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Amazon delivered a lovely update on its ‘Prime Air’ project today — almost exactly two years after it showed the first iteration of its drone. You know, the flying delivery drone that some thought was a massive joke meant for April 1st. Included are some high-res shots and two new videos.
The video, …Amazon
A professor in Singapore has invented a tiny chip that he claims could speed up how quickly batteries charge — while also making them safer.
Rachid Yazami at Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore) has developed a chip that will monitor potential faults in batteries and alert the user if …Apple News
Inspired by the shadows created by water striders, Drzach & Suchy have figured out a way to "paint" words in water shadows.
Water striders are a family of insects that are able to transfer their body weight so they can run on top of the water's surface. Upon seeing them for the first time at the …Insects
As expected, Microsoft has begun to roll out a beta version of Cortana for iOS. The digital assistant app is being distributed via Apple's TestFlight, according to TechCrunch, which potentially means the pool of testers is limited to just 2,000 participants.
While Cortana's trademark sass is still …iPhone
Catch up on your reading, listen to some podcasts, and learn some new skills.
Wheels up! Here are a handful of apps to keep you entertained on your next flight, all of which feature offline modes, just in case your plane isn’t equipped with Wi-Fi.
1. Catch Up On Your Longreads
Pocket (Android, iOS) is …iOS
Console has sold at a faster pace than any other PlayStations, says Sony
TOKYO— Sony Corp. SNE -0.08 % said Wednesday that it has sold more …Sony
The Macalope should have gotten that clicker app for the Apple Watch so he could keep track of the number of Apple Watch killers that have been run …Wearable Tech
Gery Shalon is alleged to have run a ‘criminal conglomerate’ that reaped hundreds of millions of dollars in illegal profits
To many in Tel …Middle East
The company Mark Zuckerberg created now has 12,000 employees. But it's doing its best to keep on acting like a scrappy startup.
The most interesting thing about Facebook’s new headquarters in Menlo Park, California—humbly known as "Building 20," and connected to the nearby, ex-Sun Microsystems …Facebook
Documents obtained by US researchers detail security measures ISIS advises recruits to use to avoid surveillance, though not all of them follow the …Security
It’s easy to forget now, but the first modern music streaming service to arrive in America was Rdio. Like its founders, Skype billionaires Janus Friis and Niklas Zennström, Rdio was awkwardly spelled and a little hard to pronounce. When it arrived in August 2010, the smartphone era was young enough …Rdio
There is a lot of talk lately about the contrasting positions taken by Apple and Microsoft over operating system convergence. Microsoft, which was …Convergence
With the announcement of iOS 9 and the subsequent release of the Smart Keyboard, this has been a good year for fans of using iPads with physical …iPad
Amazon has unveiled Storywriter, a free cloud-based tool for writing movie and TV screenplays in standard format that’s suitable for users of all skill levels.
Storywriter includes a number of useful features such as automatically formatting your text while you type, auto-saving and …Amazon
It’s been a busy last few months since Steve Huffman returned to Reddit in July to become its CEO. The company had an eventful summer (to put it lightly), but now as much of the controversy subsides, Huffman and the rest of his team are looking to reduce overall stress and “bring a sense of …Anonymity
CNN yesterday suspended its global affairs correspondent, Elise Labott, for two weeks for the crime of posting a tweet critical of the House vote to …Journalism
The evolution of Hergé's work—from simple comic strips to sophisticated graphics—was influenced by a fascination with fine art and design.
Since its first appearance in a Belgian newspaper in 1929, The Adventures of Tintin—the beloved comic that follows the escapades of an intrepid boy reporter and …Cartoons
Some difficult news this week for Jawbone, maker of fitness trackers, speakers and Bluetooth headsets. TechCrunch has learned and confirmed that the company yesterday laid off around 60 employees, or 15% of staff. It’s a global round of layoffs affecting all areas of the business; and as part of it …Bluetooth
Rescued TV sitcom contributed to Yahoo’s $42 million write-down
Yahoo Inc., YHOO 0.00 % on its third-quarter earnings call, disclosed that it was …Yahoo
Get organized, take care of business, give dynamite presentations, and more.
El Jefe. Head Honcho. Fearless Leader. Those are all nicknames for you, my friend.
With great power comes great responsibility (and cool nicknames). Make sure you’re inspiring and motivating your team on a daily basis. Here …Management
This story appears in the December 14, 2015 issue of FORBES.
The late October offsite meeting for more than 120 of Yahoo’s top executives at the Park Central Hotel in San Francisco started well enough. The first day jumped from strategy sessions to upcoming product discussions. But on day two, when …Marissa Mayer
If you’re a user of the personal news aggregator Zite, you’re going to want to pay attention. The app is being shuttered and all data should be migrated over to Flipboard before December 7. The move should not come as a surprise, since Flipboard has been appropriating features from Zite since …Flipboard
Google Search Now Surfaces App-Only Content, Streams Apps From The Cloud When Not Installed On Your Phone
Google today is making a big change in terms of its ability to surface the content found in mobile applications through Google search: it’s no longer requiring that apps have matching web content in order to be indexed through Google’s search engine. In addition, when Google finds in-app content …Google
Why are so many kids with bright prospects killing themselves in Palo Alto?
The air shrieks, and life stops. First, from far away, comes a high whine like angry insects swarming, and then a trampling, like a herd moving through. The kids on their bikes who pass by the Caltrain crossing are eager to …Silicon Valley
Well she sneaks around the world, from your iPhone to your iPad...
The geography-obsessed supervillain Carmen Sandiego is coming back to video games, 30 years after her original debut. Carmen Sandiego Returns brings Carmen and her V.I.L.E lackeys to iOS devices, as kids (and nostalgic adults) chase …Retro
Mark Zuckerberg is on a mission to bring internet to the world, but that includes increasing internet access in the US, too.
In a Facebook post, the social network's founder announced that he and his wife, Priscilla Chan, are donating $20 million to Education Super Highway, a nonprofit group that …Mark Zuckerberg
iFixit Apple Pencil teardown reveals twin emitters to measure angle & orientation, logic board folded in half
No new Apple tech survives long without being taken apart by iFixit, and the Apple Pencil is no exception. Apple didn’t make it easy, however, with iFixit having to resort to a small circular saw to open up the device and needing to break a flex cable along the way.
Inside, it found that the plastic …Apple News
It’s changed its mind.
It’s no secret that Yahoo’s long-planned spinoff of its valuable Alibaba stake comes with the risk of a hefty tax bill, but now an activist investor says the risk is too high and is urging CEO Marissa Mayer to reconsider the sale.
Starboard Value, which previously pushed for …Yahoo
Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) is out with a new report today claiming Apple is now at over 100 million iPhones in use in the US. That means Apple has crossed 100 million active iPhone units since CIRP reported 97 million iPhones in use back in August, according to the research …Statistics