing… With Drones

Cirque du Soleil is known for doing incredible things with the human body. Now it’s doing incredible things with quadcopters.<p>In a collaboration with ETH Zurich and its Swiss spin-off company Verity Studios, Cirque has gussied up a brigade of drones to look like lampshades floating about their …

Amidst layoffs, Microsoft abandons bid to be the next Netflix

Another contender for the Netflix crown has fallen.<p>On Thursday, Microsoft announced that the company will shut down its Xbox Entertainment Studios …

When your Mac runs slow, give it a tuneup

Macs are solid machines, but just like their owners they have a tendency to get lethargic as they age. Launching and switching programs takes longer, simple tasks become arduous, and the dreaded beach ball of doom appears more often than it did when your machine was new. The operating system just …

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Review: Blue Microphones’ Spark Digital may be the best USB/Lightning mic for the money (Video)

When you think of a USB microphone, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? For myself, I tend to picture a subpar microphone that would normally be used for Skype calls or other basic tasks. Of course, these microphones have come a long way in recent years, but nothing makes this more evident …

BlackBerry's Open Letter Fails To Address The Real Issue

BlackBerry’s open letter to ‘valued customers, partners, and fans’ (posted on Crackberry other sites are available) is a direct message to interested parties that BlackBerry is still around, still going strong, and are still providing ‘best of class’ tools for security, productivity, and social …

How A Single App Allows You To Move Files Seamlessly Between Windows, OS X, iOS, Android And Even Linux

Last week I highlighted five things that Apple needs to fix in iOS, OS X and iCloud, and several of the points I raised revolved around problems associated with moving and sharing data between different platforms. While iCloud offers OS X and iOS users a way to share data between devices – using …

Beyond App Store search: how to find the iOS apps right for you

One of the most challenging things to do on any iOS device is find a good app. Not because there aren’t any out there. Quite the opposite: there are …

Upload a photo to a specific Facebook album on Android, iOS

You can now upload a photo to a specific Facebook album using the iOS and Android apps. There have been various methods in the past to get a photo into a preferred album, but the process is now streamlined.<p>iOS users will have the ability to add a photo, or photos, to an existing album or create a …

Invert Your Phone's Colors For Nighttime Navigation

Most standalone GPS units have a night mode that draws the map with dark colors so the glare doesn't distract you while driving, but a lot of …

Learn How To Master Your iPhone Camera With The iPhone Photography Video Course [Deals]

The iPhone has become just as much a camera as a communication device. So if you love using your iPhone and want to take advantage of its ability to take great photos then Cult of Mac has a video course for you – and at the low price of only $19 for a limited time.<p>Besides getting over 93 lectures …

Tumblr Acquired by Yahoo, iOS App Gets Redesigned User Interface

Just as Yahoo has announced its acquisition of Tumblr, the Tumblr team has released an update for its iOS app bringing a redesigned user interface that offers up a brand new post type chooser, displaying post options that fan out vertically from the app's redesigned compose button to allow for …

Popular game engine Unity drops licensing fees for iOS app developers

Unity, the company behind the eponymous game rendering engine, announced on Tuesday that it will no longer be charging an $800 licensing fee to …

AirWave plays music from phone to car (hands-on) - CNET

LAS VEGAS -- Cobra Electronics announced on Tuesday that it has launched AirWave, a wireless music receiver that uses Bluetooth technology and costs $39.95.<p>Though it's not <i>entirely</i> wireless (it still requires either an auxiliary cord or a 3.5mm-to-RCA cable), the device lets you effortlessly connect …

Scanadu Hikes Price, Beefs Up Specs of Forthcoming Medical “Tricorder”

As it worked to finalize its smartphone health-monitoring attachment, Scanadu decided that its planned $150 device wasn’t going to quite cut it.<p>The …

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Linen-Look iPad Case Also Holds Paper, Pen And Stylus

I quite like the dark linen texture that sits behind the elements of the iOS (and recently OS X) interface, but I’m pretty sure that Jony Ive’s upcoming Great Purge will consign it to the same tomb as brushed aluminum – after all, this is a designer so minimalist that he even removed a superfluous …

AAPL, GOOG, BRCM Tops in Credit Suisse's 'Wearables' Weltanschauung

By<p>Updated May 20, 2013 11:09 a.m. ET<p>Credit Suisse semiconductor analysts <b>John Pitzer, Kulbinder</b> <b>Garcha</b>, <b>Christian Buss</b>, and <b>Stephen</b> <b>Ju</b> today offered …

Apple Granted a Patent for a New Magic Mouse Force Sensor that Could Debut Later this Year

Apple's Granted Patent Covers a New Force Sensor for Magic Mouse<p>Apple has been granted a patent today for their invention relating to a new force …

Google Play Music All Access to get iOS app support?

Google’s new music subscription service Google Play Music All Access doesn’t yet have its own iOS app, but an existing app may add support for the …

Xbox One preorders point to Nov. 30 arrival

Gamers desperate to splash out on Microsoft's blocky new Xbox One console needn't wait until Christmas, as U.K. retailers have already started taking preorders for the upcoming gaming gadget.<p>Green-hued tech retailer Zavvi is asking for a whopping 400 pounds ($608) for the Xbox One, which was …

Apple Updates Look of Online Store With More Feature Images, Fewer Text Links

Apple today rolled out some updates to its online store, not only posting new features advertising Father's Day gift purchases but also introducing a new, cleaner look for the store. While the main page of the online store had previously consisted of a main center column with product promotions …

'Ryse' teased as an Xbox One exclusive with Kinect integration, details at E3

Microsoft didn't reveal all of the planned launch titles for its Xbox One this week. Crytek says that <i>Ryse</i>, a title set in the Roman Empire period, will debut exclusively on the Xbox One. <i>Ryse</i> looks set to be unveiled at E3, with a mini-site teasing the timing for June's gaming event.<p><i>Ryse</i> was …

3M, Nanosys ready to bring quantum dot film to LCD makers

3M and Nanosys have just announced that they'll start shipping qualification samples of their Quantum Dot Enhancement Film (QDEF) to manufacturers to bring a 50 percent wider color gamut and lower power consumption to LCD displays. Consisting of trillions of quantum dots tuned to create precise …

iLoveHandles launches ‘Trunk’, a flexible Lightning cable that holds your iPhone vertically

iLoveHandles, a company that makes unique iOS device accessories (Facet and Pinhead come to mind), today announced availability of its latest one of a kind offering for iPhone.<p>Dubbed the “Trunk,” the company has created a short, flexible Lightning cable that is strong enough to hold up an iPhone …