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Essential texting acronyms every parent needs to know

Sometimes it feels like parents and teens don’t speak the same language. When it comes to texting, chatting and emailing, that's literally true. If you've looked at any teen's communications, you'll see them sprinkled with acronyms and shorthand that make no sense.<p>Those letters and numbers are an …

Vizio mercilessly mocks Samsung, LG curved TVs

Your curved-screen TV hurts your head, doesn't it? So here's Vizio claiming, amusingly, that it has glasses to turn your curved TV into flatscreen.<p>Curved TVs look lovely, but do they really add anything, apart from the loveliness?<p>My colleague David Katzmaier explains that they offer no real …

Alleged ‘Lizard Squad’ Member Reveals His Face In A TV Interview

The interview with the alleged Lizard Squad member, a Finland-based man using the alias "Ryan," was conducted via Skype. It can be viewed at the bottom of the page.<p>Here's what "Ryan" said, regarding Lizard Squad's takedown of the game networks over the holidays:<p><b>How it happened:</b> "This attack was …

Christmas Eve

The Best Way To Buy Stocks Is To Go All In And Wait

Unfortunately, playing the stock market is just not that easy.<p>Investors have several strategies they can employ when buying stocks.<p>But if you have a decent chunk of money just sitting around, you might be better off going all in and throwing everything into the stock market at once.<p>An …

Samsung's Plan To Replace Android Has Hit A Snag, And Now Things Are Looking Bad For Next Year

After watching profits tumble this year due to increased competition from other Android phone makers, Samsung sits at an odd inflection point. It can pump out pricey, generic Android phones and watch cheaper phone manufacturers continue to eat its lunch, or it can start innovating in software and …

Workers' rights expert defends Apple's Chinese factory conditions

Apple has done more than most, if not all, other tech companies in order to change conditions in its Chinese factories, a leading human rights NGO has said<p>A leading non-governmental organisation (NGO) focused on ensuring fair, safe and legal labour has praised Apple's dedication to changing working …

11 Tricks Steve Jobs, Jeff Bezos, And Other Famous Execs Use To Run Meetings

We've already learned that meetings fall apart thanks to sloppy agendas, un-articulated ground rules, and other structural mistakes.<p>So we decided to look at how some of the most effective executives in history — from GM czar Alfred Sloan to Apple prince Steve Jobs to Facebook queen Sheryl Sandberg …

Apple Will Earn $3 Billion Because The iPhone 6 Starts With A Pitiful Amount Of Storage

John Gruber, who is often very positive about Apple, called it "downright punitive" to include only 16GB of storage, considering how much space apps, videos, and photos take up these days.<p>And as we learned when iOS 8 launched, not having enough space can be a huge barrier when people want to …

The Christmas Question: PS4 Or Xbox One?

Christmas is less than a week away, and it’s time to make some big purchasing decisions, if you haven’t already. Out of every question posed to me by readers (and even Forbes staffers), one comes up more than any other. PS4 or Xbox One?<p>Obviously there are other gaming options this holiday season, …

14 Most Creative Works Of Art Of 2014

Art is no longer only the domain of the professional artist. With the likes of Photoshop and Freshpaint allowing anyone the chance to make their …

Apple CEO Tim Cook Sent This Inspiring Memo To Employees For The Holidays

The letter, which was first published by blog iClarified (via 9to5Mac), highlights some of Apple's biggest accomplishments this year, including the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus launch, the Mac's 30th anniversary, and the Apple Watch unveiling.<p>Apple also notes it donated $20 million this quarter to Product …

£1 a litre petrol? Fat chance, says ONS

Petrol prices are unlikely to fall below £1 in the coming months, analysis by the Office for National Statistics suggests<p>Petrol prices are unlikely to fall below £1-a-litre in the coming months, analysis by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) suggests.<p>With prices tumbling by more than 40pc …

The App That Makes It Incredibly Easy For Hackers To Break Into Your iPhone Just Got Even Scarier

The update allows users to break into iCloud accounts that have two-factor authentication enabled, the company announced on Thursday (via Engadget).<p>Two-factor authentication is a security system you can set up with iCloud, Gmail, and other online services.<p>It requires that you type in a one-time …

Standing on one leg for 20 seconds can predict chance of dementia

The inability to stand on one leg for more than 20 seconds is associated with microbleeds and "silent" strokes<p>Balancing on one leg may indicate if a person is at risk of dementia or stroke, a study has found.<p>Scientists found that an inability to stand on one leg for more than 20 seconds was …

Try Searching For 'Twitter' On Apple's App Store And You'll See A Big Problem

The App Store's issues with search and discoverability is something we've written about in the past, but Apple has yet to make any major visible changes to remedy the issue.<p>It's a complex problem, and it helps to see a concrete example of how muddled searching for an app has become, which is …

How You Can Use YouTube to Turn Your Passion into a Career

Zoe Sugg, 24, better known by her blog name Zoella, started making videos in her bedroom in 2009 like any other creative 20something. Fast forward five years and her new book <i>Girl Online,</i> which debuted November 25, sold more copies in its first week in the United Kingdom than any previous debut …

Electrical retailers offering misleading discounts, study finds

Shoppers are being misled by the discounts offered at some of the UK’s biggest electrical retailers, a study has found.<p>Consumer group Which? tracked the prices of more than 100 electrical products sold by Amazon, Argos, Currys and John Lewis, finding a number of savings that either did not exist or …

Tesco blackhole may be larger than feared

JP Morgan analysts question Tesco blackhole as well as rent bill and depreciation charges as pressure on retailer continues<p>The blackhole in Tesco’s accounts may be larger than feared, analysts at JP Morgan Cazenove have claimed.<p>The profit generated by Tesco’s UK subsidiaries in the last financial …

10 Secret Features Hidden In Your Mac

But there's hope!<p>We've put together some great tips and tricks that can show you how to save time using your Mac, from taking advantage of its hidden calculator to discovering the tiny but useful icon that has been right in front of your face the entire time.

Jaguar's 'Ghost Car' Navigation System Is Straight Out Of Science Fiction

Jaguar just unveiled a proposed new navigation system that's unlike anything we've ever seen.<p>Most modern navigation systems instruct drivers using a series of arrows or at best a pictographic representation of a highway exit. However, Jaguar's new experimental system abandons the arrows and instead …

BT agrees to buy EE for £12.5bn

O2 deal rejected in favour of bigger, more expensive takeover that is likely to raise regulatory concerns<p>BT signalled ambitions to dominate the mobile market yesterday when it rejected a cheaper, simpler takeover of O2 to open exclusive talks to buy EE, Britain’s biggest mobile operator, for …

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City fund manager who dodged thousands in train fares banned from financial industry

Jonathan Burrows banned from City by Financial Conduct Authority after he admits to exploiting loophole to avoid £43,000<p>The former BlackRock fund manager who exploited a loophole to dodge thousands of pounds in train fares has been banned from working in financial services by the City watchdog.<p>The …

Finance

Samsung still tops in smartphones, but market share plummeting

New data from research firm Gartner shows that Samsung owned 24.4 percent of the smartphone market worldwide in the third quarter, down from 32 percent a year earlier.<p>Samsung remained king of the smartphone market in the third quarter, but a deeper dive into the data shows that the situation was …

Gear & Gadgets

Leaked Windows 10 Build Shows Xbox App, Cortana Integration

In Microsoft's continued effort to combine all their products into one giant software amalgam, Windows 10 will be a little more gaming-infused than its past installments. That’s courtesy of a new Xbox App, and the Halo AI turned phone AI turned PC operating system AI, Cortana.<p>The news comes from a …

The world's slimmest smartphone is now 4.75mm thick

How thin is too thin? Well, the Chinese smartphone makers are always pushing their limits on this end. Following Gionee's 5.1mm Elife S5.1 and Oppo's 4.85mm R5, today Vivo has set a new record with its X5Max, a 4.75mm-thick Android phone that still manages to pack a number of notable features. The …

Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach

Dubai, United Arab Emirates<p>The family-friendly Four Seasons Resort Dubai is home to Mercury, one of Dubai's – if not the world's – coolest rooftop bars. When you're not admiring the views take a walk in the colourful gardens or enjoy the private beach.

Samsung's virtual reality headset, Gear VR: what you need to know

Samsung's virtual reality headset, dubbed "Gear VR," is available for purchase as of today. For those not following the last three years of virtual reality's return from obscurity, today is a big day: Gear VR is the first virtual reality headset available to general consumers. Though Sony's …

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Apple Could Face iPhone 6 Shortages Next Year

The iPhone 6 could be harder to find next year as Apple shifts its production ratio toward the 6 Plus, according to UBS analyst Steven Milunovich.<p>"Given the ramp in [December] we do expect a sequential decline of 40% or so in March, mostly in the smaller iPhone 6," he said. "We think interest in …

Qatar bids £2.6bn for Canary Wharf

Sovereign wealth fund and its Canadian partners increase offer for Songbird Estates just before regulatory deadline<p>Qatar has made a last-ditch attempt to buy the Canary Wharf business district in east London with a new cash bid of £2.6bn.<p>Qatar’s sovereign wealth fund and its Canadian partners, …