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Delta and JetBlue become first airlines to allow electronics during takeoff and landing

Delta and JetBlue have become the first two US airlines to allow e-readers, tablets, and other electronic devices to be used throughout the flight. Following the FAA's recommendation that travelers be allowed to use gadgets from gate to gate, both companies indicated yesterday that they had put in …

Flying

Point This Magical Scanner At Your Food And It Will Count The Calories

The TellSpec could be the missing link for people watching their weight or trying to avoid certain ingredients—if its creators can manage to bring it to the market.

Today there are wearable trackers available for just about every move you make and step you take. Almost. If there's a missing link, …

Calories

The Digital TV Endgame: 10-Year Transition to All Things IP

While Internet TV is already technically feasible, commercial challenges are keeping it from becoming a mass-market reality. Services like Hulu, …

From iPad Air to Mac Pro: everything you need to know about Apple's fall event

After a year in which Apple’s product announcements have largely leaked out ahead of time, today the company delivered something of a surprise: a redesigned tablet, the iPad Air, that is the lightest full-size iPad to date at just 1 pound. Its announcement was coupled with the introduction of an …

MacBook

New iWatch concept brings iOS 7 to Nike Fuel Band-style accessory

(via Dribbble)

A very cool iWatch concept made by Thomas Bogner takes a very different approach to the highly anticipated and rumored wearable computer by Apple: Bogner imagines the device borrowing influence from the Nike Fuel Band with iOS 7 design language and features.

We recently ran a poll …

10 Things I Want From My iWatch

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With the launch of the iPhone 5s, we may have the heart of a new device: The much-rumored iWatch. Apple says the …

Google's new 'Chromebook for everyone' is a sleek 11-inch HP laptop

At an event in New York City this morning, Google announced the new HP Chromebook 11. The Chromebook 11 is a low-cost Chrome OS laptop, with an 11-inch, 1366 x 768 pixel IPS display and Chromebook Pixel inspired design. The new laptop, which Google is selling for $279, is available to order from …

Google

First Nielsen-Twitter TV report shows there were 263 million tweets about TV in Q2 2013

Nielsen has released its Twitter TV ratings, showing that there has been a 38 percent increase in tweets about TV in the US over the last year — from 190 million in Q2 2012 to 263 million in Q2 2013. The number of Twitter TV authors in the US has also risen 24 percent, from 15 million to 19 million …

TV

Hangouts 1.3 Will Reportedly Add SMS, Giving Android Its Own iMessage Equivalent

Google is said to be prepping an update to its Hangouts instant messaging/video chat Android app that would allow it to integrate with SMS, making it possible to get all text and MMS messages right in the same inbox. That would fulfill a promise made a long time ago, near when Hangouts was first …

Google

HTC One Max Will Have Fingerprint Sensor And Be Introduced Next Week, WSJ Reports

HTC’s next big smartphone will offer up a fingerprint sensor like the iPhone 5s, the Wall Street Journal is now reporting, and will be unveiled on October 15. Separately, invites have been sent out to journalists from HTC Taiwan, pegging October 18 as the date for a special event in Kaohsiung, …

HTC

Autonomous Driving Tech Package Will Be An Option On Mercedes Vehicles By 2020

Mercedes-Benz will start selling cars that can fully drive themselves by 2020. But it won’t launch a special vehicle just for that purpose. Rather, it looks to incorporate autonomous driving technology into its regular lineup, most likely starting with its flagship model, the S-Class.

“Our approach …

Driving

Microsoft building a single app store for the next Windows Phone and Windows releases

Microsoft is planning to combine its Windows Phone Store and Windows Store into a single app store. Sources familiar with the company's plans have revealed to The Verge that Terry Myerson, head of the operating systems group, confirmed the move in an internal company meeting today attended by …

Microsoft Windows

Netflix says all users now have access to Super HD video

Every Netflix subscriber now has access to the company's "Super HD" video streams, regardless of what internet service provider they may have. Previously, so-called Super HD movies and TV shows were only available from ISPs that have partnered with Netflix as a part of its Open Connect distribution …

Netflix

Valve announces beta test for prototype Steam Machine hardware, third-party boxes coming in 2014

Valve has announced the hardware platform, dubbed Steam Machines, for its upcoming SteamOS Linux-based gaming operating system. The company is running a promotion to ship 300 prototypes of its own Steam Machine design to users, while multiple third-party manufacturers have lined up to sell their …

Beta Test

Twitter Alerts Lets You Opt-in On Push Notifications From Emergency Organizations And NGOs During Crises

Twitter is rolling out a new system called Twitter Alerts today that lets you choose to receive special alerts from emergency accounts, government organizations and NGOs. The system is designed to expand on Twitter’s ‘Lifeline’ service which was offered to those in Japan suffering from the …

Emergency Alert System

Valve announces SteamOS, a living-room operating system for games

Valve is done teasing. Today, Valve has revealed SteamOS, its own operating system based on Linux, designed for living room gaming PCs. It's the first step towards Valve's Steam Box, its vision for an open video game console. It combines Steam's preeminent video game digital distribution platform …

Linux

Lessons From The Fall Of BlackBerry

The implosion at BlackBerry (BBRY) has been stunning. Back in 2008, the company had a market value of over $80 billion. As of now, it’s only $4.3 billion. In fact, over the past three years, the company’s market share in North America plunged from about 70% to a meager 5% (according to IDC).

OK, …

BlackBerry

Twitter and CBS announce major content partnership

CBS is Twitter's latest Amplify partner. The pact means 20 CBS properties and 42 of its TV shows will be promoted via tweets.

Twitter and CBS have …

Major League Baseball

How Flipboard's Head Designer Grapples With The Web's Manic Pace Of Change

Design, like life, is ephemeral. "Anything we design today will be obsolete by next year," says Flipboard’s Zen-like design chief, Marcos Weskamp.

Get Marcos Weskamp, the head of design at Flipboard, talking for a while, and the conversation soon comes around to monks. It might seem a stretch—what …

Personalized News

Apple refunds those who bought Breaking Bad final season passes on iTunes

After Apple got sued by a number of Breaking Bad fans who claim the company falsely marketed a ‘Season Pass’ for the award-winning US TV show Breaking Bad, it is now refunding customers who bought the pass on iTunes, MacRumors reports.

The 16 episodes of the fifth season were split into two parts, …

iTunes

Apple sets another opening weekend record with 9 million iPhone sales

It's almost inevitable: release a new iPhone, break a sales record. This year, Apple released a pair of iPhones, the 5S and 5C, and unsurprisingly sales have been strong. Apple sold a combined 9 million iPhone 5S and 5C smartphones over the handsets' first full weekend of sales — the most it's ever …

iPhone

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Nielsen TV ratings will include smartphone and tablet viewing next year, says report

The venerable Nielsen TV ratings are finally starting to get up-to-date with the internet age. Starting in September 2014, Nielsen will reportedly include TV viewing on a smartphone or tablet as part of its national TV rankings. According to Variety, Nielsen will announce the move next week, marking …

TV

Hands-on with Apple’s iRadio: Internet radio for the masses

With the release of iTunes 11 and iOS 7 on Wednesday, Apple has officially launched its iTunes Radio streaming music service. We’ve had iTunes Radio on all afternoon and have found it to be an intuitive offering that’s great for Apple users with mainstream music tastes.

iTunes Radio certainly bears …

Apple Music

Sony bringing PS3 titles to Gaikai in 2014, future PS4 owners rejoice

At the Tokyo Game Show today, Shuhei Yoshida announced that Sony will soon launch a library of PlayStation 3 titles via its Gaikai cloud-gaming service. Yoshida also confirmed that the games will be available to play on the PS4 -- as previously rumored -- as well as on the PS Vita and Vita TV. …

PlayStation

How Videogames Are About To Start Playing You

New sensor technology will let machines monitor players, and adjust games based on their emotions.

When Microsoft introduced the Kinect sensor in 2010, the company said the motion-capture system would transform gaming. That was only partially true; gamers could do novel things like swing an …

Kinect

How To Use The New Features In iOS 7

Today Apple is releasing it's new mobile operating system, iOS 7, the biggest overhaul to the OS since it's inception. Visually iOS 7 is a lot …

iOS

Nielsen study confirms Netflix, Hulu, Amazon users binge on TV shows

Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime Instant Video users share one common passion: They all have an appetite for "binge viewing," according to the latest research from Nielsen.

Nielsen's analysis of so-called over-the-top services -- a term that refers to video delivered to the TV via an Internet …

TV

iOS 7: Here's What's New

iOS 7 dropped Wednesday, and with it comes arguably the biggest overhaul to iOS since its debut back in 2007.

The biggest change in iOS 7 is its complete visual overhaul. Every pixel was redrawn and backgrounds now have a parallax effect, making the pixels and icons look as though they're floating …

iOS