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Pebble smartwatch apps are finally smart, can now talk to iOS and Android apps

Apps for the Pebble smartwatch are about to get a whole lot smarter. Today the company is releasing a new developer toolkit that will allow Pebble apps to fully communicate with a paired iOS or Android app. Until now, existing apps have been limited to the watch's basic functions, but this won't be …

Airbnb updates Android app interface, adds calendar availability and guest pre-approval

Airbnb's Android app just scored a significant refresh, including some major design tweaks and additional tools for hosts. Version 2.0 adds two features that should make it easier for property managers to interact with guests efficiently, including the ability to update calendar availability and …

AppleCare changes may extend in-store repair options to iOS devices

The rumored changes, according to the source, could result in $1 billion a year in savings for Apple. As it sits right now, Apple only does simpler …

iPhone 5

Paul Haddad talks Tweebot, Netbot, NeXT, and his beefs with iCloud and AppKit

Guy and Rene talk to Paul Haddad of Tapbots about coding on NeXT, deploying Tweetbot and Netbot on multiple platforms, for multiple services, pricing …

In-App Purchases

Motorola's hotly-rumored 'XFON' may have cleared FCC with AT&T support

Since March, rumors have been swirling of a Motorola phone said to have considerably more influence from its corporate parent, and now we're seeing the biggest evidence that this phone will be coming soon. A new FCC filing has revealed a Motorola phone (model XT1058), and an image of the phone's …

Google unifies Gmail, Drive, and photo storage: all users now get 15GB of shared space

Since launching Drive last year, Google has offered users 5GB of free Dropbox-style storage for documents and their Picasa / Google+ photos — but Gmail has long had its own, separate 10GB of storage. Now, Google is unifying storage across its products, something that should automatically make Drive …

Windows Phone hits 145,000 apps, but progress slows

Microsoft's efforts to build out the app ecosystem for Windows Phone 8 appear to be reaching a plateau. Buried in today's announcement of the Nokia Lumia 928 for Verizon was the fact that the Windows Phone Store now has 145,000 apps, up only slightly from the 120,000 apps announced in October. The …

How to Optimize Video Streams to Be Worthy of Your HDTV

Nothing ruins a dramatic scene like buffering, so do yourself a favor and optimize your rig for streaming video.<p>Absolutely everything you own …

Push notifications come to Chrome and Chrome OS with battery life as a focus

The push notifications on our mobile devices aren't just for convenience's sake -- they let apps stay idle and conserve precious battery life. That would explain why Google Cloud Messaging is now integrated with all versions of Chrome and Chrome OS, then. While both platforms are usually online as …

Google's rumored Babel chat service will reportedly launch as Hangouts

Google hasn't even officially launched Babel, but word on the street has it that the aforesaid term was being used internally to reference a new, unified chat platform. Now, <i>TechRadar</i> is reporting that Babel will simply become a part of Google Hangouts -- almost certainly as a means to continue the …

iPhone 5 LCD faces off with Samsung Galaxy S4 OLED, declared a tie by display expert

Detailed tests of the iPhone 5 and Galaxy S4 screens by display calibration and testing specialist DisplayMate has declared the result a draw.<p>The detailed test results cover color gamut and accuracy, brightness, power efficiency and performance in high ambient lighting. DisplayMate compared the …

How an iPhone Helped This Man Regain Hand Function

The promise of modern medical technology is everyday miracles; bringing innovations to the average person that might greatly improve their lives is the goal. And happily that promise is being met by products heading to the market right now.<p>CNN released an amazing clip recently that shows off a man …

AirBeats / AirHarp creator demos his forthcoming Leap Motion music apps

When it comes to developing music apps, Leap Motion's naturalistic interface seems like a no-brainer. Sure it doesn't offer the sort of tactile feedback you get from an actual instrument, but it certainly beats the heck out of, say, a keyboard and mouse. Adam Somers is among the early developers …

Gotham's villains reimagined as 1920s mugshots

Inspired by old mugs taken in Australia, artist Jason Mark finally answers the question, "What would the Joker look like in the Prohibition era?"<p>You may have seen this great collection of mugshots from 1920s Australia floating around the Internet. A couple of years ago, they were exhibited at the …

Office for iOS reportedly pushed to late 2014

Microsoft appears to be holding off on introducing its Office for iOS and Android versions. <i>ZDNet's</i> Mary Jo Foley reports that Microsoft has decided to introduce its mobile Office variants later than originally planned. <i>The Verge</i> originally revealed Office for iOS in November, with an expected …

Exclusive: Microsoft's next Xbox will take over your TV, interact with your cable box

The fight for the living room continues<p>Microsoft is investing in TV in a big way with its next Xbox console as part of a fight for the living room. Multiple sources familiar with the company's Xbox plans have revealed to <i>The Verge</i> that Microsoft will introduce a feature that lets its next-generation …

Facebook Home review: are people more important than apps?

On April 12th, the much-vaunted Facebook Phone will arrive — but it's not a phone at all. Facebook Home, as it's called, is a couple of pieces of software that transform any Android smartphone’s homescreen into a Facebook feed, and put Facebook Messenger chats on top of any app. Instead of making a …

How to Equalize Your Computer for iTunes, Spotify, and Everything Else

Some people like to hear music precisely as it was recorded, which is why the most expensive audio equipment purports to do absolutely nothing to …

Twitter updated, allows users to install and open apps from tweets

Twitter for iOS has been updated, adding the ability to install and launch apps from tweets. Apps with support for the latest Cards functionality …

Apps

Brian Banks Signs With NFL After Being Cleared of Rape via Facebook

Highly touted football prospect Brian Banks raped a young woman in a high school stairwell back in 2002 — or so the story went. He took a plea deal …

Big Jambox Update Lets You Rock a Little Longer, Improves Audio Performance

Jawbone today released a software update for its Big Jambox Bluetooth speaker system that extends battery life, improves audio streaming for iOS …

OUYA review (founding backer edition)

Most modern gaming consoles are big, heavy and power-thirsty. They dominate the entertainment centers into which they're placed and suck down hundreds of watts of electricity when they're running. They've evolved this way, growing larger and more powerful to deliver better graphics and more …

Let's Hope the Facebook Phone Really Does Look This Darn Beautiful

It's widely believed that Facebook will announce a new Android phone UI, called Home, along with accompanying HTC hardware at an event tomorrow. I …

Facebook

Holy Crap, Is This Mark Zuckerberg's Embarrassing Childhood Angelfire Website?

The word on the interwebs today is that this 1999 Angelfire page belongs to one Mark Zuckerberg. Yes, <i>that</i> Mark Zuckerberg, which means this could be …

Mark Zuckerberg

Lasers used to turn off cocaine addiction in rat brains, may translate into human therapy

Kicking a cocaine addiction may be as simple as beaming a laser straight into the brain — at least in rats. That's the result of a new study of cocaine-addicted lab rodents published today by US researchers working with the National Institute on Drug Abuse. But the scientists behind it think that …

Jagr Old

Via James Duthie, a photo from the vaults. 1998. Jaromir Jagr was already a nine-year NHL veteran. The young man on the left, 10 years old, is the …

Nokia’s next-generation flagship Lumia 950 possibly revealed in leaked photo

Nokia’s (NOK) next-generation flagship smartphone may have been revealed on Tuesday as the first alleged photo of the upcoming Lumia 950 Windows …

Take a Funky Stop Motion Tour of Brooklyn

There's something about stop motion that makes even the simplest movements look — well, <i>cool</i>.<p>In promotion of the Brooklyn Brewery Mash, a cultural …

Playboy's New iPhone App Has No Nudity

<i>Playboy Magazine</i> has a new iPhone app, but if you expect to see pictorials similar to those in print, you'll be disappointed.<p>The app brings exclusive …