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Today in Apple history: Happy birthday, Steve Jobs!

<b>February 24, 1955:</b> Steve Jobs is born in San Francisco. He will go on to co-found Apple and become one of the most important figures in the history of consumer technology. He’s also probably a big part of why you’re reading this website right now.<p>Happy birthday, Steve! Let’s take a moment to …

20 things you’ll never have to buy again if you own a 3D printer

When 3D printing first arrived, enthusiasts imagined a future of desktop factories, where people wouldn’t need to drive out to a store to get things …

Free yourself from your filter bubbles | Joan Blades and John Gable

Today in Apple history: Steve Jobs takes a leave of absence

<b>January 14, 2009:</b> Steve Jobs’ cancer worsens to the point that he takes a medical leave from Apple.<p>He is reluctant to take the time off. When he does, he keeps quiet about exactly how unwell he actually is. He calls “the curiosity over my personal health” a distraction caused by prying bloggers and …

2018 Predictions and Resolutions: The Year of Siri

A couple of weeks ago, I predicted that 2018 will be the Year of Face ID for Apple. Based on the early device rumors of what is coming this year, that looks to be a pretty safe bet. I think it is just as much of a given that 2018 will also be the Year of Siri. It’s about time, as a focus on pushing …

How to Stop Hackers From Taking Over Your Computer

Grayson Barnes had just started working at his father’s law firm in Tulsa, Oklahoma when a note popped-up on one of the computer screens. It informed …

Feds urge you to buy fire extinguisher with your hoverboard

Charging up your hoverboard? Keep a fire extinguisher near by.<p>That's one piece of advice from the US Consumer Product Safety Commission in an update Wednesday to its investigation of the self-balancing boards. It also suggests wearing protective gear, staying off roads and charging the boards away …

Porsche Design Revs Up A Drive That Powers Your MacBook

CES is a time of bad photoshopping and the above image is a perfect example. That said, the product it hopes to sell is quite compelling. It’s basically a USB-C desktop hard drive that connects to and powers USB-C devices – primarily the new MacBook.<p>Called the LaCie Porsche Design Desktop Drive, …

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10 reasons why the iPad Pro might be a better computer than your Mac

In my review of the iPad Pro, I made sure to establish that it wasn’t necessarily a replacement for your Mac. At the same time, that doesn’t mean …

IPad Pro

11 apps you should use every day

But it's easy to get overwhelmed with the sheer number of apps — there are more than a million apps in Apple's App Store and Google's Play Store.<p>So I broke out the most useful apps I use every day. You should probably use them, too.

How a 20-Year-Old Producer Turned ‘Cheerleader’ Into a Global Smash

At only 20 years old, German producer Felix Jaehn has the Number One song in America — but the track, his remix of Omi’s “Cheerleader,” also went …

Apple Watch Sales Slowing Down

The Apple Watch launch has come and gone, and while the watch only became available in retail stores about a week ago, analysts are taking stock of the device's sales. Slice is a research firm that tracks technology sales, which is difficult since Apple doesn't publicly release such info. Still, …

Asking Apple Watch for the time will get you some well-earned sass

Siri is a pretty handy virtual assistant on your Apple Watch. It can tell you the temperature, convert measurements, send text messages, and do several other things without you having to take your iPhone out of your pocket.<p>The one thing you should never have to do, however, is ask it what time it …

Apple Watch

The 5 Best Music Streaming Services

<b>Correction appended, May 15</b><p>Owning a library of music on physical media is rapidly becoming an anachronism. Physical album sales have been plummeting …

Stack up with the Double-Decker Toaster Oven

The kitchen counter can be a crowded place. The hustle and bustle of mealtime creates action among cooks that mimics the exciting dance of transformation that occurs within the food underneath their fingertips. That being said, too many cooks in the kitchen not only spoils the cooking, but also …

iPhone 6 Plus leads phablet sales in US

Phablets were hot in the US during the first quarter of the year, and Apple's iPhone 6 Plus was the hottest of them all, according to a report out Wednesday from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech.<p>Phablets, which are typically defined as smartphones with screen sizes of 5.5 inches or larger, accounted for …

Apple Watch dominates competition in Consumer Reports test

We’ve already seen the Apple Watch’s durability get tested in some pretty extreme ways. Now Consumer Reports is weighing in with tests of its own and Apple Watch dominated the smartwatch competition.<p>Both the stainless-steel Apple Watch and Apple Watch Sport passed their water-resistance test. The …

The best Apple Watch headphones and earphones

Up until now, Bluetooth wireless audio was purely optional for Apple’s devices: every iPad, iPhone, and iPod has shipped with a 3.5mm audio port to connect with wired earbuds and headphones. The Apple Watch is different: it’s Apple’s first fully wireless device, with no user-accessible ports to …

The happy secret to better work

We believe we should work hard in order to be happy, but could we be thinking about things backwards? In this fast-moving and very funny talk, …

Happiness

Steve Jobs would have turned 60 today. Here are 15 of his most inspiring quotes

To commemorate, we've put together a collection of some of his most thought-provoking or inspiring words.<p>(<i>Dylan Love and Karyne Levy contributed to a previous version of this article.</i>)

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Oscars 2015: Winners

Winners from the 87th Academy Awards on Sunday, February 22

Alzheimer's researchers find molecule that delays onset of disease

Scientists at the University of Cambridge have identified a crucial molecule that could put the brakes on the damage to the brain<p>The onset of Alzheimer’s disease could be delayed by a molecule that occurs naturally in humans, research suggests.<p>The study in mice showed that the “housekeeping” …

Dogs Know What That Smile on Your Face Means

A new study lends further proof that your pet can read your emotions.<p>Whether it's with a sympathetic tilt of the head or the excited sweep of a tail, dogs seem to be saying they can sense exactly what we're feeling.<p>Science is still undecided on the matter, although evidence in favor of the idea is …

10 things in tech you need to know today

<b>1. Twitter beat revenue estimations in its Q4 earnings report.</b> But it had 288 million monthly active users, short of the 295 million expected.<p><b>2. We talked to Twitter CEO Dick Costolo after the earnings report.</b> He says you need a thick skin to be CEO.<p><b>3. GoPro stock was down 15% after its Q4 earnings</b> …

Red Carpet

New SAT, New Problems

The questions, particularly those in the math sections, could put certain students at a disadvantage.<p>In his announcement last spring that a new version of the SAT would be launched in 2016, The College Board President David Coleman drew on a favorite buzzword: opportunity.<p>In his speech, Coleman …

Education

Unlock your Mac using Touch ID on your iOS device

With the launch of iOS 8, Apple introduced a new feature called Handoff. The feature connects your nearby iOS and OS X devices to each other, making it possible to seamlessly switch between devices while not having to worry about losing your place or work.<p>One feature missing from Handoff is the …

Sympler: Collaborative Music-Video Mashups

Launching initially as a beta product last August, Sympler hit the App Store as a means to help users create 20-second music videos through mashing together a range of content. Since then, the app was iterated and refined, with a new experience and slew of fresh features added to the mix.<p>However, …

The best way to save, share GIFs on iOS

One of my personal favorite features of iMessage is that it supports GIFs, the animated images that often lend themselves to pranks, or entertaining responses.<p>But the problem with iOS and GIFs is the way you have to save them to your device. iOS is capable of saving the animated images, only iOS …