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Here's What Modern Movies Would Look Like As VHS Tapes

Prepare to go back in time.

Fast Voice Assistant App 'Hound' Comes to iOS, Takes on Siri

A new voice search and personal assistant app called Hound debuted on iOS yesterday that apparently outperforms Siri, Google Search and Cortana in terms of speed and recognition accuracy.<p>Developed by the creators of music-recognition app SoundHound, the new app provides extremely fast responses to …

Users Facing 'Error 53' Bricking Message After Third-Party iPhone 6 Home Button Repairs

Some iPhone 6 users who had their smartphones repaired by third-party technicians are reporting that a mysterious "error 53" message is permanently bricking their iPhones (via <i>The Guardian</i>). Users who have had Touch ID on their iPhone 6 fixed by a non-Apple technician, and agreed to update the …

Mobile Technology

10 Entrepreneurs' Productivity Secrets

Productivity apps have proliferated at the speed of startup conferences and podcasts. 10 entrepreneurs weigh in on the tools and resources they turn to in order to stay productive and centered.<p>Whether you're looking for a productivity app or a podcast to download, most of us ask our network for a …

Review: Mophie's Juice Pack Reserve & Power Reserve Offer Power in Small Packages

Back in September, Mophie launched two brand-new battery products, the Juice Pack Reserve, a $59.95 battery case for the iPhone 6 and 6s, and the Power Reserve 1X, a small $34.95 external battery for smartphones and wearables. I have been testing both for the past two weeks in regular daily use and …

How Shade VFX Brought “Daredevil” And “Jessica Jones” To Life In A Tough Business

By Dan Solomon6 minute Read<p>If you follow people in the film industry on Facebook or Twitter, then back in 2013, you probably saw them turn their …

Genius System Uses Magnets To Keep Your Clothes Perfectly Folded In Cramped Closets

ThreadStax wants to make the heap of clean clothes on the bottom of your closet floor a thing of the past.<p>We all like the idea of folding clothes. Maybe we even do it, from time to time. But let’s face it: less of us than we want to admit fold clothes properly, and even fewer of us can manage to …

Robinhood Brings Commission-Free Stock Trading To More Apps

The startup’s service for investors is mobile and free–and now it’s in more places.<p>Robinhood grabbed our attention for years while it was still on the drawing board. The company succeeded in rocking the financial boat when it launched in Dec 2014 as the first mobile-first, fee-free brokerage, …

NewerTech's 'HDMI Headless Video Accelerator' Keeps GPU Active for Better Performance With No Display

NewerTech today announced the launch of its HDMI Headless Video Accelerator, an adapter that's designed to plug into the Mac mini's HDMI display port to fool it into thinking there's a display attached. With the adapter plugged in, the Mac mini's GPU is activated and video drivers are loaded, …

Manage Your Public Persona With Google’s New “About Me” Tool

Your birthday. Your email. Your photos. Your work history. We’ve all been oversharing this data online for a decade now, glossing over Terms & Conditions while losing track of who can see what.<p>Now, Google has released a tool to help called About Me. It’s a landing page that contains a list of your …

The World’s First Commercial Carbon Capture Plant Will Turn Pollution Into Cash

A handful of other startups are working on similar technology, but Climeworks AG may be first to start turning pollution into cash. The plant pulls …

UC Berkeley

These Prosthetic Arms Turn Kids Into Superheroes

Of the three, the Star Wars hand is the one that people like the most, says <i>The Independent</i>, because it makes a <i>vroom</i> sound and lights up like a real …

The Perch App Transforms Old Gadgets Into A Free, Real-Time, Home-Security System

Born from a Samsung program, Perch turns smartphones, tablets, and laptops into a surprisingly smart home-monitoring camera service.<p>When you hear phrases like “security camera” or “home monitoring,” you likely think of hardware, such as Google’s popular Dropcam products. But Andrew Cohen, CEO of …

VR and Augmented Reality Will Soon Be Worth $150 Billion. Here Are The Major Players

A new report suggests AR will be eventually worth four times as much as VR.<p>Together, virtual reality and augmented reality are expected to generate about $150 billion in revenue by the year 2020.<p>Of that staggering sum, according to data published today by Manatt Digital Media, and originally …

Square Says Its Super-Simple Email Marketing Tools Are Paying Off For Small Businesses

Six months after introducing Square Marketing, the company has data that shows its digital coupons increase sales.<p>If you pay attention to news coming from Square, you know that it’s been a long time since all it did was process credit-card payments using its itty-bitty swiper. The expansion of its …

How Artificial Intelligence Is Finding Gender Bias At Work

Several companies are now using language-and-image-processing tech to spot what we humans can’t–or won’t.<p>California recently enacted a strict gender-equality law, the Fair Pay Act, which puts the burden of proof on a company to show that it has not shortchanged an employee’s salary based on gender. …

Facebook Revokes Internship After Student Exposes Messenger Flaw

When a Harvard student built an application that exposed a privacy risk, Facebook yanked his internship offer.<p>Landing a high-profile internship is a coup for any college student. But even before Harvard student Aran Khanna began his internship at Facebook, he was already hard at work in his dorm …

9 Facts About Computer Security That Experts Wish You Knew

Every day, you hear about security flaws, viruses, and evil hacker gangs that could leave you destitute — or, worse, bring your country to its knees. …

Cyber-attacks

5 Crazy New Ideas Out Of Disney Research

A taste of the future in animation, motion capture, and 3-D printing, from five new papers published by Disney Research.<p>Leading up to this year’s Siggraph conference–the biggest event of the year in computer graphics and experimental UI–Disney Research comes with a collection of new papers that …

In a world without money and advertising, where do the artists go?

I recently heard a story where people were getting upgraded for flights and hotels based on their perceived social media influence. It makes some …

Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking Call for Ban on Autonomous Military Robots

There’s no question that the age of autonomous killing machines is upon us. But some very smart and very influential people would like to turn back …

How to Troubleshoot Apps Overusing Energy in OS X

Even though most developers work their hardest to ensure that the programs you download onto your Mac run smoothly, sometimes, things go wrong. One issue that may arise is an app using an exorbitant amount of energy or memory, causing your Mac to overheat or suffer severe battery drain.<p>Sometimes, …

Apps

Secret power-savers: Extend your iPhone battery life now!

Apple has done a lot to make everything from their chipsets to their software extremely power efficient. Yet battery life remains the currency of …

'WALTR' for Mac Gains Support for Subtitles and Transferring New Audio, Video Formats to iOS Devices

<i>Softorino</i>'s <i>WALTR</i> app for the Mac, which is designed to make it easy to upload and convert any music or video file to an iPad or iPhone, is getting its first major update today following its November 2014 release.<p><i>WALTR</i> will help you drag and drop a wide variety of media files onto your iPad or …

Eyefi Review: Hands-On With the Mobi Pro 32GB WiFi-Connected SD Card

Popular WiFi-connected SD card manufacturer Eyefi recently released a brand new product, the Eyefi Mobi Pro. For those unfamiliar with Eyefi, the company makes WiFi-connected SD cards to give people a way to quickly transfer photos from their cameras to their Macs, iPhones, and iPads, even when a …

FCC Votes in Favor of Net Neutrality Rules, Classifies Broadband Service as a Utility

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Thursday voted in favor by a 3-to-2 decision to enforce net neutrality rules that it claims will help protect freedom of expression and innovation on the Internet, reports <i>Ars Technica</i>. The FCC ruling classifies broadband service as a utility and …

Net Neutrality

Light Photographed As A Wave And A Particle For The First Time

Seeing is believing<p>Scientists have long known that light can behave as both a particle and a wave—Einstein first predicted it in 1909. But no experiment has been able to show light in both states simultaneously. Now, researchers at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland have …

Quantum Physics