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I Finally Bought An Amazon Echo And This Is What Happened

A review of my new artificially intelligent roommate, Alexa.<p>Tbh, Amazon should've just named it Alexa.<p>Bless u Prime. 🙏<p>Being able to use my voice feels quick and natural. This is how interacting with all of devices should be. Minutes matter!!<p>I want Alexa to become Samantha from Her, so I can …

LG G5’s Magic Slot battery revealed in leaked photo

LG is just days away from revealing its latest G5 smartphone at Mobile World Congress. While details of the handset and its hardware add-ons and accessories have already been leaked, a new photo appears to show a removable battery add-on. The modular battery add-on is rumored to include a 1100mAh …

Mobile Technology

The Food Lab: Here's Why McDonald's Burgers Don't Rot

Like Rolling Stones farewell tours or the McRib, every few years they seem to come back. I'm talking about those ready-made-for-reposting, viral-friendly photographs of McDonald's food that doesn't seem to ever rot. It started back in 2008, when Karen Hanrahan shared a photograph of a McDonald's …

The 21-year-old powering innovation at the nation's blue chips

You've never heard of Josh Valman's outsourced R&D department, RPD International, but you will have used his products<p>RPD International, the outsourced R&D department launched by a teenager in 2013, which now boasts 96 corporate clients including Unilever, Vodafone and Heineken, has secured a …

Rihanna's Anti: one to scare casual fans – first listen review

Rihanna’s eighth studio album limped out on Wednesday night after a shambolic buildup – and it marks a new direction for her<p>Rihanna’s Anti album campaign has been a case study in how not to release music. Having missed her usual November release date in both 2013 and 2014, the assumption was she’d …

Beats headphones are popular for a reason

Those of you who’ve followed my musical odyssey over the past few months will have noticed that I’ve been trying out pretty much every set of headphones under the sun. I’m getting back into listening to music as a serious hobby, and I want to do it with the best equipment possible, hence my pursuit …

Autistic Starbucks barista serves up drinks with epic dance moves

Forget Caramel Macchiatos with a side of whipped cream — Sam, "the dancing barista," serves up his coffee with a side of epic dance moves.<p>The teenage …

A hotel for gamers has opened in Amsterdam

A hotel dedicated to gamers has opened in Amsterdam this week.<p>The Arcade Hotel, located in the De Pijp area of the city, has 36 rooms in total, all of which come with consoles and games for the guests to enjoy.<p>And if you venture beyond the room, you can use the handheld consoles on offer in the …

Comic Books

Graphic designer creates a new movie poster every day, makes us want to binge

We're all familiar with the mechanics of a favorite movie: You watch one flick over and over again — until your friends start addressing you as the …

'Ten Years': Dark vision of Hong Kong's future proves surprise box office hit

<b>Hong Kong (CNN) —</b> A protester douses her body in petrol and sets herself alight outside the British consulate.<p>Government assassins kill a local politician to spark a riot that will allow them to seize greater control.<p>Uniformed "youth guards" attack a bookshop accused of selling banned …

iOS 9 code hints at Apple’s plans to ditch headphone jack

More evidence is piling up to suggest that Apple will ditch the 3.5mm jack from the upcoming iPhone 7 — with Twitter user Chase Fromm discovering a potentially revealing line of code in the new iOS 9.3 beta 1.1 software release.<p>The code reads “Headphones.have.%sinput.NO.”, which may suggest that …

IPhone 7

Google wants to write your Facebook posts for you

Writing pithy posts that people will like on social media is hard: Every company in the world hires social media experts for that very reason. But a new patent from Google might have the answer for those of us who need help crafting our posts about the latest online trends.<p>In a patent awarded to …

Social Media

First Click: What's Apple's next move now that everyone’s making metal and glass phones?

The reason why this feels like more than an idle suspicion in 2016 is the proliferation of phones like the $200 Honor 5X and the $249 Oppo F1. Both sport handsome metal bodies and build quality that would seem to far exceed their modest price. Only that’s no longer the case: high-quality metal …

Selfie stick iPhone case gets counterfeited before it even exists

LAS VEGAS — You know your product’s hot when Chinese ripoff artists start selling knockoffs before your first unit rolls off the production line.<p>That’s the “flattering” situation the makers of Stikbox, the world’s “first” selfie stick case for iPhone and Samsung, find themselves in as they demo …

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Parrot Zik 3.0 review: Swanky, feature-packed Bluetooth headphone gets upgraded - CNET

<b>The Good</b> The Parrot Zik 3 Bluetooth headphone has a slick, eye-catching design and excellent build quality, plus a wealth of features, including wireless audio streaming, effective noise-cancellation, and touch-sensitive controls on the right earpiece. Also, the sound is very good for Bluetooth, …

These Are Six Top Musicians Who Actually Created Their Own Sounds

While we’ve already chronicled the fantastic sonic innovation of the genre-hopping EDM artist NGHTMRE, he’s one of many before him who have carved their own path. Music history is thankfully blessed with free thinkers who dynamited the walls around their own respective genres to create something …

CES 2016: Sony's New Music Speaker Screws Into Any Light Socket

See the music.<p>At its Consumer Electronics Show press conference today, Sony revealed its LED light speakers will be coming to US this year. The …

Faraday Future's 1,000-horsepower concept car should make Tesla very, very nervous

LAS VEGAS — Faraday Future, the upstart EV automaker from Gardena, California that aims to build a series of 'rolling smartphones' to compete with …

This company wants to unclog your Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi is one of the most commonly used forms of wireless technology available today. Nearly every modern device, whether it's your laptop, smartphone, tablet, wearable, or even home appliance connects to Wi-Fi networks to reach the internet. That means that Wi-Fi networks often get congested and …

Wi-Fi

Pianu Teaches You to Play the Piano, Right In Your Web Browser

If you’ve ever wanted to learn to play the piano, Pianu can help. All you need is a web browser, and an internet connection—whether you’re on a PC …

Researchers use the Force (in an Apple Watch) to fly a drone

Taiwanese tech researchers at PVD+ created an app for the Apple Watch that remotely controls a drone with arm movements, briefly turning pilots into Jedi. <i>Reuters</i> caught the motion-controlled drone in action and you can check it out in the video below. The team also created an app that controls …

Inside Foursquare's Pilgrim technology

Thanks for the recommendation, Foursquare.Eric Mueller on Flickr<p>One of the top-rated pizza places in Brooklyn on Foursquare is called Lucali.<p>The first time I went there for dinner a couple of months ago, I sat down at a table, picked up the menu, and felt my iPhone vibrate. It was Foursquare …

Steve Jobs’ last 6 words

The final words of Steve Jobs, according to his sister, were these:<p>“Oh wow. Oh wow. Oh wow.”<p>When I read them the other day, I was moved. And reminded …

Leaked screenshots suggest WhatsApp could add video calling

Macerkopf.de claims that the screenshots are from an unreleased version of the software — 2.12.16.2 — but it is unclear if they are legitimate. Business Insider has reached out to WhatsApp to confirm their authenticity.<p>WhatsApp recently added voice calling over the internet, and so the addition of …

Apps

The magic that makes Spotify’s Discover Weekly playlists so damn good

This morning, just like every Monday morning, 75 million Spotify users received a great new mixtape: 30 songs that feel like a gift from a music-loving friend, who might once have made a cassette tape with your name scrawled across the front.<p>But these playlists, from Spotify’s Discover Weekly …

Spotify

Is Your Messaging App Encrypted?

Most companies could still read your messages if needed.<p>The debate over encryption — and whether or not companies can read your private messages — is heating up for tech firms.<p>Presidential hopefuls are arguing about it. Officials like FBI Director James Comey have publicly criticized tech companies …

Apple has 800 engineers obsessing over this one part of your iPhone

It may seem like a lot for one piece of a phone, but the camera is actually made of 200 pieces, says Graham Townsend, the director who oversees it all, in an interview with "60 Minutes."<p>"To capture one image, there's actually 24 billion operations going on," Townsend told Charlie Rose.<p>One way the …

Bill Gates Gave One Reddit User an Amazingly Thoughtful Secret Santa Gift

Over 120,000 users from more than 150 countries signed up for Reddit’s seventh annual Secret Santa gift exchange, but only one lucky participant was …

Spotify launches Party, professionally mixed playlists to suit the mood of any occasion

Spotify is launching a new library of playlists designed to help match the music at a party with the desired mood.<p>Spotify Party brings “professionally mixed” playlists into the fray, aimed at helping hosts select the right music for the occasion. These include “Reggaeton Riddims” and “Electro …

Libraries