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What Is Zello and How Do You Use It?

When it comes to natural disasters, you never know if traditional forms of communication will fail. Of course, you’ll want to make sure that you and …

Apps

Review: Zolt juices up all of your gadgets but takes up half the space of existing chargers

MacBooks are great — the chargers, not so much. Universally lamented, Apple’s own charger could stand a refresh. It probably won’t get one, which is where Zolt comes into play.<p>The cylindrical charger doesn’t even have a cable tethered to it. Instead, three ports let you charge your MacBook and up …

Opera’s Max Data-Savings App Now Comes Pre-Installed On Phones From 14 OEMs

Opera today announced that its Opera Max data-management app is now integrated into phones from 14 OEMs. These include previously announced partners like Samsung and Xiaomi, as well as three newly announced partners: Acer, Hisense and TWZ. Thanks to these partnerships, Opera now believes its Max …

Meet Chronos, the adhesive disk that can make almost any watch more like an Apple Watch

Traditional watch fans no longer have to consider forgoing their expensive wrist-wear to have technology on their arm. Chronos, a small disk that fits on the underside of any watch, brings core smartwatch functionality without making you decide on a platform.<p>At a mere 3mm thin and 33mm in diameter, …

TAG Heuer’s long-awaited Android Wear smartwatch launches today, priced at $1500 [livestream starts 11am ET]

<b>Update</b>: The TAG Heuer Connected is now official. It goes on sale for $1500 very soon, has a 46mm case, connects with Android and iOS phones and will be available with a choice of 7 different color straps. Watch the promo video, see the official press renders and read up on the full official details …

Xiaomi’s Second Wearable Device Tracks Your Sleep, Steps And Heart Rate For $15

Xiaomi’s much-speculated second wearable device is now official, after the Chinese company unveiled the Mi Band Pulse.<p>A report from Canalys earlier this year speculated that the Mi Band, the company’s debut wearable, made Xiaomi the world’s second largest seller of wearables behind only Fitbit. …

Snapchat's video viewing triples in just six months

Have you been watching a lot of video on Snapchat lately? You're not alone... far from it, in fact. Snapchat has confirmed to the <i>Financial Times</i> that its video viewing has tripled in half a year, to the point where people are watching 6 billion clips every day. It didn't explain the sudden uptick, …

Temperature-adjustable Ember coffee mug is hot on Indiegogo

Ember Technologies is touting its upcoming Ember as "the world's most advanced mug." The mug, which is scheduled to ship next April, is being sold on crowdfunding site Indiegogo for $130, which is a $20 price break from its expected $150 retail price.<p>Sounds like a lot of money for a mug that keeps …

Crowd Funding

Mazda's new Miata is all about connecting with the road

2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata<p>One of a kind<p>Front-end, mouth agape<p>Swoop-y sidelines<p>Micro rear-end<p>The rear spoiler<p>The modern interior<p>The infotainment system<p>The …

Old people are finally going crazy for social media

According to a report by Pew Research Center last month, 35% of all adults aged 65 and older said they're on social media. That's more than triple what was reported in 2010, when only 11% said they were social media users.<p>That still vastly lags behind young adults (ages 18 to 29), who said 90% are …

Snapchat now gets over 6 billion views a day, up three times from this spring

Snapchat has continuously added new features over the past year, and it looks like it is paying off. Snaps and videos in the app are now being viewed over 6 billion times a day. That's a massive three times increase from just this past May, when the company told <i>Bloomberg</i> that it was serving 2 …

Social Media

JBL Pulse 2 vs Marsboy Orb: Bluetooth speakers at ends of the LED light display spectrum

If you are looking for some differentiation in your Bluetooth speakers, the JBL Pulse 2 (<b>$199</b>) and the Marsboy Orb (<b>$30</b> after <b>SPDJVX3R</b> code) offer varying degrees of light show to accompany your music. While the JBL Pulse 2 is essentially a very good Charge 2+ with a light show wrapped around the …

Apple wins class action lawsuit over retail employee bag searches

Apple has emerged victorious in a class action lawsuit brought against it by its retail workers over the company’s bag search practices.<p>First cited by <i>Reuters</i>, a court filing indicates that Apple doesn’t need to reimburse employees over the time taken to search their bags in order to minimize the …

Self-driving cars may already be obsolete before they get here

In 10 years, there's no question that driverless systems will be ubiquitous, but self-driving cars will not be, Ian Pearson, a futurologist, told …

Facebook Just Surpassed General Electric in Market Value

The total market value of Facebook (FB) stock is now worth more than of General Electric (GE), according to data compiled by <i>Bloomberg</i>.<p>The change …

Android Wear is even less popular than the Apple Watch

Every Android Wear device needs the associated app on an Android phone to function and so tracking downloads of the Wear app indicates how many watches have been sold and are in use.<p>On its own, 1.9 million Wear devices seems impressive but the total number of eligible Android users — i.e. people …

Samsung’s next Galaxy phone may be cheaper than the last one

Pan Jiutang, a China-based analyst who specializes in China's electronics supply chain, says (via Times of India) Samsung is considering cutting the price of the flagship line by about 10%.<p>This means the Galaxy S7 might start at around $600. The Galaxy S6 started at about $650 when it released in …

HTC’s new One A9 now officially available to buy in stores and online

HTC has announced that its latest device, the One A9, is now officially available to buy in stores and online. The phone comes in Opal Silver, Carbon Gray, Deep Garnet and Topaz Gold and can be purchased direct from HTC, AT&T or Sprint, and is also available as an unlocked international version on …

Rumblr is not a dating app for fistfights (Updated)

<i>Update November 10: Unsurprisingly, the app turned out to be a hoax and nothing else. Please don’t get into fist fights. The original story is below.</i><p>“Bro, your face is pissing me off, want to throw down?”<p>That’s an example of the sort of dialog that goes on in a new app called Rumblr, which can be …

This App Alerts You If Your Food Is About To Go Bad, Then Tells You How To Cook It

The back of the fridge will no longer be where food goes to spoil.<p>Before your spinach gets slimy or your strawberries start to sprout tiny forests of mold, a new app will remind you they’re hidden in the back of your fridge. Then it suggests a few recipes to use them up.<p>“We wanted to try to start …

Instagram is testing 3D Touch ads that let you buy stuff with Apple Pay

Instagram users on iOS may soon have a new reason to love 3D Touch. Your favorite photo sharing social service has begun testing ads that take advantage of Apple’s 3D Touch technology, as well as Apple Pay.<p>With 3D Touch, users will be able to interact with the ads in new ways. If the ad was for …

UberEats App Offers Pizza from the Home Alone Movie

On Friday, fans of the movie <i>Home Alone</i> starring Macaulay Culkin will be able to order a personal cheese pizza for $10 that comes in a box that says …

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Americans Aren't Doing Enough to Protect Their Privacy Online

Nearly every American consumer (98%) believes they are creating safe passwords, but a recent study shows that only 6% are actually doing so.<p>The study by Avast, a company specializing in PC and mobile security, is surprising since 69% of respondents say having others access their personal …

AppLovin wants to put ads in your Apple TV apps

AppLovin has been an instrumental force in shaping how in-app ads appear. The company has become well-known for its work on consumer engagement and mobile analytics, and has announced that it will be tackling ads for the Apple TV.<p>Specifically, the company will release an SDK later this month that …

Apple launches new Shopping category in the App Store promoting Apple Pay

Apple has enabled a new category on the iOS App Store designed to help shoppers find apps for specific retailers. The Shopping category is now rolling out worldwide and includes apps from companies including Apple, Target, eBay. and Groupon.<p>As the inclusion of these apps demostrates, the section …

Samsung's Galaxy Tab 4 lineup reaches the US on May 1st

Americans no longer have to splurge on the high-end Galaxy Tab Pro or Note Pro if they want a modern Samsung tablet -- the more affordable Galaxy Tab 4 range is headed to the US. WiFi versions of the Tab 4 7.0, 8.0 and 10.1 should hit shelves on May 1st at respective prices of $200, $270 and $350. …

Internet Speeds Are Rising Sharply, But So Are Hack Attacks

A new "state of the Internet" report shows more people around the world are connected, and they're doing so at faster speeds. But as the Internet grows, so does the number of cyberattacks.<p>A quarterly report from Akamai Technologies, which provides cloud services to businesses, details a bleak …

Here's how AOL's and Yahoo's recent email changes may affect users

AOL and Yahoo made changes to its email policies this month that will cause messages sent by some of their users to not be delivered.<p>The changes have to do with the companies' DMARC email specification policies, and they are being adopted to prevent spammers from sending messages out of fake email …

Security

Bigger-screen iPhone 6 may mean smaller sales at Apple -- for now

Apple may not have sold as many iPhones as investors and analysts hoped last quarter -- even with the addition of China Mobile as a distribution partner in the world's largest smartphone market -- because some customers may already be holding off and waiting for the larger-screen iPhone 6 rumored …

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