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Android’s biggest strength is driving people to the iPhone

Once upon a time, a team of engineers began work on a mobile operating system called Android. The platform began its life as an uninspired BlackBerry …

Mobile Technology

Sketchy rumor claims iOS 11 will bring long overdue group FaceTime calling

iOS 11 may finally deliver a highly requested FaceTime feature, according to a new rumor. <i>The Verifier</i> which is a technology blog out of Israel claims Apple is planning to include group video calling for FaceTime starting with iOS 11 later this year.<p>The report cites “several people familiar with …

Apple News

Tesla Quietly Introduces Longest-Range Electric Car on the Market

Without much fanfare, Tesla has added a new battery option to its menu. The Model S 100D, currently listed at $98,300, offers an EPA-rated range of …

Tesla

Spending Time Around Traffic Is Literally Destroying Your Brain - VICE

The highways around where I live in Portland, Oregon are like congestion voids—black holes or boundless oceans. You go in hoping to reappear elsewhere in the city or beyond, but without any assurance of exiting at all; time and space cease to have any meaning as waves and waves of Subarus roll …

The Brain

The fabulous life of legendary fashion billionaire Ralph Lauren, who dressed Melania Trump for the inauguration

Ralph Lauren has a long history of working with important American figures. The designer's most recent credits include dressing first lady Melania Trump for the 2017 inauguration.<p>Trump wore a powder blue Ralph Lauren suit, which many compared to the pale blue suit that Jackie Kennedy wore to her …

Fashion

Tesla is about to release its biggest app update yet: Touch ID login, widget integration, and more

While Tesla’s mobile app was really well-received when it launched back in 2012 and it was ahead of the industry at the time, it hasn’t received much attention from Tesla’s UI and development team over the past 4 years.<p>In November 2016, CEO Elon Musk announced that Tesla is planning a big update …

Tesla

Apple files $1 billion lawsuit against chip supplier Qualcomm

(Reuters) - Apple Inc filed a $1 billion lawsuit against supplier Qualcomm Inc on Friday, days after the U.S. government accused the chip maker of resorting to anticompetitive tactics to maintain a monopoly over key semiconductors in mobile phones.<p>Qualcomm is a major supplier to both Apple and …

21st Century

Apple is ticking higher after the world's largest asset manager says it has been loading up on shares (AAPL)

Apple is higher by 0.3% at $120.11 after BlackRock, the world's largest asset manager, boosted its stake in the company to 322 million shares, according to a SEC filing.<p>The firm now holds 6.1% of Apple's outstanding shares, worth about $38.4 billion.<p>Apple stock reached a 14-month high earlier this …

Financial Markets

This Is How You Future-Proof Your Brain Against Increasing Distractions

Is it possible to train your brain to cope with an ever more fast-paced world? In some cases, more tech might save us from tech overload.<p>It’s no secret that technology advancements have affected our brains. With instant messages, push notifications, wearable technology, and many other tech-driven …

The Brain

Tesla’s crash rate was reduced by 40% after introduction of Autopilot based on data reviewed by NHTSA

As reported earlier today, NHTSA is closing its investigation of the fatal accident on Tesla Autopilot without finding any defect or issuing any recall. We now have access to the full report (embedded below) and there are some interesting key findings about the crash and Tesla’s Autopilot in …

Tesla

Tesla Officially Ends Free Supercharging on Newly-Purchased Cars

A new Supercharger program replaces free unlimited charging with a per-minute or per-kWh fee.<p>Nearly every major automaker now has some kind of all-electric Tesla fighter in the works. And while they may very well soon catch up with Tesla on a product level, what may prove far harder is matching the …

Tesla

Trump's populism won't work, says former Treasury chief

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — Lawrence Summers, the former U.S. Treasury Secretary, has warned that Donald Trump's threats to firms using Mexico as a manufacturing base will be counterproductive and could lead to the loss of hundreds of thousands of American jobs.<p>Summers told a panel at the World …

Finance

Oil prices fall on strong dollar, U.S. output rise expectations

Oil prices fell on Wednesday to their lowest in a week, on a strong dollar and expectations that U.S. producers would boost output even as OPEC’s output fell from a record high.<p>U.S. shale production is set to snap a three-month decline in February, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said on …

Oil

Yellen: U.S. is near 'maximum employment'

<b>New York (CNN) —</b> Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen gave the U.S. economy a nearly clean bill of health, two days before Donald Trump arrives at the White House.<p>"Now, it's fair to say, the economy is near maximum employment and inflation is moving toward our goal," Yellen said in a speech Wednesday …

Janet Yellen

Fed's Yellen says 'makes sense' to gradually raise interest rates

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - With the U.S. economy close to full employment and inflation headed toward the Federal Reserve's 2 percent goal, it "makes sense" for the U.S. central bank to gradually lift interest rates, Fed Chair Janet Yellen said on Wednesday.<p>"Waiting too long to begin moving toward …

Central Banks

How Steve Jobs broke the carriers’ backs with Apple’s first iPhone

<i>Much has been said about the original iPhone’s success factors: an innovative multi-touch interface, a never-seen-before combination of cell phone, iPod, and internet “navigator.” All good, but missing one crucial element: removing the carrier’s control on the iPhone’s features and content.</i><p>The …

Apple News

Treasury yields are plunging

Treasurys are rallying sharply as traders return to work following the holiday weekend. Early buying has yields down more than 8 basis points in the belly of the curve as traders pile in following President-elect Donald Trump's comments on the strong dollar. Trump told the Wall Street Journal, "Our …

Financial Markets

New AirPod ads show off Apple’s wireless dream

Apple debuted new ads for its freshly-released AirPods over the weekend, demonstrating features like instant pairing and Siri, while getting across the joy that comes with Apple’s wireless dream through a musical dance number.<p>Starring Los Angeles-based dancer and model Lil Buck, and set to the song …

Apple News

How brain cells can predict your age

As we get older, our brain cells show changes, and now a new study finds that certain changes happen so reliably that by themselves they can reveal a person's age.<p>In the study, researchers analyzed brain tissue samples from 480 people who died between the ages 16 and 106. None of these individuals …

The Brain

$40 device doubles the storage of your 32GB iPhone 7 or 7 Plus

There’s no shame in wanting to save some cash when buying a new iPhone. After all, $649 for an iPhone 7 and $679 for an iPhone 7 Plus is already a …

Apple News

An unlikely group of stores is becoming a major threat to McDonald's

Convenience stores are increasingly a threat to fast-food chains like McDonald's.<p>Chains like 7-Eleven, Wawa, and Circle K are ramping up prepared food offerings, according to Anna Kang at Nation's Restaurant News.<p>The convenience stores are getting ahead thanks to a few distinct advantages over …

Food

A huge reversal might be about to take place — and it could see $2.3 trillion move in to the stock market

A huge amount of investment dollars have flowed out of equities and into bonds over the past decade.<p>But, according to a note published by Societe Generale's Cross Asset Research team on Monday, this "de-equitisation" trend has slowly been reversing, and "a significant portfolio rebalancing may be …

Investing

When Jerry Jones bought the Dallas Cowboys they were losing $1 million per month and now it is the most valuable team in the world

The Dallas Cowboys are now the world's most valuable sports franchise, according to the most recent valuations by Forbes, but things weren't always so great for "America's Team."<p>Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was recently a guest on Adam Schefter's podcast and he told a story about just how bad things …

NFL

The science of touch: why physical contact can make you happier and more successful

Touch can deactivate stress regions and was used by primates to form alliances<p>"What is the good life?" is one of life's most vexing questions. Knowing what makes us happy, and how to bring happiness to others, has been the bread and butter of philosophers since Lao Tzu and Aristotle. But the answer …

Psychology

Tesla Is Snatching Apple’s Stars to Make Itself the New Apple

If you don’t follow the ins and outs of Silicon Valley personnel moves, you might have missed the news. Even if you saw it, it may not have made much …

Tesla

Mark Zuckerberg's Net Worth Jumps $5 Billion In First Weeks Of 2017

Happy New Year, Mark Zuckerberg.<p>In the first two weeks of 2017, the Facebook founder’s net worth has soared by nearly $5 billion, by far the biggest gain of any person in the world. Bolstered by climbing revenues and a series of bullish analyst reports, Facebook’s shares are inching closer to …

Wealth

Credit cards are going the way of fax machines

The modern smartphone is a remarkable device. A single device that fits in your pocket can do all the tasks that once required cameras, camcorders, GPS devices, watches, alarm clocks, calculators, and even TVs.<p>But the next change might be the most radical of all—it could eliminate the need to carry …

Authentication

Japan’s employees are literally working themselves to death

The Japanese might be the hardest working people in the world. Employees there sleep less and work longer hours than almost anywhere else. The culture is so rigorous that there's a word for <i>literally</i> working yourself to death: karoshi.<p>That might be good if you're an employer trying to make a …

Japan

How to React to a Message with a Sticker on iPhone

With iOS 10, Apple introduced Stickers to the Messages app. We’ve covered how to download and use Stickers in a previous tip. We learned that you can send stickers to friends as a reply, but you can also use a sticker to react to a friend's message. Here’s how to react to a message with a</i> …

Apple News