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Your next Comcast bill may be priced per gigabyte

Beginning tomorrow, residents of Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, and the Florida Keys will become part of what feels like a never-ending experiment in pricing …

Robots Are Coming to Take Your McJobs

As food and labor costs rise in the restaurant industry, some businesses are looking for technological solutions to the annoying problem of expensive humans.<p>A $15-per-hour minimum wage might not lead to armies of content, sufficiently compensated fast food workers. It may instead lead to fewer …

Using Android with Mac OS X: tips and recommendations

One of the principal reasons that many Apple Mac users opt for an iPhone over an Android smartphone is the ability to seamlessly work with their primary computer. As a Mac user who uses Android devices, I’ve often been left frustrated with the inability of my computer and smartphone to work …

10 essential Finder tricks every Mac user should know

In Mac OS X, you’ll spend much of your time in the Finder, the part of your operating system that manages files and such. While you might think you know all there is to know about it, the Finder is a complex and wonderful app — with its own special tricks to master.<p>Here are 10 essential Finder tips …

Operating Systems

Acer Chromebook 15 review: the big Chromebook has arrived

Say the word “Chromebook,” and the image that comes to mind for most people is a small, cheap, basic computer. That’s exactly what most Chromebooks are. The best Chromebooks you can buy have 11- or 12-inch displays, are priced well under $400, and do basic web browsing and not much more.<p>But the …

Sony’s PlayStation Vue Is The Closest Thing Yet To Cable TV For The Internet

This new streaming service for Sony’s game consoles offers 85 live channels and an inventive interface.<p>At some point in the future when we look back on the major tech developments of 2015, there’s a pretty good chance we’ll remember it as the year that pay TV really began its migration onto the …

BitTorrent brings its file synchronizing service out of beta with Sync 2.0 and Sync Pro for $40/year

BitTorrent today launched Sync 2.0, finally bringing its file synchronization service out of beta. The new version is available now for Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, iOS, Windows Phone, Amazon Kindle, and a growing list of network-attached storage (NAS) devices.<p>At the same time, the company has …

How to Waste as Little Produce as Possible

A bit of storage know-how goes a long way.<p>On the list of #HealthyPersonProblems, there are few things worse than losing track of your produce and having to toss out rotten fruits and vegetables week after week. To help you avoid all of the waste, we made this handy infographic based on pointers …

Nutrition

Analyst: Sony Could Come To Completely Dominate Console Space

The second holiday season traditionally sets the stage for the rest of a console’s lifespan. The launch hype has worn off, the faithful already have their consoles, and both first and third-party developers have had a chance to beef up the typically thin launch catalog. When year two rolls around, …

Google Hangouts Gets Google Voice Integration And Free VoIP Calls

For the last few years, it has always felt like Google Voice, the company’s VoIP calling solution, was on its way out. Instead, the video-centric Hangouts was getting all of the attention. But fret not, Google tells me that it is “growing its investment in Google Voice” and starting today, it will …

Google’s New Music Subscription Service, YouTube Music Key, Revealed

Google had previously confirmed its plans to launch a YouTube-powered music subscription service, but thanks to a series of leaked images via the blog Android Police, we now have the first taste as to what that service may look like, and what sort of features it will offer.<p>According to the report, …

The 'Netflix For Pirated Movies' Will Soon Work With Your Google Chromecast

It's a competitive space, but Popcorn Time has been steadily building up its features list and integrating tools to hide your tracks. Now, Popcorn Time even supports Google's Chromecast streaming device, allowing Windows users to port movies from their laptop or PC over to their TVs.<p>Chromecast …

You can now watch pirated movies on Google Chromecast

Pirated movies are coming to Google Chromecast.<p>Popcorn Time, a streaming service for pirated movies, announced Sunday that its software is now Chromecast-compatible for Windows users. A Chromecast-ready update is also in the works for Mac users, Popcorn Time said.<p>Chromecast is Google's $35 …

When your Mac runs slow, give it a tuneup

Macs are solid machines, but just like their owners they have a tendency to get lethargic as they age. Launching and switching programs takes longer, simple tasks become arduous, and the dreaded beach ball of doom appears more often than it did when your machine was new. The operating system just …

Operating Systems

Activehours Raises Seed Financing To End Payday Lending

Payday lending services are among the worst of the bad actors in the financial services industry in the U.S. today, charging people who have the least means and greatest needs the most usurious fees for their services.<p>Regulators have been trying to rein in the industry since their explosion in the …

Hyper launches the first Made-for-iPhone/iPad USB flash drive w/ built-in Lightning connector

Hyper— we’ve reviewed some of its MacBook batteries and iPhone accessories in the past— is today announcing the first Made-For-iPhone/iPad/iPod touch (MFi) flash drive that includes a built-in Lightning connector. Unfortunately you can’t get your hands on one just yet, but you can preorder through …

NuForce Primo 8 Headphone Review: High-End In-Ear Hi-Fi

The NuForce Primo 8 perhaps doesn’t look the part of a $500 headphone. First off, they’re in-ears, when most expensive headphones are over-ears. They’re small, not overtly flashy, and if you can get good fit, are barely noticeable in your ears.<p>All of these things can be good things, if they sound …

In Aereo hearing, Supreme Court expresses concern for cloud computing – but doubt over tiny antennas

Advertisement<p>16 Comments<p>Is Aereo, a service that lets consumers stream over-the-air TV, akin to a cable company or a hardware provider like …

Android device owners, now you can control your desktop from across the room — or the world

Google released its Chrome Remote Desktop app for Android yesterday, enabling the Android crowd to access their Mac or PC from afar. The app is a mobile extension of Chrome’s remote desktop screen-sharing service, which has enabled machine control from Chromebooks and Chrome browsers since it …

Mohu preps Channels TV tuner release after raising $145,000 on Kickstarter

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Antenna maker Mohu is working on releasing its Channels TV adapter this summer after successfully completing a Kickstarter …

EverythingMe is out of beta: one of the smartest launchers around got an upgrade (video)

EverythingMe, a contextual Android launcher first released in April 2013, received a substantial update and is now officially out of beta.<p>Similarly to Aviate, which was recently acquired by Yahoo, EverythingMe uses information like location, moment of the day, and the apps that you use the most to …

Why Verizon is buying Intel Media: it’s all about taking on Comcast

Advertisement<p>9 Comments<p>Credit: Peshkova / Shutterstock<p>Verizon(S VZ) made it official on the day of its Q4 2013 earnings call: The company is indeed …

Rumor: T-Mobile Uncarrier 4.0 to award subscribers that switch carriers up to $350 for their ETF

T-Mobile will soon announce a new step in its Uncarrier initiative – dubbed as Uncarrier 4.0 – maybe as soon as CES 2014, which may be offering cash to subscribers that ditch their current mobile operator in order for them to make up for their Early Termination Fees.<p>The news is not confirmed yet, …

Roku finally gets a YouTube channel, implements DIAL

Advertisement<p>8 Comments<p>Roku closed a big gap in its channel line-up Tuesday by finally adding a YouTube channel. The channel will initially just be …

Monitors are so 2013: Apple patents a ‘desk-free’ computer with smart laser projector

Imagine a Mac Mini that’s completely wireless and can project a large image on a wall instead of relying on an external monitor. This Mac may sound like science fiction, but it actually may not be that far off.<p>Apple today has received U.S. Patent No. 8,610,726, “Computer systems and methods with …

AirCast Mobile Wants To Make Phone-To-TV Video Sharing As Easy As Texting

Chances are you’ve got a screen in your pocket and a screen in your living room, and as time goes on more and more companies are trying to find ways to make the two play nice together. The latest entrant in the field is a Chicago-based startup called AirCast Mobile is taking a stab at bringing the …