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How to use Instagram Stories like a pro

Make the move from Snapchat<p>Let’s face it, Snapchat is facing some serious, constant competition from Instagram. While the company is nowhere near down and out, brands and individuals are increasingly shifting over to Instagram Stories for a variety of reasons. Instagram has been relentless about …

You don’t need an Apple Watch to make emergency calls from your wrist

Aside from allowing Apple to play nice with certain laws abroad, this should be very appealing to runners, or just anyone who doesn't want to be tethered to a smartphone when they're out and about.<p>There's a small problem, though: The Apple Watch can't make calls. Or at least, not on its own. …

Smartwatches

Apple made the iPhone 6s nearly waterproof and didn't tell anyone

Leave it up to Apple to downplay a surprisingly useful engineering feat: A water-resistant iPhone. It turns out the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus sport a combination of new technology that makes them far more resistant to liquid damage than past iPhones, iFixit reports. Apple packed in a new gasket around …

Mobile Technology

Roundup: Last year’s Android Wear watches are a painless and inexpensive way to get in to the platform

With so many companies having recently announced their new generations of Android Wear watches, there’s never been a better (or cheaper) time to try out the platform. There were many risks with trying it out before. First off, Android Wear watches weren’t that cheap. For a sibling platform with …

North Korea calls Sony hack 'a righteous deed'

North Korea says it doesn't know who is behind the massive and embarrassing hack of Sony Pictures. But the government sure isn't upset it happened.<p>Hackers recently stole and posted online over 100 terabytes of data from the studio, including full movies, private employee records and revealing …

I Tried The iPhone Keyboard That Lets You Type More Than 100 Words Per Minute

There are plenty of keyboard apps out there to help you type faster, but I've never seen anything quite like Nintype, the new iPhone keyboard that promises typing speeds up to 130 words per minute.<p>Nintype uses a combination of methods to achieve this speed. It's designed to be used with two hands …

A Chinese Startup Made This Gorgeous iPhone Clone That's Thinner Than Any Phone In The World

The Oppo R5 is the thinnest smartphone in the world.<p>It's more than two millimeters slimmer than the iPhone 6, and it's so skinny it can't even fit a standard headphone jack.<p>The phone, which was unveiled at the end of October, is only available in a few select countries at the moment. It will …

iPad Pro schematic shows off an unsurprisingly big iPad

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images<p>If Apple does offer a 12.2-inch iPad as expected, there’s a good chance it will look like …

Tech Gifts For Geeky Guys This Holiday Season

I have been told that buying gifts for me is difficult. I’m obviously passionate about my PCs and technology in general, but I already have access to virtually all of the latest gadgets and PC hardware out there. Friends and family often come to my place to check out the latest gear, before heading …

This App Is Like A Mind-Reading Robot That Helps You Avoid Conflict

Design firm Altitude created a conceptual app that uses emotion-detecting software to help keep users calm and collected.<p>Many smartphone apps distract us from our feelings–it’s hard to get in touch with crushing sadness while crushing candy. But what if there were an app that made users more aware …

The next Google Glass will be powered by Intel

The first model might not even be on sale, but the <i>next</i> version of Google Glass will have Intel inside. That's according to the <i>WSJ</i>, who's heard from people familiar with the matter that it will apparently form yet another part of the chipmakers continued push into wearables -- in case you hadn't …

Meet Andy, The Robot Headed Into The Moon’s “Lake of Death”

Astrobotic and Carnegie Mellon plan to land this rover near caves that could one day shelter human inhabitants.<p>With feats of interstellar prowess on Mars and a comet winding down, another is getting underway a little closer to home.<p>Carnegie Mellon University is gearing up for a four-wheeling lunar …

Google Glass will return in 2015 with Intel inside, says WSJ

2015 will see Google launch a new model of its Glass headset, which will be powered by an Intel chip and offer longer battery life than the current Explorer Edition, according to <i>The Wall Street Journal</i>. Google Glass has already been through a couple of small iterative upgrades — one to add …

Ridesharing apps are erasing the value of taxi services

It's no surprise that ridesharing outfits like Lyft and Uber are disrupting the taxi business through lower pricing and technological advantages. However, it's now clear that these app-based upstarts are also hitting taxis where it really hurts: the value of owning a taxi service. A <i>New York Times</i> …

Japan's Hayabusa 2 spacecraft heads to a carbon-rich asteroid soon

On November 30th, Japan's Hayabusa 2 will be leaving leaving Earth aboard a Mitsubishi-made rocket to make its way to an asteroid -- but not to blow it up. The Japanese spacecraft will follow in its predecessor's footsteps and observing a space rock for science (of course). But unlike the first …

12.2-inch iPad Pro could be thinner than the iPhone 6 Plus

Apple is expected to announce a huge iPad in early 2015, and a new report details some of the tablet’s specs.<p>According to the reliable Japanese site Macotakara, the larger iPad (or ‘iPad Pro’, as it’s been dubbed by the press) will feature a 12.2-inch display and improved stereo audio. The device …

YouTube for iOS updated with new music dashboard, ‘YouTube Mix’ mode

YouTube has updated its iOS app with support for a new music-focused view of the dashboard. The new screen features the most popular music videos and artists on YouTube, genre-specific charts, and curated playlists.<p>The new version also introduces a music playback option called “YouTube Mix” that …

Windows is vulnerable to web encryption attacks, too

Microsoft's software isn't immune to the rash of recent web encryption exploits, it seems. The company has discovered (and thankfully, patched) a Windows flaw that lets hackers use the software's Secure Channel technology, which handles SSL and TLS encryption, to compromise PCs. If you're …

Samsung unveils Project Beyond, a 3D-capturing camera for Gear VR

Samsung has just unveiled a sneak preview of a new camera called Project Beyond, which is a 3D-capturing 360-degree camera designed to capture videos and stream them on the Gear VR. Pranav Mistry, Samsung's VP of Research, says that Beyond is a "new kind of camera that gives a new kind of immersive …

Nexus 6 Review: A Big, Beautiful, Cumbersome Beast

I wanted to love the Nexus 6.<p>I’ve been using a Nexus 5 as my phone of choice since the very day it was announced. It’s the phone that pulled me over from the iOS camp for keeps, after so many dozens of other Android handsets I’d tested failed to do so with any permanence. It’s the phone I …

Nexus 6 review: Google shows it can make a big-screen phone

Which is easier to juggle on your daily commute: a small smartphone and tablet together, or a 6-inch phone that merges features from both? Consumers once leaned toward the former, but many have lately changed their minds. The so-called phablet has come a long way since Samsung came out with the …

Samsung’s Gear VR Headset Will Cost $200, Ship In Early December

Remember the Gear VR, Samsung’s Oculus-inspired virtual reality headset? Rather than plugging the headset into a computer or console, you’d slip a phone (just the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, for now) into the headset and it’d act as the display, power source, and brains of the operation. Take the idea …

Nexus 6 review: Big and bold, but similar to Motorola’s other flagship phones

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>Credit: Kevin C. Tofel / Gigaom<p>Google’s Nexus 6 is in a strange situation. Not only is this is the first Nexus phone to be …