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How to explain an iPhone using only the 1,000 most common English words

If you’ve ever tried to talk about tech or science with a five-year-old, 85-year-old, or speaker of another language, you’re familiar with this problem: It’s really hard to explain everyday one-word concepts like “wifi,” “GPS,” “Bluetooth,” “atoms,” “orbit,” and “energy.” This kind of conversation …


This technology is 100 times faster than Wi-Fi

A new technology, known as Li-Fi, could one day offer internet speeds one hundred times faster than the Wi-Fi we use today. Scientists have achieved speeds in the lab of up to 224 GB per second.

That’s the equivalent of downloading 18 movies in the blink of an eye. Li-Fi, or light fidelity, is now …


Automattic revamps and open-sources

Automattic, the creator of WordPress, has big news to share.

Today the company relaunched, the hosted version of its content manager used by up to 25 percent of the Web (including VB).

On top of that, Automattic is open-sourcing and it’s launching an official Mac app, with …

Matt Mullenweg

How This $170M Painting Scored its Buyer Unlimited Frequent Flier Miles

A billionaire art collector flies for free.

When billionaire art collector Liu Yiqian and his wife, Wang Wei, bought a $170 million Modigliani painting, they charged it to their American Express credit card, acquiring essentially unlimited frequent flier miles for them and their family.

Liu, a former …


Greece cleared by eurozone fund for €2bn bailout loan

Greece has been formally cleared to receive its next bailout loan, worth €2bn (£1.4bn), after it agreed to implement new austerity measures.

The eurozone bailout fund, the European Stability Mechanism (ESM), said on Monday it had agreed to release the next instalment of the country’s bailout …


Pfizer Chief Defends Merger With Allergan as Good for U.S.

The pharmaceutical giant Pfizer said on Monday that it had struck a $160 billion deal, including debt, to merge with Allergan, the maker of Botox, in one of the biggest takeovers in the health care industry.

The agreement would also be the biggest deal in what has been a banner year for mergers, …


Oil Rallies After Saudi Comments on Prices

Crude prices rose as much as 1 percent on Monday after Saudi Arabia's pledge to work on price stability offset some worries about the global oil market glut.

Moscow's vow to continue Syrian air strikes to punish bombers of a Russian jet also heightened geopolitical risk over the Middle East, some …


Artist Accuses Drake Of Posting His Uncredited Image To Instagram

Drake's in some hot water after apparently posting an uncredited image by artist Dave Valeza to his Instagram yesterday -- and we have to side with Valeza on this one, as there are absolutely zero props given in this one. No tags, no signature, nada. Which is very :( if we do say so ourselves.

After …


Billionaire buys famous painting with AmEx card, gets tens of millions of reward points

Chinese billionaire Liu Yiqian, who doesn’t exactly struggle to afford a plane ticket, can now likely fly free, in first class, with his whole family, anywhere in the world, for the rest of his life.

All because he bought a painting.

Liu was the winning bidder for Amedeo Modigliani’s “Reclining Nude” …

Canadian News

Snapchat's lackluster ad business threatens $16 billion valuation

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Snapchat, maker of a free mobile app that lets users send videos and messages that disappear in seconds, is struggling to gain traction with advertisers, fuelling investor concern that its $16 billion valuation isn't justified by a business that hasn't yet shown it has a …


Audi claims 25% of its cars will be electric in 10 years

It was an audacious statement, but there it was.

Audi expects that 25 percent of the cars it sells just 10 years hence will be either battery-electric or plug-in hybrid models.

And it came directly from Scott Keogh, president of Audi of America, in front of a packed media audience at the Los Angeles …

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Six Million Dollar Plant: Scientists grow cyborg roses

A team of researchers has created living rose plants with electronic circuits threaded through their veins.

When you think of cyborgs, plants probably …


After years of delays, Palestinians get high-speed mobile

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Political science lecturer Amjad Abu el-Ez lived in London and Dubai for 17 years before returning home in 2014 to teach in the northern West Bank city of Nablus. He was stunned to learn he could barely check his email on the commute from his nearby village because …

West Bank

World Robot Exhibition in Beijing: Pictures


Sidefari for iPad makes it possible to view two Safari tabs at once on iOS 9

Apple added a lot of new features to the iPad in in iOS 9, but viewing two browser tabs at once wasn't one of them.

Using split view on an iPad …

iPad Apps

Report: Apple to launch Apple Pay in China by February of 2016

Back in September, Apple created a company in the Shanghai free-trade zone, hinting at its plans to launch its mobile payment solution Apple Pay in the country. Now, Dow Jones & WSJ report that Apple plans to launch Apple Pay in China by February. Apple has reportedly secured agreements with the …

Chinese New Year

The new emulator in Android Studio 2.0 is 50 times faster than before

Google is making the Android Studio faster, and allowing for code changes to run instantly in an emulator or on a physical device.

The aptly named ‘Instant Run’ feature is optional in Android Studio 2.0, but handy for seeing changes to code run almost instantly. Simply clicking the ‘run’ option …

Google Goes Open Source And Gets A Desktop App, the fully hosted version of WordPress, has a received one of its biggest updates ever today. Codenamed Calypso, Automattic rewrote from scratch — everything is new under the hood. Here are the big changes.

First, is now fully separated from the WordPress …

Open Source

Must Avoid Popular Winter Destinations... And Where to Go Instead

Aspen, Colorado (Courtesy Visit Aspen)

If you're wondering where to travel with the kids this winter, there are several factors to consider when picking the right destination. For example, if you are on a budget or want to avoid crowds, you might want to think outside the box and consider less …

Central America Travel

Berlin: People Shouldn’t Have to Spend More Than a Third of Their Income on Rent

The city’s new public-housing rule aims to prevent low earners from being priced out.

In 2016, many Berlin housing-project residents can expect a cut in their rent. The cost of public housing in the city is just too high, the Berlin Senate ruled last Wednesday, and starting January 1 tenants will …


Durex announces condom emoji to keep your texts steamy

There’s no shortage of emoji that insinuate sex.

That’s a good thing because, as it turns out, 18-25 year old’s would much rather talk about sex in a text message and often through the use of emoji.


What we haven’t had, until now, is an emoji that could express safe sex in a text message. I mean, …


Facebook tests fundraising and donation tools for charities

Facebook is testing new tools to help charities raise money within the social network, with 37 partners already signed up.

Restricted to the US for now, the early testers include the World Wildlife Fund and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, with Facebook planning to open up the test to more …


YouTube Kids launches in Australia so kids can watch 'Play School' on repeat

Australian parents worried their kids are stumbling across inappropriate content on YouTube, or just watching entirely too many Justin Bieber videos, now have a solution.

The YouTube Kids app launched in Australia this week for iOS and Android devices. Serving up content that has been pre-screened …


Zite will shut down on December 7, asks users to migrate data to Flipboard

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 …


Telegram founder knew ISIS was using his service before Paris attacks (updated)

Secure messaging service Telegram announced on Wednesday it had shut down 78 ISIS-related channels since the deadly attacks on Paris and Beirut, alongside a statement saying the company was "disturbed to learn that Telegram's public channels were being used by ISIS to spread their propaganda." This …

Islamic State (ISIS)

Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 Pro teaser image shows attractive metal device, as sketchy hands-on photos leak of unannounced phone

Having recently shown up on TENAA, China’s certification body for consumer electronics, the metal version of Xiaomi’s flagship Redmi Note 2 has been teased by the company’s co-founder. As we’ve already seen from the TENAA images, the press render shows a device with a metal back panel, adding a …


Over 100 Million iPhones Now in Use in U.S., Nearly Two-Thirds Are iPhone 6 or Later

More than an estimated 100 million iPhones are being used in the United States, according to new data shared by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners [PDF]. At the end of the September 2015 quarter, more than 101 million iPhones were in use, and two-thirds of those iPhones were newer iPhones that …


Imogen Heap To Speak About Music And The Blockchain At Disrupt London

Classically trained composer, multi-instrumentalist and singer Imogen Heap recently made the headlines for releasing her song Tiny Human using blockchain technology. Heap is one of a number of artists exploring the blockchain to launch and distribute music, given its ability to record all …


Hands-On With the iPad Pro Apple Pencil

The Apple Pencil has technically been available for purchase since last week, but supplies of the iPad Pro accessory have been tight. Orders placed on launch day, November 11, are just starting to arrive to customers this week, and retail stores only began receiving reliable shipments starting …

Apple News

How to undo accidental time skips on Siri Remote

The new Apple TV’s Siri Remote is great, except for all of those times that it isn’t.

We’ve run afoul of the remote’s touchpad a few times; it’s fine for navigating (and less fine for entering passwords), but sometimes it does its job too well. For example, we can’t even count the number of times …