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Consumer Reports no longer recommends Microsoft Surface devices

<i>Consumer Reports</i> has pulled the “recommendation” rating it awarded to four Microsoft Surface devices.<p>The publication says the change was made as a result of “poor predicated reliability,” and said the estimated breakage rate for Microsoft tablets and notebooks was higher than that for most other …

Apple started making iPad because Jobs 'hated' a Microsoft exec

Scott Forstall, the former head of software for Apple, made the comments during a talk at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California.<p>The iPhone might never have existed if Apple co-founder Steve Jobs didn't "hate" an executive at Microsoft.<p>Scott Forstall, the former head of Apple's …

MacBook Pro

Everything Apple announced today (and what we’re still waiting for)

Apple may not have held an event for its latest announcements, but it has certainly been an eventful morning in terms of rumored products launching. There’s also a lot left in the product pipeline that didn’t get announced (and would warrant an event). Here’s what we learned from today’s …

Apple

Some PS4s Have Become A Bit Laggy Recently

If you’re noticing that your Playstation 4 is a bit sluggish, you’re not the only one. Recently, players across social media are reporting increased …

MacBook Pro might become a lot more 'pro' this year, report claims

There was no shortage of complaints about Apple's refreshed, 2016 MacBook Pro line, be it shoddy battery life or absence of any ports besides USB-C. …

WhatsApp’s privacy U-turn on sharing data with Facebook draws more heat in Europe

A dramatic privacy about-face by messaging app WhatsApp this summer, in which it revealed an update to its T&Cs would for the first time allow the sharing of its user data with parent company Facebook, is getting the pair into hot water in Europe.<p>This week Facebook was ordered to stop harvesting …

Apple negotiating with Sharp to supply OLED displays for next-generation ‘iPhone 8’ in 2017

Apple currently uses LCD display technology for all of its iPhones but this appears to be changing next year with the rumored radically-new iPhone in 2017, following the iPhone 7’s smaller, iterative, design changes. Many reports have said that the next-generation iPhones, dubbed ‘iPhone 8’, will …

Samsung Galaxy S7

Apple’s new Lightning EarPods for iPhone 7 purportedly shown in new photos

As has been widely reported, it is all but confirmed that the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will not feature a 3.5mm headphone jack. This means buyers of the new iPhone will have to search for alternative types of headphones, whether that be via wireless Bluetooth or Apple’s Lightning cable.<p>Right now, …

Mobile Technology

The Motorola Razr might be making a comeback

Get your Moto running, because the storied phone-maker is teasing a new version of the legendary Razr flip phone.<p>Think back to the halcyon days of 2004. Gamers were levelling up in the brand new World of Warcraft. Google had just released a platform called Gmail (invitation only, naturally). …

Mobile Technology

The Huge Mistake Google Is Already Making With Its New Google Home Device | Inc.com

Powered by Google search, with access to all the magic that makes Google Now (a.k.a. cards) so uncannily useful, the Google Home device announced at the company's recent IO conference might seem set to run roughshod over the Echo, Amazon's earlier entry into the in-home, voice-activated-assistant …

Google Home

Sony finally says it’s adding 2FA to PlayStation Network

It looks like Sony is finally gearing up to add two-factor authentication to the PlayStation Network — some five years after a massive data breach compromised the details of millions of users, including potentially exposing users’ credit card data.<p>The company yesterday confirmed to gaming news …

21 tiny design features that show Apple’s incredible attention to detail

Apple is known for its insane attention to detail. Oftentimes, it’s what sets Apple’s products apart from the competition.<p>Some of these features are incredibly useful and make the products more enjoyable, while others are purely cosmetic. Regardless of the value they add to the overall experience, …

Smartwatches

PlayStation 4 outsells Xbox One in March

Sony’s console continues its sales streak.<p>PlayStation 4 was the top-selling new gaming console at United States retailers last month, according to data from industry-tracking firm The NPD Group that Sony Interactive Entertainment provided to GamesBeat. PS4 has outsold the competition for 13 of the …

Gaming

Uber shared 14 million users’ info with the government, transparency report says

Uber released its first-ever transparency report today, following in the footsteps of other major technology companies and detailing the kinds of information it shares about riders and drivers with the U.S. government.<p>Between July and December 2015, Uber disclosed information about 14 million users …

Why J.J. Abrams is betting on 'immersive cinema' with Star Trek Beyond

Barco Escape is going to make the Enterprise really, really wide<p>Over the past few years movie theaters have been eagerly rolling out new technologies to get people back into theaters, ranging from 3D and laser projectors, to shaking seats that shoot water at your face. This week J.J. Abrams’ …

This bored gamer hacked his ecig to play a Flappy Bird clone

Electronic cigarettes are probably not going to provide a platform for mobile games in the near future — except this one.<p>Using an eVic-VTC Mini electronic cigarette, an enterprising gamer managed to hack the personal vaporizer to play the popular mobile game Flappy Bird on the built-in OLED …

New Uber competitor is for females only

Starting April 19 in Boston, women will be able to hail a ride that may make them feel safer, the Next Web reports. In response to reported sexual assaults during Uber, Lyft, and taxi rides, Michael Pelletz launched Chariot for Women, providing ride-sharing just for women (as well as kids of any …

The PS4's new update sneaks in 4TB drive support and more

Yes, yes, you can now play your PS4 on your PC or Mac. However, the latest update also resurrects old features, adds new ones, and does plenty more if you have no remote interest on depending on your internet connection to play PlayStation at work. First up, your newest PlayStation will now support …

Adobe Just Issued an Emergency Flash Update After Ransomware Attacks

Adobe Systems issued an emergency update on Thursday to its widely used Flash software for Internet browsers after researchers discovered a security …

Apple’s short film on autism proves that accessibility features matter

Apple has released a couple of videos over the weekend starring Dillan Barmache, a 16-year-old kid who is autistic and non-verbal. These two films are powerful and also make a strong point in favor of accessibility features, specialized apps for autistic people and more.<p>Autism affects social and …

26-year-old hacker gets $3M for self-driving car startup

A 26-year-old hacker just banked millions to take on Elon Musk.<p>George Hotz is the founder of Comma.ai, an autonomous driving startup that's roughly six months old. On Monday, top VC firm Andreessen Horowitz announced a $3.1 million investment in the company.<p>Comma.ai is working on a kit that will …

Artificial Intelligence

Sony's next PS4 update arrives tomorrow with game streaming for PC and Macs

Sony's next major update to the PlayStation 4 debuts tomorrow. It includes a number of new features, but the most important addition is Remote Play for PCs and Macs. New Remote Play apps for Windows and Mac will allow PlayStation 4 players to stream games to their Mac and PCs, and Sony is allowing …

First iPhone SE teardown reveals mainly 5s/6s parts inside, but a few surprises too

As the iPhone SE is slowly beginning to reach the hand’s of customers around the world, the folks at ChipWorks have already been able to take Apple’s latest 4-inch phone apart to see what’s powering it all on the inside. It’s often been said the iPhone SE is an iPhone 6s crammed into the body of an …

iPhone

Soccer legend Pele suing Samsung over doppelganger

Korean tech giant Samsung isn't a stranger to lawsuits, with its most famous legal battle being that never-ending one against Apple. But now, Samsung is about to face another legal challenge, after soccer legend Pelé has filed a $30 million lawsuit over a lookalike featured in a <i>New York Times</i> …

'Mars' is a crazy floating speaker that sounds okay but looks amazing

‘Mars’ by crazybaby is a futuristic speaker that would look right at home in any Sci-Fi movie. The cylindrical base acts as both a control unit and a subwoofer, while the top looks like a flying saucer and levitates two to three inches above the base while providing 360-degree sound from a …

Levitation

Drunk passenger charged £102 for £15 journey after Uber driver takes 20-mile detour around London

Daniel Kaizen fell asleep during the minicab ride home and almost 'spat out his tea' when he awoke to see the route his driver took.<p>An Uber driver charged a drunk passenger £102.17 for a journey, after taking him on a 20-mile detour around London while he slept.<p>London long Uber route<p>Daniel Kaizen …

FlipFlic will make your blinds respond to the sun

This Kickstarter project boasts greater automation and a lower price than its smart-shade competitors.<p>Smart blinds make your home feel a lot smarter, but they also cost a boatload. For motorized and app-connected shades like Somfy's or Lutron's, you're looking at prices ranging from $250 to upward …

Home Automation

FBI’s war with Apple shows how little control we have over our privacy

The now well-known and increasingly long-running battle between Apple and the FBI over the unlocking of an iPhone is over. Or, it is for now.<p>But with the FBI reportedly getting access from a third-party, leading to a request to withdraw the case, there are unanswered questions about the security of …

Privacy

Microsoft built a special version of Windows 10 for China

Being notoriously strict about censorship, China makes it difficult for companies to launch their products there. It’s a major stumbling block for businesses that want to take a stab at the largest market in the world.<p>Often, companies will have to bend to suit the requirements of China’s government …

Windows 10

Apple's iPhone and iPad event: what to expect

Apple's "Let us loop you in" event takes place later today. The company is rumoured to be introducing a new, smaller, iPhone, updated iPads and …