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17 things you didn't know the latest Apple TV could do

As opposed to older Apple TV models, the latest one can install apps and is a fairly sophisticated computer that you can hook up to your flat screen television.<p>However, with all the new powers comes new complexity. There's also a brand-new touch-sensitive remote control to master. And it turns out, …

Amazon Instant Video app to launch on tvOS ‘within a few weeks’

Since the new Apple TV launched last month, one notably missing app has been Amazon Video. There’s been a lot of speculation as to what the reasoning for the unexplained absence, with some accusing Apple of blocking Amazon from launching the app on tvOS and others accusing Amazon of not developing …

DARPA creating software that won't need upgrades for a century

Software upgrades and outdated applications that don't work on new platforms are just a fact of life for people who use computers and other devices. DARPA, however, wants to change that by making software systems that can run for over a century without getting updates from their developers and …

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Roku 3 refreshed with voice search, but the new Roku 2 is an even better buy

Aside from the remote, Roku 2 and 3 are now identical<p>Roku is refreshing its very successful line of set-top boxes today. The new players have already appeared a bit prematurely at retailers in recent days, but today they're official. First up, the flagship Roku 3 is gaining voice search, which …

Facebook wants solar drone to bring Internet far and wide

That boomerang-shaped aircraft you see -- eventually -- will be flying high to bring the Web down to earth where Internet access is hard to come by.<p>It's a bird! It's a plane! It's...a giant Internet router?<p>That could be the reaction later this year when Facebook gets its high-flying, wide-wingspan …

Storage that's both fast and roomy? It's on the way

Good news for laptop and smartphone buyers: a novel flash-memory design should cut costs and boost capacity.<p>Intel, Micron and Toshiba want to give you the best of both worlds when it comes to flash memory, the storage technology used in smartphones, tablets and higher-end laptops.<p>Today, smartphones …

Special report: How the rise of a mega solar panel farm shows us the future of energy

Advertisement<p>34 Comments<p>Credit: First Solar<p>After about an hour of weaving up and down the winding, mountainous, two-lane highway that is route 58, …

The 25 Best Inventions of 2014

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First HBO, Then CBS: The Cable Bundle Is Slowly Coming Apart

The pay-TV package has unraveled more in the last 24 hours than in the previous 24 months.<p>Yesterday, HBO announced a new Internet streaming service for 2015 that will let you watch shows without a cable subscription.<p>Today, CBS announced a new Internet streaming service that will let you watch shows …

This Is the Tesla D: a 691 HP, All-Wheel-Drive Model S

The Tesla Model S P85D is the future, and it is fast, as in 0-60 mph in 3.2 seconds. That's faster than a Dodge Charger Hellcat, or a Porsche Panamera Turbo S. Make no mistake, the state of the art just got a serious upgrade.<p>Hawthorne Airport is just about exactly under the flight path of LAX, and …

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Why Apple chooses Imagination for its GPUs

Last month Apple announced that it had extended its multi-year, multi-use license agreement with Imagination Technologies that gives Apple access to Imagination’s range of current and future PowerVR GPUs. Without a doubt Apple is Imagination’s biggest mobile customer, however Apple isn’t its only …

See iOS in the Car in action on iOS Simulator ahead of release (Updated with new video)

Earlier this month we reported that a developer was seemingly able to get Apple’s upcoming iOS in the Car feature running through what we assumed was the iOS Simulator. Today, the same developer, Steven Troughton-Smith, has posted the video embedded above showing the feature actually up and running …

Netflix Profiles Keep Your Roommate's Shows Out of Your Queue

Streaming-video service Netflix released its anticipated Profiles feature on Thursday after teasing and testing it for months. The Profiles feature …

Apple’s Q4 guidance implies likely iPhone launch(es) by late September

An analysis of Apple’s Q4 guidance by BTIG’s Walter Piecyk suggests that the company will launch new products in Q4, which ends on 28 September.<p>We don’t think that Apple can hit its newly issued revenue guidance for the September quarter unless it launches new products. After delivering $35 billion …

Plastic iPhone shell compared to older plastic iPhones and iPod touch in new high-quality video

Michael Kukielka, otherwise known as the DetroitBorg, posted the excellent video above showcasing one of the plastic iPhone shells that has been leaking all over the web like crazy. Besides the focus on the thinner ‘iPhone’ font on the back, we’re not seeing too much in the way of new stuff here, …

Found! 3 super-Earth planets that could support alien life

The habitable zone of a nearby star is filled to the brim with planets that could support alien life, scientists announced Tuesday.<p>An international team of scientists found three potentially habitable planets around the star Gliese 667C, a star 22 light-years from Earth that is orbited by at least …

Google Fiber is coming to Provo, Utah by late 2013

Following its April announcement that Google Fiber will land in Austin, Texas, Provo officials revealed today that its super-fast Gigabit internet service will arrive next in Provo, Utah by late 2013. The Utah city will become the third to receive Google Fiber, following Austin and Kansas City. …

NASA to launch planet-hunting mission with Google-backed satellite

NASA this week announced plans to launch two new projects: a mission to search for new planets, and an International Space Station (ISS) experiment to analyze X-rays emitted from neutron stars. Both are slated to launch in 2017, under the agency's Astrophysics Explorer Program.<p>NASA's Transiting …

Google Fiber Is Coming to Austin, Eventually

So it’s increasingly looking like Austin, Texas, is going to be the second market for Google Fiber.<p>Having yesterday sent out invitations to a bunch …

Daggers out for Windows 8, plaudits for the iPad

Windows 8 could not escape the critical gaze of the media -- and even Dell -- this week. Meanwhile, the iPad's three-year mark was feted by the press.<p>The war on Windows 8 continued this week. But there's probably something more to that than an unpopular operating system.<p>The week began with Dell -- …

German court invalidates Apple’s slide-to-unlock patent

A German court has ruled that all claims for Apple’s slide-to-unlock patent have been found to be invalid. The ruling was made in Germany’s federal …

Samsung faces potential US import ban on its Galaxy/Nexus devices

In the everlasting patent war between Samsung and Apple, the US-based manufacturer seems to have recently obtained a very important victory.<p>Judge Thomas Pender from the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) has ruled that Samsung devices infringe on a text selection patent owned by …

Here Are Some Changes Apple Should Make To The iPhone's Software

Apple is preparing the next version of iOS, the software use on iPhones and iPads.<p>A lot of people believe Apple needs to change the look and feel of iOS as well as the way iOS works. Someone posted a video to YouTube with a concept video for iOS, addressing the latter problem.<p>One of the biggest …