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FireChat lets you text friends, even without a signal

FireChat sounds fairly conventional from the get-go.<p>It's a new iPhone app that lets you chat and share photos with nearby users — anonymously, if you so choose. But instead of relying on global positioning or cell tower triangulation to plot you and others on a map, FireChat relies on Bluetooth and …

6 Great Sites and Apps for Taking Fitness Classes at Home

Not everybody is motivated to work out consistently by themselves, which is why fitness classes are so popular. Somehow having an instructor bossing …

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Time for iOS device spring cleaning: How to replace your old apps with new ones

Advertisement<p>3 Comments<p>If there was ever a good time to spring clean your iOS devices, this weekend would be it.<p>First of all, the week started out …

5 Can't-Miss Apps: Emu Messaging and More

5 Can't-Miss Apps 4/5<p>Emu<p>Fantastical 2<p>Expedia<p>FTL: Faster Than Light<p>IFTTT<p>Between Amazon unveiling its Fire TV set-top box, and Microsoft finally …

Selfie App Promises To Make Posers Look 15 Pounds Lighter

A new app is promising to help create perfect selfies, with simple photo-editing software that lets snap-happy users appear up to 15 pounds slimmer …

No work emails after 6PM please, we're French

Sure, the French have it sweet with a 35 hour work week and five+ weeks of paid vacation. But (<i>Mon dieu</i>!) workers there are still bombarded with job-related emails when off the clock. Almost a million of them won't need to put up with such rude intrusions anymore, though. A legally binding deal …

What Disney World's MagicBands can teach us about the convergence of mobile, data, and more

<i>Aaron Shapiro is the CEO of the digital agency Huge.</i><p>Pity the parent trying to do Disney World on the cheap these days.<p>Last summer, Disney introduced MagicBands into the theme park experience. For starters, the RFID-enabled wristbands function as tickets, and as “FastPasses” to cut long lines and …

Select PS1, PS2 Games Headed To PlayStation 4 In Full HD 1080p

The battle of the new-gen consoles has well and truly begun, and both Microsoft and Sony are braced for yet another slog with the Xbox One and …

Titanfall Creators in Talks With Aspyr, Mac Version May Be in the Works

Titanfall, the multiplayer first-person shooter developed by Respawn Entertainment exclusively for Windows, Xbox 360, and Xbox One, may be coming to the Mac in the future.<p>In a post on Twitter last night (via <i>Polygon</i>), Respawn Entertainment co-founder Vince Zampella said the company is in talks with …

1Password for Mac Gets Updated with 30 New Features, 1Password Mini Item Editing

AgileBits today has updated its popular password manager app, <i>1Password for Mac</i>, to version 4.2, bringing 30 new features, including significant improvements for 1Password Mini, the app's menu bar extension (via <i>Cult of Mac</i>).<p>1Password mini- You can now edit items directly within 1Password mini!<br>- Edit …

Comcast's Uber-Inspired App May Ease Your Hatred of Cable Companies

Comcast wants to roll out an Uber-inspired app to help alleviate the frustrations of customers stuck waiting at home for the cable guy.<p>CEO Brian …

Angry Birds Epic Preview: It’s an Angry Birds RPG!

Angry Birds franchise has been around the App Store for a long time. We already have numerous iterations of the bird flinging physics puzzle game, a …

Evernote For iOS Updated With Improvements To Presentation Mode And Card Scanning

Evernote has just updated its official iOS app with a number of welcome improvements. In the main, the latest update to Evernote for iOS improves the …

Tapbots Updates Tweetbot For Mac With Image Thumbnail Improvements Plus Fixes

• Three finger left/right swipes in your timeline if trackpad settings are configured that way<br>• Fixed the issue where some context menus had the first …

Warriors become first NBA team to rollout iBeacons, push seat upgrade offers to nosebleeds

MLB is already using them with plans to roll out at all stadiums, and now Bloomberg reports that the Golden State Warriors have become the first NBA team to take advantage of Apple’s iBeacon bluetooth technology. Just as the MLB, retailers, and other events have used the beacons to send context …

The working Lego keyboard of your nerdy dreams is here

A Lego builder tackles the challenge of crafting a working keyboard out of Lego bricks and has to make some entertaining substitutions for traditional keys.<p>Back in 2005, Lego tinkerer Jason Allemann attempted to build a prototype of a working keyboard out of Lego using the membrane from a curved …

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Titanfall, the game that will ruin all other shooters and win over customers for the Xbox One

Titanfall launched earlier this week with a year’s worth of hype behind it and was received with much excitement from the gaming community. Gamers flooded online as it launched at midnight in the US, taking the game’s dedicated servers offline seemingly immediately.<p>Call of Duty changed the way we …

Lego Cubestormer robot solves Rubik's Cube in less time than it takes to read this headline

Until yesterday, the world record for fastest time in solving a Rubik's Cube was 5.27 seconds, which was set in the fall of 2011 by a Lego robot named Cubestormer 2. Thanks to the machine's successor (aptly named Cubestormer 3), the time to beat is now <i>3.253 seconds.</i> The robot, which is the third in …

9 Famous Tech Mascots and Their Colorful Backstories

Tech Mascots<p>1. Domo for NHK<p>2. TiVo's TV<p>3. Android's Android<p>4. Energizer Bunny<p>5. Travelocity's Roaming Gnome<p>6. Yesware Yeti<p>7. Twitter Bird<p>8. Reddit's …

Crazy Taxi sequel on its way, original game free for a limited time

Outside of classic staples like Sonic, one of the most iconic series from Sega would be Crazy Taxi. The arcade classic has great tunes, fun gameplay and is rather addicting. The original first arrived to Android in July of last year, and now a free-to-play sequel is on its way dubbed <i>Crazy Taxi:</i> …

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Steller Is A Beautiful Visual Storytelling App For iPhone

Early this year, Apple’s former user experience evangelist and UI designer Mark Kawano launched an iPad storytelling app Storehouse. Now a new app has surfaced that has pretty much the same concept as Storehouse, but is available instead for your iPhone and iPod Touch.<p>Steller is a free storytelling …

Use Recordit To Create A Quick Screencast For Free [OS X Tips]

Have you ever wanted to create a quick video of yourself doing something interesting on your Mac? Need to show someone in another department how you manage your files, or the tagging system you employ using Mavericks?<p>You can create a screencast with many third-party tools, some of them quite robust …

Steve Jobs Would Have Bought This Desk, Designed With Apple Products In Mind

What would your desk look like if it were designed with computers — not books, pencils and papers — in mind.<p>The makers of the SlatePro think it would look like this: a perforated bamboo surface with sturdy steel legs and build in stands for your smartphone or tablet.<p>The holes in the surface help …

This robot is teaching college kids how to code robotics apps (exclusive)

Robots: they build your Teslas, assemble your iPhones, and now they teach your college kids.<p>The Baxter Robot, created by Rethink Robotics, teaches undergraduate students at the University of California, Berkeley, the principles of using and coding for robots — the same kinds of robots that will be …

Buffalo Wild Wings to use tablets for gaming, ordering another round

Service at restaurants can be decidedly slow. But for those of you who frequent Buffalo Wild Wings, relying on the waitstaff to place an order could soon be a thing of the past. The company has revealed that, after a successful pilot program, it's going to put tablets on each one of its tables, …

Livr is my most fav app 4va LOL im drunk (update: sober up, it's fake)

If you've heard one too many gripes about your boozy postings, don't fret -- there'll soon be a like-minded social app for you. It's called "Livr," and you won't even be able to log in without a smartphone breathalyzer confirming you've tippled <i>enough</i>. In fact, the higher your BAC, the more app …

Google is Capturing Underwater Street View Photos Around Sydney

Google has already taken its Street View photography to the Great Barrier Reef, but it’s not finished with Australia’s frequently stunning underwater geography just yet.<p>Today, it announced plans to capture the sub-aquatic landscape close to Sydney, stretching along the city’s iconic coastline …

iBetterCharge puts iPhone & iPad battery notifications on your Mac

A nice, new utility called iBetterCharge brings those 20% and 10% battery warnings from your iPhone or iPad onto your Mac. Rather than picking up your phone before heading out the door only to realize your battery is almost dead, the app will remind you to plug in with warnings that pop up as …

Spot On Time’s New App Helps Drivers Arrive On Time, Find Parking Too

The problem with navigation applications is that they assume you’re trying to find your way from Point A to Point B right now. They don’t permit busy travelers to pre-plan their trips in advance, and they don’t help you with the last leg of the journey – finding parking – either. A new application …

This is Cortana, Microsoft’s answer to Siri

Microsoft’s upcoming Windows Phone 8.1 update will include Cortana, a personal digital assistant designed to rival Siri and Google Now. Sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans have revealed to <i>The Verge</i> how Cortana looks and operates, replacing the built-in Bing search functionality on Windows Phone …