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Funny Or Die's new app tells the weather and jokes

The Will Ferrell-backed Funny Or Die comedy site has launched an iOS weather app, and the only joke about the app are the jokes it tells. The free app features real weather information from Weather Underground and a pleasingly simple and attractive design.<p>Funny Or Die Weather features background …

The Year Ahead (And Behind) in Robotics

The biggest trends, good and bad, shaping robotics right now<p>2014 was light on cool new robots. Or, to be more accurate, robots that actually did anything. The studious sort might point out that automation powered some of the biggest technology stories of the year, including the Chinese “Foxbots” …

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How to use WhatsApp from your computer

Typing long messages or holding multiple WhatsApp conversations on your smartphone is possible, but there are times when typing away on a full keyboard and viewing messages on a full-size computer screen would be better.<p>WhatsApp offers two different solutions for using its service on a computer: …

Google Fiber Could be Coming to North Carolina

The chances of Google Fiber’s crazy-fast internet showing up in your town feel about as favorable as winning the lottery, but if you live in North Carolina, you may be in luck.<p>Google is holding events in Raleigh-Durham and Charlotte next week according to WRAL Techwire, and it’s very possible they …

Samsung Galaxy S6 Rumored To Sport Major Camera Upgrade, Arriving Sooner Than Expected

There have been lots of rumor swirling about regarding Samsung’s forthcoming Galaxy S6 flagship smartphone, from its shift in gears from the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 platform to Samsung’s own Exynos processor, to field test shipments being spotted with curved displays like the Galaxy Note Edge. It’s …

Oculus gives Sundance attendees a literal bird's-eye view

"People dream about flying." That's what Max Rheiner, creator of <i>Birdly</i>, a virtual reality experience that lets you feel what it's like to fly as a bird from a first-person perspective, said about the inspiration for his project. Rheiner, who's head of the masters program in interaction at the …

Using Google+ and Pinterest Search for Long-Term Impact

While my content will always be anchored on my site, I use permanence-leaning platforms to give that content multiple touch-points for potential discovery. Following the publishing of a post I create a Google+ post that summarizes the main elements of the article to draw readers in.<p>Following this …

Digital life hack: Turn your old phone into a security camera

In these days of nonstop hacking, phishing and data breaches, it's easy to forget that regular old burglars are still lurking around to steal from your home. That's why I'm a big fan of home security systems, especially ones that let you watch your home from a distance and alert you when someone …

Ring ring, it's your watch calling

Does a smartwatch need its own cellular connection?<p>The simple answer is, well, no. Adding a cellular radio to a watch increases the size, drains the battery faster and makes it more expensive. That's why most of the high-tech watches opt for Bluetooth for talking to a nearby smartphone.<p>AT&T isn't …

Report: Apple to allow Chinese security inspections of iPhones

Apple will allow the Chinese government to perform security inspections on its products to quell concerns that they are used for surveillance of …

Xbox meets Windows 10 – will this end the PC v console war?

There have been many attempts to unite console and PC gamers in cross-platform play, but this could be the one that works<p>Five years ago a scintillating rumour crept across gaming news sites and forums – a rumour that satisfied deeply entrenched beliefs held throughout the industry.<p>The story goes …

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