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tim-E robotic iPhone alarm clock may make you want to get up

Kickstarter always seems to have some interesting project underway that I want to own. The latest project to surface is yet another device that I …

Robotics

iPhone Interference Blamed For Sending Airliner Off Course

Wireless interference from an iPhone has been blamed for disrupting the compasses on a regional airliner and sending pilots several miles off course. The incident happened on a 2011 flight as it climbed past 9,000 feet, but the issue was resolved when a flight attendant asked a passenger to turn …

Civil Aviation

DirecTV Updates iPhone App With Voice Commands

DirecTV today updated its iPhone app with the ability to search channels and discover new entertainment with voice commands. The app allows users to view search results on the TV (via a supported DirecTV DVR) or on the iPhone.<p>Similar to how one would interact with Apple's Siri, the app allows …

Google demands Microsoft pull Windows Phone YouTube app by next week

On January 2, Microsoft‘s Vice President Dave Heiner posted a rather lengthy admonishment of Google on TechNet, claiming the company is intentionally …

Windows Phone

BBM vs WhatsApp vs Viber: Top messaging apps compared

BlackBerry announced earlier this week at BlackBerry Live in Florida that it's finally bringing BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) to Android phones and …

Apps

Android Gaming Takes Massive Leap Forward With 'Google Play Game Services'

At Google I/O this morning, Android gaming received a sorely needed shot in the arm, thanks to a new suite of APIs called Google Play Game Services.<p>Let’s face it, we’re living in a multi-device world. Android has reached a milestone of 900 million activations thus far in 2013, and more phones exist …

Gmail's new quick action buttons let you complete tasks without leaving your inbox

To make email even less of a hassle, Google has added new quick action buttons to Gmail on the web. Similar to Micosoft's Active Views platform, the new buttons are designed to help you handle your email from your inbox, without needing to open a single message. Currently, Gmail supports four …

Android Quietly Commits to Better Support for Bluetooth

At nearly three and a half hours, you’d think Google would have been able to get all the news into its I/O keynote address on Wednesday.But a few …

Apple sells 50 billionth app

Nobody knows which was the first app to be downloaded from Apple's iPhone App Store on 11 July 2008, but the total number of downloads passed 50bn on …

Google Wallet support coming to Sprint Galaxy S4, HTC One, and Galaxy Note 2

Some good Google Wallet news for you, provided you’re using a Sprint Galaxy S4, a Sprint HTC One, or the Galaxy Note 2 on Sprint or U.S. Cellular.<p>The extended availability of the service has been announced on the official Google Wallet Twitter account:<p>If you’re among the lucky users of the devices …

Galaxy Note

Desktop Reviews

The already impressive 27-inch 5K iMac gets some welcome spec upgrades for 2017, but rival Windows machines have closed the gap.<p>The iMac is still the …

Turn Raspberry Pi into a Lego robot

<i>(Credit: Dexter Industries)</i><p><b>Move over, Mindstorms NXT; a Kickstarter campaign is gearing up to provide Raspberry Pi-powered Lego robotics.</b><p>We love …

Raspberry Pi

Apple Responds To eBook Conspiracy Charges, Blames Publishers

According to Reuters, US authorities have called Apple out for collusion with electronic book publishers, saying that the Cupertino-based company conspired with publishers to raise eBook prices when negotiating iBooks by playing them all against each other and against rival eBook retailer, …

U.S. Department of Justice

Apps Raise the iPad's Aptitude for Real Work

There’s a popular myth that Apple’s iPad and other tablets are simply media-consumption devices, unsuitable for productivity applications. That’s …

Google Mistakenly Leaks Revamped Maps Service

There’s been speculation that Google will launch a revamped version of its Map service at Google I/O this week, and, according to new screenshots that leaked this morning, we can expect to see revamped platform with a new user interface and integration with more Google services.<p>Droid Life spotted a …

Almost Flat: The Future of iOS Design?

‘Completely flat’, ‘like Android’, ‘Microsoft-flat’ etc., etc., etc. The talk about how Apple are going to ‘flatten out’ their UI style has set the …

iCarrier Portable Charger Keeps Your iPhone Going, And Going, And Going [Review]

Travelers, campers, heavy users, and those who spend a lot of time away from outlets know when you rely on your iPhone for work or play, it’s not making it through the day without at least one partial recharge. Especially with all the hip Vining and Instagramming we’re all do these days.<p><b>iCarrier</b> …

Someone Just Paid $610,000 For A Cup Of Coffee With Tim Cook

The charity auction to score a coffee date in Cupertino with Apple CEO Tim Cook has closed, and the winning bid ended up being $610,00. Yes, that’s more than a half million dollars for an hour of Cook’s time. The estimated price was originally $50,000.<p>After 86 bids that quickly sent the auction …

Tim Cook

Woman Sues Apple For $5 Million Because Her iPhone 4’s Power Button Doesn’t Work

People love to sue Apple whenever they can, and now a Florida woman is seeking $5+ million in damages because her iPhone 4’s power button doesn’t work. The class action lawsuit is intended to fight for the iPhone 4 users who have reported defective on/off buttons over the past several years.<p>GigaOm …

Mobile Technology

Tesla's path to the upgradable car

At Tesla's sunny headquarters in Palo Alto, Calif., I asked CTO JB Straubel when to expect the next model upgrade for the Model S. He quickly dismissed the automaker cliche of updates based on model years, saying that Tesla would release new features for the Model S as his team finished creating …

Sensor motes sniff out Google I/O data trends

We're all used to the idea that Google tracks what we do online. But if you go to Google I/O, you'll find that the data-hungry company, in partnership with the O'Reilly Data Sensing Lab, is keeping tabs on the physical world, too.<p>At its developer conference, the company has a set up a network of …

Google Glass Explorer Edition teardown reveals hits and misses on repairability

Not since the iPhone or iPad has a gadget generated more buzz than Google Glass. So of course I wanted to take it apart and explore its internal hardware. Unfortunately, as I'll show you, this version of Google Glass wasn't built to be easily dissected or repaired.<p>According to Google Executive …

Google close to launching streaming music service

Google is close to unveiling its streaming music service, as it prepares to take on Pandora, Spotify, and possibly Apple.<p>In March, Google signed a deal for two streaming services with Warner Music -- one tied to YouTube, the other to Google's Android music platform, Google Play. And now Google has …

Facebook gives cleaner, app-centric Timeline design to all

Facebook said Thursday that it has completed the rollout of a cleaned-up version of Timeline, first unveiled in March, that comes with application sections for showing off a person's favorite interests.<p>The idea behind the new design is to not only turn Timeline into a more organized area, but to …

Glass soon, Fiber for all: My Google I/O fantasy

In our Google I/O poll, we looked at what Google could possibly announce this week to measure up to the high bar set by last year's skydiving introduction of Google Glass, along with the Nexus 7, Android Jelly Bean, and the apparently ill-fated Nexus Q.<p>Most of you were interested in seeing some …

Coffee with Apple CEO auction closes at $610K

After 86 bids, the coffee meeting with Apple's CEO has sold for $610,000.<p>The winning bidder is anonymous, and goes only by "a********s."<p>The "power meeting" was part of a campaign by auction site CharityBuzz to raise money for the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights. It promises …

The one thing that could save Windows 8

Microsoft Windows 8 has confused users and disappointed the PC industry. Windows Chief Marketing Officer Tami Reller all but admitted it last week. She also foreshadowed that help is on the way in Windows Blue. She confirmed that this Windows 8 update -- which will soon get a prosaic product name …