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WSJ: Apple's TV service due this fall with about 25 channels

With the thawing of the spring we have a renewal of an old favorite: Apple TV rumors. After <i>Re/code</i> suggested a month ago that Apple might go its own way Sling TV-style instead of working with cable companies, the <i>Wall Street Journal</i> is reporting similar details. According to <i>WSJ</i>, Apple is negotiating …

Adobe Document Cloud easily handles forms and PDFs on any device

Adobe rebranded its creative software back in 2012, and now, it's changing the way it handles forms and documents. The company just announced Document Cloud: "a modern way" to tackle those files in your home, office and on the go. Combining key features from several apps, Document Cloud (DC) …

Chromecast will now take orders from your TV remote

Google's Chromecast is capable of all sorts of tricks, but some of them have remained untapped until now. Take HDMI-CEC, which has been built into the video stick since the outset, but has only just been made compatible with input from connected devices. This means that your TV remote can now …

NASA is testing its far-out electric plane concept

NASA's set to test a wing concept it says "may herald (the) future" of electric planes, but it almost looks like a joke -- it has one-third the wing area of a normal aircraft and 18 electric motors. However, the space agency is dead serious about the LEAPTech wing, a joint partnership with two …

Microsoft Band arrives in more US stores and the UK

You no longer have to head to a Microsoft Store in the US to put the Band on your wrist. Microsoft's smart wearable is now available through Amazon, Best Buy and Target in the country at the usual $200 asking price, and it'll go on sale in the UK on April 15th for £170. Fitness-minded Brits can …

Wearable Tech

Dropbox badge and comments ease collaboration headaches

Remember that Dropbox badge we heard about in December? The ones that'll tell you when someone else is editing a shared file? Well, after a period of early access for some, that handy feature is now ready for the masses. If you're in need of a refresher, the badge allows you to see who is viewing …

A&E, History and Lifetime arrive on Sling TV this month

If you're still on the fence about committing $20 a month to Sling TV's "Best of Live TV," the streaming option is adding a few more channels. Before the end of March, A&E, History, H2 and Lifetime will be available on the service that's hoping you'll ditch cable. That handful of channels will be …

The fight for the open internet isn't over

The FCC's Open Internet order could be the most important 313 pages in the web's short history, but "could" is the operative word. Proponents of the order say it's a landmark document, promoting net neutrality and dissolving telcos' power over the internet; naysayers believe it's needless …

Elon Musk: Self-driving cars are the future

Self-driving cars are no longer fiction, but right now they're far from ubiquitous. That could change, however, if Elon Musk has his way. In a conversation with NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang, the Tesla co-founder was bullish about the future of self-driving cars, saying that it's only a matter of time …

Windows 10 launches this summer in 190 countries (update)

Microsoft's leaner, meaner, latest iteration of Windows is coming in just a few months, and it's launching in 170 countries, in 111 languages. Don't forget: Windows 10 is a free upgrade if you're already using Windows 7 or 8. Hiding in its imposing shadow, and launching at the same time, the …

Chrome Canary now uses the web's speedier official standard

If you've been wondering about the fuss over the speedier HTTP/2 web standard, you now have an opportunity to check things out first-hand. Google has released the first version of its experimental Chrome Canary browser with support for the final draft version of HTTP/2. You won't see the full …

The Big Picture: 2015's first extra intense X-class solar flare

Here's the first X-class solar flare of 2015, which erupted on March 11th. Here's the good part: it was so powerful it caused radio blackouts in many parts of the globe. According to NASA, it was an X2 flare: an explosion on the sun's surface that's twice as intense as the already huge and uncommon …

Google ditched the steering wheel because people are unreliable

If you've ever wondered why Google decided to build its own car, well, you have at least part of your answer now. During a talk at SXSW, Astro Teller, the head of Google X, told the crowd that they decided to remove the steering wheel and brakes entirely because humans are not a "reliable backup" …

Underwater Aussie wave farms pump both power and water

It isn't the motion of the ocean that matters so much as what you do with the waves. At one Australian naval base, those waves are being put to use providing steady streams of both electricity <i>and</i> potable water, all while generating zero emissions. It's all thanks to an innovative green energy …

Canada's economic issues might affect Thirty Meter Telescope's future

The Thirty Meter Telescope's (TMT) construction finally began in 2014 after a decade of delays, but its struggles aren't over yet. Its developers might find themselves $235 million short, since the Canadian government still hasn't released its part of the budget that the other major players have …

Canada

Save over 75% on the Wireless Bluetooth Cloud Buds [Deals]

The nightmare of tangled wires strikes all too often when you want to listen to your favorite tunes. The Bluetooth Cloud Buds fix that by going wireless, and they offer some other great features, too.<p>Don’t just listen to your music; immserse yourself in it with a pair of Wireless Bluetooth Cloud …

Tim Cook offered Steve Jobs his liver, and other revelations from new biography

I can’t wait to read <i>Becoming Steve Jobs: The Evolution of a Reckless Upstart into a Visionary Leader.</i> The upcoming biography, by veteran reporters Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli, promises to be the definitive telling of Steve Jobs’ life.<p>The writers scored interviews with major players including …

Steve Jobs

12 accessories to trick out your Apple Watch

The Apple Watch isn’t available for preorder yet, but that hasn’t stopped accessory makers from proudly showcasing their wares for the upcoming device.<p>We still don’t know if Apple will let Apple Watch accessories connect directly into the smartwatch’s mysterious port, but there will be plenty of …

Smartwatches

How the Apple Watch is made

No Apple fan is oblivious to the huge amount of science, technique, expertise and care that Apple puts into every product. Apple doesn’t design its products the way it does because it <i>has</i> to, but because it is compelled on a profoundly spiritual level to do so.<p>For the Apple Watch, Apple has taken …

Smartwatches

What it’s like to use Photoshop 1.0 on a vintage Mac, 25 years later

First released in 1990 for the Macintosh Platform, Photoshop 1.0 turned 25 years old last month. To mark the occasion, CreativeLive asked eight Photoshop professionals to try to do their jobs — on camera, of course — on the original 1.0 version of Photoshop.<p>Spoiler alert: they didn’t have an easy …

Photoshop

Best deals of the week featuring 60% off the Snowflake nano drone [Deals]

It’s easy to save a ton of your hard earned cash and get some of the coolest technology on the market today with Cult of Mac Deals.<p>Seriously, they make it their mission to source high-end products that they know you’ll love and then achieve price-points that border on stealing. Read on to check out …

CES

Eddy Cue blasts new Steve Jobs documentary

Alex Gibney’s documentary about Steve Jobs debuted at the South by Southwest film fest in Austin this weekend, and the first reviews have called film a “coolly absorbing, deeply unflattering portrait of the late Silicon Valley entrepreneur.”<p>Eddy Cue took to Twitter this morning to blast the …

Revolutionary new mobile battery delivers double the juice

Whether it’s the iPhone 6, the Apple Watch or some other hot piece of tech, battery life is one of the most commonly criticized aspects of today’s devices.<p>That may be about to change, however, courtesy of a University of Michigan spinoff company called Sakti3, which has developed a new type of …

Clean Energy

Help NASA solve space’s mysteries with this asteroid app

There are millions of asteroids in the Solar System and relatively few astronomers to track them. They’d hate to miss that one dangerous rogue headed on a collision course with Earth.<p>So NASA has made it easier for the amateur stargazer to record and compare their discoveries and put extra eyes on …

Astronomy

Yahoo aims to kill passwords with on-demand codes

Passwords are easy to forget. They’re even easier to steal. Now Yahoo has unveiled a new scheme to make permanent passwords as outdated as Morse code.<p>Yahoo is rolling out its “on-demand” email passwords that utilize phone notifications so you’ll never have to memorize a password again. It works …

5KPlayer solves all your audio and video problems

<i>This post is brought to you by DearMob Inc., creator of 5KPlayer.</i><p>Want to stream your videos and music from your little iOS device to your Mac’s larger screen? 5KPlayer is an AirPlay-enabled HD video player, music player and video downloader that makes multiscreen playback easier than ever.<p>With this …

Smart TV

Apple TV streaming service coming in June with 25 channels

It’s looking like 2015 will finally be the year that Apple’s dream TV service becomes a reality.<p>After years of reports that the company has been trying to get its own TV subscription off the ground, June is on track to be the month it’s debuted for the world to see. The service will reportedly …

Smart TV

Is this proof that Apple invented USB-C?

The war regarding whether Apple did or did not invent the USB-C connector witnessed a pretty decisive development this morning, as Apple was awarded a patent describing a slimline reversible input/output electrical connector for transferring a variety of data types including HDMI, audio, USB and …

USB Type-C

Turn your iPhone into a microscope for $10

Taking macros of your monitor or American Apparel hoodie with your iPhone is so last year.<p>A <i>Make Magazine</i> tutorial shows you how to make a powerful microscope with up to 375x magnification using just your iPhone, a clear plastic panel, a piece of plywood and some inexpensive hardware.<p>If you’re a …

Microscopes

Sketchy rumor claims Apple Watch 2 is coming later this year

You know that old saying about buses: you wait ages for one and then several turn up at the same time? Well, according to analyst Timothy Arcuri from Cowen & Co, the same is about to prove true of Apple Watches.<p>In a new note to clients, Arcuri claims that an Apple Watch version 2.0 will turn up …

Apple Watch