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Windows 95 on the Apple Watch features the world’s most twee Start button

Big, complex things running on tiny things is a common theme this week. Earlier we had a hack that put Counter-Strike on Android Wear, and today some maniac has installed Windows 95 on his Apple Watch. At last it’ll do something worthwhile! That is, of course, if you can find the Start button.<p>Nick …

Twitter is testing a much better design for its Android app

Twitter tests new designs from time to time in the beta version of its Android app. Some of those designs roll out widely — others don't. But the design it's testing right now really ought to, because it's much better than what's in use today.<p>A number of people using Twitter's alpha and beta apps …

Apps

Why the iPhone sometimes feels stuck in the past

This isn't just about ringtones but it's also a lot about ringtones<p>Recently, I decided to buy an iPhone 6S and turn on iMessage.1 iPhones are great! But in the process of setting it up, I ran into some hassles that reminded me that for all the advancements that Apple has made with iOS over the …

Samsung announces 'pink gold' version of Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge

Samsung's excellent Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge phones are now available in a fifth color: "pink gold."<p>In case you're wondering what this color <i>means</i>, I'll hand it over to Samsung:<p>"Pink Gold was chosen as it, like the other colors available for the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, is a natural color that provides a …

Apple may be working on a way to show friends your autocorrect mistakes

Text with abandon<p>Autocorrect failures are a great source of internet schadenfreude, but they typically come at the expense of a texter's mental anguish for having tapped send one second too soon. According to a new Apple patent, the iPhone maker is looking into a way to notify a text recipient of …

Microsoft's Ninja Cat To Be Part of Windows 10's New Emoji

Microsoft has just revealed a refreshed version of its Windows 10 emoji set last week, but it appears there are some Windows-only additions which are …

Cute

iPhone SE diary: Why I’m seriously considering my first ever iDevice downgrade

Apple deserves a great deal of credit for the iPhone SE. I outlined yesterday why I believe the product makes long-term strategic sense, and the vast majority of you agree. But Apple has also managed to tempt not just one but two <i>9to5Mac</i> writers to do something almost unthinkable for tech junkies: …

Mobile Technology

How Much Of An Impact Will The iPhone SE Have On Apple's Financials?

Apple hosted its much anticipated product event in Cupertino earlier this week, where it unveiled a new 4-inch smartphone, the iPhone SE. The device’s $400 starting price – which is the lowest ever launch price for an Apple handset – indicates that it is targeted largely at emerging markets where …

IPhone SE

3 Things to Consider Before Buying an iPhone SE

Apple will begin taking preorders on Thursday for the new iPhone SE, a good option for people who’ve clung to the similar looking but older iPhone 5 …

iPhone SE Review: Smaller Gets Smarter With Better Battery Life to Boot

Apple’s powerful new 4-inch iPhone has the size and battery performance that many have been waiting for<p>Most smartphones now come in two sizes—big and huge. Apple’s new iPhone SE is the first one made for everybody whose thumbs lack the wingspan of eagles.<p>The phone, which goes on sale Thursday, …

Mobile Technology

9.7-inch iPad Pro to start at higher $599 price, come in 32 GB & 128 GB capacities

With the iPad Pro name and features, the new 9.7-inch iPad will be Apple’s first to come with a starting price higher than $499. The smaller iPad Pro will start at $599 and include 32 GB of storage, according to sources. The $599 base configuration is for a WiFi-only model, while higher-priced …

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CNN

Nintendo's first smartphone app is a social surprise

Nintendo has asked gamers to help rescue a princess, race go-karts and even play tennis with a motion-sensing controller.<p>Now, the maker of Mario is asking fans to do something new: share their weekend plans with friends.<p>Nintendo's first smartphone app -- Miitomo -- launched Thursday in Japan, and …

Retrogaming

Pope Francis getting on Instagram

The Pope is jumping on the Instagram bandwagon.<p>Starting on Saturday you'll be able to find him on Instagram under the name "Franciscus," according to the Vatican's official communication department.<p>Pope Francis already has a personal Twitter account, but he doesn't write his own tweets. And he …

Social Media

Tim Cook tells Time: FBI fight is like a 'bad dream'

As the encryption debate rages on -- with Apple at the center of it all -- CEO Tim Cook says he feels like he's in a nightmare.<p>"The government should always be the one defending civil liberties. And there's a role reversal here," Cook told Time in a new interview published Thursday. "I mean I still …

Privacy

Building a brand-new Internet

We do not possess the ability to read the future, and yet we can predict with a high level of certainty that we will see more major cybersecurity incidents in 2016 and 2017.<p>The world’s cybersecurity capability is not able to advance in line with the growing vulnerabilities. We are faced by more and …

Purported iPhone 7 chassis pictures show redesigned antenna lines, new larger camera

It is new iPhone rumor season once again: Following case leaks for Apple’s next-generation iPhone models last week, expected to debut in fall, an image purports to show technical drawings for the iPhone 7 chassis (via NowhereElse.fr).<p>The images show the back of the phone. At first glance, it’s …

Mobile Technology

Sony’s futuristic Concept N headphones don’t touch your ears

Headphones you wear on your neck<p>Sony's newly formed R&D outfit, Future Lab, is here at SXSW to show off its first concept prototype: a pair of headphones worn around the neck that direct audio upwards so only you can hear it. Codenamed Concept N, the Bluetooth device takes the design of those …

Sony's prototype projector turns any tabletop into a touch-sensitive display

A step toward holograms<p>Sony's Future Lab is a R&D group responsible for taking crazy ideas into the prototype phase, and one impressive vision shown here at SXSW in Austin this week is a projector that turns any flat surface into a screen for light to play on. The "Interactive Tabletop" concept …

Augmented Reality

Apple announces iPhone and iPad event for March 21st: ‘Let us loop you in'

Apple has sent out invites for an event on March 21st at its campus. For those of you who want to read into the invite, Apple's tagline reads "Let us loop you in."<p>The company is widely expected to announce a new iPhone, the iPhone SE, that will be the same size as the iPhone 5 but with better …

You can drag and drop text between apps in the Android N preview

Another small way to make split-screen useful<p>Split-screen multitasking is one of the biggest new features in the Android N developer preview Google released yesterday, and we're still finding new ways to use it. One bit of functionality that Google added (at least in a very rudimentary form) is the …

Uber has a secret 800 number for emergencies

No one knew when that hotline bling<p>Uber has an emergency phone number for passengers and drivers to get in touch with a human employee at the ride-hail company, according to a report in <i>Inc.</i> Thursday. The number, which has been operational since October, is only available in 22 cities and is only …

Apple could reveal mini iPhone 5SE on March 21

Set that calendar reminder: Apple is about to reveal some new gadgets on March 21.<p>The company sent invitations to the media for a special event on Thursday, with the words "Let us loop you in."<p>Apple is widely expected to take the covers off a mini iPhone -- a four-inch "iPhone 5SE."<p>The smaller …

Mobile Technology

FBI 'could force Apple to hand over private key'

A legal filing implies that Department of Justice has a plan B, which involves demanding the company’s electronic signature<p>If Apple doesn’t comply with the court order requiring it to weaken the security on the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone, it may be asked to hand over the source code to the …

Amazon is using scare tactics to deter employee theft

Sounds like a fun place to work<p>Amazon has been using the stories of fired warehouse employees who committed theft in video clips as it attempts to dissuade current employees from stealing from the company, according to a report from <i>Bloomberg</i>. The company plays video clips on a flatscreen TV in its …

Internet

Google promises speed improvements in next Nexus 5X update

Google intends to address some recurring issues with the Nexus 5X in a software update this month. On Reddit, a Google community manager writes that a coming update will attempt to fix issues leading to "slow [and] sluggish performance," as well as problems with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.<p>It's not clear …

Google

CBS declines to do Trump phone interview

Scheduled to appear on "CBS This Morning" on Tuesday, Donald Trump was a no-show, according to a tweet from the show's executive producer. The Trump campaign cited technical issues.<p>"Unfortunately @realDonaldTrump suddenly unable to join @CBSThisMorning via camera- we won't take on the phone- so …

Donald Trump

Pay for gas on ExxonMobil app with Apple Pay

You can now use Apple Pay to buy gas at 6,000 ExxonMobil locations across the U.S. The transactions can be made through the free Speedpass app, meaning that customers won’t have to get out of the car to fill their tank, if they’re at a full-service station.<p>Even if you have to leave your vehicle to …

Reporter Says He Was Hacked on a Flight

A columnist for a major national newspaper says his computer was hacked in midair by a fellow passenger on a recent trip.<p>Steven Petrow, who writes …

Eight Out of Ten Reddit Users Get Their News From the Site, Pew Report Says

Reddit isn’t exactly a household name when it comes to the news, at least not for people who grew up with traditional sources like newspapers and TV …