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Apple Astonishes — Hershel Sets Siri Free

Another Possible Product Review, by TBD Insider.<p><i>If you like this story, please hit that heart icon, and subscribe to</i> <i>TBDInsider</i> <i>for a new story every</i> …

AirPods might not be impossible to find for much longer

The AirPods are Apple’s hottest product right now, but the company is having trouble meeting the unexpectedly high demand that followed the delayed …

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How Google embarrassed Apple

Google's new Pixel phone launched to positive reviews, largely because of the phone's new digital helper called Google Assistant.<p>As I wrote in my review of the new Google Pixel, it's relatively easy to make a high-end smartphone these days. The real challenge is lighting it up with unique software …

7 Things the Most Interesting People All Have in Common

I’ve posted a lot of research from experts on getting people to like you, being influential and having great conversations.<p><b>What’s the best way to use</b> …

Why Uber must be stopped

<b>Leonardo DiCaprio in "The Wolf of Wall Street," Michael Douglas in "Wall Street"</b><p>The touted start-up is proving to be the embodiment of unrestrained hyper-capitalism. What happens when it wins?<p>Andrew Leonard<p>August 31, 2014 10:59am (UTC)<p>What is Uber? A paragon of free market efficiency and …

10 Great Novels That Will Make You More Passionate About Science

Many of the world's greatest scientists were inspired to go into their fields by reading science fiction books. And it's easy to see why. A lot of …

Unleash Your Inner App Developer Part 6: Finishing the Prototype

<i>Do you have an idea for an app, but lack the programming knowledge to begin building it? In this weekly blog series, How To Unleash Your Inner App Developer, I will take you, the non-programmer, step by step through the process of creating apps for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. Join me each</i> …

Recommended Reading: Star Wars visuals and Square's data gold mine

<i>Recommended Reading highlights the best long-form writing on technology and more in print and on the web. Some weeks, you'll also find short reviews of books that we think are worth your time. We hope you enjoy the read.</i><p>The Man Who Literally Built Star Wars<br>by Jeremy Singer, Esquire<p>Pocket<p><i>Esquire</i> …

eBooks vs. Print: Actually a Nonissue

When I picked up the current <i>Scientific American</i> my eye was immediately drawn to the cover line, "Google Is Changing the Way You Think." Given the sensationalist tone that often accompanies explorations of how Internet use affects cognition (even Nicholas Carr's sedate 2007 discussion of the topic …

IBM's Jeopardy-Winning Supercomputer Will Power A 'Cognitive, Expert Personal Shopper' App Next Year

IBM Watson Solutions VP Stephen Gold told us that starting in 2014, consumers can look for the first three Watson-powered apps from IBM business partners.<p>We were most intrigued by the description of one of these apps in particular, Fluid Retail. Here's how Gold described it to us:<p>"Fluid, which …

Vint Cerf: 'Privacy may be an anomaly'

Could online privacy one day be a thing of the past as we share more and more details about ourselves through social networks? Vint Cerf certainly believes that privacy will become much harder to ensure.<p>The father of the Internet spoke Tuesday about online privacy at a US Federal Trade Commission …

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New ‘liquid metal’ will let you print circuits on paper, T-shirts, or even leaves

Three Chinese scientists say they’ve found a way to create a metal that’s liquid at room temperatures, can be printed as if it was ink in ordinary, everyday desktop printers, and will adhere to surfaces as diverse and supple as rubber, paper, cotton T-shirts, or a leaf off an oak tree.<p>Need an RFID …

This Prediction Algorithm Can Tell If Your Startup Will Fail

Instead of guessing, consulting, or offering advice based on years of experience, Growth Science is trying to take the disruption theory to a whole …

Cognitive Computing For All: IBM Releases a Legion of Watsons

Watson is dead. IBM’s Jeopardy-winning computer, whose calculations resided on a custom-built bank of servers roughly the size of a master bedroom, is no more.<p>But Watson has descendants. They’re also called Watson, and they are legion. Some of those Watsons will grow up to be medical experts. Other …

You Built What?! A Homemade Scanning Electron Microscope

The hardest DIY project ever<p>Ben Krasnow has built his share of odd contraptions, including a liquid nitrogen generator made from an air conditioner, and the "thirst extinguisher," a commercial-grade fire extinguisher that cools, carbonates, and dispenses his homemade beer. Now, for no other reason …

IBM preparing to launch a Watson cloud service, lease out APIs to developers

Need a little help from a supercomputer? You just might get it: IBM is getting ready to release a more powerful version of its Watson supercomputer, and it'll be available for rent. According to the <i>PC World</i>, the company is working on a Watson-based cloud service that developers can use to build …

Point This Magical Scanner At Your Food And It Will Count The Calories

By Ariel Schwartz3 minute Read<p>Today there are wearable trackers available for just about every move you make and step you take. Almost. If there’s a …

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Yelp vs. Angie's List: A lesson for social media investors

One of the many lessons of investing in social media stocks is this: Companies that create a system in which vast amounts of free content wash around often find themselves awash in money.<p>It's worth thinking about as Twitter Inc. heads for its initial public offering, perhaps as early as this coming …

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Nobel Prizes and Science: Theory, experiment, chicken, egg

Theory can sometimes seem to be a long way ahead of experiment. Forty-eight years passed between the postulation of the Brout-Englert-Higgs mechanism (by which particles could have mass yet still respect the symmetries required of a reasonable quantum field theory), and the discovery of the Higgs …

Newton's Universal Law of Gravitation

How Isaac Newton's encounter with that apple ended up helping send rockets into space<p>Newton's equation first appeared in the <i>Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica</i>, July 1687. It describes why that apple fell from that tree in that orchard in Lincolnshire. Whether or not that apple actually …

Think You Can Live Offline Without Being Tracked? Here’s What It Takes

We asked the most privacy-aware people we could find what it would take to go off the radar. Hint: You’re going to need to do more than throw away your laptop.<p>Nico Sell, the cofounder of a secure communication app called Wickr, has appeared on television twice. Both times, she wore sunglasses to …

Apple removes HMV iOS app for 'violating App Store guidelines'

Retailer criticises Apple for demanding changes despite having approved the app last month, while retail trade body ERA claims ban raises 'serious issues of competition'<p>Apple has removed HMV's new iOS app from its App Store for enabling people to buy music downloads, despite approving the feature …

How refreshing! Meg Whitman punctures the myth of vendor partnerships

Anyone who didn’t think Microsoft(s msft) and Hewlett-Packard(s hpq) have been competing as much as collaborating hasn’t been paying attention for, …

Pivotal makes its first acquisition: Xtreme Labs

Pivotal is buying Xtreme Labs, a Toronto company specializing in mobile application development for retail, banking, media and other industries.<p>San …

IBM Acquires Xtify, A Mobile Messaging Company

IBM has announced the acquisition of Xtify, a provider of mobile messaging tools that allows push notifications to reach customers. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.<p>Xtify’s platform leverages a company’s CRM environment, business rules and other data to run targeted campaigns. It offers the …