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30 best iPhone and iPad apps this week

It’s time for this week’s roundup of the best new iPhone and iPad apps and games released on Apple’s App Store.<p>As ever, the prices provided in brackets are for the initial download only: when an app uses in-app purchases, this will be listed as (Free + IAP). No, it’s not changing to “get” just …

iPhone 6 Sapphire Display Limited to 5.5" Model as LG Struggles with iWatch Display Power Draw?

With conflicting opinions about whether Apple and partner GT Advanced Technologies will have enough sapphire crystal production ramped up for both rumored iPhone 6 models and the iWatch, Taiwan's <i>Economic Daily News</i> is now weighing in [Google Translate, via <i>G 4 Games</i>] with its own claims that only …

Mozilla's $25 Smartphone Is a Brilliant Gamechanger

Mozilla plans to roll out a $25 smartphone by the end of the year, the <i>Wall Street Journal</i> reported Wednesday.<p>$25? For a smartphone? Sounds crazy, …

Death And Taxes | SPIN

EPA director Scott Pruitt is the latest member of the Trump administration to be accused of unethical behavior, in his case, renting out a room…<p>John …

Apple iWatch Release Date Of September Looking More Likely

We have been hearing rumors for some time that we will finally get to see the Apple iWatch this September, the device is expected to launch along …

What happens when smart guns mix with Google Glass

As if shooting targets at impossibly long distances wasn't enough, smart rifle-maker Tracking Point announced Wednesday that it's working on a new feature for its tech-enabled guns: the ability to shoot long distances from around corners.<p>Just how does it propose to do this? With Google Glass, of …

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Amazon’s new phone is a shopping powerhouse with 3D browsing, augmented reality, and indoor GPS

Amazon is planning to announce a new phone June 18 that will use lots of cutting edge mobile technology to unite real-world shopping with Amazon’s online marketplace.<p>Not surprisingly, the phone is ideal for shopping with a large screen and multiple 3D cameras and sensors built in, a source with …

Rumor: Apple’s “iWatch” to Launch in October, Will run iOS 8, w/Curved OLED Touchscreen

- Jun 6, 2014<p>A new report from Japanese business newspaper Nikkei says Apple’s much-rumored “iWatch” smartwatch is expected to see an October launch, …

Fitbit designer: Wearables will help us become 'more human'

Gadi Amit is the president and principal designer at NewDealDesign, a San Francisco studio responsible for creating the look and feel of products such as the Fitbit, Lytro camera and yet to be released Project Ara smartphone.<p>Rather than having an army of wearables running up and down our sleeves, …

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This Is The Face Tracking Tech Powering Amazon’s New 3D Smartphone

Rumor has it – and we’ve confirmed – that Amazon will launch its first smartphone on June 18. The device will be unique in the marketplace thanks to its ability to deliver 3D effects courtesy of four front-mounted IR cameras. What wasn’t known is how Amazon planned to scan our faces to handle the …

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 …

Turning off your iPhone won't stop NSA bugs, but this will

Just because you turned off your phone doesn't mean the NSA isn't using it to spy on you.<p>Edward Snowden's latest revelation about the NSA's snooping …

BMW i8 points to the future of cars

SANTA MONICA, Calif. — In a crowded field of conventional sports cars, the BMW i8 is a high-tech wonder.<p>It offers all the performance you'd expect in a $135,700 sports car, but does it with tiny three-cylinder engine and fuel economy that is expected to shame a Toyota Prius hybrid.<p>The new BMW i8 …

The Future Of America’s Roads: Smart Streets, Cars That Communicate

Population growth paired with a lack of “appetite for investment” in transportation systems means big challenges for Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. His solution? Creativity, cars that talk to each other, and a data innovation challenge.<p>When Anthony Foxx was sworn in as the …

My guilty pleasure: Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle

As studios clamber to launch the first female superhero movie franchise, how quickly we forget that we had – and spurned – two movies featuring athletic, intelligent, near-superhuman female leads who kicked ass without letting it define their womanhood. Playful, nauseatingly colourful and …

Google Play Music comes to AirPlay devices via hack

DoubleTwist, a San Francisco company with a self-proclaimed vision to "offer music without boundaries" is getting closer to achieving that goal with a new hack for Google Play Music.<p>With some help from a DoubleTwist plug-in added to a Google application programming interface (API), users can stream …

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Google introduces 'time machine' feature in Street View

Google has turned its Google Maps Street View into a time machine to let users travel back in time and see how places have changed.<p>The new feature will let users track changes in landscape, buildings, roads and entire neighbourhoods from around the world since the Street View mapping program began …

Latest iPhone 6 concepts incorporate the more persistent rumored features

Martin Hajek has been busy again, following his earlier iPod Nano-inspired and schematic-prompted concepts for the iPhone 6. Commissioned by French site <i>NWE</i>, his latest designs incorporate the more persistent rumors: a rounded profile, power button moved from the top to the right (for easier use …

Awesome App Lets Strangers Turn Your Selfies Into Works Of Art

An iOS app is using the "draw me like one of your French girls" meme to hilarious effect by letting users draw portraits of strangers a la Kate and Leo.<p>The French Girls app has users upload selfies and post them anonymously to the feed. Strangers can then recreate the portraits as rudimentary cell …

Google launches standalone Camera app in Play Store

Google has just launched its own Camera app in the Play Store. Simply called Google Camera, the app looks a bit different from the camera software currently shipping in Android 4.4 KitKat. Google has made a number of improvements and refinements here, introducing a much cleaner interface "that gets …

Samsung Galaxy S5 Is Already Battling The iPhone 6

It’s less than a year after Samsung’s landmark Galaxy S4 Android superphone went on sale, and already the follow-up Galaxy S5 is in the wild and reportedly selling like… not hot cakes, exactly; more like… an iPhone. And that is exactly the type of response that Samsung has been trying to …

Building blocks: how Project Ara is reinventing the smartphone

In a spare, drab office park in Sunnyvale, California, a bunch of two-by-fours and foamboard have been nailed together into a makeshift model of a shipping container. Inside, a bare, unlit Edison bulb hangs from a wire, over some simple IKEA furniture and a table with Lego blocks on it. The blocks …

Why Google's price cut made the consumer cloud biz a lot cloudier

If there was any question that the cloud storage business is a high stakes game, Google erased all doubt this week. The search giant shook up the consumer cloud world by drastically slashing its paid plans. Fifteen gigabytes of storage are still free, but 100GB are now $1.99 per month, down from …

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Miley Cyrus goes minimalist, performs in her underwear

Is it still a wardrobe malfunction if almost no wardrobe is involved in the malfunction? Miley Cyrus was a case in point Sunday night in Milwaukee when she went on stage wearing only a bra and panties.<p>Nice, matching bra and panties, but undies nonetheless.<p>The singer herself explained on Twitter …

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