Cole Louis Allar

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Facebook and Twitter take firm stance alongside Apple in encryption debate

Yesterday, Google CEO Sundar Pichai sent out a lukewarm tweetstorm that tentatively expressed support for Apple CEO Tim Cook’s open letter against the government’s desire to provide a backdoor into iPhones in case of terrorist attacks. Though Pichai’s response was decidedly couched, Facebook and …

Privacy

Why Your iPhone Battery Has Been Lying to You

A bug is to blame, but it's something you can fix.<p>As if your iPhone's battery life struggles weren't already real enough, you may have been experiencing a fishy/maddening new battery issue as of late: Your battery will say it's at 50% full, but moments later, it dies. As it turns out, this issue …

Researchers think that a dangerous 'back door' in software used by the US government was caused by the NSA

Last week, news broke about "unauthorised code" in devices sold by Juniper, which builds firewalls, intended to protect the user from attacks and unwanted intrusions. Wired reports that security consultancy Comsecuris' founder Ralf-Phillipp Weinmann's research indicates that the NSA may be …

The Beatles Are Coming to Apple Music, Spotify and Everywhere Else on Christmas Eve

All together now.<p>You can spend Christmas streaming the Beatles.<p>The world’s most famous band will finally be available on streaming music services, starting this Thursday, Christmas Eve. And they’ll be available very, very widely: Industry sources say that the Fab Four’s music will be on all of the …

Destroying Death Star Would Trigger Economic Crisis, Paper Finds

When the Rebel Alliance destroyed two Death Stars in the original “Star Wars” trilogy, it appeared to herald a new era of freedom for a galaxy that …

Microsoft's newest app turns anyone into a programmer

As software continues to eat the world, there's more demand than ever for mobile apps in every facet of our lives.<p>But while the consumer app market just keeps growing and growing, the number of business apps just isn't keeping pace. Meanwhile, users are stuck using their old legacy software, tied …

Raspberry Pi's £4 computer is as powerful as the laptops of a decade ago

The Raspberry Pi Zero is so cheap that it is being given away in magazines despite coming with 512MB of RAM<p>The Raspberry Pi Foundation has unveiled what is possibly the world's cheapest and smallest fully-functioning computer, the miniature Raspberry Pi Zero.<p>At £4 (or $5 abroad), with half a …

Raspberry Pi

This crystal clear Speck case will actually protect your iPhone 6s

Clear cases for the iPhone 6s offer pluses and minuses. They’re great because the clear plastic really shows off the beautiful design of the iPhone, …

Tech Trends

This iPhone feature makes everyone look way too keen and people are not happy

<b>Say goodbye to playing it cool, iPhone users.</b><p>With the latest iOS update, your phone now automatically capitalises your kisses at the end of a text.<p>To …

This amazing and simple iPhone hack will extend your battery life in a pinch

Let me paint a picture for you: Last week. 9 PM. Outside my apartment building. I was rummaging through my backpack for a full minute before …

Diply

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Top 10

Facebook’s sneaky app is draining your iPhone battery

iPhone users who have been suffering from worse battery life since upgrading to iOS 9 may want to try deleting Facebook’s iOS app.<p>The social network confirmed reports that surfaced earlier this week claiming the iOS app uses a heavy amount of resources in the background to run processes. The big …

iOS Apps

The guy who built Google Maps just raised $30 million for his Office-killer app

So it's not too surprising that he has lofty goals of one day replacing Microsoft Office with his online work collaboration app Quip.<p>"I just think word processing, or typing on a piece of paper that's optimized for printing, is not as relevant now as it once was," Taylor told us.<p>Taylor's not alone …

Apps

What happened to the first 10 Apple employees

And without question, Jobs was the driving force that turned Apple into the world's most valuable tech company.<p>That's why there have been two new movies on Jobs this year — a documentary and a biopic. That's why there was another best-selling book on Jobs released this year.<p>But Jobs didn't do it …

The one way to know your iPad or iPhone has a virus

We used to think that Apple iOS gadgets were pretty immune to viruses and malware. Sadly, over the past year hackers have turned their attention to …

Charleston

Everybody is suddenly copying Microsoft

"You can merge a toaster and a refrigerator, but that's probably not going to be pleasing to anyone," quipped Apple CEO Tim Cook.<p>Nobody's laughing now. And Microsoft is looking more and more like a trendsetter.<p>Three years after Cook's jab, the Surface Pro 3 is selling strong — strong enough that …

Microsoft has a crazy plan to make your batteries last a lot longer

Right now, the way a laptop battery works is pretty straightforward:<p>You have a big lithium-ion hunk of a battery that dispenses power to your computer as the hardware says that it needs it.<p>Basically, that means that if you're doing something like playing a game or watching a movie, your processor …

OS X El Capitan has a new icon you’ll hopefully never see

When Scott Forstall was unceremoniously shown the door at Apple, Jony Ive’s design sensibilities began to seep more heavily into the look and feel of …

Curious AI Wants To Make The Singularity A Reality

Over the last few years tech companies both large and small have developed programs that can “dream”; and understand and process information; and even write articles; but nothing has come close to the holy grail of artificial intelligence — developing software that can learn independently.<p>At least, …

iPhone 6s Plus vs. Nexus 6P vs. Galaxy Note 5: Battle of the 2015 phablets

With so many quality devices on the market, picking a new smartphone in 2015 is as difficult a choice as it’s ever been. If you’re looking for a …

Phones

AT&T says competitors launched WiFi calling without FCC clearance

While Sprint and T-Mobile have already flipped the switch on WiFi calling for the iPhone, AT&T continues to wait it out on the sidelines. And now we may know why. As reported by <i>The Verge</i>, the carrier recently sent a letter to FCC chairman Tom Wheeler accusing competitors of launching the feature …

Google will officially become 'Alphabet' today

Google announced in early August that it planned to blow up its corporate structure by forming a new parent company called Alphabet to allow its different businesses to operate independently and move faster.<p>Google's core business — which encompasses search, YouTube, and Android — will be a wholly …

Japan is experimenting with driverless, robot taxis

Next year, about 50 people in Japan will start using taxis to get between their homes and the local grocery store. The twist? The cabs will have no drivers (paywall).<p>A test run for a service scheduled for a broader Japan launch in 2020, the experiment will take place in the Kanagawa prefecture, …

Autonomous Cars

Google and NASA are getting a new quantum computer

The famous Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab is getting some powerful new hardware. A joint project between Google, NASA, and the Universities Space Research Association, the Quantum AI Lab today announced a multiyear agreement to install a D-Wave 2X, a state-of-the-art quantum processor released …

LG brings ultra light Gram laptops to the US as Microsoft Signature Editions

This MacBook Air clone is better in some ways, worse in others<p>Coming to Microsoft Stores across the United States today is a new range of Windows 10 laptops from a familiar brand. Better known to US consumers for its TVs, home appliances, and smartphones, LG is debuting its premium LG Gram Ultra …

I ditched Google Maps for Apple Maps, and I'm not going back

The new version of Apple Maps finally offers public-transit directions, which many rival navigation apps have included for years.<p>The new public-transit directions in Apple Maps are accurate and handy. I've been using them to get around New York City for the past week, and I haven't been tempted to …

Batteries are the biggest thing holding us back

Yet, for a device that's often called "mobile," it sure relies on cables pretty often. Specifically, the cable that plugs your smartphone into a power source, like your computer or a power outlet.<p>What's the solution? Bigger batteries, of course.<p>New battery technology that lasts a whole week while …