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Facebook is trying to save you from embarrassing posts

One of the first things I do before I post anything on Facebook is to make sure I know exactly <i>who</i> will see it. If it's a vacation photo of me and my husband, I restrict it to friends and family. If it's just a link to something funny on the internet, I might post it for all the world to see. It's …

Smile for the selfie-taking mirror

Society can't stop coming up with new ways to take selfies. The SELFIE, which is short for "Self Enhancing Live Feed Image Engine," is a two-way mirror that will capture your selfies for you with the help of a Mac Mini, a webcam and Arduino-controlled LEDs. Users activate the experimental device by …

Impala for Android recognizes your pics and automatically sorts them into categories

Say goodbye to your messy photo gallery and say hello to better-organized and automatically sorted photos courtesy of Impala, an app that uses computer vision technology to help you categorize your photos.<p>First released as an iOS-exclusive app and now available for free on the Google Play Store, …

Apps

Facebook Overhauls and Limits Those Despised Right-Rail Ads

When Facebook rolled out its last desktop redesign last month, it left the right column — the home of many dodgy direct-response ads — alone. Now, …

Google Releases First Developer Resources For Project Ara, Its Modular Smartphone

Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) group has released a Module Developers Kit (MDK) for Project Ara, its forthcoming modular smartphone, providing reference implementations for various design features.<p>The ATAP describes Ara as follows:<p>The Ara platform consists of an on-device …

This Portable Printer Could be Yours for $180

Technology and the Internet allow us to work from anywhere in the world, but there are still some tasks that require an office or administrator. One of those is printing. Sure, email is the communications medium for business, but very often you’ll need physical (hard) copies of documents and other …

Amazon opens doors on shop for smart lightbulbs and robot hoovers

Amazon has gathered together its home automation devices into a new store full of phone-controlled thermostats and other doohickeys that make your digs digital.<p>Smartening up your digs used to involve running a jay cloth over the curtains and whacking a few licks of paint over the more obvious mould …

Home Automation

Dropbox launches Carousel photo storage app

Dropbox has announced the launch of Carousel, a new photo storage app designed to create "a single home for all your life’s memories”<p>Dropbox has launched a new photo storage app which aims to make it easier to organise your photos and videos, what the company has called “a single home for all your …

BlackBerry May Simply Ditch Those Handsets That Nobody Wants

If BlackBerry doesn’t start making more money on its handset business, the company will consider exiting the market.<p>In an interview with Reuters, the …

Mobile Technology

Firefox OS 2.0 starts emerging from its cocoon

Mozilla's modernized mobile OS is catching up to Apple and Google rivals with improvements necessary to carry Firefox OS beyond its bare-bones roots. Copy-paste and find-my-phone tools patch significant shortcomings.<p>Firefox OS, the mobile operating system Mozilla hopes will loosen the grasp Google …

Software

TouchID, A8 Processor Slated For 2014 iPads

According to a KGI Ming-Chi Kuo research analyst, the next iPad will sport the TouchID fingerprint scanner and a next-gen A8 mobile processor. The analyst also predicts that the upcoming iPad will sport a rear-facing 8MP camera.<p>The writing is on the wall for these predicted upgrades. Apple …