Karen Velez

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Making the case for a large Apple 'iPad Pro'

If Apple doesn't build a large, professional tablet, then the Android and the Windows camps will. Oh wait, they <i>already are</i> building them.<p>Samsung has the Android-powered 12.2-inch Galaxy Note Pro and HP has the 13.3-inch Spectre x2 Windows tablet, among other large tablets. These are aimed squarely …

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PasswordBox Partnership Lets The Nymi ECG Wristband Log You In Anywhere On Mobile

The Nymi armband from Toronto-startup Bionym is edging closer to reality, and a new partnership announced today helps make it more clear how it’ll be useful to everyday consumers. Bionym is teaming up with PasswordBox to make it possible to authenticate your mobile logins using your heart rate …

Samsung Galaxy S5 “best smartphone display ever tested” by specialist test company DisplayMate

DisplayMate Technologies, which makes display test kit for every major screen manufacturer in the world, has declared that the new Samsung Galaxy S5 has “the best performing smartphone display that we have ever tested” with “a long list of new records.”<p>While OLED screens have long been considered …

Lingvist Raises €1 Million To Reduce The Time It Takes To Learn A New Language

Estonian startup Lingvist, which is developing “adaptive” language learning software that it claims significantly reduces the time it takes to learn a new language, has raised a €1 million round of funding. The investment comes from SmartCap (the investment arm of the taxpayer-funded Estonian …

Melodigram Is A Photo-Sharing App That Adds “Atmosphere” And An Audio Message To Your Snaps

Forget artificial intelligence, virtual reality, or drones. What the world really needs is another photo-sharing app (and Office for the iPad of course). Enter Melodigram, an app for iOS that lets you add background sound and an audio message to a photo, and share a link to that content on various …

Crescendo Launcher, for a distraction free Android experience

Crescendo Launcher is a new app that is not designed to blow you away with amazing icon packs or endless customization settings, it just keeps your experience pleasantly simple. As the name implies, Crescendo Launcher is a Home screen replacement app, but it takes a different approach to the Home …

Samsung Galaxy S5 on sale early, Gear 2 Neo and Fit too

It begins... After a South Korean phone network defied Samsung and started selling the Galaxy S5 early, rogue retailers in the US are risking the wrath of Samsung and following suit. Meanwhile, the Samsung Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit have hit shops in the UK.<p>The S5 is due out on 11 April, but South …

Larger Phone Screens Drive Mobile Video Consumption

No, it’s not a hilarious analyst April Fools’ Day joke. Although, the elementary logic may suggest otherwise: larger screen phones — such as phablets — are a key driver in increased mobile video consumption.<p>That’s one of the findings of a new study by analyst Strategy Analytics based on polling …

WebOS betrayal costs HP $57 million in class action settlement

The reverberations of a takeover gone terribly wrong<p>It may have been overshadowed by pricier acquisition deals in subsequent years, but HP's 2010 takeover of Palm remains a milestone event. It was a seemingly perfect combination of a highly competitive mobile operating system with a deep-pocketed …

Apple to Reportedly Release 4.7-Inch iPhone 6 This Fall, 5.5-Inch Version Delayed

Apple is set to begin mass production of the 4.7-inch display to be used in the iPhone 6 this May in preparation for the device's general release this fall, according to a new report from <i>Reuters</i>.<p>Citing supply chain sources, the report also states that the much rumored 5.5-inch version of the iPhone …

Mind-controlled robotic suit to debut at World Cup 2014

Shortly before 5pm local time on 12 June at Arena Corinthians in São Paulo, a young paraplegic Brazilian will stand up from a wheelchair, walk over to midfield, and take a kick in the opening ceremony of the 2014 World Cup.<p>For those hoping for miracles at football's greatest tournament, the scene …

HTC One (M8) Review: A Better HTC One – is That Its Problem?

In one way, pretty much everything was known about HTC’s new range-topping One (M8) handset well in advance of its launch. Photos leaked, specs leaked, and most of the info was pretty accurate. The result is that it wasn’t a launch full of surprises.<p>Nonetheless, it’s one thing to know the straight …

Philips Makes Hue Smart Lights More Affordable, More Lazy-Friendly With Hue Lux And Hue Tap

In what seems to be the beginning of a real-life Wall-E situation, Philips has introduced an even easier way to control your home’s Hue smart lighting system. Because, you know, fishing your smartphone out of your pocket when you want to switch the lights will probably exhaust you to the point of …

The key to preventing lost planes

New satellite-based technology could improve and expand in-flight tracking, making incidents such as missing flight MH370 obsolete.<p>It’s exceedingly rare for a commercial aircraft to disappear. So when it does happen – as it did when Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared from the radar while …

Tribune's profit declines 43%

Profit at Tribune Co., the parent of the Los Angeles Times and other newspaper, radio and television properties, fell sharply last year amid a further decline in newspaper advertising and a significant drop in earnings at its broadcast division.<p>The Chicago media company reported net income of …

Google Street View Captures Colorado River

Eighteen months after Google entered the Grand Canyon to capture panoramic imagery for Street View, the Internet giant has teamed up with American Rivers to ride the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon and capture even more impressive views.<p>Though this certainly boosts Google’s arsenal of …

Apple Develops Smart Pedometer Tech That Could Feature In iWatch [Patent]

Apple dropped another heavy hint about its interest in the iWatch on Thursday, as it published a patent application relating to a smart watch-mounted pedometer.<p>The Wrist Pedometer Step Detection patent application is another example of Apple’s interest in health-tracking technology for future …

How One Entrepreneur Is Helping to Revive 'Made in USA' Wool

Quick question about that sweater or blanket you're clinging to this long winter. Was it "Made in the USA?" And if it's wool, any idea where the yarn came from?<p>Most wool apparel is manufactured with fine merino wool, which comes from Australian sheep. And global wool production is dominated by that …

Maker of Toms shoes expands into coffee roasting

Toms, the Los Angeles company known for its comfy, eco-friendly footwear and its shoes-donating ways, is tiptoeing into an unusual product line: coffee.<p>The philanthropic business, which sells shoes and eyewear under a One for One business model, made the announcement Tuesday in Austin, Texas, at …

When It Comes To Women In Management, The U.S. Ranks 37th Of 45 Countries

By Chad Brooks, BusinessNewsDaily Contributor<p>Published: 03/12/2014 08:00 AM EST on BusinessNewsDaily<p>U.S. businesses aren't doing very well at putting women in leadership roles, new research shows.<p>Out of the 45 countries examined, the United States ranks in the bottom 10 for the percentage of women …

The World’s Most Talented Barista Is Drawing This Year’s Best Picture Nominees In Coffee

Mike Breach, barista extraordinaire, is stepping up his game as the Academy Awards approach. He’s in the process of “painting” this year’s Best Picture nominees — in lattes. So far he’s finished <i>Dallas Buyers Club</i>, <i>Gravity</i>, <i>Her</i>, and <i>The Wolf of Wall Street</i> (see below).<p>Lest you think this is all just …

Fitbit Force users report roughly 10,000 cases of skin irritation

Some side effects can come with activity monitoring with a Fitbit Force health tracker, but they're not sore muscles or an accelerated heart rate -- rather, they involve skin irritation around the wrist.<p>More than 10,000 people have reported skin irritation -- including redness, rashes, itchy and …

Samsung wants a patent to let you unlock your phone with a squiggle

Swiping from left to right to unlock your phone is so passé.<p>The U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application last week from mobile device maker Samsung for a new way to summon a “mobile terminal” out of lock mode: by dragging your finger in a curved line and having it intersect at …

Phones you can unlock with your fingerprint (pictures)

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Huck: Saving unborn same as elderly

If Americans don’t protect the unborn, they won’t protect people at the end of life either, Mike Huckabee said Wednesday night at a Washington gala sponsored by the anti-abortion group Susan B. Anthony List.<p>The former Arkansas governor and one-time presidential candidate said women typically cite …