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12 clever gadgets every college student should have

There’s nothing like the start of a new semester. It’s the perfect time to turn over a new leaf and to set goals. As colleges and universities get …

11 People Who Used Facebook In Amazing Ways This Year

In fact, some people used the social network in amazing ways this past year.<p>They used Facebook to connect, to make friends, to meet new people, to achieve dreams, and share goals.<p>Here's a list of people who used Facebook in unconventional and inspiring ways.

Social Media

There's an app that needs you: the rise of mobile crowdsourcing

<b>(CNN) —</b> From avoiding traffic jams, to analyzing pedestrian flow patterns, to finding the best public toilet in town, crowdsourcing apps are showing that many smartphones make for light work.<p>With thousands of mini-reports coming in from around the internet, a mosaic of information can form a larger …

Google Nexus 9 Review: Nine Reasons To Buy A Google Tablet

The Nexus 9 is Google's answer to several questions: Will Google compete with the iPad Air? Can large screen tablet work?<p>And what's the future of the …

Google's Lollipop Wants To Change The Way We Use Our Phones

If you're an Android user, there's a chance that earlier this week your phone or tablet alerted you about a new update to its operating system. Yearly system updates are a part of the modern smartphone experience, and, like clockwork, Apple and Google typically issue them every fall.<p>The newest …

Turn off or tone down the translucent effect in Yosemite

To date, I have been enjoying Yosemite's overhauled design, including its translucent effect that lets the background colors bleed through some windows and menus. Of course, your opinion may differ. If you find Yosemite's translucence distracting or annoying or both, there is a way to turn it …

Microsoft Office Apps Skyrocket To The Top Of The App Store Following Pricing Changes

Nothing sells like “free.” Microsoft Word is now the number one free iPhone and iPad application on iTunes, closely followed by other Microsoft Office apps including Excel and PowerPoint. The apps have shot up to the top of Apple’s App Store after last week’s pricing changes. Before, Microsoft had …

Fat fingers? ThickButtons’ iPhone keyboard app to the rescue

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 …

9 Super Simple Ways to Make Facebook Less Annoying

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These Are the 5 Coolest Features of OS X Yosemite

From Apple Pay to Apple Watch — and with new iPhones and iPads launched in between — the tech world has been awash with innovations flowing from …

How to use OS X Yosemite to send texts from your Mac

In the past, using the Messages app on a Mac could be an irritating experience. And what if a friend dared to send a green-bubble text from an Android phone? When texting from your Mac, messaging those friends wasn’t possible until now.<p>In today’s Cult of Mac video, find out how to enable Text …

Android Phones

OS X Yosemite: Top Hidden Features You Would Not Want to Miss

Apple recently rolled out its newest Mac OS iteration, OS X Yosemite, which comes with a complete design overhaul including the revolutionary UI …

7 common problems with the Nexus 5 and how to fix them

The Nexus 5 is recognized by many gadget lovers as one of the least expensive high-end Android handsets on the market, designed to give users optimized hardware and fantastic quality for a price that wasn’t going to break the bank However, just like any other phone, inexpensive or otherwise, the …

Android News

How to clean install OS X Yosemite via bootable USB flash drive

Step-by-step guide to completing a clean install of Mac OS X Yosemite using a flash drive.<p>Mac OS users who want to install OS X 10.10 Yosemite on …

Apple’s Jony Ive Is Not Flattered By Xiaomi

At the Vanity Fair Summit, Jony Ive just gave his much-anticipated panel, “Genius by Design.” Ive spent a significant chunk of his time on stage talking about Apple’s design process in broad strokes, touching upon the evolution of ideas and the process by which the team makes decisions on when to …

There Could Be A Very Simple Reason For Why People Aren't Updating To iOS 8

There's been a lot of chatter lately about the adoption rate of iOS 8, but the reason might lie in the phone's storage capacity.<p>iOS 8 adoption has increased just 1% since Apple last published stats on the operating system.<p>Some have speculated that the reason for the slow adoption rate might be …

iOS

4 Ways Microsoft Office 365 Can Change The Way You Work

For many businesses, managing a full complement of IT services in-house has become costly, complex, and inefficient. Companies of all sizes, in a variety of industries, are seeing the benefits of moving some or all IT functions off premises for a third party to manage.<p>Through managed services, …

How Smart Devices Can Be Disruptive without Being Intrusive

<i>Gilles Bouchard is the CEO and Chairman of Livescribe, Inc.</i><p>The tech industry is obsessed with innovation – there’s a reason “disruption” is such a big buzzword. When it comes to wearables, the gadgets that are winning are not only innovative, they also integrate into people’s lives without being …

Are smartphones making our working lives more stressful?

Are smartphones really so bad for us? Hard science on the matter is hard to come by. In the absence of solid evidence, debates on their effects are driven more by conjecture, anecdotes and surveys. Some studies, however, are starting to provide a few answers.<p>When companies hand out smartphones to …

How To: Install Custom Keyboards in iOS 8

- Sep 18, 2014<p>With the debut of iOS 8, Apple’s mobile operating system now allows the installation of third-party keyboards such as offerings from …

Boost Your iOS 8 Device's Battery Life With This Simple Trick

With iOS 8 now up, running, and destroying iPhone 4s everywhere, some users will be pleased to know that Apple has added a neat little trick to improve battery life.<p>Already a feature on some Android devices (and some half-hearted third party iOS apps), iOS 8 now lets users view a breakdown of which …

iOS 8 Third-Party Keyboard Apps Take Top Spots in App Store Charts

- Sep 18, 2014<p>As of yesterday’s iOS 8 release, users can now install third-party keyboards for use on their iOS devices. As of today, three of these …

6 great features coming to both old and new iPhones this week in iOS 8

Maybe you weren’t one of the four million people who pre-ordered an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus last week. And perhaps you don’t want to stand around …

8 Secure Apps For Paranoid People

Luckily, there are apps out there for helping to shrink your digital footprint.<p>From messaging apps with military-grade encryption and included kill switches to apps that will encrypt your phone calls, these are the best apps for flying below the radar.<p>Just don't forget your trench coat.

Apps

Bose QuietComfort 25 review: The best noise-canceling headphones get better - CNET

<b>The Good</b> Extra-comfortable design; clearer, more dynamic sound; highly effective noise-canceling circuitry that's been slightly improved; new folding design allows the headphones to fit in a smaller carrying case; if the battery dies, the music now doesn't die; 21- to 30-day risk-free home</b> …

5 Unique Kitchen Gadgets for Under $100

Paper Towel Holder with 4 USB Ports ($50)<p>This is the Towlhub, an ordinary-looking paper towel holder with a missing vowel. Look closer, and you’ll …

How to use a Chromebook: Tips, tricks and shortcuts

Kicking the tires on a Chromebook purchase? As a cheaper alternative to a Windows laptop or a MacBook, a Chromebook is an attractive option for budget buyers. The simplicity of Google's Chrome OS, which is little more than its Chrome browser with a bit of window dressing (Windows dressing, if you …

How to Get Stock Android On Any Smartphone or Tablet

Google has had a problem for some time with manufacturers of the most popular Android smartphones putting their own stamp on Google's own …

How to Avoid Spam and Minimize Graymail

<i>Daniel Viney is the Product Manager at Atmail.com.</i><p>The term “spam” in relation to email is widely attributed to the Monty Python sketch written by Terry Jones and Michael Palin, in which spam is depicted as unavoidable. “Spam” became a commonly used term in the late nineties to describe the mass …

These Are the 10 Best Android Phones of 2015

<i>This post is in partnership with Trusted Reviews. The article below was originally published at Trusted Reviews.com.</i><p>The "big four" high-end Android …