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GE just invented the first “internet of things” device you’ll actually want to own

Quirky<p>If you’ve always wanted to be able to check, from anywhere in the world, exactly how many eggs are in your fridge at home, the Egg Minder is for you. Sure, it sounds silly. Do we really need an internet-connected device and companion smartphone app to tell us something so inessential? But …

Internet of Things

The world’s new largest building is four times the size of Vatican City

China just cut the ribbon on the world’s new largest building.<p>The New Century Global Center, which recently opened in Chendgu, China, is 328 feet high, 1,640 feet long, and 1,312 feet wide. That’s roughly 20 times the size of Sydney’s legendary Opera House, four times the size of Vatican City, and …

Vatican

Op-Ed: Davidson Toussaint on Why Tourism Is Not Unrealistic For Haiti

By Davidson Toussaint<i><br>Op-Ed Contributor</i><p>THIS WEEK I had the opportunity to read an article about the study of Haiti tourism done by the University of …

New Accessibility Options in iOS 7 Allow iPad or iPhone to Be Controlled with Head Movements

This afternoon, a tipster who spoke to <i>9to5Mac</i> pointed out a new feature in iOS 7's Accessibility menu, which allows iPhone users to control their devices using head movements.<p>The option can be found in the Switch Control area of the Accessibility menu, which is designed for users who need …

Apple's iTunes Radio Terms With Record Labels Revealed

The <i>Wall Street Journal</i> is reporting that Apple sent its iTunes Radio terms to independent record labels last week and the paper was able to review a copy of the contract. It dictates that Apple will pay record labels both in royalties on individual song plays, as well as how much advertising Apple …

Apple's 'Designed by Apple' TV Ad Scoring Poorly with Viewers

At its Worldwide Developers Conference earlier this month, Apple rolled out a new advertising campaign centered around the tagline "Designed by Apple in California", focusing on the company's brand and how its primary goal is enriching lives. The campaign has included a 60-second television ad, as …

Apple Proposes New Multifunction Input Ports, Could Merge SD Card Slot and USB Port

Apple has applied for a patent on a computer port that combines two connectors such as a USB port and a SD card reader according to an application recently published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and noticed by <i>AppleInsider</i>.<p>The invention, which Apple calls a 'combined input port', adds …

RadioShack to Offer No-Contract Virgin Mobile iPhone 5 Beginning Tomorrow

As announced earlier this month, Sprint subsidiary Virgin Mobile is set to begin offering the iPhone 5 later this week. While the no-contract carrier will offer the phone via its own website, select retailers, such as Best Buy and RadioShack, will also be carrying the Virgin Mobile iPhone …

Netflix Debuts New Conversational Content Guide 'Max' for PS3, Coming to iPad Next

Netflix today announced the release of Max, a personal content assistant and guide that the company calls the "child of Siri and HAL 9000." Max is designed to help users choose movies and television shows to view, and he does so using personal tastes.<p>Max asks a user questions about mood and movie …

Microsoft Updates OneNote for iPhone and iPad With Improved Consistency

Microsoft has released updates to its OneNote note taking software for iPhone and iPad, nearly a year after its last release.<p>Version 2 adds more consistent cross-platform display of notes, full-page view on iPad, and additional formatting options, among other smaller changes. Microsoft does suggest …

Apple Retail Closely Monitoring Employee Usage of iOS 7, Forbids In-Store Demos for Customers

Apple is carefully monitoring the way that its retail workers are using iOS 7, reports <i>9to5Mac</i>. Both retail store managers and Apple's Human Resources team have been contacting employees that are found using iOS 7 to ensure that the beta software was installed through official Developer …

What Some Popular Apps Might Look Like When Redesigned For iOS 7

Whether you love or hate iOS 7’s new parallax’d, flat and layered look, there’s no denying that most apps will need to undergo some big redesigns to fit in with the new UI Jony Ive’s presented.<p>iOS 7 doesn’t come out until later this fall, giving developers plenty of time to update their UI to the …

Apps

Everpix 2.0 Improves Almost Everything, Puts Your iPhoto Library In The Cloud

Everpix 2 has launched, and it takes everything you love about the all-photos-everywhere service and makes it easier to use. It also introduces the comedically inaccurate Explore feature which mistakes breakfast for human faces.<p>And no, it still doesn’t work in portrait orientation.<p>Everpix is a …

iOS 7 Beta 3 To Be Available On July 8 [Rumor]

Apple is expected to seed its third iOS 7 beta to carriers and registered developers on Monday, July 8, according to “trusted sources” familiar with its plans. If the date is accurate, it suggests the Cupertino company is planning to release iOS 7 betas in two-week intervals.<p>The rumor comes from a …

Alleged iPhone 5S Batteries Pictured On Assembly Line

An image of what is claimed to be a bunch of new batteries for the iPhone 5S on an assembly line has surfaced today. If it is genuine, it confirms the iPhone 5S will be battery-powered like its predecessors, and it debunks rumors that have claimed Apple will turn to more traditional energy means …

How iOS 7’s Parallax Effect Tricks Our Eyes Into Seeing 3D

One of iOS 7’s signature new effects is parallax tilt shifting, which gives the operating system a 3D effect. But how does it work?<p>Over at Macworld, they’ve published an informative look at how iOS 7 tricks the human eye into thinking that the device is actually a window into a self-contained …

Mobile Devices

Haters Gonna Hate My Mobile Dream System

I’ve been exploring for months what the ultimate mobile setup would be — my laptop, tablet, phone and other mobile devices — and now I’m starting to put it together.<p>There’s no way around it: The Apple, Android and Windows fanboys are all going to hate my conclusions and barbeque my decisions.<p>Why? …

MacBook Pro

Apple Moves For ‘iWatch’ Trademark In Japan

Apple has applied for the “iWatch” trademark in Japan following months of speculation that has claimed the company will launch its first smartwatch later this year. According to the June 3 filing with the Japan Patent Office, which was spotted by <i>Bloomberg,</i> the iWatch name will cover products …

Tim Cook

Send iMessages From Notification Center In Mavericks Beta [OS X Tips]

One of the coolest things about Messages is the cross-device functionality, in that you can send messages to and from your Mac and your iOS devices. I use it while at work to chat with folks who text me from their iPhone; it’s a really handy way to avoid using a tiny screen while at work, not to …

Breather Will Find You A Short-Term Private Office Space From Your iPhone

Anyone who’s ever worked from home knows that sometimes you just have to get out away from your home office and change things up. If you don’t like hanging out at coffee shops, or paying for a co-working space though, there’s a new iPhone app called Breather that offers short-term access to clean, …

Apple likely to kick off Back to School promo this week; $100 gift cards with Macs, $50 cards with iPad/iPhone

<b>Update (July 2nd): Yep. Runs until September 6th. $100 card with Macs, $50 with iPad/iPhone.</b><p>Apple will likely begin its annual Back to School promotion this week (perhaps as soon as tomorrow), according to Apple retail sources. The promotion will give eligible students an iTunes/App Store gift card …