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Microsoft tries to make peace with Apple

Technically Incorrect: In a new holiday ad, Microsoft takes the idea of peace and goodwill to all men a long way.<p><i>Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.</i><p>Christmas sentiments can sometimes be so empty.<p>We wish each other a merry this and a happy …

Employment

iPhones Of The Future Could Save Themselves When You Drop Them

Anyone who's ever dropped their phone knows the feeling of sheer terror as it slips from your hand and plummets to the ground below. So wouldn't it be great if so-called "smartphones" were smart enough to save themselves?<p>A patent awarded to Apple Tuesday could make that dream a reality. Labeled a …

Email overload? 19 tips for taking control of your inbox

How to take an email back, leave conversations and set up automatic responses<p>Email is both a miracle and a curse. At no other time in human history and we been able to exchange messages instantly globally; but at the same time, our ancestors didn't spend hours each day sifting through memos, …

17 of Our Favorite Fried Chicken Recipes

These 17 recipes for fried chicken are so crispy, so juicy, so flat-out tasty, you won’t believe you made it yourself.<p>Put on an apron, grab a cast-iron skillet, and prepare to fry up chicken so crispy, so juicy, so flat-out tasty, you won’t believe you made it yourself.

Cooking

Apple To Abandon Headphone Jack? Beats Deal Suddenly Makes Sense

<i>[Editor's note: The original headline stated as fact that Apple was abandoning the headphone jack. This is informed opinion, so we added a question mark.]</i><p>Suddenly why Apple spent a seemingly ludicrous $3.2 billion buying Beats is starting to make sense. The reason: Apple is being more Apple than we …

Share some but not all of your photos when you hand someone your iPhone

The Here, Look app lets you sequester a group of photos to share so you can hand your iPhone to friends without them swiping to a photo you may not wish them to see.<p>When you hand a friend or family member your iPhone so he or she can look at a photo or two, you don't necessarily want that person to …

Mobile Photography

Apple promotes personalized learning with new brain training app

Apple’s been big on education under Tim Cook’s leadership — whether that be pushing for iPads in schools around the world, or teaching people to code in Apple Stores.<p>Apple’s latest Editors’ Choice in the App Store continues this educational theme, with a brain-training app called Elevate designed …

The 15 Highest-Grossing iPhone And iPad Games

Top-grossing games are all free downloads that convince people to pay real money for in-game boosts. On top of the pile is Clash of Clans, which was earning $654,000 a day in February, helping maker Supercell to a $3 billion valuation.<p>There are other ways that apps make money too. There are paid …

App Store

Your Future British Airways Flights May Be Powered By Garbage

A new production plant will soon crank out jet fuel made from trash. As airlines seek to lower their carbon footprint and cities struggle with growing piles of waste, it could be a match made in heaven.<p>In a few years, your flight from London to New York may be powered by trash. A new production …

Square Launches App for Ordering Ahead From Restaurants

<b>Update:</b> Recode reports that as part of its Square Order launch, the company has decided to shutter its Square Wallet check-in and mobile payments app. Square will reportedly support the app for the time being, but it’s already been pulled from the App Store and Google Play.A Square spokesperson …

Beyond step-counting: The future of wearables

Makers of wearables are looking for new things to track about your body, even if they need to poke inside it.<p>Wearables are gearing up to land on different parts of your body and measure things far beyond the step count that their developers say will be far more actionable.<p>My previous column about …

Wearable Tech

This Tiny Scanner Will Tell You Exactly What Is In Your Food

The scanner harnesses the power of physics and chemistry to figure out everything from the sugar content of a given apple to whether or not that drink you left on the bar has been drugged.<p>The device, called SCiO, actually uses a technology similar to the one that helps astronomers figure out the …

Atoms

Electric aircraft are on the way: Stylish Airbus plane makes its first flight

While electric vehicles are gaining popularity in the automotive world, the aviation industry is also looking into ways to clean up its act.<p>French firm Airbus is best known for its large passenger jets — including the double-deck Airbus A380 — but its latest project is rather smaller.<p>The E-FAN is a …

Let the sun shine in _ on White House solar panels

WASHINGTON (AP) — Technicians have finished installing solar panels on the White House roof, capping a project that President Barack Obama hopes will send a signal that renewable energy is feasible and environmentally shrewd.<p>Obama said in 2010 that he would retrofit his family's new home with solar …

As Mobile Roars Ahead, It’s Time To Finally Admit The Web Is Dying

While discussions about tech bubbles have been heated, few commentators seem to be targeting their invective at the real underlying bubble: the World Wide Web itself is crumbling. Like any outmoded technology, the Web is rapidly losing users as it fails to adapt to disruption from mobile apps and …

Solar Roadways wants $1 million to turn the US' roads into an energy farm

At some point, you've probably sat back and said "Couldn't we solve climate change and the broader energy crisis just by sticking solar panels to everything?" It's not a bad idea, mind, but the cost and resistance to such a scheme would make it a nightmare to implement. But what about if we turned …

Apple and Nike Rumored To Be Collaborating on "Smart Band" Wearable Device

The rumblings began 10 days ago when Nike, as reported by <i>CNET</i>, laid off 70–80 percent of the employees working on their Nike FuelBand, one of the more popular fitness trackers. Plus, they acknowledged they would be stopping development of the hardware side of fitness tracking, though indicated they …

Wearable Tech

Amazon launches shopping via Twitter

<b>Online retailer Amazon has announced a partnership with Twitter that allows users to add products to their shopping carts by tweeting a special hashtag.</b><p>They can do so by replying to tweets containing a link to an Amazon product with #amazoncart in the US and #amazonbasket in the UK.<p>Users will still …

eCommerce

Smartphones: The Silent Killer Of The Web As You Know It

The PC is dying, long live the PC! These headlines have been thrown around for years, as sales of laptops and desktops have continually dwindled downward.<p>The tablet has long been pinned as the murderer of the traditional computers and it certainly looked like it was going to be the one to do away …

Google and Amazon launch same-day delivery in L.A. area

GoogleandAmazonare going head to head over Los Angeles shoppers, launching same-day delivery services in the area within days of each other.<p>Google said Sunday it is expanding its Google Shopping Express program to West Los Angeles and<p>Manhattanfrom the Bay Area, where the offering began last …

Don’t Tap the White Tile is just the latest hit to prove no one really understands mobile gaming

Candy Crush Saga developer King is paying for Farm Heroes Saga commercials on television in an effort to boost the sim game’s mobile downloads here in the United States. Meanwhile, a game known as Piano Tiles on iOS and Don’t Tap The White Tile on Android, is the most-downloaded game for both …

This Startup Is Going To Revolutionize The Credit Card You Already Have In Your Wallet

Admittedly, the bank was doing something most do: trying to stay one step ahead of card thieves.<p>But what if there were a way to pair your card with your smartphone — implementing what is essentially two-factor authorization to purchases — to make sure it's always you handing the card over at a …

FinTech

The science of drinking all you like and not getting drunk

The co-founder of the Boston Beer Company insists that all you have to do is swallow dry yeast before you start drinking.<p>Do not try this at home.<p>Don't try it at work, either. And please, please don't try it in your local restaurant, bar, or bar mitzvah.<p>On the other hand, I have no control over your …

Alcohol

Who Wins and Who Gets Crushed by an Amazon-Owned Delivery Network

Some of the potential losers are obvious. The potential winners, not so much.<p>Retail and e-commerce industry execs have long expected Amazon to experiment with bypassing UPS and other big logistics players to deliver orders to customers’ doors itself. That time has reportedly come, according to The …

Tiny Jumpr charges your phone and jumpstarts your car

With the slim and portable Jumpr, you never have to fear running out of juice for either your phone or your vehicle.<p>If someone asked you for a jump for a dead car battery and you whipped out your smartphone external-battery recharging gadget, people would think you were crazy. Unless that recharger …

Batteries

Amazon: Prime fee hike not stopping membership growth

The company says it's "encouraged" by week-over-week subscriber growth over the last several weeks.<p>Amazon said Thursday that its latest numbers show consumers are continuing to sign up for Prime, despite a $20 fee increase that went into effect last week.<p>"It's early, but we're encouraged by what we …

Customers

Amazon said to be testing its own shipping network

Going up against the likes of UPS and FedEx, the Internet retailer is reportedly looking to boost its delivery game.<p>Amazon appears to be aiming for delivery domination. In addition to fresh grocery and dry goods deliveries, and even possible deliveries by drone, the world's largest Internet …

eCommerce