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Berkeley scientists develop quake-detection phone app

Scientists at UC Berkeley began mobilizing a global smartphone network Friday to detect earthquakes and someday send out life-saving early warnings before dangerous temblors shake the distant ground.<p>In a crowdsourcing program called “MyShake,” the scientists released the first quake-detecting …

Geology

Apple is replacing MacBook USB charging cables for free

Apple will replace those cables for free if you bring them into an Apple Store or contact Apple Support.<p>MacBook owners who registered their addresses with Apple and are eligible will have a replacement cable sent automatically.<p>The issue is that MacBooks with the affected cables "may not charge or …

USB Type-C

Watch DARPA'S Drone Dodge Obstacles, Fly At High Speed

At 45 miles-per-hour<p>The drone revolution needs fewer pilots. Most small unmanned aerial vehicles need at least one human operating them to fly correctly, with the pilot simply removed. That’s fine for many things, but if we want drones to do new tasks, they need to fly on their own. Fast …

Shape-shifting polymer straightens out from body heat

There have been plenty of tries at shape-changing materials, but this one might be the most practical yet. The University of Rochester has created a polymer that returns to its original shape when subjected to body heat -- touch a curled mess of the stuff and it straightens out. The solution was to …

Bloc & Roc's Galvanize S2 headphones forego fancy features for excellent design and audio

It’s a pretty great time to be an audiophile on the go. There is no shortage of decent portable options from fairly cheap to rather expensive. In the relentless progress of technology headphones are cramming in more features in a bid to differentiate themselves from the competition.<p>Still, not …

How to add a text-replacement shortcut to your iPad keyboard

If you type routinely enough on your iPad or iPhone using the onscreen keyboard, it doesn’t take long to realize that there are certain words or phrases that you use on a regular basis, This is especially true for iPad users–who are even more likely to pair their iPad with a bluetooth keyboard. …

Apps

This designer lit up the runway with Intel technology

NEW YORK — Fashion's future is looking bright.<p>During the second day of New York Fashion Week on Friday, architecture-inspired clothing line Chromat …

BandPage, a startup that helps artists connect with fans, has been acquired by YouTube

BandPage, a startup whose goal is to make it easier for artists to connect with their fans, has today announced that it has been acquired by Google’s YouTube. “More than 500,000 musicians use BandPage to reach & build deeper relationships with music lovers everywhere,” the company says, and now …

How to transfer or sync your calendar from iPhone to Android

Gone are the days when switching between platforms was a long, complicated process we all tried to avoid. Your digital life is much simpler now, thanks to the implementation of the cloud and other great tools you can use to make your migration easier. Of course, one of the most popular transitions …

Apps

Here's a list of emoticons and their meaning

Tired of trying to guess what an emoticon is supposed to mean? Read this.<p>If you unlocked the emoticon keyboard on your iOS device, then bookmark this page.<p>As noted in the guide that detailed how to activate the hidden keyboard on your iOS device, it's not easy to figure out just what each of the …

Dance
Mobile Technology

iPhone soon becoming 'full replacement' for Apple TV remote

TV remotes are all well and good, but they have a nasty habit of coming up missing at the worst possible moment -- Apple TV's new wand isn't immune to this malady. It should come as good news then that Cupertino's planning an update for the remote app on iOS with new features like voice commands …

Smart TV

Google Is Finally Killing Picasa

It hasn’t made sense for Google to continue to invest in two separate photo storage and sharing applications, as it has been doing with the newer Google Photos and the dated software Picasa. And now the company is finally going to do something about that: Google announced this morning that it will …

Google

You might soon be able to subscribe to your favorite channels on Snapchat

One of the biggest questions for Snapchat is whether it’s all just a bit pointless if everyone is flinging content into space, only for it to disappear almost straight away.<p>Brands, whether creating content or buying ads, have likewise been finding it difficult to understand exactly how they make …

Ad Blocking

iOS9 making your iPhone slow? You're not alone

New version of Apple’s software appears to slow down the iPhone 4S, 5 and 5S in side-by-side tests, although disabling features may speed things up<p>Users complaining that their iPhones have slowed down after updating to the latest iOS 9 software may not be imagining it.<p>The new iOS 9 operating system …

Apps

BlackBerry's Android phone will be known as the 'Priv'

BlackBerry's upcoming Android phone has been called "Venice" for quite some time, but that's apparently nothing but a moniker meant to be shed and replaced by its real model name. According to Evleaks and <i>N4BB</i>, it will be released as the BlackBerry Priv, presumably due to its privacy features. …

AmpMe connects phones and tablets to create one giant speaker

A free app that makes a lot of noise<p>There are lots of ways to use your phone to fill a room with sound, from using wireless speakers to throwing your phone in a bowl. But every once in a while we all find ourselves in a situation where none of those options are at our fingertips. A new company …

Apps

There is a robot waiting in line to get an iPhone 6S outside an Apple Store in Australia

There is a robot currently waiting in line to buy an iPhone 6S at the Apple Store in Sydney, Australia, according to Mashable.<p>Yes, a robot is waiting in line to buy another robot.<p>Instead of waiting out in the elements to snag Apple's latest creation, an enterprising Sydneysider named Lucy Kelly has …

Mobile Technology

Google launches its Keep note-taking app for iOS

Google today launched Google Keep for iOS. You can download the new app now directly from Apple’s App Store.<p>We’re a bit surprised it took Google this long to debut an iOS app for its note-taking service. Google Keep first launched way back in March 2013 for Android and the Web, meaning the iOS …

iPhone case adds e-ink to its backside

We want our iPhone case to look pretty and protect our investment. Beyond that, we ask nothing of it.<p>One technology company wants its case to do a little more, though. OAXIS is launching a case that also serves as a second screen, an e-ink display that gives you time, allows you to receive …

Android 6.0 Marshmallow set to roll out October 5, according to Telus

According to Canadian mobile service provider Telus, Google is planning to roll out Android 6.0 Marshmallow to both the Nexus 5 and Nexus 6 beginning Monday, October 5th. We already know that Google is holding an event on Tuesday, September 29th, where the company will most likely announce its two …

Nexus

iPhone 6s launch day kicks off as customers queue up around the world

While at least one person in the United States has already received their iPhone 6s after pre-ordering with the rest of us, iPhone 6s launch day has officially kicked off on the other side of the planet. The iPhone 6s and 6s Plus go on sale at 8 am local time in a dozen markets around the world. …

iPhone 6S teardown confirms smaller battery

Can you believe the iPhone 6s was disassembled to its tiniest bits already, hours after it became available in stores? Yes, yes you can, because it …