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Why action video games could be a treatment for dyslexia

Dyslexia is typically seen as a reading disorder, but many dyslexics are also known to have trouble processing sensory information. Research now …

Stop trying to innovate keyboards. You’re just making them worse

The less standard a keyboard is, the worse it is.<p>I've written about my struggles to find a good PC laptop before. After literally years of searching, …

Intel plans a CES coup: Android and Windows in the same computer

Dual OS could dilute Windows dominance, if Microsoft doesn't kill it first<p>The PC industry isn't doing so well. Sales have dramatically slumped, despite the industry’s efforts to tempt consumers with Windows 8 tablets and transforming touchscreen laptops. But next week, the Consumer Electronics Show …

TED Talks Daily (SD video)

TED<p>https://www.ted.com/talks<p>Open in Pocket Casts<p>TED is a nonprofit devoted to ideas worth spreading. On this video feed, you'll find TED Talks to …

20 Year-Old Designs A Better Windows Than Microsoft

I like Windows 8, but only because its desktop mode is basically Windows 7 with faster boot times. The thought of using the "tablet" mode, or even …

Even Disconnected Computers May Face Cyberthreats

If your computer is infected with a virus or other forms of malware, disconnecting the machine from the Internet is one of the first steps security experts say you should take. But someday, even physically separating your laptop from a network may not be enough to protect it from cyber …

Google search now includes the data from installed apps

Relevant results from your own data now included<p>You've been able to search for installed apps by name for a while now, but today Google opened up a …

Google Wants To Make Your Passwords Obsolete

<i>Update to add comment from Google on U2F technology.</i><p>If there’s one thing that decades of computer use have taught security experts, it’s that most of us are really bad at creating good passwords. After the recent data breach involving Adobe’s customer accounts, security researcher Jeremi Gosney …

The Cable Industry is Imploding: What Providers Must Do to Stay Alive

Cable is dying of a slow, drawn out death.<p>It’s not at the hands of Netflix, nor at the hands of fiber optic technology. It’s not even at the hands of the Internet. Cable is strangling itself with its own wires.<p>Before we get to cable’s end, let’s start at its beginning. Cable companies thrive …

Pubslush: Can the Kickstarter for Books Find its Niche?

If you’ve been following online trends over the past few years, you’ll no doubt have noticed the hockey stick-growth of crowdfunding as a ‘thing’. From smartwaches and ad campaigns, to mobile phones and everything in between, someone at some point has taken to the Web’s myriad of crowdfunding …

With new leadership, online video site Hulu changes TV strategy

The online video site Hulu once had ambitions of ushering in the future of television by shaking up the status quo.<p>But under its new management, the site will throw off its old mantle of TV disrupter as it seeks to work in partnership with cable and satellite companies.<p>Veteran Fox television …

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Pivothead's new video capture glasses let you mix and match power, storage and wireless add-ons

Pivothead's video-recording specs have undergone only a slight evolution since they launched early last year, gaining live broadcast abilities through the Air Sync add-on. Here at Expand NY, however, we've seen what's next, as the company's been kind enough to bring along a prototype of its …

You're Spending Too Much on Your Gaming PC

<i>What do you get for your money? That's the question everyone looking to buy a piece of tech asks themselves. It also happens to be the question our</i> …

T-Mobile users can now send MMS messages to Google Voice numbers

As it prepares to launch Google's Nexus 5, T-Mobile is throwing a bone to users of another service from Mountain View: Google Voice. Your Google Voice number can now receive MMS messages from T-Mobile subscribers. The company becomes only the second wireless provider to enable MMS support. But like …

Microsoft CEO candidate Stephen Elop said to consider selling Xbox business, killing Bing

Microsoft is currently searching for a new CEO to replace Steve Ballmer, who plans to retire within the next 10 months. Recent reports suggest the company has shortlisted Ford CEO Alan Mulally and former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop as external candidates. Mulally has stated he has no intentions to leave …

Google Opinion Rewards pays you in Play Store credit to take surveys

Answer a question, pay for that in-app purchase in Candy Crush<p>The Google Opinion Rewards app has just launched in the Play Store, and it may be a …

Rochester Optical to offer prescription and fashion lenses for Google Glass in early 2014

Company also hires wearable tech figure Tim Moore to lead new efforts<p>With increased excitement over Google Glass as of late, it seems fitting that a …

Google brings Android's text-to-speech engine to Google Play as a standalone download

Google puts a tremendous amount of work into its voice-synthesis technology, but that effort frequently goes for naught; the company's text-to-speech engine sometimes isn't even included on Android devices from Samsung and other key manufacturers. Thankfully Mountain View has figured out a way to …

Amazon offers FAA Kindle discount

Now that the FAA is allowing passengers to keep their electronic devices on during takeoffs and landings, Amazon is hoping to get the nation’s flying public to buy Kindles, not iPads.<p>The Internet superstore is offering 15 percent off the price of Kindles today to customers who use the code …

Android 4.4 KitKat review: designed by Google, for Google

In 2011, Google introduced Android 4.0 "Ice Cream Sandwich," which took some of the design direction it had begun on tablets and moved it to phones. In the intervening two years, we've only seen "point" updates for the platform: some subtle refinements and a few big new features, but never a big …

Meta's Spaceglasses promise mobile augmented reality

The founder of Silicon Valley startup Meta, Meron Gribetz, is less than impressed with today's gadgets.<p>"It's time to move on from boring, flat devices that haven't evolved," he recently told CNET.<p>Naturally, Gribetz has a suggestion for escaping our device doldrums: Spaceglasses, a wearable …

Netflix Flirts With a New Idea: “Big” Movies at Your House, the Same Day They’re in Theaters

Netflix made a splash this year by creating its own TV shows and delivering them over the Web. Now it’s toying with the same idea for movies.<p>This …

Cover promises contextual lock screens and smarter task switching for Android

Lock screen replacements for Android aren't exactly new -- some even come as part of a larger overlay that customizes your home screen experience entirely. However, few lock screen replacements do as much as Cover, a new invite-only solution that launches today, promises to do. Not only is Cover …

Did Comcast just take a first step towards unbundling HBO?

Love HBO, but hate paying for expensive cable bundles? Comcast’s (s CMCSK) got a deal for you: The cable provider just started to promote a new …

Cover Is An Android-Only Lockscreen That Shows Apps When You Need Them

You have more apps than you know what to do with, but Cover could fix that. It’s an Android lockscreen replacement launching (invite-only) today that adapts to show your top productivity apps at work, favorite chill out apps at home, and driving apps in the car. With a $1.7 million seed led by …

Europe’s experiment with open online education accelerates in Berlin

Europe’s interest in massive online open courses (MOOCs) is taking off as homegrown platforms set up shop to rival incumbents Coursera, Udacity and EdX in the US.<p>The latest to do so is Berlin-based Iversity. The two-year-old company, founded by Hannes Klöpper and Jonas Liepmann and led by new CEO …

Nokia readying 'Batman' Windows Phone with a large screen

While Nokia is preparing to release a Lumia 525 at the very low end focused on music, the company is also readying a large-screen handset in the same budget category. Twitter account Evleaks first published the "Batman" codename, and sources familiar with Nokia's plans have revealed to The Verge …

Seven Things I Wish I Knew When I Started Running

<i>It isn’t hard to get started running, but once you get into the swing of things, it’s easy to injure yourself or ignore little things that make you a</i> …

Valve’s Steam Machines Won’t Be “Console Killers,” but Here’s How They Could Shake Up Gaming Anyway

Valve’s announcement yesterday of Steam Machines — hackable gaming hardware running its new Linux-based SteamOS — prompted the usual questions: How …

Former SpaceX director signs on to crowdfunded hyperloop project

Ever since Elon Musk revealed his Hyperloop designs in August, the inventor has been coy about any plans to construct the device, leaving many to wonder when the innovative transportation system would see the light of day. But today brings good news for Hyperloop fans, as a new group has formed to …