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Apple Watch review: Apple Watch one year in: My (kinda sorta) everyday companion - CNET

<b>The Good</b> Beautifully constructed. Handles messages well. A solid fitness tracker. Hundreds of apps. Can send and receive voice calls via an iPhone. Lots of design choices. Apple Pay-enabled. Stores music for local playback over Bluetooth.<p><b>The Bad</b> Battery only lasts a little more than a day. Most …

Smartwatches

Flazio, An Italian Web-Design Engine, Lets You Build A Site Through Your Facebook Page

Website creation software is a dime-a-dozen. You press a button, type in some jazz, and come up with a one page website for you and yours. But what if I said there was something that could make it even easier? Flazio, a service made by Sicilian brother and sister team Elisa and Flavio Fazio, can …

T-Mobile to Offer Samsung Galaxy S5 With No Down Payment

T-Mobile will be offering the Samsung's new flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S5, for $0 down and 24 monthly payments of $27.50, the company has …

Facebook Opens an Office in Indonesia

Facebook has opened an office in Indonesia, the Southeast Asian country that is its fourth-largest market with 65 million registered users.<p>Daily Social reports that the US firm already has key personnel on board — having hired a country manager, ‘growth manager,’ and engineers — but a physical …

AirSnap Helps You Take Beautiful Group Selfies By Pairing Two iOS Devices

How many times have you stepped out of the group to click pictures, feeling left out as others posed? Or have there been instances when you’re jostling to get back for a group picture after setting the timer of a camera shutter? While there is Samsung NX Mini, which comes with an LCD screen that …

Microview Shrinks Arduino Into A Teeny, Weenie OLED Module

Do you desire a teeny, tiny, little Arduino board with OLED display? You bet you do! Microview is a new “chip-sized” Arduino on Kickstarter that costs $45. What can it do? All kinds of stuff!<p>You basically get a micro controller and a lot of inputs and you can drive the display via software, …

Oppo N1 vs Oppo Find 7 quick look

The Oppo Find 7 has been officially announced, bringing us a direct successor to the Oppo Find 5. Of course some of you might be wondering how the Find 7 compares to Oppo’s most recent high-end handset, the Oppo N1.<p>In order to answer that question, we’ve pitted the two devices against one another …

Phones

LG launches webOS smart TV platform in Europe

LG is releasing its webOS smart TV platform in Europe, alongside a host of new products<p>LG is releasing its webOS smart TV platform in Europe, which will be included in more than half of the company's new TVs introduced this year.<p>LG promises the user interface will facilitate an "optimised, …

Televisions

Are carrier-free SIM cards on the way?

Does the fact that current SIM cards are tied to specific carriers actually benefit anyone other than the carriers? What if device manufacturers like Samsung and Apple could sell you smartphones with SIM cards already in them? Your network connection could change on the fly, or you’d have the …

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Moto 360 will use sapphire glass, wireless charging, report says

The wireless charging capability falls in line with Motorola's previous tease of a "secret" method, while sapphire would give the watch a more scratch-resistant shell.<p>Motorola has touted the premium materials for its upcoming Moto 360 smartwatch, which could include a step-up in material for its …

Wireless Charging

iBeacons Aren’t Just For Retail: Placed Lets You Use Them As iPhone Quick Launchers At Home

There has been a lot of talk about iBeacons since they launched with iOS 7 last fall, but much of the focus has been on how they benefit retailers and add to the in-store shopping experience. They have a much broader range of potential use, however, and part of that is consumer-focused, too. Placed …

T-Mobile Galaxy S5 pre-orders start March 24

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>The Galaxy S5s are coming. AT&T(s t) and U.S. Cellular(s usm) pre-sales just started today, and T-Mobile(s tmus) will be …

Anti-Social Network Helps You Avoid People You Don’t Want To See

Sick of running into your ex? Brian Moore was, so he developed Cloak, an app that warns you when other people are nearby.<p>There is no shortage of social media apps out there that will loudly broadcast to everyone where you are at every second of the day. Rarer is the app that exists to obfuscate …

The Majority of iPhone Users Admit to 'Blind Loyalty' - Why This Is A Problem For Apple

iSheep. That’s the retort most readily used to attack owners of Apple kit. It is a wonderfully concise allegation: the thoughtless herd mentality Apple cynics attribute to those happy to spend small fortunes on Macs, MacBooks, iPhones and iPads. Well brace yourself for new forum flame wars because …

Hoop Tracker Basketball Smartwatch Provides Automatic, Real-Time Shot Tracking

[protected-iframe id=”ca2ec3fb901313cf0b88a81efb1b4235-24588526-5302483″ info=”https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/hooptracker/hoop-tracker-basketball -shot-tracking-smartwatch/widget/video.html” width=”640″ height=”480″ frameborder=”0″ scrolling=”no”]<p>Playing basketball is fun, but I am bad at it. …

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Apple just might build a stylus for iPads after all

Advertisement<p>4 Comments<p>Apple’s(s aapl) latest patent isn’t one you’d expect; at least not if you think back to Steve Jobs’ thoughts about tablets …

Exploring virtual reality on PlayStation 4 with Shuhei Yoshida and Richard Marks (video)

It was 2010 when Sony engineers first explored virtual reality concepts. The idea of a VR headset sprang from another project at the company: PlayStation Move, a wand-like motion controller for the PlayStation 3. Company engineers attached the controller to head-mounted displays, enabling a form of …

BirdFlight: a Free Beta Testing Platform for iOS and Android Apps

Mobile app and testing company TestBirds is launching a new free platform today called BirdFlight which allows users to upload and distribute iOS and Android apps to their own testers.<p>The new service adds a free tier to the company’s existing business model of paid-for managed services and testing …

FireChat lets you text friends, even without a signal

FireChat sounds fairly conventional from the get-go.<p>It's a new iPhone app that lets you chat and share photos with nearby users — anonymously, if you so choose. But instead of relying on global positioning or cell tower triangulation to plot you and others on a map, FireChat relies on Bluetooth and …

LinkedIn's Jeff Weiner Beats Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg as CEO of 2014

Career website Glassdoor today released its latest report highlighting 2014’s top 50 Chief Executive Officers (CEOs), and once again the tech world played a big role in the list. In fact, LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner has unseated Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg from the number one spot he grabbed last …

In Gox we trust? Mt. Gox finds $116M worth of Bitcoins in an old wallet

Think finding a couple of quarters in your couch is cool? Try $116 million worth of Bitcoins.<p>The ongoing saga of Bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox took another strange turn this morning when the firm announced (PDF) that it has found an old wallet full of 200,000 Bitcoins, worth around $116 million. The …

Leitz Icon Is The iOS Label Printer Apple Would Make

Leitz’s Icon is a label printer for iOS (and other mobile) devices, and it actually looks good enough to be an Apple product – the shape is clean and pretty, yes, but it also looks dead easy to use.<p>The printer works with your iOS, Mac or Windows machine via an app, and also supports AirPrint to …

Batteries

Opinion: Why the upgrade cycle means the ‘Apple tax’ is lower than it seems

I’m sure most of us have at some point had Windows- and Android-using friends ask us why we pay the ‘Apple tax’ – the price difference between an Apple product and what they perceive to be an equivalent competitor product.<p>A large part of the answer, of course, is that the competitor product isn’t …

Why Apple can’t match Google’s all-seeing new smartwatches

Apple is a fantastic hardware company. And when the rumored iWatch (probably) arrives, it will no doubt be a thing of beauty. But there’s good reason to think that the key to a successful smartwatch won’t be its hardware, but its operating system.<p>Apple’s genius is in creating personal computing …

Android News

Tappy Fit Channels Flappy Bird Addiction Into Fitness Motivation Using Fitbit Data

A new game out now on the App Store features mechanics virtually identical to those found in viral hit Flappy Bird, but with a key twist – the game can be made easier through sheer physical effort. Using the Fitbit API, developer Aaron Coleman built-in a variable difficulty engine that allows you …

The slow death of the iPod

The iPod is in terminal decline. Apple’s first new blockbuster product of the 2000s helped reinvigorate the Cupertino tech giant from its 90s era slumber and set it on the path to greatness. But sales of the device that transformed the MP3 player industry have been falling at a rapid pace. They hit …

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Turn your voice into a Siri for people with speech impairments

It's easy for most people to tell others what they want, but it's actually a luxury that those with speech disorders don't have. The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders estimates that 7.5 million people in the US have trouble using their voices, and now a program called …

Microsoft Now Offering $100 Discounts To Get Consumers Off Windows XP

As Windows XP winds down, Microsoft has a problem: People still use the operating system. Many people. Given that support for Windows XP ends on April 8, the number of days left in which the OS is mostly safe to use are all but spent.<p>To combat that, Microsoft has been offering discounts, in …

Acer Iconia W4 review: a big upgrade to a small Windows tablet

Acer's Iconia W3 wasn't <i>quite</i> the best introduction to 8-inch Windows tablets; we liked it, but its subpar display and modest performance kept it from being stellar. Give credit to the company for quickly learning from its mistakes, though. Less than a year later, the company has released the Iconia …