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Pivotal Living hopes you'll pay $12 a year to use its fitness tracker

Fitness trackers come a dime a dozen and worse, they all seem to do the same thing: monitor your step count, calorie burn and sleep quality. As it happens, the Life Tracker 1, the first device from a startup called Pivotal Living, does all these things, and not much more. But it's not what the …

This Clever App Scans And Solves Math Problems Instantly Using Your Phone's Camera

PhotoMath does just that, utilizing your smartphone's camera to quickly solve math problems.<p>PhotoMath only works with printed text, so unfortunately it won't be solving your scribbles anytime soon; you'll need a printed sheet of paper or a textbook.<p>You then position the math problem you want solved …

This Is How Facebook Is Secretly Trying To Make You A Nicer Person

The social network is trying to replicate the social cues that make us better communicators in real life.<p>It’s a modern fact: People are meaner on the Internet than they are in real life. Academics call this the “online disinhibition effect,” a term coined by psychologist John Suler, who once …

Social Media

Why Uber Drivers Say They Just Can't Quit Working For The Company

In some areas, Uber drivers are protesting outside the company's offices. In other cities, like New York, they're shutting off their phones provided to them by Uber and refusing to pick up customers.<p>But why bother protesting at all? Why not just quit and work for another company like Lyft or …

SuperMighty Promises To Turn Mobile Phone Gamers Into Micro-Philanthropists

Shoppers have fragile egos. One of the enduring challenges of modern economics is maintaining the self-esteem of the person wandering the aisles looking for something that probably isn’t on the shelf. In the last decade a new generation of companies have found success selling charity through …

It costs $50 to plug an Xbox One Kinect into your PC

What's stopping you from creating the first killer Kinect 2.0 hack? Well, now that Microsoft's released the do-all sensor's SDK to the public for free you don't have many more excuses. The software development kit is available without any fees and what's more, you can now put any finished apps up …

Building the best security camera

We've reviewed quite a few stand-alone security cameras as well as security systems with camera accessories. Although some have impressed us favorably with their image quality and range of features, none of them has been good enough to merit an Editors' Choice award.<p>What <i>is</i> the ideal security …

Moto 360's latest update brings better battery life and mood lighting

When the Moto 360 last got an update, the painfully handsome smartwatch seemed to get a noticeable boost in battery life. Now, with a new bit of software, Motorola's itching to improve its battery life just a little more... as well as stamp out a few bugs for good measure. Perhaps the most notable …

Microsoft's Smartwatch Is Apparently Coming Soon, And It May Launch In Three Sizes

Just after Forbes reported that the company would release a new wearable in the next few weeks, a new filing for a wireless device has just been approved by the Federal Communications Commission (via Windows Central).<p>The filing doesn't include sketches of the product or details (Microsoft …

Wearable Tech

Samsung and Barnes & Noble team up for more Nooks, launch 10.1-inch device for $300

Barnes & Noble announced a new, 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK today.<p>This launch extends Barnes & Noble’s existing partnership with Samsung, where they provide the hardware and Barnes & Noble tweaks the software to sell books. The new device follows Barnes & Noble’s 7-inch Galaxy Tab 4 Nook and costs …

This App Will Let You Call an Uber Just by Clicking Your Heels

Every little girl who watched <i>The Wizard of Oz</i> thought one thing: I want those ruby slippers. They were so beautiful—sparkly, colorful, and bright, like Christmas molded into a low heel and round toe. And the idea that you could get home with three ladylike clicks of the heel warmed our lazy little …

You'll Soon Be Able to Detect Cancer Using Your Smartphone

I spoke to the people behind a device that hopes to simplify the detection of cancer and other diseases.<p><i>Left to right: Jorge Soto, Chief Technology Officer at Miroculus, Foteini Christodoulou, Chief Science Officer, and Alejandro Tocigl, CEO</i><p>The thing about cancer is that you need to catch it early. …

Cancer

Pyne's Polling App Arrives for Android

If someone asked you whether the world needs another question-and-answer app or not, you would likely respond in the negative. But that doesn’t stop startups from trying to bring something new to the Q&A table.<p>With that in mind, Pyne lets users ask and answer basic yes/no or multiple-choice …

Mozilla Webmaker App Lets You Create Web Apps on Mobile

Mozilla is working on an app for Android, iOS and Firefox OS that gives smartphone users the ability to easily create and share Web apps.<p>It’s called Webmaker, after the initiative that Mozilla created to promote Web literacy. The app is still in development and won’t be released until early 2015, …

Google Inbox Invite Hits eBay

On a scale from one to ten, how desperate are you to try out Google’s new Inbox app? Would you pay for it?<p>eBay user bpatel90, who has listed the invite on the online auction platform, will sell you an invite right now for around $50.<p>Google’s Inbox is a newly announced mobile app that is meant to …