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Sony's connected speakers take aim at Sonos, but come up short

When it comes to connected speakers and multi-room audio, Sonos is the clear leader in the clubhouse. Its devices are also typically more expensive than the competition. Sony, a name with a lot of home theater experience, is offering its own Sonos-like system with a collection of three speakers. …

Audiophile

IGN Free Game of the Month: The Executive

October Free Game of the Month<p>IGN has partnered with Riverman Media to give gamers The Executive for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad free-of-charge! All …

App Store

A New App Called Soon Organizes Your Everyday Bucket List

Your friend tells you about a great new TV show they’re watching on Netflix, or a new restaurant that you <i>just have to try</i>. If you’re like me, you tend to pop open the Notepad app on your phone and jot down this information for later…And then you promptly forget about it.<p>A new mobile application …

Apps

More appliances can automatically buy you pet food from Amazon

Kibbles via bits<p>Yesterday, Amazon announced that it's adding a bunch of new partners and products to its Dash Replenishment Service, including Samsung, GE, and some automatic pet food dispenser companies. You might know Dash better for its little Wi-Fi connected buttons that let you buy stuff (or …

Markets

Cult of Mac Magazine: iPhone 6s is one sexy beast

The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus came out last week, and it’s been a fun ride getting to know what makes these sexy beasts tick.<p>Check out this week’s <i>Cult of Mac Magazine</i> for all the tips, tricks, reviews, news, and just plain great content with yet another digital issue of your favorite …

Mobile Technology

It’s official: Alphabet has replaced Google

Google has officially changed its name to “Alphabet,” according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.<p>Alphabet will act as a holding company, comprising all of Google’s various companies, as well as the original search and services business.<p>(See our “Everything you need to know …

Over 8,400 images from NASA's Moon missions are now on Flickr in high resolution

You've seen images from the Apollo missions before, but you've never seen anything like this. More than 8,400 images from NASA's Moon missions have been uploaded to Flickr at a resolution of 1800 dpi.<p>NASA didn't just send astronauts to the Moon to do scientific exploration, it also sent them …

Apollo Missions

Automatically Animate GIFs In Your Google Image Search Results

Even though I’m a huge Giphy fan, I still use Google Image Search a lot to find fun imagery…especially animated GIFs. The problem with using Google Search for this is that the results aren’t animated.<p>Static as the day is long. Womp Womp.<p>First world problems, but you have to click on each result to …

Image Search

Super Blood Moon, A Glowing Turtle, And Other Amazing Images Of The Week

Astronomy

Nike COO: We’re talking about opening a Seattle engineering center

Nike COO Eric Sprunk said he felt a little out of place as a Portlander on stage at the GeekWire Summit in Seattle this week, as there tends to be …

University of Washington

'Tomorrowland' (The Book) And the Heartbreak of Prediction

A hell of a lot more of "Tomorrowland" is likely to to feel familiar than outlandish a decade from now.<p>Human beings have such a weird relationship with predictions. At first, people can’t get enough of them; we love to be told what’s going to happen today, next week, next year, in a century. Our …

Books

This Nike running installation transforms portraits into moving particles

Nike collaborated with creative studio FIELD to create an interactive running installation that transforms your portrait into a Force of Nature.The installation takes the runner through a journey of immersive visual effects that amplify the feeling of getting into a running flow.<p><i>Video courtesy of</i> …

Particles

Alicia Vikander Reportedly Up for Assassin's Creed, Bourne 5 Roles

Ex Machina actress may exit The Circle.<p>Ex Machina star Alicia Vikander is reportedly in talks to join the casts of the upcoming Assassin's Creed film …

Film Industry

iPad App of the Week: Fan Duel – One Day Fantasy Sports Leagues

Who doesn’t like great iPad apps? At iPad Insight we definitely do. With that in mind, we offer up a quick review of an excellent iPad app, or a few great iPad apps, here each week.<p>Our weekly picks for Best iPad App of the Week are published here every Saturday. Check out all out picks below and …

Apps

Potatoes, Late Night Gardening, and DIY Power

When potatoes try to take root in your pantry, here's what you can do with them.<p><b>Don't have enough cash for an Apple Watch? Try a Potato Clock instead.</b><p>I'm far from a gardener, but I do like to grow things occasionally. Ever rummage through the pantry only to find an old potato that has decided to …

Gardening

'Mario Kart: Fury Road' is the Mad Max mashup that needed to happen most

Whether you're teaming up with Bowser or running from postapocalyptic psycho guitarists, the worlds of Mario and Mad Max blend easier than you might guess.<p>Back in the 1990s, before everything was a first-person shooter, we played endless hours of Mario Kart to pass the time in the suburbs. And now …

Mad Max

Chris Pratt goes on Facebook to apologize in advance for 'Jurassic World' press tour

Knowing that he might very well spout nonsense as hundreds of journalists ask him inane questions, the actor gives advance warning.<p><i>So tell me, what was your character's motivation in running away from that vast dinosaur?</i><p>It's questions such as that which drive actors demented. Well, more demented …

Jurassic World

Is it 'game over' for box artwork?

<b>To gamers, the artwork on their favourite titles is as recognisable as the front of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band or Dark Side of the Moon is to music fans. But as digital downloads eat into physical sales, will it suffer the same fate as the album cover?</b><p>For many, the colourful images evoke …

Tom Clancy

Firefox browser for iOS is almost ready for testing

It's been a long time coming, but Firefox for iOS is nearly here... in a manner of speaking. Mozilla has revealed that it's about to conduct a "limited" beta test of the web browser, and has already posted source code for early testers. The organization would like to have an open beta that gives …

Killing the business card with an email

For almost as long as there have been internet tech startups, there have been people trying to kill the business card. While the inefficient, environmentally dubious practice of exchanging a piece of dead tree with someone else definitely needs to end, I’m increasingly convinced that some clever …

The Pirate Bay is not down: Domain redirect problem has an easy fix

If you’re seeing a CloudFlare error suggesting The Pirate Bay is down, don’t fret. This is a domain redirect issue at the infamous thepiratebay.se domain, and all you have to do is navigate to one of The Pirate Bay’s four new domains: thepiratebay.mn, thepiratebay.gd, thepiratebay.vg, and …

An Aging Instagram Tries To Win Us Back With Email “Highlights”

Four and a half years is a lot of pretty pictures. Instagram isn’t as young as it used to be, and it doesn’t want long-time users to slip away from its app.<p>Luckily, it can still email them. Email isn’t dead, no matter how much we wish it was. High open-rates mean it still matters. Twitter bought a …

Marketing

After a decade online, YouTube is redefining celebrity

LOS ANGELES (AP) — It's a meet-and-greet worthy of an A-list star.<p>Outside the three-story bookstore at the outdoor shopping mecca known as The Grove, hundreds of mostly young women have formed a line that stretches past trendy clothing stores and spills out onto a nearby street. They're waiting to …

Advertising

Apple has a crazy idea for the iPhone's home button that could make it much more powerful and useful

Now, a recently published Apple patent application provides more evidence that the home button probably isn't going away anytime soon.<p>The patent application, published on Thursday, describes a system in which you could use the iPhone's fingerprint sensor to actually navigate your phone.<p>Apple …

Patents

Screenshots of Google’s new Photos app for Android leak

Google’s new Photos app is coming soon, as a separate experience from Google+. Screenshots of the Android version leaked today, courtesy of Android Police, and there is a lot to show.<p>We’ve heard rumors since at least August 2014 that Google+’s image functions may be spun out into a standalone photo …

Jimmy Wales: 'I'm a pathologically optimistic person'

Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales describes himself as "pathologically optimistic".<p>Appearing on the Radio 4 Desert Island Discs programme, he told presenter Kirsty Wark he needed to surround himself with more pessimistic people in order to get things done.

Wikipedia

Before-and-after photos show how much New York has changed since the 1800s

This week, the New York Public Library released an interactive website that allows users to travel back in time using the Library's historical photography database.<p>The site, called OldNYC, features a digital map where users can view photos of the island dating as far back as the early 19th …

Google Maps